USS GATO Vintage T-Shirt


I’ve always loved to watch submarine movies. So, like many people, I love the Hunt for the Red October. Therefore it inspired me to design a t-shirt around a submarine. As I did my research about WWII Subs, I came across the USS Gato, so I thought it would be a great subject for my new tee. Fact USS GATO

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 5 October 1940, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 21 August 1941; Commissioned USS Gato (SS-212), 31 December 1941; Decommissioned, 16 March 1946, at New York Naval Shipyard; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel at New York and later Baltimore.; Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1960; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 July 1960, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA. Gato received the Presidential Unit Citation and 13 battle stars for service in World War II.


Work Process

My work process is always the same. First, I do some sketching and scan it into Adobe Illustrator. Second, I go over the design and make sure it’s balanced. I often print the design a few times to make some fixes by hand and scan again. 

88th co USS GATO, Ink Submarine

Finally, I ink the final design and scan it on Adode Photoshop and voila!


The USS Gato T-Shirt 

I wanted to make a simpler design tee for a while now. This design is perfect for a left chest print. Also, I added a beautiful USN badge for the back of the shirt. 

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