28.11.07

DubMissile label



This took me quite a while to put together, it started off as one of my earlier logo tee graphics, it will still be a tee design but not yet. I found some really cool heraldic designs that gave me what I was looking for and chopped out the bits I thought were cool, re-drew some bits, built one side that look nice and symmetrical, then flipped it all over and married the 2 sides together. I added the maltese cross in there too, which is a bit badass. Then I did some trickery and managed to create a positive version (for light backgrounds) and a negative version (for dark backgrounds). This can screw peoples heads up which is why sometimes you'll see designs that look right on a light tee but totally wrong and a dark tee, you can't use the same image and just re-colour it black or white. Anyway, that aside, it looks cool as shit so I'm using this for my tee labels (hopefully my guys can do the business on the detail side). It'll be around 40mm square and stitched onto the outside back neck so it can be seen at all times. The tee manufacturer label will be left in the inner neck so (a) you know it's a good tee and (b) any size info is left on just in case. The tees I'm working with at the moment are some of Fanshirt's cool lines (not the really cheap base tees), I want decent looking styles instead of generic market stall fitting tees, and Haynes tees which are known for their top quality and good range of styles.

Oh, don't worry, there will be colours in the ranges.

Tic toc....

24.11.07

New tee designs, at last!



Well, I've been holding off and holding off on showing any work in progress because, well, I'm still sorting stuff out as and when I get the cash together to do it and I'm constantly changing how I want to style my first bunch of tees. However, I've had a few nudges from guys asking what the crack is and am I actually gonna design some gear, so I thought it best to show what i'm working on at the moment then at least you all know I aint blowing smoke up your asses. Basically, I designed a bunch of tees months ago, but, in true designer fashion I got bored of what I did (even though i had some really positive feedback from some of the guys) and have gone down a different route stylewise. Some of my other designs, which I will post up here at some point, had tweaked graphics I did of cars but they were based on actual car images, which meant that in theory i was just altering someone elses car, which aint what I'm trying to achieve...does that make sense? I'm really into hand drawn, low-fi stuff at the moment and thought it'd be pretty cool to have a play with that here. See, thing is, loads of car tees out there seem to be either photocopied line art from Haynes manuals or stupid ass 'my car goes like your wife' slogan tees, which suck ass really. My angle is, when you buy a DubMissile tee, you know the art on there is original, done by hand (most will anyhow) and actually designed.



These two tees are the ones I've pretty much finished but am waiting on woven logo labels to sew in AND I've not fully decided on whether they'll be in black and white only, or, a range of colours. The 1976 'year of the rabbit' tee has a bit of a tattoo influence and the 1976 type has been based on a font I liked but needed a vegas touch, so i drew out the numbers and created my own fill with the diamonds, looks pretty cool. This may also change too as I'm pretty sure 1976 was the year it was penned as 'rabbit' but 1975 was the year it was first produced. Any VW buffs out there please email me as soon as and set me straight before I print em.



This one, the 'holy hoops' tee took a bit of time to do. I've elected a range of well known rims that are loved in the dub scene, drawn them in line art then created a nice montage shape on the tee. The good thing with this is I haven't named any of the rims so those in the know can play 'spot the hoop' and also argue over why one rim is on and another isn't. I think to put ALL the most awesome rims would be impossible so I ended it here...maybe a sequel? Again, still waiting on labels and not decided on colour schemes. All the hoops on this tee are being split and put onto individual pin badges so you'll be able to get your favourite rim on a badge, now that is some seriously cool shit right there.

I hope you dig where I'm at here, more to follow but for now I'm gonna concentrate on getting these printed and done for sale. The scribble finish is purposeful, gives them a bit of soul I think.

As for prices, i don't wanna price myself out but am thinking each tee will be £17.50 plus postage, but with that you can be guaranteed a cool tee style, good quality material, woven label AND a pack of 2 badges with your order. Once ready to go I'll post up all the info needed, including pricing, tee fit styles, colours and sizes.

If anyone wants to ask more questions or even ask about pre-orders just email me: al@dubmissile.com and I'll hit you back with some answers.

Oh, I almost forgot, there WILL be girls sizes with proper girls tees.

Most water cooled dubs will be catered for eventually, whether that be Lupos, Polos, Golfs or Passat estates so all will be good.

Launch imminent!

23.11.07

MOT f'kin blues



Are you sitting comfortably? Here's a little story of one car and its journey to getting the 'small' things sorted for the MOT test.

First up, I changed all the lighting to MOT friendly lighting (ie. front lhd angel lights changed to standard smoked vr6 ones, and the red rears changed to stock smoked items), then I set about fixing my wiper stalk, which stopped clicking into place, thus being a failure item too, so off to the local scrappy I went with a spring in my step and a glint in my eye. I managed to find a god awful mk3 in the yard (wish I took some pics) which had the entire engine bay painted by hand in silver paint, anyhow, the stalks seemed ok so I got the guys to take it off for me, in their own unique skilled way...yeah right. I then took my pants down and was bum raped by the owner for the stalk (£25...WTF?!). Off I went to my little personal garage, a back alley near my house, and plucked up the courage to disconnect the battery (always shit scared of zapping my ass into next week) and remove the airbag. Man, this is all going too easy. All back on and away we go, except the new stalk seems to only work in reverse and only when it feels like it, so off it all comes, bit of a clean, back on and off and on...FUUUUUCK!!! still no joy, so after a bit of agression I managed to fix my old one and all that goes back on instead. At least i know how to remove and refit all the steering wheel bits now.

Next up, abs sensor. The light was on all the time and we kinda thought we bust a sensor when fitting the coilies so I bought a pair and printed off a 'how to' guide off E38. It turned out that the sensor may not need replacing as the wiring had come off. A simple solder job perhaps? My buddy Gillymon let us into his dad's SICK double garage to do the work and my boy Chris came to save the day. Turns out that the simple solder job was gonna be a f'k bag of a nightmare. The sensor was fine, the wiring was easy to get at but the actual connector was fucked and we couldn't get at the wiring inside the actual connector unit. After a bit of swearing, arsing about and giving me abuse for having a reverse Midas touch (turning everything I touch into a piece of shit nightmare) the boys managed to bring out some ghetto engineering 101 and made it work. SWEET!!

Ding ding, round 3!! I failed the MOT on these things: ABS sensor warning light, drivers headlamp adjusters and rear brakes were a bit weak. So next on the list was to sort the brakes out. After visiting my local garage for a price on replacing the rear discs and pads, then walking away with another bum raping I decided to just buy all the discs and pads and sort it out between us. It worked out £50 less to buy all the pads and discs for the back AND the fronts rather than go to the garage just for the rears. Fuckers. Anyway, we decided to just change the rear pads for now so wheel off, bit off fiddling and the caliper came off...et voila!! BUT, according to the Bentley book, you need a special tool to push the piston back in, but not only push it in but twist and push. Who the fuck decided that was a good idea? So no joy there, old pads and shit back on. Time wasted. Heads scratched.

Ding ding, round 4!! This was it, this was the day that shit was gonna get sorted. Went to GSF to get the 'tool' of dreams then went home to my special garage again and away I went. Jacked up, wheel off, new tool used, bit of hard work and sore hands but new pads in. Awesome, cooking with gas. I rock. Today is a good day. Next wheel off, caliper off after quite a lot of grief, properly rusted up, then BAM, the problem, one seriously siezed piston. No rubber, piston all the way out. BASTARD!! So I used the tool but after nearly 2 hours of hardly any movement I gave up on it and decided to replace the caliper unit. Problem being that the nearest scrappies was over a mile away. Tools away and off I went. I visited my old friend, the piece of shit mk3 again and thought that even though he'd painted everything silver, including the calipers, it was a new arrival so they should still work. Off it came, again with some ghetto mechanic'ing skills that only these guys truly understand and away I went. Oh, of course another bum raping session happened, no wonder these guys drive around in nice cars. 2 hours down the line, from leaving the car to returning with another headlamp and caliper, I was ready to try again. New caliper came apart pretty easily but the old one, to keep in line with how my time with the car was going, decided to be a bitch. After much effort and at one point I will admit that as a man in touch with his emotions i did sit there, in the rain, staring at the caliper on the verge of having a little cry. Allen bolts were rounded, shit wouldn't budge but after some ghetto inspiration I managed it. Caliper on, new pads on and all working fine...except...have you ever tried bleeding your brakes by yourself? Me neither, so a local garage did me a massive solid and did them for free. FREE!! After the shit I've had and the sore ass I've got from the repeated bum rapings someone helped me out with some free-ness. So off to the MOT station i went.

And she passed!!

Long story i know but a nice one I think, shame I ballsed up on the pics front, I really need to have that in my mind at all times.

Big thanks to Gillymon and Chris for being good mates and helping me with the reverse Midas touch move I brought to the table and a big thanks to a certain Bolton salvage yard for repeatedly assaulting my pink cheeks.

Here's to another 12 months of legal motoring. Oh, and the hand shot? I'm a designer and I aint used to sitting at my desk with my hands looking like that. Not sure the bosses appreciate it, I had fun though.

12.11.07

Reporting for duty SA!!

Although I spent all last week drawing, scanning and messing around with my new designs I've had a weekend of late nights. Yep, Call of Duty4 came out on the 360 and it is f'kin awesome!! Bit of team deathmatch is alway good for the soul, blasting fools from the comfort of your armchair, pausing for brews, love it. Highly recommended, it shits all over Halo3 if you ask me and there aint half as many cock heads playing it.

You need it in your lives.

5.11.07

Take a gamble!

Get it!? Ok, proper shit link, but I liked it.

My pal Jezza from the VUU Cult has got himself a nice little line in tapped dice valve caps. These babies look the shit when on, adding a bit of Vegas flair to your hooplas.

I got some red ones for my bad boys, as show here:



But he has these other new sick colours to hand:



If you want some, they cost £5.00 a set picked up or £6.50 posted anywhere in the UK. Visit vuucult and pm Jezza (aka: hardwork) with your details.

You need these in your lives, but so do your local pikey scumbag kids so don't leave them on overnight or you might see em on the kids' bikes.