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Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

I recently took orders for a limited run Giant Bomb shirt that I'll be handing out at PAX. Well. They're done being made and ready for shipping to Boston and I figured I'd give ya'll a look at how screened T's (and pretty much anything) are made.

In the beginning, an image.

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I made this spoof of Papers, Please a while back and I really dug its look so I decided to go with this one. Well, this one minus the text, options and arrow.

The screens

The deer head part being cured.
The deer head part being cured.

Once you know what you want to screen, you need to isolate the colors involved and create an individual screen. The way you make a screen is you build a frame, stretch some silk across it and then coat it with photo emulsion.

Washing away the uncured emulsion.
Washing away the uncured emulsion.

You then print out the individual colored parts of the image and run it through a dark room type process which will cure all the parts of the screen that is not covered leaving the covered sections uncured and able to be washed away.

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More shots of the individual screens

The part where the colors go on the clothes

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After the screens are set up, you load them into a machine/contraption that will allow the shirt to be lined up properly with all the individual screens. This alignment is obviously crucial. Typically, I'm told you start bottom to top layer. So in the terms of this shirt, you start with the Luchadeer, followed by the light green, then the dark green and finally the white to finish.

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Color by color is added to the shirt
Flash drying~
Flash drying~

As the individual shirts have colors applied, they are flash dried on the machine. Every image is applied twice to get a really nice full coating and the flash drying readies the shirt for a second coat by drying the applied oils a little bit. This all works by rotating the shirt wheel so right after the oil paint is applied, it rotates to the flash dryer and then has time to cool off before it comes all the way around for a second coating.

I'm told that's green. But I dunno cuz colorblind...
I'm told that's green. But I dunno cuz colorblind...

The paint itself is applied by bringing the screen down on top of the shirt and then pushing the paint through the uncured section of the screen using a squeegee type device. Bigger places have machines that do this, my guy does it manually =P The cured sections that didn't wash away don't allow any paint through while the sections that were covered and then washed away do.

Finally, curing.

This beast
This beast

After all the layers and colors have been screened on, the shirt is sent down through this massive drying machine that'll cure the ink proper. We used something called "Plastisol" which is an oil based ink. There are two main other types of inks that are used in this process that are water based. Plastisol screens are a lot brighter and have a greater ability to be opaque against a black shirt which is important because a large portion of this is solid white on black and has the added benefit of being able to withstand way more cycles through the laundry before looking beat up. It does have a bit of an almost plasticy and raised feel as opposed to the water based stuff that you'd find on screened t-shirts at say J-Crew and whatnot. The third popular type is the one they use on shirts that are artificially faded. You know what I'm talking about.

Wet shirt goes in, dry shirt comes out.
Wet shirt goes in, dry shirt comes out.

Final Product

After all that mess, we've got a shirt. + some hoodies.

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See ya'll at PAX East =]

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#1 Posted by AMyggen (7632 posts) -

Really cool, dude. Wish I was going to Pax, that design is just so fucking cool!

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#2 Posted by jayc4life (205 posts) -

Damn, awesome work duder! Guess you learn something new every day huh. Would have loved one of these, but living on the far side of the world kinda made that impossible. Hope they all go to good homes.

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#3 Posted by VoshiNova (2268 posts) -

Your awesome and congratulations on following through with an idea. <3

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#4 Posted by pyromagnestir (4453 posts) -

Stop doing cool stuff!

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#5 Posted by BombcastGoldthwait (256 posts) -

Just one more reason I'm sad I'm not going to PAX, thanks. Also, congratulations on being talented and stuff.

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#6 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

@amyggen said:

Really cool, dude. Wish I was going to Pax, that design is just so fucking cool!

It's one of the things I've done that I actually like =P

Damn, awesome work duder! Guess you learn something new every day huh. Would have loved one of these, but living on the far side of the world kinda made that impossible. Hope they all go to good homes.

Thanks =] Where is the far side of the world? I'm in Washington... I'm sorta guessing you might mean somewhere like Europe tho.

Your awesome and congratulations on following through with an idea. <3

Couldn't have done it w/out the support of duders on this site~

Stop doing cool stuff!

I'll tryyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

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#7 Posted by flameboy84 (794 posts) -

Dammit all the cool kids go to PAX.....FACT.

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#8 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7014 posts) -

That's great. I really love the design. Great job duder.

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#10 Posted by jayc4life (205 posts) -

@fobwashed: Yeah, I'm in Ireland. Quite the stretch, though I'm actually in Chicago on holiday for a few weeks while PAX is happening. Hope my hotel has wifi so I can watch the Game Dev Royal Rumble stream, at least.

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#11 Posted by Brenderous (1241 posts) -

Man, it stinks I won't be able to get one of these cause I'm not going to PAX East. They look awesome.

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#12 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

Just one more reason I'm sad I'm not going to PAX, thanks. Also, congratulations on being talented and stuff.

Daaaaaaaawwwwwwww...... T-T Also, thanks!

That's great. I really love the design. Great job duder.

:D

@fobwashed: Yeah, I'm in Ireland. Quite the stretch, though I'm actually in Chicago on holiday for a few weeks while PAX is happening. Hope my hotel has wifi so I can watch the Game Dev Royal Rumble stream, at least.

If there are any PAX meet ups, you should swing by anyway =] I hear a lot of stuff goes on like, outside of PAX proper.

Man, it stinks I won't be able to get one of these cause I'm not going to PAX East. They look awesome.

If everything goes well at East, I may do something similar for West~

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#13 Posted by tsutohiro (371 posts) -

Congrats and thanks for blogging. It's really interesting to see the process of it going from basic concept to a fully realized project. You're amazing duder!

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#14 Edited by rmanthorp (4527 posts) -

No seriously stop doing cool stuff and how can I buy all of your cool stuff.

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#15 Posted by hammondoftexas (1201 posts) -

Awesome work, wish these were available in the store!

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#16 Posted by billymagnum (900 posts) -

pfft who wants to go to an event only to find out people are wearing exactly what you are wearing? wuheva...i...i dont even want one...yeah! ill make my own gb-related shirt then!

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they look great btw

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#17 Posted by probablytuna (4928 posts) -

I WANT THAT SHIRT.

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#18 Edited by AlisterCat (7366 posts) -

I want that on a zip hoodie. Come to England and I will buy one, pls.

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#19 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

Congrats and thanks for blogging. It's really interesting to see the process of it going from basic concept to a fully realized project. You're amazing duder!

Thanks! I thought the entire process was remarkably simple and easy. If I had a garage, I'd prolly try to set up a small shop myself for custom screening =P

No seriously stop doing cool stuff and how can I buy all of your cool stuff.

If anything else ever comes up, I'll be sure to post about it =]

Awesome work, wish these were available in the store!

Then they wouldn't be limited! =P

pfft who wants to go to an event only to find out people are wearing exactly what you are wearing? wuheva...i...i dont even want one...yeah! ill make my own gb-related shirt then!

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they look great btw

I actually love seeing someone else wearing a gaming related shirt I like. I've never seen a giant bomb shirt in the wild outside of PAX but even at PAX it's like "Duder!". And thanks =]

I WANT THAT SHIRT.

PAXPAXPAXPAXPAXPAXPAX

I want that on a zip hoodie. Come to England and I will buy one, pls.

I would love to visit London again!! Funny you say that because I'm actually wearing the zip up hoodie right now =D I thought the body was a bit long but I put it through the wash and now it fits perfectly~~

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#20 Edited by billymagnum (900 posts) -

@fobwashed: but seriously if you have extras im finding you.

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#21 Posted by Deadlydog (209 posts) -

Dude, can you maybe point me to a guide on how to start doing stuff like this? I really want to start doing it!

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#22 Posted by The_Tolman (460 posts) -

Can't wait for PAX this year! I'm going for two days this time so I'll have more time to check out everything.

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Alright duders. They've been packed and shipped. A whoppin $82 in shipping via USPS =P Last touch till I get to Boston myself!

You can see, it's a hell of a lotta stuff to carry so hopefully we'll be able to most of us make the meetup 11AM~ 12AM on Friday =]

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@fobwashed: but seriously if you have extras im finding you.

I have roughly 15 extra shirts of varying sizes so find me and I'll def get you one ;-)

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#24 Posted by mtcantor (984 posts) -

This is absurdly exciting. Thank you for doing all this!

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#25 Posted by deactivated-58513b27f2513 (293 posts) -

I really want one, but I can't have one. You bastard.

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#26 Posted by Rorie (4128 posts) -

@fobwashed: Looking good! Sorry if I didn't get back to you on sizes - my ability to track PM conversations is pretty limited in the best of situations. Let me know if you need anything else from me.

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#27 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

@rorie: I'm only missing Jeff's shirt size. At this point, a hoodie is unavailable but I do have some extras of every shirt size so I'd like to set aside one for him if possible =]

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#28 Posted by Frootsnax (79 posts) -

Thanks Man! Looking forward to meeting up at PAX.

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#29 Posted by vikingdeath1 (1212 posts) -

Rad Duder! can't wait to get my hands on mine!

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#30 Posted by EpicSteve (6908 posts) -

Great job! Thanks. Probably best to link up before or after the Giant Bomb panel?

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#31 Edited by billymagnum (900 posts) -

@fobwashed: great, please save one if possible. my life for a MEDIUM lol. i should be there saturday at door opening and ill be there until closing

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#32 Posted by NicksCorner (500 posts) -

Really neat design, gj and congrats to the lucky few duders getting in on the deal.

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#33 Edited by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

@mtcantor said:

This is absurdly exciting. Thank you for doing all this!

My pleasure =] Tho if I do it again, I'll have to adjust some of the pricing =P

I really want one, but I can't have one. You bastard.

Come at me bro!

Thanks Man! Looking forward to meeting up at PAX.

It's a date!

Rad Duder! can't wait to get my hands on mine!

Your shirt is monstrous =P

Great job! Thanks. Probably best to link up before or after the Giant Bomb panel?

I'm gonna do my best to meet up with people early Friday. Mostly so I don't have to carry this stuff around during the show. I think after the panel is gonna be my best bet at selling off the extras and unclaimed shirts tho =P

@fobwashed: great, please save one if possible. my life for a MEDIUM lol. i should be there saturday at door opening and ill be there until closing

I've got like 5 extra Mediums I think. I'll try to remember to hang onto one for you if possible. Tweet at me or check my feed to figure out where I'm at!

Really neat design, gj and congrats to the lucky few duders getting in on the deal.

Thx duder!

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#34 Posted by shinboy630 (1385 posts) -

Pretty bummed I didn't get an order in on time, but I look forward to seeing people wearing these walking around at PAX. Great work @fobwashed

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#35 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

Pretty bummed I didn't get an order in on time, but I look forward to seeing people wearing these walking around at PAX. Great work @fobwashed

If you're going to PAX East, tweet me at the show. I printed a few extras to sell on location =]

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#36 Posted by shinboy630 (1385 posts) -

@shinboy630 said:

Pretty bummed I didn't get an order in on time, but I look forward to seeing people wearing these walking around at PAX. Great work @fobwashed

If you're going to PAX East, tweet me at the show. I printed a few extras to sell on location =]

I am and will do. Thanks for the heads up!

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#37 Posted by vikingdeath1 (1212 posts) -
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Rad Duder! can't wait to get my hands on mine!

Your shirt is monstrous =P

Bwahaha! Just the way I like it!

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@vikingdeath1 said:

Rad Duder! can't wait to get my hands on mine!

Your shirt is monstrous =P

Bwahaha! Just the way I like it!

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#39 Posted by TruthTellah (9809 posts) -

Oh wow, this is amazing. I never saw your original post about this; I would have definitely tried to get one.

Hope everyone lucky enough to acquire one really enjoys them! (and shares pictures of themselves in them. heh)

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#40 Posted by CornBREDX (7198 posts) -

Cool, man.

This reminds me of an episode of Dirty Jobs.

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#41 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

Oh wow, this is amazing. I never saw your original post about this; I would have definitely tried to get one.

Hope everyone lucky enough to acquire one really enjoys them! (and shares pictures of themselves in them. heh)

Definitely would love to see people actually wearing these in pic form if possible =]

Cool, man.

This reminds me of an episode of Dirty Jobs.

I'm the dirtiest. Tyty =]

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#42 Posted by Fattony12000 (8273 posts) -

I want one.

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#43 Posted by AssInAss (3254 posts) -

That is so fucking rad, I'm so jealous of you Americans! Papers Please was my fave game of last year. Great job @fobwashed

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#44 Edited by SgtSphynx (2420 posts) -

Reading this brought back memories of doing this shit in highschool. Kinda wish I still had those shirts.

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#45 Posted by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

I want one.

I wish I could send em to everyone that wanted one but that's way too much work. Sorry duder =[

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That is so fucking rad, I'm so jealous of you Americans! Papers Please was my fave game of last year. Great job @fobwashed

Thanks! I tried playing Papers, Please again and it was a pretty big bummer. I like the game a lot, but I can't seem to play it again to get more endings because it's so draining.

Reading this brought back memories of doing this shit in highschool. Kinda wish I still had those shirts.

The process was easy and affordable enough that I'd prolly wanna do this again in the future. PAX Prime perhpax?

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#46 Posted by JJBSterling (543 posts) -

These are awesome, I hope I see a few duders wearing them while at PAX!

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#47 Posted by Fattony12000 (8273 posts) -

@fobwashed: I know, I know. This thing is looking super hella dope though duder! Gratz! How many shirts and hoodies did you make in total?

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#48 Edited by Fobwashed (2725 posts) -

These are awesome, I hope I see a few duders wearing them while at PAX!

Me too! I'd love to get a thread up for pix. Or maybe just in here =P

@fobwashed: I know, I know. This thing is looking super hella dope though duder! Gratz! How many shirts and hoodies did you make in total?

61 shirts and 15 hoodies. 37 of the shirts and 6 hoodies are reserved for people from my previous thread. 4 shirts and 6 hoodies are going to staff and the rest will be sold first come first serve at the show to help cover the costs of manufacturing, shipping and free stuff for staff. Hopefully everyone that "pre-ordered" will actually be at the show to pick up their stuff. I'll likely end up trying to sell all unclaimed and extra shirts after the GB panel -_-;;

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#49 Posted by GERALTITUDE (5721 posts) -

Wow, amazing. Really wish I was going to PAX

:(

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#50 Edited by daedelus (108 posts) -

This needs to be in the Giant Bomb store now! I would buy. Awesome design.