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. 

Navysource.org 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.

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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!

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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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