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RIBMAN StanLee Shirtpunch 480x507 Big News: Stan Lees POW! Entertainment + ShirtPunch Are Teaming Up!

Well the title says it all, POW! Entertainment, founded by Stan Lee (yes THE Stan Lee, comic book icon) is teaming up with tee-a-day site, ShirtPunch.com, to bring you limited edition merchandise! Even better, the series of designs will all be Stan Lee inspired and will be sold throughout the year of 2013 on ShirtPunch.com! Another added bonus, these designs will be sold for only a 24-hour period – after that they are retired and never printed again. I say this is a bonus because that clearly means these designs will be so unique and limited, possibly making these some of the most rare Stan Lee collectables out there since they are only available for purchase in that 24-hour time… and who doesn’t like getting their hands on limited edition merchandise, especially ones featuring a legend like Stan!

The first of the twelve Stan Lee inspired tees to be produced at ShirtPunch.com is this one pictured above appropriately titled Stan the Master designed by none other than Captain RibMan! This t-shirt is up for sale today, Friday, May 17th on Shirtpunch.com, and ONLY for 24-hours you must remember. I do say, this is a great start to this series – I can’t wait to see what ShirtPunch and POW! Entertainment will bring us next!

I’ll leave you with this, a statement from the man himself, Stan Lee, about working with Shirtpunch, which also conveys the devotion he has to his fans:

“Comic and Entertainment fans are certainly the most passionate community when it comes to collecting high-quality limited edition merchandise of their favorite super heroes and movies. By partnering with ShirtPunch to offer flash designs, I feel I am creating something very special and unique for my fans that I think will set apart from other merchandise they may have but is incredibly accessible, affordable and fun to own.”

Keep in touch:
POW! Entertainment and TheRealStanLee.com
ShirtPunch: Official Website, Facebook, Twitter
Captain RibMan: Official Website, SHOP, Facebook, Twitter

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Umbra T-shirt Frames – How Cool Are These?

by Leah on February 6, 2013

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I just came across these lovely t-shirt frames from the Canadian design company – Umbra! I adore them – what do you think of them?

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Buy it (in black or white): At Umbra

 

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Things like this are never easy to say, but the talented designer, Kory “Skummie” Schuerman, has passed away after his long battle with Muscular Dystrophy. He not only was a great artist, but was all around loved and admired in the t-shirt and art community – take a look at all his amazing work and the accomplishments he left behind. Fellow artist and friend of Kory, Victoria Price, said it best, “What an inspiration, not only in art, but in strength too.” Rest in peace, Skummie.

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Take a moment to explore his work, as well as his recent work with Beastpop Artworks in their collaborative project, SkummBeast.

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Post image for T-shirt Review for Tee-a-Day Site – ShirtPunch!

It has been a while, but I am continuing on my reviews of the Tee-A-Day sites, this time with ShirtPunch! They offer a tee every 24 hours and each shirt begins it’s sale time at midnight EST – Eastern Standard Time. If you live in California, for example, it would change at 9pm. Living in the UK? The new tee goes live at 5am for you! I received my tees in a normal mailer, they were wrapped nicely in plastic inside the mailer, but what made it stand out was the Shirtpunch logo boldly presented on the front – adds a nice “punch” to the bag, don’t you think?

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First up for review is an interesting tee and it took me a bit of curious questioning to understand the reference, but now that I understand it, I really like it! If you’re like me and not knowledgeable of classic video/computer games, then you might need some explanation. This tee is called A Better Tomorrow by Bob Mosquito and the t-shirt is essentially a cereal box design (probably figured that already), but what you might not know is it is also referring to Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle; a point-and-click 2D adventure game released on floppy disc or CDROM in 1993, wow I haven’t seen a floppy disc in ages. Well in the game the characters attempt to stop the evil Purple Tentacle (a sentient, disembodied tentacle) from taking over the world, sounds fun! I like that this reference is so obscure, yet the design is fun and interesting enough for a girl like me to enjoy.

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This tee is actually printed on a Men’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle and it obviously fits a lot larger than what I am used to. I still like to wear it though, it’s not uncomfortably too big, so why not? Print of A Better Tomorrow (and Scare-A-Lot, that tee’s next) are very good being as ShirtPunch prints using silk screening which always catches my eye for being a smooth and quality print. Not only that, but what I really like to see in a t-shirt company is a big print, and these prints are big! My only critique would be the tags – they are the original Gildan tags, and it would be nice to see a custom Shirtpunch sewn on tag or maybe a printed tag directly on the fabric.

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I have a tee here a lot of you zombie fans would love, Scare-A-Lot by Truffleshuffle. It’s basically Care Bears in zombie land with a toxic rainbow, deadly little stars and hearts, and hideously cute bears staggering throughout the t-shirt. I especially love the blood (or ooze) flowing out of the one bear’s belly and the exposed ribcage on the other one – does add a bit of gruesomeness to the design! I am intrigued by the sweet, cheerful Care Bears that have been zombiefied; I like the juxtaposition.

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This tee is printed on a Women’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle which if given a Gildan, the Softstyle are the best for what they offer in my opinion. The fit is very good being the right length for me, feels good, and isn’t too tight. I don’t usually prefer this type of blank, but it is not a bad one in any means. (A really nice size chart is available for a more detailed description.) Shirtpunch also offers a variety of styles of apparel to get the design printed on – from tees to hoodies, as well as other things like posters, stickers, and buttons!

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Overall Shirtpunch didn’t disappoint at all, they put out really nice quality tees, especially for only $10 a pop. Thanks to Jon (Buzatron) and all the folks at Shirtpunch for the opportunity to give a review of their tees. Thanks for reading!

Keep in touch with Shirtpunch: Facebook and Twitter

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Post image for Too Old For This Shirt – A New Place to Sell, Swap, and Request Hard to Find Tees and Other Apparel!

Oh, look what Doyle, the creator of RawMeat, passed along to me – It’s called Too Old For This Shirt (great name, huh?) It’s a new place to share, swap, and sell unwanted tees and hoodies, and you can even request wanted items.

Here at Too Old For This Shirt, you can sell, swap, or request, hard to find, limited edition, or out of print apparel, including tee’s, hoodies, caps and more. If you can wear it, you can share it.

Go take a peek, check out the details for submitting, and if you’re interested in a post, just email Doyle at TOOOLDFORTHISSHIRT@GMAIL.COM with photos of the shirt for sale/swap/wanted, plus your name, email, and sale details. I know for a fact I have a few tees (and hoodies) I would love to trade!

Keep in touch with Too Old For This Shirt: Facebook, Twitter, Forum

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Post image for LOTS of New Tees, Hoodies, and More Over at Venus Fallen!

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Venus Fallen added 33 new items into their shop, wow, what a selection of products AND styles. A wide variety including tees (of course), long sleeved crewnecks, pull-overs, hoodies, baseball tees, sweatshirts, belts, wallets, buttons – it’s a lot, I’m telling you! It was hard for me to pick only a few to show you, so go take a look in the shop for the whole selection.

Also, the popular and obviously fun Science Gives Me A Hadron tee (that was even shared by the one and only, George Takei) has been made into a zip-up, neat!

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51845 LOTS of New Tees, Hoodies, and More Over at Venus Fallen!

Keep in touch with Venus Fallen: Facebook, Twitter

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Post image for The Yetee: Today’s Tee For Your Torso – Hands on T-shirt Review!

Two tees for me! Sorry for being especially excited, but I received some great tees from The Yetee, and I know you wouldn’t blame me for being even more cheerful than usual after you see the tees I get to wear. For this review, Andy went ahead and ordered from The Yetee’s grab-bag, (grab-bag meaning random tees) for me to review. The guys over at The Yetee are mind-readers, or maybe I am just really lucky, because I got two t-shirts that I have always wanted from them, but missed when they were printed a little while ago.

Let me back up a bit, are you familiar with The Yetee? Well you really should become acquainted soon if you aren’t. They are a tee-a-day site which basically says it all; they showcase a new tee daily and once that time is over (and in The Yetee’s case, it’s 24 hours most cycles, though sometimes 48 hours depending on the shirt), then after the timer runs out, the tee is gone forever. The Yetee has come a long way since they first launched, which I can’t believe was only a little over a year ago, but their success doesn’t come as much of a surprise since it’s run and owned by two dedicated artists, Glen O’Neill and Mike Mancuso, which needless to say, both have a great passion for tees. It’s also safe to say that The Yetee is a generous crew as they have been involved and hosted various fundraisers for charities throughout their time as a business, and we all can’t help but admire and applaud that.

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My tees were nicely packed in a normal mailer, everything printed clearly, and even the cute Yetee mascot placed sweetly on the shipping label. I would love to see a custom printed mailer with their mascot on it somewhere, that would be an excellent touch. Inside, tucked in with my tees, were several stickers, and cute ones at that! The illustrations are based on The Yetee’s mascot – the pretty Yetee lady by Megan Lara and the cool, growling Yetee face by WinterArtwork, both being designers that are dominating the t-shirt world.

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Speaking of Megan Lara, this one titled Do What You Dream was designed by her and is inspired by one of my most loved childhood films, The NeverEnding Story. As you can see, it’s completely filled with characters from the film and the art is just gorgeous, simple as that. I am especially drawn to the composition, as well as the astounding glow of Falcor above the Empress – this t-shirt is a dream to those who know and love this story.

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This shirt is printed on a women’s small Gildan Softstyle, which I mentioned in my previous review, tends to be a little short for me (and, sadly, a little too tight, ugh.) I really need to remember to order a medium when it comes to Gildan! I am not criticizing this blank, rather I actually really like the softness of the Softstyle as it’s name gives away, but I like tees to fit a little loose rather than being really form-fitting.

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The next tee is a good one on many levels. 1.) It’s The Yetee’s 100th design to be printed, which makes it special to me. 2.) It also features the one and only, Yetee, the mascot and logo of this company. AND 3.) Yetee is repeated on this tee and in so many different pop-culturey ways, I can’t pick a favorite! Actually, I lied, I love the Chewbacca Yetee the best…

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Unlike the other tee, this one is printed on a women’s small Tultex Fine Jersey blank. It fits nicely as well, but seems to feel a little thicker than the Gildan Softstyle, as well as a little larger and longer, so I like the fit of this one a little more. I also like how the sleeves are longer on the Tultex – I prefer them to the normal capped sleeves that most girly fitted tees have. The Yetee also prints using heathered tees on occasion, which are of a poly blend – so it seems to me that they print on several types depending on the design and availability.

As for print, both of the tees are spot on. The Do What You Dream feels especially smooth and soft, and when you look at it up close it’s incredibly clean, obviously screen printed and all proudly printed at Threadbird! The only thing that I miss when examining everything, is the possibility of a custom printed tag or sewn on tag – either one would have really grabbed my attention. Even The Yetee logo printed subtly somewhere would be a great addition to the tee as a whole.

Thank you Glen and Mike over at The Yetee for sending me tees to be reviewed, though you had no idea I was going to, but don’t fret, you won me over with your quality and branding, that’s for sure! And as always, thanks to everyone for reading!

Keep in touch with The Yetee: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

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Post image for Another Fine Tee: Tee Time Once Every 72 Hours – Hands On T-shirt Review!

Hello all you HYA readers, it’s me, Leah! Remember or have you forgotten about me? I know it’s been awhile since I posted last, but I am back and hoping I can make up for lost time. So, I did a blog a little while ago about Another Fine Tee and as a thank-you, they were kind enough to send me a t-shirt (their very first print to be exact), so of course I jumped at the chance to review it! Another Fine Tee is one of those “tee-a-day” sites that we all love so much and they are indeed a very new company opening  just this Summer. They have already shown to be very promising displaying a range of pop-culture tees, as well as some pop-culture with more of an artsy quality about them. Another Fine Tee does not necessarily offer a “tee-a-day”, but close enough, as they offer one original, limited edition t-shirt design once every 72 hours! Also, as we know with all sites like this, once the time is up, you can no longer purchase it on their site.

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Like I mentioned earlier, I received Another Fine Tee’s very first print on their site, Big Blue Skies designed by the great J3concepts who makes some incredible tees and this one is no different. There are a couple reasons why I really admire this design – one obvious reason being that I am a big fan of the show Breaking Bad that this shirt is inspired by. The other less obvious reason that I like this one, is not only is it a pop-culture tee, but it also incorporates artsy-elements in the style of the lines and in the overall mood of the design. One last thing, though I am pretty sure not that many people would agree with me, but the fact that J3 decided to leave out text makes it even more of a success in my eyes.

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Another Fine Tee prints their designs on 100% cotton, and also on 50/50 blend – it all depends on the design and the day. The tee that I was given is a 100% cotton blank (and actually, I am not sure what brand the blank is, but it is comparable to the Gildan Softstyle), but I must say it’s a bit shorter in length than I am used to. The overall fit is a bit tight in places, but it feels comfortable. I think their tees run a bit small and I would have been better to have chosen a women’s medium instead of small – just keep that in mind when you purchase in the future.

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As for the print, I can tell it’s screen-printed by it’s soft ink that seems to have blended in very nicely with the fabric of the tee and even after a few washes (and laying flat to dry), it’s still maintaining it’s quality. The size of the print could have been a little bigger to utilize the t-shirt canvas, in my opinion, but it’s not a deal breaker at all – I just prefer my prints larger. I do appreciate the custom printed tag most of all from Another Fine Tee; their logo is cute, fun, and professional and if you know me, then you know I gravitate to these surprising little details!

Thanks again to Another Fine Tee for giving me the opportunity to review their brand and their tee and of course, thanks to everyone out there for reading!

Keep up with Another Fine Tee: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
Keep up with J3Concepts: Portfolio, Facebook, Twitter

 

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Cardinal Cotton Clothing is now open for business! Created by brothers Dave and John Peele, this brand makes simple, timeless designs that honor the greatness of the state they both grew up in, North Carolina (which isn’t far from me!) Even if you don’t live or know anything about NC, that’s no big deal, because their clothing pretty much can appeal to anyone that likes clean, well designed tees. Also, by the looks of the website and after reading their story, the brand feels welcoming and relaxed, and it looks like these two guys just want to make some great clothes that everyone can enjoy. (They even have some tees fitted for the ladies, thanks Cardinal Cotton!)

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One more important note, to kick off their grand opening, Cardinal Cotton is offering 12% off on everything to everyone for the next 12 days – Use coupon code: OLDNO12 at checkout to receive your discount!

Keep in touch with Cardinal Cotton: Shop, Facebook, and Twitter

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Post image for Let’s Get Weird! Let’s Get Weird! Let’s Get Weird! – Hands On T-shirt Review for LTDEX!

Another tee has arrived, this time from LTDEX! I did my “Big Leah Smile” that I always do when a tee package is sitting on my doorstep, then I ripped open the mailer, pulled the t-shirt out, examined, smiled some more, then shook the package and sadly no stickers or a business cards fell out, which is something I always look for when I first open up the package. I could have possibly misplaced them in my excitement upon opening everything up, I am not sure, but there was a quick, nice note to me from LTDEX, so I appreciated that of course!

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LTDEX sent me this tee, Let’s Get Weird which I have to admit, I had no idea what, “Let’s Get Weird” even meant and that gives away that I am not as hip as I probably should be! After a bit of research, I mean Googling, I found out that the phrase was popularized (and possibly originated) from a show called, Workaholics, which I have not had the pleasure of watching yet, but if it’s getting tees made based on it, then it must be good… right? Well maybe, but go ahead and watch the scene that got this little phrase popular – you know you want to chant it!

When researching, I did see several other tees with this “chant” written on it, and while walking on the beach a few days after I got the tee, I saw someone wearing a tee with “Let’s Get Weird” on it, so it’s not a very unique or hard to find design. With that said, the t-shirt at LTDEX  is different from the bunch I’ve seen with it’s simple and bright, retro typeface bursting from the black t-shirt; it is well designed and it’s definitely an eye catcher!

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After a little more examining, I noticed it’s printed on a lovely American Apparel fine jersey, so it’s not only soft, it’s one that is of complete quality – a good choice to print on! I really like wearing t-shirts that are a bit loose on me, like this tee, but not all ladies are like me; some prefer something fitted and tight when they are picking out a graphic tee. LTDEX offers only Unisex/Male sizes, so for the ladies that like your tees fitted, you’re out of luck!

When looking at the design closely, the actual print is done nicely – it’s a screen print and the ink has absorbed and fuzed with the threads of the soft blank so after a few washes, it still is maintaining it’s color and crispness. My only regret is that LTDEX did not incorporate a custom tag, either printed or sewn on, to identify the brand on the tee. It not only advertises, it just looks professional and is one of my favorite added touches to a t-shirt.

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Make sure to check out LTDEX’s website – looks like a fun bunch of people over there – the model shots are definitely fun! Take a look at the other t-shirts to choose from, most focusing on typography in their designs. Thanks to LTDEX for sending me a tee to review, it’s always a pleasure, and thanks to the readers out there!

Keep in touch with LTDEX: Blog, Facebook, Twitter

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Crooked Monkey T-shirt Review is OMG LOL!

by Leah on September 6, 2012

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Crooked Monkey was kind enough to send me a tee to review and by the looks of it, as well as the other t-shirts on their website, Crooked Monkey is one of those brands that radiates fun in their style, designs, and even in their name! The brand seems to be focusing on t-shirts that make people laugh with their quirky designs and humorous style, but not all are funny shirts – there are also graphic tees with an emphasis on animals, music, and some with lots of color!

My tee arrived in a regular mailer, but the little things inside did make a nice impression on me. After excitingly ripping the tee out of the package, I noticed a bag of candy staring back at me. Aww, candy is always nice, right? Yes, but this candy was clever, it matched the branding of the company so well being as the company name is Crooked Monkey AND the logo features a sweet, faced monkey… so what better than little banana candies? Those really stand out, it’s a fun way to make your customers happy! Not only that, but the coupon code thrown in immediately makes a customer pleased and willing to go shop more – good touch!

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So, I received the t-shirt, LOL OMG EYE CHART and as you can see, it’s a tee designed for a person with a silly sense of humor. Not that I am not a silly-minded person, (I might even be too silly at times), but if you know me well enough, you know I really dislike the use of acronyms for everything we do – from laughing to leaving. These Internet slang like LOL, OMG, TTYL, WTF, even BRB and spelling “you” with only an “u” bothers me, so I am hard to please when it comes to this design. Plus the fact that the design is an eye chart makes it a creative excuse for the viewer (man) to stare at the wearer’s (woman’s) chest – is that on purpose? Ha, I believe this tee was designed by a male, that’s for sure! All kidding aside, a review is not solely based on the design of the tee now is it? No, not at all, because we all have different taste and opinions, thank goodness.

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Nothing is more important than fit, print, and quality and Crooked Monkey got an A in all three. The blank is a fitted Alstyle with a v-neck that especially feminizes the tee. It’s a tighter fit, and as you can see, it is obviously a white tee, so it can become a bit see-through at times which is definitely not a deal breaker, but it is surprising as most Alstyle I have experienced are thick, but this one is far from it; the tee is very soft and comfortable, which we all know is an extremely important part when wearing a t-shirt. The print looks very good as you can see in the photos it’s even and clean. Also, I can tell you it is not thick or rough to the touch, and after a couple washes, it’s still maintains it’s color and quality. Another fine detail is the monkey logo printed on the back of the shirt. I quite like when brands stick their logo places that can be seen, but in places that are not distracting or too pronounced! Lastly, the custom sewn on tag is a nice addition to the t-shirt as a whole. The logo, size, and, website are printed clearly and the original tag is still in place which not only has the care instructions, but it also distinguishes which blank they are printing on, for those of us that have our attention on that.

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Crooked Monkey has quite a large amount of tees to choose from – either funny or graphic, so please take the time to go check out what they have to offer. The prices are a bit high for me ranging from $15 – $24, but I also wish to point out their $1 Promise Scholarship Fund, which I find to be one of the most interesting aspects of Crooked Monkey.

For every 2 t-shirts sold online, we donate $1 to the fund, (some months we run special promotions to donate even more). Every year, we choose one lucky, qualified recipient to receive the scholarship for use at any college, or institution of higher learning that they desire. It’s that simple. We’ve chosen to give back to the American Community, because we feel that our generation is too quick to give abroad before looking at change we can inspire within our community.

More info on how it works and how to apply can be found very easily on their website.

Thanks goes to Crooked Monkey for giving me the opportunity to review their brand and also, I never can forget, thanks to all you HYA readers as well!

Keep up with Crooked Monkey: Facebook and Twitter

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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!

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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.

Tee Arthel 480x266 Teetsy T shirt Review   Six Fun Tees You Dont Want to Miss!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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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+!

Tee NunRabbit 480x266 Teetsy T shirt Review   Six Fun Tees You Dont Want to Miss!Teetsy 3 480x640 Teetsy T shirt Review   Six Fun Tees You Dont Want to Miss! 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:

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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!

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Coming home from a long day of exhausting, sugary work at the bakery, I am worn out and craving something to brighten my day, and what happened? I hopelessly sway up to the front door, but, alas, my eyes light up when I saw Vespertine Machine peering back at me! Before I can even open the door, I am ripping open the mailer… excitedly pulling each piece out, one by one. Each product is wrapped in plastic, which is always a very nice, professional touch, but not only that, each bag is marked with a Vespertine logo sticker. After removing all the apparel, taking photos of the packaging, and admiring the tees and tanks, I then notice there’s more – the package also has a business card and stickers thrown in, and you know how much I like that stuff.

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The first I want to show you is this cute tank – Midnight Mischief is it’s name and it’s designed by Mike Shea. This cute design features little raccoons having some mischievous fun, it just makes me smile. You can almost see the toilet paper as it is flying over and over the Police car and the eggs splattering on the side. This design makes me want to go out and cause some trouble (just kidding!) I know, I know, what is the print and fit like? Well it’s printed on a white American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey Cotton tank top. It is a longer length tank on me, which I am fond of, and fits me well, except in the chest area where it puckers at the straps of the tank (meaning a bustier girl may fit this tank a lot better!) The tank, since it is white, is a bit see through, but not enough to make me not want to wear it, but enough for me to notice. I also can’t forget to point out the print is very good: even, soft, not thick at all and that goes for all the other three pieces in this review as well.  Oh and another interesting add on, this being the Vespertine logo printed on the back of each tee. I love when brands add their logo to the tee somewhere that isn’t overpowering to the design… it was a pleasant surprise when I flipped each tee over, of course!

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My next to review is a cropped tee titled The Social Network designed by Matthew Wade and, it’s hard to see in the photos, but it is printed on a crème colored blank, which is oh so appealing. The design is pretty stunning as well, it’s especially nice up close with it’s very thin lines and gorgeous mark making. The blank itself is another American Apparel 50/50, which means it’s very, very soft – soft and flows on the body and just feels really good. It fits loose, but it’s obviously meant to be over-sized and loose to accent the style and the art on the tee – giving it an indie feeling. I am not a huge fan of cropped tees on me, but I am a fan of the art on this one, so my only recommendation would be to offer this lovely design on a tee or tank for those of us not in favor of wearing cropped tops so willingly!

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The next tee I want to present to you is one titled Medication Nation, designed, once again, by Mike Shea. As for the design, I really dig it. It’s simple, yet the pills sporadically placed to form a figure is quite intriguing, as well as the fade at the bottom of the figure – it’s somewhat eerie seeing the figure disappearing as your eyes move down the tee, and that is what attracts me. The very first thing I noticed was how soft the blank is – I knew it had to be a good one. I immediately checked the tag, and yes, a good one; it’s printed on a silver American Apparel 50/50, which is probably one of my favorite blanks to wear because of it’s softness and it just feels good all around. The fit is good, being a unisex size small, it fits me a little bigger than I am used to, having longer sleeves and longer length, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it. (Though the funny thing is, my sister swiped this one from me she liked it so much – it fits her really well!)

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Last of the review is another tank top, this one designed by Mikey Buchanan is titled Sleep When You’re Dead. I want to express how much I love this design; I love the message, the graphics, the blank color, the details – it all works really well together. The design not only features nice contrast in the design and an interesting typeface, but I also like how Vespertine Machine is placed below the design, which not only gives credit to the brand, but it also balances the art. This one is like the other tank, it’s printed on American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey, but this one is printed on a gray/silver blank, which compliments the design really well. Again, this tank fits me like the other tank – a good fit, but a little baggy near the top. I must mention, when I received this tank, it was a bit stained, possibly spent too long in the dryer at the printers. After contacting Vespertine, a new tank was sent out to me without any hardship or aggravation! Also, we’ve asked Vespertine Machine about the condition of the rest of the tanks and they have checked them and they don’t have the same problem, so nothing to worry about. I mean, we all know, accidents can happen! It’s the way they are dealt with that counts, and Vespertine was easy and professional.

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Thanks to you, Vespertine Machine for giving me the opportunity to review your products (I’m wearing Sleep When You’re Dead, right this second!) And of course, thanks to all of the HYA readers out there!

Keep up with Vespertine Machine: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

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Post image for Nowhere Bad T-shirt: “The Knights Who Say…” Go Ahead, Finish That Line – You Know You Want To!

MainImage 480x440 Nowhere Bad T shirt: The Knights Who Say... Go Ahead, Finish That Line   You Know You Want To!Ni! Well I think this tee says it all…  Buzatron, you did a really great job on this one – it’s Leah approved, for sure!

Buy at Nowhere Bad, $12, until July 16th, so go go go!
Keep up with Buzatron: Shop, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr

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Zen Monkey Studios – Opening Sale!

by Leah on July 6, 2012

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I am really liking what I see over at Zen Monkey Studios, so why not share it for you folks! Not only are they a brand new company for all of us to explore (yay), they are also having an Opening Sale on all their tees until tomorrow, July, 6th. Take a peek at their themed t-shirt bundles too – that’s a cool idea. Loving the style, loving the site, loving the zen of it all.

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SALE prices on individual tees – $15
SALE on Bundles (of two tees) – $27
Buy ‘em here!

Keep in touch with Zen Monkey Studios: Facebook and Twitter

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Post image for Labyrinth Clothing Releases New (Late)Spring/Summer T-shirt Collection and I Say Wow!

Well, well look what we have here. Labyrinth Clothing does it again and has thoroughly impressed me with their new Spring/Summer Collection! It premieres SIX brand new tee designs and in addition, they are also having a sale for one week (today until July 2nd) on all of their older tees. Not only that, (yes there’s even more), the first 25 shoppers will be entered to win Labyrinth goodies and out of those 25, five will be winners! I was a winner once… I got amazing limited edition Labyrinth products – that was a very good day…
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Keep up with Labyrinth Clothing: Facebook, Twitter or go SHOP!

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Triangle Motif, a brand all the way in lovely Sydney, Australia, was kind enough to send on over to me three tees from their Mulga Series – and I must say, these tees are spectacular. Should I just end the review there? No no, I have just way too much to say about this brand!

I heard the doorbell ring and of course I ran to the door only to hear a “smack!” I think the mailman literally rang the doorbell and without a second thought he threw my package on the front step and once I opened up the door he was already in his truck, racing away. I tell you this story, because I then looked down to see that my Triangle Motif package had been ripped and a bit of a tee was popping out. I can’t be sure, but either the mailman is too rough OR the packaging needs to be a bit thicker, just in case someone rudely and roughly handles the mailer when they are in a bad mood or in a rush, because, let’s face it, it happens.

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Inside were three tees, as well as stickers with the Triangle Motif website boldly (and quite largely) printed! I pulled out the t-shirts and at first glance, I was very confused because the tees looked to be three times my size, but that was my fault – I was unclear of the fit of these tees, they are meant to be longer and have a lower neckline – an indie fit blank from a brand called As Colour which is always experimenting with different cuts and styles. So what did I do next? I tried them all on of course! They are very, very soft blanks and the long fit, being part of the style, is something I felt really good in from the very start (I want more!) The print is perfect, consistent, and soft – all the best qualities when it comes down to it! (Remember to click the photos to see a bigger, closer, more detailed image.)

The first of the three is titled, Blue Blood, which I am wearing (very happily) at the top of the review. What I really like about this design is the overall expression of the character; he looks rich and proud of it, but he also looks a bit deranged, (and the deranged part is what I like best.) The black print on white certainly pops out creating a lovely contrast and the elegant lines that create his face remind me of the contour of muscles you would see in some sort of medical book, which is intriguing, needless to say. My eyes go straight to those lines, that are almost organic unlike the other details on the design. These vine-like lines lead my eyes to the other fine details, as well as the bigger details – you can’t beat a top hat, a bow-tie and a monocle! Another plus to this design is the Mulga logo printed inconspicuously on the shoulder of the character – it’s there faintly, but it’s not too blatant to take away from the composition. One last detail, and of course if you know me and my reviews, then you know I have to point out that Triangle Motif has custom sewn on tags on each of these tees, displaying their logo and the size, can’t beat that.

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This next tee is simply called, The Captain, and with his nautical hat, pipe, and massive beard, this Captain obviously brings a smile to my face (how couldn’t he?) Once again, the print is black and bold against the white and like in the other designs, the use of the lines to form a face is just brilliant. Oh, and we can’t forget about the beard, it is mesmerizing; it’s a teardrop shape duplicated over and over to form a gorgeous, detailed texture that practically takes up a good portion of the design, which is not a bad thing at all. I also appreciate how the whole Mulga Series incorporates the same details, but in a different way each time to form a distinct character. This makes the series unified, but each design has it’s own emotion attached to it. Another unifying feature to the series is the Mulga logo that appears on each tee, but this time it is placed sweetly on a charming, little cloud.

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This last one, Afroman, is even hairier than The Captain! Once again, that’s surely not to be taken as a bad thing – that hair brings a lot of detail to the overall design. This character feels like he is moving, with the waving lines in his face to the spirally hairs on his head, he’s coming to life. He fits in quite nicely with the other two characters in the Mulga series, though he has less solid black features on him (hat or pipe or monocle) he still brings a lot to the series, that’s for sure.

ManandCloseup 480x339 Triangle Motif: Mulga T shirt Series Review!I can’t forget about the artist, can I? I must point out that these three tees were designed by Joel Moore, also known as Mulga, hence the name of the series! I took a peek at his work, it’s certainly fun to look at and, as you can tell from my review, I am a BIG fan now. Keep in touch with Mulga on Twitter, Facebook, and his Blog!

So, I think I have made it clear that I adore Triangle Motif and I would go out of my way to recommend them. The brand is unique with it’s unusual style of blanks, with a cut that gives it that indie vibe that compliments the art so well. Not only that, I find that the professional details of the brand insist I be attracted to them… obviously along with those details, the artwork is what captivates me the most – I love art, what can I say?

Thanks Triangle Motif!

Keep up with Triangle Motif: Facebook, Tumblr, Website

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Captivate Clothing Releases New Line!

by Leah on June 23, 2012

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Buy at Captivate Clothing, only £10.99

Keep up with Captivate Clothing: Facebook, Twitter

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Post image for “Perception T” at Neoclassics – on T-shirt, Tank, and Raglan!

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Mmm, what a gorgeous design over at Neoclassics; Perception T is printed on a variety of different style tops – tee, raglan, and tank. The design is described, “Inspired by Rorschach blots, the Perception T-shirt features jellyfish, butterflies, snakes and swans. Carefully composed, these animals take the form of a stylized face when viewed from afar.”

Want it? Buy it at Neoclassics – tees and tank: $30 and raglans: $36
Keep up with Neoclassics: Twitter, Facebook, Blog

P.S. That cutie at the top was crowned Miss Hollywood just last weekend, congratulations to her!

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Post image for Let’s Welcome Newly Launched T-shirt Company – Another Fine Tee: Tee Time Every 72 Hours!

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Lookie here, a new daily (every 72 hours) t-shirt company newly open for business – Another Fine Tee: Tee Time Every 72 Hours. Hmm, and I can’t help but be interested in this site, starting out their launch with an impressive Breaking Bad inspired design by J3concepts and only at $11 a tee! Remember these are tees that come and GO; they’re limited prints for a limited time. (Big Blue Skies is available now until the 14th!)

P.S. I love your logo. Tea and tees, what a good mix I say!

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