I spent my first couple of years working full time and doing merch in the evenings and weekends. It was a busy time, as you can imagine. - Sean Tidy, AKA Tidy Ink
Berkhamsted, Greater London, UK (PRWEB) October 05, 2013
Sean Tidy, AKA Tidy Ink, is a graphic designer and illustrator who has been on the scene since 2003 and now specializes in merch for brands and bands that include Metallica, Guns n' Roses, Rage Against The Machine and a host of others. Sean was recently interviewed on iloveyourtshirt.com.
At the end of October, Mr. Tidy will be holding an exhibition of his t-shirt artwork in London, and will launch a collection new t-shirts on the opening night of 24th October. The exhibition is called 'Merch n' Destroy' and will be held at Tower 47 in Camden, London.
His interview can be read here: http://iloveyourtshirt.com/new,Sean-Tidy-AKA-Tidy-Ink-Graphic-Designer-and-Illustrator-Interview.
The t-shirt (also known as tee shirts or tees) evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece "union suit" underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. By the Great Depression, the t-shirt was often the default garment to be worn when doing farm or ranch chores, as well as other times when modesty called for a torso covering but conditions called for lightweight fabrics.
Tee-shirts, with and without buttons, were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.
T-shirts, as a slip-on garment without buttons, originally became popular in the United States when they were issued by the U.S. Navy during or following the Spanish American War. These were a crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirt to be worn under a uniform. It became common for sailors and Marines in work parties, the early submarines, and tropical climates to remove their uniform "jacket", wearing (and soiling) only the undershirt.
Named the t-shirt due to the shape of the garment's outline, it soon became popular as a bottom layer of clothing for workers in various industries, including agriculture. The t-shirt was easily fitted, easily cleaned, were made in various colors and patterns and inexpensive, and for this reason it became the shirt of choice for young boys.
The most popular method of printing t-shirts is screen printing, however embroidered t-shirts and the interest in direct to garment printing (DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto t-shirts without the use of screens like with screen printing, is increasing at a steady rate.