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Urban Eco-Pirate

Urban Eco-Pirate

The more things change, the more they stay the same. We are constantly looking for ways to improve on our process and product quality. (Which, admittedly, its quite tricky as they are already quite high). Over our ten years we have barely changed the blank t-shirt base we have used for our designs. After ten years we felt the need for a change... There are always pros and cons when changing something familiar, but with the new change we feel that the pros outweigh the cons. The first difference you will notice with our new t-shirt style is that the...

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Protect Yourself! Mask UP!!

Protect Yourself! Mask UP!!

2020 is proving to be one of those years that will go down in the history books. We’re only just over half way in and we’ve seen massive uncontrollable forest fires, a global pandemic of the like no one has seen for a hundred years, global racial equality unrest and Brexit… Every country is trying to deal with the effect of COVID19 in their own way, Scotland has issued the use of face masks to be mandatory when entering shops or crowded areas. Many people have differing opinions on this legislation, but as many more shops (and pubs) begin opening...

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Ten Years Strong

Ten Years Strong

Where oh where has the time gone! Urban Pirate has reached a decade!  We can’t believe it. Ten years down the line and our mission has never changed, offering an alternative to the Scottish gift market. Bored of the tartan tatt, rip-offs, crude humour of existing Scottish clothing we wanted to offer something different, something creative, in other words, something we would be willing to wear ourselves. ] We wanted to create designs with a story.  Something that said Scotland but without saying ‘Scotland. We create everything from scratch, drawing inspiration from far and wide, but in most cases they...

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The printing process

The printing process

There are many different ways to put an image onto a t-shirt, each with their own pros and cons. Vinyl transfers can stretch and crack, Direct to garment printing (like a giant inkjet printer) doesn’t work so well on dark fabrics. To us, screen printing is currently the best way to get vibrant colours and is designed to make it easy for batch printing. The process of ‘screen printing’ has been around for thousands of years, the printing can be traced all the way back to the Song Dynasty in China (960-1279 AD) it was introduced to Western Europe toward...

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