From the monthly archives:

December 2008

Animals with Guns from Graniph [Review-kinda]

by Andy on December 30, 2008

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At some point I think I’m just showing off with all these tees that Graniph have sent me and you can’t buy, but I can’t feel too guilty because they weren’t on sale when the package arrived, and because these tees (which won’t fit my ‘comfotable’ frame) have been great Christmas/birthday presents for the ladies in my life!

The tee is great quality, as usual. A little thicker than most of the tees we usually deal with here on HYA, and also cut on the more slender side of things.

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Gifts from Beautiful/Decay

by Andy on December 29, 2008

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I’m fairly used to receiving tees from people, but a magazine is a bit more unusual, and it was really nice to be sent a copy of Beautiful/Decay, as the only way I can usually get a copy is to spend a couple of hours driving to my favourite shop in Manchester. I really like the collage look on this tee, and the ‘eat more’ theme certainly lends itself to the festive season. One thing I’d note, as this isn’t a real review, is that this tee is an XXL but fits like a fairly slim XL, so you’re going to need to carefully check out the size chart if you’ve never made a purchase from B/D before.

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HYA Presents… Presents!

by Andy on December 28, 2008

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A few people from the tee world sent me present over the festive period, and as they are gifts I don’t think it would be right for me to review them ‘properly’, but it would be a bit rude of me not to post a few pictures of the goodies. First up, Wrongwroks, Tony sent over a couple of tees and a hat. The only problem with me wearing Wrongwroks is that I have to spend a couple of minutes explaining to everyone that asks me “why does Spongebob look funny?” that it’s a mashup of Spongebob and Doraemon… and then I have to explain who Doaremon is.

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Merry Christmas and all that jazz

by Andy on December 25, 2008

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[And then I ate the whole lot again in a massive sandwich in the evening]

I guess I should have mentioned this earlier, but I’m taking a few days off from HYA duties over the festive period, from the looks of my Google Reader there aren’t many other blogs taking time off, so the rest of the tee blogging community should have you covered (ha, classic tee blogging pun there!). I’m intending to post some pictures of the presents that have been sent to HYA-HQ over the past couple of weeks from friends of the blog, and regular posting will return early in the New Year.

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Art in the Age, who released some great new tees last week, are celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday by asking you (yes, you) to send them artwok inspired by the great man that will be displayed in their store on 116 North 3rd Street, Philadeplhia, so hopefully I’ll be able to go along and takes a few pictures if I ever get to Philly (visa issues, grrr!).

Take a look at this link to find out all the details, the last date for submissions is January 9th.

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Go Media’s Hoodie Design Package/Templates

by Andy on December 19, 2008


I know I’m venturing into unchartered waters here, but I’d like to think that HYA has a duty to help out clothing designers as well as clothing buyers (yes, very much overlapping groups, but you know what I mean), and if it means that I don’t have to post pictures of poorly mocked-up hoodies, then I guess that everyone is a winner.

I don’t know whether $50 is a lot for a bunch of hoodie templates, but if you consider how much time these would save you, and that the results almost look like real printed hoodies, in my rather uneducated opinion they’re a pretty good deal.

Go Media have also put together a video about the package (feed readers may need to open the page to see the video):


Revolutionary Hoodie Customization Package from Go Media on Vimeo

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I guess that with Christmas coming up that I should be posting more festive clothing, but the problem with seasonal clothing, and especially Christmas specific clothing, is that it can only be worn for a month or so a year, unless you’re the kind of person that wears clothes ‘ironically.’

I really like the juxtaposition of the pinstripes, something I tend to associate with a touch of class, with the little embellishments like the lion print on the lower hem, the arm patch, rasta coloured piping, and the lion pattern print on the inside of the hoodie (and hood).

Costiness=$80 Buy it at hoodiepeople.com

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Up to 50% off at Eio Clothing

by Andy on December 19, 2008


With sales like this, and the pound taking a nose-dive against the dollar, I guess that Americans might be able to start enjoying some of the clothes that are being made on this side of the pond, and if you’re going to enjoy any, you might as well pick a great brand like EIO Clothing. I know that sounds like an infomercial, but I’m pretty proud to have them as an advertiser here on Hide Your Arms, they make great clothes and they’re a great bunch of people too.

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Bling Buffet by Gama Go [Rumplo Rocks]

by Andy on December 19, 2008


Sorry about having to use a close-up as the main image, but all the other ones that Gama-Go have for this tee are a tad too small. You can (just about) see how it looks on a tee if you check out the gallery.

It’s a little unfortunately that there is repitition on the tee, but I guess that a lot of buffet’s are like that, you go up to a buffet thinking there’s going to be lots of different stuff, but then you notice that everything ends up looking and tasting kinda the same… tee still looks nice though.

Costiness=$28 Buy Bling Buffet at Gama Go / Rumplo Link

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I really hope that the Star Wars people let this one slide, but just in case it might be a good idea to buy it fairly soon. Also, I guess you’d want to buy it fairly soon, because a Christmas themed Star Wars t-shirt will probably look a bit silly in January.

Costiness=$16.66 Buy ‘Merry Hothmas’ by Aegis at MySoti

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The IT Crowd: S3E4 FAIL!

by Andy on December 18, 2008


I have sad news to report friends, after a few good weeks writing about this seasons IT Crowd episodes, I’m afraid this week is a bit of a failure. After spending a while trying to work out where Roy’s tees came from (which is why this post is a few days late compared to usual), I’ve only managed to find one of the three tees.

The first tee worn by Roy in the episode (pic at the top of this post) had a bit of a Japanese feel to it, seeing as it has some Asian looking text on it and what looks like a series of characters beneath it. I don’t even know where I’d start looking for this tee, so I throw myself open to your suggestions.


The second is pretty easy, in theory, it’s a design with a slogan of some kind on it, usually I just have to Google that, and voila, I remain “that guy who find The IT Crowd shirts.” Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to work out what the slogan says, I’m pretty sure that the final word being said by the character is ‘time’, but that isn’t much help without the rest of it. It has the look of a webcomic style t-shirt, so maybe someone out there might be aware of which webcomic it is, and then I’ll have some breadcrumbs to follow and hunt it down.


I’m glad that it was the last tee in the show that I managed to find, because then you’ll go away from this post thinking “sure, that sucked a bit, but at least he found one,” instead of, “dammit Andy, you’re such a loser, and you keep forgetting to link to things in blog posts!”

The Overlook Hotel, for those of you who arewondering why Roy would be promoting a hotel instead of his usual geek-chic, is the hotel in The Shining. The tee is available from Last Exit to Nowhere and costs £17.50.


Something else I noticed in the show was that Roy appears to be a fan of a blog called “Why, That’s Delightful” which is of course (of course!) written by the show’s writer and creator Graham Linehan. Except, he was actually looking at something else.

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I know that this tee was featured in my “10 Great Tees from 10 Great Webcomics” post, but that was written well over a year ago, and HYA has more than double the amount of readers since then, so hopefully this tee will be fresh to a lot of you.

In case you hadn’t worked it out, the text on the tee says “Chinese is not my native language”… in Chinese, presumably. Or perhaps they’re throwing us the old switcheroo, and we think it’s funny because of the tee riffing on designers using Chinese and Japanese symbols because they look cool rather than being necessary, and the tee actually says something like ‘ham sandwich,’ which would actually be kinda funny too.

The tee is designed by Dorothy Gambrell, the lady behind the riotously funny webcomic, Cat and Girl.

Costiness=$19 Buy the tee at TopatoCo

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Mighty Robot by rimo-to

by Andy on December 18, 2008


Putting a toy robot onto a tee is hardly a new idea, but this tee from rimo-to has taken it, and perhaps unintentionally put a really sinister looking robot onto this design. I think it’s something about the face, it doesn’t look pissed off, but you know it wants to do something, right?

Costiness=£24.99 Buy the Mighty Robot at rimo-to

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I remember watching ghost World a few years back and thinking it was pretty cool, and that this ‘Scarlett Johansson’ woman was quirky and kinda cute, but nothing to special (oh, how times have changed). Some of you may remember that I featured a tee by sbariniesto back in May, and if you did, well done, because there’s been freakin’ hundreds of posts since then, and I think I bookmarked this one at the same time. I really like the creative use of stencilling here, I often associate stencils with simple designs, but this is clearly anything but. I could do with some confirmation from the designers reading this post, would I be right in thinking that the Ghost World ‘text’ is ghosted onto this tee? Or is there another name for the technique being used?

The tee is presumably a one-off, but you could always try Flickr messaging sbariniesto to ask if you can buy one.

Photo credit: Ghost World by sbariniesto

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I don’t think that robot t-shirts get much more robot-y than the ones from Terratag. They seem to achieve the zenith of geekdom, there are loads of store dedicated to mecha figures in Akihabara, Tokyo, so they must be geeky, and yet, Terratag manage to flip the potentially otaku subject matter around and make some really cool shirts out of them.

Their latest designs are a couple of tees and a hoodie (all of which can be found in the gallery), created in collaboration with an Indonesian artist called Machine 56.

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40% off at Karmaloop [Coupon Codes]

by Andy on December 18, 2008


I don’t really think that I can make it much clearer than in the picture, but 40% off everything at Karmaloop is an excellent deal, so if you’ve got a few last minute Christmas gifts to pick up then you’ve still got some time since their last shipping date is the 22nd, which seems rather late to me, especially compared to a lot of the reatilers here in the UK.

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Gotham’s Youth by Glennz

by Andy on December 18, 2008


New Zealand’s finest funny tee designer (if you think I’m wrong, prove it), Glenn Jones, is at it again with this fun design based upon the bat signal. Unless I’ve forgotten something, the Dark Knight was my favourite movie of the year (yes, even beating Wall-E), and I’ve told my family that if I don’t find the Blu-Ray under the Christmas tree that I’m definitely going to have a childish tantrum, so if there’s no posts in the New Year it’s probably because I’m still sulking… or possibly just really hungover.

Costiness=$19.95 Buy Gotham’s Youth at Glennz

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Want 20% off at KosherHam? Enter the coupon code PORK at the checkout and it will be applied!

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T-shirt search directory Please Dress Me have released a really cool set of information about the t-shirt trends for the year. Well, I think it’s really cool, but I would, wouldn’t I?

You can see the top three tees of 2008, I’m not sure how that is judged, presumably by the amount of people that have viewed the page after seeing the thumbnails after a search. All three are Threadless tees, but aren’t necessarily the ‘famous’ Threadless designs.

The most popular searches of 2008 is the most interesting to me, since it is the most telling for what people are looking for and therefore the most representative of trends. Zombies are apparently de rigeur, as they sit on top of the pile, followed by the boringly generic search of tv show, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that people were on the hunt for Obama tees this year.

Anyone care to stick their neck out and make some predictions for hot trends next year?

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To be completely honest, I prefer the t-shirt version of this design to the fleece sweatshirt, the print feels a bit small for a sweatshirt, which is a garment I usually associate with a larger print. Still, its pretty rare that I get to post a sweashirt (clearly they’ve fallen out of favour with a lot of designers), and the price is certainly very attractive.

Costiness=$24.99 ($29.99 after the end of the month) Buy it at the Typography Shop

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