freeing our minds - Free Your Mind T-Shirt: Design Process

Talk about an empowering song! This song + a favorite quote = an awesome tee design.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
~Bob Marley

This quote is powerful and profound, and it calls for a simple yet bold design. Our Soul Flower Block Print tees have been a hit, so we decided to channel the same hand-made vibes for Free Your Mind.

It started with a blank piece of sketchbook paper and a pencil. A little freehand lettering and cutout action with an X-Acto blade, and we’ve got a super simple (but not so sturdy) stencil!

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The floppiness of the stencil didn’t matter in this case since we only needed to spray through it a couple of times. Orange was the only color spray paint we had on hand, so FREE YOUR MIND started out about as orange as an oompa-loompa! 🙂

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The reason we chose to cut a stencil and actually spray paint the design on to a piece of paper is so we could achieve that cool over-spray look that occurs naturally with stenciling.

After the paper dried, it was scanned in to the computer and adjusted to be completely black and white.

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The design was then sent off to the screenprinters, who completed the final step in our journey from drawing-to-stencil-to-digital-to-screen-to-shirt. Whew! It’s definitely quite the process, but the results are awesome. We achieved that cool graffiti/spray paint look, with an empowering message. And it’s available for men & women!

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Thanks to our buds Leiah & Joe for freeing their minds during our photoshoot 🙂

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7 Comments on Free Your Mind T-Shirt: Design Process

    January 21, 2011 at 1:51 am (9 years ago)

    would LOVE to see some DANK tie-dyes…ya know the KIND YOU dont see in the mall…LOL

  2. Lisa Marie Mary
    January 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm (9 years ago)

    Great shirt, great song and adorable models! heehee! Are the pants Leiah is wearing from Soul-Flower, too?

  3. SoulflowerBuds
    January 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks, Lisa! Sorry, the pants Leiah is wearing are not from Soul Flower… but the mukluks are! 🙂

  4. Lisa Marie Mary
    January 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Cool, guys – thanks!

  5. Sherman Unkefer
    January 25, 2011 at 8:11 am (9 years ago)

    Great shirts! Love it and your photos!


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