Responsive Shirting

I’d thought about a mobile WordPress theme for the site for mobile device traffic to be sent to for a while, but I knew that it would be a time investment to set up. I’d need to try to match the design as best I could to the current look, which I might also want to update before I try to duplicate. Since I’m still shirting solo I wasn’t in a big hurry to try to double my site maintenance while also trying to spend the most time possible making shirts.

This became something to address when the last shirt was released and I saw 50% of traffic coming from mobile devices. It seemed like it was time to move on that. Um, now.

During my recent hotel-away-from-homelessness I spent some time reading about responsive web design, seeing some sites in action, and laying out some thoughts on how I might use that for my own devious purposes as they relate to completely inanimate, non-devious shirts.

If you’ve ever worked for a web based company, you might know that the QA sites can be a breeding ground for some odd bits of content that designers just throw in the page so something can fill the div. I’ve seen some crazy stuff in there in jobs previous and I wondered at the time that these bizzarities are possibly relating to the site being a behind the curtain and finally they had a chance to let their latent ROLF bubble over.

So now, I got to do some mockups.

I confirmed that suspicion in what felt like one swift stroke.

But since this is my show, and you are my people, I just get to take it further and share.

gamera_mock

Have Sewing Machine, Will Travel

I am displaced! It’s a story.

There was damage to our home due to a overzealous contractor who while welding on our building’s heating system did not place proper coverings below or near the work.

Wood burns, welding is hot…I don’t know, maybe there’s something about welding I don’t understand. There was no outright fire but our floors did receive enough, again forgive my layman level welding knowledge, droppings of ‘burny stuff,’ to show…burns. Smoldering, I guess. Scorching? Enough burny stuff to create deep enough burns to require the flooring sections damaged to be replaced outright, and the floors to be sanded and restained. Unpleasant, but fair enough.

But not enought! To sand and restain the floor they must do so to all the floor. In one go. Floors are pretty neat, they go around corners into rooms and such. Like one of our bedrooms. And the hallway. And the entryway. Hm. Our dining room is a different type of floor so to complete the work it and another bedroom are now packed with about every earthly belonging my family owns.

This all is enough to take some of my daylight hours to deal with but two further unexpected elements came into play. The length of displacement when the work began was stretched to two weeks. Two! Well, there was also damage in the bathroom. Did you know welding produces burny stuff of such…burnacity…that it can melt into ceramic tile and porcelain sinks?

Ok, extended displacement. Fine. Sucks but I’ll take my sewing machine with. I’ve got shirts to rock.

The workmen who would preform the repairs on the damage that the other men repairing caused arrived early and set to work. Great! Promptness! They started clearing our items, immediately moving our belongings into the dining room and second bedroom. I literally was in the other room for a second and came back to find the closet that housed my sewing machine sealed off by all my other stuff. All of my other stuff. Prompt, but inconvenient!

FINE. I managed, through the kindness of a neighbor, to move the furniture to get to the sewing machine and materials from the buried closet in the middle of the night when the workmen were absent.

Aaaaand the car stalled in the alley behind the hotel while doing the first unloading.

That brings us to now. I am ensconced in my hotel room after loading in my gear. Also, coffee.

Universe and all its burny be damned, these shirts will get made.

Declaration of Process

he's more wax than shirt...twited and evil...

I wrote an email a while back to those who ordered the I WANNA ROCK design, just to go into more detail about what they were in for. So many of them are new to these shores, and I wanted to make sure they knew that this is not a normal shirt store, that I’m not simply packing up a two color screen print that’s been sitting on a shelf into a mailer and labeling it. There’s something else going on here, and they deserve a little explanation into what that entails.

Only three weeks later and I’m two days away from starting shipping out what has been the largest batch of a batik design I’ve ever done (this one = the previous largest single batik design batch X 5) This is nothing less than miraculous in the history of this shirt site. I pushed myself a little harder, waxing half the shirts at a time, and made the dye baths to double their typical size in order to move quicker through their creation.

I have to say I am pleased. They are looking so good, too. I really really really hope everyone loves them.

“so I’ve ordered I WANNA ROCK from tinyrun, now what?”

Hello I WANNA ROCK orderers…!

You may be asking yourselves many questions, such as the subject of this email. Many of you are new to tinyrun, and didn’t suffer through the BACON days, part I or II, or missed out on the TOAST thread mishaps, or the LINCOLN dot madness. For those many of you that this is your first tinyrun order, you deserve a little further view into the process, especially for this batik shirt.

Right NOW I have all the blanks for this shirt, and today, while the sun is shining in a beautiful way, the trees are changing colors, and the wind is blowing hair romantically, I will be indoors with a pot of wax heated to 240ish degrees, applying that wax to these white shirts.

Then I will be doing a gray dye bath. That will be as far as many get today, as the baths are sorta small (4-6 shirts), and then they air dry. Then they need to be waxed again. Then dyed again. Air dried again. Washed. Then boiled. Then dry cleaned. Then fabric softened….

Batik is an involved process to say the least, of which I am no master. I will monitor the shirts at all stages of the process with my compulsive method of quality control, and will do the best I can, as fast as I can.

What all this means is that these shirts will probably not start shipping this coming week. Maybe the first small set that’s made it all the way through the process, but chances are the week following will be the one where these start to see flight in a major way.

This may not be what you are interested in. You may be thinking, this is BUNK, and I didn’t pay this kind of money to have to wait for my goods. If this is the case, please email me and I will refund your monies and wish you luck. If you haven’t seen your shirt for another three weeks and then you think, I’m TIRED of waiting and want out, let me know. If you receive your shirt and think, I waited this long for THIS? then let me know. I will refund your monies at any part of the process, all you have to do is let me know.

This is how tinyrun works. It’s far from perfect. But if you hold fast, at the end of this road you will have a shirt that has been through a loving and lengthy process to create something completely unique.

Much love and more soon,

Michael