I recently had the opportunity to design a t-shirt for LC King, makers of Pointer Brand Clothing.
If you haven't heard about LC King and Pointer Brand, it's time for a closer look.
Founded in 1913 by Landon Clayton King, it is the oldest family owned & operated clothing factory in the USA. The factory in downtown Bristol, Tennessee has been in the hands of the King family for more than 100 years and four generations.
Here's the design for the back of the shirt:
And for the front of the shirt, it's a simplified version of the main design:
When I design t-shirt graphics, I almost always design a version for light fabric and a version for dark fabric. This helps the client visualize how the design will look.
It also helps me to pick ink colors. As well as foresee potential issues with screen printing.
If you examine these cads, you will notice how the dog art needed to be "flipped" so that it didn't have the "x-ray" effect. This can be a problem when printing one-color designs.
Here's the spec sheet for the design on white:
And here's the spec sheet for the design on black fabric:
They ended up printing the design on a black t-shirt (good choice!).
This tee is exclusive to the factory store in Bristol. It's not online. Go say hello and see the tradition / American made heritage / pride / workmanship for yourself.
Read more about LC King here.
If you are interested in designing t-shirts, have a look at my T-Shirt Design Workshop 2 - because you should never stop learning!