Those who purchased the ‘i still function, i still glow’ design had an opportunity to purchase an ‘upgrade’ to the design. I finalized my intention with this idea right when I was coding the checkout buttons for the shirt. This experiment resulted in what I hope future scientists, upon unearthing, will consider in whatever moon language they speak, to be ‘awesome.’
How it worked: a person could add a charge to their cart for the upgraded design version, which would include additional unspecified elements that related to the original design.
It seemed simple, but in fact had a certain complexity that I could already taste. My thoughts regarding this taste was that I could certainly handle another serving. I thought that it would be even more interesting for everyone involved if this wild-card idea was brought to bear. The buyer could get a surprise, and I could make items that were of an even more limited edition. In fact, my intention was to make them literally ‘single edition’ items. Each would be different, each would be an opportunity to go a little nuts. I wanted people to have an option to give me a chance that I would love to do with artists that I follow and adore. A chance to do whatever they want.
Within a little reason, of course. My plan was to have the upgrage add to the design already presented, so the benefactor would be able to predict withing a certain ‘hunch’ of a range, how it might go. The chances of delivering a fushia item in this case was severely limited, and I’m sure the two brave souls who decided on the upgrade slept better because of it.
To make matters more interesting, the button code I mentioned earlier was slightly off when I published it to the site, so that the charges where a little too high. The first purchaser of the upgrade actually was double charged for it. I offered to send back the money or create a ‘double upgrade’ design, and he, like a Vegas pro, said let it ride. And so, I did.
The single upgrade shirt received additional stitching of glow thread around the skull, and accent stitching on the sleeves. I had wanted to extend the stitching on the front out at least twice as far, but the fabric of the shirt began to bunch a bit.
The double upgrade, well, yeah, nuts. The pictures only show limited detail of the double, but the two flanking skulls on the front are glow-ink covered white jersey fabric with a separate skull cut out of black shirt on top These layers have then been sandwiched and stitched together to the front of the shirt with the glow thread. And since that wasn’t sufficient, I did that all on a white ringer shirt. And since that wasn’t sufficient, I went and added a little glow stitch of the skull shape at the nape of the neck.