The Union Recorder

Homepage

January 30, 2014

Local artist creates unique designs for screen printing

MILLEDGEVILLE —

George Watkins’ interest in drawing and graphic design flourished after placing his first order of customized screen-printed T-shirts with Robert Hattaway in 2001. The Sparta native followed his dream and opened his very own screen printing business 13 years later called GW3 Designs.

“I’ve been drawing since I was 5 years old. My childhood dream was to become an entrepreneur and have the world’s biggest screen printing business,” the 32 year-old said Thursday. “[Hattaway] taught me the basics of screen printing. He printed my first 500 T-shirts for me that I had designed. I sold the shirts out of the trunk of my car, and within the first month, I made $3,500. I went out and bought myself a Mustang.”

After receiving so many T-shirt requests from friends and family members, Watkins eventually purchased a Yudu screen printing machine to begin creating his designs at a more reasonable cost.

“I printed T-shirts out of my house for parties, reunions and just personal designs while I was working at Central State Hospital as a CNA. I had a lot of requests, so I bought my first table-top press that does everything all in one,” Watkins said. “I left Central State in December 2012 and I took on screen printing full-time.”

Watkins works with customers to create one-of-a-kind designs at the bright orange and white building of GW3 Designs, located across the street from Baldwin High School at 158 Highway 49 W.

“I give special discounts to schools, churches, organizations and law enforcement and referral discounts,” he said. “I can screen print and engrave on hats, gloves, shoes, scarves, baby clothing, tablecloths and even car seats. I can also do lettering on cars, and print on coffee mugs, pens, glasses and spoons.”

There is no minimum order quantity and turnaround time is about three to four business days. Watkins said he also creates T-shirts for Brick Squad Monopoly, a record label started by the mainstream rapper Waka Flocka Flame of Atlanta.

Text Only
Local News
Morning update NEW.jpg

Features
UR_20140412_B001.jpg

Business
Between the Lines.JPG

Cade Bass practices her pitching technique at the newly opened Between the Lines 8,000-square foot indoor facility located inside the Columbia Center at 611 Hammock Rd. Members gain 24-hour access to the batting cages, tee work and soft toss training stations, pitching rubber and areas for various agility and other sport-related fitness activities.

Local Sports
04-19 Grigley signing 1.JPG

Baldwin High track and field senior Alashawn Grigley signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Jackson State University Thursday with teammates, family and supportive coaches present.

Editorials
Columns
Letters
Local Weather Radar
Poll
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
ET Presents The Summer Movie Preview Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Celebs Share Their Easter Fun At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Dr. Phil Put In The Hot Seat By His Own Wife Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends