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RSI Apparel

by Mr Four Fingers on July 25, 2015

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I have definitely been away from Hide Your Arms for far too long. But now I’m back and I bring you RSI Apparel. I’m not sure how I found these guys but I now follow them in/on the haze of Instagram.

I recently bought a tee from them and oh yeah it’s fine. Being a massive Iain Macarthur fan, I was stalking his website one night gawking and slobbering in equal measures until I found ‘Rumpus Face’. An Indonesian style crazy ass face. Not a technical term of course. This screenprinted t-shirt beauty belonged to the online store of RSI Apparel. Insta buy. Done.

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The parcel arrived with the great touches of a caring brand. Things like a personal note and stickers that never fail to impress. The design itself is great and matched perfectly with gold paint /inks on black fabric. Some of the fabric texture breaks through a little, though this could be intentional. The result is that the design is not metallic shiny and ‘heavy’ like foil print but rather a little softer with medium hand.

Being a designer I found it almost strange that the tag was gold foil blocked for an online order. It may not seem like much but it says that these guys are investing into their brand and due their credit.

If you want a cool design, not slim fit but somewhere in the middle (for me at least), at a great price then check out the amazing range at RSI Apparel. Oh yeah I failed to mention that their grossly talented artist roster includes Paul Jackson, Godmachine and Tony Graystone to name but a few.

Yeah, worth a visit I would say.

 

 

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Twin Serpents Need Some Help

by Mr Four Fingers on May 17, 2014

So one of my favourite apparel brands, Twin Serpents, need our collective help. Not with money but rather with a show of support and maybe a few select bad words. A website called Biponee has stolen one of TS’s designs and now sells it on their online store.

So here are some useful links to their Facebook page and website, if you feel like flaming someone. Who knows what else they have nicked.

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If you like your t-shirts bursting with colour and a little bit more than mental then be sure to check out Zero friends. This is an apparel / art brand run by two equally talented artists by the names of Alex Pardee and Dave Correia. I’m not sure how the designs are printed onto their t-shirts as most of the designs have a multitude of colours and subtle variances. From what I can tell all t-shirts American Apparel.

Mens T-shirts are available for $28, Ladies Tank tees for $25 and hoodie/Pullovers at the $50/$55 mark.

Visit online store.

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New T-shirts and Tank Tops from Yonil

by Mr Four Fingers on May 5, 2014

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It’s that time again where the t-shirt world just got a little better. What am I talking about? Well Yonil’s new tees of course! (cue triumphant brass band). I have always loved Yonil’s tees and the fella just seems to be getting better with every release.

Yonil’s latest range of t-shirts include not only mens garments but a whole load of women’s tank tops, a relatively new addition to the store. Along with these new t-shrits there are also a range of great looking product/model photography. Yeah there is smoking and beer but I like that, well drinking beer that is and the smoking relates to one of the designs.

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The t-shirts are custom cut, with soft hand print  on 100% combed cotton. The t-shirts are light in gsm so great for summer, though not super the  light and see-through type. I wear a large and the fit is more of a slim-fit than standard with the sleeves not hanging baggy. Just what I like

What attracts me to Yonil’s designs is the hand drawn aesthetic of his work, as if the designs have all been mono printed. I spoke to Yonil and asked him to share some early stage sketches to show some process. After this stage the designs are scanned in and worked on digitally with his Wacom Cintiq. It’s at this stage where he begings to utilize his extensive texture library. As you can see Yonil does not overkill his work with texture but rather uses it in a more tasteful manner.

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Men’s t-shirts are $28 and Women’s Tank tees are $26. All products aere posted from Tel-Aviv, Israel. I have ordered tees three times before and I have never had any issues. Yonil’s whole brand is one well oiled bit of illustrated machinery.

Here are two previous Yonil reviews on HYA – Review 1 + Review 2

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Solid Gold Death Mask

by Mr Four Fingers on February 10, 2014

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Solid Gold Death Mask is a new comic book series by the amazingly talented Rufus Dayglo. If the name does not ring a bell then just think ‘Tank Girl’. Rufus took over over the Tank Girl comic book reigns from Jamie Hewlett and has since went on to smash out  no less than 6 awesome series. Daylgo also draws a bit o’ Dredd for 2000 AD and even designs toys with Ashley Wood from ThreeA toys. Sleep is not an option.

Loving his style made it easy to buy one of his t-shirts, even though it’s printed on Gildan Heavy which is not a favourite of mine. I does state in the label that it’s “heavy cotton’ though it’s definitely not as thick or heavy as I was expecting which is a relief. As Rufus’ t-shirt are not a part of a brand there is no form of branding on the t-shirt apart from the main print. It’s all very basic. The t-shirt only costs £15 and as you know if you are a apparel brand that packaging, branding and all the little extras start to add up with regards to cost of final product.

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The design is a single colour screen print. It does not have a lot of hand which I was not expecting either and I’m not sure what the ink is as it’s not thick or sticky like plastisol ink but more dry which I’m guessing will fade a little after time. Can you water down plastisol for certain effects?I reckon this will only enhance character of the design. Feel free to comment on how this ‘dry’ print is achieved.

Be sure to nab on one these tees for £15 or grab on his prints (I have one on my wall)

 

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Victory Brand

by Mr Four Fingers on January 21, 2014

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I discovered (well it existed already) Victory Brand whilst checking out the stalls in Brick Lane (London) as we were scouting out how people were setting up, the look and feel. What I was not expecting was to find a stall with a t-shirt of two girls pissing while standing up. Shocked. I also liked it in a totally non ‘I love golden showers’ kinda way. Victory Brand’s stall was hands down the best one. Simple and impactful with massive prints hanging up.

The lady, yes the lady, behind Victory Brand is Victoria Sin who has a portfolio bursting at the seams with cocks and vaginas. It comes as a surprise then when you see a huge pug design on a tee/sweater, so bold and ‘normal’ you feel like maybe you missed a hidden penis. FYI her blog is NSFW.

Victory Brand smacks of edgy high-fashion with polished photography, sharp looking models and a strong voice. Her designs will no doubt polarize opinion and I for one think she is pretty damn talented, ambitious and die-hard energetic (tees are hand printed during week and sold on weekends).

Tees are £30 a pop. Wear one if you dare

 

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Victorian Madness by Dan Hillier

by Mr Four Fingers on January 13, 2014

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Welcome to surreal Victorian madness with these beautiful and often slightly sinister creations by British artist Dan Hillier. These images are vintage Victorian etchings that Dan has meticulously crafted together to create something new and often wonderful. It’s not simply slapping things together drawings but rather a combination of wild imagination, skill and balance. There may have also been copious amounts of LSD involved.

Dan Hillier has a variety of prints, tote bags and loads of screen printed t-shirts. Tees are, from what I can tell, single colour screen prints on white and sell for £25 a pop. His website does not have a ‘Shop’ heading/section but if you look under ‘Galleries’ you will see a sub heading nestled there that is called’ T-shirts, Bags, etc”. Trust me, I missed that the first time.

Better yet just follow this blady LINK!

Also, all the designs are mocked-up on model but knowing Dan’s work I imagine the real product will be the same (placement and scale etc). Hopefully we can see some real product shots in the future.

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AnyForty Massive Sale

by Mr Four Fingers on January 10, 2014

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AnyForty, who have been on HYA a few times are currently having a massive sale. Prior to this sale I bought a mystery pack of 3 t-shirts for £40 and was super chuffed that one of the tees was a design from Meggs (last image), the very graffiti artist that attracted me to AnyForty in the first place.

One of the tees was their logo tee, which is far cooler than you would expect with the words ‘AnyForty’ created from vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, so not as blatant, printed as white on maroon.

Everything is in the region of 50% off and I’m not sure how long it’s on for so get on that shit while you can. The header reads ‘End of year sale’ , so celebrate now.

Follow this link to visit AnyForty online store.

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Cold Lives & Silent Knives

by Mr Four Fingers on January 6, 2014

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Twin Serpents recently posted about their new hoody release  called Silent Knives with hand drawn illustrations and great integrated text by the talented Craig Robson. I also happened to have bought one of these hoodies at the same time so I figured I would share with you guys all the same. This black hoody was a pre-order, something which I have not done before but having received quality tees before from Twin Serpents in the past, I had no qualms whatsoever.

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Not only did I receive my hoody but a blady free t-shirt was thrown into the mix, The Ghostslinger. A pleasant surprise indeed. That and the snakes eggs of course. The hoody is lightweight so not massively thick which is good for me as I like to wear under light jackets or for those cooler autumn nights. Well, with London you never know what weather you are going to get! This hoody features a large single colour screen printed snake design on the back with a small snake emblem on the front, also screen printed. More details are on the Twin Serpents product page.

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The title ‘Cold Lives and Silent Knives’ was inspired by a  comment made by a Twin Serpent follower on a photo of wicked looking Black Mamba snake which the guys on Twin Serpents asked to caption. The resulting comment sparked the imagination of Twin Serpents and this is the result. These guys have pretty strong ties with the community and it’s nice to see something like this happen.

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This Silent Knives hoody makes me feel like I should be in a bike gang or something (possibly the less hardcore cycle gang) and there is actually a disclaimer on the product page stating ” shank, bike and beard not included”.

Currently available for $35.

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Mr Four Fingers Has Some New Tees

by Mr Four Fingers on December 9, 2013

Over at Mr Four Fingers we have had our hands on a new set of studio photographs of our current t-shirts as well as some new ones for a good few months and I figured it’s about time I shared with you guys.

Instead of us photographing the t-shirts ourselves in alleys out in the cold where the nearby lure of beer and soft-glow pub warmth often proved too strong; we decided to enlist the help of The Blackout Studio and some friends to get some proper photos for a change. We thankfully had some camera friendly mates to help out with modeling (none existent budget) though we did somehow pack the incorrect size for the ladies tee hence why they may seem a little toight.

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Our current range is a mixture of screen print and direct to garment printed designs and all are printed on Continental Clothing t-shirts. The ladies tees are slim fit and the men’s are regular fit (more fitted than regular, if you know what I mean). Ladies tees are £18 a pop while men’s come in at £20 though the logo tee is £18. I once bumped into a crazy drunk Italian who stared so hard at the lines of my MFF logo tee that he said it was like “looking into the future”.

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Like with all emerging brands we are learning as we go and having reviewed a good many tees for various brands through Hide Your Arms I have garnered a few tips along the way. Along with these tees we also sell a variety of fancy prints and originals from ink works to paintings (often featured in Curious Duke Gallery). So drop by and check them out at our online store and if you fancy it you can use this promo code: HYAROCKS20 for a walloping 20% discount on final order (ends 01/01/2014).

Get in.

 

 

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Shirts & Destroy

by Mr Four Fingers on September 18, 2013

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Whilst stumbling about the internet on the everlasting hunt for skulls I found this wicked brand called Shirts & Destroy. Most , if not all, of their designs are single colour prints (I assume they are screen prints) on either black or white, with the occasional colour tee. Some of the tees are beasts with regards to intricate patterns like ‘Bones of the Snake’ (first image) where both the front and the back of the t-shirt are patterned in swathes of gold metallic print. You will even find a few Pale Horse designs in their huge catalogue of t-shirt designs. Here is an excerpt from their no bullshit hype  ‘About Us’ section:

“Our mission is to support true underground artists and musicians before their ideas are inevitably co-opted, copied and watered down to be sold in shopping malls.”

We have touched on Shirts & Destroy before with this post by Matt, introducing some new designs by one of their artists David M Cook, who has two of the coolest skull tees I have seen, if not the weirdest.

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Mr Four Fingers DBH Collective

by Mr Four Fingers on August 8, 2013

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Now is a better time than any to introduce our new t-shirt designs on the Design By Humans Collective as they are currently running a nice 20% discount promotion until 11th August. Below are five of our designs available for $24 a pop so slap the promo code FANCYLEMONADE for 20% discount. All designs are DTG prints available on various colour t-shirts and there are a few options for the ladies as well.

Bosh, job done.

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For any more information of the creating of these designs, variations and background info then be sure to check out our Mr Four Fingers website.

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Crook & Dagger (Dr Popcorn Apparel rebrand)

by Mr Four Fingers on August 8, 2013

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Ah, it’s always great to see brands going from  strength to strength and never settling but always burgeoning forward. Though this time the brand has moved forward, with a new name and a whole lot more punch. Back February at the Margin Trade Show we (Andy and Logan ) had the pleasure of meeting the guys behind Dr Popcorn Apparel but since then they have decided to change the name of their brand to Crook & Dagger as they felt their previous name was rather misleading and didn’t suit their ideals.

This was the right move. Now the gritty nature of their brand has a name that suits it. I was also pleased to see some bloody good photography, great looking models and shit hot lifestyle imagery which gives any brand, let alone a small independent  brand, a lot more kudos. They have also added some new designs, vests, tanks, sweaters (coming soon) and accessories like beanies and even a hoody for you little mutt.

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As far as I can tell every tee is £25 with free postage in the UK so if you are into gritty illustrations with the occasional smattering of dark humour then head over to Crook & Dagger and have a gander. Make sure to enter HYABOMB at checkout to receive a 10% discount.

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bky kid – Play Mat T-shirt

by Mr Four Fingers on July 3, 2013

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This strange t-shirt product is created by bky kid and is literally a road/train map printed on the back of your t-shirt  for your kids to drive around on. Let’s hope your kid doesn’t have a tantrum with a  large dump truck.

This quirky play time dads tee can be bought from their online store for £14.89 (2xl £16.24).

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Engstrom – T-shirt Review

by Mr Four Fingers on June 28, 2013

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Engstrom Clothing are a new t-shirt design label from Kansas City  who have recently launched a range of t-shirts that are definitely not for shy folk. As you can see by their designs, they are big ‘n bold and most are booming with bright colour. The name of the company is derived from the name Brent Engstrom, a man with prodigious drawing talent who illustrates, amongst other things, the Garbage Pail Kid trading cards!

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Yonil has some new t-shirts and a review

by Mr Four Fingers on May 13, 2013

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I was contacted recently by Jonathan Lax A.K.A. Yonil with some great news that he will be (now has) releasing a whole batch of new t-shirt designs. The first time we reviewed Yonil it was  a walk in the park. A park that was weird, sunny and pretty damn good. I can quite confidently say that you will never be disappointed buying a t-shirt from Yonil, not only for the great t-shirt quality, designs and service but also for the designer himself, a very humble fellow indeed.

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Yonil has great looking website backed up by strong and friendly branding and so it should considering he has a degree in visual communications. He does state on his website that he does not like “summer heat”. Now Londoners like myself might disagree but then again Yonil is based in Tel-Aviv, as I type this post it’s 33º over there and that’s not even the hottest it gets.

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Now what is the hottest (see what I did there) is Yonil’s latest t-shirt designs. I was lucky enough to be sent this t-shirt below called ‘Roof’ to review. Yonil’s line style and texture execution reminds me of (and may very well be) monoprinting. Monoprinting is a process of creating an image by inking or painting a flat surface, then laying paper lightly on top and drawing on the back of the paper with a blunt-ish implement like burnishing tool or even a  Biro pen. The paint/ink then adheres to the reverse side, giving you a lovely textured style. There are different forms but this is the one I learnt at college.

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As you can see this design is two colours printed  on yellow 100% combed cotton, custom cut T-shirt . The design has no base layer on white so the print is thin and the red is enhanced by the yellow fabric. As expected the t-shirt fits well and is soft, whatever the “custom cut” is, it works. Included in the freebies were some stickers and an unusual printed cardboard square which made me initially think that perhaps it was a ‘tab’ that you collected and once you collected a certain amount, you posted them back for a free t-shirt or something of that nature. Who knows, maybe that’s an idea I have thrown out there (hint hint).

Be sure to visit his quirky website to purchase one of these new tees for $27 and follow Yonil on his Facebook page here. Yonil is also giving the wonderful HYA readers a 15% discount so just enter HIDEYOARMZ  at the checkout and get yourself some tees! Offer ends Friday 17th May 2013.

Here are the other 3 designs from the new collection.

Slight of Hand

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A T-shirts Story

by Mr Four Fingers on May 7, 2013

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When visiting my Dad last year in South Africa I went to the storage room and pulled down some of my dusty storage boxes to rummage and reminisce. Inside the clutter I found two t-shirts, both of which had belonged to my dad. It got me thinking that It would be nice to know of other t-shirts (or other garments) that people have and their history.

Here are a few I have so far.

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So I might as well start with my first two t-shirts. This first white tee is blady tiny! I stress this as it was something my dad wore and I feel time and tumble driers have shrunk this to a kids size, literally… [click to continue…]

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Yonil – MASSIVE Clearance Sale

by Mr Four Fingers on April 13, 2013

The talented designer and Illustrator Jonathan Yonil Lax A.K.A. Yonil is currently having a massive clearance sale on his t-shirts. If you don’t know him already he creates illustrated t-shirts (amongst other things) that are surreal and textured. His designs commonly feature hand drawn creations that are just lovely. We have also reviewed some of his t-shirts before, as if you needed any more convincing that is!

Check out these t-shirts below and more at his massive clearance sale here.

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New Pale Horse Jaguar T-shirt Design

by Mr Four Fingers on March 11, 2013

Pale Horse has just dropped a new t-shirt design called Jaguar that is also available as a slick Giclee limited edition print. We have reviewed Pale Horse before and yes they are great t-shirts.

Jaguar T-shirts available from in either black or white for $25 and prints are $65.

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The Dudes Factory [Margin Reports]

by Mr Four Fingers on March 5, 2013

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A couple of years ago whilst visiting a friends house I noticed a cool hand drawn illustration print framed on her wall. It was a curious cartoon-esque drawing by French illustrator McBess. I was supremely happy to find out that clothing brand The Dudes Factory were being showcased at the Margin Trade show as the crux of their designs are created by the talented McBess. The Dudes Factory were at Margin with the support of Boy Parker, an independent t-shirt brand and also part distributer who brought this brand from Berlin to our cloudy shores.

The Dudes Factory are awesome. Yes, I’m trying to stop using that word but in this case the description is perfect. All the designs I saw at Margin were creations of Mcbess, including a printed plate and a beer mug with the words ‘piss’ written on the front but there are other artists that flourish under the umbrella of The Dudes Factory. Here are some of the other great illustrators : Ugo Gattoni, Genius Inc., Dave The Chimp, Network Awesome, Oblast, Fidia and Carolin Loebbert.

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By chatting to the different brands at Margin we gleaned information about them in various ways. The levels of professionalism and the essence of their brand was best shown in their lookbook/catalogue. By this I mean the actual design, style and photography. The Dudes Factory simply nailed theirs with fantastic product and location photography. This should be a benchmark for brands to aspire to.

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