Wet Dog Shirts are printed

Yipee all the shirts have come back from the printer and they look great. 150 or so shirts for the Wet Dog Kickstarter Project and another 150 to start the Wet Dog Wear adventure apparel line.

During the printing process we discovered that most of the designs looked better with just one color ink over the colored shirts. All of the designs except “Venture Out” are printed with white ink on a colored shirt.

The limited edition prints are almost done as well. These had to be hand inked, rolled, and burnished on ragweed stock.

Happily we earned enough on the Kickstarter Project to produce a cool website to help sell the shirts. There is not much content on the site yet, but we’re excited about getting it up there and soon you’ll see other cool stuff to help start the promotion, sales and branding of the Wet Dog Wear name. http://www.wetdogwear.com

We’re going to start selling the shirts at one of our first shows in Clermont FL at an adventure race called the Kayakathon. Later we’ll look at getting booths up at other area shows and also at the larger retailer shows where buyers can see the shirts.

Thats it for now. Thanks for helping to support our dream.

Carolina Mike

Wet Dog is Live on Kickstarter

We’re happy to announce our Kickstarter project for our WET DOG APPAREL PROJECT is LIVE!  You can help make our apparel dream come true, make a pledge, get great deals on our outdoor shirts, prints and other goodies, and help us brand the name and logo.  check it out here.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wetdog/project-wet-dog Shares and likes on your Facebook pages, Twitter, Pintrest,  and other social websites are much appreciated.  Comments are appreciated as always.


Wet Dog Preview of Kickstarter project launch


Wet Dog Preview of Kickstarter project launch

Ok finished the Wet Dog video, designs and just submitted our Wet Dog T-shirt idea to kickstarter.com Waiting on their review to start the campaign in a few days. Until then check out a preview here.http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wetdog/1745114954?token=c7c6cc00

We’re very excited about launching this outdoor line of apparel using my block print art.  I look forward to comments on the art.

Thanks in advance for viewing the video and page. – Carolina Mike

Tweaking the art

I thought I was finished with this design then I started to tweak the art in Photoshop and added some text so the it didn’t look so square.  So let me know what you think.

I went to the printer the other day and got some quotes on silkscreen printing and it looks like they will work with me on making these actually happen.   I plan on finishing the http://www.kickstarter. com video (will post it when finished) this week then will post the invite to join in on the campaign for pledging to make this a reality.  Comment please I want to hear folks critique.

Sup dog, I’m finished with you.

Whew, after 8 hours of sketching, drawing, cutting, and pulling three proofs i finished the SUP design (stand up paddle board).  The water gave me quite a challenge on this one, but I think perseverance and knowing that the out come will somehow be good all helped me nail it.   It evolved quite a bit from what I was thinking in my head when I first came up with the sketches.  Comments and likes are definitely appreciated on this one.

Paddle Tease

Wow the hectic holiday’s are over now and it’s back to producing more art. Still having fun with the Ipad and brushes app, but here is the next block print project I’m working on of a paddle boarder or SUP (Stand Up Paddler).  I pulled the first proof today and here is a section of it to tease you some.  I should finish the cutting and printing in the next few day’s on the 8″ x 10 “block.  Comments and likes appreciated as always.

Final Logo for Wet Dog?

Ok, still tweaking the Wet Dog logo and decided to take out the words and replace it with a symmetrical paddle.  What do you think of this now.  Could this be the logo that goes on the shirts?  Comments are welcome.

Can’t wait to get some shirts printed up soon.  Working on a Standup Paddle Board design this week.  The sketch is done just need to cut it out on the lino block and make a print.

It’s a Wet Dog life

Ok here is the finished new design for the Wet Dog t-shirts.  This took longer than a week to finish because there was much more cutting and I pulled three proofs of this before deciding it is finished.  I think it will look cool on the back of a shirt with the Wet Dog logo on the front, which I haven’t designed yet.  The bottom of the design will hold lettering like “Island Time”   Not sure as of yet.  Print is 8″ x 10″. See posts below for the process that produced this design.  Enjoy and please comment if you like it or like it on facebook.

Island Time

What every outdoor lover needs.

This is a design I did about ten years ago while attending the Charleston Sea Kayak Symposium as an artist. My booth displayed various kayak related art work. Across from me was this cool 1955 Ford van, labeled “Mike’s Bikes” and loaded to the hilt with gear and boats. I was bored just selling prints so I took some artistic liberties and sketched the van out on paper, then started carving and inking the block and noticed folks were stopping by to watch me work. A few fellas down the way stopped by who were selling these popular shirts out of their van with the slogan “Life is Good” on them, you might have heard of them. I sold enough prints that weekend to pay for my trip, eats, and booth space.

I often thought of that day as an “A Ha” moment I may have missed out on by not producing the art on shirts, much like those “Life is Good” guys using “Jake” as their mascot. Soon after this experience I produced a different block print design called “Kayak Today Work Tomorrow” to sell to our paddling customers, and sold out all 75 shirts in less then a month. I still didn’t get the hint and should have continued to print those shirts but I was quite busy concentrating on guiding kayak trips with my fledgling company Carolina Mike’s Kayaking. Now I have the motivation needed to do exactly that with the Wet Dog apparel line. It’s funny how things evolve in time and there seems to be a right place to start everything. We now have a dog named “Kaya” who has influenced the idea of our Wet Dog Adventures meetup group, started four years ago. I started producing shirts for the members and after much interest the “perverbial light bulb” flashed overhead and the Wet Dog apparel idea was born. I think this “Venture Out” design would now make a great shirt for the apparel line. The van has everything an outdoorsy person would love to have, ie bike, canoe, gear, and kayaks coming out the back.

"Venture Out"

Sketch for Shelter Dog design

Here is the initial pencil sketch for Shelter Dog design.  After sketching a few ideas I choose this sketch because of the powerful visual of the dogs waving butt and tail, then transferred the image to the linoleum block.  After looking at it for a while I added the mountains, trees, moon, and fire to make it feel like a complete camp scene.  It took about six hours in all to sketch, transfer image, and cut out relief on the block.  I inked three proofs before I got  the final art print.


Initial sketch for shelter dog t-shirt design