We at Bl,est really appreciate the interest and orders we have had over the last month. That said we are trying to keep the store as fresh as possible so’s not to bore you all. Today see’s the release of a few special edition colourways going straight into the sale section. The sale section is where we put tee’s that have reached the end of the run and will no longer be printed, so get them quick!
Every dirty cloud has a gold lining. Two Special Edition versions of ‘CUJO’ will be in store Tuesday. What makes them special? They have an undercoat of gold ink that acts as a base and an outline to the top black inked print. They are so hot right now.
Unstoppable Force Is Lemon
Printed up one more colour for cujo, will hit the store next week.
The Many, Many Layers Of Terror
We just finished printing up some Special Edition versions of the new ‘Cujo’ tee that have come up awesome.
Available in two colours both with gold lined black prints. Some high quality shots should be hitting the store soonish.
Bl,est Bombers Will Fuck You Up
This is it, our other new design. Both this and the mental dog should go on sale sometime next week, hopefully in time for Christmas. The screens arrived last week (thanks Steve, great job as always) so we’re just waiting on the new ink to turn up before we can start printing. Hopefully Merve actually ordered it! Until then check out a nice big preview.
Some bonus images, first an early Bl,est team photo. There’s Benji ‘The Kid’ Carvill on the left, team captain and slugger. That’s me Squeak ‘Fingers’ Mason at the back – unpredictable, with a wild knuckleball. On the right is Merve ‘The Perve’ Shurmer, known for his dark moods and bad temper.
This design is just for fun, it isn’t going to be printed. I’m pretty sure anything with the word ‘bomb’ on it is frowned upon these days!
This Is Dog City
Ok here it is! We’re really are excited about this one. The print’s so big it nearly didn’t fit on the screen! We’ll probably do a few different colour versions, a nice fluorescent green for the text would look great I think. Also we’ve got in some nice two colour baseball tops which should suit the design really well. The other new design no-one’s seen yet – it’s one of these…
Ben is prolific at coming up with tee ideas, it sucks that we can’t just print them all. These he knocked out in less than a week. Hopefully one day we can go back through and actually make a lot of the cool concepts that never got used.
Final touches made today on new styles. Both very different artistic directions. Squeaks and I are well pleased with them.
Whilst going through the wasteland that is the Bl,est Workshop I came across this old tee that was from one of the very first screens we had made up but never actually used. This is the only one ever printed, in some ways its pretty dated, but I like it. I have loads more styles kicking about that never made the cut for all kinds of reasons, so ill throw them up on the site.
Like Pulling Teeth
Two new designs coming soon
Bl,est summer sale
To make room for our new line (due september/octoberish) we are having to drop some current colourways.
The final prints of these ever to be made are in store and at a reduced price.
Two Die, Electrik Styles
A better look at the new styles from dieElectrik that will be on sale in the Bl,est Store in a week or so.
DieElectrik is Bl,est soon
All new label DieElectrik will be on sale real soon in the Bl,est Store. We have got two large print designs in a couple of colourways on both boys and girls tees. The plan is to take some photographs this weekend and get them up and on as soon as.
We Live Tees
Quite frankly I’m jealous that I didn’t think of this. Just awesome. Thanks for the tip Rach!
25% More Life & Death
The Life & Death tee now has a 25% bigger print. We pushed and pushed and have now managed to get it to the size we wanted.
New Label First Look
Here it is, the new Bl,est label. The clever people at the label makers have put together this to show how its going to look. They should be hitting the backs of all our tees in the next month.
Squeak: So I’ll have to redo all the thumbnail images on the store with the new labels? Bloody brilliant.
It's The Tiger Lady
If wise man says ‘women, animals and tattoos make for good life’, then wise man would like this tee. The pen and pencil sketched design mixes old school sailor tattoos with cartoon and graffiti and will be available black ink on light and dark colour ways with second colour lips and eye detailing.
The pattern tee can be pretty hit or miss in my opinion, but it is also something I have wanted to try for a while. I have had ideas of Bl,est up versions of classic checks and argyle prints, but in the end felt happier using original artwork. For me, seeing the gold ink on black colourway sweeps away any doubts as to whether the pattern tee format is dead and buried.
Live Evil Soon
The ‘Live Faster’ is a design I have wanted to try and do for some time now. It is simplistic, bold and has all the heart of a Bl,est tee. We wanted to try a front and back printed tee (something we havent done before), so I worked on the front, while Squeak worked on the back (which turned out awesome).
First Look Thrush
Introducing the first ever v-neck tee from Bl,est. The tee features an etching of a thrush and will be released next week along with the rest of the spring 2007 collection. Each day this week we will be posting teaser art/photos of all the new designs.
Spring Collection 2007 Real Soon
Not long now! All four designs will (hopefully) go on sale sometime on Monday 2nd April. We’ll be previewing one design a day, Tuesday through Friday next week. I might try and set up some sort of commenting system so we can get some feedback from you all about which are your favourites. If not, you can always reach us through the contact details on the info page.
In the next few weeks BL,EST will be launching a range of limited edition short sleeve shirts. Available in three styles of check, all with button down collars and fitted sleeves, ideal attire for a night on the town, playing pool or spanking cash on the fruities. Numbers on these shirts will be limited, so you may only find them on our web store or markets.
Last week Merve and I dusted off one of our early “homemade” screens and printed up a batch of vintage tshirts we found in America. As we only have a few we will be selling them on the Bristol market in the coming weeks.
Stock Photos, Sneak Preview
The boys and I had a lot of fun yesterday shooting the new stock photos for use in the store and elsewhere. Nothing went wrong at all (very unusual for us), and we managed to be fairly efficient considering how delicate we were from the night before. Here’s Ben and Merve looking fabulous in matching heather grey. I mean ridiculous.
The photos themselves have turned out so well that I can’t resist posting a couple of examples. They really show off the designs.
Those are just quick tests of the look I’m trying to achieve in post production. We actually shot each tshirt three times with different lighting conditions, which are then composited together to combine the atmospheric noirish background with the crisp well-lit tee. The final versions will be even bigger!
Y.N. State Of Mind
This is a design that Ben and I put together this week, as a replacement for the Original Team Y.N. tee. The sports/college style is something we used to play around with in the early stages of Blest, an original (and very basic) version was done when we were at college.
We wanted to capture the elements that made the Y.N. Original popular and add our own take on the commercial college logo design. Here’s a nice high resolution version.
The name of the tee comes from the Nas song N.Y. State Of Mind.
Three New Tees
No big deal – just three new tshirts that were printed yesterday, and are on sale today. It’s almost as if we know what we’re doing! Leave us a comment if you like ‘em.
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