Hello Printsomers! Like every Tuesday, here we are again with the latest episode of our most popular series, #TshirtTuesday! Where we feature up-and-coming personalised T-shirt lines and interview the designers behind them.
This time around we bring you Moth Proof and its founder Calum. A young lad from Cambridge that has been experimenting with T-shirt design from a very young age. His style is irreverent, but subtle which allows him to make puns without falling into the trap of flashy rhetoric streetwear brands often find themselves in. Standout designs include ‘Still Dunkin’ Michael Jordan’ and the Brazil flag recoloured with Pepsi tones.
I hope you enjoy our newest #TshirtTuesday!
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#TshirtTuesday: Moth Proof
Tell us about you, what’s your name? Where are you from? What do you do?
My name is Calum and I’m from Cambridge in England, I just graduated from university and now I work at a pub at night and sell T-shirts during the day. I live a balanced lifestyle.
Tell me about your path to becoming a T-shirt designer:
I started drawing on plain T-shirts with one of those sharpie pens, my first T-shirt was a picture of Sepp Blatter. This was when he was still big. It gained me some urban street level respect so I continued. When I moved back in with my parents, I rejigged how i was doing it so i could produce multiple T-shirts in less time, and Moth Proof was born.
What does your design process entail?
I guess I don’t go down to create my images until I have come up with an idea. To be honest, some of my ideas are borrowed and tweaked, some are more original.
Do you have any memorable designs you’ve done?
A lot of the most memorable designs I have done are too childish and smutty to be discussed, but I did make a tweaked Sudocrem design, so thank you to Sudocrem and the eczema survivors who bought my T-shirt. I think a lot of the T-shirts work because they have reference points, the ones don’t that really relate to anything struggle to sell.
If you could design a T-shirt for anyone, who would it be?
Anyone who would wear it, but if i could get my dad in one of my T-shirts that would make me happy.
What’s next for you?
Lightly persevere with the selling of T-shirts.
Ok, before we leave let’s do a quick round of questions:
What have you been listening to lately?
What have you been watching lately?
I watched A Bronx Tale last night. It was good.
What have you been reading lately?
The Mysteries of Pittsburg. I have been reading it for about half a year.
What food(s) have you been enjoying lately?
I’ve been trying to eat more fruit.
What have you been wearing lately?
Featured Garments from Moth Proof
For more inspiring designer stories and cool T-shirts, don’t forget to catch us next week on a brand new edition of #TshirtTuesday.
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