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« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2004 10:24:17 AM »

I've had really good luck, when making T-shirts, with that inkjet printer iron on transfer paper. I copy the logo in Illustrator or something like that, then print it out and iron it on. It looks great, you can use any color combination you want, and it's less messy than spray paint for sure! Plus, much easier to do a Pixies logo. Also, good T shirts can be found at Old Navy for about $8.
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2004 07:02:38 PM »

Not to be a salesperson, but American Apparel (americanapparelstore.com) make a huge variety of tshirt cuts and colors, are sweatshop free, and offer a 100% organic cotton that I think is really neat-looking (ecru in color with tiny, smooth specks of cotton plant parts). They're much pricier but if you're doing business you can order wholesale, and you don't have to have sweatshop labor on your conscience this time (since the tshirt industry is dominated by the practice).
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2004 02:22:52 PM »

Oh my. Those t-shirts are gorgeous!
I'm going to see the yeah yeah yeahs next month and I'm tempted to make a shirt like that!
I made this one of Jeff Buckley, a couple of months ago

I might make a smiths one, because I have a green t-shirt exactly like the one you've used for the clash.  Grin

« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2004 08:12:51 AM »

Lindsayefg: That American Apparel web site is really cool; I'd love to order from there knowing it's sweatshop free. Thanks for pointing it out.
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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2004 12:14:44 PM »

hello everyone. an awesome place to get ur blank tees is at a craft store (my fave...AC Moore) they run for about 3 bucks for tees and about 5 for sweatshirts.  Smiley

« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2004 09:33:40 AM »

breeknee: Did your friend just make one shirt for herself, or was she making a bunch and selling them?  

Also, am I not the only one who is DYING to know what band this is??  Maybe you can give us a hint...hehe.  

« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2004 09:38:33 PM »

Gina- she made a shirt for herself and 3 of us when we all went to the band's concert, and as we passed the booth where they were selling merchandise, one person asked where we got our shirts and my friend said she made them, at that point the person asked for her name phone number etc, to purchase one. It turns out the dude was working there. I guess he must have been working selling all of those stupid ass 30 dollar shirts and got pissy that someone had one but didn't buy it.
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« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2004 03:26:56 PM »

Based on the situation, it sounds like they interpreted it as her selling the shirts, because she had produced a number of them.  If she gave the guy her number with the indication that she would sell a shirt to him, they have every legal right to get angry.  

I know that this is an emotional subject to a lot of people, so I want to state that my point here is not to offend.  I personally think it's cool if you make one shirt for yourself to promote a band.  That's pretty much free advertising.  But I personally don't agree with selling them.  Bands make a good deal of their money off of tours and tees, usually more than they make from CD sales (labels charge enormous rates for use of the studio even if the band is signed to that label, and frequently CD sales don't even pay what they owe for studio time).

Also, frequently people want to think that if a band wants money for any products with their names on it, that makes them greedy, and less "indie" than they claim to be.  But see it from the band's point of view; if they're any good, they've probably really struggled to get to where they are.  This means playing for little or nothing in small venues, touring with nothing more than a van, sleeping in the van or in the homes of strangers kind enough to put them up for the night.  I know this sounds melodramatic, but I've known people from bands who did all of this, and all the time they're seeking the opportunity to do this for a living, without having to have a "day job."  And most don't make it.  So if a band actually finally gets successful, then yeah, they've got a right to get upset if someone else profits off of their name.  They may just have their chins above the bar at that point in their career, and simply not need competition from someone selling tees with their name on it for $10 less than what they charge.  

Sorry if this comes off as a bit pedantic.  I don't download songs anymore either; I used to think it was harmless, but now it appears that downloading has really hurt the indie music world.  I don't think sueing the fans is the answer, though, and I hope that things turn out ok for your friend, Breeknee.  If she can prove that she did not hurt the band's profits in any way (in other words, didn't actually profit herself), she may not get fined.  
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2004 04:00:24 PM »

I am dating a Drummer and I wanted to make little shirts for all the wives/girlfriends so we could be supportive.  Well the way everything was set up...  to make the cost low enough for us, I had to buy 5 extra shirts to sell at  a gig ,  that way the customer was paying for the bulk of the cost and we got ours for next to nothing.

Well I was flabergasted when the lead and the guitarists demanded all profits that I got. "its our name"  kinda thing.   It was soo weird, almost like I had never met these people before.  The singer is a groomsman in my upcoming wedding for crying out loud.   So now their wives and I are Swagless.  Whatever.

I think musicians are in a space of thier own.  I just wanted to make back my money.   And these guys play in dive bars too, so I wouldn;t be suprised if a drunk-ass threw the shirts into the crowd as "freebies".

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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2004 10:53:38 PM »

my first stencil, or well part of the shirt, it also says the blood brothers at the top..

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