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Custom T-shirts are a perfect avenue both for personal expression as well as for business marketing. Many custom shops can either print a company’s existing logo, or work with customers to develop a personalized and unique design. The Bay Area is home to a number of high-quality custom shirt shops adept at meeting clients’ needs. Here are 5 of the best.

My Trick Pony
744 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-0595

Located in the heart of the Mission, My Trick Pony specializes in custom screen-printed shirts. The company has a fast turn-around time and can accommodate orders both small and large. My Trick Pony will also either use a client’s existing shirt design, or help develop a new design. Shirts are high-quality with several styles, sizes and colors to choose from.

Design Like Whoa
1817 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 562-8244

Another San Francisco shirt shop, Design Like Whoa is located just north of Washington Square Park at the juncture of Filbert St. and Columbus Ave. The company readily accepts clients’ designs, and also offers a host of pre-made designs. Customer service is impeccable with fast turn-around time on both design and printing. Design Like Whoa also offers a variety of other items for printing such as tote bags, mugs, tank tops and sweatshirts.

I Heart Custom Shirts
1723 Little Orchard St.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408 590-3129

The South Bay’s I heart Custom Shirts is located in San Jose near the end of the Almaden Expressway. As the name implies, the company specializes in customized tees, and is happy to accept clients’ original designs. I heart Custom Shirts also has a sizeable selection of templates a client can choose from when looking for a basis for design creation. The company offers a wide selection of t-shirts including the standard short sleeve, as well as baseball shirts, fitted and v-neck.

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Forward Printing
525 66th Ave.
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 535-2222

Just around the corner from the Coliseum, Forward Printing specializes in soft inks to create the softest of t-shirt wearing experiences. All printing inks are breathable waterbased and a variety of shiny foil inks are offered. Forward Printing will work with clients in choosing the best combinations of colors and inks with a particular shirt fabric, in order to ensure the highest quality results. Service is fast, and the company is very open to working with clients’ unique requirements.

Lucky Mule
2311 Adeline St.
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-2177

Tucked away in west Oakland, Lucky Mule is a screen printing shop founded by design guru Courtney Callahan. With prior clients including everyone from Queens of the Stoneage  and Spearhead to the Melvins and the Pacific Pinball Museum, Lucky Mule has a proven portfolio of high-quality design and satisfied customers. Shirt printing can be done in oil or water based inks. Clients may use their own logo, or work with Lucky Mule to design something unique. The shop has a vast selection of brands, styles and colors available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes.

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Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.