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.

My first ever DIY stencil tees

Going through a box of photos (remember when we used to print everything?) I came across a couple of bad ones picturing the first ever t-shirts I did, mentioned at my first post on this blog. These were done around 2002 if I remember well. Here are some rough scans, heavily cropped.

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There’s not much to add to this. Just standard paper-cut stencils and spray paint. Anyone can easily work their way through such a tee. Spray paint does faint eventually, after washing a lot of times, but to be honest I never tried fabrics spray paint, just whatever type I found at home. Best way’s to have fun with it!

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