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DIY Business Profiles: Screenarchy

June 20th, 2009 by shawn · 1 Comment


A few years ago, I was in “t-shirt” mode. I had this idea that I would make my own t-shirts and then maybe sell them. Mostly I was just interested in the art of screen-printing, but it turned into one of those moments where one thinks, “Can I do this, and also make money at it?”

Well, I was only semi-successful at DIY screen printing. Yes, I proudly built my own press, made my own screens, and printed a few of my own shirts. My first tee was a Hunter S. Thompson portrait, and I sold all of them rather quickly. To this day, when I wear the shirt, people stop me to ask where I got it or to say “cool shirt”.

That’s where Screenarchy comes in. It’s a business that prints shirts. I went to them a couple of years ago to see if they could “do it right” and make me a large quantity of shirts, and I chose THEM because it was a completely DIY operation, all done in some guy’s basement in a house in Minneapolis. I drove there, and picked up some super-nice t-shirts at a great price. I was very impressed with what was going on there.

Well it’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen their operation but apparently they’re still going strong and still printing tees in the basement. It just goes to show: you do NOT need a big office, a boss, a degree, or a rulebook to “make it”.

* Screenarchy has not asked me to write about them and probably wouldn’t even remember me. But they did great work and since they’re true DIY-ers I wanted to give my recommendation.

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    Comment by gables estates
    2011-09-30 10:11:24

    When I was much younger I always wanted to design t-shirts but it remained just a wish so glad to know that you at least ran the business for sometime. Its feels good to come across people with same interest. I’d love to see the designs from Screenarchy and even try to get some personalized from them.

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