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Apparel Design

Some of my all time favorite projects fall in the Apparel Design category. In my opinion, nothing beats art that is both fashionable and functional. I love going out and seeing others in public wear my T-shirt designs.

Do you play in an independent band or own your own record label? You need affordable merch design, including shirts. If your company promotes events, then you are going to need shirts or buttons to promote them. Perhaps your business needs uniforms and hats with your logo on them for your employees. Want something more stylish? Why not a scarf or bandana then? Put my creativity and skill to work for you.

Contact me for your own apparel design

Scroll down in order to see samples of my apparel design work below. Then contact me to get started. I’m ready to work on your shirt or or other clothing graphic design project!

Parody shirt design for Lexington, KY Country Music Singer Christopher Sprankle

Christopher Sprankle

Christopher Sprankle koozie design

Sprankle also used the design on a drink coozie.

Franklin, TN

I made this parody shirt design for the Tennessee based country music singer Christopher Sprankle. When Chris moved to Lexington, KY, his manager contacted me for a two color shirt art. She sent me a favorite photo of Chris’s dog Grizzly, since he is popular with Chris’s rabid Instagram followers. Then she sent a photo of a rusty can of Grizzly brand smokeless tobacco to incorporate.

First of all, I mocked up the word “Sprankle” in place of the Grizzly logo. Since the logo is a hand drawn design, rather than a commercial font, I had to draw up the grunge text manually. After that, I simplified the photo of Grizzly in Photoshop into a black and white image, then I further contrasted it in Adobe Illustrator to finish the effect.

Topping off the parody shirt design

Photo of Grizzly the dog used for the parody shirt design.

Photo of Grizzly the dog used for the parody shirt design.

Because I had a few more elements left to work with, I made a few suggestions. The client loved every one of my ideas, so we ran with them. First, I reworded “Long Cut Wintergreen” to Sprankle’s hometown Franklin, TN. I also improvised “American Country Music” instead of “American Snuff Co”.

Finally, I wanted to use “Est. 1903” from the original oval text, so I decided to change it to to Sprankle’s birth year of 1994. I added in some grunge around the edges since the design needed a weathered feel. In the end, Sprankle’s fans loved it, so I guess you could call it a smash hit.

See the photo I started with on the right, then follow Chris’s music on Instagram here.

Contact me for your parody shirt design

Whether you are a country musician or a Christian bookstore, parody shirt designs can be big sellers. Contact me today for the right fit.
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"Girls Who Code" retro shirt design front and backGirls Who Code

Murray, KY

I created this retro shirt design for a Murray, Kentucky based programming club. Since the organizer loved my shirt design for her previous group “Women in Computing“, she reached out to me once again. Since she asked for housewives from vintage ads on pink shirts, that design was decidedly more “girly”. This time around, she wanted something less feminine, since there were also males helping with her new group “Girls Who Code”. She still wanted to continue our previous kitsch art theme, while keeping the “nerd” vibe going. Her only other requirements were for the design to be two ink colors screen printed on navy shirts.  I was happy to comply. I excel at this format because many of my apparel clients stick with only one or two colors. My specs were on paper, so I got to work right away.

Retro shirt design empowers females in technology fields

First, I searched through my vast stock photography catalog. I quickly found a retro photograph of a wind-up robot that would obviously be a perfect fit. The robot’s colors were then simplified down to only cyan blue. Next, I overlaid it partially on both the white strips and the negative space. Thus, I added contrast. I then laid out the text in mixed “Chicago” and “MT Script” fonts to add to the fun. I tilted both the robot and text section at opposite angles, so I could give the art a little more movement. Therefore, it really jumps out at the viewer instead of a more conventional design. Finally, no coding related design would be complete without incorporating some ones and zeros. Thus, I had to top it off with a few.

Contact me for your own retro shirt design

If you’re in a technology club looking for a shirt design that stands out, then contact me today!
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Murray State University "Women in Computing" kitsch shirt designMurray State University

Murray, KY

The head of the Women in Computing club at my college alma mater MSU contactacted me for a kitsch shirt design. Women in Computing is a club that encourages female students to pursue programming and other technology fields of study and work. The client encouraged me to turn up the kitsch factor and use a vintage style illustration. She wanted me to mix all of the elements in a feminine color combination.

Kitsch shirt design story – retro apparel graphic

First, I chose to use a royalty free stock image to base the whole composition around. It was a retro black and white image of a 1950s style housewife. Originally, the stock art showed her smiling and holding up a sign which advertised a cleaning product. I started by removing much of the lady herself, so as to simplify her down to just her hands and face. I also removed the sign by using the Adobe Illustrator program. Then, I replaced it with a tablet device which displays the requisite 0nes and zeros to signal a technology based club.

I mixed the two fabulous retro fonts together on the pink shirt in order to help convey the “wink and nudge” feel. The focal point large paintbrush font appears, roaring “WOMEN” in dull red! I chose a cute, fine script to set both of the phrases “murray state university” and “in computing”. I reversed that text out of two dull red swaths at both the top and bottom. Finally, the kitschy housewife pops up at the bottom flashing her smile to complete the piece.

Contact me for your kitsch shirt design

Do you have a great idea for a retro shirt to promote your school club or maybe your local business? Contact me today and let’s get it ready to print!

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Ronald Jenkees shirt design

Ronald Jenkees

Louisville, KY

This Ronald Jenkees shirt design is one of my biggest hits! RJ is a friend of my old band from Kentucky. If you’ve never heard of him, he is an electronic music prodigy, as well as a YouTube phenom. RJ is instantly recognizable, squinting in his Coke bottle glasses while wearing an assortment of fedoras and other hats. In his live performance videos, he always encourages viewers to have fun with their music, no matter what their skill level may be.

He commissioned a simple shirt design in 2013, which he would release along with a new album. His only request was that I keep the shirt to a simple two to three colors. Since I have a background in screen printing, simple designs are a specialty of mine. He encouraged me to get creative with shirt colors and depictions of him.

Ronald Jenkees shirt design story

First, I used Boris Black Bloxx for the text, which a thick, wacky font. I decreased the spacing of it in order to add to the fun. Then, I simplified a screen capture from one of Ronald’s Youtube jam videos to create a one color image. Finally, the product displays his vibrant personality while promoting his jaw dropping musical prowess. This version is the men’s style, which is displayed on an Ice Grey T-shirt with orange and dark grey inks. The design is also available in a grey ladies cut with pink and dark grey ink colors. Order one for yourself here! Then go see him in action on “the YouTubes” here!

Shirt design for musicians and Youtube stars alike

Are you crowdfunding your next album and in need of a shirt design for one of the perks? Do you need merchandise to capitalize on your viral videos that are blowing up on Youtube? Contact me today for the perfect shirt design!
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