Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Verlan Taintees

The owner of Verlan Boutique on 735 Copeland Street in Shadyside, asked me on Facebook if I could sell him some tees for him to sell at his shop. I just gave him 10 tees: half Lynch Infinitees and half Orgy Mountain tees. He's probably selling them for over $20 each (woah!), but you should check them out when you have the chance. Verlan has a lot of work from artists and print collectives throughout the country, as well as many local artists.

The whole Taintee thing has grown so much over the course of the semester. I would never have guessed. It's great, I'm not complaining, but it's been stressful. Not only does it take time to print the shirts and design the screens, it is tough keeping up with individual orders, who owes me money, and getting the shirts to people. I'd estimate that I've printed 100 or so shirts and sold most of them. I'm not sure if I have turned much of a profit, but I've done alright--covered the cost of materials at least. Plus, I can say that I am a fashion designer. It's a cool feeling to see someone wearing a shirt that you made walking around. It is an effective way of promoting oneself as an artist and to get the work out into the world. Thinking outside of the box is another way of putting it. The white-wall cube gallery is a thing of the past in many ways. The cutting-edge art of today is on the streets, on merchandise, integrated into the general public. People have access to the Internet, which has endless information. Needless to say, new media and the Internet have redefined the art of today.

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