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A couple of my friends from Philly recently shipped over a bottle of ROOT, Art in the Age‘s organic liquor, which they cleverly described as a candle to avoid getting caught by customs, so I thought I’d see if there was anything new happening tee-wise with AITA. I don’t really know if this tee is new, but I certainly like it, and I haven’t posted a photo-tee in a long time.

Costiness=$34 Buy it at Art in the Age

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New Tees from Art In The Age

by Andy on October 12, 2009

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Okay, so these tees aren’t ‘new’ as they were released at least a week ago now, but if I haven’t seen them, they’re new to me!

In typical Art In The Age style, they’re pretty odd design, but also pretty great, so it works out quite nicely. AITA tees are good quality, so whilst $34 is not particularly cheap for a tee, I can guarantee (but not actually guarantee) that the tee will last for a long time. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys reading press releases (though to be fair, I actually managed to read this one without dying of boredom unlike most of the releases I get sent, yes, that’s right, I have died several times whilst reading press releases), I’ve included the one that accompanies this line after the break, also, the pic above links to a much larger version in which you can see the designs much better.

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Regular readers will be aware of my trip to the US earlier this year to be an intern in Philadelphia, that trip probably wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Art In The Age (even though I wasn’t directly working for them), so you can’t really expect me to be unbiased when I’m writing about them. However, that doesn’t mean I’d cover up anything bad, think about it, how good does a company have to be to make someone that writes about t-shirts travel several thousand miles and live in a city he’s never been to before and knows no one in? Answer, pretty damn good.

Serendipiliciously, I first heard of the shoegaze* band Asobi Seksu when I was in Philly, their album accompanied me on many of the walks down Sansom on my way to the office. Even though they’re from Brooklyn I’ll forever associate them with Philadelphia, which is why this collaboration works well for me, it’s as if the AITA folks had a meeting and decided that the purpose of their latest collaborative tee was to help me reminisce!

The tee’s name, ‘Tour Doodles’, does a great job of setting up the concept, and I like it, I can imagine that if I were in a band that was touring around the states in a bus (and had an ounce of design skill) then I’d probably be drawing in a notebook all the time too, and all that doodling seems to have produced a pretty sweet tee.

Costiness=$32 Available from Art in The Age (mens/womens)

* Is it just me or is that the best name for a musical genre ever?

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2 new tees from Art In The Age

by Andy on April 11, 2009


Okay, my integrity is already probably questionable at best, but Art In the Age are the reason why I’m in Philadelphia, so it would be just downright rude for me not to post about the latest couple of tees that they’ve released.

I got one of their newer tees from the Spring line (I think) a few weeks ago, and the quality level has gone up from my review of the David Lee Nagel tee, and they didn’t exactly suck then. The Spring line is a bit thinner and softer than the average tee, at least the one I got was, so it’s perfect for the increasingly sunny days.

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So, what happened when Philly’s finest t-shirt company gave me a disposable camera and told me to go have fun? I recreated famous images from Rocky, obviously.

I’m doing a bit of guest-blogging for Art In The Age, but it doesn’t involve me writing about t-shirts (gasp!), it involves me writing about all the cool places that I’ve been in Philly (and beyond, but mostly in the Iladelph). My first post is all about the city’s favourite fictional son, Rocky Balboa. I’ve been up those famous steps three times now (once on a walk just to go to them, once whilst I was on the way to tour a creepy disused prison, and again when my brother came to visit), and I know I’ll be going again when one of my friends comes to visit. However, I’ve never actually made it into the Art Museum, y’know, the place that the steps actually lead to.

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Fubiz lists 20 great t-shirt companies

by Andy on March 20, 2009

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Fubiz may write in French, but the language of cool tees is universal. They’ve put together a list of 20 t-shirt companies they like, and funnily enough, I like pretty much all of them too. Most have been featured on HYA before, but they’ll probably serve as a good reminder for for indie tee veterans, and a source of much wallet-emptying merriment for the newbies.

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Gee Andy, how are you doing in America? Well? So much so that the first proper post from Philly involves one of the greatest icons of American history? And the company producing the tee are actually from Philadelphia? And you’re posting pictures of the Stars and Stripes on your personal blog? Yeah, sounds like you’re settling in well.

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Okay, I don’t know what that last paragraph was (was I talking to myself? Was someone else talking to me? Was it that nice homeless man I met this evening?) but I am indeed having a good time in Philly. But you don’t care about that, you care about tees. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th 1809, so his bicentennial is coming up, and Art in the Age decided to celebrate this in a pretty big way. They’ve released the two limited edition tees shown above, the images for which were sourced from the archives of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, who will be receiving a portion of all sales of the tees. In addition to that, they’re holding a contest to give away bevy of Honest Abe related goodies, including the tee (obviously), a postcard of his assassination (sure, why not!), and a beautiful silk-screened poster portrait of Lincoln that is made up of the text from the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s pretty rare that the terms ‘beautiful’ and ‘Lincoln’ get used in the same sentence, but I spotted the poster in the office today at the place I’m interning and it looked awesome. To be eligible all you have to do is sign up for their mailing list before the drawing on Feb. 28th, all the details you need can be found here.

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Lastly, they’re hosting an exhibition at their bricks & mortar store in Old City, Philadelphia called “The Great Lincoln! Memorial Tableaux” which is a gallery of the artwork that they put out an open call for back in December. The exhibition starts tomorrow (Friday Feb. 6th), with a reception in the store between 6pm and 8pm, and runs until the end of the month. I’m going to be there, so if any Philly-based HYA readers are in the area be sure to pop in and say hello. Oh, and as if famous Andy from HYA being there isn’t enticing enough, they’ve got a big sale on too. Details of the event can be found here.

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Art in the Age, who released some great new tees last week, are celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday by asking you (yes, you) to send them artwok inspired by the great man that will be displayed in their store on 116 North 3rd Street, Philadeplhia, so hopefully I’ll be able to go along and takes a few pictures if I ever get to Philly (visa issues, grrr!).

Take a look at this link to find out all the details, the last date for submissions is January 9th.

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What’s new at Art in the Age?

by Andy on December 16, 2008


Now that is a tee. Hot damn it’s cool. Hell, its so good that I might even wear it twice in a week!

As you may imagine, the above tee is my highlight for this round of releases, but the others don’t suck either, and you can find them all in the gallery… or you could just go through to the actual store at Art in the Age.

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Sale over at Art in the Age

by Andy on September 24, 2008


This sale has been running since the 19th, and I’ve got no idea when its going to end, so if you want to get some Art In the Age into your life at up to 50% off it might be a good idea to put an order in sooner rather than later.

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Art in the Age are the Walrus

by Andy on July 16, 2008

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*Sorry guys, as Kevin points out in the comments, I’ve actually already written about this design.

This tee gives a shout out to a Philadelphia music blog called The Walrus, which I’d never heard of, but then again, I’m not from Philadelphia, and the only music blog I subscribe to is Stereogum, so what chance did I really have?

But if you don’t know what the blog is, like me, it doesn’t really matter for this design, because you might just think that there’s a cool looking Walrus on a t-shirt, and that would probably be enough for you. And if you’re a fan of the blog then you’re in a little secret society of music lovers that rally around your big-teethed mascot and nod at each other whenever you spot someone wearing the tee.

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AITA have dropped a new tee and it is a shout-out to a music blog from Philly that apparently has really big teeth. As I’ve mentioned before this week, I’m a bit pushed for time writing posts, so I’m going to hand you over to the rather eloquent folks at AITA to do the job for me.

Art In The Age Creative Director Ben Woodward gives a shout out to Philly’s music blog with really big teeth, The Walrus.( http://www.walrusmusicblog.com) The big, music loving personality of this oversized and lovable friend of the sea is expressed perfectly in Ben’s larger-than-life illustration. Available in two color palettes: “Lo Fi” Gray-on-Gray or “Experimental” Turquoise-on-Turquoise”

The tees will be available in men’s sizes Small-Large for $28 and will be released tomorrow [oh, sorry, guess I probably should have posted this yesterday…]. Art in the Age will also be giving away 3 tees to 3 lucky winners in the next 3 weeks!

I’d usually think that grey on grey is the blandest colourway possible, but its actually pretty cool in this case.

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I knew who David Lee Roth was since we’re both hard rockin’ amigos (though, admittedly, I didn’t recognise him from the tee), but Patrick Nagel was a new name to me, which I think shows my considerable lack of art history knowledge, but once I found this website about him I did actually recognise the style (I’m cultured!), and the t-shirt started to make a whole lot more sense.

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I did something quite unusual with this t-shirt; I wore it on a night out before doing the review. Usually I take the pictures, do the review, and then I’ll wear it at some point in the future, but with this tee I took the pictures then wore it on a Saturday night out with my friends. One of the problems with everyone knowing that I have a large collection of t-shirts that have been sent to me for free rather than me picking and choosing them from shops is that they feel they can say whatever they want about my clothes. Reactions ranged from “that is a horrible t-shirt”, “that looks really weird”, to “isn’t that the guy from Twisted Sister?” Over an entire night only one of my friends realised that the image was of Diamond Dave of Van Halen fame, and none of them were particularly enamoured with it. Out of everyone I know, I’m the only person that actually likes this shirt, so I think that the Patrick Nagel style combined with Roth’s rather ‘unique’ appearance really makes this a ‘love it or hate it’ kind of design, although I guess it could be a British thing, maybe in the US where Van Halen were a lot bigger it would be a whole different story. But its not just the person that I find interesting about this tee, the bright, bold, and numerous colours of Roth and the pink stripes in the background being put over the dullness of the grey t-shirt work really well, providing great contrast.

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Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction have been impressing pretty much everyone with their designs, and I’m just as impressed with their quality level, and the press package that they’ve put together. I don’t usually talk about the little press bits that I get sent, but they looked really cool (pics below), and made it feel like they were a company who put a lot more into the design aspect of their business than just the end product. The blank tee is provided by American Apparel, so we all know what the deal is there by now, and the print is amongst the thickest plastisol ink that I’ve ever had (I could be wrong about it being plastisol though). I would imagine that the print is thick because they wanted to produce really solid, vibrant colours, in keeping with Nagel’s style, but it doesn’t make the tee feel at all heavy.

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