This design was accepted as band merch for one of those “merch company” bands that I have never listened to. Kids love the band though. The accepted design has the band logo worked in, but I left it out for this mockup.

You might see this in Hot Topic in some bastardized form (printed centered at 810 would be terrible) but this is my original design.

I would be amazed to see if they print it as it looks in the mockup and maintain the integrity.

Anyway, here it is!

  • chrisrushing

    gorgeous. with this are you just scanning and not retracing?
  • jfinley

    On this design I found some photos online and try to find a good composition in Photoshop. I use my wacom and trace over the photos to get some of the linework. I could probably draw this by hand on paper first, but it would come out more cartoony and less “realistic” I suppose you could say.
  • derekdeal

    this is insane
  • horsebites

    Excellent work Jeff, I wish this wasn’t a band tee.
  • jfinley

    horsebites said: Excellent work Jeff, I wish this wasn’t a band tee.

    yeah I know what you mean…
  • dobi

    fantastic.
  • Kyle Crawford

    what band is it? its very ” i want your skull”ish
  • dobi

    also, you are out of your mind for giving this to a client and not selling it on your own.
  • chrisrushing

    dobi said: also, you are out of your mind for giving this to a client and not selling it on your own.

    +1
  • sockmonkee

    wow jeff, amazing artwork. i as well wish it wasn’t a band tee haha.
  • justinryan

    chrisrushing said:
    dobi said: also, you are out of your mind for giving this to a client and not selling it on your own.

    +1

    Gotta agree. Great stuff, as usual, Jeff!
  • labyrinth

    amazing. i cant say anything else
  • jfinley

    dobi said: also, you are out of your mind for giving this to a client and not selling it on your own.

    dobi – Yeah I feel the same way, it’s kind of ironic that in a service industry such as this, where we are hired to provide artwork for someone else, we feel guilty letting go of a design we are really happy with. Simply because the opportunity exists to print these yourself.

    As I look at it, until I find a printer that has the desire to work with me to print these “monstrosities” as I like to call em (the full color all over prints) then I really can’t sell them myself. I don’t have any printing capabilities and don’t have the cash to “experiment” unless someone here wants to work with me on it together.
  • jfinley

    IamEZ said: what band is it? its very ” i want your skull”ish

    oh btw, the band that I did this for was “Bullet for my Valentine” I might as well say it. Haha.

    Does anyone listen to them? To be honest, I don’t even know what they sound like. I’m guessing screamy post-hardcore nu-metal? Is that bad that I don’t even listen to the band on some of these? I get the description and then roll with it. I just try to draw/design something I like.
  • derekdeal

    yeah your guess about the band was pretty right on there jeff. Im guessing bravado? hows your experience been working with them if im right.
  • jfinley

    altairdesigns said: yeah your guess about the band was pretty right on there jeff. Im guessing bravado? hows your experience been working with them if im right.

    Yeah it’s Bravado. They send us work regularly, but we don’t get to pick the bands we do the work for. But they’ve been a client of ours for just about 2 years now. They always pay, albeit late sometimes.

    They give us some of the better opportunities to design stuff that will end up in stores, even if a lot of the stuff we liked gets rejected.

    They’ve been the best merch company we’ve designed for compared to FEA, Giant, and Signature. All those merch companies are not bad clients by any means, but Bravado seems to send us the most work.

    Oh yeah, and Bravado, like most merch companies, don’t pay a whole lot. And they also have other designers doing shirts for the same bands. And the band member’s probably have no idea that we actually did the designs. But all this comes with the territory.
  • Joshua Stomberg

    bullet for my valentine = crybaby screamo … awesome shirt tho.
  • derekdeal

    @jeff that’s pretty much what ive gathered, im going through my first tour with them right now.
  • jfinley

    altairdesigns said: @jeff that’s pretty much what ive gathered, im going through my first tour with them right now.

    Cool let me know how it turns out!
  • Kyle Crawford

    dude at least youre given direction. Ted is just like, make something bad ass.

    thats it

    I kinda just drew something generic that dealt with the name and then he gave me some crap like, every shirt needs a back, i quickly just added something to make him happy, still no reply if he even got it. Or liked it, hes one of those guys that says “not feeling it”

    butttt whatever

    this is gonna be too classy for them(your design) and ted freaks out about belt print, he told me affliction type stuff for avenged, and then I did belt prints. Then he made me change all of them to not belt prints because he didnt want to take a hit if it didnt sell.. so if he didnt want belt for avenged a well known somewhat iconic band right now to “take the hit”, I dont see this band doing it either

    heres my trash

  • horsebites

    jfinley said:
    dobi said: also, you are out of your mind for giving this to a client and not selling it on your own.

    dobi – Yeah I feel the same way, it’s kind of ironic that in a service industry such as this, where we are hired to provide artwork for someone else, we feel guilty letting go of a design we are really happy with. Simply because the opportunity exists to print these yourself.

    As I look at it, until I find a printer that has the desire to work with me to print these “monstrosities” as I like to call em (the full color all over prints) then I really can’t sell them myself. I don’t have any printing capabilities and don’t have the cash to “experiment” unless someone here wants to work with me on it together.

    TOTALLY!!! That’s why in most of my shirts it’s just big on the front, not under the sleeves or over the collar and running off the bottom. It’s just too expensive and not easy to find most of the time. I see alot of people posting shirts that just look insane to me like “how is the band affording this!?”. I’ve tried to submit stuff to average level bands and alot of them don’t print it that way cause the printer that they’ve been using is either too lazy or just doesn’t have the equipment for it. Too be honest, Rockett clothing is the first company I found that has actually offered doing “any type of print” for my stuff.
  • chrisrushing

    finley, contact me when you get a minute. – check my emptees page.
  • jfinley

    IamEZ said: dude at least youre given direction. Ted is just like, make something bad ass.

    thats it

    I kinda just drew something generic that dealt with the name and then he gave me some crap like, every shirt needs a back, i quickly just added something to make him happy, still no reply if he even got it. Or liked it, hes one of those guys that says “not feeling it”

    butttt whatever

    this is gonna be too classy for them and ted freaks out about belt print, he told me affliction type stuff for avenged, and then I did belt prints. Then he made me change all of them to not belt prints because he didnt want to take a hit if it didnt sell..

    heres my trash



    This design isn’t trash. I think it’s well executed. As far as direction goes, they’re usually just like “Make it look like Affliction” or something like that. Just like you said. I’m sure we get the same direction, just in a few slightly different wordings.
  • derekdeal

    oops!

    “The information in this Internet email (and any attachments) is confidential, may be legally privileged and is intended solely for the Addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, then any dissemination or copying of this email (and any attachments) is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you receive this
    email in error, please immediately notify us by email or telephone, and then delete the message. Thank you. “
  • Kyle Crawford

    its ours til they pay us. When they start paying submission fees then I’ll reconsider
  • jfinley

    altairdesigns said: oops!

    “The information in this Internet email (and any attachments) is confidential, may be legally privileged and is intended solely for the Addressee(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, then any dissemination or copying of this email (and any attachments) is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you receive this
    email in error, please immediately notify us by email or telephone, and then delete the message. Thank you. ”

    I’m not sure what you mean?
  • derekdeal

    i just noticed that disclaimer in one of my emails from them, i posted it as a joke since we were all sharing. I dont really think talking candidly about it is a big deal.

    it actually got me thinking i should post some legal bs in my emails. maybe something about all rejected designs must contain more of an explanation than “not felling it” or a penalty will be issued.
  • jfinley

    altairdesigns said: i just noticed that disclaimer in one of my emails from them, i posted it as a joke since we were all sharing. I dont really think talking candidly about it is a big deal.

    it actually got me thinking i should post some legal bs in my emails. maybe something about all rejected designs must contain more of an explanation than “not felling it” or a penalty will be issued.

    Hehe yeah good idea.
  • tylerd1143

    Great work. I know exactly what you mean about shrinking it to a worthless 810. I just did a series of shirts for Matt Hughes of the UFC with prints over the shoulder, wrap arounds, etc and all of them came back telling me to shrink it down and get it off the shoulder. grr.
  • betterthanhuman

    This is sweet. I saw it early yesterday and didn’t realize it was yours until I saw your post on the Go Media blog…
    Great work!
  • jfinley

    abigjilm said: this is a really cool design. very reminiscent of the Baroness dudes work of late

    yeah man John Baizley is phenomenal. I wish I had the skill of that man.
  • jfinley

    Should be able to, if you like Bullet for my Valentine – they bought the design so I assume they’ll print it.
  • Time Without the E

    i wouldnt call bulletin for my valentine a merch band. There one of the most popular hardcore bands in the UK and in the US. If they print this it will sell a ton.
  • jfinley

    CDC since 2005 said: i wouldnt call bulletin for my valentine a merch band. There one of the most popular hardcore bands in the UK and in the US. If they print this it will sell a ton.

    What I meant by "merch company band" was that the job was given to us by a merch company, not the band itself. So there was no personal interaction with the band members themselves. I didn't mean it in a degrading way or whatnot, and I'm no doubt excited to see it printed and for sale.
  • Time Without the E

    jfinley said:
    CDC since 2005 said: i wouldnt call bulletin for my valentine a merch band. There one of the most popular hardcore bands in the UK and in the US. If they print this it will sell a ton.

    What I meant by "merch company band" was that the job was given to us by a merch company, not the band itself. So there was no personal interaction with the band members themselves. I didn't mean it in a degrading way or whatnot, and I'm no doubt excited to see it printed and for sale.


    ohhh my bad haha
    there going to be playing taste of chaos this year so this would sell like crazy if they make it
  • jfinley

    CDC since 2005 said:
    jfinley said:
    CDC since 2005 said: i wouldnt call bulletin for my valentine a merch band. There one of the most popular hardcore bands in the UK and in the US. If they print this it will sell a ton.

    What I meant by "merch company band" was that the job was given to us by a merch company, not the band itself. So there was no personal interaction with the band members themselves. I didn't mean it in a degrading way or whatnot, and I'm no doubt excited to see it printed and for sale.


    ohhh my bad haha
    there going to be playing taste of chaos this year so this would sell like crazy if they make it

    Yeah, and I also said I don't listen to them - which is usually pretty typical when we get assigned a project from a merch company. It's hit or miss.
  • jfinley

    Bravado printed these, but I don't know where you can buy them yet.

    printedtees 020

    printedtees 025

    printedtees 023
  • derekdeal

    nice jeff, looks like they made some compromises but it still looks great.

    also, sceam aim fire is my guilty pop metal pleasure.
  • CASTLE

    This is still freakin kick ass! Even with the new positioning.
  • jfinley

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