Tuesday July 14, 2009

Officially licensed fan-made tshirts from DYSD

Many of you likely remember the fiasco surrounding chronic over-promiser Jason Lynes (aka Faction), who designed tshirts based on Nine Inch Nails concepts and artwork in an effort to seek out an official license. If you weren't around for that, it ended quite poorly - Jason not only had a bad string of printers, but apparently the concept of a proof was alien to him, and he'd take orders for shirts that he had never seen printed before.

Around the same time, though, I was contacted by a fellow named Aaron, who similarly was seeking out official license to print his own Nine Inch Nails tshirts. As the Faction thing fell apart, I told Aaron that I was going to wait at least a year and check back on his operation, to see if he could handle running things on his own. The last thing I wanted to do was give another fuckup any space on my website, only to have them fall behind, take the money and hide.

That was over a year ago. I've occasionally checked in and checked around, and I've heard good things about how they handle things at DYSD. Their line of shirts is still fairly limited, but that's partially due to the fact that the license they have to print their own designs is more expensive than what the larger companies have to pay. Nonetheless, they've been working hard over the last 15 months and I feel it's okay to send you along to check it out for yourself. On their very first blog they even mention holding off on taking pre-orders until they had their full inventory in stock.

You can view their NIN shirts here, with designs for Broken, Fixed, March of the Pigs, Closer to God, Further Down the Spiral, and Capital G currently available. This month all shirts happen to be on sale for $15 (Canadian), which as the old saying goes, is something like $5 US, right? (It's actually about $13.20) Check 'em out!