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Sleepy Dan : In And Out Of Sleep

by Sleepy Dan on January 16, 2013

Been a while since I shared a Behind The Design posting! So I’m excited to share this collaboration design I did with Dustin Cavazos for his In And Out Of Sleep album release party just before Christmas at Trees Dallas.

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

I love working with typography so this layout started as a pencil sketch, then I played a little in Photoshop to get the details clean and contrasted. Then I vectored the layers and added some smaller shadow details…

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

I wanted to keep this design as a single color print, so instead of using a solid color background for the type, I created a thin line underlay to create more detail depth to the type. With this level of detail, you need to use an amazing printer like Printed Threads!

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

Petey and the team helped print the details perfectly. The team also loves to create silly videos for the product they love to print… Check It Out!

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

Petey printed this design with a single color discharge gray, so the print is super soft and you can barely feel the print…

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

The tonal black print is nice…

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

I only printed 52 designs so when they are sold out they are gone forever!

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

All the shirts have custom sewn labels from the Sleepy Dan studio.

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

All the shirts were printed at the back neck with a collaboration design.

Sleepy Dan In And Out Of Sleep Dustin Cavazos Printed Threads Screen Print Process Behind The Design

Fans at the event loved them and I love working on collab designs! Keep in touch if you have a favorite collaboration shirt you wanna share…

 

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Cool new hoodie from Black Thunder

by Andy on January 10, 2013

black thunder hoodie


Well, this seems like a reasonably priced product, nice one Black Thunder!

Costiness€25 Buy it at Black Thunder

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not a walking billboard t-shirt


I suppose the irony here is that they do still have their logo on the shirt.

Costiness=$26 Buy it at Concrete Coast in Black / White

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Post image for Frederik Garcia has a weird collection of tees and sweatshirts, I like ‘em

There’s no denying that the above tees (and the rest of the collection) from Barcelona’s Frederik Garcia are a bit odd, but they are all interesting and wearable too. To celebrate the new release Frederik is offering 10% off with the coupon code NEWCOLLECTION, which is most welcome with the tees being €29 and the sweaters €44 which is a touch above the usual prices HYA deals with.

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Post image for Sheldon’s Rubik’s Cube t-shirt back in stock at Glennz Tees (and 30% off for thanksgiving)

Glennz has posted a quick note saying that his ‘Melting Rubik’s‘ shirt that was featured on the Big Bang Theory is back in stock, and also that he’s offering 30% off all shirts for Thanksgiving.

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Great 8-bit Star Wars t-shirt at 80sTees

by Andy on November 12, 2012

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I really like this, it’s good to see 80sTees doing something interesting with their Star Wars license.

Costiness=$20 Buy it at 80sTees

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Post image for “Hallows Kitty” Harry Potter x Hello Kitty shirt at MySoti

I shouldn’t really post this shirt since it’s one of those mashups where I think it pushes the boundaries a bit in terms of copyright, especially as there are so many Hello Kitty collaborations which play with the iconic character which mean that a parody or mashup shirt could easily be confused with the real thing. Still, fun looking shirt!

Costiness=$22.38 Buy it at MySoti

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Post image for ‘Nosferatea’ shirt and pin badge set new in at Edward Teabelly




Is it weird that one of my favourite pictures up there is the neck tag? That little square of whatever it is people make neck tags out of (it sure doesn’t feel like cotton usually) is seriously classy.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the other pictures, it just stuck out to me. As someone that doesn’t drink tea (and sometimes it feels as if I’m the UK person in the UK that doesn’t), so the design can only go so far with me, but it is nicely done, and something that you can wear when it’s not Halloween too, which is always good. The pin badge set looks pretty cool too.

Edward Teabelly

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Post image for “Mitt Romney Hates Puppies” T-shirt from Urban Outfitters

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

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Post image for “Time Vampire” t-shirt by Another Safe Landing

I don’t really understand why this vampire has a Flava Flav style clock on this shirt, anyone?

A ‘time vampire’ is someone that sucks time away from you doing more important things, or at least that’s what Google tells me, and I can’t really see how that is shown in this design so it must mean something else. Maybe their description will help?

Well-dressed life everlasting. Just stay out of the sun and avoid garlic. This won’t hurt a bit. But it may take ALL your time.

NOPE!

Costiness=$24 Buy it at Another Safe Landing

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“Dis-Obey” t-shirt by Live Fast Stay Young

by Andy on September 29, 2012

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If only these guys were able to find an attractive model to wear their t-shirts and give this brand some sex appeal…

Costiness=$17.95 Buy it at Live Fast Stay Young

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Post image for Let’s Get Weird! Let’s Get Weird! Let’s Get Weird! – Hands On T-shirt Review for LTDEX!

Another tee has arrived, this time from LTDEX! I did my “Big Leah Smile” that I always do when a tee package is sitting on my doorstep, then I ripped open the mailer, pulled the t-shirt out, examined, smiled some more, then shook the package and sadly no stickers or a business cards fell out, which is something I always look for when I first open up the package. I could have possibly misplaced them in my excitement upon opening everything up, I am not sure, but there was a quick, nice note to me from LTDEX, so I appreciated that of course!

LTDEX sent me this tee, Let’s Get Weird which I have to admit, I had no idea what, “Let’s Get Weird” even meant and that gives away that I am not as hip as I probably should be! After a bit of research, I mean Googling, I found out that the phrase was popularized (and possibly originated) from a show called, Workaholics, which I have not had the pleasure of watching yet, but if it’s getting tees made based on it, then it must be good… right? Well maybe, but go ahead and watch the scene that got this little phrase popular – you know you want to chant it!

When researching, I did see several other tees with this “chant” written on it, and while walking on the beach a few days after I got the tee, I saw someone wearing a tee with “Let’s Get Weird” on it, so it’s not a very unique or hard to find design. With that said, the t-shirt at LTDEX  is different from the bunch I’ve seen with it’s simple and bright, retro typeface bursting from the black t-shirt; it is well designed and it’s definitely an eye catcher!

After a little more examining, I noticed it’s printed on a lovely American Apparel fine jersey, so it’s not only soft, it’s one that is of complete quality – a good choice to print on! I really like wearing t-shirts that are a bit loose on me, like this tee, but not all ladies are like me; some prefer something fitted and tight when they are picking out a graphic tee. LTDEX offers only Unisex/Male sizes, so for the ladies that like your tees fitted, you’re out of luck!

When looking at the design closely, the actual print is done nicely – it’s a screen print and the ink has absorbed and fuzed with the threads of the soft blank so after a few washes, it still is maintaining it’s color and crispness. My only regret is that LTDEX did not incorporate a custom tag, either printed or sewn on, to identify the brand on the tee. It not only advertises, it just looks professional and is one of my favorite added touches to a t-shirt.

Make sure to check out LTDEX’s website – looks like a fun bunch of people over there – the model shots are definitely fun! Take a look at the other t-shirts to choose from, most focusing on typography in their designs. Thanks to LTDEX for sending me a tee to review, it’s always a pleasure, and thanks to the readers out there!

Keep in touch with LTDEX: Blog, Facebook, Twitter

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Hands-On LiHai T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on September 10, 2012

Amy wearing her NO EVIL tee

I’ve had an abundance of reviews sent to me recently and this one in particular stuck out in the crowd.  Arriving in a sleek long black tube, I was actually confused as to what I possibly ordered for myself that I forgot about.  Lo and behold I wasn’t losing my mind, I hadn’t ordered anything, but it was in fact some t-shirts coming from brand new clothing company LiHai!  They just launched in August and they’ve kicked things off with a bang!

The black tube mailer was definitely a really different approach to mailing t-shirts.  Very sturdy yet simple with a silver logo sticker placed in the center of the tube.  Part of me feels bad throwing it out and wants to find a use for it so it’s kind of still just sitting here at the moment.  Inside wrapped in tissue paper were two t-shirts and some stickers and small square business cards.

The stickers were cool because they had partial images of the t-shirt designs I received along with a few others of logos and other designs in their collection.  These nifty little square business cards were another creative approach to a basic business card.  LiHai really tries to take a distinct path rather than a normal approach to basic business elements and I really enjoy that about them.  I want to hop right into the designs because these were intricate and just amazing to look at!

This first one is titled “Audio Visual”.  It’s printed on a deep grey unisex t-shirt with colors like black, white and red encompassing the design.  This design is beyond amazing to stare at!  The way they made her hair as the chords and plugs and her feet as the speakers.  Her chest area is made up of the turn tables and the different tuning buttons.  The best part which I didn’t even pick up on until I put the shirt on and my mom looked at me in it; the entire red background of the design is actually lettering that says “Audio Visual” repeated over and over in exquisite text that makes you not realize it’s even wording.

 Close-up of “Audio Visual” T-Shirt

The detail throughout the entire design from top to bottom is incredible.  Every part of this design links itself together somehow, someway.  I love the simple use of color and texture through the use of text and shading and lines.  

Close-up of “Audio Visual” T-Shirt

Though it’s a unisex fit, this shirt fits pretty nicely on me.  I received a size Small in this and it’s soft and not too tight or too big as some unisex fits are.  It’s a little larger then the other t-shirt they sent me which is a girl’s cut but all in all it fits nicely and is comfortable!

My dog wanted to get in on the photo too!

Let’s move on to the second t-shirt titled “No Evil”.  I loved the concept of this shirt immediately, “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil!”  Vibrant, colorful blues take over this design on a black women’s t-shirt.

Another intricate and creative design by LiHai; “No Evil” takes an edgy approach to the Three Wise Monkey’s that embody the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  Artistically including a spray paint can, headphones and a microphone, these monkey’s definitely give this tee an edge.

Just like the other t-shirt, “No Evil” includes a ton of detail as you can notice in the close up image above.  The background is a series of different intertwining lines creating a repeating pattern.  The fronts of the monkeys include a faint yet detailed logo design for LiHai.  These tiny delicate details in both shirts really make the designs come together and fall into place.  You can tell they’ve really taken the time on their artwork to complete an entire piece and make something that is not only intriguing to the eye but attractive to wear.

Once again they slipped in some crazy text in the background that says “No Evil” over and over again.  These shirts are like a fun game of I Spy!!  Blue is my favorite color and the contrast between the shades they chose is very appealing for this design.  The detail in their labels doesn’t disappoint either as seen below:

Unlike most independent companies who usually screen-print the label on the inside neckline or do a hem tag, LiHai went ahead and got their own private labels custom made and stitched inside.  Check out the back of the label:

I’m sure you’re wondering, “Why does she think this label is so cool?”, right?  Well as I said, it’s rare to see an independent brand go all out with labels like this and not only did they make sure it was tailored to their brand but they made sure to include their brand name and/or logo on the front and back of the tag.  It’s those small details that matter sometimes!

I really enjoyed being able to review LiHai.  Their artwork was spectacular to examine and their overall packaging and branding is really spot on for having only launched in August.  I can’t wait to see what they come out with in the future and how they begin to grow and expand.  Thanks again LiHai and Daryl C. for the incredible shirts – they’ve become some of my favorites to wear!!

Check out LiHai clothing here

 

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Post image for Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe hit A Better Tomorrow

I’m not an avid viewer of Spongebob Squarepants, but I’m not entirely sure what Patrick would have done to piss off Muhammad Ali so much that he had to knock him down. Similarly, I don’t know what happened to Marilyn Monroe but I think it makes for a fairly cool t-shirt at A Better Tomorrow.

Costiness=€22 Buy them at ABT

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darth vader t-shirt

I think we can all agree that this is one of the best Darth Vader shirts that we’ve seen in a while at A Better Tomorrow.

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Cool “Empty Pools” t-shirt for skaters

by Andy on August 16, 2012

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I have dodgy ankles and worse balance so the chances of you ever find me stood on a skateboard are very slim, but that doesn’t stop me thinking that this is a pretty cool shirt.

Costiness=$27.99 Buy it at Empty Pools

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Post image for A great new site and a great new contest winner from A Better Tomorrow

I’ve been looking forward to seeing the redesigned A Better Tomorrow for quite a while, and I’m glad to see I’m not disappointed now that it is live, and especially happy to see that they now have an English-language version of the site to go along with the fresh new site design which I feel removes a lot of the clutter and helps make the t-shirts more prominent and new designs easier to find.

Really nice new contest winning design to help launch the new site too, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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hide your arms logo t-shirt

These three shirts actually went up in the HYA store on Friday afternoon, but between getting the photos taken, it being me and my girlfriend’s 3rd anniversary, and the Olympics opening ceremony in the evening I didn’t get a chance to write up a post letting you guys know that I took the plunge once again and had some more HYA logo t-shirts printed.

Since I started Rigu last November I’ve really been enjoying packing orders and sending them around the world, and with the HYA store being a bit empty with various sizes of items sold out I decided it was time to get back in the game, and more importantly, I wanted to wear a HYA tee with gold foil on it, and the classic white print too. I won’t print anything that I won’t wear, there’s no point in me investing in stock of tees that I see every day if I’m not going to enjoy seeing them, and I am really, really happy with how these latest tees have come out.

White print on black is a classic colourway and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to having them printed. They’re white discharge ink on black American Apparel 2001 t-shirts, so we all know it’s a good quality t-shirt and with that discharge print it’s started out soft and it’s only going to get softer over time resulting in a really nice vintage feel. Limited quantities of the shirt are available now for £14.99 + shipping.


When I put in the order for the gold foil shirts I did wonder if they were a little bit silly. I’m not exactly a ‘bling’ person, I don’t even like the word bling and I never wear jewelry, but something about gold foil tees has always intrigued me, especially when you’re using a black blank, and I had a feeling that the HYA logo would look good in gold. I hadn’t even considered that there was something of an Olympic tie-in with the gold foil, but as I watched Team GB walk around the track during the opening ceremony on Friday I realised I may have missed a trick with marketing there. The gold is pretty shiny, but it isn’t thick so doesn’t feel heavy on the shirt or feel like it will flake off. A brand (who I suppose should remain nameless) that I like use the same printer and shirt for their gold foil tees and sent me one of them a few year, and whilst it isn’t very gold now it did take many years of washing for that to happen, so I do feel that this shirt has a long life in it if cared for correctly. The shirts are from Continental Clothing, who make very nice shirts with a size chart that is very similar to American Apparel, who are members of the Fair Wear Foundation and go the extra distance when it comes to ensuring that their products are made in fair and ethical conditions. The gold foil tee costs £15.99 + shipping and is available now.


Lastly, I have restocked the grey print on grey AA tri-blend tees since they sold out in medium and large a while ago. The grey print this time is slightly lighter (Pantone 7540C) to reflect the true colour of HYA grey. Please note that in XL and XXL the darker grey print remains as I only restocked the M & L sizes, but the dark grey print looks cool so it’s all good. You can pick up this American Apparel tri-blend shirt for £15.99 plus shipping in the HYA store.

I do have it in mind to add to the store over time and slowly build what we have on offer, likely more logo-based stuff, but it’s possible that we’ll be branching out in the future, likely with a couple of cool posters a local artist-friend of mine, and we’ll see how it goes from there. If there’s anything that you’d like to see the HYA logo on let me know and I’ll see if it’s possible.

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ron swanson turf & turf t-shirt

I finally saw the episode where Ron’s favourite steak house had been shut down and he wanted all the bacon & eggs (all the bacon and eggs), so when I saw this shirt at 80sTees I have to mention it.

Costiness=$22 Buy it at 80sTees

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