April 2008

One Man Shirt Army

everything is going to be fine batik run The ‘everything is going to be fine’ shirts are out and on their way to those who purchased. I am really pleased with how they look, I hope those few souls who braved the purchase love them just as much, if not more.

I’m in talks now with official embroiderers about the infamous bacon. Since I received a reasonable amount of orders I think I might be able to have the run produced by those with really expensive equipment, and therefor up the quality of the final shirt by many folds. The quotes I’m receiving are pretty steep, basically reducing any margin to zero. And they can’t do glow-in-the-dark threads or have never used them? Really? How am I on the cutting edge of threads?

Dave’s aut vincere are running late, seeming to be arriving in my hands next week. I will have a surplus of those due to the minimum order requirements, so I will have to resolve whether or not I want to have a static storefront somewhere here on the site. Hm.

Due to an error on my part, I may be putting in another order of Hilesh’s true star shirt. I’m perplexed if this violated my own rules. It was my error. It’s still a tiny run. Right? The extras to make the minimum of that order would go in the static storefront as well. Hm. Hm.

A storefront is something I considered when this began, as there is never a guarantee that the amount of shirts ordered will be enough for the minimum and there could be ‘extras’…but it would be per item basis. Such as there is one medium of this and two larges and one small of that, and that’s it.

Also, there is a new batik cooking to debut next Friday. It’s a design that I’ve had in my head for the past three years. The possibility of fruition is sending me to new heights. I’ll try not to fall; as usual, it’s a hang-on situation.

untitled (bye)

awesomenessnice mock, eh?  really just for scalelook closely for more awesome
“untitled (bye)”

design run of
04/26/08 through 5/9/08

byzoek’s work is full of subtlety and nuance, and was not an easy reproduction on a shirt. Since she often works on a paper with a yellow shade, but most yellow shirts are blazing bright, we decided to go with a more natural shade of cotton with the color of the paper stripped out.

This same subtlety of byzoek’s work also doesn’t translate into screen printing very well, so we decided to debut a Direct To Garment print. I was initially a little apprehensive about the probable quality of this process which I’d never seen before. I ordered a test shirt, and I say I’m fairly impressed. The process has its own limitations, but seems to provide an excellent quality of reproduction within those limitations.

Also, please go take a look at byzoek’s catalog of work on her site ‘girls are crying‘. I think you’ll fall in love. “they are weak. they are strong. they are beautiful.” Indeed.

Maybe that was all I needed

We see below something that appeared on Qwantz/Dinosaur Comics this morning:

bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon mushroom mushroom

Merry Christmas to me.

It was expensive to line up six strips of bacon like that, and they won’t even be up for that long, Ryan isn’t posting a new strip today…but it was so worth it. Sometimes I have to just see it.

(add: it’s also the last bacon day. it’s kindof a celebration.)

Faster Slower Faster

pile of arms and hands(We see here pictured some of the ‘everything is going to be fine’ orders in progress. The picture is current but they’ve already left this stage and and approaching being finished tonight. They will ship before the week ends come what may.)

Two months and a matter of days. That’s it. Happy two-month anniversary, Tiny Run …feels like it’s been months and months, not month and month.

I think one of the factors that colors my perception of it is that I’m trying to plan designs weeks and months in advance, and produce the previous closed designs at the same time.

It’s like time travel without the paradox. At least not yet. I’ll get working on that, too.

Many new ideas for the months to come, new approaches to the same cottony surface. In two months flat my ideas of what is acceptable and what isn’t have shifted dramatically. I really want things to be different, unknown, unforeseen. And I mean so different I want it to scare you. I want it to be crazy.

I’d say it’s coming along, and me with it…

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