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Home > horn tootin', music > Hot off the press & touring the country: t-shirts for Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans

Hot off the press & touring the country: t-shirts for Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans

February 13th, 2011

I’ve written about and posted videos of singer/songwriter Jim Bryson here before, and also about him playing with The Weakerthans here too… so obviously I’m a fan. You can imagine how excited I was when Jim approached me to do a couple of t-shirt designs for his cross-Canada tour with The Weakerthans, promoting their Falcon Lake Incident album.

Jim and his Winnipeg buddies recorded the album at a cottage on Falcon Lake in Manitoba, and named the album after a 1967 UFO sighting in the area. It was a secluded spot where they were visited by deer on a regular basis.

I submitted four initial concepts, and we ran with two…

1) The Camp design — I did the below deer illustration in Corel Painter, then added in all the other elements (trees, RCMP report of the UFO sighting and text) in Photoshop; the tilted square on the top right is a zoomed-in shot.

Props to my husband — as a reference for the first design, John let me use this image of a deer he’d recently taken when we were at Parc Omega:

2) The Chesspiece design — My original mock up had a couple of variations of this very rough concept, which I did in Adobe Illustrator:

Jim came over to work on the designs and we boiled them down to the essentials. For the Camp design, we removed the RCMP report, played with text placement, and decided to print it on a Heather Lake Blue polycotton tee with a darker blue ink — something like this:

The Chesspiece design got its name from how we cropped the deer, plus I went back and redrew the silhouette to be a little more finessed and detailed; the final graphic was printed in white ink on black tees and hoodies:

I don’t have actual pictures of the shirts, because they were printed and shipped just in time to make it to the first tour date in Barrie, Ontario… I’m itching to see them in person. I bumped into Jim’s partner at a wedding yesterday, and she told me that apparently the first round of women’s tees already sold out.

The tour just finished its first leg through Ontario and Quebec, but they’re picking back up at the end of the month in BC and the prairies, with a final show — where else? — in Falcon Lake. If you’re able to catch a show, please say hullo to the merch for me :)

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  1. lynn
    March 19th, 2011 at 22:59 | #1


    So, tonight I get in the car and plug in my iPod and as I hit play, the battery dies. Right before it does, I see the cover album of the song it WOULD have played if it had enough power and I think to myself, ‘where have I seen that before?’ It takes me 7 blocks of hard thinking to put it together with your blog. Sure enough, Starbucks gave me a free download of Jim (& co.’s) and it was the next song on my playlist. 6 degrees of creepy Emily Chen separation or what?

  2. April 20th, 2011 at 14:59 | #2

    oh em – we’re BIG jim & weakerthans fans here and i gotta say… i LOVE your 2 designs!
    you rock sweetie!
    love to see artistic faves collaborating! yay you!

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