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UPC all gone!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Well as you may have noticed, over the weekend I sold out of my first tee ever: UPC! Crazy. It’s the 2nd most-viewed shirt on my site which is so weird to me. I really never thought it was all that spectacular, and as other designers have eagerly pointed out, it’s been done before. So do I reprint it? Hm. On the one hand I’ve gotten at least half a dozen emails asking me to do it, but on the other hand I want to get new stuff in the store…

Help me out guys! To reprint or no? Another thing to consider is that I’ve got 2 more white tees in the queue, and one that’s black on white just like this. I just don’t know if it’s a good idea to take a step back like this, even if it’s a seller…

March 1st goodies!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

See! I kept my word!

This one turned out specTACular. The colors are a perfect match and I’m just nuts about my new custom tags printed on the inside! Anyhoo, this design is on sale now at Linty Fresh and I’ve even got a discount code for you guys: “SOFRESH”. If you use it now you’ll get 10% off your order, but every day it’ll go up by 1% more. I’m not gonna say when I’m deactivating it, so either buy now and get a guaranteed 10% or wait a little bit and see what happens… ;D

Oh, and my board worked great! Despite the breaking it in pretty rough with bails, ice, tree-crashes, and other wear-and-tear, it looks fantastic. And the slopes were great, too. One of the employees there told us it was one of their best days there at Cataloochee. We had a blast!

March 1st!

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

So in keeping with my goal to release new goods on the 1st of every month, the beginning of March will bring a new tee, “Fish, Etc.” and some other goods. The new tee design looks like this:

Fish Etc.

It’ll be the same colorway for guys and girls on chocolate American Apparel jersey tees, as always. This design is actually pretty old – a couple of years now. I submitted an earlier version of it to Threadless (which never won) and a second altered version (which lost as well). But both submissions scored highly and I received a lot of helpful feedback. The problem with the initial concept was that the objects weren’t arranged in this shape – it was just all in a giant circle, which was pretty boring. The second version introduced the whale shape but it wasn’t clear enough (in fact, most people thought it looked like a brain…).

Still, about half a year ago I got an email from a tshirt company asking to buy the design (version 2). I turned them down though, knowing that I wanted to release it myself. So here we are, in 2008, and it’s finally getting printed! It’s always exciting to see ideas go from paper to digital form to printed tee. It’s a long and sometimes grueling process of sizing, color matching, and close communication with the printers, but in the end, when I see folks buying the tees and sporting them around proudly, it’s totally worth it!

Now, as for the “other goods” mentioned… Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. I imagined I’ve established a bit of a reputation for starting things without finishing them, so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut until they’re in stock and ready to sell… But I will say that from the designs that have been submitted, I’m very excited with how it’s turning out! :P

New shirts on their way in…

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Well last week I put in the order for a new print… Well, technically it’s pretty old… I designed it almost two years ago as a threadless submission. It scored moderately but some suggestions were made for revising it, so I did, and resubmitted it. Again, just moderate. So I changed it one last time and instead of submitting it yet again I kept it in a file never to be seen again… Until now!

(I know this post is pretty lame without a picture of the design – I’ll upload one when I get a chance)

In other news, the new shirt is selling pretty quick (especially in girls’ sizes). So if you’ve been waiting, you may want to pick one up soon. Also, I’m in the early stages of getting things together for a mobile shop. I think I’ve mentioned this idea here before, but basically I want to deck out a minivan with decals and logos and throw in some shelves stocked with tees. Then I’ll cruise around Atlanta and see if anyone’s interested in making a street side purchase! It should be quite an adventure, and one I plan to go on again if it’s successful.

Anyhow, that’s all for now.

They’re here!

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Dude, guys, gals. It’s so totally stocked. And looking rather awesome. Custom tags are SIIIIIICK!

I’ve got the feeling these are gonna go pretty darn quick…

Whew!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I think I’ve finally come to an important decision regarding Linty Fresh. Honestly, it’s been pretty weird the last two years since I’ve just designed whatever came to my head in whatever style I could conjure up. Problem being, without some sort of lowest common denominator, some overriding look, it’s hard to really define myself. So I’ve made my decision. I’m going for “stylized street art cartoons and graphics” …I guess that still seems broad, but just visualize my last design – it had some streetsy cartoons (the little orange dudes) mixed with my more typical dead tree and leaf graphics and lots of fun and flowy, purely design stuff. My buttons, too. Cartoony, but not in a kiddie-book-illustrations way.

Anyways, that’s kind of what I’m going for. Also, BOLD colors and large designs. Now that I’ve finally established a cheap and reliable printer, I can go way beyond 4 colors, too. And now I want to do wrap arounds, hood prints, and even bags. There’s a lot of reasons that I think make this a good idea. First, I haven’t seen too many other people do this (bags, that is). Second, I love bags (I use mine whenever I can!) Third, I think the style will really complement the bags well (Most likely a simple, wide, one-color print)

I guess I’ve sort of been going about LF wrong. Basically I was attempting to compete with the tee giants like Threadless and Design by Humans. This, of course, is ludicrous. I simply can’t create that many different styles for tees. But what I can do is invert that formula – print a lot of different things with a single style. Obviously, my main thing will definitely still be the tees, but I really want to expand. This may even be the perfect platform to launch the sneakers. (if I ever figure out how to do it!)

Anyways, I’m looking for some input on the bags below. These bags are my top 3 choices for printing. They have nice, print-able flaps, are comfy looking, and practically shaped:


DW805 Desert Wash Medium Messenger Bag
“100% cotton rip-stop soft structured messenger bag with open interior and brushed nickel hardware. adjustable strap for cross-body carrying. back pocket with velcro closure.”
12″ w x 9″ h x 2″ d.


405 Anvil Messenger Bag
“600-denier polyester; laptop and pda friendly; adjustable 2 shoulder strap; lined flap with two zippers makes imprinting easy; front adjustable-clasp closure; main compartment has inside slip pocket; front panel has zippered compartment”
DEPTH 5″ LENGTH 14.5″ WIDTH 12″


1908 Authentic Pigment Pigment-Dyed Raw-Edge Messenger Bag
“100% cotton canvas, 14 oz; enzyme-washed; adjustable cotton webbing shoulder strap with antique brass slider and d-ring; large flap with magnetic snap; exterior and interior zippered pockets; storage side pockets”
DEPTH 4.75″ LENGTH 16″ WIDTH 11.5″



I’m leaning towards the first one now but open to feedback. Probably I’ll print on black & khaki for the first run. Any input on this would be great!

Sample tag for new shirtOh, and one last reason why the new printing company is the best ever (and I’m so excited about this it’s a little insane) THEY ARE GONNA DO CUSTOM TAGS!!!

In other words, they are going to remove the American Apparel tags by hand and screenprint a 3″x4″ tag design onto the back neck. And because they are so incredibly awesome, it’s only going to cost another 40 cents per tee, even though each size will have a different tag! I’m super thrilled because getting my own tags was like the final step to feeling official about these tees. From now on, they are 100% LF. Just awesome. On top of that, every tee I release will have a different tag design. This is the one I did for the upcoming tee.

Oh snap, Jungle Book reference!

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Tee of the day!

Holy bajera this has been a sweet week! My Epic tee won Tee of the Day yesterday on Emptees and this morning in my inbox I had 3 cool emails: two were from apparel companies emailing me about some possible contract work. One’s a Georgia motocross clothing line and the other is some NY-based thingy so that’s cool beans! The third email (and probably the one I’m most excited about) was from Woot.com, a trendspotting/consumer reports type site that will be featuring me on their homepage tomorrow!

I asked how they found me and they responded: “We were looking.” Ok then.

So ’08 is starting off on a good foot I’d say! And I plan on really kicking things into high gear. I’ve got the next designs off to the printers as of this afternoon and once that comes in I’m going to load up my mom’s van and camp out in some parking lots that get concert traffic. I always spot kids in threadless and the like, so I’m hoping they’ll have it in them to support their local underdog. ;)

Anyhow, I’ve been getting lots of great advice from the other merchants and designers on Emptees and have even set up a trade with the guys that run Seibei and Carraway. I think that’s been one of the coolest parts of running LF: networking. It’s so inspiring to hear the stories of these small-time designers that found their niche, started a little following, and ended up making a living out of it.

See, I don’t see myself as a fine artist by any means – I know I abandoned that path long ago by dropping out of my art major. But honestly, it wouldn’t have suited me. Working for days or weeks on a single piece… ack. I’m way too impatient for that kind of long-haul discipline. But the process of being a small-time merchant/designer is so satisfying to me. The design aspect is awesome because I’m not answering to anyone but myself. No clients to make senseless comments and inconsistent decisions, no deadlines, no set standard of colors or styles. It’s just whatever I feel like. And then the actual vending is super rewarding too. It’s not the monetary thing at all really. Honestly, my profits this year are so low because of all my dead end LF projects, but still, it was a blast for me. Every time I get an order it’s like the coolest thing – the fact that someone is willing to part with their hard earned cash for a chance to sport one of my designs is just the coolest thing to me.

Well that was quite a rant. So to contrast with all this upbeat crap, I have to announce some sad news – I totally ruined my Ponys tonight! I wasn’t happy with the markers so I painted over them with acrylics. That was stupid because acrylics are basically liquid plastic, so once they dry, they only stick to things that soak them up. And my shoes didn’t. So it’s all peely and ugly now. My final plan is to spray paint them, but that could be even more disastrous. And this was totally a business write off, so there goes $25 in profits for ’08… Lol.

I need to be more like corporate cat.

Does this guy even do tshirts anymore?!

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Of course I do! Just having some fun experimenting with other stuff, yanno? Here’s the latest projects from the LF workshop:

LF kicks

Basically my day went like this:

9:00 AM – Had a whim to do some custom kicks.

12:00 PM – Ate lunch while further contemplating the kicks.

3:30 PM – Entered a Marshalls and purchased some Pony’s.

8:00 PM – Fulfilled my whim. Not 100% happy with these as the colors seemed to vary depending on what surface I was using the markers on, but in the end I’m cool with it. I’ll still wear em, I mean.

Anyways since uploading these shots to my flickr, I’ve gotten 4 requests to design custom pairs! So who knows, maybe this is the future of LF! Either way, if you’re interested, hit me up and I’ll see if I can’t figure a way to get one to you. :D

Also, it’s 2008!!! And what better way to go into the new year than doing what I love: sitting for hours in front of a computer screen tugging at pixel points. Yeah, yet another tshirt design to add to the shelf. As in, the digital shelf. I’m still waiting on the info to come through for my loan application, so until then things are at a bit of a standstill tangible-goods wise. Here it is:

In Dreams TeeThis is actually for a competition over at Emptees, which I’ve been perusing a lot lately. It’s a nice little community of other tshirt vendors and designers, which means, unlike Threadless, you can actually get some useful information out of the other members. I’ve already got some A+ advice on what kind of business structuring works best for the industry, plus other stuff on shirt brands and what not. Oh, and I managed to hook up with one of the printer guys on there and he’ll be handling my next batch. It’s super affordable and his screens are 20″x25″! (Most are 16″ x 13″, so they can’t do full front prints like he can!) Anyhow, the theme of the contest is “In Dreams”. Which is open-ended enough to afford space for some of my newly lovable toothy characters (now as bunnies). I’m happy with the design, and whatever happens with the contest, I’m planning on printing this soon. As in, ’08. Ha.

Yoooooooooooohoooo!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Huzzah!

LF 2.0 is live, and with a brand new tee in store! Go check it out here!!! Big Cartel is truly wonderous. I’m really looking forward to using it from here on out! Man, this calls for a celebration… Maybe a sale?

Yeah, that sounds pretty good!

Ok, all older shirts (ie: Behold Modern Beauty) $10! And the newer ones are $15!

Now go buy stuff!

New stuff to land soon…

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

4th carnation from originalWell after volleying emails, order forms, and pdfs back and forth with the printers, I’m pleased to announce that the order has been finally and officially placed! As usual, I’ll be experimenting a bit with this batch of shirts by releasing not just guys and girls standard cut tshirts, but unisex long sleeve tees too!

I can’t speak for your part of the globe, but over here in Georgia the temperature is starting to dip into the 30s (which is especially disagreeable for one originally from the tropics such as myself). So I figured it’d be nice to provide the option of a slightly warmer (while still suitably fresh) piece of apparel. (Next up, scarves… or leg-warmers…)

Coming soon...In addition to printing this latest design on three separate styles of shirts, I’m also releasing an exclusive, hand-sculpted collectible toy. These will be available at the same time as the shirts, and will feature the same character and style. I’ll release more information on them as soon as I decide just what this information will be.


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