Erykah Badu’s afro & The Healer lyrics iron transfer tee

So here’s that new post (after a while) as photos of tees I did in the recent past started coming my way. Take this advice people, never give the t-shirts you made away without taking some photos of them first!

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The all-famous Erykah Badu. When her New Amerykah album came out in 2008 there were just so many crazy beat things going on in there, you couldn’t keep your head out of it. Favorite track, The Healer, a tribute to the great J Dilla, had this awesome bold Madlib production on it, it got stuck and had to become a tee.

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This is a kind of rework I did on one of her afro photos, photoshoping letters one-by-one to add this lyric line around her head, spoken like it’d be in a weird graphic novel or comic book. It goes: “We ain’t dead” said the children. “Don’t believe it, we just made ourselves invisible”. The song has great lyrics throughout but this line just does it for me with that sneaky “you can’t see us but we’re there” attitude of lo-fi young culture and love for hip-hop theme.

Remaking a destroyed t-shirt: Fugazi Repeater photos

I absolutely love Fugazi’s Repeater all the way through, great album. Used to listen to it a lot when I was younger. The cd booklet contained some of their best B&W photos. Going through these I came up with the idea of placing 2 square photos on a t-shirt, the guitarist and bass player turning their backs to the photographer and each other, but kind of like jamming or something like that.

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I have to say that I did print that t-shirt  first at a tees printing shop in my neighbourhood, used a plain white one. That was quite a long time ago. Well, that one didn’t survive to see much, it was thrown away after getting soaked in red wine along with some other clothes back in 2003.

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As I was really fond of it, I just had to reproduce it once again by myself. Nothing difficult there, 2 black & white photos scanned and lightly photoshoped, I used a color tee this time (should have sticked to a white one, I think it looked much better) and it was ready.

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Got this for about a decade now, it seems to be getting pretty worn down so a new reproduction might be on its way.

A stencil and iron-on transfer mix (as it turned out): Gang of Four tee

Done around 2003, this was supposed to be an all Brazilian-like baggy yellow t-shirt with a green Gang of Four stencil on it, inspired by their first few singles corner font line. I was probably also listening to Pigbag doing their Brazil nuts tune at the time.

At first, well, the t-shirt wasn’t that yellow and I didn’t have any fabrics spray paint so I used the first green one I found at home. Stencil didn’t turn out that good, spread quite a bit.

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It wasn’t after some time that I thought of printing and using each letter on top of the original stencil which was already a little worn out from washing. Darker green transfer worked great and background now-lighter spray paint looked like a photoshop shadow. Or even better.

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A simple idea for combining two different tee techniques, but do be careful when ironing on top of spray paint, use silicon sheets or something like that. This is what it looks like now, completely fainted.