For Fifth Column, punk t-shirt printing is where it all began. Way back when, we were the punk t-shirt printers. Those rock roots can never be removed. But so much else has changed in the intervening years. Without doubt, the world is a very different place. Attitudes have shifted quite radically and technology transformed our daily lives. An example, small in the grand scheme yet relevant to this article? Well, there wasn’t the huge choice of plain t-shirts for print and embroidery you find nowadays. No responsibly sourced organic alternatives easily available. We took what we get and inked them by hand. The screen printing carousels and ethical options came later.
Of course, we still print tees. And these days, it’s on a massive scale. But, we also customise plenty of other things. And do so in a variety of fashions. Whatever’s necessary to make customers smile. Perhaps that’s why we like to occasionally reflect on our humble origins. With this piece, we’ve picked some of the unforgettable faces that adorned those early punk t-shirt printing efforts. Before you ask, sadly none of these shirts are available now. This is merely homage to a past when mobile phones were more Star Trek than everyday essential. And websites the concern of real spiders rather than a shopping necessity.