From the monthly archives:

July 2012

hide your arms logo t-shirt

These three shirts actually went up in the HYA store on Friday afternoon, but between getting the photos taken, it being me and my girlfriend’s 3rd anniversary, and the Olympics opening ceremony in the evening I didn’t get a chance to write up a post letting you guys know that I took the plunge once again and had some more HYA logo t-shirts printed.

Since I started Rigu last November I’ve really been enjoying packing orders and sending them around the world, and with the HYA store being a bit empty with various sizes of items sold out I decided it was time to get back in the game, and more importantly, I wanted to wear a HYA tee with gold foil on it, and the classic white print too. I won’t print anything that I won’t wear, there’s no point in me investing in stock of tees that I see every day if I’m not going to enjoy seeing them, and I am really, really happy with how these latest tees have come out.

White print on black is a classic colourway and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to having them printed. They’re white discharge ink on black American Apparel 2001 t-shirts, so we all know it’s a good quality t-shirt and with that discharge print it’s started out soft and it’s only going to get softer over time resulting in a really nice vintage feel. Limited quantities of the shirt are available now for £14.99 + shipping.


When I put in the order for the gold foil shirts I did wonder if they were a little bit silly. I’m not exactly a ‘bling’ person, I don’t even like the word bling and I never wear jewelry, but something about gold foil tees has always intrigued me, especially when you’re using a black blank, and I had a feeling that the HYA logo would look good in gold. I hadn’t even considered that there was something of an Olympic tie-in with the gold foil, but as I watched Team GB walk around the track during the opening ceremony on Friday I realised I may have missed a trick with marketing there. The gold is pretty shiny, but it isn’t thick so doesn’t feel heavy on the shirt or feel like it will flake off. A brand (who I suppose should remain nameless) that I like use the same printer and shirt for their gold foil tees and sent me one of them a few year, and whilst it isn’t very gold now it did take many years of washing for that to happen, so I do feel that this shirt has a long life in it if cared for correctly. The shirts are from Continental Clothing, who make very nice shirts with a size chart that is very similar to American Apparel, who are members of the Fair Wear Foundation and go the extra distance when it comes to ensuring that their products are made in fair and ethical conditions. The gold foil tee costs £15.99 + shipping and is available now.


Lastly, I have restocked the grey print on grey AA tri-blend tees since they sold out in medium and large a while ago. The grey print this time is slightly lighter (Pantone 7540C) to reflect the true colour of HYA grey. Please note that in XL and XXL the darker grey print remains as I only restocked the M & L sizes, but the dark grey print looks cool so it’s all good. You can pick up this American Apparel tri-blend shirt for £15.99 plus shipping in the HYA store.

I do have it in mind to add to the store over time and slowly build what we have on offer, likely more logo-based stuff, but it’s possible that we’ll be branching out in the future, likely with a couple of cool posters a local artist-friend of mine, and we’ll see how it goes from there. If there’s anything that you’d like to see the HYA logo on let me know and I’ll see if it’s possible.

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Undefeated Olympic T-Shirts

by Ricardo on July 31, 2012

undftd olympic tees



The London Olympics 2012 have now begun and what timing by Undefeated to release these clean tees. By the way whoever saw the opening ceremony to the Summer Olympics Parade of nations, every single nation which was a total of 205 who will be participating, parade for an hour or so, 1. You really love TV, 2. You really love the Olympics or 3. you didn’t know when your nation was coming up so you waited patiently for them to come up. Head over to Undefeated’s store to see more of these t-shirts.

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What’s new at laFraise this week?

by Andy on July 31, 2012

lafriase t-shirts


Y’know, just for a change I’m not that blown away by the offerings from laFraise this week, but that is of course merely a case of personal taste, if you like them then pick on up!

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battlestar galactica t-shirt

Battlestar Galactica crest shirt at TeeFury.


Cow tipping comes to Shirt.Woot.


Grand Theft Auto meets Doctor Who at RIPT.
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Pale Horse Design – Review

by Mr Four Fingers on July 31, 2012

Pale Horse

I’m not sure what you would imagine seeing from a name called Pale Horse but I can assure you it will be unexpected and oh so marvelously colourful. I recently contacted Chris the super talented tour de force behind Pale Horse Design and asked if it would be cool to do a review. Quick of the mark Chris delivered me two t-shirts to review and hell I can’t be any more excited. [click to continue…]

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FucknFilthy FF2012/01 End Of Summer T-Shirts

by Ricardo on July 30, 2012

fucknflithy t-shirts





FucknFilthy kept people waiting until they dropped these t-shirts on July 18th, head over to their website to see more of the garments , but hurry because most of the sizes have been bought out out already.

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star wars t-shirt

Star Wars meets Winnie the Pooh at TeeFury.


Game of Thrones shows us a new brew at Shirt.Woot.


Fun Harry Potter shirt at RIPT.
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Royal Dynamite

Coming home from vacation is never fun.  Leaving the beach, sun and surf to go back to your routine and work schedule, yuck!  But, leaving vacation and coming home to packages of cool t-shirts ready to be reviewed – now that’s what I’m talking about!!  Royal Dynamite sent me over the coolest t-shirt (that once again I had my eyes on but this time TOLD NOBODY!) but still somehow got it!  What can I say?  I have a lot of good Karma.

The shirt arrived in a custom package from Royal Dynamite in their trademark colors, purple and gold.  What I really found to be a great touch to the mailer was at the bottom it said “RD Cares” and stated, “For every t-shirt bought, Royal Dynamite will donate an education package to a child in need”.  Outstanding! I thought (even though I didn’t purchase this :( ).  It seems these days everyone’s doing something for a cause and I really admire that, especially when they aren’t shy about it and can place it on their packaging for not only me, but for the postal and delivery workers to see (and you know, those snoopy neighbors who dig through your mailbox)!

Inside my mailer was not only my t-shirt but just the right amount of extras!  Two stickers, a business card and a washing instructions card?  Why yes, you read that right!  Never have I seen a brand include a card printed up with washing instructions.  Typically you’d see them listed on the inside neckline label and on occasion some brands will throw in a typed up specific sheet of wash and care for a particular item of clothing, as I do with our swimwear collection.  But this was fantastic!  An entire business type card with all my wash and care.  Only downfall is apparently I cannot “Roll around on the ground” in my t-shirt.  (yes, it does in fact say that lol).  The back of this card has those QR Reader bar-code like things you scan.  I never really got into them, but I still own a Blackberry so maybe that’s why.  Regardless, they’re there if you want to scan and “stay tuned in”, so to speak!

You can’t forget my hand-written note!!  I feel super special every time I receive one!  Thanks Team RD!

I expected nothing less than a quality product from Royal Dynamite and that’s in fact what I got.  Screen-printed private labels on the inside neckline and the back neck of the shirt AND hemline tags.  You wouldn’t know this if you’re just a consumer, but most brands select one or the other.  Some brands can’t pull off that three label option that RD has going.  Part of me feels it’s a bit unnecessary and excessive as most people I know don’t like to be walking billboard advertisements for brands (which is also why I’m not a huge fan of logo tees).  The brand’s name is already included in the design itself on the front of the shirt, so why add it in 3 other places?

I do enjoy a good hemline tag and I think RD has a really nice one.  Some brands just don’t know how to do it right and get the positioning off or the coloring off.  Royal Dynamite’s colors are purple and gold as I mentioned and they’ve incorporated that into their white hemline tag.  I think it blends into the shirt nicely, doesn’t ‘pop’ too much or take away from the design.  Well done!!  As far as the logo on the back neck area, I don’t mind it on a shirt that maybe doesn’t have the label anywhere else or if it’s small and doesn’t stand out that much.  But considering we’ve already got the logo on the hemline AND the inside neck, maybe I could of done without, especially since it’s dark black and really pops off the white shirt.

The design I received is called “Let It Fly!”.  Pink, purple and turquoise are incorporated into this sweet elephant design.  Screw giant pink elephants in a room, how about a flying turquoise elephant?  The elephants wearing shades and has wings and it really just captures everything I’d ever dream up for a design; which is why I love it!  The only part of the design I don’t quite understand is the Elephant’s word bubble saying “So high”.  I’m assuming it’s supposed to be the elephant saying he’s so high (in the air), but the way it’s written can almost be taken out of context which I don’t like.

The product description on their website really embodies what I believe in which totally makes this design 100% cooler to me – as I’ve said before, I love a shirt with a great description that people can RELATE to!  It says,

“When the everyday pressures and daily demands of life feel overwhelming, we must surround ourselves with positive energy and supportive people in order to be able to rise above it all and be productive.”

Perfect!!  Need I say more.  Well I can never say enough.  The t-shirt was this incredibly thin cotton that I adore, though for those who worry about thin fabric, it’s a little see-through on the bottom more so than the top.  The shirt definitely fits great and if I had to guess it’s screen-printed (but I don’t know this as a fact).  The funny part about this design is I cannot tell if it’s hand-drawn or an image photo-shopped.  The wings have soft blended strokes that almost look like a marker but the elephant looks like it’s an actual photo with heavily used photo filters.  Either way, I love the overall look and color of the image but I could do without the word bubble and the brand name in the middle of the design though.  I think it’s too much and really all you need wording wise is “Let It Fly”.

I have only one problem and that’s the bottom seam is very tight and I like my clothes loose.  Maybe a size bigger would have made that problem disappear but really it’s just the blanks you’re working with and I have no idea which blanks RD is using but I’d love to find out because aside from the seam, they feel great!  I also have a better idea on how to fix that tight seam and that’ll be breaking the seam (sorry RD, but it happens).  I mean I’m petite and my size is a Small or Medium – this one I received in a Medium which is what I request for girl’s clothing and don’t get me wrong, it’s not too tight anywhere else but I think I might stretch it out a little so it’s more to my personal liking  (I don’t recommend doing this unless you have experience altering clothing like myself).

Love the tee Team RD, keep it up!!

I’ve been browsing Royal Dynamite’s website while doing this review and I must say the truth and that is that they’re really putting out some really great innovative products including some pretty cool double pocket tees.  Yup, DOUBLE pockets – just go take a look and you’ll see what I mean.  Shop their store here and be sure to stay in touch with them on Facebook and Twitter !!  Thanks very much for the amazing shirt Team RD and for allowing me the privilege of reviewing it.

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Post image for Teetsy T-shirt Review – Six Fun Tees You Don’t Want to Miss!

So, you can’t tell me that you don’t jump up and down when you see a new package of tees on your doorstep! Well maybe you don’t jump up and down like me, but I am sure you get a big smile on your face. This time my smile (and jumps) were extra big when Teetsy landed at my feet. First of all, it was a hefty package (SIX tees were nicely packed in there) and before I could even open it up, I noticed the sweet, hand-drawn details on the mailer – how cute is that? After anxiously taking photos, I pulled open the package to reveal the six tees – so nicely packed up, tied together in individual bundles, with the hang-tags placed in a way that could be seen as soon as you looked at each wrapped up tee. Not only are the hang-tags nicely designed with the fun logo prominently placed on each – that captured my attention immediately – but when you flip it over, the name of the tee and a message is handwritten on each one! Some might prefer typed/printed text rather than an actual handwritten message, but I prefer the latter; I find it to be a very personable touch to any brand, so thank you for that, Teetsy!

Let’s start to review the tees, shall we? The first is titled Arthel, designed by Jason Wyatt Frederick, (take a peek at his sketchbook!) Next we have The Plan and lastly, Three Stripes, both designed by owner of Teetsy himself, Scott Marvel! All three of these tees are obviously a women’s fit and they are all printed on blanks by Bella. (For you men out there, the men’s tees are printed on Anvil Organic). Arthel is on a very pretty leaf green blank and depicts a favorite of mine and classic bluegrass musician, Doc Watson, who sad to say, recently passed away. This illustration is nicely draw with a portrait of “Doc” placed on top of lyrics to his melancholy song, “St. James Hospital”. This is used as a perfect background to the illustration and it pays homage to this legend in the best of ways.

This next t-shirt is, like I said before, printed on a Bella fine jersey for us girls and on Anvil for the boys. The Plan, is one of those tees that has me puzzled and it also has me cringing at the thought of a pulled tooth, but that’s probably what it’s intended to do to the viewer – make them curious and slightly frightened! I think this design is appropriately set on a red tee – giving me the essence of blood, perfect to add to the cringing.

Next, Three Stripes, is printed on a deep heather fine jersey and I can’t say this t-shirt attracts my taste in design, being as it’s very simple and the print doesn’t pop out as much as I would prefer, but it’s three horizontal, painterly stripes are interesting of course. As for the fit of these tees, they all fit tight, which makes me think they run a little small, but they aren’t uncomfortable at all. In fact they are soft and they don’t become see-through like some of the tighter tees I own. The print is nicely done, as you can see from the up-close photos I took for you (click the photos, please, you must see the print closer and bigger to see the quality!) My only complaint is that in person the print on the Three Stripes tee is very hard to see so from a distance it looks just like a plain dark t-shirt, but maybe it’s intended to be a surprise to the viewer as they get closer to you!

Next to show you are these two tees; first Bill’s, and the second is titled Lonly and BOTH, once again, are designed by the owner, Scott Marvel. It’s nice to see an owner of a brand designing a majority of the products in their shop! These hand-screened tees are on Anvil fine jersey blanks, though Lonly is on the Anvil Organic for those who are interested. When I look at Bill’s, well… it just makes me hungry with it’s diner-style menu board placed smack in the middle of the tee with splashes of red spotted throughout. Give me a grilled cheese please!

As for Lonly, it makes me opposite of lonely, indeed. With his big, hairy grin and lopsided eyes, he makes me genuinely smile. I like the scratchy texture of his fur and the vertical lines of the trees in the background give this tee an interesting pattern for your eyes to gaze upon. When I tried these tees on, I noticed they are a bit shorter on me than most tees – shorter and wider and the sleeves are larger. So in general, the Anvil blanks are a good fit, but don’t fit quite as well as the Bella from the first three tees. The print quality is nice and soft to the touch – I can tell they were printed with love by Teetsy.

Okay! One last tee to throw at you readers! This one is probably my favorite out of the bunch, so let’s save the best for last, hm? This one, Nun Rabbit, is illustrated by Carolyn Figel (go take a look at her work, it’s fun) and this tee is, once again, hand-screened with love, I can tell. The thing is, this tee is really fun and it speaks to me. Why?: 1.) I love the quirky design having a nun with giant, sharp teeth and bunny ears – it gets noticed, that’s for sure. 2.) It’s printed on a lovely lavender blank (one of my favorite colors) and 3.) It’s printed on an American Apparel fine jersey tee – yet another favorite of mine. Oh and Teetsy states on their site that for this print you can “custom order any damn color you want it on!” So that’s another plus, huh? Also, if you’ve read my reviews before, you know I love the fit and quality of American Apparel blanks, so I am sure you already know what I am going to say: it’s comfy and it’s a great fit all over, A+!

Teetsy has a good selection of designs, as well as a good range of different blanks and colors. Also, being a fan of poster art, I want to make sure all you HYA readers not only take a look at the tees they offer, but also the prints available in the shop – here’s a couple of my favorites:

Before I go, I want to thank you Teetsy for letting me review your tees, and especially such a great number of them! Also, thanks to all the HYA readers, we appreciate you greatly!

Keep in touch with Teetsy: Facebook, Twitter

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Hey y’all! I’ve been on my hollibobs this week, and I’ve got my Ma staying next week so my Threadless blogs are going to be all over the place with New Today / Back Today, I will do my best though.

Monday New Today tee was a funky twist on Golidlocks and it’s already sold out so if you’ve missed it you’re going to have to wait for a reprint! The Bearshevik Revolution by Ian Leino shows amazing originality and a tee with that will your friends laugh! I expect to see this reprinted very soon!

Monday’s Reprint is dark and full of detail Urban Life Cycle by Dede Yasjkur is a thing of beauty the colour patterns and intricate silhouettes make this an individual and desirable design. I’ve just notice the creepy skull part of it when I uploaded the image of the design. Dark, I like it!

I can see why Tuesday’s Newbie tee was printed! So striking and on top of this it’s a charity tee! Who doesn’t like to do good and look good!  Water, Life Support by Budi Satria Kwan, it conveys a message and looks amazing and 25% of the sale from each tee goes to support WellDone a charity which raises awareness and helps to provide clean water for people in developing countries.

Next design is quite bland in comparison to the tees so far. Skydivers by Jay Fleck, is a peaceful pale blue tee featuring little blokes jumping off clouds. This tee would probably be a bit bland for me but I think that the moon and clouds look really nice. This tee was Tuesday’s reprint.

Wednesday brought a tee I wouldn’t wear in a million years, I don’t know if it’s because I am a parent or a prude but I hate tees with swears on no matter how offensive they are. S-HI-T by Gulshan Kishor and Mellin Paulo Bernardo is one I will let you make your own opinion on.

The following tee is one that I will openly admit to have added to my Threadless basket many a time but I haven’t actually purchased it for one reason or another. Mademoiselle Galaxy by Matthew Dupuis is a tee definitely aimed at the lady Threadless community, this abstract version of the solar system got me all giddy!

I can’t work out what I think of Pinata Anatomy by Carmichael Collective, I think it might be one of those tees that you have to see in person. As far as the images of it goes it just looks like a colourful blob on a white tee. I like the concept though.

Thursdays Reprint was 99 Luftballons by Rose Zietz, seems a bit strange to have this one in the same week as the SkyDivers one and I don’t see the appeal apart from maybe if your favourite song is 99 Red Balloons.

Yay! Finally on to Friday! Newbie tee I love and I reckon it’s probably gonna sell out pretty sharpish. Pirate Pirate by David Soames shows a perfectly symmetrical pirate, two hooks, two eyepatches, two parrots, you get it? I wish there was a bit more colour on this tee but the design is top notch!

Bit darker but still with an animal flavour for Friday’s reprint we have Wolf’s Night Off by Florent Bodart. This tee basically features different animals howling at the moon. Well executed and perfect for those who adore monotone tees with a space flavour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Post image for “Caña Tsunami” t-shirt for beer and Hokkusai fans at Dr. UEEE

For a bit of context, a ‘caña’ is a small beer in Spain which usually costs about €1 and may be accompanied by tapas at the bar. I like that Dr. UEEE felt the need to explain to the English guy what a small beer is since we don’t usually put those two words together, though Germans usually have us beat when it comes to the volume of beer in a single glass, though I’d like to think we have them beat (as if anyone ever wins during a marathon drinking session).

Being a Hokkusai fan, and when I say fan I mean I only like ‘the Great Wave’ but I do like it enough to have it on my sneakers, I think that this design is pretty neat.

Costiness=€19.95 Buy it at Dr. UEEE

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arrow poster print by inkefx




Well now don’t these just look lovely? You’d think that a screen printed poster would set you back a bit, but these prints (both based on shirts that Inkefx also sell) are only $12 each, nice!

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dance party massacre sale






Really nice looking new range from Dance Party Massacre, and when I heard that the lookbook video had Justice right at the start I knew I was going to enjoy it. That 75% off sale is looking pretty epic too, should be starting in a couple of hours if my recollection of time zones is correct.

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walking dead t-shirt

Very nice Walking Dead inspired shirt at TeeFury.


Shirt.Woot have a salute to Firefox.


Diablo 3 gets a nod at RIPT.
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philosoraptor t-shirt



I can’t really call this a great week from Snorg, the designs are all technically proficient as usual but there’s nothing there that really grabs me in a significant way, where’s the spark Snorg, where’s the spark!

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Post image for “Autobacon” t-shirt for bacon lovers (aka everyone) from Glennz

The funny thing about this shirt from Glennz is that this kind of machine is actually not that far from the realms of what is being worked on by scientists trying to create meat-like substances in laboratories.

Costiness=$16.95 (for now, raising later) Buy it at Glennz

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