From the monthly archives:

January 2016

Minimal Graphic Tees from Teyleen!

by Andy on January 28, 2016


Teyleen is a small family run clothing brand that believes in simplicity and boldness. All of their tees are printed with water based inks in LA and feature unique minimal graphic designs.

Our quality T-shirts are 100% ringspun cotton, printed with water based inks, and are made in the USA. Teyleen believes that people are tired of wearing traditional logos and name brands. Clothing feels more like a billboard today than a means of self-expression. That’s why at Teyleen they encourage their customers to #beacanvas, be themselves, and try to find a design that fit their own personal style.

Andy: I am such a sucker for this kind of tee, the blue/red/white one appeals to me the most, almost reminiscent of Ugmonk.

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Abstruse Apparel ::. FIVE

by Andy on January 28, 2016


Abstruse is celebrating 5 years of existence with this limited edition tee! Printed on emerald triblend and vintage black, using discharge inks for the softest t-shirt possible.

FIVE is available now at www.abstruse.co/shop

Andy: I like it!

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Doodles

by Andy on January 28, 2016



I love pens, especially my brushpens. I started to doodle with them, to put them to work. These design are a result of that.

I start with some shapes, totally random, and then I add some eyes and stuff and there you have it :)

Andy: Why do Rikard’s doodles look so much nicer than mine? Oh yeah, talent.

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Robotos from outer limits

by Andy on January 28, 2016



We love robots. We love old Sci-fi shows.
So here’s our spin on the beloved sci-fi TV show “The Outer Limits”

Robots with a thirst for revenge:
These seemingly friendly robots with their friendly waving hands invaded the shores of Newport beach one day with a thirst for…REVENGE! Revenge for what exactly?! Well, we don’t know yet, all attempts in contacting these evil space bots have gone ignored. Our only hope is that they’ll see any reasoning in those microchips they call brains and stop beaming us into oblivion before the west coast is toast!

Andy: Obviously I am WAYYYYYYYY too late posting this for you guys to get the discount, but $20 for a shirt is still a decent deal.

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Phone Cleaning Microfiber Patch T-shirt

by Andy on January 13, 2016



Genius Tee was founded on the belief that the T-shirt should do more than just prevent people from seeing your nipples. With a built microfiber patch, the Genius Tee allows the wearer to clean their phone, glasses, or camera lens anywhere they go. Perfect for photographers, texters, and four-eyed nerds.

Everybody knows that our fingers leave greasy smudges on everything they touch, with the Genius Tee you have easy access to a photography grade microfiber cloth that is specifically designed for getting grease and dust off a lens. Genius Tees are available on Etsy in a variety of colors and styles.

Andy: Speaking as a photographer, this is a pretty neat idea!

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Now you can make a tee that is completely and uniquely your own! Print your own designs on this fully customizable tee that is made with a lightweight coolmax material, perfect for everyday wear and even for sports.

Coolmax is a special absorbent fabric that allows you to stay sweat-free and cool in the hot weather without clinging to your skin and also helps you retain heat in the cooler climax as well. What’s best about them is that the lightweight material also dries at a rapid pace after washing so they’ll be ready to wear in no time!

The front, back, sleeves and even the neckline can be fully personalized to create the perfect tee that you’ve always wanted.

Your designs will be printed by Jdragon using high performance digital printing technology to ensure vibrant and long-lasting results.

Andy: I don’t really think that this company should be on HYA since this is more of a B2B thing, but I’ve never heard of Coolmax before so I thought it was worth letting them have a post.

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Arizona Desert Nights

by Andy on January 11, 2016


Representing his hometown state of Arizona and the beautifully frightening desert nights, this Arizona t-shirt design is by designer Abe Schmidt and is available at www.50statesapparel.com

Get 15% off using code: HIDEYOURARMS15

Andy: I like it!

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New designer kid kyle

by Andy on January 11, 2016



Awesome new designs. Someone to look out for in 2016 on design by humans.

Andy: I don’t want to be too harsh, but isn’t one of these images just a photo of a rocket upon takeoff that’s been turned into a negative, and then the other is a (now public domain image) that has been made into a negative and then flipped over. It might look fine on a tee, but shouldn’t we expect more than this?

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Heart of a rocker, Soul of a gamer.

With high quality prints and limited runs, Rockhart is the authentic expression of an amplified 8-bit lifestyle.

Andy: I really like these designs, and that pin-badge is neat too.

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24/7 t-shirt from Livin’ Life Co.

by Andy on January 11, 2016



All day and all night. Making your dreams a reality is a 24/7 grind.

Andy: Good concept and well executed too.

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This past summer, Ignorant/Reflections dropped its ‘Gentrification is WEIRD!’ t-shirt, a play on the famous ‘Keep Portland WEIRD!’ as a not-so-subtle nod to the rapidly changing dynamics of the Portland-based company’s hometown, and others around the globe. The first design to be released from their upcoming debut collection appropriately titled ‘Reverse Gentrification’ Ignorant/Reflections is back with brand new ‘Gentrification is WEIRD’ hoodies–as well as something different–yard signs.

Hide Your Arms readers will receive 10% off their entire orders, by using the discount code: IGNORANTWINTER during checkout.

Andy: This hoodie is a bit niche, but I can only assume that it must be a big enough niche that they felt a hoodie was warranted since they’ve already done the tee version. Still, I don’t think I need one here in the Lake District.

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Cute, funny, watercolor bunny with glasses and scarf. Design by InovArt. Check out this artist’s DBH shop here: http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/InovArts/. Save 10% sitewide with coupon code: WINTER10.

Every garment DesignByHumans.com sells is hand-selected and guaranteed to be sweatshop and child labor-free, and the inks we use are water-based and phthalate-free.

Andy: Reminds me a of a hipster Peter Rabbit.

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Not Real. Design by AVEandLIA. Check out this artist’s DBH shop here: http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/AVEandLIA/. Save 10% sitewide with coupon code: WINTER10.

Every garment DesignByHumans.com sells is hand-selected and guaranteed to be sweatshop and child labor-free, and the inks we use are water-based and phthalate-free.

Andy: Can’t say that I’m a particularly big fan of this.

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Apparel for Barbell Rocker

by Andy on January 7, 2016



Far away from crappy shirts with ridiculous claims, Barbell Rocker designs products that last, showing their love for this awesome sport and community of like-minded people. Are you a Barbell Rocker? Check out their new shop: https://www.barbell-rocker.com/

Andy: Pretty cool design, will be interesting to see what they come up with next since one design is a hard thing to build a brand around.

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TheOrigin. Design by Jun087. Check out this artist’s DBH shop here: http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/jun087/. Save 10% sitewide with coupon code: WINTER10.

Every garment DesignByHumans.com sells is hand-selected and guaranteed to be sweatshop and child labor-free, and the inks we use are water-based and phthalate-free.

Andy: Pretty neat! No guarantees that code will still work as this was sent in during my Christmas break.

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Brand New Tees from Absolution Apparel

by Andy on January 7, 2016



Absolution Apparel is back at again. They have just released two new t-shirts and few other products on there site. Lets talk about these two new tees though. These next tees were really designed using a minimal look and really tells a story behind the these two designs. They are printed on some fitted soft tees and our still maintaining there quality to there prints. By using water base inks the prints are no feel to the touch and last along side the garment.

Here’s to my past
We have all got a past. Lets face it right, everyone has something in there past they would change. Our choices in life don’t dictate our entire lives. Always keep moving forward, and learn from the failures life sometimes throws at you. This design is dedicated to those that will not let there past destroy them. Here’s to our past

Find what makes you happy
Finding what makes you happy is a little hard now days. We all have so many things to do in our everyday life. It could be to our jobs, family or friends. We have so many things that we feel obligated to do. Which makes us forget about ourselves in this crazy thing called life. Sometimes we need to take a moment for ourselves. Really MAGNIFY the things in life that makes you happy :) Don’t ever lose your happy

Andy: Not my personal style (you must know by now how a British person feels about positive sayings on t-shirts), but there’s certainly nothing wrong with them, they look well done.

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Retro Resurgence from Pixel Pop Tees

by Andy on January 7, 2016


If you’re like me you had your formative years during the birth of console gaming. Video games were no longer limited to dark arcades or cramped pizza shops, but instead could be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Saturday morning cartoons gave way to marathon endeavors against boss after boss, chip tunes chirping gleefully in the background as morning turned to afternoon and parents were forced to shoehorn children outdoors to break the trance of systems like Atari, Calecovision and the juggernaut that was Nintendo.

Video games became not just a past time or a form of entertainment, they became part of a generation’s personality. What games you were playing had a large impact on the social circle you traveled in and quicker game production meant an avalanche of newer and better games with cooler and shinier graphics. Of course we look back and have to laugh a bit (or 8) at the fact that those graphics we were so amazed by pale in comparison to the graphics produced by the super gaming machines of 2015, but there’s one thing the graphics of games past have in spades; staying power.

The sprites and bit characters of that era are emerging once again, shrouded in nostalgia, but given new life. Designers have taken the 8 bit style and applied it to today’s pop culture, transforming everything from Star Wars and Game of Thrones to Halo and Fallout 4, creating works of art that bring that nostalgia into the present day. Everything from t-shirts and art posters to desktop wallpapers and mobile games don the classic 8 bit shimmer of yesterday all while referencing some of modern days biggest intelectual properties.

Part of the allure of this new design trend is the unique skill it takes to create art using only tiny blocks of color. One might posit that since pixel art is comprised of simple shapes it must then be simple to make, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Any designer who takes a stab at pixel art quickly realizes that its limitations are one of its most endearing (and frustrating) qualities. The act of doing something as seemingly simple as forming a curved line becomes exceedingly difficult when you’re limited to only square units, but it is this imperfect nature that gives pixel art so much of its charm.

In today’s art world where hyperrealistic drawings are so lifelike they look like photographs, pixel art takes viewers back to a time when content triumphed over visual stimuli. The best games on home consoles weren’t necessarily perfect in their graphics, but they always pushed the boundaries of gaming itself. Better level design, cooler game dynamics, more in-depth stories, all these things weighed heavily when it came to choosing which new game to buy and that mentality of quality became synonymous with early console gaming.

Which may shed light as to why so many consumers look fondly upon such a retro style. In the current landscape where broken games are shipped out time after time in order to fit marketing timelines and hit Q4 sale benchmarks, 8 bit art hearkens back to a time where game developers put their best foot forward and truly loved the content that they delivered. That’s not to say today’s gamer landscape is completely desolate (aside from maybe the toxic wasteland outside the vault), but the sheer amount of trendsetting and legitiately unique games that came out in the 8 bit era is truly staggering.

Although pixel art may have gotten its start when it crawled out of the arcade and into the living room, 8 bit is a style that has transcended video games and made its way through all facets of pop culture. Nostalgia may have given this trend legs, but it’s pixel art’s cheeky swagger that is endearing itself with a new generation and cementing its place in modern design. Once again video game culture’s epitomic calling card reigns supreme, giving a new era of geeks a truly unique way to express their personality and show the world that retro can still be new.

If you’re interested in unique 8-bit and pixel art style shirts inspired by gaming and pop culture check out pixelpoptees.com

Andy: Wow, that is a really long submission!

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Cold War Bros

by Andy on January 4, 2016



In the 80’s, Ronny & Mikhail totally had a secret group that only performed for aliens, the illuminati & the shadow government.

Andy: I’m sure that making Cold War one word on the shirt is a conscious choice, I just don’t know what would be the reason for it…

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Rumble Bros. : Hustle and Flow

by Andy on January 4, 2016



Fitness brand Rumble Bros. celebrates the love of boxing in t-shirts with vintage styled graphics and typography. Rumble Bros. offers a line of training apparel and equipment meant to instill greatness in athletes of all levels. The lookbook features a collection of t-shirts that pay homage to the great Rocky Marciano, Imports from the Japanese Artist Akira Yonekawa and an exclusive line for the female heavy hitters; the Bombshell Division. Photographer Jason Falasco brings out the intensity and passion of the sport in dramatic visuals.

Andy: Y’know, in the almost 10 years of posting on HYA I don’t think that I’ve ever had a submission from a boxing company. Really like the photography style, shows off the gear well.

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What the..? Wishi-Woshi

by Andy on January 4, 2016



Hastings, UK based Wishi-Woshi traveled to India to find inspiration for part of their first collection of tees. The ‘Maze’ and ‘WW Kolam’ designs reinterpret ancient sand drawings while the ‘Garland’ design references ‘Lei’ greeting necklaces found in Hawaii and Polynesia. All tees hand printed on 100% organic cotton.

Andy: Quite a nice idea for the design inspiration there.

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