Announcement We were born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior, and we still print every shirt by hand in Michigan. We use the highest quality shirts available and print with environmentally-friendly water-based ink to give our kickass designs a soft feel and a great look.
We were born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior, and we still print every shirt by hand in Michigan. We use the highest quality shirts available and print with environmentally-friendly water-based ink to give our kickass designs a soft feel and a great look.
mcfarlinsara on Aug 30, 2016
Absolutely love this shirt! Seller was great with communication throughout the process.
The Origins of Big Water Apparel - By Adam "Allister Champagne" Wagner
Whether you’re having a Saturday afternoon beer with your curling team, or wrestling black bears in Iron County, Big Water Apparel makes the clothing designed to keep you comfy in any situation. Each print is silkscreened by hand onto the highest quality tees made in the good old U.S. of A. The shirts are so soft, they cry at the end of the Twilight movies.
Do you spend your free-time combating child-labor laws in China? Fantastic! Every Big Water shirt is hand-printed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with environmentally friendly, water-based ink, that makes the kickass designs look and feel as awesome as possible. The artwork on Big Water Apparel is originally hand-drawn in pen and ink, inspired by the great mistress Michigan, the lakes that surround her, and the fun stuff to do in and around them. Every penny spent on Big Water Apparel stays local, and probably goes directly to Stucko’s Pub in Marquette, not China. So the question becomes: is your conscious ready to deal with not owning any Big Water Apparel?
Native Americans call Lake Superior Gichigami, which means “Big Water.” They are right; it’s effing big. It’s so big that Gordon Lightfoot writes songs about it, and it’s so fresh that it has an auntie and uncle in Bel-Aire. During the Gales of November, Gichigami ravages her southern shores with 20 foot waves and t-shirt logo inspirations.
Since its establishment in 2011, Big Water Apparel has specialized in making people look as amazing as a Marquette Harbor fireworks display. When people wear Big Water shirts in public, they’re subject to questions like:
• Would you mind opening this pickle jar for me?
• What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?
• Can I buy you a drink?
• Can I take you to Paris?
• Do you know Liam Neeson?
• What’s the view like from atop Everest?
• How hard can you throw an axe?
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Owner, Maker, Designer
Colin spends his free time skiing, biking, kayaking, playing rugby, writing, brewing beer, drinking beer, and driving his Jeep through puddles.
Pete's got an Art & Design degree and lots of badass tattoos. He's a native Yooper, plays in a ska band, and is pretty much the coolest person you know. He says, "I enjoy the process of taking something that is blank and creating something on it."
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
All exchanged items must be in their original condition.
Additional policies and FAQs
Do you own a shop? Or are you interested in purchasing in bulk? Contact us about wholesale pricing!
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