1. access text messages
2. put an image on a tee shirt
as you may or may not have heard, i was out camping all weekend. monday morning after i regained full coherence, i noticed that i had an envelope on the corner of my cell phone screen. i never knew that my phone had text messaging capability. i have had this phone for over a year now and, believe it or not, it was only two weeks ago when i learned to control the receiver's volume.
anyway, it was a message from m reminding me that i had a tee shirt design tutorial appointment to keep. it was 7 pm and off i went.
m lives smack in the middle of downtown sf so it took three trips around the block before i found a parking space. then we walked over to a joint that is rumored to be the best thai restaurant in sf.
m in the mirror
note loner eating+reading at top right
after two hours of okay food and poor service, we went to m's flat. i had warned him well in advance that his entire life would be on schmeebot. here it is:
m giving me a tour of his patch of fine earth
there was a huge canvas on a wall height easel to the left of the picture above which i failed to take a picture of.
m showed me a closetful of his paintings but i had no space to photograph them. he also showed me a whole mess of his tee shirts. i'll show you the two i like best.
neat experimental design that changes with each wash
one in the bliss series
i like the crackled effect lots. two years ago m sent me one of these terrific bliss shirts for my birthday. it's got entirely different images. i'd love to show you except i left it in sb.
then we got down to business. m discussed methods he's familiar with such as silk screening and gel gluing except we had equipment for neither. so we settled on the least complicated method: iron-on.
first we had to create an image. as it was our practice run, i decided to lift the image right off threadless.
m cleaned the design in photoshop
then he printed it and i cut it out. we had a heck of a time separating the paper backing from the iron-on transfer. it was possibly the most time consuming part in the entire process.
then i carefully arranged the images on the shirt and, with the iron set on max,
m pressed it on
some thirty seconds later, lift off
not bad, eh?
we did two more practice runs while m smoked a bunch more cigarettes. he played around on photoshop and decided to make the last trial image pink. it didn't turn out very well but he used it anyway. check it.
"it takes a very sexually secure man to wear pink." -bqk 1992