So I have been wanting to do a sailing inspired t-shirt design for a while now. More specifically I wanted to do something with the signal flags that sailors use, I have always loved them. I had a t-shirt with a line of those flags across the chest in the late eighties, early nineties and I wanted to recapture that vibe.
These flags are used by sailors to spell out words and messages. Each flag represents a letter of the alphabet. They can also be used in pairs to convey various messages to other vessels. In that way I intended this design to be fully customizable. The client can pick whichever flags they like to spell something or convey a message to the viewer.
I wanted to incorporate as many sailing elements into this design as possible without it feeling cluttered or over-done. There is a rope with knots used as an underline. There is a compass reference used on the circle. I put the longitude and latitude of SF, and the sailing speed, as commonly used by sailiors when plotting a course.
This design is for sale.