Black & white tee: Make Up’s tribute to Love

Make Up are mostly famous for their talented frontman Ian Svenonius (you will nowadays find him with his recent band, Chain & The Gang, who are also a lot of fun but in a different way). Back in 1997 Make Up released their Sound Verite album, with a cover that paid tribute to the classic 1967 Love album Forever Changes (another extraordinary persona there, the great Arthur Lee). Art in both included the faces of band members mixed in a psychedelic sort of way.

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My idea for this was to simply reproduce the Sound Verite cover for a black & white transfer on a black tee. To do this I just Photoshop-ed it a bit to change the red color to white and smooth the design lines a little. I used the JET-Opaque II iron transfer paper as I needed the design to have that white base (otherwise it wouldn’t be visible on a black tee).

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As you can see, after some washing was done, the transfer lost lots of that original heavy black ink color and shrinked a bit in the bottom right. For the first one, I’d say follow the washing instructions that come with the paper (washing in higher temperature will result in this discoloration). The shrinking on the other hand, may have appeared ’cause I didn’t put enough pressure with the iron on that side of the design. I do not own a professional heat press which has the best results with this kind of transfers (however, screen printing remains the best way to do t-shirts I hear), so if you don’t too, apply as much pressure as possible when ironing over the paper.