From the monthly archives:

February 2009


On the face of it this is just a run-of-the-mill Star Wars design, but, as the title probably gave away, this particular storm trooper design is made up of loads of Tie Fighters. This makes it awesome.

Costiness=$30 Buy it at Epic Proportions [via Rumplo]


Don’t Stop Believin’ by 2k Shirts

by Andy on February 28, 2009


Do you ever have that thing when you pretend that a song from the 80s is awesome, even though you know that it kind of isn’t awesome. Then you listen to it a lot, you force your friends to listen to it when you’re going places or driving back from a night out, and the song starts to be more than just the music, it starts to remind you of all the people that are on the other side of the Atlantic that you left behind when you moved to Philadelphia. Then you’d probably get a bit sad, but luckily there’s a special song that always cheers you up.

Costiness=$35 Buy it at 2k Shirts [thanks, Rumplo]


10% off at Electric Press [Coupon Codes]

by Andy on February 28, 2009


Okay, I’ve been wanting to write about Electric Press for ages, but I wanted it to be an in-depth review, but I always put off writing the long reviews because, well, they’re harder, which explains why I still have 10 reviews to do of t-shirts that I furiously photographed on the day before I left for America. It also explains why I haven’t written about Electric Press before, a web shop that wants to bring the best HYA-esque brands to the UK, so that Brits don’t have to fear getting a dreaded card from the Post Office saying that you need to pay customs charges on a package, and a ridiculous £8 handling fee even when the customs charge is about £1.50 (not that I’m bitter about it… at all). So in summation, Electric Press = Good Thing.

A 10% off coupon code just makes the situation even better. Enter the coupon code HYA at the checkout for the discount to be applied.


Collective Names for Animals by Xenotees

by Andy on February 28, 2009


I thought it might be fun to check out what Philadelphians on Etsy were producing, and I found this really cool pullover which has loads of the weird collective terms for animals, including the best band name ever “Murder of Crows” and the hilarious “business of ferrets.” You can’t make out the text in any of the pics, but this is the kind of clothing that I think I’d find fascinating, though it does basically give a guy a reason to look at a ladies chest, so (“sleuth of..”) bear that in mind women of Philadelphia. Not that you wouldn’t be wearing a coat in the city anyway, it was so cold I thought my ears were going to snap off on Monday when I was crossing Broad Street.

Costiness=$28 Buy it from Xenotees on Etsy


Skateboards by Huskworks at MySoti

by Andy on February 28, 2009

SKATEBOARDS tee by HUSKWORKS. Available from

Huskworks is on MySoti now? Sweeeeeet.

Costiness=$19.94 Buy it at MySoti


Skyline Belt by Beetnik Aesthetics

by Andy on February 27, 2009


This may not be a belt blog (now there’s a niche!), but you know what? It’s Friday night, so to hell with it!

Also, I think I’m going to NYC tomorrow, which is home to a mighty-fine skyline, so this post almost makes sense.

Costiness=$10 (bargain!) Buy it at Beetnik Aesthetics

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Thank God for Science! by umm… Science!

by Andy on February 27, 2009


I love this little saying, it always gets a chuckle out of me.

Costiness=$17.49 Buy it at WearScience!


Finches by Boy Girl Party

by Andy on February 27, 2009


Boy girl Party sounds like the name of a super-awesome band that no-one you know has ever heard of, and then they get popular because they’re on Gossip Girl and you decide that they actually sucked all along, and then a couple of years later you’re listening to your iPod and decide that actually they’re pretty cool but you’ll just keep that between you and your iPod because you have new friends now and they only think that you listen to super-awesome bands like Teenage Knife Fight, and Ticket Stub Confetti.

This is a hoodie with some finches on it.

Costiness=$30 Buy it at Boy Girl Party


S/S09 from EIO is A-OK

by Andy on February 27, 2009


That title formula will never get old!

I don’t think that there are any new hoodies as far as I can remember, but there are some excellent new tees for both the guys and the girls for you to peruse. It’s a really impressive release of tees, not a huge departure from past collections, but definitely an evolution of their style.

EIO Clothing

*Yes, EIO are an advertiser on HYA, but that doesn’t effect what I think of their clothes, I’m very proud to have such a high quality company sitting in the sidebar, and incidentally, their new ad looks great (Your Eyes Lie have a nice new ad too).



Seibei/SEIBEI officially launched their/his Spring range a couple of days ago. In a week, Mr. Seibei will be giving up his day job at a print-shop and going full-time on Seibei, so I guess you could say that this release is the most important he’s had to date since these designs are going to be what puts food on his table, which is pretty appropriate consider how many of Seibei’s tees are focused on food.

You know what’s weird, after ragging on 410BC for their logo tees on Tuesday, I actually quite like the Seibei one, even though it’s a ridiculously simple design that I’m sure took a lot less effort than everything else in the new collection. So I guess that makes me something of a hypocrite, fickle, overly-harsh on 410BC, overly-easy of Seibei, and handsome.

Some of the designs aren’t things that I would buy, but if I received them would wear, do you know what I mean? Sometimes I secretly want to wear a tee that has “I will never stop pooping” written on it, but I’d feel kinda stupid buying it. Luckily, I’m a tee blogger, so I can basically wear anything that I want and just say “it was given to me as a gift” if people think what I wear is stupid. I guess I should probably just grow a pair and be who I want, but for now this will just have to do. Hopefully the rest of you a considerably braver than I am, but if not Seibei still has plenty of not-so-out-there designs that are genuinely funny rather than ‘funny’.

Peep the rest in the gallery.

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Argh, this one has been sat in my inbox for a few days, I totally forgot about it. For what I believe to be an unlimited amount of time, you can get 20% off at NerdyShirts by using the coupon code HideYourNerds. Stupendous!

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Wrongwroks are opening their very own store in Vancouver!

There’s going to be a party instore on Saturday, so if you’re a Vancouverite/Vancouverian/Vancouvanino/Vancadian head on down and check it out, but RSVP first, it’s only polite, I’ve included the flyer in the gallery.

Also in the gallery are the latest Wrongwroks releases (I know, they never stop), a few hats this time around.

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Oh, another Watchmen reference on the left there, or am I now seeing The Watchmen everywhere?

When I first looked at this design I wasn’t so into it, but then when I saw it on Flickr being worn by Josh I actually really liked it, there’s something about the size and the slight curve (that is probably all in my head judging by the artwork up there) that works very nicely.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Go Ape Shirts



I can’t quite put my finger on why this t-shirt is awesome, but I am almost 100% certain that it is. In fact, it’s so great that I’m posting it even though it is sold out at the time of writing, knowing that I’m going to disappoint those of you that saw it and instantly knew you needed a t-shirt about an octopus attacking Tokyo in your lives. Sorry.

Costiness=JPY 2,500 (y’know, if you could buy it) Request a reprint at Graniph [Rumplo Link]


Design By Humans Music Contest is on Fire

by Andy on February 25, 2009


Design By Humans special contests don’t usually involve bands that I’ve heard of (with the exception of Fleetwood Mac, who I was very surprised to see on DBH), but I think that the Kings of Leon are a bit of a ‘get’ for a design competition. I guess they’re big in America too, but right now they are huge in Britain, a few months ago it was hard to go anywhere without hearing “Sex on Fire”, they sold out an arena tour, and just last week they played at the Brits, so it’s fair to say they’re popular. Hopefully that popularity will spill over onto their tee designs and the winner is as good as the latest KoL album.

DBH x Kings of Leon


2008 by Annual Apparel

by Andy on February 25, 2009


Here’s the thing, I think this is a good design, I like the way that they’ve tried to capture the zeitgeist of last year, but there’s just something about wearing a tee from last year that dates the tee, and not in a particularly good way in my eyes, kind of like the way that you wouldn’t wear a Christmas tee in summer. Annual Apparel, as you might imagine, produce designs that try and get the essence of a year and put it on a tee. I reckon that when they start doing years that aren’t quite so close to now (anything before the 90s for example), that this concept will start to appeal to me much more.

Costiness=$22 Buy it at Annual Apparel


Zack & Miri Make A Porno Hoodie

I was watching Zack & Miri Make a Porno last night (proper Sunday night with takeout food watching), and I thought to myself, “Square on Square’s ‘famous’ BBQ ribs aren’t that good” and also, “hey, that hoodie is pretty cool.”

The hoodie is merchandise from the fictional ice hockey team in the movie, the Monroeville Zombies. Knowing that director Kevin Smith knows what geeks like, I figured that it might be possible to get the hoodie (or the sweatshirt, or the hockey jersey), and I was right!

Also, surprisingly, it isn’t wallet-gougingly priced like a lot of official merchandise often is. Oh, and I had to get that screengrab off the DVD, you’d have thought they could put a proper picture up on the product page.

Costiness=$40 Buy it at



I wasn’t sure if I was meant to release this information, since it was described as being for t-shirt blogging communities. Does that mean that they just wanted us bloggers to get the 50% off, or did they just want bloggers to spread the news?

Well, Shirtspotting posted it, so I reckon that gives me the all clear.


Simple Plan by Neil Gregory for Threadless

by Andy on February 24, 2009


I know, I know, it is the height of lame-ity to have two Threadless-based posts in a row, but you guys know me well enough by now that as soon as I see something space invaders related I have an uncontrollable urge to blog it in some way.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Threadless



Threadless have launched a new artists page on their site that lets people who have somehow never heard of Threadless know all about how much cash they can get if their design is chosen as a winner. They have the marquee number of $25,000 posted at the top of the page, which, whilst accurate, is only the amount received by the ultimate winner of ‘design of the year’, so I think it is a little misleading, though compared to a lot of other promises made on the internet I guess they’re selling themselves short.

The part that I found really interesting was tucked away a bit further down the page (though I’ve given it pride of place on this post), and that is their scholarship program. Usually when an artist has a design printed they get $2,000 cash, plus the other goodies, but if you’re a student Threadless will take that $2,000, turn it into $3,000 and mail it straight to your university/college to help to pay for your tuition and fees. How cool is that? Great move by the Threadless crew, I’m very impressed.


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