Design by Colin Decker
Every Litographs t-shirt is created entirely from the text of a classic book, and is hand-pressed to order in Cambridge, MA.
Our shirts are printed via all-over dye sublimation, which means that the design - the text from each book - covers every inch. Of all the printing methods we've tested, dye sublimation stands out for its resolution, comfort, and durability.
Because the collar and seams are thicker than the body of the shirt, some blurring of text in those areas is unavoidable. You may also notice a few small, white voids under the arms, which are not noticeable when the shirt is worn. These are standard features of dye sublimated t-shirts, and each item is unique.
Our shirts are made using white, Vapor brand T-Shirts produced specifically for dye sublimation. Vapor tees are made with high-quality, 100% spun polyester to deliver the look and feel of cotton while allowing for full-color, all-over printing. Dye sublimation printing produces vibrant, super-soft, permanent prints that are guaranteed to never shrink or fade.
The average Litographs t-shirt contains approximately 40,000 words (about the length of a short novel).
Copyright 1925, renewed 1953 and 2009 by The Trustees Under Agreement Dated July 3, 1975, Created by Frances Scott Fitzgerald Smith and under license through Fashion Licensing of America, Inc., New York, NY 10001, 212 370-0770. Text used with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
First, the design is printed onto heat-resistant paper. The paper is then arranged on a blank t-shirt and fed into a large heat press. As the press heats up to 350 degrees, the pigments vaporize and quickly bond with the t-shirt fibers.
The key feature of dye sublimated clothing is that the design is not printed on top of the garment. Rather, the design is permanently dyed into the threads of the shirt itself, ensuring that it will never fade.
If you're interested in seeing exactly how our shirts are made, please check out our video on the right side of this page.
Our t-shirts are pressed by hand, and some blurring of text around collars and seams is unavoidable. Please see below for details about what to expect.
International orders: We are not responsible for any additional taxes and/or duties accumulated during the shipping process.