Great design ideas and uses for custom tees

Custom tees are great for making sure that no-one is wearing the same thing as you, or, conversely, for designing a team uniform for a sports or business event. T-shirt printing is now a very accessible service, and can help you and/or your team to stand out from the crowd, as well as letting you customise your fashion choices.

The hardest part of T-shirt printing is coming up with the design. Good fabric printing services will often have some templates that you can choose from, but it can still be difficult to find the best ideas. Once you have your design it isn’t hard to find an online fabric printer like Pistol Clothing that offers a very fast turnaround, with quick shipping and high quality prints, as well as custom embroidery.

Designs for cool custom tees

If you just want to have some cool looking and unique custom tees, you can think about graphic designs and inspirational quotes. If you like a particular scene from a comic book then base your design on that. You could even draw inspiration from particularly striking pieces of graffiti art!

You can also use your shirt to remember a particular activity, such as a holiday or a grand final win. In this case you can pick a landmark or possibly a piece of equipment from your sport to base your T-shirt printing on.

Celebrate an event

It’s become almost a cliché for groups of friends going on a holiday to bring matching custom tees, but that doesn’t stop it being fun! If you are going to Bali on a boys’ week, for example, getting matching graphic shirts can be a great bonding experience. You could also get your schoolies group to come up with a cool idea together.

Bucks and hens nights are notorious for getting matching shirts, and for good reason. The night is all about the bride or groom to be, and everyone involved wants to celebrate. A shirt designed around the buck or hen is a great way to bond, while reminding everyone what the party is all about. You could put a portrait (or caricature) of them on the shirt, or have a representation of a funny trait of theirs. You could even base your outfits on a nickname.

You could also come up with clothing for a sports team at the end of the season. A common idea for T-shirt printing is to have the logo of your club on the front, with the names (or nicknames) of the players and coaches in your team listed on the back. If you achieve a significant position in your season (say, premiers, runners-up, semi-finalists or minor-premiers) then you could add that as well.

Using T-shirt printing for a gift

If you need to give a gift then having a special shirt made shows that you care and have put in a lot of thought. Custom tees that have a meaningful message are a fantastic present. For example, if a person you know loves cats then you could get a picture of them holding their cat, or a picture of cats, on their shirt.

You can also give printed shirts as gifts when you come back from a holiday. An Australian animal on a shirt is a good present for when you return home from Australia, for example, or you could have a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you come back from Italy.

Business designs

Getting custom tees for business is easier in some ways, but harder in others. It is easy in that once you pick a design you can just replicate it, and the design will be more muted and smaller than is typical for T-shirt printing. However, if your business does not have a logo or some form of standardised font then you will need to come up with one, fast.

You could simply put your company name on the shirt, typically on the left hand side high on the chest. If you have a logo you can also have that under or over the name. If you are prepared to pay for each shirt to be slightly different, you can also put the names of employees in the design – and now nobody needs to worry about finding business wear!

So there you are; a T-shirt printing service is great for when you want to design custom tees. These are great for business uniforms, sports teams, special events or if you just want a cool piece of clothing that nobody else has. So go on – get to work on your designs!

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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