Monday, July 14, 2014

Dead Designs

The year was 2008 and we had spent much of the year coming up with new designs for our first online launch.  For those who don't remember, t-shirt designs at the time were dominated by Affliction and Ed Hardy.  Much of the imagery used by Affliction, such as royalty, swords and such, lends itself well to chess.  I thought that we might as well take advantage of this trend and design an Endgame shirt that was in the same vein.

Ultimately, I just couldn't go through with it.

Not sure this guy's a chess player.
I was very happy with the artwork and the overall execution of the design.   However, when it came time to actually print the shirts, I was having second thoughts.  I felt that I was only printing this design because I wanted to capture some of that sweet Affliction market share.  In the end, my conscience won out and the design was never printed.


It hurts a bit when I realize the time and money that was spent on designs that were never printed.  

I guess it's all part of the game.  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Should Be Restocked Next Week!

Most designs are being reprinted as we speak...should have everything back in stock by late next week. Thanks for all your patience!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hmmm....



Can someone please explain this cover to me?  We obviously have a take on one of the famous Fischer photos from the 1972 World Championship match.  Other than that, I'm at a loss...


Hey You!

As I'm sure you've noticed, things have been pretty quiet around here for a while.  Quite a while.  "Why is that?" you may ask.  Have the good people at Endgame decided to take up checkers or dominoes instead? Have they contributed to the chess brain drain by focusing their efforts on t-shirts for poker players?

Nope.

It was just a bit of good old-fashioned burn out.  A tremendous amount of work, both mundane and creative, goes into conceiving, designing and selling our line of chess t-shirts.  After many years, I guess I needed to take a bit of a breather.  A bye, if you will.

But now...a new World Champion has been crowned.  New sketches are being sketched.  New shirts are being printed.  New fashion models are being stalked.  Stay tuned...

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I'd also like to thank all of our loyal customers who have continued to order Endgame shirts even though there hasn't been much activity on the website.  I am constantly amazed at the wonderful feedback we received from players around the world.  Cheers! -John.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013



What can I say?

2012 was a very strange year.  It was a year filled with challenges, changes and pay offs...but, as a result, was a pretty quiet year for Endgame.

"Yeah, yeah...so where are the new chess t-shirts?"

We are currently working on two new designs that will be ready for the spring season.  We will leak out previews as the work becomes more complete. 

Construction Of An Ellipse


Talk to you soon!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chess Life Article

We were recently asked by Chess Life magazine if we could provide them with a sketch of one our our designs.  They were publishing an article on the connection between the chess playing automaton, The Turk, and an essay trying to debunk it, written by Edgar Allen Poe.  Of course, we said yes.

Below is the first page of the Chess Life layout as well as our finished design and shirt.

If you would like more info on this shirt feel free to visit us at our main site...here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ink on the Shirt: The Immortal Game

Designing a chess shirt for girls is a challenge.  No other way to put it. But we love girls..and we love chess girls even more, so we took up the challenge.
After much thought and frustration in trying to figure out what girls like...I came up with the concept of a mermaid that has been playing chess with her long-dead lover for centuries.  And because mermaids are immortal, I thought it would be clever to name the design The Immortal Game, after the classic game between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky played in London in 1851.


So here is my lame initial sketch...
Somehow, through the use of magical powers, my horrible markings are turned into this amazing work of chess art...
I absolutely loved where this was going, but thought we had a little too much mermaid boobie showing.  So we made the sea shells a bit more modest and the hair a bit more concealing...
We are close...but I wasn't too happy with this color palette...so we changed it to a darker one.  We also did some work to improve the mermaid's face...and BOOM, the design is finished.
Here is a sample of the actual ink on the shirt...
And what the whole thing looks like on the shirt...

So there you have it. Go get it, girls! And guys, go pick one up for your girlfriend or wife!  You can find it HERE.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ink on the Shirt: The Hypermodern Game

As much as I love this technologically cluster-fucked world...there is something about the quiet brutal elegance of chess that the modern world can't touch. I wanted to create a chess t-shirt that played with these two contrasting worlds, particularly as it applies to gaming.

As you check out the progression below...please keep in mind that all of the inking was done by hand and took hour and hours to complete. Hours, I tell ya!!

Some beautiful stick-figure conceptual art...


Rough Sketch...


Detailed Sketch...


Many hours of inking...


Many hours, I tell ya!!!

Boom!! Ink on the shirt...


Now go buy one! Or at least tell a friend!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year!

We're going to step away for a few days, but I didn't want to leave before wishing everyone a happy New Year!

See ya in 2012!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2 New Chess T-Shirts Released!

Hey All!

Well, better late than never! We are proud to present Endgame's latest release just in time for Fall...er, we mean, Winter!

Use the coupon code WINTER at the website checkout to receive 15% off all shirts during the month of November.

The Immortal Game

Somewhere, deep within the ocean, this mermaid has been playing chess with her lover for many, many years...




It's been a long time since we've released a new female design. Want to know why? Because in the past, they have not sold well! But more and more girls have asked for them, so being the suckers we are...we designed a new one! This is a beautiful 7 color design printed on the best girly t-shirt money can buy.

The Hypermodern Game

All of the wires, cords, constant upgrades and reoccurring charges associated with modern gaming provide a great contrast to the classic beauty of chess...




This is a one color black design printed on charcoal as well as a limited edition cardinal red version. Not sure how long the cardinal red will last, so if you want one...be sure to act fast!



And "Thank You" to all of our fans, customers and friends who continue to support every move we make. We are truly overwhelmed by the support and feedback we receive.