Shop FAQ

T-shirt Information

What is style are the Premium tees?
Our premium options are American Apparel or Bella Canvas. They have a higher thread count and feel much softer to the touch. They are also fitted tees and are generally favored by men sizes SML to LRG. The knit is tighter and therefore also allows for higher design details when used in combination with discharge screen printing (see below). For more information on these styles visit the American Apparel site for Men style 2001 and for women style 2102. The Bella Canvas styles are generally the same and can be found here for Men 3001 and for Women 6004.

  • Note: We are considering a change for the women’s sizes because they run so small. For the transition we will note styles that use this variant with the term “relaxed” and will be the Bella 6400.

What is your Standard style?
We treat standard stock like a commodity. Depending on the cost we will purchase from the brands Anvil, Gildan, Hanes and sometimes Tultex. To maintain the quality we stick to styles with a thread weight between 5 and 6 ounces, and are made from 100% cotton. Standard stock is still good quality but feels thicker to touch and is not a fitted cut which is sometimes preferred by men in sizes XL and up.

What does it mean if it is noted as “pre-order”?
This usually means that the item has already been re-ordered and is expected in days, or we are planning to reprint within 3-4 weeks. Obviously that means your item can be seriously delayed by days or even weeks. If time is an issue, contact us and we can give you an expected arrival date for your item. Please note that if your item is a gift, we do make custom printables you can present in your item’s absence. 

What kind of printing do you use for your tees?
Each tee is a hand produced screen print using a method called discharge as opposed to the more traditional plastisol method. Discharge provides much higher detail as the ink is embedded into the garment itself instead of just sitting on the surface. This also helps to reduce fading and eliminates cracking over time. See this video for more information on discharge screen printing. Note: Some designs may still call for the more traditional plastisol printing depending on chemicals present in some tees and discharge falls short on some vibrant colors. 

 

Prints

What is a Digital Print as opposed to a Screen Print or Letter Press?
Digital is a made-to-order print method (sometimes called gliceé) that uses a high-quality Epson digital printer. These prints are produced with archival inks on archival papers and have an expected display life of about 60-100 years. Screen & Letterpress prints are methods where each color present in the design is hand-printed individually by a professional (see below).

What is Screen Printing vs. Letter Press?
Both of these methods are considered to be fine art print methods and have a very long history. To understand much more, see the website Chop Shop Studio (then Chopping Block) designed for MoMA in 2004 called What Is A Print?.

 

Returns

If you keep the original envelope you can write RETURN TO SENDER and drop it back to us. Please include a note so we know which order and the context of what is needed. Don’t go to the Post Office or they will try and charge you for it. We will re-ship the exchange within the USA for free. 

Our Address
If the original envelope is not available, please send to:

Chop Shop Returns
239 Race Street Apt E
Philadelphia PA 19106