The "Man in Black", Johnny Cash is depicted on this shirt as he was in his "mugshot" the day he performed at Folsom Prison, Folsom TX. This was when he was still involved in the rough and rowdy years of his life. Johnny Cash performed at Folsom prison on November 8, 1966 and later recorded his album "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" in 1968. Many people think the musician served time at Folsom, possibly because of this famous mug shot. He did in fact spend time in a different Texas pen for drug possession charges. In his book, Folsom Prison, Jim Brown explains that Cash had this mock mug shot photograph taken as a joke. Brown notes that the bandage is presumably designed to make people think guards roughed the singer up a bit. Saul Holiff, son of Cash’s one-time manager, Jonathan Holiff, donated this “mug shot” to the Folsom Prison Museum in 2007.
This Tee's image was originally a woodcut - a relief printing artistic technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood, with the printing parts remaining level with the surface while the non-printing parts are removed, typically with gouges. The areas to show the background are cut away with a knife or chisel, leaving the characters or image to show in the ink at the original surface level. The woodcut or linocut (using modern linoleum instead of wood) surface is then covered with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer), leaving ink upon the flat surface but not in the non-printing areas. It is considered a craftwork done only by dedicated artists in this day and age. Each of our woodcut designed tshirts are also available as prints on quality paper. Please Inquire.
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