hello! i am putting this in the stenciling board, even though we used a screen, because what we did technically wasn't screen
printing. you'll see what i mean.
my group of friends (gay and straight and everywhere in between) really do it up for pride. of course, we live in san francisco, so everyone seems to get excited about pride. if you haven't been, seriously, it's the place to be on the last weekend in june. it's our gay (straight, bisexual, queer, allied, transgender, whatever) christmas.
we start with gay thanksgiving about a month before pride to choose a theme and a color scheme. last year it was "does that make me gay?" which was a parody of gnarls barkley's song "crazy" (everybody now: "does that make me ga-ay? that makes me ga-ay. i think you're ga-ay. just like me-e." get it?).
this year the theme was "nobody gonna break-a my pride" a parody of matthew wilder's song "break my stride." one of our friends makes up a line dance to the parody song and we all make t-shirts in the chosen color scheme, this year: white and navy. during gay advent (the time between gay thanksgiving and gay christmas), we get together to practice the dance and make the shirts. i was in charge of cutting the stencil (printed on to a transparency and cut with an xacto). we tape the stencil to the back of a screenprinting screen and just pull the screenprinting ink through. kind of a poor-man's screenprinting technique. it works super well. here are the results:
a bunch of them drying
and, just for fun, a shot of angie
most people choose to put an image or a phrase on the front of the shirt. for example, for last year, people put images or words on the front that was a gay stereotype, like a picture of yourself in a softball uniform (does that make me gay?) or "all my friends are gay" (does that make me gay?). get it? this year, most of us did something that is not, in fact, going to break-a our pride. i did prop 8 (the anti-gay marriage initiative) with a big X through it.
i also made my skirt, a pleated white number to look like a sailor chick. of course, i lost my camera half-way through and didn't take my own action shots. maybe i will update later if someone else has pictures.
and finally, just to visualize how much fun it is, here's a group of us last year, doing our line dance
and up-close of last year's stencil (though this was just a practice one, not on green like the color scheme) so you can see how i got better this year!