The handmade WWII, vintage style USAAF t-shirt project took a long time to be realized. I always paint or design high quality items, but this particular project, I did pour my heart and soul, to bring you something even more special!
I’m Leaving Printful!
Last month, as I was on vacation, I had the time to relax and think on how to make 88th Co. better. So, I decided to look at the numbers and the quality of my items. I felt that it was time to remove all the made to order digitally printed t-shirt made through Printful. Why you may ask? First, I don’t control the quality of the tees made by Printful. Second, I couldn’t customize the packages of the tees, which annoys me deeply. Third, I hate the fact that the shirts are made by a machine. There’s no soul in the shirt! Finally, the made to order shirts, don’t math my brand philosophy anymore. So it only felt right, to remove the made to order items from my store. However, I will do the removal gradually, until all my hand made t-shirts are ready.
What Cotton does the Handmade WWII, Vintage Style USAAF T-Shirt has?
The handmade style USAAF t-shirt is made from a super soft 165g, 100% cotton tee.
The USAAF T-Shirt is Fully Hand Dyed
In my various research and documentation, during ww2 combat operation, military t-shirts from WW2 were never perfectly clean or white. They showed signs of sweat, elements exposure and wear. So it felt only natural to mimic that on this handmade WWII, vintage style USAAF t-shirt! It’s all about giving the shirt a true SOUL! To make it even more authentic and comfortable for you, I used natural dyes such as curry powder and coffee. And for extra staining effect, I also use water based paint for fabric.
The dyeing process takes between 2 to 3 days to be completed, but the result is worth the wait.
Hand Weathering & Aging Method
Weathering is a long process that can take 2 to 3 days to finish. Each section of the shirt is carefully distressed with various type of tools such as: sand paper, paint, x-acto knifes, metal brushes, razors and bleach.
Hand Printing Method for An Authentic
This t-shirt is 100% hand printed. It takes a couple of hours to a day to finish the printing of one t-shirt.
To apply the paint on the shirt, I use my custom made stencils, Speedball paint and pastel brushes. Thanks to the brush stroke, each t-shirt comes out as unique and an original item. I sincerely hate mass production. 88th Company offers you an art piece, that no machine can reproduce.
Hand Painted Packaging Method
Packaging is the last and most important part of the design process. Since this t-shirt is all hand painted, it’s only natural to have the same method applied to its packaging.
I used a recycled paper box, that I customized to look like a used ammo box. The olive drab color is my own acrylic mix and all the weathering is done my watercolor paint.
Finally, all the tags are watercolored too (please look a the pictures). Every single detail, has a countless hours of hand work.
The price will be higher than my Printful tee ($28.99). Since the shirt is fully hand made, it is sold for $80. However, I offer free shipping worldwide.
Here’s a closer view of my work process in this video: