05/16/2011 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

A few years ago, our pal James commissioned the above graphic for a birthday present, for his then-derby girl wife. (She is no longer a derby girl. She is, however, still his wife.) It was part of a redone poster, to commemorate her first-ever bout. And being the shameless self-promoter I am, I posted the finished product online, for all the world to see.

This led to many a Brewcity Bruiser seeing it, which led to them OMGing it, which led to them very kindly asking me to lease it to them for a t-shirt a few years later. Which was this year. Specifically: last weekend.

At their 2011 Championship Bout, Milwaukee’s all-female flat track roller derby league sold these shirts in VERY limited edition— only 100 were allegedly printed. And by the end of Saturday night’s ridiculously enjoyable bout, EVERY LAST ONE OF THESE SHIRTS SOLD OUT. (Sorry, folks!)

I’m going to post a few detail shots, though, because this might be one of the most impressive print jobs I’ve ever seen. It’s no secret that we love Orchard Street Press— specifically Whitney, who we’re convinced is actually some sort of screen-printing genie. He’s done incredible work for us in the past, on our Mucca Pazza posters, and our recently released Angry Canvas Bags. But this thing? He pulled so much texture out of it. It’s about as close to the actual texture-heavy paintings as you could probably get with screens. So, if you ever need something printed, know that we very highly recommend Orchard Street with all our ever-loving hearts.

On to the details:

All four, in all their splendid glory.

The Crazy 8s!

Maiden Milwaukee

Shevil Knevils

Rushin’ Rollettes!

Check out the subtle yellows he managed to screen in— just like the painting!

Another close-up shot, to see more of that REALLY subtle yellow.

I tell you, in person, this thing is a true thing of beauty. And not because it’s my painting. They just did that great a job printing it.

Extra special thanks to my cell phone, for having a decent enough camera to shoot these photos. Maybe I can hire it out to anyone in need of product photography, make a little money on the side.


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