Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Dealing With Black Ink

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 you’ve received a package from Tilteed before, then you know that we include one of our business cards. If you haven’t received one, then you should place an order! I won’t make you guys wait though, so here’s a picture to show you what I’m talking about.

Tilteed Hangtags

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 “Releasing Dark Matter.” I love the artwork by this German duo, so it was an honor getting to print their design. Definitely check them out if you don’t know who they are!

Releasing Dark Matter

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 I’m having the most trouble with isn’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 there’s the matter of scrubbing vs. not scrubbing and what hose setting to use. These minor details get quite complicated when you’re new to screen printing. I constantly return to my Moleskine notebook for notes. It all seems so simple and routine, yet I’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 (I’ve seen the Pacific from Thailand’s coast too). I definitely want to make it back there again when it’s a bit warmer.

Oh, and no dinosaurs this week. Next week, I promise!

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Be sure to check out the latest at Tilteed. The shirt is called Wild Architecture and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Wild Architecture

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

Known an awesome kid? We’ll here’s your chance to pick them up some awesome threads! The good people over at Threadless is having a huge clearance sale on all of their gear made especially for kids, including onesies, hoodsies, hoodies and of course kid tees! The tees are normally priced at $20 but they have been marked down to $9. Score!

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

eclipse

runnin_rhino

We're on the same level by Dud Lawson

Friendly Beasts by Hillary White

Blowfish by Andy Gonsalves

Whale of a Bath Time

Here’s a great shirt from Threadless regular Marco Angeles aka ivejustquitsmoking in the Threadless blogs. Here’s Marco’s latest tee, available this week only at Teextile for $15. I love the colors on this one and that whale looks so happy! If only rain could be multi-colored, how fun would that be! Whale of a Bath Time is eye candy for your torso, check it out today!

Whale of a Bath Time

Zooshirts

Are you an animal lover? If so, then you might fall in love with Zooshirts! As you can tell by these product shots, Zooshirts specializes in wildlife oriented, eco-friendly clothing that supports animal and global conservation. Zooshirts loves animals!

Zooshirts strives to be a green company, because of this, they print all of their designs on 100% organic cotton shirts. They currently have 6 different tees available, albeit in the same style, featuring 6 different animals. You can pick up a shirt today for $18 and a portion of sales from Zooshirts goes to the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Conservation Efforts. So every time you buy a Zooshirt tee, you are helping to preserve our animal kingdom. 

So what do you guys think about Zooshirts? I’m a bit torn – I love the style but kind of wished they had done something different for each of the shirts. I think these would definitely sell if they got zoos across the US and the world to pick these up and sell them in their gift shops. My favorite? Rhino, Rhino, Rhino, Rhino….

Zebra

Rhino

[Read more…]