2005.05.04

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again… I have no business sense… It seems t-shirts are big business now. No, really. Big! I know because the hipster folks at 37 Signals make note and even point to a Wall Street Journal article titled By Accident or Design, Selling T-Shirts Is Big Business on Web:

It turns out the T-shirt is a perfect fit for online commerce. It captures the Web’s renegade allure and allows surfers to show off their virtual journeys. Easy to make and deliver, T-shirts often cost $15 or less online.

In my time before being full-time computer-hacking nerd, I was one who printed many things with screens and ink. Yes, a professional in the world of serigraphy (silk screening for you commoners!)

I printed thousands and thousands of shirts and other things, and got paid for it. I also printed shirts, patches, stickers, zines, etc. for my friends, and their bands, and their friend’s bands, and even big-time rockstars like All You Can Eat!

I also designed shirts, printed them, and sold them at various places where bands would play. I’d sell shirts for less than $5 at the time, which covered the shirt, the ink, and very little of my time. (Artists make many sacrifices you see.)

If only I had known I could have combined my love of design, serigraphy, and computer/internetting into an online shirt selling force to be rekoned with… You know, I’ve still got all my equipment, screens and a squeegee… Anyone willing to pay for a Trademark or Demise t-shirt? If not I guess my only recourse is to purchase a t-shirt

3 Responses to “My Failed Business Model…”

  1. Michael LenzieNo Gravatar says:

    My take is that screens (if they still use that technology to make t-shirts) cost less than they did 10 years ago, and I am guessing that t-shirts also cost less. I would be willing to bet you could still make a pretty good amount of money selling some of your designs on line. I’d kick in some low cost micro capital if you choose to move on this.

  2. mandrakeNo Gravatar says:

    I’d pay for a DNDS silk screened T. I think they’re planning some, but don’t like CafePress because it’s too expensive (for the listener, I’m guessing).

    When I was a kid, a friend of mine’s mom used to do silk screening. And my mom was/is a seamstress. So my mom made us some cool custom Happi Coats and his mom silk screened a made up “family crest” we designed. This was a long time ago before rappers started their own clothing lines. ;)

  3. Hmmm, I don’t know if I’d be able to work out a licensing agreement with Dawn and Drew. Drew hasn’t returned my calls about the 27″ television I’ve been trying to give to him. (Which means I’ll keep it!)

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