TLDR: I made a shirt for me and buddy, everyone loved it. Now you can have one too.
It started as most things do with a conversation. This one was via text with Ben Lobaugh and started with:
“I just saw a guy wearing a VW Bus shirt with a Canadian maple leaf in place of the VW logo. You should find it and get us a matching pair!”
~ A text from Ben
We searched high and low for this, but we couldn’t find any evidence of the t-shirt online, so we decided to make one ourselves, knowing a crack illustrator expert we gave him a sketch drawing of what we wanted then let him create.
What he came up with was pretty awesome! we have the design. Next where to get the shirt made? I never made a t-shirt before!
Luckily a client of mine Uprising Breads Bakery had just made some shirts from a local retailer. Blue Sky T-Shirts and Don highly recommend them. So I called them up asked what they needed in terms of a graphic and two weeks later I picked up the shirts for trip down to the Emerald City.
Since I was going to be on a sail boat and in US for Canada Day. I though it would be great idea for us to have them on Canada Day.
I met Sam and Dave at the Liberty Bay raft up and they wanted to make some shirts for a group trip they were up to Desolation sound. They made the shirts in all different colours.
The Rio 2016 Olympics rolled around and I was watching the Nacra 17 and saw two Canadian’s in the mix during the start. One of things I really like about social media is that many Olympians have there own Facebook or twitter account. So you can congratulate or console the olympian. When I saw Nikola Girke and Luke Ramsay and their letters falling off the side of there boat. I left them this funny tweet.
.@SailCanada @TeamCanada Shouldn't that be an eh? LOL 😂🇨🇦 #Sailing #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/omuhMo3o38
— Robert Dall (@robertdall) August 10, 2016
I then saw she was a huge fan of the vw buses. So I said when you get back let me give you a shirt. I met up with Nikola in September and heard about her Olympic Experiences and gave her the women’s short sleeve version of the shirt.
It was great meeting you @NikGoing4Gold thanks for the chat! Hope you enjoy the shirt! pic.twitter.com/f6YferIoB5
— Robert Dall (@robertdall) September 30, 2016
Also after meeting Nikola One dollar from every original asphalt shirt will be donated to the Canadian Olympic Foundation¹
2017 Donation made
My Donation to the @TeamCanada Olympic Foundation from the sale of the Bus Shirt. https://t.co/j5pXPtqpMO pic.twitter.com/m929PdlvXT
— Robert Dall (@robertdall) December 7, 2017
Since then Ben and I have a number of comments and how do you get this shirt.
While Blue Sky was awesome and super helpful making these shirts as a one off and hand delivering them was not really the best idea. But after read about how Chris Lema made a Drop Shipping T-Shirt Store using Printful I decided to install WooCommerce on my own site and give it a go.
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¹Robert Dall.com is Not affiliated with the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Just think it would be something nice to support our athletes after meeting Nikola.