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Coupon code for $5 off at SquidFire this week!

by Andy on November 15, 2010

squidfire coupon code

I’ve written about SquidFire in the past, but didn’t quite realise just how large their operation was. They’ve recently celebrated their 6th year of operation, starting out selling shirts from the trunk of their cadillac to being sold in 130 stores worldwide, I wonder if they should be holidng lectures for aspiring entrepreneurs just like Johnny Cupcakes?

So, clearly they’re popular, and hopefully they’ll be more popular with HYA folk this week, because we’ve been given a coupon code that will give you $5 off each adult t-shirt or hoodie that you order, so with tees generally being priced at $25 a piece, you’re looking at a decent saving of 20% on some really good designs. Use the coupon code HYA5OFF to receive the magical saving, and the code will expire in a week, November 22nd.


boston cream coupon code

If you’re from Boston, your day just got at least 10% better, if not, you’re still probably quite happy since there’s nothing better than paying less than the marked price for something. NOTHING!

Use the coupon code BCxHYA to receive 10% off your order at Boston Cream


spicy brown sale

Spicy Brown lots of ridiculously cute clothes, but they’re cute in a way that a guy could still wear them, and they’re very foodie friendly too. They’ve got a new website and a few new tees, but apparently they need to make some room, because there’s a storewide 20% off sale going on at the moment until March 23rd.

20% is pretty sweet, if you turn your nose up at that you’re a moron and deserve a slap in the face (not really, I could never do that to you), but I’m sure that you’d enjoy another 10% off, right? Well, because HYA is a behemoth of the t-shirt blogging world, if you input the coupon code Spring HYA at the checkout you will receive that extra 10%.


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I do believe the words you’re looking for are ‘thank you’. Those thanks shouldn’t be sent my way (though I’ll certainly accept it with the grace of a figure-skater doing a triple-axel), but instead to No Star Clothing, Oh Snap! (one of my favourite photo tee companies), and 4th & Forever, the new sports-based tee offering from the No Star family. They hooked HYA up with an exclusive code for 20% off at all three of those sites, and I’m pretty sure that the coupon has no expiry date on it, so it will be around as long as they are (and I am, of course). The coupon code to insert during the checkout is… NOARMS, now get out there and use it.


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I’m a fan of Fiftyseven Thirtythree, their oversized designs seem to be in a style that is rarely seen on tees, they’re much more like art prints on tees, and that’s no bad thing.

Also “no bad thing”? The 57-33 crew giving HYA an exclusive discount code that will give you 20% 25% off everthing in their Big Cartel Store. Sure, that’s good, but all good things must come to an end right? Wrong. This code is not set to expire, so as long as me and 57-33 are around, so will this code.

Okay, that’s probably enough teasing, the code is HIDE. Now go check them out!

*UPDATE* There was some kind of problem with the couple code the first time around, but 57-33 have fixed it now, and they even bumped up the code to 25% off, awesome!

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Unfortunately, with me taking most of Monday off I missed out on telling you about a lot of cyber Monday deals, though to be honest if you hadn’t got your fill on Black Friday I’d be surprised. Sharpshirter decided that since I’d missed out on telling you, they’ve give us an exclusive coupon code that would give you 15% off your order all the way up to Christmas Day. Input the coupon code hya to receive the discount.



This coupon has nothing to do with Black Friday, but it’s still making you a saving on organic tees and those savings last for a few more weeks than Black Friday, which can only be a bad thing. Get 10% off your order at Red Choo Choo with the coupon code HYA until December 11th, and they have free shipping on orders over $50 until the end of the year (they also offer local pickup in San Francisco).


Exclusive coupon code for 20% off at Threyda

by Andy on November 18, 2009



I was impressed by Threyda when I first mentioned them a couple of weeks back, and now I’m at least 20% more impressed with them after they’ve made up a code that will get us 20% off an order with this new Milwaukee-based company and their large-printed tees (and some beautiful prints featuring some of the tee art). Just input the coupon code of HYA2009 when you’re at the checkout and you’ll receive the discount. I haven’t been told when the coupon will expire, but judging by the coupon itself, it’s probably a fair bet that it’ll go on until the end of the year.



Want free shipping at Crywolf Clothing? Of course you do. For the rest of the month you can get it by using the coupon code freeshipHYA. I know that the last Crywolf item I posted was womens, and the pic above is an item for the ladies too, but they do have a guys section, so if you fellas thought you were left out of this deal, that isn’t the case.



Get 20% off at Detroit-based Simplified Clothing with HYA’s exclusive coupon code, HYARMS20. Just input the code when you’re at the checkout for the discount to be applied. Awesome!

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HYA Tours the Spreadshirt HQ in Leipzig

by Andy on June 30, 2009


Whilst I was in Berlin for T-Shirt Day it seemed like a great idea to hop on the ICE train (which isn’t as cool as it sounds) and head 100 miles south of the capital to the city of Leipzig to check out Spreadshirt’s much-larger-than-I-expected HQ and production facility. If any of you are wondering, “who the devil are these Spreadshirt folks?” Well, they’re the largest (I think) print-on-demand supplier in Europe, and they also have offices and production in America, meaning that whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on you can get a high-quality customised tee pretty darn quick. I actually have a tee from 2004 that I bought from Spreadshirt (yeah, I was all about the tees even before I started HYA!) that’s still going strong, so they really do know how to make tees, and presumably they’re even better quality now.

Upon getting off the train in Leipzig’s beautiful station I was met by Adam from Tee Junction who was going to act as my tour guide to the city, and I don’t think he’d actually had a tour of the new Spreadshirt facility as he had left the company before they moved in, so the day wasn’t a waste for him, hopefully. I always say that the best way to get a feel for a city is to walk through it, you don’t see much when you take public transport (especially if it’s underground, obviously), so we walked from the station to Spreadshirt through the lovely old centre of the city and the huge park to the more industrial side of the city. One strange thing about Leipzig is that there are a lot of abandoned buildings in the city because of vast numbers of people (around 500,000 people in a city of 1 million) leaving the city after the collapse of the wall and re-unification of Germany, many of those people never returned, meaning that there is lots of unoccupied space. Even just across the road from Spreadshirt’s freshly-renovated building there was a really nice building that had clearly received no love for many years and sat empty. According to Adam this situation means that rents in the city a very low not only for housing but for business as well, so people will set up businesses as a hobby that are only open for a few days a month, it’s a strange concept to me, but I like it.

As you can see from the picture at the top of the post, it’s pretty easy to spot the Spreadshirt building because it’s covered in everyone’s favourite item of clothing. Apparently you don’t need to give taxi drivers the address to Spreadshirt because they all know about “the building with the t-shirts on it.” It’s pretty hard to miss as well, seeing as it takes up a whole block.


Eike (seen here on the right at T-Shirt Day Berlin) decided we should start our tour on the top roof deck of the building, giving us a good view over the city. The weather hasn’t treated them too well so far this year so the roof decks haven’t seen much use, but they hope to use them for events when it starts to heat up. I might be wrong in remembering this, but I’m pretty sure that the roof deck spaces (there’s more than one) if combined would actually be larger than their old offices, which shows how much of a step up the move was for them.


We then moved down to a meeting room/kitchen/break room, passing a couple of guys playing table tennis on the way, from the looks of the league on the wall next to the table these guys get pretty serious about the table tennis competitions. Can you believe that the kitchen above is in a t-shirt companies offices? It looks like it should be in a showroom!


What self-respecting internet company could have offices and not have a foosball table?


This meeting space shows how light and airy the building is, I think that they might have more room than they know what to do with!


This picture obviously doesn’t illustrate it particularly well, but in one of the receptions they have a life-size model of Batman, Eike didn’t seem to really know why it was there, but I’m sure that it’s an important addition to every office.


I remember Adam being pretty excited about the addition of Fatboy chairs/bean bags to the office, and wondered why they weren’t there back in his day.


In one of the larger offices, because the ceilings are so high they were having problems with noise and echoes, the innovative solution to this problem was right under their nose, t-shirts! They hung a load of t-shirts up and now they help to stop the noise bouncing around the room.


These pieces of wall art are made of t-shirts they printed in the factory and stretched around frames, which I thought was a really cool idea. Some of you may recognise the broken up image as one of the finalists for the Open Logo Competition that Spreadshirt held to find their new logo.


This is the returns room. You’re probably quite alarmed by the amount of items in there, but I couldn’t actually see anything technically wrong with the couple of items I picked up. I get the feeling that a lot of people just return items when they receive them because the message that they thought would be funny on a tee really isn’t, or they made an error when picking the fonts and colourway. I get that feeling because most of the returns I picked up were really badly designed.


This returned tee that Adam found made me a bit sad, because why would return a tee that says “I [heart] my boyfriend” when there’s nothing wrong with the tee. A lot of the returned tees get given away to charity, and staff are regularly allowed to rummage around and take them too, so presumably most of the people at Spreadshirt have really weird t-shirt collections.


Along this corridor only about half of the office spaces were occupied because they still haven’t worked out what to do with the rooms, I think some of the ideas thrown around included a studio for recording video (there was already a photo studio along the corridor) and maybe even a room just for playing Wii in. It must be cool having all this space that they have to think up cool stuff to do with rather than having cool ideas with nowhere to implement them.


A lot of the offices and rooms in the building have been given names, sometimes the names have a purpose, and sometimes they make no sense at all. I was disappointed to hear that this room doesn’t glow in the dark…


And here she is, the production floor. As you can see, it is a large space, filled with lots of Germans working in a stereotypically efficient and hard-working manner.


I think that these guys might have even more tees than I do!


This machine is one of about six (I can’t remember how many) that print/cut the designs on the various vinyls and foils that Spreadshirt offer, each machine has been given a name (this one is called ‘John’), presumably just to cut down on confusion between machines rather than just being cute.


These are the people that remove the ‘scrap’ vinyl from each sheet leaving just the bits of vinyl that are to be pressed onto the shirt. The rate at which they worked was really impressive, I’m sure if I were to do it there would be an awful lot of prints being thrown into the rejects bin.


These people check over every item before it leaves the factory to ensure it meets quality control standards.


Whilst it isn’t a large part of their business, Spreadshirt do have a DTG (direct-to-garment) printing machine, and it was really cool to see it in action as I’ve never witness it before. It’s basically a really big inkjet printer, which you think actually makes the process less interesting since I’d presume most of you are reading this post with a printer a couple of feet away from you, but it was fascinating watching a design appear on a t-shirt with each pass of the print head. The printed t-shirt then goes through a large dryer (to the left, out of shot), which I think can best be described as a jumbo-sized version of one of those toasters that you only ever see in hotels where you put your bread on to a conveyor belt and the toast comes out the other end.


As we were leaving the production facility Eike pointed out the test lab where they put every item in the store through it’s paces. The rather bedraggled tee you can see above is the cheapest t-shirt they sell, and it has been put through 100 wash and dry cycles, so it’s hardly a surprise that it’s not looking too good, though the print seems to have held up fairly well.


I’ve missed out on some of the office space, partially because I don’t like taking pictures of random people (even though Eike told me it was okay) and partly because a lot of the pictures I took came out pretty poorly, so if you were thinking that it didn’t seem as big as I was describing it, there’s quite a lot more offices, and a lot more people, than you can see in the photos. After the tour Adam and I caught a tram back into the centre of the city (unfortunately it wasn’t one of the Cold War era relics that I’d seen rolling around, but trams are always fun) and went for ice cream…


… and beer. You know how when you go into a restaurant in America you automatically get given water? They have the same kind of thing in Germany except you get beer. Okay, that isn’t strictly true, but it sure does feel like it. We were later joined by Evan Eggers (who, if you remember, I’d met the day before at T-Shirt Day) for another beer before I headed back to Berlin on the train. Good times!


Thanks to Adam and Eike for guiding me around the city and the Spreadshirt HQ (aka ‘T-Shirt Geek Disneyland’)!

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T-Shirt Day 2009 in Berlin

by Andy on June 26, 2009


This past weekend I went to Berlin to take part in the International T-Shirt Day celebrations being hosted by Spreadshirt in the city. I realise exactly how crazy that sounds, but let’s be honest, if you have a good excuse to go to Berlin, you’re going to go to Berlin, right?


I’ll spare you the holiday snaps I took of the many, many, incredible architectural and historical sites (walk in any direction in Berlin and you’ll find something interesting, it’s a great city), and we’ll focus on what I was actually there to do, report on T-Shirt Day celebrations… and be a model on the Open Runway. Oh yes my friends, on June 21st I became the world’s least professional and most clueless model.


The event was held at the Kaiserstein bar and restaurant in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin, and there was a decent-sized turnout for the event, with lots of teeple meeting and mingling, I must admit that other than Spreadshirt & laFraise (the event hosts) the only brand I recognised was Silberfischer, though the quality of tees being exhibited by the other brands was impressive. Speaking of teeple that you guys will recognise, I met Adam from Tee Junction, who had done a lot of good work promoting the lead up to t-shirt day by organising lots of competitions and getting lots of companies to have special one day coupons on T-Shirt Day. I also met Spreadshirt CEO Jana Eggers (and her husband Evan, who isn’t in the tee business, but was a great guy so he deserves a mention), who chastised me for having the audacity to wear a Design By Humans tee to the event, but I must say was very nice, how on earth she manages to be CEO and have the energy to participate in triathlons I have no idea, but then again I did consider the walk from the U-Bahn station to the event as my day’s exercise, so I’m probably not the best person to judge.


After some chatter it was time for the main event, the open runway. Despite all 60 spots for the runway being claimed on the T-Shirt Day website, there were actually 34 brands/groups represented, but with some brands showing off multiple tees with multiple models, the show was probably as long as it needed to be to ensure that people didn’t lose interest. With me going 8th people were still happy to clap, and there may have even been a small cheer when I took off my jacket and threw it over my shoulder as if we’d time-warped back to the 80s, but I would imagine that by brand 50 people would have been a bit bored even if the models were covered in fireworks. I can’t really remember that many of the brand names that were involved, so my apologies for the lack of detail to go with the captions of these photos.

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

As you can probably see from a lot of the photos, there were a lot of photographers and some video/TV people at the end of the runway, which made me feel rather more like a model than just some guy walking on a carpet whilst people looked at him. In short, despite having no clue what I was doing, it was damn fun. I got the feeling that everyone else had a good time too, which is exactly how it should be at an event like this, you don’t need people pulling Blue Steel at the end of the runway, or models that believe smiling and currywurst are crimes, you just need people to have fun, and I think that Spreadshirt did a good job of making sure that happened.

After the runway there was further mingling and chat, and yes, some more beer (I do have a rockstar blogger image to maintain). There were also a couple of racks of LaFraise and Spreadshirt tees up for grabs. Adam and I decided that if you were giving away free t-shirts in England that the ensuing scrum for freebies would result in arguments, fights and probably some guys turning up with a van and just taking the whole rack, but apparently things happen differently in Germany, because people actually looked over the merchandise properly before taking it, and there were even some shirts left at the end of the event… perhaps the public hadn’t quite grasped the concept of ‘free’. I had a thoroughly excellent time at T-Shirt Day ’09 in Berlin, so big thanks to the Spreadshirt and LaFraise teams for putting the whole event together and doing such a good job, specifically to Ami at Spreadshirt for helping to organise getting me there, and to Adam for saying “hey Andy, you should come to Berlin for T-Shirt Day.”

LOTS more photos in the gallery.
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Pandy Cane make some sweet tees

by Andy on June 14, 2009


Pandy Cane is a British-based brand all about pandas and candy, which I do believe is one of the most niche-y of niches I’ve ever covered on HYA. The designs are pretty swee… sorry, cool, especially the one pictured which is obviously a play on the King Kong story. I’d like to see them following that kind of idea more, taking famous images and transplanting candy and pandas into them, not that there’s anything wrong with a simple panda + candy cane design.

Every order from Pandy Cane receives some extra goodies in their box along with the tee, like a CD/poster/stickers, which is always a little bonus, and, all UK orders qualify for free shipping. As if all of that wasn’t enough, how about a HYA exclusive coupon code? You’ll get 15% off anything in the store with the code hideyourarms. Awesome!

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Here’s the blurb:

In Tolky Monkys they are scared: – “Oh God! It was ages they didn´t come” – they said to me. It looks like they are talking about the twins, Sally and Sally. They came without letting know. They showed up with their luggage in the Tolky Monkys studio the day after Christmas and they told them that they were staying, at least till the end ofJanuary. Who could say no…

It´s not that they don’t appreciate their visit. It’s the opposite, they love it, but only from time to time because the are really naughty and they don’t let them work at all. They are always making a mess. To start on, they are obsessed with the fact that all the Characters in the on-line store must have a 50% off, with the exception of posters. They were thinking to do a 20% or a 30% off, but the twins managed to destroy the ads and made a new ones. At least they have arranged to do this only with friendly blogs and not with every blog.

So, from Tuesday 13th till Sunday 18th January, they’ve created a special coupon for my blog: REHIDEARMS, with this coupon the first 5 fastest readers will get a 50% off in everything they order. Remember posters are not included.

So, just in case you didn’t get that, the coupon code REHIDEARMS will give you 50% off your entire order at Tolky Monkys, BUT, only for the first five times it is used, after that, it is GONE. Usually I’d like it if you stuck around on the blog to see what’s new, but I understand completely if you feel the need to hurry off to Tolky Monkys RIGHT NOW!!!

Update: TM were having a few problems with their English language site this morning, so if you made an order and it went through, it still may not have actually been ordered on their system, so please e-mail them to check.

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Get your Jack Threads invites here!

by Andy on November 14, 2008

In a nutshell, Jack Threads is like Woot, except for instead of selling gadgets, they sell cool streetwear. One item a day, severely discounted (at least 50% off). Simple.

If nutshells aren’t for you, here’s how they describe themselves:

JackThreads is an online shopping community offering apparel, sneakers, and accessories from respected brand names in the surf, skate, and street fashion subcultures—offered daily at least fifty percent off (usually more). All this wrapped in an exclusive little “invite only” bow.

Think about it—In a recent study, six out of ten 18-35 year old men said that they believe they will become famous in their lifetimes. Four out of ten believe they will become rich. We support your ambition toward one or both of these goals (or slacking if that’s your thing) and we hope that you achieve them without going to jail. But whatever your goal (unless your goal involves the adult film industry) you can not achieve it naked. So now every day at midnight, a new item will go on sale to help you look good doing all the things you do in your very cool and busy lives

All that’s great, but I bet you’re wondering how you’re going to stop peering through the window and actually get an invite to Jack Threads? Well, such is the awesome power of Hide Your Arms, we’ve been hooked up with a link that will allow you to sign up without having to go to all the trouble of having me send each of you an e-mail (which is good, because I’m pretty lazy).

All you have to do is click on this link (or the one at the end of this post) and you’ll be able to sign up.

Jack Threads

*Disclosure: Jack Threads give members $10 credit for referring new members (only when that person buys an item), this referral programme may only apply to when it is done by e-mail rather than with the special link that I’ve been given, so I may or may not earn commission from these referrals. I would have written about Jack Threads either way, but I thought I’d better let you know.


Pretend to be me and get 15% off at Allmightys!

by Andy on September 11, 2008

As if I didn’t love them enough already, Allmightys have gone and created an exclusive account for fans of HYA. If you log in with the username of hya and password of teelove you will get 15% off whatever you order. How cool is that?

I’m sure that some of you might be a bit concerned about using the same login since you’ll be putting your credit card information on the site, but your details will not be kept on their server and will not be seen by anyone else using the special HYA login. I haven’t been told about any kind of a time limit on this deal, so I can only presume that it’ll be around for a while, but there’s plenty of great tees in their inventory at the moment, so why not grab a tee or two with the hya login sooner rather than later, or perhaps you could wait until their typetastic competition has run before making an order?



50% off at Tolky Monkys for 5 HYA readers

by Andy on September 8, 2008

Tolky Monkys has hooked up HYA (and a few other blogs) with an exclusive coupon code that will give you 50% off your order… but there’s a catch. This coupon will only work five (5/cinq/cinco/funf/quinque/wu/panch/go/khamsa) times. Once it has been used five times it will no longer be functional, which basically means that you’re going to have to be quick to use this, so as soon as you’ve finished reading this I suggest that you run, don’t walk, over to Tolky Monkys and buy something.

The coupon code is: HIDESEPT08

If the 5 uses don’t get snapped up quickly (I have no way of knowing who and when it has been used) then the code will expire on September 19th. There is no limit on the amount of items that you can order with this code, so this is be a great opportunity for Americans to pick up something from Europe without having to take out a mortgage.

Tolky Monkys



I’m mostly posting this because I really liked the little bird (that looks a bit like a pigeon to me) yelling “cheap” in the top corner of the graphic, but you also can’t argue with the savings!

Brooklyn Industries

*Update: Want even more savings? BI just gave us a new coupon code, if you spend more than $40, you can get free ground shipping by using the coupon code HYASHIP in the checkout.



At the weekend after my friends and I had a very late brunch in Manchester I dragged them to the rather fantastic Urbis building to check out an exhibition called ‘How Manga Took Over the World’, which, as you’d imagine, was all about how Japanese graphic design style has influenced us in the West. I know purists will probably be a bit annoyed they called it ‘Manga’ rather than ‘anime’, but I let it slide since they probably just wanted it to sound more accessible. I only persuaded two of my friends to join me inside (the rest waited in the little park outside) despite it being a free exhibition, in fact, all the exhibitions at the Urbis are free. I don’t actually know much about anime, but I do know that I like the work of Terratag, Tado and Jon Burgerman, and those guys were represented in abundance, as well as several other artists that I recognised but can’t remember off the top of my head. The exhibition isn’t actually that big, I got around it in about 20 minutes, though I was rushing and not reading the explanations since I didn’t like to keep my friends waiting indulging my own interests whilst they drank medicinal Starbucks to alleviate the effects of the previous nights drinking. If you’re in Manchester city centre for any reason over the next few months (the exhibition runs until September 27th) then I highly recommend checking it out.

Click on through for a load of pictures (mostly shot from the hip since I was unsure of the photo policy).

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