It’s Always Coffee Time
Perfect for any coffee lover, this shirt is guaranteed to be a new favorite. The two-color design features hand lettering on a minimalistic coffee mug illustration for a simple, yet tasteful look. Unironically, these shirts are American Apparel’s “Tri-Coffee” color. They boast a tri-blend fabric made from part cotton, polyester, and rayon to result in a ridiculously comfortable shirt that retains elasticity, giving a fitted look. For this reason, sizes tend to run a bit small, so if you’re not into the fitted look, go for a size bigger than normal. They’re unisex too, so they look great on everyone.
The lettering and cup design are printed using discharge inks, dark gray and clear respectively. The discharge ink essentially re-dyes the shirt to create the image. With this method, you don’t have the familiar thickness of Plastisol prints where the ink sits on top of the shirt fabric. After an initial wash, you won’t even be able to feel the design at all. This results in nothing but pleasantly wearable softness.
All my favorite shirts are tagless, so I make sure the ones I produce are tagless as well. Instead of standard tags, the neck tag design is printed directly on the fabric using the same discharge ink.
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