Project Skullbaby

The universal reaction when we received Sean Shinnock’s finished entry in our 2019 artist program was: “I want this on a shirt.” It’s one of my personal favorite pieces, and the play of gloss and matte black is especially striking in person.

So when I finally had enough mental bandwidth to consider a shirt collaboration, this was the immediate first choice. While the artwork doesn’t have a formal title, we’ve been calling it The Skullbaby around the shop. Sean thinks it’s cool.

The Project

I’m planning a limited run of black t-shirts with a remixed-for-shirts version of this design. Depending on final design and quotes, I’m aiming for a final price somewhere around $25 per shirt. We’ll be collecting pre-orders through January, submitting the final order by mid-February 2022, and planning for delivery in March. [Haha! The holiday Covid spike made a mess of our timeline, but we’re still working on this.] Once delivered, you can pick up your shirt at FLOAT, or have us mail it anywhere in the USA for an additional charge.

Update (March): we have a final design! Our printer is working on a test, and I’ll add pictures as soon as I have it.

The Artist

Freelance artist Sean Shinnock is also an Advocacy Coordinator & Creative Specialist at McLean Hospital. We first caught sight of him when he participated in our 2019 Artist Program. You can find his original work on Instagram, and his Draw Your Monster project is on Instagram and Facebook.

The Donation Recipient

We’ll be donating $1 for every shirt sold to Hard Quirk, a local OCD advocacy nonprofit. I gave Sean the choice of donation recipient, and I was so pleased to be introduced to Hard Quirk as a result. “Pulling from their own lived experiences, their connections in the community, creativity, ambition, compassion, and resources, Hard Quirk is truly making a difference in many people’s lives,” says Sean. “Their mission to eradicate stigma, educate others and expand the representation of diverse symptom presentations, has truly and deeply influenced me.” Check out their website for more info, events, and zoom support groups.

The Printer

I like to keep our business money recirculating into other local businesses as much as possible. This project will be carried out by Telescreen Printing in Allston. (Full disclosure: Telescreen’s Matthew has worked with us as a Float Operator.)

How To Get Yours

Once we have a finished design, we’ll start collecting pre-orders. If you’d like us to let you know when we’ve launched, fill out this form.

About Sara

Sara is a co-founder of Float, and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003. The problems of two people may not amount to a hill of beans in this world, but this is our hill, and these are our beans.