Japanese woodblock printing (Ukiyo-e) is pretty cool. There were loads of quality examples over a couple of centuries from the 1600s onwards. The process involved an artist knocking together a design. A carver would place the design over a woodblock and carve around the design. The woodblock would then be pressed onto paper or silk to make the final piece. Like when you were a kid with some potatoes, but loads better. Unless you were particularly handy with a spud,. We have found a few original designs we like and fixed them up to make our Japanese illustration t-shirts. You just can’t fault how nifty they are. We are particularly fans of the samurai ones.
On a side note, if you can do better with a spud please get in touch. Potato based t-shit design is the future and we want in on the ground floor.