From the monthly archives:

September 2007

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Owl Movement have really carved out a niche for themselves, a niche that I like to think of as “great looking tees”, and series 6 is keeps that grand tradition going strong. The ‘Up Up Up’ design that I’ve picked out today is probably my favourite of the bunch, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it looked pretty good, but then I saw the size and placement on the shirt and it looked even better, letting the clouds go all the way up to the shoulders works really well.

(Oh, and its been raining on and off here for a few days now, summer if over, no matter what they hope)

Costiness=$20 URL

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Karmaloops’ $3000 t-shirt design competition

by Andy on September 21, 2007

I guess that running a t-shirt design competition must be pretty infectious, because it almost feels like everyone’s doing it. Karmaloop have just thrown their hat into the ring, here’s the deets:

Grand Prize winner will receive $2,000 in cold hard cash and $1,000 in gift certificate for use at Karmaloop.com, 5 free t-shirts printed with their winning design, and the opportunity to have their credited design sold on Karmaloop.

5 Runners-up will receive $200 in cash and $300 in gift certificates for us at Karmaloop.com, 2 free t-shirts printed with their winning design and the opportunity to have their credited design sold on Karmaloop.

All winning designs will be printed and sold on Karmaloop!

Take a look at the current entrants and rate them here, and if you want a chance at getting your hands on the cash, check out this signup page.

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I like this tee, I’d be happy to wear it (happy feels like the wrong word when it comes to tees with skulls on them), but there’s something about looking at it that makes me feel as if Ghostly International aren’t doing their best to get the most out of the design, it just feels kind of boring, but like I said, it is a pretty cool design.

Costiness=$25 URL [via notcot, I think]

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Wtf, Jason Lee models for Karmaloop?

by Andy on September 21, 2007

I was working my way through my RSS feeds last night when there was a familiar face (well, mustache) on an unexpected source. The Karmaloop product feed. Jason Lee, who I don’t think most people would describe as ‘conventionally beautiful’, was modelling WeSC hoodies. I don’t think that they actually picked the best of the WeSC range, but if I get an opportunity to put Earl on my blog then I’ll grab it with both hands!

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Costiness=$95 URL

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Is WeSC really only 8 years old? They seem to have gotten huge in a pretty short space of time.
Costiness=$84 URL

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Costiness=$130 (why?!) URL

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‘I don’t recall’ by Goats.com

by Andy on September 21, 2007

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I know no ones gonna believe that I found this on my own since a link to the same store turned up in the comments for yesterday’s webcomic tees post. But I promise I did, really, really!!!

Even though when I look at Alberto Gonzales I’m more reminded of a turtle/beaver hybrid than an elephant, an elephant is a natural choice for the design, and the design truly does tickle me something fierce, the style really hits the spot for conveying the comedic value for a man that just happens to remember nothing that could possibly be incriminating about his tenure as Attorney General.

$18 URL

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10 Great Tees from 10 Great Webcomics

by Andy on September 20, 2007

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[I would like to think that if I’d actually tried hard to make a comic it wouldn’t have looked as lame]

Y’know who’s pretty good at designing tees that are actually funny. Webcomic writers. It shouldn’t be surprising, and yet, here I am, a bit surprised. Crafting a tee that’s funny is a pretty tough business, there’s lots of ‘funny’ tees out there that simply don’t cut the mustard (what on earth does ‘cut the mustard’ even mean? Oh), so it makes perfect sense that sense that in my quest to find tees that both looked good and made me laugh I would hunt out people that draw and write things with the intention of making people laugh for a living. But I think that sells these writers short a bit too, since I’m also going to show you some designs that are plain old good, without the funny.

Since I don’t actually read all that many webcomics, I’ve used Cracked.com‘s list of ‘The 8 Funniest Webcomics,’ and whilst I doubt that it’s all that conclusive and accurate of a list, they seemed pretty good to me, I’ve also picked some tees from my favourite webcomics. If you have any favourites that you think I’ve missed, feel free to leave a comment.

1. Penny Arcade – See, webcomic tees aren’t all about in-jokes! $17.99 Link

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2. Dinosaur Comics – Who would’ve thought that a webcomic that uses about 5 different images for all of its’ stories wouldn’t have beautifully illustrated tees? $21 Link

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3. Cat and Girl – Apparently this tee says “Chinese is not my native language,” but the description adds the caveat “more or less,” I might be paranoid, but I’d get that checked independently before wearing this… $19 Link

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4. Overcompensating – One of my favourite items to read on a weekday (I started out with Jeffrey’s other comic, Wigu, but moved over to this), and one of my favourite tees from a webcomic. $18.99 Link

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5. Achewood – I’ve only just started reading Achewood, so I have no idea what this tee means, and part of me knows that if I ever find out then I’ll no longer find it funny. $18 Link

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6. White Ninja Comics – The internet clearly has some sort of obsession with ninja’s and I’m not going to stand in the way of that spilling over into the world of t-shirts. $18.50 Link

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7. Diesel Sweeties – It’s so hard to choose from their range, they’ve got so many great designs, but I really like the idea of a tee that only shows a message when it’s night time (it’s just a white heart during the daytime). $18 Link

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8. XKCD – I would like to shake the hand of a person that wore this to church. $14.99 Link

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9. A Softer World – Zombies are far more likely to attack at night, since that’s scarier, so it’s a good thing this tee glows in the dark. $20 Link

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10. The Perry Bible Fellowship – If you’re a guy, you’re far braver than me if you’re wearing a pink tee with a rainbow and a unicorn on it, or maybe I live in an intolerant rural area, who knows? $20 Link

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Wrongwroks Fall Collection 2007 highlights

by Andy on September 20, 2007

Wrongwroks Fall Collection 2007 highlights

Wrongwroks have released their fall collection of tees, and in keeping with what seems to be a theme of theirs, all the designs are on white. There’s a couple of pieces that I think really stand out from the range.

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Whilst I’m sure that it won’t be long before the lawyers coming knocking on their door, this tee is pretty freakin’ cool, and the tear idea is really well executed, sure, it doesn’t look as if there’s actually a tear in the material, but that’s probably half the point.

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I guess I’m really into torn up looking designs today because the second tee I’ve picked follows a pretty similar idea, but this time does it in a fashion that I feel is kind of like when two posters get put on top of each other for advertising, and then one gets ripped for some reason. Wrongwroks have picked two great iconic pop culture images here and the tee works really well.

Both tees are priced at $35 and are available from the ‘Stuff’ section (they’re near the bottom of the thumbnails) of the Wrongwroks site.

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Threadshow: This saturday in SF

by Andy on September 20, 2007

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As if I needed further proof that I need to get out of the Lake District (I’m already pissed that I’m missing 100% Design down in London) I’ve found out about this cool looking ‘Fashion Shopping Event’ called Threadshow that’s going on in San Fransisco at the weekend. Lots of great brands are going to be there, so if you can make it then I would predict that it’ll be a lot of fun.

Here’s the link with all the details you need.

[thanks to Karl for making me jealous]

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‘Drop Skully Not Bombs’ by Monstar Clothing

by Andy on September 20, 2007

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I l-o-v-e the dedication to hand-drawn style in this tee, it looks like it came straight out of a school notebook. It’s also good to see Monstar dropping their skully logo into all their designs and keeping it all contextual, they’ve kind of got a Johnny Cupcakes thing going on in that respect.

Costiness=$20 URL

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Review: PB&J Wrestling by GorillaTank

by Andy on September 19, 2007

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Here’s something curious, GorillaTank price everything up in pounds, yet my package came from The Netherlands, where you’d usually expect them to work in Euro’s, since that’s their currency and all. I guess that doesn’t really matter since my package turned up in a reasonable time and that’s the main issue that concerns people when they’re ordering clothing (and pretty much everything else) off the internet.

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Peanut butter and jelly isn’t really a popular sandwich combo here in England, I actually brought the subject up in the pub tonight, and naturally, one of the people I was with immediately said that they ate them, which was a bit of a bitch-slap to my beliefs, but I guess it does mean that Gorilla Tank are targeting some niche markets in the UK! The design is really well done, all the elements are balanced out together, the little splatters that are off the bread add a certain something that suggests that they care as much about the design as the idea behind it. Another great touch is the way that they’ve not printed the edges and corners of the bread so that the brown of the tee and shows through to create the 3D look. If I was going to gripe about one thing though, it is quite hard to make out the faces of the savoury sumo characters, maybe a bit more contrast on the eyes, nose and lips? Although then they’d need to print an extra colour and that would probably be troublesome.

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In quality terms, I’m impressed. They’re rockin’ a standard American Apparel tee. The print quality is impressive too, it feels like its gonna last.

Costiness=£15 URL

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Major League hoodie by 2one5

by Andy on September 19, 2007

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Once again, I think I’m dropping an exclusive here (HYA gets more like Hypebeast everyday!). 2one5 are going to be releasing some (presumably customised) Jordan 8s this week, and this hoodie is going to be part of that release. This Houston Astros/2one5 logo mashup has really grown on me over the past few months and I think this hoodie has a great implementation of it, especially with the bridge on the hood.

Oh, and with a limited edition of just 30, you’ll be a member of a pretty damned exclusive club.

Costiness=$60 URL

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The Mexi-Beads Zip Hood by Freshjive

by Andy on September 19, 2007

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I think this hoodie can be filed under ‘safe to be worn to church’, but only if you’re Catholic, right? Catholics are the ones that use the beads?

Whilst I don’t think that you really need to be religious to were this hoodie, it would really want to put me off wanting to buy that (hypothetically speaking, as it is a girl’s hoodie), but I do think it’s a really well put together design, and that the shapes and colours work excellently.

Costiness=$70 URL

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Spend $30 at Random Shirts and get a free tee

by Andy on September 19, 2007

From their mailout:

-SPEND $30 AND GET A FREE SHIRT IS BACK!
The response to our sale was almost as overwhelming as the demand to bring it back, so never fear, we have heard your cries. Set your suffering at ease because our Spend $30 get a Free $10 Tee Sale is BACK!!!

Spend $30 or more and get any one $10.00 tee for FREE! As long as your total exceeds $30, you can add any $10.00 tee to your cart and get it for FREE!

Random Shirts

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Hardwear by Red Tide Clothing

by Andy on September 19, 2007

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Olly Moss is a name that seems to keep popping up all over the tee world, and with good reason too, he makes great designs.

This design from Red Tide Clothing doesn’t really fit with his usual style, but I still like it, it kind of makes me feel as if he’s drawing the contents of the ultimate student house, something that I only think because in my 3rd year at uni a housemate and I bought martini glasses and drank water out of them to feel classy… good times.

Costiness=$20 URL

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Seibei goes to Renegade Chicago

by Andy on September 19, 2007

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It’s a real pity that we don’t have this kind of community in the UK (at atleast that I know of, if you know different please let me know), hey, maybe I could start one? Nah, sounds like work.

Anyway, HYA buddy David from Seibei was at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this weekend and wrote up a great post about it. On the awesome side, a Threadless founder bought one of his designs (a design which had ironically been booted from Threadless submission for a low score), but on the totally lame side, someone swiped their cash box with had around $2400 in it, I truly cannot understand the mentality of someone who would go to a craft fair and steal money from an independent clothing line, its disgusting, It almost makes me feel bad for accepting freebies from Seibei… almost.

Check out his blog post here.

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Threadless Store Grand Opening video

by Andy on September 19, 2007

Threadless Store Grand Opening from cshimala on Vimeo.

I think that pretty much everything that could be said about the Threadless retail store, has been said, luckily I don’t need to say anything, this video does it all for me.

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Random Robots by Me&Yu @ Brand Neusense

by Andy on September 18, 2007

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I will never stop writing about robots!

Yeah, the picture is way to small for me to really tell what is on the hoodie, but I trust Me&Yu’s skills enough to recommend something that I can’t really make out, my best guess would be some kind of robots and love theme, robot/human relationships perhaps? People that love robots? Robots that love people?

Costiness=£40 URL

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Time to go Lhome

by Andy on September 18, 2007

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Kieran, the man behind LHOME, is one of the people that I like to say, “gets it.” I think that me and him are pretty much on a level as to what good t-shirt design is about. He doesn’t want his line to be about logos, because when other people do that it doesn’t excite him, and he also doesn’t just want to throw a load of popular elements onto a tee in the hope that it will be popular. Which makes me wonder, why is it that the brands I like behave and design as if they don’t want to be popular?

Kieran’s designs aren’t too busy (with the arguable exception of ‘Skull‘), which I guess was the aim, yet manage to be pretty eye-catching, with an excellent choice of colourways throughout the range. With the possibly-African themed tee above being a great example of those colour choices.

Oh, and here’s a coupon code that will get you 20% off everything that I think will work until the end of the month: 0002030188

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Butterfly Effect by Ban T-shirts

by Andy on September 18, 2007

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You all know how political t-shirts make me uneasy, even though I’m sure I could probably write about anti-Bush shirts all day and still get traffic from it, but this one from Ban T-shirts is really spot on. It’s subtle, a positive message, and a really well put together design. And it’s on a baby blue tee, nothing bad can come from a baby blue tee, especially one with butterflies on it.

Ban T-shirts describe themselves as “left wing t-shirts with a right wing bite”, and for the most part I’d agree with them, but I’d say that this tee is more from their more aspirational nibble-level range.

Costiness=$20.95 (printed on Organic Apparel) URL

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Housekeeping: Archives no longer suck

by Andy on September 18, 2007

I got an e-mail from someone yesterday chastising me for not having pictures in the archives and on the second page of the blog (single posts still looked right though), telling me to loosen the purse strings and shell out for the extra bandwidth needed to serve up all the images, when in reality I can actually handle 200x the current bandwidth being used. The reason why there was no pictures in the archives was due to some kind of error in the code for the blog template, which I spent the morning looking at and have now fixed.

So go, feel free to look back and actually be able to read the site properly, sorry I hadn’t fixed it earlier.

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