DIY Fashion: How to recreate the Hunter S. Thompson 1970s Interview Shirt (Sketch pattern file included)

Making the design yourself:

  1. Sketch (or other design software)
  2. This Sketch Source File
  3. A PrintAllOver.me account to print the shirt. Or you can print the fabric on Spoonflower and find a pattern maker.
  4. Pictures from the 1970s Playboy Interview with Hunter S. Thompson

Buy the Hunter S. Thompson shirt:

See it on PrintAllOver.me

 Click the image to buy this on PrintAllOver.me

Click the image to buy this on PrintAllOver.me


STEP 1: FIND THE PATTERN

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
— Hunter S Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
 For source image, check out the  Medium Hunter S Thompson Article

For source image, check out the Medium Hunter S Thompson Article

The first images I could find appeared to have alternating oval and circle patterns in red, leading my friend Evan to create the following pattern:

STEP 2: WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER

I found some higher resolution photos which showed that the outer edge of the shapes was scalloped and the inner edges consisted of octagons, squares and circles.  HST was a fan of bold patterns.

STEP 3: MAKE A COPY

Download this Sketch file, or use Sketch/any design software to copy the pattern.

Sketch is intuitive design software, available here.

 I originally used the color picker from one of the color HST photos, but then I opted for a more saturated color to print better on the fabric

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STEP 4: PRINT THE SHIRT

Export a large image file from Sketch with a very large number of copies of the pattern to upload to PrintAllOver.me

Then, upload the exported image file to PrintAllOver.me and place an order

STEP 5: RECEIVE A PACKAGE

Here's how the shirt will look; it's a perfect custom gift for the Hunter S Thompson fan in your life.  For those curious, it's machine washable (cold with like colors).  Here is the page for the shirt below: PAOM HST Shirt