From the category archives:

Seen on TV

modern family t-shirt

I know Threadless is massive now, but it’s still cool when I see tees from brands I recognise on TV, especially when it’s a great show like Modern Family. Here’s the tee if you want it, it’s pretty old-school Threadless shirt too (a fairly meaningless term since they can reprint anything any time), which somehow makes it cooler. [via Jake Nickell]


bazinga t-shirt

I see this tee more times than I care for on a lot of the generic looking ‘funny’ tee sites that pop up every now and then, but since LolaCamisetas have actually taken a nice picture of it, I actually quite like it. They’ve got the style right, and the colourway is awfully pleasant too.

Costiness=€12.95 Buy it at LolaCamisetas


wild thing major league t-shirt

I must admit I don’t think I’ve seen the film ‘Major League’, but that shirt, and the shirt worn in the film look almost exactly the same, so good work Found Item!

Costiness=$20.95 Buy it at Found Item Clothing


More than 100 Doctor Who T-shirts

by Andy on April 14, 2011

doctor who t-shirts

Hide Your Arms has gained something of a reputation for creating epic t-shirt lists and obsessing over films and TV shows to find t-shirts. When it was first suggested to me that I write a list of Doctor Who t-shirts (if you have an idea for a list send it in) I thought that it might be a tough ask since I don’t watch the show. I don’t have anything against it, I just already spend too much time watching TV shows, though since practically everyone says it’s good I probable should give it a go. Still, since the fans, or at least one fan, wanted a list of Doctor Who t-shirts, I made it my mission to hunt them down.

As you’ll find in the list there are quite a lot of good Dr. Who t-shirt designs out there, but nowhere near as many as with Star Wars, which is hardly surprising considering the popularity gap between the two, so I haven’t been able to create a list on the epic scale of the 200 shirts in the Star Wars list, but I think the current 119 designs is still fairly sizable. It’s also quite telling that many of the designs riff on the same themes, which suggests to me that Doctor Who designs haven’t been explored too deeply by the more creative t-shirt designers out there. You’ll also notice that a lot of shirts come from a few different retailers, which is frustrating for me since it looks like I’ve only looked in a handful of places, but the truth is that I’ve searched long & wide and not come back with many stores that sell Dr. Who t-shirts. Whether this means we will see more in the future (or that I have simply not discovered a treasure trove of excellent designs), who knows.

As ever, these lists take an awfully long time to put together, so if you would like to share the list with anyone via Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Delicious etc. I would be very grateful, your sharing keeps new people visiting the site, and that in turn means that I am able to keep writing them.

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604Republic on Attack of the Show from Sebastian Arciszewski on Vimeo.

I like seeing brands that I know and like getting some time in the media spotlight (being on blogs and websites is cool, but TV feels a bit more special), so it was cool to see 604Republic getting some airtime on G4’s Attack Of The Show. It would be really cool if some channel here in the UK picked up Attack Of The Show because we’re sorely lacking for something like it here, and I don’t really want to download it.

Excuse the picture quality, Sebastian (604Republic found) shot the vid himself by pointing his camera at the TV.


teefury on tv, big deal!

It’s cool seeing brands from the t-shirt community getting some exposure to a wider audience, even if that audience won’t necessarily know what they’re being exposed to.

I know I don’t mention TeeFury all that often, but even I recognise the two designs that turned up on House (another show that I’m told I should watch but have never seen a minute of) and on My Life As Liz, which is a show I’ve never seen before and don’t really have much intention of doing so.

30 Rock however, I am a big fan of, so it’s balls-out awesome that Judah Friedlander was spotted sporting one of Seibei‘s more iconic designs, the Sandwich Dinosaur. If my memory serves correct, David met Judah at some kind of festival, so perhaps that’s where the tee came from, or maybe David sent them a bunch of shirts, I don’t know but it’s seriously cool. In other Seibei news, you can now pick up a random mystery tee and 5 pins for the bargain price of $9.99.


Every T-shirt in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

by Andy on February 22, 2011

scott pilgrim t-shirts

*Update* Wow, lots and lots of interest in this post, thank you for visiting everyone, I apologise for my server not being able to handle the avalanche of traffic every so often. People have been adding loads of cool info in the comments to plug the gaps I left wide open (I’m not SP expert, just an enthusiastic amateur), including locations where you can pick up the shirts.

Ever since I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World last year I knew I should make a post listing all the t-shirts worn by Scott (and everyone else) in the film, but I never got around to it until now. I wish I could tell you I painstakingly went through the film making screencaps, but that would be a lie, I just went through all 4000 images on this site and picked out the ones which displayed the tees.

As I suspected whilst watching the film, you can’t actually buy all of them, at least in their on-screen incarnation, because they were created for the film to fit in with Scott’s apparent love of ringer tees. I’ve found sites where people are creating their own fan clothing, but I’m sticking to finding places where you can buy the shirts yourself, nice and easy, no need to learn how to screenprint or have and messy copyright issues.

This is the first shirt we see Scott (played by Michael Cera, of course) wearing. You might think the SP on the front is a reference to his own name, but thanks to a few Twitter suggestions it became pretty damn obvious that this is actually a t-shirt first released by the Smashing Pumpkins. You can buy it from Corpse Clothing for £16.49.

The next tee we see in the film is being worn by Young Neil. It’s a pretty cool design (especially the little heart on the right sleeve that can be seen later in the film) but I can’t find it anywhere, there’s a knock off on Cafepress but frankly it’s pretty poor.

Here’s Scott talking to his sister. He’s wearing the aforementioned Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt, and she’s at work at Second Cup, wearing their 3/4 sleeve raglan tee uniform. I’m not really surprised that there’s no official place to buy this shirt since Second Cup doesn’t feature much in the film. No one has put their own on design on the usual custom tee sites, and the only good thing I found on eBay was this AMAZING album cover that has nothing to do with Scott Pilgrim.

I thought that this would be the easiest t-shirt to find online but amazingly it would appear that it’s nowhere to be found, except for this regular (non-ringer) logo tee on eBay that’s in the wrong colour. The silly thing is that it’s actually a pretty cool shirt since Sharpie have a nice logo. If you know of it on sale anywhere let me know. EDIT: Someone found it!

I know you can only just see the top of Scott’s tee here, but as this is a tee I can identify and send you to the official, licensed supplier, it would be remiss of me not to include it. The Scott Pilgrim bird shirt can by bought from Mighty Fine for $25 (mens/womens).

I like the air quotes shirt, especially in this colourway, it really seems like something that a guy in an indie/rock band would wear, good job costume department! Mighty Fine have their own version of it, but to be honest I think that the print is a bit oversized and the colours are a little off. It’s not bad by any means, it’s just not perfect.

Hey look, it’s Ramona, she’s not wearing a tee (that we can see, at least), but she is pretty (not as pretty as my girlfriend, of course), so I thought I’d include this screencap anyway.

I have no idea what this shirt looks like, I’m just including the screencap for archival purposes so that I could be thorough, if you manage to find the shirt on sale then you are truly a God of tee hunting.

Another cool shirt being worn by Young Neil, but of course it couldn’t possibly just be as simple as me Googling “New Order T-shirts”… except it was, kind of. That Googling will get you the official New Order t-shirt from a variety of sources, but Young Neil is too cool for that, he has to have a New Order tee with a spelling mistake on it. You’ll notice that his shirt has the word ‘FACD’ written on it, whereas the real deal has ‘FACT’, which presumably means that this shirt was created for the film, and that there’s an in-joke that I’m missing, anyone want to fill me in?

This list of t-shirts contains many disappointments, but the Match Pik USA t-shirt is not one of them, because you can buy it directly from Jim Dunlop (a name any/all guitarists will be familiar with) for $20. Nice.

How can I not find this shirt? How? It’s the logo from the N64, and I can’t find it, retro gaming people should be all over this, there’s a niche, someone make the shirt to fill it!

Just another shot of the Match Pik USA t-shirt mentioned above, but I liked the screencap.

As I am not very cool, I was unaware that Plumtree is a band, so I thought that this shirt was either a reference I didn’t get, or Plumtree were an invented band for the film. Nevertheless, they are a band, at least they were until they parted ways in 2000. In their shop is a version of the tee, but it’s in black and white, which isn’t of much help to us. The not-at-all-awkwardly-named have got a pretty faithful replica of the shirt available in the above colourway for $19.95. 80sTees have a tee that looks pretty good available too.

I actually only included this screencap because Knives is cute (not as cute as my girlfriend, of course), has a cool name, and her ‘homemade’ Sex Bob Omb t-shirt is a t-shirt and should therefore be included in this list. However, it transpires that Mighty Fine have a replica of Knives’ shirt on sale for $25, it is printed rather than made of random bits of cloth stuck to a black t-shirt, which makes it a bit less faithful to the original than I assume fans would like, but it does make it a bit more practical.

I think that this is arguably the most famous of all the Scott Pilgirm shirts out there, probably because it was quite a popular shirt before the film was released. Originally, Diesel Sweeties didn’t actually sell the ringer version of this shirt, the SP team asked for permission to create it because the shirt was in the comic books as a ringer tee. Only after the film was released (or possibly slightly before because of the hype it was getting) did Diesel Sweeties do a run of ringer pixel skull t-shirts.

I think it’s pretty obvious I just wanted to post another picture of Ramona (who, let me remind you, is nowhere near as cute as my girlfriend), at least we can see here wearing a t-shirt this time!

Ooooooh, so this is a Canadian film, eh? I am yet to find a t-shirt that is actually faithful to this design. There are a few out there that have SARS written on them in a generically college font, but none of them have the purple rings for the ringer. The devil is in the detail pop culture tee companies! If you’ve seen a shop selling the shirt (properly), let me know.

I still don’t know where you’d buy a Second Cup t-shirt or 3/4 sleeve, but I’m pretty sure it’s a universal rule of blogging to mention Aubrey Plaza if at all possible.

The shirt being worn by Ramona says “24 Unstoppable” and I was SURE that it was a reference to a song, but I can’t find the reference anywhere, and likewise I can’t find the t-shirt anywhere. This one has the feel of being commercially produced, rather than a one off for the film, there’s something about it that suggests that to me, I’m not really sure why. Again, if you have any idea, let me know.

Astroboy, his face is on everything, right? If it can be merchandised his face and pointy hair will not be far behind. Not in this case, I can’t find any tee like this, not even one that isn’t a ringer. This shirt was actually featured in the comic, and in a similar ‘scene’ (as that what they’re called in comics?), which is really impressive, one of those things that should keep the comic fans happy.

Ahhh, Brandon Routh, now there’s an attractive man, even with that ridiculous blonde hair. If you would like to buy one of the originals of this shirt (as in, it was on set, though probably not worn by Brandon, check out this eBay seller that has a number of wardrobe items from the Scott Pilgrim movie. However, if you don’t want to drop big dollars on the most authentic item possible, 80sTees have a similar item available. By their own admission they admit it isn’t exactly the same, as it has an adidas logo embroidered on it on the lower left side (I assume that the one in the film wasn’t a legit adidas product, whereas 80sTees version has to be because it has those 3 famous stripes on the shoulders.

I actually forgot to grab the cap of this tee from the normal source, but did find it elsewhere during my research. I believe that the design is based on a Punisher skull, I’m not a comic guy so I’m just trusting my Googling there (and it looks pretty obvious to me in retrospect). I can’t find any Todd Ingram skull shirts that are exactly the same, there are a few (at RedBubble, at Bonanza, and at eCrater), but none of them are a ringer shirts, just a regular black t-shirt, which I don’t think will really be good enough for dedicated Todd Ingram wannabes.

I really like this ‘zero star’ t-shirt. Once again it displays Scott’s love of the Smashing Pumpkins (or perhaps just a love of the letters S & P), as it is more of their merchandise. Once again, this is clearly a shirt that was produced for the film, because the two places that I’ve been able to find the shirt on sale it doesn’t have the ringer neck and sleeves. That sucks, because I think that this design suits the ringer quite well, but if you’re happy with having regular sleeves, you can pick the design up at 80sTees and on Amazon.

I’m completely lost on this ‘4 1/2′ design. I can’t work out the reference, and I can’t see it on sale anywhere, it feels like a bit of a dead end, which is frustrating because it’s pretty cool. The design is a reference to Franklin Richards from Fantastic Four, which is helpful, but brings us no closer to finding the tee, probably because no one sells it.

The design on this shirt should be pretty obvious to fans of the Rock Band series of games, as it represents the bass icon in the game. With this shirt having such a broad range of appeal it’s hardly surprising that people have taken it upon themselves to create similar tees. This one at RedBubble looks pretty good, but with it being printed at RedBubble it’s not possible to get it on a ringer tee. There is one on eBay that looks good, but the sellers feedback isn’t perfect, and the design might be a bit oversized.

I forget this guys name, he may just be Wallace’s friend or Wallace’s boyfriend, but I can’t forget the name of the tee, Funkalicious, because it’s been one of Threadless‘ most popular and enduring designs. Of course, Threadless don’t sell the tee in this colourway or on a ringer tee (the original is a navy t-shirt), but the Scott Pilgrim team made a requested to Threadless to let them print it, and being a cool company they said yes. Fun fact, this tee was also featured in a panel in the original comic.

This cool looking bat/question mark t-shirt was worn by the bouncers at the Chaos Theater. The lower picture shows the shirt that someone got from the actual wardrobe department (I’m not sure how they got it though). Really good design by itself, and the Scott Pilgrim-ness of it obviously adds something, but I can’t find a replica anywhere, and I can’t really imagine anyone doing their own print run of a similar design now this long after the film has been released.

I forget what this guy did, was he another bouncer or just some random dude slowing up our hero? Still, cool tee.

In the final battle Scott reverts back to his trusty old green Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt that I wrote about earlier.

In the same sequence Gideon is seen wearing a t-shirt with his logo on it. I forgot to grab the cap for this, but luckily found this image here, on a thread about shirts people have from the film production. Mighty Fine offer a replica for $25.

I somehow missed this shirt whilst I was looking at the caps of the film. I can’t remember seeing it, but as I have a picture, I’m pretty confident it was in the movie. The design is the logo of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company?), and whilst you can’t get the shirt in that grey on black colourway (which is always a complementary colour combo), you can pick up an official version in a far less cool “70’s retro” blue/yellow/red colourway.

Thanks a lot for checking out this overview of Scott Pilgrim shirts. I’m as disappointed as anyone that there are so many gaps in what’s available and what isn’t, so if you know of a place to get a shirt or are selling one that was used in the film please leave a comment and I’ll update the post with all the info we can get. If you’ve enjoyed this post please share it in any way you can, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, your own blog, delicious (now that it isn’t closing down), StumbleUpon, anything you can do will really be appreciated. Game over!



Has anyone else seen Moon? I really enjoyed it. I don’t actually remember this tee being in the movie but I am assured that it was. I get the feeling that if you went as Sam Rockwell’s character in Moon to a fancy dress party that about 99% of the people there would think you hardly put any effort in, but there would be one guy (or girl) that would think it was pretty awesome.

Costiness=$19.95 Buy it at Found Item Clothing


How to Make it in America

Dear HBO, if you’ve made a TV show in New York about a couple of guys trying to start their own clothing line, why not take a picture of one of them wearing the shirt that they’re selling in the damn show, when you’re selling it on your own damn site?

Oh, and don’t put your logo on the back of the shirt without mentioning it anywhere in the description. I thought you were meant to be cool, HBO?

Costiness=$24.99 Buy it at the HBO Shop



I knew that Karmloop was a popular website, they have practically every streetwear brand that matters on their roster (except for the crazy-expensive and crazy-exclusive ones), so they must have been shifting a lot of product, but I had no idea how much. According to this article they’re projected to do $100 million in sales this year, pretty impressive stuff. They’ve been doing Karmaloop TV online for a few years now, and apparently they’re ready to switch over to actual TV in the form of a HD cable channel which will be launching at some as yet undetermined date in the future.

I know that this post is a bit out of the scope of HYA, but I thought that it was pretty interesting, and also shows how far a company can go so quickly in this industry, keep reaching for that rainbow!


red beer cup t-shirt cougar town

A dude from Greece (well I presume dude, Greek names can be tricky like that) dropped me an e-mail asking if I could help him track down the shirt worn by Travis(?) in Cougar Town series two episode five. My tee-fu failed me, so I’m throwing it open to the global collective hive mind* to hopefully find somewhere that it can be bought, or at least something similar. I assume that the red cup is a beer one that is ubiquitous at American parties, or at least ubiquitous at American parties in films.

* If you get the late-90s American sitcom I’m referencing with that phrase, wow, you watch a lot of TV.


get excited and make things

I was sat on the sofa last night watching a documentary about David Attenborough and after it there was an ad for a new show hosted by James May of Top Gear fame called ‘Man Lab‘ which sounds quite a lot like Top Gear’s ridiculous challenges except even less to do with cars. That wasn’t the part that interested me though, it was James’ t-shirt in the ad, which you can see above. I’ve actually already written about the ‘Get Excited And Make Things’ tee that obviously riffs on the ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ meme that has been beaten like a dead horse over the past few years.

I would presume that the Man Lab team picked up James’ t-shirt at howies since it’s a British production and they’re a British company, but I can’t find it for sale on their site, so I’ll have to point you towards Mule Design (who licensed the design to Howies anyway, so it’s exactly the same design) who have it on sale for $22.


frequently asked questions about time travel t-shirt

Before I write any more, I want to point out that I am well aware that ‘dice’ is the plural, and ‘die’ is the singular, but “where did this very nerdy die t-shirt come from” sounds and looks wrong, and people seeing the headline wouldn’t immediately know what I was talking about, so I went with dice in the hopes that more people would see this post and help find the tee… and I really enjoy getting pedantic comments from geeks.

A few months back I caught the second half of a film called Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (good film, incidentally) and in it I noticed a couple of t-shirts, the orange one on the left here, worn by Chris O’Dowd, aka Roy from The IT Crowd, that was something to do with recycling, and the one I’m far more interested in on the right, worn by Marc Wootton.

Unfortunately the picture is a bit shaky because I was watching it in a dark room, grabbed my point-and-shoot off the desk, and quickly took a snap thinking it would be easy to find. I don’t know if I’m just using the wrong search terms, but I simply cannot find the shirt anywhere, do any of you guys know where to find a multi-sided die with a pair of crossbones underneath it?


Paddy’s Irish Pub T-shirt

by Andy on September 8, 2010

paddys irish pub t-shirt it's always sunny in philadelphia

Even though I have posted a Paddy’s Irish Pub t-shirt before, as long as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia continues to make me laugh I shall be posting t-shirts that reference the show, including this one from Nerdy Shirts.

Costiness=$14.95 (for this week, then it’s up to $19.95) Buy it at Nerdy Shirts


almost famous stillwater t-shirt

Almost Famous was a film I really loved from my teens until a few years ago. I don’t hate it now, but I think it resonates a lot less with me now that I’ve grown up a bit, the story takes us from William being a kid totally in awe of his heroes as he walked amongst them to becoming his own man… whilst walking in awe amongst his heroes, and I’d like to think I’ve moved past that kind of musical hero worship for anyone other than Justice, because y’know, they’re awesome, and they make my hair stand on end even though I’ve played their album a hundred times.

Costiness=$16.95 Buy it at


Speaker City t-shirt by NerdyShirts

by Andy on August 31, 2010

speaker city old school t-shirt

I really like Old School, but do I like it enough to wear this shirt from NerdyShirts, that celebrates the fictional (right?) store that was proud to be the official sponsor of Mithc-A-Palooza?

Costiness=$19.95 Buy it at NerdyShirts


Threadless in the Scott Pilgrim movie

by Andy on August 17, 2010

scott pilgrim t-shirt

Somehow, I’ve managed to avoid learning anything about the new Scott Pilgrim movie…. except that EVERYONE (EVERYONE!) on the internet is really excited about it. I know it’s based on a comic, and now I know it has a ‘Threadless‘ t-shirt in it. I say ‘Threadless’ because it’s not actually a tee made by Threadless, the makers of the film asking if they could use the Funkalicious design (as it was used in the comic) and printed the t-shirt themselves. I guess it’s that kind of attention to detail which has helped to get people so excited about the film.

Read Threadless’ excited blog (hell, everything they write sounds like they’re excited) about this story.

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monocle t-shirt from skins

Despite clearly being far too old to be in the intended demographic (heck, I watch Gossip Girl too, so I’m basically a teenage girl in my viewing habits anyway), I am a big fan of Skins, and apparently this shirt was worn by JJ in the show (or at least in the promo shots for the show), and it’s actually pretty cool, good to see another British TV show sourcing their designs from the UK, and from a POD nonetheless.

Costiness=£18.19 Buy it at MySoti

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Suits Suck by NerdyShirts

by Andy on August 8, 2010

suits suck entourage t-shirt

NerdyShirts are in no way the first company to release an Entourage referencing Suits Suck shirt, and I don’t really understand why they’re releasing shirts at the moment based on movies that weren’t that huge when they were released (and released a few years ago too), and shirts based on internet memes that I’ve never heard of, but it’s their business and clearly they know what they’re doing. Anyway, suits suck is a cool shirt, it’s blatant, it’s bold, and it couldn’t be much more in your face.

Costiness=$19.95 Buy it at NerdyShirts


The US IT Crowd Pilot T-Shirt Roundup

by Andy on August 5, 2010

rtfm US IT crowd t-shirt

I thought that to completely cover The IT Crowd I might as well endure what I had been told was a trainwreck of a pilot episode for the proposed US version of The IT Crowd. It was never picked up by NBC after the pilot (which was shot 2-3 years ago I think) which is hardly surprising if you watch it, because it is exactly like the UK pilot, and if The Office has taught us anything, it’s that if you want to port a TV show from one country to another, you have to make it your own.

To be fair, it wasn’t absolutely terrible, I have seen worse shows but most aspects of it didn’t feel quite right. For example, and I don’t know how to write this without being offensive, the cast in the American version were too good looking, they weren’t totally stunning but they were a bit too polished, whereas in the UK version the main cast are all attractive, but they aren’t really ‘hot’. That just didn’t feel right. Still, the US version did stick to the idea of giving Roy (Joel McHale in this case, who is a pretty funny fella) a geeky tee, and presumably would have given him other geeky tees if the show had been picked up for a season. I’ve hunted around and can’t find this particular variant of the RTFM t-shirt meme that is presumably very popular with actual IT department folks, so unfortunately this post feels as incomplete as the US version of The IT Crowd.

It should be noted that about an hour after I watched the show on Monday it was announced that there was going to be another attempt at creating a US version of The IT Crowd, which is quite the bit of serendipity, so maybe that’ll give me two shows that I’ll be tee hunting for (as the UK version has been commissioned for a 5th series, huzzah!).


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