Rimshot’s Got a New Computer!

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Please forgive, I’m sure this blog post title is bad grammar.

Warning: the following info will only be interesting to nerds.

Well, after about 7 years I have added a new, more beefier pooter to the arsenal.  Even though my old one is pretty beefy even by today’s standards I felt it was a good time to update for 2 reasons:

  1. my old one is due to fail.
  2. I need more muscle, especially for video editing.

I stayed with the Precision series and built with the 5810 tower.  This time I went for a raid 5 configuration; going for performance and the ability to switch out a drive if it fails without having to start all over.  My last computer had a raid 0 config – good performance but I got burned when one of the hard drives failed several years back.  At least with Dell builds, going raid 5 had some limitations.  Namely, I had to go with smaller drives compared to what’s available.  I have 3.63 T drives this time – just about the same size I had on my old computer.  Still, with large drives, SSD’s are just way too expensive so I went with standard.

I substantially updated the video card with a NVideaQuadro M4000.  I also got pretty beefy with 64 gigs of RAM.  Again, due to raid 5 limitations and not having the readily available funds of Bill Gates, the processor is a twelve (yes,12) 3.6 ghz setup.  Oh Yeah!

I have noted faster bootups, a little better performance out of Photoshop, but nothing crazy.  I guess we shall see if this system was worth the cash whenever I fire up Adobe Premiere.  Fingers are crossed.  One of the coolest performance boosts is apparent when using Corel Painter.

If you are wondering what I did with my old one (let’s face it, you are probably not) it is still in play.  Right now it is the most expensive computer ever built only to run QuickBooks.

That’s it for now.  I promise to have more artsy-fartsy content in future posts.

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 007

Good morning!

Here is one in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this painterly frame way back in the 90’s and (for some unexplained reason) was one of my most popular designs I’ve ever done.  It’s been used for cheerleaders, dance troups, blood donor organizations, etc.  I’ve morphed this version into a high school band version.  If you like the font it is called Poloroid 22 and is available for free here.  This layout is a six color spot and easily editable.  I hope you love it!  Please contact me and gimme a shot to become your go-to artist for creating your own custom, production-ready t-shirt designs.

Download the file by clicking here: grunge paint attitude

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 006

 

Good afternoon!

Here is one in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design way back in 2000.  It can be used for lots of themes (ex: play, work, cheer, dance, etc).  It is a 5 color spot design.  There was a customer of mine who was a great watercolor artist and she granted me permission to use one of her paintings to manipulate.   Hope you like it!

Download the file by clicking here: heart out paint splatter grunge

 

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 005

Good morning!

Here is a the 5th in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design back in 2002 – i was getting a lot of requests for hand drawn kiddie illustrations.  This layout is 6 color spot and is easily editable.  If you like the font (which is BoyzRGross) it is available here for free.  I hope you love it!

Download the file by clicking here: children hospital hand drawn kids doctor nurse ambulance

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 004

Good morning!

Here is the fourth in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design back in 2007 when grunge and painterly effects were in full swing (and still is!).  Maybe you have a cheer leading client that is looking for something a little edgy.  I hope you love it!

Download the file by clicking here: cheer leader grunge paint brush distress

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 003

Good morning!

Here is the 3rd in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design way back in 2003. From the mid 90’s to 2006 i was probably the most prolific tee designer for cheer leading and dance in the nation with customers like the NCA, Varsity, Teamleader, and others.  If only those teeny boppers knew they were wearing art created by a biker.

download the file by clicking here: cheer spirit team

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 002

Good afternoon!

Here is the second in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design back in 2001 (when Nike’s t-shirt line ruled).  If you like the font it is available on the web for free: it is called Jade Monkey.  I hope you love it!

Download the file by clicking here: oval arrow halftones team design

 

Free Clipart for Screen Printers 001

Good morning!

Here is a first in a series of free clipart available for screen printers.  All of the files will be editable, vector, and in spot color coming at you in a PDF format for PC and Mac users.  All files will be named with searchable keywords so you can easily add it to your collection.  Check my blog periodically for new additions.

Although a PayPal link is included for those who want to show their appreciation, it would be even cooler if you sent me your next job!  My diabolical plan is that once you try me out you will be a customer for life (insert evil laugh sound effect here)

If you have any questions and/or want to talk about your next killer t-shirt design, please give me a call at 214-543-7137 or email me here.

I did this design way back in 1996 (which explains the super bright colors).  If i remember right i think it was for a national cheerleading competition.  I added the Coppertone text just to illustrate where some text would go.  I hope you love it!

Download the file by clicking here: surf sun sand surfboard palm tree beach

Barely Acceptable is Acceptable

For all of my Facebook Friends, stop reading; this is a repost from last week.

thinking out loud: more and more people not letting me do their t-shirt designs. Rather, they get their 13 year old nephew to design it on their IPad. They know the design is no good, but they just don’t care. The ‘not caring’ part bothers me. This, along with other observances in the Arts leads me to wonder: because of the availability of so much information and the collapse of faith, are we now becoming artistically impotent? it seems in general we have lost a sense of wonder, an eye for eternity, and a desire to create something unique. In other words, if we are not special and our destiny is a dirt pile, why bother? Don’t get me started on Pride in Workmanship

Here are excerpts from a thoughtful reply authored by Mark Matos:

The good news and bad news (but let’s focus on the good news)……………..
First the bad news though. Wall Street, Consumerisms in general, and Commoditization have driven the “make it as cheap as possible” mentality. People usually buy the cheapest cr*p possible (because it’s cheap). Look at Garment Manufacturing towns in the 80s – while the workers in those towns pushed the “Buy USA” message, they themselves bought more foreign made cloths than the average American. Why? It was cheaper. The end result? In the 1960s 95% of clothing bought in the USA was made in the USA. Today, just 2% of clothing is made in the USA. – People want to pay less, even when it adversely affects them in the long run.
For what it’s worth I believe the Commoditization of everything is the probably the evilest the driving forces. People now see everything as “stuff” instead of seeing things as being special or unique.
Now an example of some of the good news………. For example, while medium and low price Fender Basses (guitars) have become Commodities, there are now lots of small and medium size manufacturers that offer high quality, handmade Basses where they truly care about the Artistry and Craftsmanship of every single instrument that they make. This is just one example that shows some people still care about craftsmanship and art and that in some cases the Commoditization of something can create opportunities for people who make quality items.
What I think bothers you (and a lot of us) is the Commoditization of things that we consider to be art. At that point, it is no longer art, it’s just stuff.
People wear T-Shirts with company logos on them – why? It’s not because they want to wear art, something cool or something unique. That shirt is a commodity, like toilet paper. They don’t care.
But, many people still care. Many people differentiate between art and commodities. Art (obviously) still exists, but the lines are very blurry for the majority.

Canvas Prints Must Go!

Good morning!  These Canvas Prints are on Sale!  Everything must go — 10 bucks per.

At least for now I do not think i am going to be a vendor at any more local art shows.  I have a couple of pieces here at the shop that i am willing to sell cheap (!) — even below my costs.  I mean, c’mon, that’s dirt cheap– i spent more on just the stretcher bars. 🙂

All of them are printed on the best canvas available and are sealed with a hand-painted gel (adds nice texture) that basically makes them bullet-proof.  Suitable for framing or you can just hang them as is (that’s what i do)

All the pieces here are in the 15 inch to 26 inch range.  Good for hanging around the house or the office.

Come by and pick it/them up or i will ship them to you at cost.  Fire me an email @ john@rimshotgraphix.com or gimme a call @ 214-543-7137

below are the available pieces:

rim_rooster      rim_park

rim_field      rim_madame       rim_trees2

rim_trees

Where can I order canvas prints?

From me!  Of all the services i offer, creating canvas prints is probably my favorite.

Of course tons of options are available, but my favorite print is to take your favorite photo(s), make desired changes (ex: remove my old boyfriend), make the photo look like it was painted with oils, then print it on canvas. Then finish it by hand painting a sealant gel that is used for ‘real’ paintings; thus making it even more textural. Then, by hand, i stretch the canvas on stretcher bars.  Thus, you end up with an art piece that looks expensive.

Your imagination is your only limit!  Give me a call and get a quote– i promise my prices are better than most– and you do not end up with a cookie-cutter print like you would get at some of the big box stores or online shops.

thanks for tolerating my shameless self-promotion

-john

 

 

 

 

Get a T-shirt Printed for Less Than you Think

Since the local, brick-and-mortar T-Shirt shop is basically dead, sites like Custom Ink and Zazzle are very popular sources nowadays for people to get their t-shirts printed.  But there is a real good chance you are paying too much.

Before you place an order, you may want to find your local screen-printer.  It is true, if all you want is 3 t-shirts with 5 colors printed on the front and 6 colors on the back, then the sites i just mentioned might be the way to go.  But this blog post is for the person who is doing an order for their team, school club, family reunion, etc. where the quantity will be 15-36 pieces; perhaps more.

Here is a price comparison:  Custom Ink will do a white t-shirt with a one color print on the front for 12 bucks if you order 12.  One of my top clients would do the same for $4.88 a tee.  Even if the screen printer charged you set-up fees for say, art and shipping, you would still come out ahead.  And let’s face it: if you used one of my clients you have me doing the art -and there is a real good chance i can design a better t-shirt than you can, 🙂

If you live in the Dallas area, some real good printers who have great prices and will do a great job are Southwest Sportswear and Dallas T-Shirt.  True, you will have to pick up the phone and talk to a real person, …but maybe you are into that.

Even better, contact me first and let’s get your custom design hammered down– one that you, and all your peoples will want to wear.  Think of all the kudos you will receive!

Food for thought from your favorite T-shirt artist, – john

 

 

 

57 Pennies

Today I am looking back at all the work i did in 2016 and there is a standout: the stuff i did for Mandy @ 57 Pennies.  Are the designs masterpieces?  No.  We usually had only a budget of 30 minutes or less per design.  Were they fun?  Yes.  It was my favorite kind of work: where there is a clear vision by the customer and i am given creative freedom.  Were they successful?  Oh yeah!  Almost 1200 pieces sold to date on the 57 Pennies Etsy site.  Thank you, Mandy…and here is wishing you more success in your future ventures!

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