We’re already well into summer, and everyone could use a good tank top, two, or three… right? Whether you’re going to the gym, avoiding the heat, or just headed to the beach… tank tops are the quintessential item to have in your wardrobe for all things summer related.
The colors we offer are:
By using Bella+Canvas, we’re able to provide you with affordable summertime fashions with the unparalleled quality and comfort of Bella+Canvas.
So whether you’re surfing, burning calories at the gym, or just hanging out with friends at a summer barbecue—you know we’ve got your style game covered, and your comfort in check.
”The term cut and sew is used to denote a garment that has been customized from raw fabric rather than one that has been purchased from a third-party supplier and then screenprinted or altered.” Wikipedia
The idea behind cut and sew, a technique we use at Dope Minds to produce many of our premium shirts, requires a blank piece of fabric to be printed, and then cut into a shirt template (of various sizes), then sewn together to create a final product, is much more complete than a simple direct to garment print that you can buy off other online stores.
The reality is, for the design to work, and for it to cross seams and line up properly, it often takes a large deal of time, effort, and energy to get a design to match up over the seams—or come wishing an acceptable margin of doing so.
Then the cost of printing, material, and assembly go up. And time. At Dope Minds, in order to fulfill customer satisfaction and demand, every shirt we send out is individually printed, quality checked, given the green light (or sent back to design if errors are found), before it ever reaches the customer’s door.
These days, with the bevy of online services that cater to lower costs, we try and strike a balance between quality and cost—when we could cut corners and save money buy using inferior quality fabric—we opt for higher quality.
Cut and sew is no different. It’s premium fabric, design, and production. All wrapped into one product, at Dope Minds.
This is the story of my mother.
She came from nothing, a trailer park in Texas, to growing up in Orange County, CA. Lived her whole life fighting society’s judgements against her. My father passed away when i was 15, I had to drop out of school to work and help pay the mortgage (and go to college), and we were ignored by a large percentage of my father’s side of the family. She had previously fought breast cancer and had a double mastectomy when I was very young, and when I turned 26—she was waiting on social security benefits (and was on food stamps and government assistance) and she knew something was wrong. She couldn’t go to the doctor in fear of having a pre-diagnosis, so she waited 2-3 years. Two to three years later, there was cancer, it had metastasized. Left breast, to right.
She chose, due to the fact her belief in god had given her everything she had asked for, to not fight it. That she was done.
To that end, we walked through doctors, surgeons, her oncologist. Eventually she had another double mastectomy, was prescribed the wrong pain medication post-op… and due to Medicaid, had to wait 7 hours to get anything stronger than ibuprofen after having 220+ staples in her chest.
We brought her to an assisted living center. She called me, and was 100% lucid, she never lost her wits. The staff had let someone across from her room just die during the night, alone. Begging for help.
The staff refused to wheel her outside for a cigarette. I lost my mind, tried pulling her out, they tried convincing me she was crazy. She wasn’t. We pulled her out anyway.
From there, she stayed at a family friend’s house, and I watched her go from 140, to 125, 110, 100, 90, 80, and finally to 69 lbs
She never once complained. Or felt sorry for herself, she looked death in the eyes, and accepted her fate. She supported her children, despite her own addictions, and showed the world what being strong, resilient, and proud meant.
I miss her terribly, every day.
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