One of my designs that’s caused the most curiosity is “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World“, as I used linocut process to create the design – an art form that’s not terribly prevalent in the t-shirt design community.
Specifically for this design, I’m working with with a linocut process that involves carving out an image then blockprinting it. For the subject I’ve chosen “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World”, which is of course a Grizzly Bear on a Motorcycle carrying a Great White Shark with a Laser on its head. Naturally.
A friend of mine works at a traditional print shop and has access to blockprinting equipment and offered to lend a hand. When I got to the print shop I realiezed that I had left my camera, and had to take some photos with my phone, so excuse the quality. Also, I wish I could have taken more shots, but I was actually printing most of the time, and my hands were pretty well inked up.
I’ll use the full plate to print a limited run of prints, but for the t-shirt, I extracted the central characters from the background and removed the border to make it more of a shirt-friendly design. Here’s the final shirt, which is available now through my shop: http://shop.ianleino.com hand-screened on American Apparel shirts for $18.
So there it is! Linocut process from start to front. I lost track of time, but imagine that after I had the design worked out, it took around 20-30 hours of carving the linocut and then a few more hours to set up and print the actual image. Thanks for taking a look, and if you’d like to wear one of these yourself get over to my shop to pick one up!