Posted in Big Brother, Border Security, Diversity, Graphic Design, Immigration, Politics, T-shirts

E Pluribus Unum. #LOL

The melting-pot theory was just so quaint. We’re more sophisticated than that, nowadays…

T-shirt design-page HERE.

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in the Public Domain, by an Unknown Artist – University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department
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Posted in free speech, Graphic Design, Guns

An action-shot that just might “Make Your Day!”

What’s one of the “prices” an artist’s significant-other pays? If you guessed being-the-guinea-pig-for-(nearly) every-new-t-shirt-design, you’d be right.

Here’s my long-suffering (almost 26 years!) husband at the Cowtown Classic yesterday:

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Wearing the “AR Selector Switch – Make My Day” on a Hanes┬« CoolDri POLO shirt.

 

Posted in Graphic Design, Liberty, T-shirts

The Tree of Liberty is pretty darn parched

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Look for this Tree on the main t-shirt page in a couple of days.

This was one-of-two designs I made on the subject of what to do with tyrants, back in late 2015. The other version (see below) “won” a spot in my Etsy shop (which never got traction because I’m very bad/lazy at marketing).

I really prefer more symmetrical (and less wordy) designs, so I decided to resurrect this and polish it up. I’m going to “strongly suggest” an on-the-back of the shirt placement, as the graphic is 15-inches tall.

While it’s also nice on a pure white shirt, I can’t really recommend that choice. As a practical alternative (i.e. a shirt you can wear more than 15 minutes without somehow, someway attracting some “thing” – coffee? salsa? – to fly towards you and make a splotch in the worst possible place) I’ve found a really nice Bella+Canvas 3001 super pale grey shirt I’ll offer especially for this design.

(Yup. My “stain repelling color theory” is magical-thinking, I admit it.)



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“Old” design shown stenciled on the back of a Men’s SMALL t-shirt.
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Simpler-design prototype, on the back of old Men’s XL white Under Armour t-shirt (same palette knife for scale; disregard the “speckle” effect in branches)

 

Posted in Education, mea culpa, Professionalism

Making mistakes and learning from them

I quit adding new designs to my Teespring shop because “I Heart Puppies” is the only sort of thing I’m 100% confident they won’t suspend. I put designs up here to escape Big Brother…and yes, at the same sorts of prices shirts sell for there. (I totally agree: $25.00+ is a LOT for “just” a t-shirt and so getting this right is a big deal all around.)

Well, in my zeal to save-a-buck/make-a-buck, I literally made what I consider the biggest mistake possible and I did it in my very first official week of business!

I broke the first of The Two Fundamental Laws: “Do all you have agreed to do,” because added to that guarantor of personal integrity, in the mind of a business person, ought to always be the phrase, “At the price agreed upon, come Hell or high-water.”

For a moment last night I completely forgot that this independent t-shirt endeavor was supposed to be primarily about the joy in “Free Expression.” (Beyond that, if I cleared enough to buy a few bags of Black Rifle Coffee┬« now and again, all the better!)

I have sincerely apologized to the client I treated in error and hope to be given the opportunity to make the situation right. Regardless of the avenue they choose, from this point forward I’ll absorb the fluctuating costs of the “raw materials” (t-shirts) without mention (yes, as I should have already done…) until it becomes clear it’s time to raise the prices stated on each design’s page.

I thank-you sincerely for any past support and again, I hope you’ll bear with me while I continue to figure this all out!


p.s. If you are homeschooling, I especially encourage you to check out the entire collection of books by Richard Maybury.