Who among us does not love the movies? Movies have fascinated, excited and thrilled us, not only with their show of technical wizardry, but also with the charisma of their movie stars and the inventiveness of the movie plots.
The recent trend in Hollywood is to parallel the marketing of the film with movie tie-in merchandise. The most common type of merchandise tied with the film is the t-shirt.
T-Shirt Screen Printing With Movie Stars and Film Legends
Much of the movie industry is built upon the strength of a star’s value as a bankable actor or actress. The quality of the film is just a secondary concern to how much money the star can bring in when the film is shown to fans.
Famous visages of movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean are often used as designs in t-shirt screen printing. Marilyn Monroe, in particular, has been custom printed on t-shirts with her trademark mole right above her sultry smile on her beautiful face framed by short blonde curls.
T-Shirt Screen Printing With Movie Characters and Famous Movie Scenes
Movie characters as well as the movie stars who portray them also catch our imagination and enthrall us with their daring and loveliness. Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942) are examples of famous movie characters who took a life of their own.
Another example are classic movie stars like Mae West, Charlie Chaplin and The Three Stooges. Their own shining personalities embody the characters they portray in films. Mae West is known as a strongly willed woman, and in her films, she portrayed the same kind of women who fight back.
Other unforgettable movie characters include Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as Thelma and Louise, Sylvester Stallone as Rambo and Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator.
T-Shirt Screen Printing With Movie Tie-In Merchandise
We often see t-shirts along with caps and bags being sold outside movie theaters. These items are custom printed with promotional images for the film. Movie stills, poster designs, and close up shots of the film’s main characters are some of the promotional images used as t-shirt designs.
Big budgeted movies with large franchises behind them– Jurassic Park, Batman, Superman, Star Wars, and Star Trek-have successfully sold merchandise tied-in with the movies. T-shirts are the most purchased item. They are sold in sizes for children, men and women.
Aside from t-shirts, screen printing is also done for caps, bags, and jackets. These custom printed designs are created for mass production purposes. Customers do not often expect uniqueness of design or high quality t-shirt screen printing work from the sellers.
Like tourist t-shirts, movie t-shirts serve as mementos of the fame and notoriety of movie stars. They also serve as symbol