GOLD ACRYLIC on AMERICAN APPAREL
This one-of-a-kind limited edition American Apparel hoodie was made for Brieann Tracey. It didn’t come out exactly as planned but instead was sort of an experimental learning process. I was given the ink to use with this one and it was ink that I have never used before. It was actually acrylic paint not meant for screen printing. I did a test print on a black t-shirt first and that didn’t come out as planned either but I figured what the hell. There’s only one way that I’m going to know if this is gonna work or not, so I placed the sweatshirt on my printing table, lowered the screen, slopped on a bunch of “paint” (not ink) and pulled the squeegee down the screen 3 or 4 times. The moment of truth. As I lifted the screen I noticed plenty of unwanted streaks across the print. “SHIT!” I thought to myself. It didn’t work. But why? Not sure. Was it because I’m not used to or equipped to print sweatshirts? Was it that the paint I was given was not meant to be forced through a tiny mesh screen? Was it both of these factors? Anyway I was pretty bummed out because I obviously wanted to come off with a beautiful acrylic gold print on a really nice sweatshirt, but that weren’t the case. I knew this particular sweatshirt cost upwards of 30 bones and I knew Brieann would be less than happy to receive her sweatshirt back with such a low level of craftsmanship. I slept on it. (not the sweatshirt) I woke up yesterday morning with the shitty printed sweatshirt fresh on my mind. I had to do something. “Hand paint it” was the first thought that came to mind. It can’t get any worse, right? Without any delay and brush in hand I went at it. The finished product (pictured above) came out much better that I thought it would. Although it doesn’t appear to be screen printed (because you can see brush strokes on it) it still came out much better that I anticipated. The true test will be today when Brieann see’s it. So this just may be a new realm of Broad Street Bootlegs™ that has never been entered before. The realm of hand painted apparel. Who knows. We’ll just have to wait and see.