To say that I am exposed to a lot of beachwear is an understatement. I live in Hawaii and therefore I am surrounded daily by beachwear. Board shorts and beach shirts are the norm not only at the beach but EVERYWHERE. Seriously, Hawaii is probably the only place you’d see a student sitting in lecture while wearing a bikini.
When it comes to beachwear, the only problem is that there really is a lack of indie brands. The usual suspects include established brands such as Quicksilver, O’neil, Billabong, and Hurley. And for that reason, it’s great to see Bondi Buddha taking a stab at the beachwear market. Bondi Buddha is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly complacent space over run by big corporate brands. Is beachwear the last frontier of indie T-Shirts? If so, then Bondi Buddha is leading the way.
Diary of a T-Shirt Intern is a weekly column written by Bo, a T-Shirt blogger at Loving This Tee who is also affectionately known in the tee community as dunz0. Bo will be tracking her experiences as an intern at Tilteed and sharing her thoughts on the strange land that is Portland, Oregon!
This past week was quite similar to my first week working at Tilteed. In short, I spent a great deal of my time packing orders and pinning the map. I did get the opportunity to start a print project from start to finish, though. That was somewhat frustrating, but also very fun. If youâ€™ve received a package from Tilteed before, then you know that we include one of our business cards. If you havenâ€™t received one, then you should place an order! I wonâ€™t make you guys wait though, so hereâ€™s a picture to show you what Iâ€™m talking about.
Along with printing those cards, I also got the chance to print some more t-shirts this past week, specifically one of my Tilteed Limited curations by YAWN called â€œReleasing Dark Matter.â€ I love the artwork by this German duo, so it was an honor getting to print their design. Definitely check them out if you donâ€™t know who they are!
This was my first time working exclusively with black ink, something that may seem like no big deal. Well, it turns out that black ink is the thinnest out of all the colors, with white being the thickest. With that said, it took me a few test runs to figure out how to best handle it for such a large print. For a one-color design, I found this shirt to be tougher to print than the three-color prints that I have worked with. I figure that it will just require some getting used to.
One thing that I should note is that what Iâ€™m having the most trouble with isnâ€™t actually the printing, but everything else in the printing process. For example, washing screens takes a lot more than just spraying them with water. There are steps that must be followed in order, or else you risk messing up the silk screen for good. And then thereâ€™s the matter of scrubbing vs. not scrubbing and what hose setting to use. These minor details get quite complicated when youâ€™re new to screen printing. I constantly return to my Moleskine notebook for notes. It all seems so simple and routine, yet Iâ€™m having such a difficult time figuring out what to do next. I am hoping that practice makes perfect!
Unfortunately, I am sick and in bed as I write this. So as to remind myself of the better Oregon days, I will leave you with some beach pictures from last Friday. It was cold and the water was freezing, but I was having a blast experiencing the Pacific Ocean from its western side (Iâ€™ve seen the Pacific from Thailandâ€™s coast too). I definitely want to make it back there again when itâ€™s a bit warmer.
Oh, and no dinosaurs this week. Next week, I promise!
Be sure to check out the latest at Tilteed. The shirt is called Wild Architecture and is on sale now for $12 but you canÂ save $2 by using the coupon code â€œTILTCOTYâ€ at checkout!
What do you get when you cross Tom Hanks with Where’s Waldo? Well, you get this Castaway shirt from Glennz Tees! Do you guys remember back in the day when Where’s Waldo was such a fad that he was everywhere. Nowadays, he’s nowhere to be seen. How ironic. Wilson adds a nice touch to the design. Pick up Castaway from Glennz Tees today for $19.95. And here’s a secret… use the code “happybirthday” at checkout to save 35% off your entire order, good until January 12!
Johnny Cupcakes continues to pump out new products for the summer. Here are a couple of his latest, including his latest tee, Power Mitts! How many of you remember Nintendo’s Power Glove from the late 80′s? If you do then Power Mitt from Johnny Cupcakes is the tee for you! The shirt sells for $35.99 and is available now for purchase. Check out the video below for an old school Power Glove commercial.Â
Mr. Cupcakes also released a pair of crossbones printed shorts ($64.99) and rolling pin board shorts ($59.99). I dig the casual crossbones shorts but am not sure if I would trust those board shorts. I have had bad experiences with boardshorts not coming from a brand that specializes in water sports. Quiksilver is my brand of choice when it comes to board shorts because of their durability and selection of wacky and fun designs.Â
Kristine McGlinchey, contributing writer over at T-Shirt Magazine, features Hawaii in her National Scene column in the most recent issue of T-Shirt Magazine. And guess who made the post – yours truly! That’s right, Kristine posted a quick blurb about me and my Hawaii based tee blog. As a side note, I also began writing interviews for T-Shirt Magazine as well so be on the look out for my contributing articles. In this issue I interviewed designer Nick Guenzler.Â
In the article, Kristine also mentions a couple of Hawaii based tee brands, two of which I had no idea existed! Super Good For You actually got me pretty excited as I dig their style and so I’ll be sure to check them out sometime soon (they sell their goods in a boutique here on the island). Do The Hula was another featured Hawaii brand – not so excited about these guys, they look like they cater more towards the tourist crowd.Â
The last Hawaii brand mentioned was Local Motion, which is pretty huge here in the islands. They sell Local Motion branded T-Shirts as well as surf and beach accessories. Local Motion is actually one of the three big surf shops in Hawaii, the other two being Town & Country Surf Designs, better known as T&C, and Hawaiian Island Creations, known by the locals as HIC. You’ll find most of the kids here sporting one of these three brands whenever you head to the beaches down here.Â