Old-School T-Shirt Printing

Vintage t-shirt design. Grey tee. By Von Freter
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Born in the United States, Aaron von Freter has been working in apparel design for over 13 years in Europe. He illustrates and also manually prints images with rubber-stamp blocks on cloth. This printing technique has evolved over centuries, however, the earliest surviving examples are from China, dated before the year 220, “and woodblock printing remained the most common East Asian method of printings books and other texts, as well as images, until the 19th century.” [1]

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1. "Woodblock Printing." Wikipedia. Retrieved on April 6th, 2013.

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Adriana is the Webby Award–winning designer, editor of Scene360 magazine and author of "Tat'oo" book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated her time to documenting the lives and work of tattooists. Published also on Inked, Skin Deep, Tattoo Life and more. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.