Getting A Great Custom Military Shirt is a great question of your command or association for example just assigned you the task.
Before you get down to the brass tacks when it comes to getting a great custom military shirt design you have to think about it beyond the normal wanting it “fast and wanting it cheap” mentality. It’s the wrong approach when it comes getting quality.
You can have great quality but it comes with a price. The question is why. Simply put a custom shirt requires a custom design and that means someone has to think it up and draw it. Not easy for most people or everyone would be doing it and there are far less affordable and qualified illustrators out in the world that know both how to design, understand how to create original concepts and finally do it in a way that makes the end result truly fantastic. If you want great, well it is possible and for less than you might imagine if done it’s correctly.
So what does it cost?
Before we get into that let’s see what you think is affordable. Let’s take the average military shirt. Most on-line military shirt companies are going to try and sell a basic subdued shirt with few colors and a sleeve print on average for around 19.00 to 23.00. Anyone selling a military shirt on-line for more than this needs to have their head examined. Anything over 20 bucks is ridiculous.
So in the world of costs what does 19.00 buy you?
1. A really decent hamburger, fries a shake and a drink at a better than average restaurant. Not talking a drive through extravaganza.
2. 3.5 cups of coffee with a minimum of three shots per. Maybe 4 if you are dating the barista.
3. Almost a decent car cleaning if you don’t get the lifetime wax and polish treatment. You got a chance to keep it under 19.00 if you miss this wonderful option.
4. Maybe a ride share to work. Maybe and only if there is no tip involved.
5. 4 packs of really good water bottles
6. An overpriced military shirt if the graphics are 1 and two color, the cotton is so thin you can see through it and it’s a “Brand”. Not very exciting.
7. Or you can get involved in a fully custom designed shirt with top-notch military art, professionally printed, on a great shirt. It does happen and it can happen.
So how do we get started? If you have gotten this far then it means you are interested and want a killer designs. We want to help you to achieve this.
Quick Step Guide to Great Custom Military Shirts
1. The best place to start is to have an idea of what you want on the front and back of the shirt, if sleeve printing is involved, if the design will be a black and white or full color and the style of the art. Do you want the art to be comic oriented, serious, maybe something in the middle? Do you know what the text will be on the front and back of the shirt? Is there a motto or slogan that you would like to see. What are the elements you envision? The way to look at this is if you could make a list for example of the top 5-10 things that are most important inn a design what would they be?
2. Quantity. How many items do you want? Quantity plays a major role in how much your shirts and items cost. If you don’t know but think you know offer a range. I would like pricing for 25-100 items. Are there discounts, bulk pricing options and can I get a better price if I order more items? The answer is typically yes.
3. Shirt or apparel color? Important but not crucial. If you know please provide but keep mind most printers understand these things can change. Can I mix and match colors? Absolutely. You want Navy Blue but also a Type 3 Chestnut brown, athletic heather or pink? No problem.
4. What about hoodies, long sleeve, tank tops? Yes. Adding more to your quantities includes these types of items. The price of a hoodie is more than a shirt but overall it helps bring the overall cost down because they can all get printed at the same time.
5. Cotton or dry fit shirts? You bet.
6. Where in the world are these shipping to? APO FPO? No problem. On base or off base housing. No problem. If it can get there with USPS, DHL, FEDEX, or UPS we can get them to you. Having an address helps us know the best and most affordable way to get your items shipped to you.
Let’s Get Started by clicking here at Custom Military Shirts.
Don;t have a cool military shirt idea to get started with?
That is never a problem and a whole lot of custom US Military shirts started out as a napkin sketch or even worse but developed into so amazing concepts with the US Military and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com work together.
Marine Corps Forging Elite Fitness for the Crossfit generation of US Marines designed by VSW!
When the United States warship USS Mesa Verde LPD-19 and its FCPOA called VSW for a shirt they got it! Alligators and Bulldogs the perfect combination of US Navy Sailors and US Marines!
US navy Cruise Shirts. Absolutely. When VFA-211 Rough Riders asked for a shirt for their role in Operation Inherent Resolve and the CVW-1 Tarbox they got it. Colorful. Detailed and all US Navy!
Naval Beach Unit 7
I want to start with a brief synopsis of who we are. Naval Beach Unit 7 (NBU7) is the first of its kind, by merging Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC’s), Landing Craft Utility (LCU), and Beach Party Team (BPT) into one command, and our base is located in Sasebo, Japan Typically they are separated into 3 separate commands in the states. Our job is to assist the amphibious Navy by transporting Marine equipment and personnel all throughout the Asian Pacific (7th Fleet). The LCAC’s are hovercrafts that are extremely fast but limited by how much we can carry.
The LCU’s are slow but can carry 3 times what an LCAC can carry. BPT work on the beach and assists in guiding the LCAC’s and LCU’s into the desired beach. We all do different jobs but without us the Amphibious Navy would not be able to complete their missions. This is the information we at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com receive at the onset of a design. This is why we love to work with the US Navy!
Custom FCPOA Shirts Come Alive At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com. For over 9 years the United States Navy has collaborated with the military artists of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com because of their desire to have the finest in custom designs for their First Class Petty Officers Association. Custom FCPOA Designed by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com are among the finest in the industry because of the color, detail and originality of the designs that are crafted for the FCPOA’s.
The United States Navy Sailors at the rank of First Class Petty Officers (E-5) often participate in these associations where they work together as a team to learn, advance and share information so they can prepare for the rank of US Navy Chief. While in these associations the leadership will frequently design shirts for dues paying members of the FCPOAs and that is here they contact Vision-Strike-wear.Com to have it designed. Below are examples of the military designs created by VSW and can provide ideas of the work they can create for them.
Pentagon Area FCPOA Shirt
If you’re a veteran of the Gulf War than I am sure that you are familiar with Desert Storm the operation that essentially ended the War in the Persian Gulf in the early 90’s. For those of you that are not familiar this will be a quick history lesson along with a reminder of what the greatest fighting force in the free world can do when they are unleashed and unchained by politics and bureaucracy.
The first thing that you have to realize is that the Iraqi Army was not some small force that any nation could have just pummeled in the blink of an eye. In the 80’s the United States had offered a sizable amount of funding to Iraq during its conflict with Iran. This was due to the theory that the enemy of my enemy is my ally (in loose terms of course). So at the point in time when Saddam Hussein had decided to invade Kuwait and take over their oil fields Iraq had the 4th largest army in the world. A force that could contend with if not dominate most forces in the world at the time. Iraq was also a traditional ally of the former Soviet Union, which could present issues of its own.
Neither of these things mattered in the long run as the US and its allies proved to be too much for the Iraqi Army in a very quick manner. This war made General Norman Schwarzkopf and General Colin Powell the most famous military figures in over 2 decades.
The US gave Saddam until January 15th of 1991 to retreat from occupied Kuwait after President George W. Bush let the world know that the actions of Iraq “would not stand”. Of course we know from history that January 15th came and went and Iraq continued to occupy Kuwait, calling the bluff of the United States and its allies. The problem for Iraq was the United States had no intention of bluffing. I mean seriously if you are holding a royal flush (the US military) would you need to bluff? So the United States began to bomb Iraqi military targets for 5 consecutive weeks.
Iraq attempted to counter these strikes by launching Scud missiles at US targets in Saudi Arabia, and US allies in Israel. The attacks had limited effect, of the over 80 missiles launched only 1 hit a significant military target in Saudi Arabia. However, it did force the US to deal with the problem by hunting down and destroying these launchers which delayed the US ground attack for 1 week. In the end the American military did what it has always done, went into the country and knocked the opposition backwards in a singe week of ground fighting.
If you or someone you know is a veteran of the war, or just someone who loves the history of our great military, simply click on the image below to see some of the great designs and commemorate this event in US Military History.
Army Combat Medic Shirts
The 68 Whiskeys, also known as Army Combat Medics Score a bullseye with their first Army Combat Medic pinup! Recently introduced into the US Army arsenal of military shirt and apparel designs comes this fun Army pinup that reminds of yesteryear when bombers went into enemy territory to drop their ordnance and were seen displayed with fancy, colorful and somewhat nude pinup girls displayed on their nose art.
The traditional of military pinup art continues to this day and with this Combat Medic pinup a new lady has been introduced to the tradition of classic military pinup art.
The cleverly designed Army Combat Medic shirt design was originated out of a collaboration between the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com and a about to graduate Army Combat Medic finishing their training at Fort Sam Houston as they prepared for their future career as an Army Combat medic.
The now famous saying “The Louder You Scream, The Faster We Come!” was also requested and later added by the hundreds of combat medics requesitng this design text addition. What started as a design for a single soldier has now become the fun and colorful connection to both combat medic training as well as a deployment shirt worn by units, forward surgical teams and Army doctors in support of their men and women that call themselves Army Combat Medics.
Interested in having your unit or command experience a top notch custom Army design? Let us know.
Navy Chief Goatlocker Tavern Shirt
Since April 1st, 1893!
Inspired, contemplated, suggested, ripped, approved, critiqued and tested by United States Navy Chiefs throughout the United States Navy comes this Goatlocker Tavern Navy Chief shirt.
After delivering shirts to the Navy Chief selects at NAS Whidbey Island one perfectly rainy Pacific Northwest day we sat down and spoke with a few past and present US Navy Chiefs in their goatlocker as they exhanged salty sea stories and let me tell you they are more amazing than you can imagine, we got a chance to take out a pencil and some scratch paper made up of a bar napkin and began to take down their suggestions and ides for how to create a US Navy Chief Goatlocker design they thought would be better than a blast of saltwater to the face.
After a few minutes the Goatloacker Tavern Since 1893 shirt design concept was conceived. Born in a bar, ie Chief’s Mess and no not every Chief’s Mess is filled with lovely bottles and spirits, the old salty dog stories filled with a few olives and a Mariner’s blessing and this US Navy design was ready to set sail.
Our many thanks goes out to the Navy Chiefs we had the most amazing time with and for their invitiation to sit with them in their den of US Navy solitude as we listened to generations of US Navy Chiefs discuss the Navy, their brothers and sisters, its history, honor, courage and the committment of what it takes to ensure the longevity and desire to maintain the finest naval power in history.
Go Quality Or Go Home On Custom Military Shirts
We like to say in the industry: Go Quality Or Go Home On Custom Military Shirts! Frequently asked questions always start with how much? What is this going to cost? Hey the guy down the street working in his garage quoted me 3.00 bucks a shirts why can’t you? The simple answer is because you get what you pay for. The best is out there for the best military shirts its just a matter of finding where they come from. Honestly you can’t even get a good cup of coffee for 3 bucks much less 5 these days so why would it be any different when it comes to quality designs and custom artwork on unit military shirts.
It’s all about the artwork!
I have lost the count how many times someone has emailed us one of our designs on some one else’s design program. Then they ask us if we can do this artwork followed by our simple reply that “We already did”. Then of course the next question. The so and so shop outside the gate wants to charge us 5 dollars for the shirt but needs your permission to use it. The quick answer. No f’ing way.
So get the best custom military art! It makes a difference!
The reasons why people come to Vision-Strike-Wear.Com is because of the artwork and the quality of printing and knowing that when the day is over and their shirts arrive that they will have quality.
No some cheese cloth special that rubs off after you wash it the first time. There is nothing sadder than our military spending their hard earned money on the crap that people are peddling these days. Actually it is worse than sad. It’s maddening. As a retired US Marine I hate the stories of we bought it, we paid for it and we got shit quality when it arrived so we have to live with it. Not the type of thing I want to hear no matter who they went with.
There are really two options:
Get Quality or Suffer!
Quality or Suffer From Amateur Hour and Poor Quality! Wanna see the difference?
Here is the 400 shirt order ordered from the guy down the street. The shirts are still in the box and could not be sold. The customer forked over 8.00 per shirt on 400 shirts which is 3200.00 hard earned dollars. The shirts did not return enough to pay for the shirts themselves. Sad.
It gets worse. The design being worn by this customer was created by a challenge coin company in China. Here is the design that is presently collecting dust in a box in some office in Texas.
Now for quality!
The following design was priced also at 8.00 based on 400 shirts. The difference is this design sold out in less than 24 hours and the customer contacted Vision-Strike-Wear.Com to arrange for another 400 shirts and by the time the 238th US Navy Birthday had arrived they placed a third order. The committee was very happy and this became one of the most successful fundraising events for the 1st Marine Division and US Navy Birthday Ball!
The next design is an example of letting the artists create and trusting the relationship that Vision-Strike-Wear.Com brings to the table. After creating the Mars Attacks design it was successful in selling several hundred within a 24 hour period followed by an email requesting another several hundred more navaltees.
Quality Over Crap Everytime!
Quality over cheap. Quality will win every single time. Vision-Strike-Wear.com has been honored to work with and serve at the request of the US military creating custom military shirts for all branches of the service. So the next time some printer or pusher of bad design contacts you, run and when you do run away very fast!
Help Heal Our Vets!
Help Heal Our Vets in collaboration with Vision-Strike-Wear.Com is announcing its efforts to raise awareness of issues and support that help our US military veterans. There are many very important organaizations and military non-profits whose goal it is to support our veterans and put the much needed funds into their hands where it can do our veteran’s the most good. This is what Helphealourvets.Org
Your purchase of the Helphealourvets.Org hoodie allows all proceeds to be donated to military charities and organizations who do the job right and take care of the veterans. No more red tape or layers of bureacratic salaries that produce little nothing for our veterans. These dollars go to the veterans. Your purchase of this hoodie makes this possible.
This Veteran’s Day will mark the beginning of the fundraising campaign created by Healp Heal Our Vets and between this Veteran’s Day and next years Veteran’s Day 2015 where we will announce the amount that will be donated to the organizations that do the most good within the veteran community. We are excited to partipcate and be part of a fundraising campaign whose sole purpose is to help heal our veterans.