I am usually not a fan of political shirts, all too often they’re substance over style which is fine (yuck, people and their beliefs!), but Hide Your Arms is more about wearing things because they look good, and if they have a message, again, that’s fine. All Riot dropped me an e-mail to mention their political shirts, something which filled me with dread when I clicked on the link to their site.
Thankfully, they have that most unusual of concept, style AND substance, perfect for people that want to look good whilst making a statement, and also for people that want to look good whilst pretending to care about something.
Designs run the gamut from specific causes such as Palestine, US drone strikes, and surveillance culture to things which aren’t quite as polarising like Soviet propaganda.
Interestingly, they’re a London-based company but their prices defaulted to dollars when I visited the site, I guess this kind of makes sense since a lot of their designs are global issues so you don’t want to make things too obviously British (though they do have quite a few UK related designs).
Tees are around £18 which is reasonable for their sweatshop-free goods, and there’s even free shipping internationally which is impressive. I’ll definitely be keep tabs on these guys.
One of the surprising things about this shirt is that it could easily be worn by people with opposing viewpoints on the use of drones and still work for them, very sneaky Headline Shirts, very sneaky.
Get it for $14 this week.
I discovered (well it existed already) Victory Brand whilst checking out the stalls in Brick Lane (London) as we were scouting out how people were setting up, the look and feel. What I was not expecting was to find a stall with a t-shirt of two girls pissing while standing up. Shocked. I also liked it in a totally non ‘I love golden showers’ kinda way. Victory Brand’s stall was hands down the best one. Simple and impactful with massive prints hanging up.
The lady, yes the lady, behind Victory Brand is Victoria Sin who has a portfolio bursting at the seams with cocks and vaginas. It comes as a surprise then when you see a huge pug design on a tee/sweater, so bold and ‘normal’ you feel like maybe you missed a hidden penis. FYI her blog is NSFW.
Victory Brand smacks of edgy high-fashion with polished photography, sharp looking models and a strong voice. Her designs will no doubt polarize opinion and I for one think she is pretty damn talented, ambitious and die-hard energetic (tees are hand printed during week and sold on weekends).
Tees are £30 a pop. Wear one if you dare
Hide Your Arms isn’t a place for politics, it’s a place for showing you guys cool clothes. That said, if there were less guns in the US, and it was harder to buy them, there would be less gun deaths (and probably less homicides too), it’s as simple as that. The cool thing about this design is that it is actually pretty wearable, it makes a statement and does it in a way that doesn’t have to compromise your style, like most political shirts do.
Crew necks, tees, and tank tops are available in the Akomplice store now.
Citizen Sheep got in touch a while back and whilst I was looking around their site I thought that the tee above looking pretty cool, even if I didn’t really buy into their blurb:
Citizen Sheep Clothing™ False Flag Tee is a testament to those who dare try and manipulate, and mislead us that we are aware of there agenda, and that we will not be pushed into a silent corner.
Still, a cool tee is a cool tee, but just as I was prepped to post it the Boston Bombing tragedy occurred and then the subsequent manhunt with the term ‘false flag’ being thrown around by conspiracy theorists and I didn’t want HYA to have any kind of association with the nonsense so I shelved the post… and forgot about it. I guess that’s the problem with producing controversial t-shirts like this, they do create a reaction and that isn’t always a positive thing.
Costiness=$30 Buy it at Citizen Sheep
Another week, another batch of tees trending on the Internet. The good, the bad, the ugly…
>The first of “16 people who don’t realize they’re being douchebags”.
>Frat bros trigger campus debate with insensitive slogan tees (but the one below is likely P’Shopped).
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When Pepe Jones reached out to HYA, I was pretty excited to do a review for them. I see a lot of t-shirts and can become jaded by repetition and lack of thoughtfulness, something that Pepe Jones does not fall into. The irony is that Pepe Jones states, “Pepe Jones is the new modern/vintage t-shirt brand that was born out of the failed ideas and dreams of the notoriously elusive.” Making a mission statement like that could be a set up for failure. I found the contrary and feel that these guys are on to something interesting and thoughtful. I have written about the lack of creativeness in politically charged t-shirts that flooded the market during this past US Presidential election. Politicians are using social media to get some fresh voters, why not tap into timeless designs like Pepe Jones? Lincoln & Johnson won their election 148 years ago but this shirt is sure to get some looks from envious hipsters and political buffs. I assume the “failure” of the Lincoln & Johnson win, was that Lincoln was eventually assassinated by John Wilkes Booth 158 days later.
Enough history, lets get back to the actual t-shirt. The t-shirts are super soft and appear to be ring spun cotton. Pepe Jones, sourced some quality t-shirts so don’t worry that you will get a Hanes Beefy-T. The print quality is crisp. I also received a hand written note, sticker and a business card. The funny thing is that Pepe Jone’s image reminded me of one of my teachers from High School, named Mr. Fine, not that it should matter to you.
Get some Pepe Jones folks and to smooth the deal over, they have offered HYA readers a 20% discount. Use the code HideYourPepe20 at check out.
Lincoln – Johnson 1864 Presidential Campaign Shirt – Monetary Damage with the 20% discount $16.00
In 1864 this t-shirt would have cost you $0.91 but you are getting a great deal at $16.00 a pop.
I was pretty happy when Pepe Jones submitted a post last week, I like their style and it made me glad I have the submission system since I wouldn’t have heard about them otherwise. They also seem to be pretty nice folks too, offering HYA readers 20% off anything in their Etsy shop with the coupon code: HideYourJones20
They didn’t mention any expiration date so I’m going to assume that this is a long term code, but if you like something you’d probably be better off picking it up sooner rather than later. Be on the lookout for a hands-on review from Umang of Pepe Jones’ shirts in the coming weeks too.
That I’m posting these shirts today makes it just that little bit more clear that buying a shirt with ’2012′ written on it is a bad idea, the shirt dates itself and ends up being something you don’t want to wear in public. However, the ‘Vote Quimby’ shirt at Tshirt Laundry can be worn at any time and since it’s a solid reference it’s always going to be fun, even when it’s not an election year. The election shirts are $12 today, rising after that.
You know what I find most interesting about this shirt? It comes from Urban Outfitters, a company whose CEO and co-founder Richard Hayne is an ardent Republican. I know that business is business, but you’d have thought that having shirts that are against ‘your guy’ would be a bit of a no-no for him.
I suppose that I should have as much disdain for this shirt as all the other election shirts out there which will look dated next year (presuming we’ve all forgotten about Mittens by then), but it’s ridiculousness made me smile.
Costiness=$24 Buy it at UO
The California based, Fancy Politics takes politically inspired t-shirts to a “fancy” level. These are not your run of the mill, campaign endorsing t-shirts. They have a sense of non-partisanship and allow folks to have some fun. I couldn’t resist to feature the “Rascal” t-shirt. It’s a little bit of President Clinton fun and tasteful that they left a cigar out of the picture.
Rascal T-Shirt– Monetary Damage $20.00
I stumbled upon Pixelivery by chance and thought it would be a good idea to share their products with some of you folks that reside in the US since we are in the midst of election season. There are a lot of t-shirt companies, capitalizing on US presidential election fever but they tend to be focused on candidate names. You might as well wash your car with those t-shirts come Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (Election Day). A kind reminder to get out and VOTE!
Why not rock your state or the US on a t-shirt? You wouldn’t have to tuck that candidate t-shirt at the back of the drawer when the elections are over and could wear it whenever you wanted to. In the end we are supposed to be United regardless on being painted red, blue or undecided and these shirts share your sense of pride without looking ridiculous.
Pixelivery has all 50 US states and the US in pixilated maps on a t-shirt. Of course, if you live in Colorado or Wyoming, your state will almost look like a rectangle which may not be that much fun. I almost envy those states with amorphic shapes.
Massachusetts T-Shirt– Monetary Damage $20.00
That’s pretty fair for a deflated economy.
We got an email from Gordon Holden recently. His site is pretty interesting (and, well, confusing), but from what I can gather he is an artist who also likes to design tees every so often.
Anyway, back to the email. It was short and sweet. “i like what you do. it is magical.”
After that, there was no way we weren’t going to check out his site. What we saw was interesting, and very well designed (though maybe beyond the price range of most people).
The tees look great. They’re a little strange, but this is a guy who sent us a two sentence email and called us magical, so you get what you ask for.
The problem is that this is art, really, and art ain’t cheap. You’re looking at $62-$66 for a single t-shirt, which is far from cheap. In fact, everything that I’m wearing right now (bar my shoes) didn’t cost that much. But if you’re interested in these designs, and have a little chunk of change spare, then there’s no reason not to buy one of these as a statement piece.
Just wash it very, very carefully.
(Costliness = $62-$66)
Zombies are not the only heartless, soulless beings around. When we set out to design shirts for the political season, we first thought of One LessTM Democrat and One Less Republican tees. But really, we’re sick of them all. Our brand message is “Don’t let the bastards get you down!” and is based on taking out life’s nemeses, one shirt at a time. With that in mind, we soon realized it’s all politicians and their BS political banter that’s really the issue. That’s how the idea of “One Less Politician, The True Walking Dead”, came about. With our undead elephant and donkey representing both major parties, this is a tee that everyone can get behind, regardless of political beliefs. We also designed our “One Less Politician, One Stronger Nation” shirt because we think that if our representatives were more about public service and less about being politicians, we would have a stronger nation. Our tees are printed on 100% combed, ring-spun cotton JS Apparel tees and are super soft.
Andy: I was thinking to myself, ‘oh, this submission will be a bit of fun’… oh, well, at least this post won’t cause any controversy.
Hate America? Vote Obama.. A Anti-Obama Campaign T Shirt
Andy: I’m only posting this because it disgusts me and it’s really dumb, but the really stupid thing is that some people will probably buy it. I watch a lot of the news, and it saddens me to see just how far to the right the Republicans have gone, they’re pandering to the very loud minority and I wonder if they realise what they look like to the outside world with the way they go about politics. That said, I am slightly biased, because I believe Barack Obama wants the US to be a better place and to improve it, whereas I do not believe anything that Mitt Romney says (Politifact judging of fact vs fiction in statements by RM & BO and you’ll see what I mean).
I think it’s pretty cool to see Miley Cyrus getting involved with the ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign, even if the majority of her fans probably won’t be able to vote until the next election cycle, however, I am a bit confused by her t-shirt. I know what it means, that they’re never going to back down from those known as ‘they’, but it doesn’t read particularly well, does it? Maybe if there wasn’t a strike-through on ‘back down’ and it had ‘never, never, never’ scrawled across the main text it would have worked a bit better?
Anyway, my quibbles aside, if she gets more young people interested in politics that can only be a good thing as far as I see it, and not just becuase young folks probably won’t vote for Mittens.
Another week, another batch of tees in the news…
>Cause célèbre. [Buzzfeed]
>Apostrophe fail. [Buzzfeed]
>Cracking the code of cool. [Kneadle via Laughing Squid]
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Ban T-shirts, home of wearable left-wing propaganda, has released two new designs.
“There is a special place in Hell for bankers” is based on Dante’s “Inferno” (Italian for Hell), the first part of his 14th century poem “Divine Comedy”. THis design is printed on American Apparel “new silver” T-shirts.
Their second new design is a different take on the popular “Keep calm and carry on” poster/T-shirt. It turns the whole phrase (and crown) upside down and says “Get Angry and Change the World”. This one is printed on Royal Apparel organic cotton T-shirts.
Andy: I’m fairly over the ‘Keep Calm’ meme but this is actually a pretty nice execution, though I’d probably roll my eyes if I saw someone wearing it since I’d jaded and all the fight has been beaten out of me.
>Is a bikini-print onesie appropriate for an 18-month old toddler? Oh, the horror. Won’t someone, anyone, think of the children? [Huff Post]
''It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie,
yellow red polka-dot bikini...''
>One of three tees created for a German PSA to recruit would-be plumbers to the trade. The copy translates thusly: “More attractive than you think.” [Buzzfeed]
Pipe dreams are made of these
>Justin Bieber is a total pussy. [Shopgoodie via Buzzfeed]
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