8 Printed Tees That Blew My Mind

8 Printed Tees That Blew My Mind
wotto
posted by wotto • 1 year ago

As Creative Director I get to see all of the submissions as they come in and I have to look and think, “Which of these beauties would make an amazing product?” Sometimes that’s easy, sometimes it’s tricky. Every once in a while a design is selected and I am excited by the challenge it will create at the printing stage. Seeing art go from paper to graphic T-shirt is a part of my job I relish.

Luckily for us our printers are willing to try 99.99% of things we throw at them. I approve the very first t-shirt that is printed of every design. It’s a big responsibility but it’s also very exciting. In this blog I am going to list 8 tees that blew my mind when I saw the first sample. The tees that literally made me go “whoa!” The art that transformed beautifully from a submission to a garment. Let’s do this!

Lost By Carbine


This design won 3rd place in the Bright Futures Contest and I loved it from the day it was submitted. At the printing stage I went for super soft discharge inks. As a neon design I was concerned that the inks wouldn’t ‘pop’ enough. When I saw it roll off the press I almost fell over. Amazing bright neon colors and so soft. How? We mixed custom neon inks by hand!

The Dark Officer By Roncabardz


Ron’s work has always caught my eye but this tee was especially successful. I choose a Sage Heather blank for this one and the water-based inks worked well with the softer lighter fabric. The colors chosen by the artist were perfect. As it passed each printing screen it was clear that it was going to be amazing. The amount of detail and crisp color variations were always going to make it a popular tee. This artist knows how to make artwork that works in harmony with a blank. One of the most beautiful shirt designs on Design by Humans in my opinion.

Sasquatch Frenzy By Mr-Nicolo


The day this t shirt design rolled off the dryer belt was legendary. We selected it with a nervous unknowing regarding printing. Could we print something this graphic so big? I was confident we could but the colors and the sheer size of this thing made everyone pay attention. The first print literally stopped the print floor, everyone clambering to take a look. It was glorious and as I signed it off for production I knew it would be a best seller.

Samurai Tiger by oBrunoMota


An instant eye catcher, this pencil design was a popular submission but I had my reservations about whether we could capture that hand drawn fine pencil detail. I upped the screen mesh count for this one and it paid off. The fine detail was captured and the art blended brilliantly with the fabric. The first print was instantly approved, taken to my office and lives on my rack of ‘amazing Design By Humans tees I like to show off’ to visitors. It’s beautiful and popular.

Hello Mr. Wayne By SPYKEEE


Raw discharge ink. It can be tricky and has varying results so I choose to use it on the winner of the Dark Knight Rises contest! As this complex t shirt design rolled off the printer I breathed a sign of relief. It worked and the detail was all there, it took some fine tweaking but it looked magnificent. I personally delivered it to the Warner Brothers offices and the reaction was exactly what I had been looking for. Awesome. A tee elevated by a print technique.

Angular Distress By Biotwist


This simple geometric design seemed too tricky to print on first glance but then I noticed the art was distressed and broken up. This is perfect for an all over because the print usually has a few creases or broken areas of print ink. When this printed using a red discharge ink I was gob smacked by the sheer volume of ink needed to cover the area. As it passed through the dryer a very cool abstract shirt design appeared.

A designer who considered the process ended up with a very cool result.

It Makes The Heart Grow Fonder By MeganLara


From the day this was submitted we knew it would be a winner, beautiful artwork by a very talented artist. However green as a base tee color is not very popular usually and it has varied print results. The other concern was that printing the same size art on a small tee through to a 2XL tee can mean some of the art gets compromised. We lined this up and I watched it print. As the final color hit the tee my jaw dropped open. The halftones popped and the colors worked brilliantly together, never has a green tee looked so good!

Control By Angry_Monk


When this unique and slightly weird art was submitted I was instantly drawn to it. Dark and interesting with many details to get lost in. I asked myself whether it could really work as a printed design. Yes was the answer, obviously. When I saw the sample print I was amazed at the detail that had been captured. Only a few colors and a some handsome halftones from our separator and this thing really popped. Unique, well composed and one of the nicest printed tees I have seen in a while.

As Design By Humans continues to grow I am sure I will see a wealth of beautiful prints. Design By Humans is always delivering cool art that makes my job a joy. Seeing each shirt design come alive is awesome but every once in a while a print amazes my seasoned eyes.

19 Replies

Ingkong Ingkong Artist from Philippines

All powerhouse designs :D

Outcast84 Outcast84 Artist from Philippines

You should have a segment wherein you pick certain shirts within a time period, and post them lets say, every quarter of the year. like a “Creative Director’s Select Series” accolade. :) That would be a cool badge to earn!

jrtoyman jrtoyman Artist from Quezon City, Philippines

Very Cool Picks!!! I own 4 on the list. :-)

GRANDR GRANDR Artist from Italy

Great jobs!!

Carli Carli Artist from Denmark

Great list Wotto, amazing artworks!

biotwist biotwist Artist from new jersey, United States

thanks Wotto. that’s why I always use distress on my allover prints… got to let that shirt breathe
you guys did get the shirt color backwards but I still love you and the shirt is so soft

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@Biotwist – You cannot discharge ink red tees with black ink. We would have had to use a much heavier ink and it would have been plastic-y to the feel and no where near as awesome as this version was.

biotwist biotwist Artist from new jersey, United States

you don’t here me complaining…

ADAMLAWLESS ADAMLAWLESS Artist from Johor Bahru, Marshall Islands

Great info, I do learned a lot here; my few new subs were into basic screen printing. I just want a crystal sharp results. Tks much.

kaizen kaizen Artist from Philippines

Tutorials for every piece will make someone pro in no time….. TUTORIALS PLEASSSE! Specially that Angry monk!

krisren28 krisren28 Artist from Philippines

Awesome!!! =)

skaryllska skaryllska Artist from Cebu City, Philippines

really love the article..thanx for this sir wotto

girardin27 girardin27 Artist from United States

really great choices to highlight

Ingkong Ingkong Artist from Philippines

Those designs and shirts are really mind-blowing.

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

awesome picks!

timzey timzey Human from United States

so what’s the eighth shirt? I only count 7, probably my fault, little help?

Inked Inked Staff: Community Manager from California, United States

Possibly a numerical oversight. Or maybe he’s counting Calavera III in the last photo.

EricMitchel EricMitchel Human from United States

Cool T shirt designs…I liked 5th(the black colored) on the list the most.

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@timzey & @inked
Some gremlins have been messin’ with the html for this post and so the 8th wasn’t showing up. I’ll strangle the gremlins.

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