Originally posted by teprometo
at Subtle Arthur/Merlin T-Shirts, Anyone?
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As lots of you know, Knerkle does a significant amount of design work. He recently bought a crowdsourced T-shirt and loved the experience so much, he wants to make one of his own. We thought it would be a great opportunity to have an experienced T-shirt designer make subtle shipping shirts. So many shipping shirts are either really blatant (which embarrasses a lot of people) or are just poor quality (either in design or in construction).
Nic is thinking the T-shirts would probably end up around $18, which is more than I pay for my flimsy Target T-shirts, so I know that's a scary price tag, but they'd be lady-cut American Apparel T-shirts, which are usually $20-$25 plain, because they're ridiculously comfortable and durable. And they do real silkscreening, so you are paying for a quality product.
So basically, I'm trying to figure out how many people would be interested. This website is like Kickstarter in that people will only be charged/the shirts will only be made if a certain number are sold, so it doesn't make sense to go to the work of designing the shirts if there won't be enough interest to get them made.
This isn't a thing Nic is doing to make money. The most he'd make is probably $25, and he charges at least $80 an hour when he bills for design work. He's just excited about doing the crowdsource thing, and this is a great way to both satisfy his curiosity and bring extra joy to fannish people's lives.
TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS! Concerns, suggestions, and enthusiasm welcome!
If this is a success and a good experience, there is a possibility of branching out into other fandoms/ships/whatever.
ETA: So lots of you are pissed about using American Apparel T-shirts, which I understand in theory, because misogyny and douchebaggery is not okay. In practice, however, printing on guilt-free textiles is not accessible. The only other options for shirts on Teespring are made using slave labor, or the next closest thing. American Apparel, while still full of ethical issues, at least pays their workers, and the product is much better. So I mean, go with your conscience, but Hanes is not an ethical upgrade.
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so she can gauge interest in the project! Thank you!