Wednesday, 23 February 2011


I bought this red Uniqlo shirt a long time ago with the intention of screenprinting the Nintendo-inspired "Mindcontrol" logo on the front.

Looking around the DIY stores around Tokyo, I couldn't easily find the materials I'd need to be able to do it. I put it off for a while until I chanced upon a few shops that looked like they might be able to do it.

On Sunday we went into Shibuya and found a new store called smalldesign.

While we were there the guy was doing a "live" screen-print of Hello Kitty for a customer. I didn't hang around to have a chat but it seemed like he did prints using the templates that were already there.

Arton is another small shop in Central Shibuya. I decided to get the print done with these guys.

You bring the design you want and he does the print directly onto the shirts in about ten minutes. I already had the shirt, so the printing cost 1,900 yen. If I used one of his shirts it would've been 2,400 yen.

The print is ink as opposed to paint, but for a quick and dirty custom shirt it did the job. You can have it printed in any colour you want, as long as it's black though. I REALLY wanted white.

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. With all the fervour of the new 3DS, I wanted to make my "statement". Let the games begin!