Minimate T-Shirts #2
September 17, 2009

 - Project Date:July 2, 2008

In a previous post I created a Minimate mini-poster based on the 'Obey' propaganda imagery. It was just something quick-n-dirty to fill up an empty space.

It turned out to be fairly popular (at least by my standards) so a t-shirt was an obvious next step.
I wanted a new Minimate t-shirt to wear around the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, but I quickly ran out of time to create a new image. So I dipped into the archives for this 'obey' mini-poster. Unfortunately when I created it I wasn't planning on reusing it. The resolution was inadequate for printing. It's not a complicated image, so I took to recreating it at a much higher resoultion. I can't say how long it took, but it was only one GIMP session.

Since there was no need for transparency, I used Printfection for printing like I did for my other Minimate shirts. Their prices on dark shirts had gone up, but I knew what I'd be getting in both sizing and quality.

For whatever reason, I didn't take any photos of the shirt right after I got it. So I dug it up out of the clothes hamper and took that picture a little while ago. (Sorry I didn't bother to wash it first.) There's a usual amount of fading that you'd expect over a year of regular wear. I've probably worn (and washed) it three or four times per month.

Here's a tighter crop that shows the wear on the screen print itself. Most of that wear is from the '08 and '09 SDCCs. While walking around the convention I'll have a bag over my shoulder with the strap across my chest. Over the course of a day, the continual rubbing slowly wears away the print. I can't fault Printfection for that. Actually, I kind of like the worn look. It looks natural, not like that artificial weathering on the 80's print t-shirts you see at the trendy, hipster, mall stores. No cheating here. All natural, baby.