Mt. Bachelor 3D Topo Print

Friday, Apr 22, 2016

We are happy to announce our next 3D Topo print, this one of Mt. Bachelor, Oregon. Rising to a height of 9,068 feet, Mt. Bachelor is a dormant volcano at the southeast end of the Three Sisters in central Oregon.

We have taken this new print a step further and added an additional layer of printed acrylic to the equation. Based on USGS data, we re-drew the topographic features of Mt. Bachelor in 2 layers. The topmost printed layer has the peak of Mt. Bachelor and the lower layer has the base. Overall, the Mt. Bachelor 3D topo print has 5 levels; a digitally produced background print of radiating grey values, a half inch black spacer, a floating screen printed lower topo map of Mt. Bachelor in cyan blue color, another half inch black spacer, then a final piece of screen printed acrylic in sea foam green of the topographic peak of the mountain. The layers of art all line up when viewing it head on to create a 3D effect and there are interesting shifts in the overlapping art as you walk around it at various angles.

The print is contained within a classic wooden shadow box frame in black. The final outside dimensions of the framed print is 8x8 inches and 2 inches deep. Comes with backing material and hanging hardware. No assembly required and ready to hang. Proudly printed and handmade in Portland, Oregon.

Here are some photos of the process coming together..

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Puffer Wood

Monday, Feb 8, 2016

We are pleased to announce a fun new addition to our store… the Puffer Wood!  This is a new and very limited edition by artist Zach Johnsen of his signature blow fish character as an art object!  These are all hand painted plywood cutouts with screenprinted puffer fish art.  Each is unique in it's colorway and no two are the same.  Dimensions are about 14" in diameter on 3/8" thick painted plywood.  All are signed and numbered by the artist and come ready to hang on your wall!

We are lucky enough to have 9 available exclusively at

Here are some images of the process behind the Puffer Wood:

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TT Stickers

Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015

Let's start the rebirth of Tank Theory with some stickers shall we!  These will be included in all online orders.. Individual sticker packs coming soon too!

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Lupo Avanti Tshirt/Print Combo

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Enough noise and pressure and it's possible to awake the worm at the world's end.  Awaken the worm and all hell breaks loose.  Gravity flips, physical objects implode and time and space become irrelevant. The only way to stop the worm from consuming the world is to also awaken the Snake Eater, the only thing that can eat the worm and right the world.

That's the synopsis behind John Lupo Avanti's new tshirt for Tank Theory, Snake Eater.  Get one by itself or, better yet, in Lupo's Tshirt/Print Package! This includes the Snake Eater tshirt and 4 color "Buffalo" silkscreen print.  We'll even throw in a couple of Lupo's "Distant Father" mini prints as well.

Buffalo print is a 4 color screenprint on bright white paper - size 18x24", edition of 60, signed and numbered by the artist. 

tshirt is a 4 color screenprint on black

4x6 mini prints are digital prints on fine art paper.

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Semi Permanent Tees

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013

The tees that Zach desgined for Semi Permanent are in!  These are volunteers tees for the good folks working the Portland and LA events.  Not sure exactly how to get your hands on one of these except to slip a volunteer something in trade at the end of the night :) 

The Semi Permanent conference happens wednesday in Portland.  Tickets are still available..
The event in LA is March 22nd..

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Semi Permanent - Portland Edition

Monday, Feb 25, 2013

Semi Permanent is coming to Portland in March. Semi Permanent is a huge design conference that started in 2003 in Sydney, Australia and has since spead around the globe, from New York to London to Hong Kong and now the Pacific Northwest.

We have been long time (online penpal) friends of Andrew Johnstone, co-founder of Semi Permanent and the art and design  In fact, we credit much of the success and recognition of the Tank Theory brand in Australia and abroad to the hype generated by Andrew and Design is Kinky.

Well we are happy to finally have met Andrew in person, as he's spending some time in Portland surrounding the event. After all the help he has given to spread the gospel of Tank Theory abroad, we thought it only fair to help him out while in our town. What way best to help out?  Tshirts of course!  Zach volunteered to cook up some character work to embellish the Semi Permanent logo for volunteers at the event both here and in LA next.  He worked on a couple different versions and I think the the winner turned out to be the simplest.. The linework masked into the Semi Permanent logo.. classic black and white.

Oh and for those in the Northwest, some info about the event below: 

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New Tees!

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013

We are pumped to have just picked up our first new tees for 2013!  Imaginary Friends, a new graphic by Zach, will be available online in the next week or 2, so keep posted!

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Zach Johnsen New Illo!

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013

Zach is working on a new illustration that is slated for print.  Some variation of this new artwork will probably be our first tee of 2013!

Note the little Skull Block patch on the lizard dude's jacket.. yeah!

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Acid Reflux

Saturday, Sep 22, 2012

Tank Theory's own, Zach Johnsen, is showing his newest body of work at MOHS gallery in Copenhagen.  Entitled "Acid Reflux", the work follows in the vein of his last couple shows, depicting entangled and explosive forms of everyday office people.  This show takes his work a step further.. with multiple bodies jumbling together into one gigantic explosion (or implosion) of limbs and soft drinks.. nature and man made.  This is some of his best yet.

In honor of his newest exhibition, he is offering two of the main show pieces as prints as well!
Visit for more info:

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Reeper Girl

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012

We are loving the Reeper Girl tee designed by Lupo Avanti.  This is available now in our shop.  Looks like Lupo did a full fledged painting of this design as well which is just too cool!

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