Want A Truly Novel T-Shirt With An Entire Novel On It?
T-shirts have long been a staple of the world of apparel and they have gotten pretty creative, but when was the last time you saw a truly novel one? One company, Litographs, is working hard to make sure that all of their t-shirts, posters, and tote bags are novel -- or poetry, short stories, or non-fiction. They do this by printing the entire book in a style that appears artistic from a distance and completely readable close up.
These products are the brain child of Danny Fein. He came up with the idea while he was waiting for deferred acceptance to Harvard's joint JD/MBA program. Not one to sit around just waiting for the future, he came up with an idea and launched his own business. He funded his idea with a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $85,000 more than the $15,000 he had been seeking.
The company now boasts an entire line of classic literature printed on t-shirts, posters, and tote bags. You can choose from such timeless classics as Romeo and Juliet, Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Robinson Crusoe, The Art of War, Sense and Sensibility, and many others. Even the Kama Sutra has been turned into one of their products. Word has it that Litographs is coming out with The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in time for Christmas.
Litographs is so concerned with literacy and reading that they have partnered with the International Book Bank to send a new, high-quality book to a community in need for every item they sell. So for the price you pay you help give the gift of words to more people around the world.
One of the great things about the t-shirts is that they are made using a highly durable method of printing called dye sublimation. It allows the design to be dyed into the threads of the shirt itself rather than just being overlaid on the surface. This means that the design is to going to fade easily, or, worse, start peeling off.
Their website provides a calendar of what designs and book titles will be coming out so that you can plan your wardrobe of tees ahead of time. You can also recommend and vote on future titles for their products. I added the classic book Heidi. I am thinking that anything in the public domain is something easier for them to use than having to pay big bucks for the rights.
So where does this company go next? They just finished a new Kickstarter campaign earlier this month to add a line of literary temporary tattoos that are quoted from famous books. Much like their original Kickstarter campaign, they have raised far more than their goal to add this new line to their existing product base.
What favorite book would you want to see added to their products?
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Laurie Kay Olson
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