Downhill Mountain Biking and T- shirt love


Angel Fire Resort – Angel Fire Bike Park

So about 3 months ago I discovered a new source of bliss….DH mountain biking. I still love my uphill I have to admit and even when enjoying my DH love in Angel Fire Bike Park I still would do enlightenment single track to the top. I have been riding my old school hard tail mountain bike for say 15 years….and it’s been all over the world with me…I finally did buy one of the Fleet sell off All mountain bikes from Angel Fire Bike Park.  Although I have to wait until the last reserved use of the bike before I can bring it home with me…It kind of feels like buying a puppy and watching someone else play with it for a month before it’s your turn…Anyhow I can’t wait until my new Devinci Dixon bike is here with me…

Mountain Biking, Graphics and Sustainable T-shirts

Well sorry for the long intro but the point of this post is to talk about the inspiration for some of my new designs…Also I want to have more direct feedback from people about the designs and see if they like them. I have been selling my designs in stores but the only thing with that is I never get to meet the people that buy the shirts. I love to hear whatever feedback I can in regards to my designs.  So after spending way to much money and now being way in debt….due to my new addiction I decided to make some cool shirts and have some fun in my studio.

Tribal meets Fractilians meet Mountain Biking

Now I’m really starting to ramble on a  bit but for most of these new t-shirt designs I have created a mis of fractilians, ancient sacred/tribal art and mountain bike graphics…So I’m curious what do you all think? Any feedback is most appreciated. I still have to add a poll with some graphics on it but for now to check out designs you can click on the below link and check out my etsy site and look for the mountain bike designs…

 

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Onno T-shirt Sizing – Do they run large or small?


T-shirt Sizing Etsy site Nfractal/Fractilians shirts

I got asked today again about the sizing of the t-shirts that I use on my Fractilians Etsy site.  This is a question that I could ramble on for hours about. Over the years I have used a variety of different companies to print on when doing contract work, selling my own work on my etsy site and printing for Hemp stores. The problem with sizing is that they are rarely consistent in the way that I wish they were. Any other printers and DIY know what I’m talking about?

Companies switch where they get their shirts manufactured and change styles over the years and along with that comes the inevitable change in size of the shirt….So sometimes I feel like when i order up a new batch of shirts it’s like ordering up a new pair of shoes from Zappos….you never know till you try them on and measure them in person…

Onno Shirts Sustainable T-shirts Fractilians

I have used Onno shirts for a while now and continue to use them because they tend to be consistent and I just love printing on them….But they are definitely not fitted shirts and run on the slightly larger size. They do last a long time though which is great.

How to silkscreen via the Photo-emulsion technique –creating your design


  • Part One: You need a to create a design
  • Part two: Digitize the design
  • Part three: Ideally have some sort of photo-manipulation program
  • Part four: Create a film positive
  • Part five: Coat your screen
  • Part six: Expose your Screen
  • Part seven: Ink selection
  • Part eight: Print away!!!

So Above are all the parts of what I usually teach during a 2 day silkscreen photo-emulsion intensive. What you really need before you start is your design. What I like to do is rummage through my old sketch books, look through my large collection of photographs, go online to get some inspiration and then start designing. I had a teacher years ago tell me before you go into photoshop….do your thumbnail sketches…So I first have my paper and pencil and play with a bunch of ideas….way before I go into photoshop land…so tonight I am going to brainstorm some new ideas…

If any of you reading this do your homework and create a brainstorm sheet I would love to see it! That part of teaching I have to say is my favorite…the sharing and inspiring energy you get from creating together!

This pic is from my recent workshop at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao,Maui

Class with Nathalie Nunez from Fractilians at the Hui'No'eau

Class with Nathalie Nunez from Fractilians at the Hui’No’eau

How to create a new silkscreen design? Photo-emulsion technique


 

  • Part One: You need a to create a design
  • Part two: Digitize the design
  • Part three: Ideally have some sort of photo-manipulation program
  • Part four: Create a film positive
  • Part five: Coat your screen
  • Part six: Expose your Screen
  • Part seven: Ink selection
  • Part eight: Print away!!!

So these are all the major sections to this but over the next few days I will post pictures and create a cool downloadable tutorial so you can do it at home.

How to silkscreen print

Film positives on top of the exposure unit

 

 

Mens Mountain Bike T-shirts Hemp Organic Cotton Tribal Downhill


https://www.etsy.com/listing/160169557/mountain-bike-mens-tshirt-tribal-aztec

This shirt is brand new design:) Loving playing in my silkscreen studio….I hope you enjoy

Of all the things one can do with their day…..zooming through crazy single tracks in the mountains tops the charts for me….My recent love and addiction with Downhill mountain biking is what led to this recent design. Drop offs, Carbon Bikes, 10 inch travel suspension….oh boy….well I better stop typing and get back on the trails and try to find the fastest line that won’t break me:)…..

Mens Mountain Bike            T-shirts Hemp Organic Cotton Tribal

Mens Mountain Bike T-shirts Hemp Organic Cotton Tribal