Lain Lee 3, a local designer and illustrator, has been doodling ever since he can remember. But where most turn to their doodle skills as a hobby, Lain has turned his illustrative prowess into a career. He is the owner and creative director of his own creative design company, LainLee3Design, specializing in graphic design, illustration, and web design. As Lain puts it, he lives the "Doodle Life".
As a creative professional, Lain is always looking for creative outlets for his talents. One of those outlets is designing t-shirts. As an avid t-shirt wearer, it only seemed natural for Lain to express himself through this creative medium. To Lain and his contemporaries, t-shirts are no longer an article of clothing, but have become a canvas for designers and illustrators to showcase some of their best work. In fact, there are now whole publications, such as T-World Magazine, dedicated to the world of t-shirts.
To fund his labor of love, Lain has turned to crowdfunding internet superstar, Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a platform where individuals can post ideas they have for products, movies, comics, fashion, etc. and have any interested party "pledge" to back their project with a monetary commitment. Backers are incentivized with rewards or "kick-backs" for different funding levels. If the project funding goal is met, only then are the backers charged for their pledges. Otherwise, no money is exchanged.
Lain is seeking investment to get his first three shirts printed. When asked why he prefers screen printing his shirts over other conventional methods of production, he had this to say: "While there are A LOT of options available for quick, short-run online printers, I find those to be lacking in one main area - quality. And to me, that's really the most important part. I don't know about you, but there's nothing like the quality of a hand-pulled screen printed t-shirt, and that's the quality I want to give to my customers. Not only that, but having worked with many screen printers, I know how hard their job is and I want to support their craft. But screen printing costs can get a little expensive , and as they say, you have to pay for the quality you want. This is where you...come in."