Seventh.Ink began as a notion in my mind that quickly evolved into an obsession as it became a brand. Back in college I had interned at a rad screen printing shop where I learned the basic ins and outs of the business. I mostly did the graphic work for the shop, working on new artwork and maintaining the website for their side clothing line. This is where the idea of having my own clothing company came into play, and slowly over the next couple of years I saw my ideas come to life.
The name Seventh.Ink comes from my freelance graphic design identity, Seventhfury Studios. I wanted the name to be relative to my already established designer/illustrator identity, so I added "Ink" to signify the printing of ink on apparel. This is also where the tagline "Shirts with Fury" comes from, keeping that idea of an artist working furiously on new projects.
I launched the first Seventh.Ink line with a small run of a few graphic tees that had my sense of humor written all over them. Luckily, the folks at the local craft shows that I was selling the shirts at appreciated this humor, and I started to sell out of some of the designs. I built the first Seventh.Ink website and saw that people online liked what I was putting out there. That pushed me to come up with more and more designs, which drives me to keep things fresh for the brand.
It was the fall of 2009 when I came out with the Night of the Living Bread design that things started to really take off. I took the momentum from that design and then came up with Tyrannosaurus Rockstar and The Last One Standing, which brought Seventh.Ink to another level entirely. The pre-order sales for these were selling out, something I hadn't seen before. It was after those three tees that Seventh.Ink started to gain serious traction, being labeled as the most improved brand of 2009 by I Am The Trend and gaining me interviews in some of the greatest t-shirt blogs around. I've since put more and more time and dedication into my brand, gaining fans and friends along the way.
As a one man brand it's definitely a challenge to stay on top of everything, but knowing that there are people out there who can dig what I'm doing is what keeps me motivated. Seventh.Ink has evolved from just shirts to include tank tops, hoods, buttons, stickers, and more. I put my heart and soul into this brand and I can't express enough thanks to those who support it. The fury of Seventh.Ink is being unleashed upon the world with each new release, and as I continue to come up with new ideas one thing holds true: Seventh.Ink is here to stay.
Seventh.Ink shirts are printed on American Apparel and have custom printed tags. All of our shirts are printed in the United States and are sweatshop free.
One of the main goals of Seventh.Ink Shirts and Apparel is to provide you with stylish new designs at a price that is affordable for anyone. Everyone deserves a bit of character in their wardrobe, and my mission is to get out there and clothe as many people as I can with my line.
All of the shirts have the Seventh.Ink logo on the sleeve. I'm a lefty and my favorite number is 7, so you can guess why I chose to display this on every shirt that I design.
Matthew Johnson is the force behind Seventhfury Studios and Seventh.Ink Shirts and Apparel. His artistic skills include illustration, graphic design, painting, and photography. Raised mostly in Minnesota, he married his high school sweetheart and they moved out of state in search of adventure. In 2008 they moved to Syracuse, NY and then in 2009 they moved down to Tampa, Florida, where they had their first child and currently reside.
I hope you enjoy the shirts here at Seventh.Ink. If you have ideas for a shirt or have a request, don't hesitate to contact me because I'd love to hear from you.
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