Behind “Bikes are Bisexual”

The idea for my newest tee design came to me right after a bike ride. It just kind of spilled out. I said the phrase out loud, chuckled, paused, pondered and laughed again.

I’m still not sure what it means, but I like that the two words share the “bi.” And if bicycles could develop sexual preferences, I like to think they would be all inclusive.

To actually construct the design, I first cut out the letters with black paper and scissors. I laid them all out on the floor, picked the good ones and swapped out the weird ones:

Next, I scanned in all the letters and played around with different layouts in Photoshop…

I wanted the final design to look transparent, so I added a bunch of white dots to the letters using Photoshop’s pointillize filter….

The black and white image above is inverted on the actual screen: the white in the photo below allows ink to pass through; the gray part is the emulsion which holds back the ink when pulled.

Here’s a closeup of a portion of the design printed on an actual tee-shirt. Notice how you can actually see the tee-shirt through the red ink. With each pull, the dots will “hit or miss” in a completely different way. Sometimes you’ll be able to see more shirt, through the letters, sometimes less. That’s what makes it unique!

And here’s the final product!

Bikes are Bisexual on {etsy}