A few months ago I included a Ticker link to Chris Giorgio’s custom-painted caps, which are one-of-a-kind designs that he makes to order. Now, at my request, he’s provided a look into his creative process:
First I take down the details of the order — the hat size, team, specific players, color scheme, and any other requests. For my latest project, my client wanted a 1980s Baltimore Orioles cap featuring Eddie Murray.
I start by getting a blank white hat from Lids and my box of Sharpies, which I use to customize the hats. I start with the cap logo on the front, because that never changes position on all the hats that I do (same goes for the alternate smaller logo on the back of the hat). I go to Chris Creamer’s SportsLogos.net for all my logos.
Next, I usually go to MyFonts or Dafont and look for a font that I find fun, detailed, and interesting to go along the brim of the hat. This space is best for typography, rather than, say, portraits. In this case I went with a paint-splatter style. I just preview the font (without buying it) and then copy it from the screen by hand.
I usually then do some research on the team, city, state, etc., and try to come up with things to put on the hat. You once linked to a page of city flag designs, for example, so for this cap I but the Baltimore city flag on the brim.
Other common design elements on my hats are championship logos and/or rings, retired numbers, city skylines, famous city buildings, and obviously players and their names or nicknames. I save all my images in a folder categorized by team, so I’ll know what works well if I have to do another hat for that team. When I’m trying to find a good player photo, I usually like at least one of a player celebrating (fist pump, arms raised, etc.). Then I sign the finished design.
At the end, I spray the hat with water and a stain repellant. The whole process takes 12 to 18 hours, depending on the amount of detail.
Interested in having Chris create a cap for you? Contact him here.
Raffle Reminder: In case you missed it on Friday, I’m currently raffling off an authentic Man City soccer jersey. Details here.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Nice, right? That’s part of a collection of Indiana-themed memorabilia that a collector is scanning and donating to a local library (with thanks to Todd Usher). … HHH has added a bunch of additional designs to his collection of city flag jersey concepts. … The NFL has put together a sensational AFL photo slideshow, including lots of great shots I’d never seen before. Don’t miss. … Sue Bird is wearing Livestrong sneakers (thanks, Vince). … Several readers have noted that the Mets’ left-sleeve team logo patch has been missing from Nick Evans’s jersey lately. … Heartening news from the world of rugby, where a New Zealand team has inked a new deal with a sponsor who’s chosen not to appear on the jersey (with thanks to Caleb Borchers). … Jorge Posada made a bare-handed catch on Friday night. … Here’s how a Blue Jays road jersey is supposed to look. Now compare the last “O” to the one on Brett Cecil’s jersey Friday night. Cecil’s “O” is upside-down (great catch by Mike Priest). … The Astros honored the Houston Fire Dept. on Friday night by wearing special caps (with thanks to Patrick Mahoney). … Here’s something I hadn’t been aware of: Ken Harrelson wore a uniform when he was GM of the White Sox (good find by Don Montgomery). … Throwback game in Tampa on Saturday night. Lots of additional photos here. … Meanwhile, over in Detroit, the Tigers and Indians were doing the Negro Leagues thing. … Reprinted from Saturday’s comments: Bit of a kerfuffle over the new Detla Airlines flight attendant uniforms. … Ryan Church is wearing No. 25 with the Braves but was still wearing his “RC 19” batting gloves on Saturday (good spot by Brandon Schwartz). … More moustaches for the Cardinals (with thanks to Mark Nothum). … Two interesting bits of trademark infringement: First, a hardware store in Yonkers is using the Twins’ logo on its awning, and then there’s a Connecticut realtor named Cal Massaro who uses the Cal logo (with thanks to Marcus Solis and Ryan Harrington, respectively). … John Weghorst has made a “video” (really more of a photo slideshow) of 1960s Houston Oilers imagery. … If you have an 8mm projector, you might wanna bid on this (with thanks to HHH). … Hmmm, why is Madden using the Jets’ 1980s helmet? (As spotted by Michael G. Paez.) … Dusty McGowan reports that Jimmy Rollins was wearing the wrong cap in the dugout yesterday. Anyone know if he actually did so in the game? … Michael Princip‘s awesome Illustrated NFL site now has an interview with watercolorist Bart Forbes and some newly added illos by several other artists. … Speaking of football illos, check out this excellent Lance Alworth caricature by Aaron Bell. … Chad Dotson was watching yesterday’s Mets/Reds game on FSN Ohio and captured this moment for posterity. According to Chad, Reds broadcaster George Grande said, “There’s kind of an old-school guy there.” … If you watch the first 10 seconds of this video clip, you’ll see the Hawaiian shirts that the Phillies ballgirls have been wearing in support of Shane Victorino’s All-Star candidacy (with thanks to Kurt Esposito). … Remember the Little League coach who was sending signals to his base coaches via text message? Now football coaches can do something similar with encrypted messages (with thanks to HHH). … Also from HHH: Here’s a bunch of illustrations, most of them sports-related, from the iconic 1920s artist John Held Jr. … “The St. Louis Blues held their pro orientation camp this weekend for their new draft class, young players who didn’t play in their organization last year, plus NHL vets TJ Oshie and Erik Johnson,” writes Ricky Foley. “At least several, if not all of the players, had the old NHL logo on their jerseys. Also, Lars Eller was wearing a red no-contact jersey as he recovered from an injury, and he had matching red socks. And the team also had a rather low-budget type of jersey nameplate — all of them were white, regardless of the jersey color, and they looked like they were beginning to fall off of several players’ jerseys, such as Brett Sonne’s.” … Loves this old Puma ad that Ken Davidoff linked to on his blog yesterday. … Not sure we covered this at the time, but check out all the great throwbacks that were worn for this 2008 hockey tourney. … Remember the little white inscriptions on Ramon Ramirez’s cap? A full explanation is provided in the first boldface section of this page (with thanks to Tim Ryan). … Good to see that the Mets’ representatives in the Futures Game wore blue caps. … Excellent article about scripted golf attire. … RIP, Thunder.