88th Company Craftsmanship
88th Company Craftsmanship is a fundamental core part of the brand. Craftsmanship means that I, as an artist, I do all the painting, dyeing and aging by hand. Therefore, it takes long hours of work and even weeks to finish one custom piece.
Craftsmanship for the bags
Before the painting starts, I choose the best canvas for my paint. I always paint on cotton, it is the the best canvas for a long lasting design. Second, I start doing research on the subject I have picked for the bag. It can take one two days to get all my details ready. Third, I do a quick mockup to get an idea of how the bag will look like. Once I’m satisfied with the result, I start the painting process.
I always start by mixing my colors first, because it helps me move faster through the painting. The process for one bag can take one to two weeks. It really depends on the level of details I have chosen to do on the piece.
Moreover, I make my own stencils for each bag. For example, if I need a specific name of USAAF base location, I will design the vector on adobe illustrator, transfer it to my cutting machine and paint on the bag. In Short, I do all my design work in house.
In conclusion, I use all my years of experience to create a unique art piece that celebrates craftsmanship and history.
What I Paint Do I use?
For textile painting I use two great brands:
- Speedball is great for screen printing and painting too. I use it for almost all my textile/fabric work.
- I sometimes use Pebeo’s fabric markers.
- For all my leather paintings, I use the famous Angelus Paint.
Craftsmanship For The Vintage Military T-Shirts:
Hand Dyeing Method
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. My goal is to mimic that by giving the shirt a 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 Printing Method
This t-shirt is 100% hand printed. It takes a couple of hours to a day to finish the printing for one t-shirt.
To apply the paint on the shirt, I use my custom made stencils, Speedball paint and a pastel brush. Each t-shirt is unique! The stroke of the brush can’t be copied and pasted on each t-shirt. Each one has its own unique finish.
You’re getting an art piece, that no machine can reproduce.
Hand Weathering Method
Weathering is a long process that can take 1 to 2 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 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 . Every single detail, has a countless hours of hand work.
If you have any questions about my work, feel free to contact me anytime.