From the monthly archives:

February 2008

Colour Bloks by Universe on a T-shirt

by Andy on February 29, 2008

Colour Bloks by Universe on a T-shirt

It has been far, far too long since we’ve taken a look at Universe on a T-shirt, but I guess that absence makes the heart grow fonder since I’ve fallen in love with their designs all over again. It’s also nice to see that HYA is still on their press page too.

The tees still don’t really have names or descriptions (some have partial names in their image files), but in the case of UoaT I actually prefer not having a description because their designs are so ambiguous that I like thinking about my own interpretations, so i guess I’d be kind of spoiling it for you if I told you what I thought this tee was about.

Costiness=€34 Link

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Devolution by RRP OFF

by Andy on February 28, 2008

Devolution by RRP OFF

Oh look, a t-shirt with a robot on it, how very unusual for HYA!

There’s quite a lot of tees out there that riff on the traditional image of monkey-to-man evolution, and I think that this one can stand proudly amongst them… because of the big robot on it. Also, you’ve got to applaud RRP OFF for having some of the strangest promo pics that I’ve seen in a long time.

Costiness=$21 Link

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TvHood by Soliloquy Clothing

by Andy on February 27, 2008

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I know that in practically every self-improvement article I read says that if you stop watching as much TV then your life will be better… lies. At no point in my life have I ever thought that I watch too much TV, if anything I need to watch more, I’ve never watched any 24, Alias or Sopranos, and just two episodes of Carnivale, which looked pretty amazing. Any other great show that you think might have slipped under my radar?
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So, with that in mind, I am philosophically opposed to this hoodie, unless they’re just trying to find a fun way of destroying antiquated TVs…

Costiness=£42 Link

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Imagine by casajordi @ Design By Humans

by Andy on February 27, 2008

Imagine by casajordi @ Design By Humans

I keep hearing rumblings that Design By Humans is ‘taking over’ Threadless as the design competition to keep your eyes on. Personally, I think of them as serving separate markets, even if some of the artists submit designs to both sites, DBHs style is definitely evolving in a way that moves it away from Threadless.Industry-musing aside, this is a great looking tee and yet another solid release, it reminds me of Imaginary Foundation’s style (hmmm, I wonder why), casajordi has done a great job of putting a lot of elements, yet somehow managing to balance it and not make the design feel too busy.Costiness=$19 Link

*Spammers ruin everything, no comment on this post sorry.

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How Many Licks? by Ian Leino @ Threadless

by Andy on February 26, 2008

How Many Licks t-shirt on sand by Ian Leino @ Threadless

Even if you don’t recognise the name, I’m sure you’ll recognise some of his previous Threadless winners, one of which has a great shot at winner a Bestee when the Threadless awards are announced soon. Also, I should probably mention that I got the above picture from his site, since it showed off the design and the tee better than the fun pics on the Threadless site, but I don’t think it will annoy him too much since it helps expose his design.

If you get your kicks from faux-vintage, faux-technical, faux-factual designs then I’m sure you’re a pretty happy chappy (or chapette) having taken a look at this design. The colourway looks really nice as well, it keeps the illusion of old paper going pretty well.

Costiness=$17/40 tee/hoodie (gee, that new pricing structure is working out great!) Link

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, I like to point it out when I see an interesting hoodie, even if I personally wouldn’t buy it. One of the reasons why I usually wouldn’t buy these items is because they’re made for women, beyond that Volcom hooded blazer that I, shall we say, wasn’t particularly fond of, there just aren’t too many innovative hoodies out there for guys, unless we start getting into the arena of items made for hikers and walkers.

I like this hoodie, the massive hood conjours up images of little red riding hood, and the plaid gives you so many options when layering it with other items. But I would love to know where the hoodie she’s wearing under the plaid one comes from, since the two pieces seem to work well together. It might be this hoodie, but I think that’s grey and has too smaller hood, still, just because I can’t find the picture combo doesn’t stop this from being a great looking piece.

Costiness=$99 Link [via: Stylehive]

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Heath Ledger by Cyana Boutique

by Andy on February 25, 2008

R.I.P Heather Ledger by Cyana Boutique

Am I the only one who feels a little bit uncomfortable when companies sell items that have recently deceased celebrities on them. I’m sure that its intended to be a fashion-based tribute to Heath, but when they charge $45 for the tee they must be making a profit on it, and whether they mean to or not, they’re profiting on someone’s death, although looking around the rest of the CyanaBoutique this is actually one of the cheaper pieces (they’re on the higher end of things), so my argument may be moot.Still, let’s pretend this isn’t a tee with a dead celebrity on it and all of a sudden its a really cool image, which I feel is slightly cheapened by the addition of the ‘R.I.P Heath’ text. I like the black and white print as well, I think that attempting a colour print could have ruined this design.

Costiness=$45 Link

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Tina Fey wearing The Who t-shirt

I’m going to make you work for this, instead of posting all the pics here and making it easy, I’m going to do the right thing and just link to the slideshow (that favourite inflater of pageviews of the mainstream media) provided by Entertainment Weekly of 15 famous people, most of which are actually famous which is somewhat of a rarity these days, wearing their favourite t-shirts. If you want to know which celebs are in the slideshow, I’ve listed them all in the tags to this post, I picked Tina Fey for the post pic over the others because I utterly love 30 Rock… and because I think shes kinda hot…

I wouldn’t know where to start in trying to find these tees for purchase, but hey, it’s Friday, have some fun with it!

Entertainment Weekly: 15 Stars in their favourite t-shirts

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Rebel With Too Much Cause by 1Soul Designs

by Andy on February 22, 2008

Rebel With A Cause by 1Soul Design

Do you ever get kind of depressed that there are just so many issues nowadays that need people’s help? It sometimes feels like if something exists then there is a high likelihood that something is trying to kill it, and that there are some people trying to save it. Can’t we just have something that is good that isn’t in danger?

I don’t know if that’s what 1Soul Designs were going for with this design, but that was what I thought of, and I really like the doodle-style hand-drawn text that they’ve written ‘Rebel With Too Much Cause’ in, it helps to keep things a bit light-hearted in the face of social responsibility overload.

Costiness=$45 Link

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FFFFOUND! by ummm… FFFFOUND!

by Andy on February 22, 2008

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Ok, I know that I pretty much never post anything from Cafepress shops, but since FFFFOUND! provides so much eye candy every day I thought I’d give their tees a shout out, even if I’m sure that there’s enough creative talent amongst their members to muster up something .

Costiness=$28.99 Link

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83-C by Adidas @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 22, 2008

83-C track jacket by Adidas @ Karmaloop

I think that this might be the first time that I’ve posted a track jacket that might actually be appropriate at the track… can you feel history being made?

I think that if I was to wear this in the UK, I would be labeled a chav, and with good reason too, I can imagine a British teen wearing this track jacket whilst sat at a bus stop slanging abuse at whoever walks past. But I’d like to think that in areas that aren’t teeming with loutish youths that wearing this jacket wouldn’t cause old people to immediately fear you, and instead allow you to enjoy it for what it is, a nice throw-back to classic Adidas styling without going to overboard with the retroness.

Costiness=$80 Link

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Attus Apparel Spring/Summer 08 Lookbook

by Andy on February 21, 2008

You wanna see what’s coming up from the polo makers at Attus Apparel in the coming weeks and months?

Sure you do! No shotgun or fireworks videos time time around, but plenty of pics of their fun takes on the traditionally stuff world of the polo shirt.

Attus Apparel Spring/Summer 2008 Lookbook

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Helsinki by Heatherette @ Mod Cloth

by Andy on February 21, 2008

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I went to Helsinki for an afternoon once (I get around, don’t I?) and all I remember is a big church, eating reindeer carbonara, buying a reindeer rug that fell apart a few months later, and becoming sea sick… on land. We were on a cruise and when we got off at Helsinki I felt as if I was still on the boat, as if the ground was swaying from side to side like the ship was on the ocean, a very strange feeling indeed, and not one I’d want to repeat. Blurb by Mod Cloth:

Like something a Nordic pop star would wear, this printed hoodie by Heatherette has the plushest, richest faux-fur lining in the hood. Big pom poms, grey ribbed trim at the seams, and double breasted button detail add to the surprisingly cozy superstar appeal.

So, to those of you that have e-mailed me about faux-fur in the past, here you go.

Costiness=$59.99 Link

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Manbot by Palmercash

by Andy on February 21, 2008

Manbot by Palmercash

When I first looked at this I just figured it was a badass looking robot, which was enjoying a few nods towards knights of the round table style armour. Then I saw the little blurb, “Manbot just wants to party.” I was immediately transferred to a world where Manbot was a raging fratboy, doing kegstands of premium grade oil until he had to reboot… I have quite an active imagination.

Costiness=$26.97 Link

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Mujer Fatale by Obey @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 21, 2008

Mujer Fatale by Obey @ Karmaloop

Again with the black and white prints, I guess that since they’re starting to fill up my wardrobe it just makes sense that they’d start to fill up the blog!I don’t speak much Spanish (un cerveza, por favor!), but i think that ‘mujer fatale’ might be the Spanish equivalent of ‘femme fatale’ (or not, something to do with context apparently), which kinda explains the image… a hot woman that would probably rip your nuts off if you looked at her wrong.

I’m not to keen on the ‘peace’ text, it seems as if its just been chucked in there for little reason, but I do really like the way that they’ve worked the Obey logo into the scarf.

Costiness=$32 Link

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HYA is going to Hong Kong!

by Andy on February 20, 2008

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Yeah, bet you didn’t expect to see that title on a HYA post!

I managed to get a great deal and will be heading off on Friday morning, I’m going to try and write up enough posts before I go so that there will be something new every day, but I can’t guarantee that will actually happen as I am often a lazy, lazy man.

Apparently, my hotel in HK has free wifi, so if you really need to get in contact with me I should be contactable by e-mail, and if you want to keep tabs on my travels (I can practically guarantee pictures of me eating unidentifiable meat!) then check out my personal blog.

[cool photo by Steve Webel]

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Alcott by Mike & Chris @ Rare Chic

by Andy on February 20, 2008

Alcott Hoodie by Mike & chris @ Rare Chic

Despite being incredibly simple, I like this hoodie, although not enough to justify the the high price tag:

Another phenomenal hoodie by Mike & Chris. Incredibly soft grey fleece with a contrasting sulfur green stripe across the chest. Welt pockets and gold tone hardware. 80% Cotton, 20% Polyester. Running true to size.

Whilst I don’t really have any particular reason to believe it, looking at the hoodie closely I get the feeling that this is a pretty high-quality piece (hey, they describe it as both ‘phenomenal’ and ‘incredible’, so it must be good!). Oh, and I wonder if they realise that ‘sulfur green’ actually just looks ‘kinda yellow’.

Costiness=$187 Link (this Retailmenot has a load of coupons to get up to 30% off at Rare Chic, which I’m sure you’d want to use if you bought this hoodie!)

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A New Idea by sirbeauris @ Design By Humans

by Andy on February 20, 2008

A New Idea by sirbeauris @ Design By Humans

One of my pet peeves about the green movement is that its all a bit in your face or ecotistical, so to find a tee that both supports the little changes that everyone can make, and is pretty funny is really refreshing.

Do you think that when you have an idea using a CFL bulb it takes slightly longer to dawn on you and is slightly less cool?

Costiness=$19 Link

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Dr. Doom by Sneaktip @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 20, 2008

Dr. Doom by Sneaktip @ Karmaloop

I’ve got an old French Connection windbreaker (80% off, bargain!) that’s called Dr. Doom, I think they called it that because it has a bit of a Dr. Evil thing going on, and that was what first drew me to this hoodie. The Sneaktip logo across the chest on the front almost pushed me away from it, but the design on the back (pictured, obviously) is just about good enough to make worthwhile.

Costiness=$90 Link (get up to 20% off with rep code AS7594)

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Rumplo: Am I doomed?

by Andy on February 20, 2008

I’m scared, and its all because of Rumplo!

Well, not too scared, you guys come here for the commentary as well as the clothing finds, right?

Rumplo is a website that I think can be best described as what would happen if notcot got married to Emptees, had a kid, and gave it a web startup friendly name. Basically, people submit tees, people fave tees, people comment on tees, and it all looks very pretty. There’s only two pages of shirts so far but I think that the quality level has been set already, and hopefully it won’t be overrun by t-entrepreneur’s spamming submitting with their own designs.

Rumplo

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