So you want that natural vintage look? We get it! The vintage look is a popular request and we can help you achieve it. Not only will it look great, but it will feel great, too.
So how do you get the best vintage distressed look for your apparel? Here are a few recommendations from the Threadbird crew:
Start With Waterbase or Discharge Inks.
Sometimes waterbase and discharge prints will have a slight ink feel at first, but will soften up to the “no feel” state after the first wash.
Note: stick with waterbase on lighter garment and discharge on darker garments.
Select Your Choice Of Either Tri-Blend Or 50/50 Garment.
This will help create a natural fade and distressed look as the inks are dyed into the fabric.
Need some garment suggestions? We thought you might ask!
- Tri-Blend Recommendations: Canvas 3413, Next Level 6010 or American Apparel TR401
- 50/50 Recommendations: Next Level 6210 or American Apparel BB401
When Printing On 100% Cotton Shirts, Create A Distressed Look With A Texturized Design.
When printing on 100% cotton garments, colors will be more vibrant, so you will not get the same fade that you naturally do on a tri-blend or 50/50 garment. However, you can still achieve a vintage look with 100% Cotton garments by designing your graphics with textures.
If you’re looking for some texture vectors to design a vintage look, you can go here.