From the monthly archives:

April 2009

New belts at Monstar Clothing

by Andy on April 30, 2009


Just $10 a pop at Monstar for a short period, not sure how much they’ll be after that.



I probably wouldn’t have mentioned this if it weren’t a class project. Check out the e-mail I was sent below:

Hi Andy,

I’m a student at Stanford University doing a class project that requires us to build a Facebook page. As huge fans of t-shirts, we decided to make a page dedicated to t-shirts and the regular folk who wear them.

It’s called T-agged ( and our aim is to have fans upload pictures of cool shirts that they stumble upon. These could be pictures of you wearing your favorite shirt, or pictures of shirts you find on the web, etc. Our hope is to build a vibrant community that shares a passion for discovering well-designed shirts,
and create a browsing gallery of shirts from around the world. Users can also write about where the shirt can be bought, or an interesting
story or two about the shirt. We’ll also want to alert our users to sales happening on selected websites.

I’ve been reading your blog and thought that you might be interested in our little experiment. It will be wonderful if you become an active fan and recommend the page to friends who might be interested!

Nate Ng

The chances of me become an active member are approximately 0%, not because I don’t think it’s a good idea, but because I can barely update HYA at the moment (e.g. copy/pasting whole e-mail in lieu of actually writing a post).


Fortune Cookie by ReThink Clothing

by Andy on April 29, 2009


I don’t believe in fortune cookies whatsoever, they’re random pieces of paper that are stuffed into a cookie you otherwise wouldn’t eat, and they all have positive messages on them, if they were all right, we wouldn’t have anything to worry about because everything would be awesome. That’s the rational part, the irrational part is that I keep every single fortune I get from the Chinese takeout, and since for the past three months I’ve lived within 2 blocks of a good takeout place (though Chinatown has it beat, American-Chinese food is a bit far away from the authentic stuff for my tastes), I’ve amassed quite a few. I don’t know why I’m keeping them, I just do. Here’s one I just found lying around the apartment: “you will have a bright future.” Well, that’s reassuring, because I haven’t got a clue what I’m going to do when I get back to Britain, so it’s good to know it’s already mapped out for me.

Costiness=$19.99 Buy it at ReThink

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Spring Clearance Sale at Monsieur T.

by Andy on April 29, 2009



Ware are the geeks?

by Andy on April 29, 2009


I kinda like Ware Clothing (see, I didn’t just lose the ability to spell simple words), the designs don’t blow me away, but I find them pretty endearing anyhow, also, they’re $12 and printed on American Apparel, so they’re a pretty good deal.

Ware Clothing



I don’t know think this means Divine will be closing for good, just that it’s time for a new direction and to move on from old designs. Hopefully I’ll get to meet Bill Pyle, the man behind Divine, at some point this week, so I’ll assume ask him then.



Brian from Foepaws was kind enough to do all of the work for this post after spotting Miles wearing an Ames Bros. t-shirt on a recent episode of lost, not the crappy recap one they had last week (hey Lost, don’t call it a new episode if it’s all clips, even if I’m confused this season because my Lost companion and I are talking about how confused we are during the episodes), but the week before that (season 5, episode 13: Some Like It Hoth).

Anyway, Brian from Foepaws owns the tee being worn by Miles, he says it looks and feels great, and considering what I thought of his tees, I’d assume he knows what he’s talking about.

Buy it from Ames Bros. here.

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Octopus Attacks Tokyo by Graniph [Review]

by Andy on April 28, 2009


Anyone remember when I pointed out this tee back in February and it was a total tease because it was sold out? Well, the situation has improved, but not by much. They must have reprinted it, but only size small is available for purchase at the moment, and considering that Graniph‘s sizes already run quite small anyway, it’s only going to be slim people wearing this pretty-darned-awesome t-shirt for the time being.

I said it back in February and I’ll say it again, this tee rocks, and I have no idea why, which is what I usually feel when I look at tees from Graniph, so I guess the love affair continues!


This tee was sent to me here in Philly, so it is a bit fresher in the memory than most of the reviews I’ve done over the past few months (though I sent it back with my brother last month, my suitcase is overweight as is), and as usual the quality level was superb, soft cotton, and I was really impressed with the colours in the print.

Costiness=JPY 2,500 Buy Octopus Attacks Tokyo at Graniph

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EIOs latest Men’s Range is Available Now

by Andy on April 27, 2009


It’s fair to say that I’d be a fan of EIO Clothing whether they occupied advertising space here or not, and this latest range is one of the reasons why. They make great, tees, simple as that… they are a tad on the skinny side though.


Love by Akomplice Clothing [Review]

by Andy on April 27, 2009


Okay, this one has no boobies, no buttocks, and no bling (I’m only using that word for alliterative purposes, if you met me, you’d know why I don’t say ‘bling’), is there anything that you’re able to find offensive about this tee from Akomplice?


Actually, I’ll cover that angle for you.

1) My photograph’s of this tee suck, so the colours are all a bit off. I’m pretty sure that it was black with bright blue stitching, but it’s also possible that it was a very dark blue tee.

2) Some people don’t like hem tags, and this tee has one. If you don’t like it, cut it off, pretty simple, really.

3) You also may not like the idea of having the word ‘love’ just above your ass (or on it if you wear your tees long), this example isn’t quite as bad as juicy pants, but I guess some may not care for it.

Other than that, I don’t really know what could annoy you considering there’s not really much else to this tee. It does maintain the high standards that I’ve come to expect from Akomplice, a quality tee that’s cut for people that find American Apparel a bit skinny.

Costiness=$32.99 Buy Love from Akomplice

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10,000 Yen is about $100. As I’ve never ordered a tee from Graniph, I don’t know what their shipping prices are like, but as the tees are coming all the way from Japan (which is pretty far from a lot of the HYA readership, that’s right, I know where you live… in country/city sense), I would presume that it’s not cheap, so this is probably a better offer than it first appears. This offer has no time limit, so there’s no need to rush.


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Ok, I’m probably going to take another day or two off from posting, because I simply don’t have the time at the moment, but should be able to get a lot done at the weekend. It would probably be prudent to give you early warning that I’m going to be taking most of May off because I will be traveling around America before returning to England, and with an extremely packed schedule (5 cities in 18 days), t-shirts will have to take a backseat for a little while. Also, people of Los Angeles/Las Vegas/San Fransisco/Boston/New York (for a 4th and final time since I arrived in America), you may need to prepare yourselves for the HYA invasion, better known as “Andy asking for advice about where is cool to go in your city.”

Anyway, when I was in New York at the weekend I went for a night out on the town with David from Seibei (left of picture) and had a great time, we ended up at a house party in Brooklyn because of the girl in the middle of this picture (David knows her), who it just so happens I had actually written about in the past (she put mittens on a hoodie and made it cute). Small world, right?

Okay, I promise the next post won’t have a picture of me at the top of it, it will definitely have more to do with t-shirts other than me going drinking with someone that owns a t-shirt line.

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Long weekend in NYC with this dude for me, so no posts until… let’s call it Wednesday just to be safe. If you know of any fun places to go (in terms of nightlife, I’ve got tourism nailed now), comments/e-mails would be greatly appreciated, if someone suggests something cool that I end up doing and having a great time, I’ll send a Threadless gift certificate your way.


Pretty damn polished for a preview right? I like the way that they don’t actually show any of the t-shirts at any point, just the designs.



A coupon code that goes on top of sale prices? I like it!



You what’s cool about this belt buckle? It’s ACTUALLY made of an ACTUAL NES controller. On the downside, it costs $30, which may be expensive, I don’t know how much a belt buckle usually costs since I’m not a cowboy (usually), but on the plus side it does mean that I’ve got $120 worth of plastic gold gathering dust in a cupboard back in England, which I think is probably one of the safest investments out there at the moment.

So, $30 might be more than you’d usually pay for a belt buckle, though considering this is a console controller from the 80s it seems fairly reasonable in my head, but for those of you in need of a deal sweetener, here’s a spoonful of Splenda for you. The first 10 people to make a purchase at using the coupon code hideyourarms will get $10 off their order.


Toykyo S/S09 [Preview]

by Andy on April 17, 2009


Okay, they’ve technically released these tees, but you can’t buy them because the online shop isn’t quite ready yet, so this is a preview of tees that don’t need to be previewed because I’ve been given the opportunity to review them (but with the end of my tenure in Philly not that far off I’m not accepting any new review tees at the moment).

I don’t like to point out previews too often, but these three tees look cool enough that they’ll go from “hey, they’re cool” when I tell you they’re available to “hey, that was worth waiting for.”

*UPDATE* I have been informed that you can, in fact, buy the tees, you just have to e-mail to place your order, a process that will be unnecessary when the webshop is opened.


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Apples by Violent Elegance

by Andy on April 16, 2009

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I’ve gotten into the habit of taking an apple to work with me most days as an ‘emergency’ if I end up not being able to leave for lunch (which is usually my own fault for not being able to say ‘no’ when people ask me to do tasks), but I seem to always end up eating it by about 11:30 anyway, so maybe I’m going to have to start taking a second ‘emergency’ apple. Man, planning for my own lack of willpower and need to label things to make them sound exciting is tough.

Costiness=€29 (free worldwide shipping) Buy the apples tees that I didn’t mention once in this post at Violent Elegance


Exploded Wii T-shirt

Exploding things seems to be something of a trend, it was around for a while a couple of years ago, then went away for a bit, but seems to have come back strong, and this latest installment is in the form of the console that makes it okay to prance around like a tool even if you haven’t drank anything yet.

Costiness=$23 (including shipping) Buy it at


Doin’ It by Akomplice Clothing [Reviews]

by Andy on April 16, 2009


I like Akomplice, and the guys that run it, but this kind of tee isn’t really for me, some people will like it, some people won’t, some people will find it offensive. I question whether I’ll wear this tee, it will probably remain in my closet until one of my friends has a themed-party that I can incorporate it into an outfit for, or unless I need to make myself look slightly less out of place at an R&B club, and even then it would probably just make me look more out of place.


As I often say when I’m sent a tee that doesn’t excite me (and considering the subject matter of this shirt that’s pretty poor choice of words), usually a logo tee, use this review as a guide for quality when you’re looking at the rest of their catalogue, because Akomplice do have a lot of great tees, there’s a lot to like in their latest line, for example. Akomplice do have high quality tees, nicely finished, more of a normal fit compared to the skinny-ness I’ve become accustomed to from American Apparel, and the prints are always decent too.

Costiness=$32.99 Buy it at Akomplice Clothing

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