We love our customers and we’re really excited to get to see what drives and inspires all the amazing products and projects that we create. We had the pleasure to touch bases with Christopher Vigil from We Are But Threads to see what he’s all about. Here’s what he had to say…
We Are But Threads is an online store offering limited edition, high-quality t-shirts for warriors, designed by Christopher.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Christopher Vigil and I’d like to think of myself as a storyteller…but in a way, we all are. I work at DreamWorks Animation.
How did you get started?
I’ve loved art and storytelling for as long as I can remember. I started drawing before I could read and designed my first t-shirt at the age of thirteen. I’ve been designing and printing t-shirts ever since.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I try to stay open to drawing inspiration from all around me. Life experiences, my friends and family, where and how I grew up, a song lyric, a bittersweet memory…literally anything could spark the impetus for a shirt idea and it’s up to me to accept or reject the honor and challenge of composing a design.
I’m hesitant to give advice because each person’s overall goal will vary depending on the individual. With that, it may be helpful to define your objective for yourself right off the bat. This will help to focus your course of action. For me personally, I wanted to make t-shirts that I would wear and get them out into the world, with the overall goal of changing the world with love one t-shirt at a time. If my objective would have been something else, like making money for instance, then I would consider myself a failure. That being said, generating revenue is a completely valid ambition, if so inclined; to reiterate, your course of action will be determined by aforementioned objective. You make the rules. You define your successes and failures.
Oh and one more thing…Never, ever give up.
Any tips to keep in mind when designing for print?
You can never please everyone. You may ask two different people for feedback on a design and they’ll give you two completely contradictory suggestions. I would recommend trusting your instincts. I tend to be my biggest critic, so I ask very few people for feedback, only my closest friends and family who are super talented. If they do have a suggestion, it’s up to me if and how I want to implement that. At then end of the day, I want to end up with a shirt that I can stand behind and am proud to put my name on. My golden rule when designing a shirt is: “I make shirts that I would wear.”