It’s funny how you meet people sometimes. At my day gig where I am a graphic designer, a curious card came across my desk it said www.shirtstastegood.com and had an interesting logo on it. So I visited the site, and I was surprised I hadn’t heard of these guys before. They were not only doing something really interesting but they were also local, so I thought I should sit down with them for a chat for Geekadelphia. A couple of weeks later, I finally got out to see their impressive studio and print-shop which was made out of a converted barn. I also got to ask them some questions about their site how it got started. I think they had a lot of interesting things to say not only about starting a t-shirt business but doing it right.
How did the idea for the site www.shirtstastegood.com come about?
Todd: George and Doug were doing screen printing, and we(Todd and Lou) were on the internet doing web development. I was doing a lot of design stuff, and I think the main idea came about because we were on YouTube all day. On our previous jobs that’s all we really did was watch YouTube videos. People at work that’s what they would do is spread YouTube videos to each other.
George and Doug were running their custom t-shirt print company for a while and we started to notice that there were some people printing custom YouTube inspired t-shirts, but there really wasn’t any site that was kinda pulling them all together. A site that only did YouTube inspired t-shirts. So we felt there was a niche to fill and we thought there was a market for a site that did only YouTube inspired t-shirts. We also noticed the ones that were out there already and thought we could do it better and make more exciting t-shirts. That’s sorta how it all came about, and it was easy to pull it all together because they were already doing custom printing. We already had the web stuff, you know working. So we put the whole thing together relatively quick, because all the stuff were we doing we were all relatively familiar with. So that’s how it all got started.
So where did the name for the site www.shirtstastegood.com come from?
George: It just kinda popped in my head one day, I was thinking of names and there are always the boring names that all end in “tees”. But shirts taste good is just obscure I guess, we wanted something that would catch someone’s attention.
Was that the same idea with the logo as well?
Todd: It definitely grabs your attention I wasn’t a 100% sure on the name either, but as I started to do he logo I was like, “alright I am really starting to like this, now it’s going to stick out in people’s minds”. I just used these super bright big red lips they’re a little edgy you could say.