Original anime graphic tees and posters
Original anime graphic tees and posters


Airport is actually our first  anime t-shirt ever. When we had it printed, we had no idea what the printing process entailed. We only later learned of the limitations of the process. Our original Airport design had a manga style inspiration. We were pretty excited about it. We were pretty sure it would print. When we got in touch with our printer, she immediately made her concerns known. She enlightened us on the limitations of screen printing and color budgeting. Despite all that, we went ahead and asked to have it printed, regardless of how it make come out. It came out pretty good actually. 

Being our very first attempt at printing a shirt, we lacked the confidence to sell them at full price. So we set out to do something that turned out to be remarkably stupid. We launched our store selling the shirt for a dollar. Yes $1! While the shirts were obviously all gone in under 24 hours, we surprisingly annoyed a lot of people who felt the shirt should have been worth a lot more.

Later on we decided to reprint Airport in color. Again we created something our fans loved. But my brothers and I, still felt that it missed something. While our fans loved it, we felt that the coloring could be better. In doing the reprint we still hadn't learned our lessons on the quirky nature of screen printing. This remained a thorn in our sides. While we felt strongly on the need to improve Airport, our fans kept asking about it. Their peaked interested only strengthened our resolve to eventually improve on this pilot shirt. So we set out to recreate Airport again. 

I don't have a picture yet because it will be coming in tomorrow. So stay tuned.  :)


So Ronin is our latest anime graphic t-shirt. This shirt is pretty special as its production was met with blood curdling setbacks. Ronin was ideally set to be released on late January. Unfortunately our printers had ran out of the custom tags that they normally stitch onto our shirts for that Boomslank brand experience. In retrospect it was my fault for not tracking this properly. As if I had tracked our hem-tag inventory, I would have re stocked in time for the Ronin. Anyway, having run out of tags, we went to our supplier out in Canada to get more tags, but our supplier was on vacation and had assumed that her employees would do the right thing and take care of us. But her employees went out their way to do the wrong thing. They turned of their phones and ignored my countless emails to them to restock on tags. Calling them everyday and going straight to voicemail was really painful. And I was rather reluctant to go to a new supplier as we found a good routine with these guys. But eventually I had to do it. The show had to go on after all.  So we found a new supplier and placed our orders with them.

These new guys defined the word "Suck". As if to give me a preview of the impending craptacular experience, the sample tag they made for us was absolutely wrong. The colors were inverted and the star looked like a blob trying to take the shape of a star.


While our previous supplier would get the tags done in a week and ship to our shirt printers, these guys would normally take 2 weeks to print the tags. Now that wouldn't be so bad if that was the only problem. Somehow they managed to take a whole month to do the tags. And after they had completed the tags and shipped it to our printers, our printers called us to let us know that the tags were so badly done that there was no way they could use them. At a certain point your anger turns to a sad kind of laugh. The laugh you make when you realize that you've been tossed into a perfectly bad situation. Didn't even bother calling the suppliers as I was genuinely tired of dealing with them or even hearing their voices. So I went back to our previous supplier. That was when she told me that she was on vacation and that her employees should have taken care of me. To which I just laughed again and simply proceeded to place my order with them again. And in a timely fashion that I am accustomed to, the tags were done and shipped to our printers. This was all done in March. Way off the mark considering that it should have been released in January.
Anyway as they always say, "All is well that ends well. Our new shirt arrived today and I have to say it looks amazing. Well you be the judge. Check out Ronin.


Boomslank in the wild. Anime t-shirt watch.

So if you run a business, especially a small one, you get a really good high from seeing your products being utilized by strangers who you could never identify from Adam himself. Is a big difference when you see strangers wearing your anime graphic tee on the street or at a convention. 

Carwash- anime graphic t-shirt


Raiden anime graphic t-shirt

Pisces anime graphic t-shirt

Pisces anime graphic t-shirt



The design of Tournament is inspired by my love of martial arts in anime.


Live - Our very first black graphic tee is here.

The inspiration for "Live" came from the anime Nana. I will admit I am not the biggest fan of shoujo anime but Nana was truly amazing. I especially liked the concert scenes, you could feel the energy and emotion as if it were real. I really wanted yo recreate that feeling "Live". I used three of our mascots to make the band. Yuki as the lead singer (with pink hair >_>), Shin as the bassist, and the Mie as the drummer.


January 16, 2012 by boomslank