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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

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.


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!

{ 0 comments } (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 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

Andy: Weird but wearable, I like it.




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.


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.


New M A D E Tee – By The Good Union

by Andy on April 27, 2015

We are excited to release our brand new M A D E custom hand letterpress tee. Made is the core idea of our brand & product craftsmanship. The M A D E custom hand-letterpress tee is a simple endorsement of well crafted products made in the USA. Each shirt was individually hand stamped using 1940’s vintage wood type blocks. The unique part is each shirt lettering may vary in darkness of coloring & spacing. Our goal was to create a real world industrial style tee. The lower hem of shirt is hand sewn with our workshop approved tag. Lastly each shirt come package in a 10×14 inch drawstring burlap bag. For a limited time receive 10% off use discount code made10 @ checkout!

Andy: These guys never release a lemon do they?


Tostadora is an online marketplace to customize unique and original products! With over 135,000 original designs created by independent artists around the world, you have the opportunity to customize your unique T-Shirts among other products from a selection of over 22 styles of T-shirts, as well as hoodies and iPhone cases.

The 4th of May, or rather the “May the Fourth” is the Star Wars day and Tostadora is showcasing some of their best Star Wars designs at 15% off! By simply using the code STARWARSDAY you receive 15% off any T-Shirt, hoodie, iPhone case, or tote bag on

Be quick! The offer lasts only on the 4th of May.

Andy: As much as I like the designs, I have to wonder what the legal status is of them selling Star Wars images with few alterations, not that it seems to be clamped down on much these days.



by Andy on April 23, 2015

California Cut is a new brand launching in Ventura, a beautiful coastal town in Southern California. We are following a simple formula: Original designs hand-printed in-house on authentic high-quality made in USA T-shirts so that you look good and feel comfortable. Our small operation flexes some serious design muscle and having our own production facility allows us to experiment and develop great print techniques. We are influenced by streetwear fashion, surf culture, pop art, and nature.

The artist brings 18 years of commercial art experience from videogame art development, visual effects for motion pictures, television, and feature animation. The business partner is a former project manager at a Los Angeles design studio. We also happen to be married to each other.

Andy: Well designed and well priced, one of my favourite combos!


Baymax Soars Design on Threadless

by Andy on April 23, 2015

So there was this Big Hero 6 competition on Threadless and from it emerged 15 worthy challengers. We now have a week to get as many views, shares and sales to decide who will be the big (hero) winner! This is my entry to the competition which hopefully does a good job of showing how great the film was. If you agree then maybe pop on over to the site and grab yourself one. There are also loads of other really cool designs in the competition too! And they’re all available in mens, women and kids sizes!

Andy: I keep meaning to watch this movie but never get around to it. That means I don’t understand this design, but it sure does look pretty.


Paw Addict, fresh & furry.

by Andy on April 21, 2015

Paw Addict is here, all brand new for the pet lover in you. Its all about the pets here, that faithful furry friend til the end. Our trademark “5 heart paw” started it all. It all came about with our kooky animated character Vudog, which is not really an apparel brand but we do sell some goofy T-shirts. In selling our shirts at big events Like Comic Con and pet advocate shows, we found a real strong attraction to our “5 heart paw” design by our female customers.
So we decided to get to work with full focus on apparel for the pet lover. Paw Addict just launched and kicks it off with 22 female designs. We’ll be mostly female focused, but sure we’ll be doing some male and kids stuff too.

Andy: Considering how I tore into Vudog when they first submitted to HYA it’s surprising they came back for more. Looking at the Vudog site though I can see they’ve made a lot of improvements and smoothed out the rough edges that had me concerned in the first place. You can tell that Paw Addict has benefited from the experiences gained with the first venture as it is a much more complete looking brand from the outset.


Arttee Apparels – NEW RELEASES

by Andy on April 21, 2015

Our new collection is in! This time around we’re showcasing not one nor two but FIVE new designs from five new independent artists we are proud to have in our Artteest family!

First and foremost, we would like to introduce you to our featured design for this new collection – The Smoking Men by Rizal Paperbaghead. With his unique style of hand drawing and amazing details, this design of his illustrates the different types of “smoking” in the modern world. Get the T-shirt here:

“Roboster” by AlFatah. An illustration of a robot for your cute and unique style. Simple yet catchy. Get the T-shirt here:

“Tarik Upih” by Fadhil Zubir. The idea is simple – to combine two different culture, Malaysian traditional game and modern comic superheroes. Get the T-shirt here:

“The Funeral” by Naiara. A beautiful piece of art showing two animals with a cold and dark forest background from a talented designer all the way from Spain. Get the T-shirt here:

“Let’s Go Exploring” by Adi Fitri. Everybody’s favourite galaxy guardian duo drawn in style of everybody’s backyard exploring duo! A beautiful homage to everybody’s spirit of wonder and inner-child. Get the T-shirt here:

All designs are available at

Andy: I have to admit this is one of the times I wish the submission system allowed for 5 pictures to be uploaded since it’s a little silly to be promoting 5 designs but you guys only get to see 3 of them. Cool looking designs, and it’s not often that we have a Malaysian brand on the site!

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Solitary was born from the love of all things space. It is an attempt to contribute to humanity’s future in space by inspiring with design and helping people represent what they believe in. Solitary shirts are ethically made, printed and shipped from Los Angeles, California.

Andy: I really like the concept and style of these designs. I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I would like to see the real shirts instead of the mockups, but even I’m getting bored of having to say that several times a week, maybe other people don’t care about it as much as me.


New tees from Inka Inka

by Andy on April 19, 2015

I do like the growth of Inka Inka so far, they’re starting to put together a very respectable group of tees that all have a similar style and theme. That’s something I like to see in a new shop, it shows a bit of planning that can be surprisingly missing more often than you’d expect with new brands.


Solehab just launched!

by Andy on April 9, 2015

Solehab Sets the Bar for Unique, Artistic, Elegantly Simple Apparel.

April 3, 2015 (Dubai, UAE) – Solehab announces the launch of its new signature apparel brand featuring clean, minimalist designs that celebrate the uniqueness and creativity of each individual.

Released in March 2015, the inaugural Solehab collection was created by Alistair Jameson, a French/American creative director who draws inspiration from a fascination with the complexities and simplicities found in nature and the design world. The Solehab line includes men and women’s T-shirts, featuring simple yet eye-catching iconography and typography designs.

“The market is saturated with over the top big designs, some of which are truly a piece of art, however I believe that we are all unique, and this should be reflected in the clothes we wear and what we have around us. Solehab is made for the unique creative mind. I wanted to go with the minimal approach that says less is more, and let the design speak without being loud,” Jameson says.

He adds: “I have always been an artist at heart. From drawing as a kid to sculpting wood, and later bringing this creativity into my professional career, designing both for print and digital. Just like in my profession as a Creative Director, I wanted to apply this creativity to my clothing line and bring the inspiration I give to my clients directly to the Solehab brand.”

Solehab T-shirt designs include intriguing prints such as Cassette, Tape 8, Gramophone, Gradient, Spaceship and Swirl, available in red, blue, white, yellow, and grey colours both for men and women. The clothing brand is available for purchase online at

About the designer
Alistair Jameson, a native of Belgium who has traveled, lived, and worked around the world, considers himself “a hippie at heart”, commenting, “I love nature, the complexity and yet the simplicity of it. From a snow flake to a leaf of a tree to the structure and organisation of ants and bees, for example – all fascinate me.” Solehab aims to highlight the common, the regular, and the mundane with a brand new selection of one-of-a-kind, bold yet minimal apparel.

Andy: Cool tees, reasonable prices, what’s not to like?


QTee – Hands on Review + Coupon Code!

by Leah on April 7, 2015


It feels really good to be reviewing on HYA again and what a better way to start than with California based QTee! They are not like any other brand I have reviewed – first of all, QTee let ME pick out what tees I wanted to review and once I was on their site, I understood why… everything is customizable and they wanted me to have the full experience! You can pick from over 100 graphics – once you have chosen, you not only can pick what type of apparel you want it printed on, but you can also select colors for several elements of the graphic. Once I got a hang of the interface, I was playing around with several designs and having a lot of fun with it to be honest. (There is even a video on how to customize!)

A lot of QTee’s designs are text driven, but they also have a nice amount of layered and photo based designs, as well as ones with patterns, pocket designs, and simple graphics. So with that said, I decided to pick a patterned one and a text based one just to get an idea how both would turn out. How did I like them? Very much!

Ordering, shipping, + packaging: QTee promptly sent me a ‘thank you for your order’ email, and shortly after that they sent out tracking info, so no worries there. From start to finish, it did take about a week for each tee to get to me. They arrived in a standard t-shirt mailer – the white, tough plastic one – which QTee fancied up with a large, di-cut logo sticker (and FYI – it could be peeled off if you wanted to keep it!) With the t-shirts came a nice postcard with a discount code, as well as a vibrant logo sticker. Each t-shirt was wrapped in tissue paper and then inserted into a clear, plastic sleeve; so all in all the packaging was very professional, yet standard.


Unwrapping: As I pulled each t-shirt out from their packaging, my first reaction is to always feel them from top to bottom of course, and each tee was VERY soft to the touch and had a clean, freshly printed smell. Next I ran my hand over the print/ink and it was soft as well, not very thick or stiff and definitely printed evenly. I assumed they were DTG (direct to garment) printed, but I did not want to give you readers the wrong info, so I contacted QTee from their Website asking this, not expecting a reply for a day or so, but I got a reply almost instantly (which, come on, that is some great customer service) and my assumption was right, they print DTG. Once unwrapped, I saw each t-shirt had a “YOU’RE CUTE” logo tag attached, which made me smile – I adore details like that.


Now for the shirts themselves: The heather-gray, floral t-shirt is titled Freshly Cut Flowers and I chose a Hi-Lo Muscle Tank for this one since I have not owned something like that before! QTee describes it well, “This is our version of the perfect muscle tank made more flattering for the feminine figure. High side slits and oversize underarm openings.” The text based tee Life is Better in the Water, is printed on an Oversized Boyfriend Tee, “Our Oversized Boyfriend Tee has a loose fit, more coverage on the shoulders and overall relaxed, boyfriend style fit. Warning: Your boyfriend may get jealous. This style fits 1 to 2 sizes bigger.” Now silly me wants to complain that my tees fit a little too large to my liking, BUT silly me also did not read the descriptions or the size charts that were readily available – so that is totally my fault! I thought size Small would do the trick, but if I would have explored the description I would have chosen the XS option for both, so keep that in mind when you order. Each tee is thin, as you can see in the images, the white tee especially is a bit see-through, but I tend to like that especially when you wear a bikini or possibly a bandeaux underneath. (They are perfect for the beach too, hence why my photographer, Tabitha Payne, and I had a seaside photoshoot!) They also had that worn-in feeling which to me is the best – being a 52% cotton / 48% modal which gives them that comfortable feeling, but also don’t overlook the American Apparel tri-blends available as well (a personal favorite).


Recap: Overall, I am happy with my QTee purchases – print quality, t-shirt quality, customer service, and website interface are all top notch! They are not too pricey, especially since you get to customize your design – tees ranging from about $19.95 to $24.95. I know this brand is marketed to females, but any guys reading this should consider this a good place to buy the lady in your life a cool, customized t-shirt – you can say, “Hey, I designed it myself too!” Also, I know they are called QTEE, but tees are not the only thing they offer; there are sweatshirts, work-out apparel, bags, hats, Converse shoes, even underwear and collaborations as well. One more thing, QTee was nice enough to provide a coupon code for all you HYA readers! Just enter the code: HideYourArms15 at checkout and it will take 15% off your entire order – so needless to say, QTee is definitely worth checking out!

Thanks for reading,

Keep in touch with QTee:

Photos by Tabitha Payne / Blue Eyed View Photography

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Ambitious Collective Spring 2015

by Andy on April 4, 2015

Ambitious Collective has just released their Spring 2015 capsule which consists of five new designs, all of which are now available in our online shop. Use code “Spring15” and get 20% off your purchase.

And: The designs look good but as ever it would be better to see the real thing rather than a mockup.

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Velmost – West Coast

by Andy on April 4, 2015

Velmost Spring Summer collection 2015, inspired by 3 rival gangs:

The San Francisco Mad Seagulls, The Ocean Beach killer Whales and the The Surfer Bones from Los Ángeles.

Andy: Oooooh, I really like these; wearable, interesting designs, and well shot images. They aren’t cheap though (unless they aren’t using USD but I can’t tell from anywhere), that price point ($65) will put off a lot of people, as will having a Spanish website, then again, a lot of people do speak Spanish so they aren’t limiting themselves massively if they just want to target Spanish speakers (I couldn’t see an English option, feel free to correct me if I missed it somehow). Still looks good though!

UPDATE: I have been told the price is in Colombian pesos, so the shirt price is actually more like US$30, which is much more reasonable. Local shipping only is available through the website, but if you drop them an e-mail you can arrange for an international purchase.


stOAKed is a small apparel company established to uplift Oakland and combat negative perceptions. All of our clothing is locally produced in California. Check us out!

20% OFF: Enter “HideYourArms” at checkout.

Andy: Being British and knowing not a lot about Oakland (I’ve been to San Fransisco but did have time to go over there) I don’t really have an opinion on Oakland, but I guess that there must be a lot of negativity for the area. The designs are in a style that can have a wider appeal which is good, because local brands do often limit themselves.


New: Illuminated Shirts

by Andy on March 31, 2015

REHAGE presents the first illuminated shirts that you can design yourself: Use the included UV lamplight to draw or inscribe your shirt, it will glow for 7-10 minutes in the dark and then you can design again. Great fun and really unique. Also available with your own logo.

Andy: I can’t really work out how you would buy this off their website (it’s all in German and certainly doesn’t look like a clothing brand) but the product is still pretty cool.


T-Shirt: Whatever You Want It To Be

by Andy on March 31, 2015

T-Shirts are probably one of my favorite things in the world, which is why it’s no coincidence that I find myself on the corner of 13th and Mars. 13th and Mars is a quirky, new t-shirt start-up that brings the versatility of a t-shirt to a new mesosphere. I’ve always wholeheartedly believed that the t-shirt is the best form of self-expression out there; it’s whatever you want it to be. Whether it’s pridefully adorned with your company logo, a new art design, or an emotionally representative slogan, it gives others a personal peek inside its wearer.

With that said, we wanted to create a platform that would give folks the opportunity capitalize on their individuality with ease and, even better, at no cost. Our site allows you to quickly build your own t-shirt projects for all of your social networks to see and buy. I won’t bore you by going through the steps, you can view the tutorial here, but it’s pretty damn cool even if you are just coming to see what our Martian Lady logo has to say today:)

Andy: To be honest these tees don’t really inspire me, which is hardly surprising since one of them it literally filler text, but I suppose with these guys it’s not really about the designs that they have at the moment because they’re trying to become another option out there in the customised tee world. That’s a very crowded market at the moment, so I wish them luck trying to carve out a niche against the established players.


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