Hi! I'm a local illustrator based in Baltimore, Maryland. I recently created a series of tattoo inspired illustrations celebrating the state of Maryland. I am converting one of the most popular images from the series into a screen printed t-shirt.
I am using Kickstarter to facilitate a pre-order process for these shirts. You will ONLY be able to order this shirt through this Kickstarter campaign.
Why are you only selling these shirts through Kickstarter?
As a small independent artist, it's the only way I can afford to produce these shirts. (Having a large stock of shirts printed and then trying to sell them hasn't worked out well for me in the past- I always end up with lots of shirts of the wrong size sitting in my basement.) I previously used Kickstarter to facilitate a pre-order of my Charles Darwin t-shirt. It went quite well!
Tell me more about the shirts!
The design will be printed using a discharge screen printing process on black Gildan "SoftStyle" 100% cotton 4.5 oz weight t-shirts. They are very soft and have a nice drape to them. The printing will be done by Vacord printing, whom I have worked with successfully many times before. The design will be on the front of the shirt. Shirts will be available in unisex and women's styles.
Hoodies are also available! The base hoodie will be a black American Apparel 100% cotton 7.2 oz unisex zip front hoodie. The design will be on the BACK of the hoodie, printed at the same size as the design on the shirts.
Why do these shirts cost $20 instead of $15, like your Darwin shirts did? How can some websites sell t-shirts for $10?
With the screen printing process, each color in a design means a separate screen must be created for printing. This is more labor for the printer, and hence, shirts with more colors are more expensive for me to have printed. And this design just wouldn't look as good with the Maryland flag in black and white!
Shirts also cost more to have printed in smaller quantities. Large t-shirt businesses print hundreds or thousands of t-shirts at the same time, keeping their printing costs low. Based on past experience, this run of shirts will probably only consist of 25-50 shirts.
When do I tell you what size I want, and where to ship my shirt?
If the Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded, you will receive a survey to fill out with your desired shirt size(s) and shipping address.
Please consult the size charts below to help you decide what size to order. Please note that the sizes listed reflect the measurements of the actual base shirts, not the size of your body, so account for a few extra inches depending on how tight or loose you like to wear your shirts.
The women's cut shirts RUN SMALL. When I have used them in the past, most women preferred a size larger than they normally wear in most shirts.
What happens if this campaign is not successfully funded?
If the Kickstarter campaign fails, your Amazon account will NOT be charged for the amount you pledged, and NO shirts will be made. I chose the number for the campaign based on the minimum number of shirts I can order at a reasonable price. It wouldn't be economical for me to order just a few shirts.
When will I receive my shirt?
I will need to wait for the Kickstarter to conclude on November 1, 2012 before I can order the shirts from my screen printer. A few weeks will be needed for the shirts to be printed, delivered to me, and for me to ship them to you. I hope to have shirts shipped out by the end of November. Even if it takes a little longer than that, shirts will definitely be shipped in time for holiday gift giving! I will update the Kickstarter to keep you informed of my progress on the shirt printing and shipping.
I want to pledge for some number of shirts/hoodies not listed!
Just drop me a note and I'll set it up for you.
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