In the beginning, T-shirts were all created blank, opening the doors for new frontiers in wearable expression, such as the first self-penned "kick me" sign. Flirt with fabric-based expression with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of in-store merchandise at Bang-On T-Shirts at three area Vancouver and Burnaby locations and at Cherry Bomb on Granville Street.
Bang-On and Cherry Bomb churn out T-shirts in customized cuts, sizes, and colours with thousands of graphic images to choose from. Do-it-yourselfers can bring in their own unlicensed images or add custom letters and numbers to a shirt, rendering chests into conversation starters, personal soapboxes, or wearable kitten calendars. Alternately, scads of custom-T themes are available as transfers, including timeless music images, Marvel superheroes, hockey graphics, and humour of all flavours. For eyes, hands, and necks in need of worship, Bang-On and Cherry Bomb also stock covetable accessories, such as sunglasses, rings, and pendants so evolved as to conquer trends before they even happen.
First opened in Vancouver, Bang-On T-Shirts' shops have spread over the past decade to dot the globe. No matter which continent they call home, the custom-printing stores emphasize a retro style, filling their binders with hundreds of images inspired by fashion, pop culture, and music. Patrons flip through the binder of in-store designs, selecting ones to customize or print as is. Creative types bring their own photos or illustrations of the monster living under their house in for pressing. Once customers lay out their T-shirts and tank-top patterns, staffers emblazon the cotton tops right in front of them.