Alright, it is time to put your money where your mouth is. Or at least near where your mouth might be.
[Update] See below for an easy-to-use poll, instead of having to leave a comment. Sizing information would still be useful, though, so email/comment with that if you can. [/Update]
After checking around on the intertubes for a little while, and hearing back from only one of the five or six local screen printers I emailed last week (Riot Printing Company, to give credit where credit is due), I am fairly certain I can produce the below design on a t-shirt, probably in those colors, and sell it to you all for somewhere around $20 a pop:
(Low-quality, aliased *.jpg is intentional; the printing will be based off a significantly higher-quality, vector-graphic image. No worries.)
The shirts will be olive drab green (or at least something similar), made in the USA, Anvil or American Apparel branded (simply because they are not many made-in-the-USA t-shirt companies), and probably straight-up cotton unless someone comes up with a compelling reason why not. The screen printing will either be done here in Knoxville or at least in the USA in general. Payment will be through PayPal with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis if you simply cannot tolerate that company (or if anyone wants to help test Pistol Pay.) Shipping will be whatever the flat-rate boxes cost to get however many units to you that you order; one shirt should fit in a $4.90 envelope, I could probably shove at least five in a $5.15 small box, and so forth. Sizing is… well… complicated.
See, I have never sold t-shirts myself, so I have no idea what the average sizing distribution of my customers would be. I can get them made in S all the way up to XXL, but I need to know how many of each to get, which is where you guys come in.
The other hitch in all of this is that I am having to buy my inventory myself first, and then offer it up to you all once I have it, which means there is that inevitable uncertainty of, "Am I actually going to be able to sell these once I buy them?" Which, again, is where you guys come in.
If you are interested in this shirt, please leave a comment or email me at "linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net" indicating number of sizes. Alternatively, please vote in the below poll:
I need to move at least 20 of these things to get the initial buy off the ground, and if I can get 100 units promised, I might even be able to drop the price a buck or two (economies of scale very much apply in the t-shirt world). Ideally, I would love to have a count by the end of the week so I can order these in time to have extras to take to the Appleseed shoot, so, please, spread the word to your family, friends, and whomever else you might think might be interested (I would hit up the appropriate forums myself, but I believe doing so would require a "business" or "advertiser" account at most of them).
(For those not familiar with the inside joke, the original AK-47 firearms were produced out of stamped sheet metal of appropriate thickness. The metal was stamped out, and then folded along those two lines at the center of the image (hence "origami", with the various holes and openings for pins and magazines and triggers and whatnot coming in before or after the folding, depending on production methods. Nowadays you can get milled receivers that are cut out of a solid block of metal, but you can also buy AK flats and bend your own rifles. Why? Those flats are not legally firearms, and they can be shipped straight to your door without background checks, registration, or paperwork of any kind; of course, bending your own receiver is not exactly a trivial task…)