How to Cut Shirts Like Ed Hardy

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Ed Hardy clothing has an interesting destructed look that makes the t-shirt seem as if it has been cut and shredded with a pair of scissors. You can pay up to $100 for an Ed Hardy shirt that has been made by Adam Saaks, but you can also use a shirt you already own and cut it with the same technique to make a rock-inspired Ed Hardy look for much less money. Choose a shirt that you don't wear anymore, and deconstruct and style it like Ed Hardy to create a shirt that you'll wear more often.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Shirt
  • Marker

Lay the shirt down on a flat surface, like a piece of cardboard that you don't mind getting cut up. The shirt will cut and tie better if it has a small amount of stretch to it.

Cut off all of the finished edges of the shirt, including the neckline, sleeve cuffs and bottom. This helps to give the shirt a more deconstructed and unfinished look, like the Ed Hardy shirts of this style have.

Flip the shirt over so that you are looking at the back. With a marker, lightly draw a line down the center of the back of the shirt vertically, and then draw horizontal lines down the back that are roughly a half inch to an inch apart. These will be your strips that are put back together, so you can choose how close to cut them; the farther apart, the less revealing the shirt will be.

Cut the shirt down the center line, but stop about two inches from the neckline. Then, cut all of the horizontal lines one by one, on each side so that you have strips that hang from the back of the shirt.

Tie the ends of the strips back together for an Ed Hardy-inspired look. Tie them close together for a tight shirt, or leave them loose for a looser shirt. You can also tie two or three strips together for an edgier look.

Flip the t-shirt back over to the front, and complete the process for the front neckline. Remember that any cuts you make will be showing your chest, so don't cut the central line all the way down; stop about halfway on the shirt, and then continue the horizontal strips.

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