What does SEIBEI mean?

Seibei (pronounced "say-bay") is the title character of Shiga Naoya’s short story Seibei to hyoutan (“Seibei and his gourds”). Seibei is a young artist who’s very devoted to his work, bucks popular trends, follows his own aesthetic, and is kind of a funny kid. When I read this story in college, I felt a connection with Seibei, and told myself that if I ever worked as an artist, I’d want to take that name, and follow those ideals. So I did!

My number one favorite part is when he sees a bald guy walking out of a store and exclaims "What a magnificent gourd!" (立派な瓢じゃ!)

What kind of shirts do you print on?

For all sizes up to 3XL, we print on American Apparel. For all 4XL+ shirts, we typically use Gildan Ultra Cotton tees, as they are well made and come in a wide variety of colors. For ladies' sizes, we use American Apparel. Some older shirts available in grab bags and special promotions were printed on Sun Apparel, a shirt made under ethical conditions in Mexico with US-grown cotton - their sizing is quite similar to American Apparel. 

For our sublimated tees and tanks, we use American Apparel sublimation garments, which are 100% polyester and have a slightly looser fit. 

If we use a different garment than the ones listed above, it will be noted on the product page. 

Why are the women's sizes so small?

American Apparel (and most other blank tee suppliers) make women's tees that are remarkably smaller than unisex sizes. I don't like it either. Checking the Size Chart is your best bet, and err on the side of ordering a shirt that's a little too large instead of one that's a little too small, as shirts will always shrink a little in the wash, and a shirt that's a little too big is far more comfortable to wear than one that's a little too tight. 

Are you going to start making the custom Intramural Zombie Hunter shirts again? 


Why do you make the I’M FAT LET’S PARTY shirt in smaller sizes? Why make a shirt that allows anyone to call themselves “fat” even if they aren’t?

I thought about this for a while before I released this shirt, actually. I decided to release this shirt in every size because it’s not up to me who is “fat” and who isn’t, and besides, “fat” isn’t a bad word.

Some people have taken offense at this shirt even being made, but the vast majority of people who buy this shirt in larger sizes have not only seemed stoked that this shirt exists, but especially that it’s made in their size. I consistently sell out of this shirt in 2XL+ pretty much no matter how many I stock. People have told me that this shirt has helped them with social anxiety, that it’s helped them feel more body confident, and some people have even told me that this shirt has gotten them free drinks or gotten them laid (results may vary). But, let’s be real – it’s just a t-shirt. It shouldn’t be taken too seriously either way.

For what it's worth, I’m one of the few t-shirt makers that makes pretty much everything in larger ladies’ and men’s sizes (up to Ladies’ 2X-Large and Unisex 5XL). Most companies my size don’t bother beyond Unisex 2XL. Need a bigger shirt than that? Contact me and I’ll do what I can. If you want to support my work, the last thing I want to do is turn you away.

Who does your shirt printing?

Forward Printing in Oakland, CA. I've also worked with American Icon in Newburgh, NY and Blue Ridge Graphics in Charlottesville, VA and would highly recommend any of them, depending on where you live (shipping is an important factor to consider). 

Lately I've been getting back into printing shirts myself, too. I was a professional printer for years and I definitely miss it, so most of the new stock is printed by me. I use waterbased inks and take every step to ensure all the same softness and durability you've come to expect from my tees.

Did you make that shirt that says I WOULD CUDDLE YOU SO HARD?

Nope, that slogan is a little gross for my tastes. 

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start making t-shirts?

Don't print your own tees unless you already know how (or are willing to take the time and money to learn), bring something fun and original to the table, just do you, work hard, and be nice. Read T-Shirt Forums. My buddy Greg from Miles to Go has been blogging quite a bit about his experience as a tee maker here. He does his own printing, his own everything, and has been CRUSHING it the past few years, so read his blog, too. 

Learn from your mistakes, because you'll make a shitload of them. 

You probably have nothing new to bring to the table in terms of pop culture references and mash-ups, or shirts with offensive slogans.