Posts Tagged ‘how to’

July 2nd, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Meet Your Maker: Katin See How Katin's Custom Surf Styles are Made - From The Sketchbook To SWELL

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Ask any surfer what the name ‘Katin’ means to them and they’ll claim the K-man invented boardshorts in the 1950′s and started the renowned surf competition, the Katin Classic Pro/Am. These pioneers were born in Surfside, CA and in an era of out-sourcing, still keep their production at home in SoCal. Given their commitment to quality, American-made goods, we’re stoked to feature Katin in SWELL’s Locals Only collection.

Take a tour of the Katin USA design and production headquarters with Justin Rogina (left) and Mac Beu –  (more…)

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June 27th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

DIY: Wood Block Printing

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We love a solid essential. But sometimes, just sometimes, essentials need a little bit of customization. And as much as we love a good puffy painting party, raised smiley sunshine faces and stick figure kitty cats might not be the ideal match for every kit.
Our two favorite options: Screen Printing or Wood Block Printing. Screen printing will give you a much cleaner result, but the process it a bit more involved. Wood block printing is a bit rougher, and involves a bit more work on your end, but you will not need to order a screen.
For the former, read our DIY Screen Printing Tutorial
And for the latter, read on… (more…)

June 6th, 2014 | By | 7 Comments

DIY: Flash Tattoo Glassware

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As if the idea of semi-permanent jewelry wasn’t amazing enough already, we found another use for the metallic faux tats: glassware. With Gatsby-styled bars in high demand at the moment, gold-rimmed pieces are becoming hard to come by at flea markets. Most DIY’s we’ve found use vinyl decals that require a specialty pricey printer, or use spray paint and tape – limiting designs to straight lines. So when Flash Tattoos popped up on SWELL, we scooped a few up and got to experimenting. Read on for the how-to… (more…)

May 29th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

DIY: How To Fix A Broken Sandal

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If you’re a fan of the rubber flip flop, you know that blow-outs are inevitable at some point of said flip flop’s lifespan. And as experience tells us, major breaks rarely happen when you’re flopping around the house or on a nice soft-sand beach. Nope. They happen when it’s 100 degrees out and you have to traverse boulders before walking home on scorching asphalt…up hill, both ways. Which leaves us to think that anyone posting a quick fix for a broken flip flop with materials found at your house (but rarely in your purse/beach bag), may not be the rubber sandal-wearing DIYer they claim to be.
Read on for a few choices for the emergency DIY – for when you don’t have access to a shed full of materials… (more…)