Get a life: Screen printing entrepreneur and former Pub bartender Jared Brewster

Jared Brewster of Circa Wear. Beard sold separately.

Jared Brewster of Circa Wear. Beard sold separately.

How did you get into screen printing?

Ever since high school, I’ve wanted to do it. I was always interested in it as a medium for getting designs out. Then I had umpteen jobs I wasn’t satisfied with. So it escalated from a hobby into a job.

What is your screen printing company, and when did you start it?

I have two businesses. The first one is Label Thirteen, which I started in 2007. It began as a hobby, then I went full-time with it in 2011. It’s a custom screen printing outfit, sort of the commercial side. Then I started Circa Wear in 2012, which is an outlet to get my own designs and other local artists and designers’ work out there. Label Thirteen is more for other businesses; Circa is my own retail outlet.

What local artists have you worked with in Circa Wear?

Design by Wayne Bledsoe. Available at Circa Wear.

Design by Wayne Bledsoe. Available thru Circa Wear.

I’ve worked with [former Pub soundman and Blank Newspaper art director] Jon Eaton, and with [Knoxville News Sentinel reporter and local artist] Wayne Bledsoe. I’m not very adept at drawing myself; I’m better at the conceptual end than I am with execution. I can come up with ideas I like, but then I look for a graphic designer to flesh it out.

I have an open door policy. If anyone has a great drawing or something I feel fits Circa Wear, I’ll use their stuff. The great thing is that everyone has a T-shirt idea or five. You can be completely without ideas, and still come up with plenty.

What do you like best about your work?

I like that I’m self-employed, and I don’t have to work under the constrains of a 9 to 5 job. And it’s instant gratification. You make something with your hands, and then you see the end result pretty soon after.

 

Design by Wayne Bledsoe

Design by Wayne Bledsoe

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