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Post image for WeLoveFine & Cheezburger Present the “I Can Has Cats” T-Shirt Design Contest!

It kind of amazes me that this is a thing, but when you consider that I spend all day writing about t-shirts and looking at camera straps (Rigu!) then I guess that it isn’t that weird. However, if I were an artist I’m not entirely sure I’d want a cat, and a grumpy cat at that, deciding who gets awarded the prizes. Here’s all the details:

ABOUT THE CONTEST
They are either your adorable, easygoing non-descript house pet… or they are our fluffy overlords who have taken over the internet, and soon, THE WORLD! Well, maybe, but we sure know which we would bet on, which is why we decided to launch our latest themed design contest on all those crazy CATS! Whether they are part of Cheezburger.com’s extensive (and hilarious) LOLCats archive, or a regular staple on your Tumblr feed, or an actual silly, awesome cat that belongs to YOU (and totally sits on your laptop every time you’re trying to work. Maaan, come on!) – take inspiration from the feline phenomenon and show us your most outstanding cat-based artwork! It can be funny, it can be just plain rad… it can feature kittens, old cats, fat cats, hairless cats, munchkin cats…. cats with frickin’ LASERS shooting out of their eyes! Anything your imagination can come up with, it could win you up to $2,500 and the chance to have your tee added to WeLoveFine’s shop! We and our pals at Cheezburger can’t wait to see what you all come up with, so go for it. From here until the winners’ announcement, every day is CATURDAY!

ABOUT OUR GUEST JUDGES

Ben Huh is the CEO and Founder of Cheezburger, Inc. one of the largest humor networks in the world. Ben and Cheezburger have been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal, and Cheezburger’s mission, is to make the world happy for five minutes a day. Ben graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and is also a co-founder of Circa, a startup that is trying to redefine how we consume news. Ben and the I Can Has Cheezburger staff will be featured in LOLwork, an upcoming documentary series on Bravo. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benhuh

Tardar Sauce The Grumpy Cat was born on April 4 this year to her mother Callie (Mama Kitty). Tard loves eating mice and tuna and taking long cat naps in the sun or under the bed. She became an internet sensation first with Reddit then on YouTube thanks to her owner’s brother when he came to visit, and her recent exciting adventures include appearances on Right This Minute, CBS 5 Phoenix, and Fox 10 Phoenix. She lives in Morristown, AZ with her brother Pokey, three dogs and her owners, Tabatha and Chrystal Bundesen. Follow Tardar Sauce on Twitter at @GrumpyCatTard, or at grumpycats.com.

Get your entries in now!

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PASTE Skeleton Tee

I had been waiting for a while to receive my t-shirt for review from Paste.  They got me all excited months ago but turns out they were waiting for their new line to launch – so I guess I can forgive them for that.  I had no idea that it actually arrived when it did because the mailer was a basic one with no indication of where it was from.  The return address didn’t even say Paste, it said Jason Laurits which I at that point in time, I had no idea who that was.

Turns out, he’s the artist!  Ha, don’t I feel stupid now.  Anyway, inside that basic mailer was something unique.  The t-shirt was rolled up in a brown paper bag with a Paste sticker to hold it closed.  My immediate thought was, “ooooo, the t-shirt was exposed in the mailer and what if the mailer had a hole and got wet?”.  Then I thought, “this is a cute idea!”.  It gave me this simple and earthy feeling (please don’t ask me how you can feel earthy, I’m not quite sure.).

Earthy? right?

I was able to slide the shirt out of this very easily, without having to tear it open or wreck the sticker which was nice.  When I unfolded the shirt, that’s when the real shocker took place.  It had a skeleton with a cute kitten inside poking it’s head out.  Unfortunately, Paste happens to have bad timing on the review front.  Let’s just say that I had to attend a funeral not too long before I received this package and even THAT aside, the same day that person passed, the family I work for’s pet cat died as well.  So you can see that AT FIRST I thought this was some sort of mean joke.  Then my rational side came back and I realized it was a coincidence and that I need to wait a bit before I review this because I need to change my perception of the t-shirt.

With some time having passed now, I am not AS bothered by the shirt’s design as I initially was.  This original work is titled “Skeleton” and is designed by Jason Laurits for Paste.  Jason is an artist/designer that has an incredible portfolio of what I’d describe has amazing Photoshop skills.  His pieces look like part drawings, part photographs, part Photoshopping other images into photos where perhaps they don’t belong.  His art is silly, a little shocking at times but more or less just fun.  I wouldn’t necessarily describe this particular design as “fun” in my book; it can be distinguished as a bit dark but in another viewpoint; loving.  With a little help from my mother, she looked at this design as the kitten is always in your heart.  Still, for some reason when I look at it I see a dead person (the skeleton) with a kitten inside that could represent you eating the kitten?  Perhaps the kitten was swallowed alive?  No?  Or maybe the kitten is dead too?  Is the kitten playing inside of a dead body?  I really have no idea and when I took to Paste’s website to see if they had any explanation or description, there was none.  If you’re an avid reader of my reviews you know I do enjoy a description of a design.  I feel it helps capture your customers attention, emotions and wallet (you with me on this?).

Descriptions aside, some small details I noticed on the t-shirt were that they included the brand’s name and what appears to be Jason’s signature underneath the design on the front of the shirt.  It was a small, delicate detail that I really liked.

 Though I’m not a super fan of this particular design, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Paste’s other designs or them as a company in general.  They produce their shirts all within the USA.  Their tees are hand silk-screened in Brooklyn, NY and they get their tees made in California.  Once again all the graphics are original works by Jason Laurits; and let me tell you he’s got some really good ones in there if you take a look through their website.  I especially enjoy the Hamster one, myself!  The t-shirt is a men’s slim cut in a Small (I believe all their shirts are men’s cuts) and it is by far the world’s most comfortable/softest t-shirt ever!  Whatever they’re doing with these tees in Cali and Brooklyn, keep it up!  The print itself doesn’t make for any discomfort as if you run your hand over the top of the tee, you only feel a slightly different texture where the design is, but it isn’t lumpy or hard or cheap like some t-shirts I’ve felt before.  The tee is loose, being that it’s men’s cut but I’m assuming that if on a man it would fit “slim” (ha).  They’ve got their own private label printed on the interior neck area which I’ve photographed for your viewing pleasure!

They also gave me a sticker, a large postcard size business card for Jason Laurits and a hand-written note!

They gave me just enough little goodies and not too much to clutter my desk.  I got only the important stuff, which is how I like it!  I’m still currently wearing the shirt while writing this because it’s THAT comfortable.  I can get past the design for comfort on this one.  All in all though Paste produces some amazing apparel made in the USA keeping comfort in mind.  I’m sure at least every one can find one design on their website that will tickle their fancy and make them laugh at little.  Though, at $38.00 a pop per shirt, that’s a little out of my price range when it comes to buying t-shirts.  I guess that can be justified with the hand silk-screening process but otherwise I can’t understand a t-shirt being that pricey, no matter who the artist is.  Time’s are tough these days and tack on shipping to that and you’ve just spent about $45.00 for 1 t-shirt.  Not really my style when I go shopping but if you can afford it and it’s your taste, I say go for it, because the product doesn’t disappoint at all!  Two thumbs up to you, Paste!!

Just want to give a huge thank-you to Andrea from Paste for sending this over and to Jason for his ever so unique designs!!  You can keep up with Paste on Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to check out all their shirts on their website.  And by all means, take some time to head on over to Jason’s website and see all his beautiful work!

 

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Daily t-shirt releases for April 27th

by Andy on April 27, 2012

lord of the rings giving tree t-shirt

Lord of the Rings meets the Giving Tree at TeeFury today.


‘Cat Nouveau’ hits Shirt.Woot.


Futurama meets Starbucks in this delightful shirt at RIPT.
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firefly captain mal t-shirt



Fairly nice from snorgtees this week, I don’t think there’s anything startlingly good in this selection, but I can’t really fault any of them.

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T-shirt News for March 23rd

by Andy on March 23, 2012

hunger games t-shirt

TeeFury have a Hunger Games shirt today.


Shirt.Woot have a delightful flower shirt.


I’m sure I’ve seen this design before but it’s nice to see it at RIPT.
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T-shirt news for March 21st

by Andy on March 21, 2012

Doctor Who t-shirt

Thankfully the comments over at TeeFury explained to me that this is something to so with Doctor Who, the Tardis at the top should have been a bit of a clue as well though.


This Star Wars based design at Shirt.Woot is one of my favourites from them for quite some time.


Spiderman gets some attention at RIPT.


Doctor Who turns up at Qwertee.


I like this Shirt Punch design so much I might actually buy it, Mars U straight from the Futurama universe.


The nerd hive arrives at Stupidhurts.us.


That is one depressing Pluto t-shirt at 24tee (apparently it has something to do with 4chan).


Wow, very nice skull shirt from DBH today.


Made in the Now take a look at a painting that people used to think was a Van Gogh knockoff that it turns out is the real deal.


Dead Head gets another run out at Tilteed.


VNM added some patches to their store.


Great interview with Jake Nickell of Threadless about how they are dealing with partnerships. It’s fascinating to hear about how these things really work and so refreshing to hear honesty and openness from a company of their size.


RIPT have added five free shirts to the raffle for the Boston Tee Party.


TeeMadness2012 is open for voting now.


Here’s a cat wearing a t-shirt.


This Led Zeppelin t-shirt is up for $14,000 on eBay. Vintage tees scare me a bit, so much money in so little cotton!


Something tells me this Chinese guy doesn’t know what’s written on his shirt, or he does, which could be more concerning.


You know you’ve got great friends when they make you a shirt to celebrate your vasectomy. Look at that grimace, he KNOWS that picture was going to end up getting spread around on the internet.


New Actual Pain has dropped at Street Casuals, those guys do have a lot of releases, don’t they?


Akomplice have released their Spring 2012 lookbook.


Spend $40+ at ThinkGeek and get $10 off with the coupon code SHATNER.

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T-shirt News for March 20th

by Andy on March 20, 2012

$6 teefury t-shirts

$6 grab bag shirts at TeeFury today.


‘ProCATStination’ slows things down at Shirt.Woot.


‘Strum Trooper’ Star Wars t-shirt is up at RIPT.


Totoro makes an appearance at Qwertee, my lady will be pleased.


Even though in the description at Shirt Punch it says that this is something to do with SBSP I still don’t know what this is about, help please!


Grim Fandango shirt at The Yetee.


Sherlock Holmes x Doctor Who at OtherTees.


24tee have a spiffy new site design, but today’s shirt isn’t for me.


Tshirt Contest have a shirt about monkey’s in space.


I like that bear, good work DBH.


Election year = election parody tees, this Stewart/Colbert one is $10 instead of $20 today at BustedTees.


Apparently March 20th is a day when millions of Americans plan to abstain from eating meat, who knew? T-shirt from Made in the Now.


This shirt at Tilteed may not be new, but it’s certainly new to me, and that is refreshing.


Springleap have teamed up with a The Glass Recycling Company to find a t-shirt design that illustrates the positive impacts of recycling glass.


Teecraze have an interview with t-shirt artist Nik Holmes.


In case you missed it, there’s a $9.99 Threadless sale going on right now.


Some guy on Reddit made a funny shirt for his Grandpa.


Some guy on Reddit wore a shirt that pokes fun at stereotypes.


Some guy on Reddit was watching the 1998 TV show Felicity and noticed this funny kerning t-shirt.


WeLoveFine.com are holding an Adventure Time cupcake challenge.


A few new HUF tees have dropped at Street Casuals.

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T-shirt News for March 16th

by Andy on March 16, 2012

mega man t-shirt

Mega Man based tee at TeeFury today.


Very clever design from Shirt.Woot today, I gues it really did kill the cat.


Labyrinth meets Pac Man at RIPT today.
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cat t-shirts

I was thinking to myself that I hadn’t seen an epic tee list from anyone for a while, and then I open Google Reader and Coty has gone and compiled a quite amazing list of 101 t-shirts all about our feline friends!

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Blake and Staz at Maison Twenty

by Mr Four Fingers on February 26, 2012

Pritikiti

There are some designs out there that simply make me burst out with laughter. Say hello to Pritikiti and Opera Singer. These designs were created by Blake and Staz, also know as Bitches (their band name) and and are a part of the Maison Twenty range of t-shirt designs.

I like Maison twenty’s  idea of working with emerging artists and using the t-shirt as a platform for bringing their artwork to the buying public. However I can’t imagine paying £60 for one of these t-shirts. Yes thats £60. I get the ‘art angle’ but a t-shirt is a product that faces the trials of the public space and tragic tomato sauce incidents and because of that and at £60 I would sooner frame it than wear it. But this is coming from me, who is a bona fide discount junkie.

So if you feel like lightening you pocket then head over to Maison Twenty.

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T-shirt News for February 17th

by Andy on February 17, 2012

adventure time t-shirt

TeeFury have a shirt about a show I’ve never seen, Adventure Time, but I still rather like this design.


Cute cat tee at Shirt.Woot today.


Oh yeah, I still need to watch Battlestar Galactica! Shirt available at RIPT.
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LaFraise love cats, put them on t-shirts

by Andy on February 15, 2012

cat t-shirts


When I was on holiday and relaxing in my room there weren’t too many options on the TV in English (though the amount of football was pretty cool), so me and Mrs. HYA would frequently turn to the Buzzfeed app on my tablet for video based entertainment, and more often than not that meant that we watched videos of cats being cute. These aren’t particularly cute cat t-shirts at laFraise, but they certainly are mighty cool, and I like the use of negative space on the colourful design.

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T-shirt news for January 24th

by Andy on January 24, 2012

cat skull t-shirt

Can you imagine if you walked into a house and there were this many cats… it would be terrifying. $10 at TeeFury today.


I know what you’re thinking, this is just yet another t-shirt about imaginary Pinata companies, and when with this pinata meme die? Well, at least this one at Shirt.Woot is based on the 1986 film ‘Three Amigos’.


The Muppets meet Futurama with this Hypnokermit t-shirt at RIPT today.
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cat t-shirt

The name of this tee could only have been thought up by someone that is French.

Costiness€25 Buy it at DK8

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Paupiette by Sixpack France

by Andy on February 19, 2010

cat t-shirt from sixpack france

This is almost certainly the most ridiculous t-shirt that I will post this year, and whilst I know I should cast it aside like the Three Wolf Moon tee that hate I so I actually started shaking my head just by typing those three meme-riffic words but for some bizarre reason I look at this tee and actually find it quite wearable, which is a sure sign it’s almost the weekend and that I should probably stop writing for a couple of days.

Costiness=€34.50 Available in Large only, buy it at Sixpack France

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onoreadyf1onoreadyf2

Tactical Urban Gears (TUG) are a new brand based in Singapore, who it would appear are the latest people to put kind-of-cute stylized characters on tees, and they’re printing them big, so they’re already ticking a few boxes for me. The amount of designs in their range is currently fairly limited (5 designs total including 2 of their logo), but presumably the amount of designs in this series is intended to grow.

TUG were also kind enough to offer us a 20% off coupon code that will work on all their merchandise except for the gift vouchers. Input the code HYA111109 into the discount coupon box when you are checking out to make the saving.

Costiness= USD$36 Available from TUG for men, and for women

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Neon Hello Kitty tee @ Fred Flare

by Andy on January 23, 2008

hello kitty riding a scooter with a neon print
Hello Kitty. Neon Print. Big Print. Hello Kitty on a freakin’ scooter!

I’m sure someone just lost their mind (in both the good and bad way) when they saw this tee.

Costiness=$26 Link

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La Nuit Sur Le Toit by Laurent @ LaFraise

by Andy on January 18, 2008

La Nuit Sur le Toit by LaFraise... worn by the cute model
Yes, this post is pretty much just an excuse for me to post this tee model again, because she’s cute and I’m a smitten kitten (pun not intended, but left in the post because it was so terrible).

In fairness to Laurent, this is actually an excellently composed design, which I;m sure will suit those of you that want to goth up from time to time without having to go to all that trouble of actually looking like a goth.

Costiness=€22 Link

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