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ss 1080 cyanzoom2 The Lazer Stripe by Subscript @ Karmaloop

You might have noticed that I haven’t been posting many items of sleeved clothing recently, which is pretty odd since hoodies are the backbone of HYA, but when I’m spending my days wearing shorts and a t-shirt, sitting by lakes enjoying a cool beverage, writing about hoodies doesn’t make a huge amount of sense. I’ll keep posting about them, just not as much as usual whilst its as hot as it is at the moment.

At the very least, today’s hoodie recommendation comes in a cool and refreshing colourway, which is probably why I’m inclined to post it on a day when I literally can’t see a cloud in the sky out of the window.

Costiness=$119 Link

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The Slicker by LRG @ Karmaloop

by Andy on May 2, 2008

b08148 ashzoom1 The Slicker by LRG @ Karmaloop

I guess looking at this hoodie you don’t think that there’s anything really special going on, just a guy climbing a ladder on on top of a splash of colour, right?
b08148 ashzoom4 The Slicker by LRG @ Karmaloop

Wrong. As far as I can tell, nothing on this hoodie is printed, it’s all stitched, which I’m guessing is quite a lot of work considering how much is going on at the back of this hoodie. I can’t decide whether I’d actually wear it, but I am certainly impressed by it.

Costiness=$120 Link (you could save up to $24 on this hoodie, and 20% on your Karmaloop order, if you used the rep code AS7594, and you’d support HYA, everybody wins!)

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oc0801006 whtzoom2 One Shot One Kill by Orisue @ Karmaloop

I guess its kind of an aggressive message, but I really like the way that they’ve got an image running across all the words, and the massive print looks pretty good too.Costiness=$24 Link

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Executioners by Freshjive @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 29, 2008

3915heazoom1 Executioners by Freshjive @ Karmaloop

It’s not often that you see a hoodie which has shoulder straps on it, in fact I don’t think I can’t recall ever seeing one, which makes this hoodie from Freshjive quite the novelty. Other than the shoulder straps it is a fairly simple hoodie, with the exception of ‘Freshjive’ being written on the lower back, in a style which is a bit too gangster for me, but the black/heather grey contrast works pretty well.

Costiness=$112 Link (get up to 20% off your order by using the rep code AS7594 and support HYA in the process)

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cbr54128gryzoom3 The Bandit Hoodie by Cardboard Robot @ Karmaloop

See guys, I told you that I liked funnel hoodies!I’m not actually all that excited by the pattern on this piece, it kind of looks like you’ve already had it for years when you first get the parcel, and the way that they’ve tried to match up the two sides going across the zip is pretty lame, but for some reason I still like it overall. Possibly because if I were going to be a bandit, I probably would own an old hoodie, and I’d probably be too busy dealing with bandit related business to be concerned with the pattern not lining up across the zipper.

Costiness=$105 Link (here’s something new, you can get up to 20% off your order by using the rep code AS7594, amazing!)

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Question: Do we need more videos on HYA? Answers in the comments please.

Chelsea from Karmaloop TV got in touch with me about one of their latest videos, the one embedded above, which is all about the making of their latest ad for Missbehave Magazine. It’s kind of fun to see interviews with the models that I’ve been posting for the past couple of years, and the video is pretty funny, so watching it wouldn’t be the worst way to spend 3:19 of your life.

This vid also reminded me to check out some more of the content available on Karmaloop TV. I’ve gotta say that I’m impressed with the quality and professionalism of the vids, its way above what you’d expect, so if you’d forgotten about it or written them off in the past, pop on over and give it a second look.

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candykisszoom1 Candy Kiss by Public Domain Clothing @ Karmaloop

Holy 80s Batman!Seriously, have you ever seen a tee design that wasn’t made in the 80s that looked more 80s than this? I do have a little knit to pick though, the eye on the left (as we look at it) does seem to be a bit too far on the left, although I guess there could be a case of model boob distortion changing the way that the design appears.

Costiness=$21 Link

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The Susanne by WeSC @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 23, 2008

8103104 910zoom1 The Susanne by WeSC @ Karmaloop

I’m really becoming a fan of funnel collars and hoods, they make you feel so much warmer, and you look pretty damn cool in the process, which is always a plus!

Other than the funnel collar, this is actually a pretty simple hoodie, apart from the rather odd addition of making this a short sleeved sweatshirt. I’m not really a fan of the way that they’ve dealt with those sleeves, the bunched up, elasticated hem just seems a bit lazy to me.

Costiness=$75 Link

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I Funk NY by BBP @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 22, 2008

st001 whtzoom1 I Funk NY by BBP @ Karmaloop

I know that this tee is called ‘I Funk NY’, but I’m pretty sure that if you walked up to anyone and got them to read this tee they’d say ‘I rock NY’ unless throwing the horns has changed its meaning since back in the days when I used to rock hard.

Whatever its name, this shirt is yet another fun twist on the classic ‘I [heart] NY’ tee that still gets so much love from tee designers.

Costiness=$32 Link (get up to 20% off your order by using the rep code AS7594)

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am81 t908 blezoom2 Sequined Vishnu by Artful Dodger @ Karmaloop

Apparently Vishnu is the “being responsible for the preservation of the universe,” so I’m pretty sure that if you’re going to make a tee about Vishnu then sequins are an absolute must!

I wonder how Hindu’s (right religion?) feel about people wearing a tee with their God on it when they don’t really understand what it is they’re wearing. You don’t see me wearing a tee with a picture of the Prophet Muhammad on it now do you?

Costiness=$49 (at that price I doubt you’ll see many people wearing this either) Link (get up to 20% of that price by using the rep code AS7594 at the checkout and support HYA in the process)

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jolptlbzoom2 The Totally Radical T shirt by Obey @ Karmaloop

I once tried to bring back some words from the 80s into the regular chatter of my circle friends a while back, but it turns out that saying ‘radical’ when you mean that something was ‘good’ wasn’t a radical idea back then and it still isn’t particularly radical. Needless to say, I failed in my mission.

Costiness=$21.95 Link

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hbho07 k03 gryzoom1 Rock the Bellz fleece by Hellz Bellz @ Karmaloop

I had a friend at university called Helen (seen here prior to a cracker-eating contest… I won), who, whenever she did something surprising, I had a massive urge to shout “hells bells Helen!” But I resisted the urge because she was smart and I presume she would have cut me down in an instant for using such an obvious and over-used phrase. Seriously, I stopped myself from saying that for three years!

I like this fleece coat but I’ve got a bit of writer’s block at the moment so I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with the blurb:

Double breasted and ruffled sweater jacket with oversized hood, Mexican blanket lining, and inner button stash pocket; 80% cotton, 20% polyester.

Costiness=$130 Link

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The Hunter Jacket by Orisue @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 15, 2008

oc0804013 grezoom1 The Hunter Jacket by Orisue @ Karmaloop

Even though the sun seems to be making a few more frequent appearances in the skies above Cumbria, its still a little chilly, and a warm jacket is still certainly needed on evenings out. I am slightly concerned by the lack of fitting on this jacket, it just seems to billow out on the model even though he’s wearing a medium, but I really like all the other stuff that this jacket has got going on, like those three top buttons and the funneling on the neck. One odd thing to note is the “croc-skin mohawk,” presumably the crocodile skin is fake, but you can judge for yourself.
oc0804013 grezoom6 The Hunter Jacket by Orisue @ Karmaloop

Have some blurb:

The Hunter Jacket features a cotton composition, the Orisue leather logo patch on the chest, 4 flap pockets with detailed stitching, the bottom 2 flap pockets also have a side pocket opening, hood drawstrings, detailed stitching on the cuffs, and a croc-skin Mohawk.

Costiness=$84 Link

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2t3070200zoom2 Magic Jebus Piece by Corner$tone Hero by Karmaloop

I only picked this tee because of joke in the Simpsons where Homer shouts “save me Jebus!” for some reason. Seriously, that’s how I pick items for recommendation. I guess that the gold foil kind of attracted me to it as well… what can I say, I’m a foil addict!

I’ll just give you the blurb (which also contains the text of the print):

The Gbus Tee features a cotton composition, and a print on the chest of the illest deal on earth. A Magic Jebus-Piece for what? 19 Dollars! Get blessed with girls, money, more chains, and money! All of that for nineteen bills.

Here’s my issue with that, if you have “all that for nineteen bills” in the blurb, and “$19″ actually printed on the shirt, you should sell the tee for $19, not $36. I realise that its the ‘Magic Jebus-Piece’ that is being advertised as $19, but still, there just feel like there’s something wrong with having a price on a tee which is less than the price you paid for it, much like how I won’t wear anything with XXL on the print now that I’m not an XXL.

Costiness=$36 (ridiculous!) Link (get closer to that $19 with the rep code AS7594 which will get you up to 20% off and support HYA)

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The Revolt by Alphanumeric @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 10, 2008

81an8010 blkzoom2 The Revolt by Alphanumeric @ Karmaloop

Over last week I spent quite a lot of my time on ticket websites (including ticketmaster, which appears to do everything it can to discourage a customer from being able to use their website) trying to get a day ticket (at a cost of around $140) to see Rage Against the Machine at the Leeds Festival. But they sold out very quickly, computer systems were down, and ticket touts were out in full force. I was actually raging against my laptop machine trying to get tickets for Rage Against the Machine. Oh the freakin’ irony.

All of that left me with the need for a tee with angry people on it with a message of hope, and I thought that this tee by Alphanumeric fit the bill. They’ve made quite a few tees in this style (strong type with a repeated message above a large newspaper print style image) and this example is another good example of it.

Costiness=$30 Link (if you want to revolt against that $30 price then use the rep code AS7594 and get up to 20% off)

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The Riders by BBP @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 9, 2008

jk001 heayelzoom2 The Riders by BBP @ Karmaloop

If I were to write a list of things that I was becoming increasingly attracted to in the world of hoodie design I think that diagonal zippers and asymmetry would be on it. This hoodie also has printing in the hood lining, which you would also find on my make-believe list.

This hoodie by BBP is a great example of a hoodie that is really well made, very interesting, yet not an in-you-face attention grabber, although if you pulled the zip down a bit and pulled the lapels out (revealing the same pattern as on the hood lining) then I guess you might get a few looks!

Costiness=$136 Link (yeah, you’ll probably want money off that price, use the rep code AS7594 to get up to 20% off, and support HYA in the process)

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t006 blkzoom1 Conspiracy Definition tee by WeSC @ Karmaloop

Am I the only one who hates it when people giving awards at ceremonies walk up to the podium and say “Webster’s dictionary defines a hero as…” and you groan because its just such incredibly lame script writing?

This tee, on the other hand, isn’t lame at all (except for the little WeSC logo underneath the definition, we all know that an indie producer would have kept things pure). I like the idea of a word definition on a t-shirt, and the style in which WeSC have done this one is an excellent example of what I’d have in mind when imagining it.

Costiness=$26 Link (amazingly, you can get up to 20% off your order by using the rep code AS7594, and in the process you’ll be supporting HYA)

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83502zoom4 The Bikers Jacket by Freshjive @ Karmaloop

Freshjive have been impressing me more and more recently, although I guess it might just be the case that I’ve just been taking more notice of them since picking up one of their beanies.

83502zoom3 The Bikers Jacket by Freshjive @ Karmaloop

I’m not entirely sure whether this is an asymmetric zip, but it appears to be, and I like that, it just gives this jacket a little bit of extra interest and makes it stand out from the competition, and the unusual way that the over-sized lapel on the left (right for the wearer) seems to come from underneath the zip is a pretty cool idea too.

Costiness=$92 Link

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New Wave by RockSmith @ Karmaloop

by Andy on April 4, 2008

rs 2105seazoom1 New Wave by RockSmith @ Karmaloop

I look at this hoodie and all I can think about is Zach Morris and his hilariously large mobile phone. How is it even possible that something so retro can look so fresh? I’ve been saying the phrase “what’s old is new again” quite a lot recently, maybe I might actually be right this time?

Costiness=$91 Link

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