Update: I’m thrilled to say I’ve licensed this design form Laura and am now selling in the Tcritic store.
Love love love this Yes We Can T-Shirt, lovely Obama/Warhol mashup. The shirt is currently sold out but they are considering another print run so send them a message if you want one, or leave a comment here.
A couple of folks at Etsy sent me a link to this video about Maryink out of Nashville and i’m so grateful that they did. I’m constantly amazed by the number of people out there creating amazing and inspiring stuff. I love the prints that these guys do and I love how they are pushing the envelope of what screenprinting can be. The designs vary from the wonderfully layered and complex to the blessedly simple and straight forward.
Mary Helt and Chris Sittel of maryink met at a party while visiting their families in Nashville. At the time, Mary was living in New York City working as a photographer’s stylist and Chris was working in Florida at a silk-screen studio. They started visiting one another, having t-shirt parties and coming up with new project ideas.
After a few years of living apart, they finally moved to the Virgin Islands to start their original silk-screen design company, maryink. While Mary is the designer behind maryink, Chris functions as the steady hand behind the printing process. Mary’s designs have a 1970s Scandinavian and folk art influence, and she also incorporates elements of embroidery, weaving and bitossi pottery. The shop is known for its interesting designs, silk screened votive candles, jewelry, tote bags and t-shirts.
Even though living in the Virgin Islands was paradise, running a business proved difficult. Chris and Mary soon packed up and headed back to Nashville, where the low cost of living allowed them to dedicate themselves full-time to maryink.
Jake Nickell founder of Threadless has done an interview with Etsy picking out some of his favorite T-Shirt designers and designs, I concur with Jake on most of his choices and pulled a couple of my favs. (I highly recomend subscribing to the Etsy blog, the Storque.
Slow Shirts – Hand Screened Original Drawings
I love the designs Slow Shirts is putting out there, so fucking good.
And the test prints are real one of a kinds
Cubist Literature – Re-Cycled T-shirts
Many of Cubist Literature shirts are hand drawn, recycled, inside out shirts Unique? Check. Intriguing? Check. Awesome? Check.
Check out his blog cubistliterature.com for more weirdness
Enferno is a self taught 18 yo out of Utah who is doing some very unique designs.
Etsy is a wonderful place to find unique and had crafted stuff, any of you guys have any favorites?
Say Anything Lloyd Dobler Tshirt from Etsy.
“in your eyes!”
Find out more about say anything on wikipedia, they even mention the recent Colbert/Stewart bit where
Jon Stewart told Colbert that there was not enough time to finish the segment. Moments later, the camera cuts to Colbert screaming and holding up a stereo with “In Your Eyes” playing.
Now that’s a cutting edge encyclopedia!