From the monthly archives:

May 2015

Stain resistant hydrophobic t-shirt

by Andy on May 28, 2015



Ever wanted to stay dry in a water fight? Melbourne clothing and technology label Threadsmiths has created a revolutionary T-shirt that remains waterproof no matter how hard you try to soak it.

Made from 100 per cent cotton, the plain white T-shirts called The Cavalier feature a ‘hydrophobic’ nano-technology application woven in the fabric and capable of repelling most liquids and dirt.

A patented technology, unlike other liquid-repelling applications and aerosols which can contain chemicals, the Threadsmiths website states: ‘Our shirts emulate the natural hydrophobic properties of the lotus leaf.’

Creating a natural self-cleaning effect, any residue left on the material can be removed by just wiping or rinsing off it off with water.
Lewis Pitchford of the label said the the waterproof technology did not rely on the T-shirts being coated in hydrophobic sprays available in the U.S. such as Ultra-Ever Dry

‘Most people are pretty amazed when they see it,’ he said.

While the label currently only produces T-shirts, Mr Pitchford said he welcomed suggestions about what other garments to make using the fabric in the future.
There is speculation the fabric could be revolutionary for restaurants and cafes, where spills on tablecloths and aprons are a daily occurrence and also in the medical sector and hospitals.

Andy: This is pretty amazing, I’ve genuinely never seen a t-shirt like it, I insist you head over to their site to check out the videos!

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The new Freedom Effect t-shirt collection, PaperBoat, is simply gorgeous! You will fall in love with this design series that speaks to the liberating process that charts transitions and journeys.

Some days are bright and clear and we seem to have all the answers; but others may be as dark and unknown as the deep blue sea. The four colors thus transition from beach sand White to Royal Blue through Cancun Blue and Turquoise: a four part symphony in aquatic hues!

The paper boat is of course the “center piece”, but its placement in the lower left allows for space that lends a panoramic effect of sailing in the open sea, invoking a sense of boundless possibilities.

Andy: I like it. I wish that it wasn’t a mockup for the promo photo, but I still like it.

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We recently opened an officially licensed Star Wars store, where a few of the artists from the DesignByHumans community were able to submit designs to Star Wars in order to sell on our site. We have 5 of these DBH Artist designs in addition to a variety of other licensed Star Wars designs.


We also put together a teaser video in a Star Wars theme that highlights some of our printing capabilities.

Lastly, here is a blog post that talks about the 5 designs if you want to get all the info on them.

Andy: Very cool, I always like it when tee brands I’ve watched grow go legit with their licensing with huge brands.

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Peculiar Creatures is dedicated to the discovery, promotion and conservation of animals across the globe. This site features original illustrations of some of the most peculiar creatures on Earth. Because we want to share these wonderful illustrations with the world, we are print them on t-shirts. Get 10 percent off an order when you use the coupon codePeculiar10 – at peculiarcreatures.com

Andy: It’s been a while since I’ve said this but it’s always worth repeating, real product shots make people a lot more likely to purchase a t-shirt and show of your product at it’s best. It seems to me like a lot of hard work is done to produce these sites and t-shirts and get the idea off the ground and then people fall short when it comes to the product shots when really they should be excited about showing off their products.

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So we have been featured on Hide Your Arms a few times in the past (Thanks Andy!). Maybe you’ve come across us on here before, if not we make Dark Cotton Apparel. All our tees are screen printed to the highest quality and we source really good blanks. So you’ll be getting a top quality T-shirt that will wash well and generally endure most things you do in life. We don’t use Gildans or Fruit of the Loom. All of our products are limited runs, which we print before we put on sale; no long pre-orders or digital prints here. Hopefully from this you’ll see that we want to make good T-shirts not just knock them out fast to make a quick bit of cash…..

Most of our T-shirts have a dark theme, we love horror movies and tattooing, hopefully this shows in our designs. We try to take real photos of our products that we use in all of our posts and marketing. I want you to know what you’re getting!!!!!

If you like our designs, you can grab one just here and they are priced at £16.66. T-shirts all come boxed with badges, stickers and a tarot card.

Andy: £16.66… what scamps! Cool designs though.

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Just released a new video featuring some of the kanye/paris capsule line and the new black label line: www.youtube.com/watch?v=st6TrTVDF08

Andy: Very impressive video!

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Hey! It’s been a while since I did a Threadless blog, I’m hoping to get back into it, and what better excuse than a Memorial Day sale there are some really epic staple Threadless reprintes in the sale, some of the cream of the crop!

There were lots of changes to the the Threadless site a while back and I’m trying to find my way round the site again, it does seem a lot less personal and there isn’t as much personality as there used to be. There used to be efforts to made to put an interesting background relevant to the tee and now it’s just all grey and standardised. Nevertheless, the tees are still epic so here are some of my top pics from Threadless today!

Sushi by Benjamin Ang is one of my top favourite tee designs from Threadless, I have no idea how I have managed to not purchase it after adoring it for so long! I’m over the moon too that they had decided to print it onto a purple tank! It makes it even better! They have this in a range of sizes and types (men, women, kids) for $14 so grab a nommy related tee bargain! :)

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Tees like this are why I am devastated I haven’t been on Threadless for so long, I loved Big Hero 6 so much, by far one of the best kid’s movies that has been out in a long while. One of the highlights of the trailer is when Baymax is stroking Mochi, Baymax has a low battery and sounds drunk! So funny. There is a tee that covers this! I really LOVE Hairy Baby by Samantha Germaine Sim.

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If I have blogged this tee once, I have blogged it a thousand times. When my mental filing cabinet things of Threadless, I instantly thing of Mister Mittens’ Big Adventure by Joe Van Wetering! Absolute classic, conversation starter, eye catcher. Every think a person could want in a tee. Poor availability for women, but fully in stock for men, tee bargain for $14! There are a selection of Big Hero 6 tees so it’s well worth dropping by for a rummage.

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Sticking with the space theme, Threadless designers always seem to still manage to come up with brand new super funky space related designs. I know my husband would love Planet System by Bernhard Trunkle (epic name!).  I love tees where they are mostly black with a massive pop of colour right on the chest!

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If you fancy something a bit more serious there is plenty of choice too, I normally lean more towards the cute end of the Threadless scale. Astronomical by Wayne Struwig and Andrew G Hobbs, has much more a ‘normal’ or ‘high street’ feel!

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Back to space again because I was totally taken with all the gorgeous colours on the navy tee. You Are My Universe by ilovedoodle is a super romantic twist on the solar system by depicting them as pretty awesome balloons. I think this tee has quite a feminine feel to it so it might have been cool to see it on a more girly colour! I’d absolutely wear this though, and I’d go for the black scoop neck in girly fit! :)

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Lastly but not leastly and mostly because it’s a mere $7.95, full availability for men and only 2xl for women, I proper love the monotone print on the blue tee with this design of a pretty angry Cruella DeVille, Puppy Love by Paul Tippett could be a great last minute bargain fling into Threadless basket!

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Hope people enjoy having a rummage in the Threadless Memorial sale! I’ve had a nice little wander this morning :)

 

 

 

 

 

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I am always up for trying something new, and trying Mister Pompadour is definitely something new to me and to Hide Your Arms, especially as it comes across as a product for men and I am in fact a woman, BUT do not mistake that as complaining – it is quite the opposite! At first I was intimidated seeing that Mister Pompadour is primarily marketed to men, but I gave it a go anyway and immediately felt very silly for ever being hesitant, because in the end I was really happy with the results. So not only is this for men, it is a product you women could buy for the man in your life (then use it yourself too when he isn’t looking!)

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Mister Pompadour sent me the Moroccan Texture Paste Kit which comes with a Peppermint Shampoo, a Peppermint Conditioner, and a Moroccan Texture Paste, plus they added in a cool logo sticker (all that for only $44!) So first things first, I hopped in the shower to try out the Shampoo and Conditioner and once I popped open the bottle I immediately could smell the mint – the fragrance invaded the steamy shower, but in the best way as it’s not overpowering… it smells so fresh and so clean and only got better the more you scrubbed it in. Once Shampooed, it was Conditioner time and while I was waiting for it to soak in I read the back of the bottle, which to my surprise was not your run of the mill, generic information being told – it had character and was entertaining to read, it gave me a smile or two. To me, something like that is such a lovely touch to a brand, definitely makes it more unique and interesting in the end.

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After my hair had been dried and styled, I noticed a lightness to my normally heavy hair AND I could still smell the mint throughout (even after blow-drying and styling which for me would normally remove any fragrance, but this product’s fresh smell battled through the heat!) Then came the Texture Paste, which I have not used this type of product before believe it or not, but thankfully the instructions were printed nicely on the bottle – for long hair it helped push down those fly-aways and also helped smooth the ends of my hair and gave it a bit of texture – the photos I took do not do it justice! I also went to an outdoor concert, which I’ve done several times and by the end my hair would normally be a frizzy mess, but I must say this time my hair looked just as good as when I got there and that’s saying something.

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To be completely honest, before I tried the Mister Pompadour Kit I thought I would be giving it away to one of my male friends, thinking me being a female that I should not keep it, but after only one use, I stand corrected – I really love the results and I am keeping this kit all to myself! Needless to say, I recommend trying it especially if you are on the lookout for a really good hair regimen; shampoo, conditioner, texture paste, and a lot more including sculpting clay, beeswax paste, pomade, and (coming soon) a texture powder – all the products that, as Mister Pompadour says, will make you look sharp and be confident, and I could not agree more.

Keep in touch with Mister Pompadour:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

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Summer 2015 Collection from Grits. Co

by Andy on May 21, 2015

Grits Co. is a Southern inspired brand from Houston,Texas that is widely known for its detailed representation of the Southern experience in an unapologetic way. The company slogan is simple, “No Grits No Glory”. It is a reminder to never give up on your dreams in life and to give your whole self to get the hard work done.

This Mom and Pop shop has been putting their creative spin on T-Shirts for over 6 years. The shirts are very limited edition and sale out! Each package always has a few extra “Gritty Goods” that makes you feel apart of the family known as the “Grits Gang”.

The main theme of the brand’s Summer 2015 collection is the mascot “Roscrow”. The designer Reuben Levi gets his inspiration from vintage & military items, his true Texas Pride, photography, old school cars and Car Clubs just to name a few. Grits Co. uses only the best quality inks and true to fit 100 % Ring spun cotton shirts, leaving each shirt soft and comfortable. Also included in this collection are the Grits Logo and Grits “G” Trill Ebbets Fields Baseball Hats.

Lately the brand has proven its potential in a difficult and struggling market. Grits Co. is represented around the United States and in a few markets overseas. Being from Houston is what gives this brand the added flavor and appeal with there signature “Kiss My Grits” T-shirt that is launching in the Summer 2015 collection.

Grits Co. launched a Pre-Sale May 1st -15th for the loyal “Grits Gang” fans, and has had great success. The Summer 2015 collection officially went on Sale Today. Check us out at www.weargrits.com

Andy: Really cool designs, the kind of thing that I like to wear these days and I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me.

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Hi!!! I am an artist from Greece Petroula!
Me my partner my sister and her husband decided 2 years ago to create our company- Little rocks

You can find us on Facebook, and Etsy

Little rocks makes handcrafted furniture and fun wear!!
We have fair wear t-shirt line with my illustration silk screen printed!!
And up cycled furniture and accessories made by reclaimed wood-pallets with a funky twist!!

The theme of my characters for little rocks t-shirts this summer, are ginger divers, Mexican fighters (lucha libre), sailors, and tattooed mermaids!!

Andy: Really cool designs, thanks for the submission!

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Born Ready ‘Icon’ collection

by Andy on May 21, 2015



Drawing inspiration from some of pop cultures most iconic and infamous brands. Chanel, Coca-Cola and Baskin & Robbins receive the Born Ready treatment and have undergone a playful and contemporary evolution.

Paying homage to the greats, whilst always remaining individual and ahead of the curve is the underlying theme within this unisex and versatile story. “Always Born Ready”, “Often Licked Never Beaten” and “No.1 L’odeur du Succés” are the three key motifs that individualise the collection whilst “South London Born Ready” underpins them all, acting and emerging as a new standalone icon.

Found exclusively on the Born Ready website, and comprising of 4 T-Shirts and 3 sweatshirts, all 100% cotton. Providing the bold and fearless with the perfect tongue in cheek armour, to take on whatever the day may bring, not taking life too seriously, but always being Born Ready.

Prices range from £30 to £50, available now at www.bornreadyldn.com

Andy: I’m rarely a huge fan of this kind of thing but in this case it does look quite well done and I like their promo photography.

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Huge Cock Gear announces the release of the new “I’ve got this” T-Shirt. Great look, better message. Let people know that they at least don’t have to worry about YOU. Your admirers might draw other ideas that will get you into far more interesting situations…..

The unisex T-shirt is available in Black–sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL. The shirts feature double-needled sleeves and hem. Made out of 100% Cotton, These shirts are not only durable, but comfortable for everyday wear.

All three of the founders of Huge Cock Gear are musicians who are surrounded by talented people that endeavor to entertain. These people are always looking for new ways to express themselves and they inspire us to come up with ideas for street-worthy garments that make a statement. We, as well as our musician friends, find the slogans to be self assured, steeped in double entendre, and entertaining.

The goal for the collection’s garment designs is to make people on the street look twice, and be glad they did. Those moments of humor and interest bring some levity into people’s lives, creating lighter hearts and raised spirits. The entertaining approach to our Guitar Accessories is the same, although the full humor of the product names resonates most with musicians.

The world is a big complicated place, so we want to make people feel Huge.

To buy the “I’ve got this” T-shirt visit the Huge Cock Gear Collection on eBay.

Andy: Much like Offend My Eyes yesterday, I don’t get the appeal of a shirt like this, and I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you readers.

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Here’s some new items from Peter Banír Clothing. Peter Banír Clothing is a clothing brand based on positivity, encouragement, and love for life. Pictured you have Love Life tank tops, retro running shorts and the Crown Her V neck tee.

Here’s a discount for 10% Off + Free Shipping. Get something for yourself, a loved one or friend.

Discount Code: MAY2015
Expires on 5/31/2015 at 11:59pm CST

Andy: Thanks for the submission!

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Paper Clouds Apparel is a t-shirt company with giving at its core. We partner up with kids with special needs from all over the country (and a few outside of the U.S.) and they produce the art for our shirts. In turn we end up donating 50% of our proceeds to a charity of their choice. Each and every shirt has a special story behind it – from battling cancer to living with autism. In order to keep the charity train moving we change our art every two weeks. Not a fan of what’s up now? New art will be up soon and there will be something that you’ll like! This means a new artist gets recognition and a new charity gets more help from you. The three pics are only a small sample of past art as well as one that we are selling now (The Dino).

Our shirts are of the highest quality with tons of build your own variation. We have cuts and colors so vast that we almost never make the same shirt twice.

Andy: Very cool idea!

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Offend My Eyes – Summer Season

by Andy on May 20, 2015



We are OFFEND MY EYES!

We sell clothing and accessories that make a bold statement about who you are; whether that offend’s people eyes or not.

We recently launched our new summer season, featuring brand new tees from £10!

WE SUPPORT BEING YOU!

www.offendmyeyes.co.uk
www.twitter.com/offendmyeyes
www.instagram.com/offendmyeyes

http://offendmyeyes.tumblr.com/

Andy: Not for me, but I’m sure some people are into this style.

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Piekuo.com (piekuo = hell) is a streetwear apparel brand owned by two brothers. Older brother, who is currently living in London, is the creative and Younger Brother, who runs Piekuo.com from Warsaw, is the business side of the company. They write about themselves on their website: ”keeping it safe makes us sick; we’re into paradoxes, design and freedom of thought.”

Check our demons at http://piekuo.com

Andy: Weird but wearable, I like it.

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My name is Guy-Michel and I am the founder of Michael Ghimicelli a clothing line born from a desire to use my talent to make a difference in the lives of the orphans and kids who are or just aged out of the foster care system.

It all started with a desire to design the type of apparel I wanted to wear. I remember several years ago I would head to the mall and literally try some clothes and redesign them in my mind.

“Why add that flashy buttons on such a beautiful shirt?” did I oftentimes ask myself while I was trying some of the name brand apparel or “I wish this dress shirt did not have the brand’s name written so big on the back!…”

A wise man once said: “If you want something which does not exist you have to create it” – I then started to design my own t-shirts, just the way I wanted them. To my amazement; friends and even strangers in the street will compliment my apparels. I loved the whole process from designing for fun – no pressure about pleasing someone – to the day I receive my package in the mail. It is simply a joy.

The coolest thing was that I could wear exactly the kind of t-shirt I wanted – and people love it too!

Then I started to dream: “what if I could design apparels for a living? …using my God’s given talents…and support myself to do what I care the most about in life: serving people in need. How wonderful that would be!

And so was born Michael Ghimicelli, a fashion apparel line aimed to celebrate the charm of a simplistic lifestyle in true bobo style.
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ghimicelli

Here is a 10% discount code: HIDEYOURARMS you can redeem it at http://www.ghimicelli.com

Michael Ghimicelli

Andy: Looking good, thanks for the submission!

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A Girl’s Guide to Festival Season

by Andy on May 13, 2015

A Girl’s Guide to Festival Season

Summer is all about getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather and multitude of festivals. What you wear is just as important as what festival you are attending, so here’s our must-haves for the perfect festival look:

Summer starts with your outfit

Image Credit: theprintbar.com

From the top down
Being protected and looking good under the smouldering heat of the sun is easier than it looks! Printed tank tops offer effortless style and come in a variety of looks. Consider wearing a tank with your favourite band to get it signed later or something loose for breathability.
Don’t like what’s on the racks? Customised t-shirt printing shops are all the rage right now. There are so many pre-designed shirts to choose from, or if you are feeling super artsy, you can create your own custom design.
Sandals and sneakers
Don’t choose footwear just because it looks pretty. Consider comfort and durability. Some converse sneakers or Doc Martens look great and feel great, perfect for stomping and raving the day away!


Image Credit: theprintbar.com

Get Totes organised
Keep all your day trip essentials within easy reach with your own tote bag. With lots of space, these can hold everything you need, while also being easy to scrunch up at the end of the day. Create your own design for a personal touch and a unique look.

Your festival look
A sun-kissed glow always looks great, but don’t let it turn into a lobster red! Keep a spritzer for a moisturised and fresh face and apply lots of sunscreen. For those with long hair, accessorise practically with an up do to keep hair off your face and neck. Sunglasses and a bucket hat look good and keep you safe from the sun.

Stay hydrated
It’s easy to get carried away and forget to drink water, but don’t forget to stock up and stay hydrated. Most festivals will have water fountains, but if you want an extra hydration hit, a refreshing coconut water can help you stay hydrated longer.


Image Credit: theprintbar.com

There’s no time to waste. Have the best summer of your life. Stock up on the essentials and get out to your favourite festival this summer!

Andy: It’s nice to see a printing company come to me with a story that’s actually interesting with fun graphics that isn’t just “BUY OUR STUFF WE’RE SO AWESOME”.

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BLACKVEINS® brand is a Independent streetwear, inspired by the culture of skateboard, BMX, graffiti, tattoo and music, special Old School Hard Core.

Attitude & Positive Life

Andy: Very cool designs as usual and great lookbook photography as usual.

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After a long absence Supafresh returns to find the world a different place. Supafresh must now face the biggest challenge yet.”


Watch the Official Movie Trailer.

Andy: I don’t really understand what’s happening here, but I do quite like it.

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