Whether the temperature gets turned down across the pond or even here in Australia during the coming winter months, a hoodie’s the go-to garment to chase out the chills. But even the comforting combination of cowl and sleeve can give way to a different kind of coldness: the dullness of familiarity. Or worse, the frostiness of an unsightly void where a personality should be. Something you wear so frequently, a garment that you rely on more often than most, ought to speak for who you are as an independent entity with their own interests, preferences, and philosophies. You ought to turn it into a custom hoodie.
A custom hoodie can be created through some rather rudimentary means: pins, stickers, or maybe through the desperate DIY scribbling of a permanent marker. These seem not only attainable but affordable as well. However, there’s a rather hefty price to pay that you might not have considered. That is, the very real risk of doing potentially irreversible damage to a perfectly fine piece of clothing, and if your attempt goes sideways, having to literally shoulder the consequences of doing so. Such calamity is rarely due to a flawed creative vision – we all want to look good in the garments we feel good in – rather, it’s chiefly the fault of the execution and the tools at hand.
As an alternative to having to design your own hoodie, you could try to just buy some off the rack that tangentially resembles the image of what your personalized hoodies look like in your head. The words might be right. The images on them might appear appropriate. But is the placement of these components correct? Did you want these items on the chest of your dream custom hoodie? Or perhaps on the shoulder? The back? The hem? Is the character on display of a size tasteful to you? Maybe they’re not posed or displayed in a way you like. There’s the possibility that you’ll find what’s on offer to be outright tacky, a far cry from the custom hoodie of your imagination. And yet, It looks like these options are the only ones you have; in those stores anyway.
The Print Bar, Australia-based and made, more options for what you can put on your custom hoodie are so close to your fingertips that you can almost touch them: a movie title, a band name, a logo, a celebrity, a fake QR code, an alias, a meme, a hashtag, a scan of your vaccination card, or even a slogan that you just came up with over your second cup of coffee today. The realm of personalized hoodies doesn’t solely lie with big shot bulk orders for start-ups, political campaigns, sports teams, and family reunions; although we do those, too, at competitive rates.
Yes, there are volume discounts, but don’t let that discourage you if you want to dip your toes in cosmetically enhancing that most cozy of indoor and outdoor wear. A modest sum of dollars can net you an invaluable item that can be quintessentially yours in all the ways that matter; whether you want to turn heads or simply get a dab of dopamine every time your eye catches the custom hoodie you designed and vetted. Because when you take full responsibility for your style, you also get full credit for it.
To design your own hoodie is to love it, and to love it tremendously. The Print Bar is in a sustained flow of iteration and refinement to make the custom hoodie attainable, affordable, and easy to craft. Our services to apply your fantasies to fabric are diverse so that you can express yourself in a diverse fashion.
Digital printing can get those high-resolution images off or your phone and computer’s wallpapers and on to your torso. Gradients and block colors shine with this method. And if you want to isolate a figure or blurb of text from a pesky background, don’t you worry, as the dextrous editors will isolate your desired object before integrating it on your clothes.
Screen printing is the preferred method if you want sharp color accuracy and bold shapes. Simple vectors and patterns can make for strong impressions if you need less intricacy in fine details and more panache in what you’re presenting.
Last, and yet first, of the custom hoodie creation cavalcade is embroidery. Yes, we can do it with computers. Or rather, you can do it with computers. It fills a similar niche as screen printing does, but as you’re using thread instead of ink, what’s sewn pops in a more three-dimensional showing.
What’s more, if by chance you’re reluctant to submit your longtime drawstring sidekick to the process, the Print Bar has a number of template clothes from established brands like NEXT LEVEL, GILDAN, and American Apparel that you can put in the line of fire at competitive prices to see that there’s nothing to fear when it comes to hoodie printing.
It’s a whole new year. A meal goes down the gullet, a vacation slips down into photo posts you barely review, but a custom hoodie designed by you for you will be far closer at hand, and is guaranteed to shine amidst the shuffling mountains of mass market imagery.
So take around the Print Bar, bring a friend if you already know what we’re all about, and get to designing your new favorite set of threads.