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My FIEND FOLIO / KILLERS denim jacket painting is now a T-Shirt! Printed on very soft, very black American Apparel shirts.
My FIEND FOLIO / KILLERS denim jacket painting is now a T-Shirt! Printed on very soft, very black American Apparel shirts.
My FIEND FOLIO / KILLERS denim jacket painting is now a T-Shirt! Printed on very soft, very black American Apparel shirts.
142 backers pledged $5,234 to help bring this project to life.

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Dungeons & Dragons / Iron Maiden Mashup T-Shirt

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Killers album by Iron Maiden, Fiend Folio by TSR
Killers album by Iron Maiden, Fiend Folio by TSR

In 1980 (ish) I got my hands on the original D&D game and played with my friends. Over the years, I fell in love with all of the books, especially the Fiend Folio. That COVER! Emmanuel's painting of the Githyanki! Man it is awesome.

Then, In high school, I used to charge a whopping 50 bucks to hand-paint denim jacket back-panels for all of the metalheads and rockers. My favorite ones to paint, of course, were Iron Maiden's album covers. Derek Riggs' amazing paintings of Eddie blew my high school kid mind.

One day while painting a version of KILLERS by Iron Maiden, it struck me how similar it was to the old FIEND FOLIO cover. I thought that one day it would be fun to draw up a mix of the two. 

The original painting was done on a denim jacket, which sold at an art show, just like the old days. Since then, lots of folks have asked me to put the design onto T-Shirts, so I figured this would be a good way to get them out there!

Boom.

SHIRT DETAILS

Shirt Brand and Material: The ORIGINAL, all-over-print shirt is an American Apparel T-shirt. It is black, 100 percent cotton on the sleeves and back, and soft poly on the front panel, The result is a vintage feel, super soft, medium-light weight shirt that feels great and shows bright colors. It is a slim fit, 4.4 oz., side-seamed t-shirt. The newly added 3XL-5XL shirts are on 100% cotton, 5.29 oz (heavyweight) tees with a more traditional fit.

Sizes: The ORIGINAL, all-over-print shirts that started this project are available in the standard "unisex" American Apparel sizes of Small through XXL. To serve the many requests for larger-than XXL shirts, I can now create sizes 3XL-5XL with a traditional front-print. See image below.

Printing Method: The ORIGINAL, all-over-print shirts are printed using a Dye-Sublimation process. It is an amazing process that gives photographic results while keeping the fabric incredibly soft. You have probably seen this printing method used on mousepads and game-mats. I did not want such a huge print to make the shirt feel like a plastic suit of armor, so silkscreening was not considered. The shirt printer has warned me that there may be small, white spots near the very edges of the art, in the underarms or edges. However, the sample that I ordered is perfect except when really stretched out, as you can see in the photos below.

The "all-over" printing process is done with the shirt flat & face up. Occasionally small white lines may appear along the outer seam. On the sample, a tiny white line is only visible when the shirt is stretched beyond normal amounts.
The "all-over" printing process is done with the shirt flat & face up. Occasionally small white lines may appear along the outer seam. On the sample, a tiny white line is only visible when the shirt is stretched beyond normal amounts.

The newly added 3XL-5XL shirts are printed using a direct-to-garment process that produces soft, colorful results. This shirt will have a more traditionally sized print, occupying a rectangle on the front torso. (see mockup picture earlier on this page).

TWO WEEK PROJECT

Spread the word! If you know anyone that would be psyched for the shirt, pass along the link. The project is just a short, two week window.

ORDERING DETAILS

Backerkit: As with my past projects, I will be using Backerkit as a checkout system. This is a very flexible system that allows backers to order exactly what they want and lets us communicate after the project ends.

Ordering more than one? Multiple people have asked me how to buy more than one. This option will be available as an "add on" upon checkout within the backerkit that you receive as a backer. All sizes (meaning, both shirt types) will be available upon the completion of the project).

Shipping Costs: We are using USPS priority shipping. 

Returns: These shirts will be custom printed-to-order. This means that I am not creating large quantities and selling from that stock. I will be making only the shirts that have been ordered and therefore will not be able to accept returns. Thank you for understanding.

*Please note that this project is not affiliated with Iron Maiden, TSR, Hasbro or Wizards of the Coast.

Risks and challenges

No risks or challenges. The art is complete, the prototype looks great, I have a shipping/receiving warehouse space for our boardgame High Heavens and have successfully Kickstarter two other projects with Kickstarter and Backerkit. I have confirmation from my printer that the sizes are available and large orders are possible.

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