RIPT is a shirt-a-day site. What’s a shirt-a-day? They sell a different design every 24 hours. They crowdsource designs from artists all around the world via the internet, the artist supplies the design and gets paid $1 per design, and RIPT handles everything else.
This review will cover the experience as an artist AND customer.
Minimally, they print 365 designs a year. (Sometimes more) That’s 365 opportunities just waiting for you to get printed.
I’ve been printed at RIPT as an artist five times. Overall, it’s been a very pleasant experience.
1. They pay $1 per shirt sold.
2. They send you a free shirt.
3. They pay immediately after the sale date.
4. The designer account system tracks your design submissions and sales.
5. You keep the copyrights to your design.
6. They have over 156,000 fans on Facebook.
7. They have a moderately active Facebook group which allows members to post art for critiques, ask questions, etc.
8. They have a diverse product offering. iPhone cases, posters, etc. If the customers doesn’t want a shirt, they buy a poster, you still get paid.
The overall process is pretty seamless.
The commission is variable depending on the popularity of the design. I will not be posting the specifics, but in general, having worked with clients, I’d rather be designing art on which I keep the copyrights, and there is no client side art direction. Revisions are teh suck.
The shirt-a-day industry runs on pop culture. Although there are always mainstay topics that seem to continue to do well, unfortunately the trends of what’s hot in entertainment media is always changing, so you’ll want to check their “Graveyard” of past designs to see what topics will be best to get your design approved.
You can submit here: https://www.riptapparel.com/submit/wizard/
1. Fast Shipping
3. Good Print
4. Good Shirt Blank
RIPT shipping is pretty fast. My design was put up for sale on August 3rd, and I received it August 10th. That’s a pretty fast turnaround considering some other sites state that the product will ship after 3-7 days.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a recent post I put on my Facebook. The consensus agrees.
The print is good. It’s not overwhelmingly huge, nor is it small, just right! They handle the print well.
If I am not mistaken, most other sites outsource their printing, which IMO would severely cripple their ability to effectively execute quality control, and puts them in the queue with other companies that might need to be printed first.
RIPT however handles all the printing in-house allowing for a quick ship and first hand quality control.
Here are some print close ups.
Overall Verdict: Soft, fashion forward (not boxy), 100% cotton, medium lightweight 4.5 oz. Good solid shirt.
My t-shirt blank of choice OF ALL TIME is American Apparel 2001. So my comparison is based on black AA2001 blanks which is pretty much all I wear. (I don’t wear graphic shirts. Maybe 3% of the time. GASP!)
AA2001 is a much more pricier shirt blank so no shirt-a-day utilizes them due to the prohibitive costs. If you want to buy a blank AA2001, it’ll cost you $18 on Amazon.
The cut of the men’s shirt is very similar to AA2001. The following photo shows, an American Apparel 2001 laying over the Tultex RIPT uses. The cut is pretty much the same. The only appreciable difference is the neckline. Whereas the AA2001 has a tighter neck, the RIPT Tultex is a wider mouth, which gives it a more relaxed feel. It does feel a little fashion fit, so if you are looking for a boxy shirt, you will want to size up to compensate IMO.
The shirt is lightweight. AA2001 feels heavier than the Tultex RIPT uses. However, by lightweight, I don’t mean can-you-see-my-hard-nipples lightweight. It’s just doesn’t feel like one of those heavy shirts you get for as free swag from conventions or where ever.
*** I this time, I have not put my shirts through the wash, for after wash review. Maybe in the future.
Overall, I highly recommend RIPT as an artist, and if you are a graphic tee enthusiast.
Feel free to comment with your experience!