Skate Photographer Series: The “Frontside Tee”
As a skate photographer, I’ve been shooting for Herbal Skateboards since 2009, and I’ve had the good fortune and pleasure to have worked with these guys pretty closely over those years. Recently, we have been chewing over the idea of a collaboration between Herbal Skateboards and Harvey Mills Photography, whereby a series of images could be reproduced on a run of special garments within the Herbal range.
Following a brief (and often frustrating) gestation period, it gives me enormous pleasure to announce the birth of our new adorable love-children: we call them ‘Frontside’ tee and “Frontside” baseball shirt. They are the first in, what we hope will be, a series of photo-tee’s in the future.
We spent as much time deliberating the quality of the garments as we did the actual design. Eventually, we selected Continental tee’s using premium fine jersey cottons, certified by the Fair Wear Foundation (Ethical Trade & Justice For Workers). No ordinary tee’s, these! Extremely soft and lightweight – the plain white uses the finest 115g cotton.
Printing photographs onto tee-shirts is a tricky business as there are several different methods to choose from – all of which give varying degrees of success. We decided to go with the discharge printing technique, which gives a ‘flat’ texture and feels like part of the cotton, rather than something that’s been applied like a transfer. Discharge prints also fade quite quickly, leaving them looking natural and feeling like an old friend within a couple of washes.