From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Hide Your Arms Cufflinks. Oh my yes.

by Andy on December 27, 2009


This post could have also easily been titled ‘I have the greatest girlfriend in the world ever’.

As you may well have guessed from that alternate title, I received these custom HYA-logo’d cufflinks from my wonderful girlfriend for Christmas, and I just had to share them. Also, they’re totally pun worthy because when I’m using them I’ll be wearing a shirt, and therefore hiding my arms. Brilliant!

Alas, there’s no intention of producing any more pairs at the moment, so they’ll be staying at 1/1 edition for the foreseeable futue.

On a side note, thanks to all of those that became fans of HYA on Facebook, I encourage you all to do so (naturally!), and if you’re a new reader that isn’t already aware, I can also be found on Twitter too, though I’m not tweeting too much at the moment, it is Christmas afterall.


Hey Everyone! Fan HYA on Facebook!

by Andy on December 23, 2009

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If anyone was wondering, I had a great time in London (more pics can be found here)!

Step-by-step I’m trying to improving the blog and everything about it, these things tend to take more time than expected but we’re going to get there, trust me. One of the things that every brand or blog seems to have nowadays is a Facebook Fan Page, and now Hide Your Arms can be counted amongst them. Sure, I had one a few months ago, but there was practically nothing on it, just the (old) logo and the shortest of blurbs. Now it has the feed from here so that you’ve got another way to be aware of updates, and in the future when I have more products available I’ll probably use it for giveaways and that kind of thing. Also, any clothing brands that would like to get in touch with me can now leave a message on the wall or tag HYA in a status update and their update will appear on the wall.

So, if you’re a fan of HYA I’d greatly appreciate it if you fanned the blog (is that the right terminology? Fanned?), I promise not to flood your news feeds since I hate when clothing companies do that too. What would you guys like to see from a HYA fan page?


Review: Squatch by Badd Habit

by Andy on December 23, 2009

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I first wrote about this tee a bit over a month ago, so you guys know that I’m already a bit of a fan of the design, and receiving the tee in the mail has not changed my opinion of it one bit. I still think that it looks like some creey dude hanging out in a forest rather than a sasquatch, but as I’ve never seen a sasquatch (and I doubt the Badd Habit team thave either) I don’t really think that I’m in a position to be judging whether an intentionally mysterious silhouette is a mythical beast or not.

When I check out a clothing company and say “hey, that tee is cool” I only really take a superficial look at the site and just focus on the shirts. I’ll always maintain that the clothes are the most important part of any brand, any of the ‘extras’ are just a bonus, and should never be a replacement for good design. However, I do have a soft spot for clothing companies that attempt to give something back beyond just selling tees, and whilst I was checking them out in greater depth for this review I found out something cool, they give the majority of their profits to a charity called the 4806 Foundation that help young people recover from substance abuse and addiction. Beyond that, some of the people that work for Badd Habit are young men from the Gray Wolf Ranch, which is a place dedicated to getting people sober, and working at Badd Habit is part of that recovery process. It’s very admirable, and it makes me like them more as a brand because it truly means that buying a t-shirt can make a real difference.


The design is a real winner for me. The large print really helps to reinforce the appearance of it being more like art on a t-shirt rather than a design that is just placed onto the shirt. The fact that the tee colour itself looks a lot like canvas probably has something to do with me forming that opinion, but even if that was just an unintentional side-effect of the color palette I think that it works really well. Something I like about this design is that taken on their own, most of these elements don’t look like the things they’re meant to look like (come on, does that really look like a tree on the left?), but taken as a whole the scene really comes together, even if it does have that slight ambiguity that I mentioned earlier.


In my first post about the tee I said it was a black and white colour palette, but in reality the shirt is actually creme with a brown print, both colourways would work in my opinion, but creme/brown is good for evoking a vintage photo look. The tee itself is from the American Apparel organic range, so I assume that just about everyone reading this will know that fit, the organic shirts fit the same as the regular Earth-hating ones in my experience. Print quality is top notch too, soft and thin so that even though there’s a lot of print area, it isn’t at all heavy.

Costiness=$24.95 Squatch is available from Badd Habit

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New stuff from SEIBEI!

by Andy on December 17, 2009













Yeah, I’m clearly not good at taking a break from writing about tees, however, I’m also not good at not doing the errands I need to cross off the list before going to London, so it’s a good thing I’m talking about Seibei, because we all know everything David puts out is pretty great, and withprices marked down and a coupon code (HAPPY) giving you 25% off your order until Dec. 22nd you know where your next mouse click will be taking you.



This is likely to be the last deals post of the year because I’m taking Mrs. HYA (we aren’t actually married, but saying ‘my girlfriend’ doesn’t sound quite as fun) to London for the weekend, and tomorrow is looking like it’s going to be a busy one in terms of non-fun non-tee related activity, and then there’s not much point posting next week because of Christmas jollity and friends coming back to the area for the festive season, though if something big comes up then I’ll try and let you know.

So, 20% off at PalmerCash today and tomorrow with the coupon code yeah.


It’s sale time at krudmart, with a nigh-on-ridiculous 70% off the older stock, and a rather more sensible though still greatly appreciated 20% off new arrivals (providing you spend more than $75).


The Threadless festive fun continues with $10 tees for the rest of the week (and if you want them to get even cheaper remember that me and Adam from Tee Directory are selling Threadless Gift Certificates on the cheap, also, and this is seriously the first time I’ve realised this, gift certificates could make good gifts for Christmas!).


I don’t mention Junky Tees very often but they do have some wearable tees that you’d probably enjoy paying 25% less for with the coupon code XMAS.


Not holiday related but money off is money off, Dressed By Danni (the halterneck hoodie People) launched a new website recently and if you’re making your first order you can receive a 10% discount with the coupon code FIRST10.


30% off sitewide at Karmaloop with the coupon code HAL30, or the code ZUUL30. Is there really any reason why Karmaloop have so many coupons, and not just at this time of year, it feels like they drop a new one every day.


Kind of an odd offer from DBH, instead of going site-wide they’re putting 3 tees a day on sale, but they’re going lower than usual and those three tees can be picked up for $10 a piece. This deal will be running until Christmas Day, so keep checking back to see if any of your favourite designs come up on sale.

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Pyknic have got a 20% off sale going on until tomorrow, eat up!


Paper Root Clothing:

We’re running our final big sale of the year with some real craziness. 40% everything for the next three days, and that includes our newest sweatshirts we just released.


I really wish I didn’t have to post this, but unfortunately Squishi’s tees are all on sale for £9.99 each. You’re probably thinking that Squishi’s tees being on a sale would be a good thing, but you’d be wrong, as they’re on sale because Squishi are going to be closing down when all the stock is gone. That sucks, because I was glad there was someone like Squishi around in Britain, but at least they’re closing because the print side of the business is going well, which will hopefully mean that Brit companies have an alternative to outsourcing to America to get their shirts printed.


It won’t sound like a sale to our American chums but in British terms this is a sale. Strange Ways have knocked their tees (all three shown above) down to £15, with £1 shipping in the UK, £2 worldwide, try beating that on the high street!

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As you can see from that image, free shipping ANYWHERE ON EARTH when you buy 2 or more tees from Vig Tees. Sounds good, but the martians are gonna be pissed.


The e-mail from Bean Dip had the subject “Free Shipping // New Tees”, so I presume they’re offering free shipping. I know, it’s like I’m Sherlock Holmes or something.


This coupon from No Star will be expiring tomorrow, so hop to it.


Get 10% off at wiftees with the coupon code hideyourarms.


My favourite food blog, Serious Eats, have released a list of tees for foodies. Well, I wouldn’t call it a list because it’s only got 11 items on it, to me it’s not really a list unless you question the will to live whilst putting it together and then realising it probably wasn’t worth it since it wasn’t about Star Wars (me? bitter?).


PopJunkie and their weird lapdancing clip-art are going to keep their sale going until the end of the year, so no need to rush then!


EIO and Rakes & Strays are going to be turning their regular postage into Special Delivery in the UK from now until December 23rd so that y’all will be getting your tees to your loved ones in time for Chrimbo.


Monstar (who seem to mostly be a belt company now) have got all their tees onsale for $10 at th moment with a flat rate of $4 shipping.


109 I love NY style t-shirts for you to love

by Andy on December 14, 2009


After the success and popularity of my previous list posts such at the 202 Star Wars t-shirts and robot lists (and of course the ridiculously meta list of t-shirt lists), I started saving up links of tees that fit into various categories, but there’s no point me just saving them up indefinitely, so it’s about time I started posting all these lists, most of them don’t quite breach the lofty barrier of more than 100 items in a list, but as they say, it’s not the size, it’s the amount of time Andy spent thinking up the metaphor.

As fasr as t-shirts go, few are more iconic than the design Milton Glaser created to help promote New York (the state, not just the city) back in the 70s. That design has gone on to be used in hundreds of different ways and become part of American pop culture, so it’s hardly surprising that the style has found it’s way onto more than a few t-shirts.

As ever with my list posts, THEY ARE NOT IN ANY RANKED ORDER, the numbers are merely there to keep track of the amount of tees in the list. I say this every time and no one seems to listen, it’s as if you skip the intro and move straight on to all the tees! Also, there are some affiliate linked shirts in there, so it’s possible I will earn money from people buying certain t-shirts on this list, but as I’ve listed just about as many as I could find, it’s hardly surprising that some of the companies have affiliate programmes. Some of the tees in the list are sold out already, and depending upon the success of this post some of them could become sold out in the future, but they could also be reprinted, so in many ways these tees are like Schroedinger’s cat before you click on the link. The list has been split into two pages to make things a little bit easier on my server, but please click through to the second page, because some of my favourites are on there and I think the list finishes pretty strongly, so they’re all worth checking out.

As ever, any exposure you can give to the list (stumble, tweet, delicious bookmark, blog post, digg, ill-considered full-back tattoo) will be greatly appreciated, and I’ll write up a thank you post with links back to everyone that helped in a couple of weeks. Now let’s go love some t-shirts!

I heart Something by The Tee Party – From $15.99

I heart Google by NerdyShirts – $19.97

I have never seen Star Wars by Reece Ward at RedBubble – $24.34

I Bike SF by Super7 – currently unavailable

I cannot remember much about the weekend by Regal Clothing – £17.50

New York Loves Me by Local Celebrity – $28

I heart TPM by The Printed Mind – $19.99

I heart LDN by Clothing For Culture – £25 (various colours available)

I heart New Year by ha-wear at Etsy – $20.99

I really just want to have sex with you by DeezTeez – $14.99

I Texas NY by Saltlick NYC – $58 (yeah, I know)

I Square Pixels by Bytelove – €22

I bomb NY by The Originators – $25 (I assume ‘bomb’ is a graffiti term?)

I Love Coffee by Kirksey Wells for Threadless – $12 (currently sold out)

I dyslexia heart by Busted Tees – $20

I Steel Pittsburgh by Peoples Cartel – $28

I heart my nerd by – $22.95 (available in many colours and as a hoodie)

I love Beatport by Beatport – $24

I love Apple Pi by Adam de la Mare at RedBubble – $25.94

I Used To Love Her by UNDRCRWN – $28 (currently sold out)

I Love To Cook by Pyknic Clothing – $26.98

I love toxic waste by Found Item Clothing – $21.95 (as seen in the film ‘Real Genius’)

I USB Geeks by Lola Camisetas – €11

I love zombies by Mike Friedrich for Scribtee – £15.40

I Uzi LA (I don’t know where to buy this but I’d like too)

I love love love polygamy by Busted Tees – $20

I Love Love by Blend Apparel – $29.99 (printed on a bamboo tee)

I Disco NY by fauxsure at Etsy – $23

I’m apparently not too happy with LA by Rogue Status at Karmaloop – $18

I love Electric Zombie by Electric Zombie – $10 (on it’s last printing and only available in large)

I rock out to Metal by Ex-Boyfriend – $24.99

I heart nerds at Zazzle – $32.60

I Love Pixels by zerotees at Skreened – $23.99

I F LA by Lipstick Prohpets – $26

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Holly Madison loves Candy (and publicity) and I have no idea where to buy her top from.

I heart NY (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

I heart LA (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

I love shoes bags and boys by House of Mental at MoreTVicar – £22

I love Mushrooms by Tee and Toast – £20

I can Street Art by Cotton Factory – $15.99

I bike LA by Local Celebrity – $28

I Sample Favela Funk by PalmerCash – $22.97

I love New York Girls by Monsieur Steve – €19

I Love/Stake Buffy by ThinkGeek – $18.99

I love the Poker Room, no clue where you can buy this, I just like the photo.

I Love Lamp by snorgtees – $16.11 (currently on sale)

I Love Boxed Wine by NoiseBot – $22.95

I Bike Bike by Cotton Factory – $15.99

I Miss NY by Lipstick Prophets – $32

I bread clip bread clips (& I don’t get it?) bySport Coat Clothing – $13

Click here to visit the second page of this list, there’s some really great tees coming up, I promise!



You guys know I’m a fan of Lowdtown, but I’m also a fan of sales, so this one works out great for me. In addition to the sale, get 10% off FOREVER (not just until the end of the sale) with the coupon code hya.


15% off at eco-friendly OMUNKY from now until December 18th with the coupon code MerryMUNKY.

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The e-mail was in German so I struggled to understand it, but I think that Limitees have 25% off all or some of their shirts from now until December 31st… or something like that.

Holiday Sale

Hypnic are doing the pre-Christmas sale thing with 30% off all their tees until Sunday (12/20), making them $16.99 a pop.


The Made With Awesome sale is now on, with up to 40% off items, so tees are $15, posters $14, and totes $5.


15% off everything at much-praised Holebrain, no need for a coupon code, prices are already discounted.

    Not deals but kind of newsworthy

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The I Am The Trend crew let you know why you should be buying indie clothing this festive season rather than heading out to the mall.


I Am The Trend also give you a rundown of hot models in the indie tee world. Note to my girlfriend, this kind of thing disgusts me… ummm, anyone believe that?

Spreadshirt are a pretty well-known in Germany, when I was in Berlin I remember more than one person telling me about how CEO Jana Eggers was ‘kind of a big deal’ for what she’d done with Spreadshirt (and creating jobs within the country rather than outsourcing), and clearly they’re continuing to grow because now they’re running ads on German TV. The embedded video above has no sound, presumably because of copyright on the music and because the German voice-over would have been confusing, but I think it looks good and gets over what Spreadshirt do. I’m thinking I might use Spreadshirt to test out a few ideas for HYA products so that I can get a single item made before ordering a whole bunch.

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410BC know how to make sweet packaging

by Andy on December 13, 2009


410BC sent me a tee a little while back (which will likely be posted soon), and I loved the packaging that it came in so much that I meticulously peeled away the customs label, 410BC return address sticker, my address, the postage sticker, and a lot of the tape the box was wrapped in to reveal a box that was far too nice to be thrown in the bin, and so will now house HYA related gubbins.* I know it’s a little silly to make a post entirely about the packaging of a t-shirt, but I think it does highlight that when someone goes that extra mile to make the t-shirt buying process more than just about receiving a t-shirt in the mail that it really enhances the experience. Of course there’s a pretty high barrier to market that not everyone can do this, as far as indie companies go 410BC are pretty big so they can afford the order minimums that custom boxes come with, and they won’t have a garage filled with boxes for years to come, so not everyone can send custom boxes, but I’m sure that every tee company can think of something interesting they could do to make the buying experience interesting.

*It’s possible that this might be a Northern English word that not many of you recognise, instead of explaining it, I’ll just say it means pretty much what you think it means.


Feel by Blend Apparel [hands-on review]

by Andy on December 12, 2009


As ever, I’m behind on the reviews, but this is a great tee to review, because despite it’s fairly simple appearance, it’s actually really interesting.

You probably recognise the print as being braille, we all recognise those dots, but if you’re anything like me you probably don’t read braille, so you’re just going to have to believe me when I say the text reads “feel” (just as I’m believing Blend Apparel when they tell me that). So that’s a pretty funny visual pun, though the ladies may want to be careful with the perceived invitations it offers, and of course I’d presume that actual blind people would love it.

The print is raised up off the tee too, so it is obviously a pretty thick print so that you can get that effect, but with the dots being not too huge it doesn’t make it feel weird like you’re wearing it, if there was a large black of print this thick it would probably feel like the tee was bullet-proof but you can’t really tell the difference from a regular thin print in this case. I’m just specualting here but is it also possible that a really thick print will stand the test of time better than a thin one, or does it actually make it more likely that you’ll accidentally rip off one of the dots?


The tee is no regular shirt either, as it’s made from bamboo. From what I’ve read bamboo is a much more environmentally friendly way of producing clothing, in fact everything I’ve heard about bamboo makes me wonder why it isn’t used more, anything that can be used as a construction material, food, and clothing, seems crazy to me. So, it’s delicious, but how does it wear? Well, I like it, bamboo t-shirts in general are extremely soft and this version from Blend is no exception. The fit is a little snug, but bamboo tees seem to stretch rather more favourably than a cotton tee, though that may be because bamboo tees usually have less print on them. On that subject, and this is where my lack of technical knowledge comes in, is it harder to print onto a bamboo t-shirt and that’s why bamboo prints tend to be fairly simple?

I’ve always heard that bamboo tees are anti-bacterial, and whilst I can’t think of a way to test that, there’s no reason for me not to believe the claim. I’m not really sure how it would benefit you but I assume it’s no bad thing, perhaps it stops the tee from smelling when you’ve got a bit sweaty, and combined with the comfiness of the tee this could be a great tee for going to the gym in.

Costiness=$24.99 Available from Blend Apparel


Astrohop hoodie by Branded Baron

by Andy on December 11, 2009




It’s pretty well documented at this point that whilst I don’t really have a problem with hip-hop, I don’t understand it, and I don’t listen to it all that often, and when I do it needs to sample an indie or rock band for me to get it. That said, I’d be a bit of a fraud wearing this hoodie, but I’d look pretty cool doing it.

Costiness=$35 Available from Branded Baron



It would be remiss of me not to mention that Micah of (formerly, or, I can’t remember) is also going to be making that risky transition from ‘person who tells you which tees are good’ to ‘person who hopes his tees are good’ with the tee you can see above. His shirt is kind of a logo tee, the three yellow bars can be found on the favicon of the site and yellow is prominent in the design, so it’s a logo tee, but it’s a subtle one.

Micah writes what I think is one of the best t-shirt blogs out there, I like almost every tee he posts, and I’m pretty sure I steal more tees from him than anyone else (for posting, I’m not making the trip to San Francsico every week to rob the man), so I really hope that his venture in the tee world goes well.

Much like my effort, the shirt will be ‘coming soon’, and I’ll let you guys know of any developments.


The Big Brain Machine by Always Thinkin

by Andy on December 11, 2009


Always Thinkin is a blog not a clothing brand, but judging by the looks of this organic and fairtrade certified tee maybe they should be!

Costiness=£12 (until tomorrow when I think the price will go up) Available from Always Thinkin


That title is ridiculously long, if I’m going to keep doing these deal posts I’m going to have to work out a different way of doing the titles.


10% off everything at Fullbleed for the rest of the month.


Snakes & Suits released a new line fairly recently, and now you can get 20% off it, and anything else in their store, by using the coupon code HOLIDAY2009.


Some tees for $15-18, wallets for $30 at Resist Today, and there’s a free tote bag for every order over $50.


For the rest of the month get 20% off at Skilla Fashion with the coupon code SKTHANKS.


LadyUmbrella aren’t quite ready for the spotlight yet (they haven’t opened their store), but they do have a cool tee (women’s sizes only) that is discounted for pre-sale.

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25% off everything that isn’t already discounted at with the coupon code newsletter.

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Free shipping (internationally too!) at Imperfect Articles until December 20th.


You guys are smart so I’m sure you’ll be able to manage the French in this post, especially since Grafitee are giving away 25 shirts.


Free shipping at Bernos for the rest of the month.


All tees €20 at French label Dandycore.

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20% off from now until Christmas with the coupon code xmas at Print Brigade.


Cool new collage tee from FFee Clothing

by Andy on December 10, 2009



FFee have good such a pleasing style, it’s the kind of illustration that I really like to wear and hang on my walls, and those characters are just adorable.

Costiness=$25 Available for men and women at FFee Clothing



I remember two things about Stripes:

1. I totally wanted their RV.
2. I laughed way too much at the excessive amount of plastic explosive used to blast open that door.

Costiness=$29.95 (available as a tee for $21.95) Available from Found Item Clothing



I don’t really know how I’m meant to reconcile that name with this artwork, but there’s no denying that this is a beautiful design.

Costiness=£26 (inc. delivery) Available from kneedeepinsleep



Free shipping at Chateau Roux throughout December. Roux are another of those shops I want to check out when I’m in London next week, so I should be able to give you guys a good London shop guide soon.


Sturban Clothing‘s Pre-Christmas 40% off sale is still going strong.

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15% off everything at Cotton Factory.


They may only have three designs in store, but they’re all pretty nice and you certainly can’t argue with that price.

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Get 20% off your order at Uchi with the coupon code 31CEDuchi20.

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Tees from €5 with €3 flat fee shipping, not bad considering how expensive it must be for Project A Apparel to live in Dublin.

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Satan Claws by I Came From Nothing

by Andy on December 9, 2009


Is nothing sarced, can nothing be spared from the clutches of horror designers? I mean come one, how did they manage to make a man that sneaks into your house in the middle of the night creepy?

Costiness=£20 Available from I Came From Nothing (and with a blue or rust print too)

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New lines from Arkaik and Empire by Arkaik

by Andy on December 9, 2009



I don’t really understand why Arkaik’s lines have been split in two (it might have something to do with them merging with another clothing company… maybe), but as long as the quality is there then I won’t be complaining. They seem to be heading into more of a logo-line direction, which I haven’t got much of a problem with since their logo is totally badass.

Check out the original Arkaik store, or Empire by Arkaik if you’re afraid of bright colours.

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Octopus by Brutali

by Andy on December 9, 2009


This artwork really suits the black and white colourway and that place works nicely too. And good to see a brand called Brutali doing their photoshoot in a churchyard too!

Costiness=£10 (on sale, and get a further 15% off with the coupon code CHRISTMAS1 during this most festive of months) Available from Brutali Apparel


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