From the monthly archives:

October 2011

3 new Big Cartel Themes from Tonka Park

by Andy on October 31, 2011

big cartel themes

I’ve got a Tonka Park making the HYA store look pretty (well, pretty enough), and I like a lot of the work that Matt does for the Big Cartel community. He’s just dropped 3 new themes and as usual they’re delightfully clean (one is even designed with mobile devices in mind, reordering and resizing content to take account for your browser size). I’m sure that some of you may find $100 for a theme to be a bit steep, especially when Big Cartel is quite a cheap service, but when you consider how much you’ll be paying for tee designs and printing then $100 isn’t really that much to have a good-looking store set up in a couple of hours.

Tonka Park have also updated their Big Cartel WordPress plugin, and HYA is given a surprising mention in the announcement of it’s release. You can now embed a widget on you WordPress site showing a product list (organised in the same order as in your BC product admin area), and also use shortcodes to post items from anyone’s store in blog posts, that means I could embed shirts from Big Cartel stores straight into posts, which is pretty nifty.


New at Threadless this week (31/10/2011)

by DeeHYA on October 31, 2011

Some pretty funky newbie tees at Threadless this week, also there was some bargain hoodies for only $29 that you should totally check out especially with it getting so cold now. Grab some cosy!

First tee in my blog, caught my eye and has personal appeal for me as a Dungeon and Dragons playing geek is Dungeon Crawlers by Anna-Marie Jung.  Tee basically has lots of creepy characters and tonnes of detail, perfect tee for the RPG geek in your life.

New cheeky caffeine fuelled tee addition this week is Veni, Vidi, Venti by Nathan Pyle and Leon Ryan. I actually really like the design, it made me smile when I first saw it. I don’t think it’ works at all the with Pine coloured tee though, a beige would have probably worked better.

It think it would be fair to say there are more masculine designs than feminine ones submitted to Threadless and generally the feminine ones are weaker.  I think Miss Universe by Matthew Dupuis is a really strong and colourful design which aside from the fact it’s quite feminine it’s appealing to everyone.

Hhmm tee’s that make you hungry! The nommilicious Break Fast by Jaco Haasbroek will not only leave you with totally crazy fry up desire but it’s amusing too!

I don’t normally blog about hoodies all that often but because it’s been getting so cold I think it’s very relevant at the moment, everyone needs a good cuddly jumper. I totally love Colourblind by David Soames, the best hoodies have some kind of detail around the zip and this one is a hoodie of two halves!

I’m not a massive of the design of Make Art Not War by Harry Fitriansyah, but I like the message and the colours, I think it’s actually just the guy that doesn’t appeal to me.








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Andy: Thanks for the submission.

This post was submitted by Anna Divita.


The Landing of Goodfibres

by Goodfibres on October 31, 2011

Goodfibres logo

Well, here we are – Goodfibres the ethical clothing design company – taking up residence on the Hide Your Arms blog. You’ll find us here weekly, or at least fortnightly; sharing the love of crowd sourced design and ethically produced men’s and women’s T-shirts.

As this is our first post, we’ll kick off with a brief explanation of exactly what we do and why we (hopefully) appeal to each and every one, so do read on.

We’re an up and coming t-shirt brand based in East London, possessing a slight twist. We don’t design the tees ourselves (perhaps we don’t trust ourselves enough with the responsibility of creativity) but we source designs from all over the world by encouraging artists to submit their work to our site. Once the artwork is live it’ll be put forward to the community to vote on, with the most popular designs – as determined by the community – going into print. Though that’s not the end of why we’re different; are you somewhat intrigued?

Once the community has decided on its favourite designs they’d like to see adorning people’s backs, we don’t leave the interaction there, we keep everyone involved at every step of the way. For every sale made of a designer’s artwork, the artist will get a 10% commission from each and every sale that is made from the first print until the end of time.

We’re also proud to say that our commitment to the wider world extends beyond trendy t-shirts and unique designs. For every sale that we make through Goodfibres we’ll make a donation in kind to a charitable cause. Now that we’ve covered everything that we do in our perpetual efforts to make the world a better place. You may wonder why you’re now falling across us on Hide Your Arms. Allow us to explain.

Stumbling across one of the largest t-shirt blogs out there (and with Andrew being a friendly guy), seemed like a god-send; given that we’re a ‘new-kid-on-the-block’ type amongst the thousands of T-shirt and design sites battling for eyeballs and attention. So Hide Your Arms has very kindly agreed to us becoming a guest blogger on here. This is just the first in the series of our postings across the site.

Hopefully this has provided you with a good foundation of what it is that we do, what we’re striving to achieve, and the general openness that we feel is crucial to operating ethically. If you have any questions, comments or any form of feedback, please do let us know over @ Goodfibres; on Facebook or Twitter.

Kong at GoodfibresSo, this has very much much been focussed on what we’re all about and not so much on the design of all our wonderful artists. As our parting gift we leave you with ‘kong’ a clear and easy winner for October. Not to say that the other entries weren’t great it’s just Kong ran away with it – both in our opinion and the community contributions.

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Mighty Fine go Steampunk crazy!

by Andy on October 31, 2011

steampunk t-shirt

Mighty Fine held a Steampunk design competition a little while back, and five of those shirts above are the fruits of their design community’s labour. The other five are officially licensed designs in which popular characters like C-3P0 and R2-D2 have been steampunked, which probably isn’t a word, but you all know what I mean. I’m pretty impressed by all the designs, what say you guys?

Mighty Fine Steampunk T-shirts


Daily Tee & News Roundup for October 31st

by Andy on October 31, 2011

free hugs t-shirt

Hmmm, something seems a little fishy about this offer of free hugs at TeeFury.

Qwertee are giving us a realistic version of Sonic the Hedgehog (with Tails and Knuckles too).

Nowhere Bad have a Blade Runner themed shirt available.

Great image from Shirt.Woot.

Huh, not often that you get one Sonic design in a week, but thanks to The Yetee this is our second of the day.

TeeMinus24 have a Zombieland-themed shirt referencing the different ‘rules’ that Jesse Eisenberg has for surviving a zombie apocalypse.

I’m fairly addicted to Reddit, so I like this shirt from 24tee.

Mario Boos design from TeeRaiders today.

GraphicLab themselves admit that this style of shirt has been done to death, but ‘hopefully evil’ is something I haven’t seen before.

Shirt Punch give us the most explicitly Halloween themed shirt of the day with ‘Monster Mash.’

RIPT have a cool Mario-inspired shirt today. Is he fighting the power? Is Mario the 99%?

Vaughn de Heart have got a new look website and to celebrate they’re offering 30% off from now until November 6th with the coupon code Forza.

Mashable have got 10 reasons why your website could be costing you sales. Some of these things are pretty obvious, but I think all store owenrs should give them a quick look to get them thinking about their site.

TSHIRT STORE released a slew of great new tees, I think I’d wear every single one, which can’t be a bad thing.

As someone who writes for a living a post called ‘SEO for Non-Dicks‘ got my attention, and whilst SEO bores me to tears, it is unfortunately something that we people of the internet need to know about to get ahead, and that includes t-shirt site owners.


Daily Tee & News Roundup for October 29th

by Andy on October 29, 2011

cthulu t-shirt

Cthulu shirt at TeeFury today.

Doctor Who at Qwertee.

I wonder what the Japanese writing says on this Tilteed shirt.

Shirt.Woot have something for the IT department.

RIPT have a Doctor Who design that I think was first available on RedBubble.

24tee have a shirt with a company from the film Wall Street in it, now that’s a reference!

Catch of the Day Tee are being very punny.

Apparently this Shirt Punch tee is referencing Game of Thrones.

ThreadsTV are back with their 4th well-produced episode.

Use the coupon code TREAT to get 20% off and free shipping when you spend $50+ at Karmaloop (international buyers get $8 off their shipping).

SplitReason are holding a pumpkin carving contest, so be sure to send in your photos if you’ve carved a pumpkin. Even if you don’t win you’ll get $10 credit, so it’s totally worth it.

Super Superficial have knocked £10 off their spooky tees.

Use the coupon codeWITCHINGHOUR to get free shipping at Be Positive this weekend.


We have a new website on the way, along with a ton a new graphics, but first we need to get rid of all our older inventory.

Everything is on sale, up to 70% off, plus there are some awesome grab bag deals for both men and women.


Andy: Thanks for the submission!

This post was submitted by Andrew Silverman.


Daily Tee & News Roundup October 28th

by Andy on October 28, 2011

panda astronaut t-shirt

Very nice Panda/astronaut t-shirt from TeeFury today.

Another oldie-but-goodie from Greg Abbott at Tilteed today, it’s a really lovely design.

Weren’t you always a little disappointed when you had to play as Luigi?

Hahaha, silly owl. Shirt.Woot

Nice tribute to A Clockwork Orange at RIPT today.

If a single one of you gets the reference on this TeeMinus24 design I will be amazed.

Fairly creepy looking Doctor Who design at OtherTees today.

24tee bring us a classic Halloween design.

I didn’t like this Donald Duck shirt when Loviu first released it, and on the second viewing my opinion has not changed.

I have no clue what is going on in this Catch of the Day Tee shirt.

Nice Doctor Who design from Shirt Punch, I think it’s fair to say those guys have had a pretty decent first week.

I stumbled upon this fantastic tutorial by Natalie Jost detailing several ways that you can customize your Big Cartel store to give it features which you would usually expect to see in a standalone ecommerce solution.

Sturban are offering free delivery in the UK on all orders until the end of the month.

BustedTees have put all their fall releases on sale for $14 a piece until noon (EST) on October 31st.

Dephect are offering 25% off all their tees with the coupon code HALLOWEEN11 until November 3rd.

I’ve never heard of Kii Arens before, but their shirts are on now, $19.50 down from $35, and they’re looking mighty fine.

Digital Gravel have knocked 50% off everything, which is pretty huge, all you have to do is use the coupon code THX2011, the infographic says 3 days, but it’s now more like two and a half.

T-Post, the Swedish t-shirt subscription service, are going to stop using a wholesale blank (I’m fairly sure they were using American Apparel) and produce their own shirts, and they want feedback from you to help make it ‘the best t-shirt the world has ever seen.’

That above is a relaunch teaser for PPRHRT, I was unaware that they were in need of a relaunch but there you go, like their Facebook page to keep up to date with their relaunch progress.

A reminder that Urban Industry‘s big Halloween sale is ongoing.

PLNDR are giving away a $250 gift pack from Breezy Excursion, who I’ve never heard of so I presume that means they’re popular.


Hide and Seek Release Fall Collection

by Andy on October 28, 2011

hide and seek clothing

Pretty sizable release from Hide and Seek, I especially like the big logo print in the middle of the picture. Tees are $23, the hoodie is $46, cardigan $38 and the ‘varsity jumper’ is $40.


Reprints this week at Threadless (27/10/11)

by DeeHYA on October 27, 2011

So what do we have in the way of Reprinty goodness this week Threadless? I’m quite liking the contrasts of colours and designs of the reprints although there isn’t very man.

I hope people have been delving deep and getting those UNICEF charity tees I blogged about on Tuesday!

I can totally sympathise with this tee right now, We Can Fix It by Budi Satria Kwan, shows a little fella with a broken heart with stuff around him to fix it. Blue tee makes sense because of the sadness, I could only see heartbroken people buying this tee though in my opinion.

This isn’t the type of tee I would normally go for but I enjoy the colour combo and the design is epic to say the least. Sea Beard by David Fleck just kinda looks like a really narked off King Triton from The Little Mermaid. I like that they have chosen a beardy model guy too.

I actually requested a reprint of this one as a hoodie, I’m glad they’ve reprinted the tee though, my boyfriend being a photographer has given me irrational camera t-shirt desire, don’t worry it’s not a legitimate condition. Can’t help but smile at this lovely yellow tee, Photographer by Lim Heng Swee.

I’ve blogged SUPERnova by Andy Pitts before but the design is just so funny and heart warming it deserves another mention and I can totally understand why this one has been reprinted, it’s been in and out of my shopping basket a few times!

The next design is absolutely stunning, the attention to detail is amazing, it’s very wintery, it’s very Lowry-esque. If On A Winter’s Night Young Lovers by Paul Sheaffer looks like an illustration in a book it’s just really different the kind of tee that starts a discussion.

I enjoy the monotone simplicity of Moustacheville by Tang Yau Hoong, little moustache trees, moustache path, it’s all about the tache and it’s an obvious choice for reprint!









Three new funny t-shirts from Snorg Tees

by Andy on October 27, 2011

snorg tees

I don’t think that we can call this a vintage week from snorgtees, but it’s by no means poor.


Daily Tee & News Roundup for October 27th

by Andy on October 27, 2011

lady gaga halloween t-shirt

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shirt that references Lady Gaga before, so that’s something new from TeeFury.

Yup, the Disney logo is a shirt meme, fortunately the designs I’ve seen so far have been pretty cool, and I’d count this offering from Qwertee amongst that group.

Interesting shirt from Tilteed (that I presume they’ve sold before since they have model shots of it), nice big print on it. have been cranking out the new designs recently, huh?

Excellent work from former HYA writer Randyotter at Shirt.Woot today, this may well be the cutest penguin shirt I’ve ever seen.

Fun shirt from RIPT today, though of course no one will know you’re wearing it in Winter because you’ll have several layers on top.

Nicely done Portal shirt at The Yetee today.

Pity that you won’t be able to get this 24tee shirt in time for Halloween, I’m sure it could be useful with a few outfits.

Can someone explain the reference on this TeeRaiders shirt/hoodie? Is it referencing an actual event or is it purely invented by the artist?

Lovely starry negative space design by Loviu today, right up my street.

When memes and games collide at Shirt Punch today with ‘Snake in a Box’.

Catch of the Day Tee again don’t have anything on their site, I wonder why they don’t put up a message when they haven’t got a shirt to offer, or why they don’t just run the shirts for another day of sale.

Ugmonk have got a new lookbook that reveals no new tees, but does look pretty.

The Daily Street have a roundup of Johnny Cupcake‘s Halloween release event in London.

Dark Bunny Tees have put a new shirt up for pre-order, this one celebrates The Last Starfighter, and the first 100 orders will also receive a free Space Invaders styled poster.

Glennz has cut the price of all the ‘scary’ shirts in his catalogue to $13.95 until the end of the month.

How to start a clothing company takes a look at the pros and cons of screenprinting vs. direct to garment printing.

Mashable put out an article not-that-long-ago that called ‘10 Essential Tips for Startups‘, and judging by some of the things I get in my inbox I think that quite a few t-shirt companies could do with heeding some of their advice.

A Better Tomorrow must be getting close to relaunching their site, take advantage of the savings on their own shirts (this offer doesn’t apply to brand stores).

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T-shirt range by Jason Laurits for Paste USA

by Andy on October 27, 2011

funny cat t-shirt

I’ve never heard of Paste USA or Jason Laurits before, but I like the look of the t-shirts (above is just a selection, the range is much bigger), so three cheers for finding out about new brands via e-mail. The shirts are $35 a piece and available now.

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Four new funny t-shirts from BustedTees

by Andy on October 26, 2011


Even though I would describe myself as getting a bit tired of the ‘Keep Calm’ meme I think that the Star Wars design is the best that BustedTees have released this week.


Seventh.Ink 4th Anniversary Combo Set

by Andy on October 26, 2011 anniversary combo

Four years is a long time in the t-shirt industry, I think we can officially call Seventh.Ink veterans now that they’re four years old. To celebrate this they have produced a limited edition (only 50 pieces made) t-shirt and poster set. The mockup of the poster doesn’t show it, but they’ve used metallic ink which should give a really nice finish to the print, my mistake, it’s a regular print, but is signed and numbered with metallic ink. You can pick up your set for $50 now.


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