Steven Rhodes T-Shirts Illustrator

“Let’s Summon Steven” – An Interview With Retro T-Shirt Illustrator Steven Rhodes

Last Updated: December 5, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will already be familiar with the work of Steven Rhodes. (heck, you probably own a shirt or two).

Steven has had an incredible couple of years, due to his hilariously dark and perfectly illustrated takes on 70s and 80s style children’s books.

He’s dominated all the major print-on-demand sites, and has broken out beyond the internet to see his work sold in Hot Topic and Spencers stores across America.

I’ve admired Steven’s work and watched his growth from afar, and he was recently kind enough to answer some questions from nosy old me.

So without further ado – and with lights off and candles flickering ominouslyI hereby summon Steven:

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Tobe Fonseca Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Artist

“It’s Not Art – It’s A Business” – An Interview With Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Artist Tobe Fonseca

Last Updated: July 5, 2019

Tobe Fonseca is a real T-Shirt Artist OG – with over 10 years experience in the Print-On-Demand T-Shirt world.

With top-selling designs on Threadless, Teefury, Redbubble and Teepublic – and new designs dropping all the time – he’s someone that all T-Shirt designers can learn something from.

Tobe was kind enough to share his experiences and advice – especially around what it takes to grow a sustainable business from your T-Shirt designs in the world of Print-on-demand – and about the transition from being a one-man-band to overseeing a team of other illustrators.

Read on and enjoy!

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Organise Your T-Shirt Designs

10 Reasons To Organise Your T-Shirt Designs In a Spreadsheet / Database (And How To Actually Do It)

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

If you’ve created more than a handful of T-Shirt designs, then you’ve probably discovered that maintaining a well-organised portfolio of artwork can get very tricky, very fast.

And having hundreds (or more likely thousands) of designs is increasingly becoming a necessity for any T-Shirt designer who wants to maintain a steady royalty income – through organic, search-driven channels like Redbubble, Teepublic, Etsy, Merch By Amazon and others.

So what’s the best way to stay on top of a catalog of T-Shirt artwork containing thousands of individual design pieces?

Well in this blog post I’m going to share the basics of my own organisation system – and explain why this is not just a ‘nice thing to have that makes you feel more organised‘ – but is actually an incredibly powerful tool for…

  • taking advantage of new opportunities in the print-on-demand space
  • automating painful, repetitive tasks
  • maximising the value of your work so you can squeeze as much benefit as possible from your T-Shirt design portfolio

sounds good right?

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Vincent Trinidad T-Shirt Artist Designer Interview

“Draw Until Your Back Hurts” – An Interview With Best-Selling T-Shirt Artist Vincent Trinidad

Last Updated: May 3, 2019

Vincent Trinidad is a natural-born artist – and his creative output is nothing short of staggering.

For the past few years he’s focused that talent on designing T-Shirts, and he’s achieved enviable success.

Chances are you’ve seen his designs somewhere – from his bestsellers on Threadless, Teepublic, TeeFury and others to Redbubble’s Christmas Marketing Campaign, or even on Samuel L Jackson’s chest.

Vincent is not just a highly skilled artist – he’s also proved himself to be a brilliant ‘ideas man’ – producing original work that sells consistently, alongside pop culture inspired designs.

Vincent has been a valued member of my Facebook group since the early days – and was recently kind enough to answer some questions and share his advice for T-Shirt designers everywhere.

I’ve summarised some takeaways at the end of the post – where you’ll also find links to Vincent’s stores and social media.

OK – let’s get to it!

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How To Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas

How To Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas That Don’t Suck

Last Updated: April 11, 2019

Every T-Shirt design starts as an idea.

And it doesn’t matter if you’re an independent artist trying to make sales on Redbubble, or a brand owner sending Facebook traffic to a Shopify store, or an Instagram ‘influencer’ selling Merch to your million+ followers – we all need ideas.

And the better your T-Shirt ideas are…

…the better your T-Shirt designs will be…

and the more sales you’ll make.

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Michael Buxton Illustrator DinoMike Interview

Artist Interview: Michael Buxton AKA DinoMike

Last Updated: November 23, 2018

DinoMikeHave you ever had a great idea, turned it into a great design – and then had someone else copy it, sell it under an official license, and then turn around and demand royalties from YOU??!?!

Michael Buxton has!

Michael (AKA ‘DinoMike’) is a fellow UK native who has been at the online T-Shirt game for over 6 years – with bestselling designs on Threadless, TeeFury, and of course all over Redbubble and Teepublic.

Mike was kind enough to answer some questions from me – and I think there’s a lot of great value in here for both the newbie and the seasoned T-Shirt designer alike.

I’ll share some quick thoughts at the bottom of this article – where you can also find links to Michael’s stores and social media.

Enjoy!

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Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfilment Companies 2018

Comparing Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfillment Companies In 2018

Last Updated: June 15, 2018

Last year’s T-Shirt Fulfillment Companies review is a little out of date now, so it’s time for a fresh look.

In previous articles I’ve compared Printful, Printaura and Customcat – but recently I’ve begun using Printify to fulfil some of my Shopify orders.

Printify is a slightly different beast to other POD T-Shirt fulfilment options, in that Printify serves as a platform connecting you to a variety of fulfilment partners.

Printify doesn’t do any printing or shipping directly – instead, it sends your orders over to a partner of your choosing (Printify works with several different providers). In this way it creates direct competition between printing partners so you can compare the best price and turnaround time.

In this article I’m going to throw Printify into the mix, and compare (through direct experience) the prices, turnaround time and monthly costs / potential profits of these three services (Printful, CustomCat and Printify).

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The Rise Of ‘Officially Licensed’ Print-On-Demand T-Shirts (& Merch Collab)

Last Updated: June 8, 2018

For years now (maybe even decades) – the print-on-demand t-shirt industry has benefitted from – and contributed to – and incredible amount of Intellectual Property Infringement.

That infringement went largely unnoticed – or was ignored – for a long time, but increasingly the victims (or potential victims) of such infringement have begun to stir, and to realising what is going on.

In response to that stirring, some new opportunities are springing up.

The most recent and high-profile example of this is Amazon’s new ‘Merch Collab‘ program.

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The Best Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfillment Companies To Use In 2017

Last Updated: June 15, 2018

Update: I’ve written a new article for 2018 with some more recent recommendations. You can check it out here: Comparing Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfillment Companies In 2018

Last year I wrote an article comparing some of the top Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfillment Companies.

But things move fast in the world of T-Shirt Fulfillment – so I though it was high time for a review / update – a kind of ‘State Of Print-On-Demand 2017

This time – instead of just reviewing the POD companies and comparing prices like I did last time – I’ll talk about why you might want to use a Print-On-Demand T-Shirt Fulfillment Partner in the first place, and try and find the right partner for you.

(Fair Warning / Disclaimer: This post it littered with affiliate links to those companies that I use and recommend.)

First let’s explain what a Print-On-Demand t-shirt fulfilment company actually does.

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