Our Story

The TBSP.LA story began in 2000 when three brothers got the bug to start a business in Los Angeles, CA.

Meanwhile, Ethan was tinkering with the earliest iteration of the tbsp.la website, which would let people upload graphics onto t-shirts and buy them as special keepsakes.

Ethan contacted to his brothers and computer whiz, Ali Kalantarli. Ethan spent long hours on his green couch (a hand-me-down from his big brother) talking to Zack on the phone and planning the business, and figuring out ways to make designing and buying custom t-shirts fun, easy, and reliable. In March 2001, TBSP.LA was officially launched with a small team of “Inkers” running the show — all from different backgrounds — but with big hearts.

Our mission

We believe in the power and importance of community. That’s what we have always been about — even before we knew it — and it’s why our brands offer innovative ways to help activate and strengthen communities.

TBSP.LA enables people to design and order custom t-shirts and gear for their clubs, companies, charities, family reunions, and more. Through the TBSP.LA Fundraising tool, people can sell custom t-shirts to help individuals and organizations raise money and awareness.

Represent is a social merchandising and marketing platform that helps influencers like actors, athletes, musicians and thought leaders create and sell limited-run t-shirts and merchandise to their fans and followers.

We Make You Look Great!

Ready for your group to stand out in style? An entire team of expert artists is ready to make that happen every time you order with us.

Screen Printing

For every design our printers create a stencil (a.k.a. a “screen”) and use it to apply thick layers of ink to the printing surface. Each color is applied using a separate stencil, layered on one at a time, until they all come together to create the final look of your design.

Embroidery

Our embroidery service will sew your design directly into your garment using multicolored thread for a classic homespun style. Minimum order quantity does apply for embroidery, but at only 6 items for polos and 12 for hats you can get your group or business looking professional in no time.

Vinyl Numbering and Lettering

Our custom vinyl number stickers to do all that and more. There are many uses for our custom number decals, including displaying US DOT numbers, registration numbers, permit numbers, phone numbers, and more.

Direct-to-Garment Printing

DTG printing is the perfect printing method for those just starting out and wanting to produce different designs on separate garments. With DTG, you can print artworks with infinite amounts of color and gradients and it is also perfect for printing photos onto garments.

Embossing

Embossing alters the surface of paper or other materials by creating a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The process is extremely simple and a cost-effective way of enhancing the look and texture of the paper.

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Like your office inkjet printer, but for clothes. Perfect for small-batch projects and complex prints.

Sit sed vitae diam tempus. Sit iaculis massa amet, volutpat morbi netus.

Like your office inkjet printer, but for clothes. Perfect for small-batch projects and complex prints.

Sit sed vitae diam tempus. Sit iaculis massa amet, volutpat morbi netus.

Like your office inkjet printer, but for clothes. Perfect for small-batch projects and complex prints.

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