YAY!!! Yep that’s pretty much my face when I realised someone actually notices my work.
Feeling rather good about it and thinking that Shearer could make an interesting addition to the Football Faces series, I sprung into creating the design. I mean that hair is surely too awesome to pass up.
In the end, I spent the bulk of my time tweaking and shaping that maddening patch of hair. Think I just about got it right in the end.
Anyhoo, here is the link for the the t-shirt in men size: http://shirtyfooty.spreadshirt.com/football-faces-shearer-guys-A14426477/customize/color/1.
Coincidentally, there is an ongoing promotion till 04-Feb for free standard shipping. Enter coupon code LOVELY14 at the checkout and the shipping costs will be deducted accordingly.
“So whatever happened to your t-shirt store?”
Was caught off guard by this question over drinks on New Year’s Eve as barely anyone ever bother asking. Maybe my friends are just too cool to ask. Or they are just a bunch of cynics who assumed the store had tanked long ago.
Either way, for the benefit of those who are wondering, the store is still alive (three cheers!). I’ve actually created a new t-shirt series of footballers’ portraits a few months back but didn’t blog about it until now.
Below are just some of my favorites from the series.
Warning: This is gonna be an emotional post.
Yes, I’m a Manchester United fan. What do u mean why? I’m a Singaporean that’s why. (There have always been jibes about Man United and their apparent lack of local support. Claim back in the days was that Man United fans in Singapore greatly outnumber those in Manchester. Good one that.)
In all seriousness, growing up in the 90s, a typical Singaporean boy (no girls cos they stink and don’t watch football when I was 9) pledged their allegiance to a few select teams, namely Man United, Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle. These were the so called best teams growing up.
But no, that wasn’t really the reason I started supporting Man United. My story was of pure fate. I had no knowledge of football prior to 1994 and started to gain some interest after tagging along my elder brothers in watching the football telecasts. I remembered Maradona’s solo goal against Greece and the picture of him on the newspaper front page with a headline that screamed “I’M BACK!!!”
World cup fever came and left. And that was that. I had no concept of football leagues being played overseas. Until one day I accidentally chanced upon a telecast. Oh how i missed you the lush greenery of the football pitch. An out of the world goal was being replayed on the television.
My latest t-shirt design is out and up for sale at my online store, shirtyfooty.com.
Titled “Ref-olution”, it depicts a referee’s hand holding up an (imaginary) card, inspired by the recent Roberto Mancini’s imaginary card fiasco.
I personally quite like the white on black design as shown.
Note: The picture is just a mock up. The only way to feast your eyes on the actual printed product is to make a purchase for just USD $23!
No? Well, it was worth a try.
And yes I’m talking about my t-shirt designs. It’s 2 in 2 weeks now and it’s so much easier when you get the momentum going.
My latest design for shirtyfooty.com will probably go down well among Argentina, Man City and ABU (Anything But United) fans. ABU, a loose coalition made up by people who detest Manchester United so much that they will support whichever team that plays against Man Utd. True story.
As part of the Icons football tshirt series, I do up portraits of footballing stars using elements that are representative of the players. Elements such as their past and present club badges, shirt numbers and their nationality.
This time round, it’s Manchester City hotshot, Sergio Aguero to get the Icons treatment.
I added a horizontal dash of white across the design to make it look more interesting and also to compliment the colors of Argentina and Man City. And here is the reference photo I used.
Not a 100% likeness if I do say so myself. Had a bit of trouble trying to nail the expression, but I think I came through in the end. What do you guys think? Feel free to drop a comment and lemme know.
…before the middle of the year no less. Yayness! I made a promise to start my own online shop selling t-shirts. So here it is. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, shirtyfooty.com.
As the name suggests, the main focus is on football(soccer) t-shirts. On my part, I’ll be coming up with the designs, while the printing and shipping will be handled by the guys over at spreadshirt.com. It’s kinda like renting an online shop space from them, and they take care of the customer end of things. If you guys are interested to know more about opening your own shop, clickety over here.
I decided to go with Spreadshirt as they are pretty reputable and I’ve heard good stuffs about the quality of their prints as compared to other t-shirt producers such as Zazzle and Cafepress. Plus they offer a wide range of t-shirt brands such as American Apparel, Gildan, Anvil, etc. So plenty of choices for everyone.
Other than designing the t-shirts, there was and still is plenty of work to be done. I had to set up my own website which was quite a fair bit of work. From registering domain, choosing a web host and hand coding my own webpages. And there is also the marketing and promoting which is equally if not more time consuming than the actual designing process. To juggle all that and maintain a semblance of social life is pretty darn challenging. Not to mention there is the day job too. But I did it! Thank god for a supportive gf! You da bomb binbin!
Needless to say, I’m pretty proud to have achieved what I set out to do. But this is not the be all and end all. I know there is still plenty of work to be done to make it a success. This is when you guys come in! Do drop by the site and check out some of the stuff. Will love any suggestions and feedback, be it designs, webpages, marketing, the works. Be a darling and share the site with your friends and family. Link us on your blogs. Check out the shirtyfooty blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Drinks on me if I managed to sell 50 shirts in this month.
Lemme see… Hmmm. That makes it 50 more to go.