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I spotted this post over and just had to share it since I think it is a pretty good (and short) primer for pointing out pitfalls that seem to catch out a few t-shirt brands before they even get going.

5 Things to Avoid When Starting an Indie Clothing Line « LainLee3Design.com

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I just wanted to share some tips to people new on getting soft prints on dark shirts. On this “Born 2B Wild” shirt I used half tone underlay instead of solid under the red and light colors. A lot of people just use a solid underlay when not needed which just gives a plastic shield feel. Also I thinned out the white ink. On plastisol I tend to thin ink whenever possible. I also use a high mesh screen (305) to lay on a thinner layer whenever possible.This print was done with 5 screens on an automatic. When the print was done I heat pressed it. Be careful with the heat press to not go above the temp the print was cured at in the oven, that breaks down the ink and will shorten the print life. I use about 60 pounds of pressure. Heat pressing a shirt can make a big difference in softness. When I finished this shirt, the print was virtually undetectable and super soft to the touch. I washed this one a couple dozen times and its still like the day I printed it.
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On this “Punk” shirt, because of its large size solid area, I decided to go with discharge ink. Discharge ink bleaches out the shirt dye and puts the new color in place. Its a pain in the ass to work with, especially on larger numbers. If you get a pin hole in the screen or slip with the ink, the shirt is wrecked cause you can’t zap off a bleached mark. But the end result is a print that you cannot feel, its awesome. On the other grey areas of this shirt I just used solid thinned white ink for the cheeks and levels of half tone for the ears and around the eyes. I only used 2 screen passes with this shirt on an automatic. Each screen is money, and the more you can reduce screens the better by making different colors with halftones. I didn’t need to heat press this one, you can’t feel the print at all after a wash.

Andy: I’ve made it pretty clear in the past that I don’t like the designs over at Vudog, but I do like Keith, the guy that runs the brand, and I appreciate him stopping by with a submission trying to help out other printers, even if some of it went over my head.

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Fall sale time at Threadbird

by Andy on September 14, 2012

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Tee consumers can take a break for a minute or two, this post isn’t of much concern to you, run along now!

Threadbird, who seem to be the go to printing company for most indie brands in the US now, are celebrating the second year of being called Threadbird (they were Storenvy before that, remember?) with a sale. Until the end of the month there is 10% off custom stickers, 10% off screen printed posters, and $0.30 off shirts with up to 3 colours on them, as if the images above didn’t make that abundantly clear. Any of the brand owners reading tempted more likely to place an order with these savings being dangled in front you you?

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Boston Tee Party Recap Winky Boo Style

by Amy_F on August 19, 2012

Boston Tee Party 2012

Last weekend was a huge weekend for the indie clothing community.  Months of planning lead to the First Annual Boston Tee Party & Artist/Design Expo.  Hosted by Kelly Murphy (owner of Saucewear & The Tee Gazette) and co-hosted by (yours truly) Amy Fiedler (owner of Winky Boo & blogger/contributor for Hide Your Arms), the Tee party took place in where else? Boston, MA!

Brands from all over gathered in Boston to take part in the Boston Tee Party.  From New Jersey, to California, Florida and UK, we all traveled to take part in this extraordinary event that didn’t disappoint.  Starting the day off with 3 guest speakers which then lead us into the shopping and networking part while the live music played.

For the rest of my recap of the First Annual Boston Tee Party and to check out photos from the event head on over to the Winky Boo Blog for a closer look at this outstanding Indie Event!!

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Tips for getting funded on Kickstarter

by Andy on June 8, 2012

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I’ve shared my thoughts on t-shirt brands on Kickstarter a few times now, and generally my issues with them are as follows:

    Providing poor value for pledges.
    Not offering innovative designs.
    Too many amateur projects looking for funding before really thinking through development of the brand.
    Why the hell should these people not have to risk their own money when thousands of other people startup their own tee businesses?

Obviously, I could expand on those points, but I worry that I can sound too down on Kickstarter when I really do like it as a platform, and do feel that there are a lot of good reasons why people, including clothing brands, should use Kickstarter, it’s just something that needs to be carefully considered for each brand.

David from Seibei, who is of course part of the HYA family, who ran his own very successful Kickstarter campaign (getting 3x what he was hoping to raise) was asked by Shopify to talk about what he did right and wrong when running the project. Several other people were asked as well, including the people being the wildly successful Pebble watch, who raised more than $10 million when all they were after was $100,000. If you’ve been thinking of posting a project on Kickstarter I very much recommend checking out the article and using it to your advantage to ensure the smooth running of your project.

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Mission: Vote For Winky Boo

by Amy_F on May 22, 2012

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Winky Boo is part of Chase and LivingSocial’s “Mission: Small Business” for a chance to be rewarded with a $250k grant, but we need your help!  In order for us to move forward, we need to get 250 votes (so you see, that’s where you come in but I’ll get to that in a second).  First, let me explain to you a little about Chase and LivingSocial’s Mission.

They are rewarding 12 small businesses with a $250k grant towards our business to help us thrive and grow.  There is a panel of judges that will be reviewing our information and our business plans and our plan on what the money will go towards.  As I was sharing the voting information yesterday I was informed that voters aren’t able to view our business plans and only the judging panel can, so I want to just share with you Winky Boo’s plans for the $250k if we are lucky enough to win!

It’ll be slightly easier for me to speak in first person since I am Winky Boo and I am writing this blog (ha).  I, Amy Fiedler, own and operate all aspects of Winky Boo.  I am a one-woman company single-handedly running business out of my bedroom slash office above my parent’s garage.  Aside from the psychological effects having your office in your bedroom does to you, being able to have this business grant would mean being able to open up an office space for Winky Boo and hire full-time employees.  Currently my mother, who works full-time works as my assistant (for free) in-between working her very crucial job as a Nurse Anesthetist in an Operating Room at a hospital.  I also (like most of a lot of the independent clothing company owers) work a full-time job as well every evening, so as some of you in similar positions can relate to, it becomes overwhelming and sometimes even can effect certain aspects of business when you’re a one-man/woman army doing everything.

Office space and employees are not the only reason at all why we’d be able to thrive and grow with this grant.  We have much anticipated interest from retailers worldwide who just want “more” from us and currently we are unable to produce “more”.  We can’t fulfill wholesale desires without funds to produce what would typically equal 1 years worth of printing for us in a month span.  We also can’t successfully show to our interested larger chain wholesalers without the financial capabilities to do this and thus another reason why this grant would mean everything to Winky Boo.

So, what can you do to help? It’s simple.

Step 1: Head on over to Chase and LivingSocial’s Mission Small Business website. https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/

Step 2: Click the login through Facebook on the main page in the bottom right side. (see below)

Log in through facebook Mission: Vote For Winky Boo

This will sign you in through your Facebook (you can only vote if you have a Facebook, and if you have more than 1 Facebook – EVEN BETTER)

Step 3: In the search boxes you want to search “Winky Boo” and for the State, plug in “New Jersey” (you do not need to put a town/city)

Step 4: Winky Boo will appear on the page and next to it you’ll see a blue button “VOTE” – click it!

Step 5: Now go to Winky Boo’s Facebook Page and comment with your name so we can place whoever votes for us in the running to win 1 or more free items from winkyboo.com. There will be more than 1 winner!

 This literally takes less than 1 minute to do and will be so appreciated because every vote helps!  We have 39 days left to get to 250 votes and we only have 20 votes – so please take a second to help my dream come true!!

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tshirtcontest.com sale

When I write up the daily t-shirt releases in the morning I check over all the sites and see who has something new for us that day. Unfortunately today I found that Tshirt Contest have put themselves up for sale for an undisclosed price and are asking interested parties to contact them. I had wondered if something was up when there hadn’t been a release for a few weeks considering that they had typicaly been pretty reliable with their schedule, but I try not to tempt fate or get the rumour mill going by suggesting things on the site since it isn’t particularly helpful for anyone involved. I’d be interested to know what happened to bring them to this point, especially with the design competition world being as tough as it is, was this change caused by the marketplace or perhaps non-tee related issues?

I don’t have anymore details than you can gleam from the site, but they’ve got a decent back catalogue of designs (that I would presume to be part of the sale, though it’s not explicitly mentioned) and an attractive site so I’d have thought that there would be someone out there who feels that they can take the project on and make a success of it.

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bigcartel

BigCartel must have been cooking this up for a while, because it is a big change, and for me a very welcome one. They have revamped the store customization area of the admin section to allow you to make on-the-fly changes to your store, with a handy preview screen that is updated in real-time (though changes won’t be visible to the world until you press save). I think it’s pretty neat, even though I generally leave the HYA store alone these days since Rigu is my ecommmerce venture now and that’s running standalone on OpenCart.

Here’s a rundown from BC explaining 10 aspects of the new customization area.

BigCartel store owners, care to weigh in with your thoughts on the changes?

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[sic] apparel

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I usually try not to post too many Kickstarter projects on HYA because there’s an awful lot of them on there and it’s hard to tell which of them offer good value to the consumer, and part of me often wonder why with a t-shirt company the Kickstarter route is needed anyway, since it’s very hard to be innovative in the t-shirt world, and I worry that brands starting with such a lot of starting capital and (for a tee company) and pressure (they’ll have a lot of orders to deal with initially) will be running before they can walk. That said, I think that [SIC] Apparel have some really cool tees and they seem like a good bunch so I want them to do well. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Simply put, [SIC] APPAREL is garage operation made up of individuals who enjoy creating art together. Fairly standard for a start up apparel company, but they seem to have an angle. The collective is made up of a group of talented and dedicated artists. These artists treat the shirts you buy like a canvas: each shirt you buy is a piece of art. The selling of these shirts benefits the artists by spreading their work far and wide across the world. The artists at [SIC] also work to support causes by dedicating the funds of many their shirt designs to particular non profit organizations. The [SIC] facility is an energetic and creative space for artists that works to develop unique and superior apparel.

To be frank, their angle isn’t that unique, but that isn’t really too important as far as I’m concerned, the t-shirts are the most important aspect and from the photos we have up top they look good. I do question whether they need to get $18,000 in startup funding though. I understand that the majority of this will be going on tooling and equipment, but if I were doing this I would outsource the printing initially to cut costs and then when they have gained popularity switch things over to their own equipment. They have an eco-conscious ethos, so I can see why they want to do everything themselves and ensure that everything is above board, but I do worry that setting themselves a target of $18,000 needing to be raised within a month is going to put off quite a lot of people from making a pledge.

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Matt from Seventh.Ink has written a great guest post over for the Real Thread Printing Co. explaining how people can best prep their artwork before sending it off to the printers, making the whole process easier for everyone involved.

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how to get a band sponsor

If you’re in a band and you’re playing to crowds, then your chest can be seen as an advertising space, especially with the way teenagers view people in bands as borderline-deities that they want to emulate. Thus, bands want to get sponsored, they want to wear free t-shirts, and they want to give brands ‘exposure’. I received this e-mail recently (names and places altered to save them embarrassment):

My name is Cornelius, I’m the frontman for the band The Arm Hiders based out of Unknownville. We are in search of a company to work with to sponsor us on our upcoming tour this Summer. We came across your company on line and have check out your site and feel like we would love to rep your company on tour this summer. If you all endorse bands, we would love to help you all out and get your name out there on the road. Feel free to email us back if you would like to work out something with us. Thanks for your time, and we look forward to hearing back from you. Cheers.

That was it, that was the whole thing. Let’s leave aside for a second the fact that I don’t even really have a line (the HYA store doesn’t really count, does it?), because I wanted to look at what was wrong with that e-mail and how it would be a poor way to approach a clothing brand (or any other company) if you were looking to get yourself, your brand, or possibly your sports team sponsored.

1. The sender doesn’t say hello, or address me by name, a clear sign that it’s a copy pasted e-mail and that they are contacting several people with the same message. Take a second to find out someone’s name and you’ll be a lot more likely to receive a response.

2. There’s no link to the band’s website or music. I’ve never heard of The Arms Hiders (what a silly name!), but maybe if I heard their music I’d really like it and think it was worth sending them some t-shirts. The lack of a website also suggests that this band may be quite small and not yet have any web presence. Bands need to make it as easy as possible for a t-shirt company to hear the music, if that takes more than one click then it’s going to really reduce the response rate.

3. Your band is going on a tour this Summer, so what? Tell me when and where you will be (maybe I can meet you at one of your shows), how big the venues will be, if you are the headline act, what merchandise you sell, if you will be performing at any festivals, how Twitter followers and Facebook likes you have, if your tour will be advertised and if so, do the sponsors get exposure from that. Clearly, the e-mail sender recognises that there is value in terms of exposure for the t-shirt brand, but there’s not enough info to back that up. What the sender needs to do is give a t-shirt brand reason to stop and think if there is enough value for their brand to give the band free t-shirts to wear on the tour.

4. “If you all endorse bands” ignoring the strange wording, this is again another sign that the sender has sent a copy/paste e-mail, and also proves that they haven’t taken the time to look at your site properly. T-shirt brands that do sponsor bands will often like to showcase the bands in some way on their website. Sponsoring a band can be a mark of pride for a t-shirt company, it’s a good way for them to associate themselves with a style of music and also a lifestyle, which quickly gives potential customers and fans something to identify with. So bands should take a good look at each brand and make sure your music fits with their style, and if they do sponsor bands then you already know that it’s something they might be interested in with your band.

5. Copy/paste e-mails are the devil. It is easier to send a copy/paste e-mail, but it’s also easier for someone to delete one, they’re impersonal and almost always sound like adverts. If you want to get a reply from someone you talk to them like a person, create a connection and give them some respect, especially if you’re hoping for them to give you hundreds of dollars of clothing in return. It’s okay to have a general template of an e-mail, some bits of blurb will always be the same, but edit and personalise each e-mail to maximise the chance of getting a response from each brand. Oh, and t-shirt brands talk, so if you e-mail lots of similar brands, they’ll probably know about it.

6. Make sure your spelling and grammar are perfect, or at least the best you can do. There are a few errors in the e-mail I have shown above, and there are parts which aren’t just typos too, which suggests that it was rushed and not re-read to check for errors. If this e-mail is a bands first point of contact with a t-shirt company, what kind of impression does that give? Not a good one in my opinion. If English isn’t your strong point then get someone to write your general template for you and then you can add in the personal stuff that you’re comfortable with on a case-by-case basis, no one is expecting you to be Shakespeare, but brands want to know they’re dealing with professionals. If you are trying to contact someone in a non-native language, make that clear too.

7. If the t-shirt company responds, so do you, quick. Replying to e-mails quickly shows that a band is serious about the sponsorship opportunity, this isn’t a flirty text message with that girl from last night, you don’t need to wait 3 hours to respond. Think about what the t-shirt company wants, a band that will wear you stuff on stage when photos are being taken and tell people about the t-shirt brand, replying quickly to a response is the first step in proving that you’re conscientious and trustworthy. I sent a response to the person that sent me the e-mail above, two days later I haven’t heard from them and I doubt I ever will, potentially I could have been a fan of their brand and suggested them to t-shirt brands for sponsorship, as it stand they’ve lost both those opportunities by not replying to an e-mail.

If you have any suggestions or feedback please leave me a message in the comments, or on Twitter @hideyourarms. In a few weeks I will take a look at whether there really is value for brands sponsoring bands and if the exposure bands provide can help with getting a t-shirt company more fans and customers.

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GraphicLab sent over some pics from their recent trip to WonderCon. With a lot of the daily (and in their case weekly) sites leaning heavily on the nerdier side of the t-shirt spectrum it’s hardly surprising that they wanted to have a presence there, and it sounds like they had a blast meeting people that were interested in their artwork. It would be interesting to see how much of an effect that this had on their sales over the next few months, if this kind of up-close contact with people seeing the shirts printed up would have a big effect on their traffic and overall health of the business.

T-shirt brand owners, do you see a lot of benefits in attending conventions like WonderCon, or is it something that you do more for the experience?

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Sleepy Dan : Vinyl Thoughts Event Shirt Printing

by Sleepy Dan on March 19, 2012

An inspiring night requires an inspiring shirt design… The theme of this year’s Vinyl Thoughts event was Next Level. A retro video game tribute, so I had to create a shirt using one of my favorite games growing up, the classic Donkey Kong! With the help of Alexa Machine this shirt printing went perfect.
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To line up a four color print on the press, you gotta tape one of the films to the pallet in the same spot you want all the prints. So you can line up all the screens in the press to that film, this is the basic registration of the print.
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You will be able to see the film thru the negative space of the emulsified screen, and just gotta line them up perfectly and tighten the screws on the press…
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Once all four screens are taped off on the back and loaded with the correct ink color, the printing begins!
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This four station, six color manual press is perfect for two people to print at once. Just gotta print the colors in the correct order and communicate so no mistakes are made. Check out the final color printing
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Then you get perfect prints like this! I wanted to design something with huge letters, so the levels of the Donkey Kong board were a perfect large surface area.
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Hot off the press, I picked up the shirts and rushed over to the event where all the shirts sold out that night! I am reprinting some more shirts now, so they will be available on my Sleepy Dan web shop this week.
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The two color back design showed off all the sponsors for this year’s event. The show was packed all night and has become such a hit for the up and coming Dallas vinyl arts culture.
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I’m so proud to be part of this event and becoming a contributing vinyl designer. If you check out pics of the event and custom vinyls, I created a tribute to Mike Tyson’s Punch Out by creating two vinyl characters Bald Bull and King Hippo!

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tee madness 2012

Tee Madness will be entering it’s 3rd year and is now accepting signups for the competition. From the looks of things the annual popularity contest has grown once again, with an impressive prize pot and what is sure to be a lot of exposure for all the brand involved. Here’s the prizes:

Prize List for this Year

-1st place Grand Prize: $250 credit to Threadbird, $100 credit to Stickermule, $50 credit to Cheapest Buttons, a custom Storenvy theme (by Storenvy), and $50 cash from LaunchHype!

-2nd Place: $200 credit to Stickermule and a $50 credit to Cheapest Buttons!

-3rd & 4th Place: $100 credit to Stickermule and a $25 credit to Cheapest Buttons!

-5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Place: $25 cash from LaunchHype!

For the first time Adam (from IAMTHRETREND, and organiser of Tee Madness) has chosen to charge a submission fee of $20 for each brand in the contest. I can see why he has felt this is necessary since he does essentially spend a month promoting brands and getting them exposure when the contest probably doesn’t pass on a massive amount to IATT, and whilst he loves t-shirts he probably also loves not being hungry and enjoyed the modern conveniences of electricity and running water. Also, $150 of that cash will be going straight back to the winners anyway, so he definitely isn’t gouging entrants. It’ll be interesting to see who signs up and I will be following along with the event.

Matchups will be announced live on Friday, with the competition beginning on Monday March 19th, expect to see lots of tweets and Facebook updates about this as brands clamour for your votes.

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Sleepy Dan : Customized Hood Sweatie

by Sleepy Dan on January 29, 2012

Sleepy Dan hood sweaties released in December, I had to release one cut n sew project for the first year so you can be sure there will be some more customized designs for the upcoming years! I can not emphasize enough, process is the most important part of any project. The rugby style hoodie is a design just recently hitting trend so I had to make some comfortable enough to bear the Sleepy Dan brand! In my day job as an apparel designer, I have learned how to work with embroidery shops to create apparel patterns, but sometimes several of the finishing steps have to be done on your own to save on cost. That’s how I was able to make these hoodies so affordable.
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Coming from the manufacturer, I had to make some custom modifications past adding the logo embroidery appliques and the new custom neck labels for outerwear… This hoodie has several exposed cover stitch seams, so you can easily see it’s custom made, but the excess seam fabric had to be trimmed up a little more to be finished.
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After finishing, the logo embroidery appliques are hand stitched to the garment, then the size labels are machine stitched into the neck seam. What makes this hoodie so special is the herringbone cotton twill neck seam, rugby placket, and hood seam edge. The time invested to this project is longer than a t-shirt design, but the fan and blogger reviews of the hood sweatie are amazing for the first cut n sew design. Research and development are a key role in the process of a successful project, so don’t overlook your process at any stage! Hope you got one before they sold out…

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T-shirt news for January 26th

by Andy on January 26, 2012

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Very nice argyle Star Wars t-shirt today at TeeFury.

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Seems to me like this is the kind of design that Shirt.Woot should have been selling in the run up to Christmas.

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RIPT drop a Milton Glaser-inspired Doctor Who t-shirt.

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Harry Potter Muggle Ale shirt at Qwertee.

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Those troublesome Tribbles are at Shirt Punch today.

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Skyrim is the inspiration for this Nowhere Bad shirt.

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I have no idea what the inspiration is for this design at The Yetee.

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Star Wars meets Firefly today at OtherTees (who have a snazzy new site).

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TeeRaiders have a Doctor Who design as well.

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24tee go for the niche with one of the stars of the (surprisingly enthralling) King of Kong coin-op games documentary.

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DBH love owls. On that subject, I saw a man walking down the street with an owl yesterday. Owls are great.

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Hey look, Tilteed are selling one of their lesser seen designs again.

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I have no idea what the kanji (presuming it’s Japanese) on this shirt says, so buyer beware at TeeMinus24.

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Tee Gazette have put together their 10 favourite tees from the Storenvy marketplace for January.

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Sock Monkee have released their Ampertastic Mr. Fox design as a print.

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Adam over at IAMTHETREND busts six commonly held myths about his employer Storenvy.

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Wrongwroks have released a parka with a faux fur trim.

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Threadless have made some tees available to be put on Xbox avatars, and they cost about $1 each, but here’s the real kicker, if you want a hoodie you have to pay $2. They’re pixels, just because it costs double in real life doesn’t mean that they should cost double on the Xbox marketplace!

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Glennz has made some more designs available as hoodies.

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Mashable have a guide to building a strong online community around your brand.

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Everything is on sale at Myth Clothing.

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This Rihanna ‘thug life’ tattoo picture has been doing the rounds, but it’s her John Lennon t-shirt that interests me the most.

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Here’s Katy Perry wearing a pretty cool hoodie (and I suspect a cool skull-based all over print t-shirt too).

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Buy one get one free (on tees, not hoodies) at Eleven Eleven.

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Typography Shop have put all their hoodies on sale.

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Sehubabe have released a hoodie and t-shirt for Transardentes 2012 (a Belgian electro rock festival).

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TanDan have been added as a brand store at A Better Tomorrow.

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5 Details sell tees (get free hem tag samples for your brand) [Submitted]

I just wanted to drop you guys a line to let you know about our new range of stitch tags, that we are producing for smaller independent clothing labels.

We are currently sending out sample packs to labels owners and managers around the world to demonstrate how adding stitch tags to your tees can be affordable and bespoke to a single release and really lift that drop.

If you run a clothing label and would like a sample pack just contact Michael: printtees@hotmail.co.uk
with STITCH TAG SAMPLES as the subject.

Andy: Personally, I’m a fan of a hem tag, it certainly makes a brand seem more professional somehow, and if it keeps the branding off the body of the design then I’m all for it. P-Labs charge £49.99 for 50 hem tags, I have no idea if that is cheap or expensive, but if you’re in the market for hem tags it’s probably worth getting a sample pack from them to check on the quality.

This post was submitted by Michael.

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