When we were kids, we lived on the same farm as our Grandpa. His name was Walter. He, like most Saskatchewan farmers, was the son of landed immigrants. He spent his whole life on that farm, growing up and growing old on six quarters of land. An optimist like every farmer has to be, he’s the man that played catch without a baseball glove, the man that wore a suit into town even just to get the mail and the grandpa that graciously interrupted our chores for “Pepsi time.”
In addition to all of the everyday things that made him the remarkable man he was, there was one habit in particular that took place just once a year that we loved the most. He’d write us a birthday card; more important than the card was the envelope it was delivered in. There, in his perfectly scribed cursive, was our name and the land location of our family farm. South West 32-24-9 West of 2nd. Home.
Whether you’re from a small town or a big city the strings that keep us attached to home don’t originate from obligation, they originate from the heart.
We’re thrilled, honoured and so completely excited to introduce you to one of our all-time-favorite things to come out of Saskatchewan, outside of our Grandpa Walter: Hardpressed Print Studio.
This is our friend, Steve.
Steve is the vision behind a business that’s won our hearts and recently taken over our wardrobes: Hardpressed Print Studio.
An independent print shop that’s growing in notoriety by the day, Steve and Hardpressed Print Studio have somehow found a way to represent in art what can sometimes elude us in words: home.
Whether it’s a stunning image of the once notorious and recently fallen Victoria, a simple listing of the bridges that pepper the Saskatoon landscape, or a beautifully basic, vowel-less depiction of a province with a name that the majority of the world mumbles when pressed to pronounce, we’re enamoured.
The charm of these designs exists beyond just their visual impact, it exists with the whisper of privileged information. Colloquialisms that outwit the cliché and land right in the middle of clever let us feel like we’re in the know, as the rest of the world thinks we’re simply wearing a tee shirt with a rad design.
Therein lies the beauty of his genius – granting his customers the opportunity to take a piece of home with them, wherever they may go and a reason to do what people in Saskatchewan are notorious for doing: starting a conversation with a stranger.
I love that shirt! Where did you get it?!
Whether you’re from Saskatchewan or not, we know you’ll love everything Hardpressed has to offer; the high quality material paired with the impeccable, largely monochromatic designs, are surprisingly simple to integrate into your wardrobe.
The versatility of graphic tee shirts extends far beyond basic casual. Graphic tees can be dressed up with a necklace and heel, dressed down with a pair of chucks and serve as either the main character or supporting role under a belt and behind a jacket.
Take a look at some of the amazing outfits we created with Hardpressed UNISEX tees and our already existing wardrobe!
The bridges between us:
The fall of Victoria:
Long live the Queen City:
Live and die in Saskatoon:
You’ll be Hardpressed to find a cooler tee shirt.
We wanted to thank Steve and Hardpressed Print Studio for the generous support and for being an all-around awesome dude. Be sure to check out this amazing apparel in their store front located at:
226 20th St West, Saskatoon, SK
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