There's nothing like a good old screened shirt, right? What I'm wondering is what the shirts from all these online apparel sellers are like. My daughter got a shirt made for me a while ago, the image is like a blob of plastic stuck to the shirt, and not only that, it began to crack after a few washes.
Years ago, I had a shirt made at a mall kiosk, it was a heat transfer method, but it was nice and soft, not at all plastic-y, and it lasted for a decade (more, really). But now, all the custom shirts I see are this awful stuff. Any experience, insights? Thanks.
We make our own and it's not so hard. You can do it with your daughter cheap.
You get fabric paint but really any paint works - I've even used spray paint.
Print out any design on the computer on paper. Then stick it to a piece of card stock like a cereal box and cut out the letters with a box cutter or x-acto blade. The O's and B's and R's and letters like that have to be stencil-style letters or the middles will fall out.
Mix the paint with water so it won't clog and put it in a sprayer, like an old windex bottle. Stretch the shirt over a piece of cardboard and spray through the stencil onto the shirt. You can make many shirts, just dry off the stencil first. If it looks half-assed, you now have official garage punk quality! If you iron or tumble-dry the paint to heat-set it before you wash it, it lasts and lasts. This also lets you recycle any old shirt that has space on it.
I just wanted to add to this discussion that we have a brand-new shirt available in the GaragePunk.com Spreadshirt store that features a design by Shawn Dickinson (the guy responsible for the great cover of the 3rd volume of the Hideout Comp Series). It's now available in our Spreadshirt shop for $16.99 + shipping. CLICK HERE!
*Update - they now sell fabric paint in little "pump" bottles at arts n'crafts stores - if you want to do home stenciling, the job just got easier, get your x-acto, cut your design out of thin, stiff cardboard like a cereal box, stretch out the shirt and spray. This only makes a few because the stencil starts to curl but some people like that "crude" look.
If you want to make a lot, get a sheet of thin plastic like this: http://www.grafixplastics.com/polyethylene.asp
By the way, just last night I saw there was another advance in t-shirt technology on the Rachel Maddow show. An organization in Germany provided t-shirts free at a NeoNazi music festival that had a rockin' racist design but when the shirts are washed, it turns into a different message! More here: http://www.care2.com/causes/neo-nazis-in-germany-get-tricked-by-tro...
I get my shirts at spreadshirt.com and they are great. Very good quallity, you can design your own stuff and the prints really last long (flexprint they call it). I got shirts I've already washed at least 50 times and they still look great. You can start your own shop for free (mine is basstam whitch I created for a friends-group). I'm only not sure if they send to the whole world.