Our Vision

Educators are innovators.


First Layer is a streetwear screen-print shop run by Quaishawn Whitlock. This printshop is a teaching print shop that include classes, workshops, and a large part of our after-school program. 1Layer prints onsite for community events, prints custom t shirts for businesses and individuals, and serves as a community resource for image production.

Streetwear has its own branding and also incubates young entrepreneurs from the community to start their own brands.


We are a teaching shop. We educate the masses on printing techniques to create your own custom t-shirts. If you don’t want to get messy don’t worry. We can print custom shirts for you.

Our mission is to educate you on ways to transform your idea or concept into a printed image. You can use an images from anywhere and enhance them, use your own photography or learn some simple design techniques from us.


Quaishawn Whitlock
Executive Director, Mentor, CEO, Printmaker