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What Does Your T-shirt Say…About You?

by Andy on July 1, 2015



Los Angeles street photographer Bravo Valenti shoots a wide array of L.A. people whose t-shirts often reveal more about them than one may immediately realize. “I had noticed that the sayings, graphics and styles of people’s t-shirts often revealed things about them that they themselves were often unaware of,” photographer Bravo Valenti explains. “So I decided to go on a photographic journey that would visually stimulate the viewer to wonder what does this t-shirt really say about the person wearing it.”

For example, Valenti shot a guy wearing a t-shirt that said “Sorry for Killing It.” “When I took the picture, I had no idea the guy was a Marine. I doubt he even sees the irony,” Valenti explains. “My very first picture was a young teen, wearing a hardcore BDSM graphic on his t-shirt while out with his mother. It kind of shocked me and I realized there was fertile territory here to explore visually. Sometimes, the photo may just be something serendipitous, like when I shot a black kitchen worker with braids who was wearing a t-shirt from the restaurant where he worked, called “The Venice Whaler,” in front of a photo on their wall of reggae singer Bob Marley. Suddenly, I had a picture of Bob Marley and the Venice Whaler.”

Since starting the blog over a couple of months ago, does Valenti have a favorite photo? “Sure. My one hundredth pic was of a teenager drinking on Hollywood Boulevard, wearing a t-shirt that said “Los Angeles- Only the Strong Survive.”

Sometimes Valenti will shoot someone just because they look cool in their t-shirt, or their t-shirt is unique. But if you look carefully at his photos, there are often hidden meanings, double entendres or surprise messages embedded in them. “I think my followers enjoy the fact that it’s about much more than t-shirts. It’s really about people and what’s going on in their minds, and how their t-shirt is, in no small way, a window to their soul.”


Andy: Really cool idea!

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Brooke Thomas, founder of Past & Prologue, launched the brand because she wanted to wear her Shakespeare fandom as often as she wears her film and TV fandoms.

Fact is: t-shirts are great, geeky t-shirts are the best kind, but literary geeky tees aren’t as ubiquitous as book worms would like.

Past & Prologue offers a variety of tees to suit every bard lover. We’ve got silly ones and serious ones, we’ve even got tote bags.

We hope you like our launch tees – follow us on twitter and facebook to be the first to hear when new lines come out! (@past_prologue /pastandprologue)

Use discount code BILLHASANEWHABERDASHER for 10% off.

Andy: Cool idea, as usual I would like to see the real thing instead of a mockup but I know I say that a lot, maybe I’m the only one that feels that way! Thanks for the submission!

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Piekuo ‘Bat’ – Review

by Ben_P on June 28, 2015

Recently I got the opportunity to review Pieukuo. I was pleasantly surprised when receiving the package. It was the little additions to the T-shirt that makes this new starter seem more like an established brand. They have customised tape for their packaging, lovely information card as well. It’s definitely a very professional set up they have going, the website, packaging and final product all make this brand into someone to definitely keep on your radar.

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Going into the packaging, it was simple nothing too extravagant in terms of what it was actually delivered in a simple brown box. I can’t really fault anyone for not splashing out on over the top packaging because it’s one of those things that you end up tearing through and discarding anyway. I really thought the tape was a nice little touch as I’ve already mentioned as it definitely puts a personal touch onto a plain packaging.

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On opening parcel I was greeted by a clear plastic bag protecting the garment and inside with it was a descriptive card. It’s these little things that all add up to creating a very professional and established look for such a young brand.

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First off the design. I really like this design, it’s got a certain appeal that I can’t quite portray into words very eloquently, it reminds me of an old school 8-Bit video game enemy, It certainly appeals a lot to me at least! It’s again very nice that it isn’t a pop culture mashup thrown together that with a tenuous link – so it certainly gets a few little extra points on that side from me.

I do admit that one negative I had about the t-shirt to start with was that it seemed a tad too tight, the neck is very tight and I felt that across the chest felt slightly too tight for a medium shirt however I was pleasantly surprised because I was under the assumption this would be an uncomfortable shirt to wear for extended periods of time – it wasn’t. If you’re thinking of buying a shirt from these guys just be aware that the neck lines are tighter than average – which isn’t a negative aspect but I suppose I’m used to having a bit of wiggle room with my t-shirts and thats a personal preference. 

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The feel of the shirt is nice, it’s soft and feels very durable. The print as well is 2 colour screen print that has so far shown absolutely no signs of cracking, it definitely feels like it will last a long time, the one down side of this print is that it feels slightly heavy on the shirt and to the touch isn’t the nicest of prints – but really its a welcome trade off to have this image stay fresh looking for longer. The price of the Bat is £15 which I feel for all of what they’ve put into the design and overall experience is a very reasonable price.

Just a note that this design comes both as a T-Shirt and as a Sweat. Just incase one bat isn’t enough why not get both!

Overall I’m really impressed with Piekuo – they’re a relatively new brand in the grand scheme of things and the whole product from start to finish just looks fantastic, the website is beautifully design and they’ve really got a fantastic functioning website in my eyes. The designs are varied and they’re certainly unique. You’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd with anything from their site

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Iconic Chameleon by Cromatic Couture

by Andy on June 25, 2015



Established in 2014 Cromatic Couture is a Vibrant and Exhilarating Clothing Brand that Specializes in the Art of Blending Colors. Our Mission is not only to create Premium Quality Products but also to Captivate Emotion through our Creations. We Believe that Clothing is not just a fashion statement but rather an extension of ourselves. We believe it expresses who we truly are. Based in San Jose, California, We Are – Color Phenoms

Andy: looks good, thanks for the submission! Don’t forget to connect with Cromatic on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CromaticCouture

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Summer Shred and New Shirts

by Andy on June 22, 2015



Strength. Courage. Endurance. Sotare.

This summer we have released “Coat of Arms”. This shirt features a large Sotare crest, an array of hidden kangaroos, and some secret messages. The design is available in both red and sapphire blue. What better way to get prepared for the patriotic summer holidays than by repping some red, white, and blue Sotare? Get yours at over at the store!

We are also running a Summer Shred contest on Instagram. It’s simple. Just take a picture or video of yourself skateboarding. Post it to Instagram using the hashtag #mysummershred and tag @iamsotare. We will be randomly picking winners throughout the summer to receive some free shirts. This contest will be going until August 31st. So get out there and shred for some threads!

-Adrian

Andy: Thanks for the submission!

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Hello my name is Ed I’m a designer / artist and I’m running a summer sale right now at my web store, everything is at least 20 % off. I have a selection of tees, limited edition prints and other goodies to choose from. All of my shirts are printed on American Apparel tri blend or 50/50 for a super soft vintage feel. Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Check out the goods at www.edpincombe.com

Andy: I really like those designs!

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Life is full of interruptions and complications. But don’t let that stop you from realizing your dreams. Your only real obstacle is yourself. So don’t ever give up, because nothing is impossible.

Andy: Another nice shirt as usual from Livin’ Life Co.

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Hey guys!

We’ve recently launched a brand new collection of premium cotton t-shirts featuring Singaporean lingo at its finest.

All T-shirts are just $29.90

A 10% discount awaits you for your first purchase. Also, local shipping is completely FREE

Check out our stuff: www.kilobite.sg
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kilobitesingapore
Follow us on Instagram: @kilobitesingapore

P.S. You’ll be granted access to exclusive discount codes if you sign up for our newsletter. It’ll do you more good than anything, trust me!

Do support, it’ll be infinitely appreciated. See you there!

Andy: Obviously these are a little bit local since they don’t make a whole lot of sense to me so they don’t have the widest appeal, but they do look good.

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New spring / summer floral Yin and Yang design on life, nature,and balance from Designbyhumans artist cyncor5020, In life we are only different because there exists something to be different from, and it is this difference that bonds us – Chris Matakas

Andy: I’ve gotta say, that is a really nice mockup!

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My name is Marc and i’ve just launched a super kawaii themed Kickstarter called Fuzzballs.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kyandii/fuzzballs-super-awesome-kawaii-shirts-necklaces-an

I’m looking for support to make a huge range of cute t-shirts, necklaces and keyrings. The Fuzzballs started life at Http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com in cute little animations and i’ve had many requests to turn them into shirts so i launched this kickstarter today.

I’d love for your support (even £1 would really help inspire other people to become backers) or if you can share out the link it would mean the world to me and hopefully we can make super kawaii fuzzballs shirts a reality.

Thank you again.

Andy: It’s not the kind of thing that I would wear personally, but they are really nicely designed (the characters are perfect for tee prints) and the link is worth pressing for the “Cat Toast Paradox” GIF alone!

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Close your eyes. What do you see? A bear riding a dinosaur? Open them – Ta da!

Here’s the latest crop of designs from bear themed indie t-shirt label Don’t Feed the Bears.Their latest tees feature tattooed bears arm wrestling, a fox & bear riding their motorbike & side-car, and a ‘Salty Sea Bear’ with a hook for a hand & giant anchor. Everything they do is hand printed in Sheffield & they’ll even tweet you a photo of your very own t-shirt being printed if you ask nicely!

Andy: Usually, I’d be the first to want a photo of a shirt being worn by a real person, but I actually really like this style for showing off tees, even if it is probably less accurate than a regular mockup!

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We recently opened an officially licensed Star Wars store, where a few of the artists from the DesignByHumans community were able to submit designs to Star Wars in order to sell on our site. We have 5 of these DBH Artist designs in addition to a variety of other licensed Star Wars designs.


We also put together a teaser video in a Star Wars theme that highlights some of our printing capabilities.

Lastly, here is a blog post that talks about the 5 designs if you want to get all the info on them.

Andy: Very cool, I always like it when tee brands I’ve watched grow go legit with their licensing with huge brands.

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Peculiar Creatures is dedicated to the discovery, promotion and conservation of animals across the globe. This site features original illustrations of some of the most peculiar creatures on Earth. Because we want to share these wonderful illustrations with the world, we are print them on t-shirts. Get 10 percent off an order when you use the coupon codePeculiar10 – at peculiarcreatures.com

Andy: It’s been a while since I’ve said this but it’s always worth repeating, real product shots make people a lot more likely to purchase a t-shirt and show of your product at it’s best. It seems to me like a lot of hard work is done to produce these sites and t-shirts and get the idea off the ground and then people fall short when it comes to the product shots when really they should be excited about showing off their products.

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So we have been featured on Hide Your Arms a few times in the past (Thanks Andy!). Maybe you’ve come across us on here before, if not we make Dark Cotton Apparel. All our tees are screen printed to the highest quality and we source really good blanks. So you’ll be getting a top quality T-shirt that will wash well and generally endure most things you do in life. We don’t use Gildans or Fruit of the Loom. All of our products are limited runs, which we print before we put on sale; no long pre-orders or digital prints here. Hopefully from this you’ll see that we want to make good T-shirts not just knock them out fast to make a quick bit of cash…..

Most of our T-shirts have a dark theme, we love horror movies and tattooing, hopefully this shows in our designs. We try to take real photos of our products that we use in all of our posts and marketing. I want you to know what you’re getting!!!!!

If you like our designs, you can grab one just here and they are priced at £16.66. T-shirts all come boxed with badges, stickers and a tarot card.

Andy: £16.66… what scamps! Cool designs though.

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Hey! It’s been a while since I did a Threadless blog, I’m hoping to get back into it, and what better excuse than a Memorial Day sale there are some really epic staple Threadless reprintes in the sale, some of the cream of the crop!

There were lots of changes to the the Threadless site a while back and I’m trying to find my way round the site again, it does seem a lot less personal and there isn’t as much personality as there used to be. There used to be efforts to made to put an interesting background relevant to the tee and now it’s just all grey and standardised. Nevertheless, the tees are still epic so here are some of my top pics from Threadless today!

Sushi by Benjamin Ang is one of my top favourite tee designs from Threadless, I have no idea how I have managed to not purchase it after adoring it for so long! I’m over the moon too that they had decided to print it onto a purple tank! It makes it even better! They have this in a range of sizes and types (men, women, kids) for $14 so grab a nommy related tee bargain! :)

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Tees like this are why I am devastated I haven’t been on Threadless for so long, I loved Big Hero 6 so much, by far one of the best kid’s movies that has been out in a long while. One of the highlights of the trailer is when Baymax is stroking Mochi, Baymax has a low battery and sounds drunk! So funny. There is a tee that covers this! I really LOVE Hairy Baby by Samantha Germaine Sim.

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If I have blogged this tee once, I have blogged it a thousand times. When my mental filing cabinet things of Threadless, I instantly thing of Mister Mittens’ Big Adventure by Joe Van Wetering! Absolute classic, conversation starter, eye catcher. Every think a person could want in a tee. Poor availability for women, but fully in stock for men, tee bargain for $14! There are a selection of Big Hero 6 tees so it’s well worth dropping by for a rummage.

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Sticking with the space theme, Threadless designers always seem to still manage to come up with brand new super funky space related designs. I know my husband would love Planet System by Bernhard Trunkle (epic name!).  I love tees where they are mostly black with a massive pop of colour right on the chest!

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If you fancy something a bit more serious there is plenty of choice too, I normally lean more towards the cute end of the Threadless scale. Astronomical by Wayne Struwig and Andrew G Hobbs, has much more a ‘normal’ or ‘high street’ feel!

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Back to space again because I was totally taken with all the gorgeous colours on the navy tee. You Are My Universe by ilovedoodle is a super romantic twist on the solar system by depicting them as pretty awesome balloons. I think this tee has quite a feminine feel to it so it might have been cool to see it on a more girly colour! I’d absolutely wear this though, and I’d go for the black scoop neck in girly fit! :)

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Lastly but not leastly and mostly because it’s a mere $7.95, full availability for men and only 2xl for women, I proper love the monotone print on the blue tee with this design of a pretty angry Cruella DeVille, Puppy Love by Paul Tippett could be a great last minute bargain fling into Threadless basket!

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Hope people enjoy having a rummage in the Threadless Memorial sale! I’ve had a nice little wander this morning :)

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer 2015 Collection from Grits. Co

by Andy on May 21, 2015

Grits Co. is a Southern inspired brand from Houston,Texas that is widely known for its detailed representation of the Southern experience in an unapologetic way. The company slogan is simple, “No Grits No Glory”. It is a reminder to never give up on your dreams in life and to give your whole self to get the hard work done.

This Mom and Pop shop has been putting their creative spin on T-Shirts for over 6 years. The shirts are very limited edition and sale out! Each package always has a few extra “Gritty Goods” that makes you feel apart of the family known as the “Grits Gang”.

The main theme of the brand’s Summer 2015 collection is the mascot “Roscrow”. The designer Reuben Levi gets his inspiration from vintage & military items, his true Texas Pride, photography, old school cars and Car Clubs just to name a few. Grits Co. uses only the best quality inks and true to fit 100 % Ring spun cotton shirts, leaving each shirt soft and comfortable. Also included in this collection are the Grits Logo and Grits “G” Trill Ebbets Fields Baseball Hats.

Lately the brand has proven its potential in a difficult and struggling market. Grits Co. is represented around the United States and in a few markets overseas. Being from Houston is what gives this brand the added flavor and appeal with there signature “Kiss My Grits” T-shirt that is launching in the Summer 2015 collection.

Grits Co. launched a Pre-Sale May 1st -15th for the loyal “Grits Gang” fans, and has had great success. The Summer 2015 collection officially went on Sale Today. Check us out at www.weargrits.com

Andy: Really cool designs, the kind of thing that I like to wear these days and I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me.

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Hi!!! I am an artist from Greece Petroula!
Me my partner my sister and her husband decided 2 years ago to create our company- Little rocks

You can find us on Facebook, and Etsy

Little rocks makes handcrafted furniture and fun wear!!
We have fair wear t-shirt line with my illustration silk screen printed!!
And up cycled furniture and accessories made by reclaimed wood-pallets with a funky twist!!

The theme of my characters for little rocks t-shirts this summer, are ginger divers, Mexican fighters (lucha libre), sailors, and tattooed mermaids!!

Andy: Really cool designs, thanks for the submission!

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Piekuo.com (piekuo = hell) is a streetwear apparel brand owned by two brothers. Older brother, who is currently living in London, is the creative and Younger Brother, who runs Piekuo.com from Warsaw, is the business side of the company. They write about themselves on their website: ”keeping it safe makes us sick; we’re into paradoxes, design and freedom of thought.”

Check our demons at http://piekuo.com

Andy: Weird but wearable, I like it.

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After a long absence Supafresh returns to find the world a different place. Supafresh must now face the biggest challenge yet.”


Watch the Official Movie Trailer.

Andy: I don’t really understand what’s happening here, but I do quite like it.

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SoftWear.CO is a new site based out of Denver, Colorado creating compelling designs for programmers like ‘Calculator Boobs’, ‘Colorado Coder’, ‘Bay Area Programmer’ and more!

Use coupon code J8TSPCZHEVUV to save 10% on your order. Order 3 shirts and shipping is free!

Andy: I’m not into the boobs/calculator shirt, but I do like the others which are a bit nerdier, though I understand why they might feel they need that wide-appeal “boobs” shirt.

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