Have you ever thought – ‘I wish I could find a dress/t-shirt/bag/item of choice with a pineapple/jungle/cloud/item of choice on it? If the answer is yes then get yourself over to PAOM – or Print All Over Me – the marketplace, which in their words, allows you to “make, sell, buy, share pretty, ugly, wacky designs,” all made by you.
The premise is simple, albeit potentially suited to the more design-inclined individual. Print All Over Me’s digital printing service allows anyone to upload their artwork to be printed onto provided white garments and accessories (without having to raise investment), then offer the results for sale. Every time a piece sells, the designer also receives 20% of the sale. It sounds like a penniless fashion student’s dream but, is also just a fine place to shop for other people’s work if you favour more unique, limited edition – and yes, a bit wacky – clothing.
The company was founded in New York in 2013 by brother-and-sister duo Jesse and Meredith Finkelstein on a mission to offer people the tools to create high-quality products in an environmentally sound way. Every three months PAOM releases a new set of silhouettes for users to upload their own artwork onto, thus keeping the stock fresh and ever-moving, and the company also collaborates with more established designers, companies and artists to appeal to those just looking for an unusual piece. By 2014 this included Chris Ofili – an opportunity that Jesse described as “completely insane”. It began with a shift dress printed with one of the artist’s drawings but ended up including a miniature version for Ofili’s daughter to wear to the opening of his 2014 New Museum retrospective. Designing a uniform for the whole family is an option!
Since then a roster of the great and good have been spotted clutching or wearing a PAOM piece, including Susie Bubble…
…or collaborating with the company – such as the recent eye-popping RuPaul’s DragCon collaboration with Wacky Wacko Shop.
Colour and print are kings in this world but it’s also lovely to see such an embracing of amateur and professional talent in one place.
We’ll leave you with a few of the current available designs – be quick, they won’t be around for long – but we also encourage you to get your own designs in production! And let us know if you do.