AFTER a lot of discussion, TYLER MEEKS, owner of the DISCO BAY OUTDOOR EXCHANGE, and I are finally almost ready to combo up on some new t shirts. ALMOST.
TYLER’S SHOP is conveniently located on Surf Route 101 in Discovery Bay. Selling new and consignment and used equipment and gear (assuming these might be different things) for hikers and bikers and kayakers and climbers-and-droppers, surfers (includes novices, kooks, aficionados/enthusiasts, dominators, rippers, Hobuckers, Hodads, surf power couples, real-and/or in-denial Hipsters, possibly a few posers) make up about 20-25% of Disco Bay’s customer base, and, accordingly, Tyler and I are working on some shirts that might appeal to a wider cast of characters.
DISCOVERY BAY is really close to the crossroad with Highway 20 (leading to and from Port Townsend, and, with ferry service, Whidbey Island and environs north and east), and Highway 104 (to and from the Hood Canal Bridge, and through ferries and bridges, Seattle/Tacoma/Fremont/Fife/Chicago).
SURF ROUTE 101, I should add, connects the NORTH OLYMPIC PENINSULA with areas to the south. It’s not uncommon to see surfers from, say, WESTPORT or SEASIDE or, I’ve heard, California, heading north hoping for a swell direction they think might be favorable to waves on the STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA. As such, they are, no doubt, passing surfers from here headed south.
ANYWAY, we’re actually planning on getting some shirts to the silkscreeners with the Disco Bay logo on the front, medium-sized (if that makes some sense), and some others with the logo smaller, to one side (over the heart is the norm), and an ORIGINAL ERWIN illustration on the back.
The image on the right was used for a limited run (and they are all, and will be, limited runs) of shirts a while back. I sold some to friends, Tyler sold some. They’re all gone. GONE. If you have one, you might not want to screw it up as I have with several of the shirts I saved for myself.
ANYWAY, here’s, reworked from one of my favorites of my illustrations (and I’m getting more and more critical of my own work- almost as critical as I am of other people’s) a design for the back of some upcoming shirts:
Here is the based-on illustration and my own logo (still working on tightening it up):
When drawing something for t-shirts, the finer lines might not show up. I’m not fond of big areas of color/ink- they feel weird on the back, and, no, not going for that. AND, adding color costs more to produce, adding to the ask from the customer. AS DOES, of course, having a logo on the front and art on the back. STILL, going for it. SOON.
MEANWHILE, I do want to write something about the difference between dominating and ripping. I’ll be thinking about it while I’m driving, out on SURF ROUTE 101.