During the Renaissance, hipsters were forced to wear cumbersome oil paintings adorned with ironic references to popular parchments, Latin-based wordplay, and the names of obscure troubadours. Today's Groupon continues this proud tradition. For $13, Texas's T-shirted get to craft their own single-color wearable art (a $25 value) at Under Pressure, a hands-on screen printing shop in the Bouldin Creek area. Combine two Groupons and you'll be able to play with a two-color design. The deal doesn't include the cost of the actual shirt (standard tees go for $10.50), but you're welcome to BYOS. You can also BYOB and make it a party, albeit one that requires an appointment first.
Bring in your sketches, napkin doodles, dream journal, or alien-induced mashed-potato sculptures, and Under Pressure's friendly, patient staff will help tease out and refine your idea with a complimentary 30-minute consultation. Under Pressure also keeps a host of its own compositions in case your mind experiences T-shirter's block. Once you've settled on your masterful motif, Under Pressure will whip up a screen and imprint your righteous art onto it using non-toxic, environmentally friendly ink. The resulting design is softer and more sumptuous than a traditional T-shirt screen-print. You'll emerge from Under Pressure with a garment that impresses your friends with your expansive '80s sitcom knowledge or seduces your Valentine with an epic pink narwhal—among other unironically ironic uses.
Under Pressure sprang up when perpetually stoked "Keep Austin Weird" proponents Michael Fuchs and Sam Ladach-Bark decided the city needed a way to craft personalized T-shirts that went beyond the thrift-store pale and crossed into new dimensions of unpredictable quirk. They continue to blog frequently about the subtle arts of silkscreen charming, as well as offer a host of free printing workshops to refine your skill and expand your pop-culture literacy. With a simple, 100% cotton shirt as your canvas and Under Pressure as your counselors, today's Groupon will make sure you don't make the fashion faux pas of appearing at summer music festivals wearing the same expression of your individuality as someone else.
Each additional item printed with your custom screen is $5.
Under Pressure Screen Printing is fairly new, and most of its customers are too busy strutting around in their spiffy T-shirts to write online reviews, but four Yelpers give it a unanimous five stars:
- They were very professional. They gave me options about what to order for my staff, and their prices were very reasonable. – Thomas S.
- Great place to get custom screenprints at an affordable price. My girlfriend and I were doing the Urban Bike Assault race and wanted to get some custom shirts, Mike one of the owners was very helpful in getting our design setup and printed out. The shirts were awesome, very soft and easy to wear. – J F.
- Way cool shop. Went there this Thursday for the free screenprinting workshop, left wearing one of their awesome designs . They will also take one of your designs for only 25 clams and turn it into a screen how sweet is that. 10-12 clams for American apparel shirts sweatshop free, eco inks, and low per shirt cost A++++++++++++. – Jeremiah N.
Under Pressure Hands On Screen Shop
Signature service: Screen Printing
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: American Apparel, Alternative Apparel, Anvil, Bella, Gildan
Pro Tip: For class bring a pen/notebook to take notes and make sure you wear clothes that you can get dirty.