Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: House of the Surprising Sun

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!

Last week, I got to prepare a piece for printing. This time, it was an intricate 5-color illustration by B7 (Ben Foot) called “House of the Surprising Sun.” Although this was rather challenging design to work with, I learned quite a bit from my trials and tribulations.

First, I had to expose all the screens. Sometimes I wonder if the intense UV light that seeps through is killing my eyes, since I’m short and the exposure unit is near eye level.

When all of these screens were ready, it was time to head to the printing press. The first thing that I had to do was to tape up all corners of each screen, so that I wouldn’t be getting any ink into the crevices. Right off the bat, I was having trouble. How hard can taping up screens be? Very! There’s so much adjusting required, especially if you’re no pro like myself. I kept putting tape down, and having to take it off, only to do it all over again many times. I think I’ve finally figured out a technique to speed up the process and minimize the messing up, but it definitely took a while to get to where I am now.

Tilteed Bo Taping

When I had managed to finish taping everything, it was time to line up the screens. I am quite sure that I spent hours doing this. It’s much harder to get every screen perfectly lined up than I had expected. What you have to do is to print the first color, then line up the next screen with that first color, and so on and so forth. At times when I thought that everything was perfectly aligned for one screen, I’d go to tighten up the knobs and the screen would shift by a bit. Talk about frustrating!

Tilteed Surprising Line Up

Unfortunately, something ended up happening that made one of the most important screens unusable. The artwork seemed to be stretched lengthwise by about a millimeter, so it couldn’t line up with the rest of the screens. There was no way to fix this but to completely wash out that screen and expose a new one. It may not sound like a big deal, but that was hours lost right there!

Tilteed Ink on Screen

Alas, everything worked out in the end. I was completely pooped but it was well worth it! Here’s a look at the test run of the print:

Tilteed Test Print

Oh, and as promised, there are dinosaurs! I apologize for the horrible picture quality, but this as good as my phone can do.

Dinosaurs

This picture was taken at a restaurant called Laughing Planet. They have super tasty burritos and delicious smoothies. What makes them really cool is that they have random dinosaur figures on their tables. I even spotted a Pachycephalosaurus on our table, which made me super happy. I did a group project on pachycephalosaurs for my dinosaur class in college. Yeah, I’m a nerd. There’s no use in denying it.

On another note, if you aren’t participating in Tilteed’s one year anniversary contest, then you should join in on the fun! You have the chance to win a Flip UltraHD camcorder, inprnt art prints, and free t-shirts. Head over to Tilteed to find out more about the giveaway!

Until next time!

Bo.

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

Reticent

Reticent

Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Bo Experiences Portland!

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!

Hey, cotygonzales.com readers! Some of you may know me, but chances are that most of you don’t, so let me begin with a brief introduction about myself. My name is Bo, but I’m also known as dunz0, the blogger at Loving This Tee, and b2.0 at I Am The Trend. I hail from the DC Metro Area, I recently graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Psychology, I have a strong love for slushy drinks, and I have joint custody of a purple Betta fish named Gilly.

To be completely honest, I never imagined being a part of the t-shirt industry when I started out blogging at Loving This Tee. I always thought that I would only be able to stand on the sidelines and admire companies and their designs. Boy, was I wrong! Earlier this year, I was asked to be a curator at Tilteed, an offer that I couldn’t refuse. When I thought that that would be my greatest accomplishment in the t-shirt world, I was asked to fly across the country to Portland, OR to intern at Tilteed. Three weeks after graduation, that’s exactly what I did. So this is where my journey begins. I’ll be sharing with you some of my weekly activities, as well as some of my experiences outside of the print shop.

I’ve only been in Portland working at Tilteed for about a week and a half, but I’m already learning so much and having a lot of fun in the process. In my brief time in the shop, I have learned about all the steps needed for preparing screens for printing, fulfilling orders, and general website upkeep. I have already gotten a chance to try screen printing, and the first shirt that I ever printed was a Tilteed Limited design by Recycledwax called “Jackalope.” Since then, I have printed a couple of other shirts and am hoping that I get many more opportunities to develop my skills. I have a greater appreciation for the whole process now that I know all the steps that go into it.

Bo Screen Printing

Bo Screen Printing

Bo Screen Printed T-Shirt

Strangely enough, I have also found a real enjoyment in fulfilling orders. This part sounds boring, but it’s actually not bad! What’s awesome is that we keep two large maps in the office for pinning where our orders get shipped to. Although it takes me forever to locate towns and cities (I’m horrible with geography), it’s a fun part of packing orders. I hope to see a map completely covered with pins someday!

One of the main lessons that I’ve learned thus far is to treat every aspect of my work with the utmost care. From setting up screens, to printing, to packaging orders, the whole process is even more meaningful when you put in your best efforts throughout each step. There’s no concept of cutting corners here. Since I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, I love this mindset.

T-shirts aside, I’m enjoying being on the West Coast for the first time. It has been cloudy/rainy most of the time, but I do enjoy the fact that Portland weather is not anything like Virginia weather at this time of year. It has been hoody weather here, unlike the hot and humid summer days back at home. I love walking around when it feels this great outside. As a Tilteed outing, I got to go to this amazing donut shop downtown called Voodoo Doughnut. There were some amazing selections on the menu, and I had a hard time picking a pair of donuts. I ended up getting a Voodoo Doll and a Captain My Captain donut. Talk about tasty! I hope to go back again multiple times before I leave this beautiful city.

Bo at VooDoo Donuts

Bo at VooDoo Donuts

So, that’s my recap of my first 10 days interning at Tilteed. I’ll be doing a new write-up on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled for an inside scoop on working at a t-shirt company. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my account and flipping through the photos! If there’s anything in particular that you would like for me to touch on, I’ll be happy to take your suggestions.

Please check out Tilteed if you aren’t familiar with our site. We feature a new design every 72 hours (curated pieces and a monthly contest winner), so you’ll be sure to come across something to your liking!

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

ageinno

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Screen Printing Photo Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

Here’s a great tutorial that I stumbled upon on the French tee blog, Grafitee. The tutorial was done by French artist, Apach from ApachCreation. You can go here to see the original blog post, but be forewarned, it’s in French. If you don’t understand French then I’ve translated the original post (or Google did) here for the English speaking tee fans. Lot’s of pictures, so brace yourself – it’s cool stuff! *Everything in quotes was written by ApachCreation for Grafitee and was translated to English (don’t blame me if the translation is incorrect, blame Google!). Thanks to ApachCreation for such a great set of photos. 

“Here is a tutorial that will explain how to make a t-shirt silkscreened by hand. I did not have the equipment to carry out a t-shirt so I called Apach, a passionate screenprinter who is fairly well equipped.”

T-Shirt Tutorial by ApachCreation and Grafitee

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