From the monthly archives:

September 2007

Hot Dog Show by Reax Magazine

by Andy on September 28, 2007

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It’s not often that I’ll write a post about a tee that comes from a magazine I’ve never read or even heard of before, but there’s something about a repeating print of yellow hot dogs that really tickles me. I just don’t think I’d be able to wear this and not be in a good mood.

Costiness=$10 (another reason to be cheerful) URL

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Cotton Filter: 280907

by Andy on September 28, 2007

End of the week, time to clear things out:

Gridskipper: A pretty cool map from GSkip of 6 t-shirt shops in San Fransisco that are apparently rather good.

Stereo Panda: “Finally our full stock on tees (short and long sleeves) and sweaters has landed ! All colors and sizes are now available for your shopping pleasure.”#

Tee and Toast: “Tee and toast were very happy to collaborate with the folks at Oxjam Belfast to come up with this limited edition t-shirt. Oxjam Belfast is a unique music experience that aims to stage as many music events as possible throughout the month of October to raise money for Oxfam Ireland.

All profits to OXFAM IRELAND – so the more we sell, the more dosh oxfam gets,
we guarantee at least £8 from this sale will be going to charity – if not more. yeah :)”

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Quixotic Clothing gets freshened up

by Andy on September 28, 2007

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‘Tis the season apparently, site redesigns seem to be coming in thick and fast (three! in a week!). Quixotic is the latest to receive a make over and Brad has done a great job with it, with a look that is pretty reminiscent of his efforts over at Indie-Threads. There’s also some great new designs up in the store, some of them aren’t quite ready for sale yet, but they aren’t far off.

Check it out! Quixotic Clothing

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100 Anthropomorphic tees (1-50)

by Andy on September 27, 2007

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Anthropomorphism is huge when it comes to tee design, especially on design-competitions like Threadless and Split The Atom. I guess people just like seeing animals and inanimate objects being put into human situations, or maybe a jar of mayonnaise is easier to draw than people…

I realise that despite the broadness of anthropomorphism as a defined term (pretty much anything that isn’t human acting with human qualities or traits), some of these tees are fairly questionable as to whether they are actually anthropomorphic or merely drawn in a way that makes them appear that like that. But hey, why argue semantics when there’s great looking tees to look at!

The 100 tees have been split into two posts because 100 in the list would just be far too long of a page.

(Please note that some of these tees, especially the ones from Threadless, may have sold out between the time of me writing this and you reading it)

*Update* If you’re on the hunt for long lists of t-shirts, check out this huge collection of t-shirt lists (from lots of different sites, not just this one), or the lists category. Also, if you enjoyed this post, it would be very much appreciated it if you mentioned it on twitter, facebook, or another other form of social media like digg, stumbleupon or delicious.

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Robot Army hoodie by Me&Yu

by Andy on September 27, 2007

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I never really intended for HYA to become the hub of all robot based clothing on the ‘net, and yet, here we are!

Me&Yu have got such a great style, they seem to be able to make really simple images look amazing, and somehow, just by having two colours printed on this hoodie makes it look so much better (I would imagine) than if they’d just used one colour.

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1/2 price tees at Imperfect Articles

by Andy on September 27, 2007

From their mailout:

Beginning today, for the next 5 days (til Tuesday, October 2), all of the shirts in our website store are half price! That’s $17.50 a shirt. You heard me right. I’ll say it again, $17.50 a shirt! We only have a few shirts left of most designs, so don’t wait too long to see what’s available.

(The shirt description will show the normal price — $35 — but it will ring up $17.50 when you place a shirt into the shopping cart).

We are finalizing the roster for our fall run and will be announcing the line-up soon. We have some amazing shirts coming up…

Get on it!

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DBH, how on Earth do you manage to keep up the quality of your tees?

Today’s $750 winner is great, well illustrated, good space and sizing, well used metallic ink highlights (the stars, presumably) and even a bit of social commentary thrown in for good measure too.

Costiness=$19 URL

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Improvising Electronic Devices is Not a Crime

by Andy on September 27, 2007

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Picture credit, P. Torrone.

When I first heard about this story, I just thought it was the mooninites all over again, a big over-reaction by the authorities, but now that I’ve seen the hoodie that Star Simpson was wearing I can understand how someone could have acted upon instinct when they saw a circuit board and wires on a piece of clothing. I still think it was an over-reaction, fair enough they should have questioned her about it, but it seems to have all been blown way out of proportion, can’t we just accept that sometimes people in college do regrettable things even if they go to MIT, a college of geniuses (or is that genii? what an embarassing thing to need to ask).

But hey, if you wanted to here me ramble about this kind of thing you’d buy me a drink on a Saturday night and ask me whats griding my gears this week, you’re here for the relevant t-shirt!

Someone over at the Instructables forums (Star is a member) has put together a design that available on Spreadshirt US, and $5 of the proceeds will go towards helping Star’s legal costs. It’s actually a prettyy good design, usually these things can look a bit lame, but I;m impressed with this. I wonder long it will be until one of the Instructables members replaces the printed LEDs with actual LEDs?

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Beach hoodie by Angry Retail

by Andy on September 27, 2007

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Pretty simple looking hoodie, but I quite like it, the black outer works really well with the blue inner lining of the hood. Sometimes you don’t need a crazy pattern or design, just something that looks good.

Costiness=€70 URL

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EIO Clothing massive sale

by Andy on September 26, 2007

EIO (Excess is OK!) are dropping their Winter collection in the middle of October (it looks awesome, trust me), and one must presume that they need to make some room because they have a massive sale going on for their summer range. They’ve got some great pieces and they’re up to 70% off.

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Design By Humans looks shiny like a robot

by Andy on September 26, 2007

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Design By Humans got a new look recently and I think it’s an improvement on the old look, I haven’t had a proper poke around yet but on the face of it everything seems to make a lot more sense. Everything is laid out simply and you can get to where you want to be within one-click, and you know exactly what is going on with DBH from that one page, which is good for a company wanting to grow. I know the old site wasn’t exactly confusing, but this new version looks extremely fresh, and its clear that a lot of thought has gone into the layout. I like how they’ve made the t-shirt of the day the main focus when you load the front-page, with the older tees lined up below. It’s also cool how they tell you what special printing options there are on the tee in its blurb (like embroidery or the kind of ink used).

The page is finish off with three columns at the bottom. From left to right; there’s a pane that explains their design competition, a pane of top 5 selling tees (unsurprisingly Robot Attack! heads that list), and a top 5 of popular submissions. Whilst that last pane does show off the design talents of the DBH submission community, I do think that design competitions like this should be totally democratic, and putting 5 submissions on the front page seems to give them an advantage over others, I guess they’ve got to be good designs to get on there in the first place, but something seems a little off about it.

All in all, I give it a thumbs up.

Design By Humans [via Fantastic Blognanza]

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Public domain gets some exposure… in public

by Andy on September 25, 2007

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I knew it! I knew I’d be able to cram Halo 3 into my posts this week!

HYA’s copy of H3 is on pre-order so I guess it won’t be turning up tomorrow on the European release date, so we’ll have to wait a while before you all kick my ass on multiplayer, but thanks to Toby at Public Domain I can capitalise on the Halo mania and show you pictures of quite possibly the whitest teeth in Hollywood. Seriously, Zac Efron must spend more time in front of the mirror than… a mirror salesman, who buys his suits at the toilet store.

Anyway, Zac Efron was spotted at a Halo 3 launch event wearing a tee by Public Domain that still isn’t available on their site, but I thought it was worth a mention since I reviewed the tee a few months ago. Fans of PDC should keep their eyes out for their designs in the massively-hyped Chuck on NBC.

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The IT Crowd S2E5: Roy wears 7 tees!

by Andy on September 25, 2007

Damn you IT Crowd! Hunting down tees was easy when he was only wearing one or two a week, but then they had to go and through me a curve ball (although, they are in the IT department, so the throw might not have reached) and make Roy wear 7 tees. One of them was totally covered by a track jacket so I’m not attempting to find it or even putting up a picture here, because that would just be silly.

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1. A fairly appropriate design considering had just come back from a stag weekend and by the looks of it was fairly hungover. Available from J!NX from $14.95 URL

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2. My prediction last week was spot on, and Insanely Great Tees popped up again with another Mac-referencing tee. $17 URL

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3.Roy also appeared wearing a 2nd shirt from Bestario, a Spreadshirt shop of human animal hybrids. I can’t actually see the colourway on their site, but there is a grey version available. The Spreadblog has coverage of Bestario’s first outing on the premiere episode of this season. €25 URL

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4. I’ve got no idea where this tee comes from, which is a pity because the camera design actually looks pretty cool. Leave a comment if you have any thoughts where it might be from, or even what kind of camera it might be since it looks fairly unusual in shape and maybe knowing the model would lead to the tee. No Star have a tee with a camera on it that looks nothing like the one above, but it’s a pretty nice design.

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5. No idea where this one comes from either I’m afraid. It appears to be a dark blue or maybe black tee with a rounded orange television set on it, the kind with two antennae sticking out the top. Any ideas? Comment away.

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6. This tee is all about the Aqua Teen Hunger Force promo campaign that got the wrong kind of reaction in Boston, a reaction of “OMG its bomb!” not, “oh look, a circuit board with some LEDs on it that look like a character from a cartoon show flipping the bird.” Disappointingly, I can’t find this exact shirt, I can find loads of other that have the same image, but none in that exact colourway and with just ‘Never Forget’ written underneath as most have the date instead, or the date above the image. So here’s a few different tee’s that are pretty similar to the one Roy’s wearing, feel free to add any you know in the comments: Threadpit, Raplica, Lucky Threadz.

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There’s a surprisingly large amount of artwork on the walls of the IT Department at Renham Industries (its not all EFF material), and I noticed that one of the pieces was Bunnies Fall by Kozyndan, which is available as a poster for the very reasonable sum of $15, here.

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Gabriel @ Faveur Clothing

by Andy on September 25, 2007

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It’s been a while since I checked in with Faveur Clothing, and when I saw their latest newsletter in my Gmail I was pretty impressed with their new designs, and this ‘Gabriel’ hoodie is from their latest crop.

It’s a pity I can’t make out what any of the word coming out of the trumpet (trumpet, yeah?) are, because that looks like a pretty cool idea, and they seem to have done a good job in crossing over the zipper, which can be troublesome to some designs.

Costiness=$42 URL

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A t-shirt flipbook… wah?

by Andy on September 25, 2007

This vid is doing the rounds today, and I’m a big fan of stop motion video (here’s one of my own efforts) so I got a kick out of this. It’s a pretty odd way to promote a sandwich chain though.

Ebert & Gerbert’ Human Flipbook [via notcot]

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‘Betty Ford’ by Concrete Hermit

by Andy on September 25, 2007

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CH two days in a row? I really am spoiling you!

Really nice one colour design, I love seeing green on white, it just feels like a really fresh combo, and JuJu Delivery (which is an odd name for an artists) has an almost effortless style to her graphics that really appeals to me.

Costiness=£20 URL

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Scrabble @ Poketo!

by Andy on September 24, 2007

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Click through. Now. You need to see the detailed view of this tee for it to really make sense. The concept is what draws you in, but the execution is what would actually make you want to buy it. Oh, and I love that in their blurb for the artist (Marc Atlan) they name drop “Tom Ford, Oliver Stone, Andree Putman, Philippe Starck, Helmut Lang and James Perse” and then finish off the mini-bio by saying that Marc “doesn’t like name dropping.” I’m going to give Poketo the benefit of the doubt here and believe that they know what irony is.

Costiness=$28 URL (and for the ladies)

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Beautiful/Decay Redesign

by Andy on September 24, 2007

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Beautiful/Decay have redesigned their site, it looks good, although not really in the style that I would expect from them.

One cool little feature that they’ve introduced is the ‘public feed’, that’s the box on the left there, where you can post your own topics/links and they get displayed on the front page. That sounds like it might become like a bit of a mouthpiece for press releases, though I’d presume that B/D would keep a pretty close eye on it to ensure things don’t get too spammy.

Oh, and $20 for a US subscription, bargain! Although the $70 Worldwide option isn’t quite as appealing, but I guess that posting a magazine ain’t cheap.

If you would like to read about all the cool new stuff that they’ve done just click through to read the press release.

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The Blueprint by Village Hill @ the Kazbah

by Andy on September 24, 2007

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This design is probably a bit too busy for my liking, but I’ve got to admire them for the idea, and I really like the way that the outside and inside contrast on the hood. Actually, I just straight up like the inside pattern, although I couldn’t see myself wearing this on the reverse, although there’s no mention on the blurb about it being reversible so maybe that isn’t even an intention of Village Hill’s.

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Costiness=$110 URL

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Concrete Hermit Gallery is open!

by Andy on September 24, 2007

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Okay, so it hasn’t had as much buzz as the Threadless opening, but I’m really happy that Concrete Hermit have managed to get past the myriad of obstacles that have stood in the way of them opening their store and are well on their way to having their first show there (which might already be happening, I need to check). So if you’re in London for design week or just feel like checking out a cool store, head on over and say hello, tell ‘em Andy from Hide Your Arms sent you, you’ll probably get bemused stares.

Here’s the address:
5a Club Row,
London,
E1 6JX
United Kingdom
And here’s a google map if you want some directions: Map.

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