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Tomtangle – Review http://www.tomtangle.com/

by DeeHYA on September 1, 2013

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Earlier in the week, I received a lovely parcel from the lovely team at Tomtangle! I requested man fit as they don’t do girly size however I have tried this on tucked into a pair of shorts and it looked cute on me. We got a surprise design too which is always more fun! :) Package also came with some super cute freebie stickers! I love getting little bits and bobs like that with tees!

Tomtangle specialise in outdoor tees, I love all the bike theme feel tees and I like that they aren’t scared to experiment with bit of colour!

I really like the design we got send which is called ‘Wheel T-shirt’ the tee fabric is absolutely gorgeous and soft to the touch and it’s true to size. My husband wore it all day yesterday and said it was super comfortable and a joy to wear.

My favourite designs on the Tomtangle site are ‘Framed’ and ‘Kaleidospoke‘ which is available in two different colours. The blue with yellow print is probably my favourite tee on the site.

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Another brucey bonus is that they wash fantastically! I have washed it and dried it and it’s in as perfect condition as it was

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Prices are £20 which I’d say is about right for tees of this quality. Perfect gift too for anyone you know who is remotely outdoorsy!

Drop by their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Blog for up to date news and and designs! :)

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Shirt Review: Mine is Yours Apparel

by Heather Abbott on August 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based clothing brand Mine is Yours Apparel has their branding and product on point. The moment I opened their package, I knew that was truth. From their shirt packaging to their branding to their extremely personal letter, everything about their mail package was well executed.

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Mine is Yours works with original fine artwork and translates them onto cotton-based t-shirts. The idea is that one could take beautiful art with them anywhere, and not just hang it on their wall at home. The sample received was the “Rooster” print. The hand-printed graphic was originally a colorful acrylic painting, but it still worked well as the monochromatic screen print. The print even included the artist signature (Megan Dorien), a nice detail to the design.

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The t-shirt was a Next Level men’s size medium. It’s known that Next Level has been popularly used by many upper-level brands looking to spend less than they would at American Apparel, and the tees still have a premium feel. This one did especially, because of the way it was packaged and branded. In fact, the only negative comment about the packaging worth mentioning would be that the shirt came extremely wrinkled.

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Still, one interesting and incredible design detail was the bag of seeds attached to the center back main label. The bag read, “Germinate & Reciprocate,” meaning give back to the world, and inside the bag were random flower seeds for planting.

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Receiving this tee from Mine is Yours didn’t feel like an every day purchase, but rather a real and positive brand-consumer experience. The simplest ideas, when executed with thought, can truly make or break a brand. Mine is Yours is doing it right.

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Dirtball Made with Plastic Bottles [REVIEW]

by Umang on August 24, 2013

When Dirtball reached out to HYA with a sample to review, I took interest because of their “ecocentric” brand. Their t-shirts are made in the USA and the fabric is 50% Recycled Cotton and 50% Recycled polyester which is comprised of 6.5 water bottles per t-shirt.

dirtball 1The t-shirt that they sent me was cut like most fashion fit designs which was a pleasant surprise.  I would have imagined that eco-friendly t-shirts wouldn’t have taken “fashion” anything into account and frankly resemble a utilitarian, Toyota Camry.

dirtball 2Dirtball states that they utilize water based inks. Although water based inks have a “green” stigma, I have noticed that they lack the crispness that non-ecofriendly inks provide, especially when used on dark t-shirts like this one.  The silkscreen work on this t-shirt shows multiple passes of ink that did not completely align. Rest assured, not many people would notice this and you could tell your friends that it’s part of the t-shirt’s “organic” nature.

dirtball 4Dirtball implemented a few thoughtful details on this t-shirt like the sewn label on the sleeve. A nice subtle, branding detail which shows they put some thought into their product.

dirtball 3In addition another detail is their eco-mission, silk screened in lieu of a hang tag.

Beyond t-shirts, Dirtball also retails eco-friendly shorts, socks, hoodies, polos and about to launch a “green jean” via a Kickstater campaign.

I would link this t-shirt that they sent me but it is not on their website. Regardless there are plenty of other designs for your choosing.

Dirtball T-shirts – Monetary Damage  $24 USD

Recycle those plastic bottles and perhaps they may be reincarnated as a Dirtball t-shirt that you would be wearing while you recycle the plastic bottle from the beverage that you just consumed. That’s truly a vision of sustainability.

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Love reviewing companies who are brand spanking new! They normally have some awesome fresh ideas and Nausica  are no exception. I fell upon some of their tee images on Facebook and I enjoyed the photography style which then led me onto their site. Tattooed peeps always get me interested.

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Their statement is

“Nausica is the age of positive vibes through fearless designs, inspired by the love of music and life.”

Their designs are crisp and clean without being dull. All on white tees to bring out the punchiness of the designs. I was asked which I liked the best and I opted for ‘Mechanical Evolution‘ although coming in at a close second is ‘Trippy Mirror‘. Their facebook page is also boasting the new released of pretty awesome design ‘The Buddha Tee’ pictured below. It’s awesome!

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After exchanging a few message with the fella in charge I get a good few about the company and the people running it and I have to admit I adore the tee. The quality feels top notch and it washes like an absolute dream. I’m a UK size 12 and I was sent the Small, I think this would fit up to a small UK 16 comfortably as it’s got quite a bit of stretch.

I could also totally see the designs making stunning tattoos and that also draws me to them.

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They are also one of those companies where I keep checkin’ in to see if they have any new designs, which is always a pretty good sign. If you want to keep up with them you should drop by their:-

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Nausicaclothing

Twitter : https://twitter.com/nausicaclothing

Looking forward to seeing some fresh things from them in the future!

 

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8&9: Premium Quality Shirt Review

by Heather Abbott on July 28, 2013

Apparel brand 8&9 is mostly doing it right. Their website is navigational, promotional, and well-supported by product and the brand story, their marketing is in the right places, and they keep their blog updated daily. Their mail package they sent my way was well-stocked with promotional gear, leave-behinds, and, well, free swag. 8&9 also sent not one, but two tees for review.

Right away, I was impressed with 8&9. Not many brands send as much “about me” info and gear for review. I’ve actually been surprised before on how little some brands send out (no note, receipt, or anything) in their packages. However, 8&9 had their brand story well included in their mailer.

The t-shirt design of the Premium Quality tee they sent was also well done. The design was full and detailed, perfectly fitting for the medium of a t-shirt body. The color choices in the design and tee body meshed well together. Other smaller details stood out, too, like the embossed hangtag, a personalized center back printed label, and the special woven hem label.

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The only real issue with the shirt was the weight of the cotton. The shirt felt like heavyweight cotton, and although a few brands print on tees of that weight, it’s not a usual a desired weight to consumers. Heavyweight tees can be especially uncomfortable to wear during summer days – a bummer for this design, because I was really stoked to wear it right away (but the Texas heat is quite a beast).

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Still, even with the heavyweight shirt, since it carried such a bold design, I will most likely wear it in to a comfy state. 8&9 also sent an extra shirt, the Kill Squad Nunchacu Volt tee, but I was not as enamored by the design as I was with the Premium Quality tee. Even so, the Kill Squad tee caught my attention with the small details like the sleeve cuff print.

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Overall, 8&9 had my support. After all, what good would a lighter, 6oz summer tee be if the design was poor? You can easily shop 8&9, here. They’ve got an array of designs, including v-necks and tank tops.

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Hands-On Review: Do You Remember Tees

by billpyle on July 7, 2013

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Do You Remember Tees is a clothing brand that focuses on tees that “transport you back to the center of the action” by featuring logos of past bars, casinos, clubs, and dot-coms. They were nice enough to send me one of their BARd’O tees to review.

Unfortunately, my initial impression when I received my package was not a good one. The shirt was shipped in a plain, vinyl mailer, which isn’t automatically a bad thing. Custom branded packaging is always a nice touch but its not something every brand has to use. My problem with the packaging was that it was basically rolled up into a ball resulting in the shirt being pretty wrinkled. Since its only a t-shirt, its an easy fix to unwrinkle it, but like I said, it doesn’t leave a great first impression.

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As for the shirt itself, they have removed the labels so I don’t know what brand it is printed on, but their site says it is a 100% combed cotton tee. It feels pretty comfortable to wear. I’d probably compare it to an American Apparel tee. The design isn’t really my thing though, and the print quality doesn’t seem great either. The print is oddly fuzzy, as if they were working with a low res file or their printer couldn’t reproduce the intended print. It is hard to tell if this was done by design or not, but the images on their site look a lot more crisp than the shirt I received. That also confirms to me that the images on their site are just mock ups and not actual product shots. That is always disappointing to see. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is deceptive as the mock ups are pretty close to the actual product, but it is also not giving a totally accurate representation as to what a potential customer is actually getting when they make a purchase.

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All that said though, the design, as well as their others, does fit in with the theme of the brand pretty well, even if that theme doesn’t exactly appeal to me. The shirt is a bit pricey though at $30. I don’t know anything about the inner workings of their brand, but $30 seems steep for a one color print.

Overall, I’d have to say I wasn’t exactly impressed with this shirt. From the bad packaging, to the fuzzy print, to the expensiveness, there are just too many problems to recommend Do You Remember Tees. Luckily enough though these problems shouldn’t be too hard to fix. So hopefully they will keep than in mind for the future.

You can pick up this shirt and a variety of others on their site at http://www.doyouremembertees.com.

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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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Review: MPISA

by VitaminSteve on June 27, 2013

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I was very excited to receive a tshirt from MPISA the other day. MPISA is a tshirt brand dedicated to saluting the creative arts, and the people who do them. In support of this, $1 from each tee goes to support early art education, which is a great cause.

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I gotta say,  was impressed with the package I received in the mail. First impressions are everything, and even just the act of sending a nicely folded tshirt, with the brands logo on  sticker clasping the whole thing together, and a bag of freebies to go with it.

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Ten stickers, a pin, a pencil, a pen, a business card, and 10% off my next purchase coupon. A nice haul of unexpected merch. (Also, I apologize for my dirty table. I need to clean up better after breakfast).

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As for the shirt, I thought the design was a super interesting take on the brand logo tee. MPISA spelled out their name in the Adobe Photoshop tools associated with the M, P, I, S, and A keys on your keyboard.

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On the hemline of the shirt, they stitched on a tag with the brands logo. I love when brands do things like this. It’s a way for them to mark work in a classy way. Plus, this really saves the shirt from looking like one of those freebies you get at tech expos.

As for the fit, they warn on their site that “Sizes run slightly small”, and I feel that’s almost unnecessary. The shirt fits just like your standard American Apparel shirt, which I still find to be the industry’s high water mark. The shirt has no tag, so I have no idea who the manufacturer of the shirt is.

The only downside is the price. The shirt retails for $32.50, which is about $10 more than I expect to pay for a shirt with such little print and only one color. I understand that they donate a portion to charity, but maybe if they cut back on the freebies, then they could take the price of the tees down a little.

UPDATE: As of 6/28/2013, the prices of the tees are down to $26, making them a much better value, and a brand I can endorse whole-heartedly.

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GLYF Find a Cause & Affect it [REVIEW]

by Umang on June 25, 2013

glfy packaging boxAt first sight, GLYF is all about the details. I was happy to receive their box, fully adorned with their printed logo/image to match the header on their website. Most companies put a sticker on their packaging and call it a day. glfy packaging-1When I opened the box, everything was neatly packed as if an obsessive compulsive vacationer wanted to limit their baggage. There were a few surprises that I have never seen, accompany a t-shirt. Especially the scroll with the LOST t-shirt design printed on it, a cookie folded within a kind note and GLYF logo stickers. I am not 100% sure if GLYF had “green” intentions with their packaging but this was certainly accomplished as everything apart from the cookie was packed or made of paper products.glfy lost -1GLYF certainly hooked me up and sent me three fine t shirts for review. The one pictured above is called, “LOST” and the t-shirt manufacturer is “Canvas”. They are super soft 100% combed ring-spun cotton, 4.2 oz, in layman’s terms they are “smooth like butter”.glfy lost -2The print quality is excellent and printed with eco-friendly water based ink according to their site. Unlike the Plastisol ink, this ink works seamlessly with the t-shirt material which is a thoughtful touch, literally.glfy lost -3 tagAnother nice detail was their hang tag. Which was carefully made with a tiny wooden clothesline pin, jute string and a printed tag made with canvas and jute fabrics. I don’t know why they didn’t tear off the “Canvas” tag logo like most indie companies but the hang tag is intricate.glfy all seeing eye -1The next shirt I received was the “All Seeing Eye” t shirt which utilizes the same t shirt and ink process as the LOST t shirt. One interesting thing to note is that GLYF donates 25% of profits from the sale of this design to Electronic Frontier Foundation with the purchase of this t-shirt. glfy all seeing eye -2Once again, no complaints about the seamlessness of the print quality and the t shirt quality working together. glfy breathe-1Last but not least, I received their “Breathe” t shirt. I am going to plagiarize what their site says as a description because I do not know much about women’s t shirt fashion cuts:

An open, scooped back makes this fashion-forward short-sleeve tee anything but ordinary. Features a thin strap across the neck for added comfort and support. Made of our sheer, soft Melange Heather Burnout for a vintage-inspired look and feel. Women’s contemporary fit.

This t-shirt is printed on “Alternative Apparel” and super soft as well with the same seamless print quality.

In summary, GLYF is thoughtful with their end product. Their details supersede most indie t-shirt companies and the quality was consistent with the three t shirts that they sent me. Price wise, they are reasonable considering all that you get with their products. You can’t go wrong.

LOST T-shirt– Monetary Damage  $22 USD

All Seeing Eye T-shirt – Monetary Damage $22 USD

Breathe T-shirt – Monetary Damage $28 USD

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circus packaging -3I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging and details that “The Circus” provided with their t-shirt. I felt as if I just hit the concession’s stand and was ready for the big show. The t-shirt was accompanied by their business cards, dressed to look like show tickets, logo stickers and funky little button/pins. Apart from popcorn grease marks and the smell of food, they took some care into working out the details of their circus theme.circus tshirt-1As soon as unfolded the “California Men” t-shirt, I immediately knew the manufacturer was Alternative Apparel. Being the owner of this particular type of t-shirt, I can tell you that they last for quite some time. My best guess is that I have washed my t shirt at least two dozen times and it’s quality has not diminished.

“The Circus” brand is based out of Pasadena, California hence their “circusified” version of the California State flag for this graphic. There is more information on an initial post which Andy put up.

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Apart from the use of a white t-shirt which tends to be a taboo choice for indie t-shirt companies, the printing quality is good and they used three colors which is a sign that they spent some money to produce these t-shirts. I would assume that the printing is plastisol ink which has a good shelf life.

Overall, you cannot go wrong with their t shirt and print quality and the price is right for all the effort and care that went into their production. Now I have a hankering for some popcorn and a show.

California Men T-shirt– Monetary Damage  $20.00 USD

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Hands-On BAKSO Graphic Tee Review

by MissMcFaul on May 29, 2013

I really appreciate the Bakso tee shirt website’s concept. Giving artistic people an easy outlet for their creativity and an opportunity to get their stuff seen, sold and paid for. Feedback on this type of thing is invaluable.

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I picked an illustration by “indigoivy” called “Lillie” to go on my tee, I liked the simple monochrome and symmetry of the piece. It was a bit disappointing that there weren’t other options for the the colour of the t-shirt, you don’t get a drop down list to decide which you like best for the design that is going on it, your only option is what has been selected for you by the artist. I’m not a lover of white but I like the drawing so much I went with it.

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The tee arrived incredibly quickly but there was no special packaging or branding or stickers or flyers, just a plastic bag with a stamp on. Not that this really affects the product as such, but it’s a nice touch if you get some information about where the design came from whilst building a brand loyalty at the same time and giving a bit more value to your order. The fabric is 100% organic Indian cotton 1×1 jersey and feels lovely! Soft and stretchy with great elastic recovery. The small woven back neck label doesn’t irritate the skin and promotes the product as climate neutral, which brings peace of mind to a consumer with consumer’s guilt. When I put it on I was pleased that the fabric was heavy enough that it was not too see through, however I was shocked at how tight the women’s size large was. I am not a size large, I am a small size 12, and the top was skintight. Beware any ladies bigger than a 12, you will need to go in to men’s sizes and that is not ideal as the shape of the men’s tees are different. Still, the quality level is excellent, just be sure to check their sizing guide.

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Looking at the garment I believe that white was a bad choice for this print as the background is an off white colour like the paper it was drawn on, also the square edges of the design made it appear as though little care had been taken over the whole process and that the design was just..stuck on there! If the background had been cleaned up a bit I would have just had a little more finesse, in my opinion [Andy note: as Bakso print submitted designs they have limited control over this aspect of the process, so I do agree, but the issue here lies with the designer]. I have looked around on the site and this is not the case with all the artists and there is some really great artwork and designs on the site, but don’t just take my word for it, go and check out Bakso as there will be something for everyone on there!

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Hands-on Dead Legacy Review

by DeeHYA on May 25, 2013

Well, we had some beautiful sunshine today what better day to flounce around in a totally cool tee and write a review! Last weekend I got a tee from epic company Dead Legacy! This company has a huge following, seriously huge like party of over 40,000 people on Facebook! Therefore it was an honour to do a blog for them on Hide Your Arms.

This company has branded itself as a menswear company but I love them, the quality is fabulous on this tee, when I took it out of the envelope it arrived in I was gagging to put it on. It just felt gorgeous in my hands.

I put it on for the first time today and the fit was nice, I’m a female UK size 12 with DD chest and the small gents tee was quite nice and hugged all my bestest lumpy bits.

The tee I got sent was ‘80s Kid‘, which comes in two colour combos, I got the white with the grey sleeves. I love it, can’t wait to wear it again, already planning things in my wardrobe that it would go well with. Plus I am an 80’s kid, although admittedly I don’t remember much of it!

They have a massive selection of tees too, mixture of retro, semi naked chicks, night shots, landscapes, animals. It’s well worth having a nose, at £32.99 you might think they are a tad steep in the price section, however you can’t argue with the quality. Also if you’re wanting to try them out maybe snatch a deal from their sale section.

They also sell phone covers, caps and sweat tops! Over this weekend they have 25% off their sweat tops too. I particularly like this ‘Smoking Aces‘ one which you can get for £39.99 this weekend!

To conclude! Deffo swing by the Dead Legacy site, quality is epic, designs are so varied that you’re bound to find something to suit your style and also they have so many fans that they simply must be doing something right! :D

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/deadlegacymenswear

Twitter : @deadlegacy1

Instagram : @deadlegacy1

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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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Looking Forward

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Diggin for Gold

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 Dusk

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Button and Bean Personalised Jewellery

by DeeHYA on May 12, 2013

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Ok so it’s not a t-shirt! It’s an odd thing to see on a t-shirt blog right? However despite the fact I wasn’t too enthused about the products based on seeing them on the ‘Not On The High Street‘ website, since I received my necklace from Button and Bean I simply haven’t had it off. It is something that I already know is going to be of immense sentimental value to me. You can also purchase all sorts of unique, one of a kind, special gifts from Not On The High Street.

I had a choice, and I opted for this necklace because it was sizeable enough that it would be able to get a good feel for the quality and also I wanted something that was going to be robust and I could wear it for long periods of time, and I’d be able to wear it for work.

There is a pretty cool selection of products, there is jewellery, cuff-links  keyrings, bookmarks, tree decorations that can all be personalised with fingerprints (or pawprints) of your loved ones.

After you order you get a little cast with which to create the finger print mould for your item. Me and my hubby took pics and broke it down into stages.

Basically you get some white goo and blue goo that you have to mix together, first need to separate it as below:

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With the kit they sent us we had enough to do do four fingerprints altogether however, I mixed mine for too long and it began to set. So we ended up with three mounds of three different fingers of my husband.

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After this we posted them in the SAE provide and I received the necklace within a fortnight.

The necklace is super sturdy and I love that it has a story about it and that I am able to talk about it and how much I love my husband. I am fully intending on getting two charms with my kids finger prints on to add to it. Because of the minimalist style of the jewellery it would be a nice gift for a relative who maybe doesn’t wear much jewellery but as I mentioned there are other options of things to can get for gifts. Looking at the site you might think it’s a tidge pricey but these are things that are made ‘just for you’!

My only tiny complaint is the type of chain they’ve used for the necklace keeps catching my hair in it, but it’s no problem to just fish it out.

To conclude I love my Button and Bean fingerprint necklace, I know that it one item I will treasure, love and wear forever and not because it’s worth a lot of money but because it has deep significant meaning for me.

They also have a 10% code on their FB page, the code is XFBD01

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Graphic t-shirt brand My Main Man Pat just launched it’s website back in March 2013. My Main Man Pat makes nods to the golden era of hip-hop. The company accepts artist submissions for all of its t-shirt designs. Basically, each week only two different graphic tee designs are available, and they’re only available for that week alone. Thus, the tees are extremely limited in shelf time, but also in production. For example the tee we received was number 6 out of only 15!

This week, the two available tees are nods to the Wu-Tang Clan and the Beastie boys. However, due to the high-speed rate of turn in production, we will be reviewing a previously released design.

In the mail package I received, there was the shirt and also a thank you note from My Main Man Pat that included the shirt number and original artist contact info – a nice touch for sure. And, although the My Main Man Pat website FAQ stated that all shirts were printed on unisex garments, they did in fact label this specific style online as a “female fitted shirt,” so there was no surprise upon receiving the garment in the mail.

This sample was a size medium in a wonderfully soft 100% cotton fabric. The graphic on the shirt was based on the infamous “Fu-Gee-La” track from The Fugees’ 1996 album, The Score. The lyrics on the shirt read, “Find me in my Mitsubishi, eatin’ sushi, bumpin’ Fugees.” The lyrics are appropriate for a girls graphic tee style, as, according to the popular lyric-reporting site Rap Genius, they translate into, “[Lauren] will be partaking in ‘non-hoochie’ past times, like riding around the suburbs of Jersey in her Mitsubishi Eclipse, listening to her own CD and eating a California roll.”

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The shirt felt great and the delivery and presentation of the package was fairly good, but the graphic content on the style seemed to be lacking something. The simplicity of the idea behind the My Main Man Pat brand – and, might I also mention, the website – was more than appealing. The site was clean, straight to the point, and easy to navigate. There are some strong points in the company. However, accepting artist submissions could be a tough process and being critical of what art gets edited in and what art gets tossed out for more revision (or for good) is important.

Most everyone can find in themselves a bit of, if not a helluvalot of, respect for hip-hop’s original icons and their lyricism; there are enough fans out there to support the idea behind My Main Man Pat. Perhaps with a little advertising and social media marketing, the company can attract more and more artists, and perhaps some who can bring a strong illustrative hand to the table. Still, there have certainly already been some winners in the My Main Man Pat weekly releases – like a Snoop Dogg one I would share here, but, it’s been slept on.

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New Love Club Panda Head Review

by Ben_P on April 23, 2013

I received the Panda Tee from New Love Club who are a London Based indie brand founded in 2010, they seem pretty established from their vast collection of tees which is awesome and I’m glad they’re doing well. I must admit the majority of their collection isn’t something that particularly takes my fancy but that’s not to say that it’s bad. These tees on the whole probably appeal to a certain type of demographic which I find quite difficult to define but I’m sure some of you might understand? Ironically as well I noticed that this design was used on a tank top that someone wore on Geordie Shore – picture included! Honestly… I don’t watch it.

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I’m not one hundred percent certain on how the tee was printed but I would hazard a guess as to CMYK printing, which is an awesome process when you think about it! The only draw back here I’d say is that the image doesn’t pop like it would with DTG or using exact colours via a screen print, but then again each process has it’s limitations and you can’t win them all! Overall the print is pretty good, it doesn’t feel heavy on the garment and feels like it will last and it won’t really ruin the design if it fades or cracks, it’ll just give it a nice vintage feel. What I will say however that bugs me is on the website the images they’ve used for their t-shirts, or at least this one, do not give a fair representation of the finished product. It almost looks as if they have photoshopped the image on because the t-shirt I received does not look as vibrant as the one shown online.

The quality of the tee is nice, I’m not sure what brand they’ve used but it’s light weight and soft on the skin which is always nice, nothing worse than having a coarse tee! It’s nice that they’ve added their own custom New Love Club tag on the neck and makes it more professional.

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Overall I can see that this design and style will appeal to a lot of people, however to me I don’t particularly see the appeal of semi naked ladies on tees. I just feel a little bit awkward wearing them, but if this is your style I think there is something you will find that takes your fancy at New Love Club.

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I’m really curious too to know if the tee featured on Geordie Shore was from them or whether this image is a stock image that can be bought somewhere! I hope for the former because I prefer designs which are thought out buy a company and not just a random image used.

 

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Liquid Screen Design Hands On Review

by AndyRocksBluu on April 22, 2013

Hey everyone, today I will be doing a hands on review with Liquid Screen Designs and their upcoming Kick Starer project. Usually when I do my reviews I like to break them down into different categories but that approach wouldn’t  be fair.  Instead, I will explain what LSD is doing and give my 2 cents on the project and what I thought overall.

The Idea:

Liquid Screen Design has figured out a way to make t-shirts change color when ever they come in contact with different temperatures.  Here’s an example:

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Here is a blue Liquid Screen Design T-shirt

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Here’s me putting a hot iron on a Liquid Screen Design t-shirt

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And Ta-da! The t-shirt is now white in the area I applied the hot iron. Pretty amazing right!

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And here’s a better view.

My Two Cents:

I personally think this is a pretty cool idea. I think this will be a home run if they were able to figure out a cost effective way to make these shirts and sell them as blanks. I know I would pick up a few to print my Bluu Dreams designs for the summer time. Who knows, this idea can just be a stepping stone into other clothing materials but as it stands now its a pretty cool idea.

Overall: 4.0-5.0

The shirt that I received from LSD was a anvil 100% cotton t-shirt. For those who don’t know Anvil makes pretty decent blanks but not as soft American Apparel (but we have been told the process will work on an AA tee too). As far as the idea I think its great and I’m curious to see how far the good people at Liquid Screen Designs are able to take this idea. I think there could be a really big market in selling the shirts to wholesaler companies. If you like what you see and you want to support Liquid Screen Design Kick Starter program just go here and back this project.  I know I will!

Liquid Design Website: http://liquidscreendesign.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LiquidScreenDesign

-AndyRocksBluu

 

 

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Hands-on Review: Wake.Live

by billpyle on April 17, 2013

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Wake.Live is an independent brand that is focused on solid, ethically made goods. The fine folks behind the brand were kind enough to send me one of their Not Alone tees to review, which is pretty exciting as this is my first review. From a quick look at their site, its obvious they have a real passion for what they do, which is something I always appreciate.

I was impressed with their work before I even opened the package. It is always nice to see brands go the extra mile with custom packaging, even if its as simple as printing their logo on the mailer. Included with the shirt were a handful of stickers and buttons. Extras like that are a nice touch as well, even if I generally never make use of them.

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As for the shirt itself, I definitely enjoyed it. The design is executed well, although the concept doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me. It feels like its a lot of popular design elements that are combined into one composition. Especially the crown as it almost feels like an afterthought when the designer felt the top was too empty. Nothing inherently wrong with doing that, I just like when designs are a little more cohesive. The print and shirt itself are top notch though. The print is done with soft, water based inks which I vastly prefer to heavy, plastisol prints. They have a custom label printed in the shirt, which I always enjoy even if this particular one is a bit hard to read, so its hard to tell what brand they used, but the description on their site says its a 50/50 poly-cotton tee, which are very comfortable. The shirt also features a custom hem tag at the bottom which features the brand name. Another nice, subtle touch.

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Overall I’d say I am definitely impressed with what I’ve seen from Wake.Live. They seem to really care about their product, which shows through their attention to detail in everything from their packaging to their website. I feel safe to say that if you purchased a shirt or two from them, you would be very satisfied.

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You can pick up this shirt on their site for $24. They were kind enough to include a 10% off code with the package, so make sure to use the code “Birth” when placing an order.

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Hands-on Review: 8BIT t-shirts

by Chris_S on April 14, 2013

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Retro has become a huge niche market in almost all areas – t-shirts included. And one t-shirt company out of Ireland are taking advantage of that rise in popularity of all things retro.

8BIT has a collection of carefully designed tees based on the glory days of retro gaming. The 8-bit era produced some of the best games and established the modern-day industry as it stands now. Their limited edition run of shirts (snap them up quick: there are only four designs, and each design only has 100 or 125 versions) appeal to the kind of person who lived through the 8-bit era the first time round, and now wants to show their love for their childhood with a beautifully crafted piece of clothing.

That care in the end product comes as soon as you receive the package. Your tee is encased in a brilliant white box, sturdy enough to keep the quarry inside clean and tidy but not too heavy.

And once you open the box, and take aside the tissue paper and the cool postcard with an old-school Gameboy on a washed out beach, you realise that the shirt inside is pretty great, too. The design I received was ‘001 – Grace’ (€30) which is a limited print run of 125 (mine was #19).

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It’s a luscious representation of the kind of huge sprites from the classic era of 8-bit games that you grew up with; this footballer performing an overhead kick could have been ripped right out of something like Amiga’s Sensible Soccer franchise.

The quality is great, as you’d expect from a company so invested in producing the great packaging they do. The tiny touches such as a nicely presented package are one of the best ways to separate the wheat from the chaff in an industry where the ability to enter it is becoming ever lower. Those who take pride in their work will make sure to present it neatly.

The tee is a thick, soft one, and it holds up well in a wash. Overall, if the bright lights of the 1980s and early 90s gaming world is your thing, you should head on over to 8BIT and grab yourself a tee.

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CafePress Custom T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on April 11, 2013

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When I was offered another custom t-shirt review to do, it seemed to be the right fit for me considering I’ve already done several others, like Wordans and Zazzle.  This time though it was for CafePress, and I was thoroughly surprised, because I know a lot of people that use CafePress for getting custom promotional items and are always very pleased with the results.  However, just because the promotional items are well done, doesn’t always mean the custom t-shirts are going to come out all that great – so this was my time to investigate!

CafePress has everything (and I mean EVERYTHING), literally from customizable iPhone cases, aprons, mugs, jewelry cases, t-shirts, hoodies, baby onesies, home and office decor, stationary, wall art – should I go on?  I mean, the list is endless, which is quite amazing.  There’s obviously no shortage of customizable ‘stuff’ on CafePress’ website.  My interest was in customizing a t-shirt though, so I went right into the Women’s Custom T-Shirt section and started searching for my style.

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So here’s my first issue, CafePress has such expensive BLANK t-shirts, that even though I was given a gift certificate to complete the review – I was even being money conscious while shopping.  I honestly don’t understand why they’re charging $17.99 and upwards for blanks, and this is way before you even get to customizing it.  A custom dark t-shirt is $32.50, a custom white t-shirt is $17.99 – that’s odd, right?  Like I said though, I was given a gift certificate, so I went for the custom white, because I’m stingy with my ‘non’ money.  Let me note that most of these customizable clothing websites have very poor photos of the blank garments which makes it difficult to choose what style you want because you don’t really know how it looks on a person.  CafePress has simple stock photos of the blank garment on a white background.  It’s hard to tell the shape of the shirt, the length or the fit.

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Moving on, when you get into the Design Center, as I like to call it, they give you a big cheesy image/drawing of the shirt on the background and a box in the center of the shirt to show you where you can design.  CafePress allows you the option of designing on the front, back or the pocket area of the shirt.  The area they give you allows a decent amount of space to place wording or an image, which I liked.  It wasn’t too small or too high near the collar of the shirt.  They allow you to choose from many different fonts, select an image from their gallery or upload your own, and they give you the option of adding shapes; which is a new one for me, I don’t recall having seen this option before on other websites.

My problem is there’s always so much to choose from and play with that I get overwhelmed.  I’ve tried several different ways of customizing on the other websites, so on CafePress I decided to go with the ‘clip art’ from their design gallery.  They had a great selection of black and white and colorful images to choose from, which left me excited because I like to sometimes overlap 2 clip art images on these customizable tees and make my own brand new image.  After playing with that for quite a while, I decided to go with a simple image (just 1) and put it right in the center of the chest area.

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You can obviously rotate the image, flip it, enlarge or even shrink it.  So once you get all that set and decide on how you want it to look, you go over and click “I’m Finished” in the upper right hand corner to move on to the next page.  The following page will now lead you to the beginning of the check-out process which is fairly self-explanatory and simple.  Select your size, confirm the color of the t-shirt you want, click ‘Add to Cart’ and then enter all your personal info to purchase the product.

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Now that we’ve gone through the process, I will let you know how the final product came out.  I was delighted when it arrived in a custom mailer that ironically read on the front “It’s here!”  The packaging was easy and friendly – a no hassle package is a good package!  Inside was my shirt folded up with a few goodies to Thank Me for shopping with them and my receipt.  The shirt came out great and the print was pure quality.  It was a soft shirt that fit me perfectly – however remember I guessed on the style from the poor image, so I was pleasantly surprised when it fit perfect!

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The print was not rough or raised, it blended into the shirt and was just as soft as the tee itself.  The shirt still had it’s original American Apparel tag inside – which now explains a little why the price was so expensive.  The other thing I took a look at while shopping on CafePress was I noticed they had bulk options so I went to check out the bulk pricing – which I might add was again quite ridiculous.  Sometimes us clothing companies take for granted these easy-to-use online shops and printers, so I always like to go ahead and research and check them out.  There’s been a few times I was pleased to see the pricing AND quality was much more affordable than going through a regular printing company and working hands-on with them.  Unfortunately, I thought I’d be more pleased with CafePress’ pricing, but I wasn’t.  Their quality however, was definitely superior and the entire customization process was easy and simple.

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Would I shop with CafePress again?  Yes, I definitely would, but I think they should reconsider their pricing strategy.  There are quality products that aren’t American Apparel that will draw in more customers because they’re more affordable (we’re still in a recession people).  I loved how many options they had on their website because now I know I can go to them for really anything I need, which is always great to know!  The design and checkout process was not at all complicated, it all went totally smooth and the t-shirt literally arrived to me with normal shipping in a matter of 3 days (or less).  They’re quick, easy and produce a great product!

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Thank you CafePress for allowing me the pleasure of reviewing your Custom T-Shirt process.  If you want to check more out about CafePress, head over to their website and remember they’re on Facebook and Twitter too!

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