It all started with “Trashin’”. At least for me. Watching that movie as a kid made me try finding the balance on my cousin’s plastic skateboard for the first time. Needless to say – my knees were covered with blood stains. Don’t know why – but this T-shirt design by LTD Tee brings back those nostalgic memories to my head.
LTD Tee is an artistic project which is around for quite some time. It is run by this nice guy Mike Chong, who releases limited edition T-shirt boxes by different designer each time. This makes LTD Tee a very unique line where every design has it’s own story. Mike also happens to collaborate with very talented (and famous) designers, so each one of his releases is a classic on it’s own. Some time ago LTD Tees sent us two of their limited boxes for a review. This time we’re reviewing the one called “Skateboard Explosion”, by indie-famous designer Porous Walker.
- Overall feeling
Once you hold this package in your hands you can’t help but feel this is some serious business. Eventhough LTD Tee has it’s own trademark cardboard box – this one is customized and designed to fit the complete story. I especially like how the original T-shirt design is applied to the whole box, with LTD Tee logo incorporated into whole design. Also, while holding this box in your hands you feel like it’s a piece of something, needless to say – a piece of art, and not just a tee packed in a box.
- T-shirt design
Very simple, comic-styled design, but also very eye-catching. Old school, I’d say. Brown lines are emphasized by yellow ones, which may look as if the design was printed wrong. But don’t be deceived by that- this is awesome artwork. Chosing a white color shirt to print the design on is also very wise, because it makes the design come out much more perceivable. A round of applause, please!
- T-shirt type
Remember when almost all your T-shirts were thick and heavy? Well I sure do, and so is this one. Now, I’m not sure which type this shirt is, because the hang tag is cut off (but there is an unique print inside – later on that). However, you can see and feel the shirt is of very good quality. When dressed on it fits tightly, so if you want some more free space for your body you should probably order one size bigger. Skateboard fashion went wide last 20 years anyhow.
If you’re in T-shirt business yourself – nice way to tag your tees is printing your logo and accompanied details inside the shirt, just below the neck. You can also carefully cut off the original hang tag, so it looks almost as if you’re sewing your own shirts. LTD Tee did that, too, but they made it unique – they’ve printed Porous Walker’s (the designer) whole bio inside the shirt, just below the their logo. Nice way to bring the attention and pay tribuite to the designer! This cardboard box also contains an art print (original T-shirt design printed out) and a couple of LTD Tee stickers. Cute.
- Printing method & maintance
No wonder this shirt is screen-printed. I cannot think of any other way which would make this design look this great on a tee. As you might know screen-printing allows a years-long durability of applied colors, plus the colors are soaked well if the cotton is of fine quality, such as with this particular shirt. It’s made of 100% cotton. You are not to iron over the design and not to wash the shirt with white clothes.
Whether you’re a pro-skateboarder, or just a skateboard fan (much like myself, I simply love my knees and elbows too much…) – you WILL love this design, I am 100% sure. Have in mind it’s a very limited edition design – no additional prints of this design will be made in this form. Plus, it’s nicely packed into LTD Tee customized box with some cute extras (art print, stickers…). It’s always hard to price the artwork – but $29.99 (plus shipping) for the whole box is more than reasonable, don’t you think? You’ll not only posses the unique shirt – but a real piece of independent art. And you just gotta support indie, right?
LTD Tee has much more boxes to offer in their online shop, so make sure you visit it, whether you’re buying someone a birthday present – or a collectors item for yourself. Did you like this tee? What did you think of it? Would LOVE to hear your opinions, so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below! Thank you!