I do, however, have nephews...and one of them is spending the summer with us (his name is Neal). But the question arises...what fun projects does one do with a 20-year old Goth/Anime-styled young man? I mean, braided friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss and God's Eyes made of yarn and sticks are just not fashionable anymore (though I still like them).
So, while I was mindlessly browsing "stuff" on Pinterest, I ran across a tutorial on transforming a plain-Jane T-shirt into something...cool. It involves cutting various holes into a T-shirt to form patterns or images. I thought this just might be something my very artistic and highly-stylized nephew, Neal, might like. So off we went to the thrift store in search of a T-shirt. Since Neal is a crazy-talented artist, I handed him a piece of paper and a pencil and said, "Go for it".
His design is inspired by a character from a video game. The character is "Blot" from Epic Mickey. Blot is the villain. It's this big, black shadowy-looking dude with an eery, drippy smile.
Neal and his "Blot" T-shirt
Neal designed and cut out the image on a red T-shirt. I carefully hand-stitched around all the holes to help preserve its integrity so it can actually be worn...and washed. He's wearing it over a black T-shirt. I think it's WAY cool.
Here is another example of the same technique. I love this one too...maybe I'll attempt something similar down the road...but more holes = more hand-stitching. Ugh.