Soft Touch Reviews: Oddica

by Andy on June 1, 2006

Ohmygod! I just thought of a new name for a really placid clothes blogger ‘The Soft Touch’ (if I see that in couple of weeks, I want credit, and the .com is gone already btw).

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that I wasn’t bitter about Oddica not sending me a freebie. Well, I really, really wasn’t bitter, but they still got in touch with me within a few hours and asked me my size and address, which was really cool, and now has me questioning my power as a blogger, so I’m pretty annoyed that Ferrari haven’t shipped me an Enzo to test out…

*Full Disclosure* You may well have noticed that Oddica are one of the new affiliates with HYA, but you know you can trust me, right?

Full review can be found after the jump, oh, and I took lots of photo’s, I even used a tripod. Oh, and you might want to get a drink, it’s a long review.

When you buy a tee from most places on the net, you get a tee, in an envelope, and maybe a couple of stickers. Things are a bit different with Oddica. The experience starts on the outside, part of me didn’t even want to open the (vinyl) package.

But I did, and there was a whole load of stuff in there, 2 t-shirts (ever so generous those Oddica folks), stickers, buttons, postcards and some hand-written library card type thing that I don’t quite understand but still like. Let’s take a look at the extras, the relish, the proverbial cherry on top of the t-shirt sundae.

Oddica goodies
And now onto the tees, I was sent Octopus Incident and The Undertaker. They’re printed on (almost) everyone’s favourite non-sweatshop tees, American Apparel, and I don’t know what the ink is but its so soft that you can barely tell its there when you run your hand over the design. The collars on them look surprisingly small, and they’re smaller than my Threadless shirts (also American Apparel) but I presume that’s because these haven’t gone through several wash/dry cycles.

Close-up of the Octopus Incident:

oddica octopus incident close-up
Some people might say that the tail is a bit too small, but then again, those people (me), may not know very much about aviation design, and are probably being too harsh on a cartoon. I don’t know why, but I keep getting reminded of the Simpsons with the Octopus’ eyes.

As a design I like it, there’s a level of detail that I haven’t got in my wardrobe at the moment, and it’s a welcome departure from solid vector designs. There is a small (about 3 inch by 2 inch) octopus themed oddica logo on the back right corner of the tee, which I personall like, but I know there a people that don’t like logos on tees, so bear that in mind, but I don’t think it’s too obtrusive.

A couple of pics of the Undertaker, top left shoulder first, then bottom right, there ain’t nuffin in the middle.

Oddica the undertakerOddica the undertaker
This is probably my favourite of the two, and of Oddica’s first collection in general. There’s quite a gothic Victorian look to it, because for some reason I remember seeing pictures in History class of doctors that had odd masks that look like the one on the tee, but I’m afraid I can’t find a pic of it.

The Medusa-style cane gives it some creepy cred too. Groups of birds are always popular on tees, and I think they’re pretty welcome here, they certainly suit the design and aren’t just thrown in to get the emo kids all excited.

I don’t really think that I need to talk about the 41% programme except to say that I applaud businesses that are willing to thoroughly reward their artists.

Pricing is pretty neat too, if you buy lots of tee’s at once it’s like a permanent Threadless sale, a single tee is $20, pick up a couple for $24, three for $33 and if you buy four or more tees then they’re just $10 each. Plus shipping, of course.

Thanks to Oddica for hooking me up when I didn’t expect it.

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