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I can’t be the only person who thinks that ‘artists’ is quite a strange way to describe people that have opened stores on Big Cartel?

Yes, some of them will be artists, but not all of them, I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as an artist but I have a store on Big Cartel (the HYA store). Odd wording aside this is a big milestone for Big Cartel, and to celebrate they’re having a party at their HQ in Salt Lake City, Utah, if any readers are in the area and head down it would be great to get a report from the event.


T-shirt News Roundup for January 16th

by Andy on January 16, 2012

mythbusters t-shirt

Dexter’s Laboratory meets Mythbusters in this shirt from Teefury.

Y’know, I’ve never seen Donnie Darko, judging by the amount of shirts about it, including this one from Qwertee, I probably should (lots of shirts usually = a good movie).

Shirt.Woot have a delightful 8-bit Ghostbusters design.

Strangely, RIPT also have a Ghostbusters shirt, though with a Muppets twist.

Glow in the dark shirt from The Yetee.

Nowhere Bad have a Portal inspired shirt.

OtherTees have a nice Sherlock design. Did anyone see the last episode of the current run last night? That show is so damn good.

24Tee are selling a familiar stormtrooper design.

TeeRaiders have a Firefly design that I didn’t need to Google to work out what it was.

Quite a pretty Twitter design from

GraphicLab have a Portal shirt on sale all this week.

Tee Mashups is closing, which is unfortunate, though at least they are being up front about things and are sending refunds to people that will not receive their shirts.

Star Wars comes to Shirt Punch today.

Not my kind of tee at DBH today, but interesting nevertheless.

Hey look, Tilteed are selling Greg Abbott’s lovely fox design again.

Glennz has turned five of his designs into iPhone wallpapers (may also work with other smartphones, I’m not sure).

Tony over at Wrongwroks has released a parka jacket in five different colours.

Perception Apparel have put three of their tees on sale for $10.

Halfcut Clothing have released a shirt to celebrate their involvement with the Blind Tiger Collective. Use coupon code hcc10 to get 10% off your order in their store.

The official press release for the Boston Tee Party has been released, it doesn’t cover much new ground but it’s nice to have it all be ‘official’.

Big Cartel let us know about some of their milestones in 2012, such as collective store sales of over $100,000,000 from their almost 200,000 stores.

Mighty Fine are running a competition with Marvel to find an amazing Avengers t-shirt design with the winner receiving up to $2,500.

Johnny Cupcakes has a couple of new tees, and a couple of new hats in his stores.

Here’s Rihanna wearing a Celine t-shirt that probably cost more than my whole outfit.


Daily News & Tees for January 6th

by Andy on January 6, 2012

space invaders t-shirt

Very cool Space Invaders shirt from TeeFury today.

‘The birthplace of inspiration’ is up at Shirt.Woot today.

8-bit Back To The Future? Yes please, RIPT.

Fairly obscure Terminator design at Shirt Punch today.

Nowhere Bad reminds of another badass facet of Lincoln’s character.

TeeMinus24 bring out a pop art inspired Admiral Ackbar shirt.

24tee have a shirt for hipsters.

Shirt with a wolf on it at DBH.

I’m sure that TeeBlitz have sold this design before, and it’s a little odd that the time remaining for the design is “-359 days”, but hopefully that doesn’t mean there’s trouble at TeeBlitz.

Loviu wheel out this older design.

Oldie-but-goodie at Tilteed today.

Get 30% off at Seventh.Ink this weekend with the coupon code NEWYEAR2012. [via TeeGazette]

Labyrinth Clothing have a page on The Fancy, and if you ‘fancy’ (the equivalent of ‘like’ on Facebook) any item in their store you’ll unlock a 20% off coupon code.

OMUNKY have added prints to their lineup of goods.

Jeff has shared a few teasers of the his design process on Ugmonk‘s next design.

The UTee just launched a new design. Feel free to go and check it out, but don’t forget which is your favourite tee blog!

Mashbale has a post on how to maximize sales with your ecommerce design.

Here’s Miley Cyrus wearing a Pink Floyd t-shirt, I’m sure that will annoy no one.

Tonka Park are selling two of their popular Big Cartel themes at $25 off, making them $50 each for a limited time. Use coupon code THELBL2012 to get $25 off The Label, and DECMBR2012 for $25 off the December theme.

May I suggest that you advertise on HYA? Options available to suit all budgets.

And that’s the news for today!


For the next couple weeks, Sticker Robot and Big Cartel are kicking down 25% extra stickers with every order. Pretty sick deal.

Andy: I was thinking to myself “that’s a short post, seems like it’s missing a few details.” It’s not! All you have to do is place your order normally, and you’ll be sent 25% more than you ordered, neat!

This post was submitted by stickerobot.


3 new Big Cartel Themes from Tonka Park

by Andy on October 31, 2011

big cartel themes

I’ve got a Tonka Park making the HYA store look pretty (well, pretty enough), and I like a lot of the work that Matt does for the Big Cartel community. He’s just dropped 3 new themes and as usual they’re delightfully clean (one is even designed with mobile devices in mind, reordering and resizing content to take account for your browser size). I’m sure that some of you may find $100 for a theme to be a bit steep, especially when Big Cartel is quite a cheap service, but when you consider how much you’ll be paying for tee designs and printing then $100 isn’t really that much to have a good-looking store set up in a couple of hours.

Tonka Park have also updated their Big Cartel WordPress plugin, and HYA is given a surprising mention in the announcement of it’s release. You can now embed a widget on you WordPress site showing a product list (organised in the same order as in your BC product admin area), and also use shortcodes to post items from anyone’s store in blog posts, that means I could embed shirts from Big Cartel stores straight into posts, which is pretty nifty.


Daily Tee & News Roundup October 28th

by Andy on October 28, 2011

panda astronaut t-shirt

Very nice Panda/astronaut t-shirt from TeeFury today.

Another oldie-but-goodie from Greg Abbott at Tilteed today, it’s a really lovely design.

Weren’t you always a little disappointed when you had to play as Luigi?

Hahaha, silly owl. Shirt.Woot

Nice tribute to A Clockwork Orange at RIPT today.

If a single one of you gets the reference on this TeeMinus24 design I will be amazed.

Fairly creepy looking Doctor Who design at OtherTees today.

24tee bring us a classic Halloween design.

I didn’t like this Donald Duck shirt when Loviu first released it, and on the second viewing my opinion has not changed.

I have no clue what is going on in this Catch of the Day Tee shirt.

Nice Doctor Who design from Shirt Punch, I think it’s fair to say those guys have had a pretty decent first week.

I stumbled upon this fantastic tutorial by Natalie Jost detailing several ways that you can customize your Big Cartel store to give it features which you would usually expect to see in a standalone ecommerce solution.

Sturban are offering free delivery in the UK on all orders until the end of the month.

BustedTees have put all their fall releases on sale for $14 a piece until noon (EST) on October 31st.

Dephect are offering 25% off all their tees with the coupon code HALLOWEEN11 until November 3rd.

I’ve never heard of Kii Arens before, but their shirts are on now, $19.50 down from $35, and they’re looking mighty fine.

Digital Gravel have knocked 50% off everything, which is pretty huge, all you have to do is use the coupon code THX2011, the infographic says 3 days, but it’s now more like two and a half.

T-Post, the Swedish t-shirt subscription service, are going to stop using a wholesale blank (I’m fairly sure they were using American Apparel) and produce their own shirts, and they want feedback from you to help make it ‘the best t-shirt the world has ever seen.’

That above is a relaunch teaser for PPRHRT, I was unaware that they were in need of a relaunch but there you go, like their Facebook page to keep up to date with their relaunch progress.

A reminder that Urban Industry‘s big Halloween sale is ongoing.

PLNDR are giving away a $250 gift pack from Breezy Excursion, who I’ve never heard of so I presume that means they’re popular.


new big cartel features

The HYA store is powered by the Big Cartel storefront platform, so I keep an eye on developments coming from the BC team, and this latest update is pretty nice. Previously, if you wanted to give a discount on goods you had a blanket discount of a coupon code that applied to a whole order and every item in the store. That changed last week when they introduced a few new, welcome, features:

The new discounts feature (in your admin under Promote > Discounts) gives you the ability to build a collection of unique, creative deals to reward loyal customers and entice new ones. To that end, we’ve packed this feature with a handful of highly requested goodies.
What’s new with Discounts?

Discounts now come in three flavors: percentage off, flat-rate off, and free shipping
Require customers spend a certain amount, or buy a certain number of products, before the discount can be applied
Have your discount apply to the full order, only to products in a certain category, or even just to one specific product
Give your discount a friendly name that is shown to your customers when they enter the code
Get a random code for your discount with the push of a button (or roll of the dice)
Specify a date when your discount can start being used, perfect for midnight sales or product releases
Discounts can now auto-expire after a certain number of uses, or on a certain date
You no longer need to delete discounts to expire them, and we keep a full history of your expired discounts
Quickly share discounts with your Facebook and Twitter communities

All mighty handy I’m sure you’ll agree. Now if they’d add a ‘Europe’ shipping option I’d be a happy man.


big cartel SEO

One of the compromises of using a hosted storefront like Big Cartel or Storenvy is that even though you do get some degrees of control, you’ll not be able to configure every aspect of the system the way that you would like. For a lot of people this is okay, they just want a simple storefront that they can use to sell their tees, but it does of course have a few drawbacks.

I am quite sure that Big Cartel are well set up for search engine optimisation within their system, but there are a few things you can do to further help yourself and hopefully move up the rankings in Google searches, hopefully getting you more sales in the process.

Tonka Park is a small Big Cartel Theme shop (the HYA shop actually uses one of their themes) has put together a short guide with four things that you can do to your store quite quickly and quite easily that should help your SEO almost immediately.


big cartel updates

As the HYA store is now running on the Big Cartel platform I’ve been taking a rather more keen interest in developments over the past few months since they now directly effect me (what? You thought I ran this blog for you?) and I thought I’d pass on the message about a couple of new features that they recently brought online. I would imagine that if you aren’t a store owner this would be of no interest to you, so you might as well just move on, it’s just not that exciting.

Firstly, they introduced the ability to easily charge different prices for different options with a product. Sometimes XXL t-shirts cost more to produce or purchase from a supplier than a medium-sized shirt, often companies just absorb that cost into all the sizes and just charge one flat fee for the shirts, effectively subsidizing the extra cost of the XXL shirts. That’s a simple system, but what if you wanted to charge those XXL folks a couple of dollars more since their shirts cost more to make (and possibly also to ship)? That was clunky and awkward before on Big Cartel (you’d probably have just created a new product solely for XXL shirts), but now is much more streamlined and easier to manage.

Secondly, pages. In the past it used to be the case that you could only have a set amount of pages depending on what level of plan you were using, the more you paid, the more custom pages you could get. It was a bit of an unnecessary constriction in my opinion, as it’s not a particularly expensive aspect of their service (they’re just HTML pages, image hosting and the like would be handled off-site in most cases), so I’m glad that they’ve opened up the amount of custom pages people can created to the magical number of ‘unlimited’ no matter what price plan you’re using (free or paid).

One thing that remains on my wishlist for Big Cartel is the ability to have an ‘Europe’ shipping option, since it costs me exactly the same amount to send a t-shirt anywhere in the EU using Royal Mail (I don’t know if it’s the same in other European countries, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was). I don’t know the ins and out of the Big Cartel system, but I can’t imagine it’s that hard to create a shipping option that includes every European country, surely you just need the system to recognise that certain countries are banded together in a group? I’m sure it’s a lot harder than I’m making it sound, otherwise they’d have probably already implemented it by now.


20 Awesome Big Cartel Stores

by Andy on March 5, 2011

good big cartel stores

It feels like I link to something cool Adam has written every week, but that’s probably because he does write about something link-worthy every week. This time around he’s created a collection of interesting and well thought out Big Cartel stores. For anyone who is unaware, Big Cartel is a storefront operator that makes it easy to sell your good on the internet without necessarily having to get your hands dirty designing a store. Of course, if you know your way around a CSS stylesheet (yes, I know that last ‘stylesheet’ is a bit redundant), you can create something really quite wonderful, and that’s what these people have done.

The HYA store hasn’t made it, but maybe one day.


Post image for A HYA Big Cartel Store for those of you that like that kind of thing

Having realised that Storenvy (who do a great service, let’s be clear, the amount they offer for free is pretty crazy) require you to signup for Storenvy and have a PayPal account to make a purchase, which I’m sure some of you might not care for. I quickly whipped up a Hide Your Arms Big Cartel Store for those of you that prefer making your purchases without having to sign up to another service, and if you’d just like to use a credit card (with no PayPal login) to make your payment.

I’ve also put Threadless Gift Certificates on sale in the Big Cartel store at $18 for a $25 certificate, stocks are limited, however, so that item could sell out quite quickly.

Let me know in the comments which you prefer, the HYA Storenvy store, or the Big Cartel Store.

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Dodecahedron tee by Des Apparel

by Andy on November 17, 2009



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Costiness=$25 Available from Des Apparel [Rumplo]

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Storenvy have a good rep for printing tees within the indie community, by which I mean that people on Emptees rarely bitch about them, and from what I can tell their storefront hosting service is also held in high regard. A couple of days ago they released a new version of their site which aims to help those stores owners make more sales, and help make it easier for t-shirt buyers to find shirts across their network of stores. To put it basically, you can search what they sell, it’s that simple, I’d add more words to this sentence but they’d be superfluous.

Search isn’t the only new feature to be included in the new Storenvy site, they’ve also introduced a concept called ‘Markets‘ which groups together stores that have something in common (such as fine art, eco-friendly, or urban wear), it’s an idea I like and thin that as it evolves it would work well for people trying to discover new companies in the same vein as ones that they already like. The forum is likely to be a useful hub for store owners, though as you would imagine so soon after launch things are still a bit quiet around there.

In the past if someone asked me about a third-party storefront to run their brand from I would have immediately said Big Cartel, but Storenvy could be an option worth looking at for a lot of budding tee-preneurs.


Random Objects and Random Objects

I guess that if you wanted to be pedantic about it these aren’t random objects because Random Objects have purposefully chosen them to be random. My apologies to anyone that read that sentence that’s currently high.

Costiness=$21 Available from Random Objects (every order comes with a ‘random’ object, how cool is that?)

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Yeti by Suck! Clothing

by Andy on July 25, 2009


This design is a bit frustrating, I really like the style of the Yeti, but why have they cut off the top of the Yeti’s head with the V-neck? It’s detracting from the design for no real reason. If they wanted the print to be that big they should have gone with a regular round neck, or made the design slightly smaller to accommodate the v-neck.

Costiness=€20 Available from Suck! Clothing


droogkloot by Super Vulgar Deluxe

by Andy on July 16, 2009


I looked up the word droogkloot, I already knew it was Dutch because of the word ‘droog’, which is a gallery in Amsterdam/Tokyo/New York (I visited the New York one of four separate occasions and it was only open once, so check their opening times if you’re planning a visit), but ‘kloot’ was aliean too me. Well, apparently, it is a term that suggests someone lacks a sense of humour, which is probably a fair description of the people on the tee, but far more amusingly, the term ‘droogkloot’ literally translates as ‘dry testicle’. Hi-larious!

Funnily enough, the text is actually my least favourite part of this design, I feel like that font is slightly at odds with the rest of the design, but otherwise I like it.

Costiness=£10 Available from the Super Vulgar Deluxe Big Cartel Store

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Pandy Cane make some sweet tees

by Andy on June 14, 2009


Pandy Cane is a British-based brand all about pandas and candy, which I do believe is one of the most niche-y of niches I’ve ever covered on HYA. The designs are pretty swee… sorry, cool, especially the one pictured which is obviously a play on the King Kong story. I’d like to see them following that kind of idea more, taking famous images and transplanting candy and pandas into them, not that there’s anything wrong with a simple panda + candy cane design.

Every order from Pandy Cane receives some extra goodies in their box along with the tee, like a CD/poster/stickers, which is always a little bonus, and, all UK orders qualify for free shipping. As if all of that wasn’t enough, how about a HYA exclusive coupon code? You’ll get 15% off anything in the store with the code hideyourarms. Awesome!

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In their words:

My clothing line, Grim Threads, blends the darkness of the macabre with bright, bold colors of graffiti
and street art.

It’s unusual to find a brand that has designs focused on the more macabre side of life (though I don’t find these designs to be that ‘dark’), and yet they’re totally onboard with non-depressing colourways. It’s unusual, and I like it.

Grim Threads

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