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Why choose hand printed?

1) Each item is unique

    Each item is printed by hand (our hands!). Nothing is automated, so every product ends up with its own unique, individual feel.

    No single t-shirt is the same because our prints are not mass produced.

    We go by our gut feel and instinct for what we believe gives our tees that rad look. No single t-shirt is the same because our prints are not mass produced. 

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    2) It delivers a long-lasting quality finish

    Screen print always looks good, always has, always will. The experience of a screen printed t-shirt versus a digital one is significantly different and it all comes down to quality.

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    Screen printed clothing tends to be more durable and is less likely to have a crack in the design, as the ink is completely absorbed by the fabric. You end up with a long-lasting finish that retains its vibrant colours and detailed contrast over time.

    As riders we are constantly immersed in nature, which means we value the environment and try to avoid adding to the throw-away fashion culture. We are considerate about keeping a sustainable approach to how we work and the materials we use.

    3) Prints can be customised to your taste

    We create our own screens and have been able to accommodate custom print requests for our customers.

    Being small and independent gives us that
    extra flexibility to create something you truly love

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    We often print orders on demand so if you like a design but want a different garment or colour – that’s no hassle for us (well it is a bit, but it’s done with pleasure)! Being small and independent gives us that extra flexibility to create something you truly love. 

    4) It creates a more personal feel

    Screen printing allows us to work independently and revives that connection between our ideas and the final artwork.

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    Feeling the ink texture makes the print more enjoyable and tangible, which is spot on for bringing to life your good times spent riding. Seeing the designs become reality, transform from digital to physical is a great experience and the result always outperforms our expectations.

    The feel of the ink texture makes the print more enjoyable and tangible, which is spot on for bringing to life your good times spent riding

    5) It celebrates the original craft

    As hands-on riders and crafters, we love getting our hands dirty. It’s exciting to go back to basics and challenge ourselves in seeing what we can achieve by “doing it ourselves”.

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    In an ever-growing digital world, it’s refreshing to be able to do things differently and be closely in touch with what once started as an iconic medium for artists and activists. Screen printing offers a lot of versatility; you can play with different textures, different techniques, a variety of inks, an endless colour scheme and a whole lot of ideas.

    It’s refreshing to be able to do things differently and be closely in touch with what once started as an iconic medium for artists and activists.

    6) It helps reduce waste

    Printing by hand gives us complete control over what we create and this helps us keep waste to a minimum. If we notice a flaw in the production, we can immediately respond to it.

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    We produce the artwork and screens in our very own workshop, allowing us to tweak as we see fit. We are not left with a ton of unsold designs or a high volume of misprints as we print mainly on-demand and in small batches.

    7) It lets us experiment and continuously improve

    Being involved in every step of the process lets us carry out quality checks throughout and gives us the opportunity to improve our working methods continuously to guarantee the best quality products will last with you on your riding adventures. 

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    We get to test out different materials and textures for our clothing range and see how they respond first-hand. It forces us to think creatively as we are restrained to the medium’s inherent limitations but have all the freedom to explore different approaches.

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