From the monthly archives:

October 2009

Almost there!

by Andy on October 26, 2009

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That’s me with Monaco in the background, and before anyone says it, I hate my teeth.

One piece of blogging advice that I always remember is that you shouldn’t apologise for not posting, because if you have time to do that then you have time write posts of some value, but I’m a polite fellow, so sorry about my unexplained absence over the past few days. Today is my last day working in France, and tomorrow I will be setting off on the drive home to the Lake District in England. If all goes correctly I’ll be home on Thursday, so after a weekend of relaxing HYA will be back on form next Monday with a full posting schedule, not the sub-par offerings I’ve been giving you over the past couple of weeks.

Just so that this post wasn’t a total bust for those of you that don’t care where I am or what I’m doing (and really, why should you?), you can get 20% off this week at Seibei with the coupon code SPACEWITCH, and if you spend more than £30 in a single order at Disturbia before November 6th you’ll receive a free mystery t-shirt.



It’s not often that coupon codes break that ever-so-wonderful barrier of 50%, so for one to hit the heights of 60% is quite marvelous too see. Use the coupon code HWEEN09 to claim the discount, and that code will last until October 30th. Their tees are typically $24 a pop, so with this code you will be paying a piffling $9.60 for a tee…. go! go! go!

Acropolis Apparel


Tentacles of Horror Hoodie by Raygun Robyn

by Andy on October 22, 2009


You gotta say, the lady knows how to use bleach!

Costiness=$40 Available from Robyn’s Etsy Shop


Syncro Hood from Ucon

by Andy on October 21, 2009


There’s no denying that on the face of it this is a simple hoodie, but is you start looking at the details you’ll notice that a lot of elements to it are different from the norm, and that’s what Ucon are all about.

Costiness=€69.99 Available from Ucon


Too Weird to Live Too Rare to Die by Vig Tees

by Andy on October 21, 2009


I could be way off the mark, and possibly expecting too much of you guys to know, but is the type treatment on this tee meant to be referencing a movie, I can’t help but feel that I’ve seen it before somewhere, but how would you even go about googling this kind of thing?

Costiness=$19 Available from Vig Tees

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ShirtFight aren’t doing contests anymore (the design competition world is too crowded anyway), so this design is the last winner of their contests, but I would imagine that as they’ve built up a good community that we shouldn’t worry about the quality of tees they’ll be releasing in the future.

Costiness=$13 (for now, it’ll probably go up to $18) Available from ShirtFight

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Silence the Critics by Escape Artist

by Andy on October 20, 2009


I feel like I should be really harsh about a tee called ‘Silence the Critics’ as that is essentially my job even if I don’t push the negative aspects of tees that often. Unfortunately, all I can come up with for this design is that I’d like to see the print be a bit larger, though I seem to say that about every tee nowadays, so it’s probably just me that feels that way.

Costiness=$20 Available from Escape Artist



YouTheDesigner, in association with, are giving away a prize pack of 500 business cards, 250 stickers and 250 hang tags to someone with a clothing line, or someone that just has an idea for one. Entry is simple, you just need to comment on their blog post (not this one, aren’t my words enough for you people?) explaining your t-shirt line, and on October 26th they’ll pick a winner, I’m not sure if the judging criteria is merit-based or purely random, but if you own a tee line then it’s probably that minute of your time to put an entry in. By entering you will be agreeing to receive e-mails from, which might be a bit of a turn-off for you, but I would presume that there is an unsubscribe button on their newsletters.

Free Tee Business Promotional Package from

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We’re probably very near the point at which you can still buy tees with the intention of wearing them on Halloween, and if you’re in the mood for one you could certainly do a lot worse than this offering from Chop Shop (or just go to Coty’s epic Halloween post and go crazy). As is their style (and another companies, but let’s not get into that, more than 1 person can have the same idea), this design features silhouettes of famous characters, this time around they’re all undead. This tee marks the third and final design in their horror/fantasy, and you can pick up a 3-pack for $45 which is a saving of $15 over buying them separately.

Here’s a higher resolution version (which is also numbered) of the design for those of you that can’t stand looking at it and not working out which character is which.

Costiness=$20/22 Mens/Womens

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Exploded Hoodies & Polos

by Andy on October 18, 2009


That title just gave me a great idea for a video… now I just need to work out how to blow hoodies and I’ll be a millionaire (an internet millionaire, not an actual millionaire).

The popular Exploded series has expanded from tees to putting a couple of designs on hoodies and polos. I’d like to see the DaVinci style hoodie have a much larger print, but it simply isn’t possible with the kangaroo pocket in the way, so there’s not much they could do about that, but the Exploded 128 design is much more accommodating of that size of print. Hoodies are $33 (+$7 shipping), polos $33 (+$5 shipping), and they will both start shipping on October 29th.


Three Wolf Moon worn by Dwight on The Office

by Andy on October 18, 2009


This meme needs to die. I can let it slide on a TV show (especially a great one like The Office) because they film them months ahead, so it probably was funny when they shot the scenes, but I’m just sick of it now. [Image Source]


Thanks for the recycling love!

by Andy on October 17, 2009

Strawberry cupcakes!

[I may not have re-made any tees recently, but I did make these strawberry cupcakes last week for my birthday party] My recent “How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts” post has received quite a lot of attention around the blogosphere, not quite to the levels of the Star Wars post (which made my server cry repeatedly), but still, a lot of people seemed to like it. I get a real buzz when people take the time to write about a post I’ve written, and it’s good to think that I might be responsible for someone hacking their tees to bits and making something cool out of it.

In no particular order, here’s some of the folks that have posted about the list (it has apparently had 38 retweets, but I can’t find a way of getting the full list).

» Recycle old t-shirts into new treasures! – Mom Goes Green
Eco-Friendly Friday – Sustainable Sushi n Rice + Tshirts | The Chic Ecologist
Craftalicious Caper: Recycle your T-shirts
100 manières de recycler vos vieux T-shirts sur Smart-Tees
Interesting Reducing, Reusing & Recycling links | How can I recycle this?
Do it Yourself with Shirts: A Different Take on Shirt Customisation (the Spreadshirt crew had a few interesting additions to my list from that are actually being used in their factory/offices)
T-Shirt Yenileme Fikirleri | (I don’t know what language this is, Turkish maybe?)
Brickworks – Cindy Brick Looks At Life: 100 Ways To Recycle Your Old T-Shirts!
Just 1, a super cute one that is, of 100 ways to reuse a T-shirt · Recycled Crafts @ CraftGossip
t-shirt blogs Round Up: Halloween Tees, How to Recycle Your T-sirts, NIWL’s Dead, and More | cottonable
10 Tips to Repurpose a T-Shirt « Suddenly Frugal Blog
Live 2 CREATE! » Blog Archive » Friday Fun, Miscellaneous & Merriment!
Home Made Originals: T shirt yarn
Giuli nel paese del riciclo: In tema di riciclo … (it’s in Italian, so I’m presuming that they like the post)
Parenting tips that work | Parent Hacks (I know this site mentioned the post, but I can’t find a direct link to it)
Blog » Recycle Your Tshirts | Cut Out + Keep
From Old to New: Repurposing Used Tees « See Jack Shop – Men’s Style and Fashion Blog
How To Recycle & Re-Fashion T-Shirts by The Green Mom Review
Base Magazine Online: Recycle Your Old Tee’s

I’m sure that isn’t all of them so apologies if you mentioned the post and I didn’t manage to catch it, if that’s the case list it in the comments please. I’m intending to do this kind of shoutout post for all my big list posts that I’ll be publishing in the future, and trust me, I’ve got a lot of them in the pipeline, with my current work schedule I’ll likely miss the Halloween themed ones, but people still like zombies at Christmas, right? If the benefits of a link-back are more likely to get people to post about my lists I’m okay with that, but I’d like to think that people will only write about something if they think it’s interesting and worth writing about.


Big Release at Wrongwroks

by Andy on October 17, 2009


I think it might be their 4th anniversary, so they went big on this release with a lot of new designs and styles, they also opened a new store in Vancouver recently (in conjunction with a few other brands).



Tolky Monkys Microstories Contest

by Andy on October 16, 2009


Because I’m too busy eating frogs legs (taste just like chicken, I know everyone says that about unusual meats, but seriously, just like chikcen) and receiving blank stares from staff in French builders merchants (tu vend…. ummmm… this?), I’m not participating in the microstories contest this time around, but there are plenty of other blogs that are, so head on over to Tolky Monkys to find out about the competition and all the prizes that are on offer, and make sure you get your entry in before October 22nd.


Say Hello To Amon Clothing

by Andy on October 16, 2009

Fold Unfold (Get In Shape Edition) from dominicnagel on Vimeo.

I don’t know if any epileptics read Hide Your Arms, but please be warned that there is a small amount of strobing in the video above.

Amon Clothing are a new label from Germany, and if you look at the designs in the gallery or watch the video above, you’ll probably think, “yep, they have the look of a German label.” It’s quite strange how you can sometimes just look at a shirt company and be able to tell where they came from based on their designs, but I think that German companies especially have a distinctive tee style that helps differentiate them from the crowd. In this instance, unusual typographic treatments with strange imagery.

Aside from having cool looking shirts (which are about €28 each), the tees are made of organic cotton and printed using sustainable energy. I’ve still not made a decision about if there are real benefits to organic cotton, but sustainable energy sources are obviously a good thing.

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Rearview Mirror by Milk & Eggs Co.

by Andy on October 15, 2009


Very simple, but also very wearable, which is a happy combination.

Costiness=$18 Available from Milk & Eggs Co. (get 10% off everything in their store until Oct. 31st with the coupon code NEWSY)

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New tees from Randr

by Andy on October 15, 2009


Sooooo, it’s halloween then?

Seriously though, those are some damn nice horror tees.

Randr Tees


Slipscript by Lowdtown

by Andy on October 14, 2009


Another quick France update, things are busier than I imagined here so HYA updates will be more sporadic than expected, but I’ll try to put a couple of posts together quickly every night before I go to bed, though it’s hard to motivate myself after a long day trying to talk to French people when my language skills seem to have gone backwards.

However, it’s easy to become motivated when you’ve got great tees like this one from Lowdtown to post about. I am a big fan of Lowdtown, this design, like the rest of Ray Masaki’s collection, are very wearable. I get frustrated when I see a tee that has some great artwork on it, but doesn’t work well as a tee, and that seems to be a distinction that a few clothing companies struggle to get right. Also, if you were looking for a definition of the tag, this is most definitely a “logo tee done right.”

This tee is just part of a new line from Lowdtown that I wholeheartedly recommend you check out.

Costiness=$20 Available for men and women from Lowdtown

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Hiphopopotamus by Hippo Esthetics

by Andy on October 14, 2009


I am so sure I’ve heard someone use this word in a movie or TV show, I think it was a guy with a fake Eastern European or Middle Eastern accent, anyone know what I’m talking about?

Costiness=$28 Available from Hippo Esthetics [Here’s their main site]


Get 15% off at Fourth is King

by Andy on October 14, 2009


As is often the case with HYA, I bookmarked this tee line a few weeks ago, forgot about it, and then got an e-mail from the owners reminding me that they existed. It’s a good thing they did, because the 3 designs they’re selling at the moment are very nicely done, and the 15% off coupon code of HOORAY is most welcome. That coupon code will expire at the end of October, so you’ve got a while to use it.

Fourth Is King


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