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Collage shirts are always fun, every time you wear them someone wants to try and work out every item on the design, and Ian Leino has kicked it up a notch by releasing a pair of collage shirts, one for heroes and one for villains. The designs are inspired by comic books, which means that I don’t recognise everything, but there’s definitely a few things in there iconic enough for everyone to recognise.

Ian is also running a few promos in conjunction with the release, I could tell you about them, but I think he did a pretty good job of it in his e-mail.

To celebrate the release of these two designs, now through Feb 20th you can save $5 when you buy both shirts using coupon codeSHAZAM“, and I’m also running a contest to see whether the Heroes or Villains fans are more dominant. For whichever side has more pre-orders, everyone who ordered that shirt will get a free, mysterious “Golden Ticket” along with their order which is good for $5, $10, $20 or even $50 credit to my shop! (Pro tip: Those who pre-order both shirts will be guaranteed to get a “Golden Ticket” with their order.)

I’ve also posted full details about the giveaway and coupon in this blog post and on the Contests and Giveaways page in my shop (where you can also get a real-time update on which ‘team’ is winning!).

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stan lee charity t-shirts






MASScanvas have a knack for teaming up with big names in the entertainment world, and this latest collaboration is now different. They joined forces with Stan Lee to hold a design contest to find 5 great comic book inspired t-shirt designs, from which a portion of all sales will be going to the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Stan picked all the winners himself, and I’d say he picked a good looking bunch of t-shirts.

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Travis, who designs and prints movie t-shirt at Found Item Clothing asked me if he could help contribute to the blog by writing a list, and of course I said yes, he’s written loads of great shirt lists (and other posts) over at It Goes to 11 and knows a lot about tees. This list was meant to be 10 items but Travis couldn’t stop himself and ended up with a great list of 26 Captain America t-shirts, now that’s the HYA spirit!

Marvel continues to churn out live-action film adaptions for its A-list characters. Thor debuted (to mixed reviews) in May, followed later in the same month by X-Men: First Class, which effectively rebooted the mutant franchise with a Cold War-flavored prequel that explored the Magneto and Professor X backstory (and subsequent schism).

Both, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens later this month (July 22nd, to be exact) and will provide the last bridge in the run up to next summer’s looming behemoth, The Avengers. (That film will pull together the team’s core members — the Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Thor, Nick Fury, and Captain America (natch) — for what promises to be an epic exercise in comic book filmmaking.)

To mark Cap’s big screen arrival, then, we’ve compiled a list of 25 26 topical tees that reference the character in some manner. As with all of our t-shirt compilations, we’ve tried to strike a balance; featured below are new designs, vintage cuts, licensed products, bootlegged spoofs, eBay deadstock, and the like.

These tees, mind you, are ranked in no particular order. Price and link included after the image…

1. The 8-bit meme shows no sign of abating. Pictured here, along with Cap, are three foundational members of The Avengers roster: Thor, Iron Man, Hulk.

Available for $25 at Mighty Fine, an L.A.-based imprint that pairs impeccable production values with clever graphics pulled from film, television, and comicdom.

2. Our second design parodies the Angry Birds phenomenon.

$24.94 at Buy this t-shirt at RedBubble.

3. Avengers assembled, with their leader at the fore. The composition of the team — Captain Marvel, anyone? — suggests that the art was purloined from a mid-’80s issue of the comic, but the tee itself was printed by Junk Food Clothing in a distressed fashion to lend it that vintage quality.

$30 at Buy this t-shirt at 80sTees.

4. An example of the increasingly popular costume print trend, only applied in this instance to a sweatshirt (hide those arms, yo…).

Note the detailing on the hood, which reproduces the eye holes from Cap’s mask and his so-called Eagle ears (but strangely eschews the “A”).

$60 at 80stees.

5. The quote can be attributed to Dwight E. Eisenhower, the celebrated military leader and 34th President of the United States, but the tee’s origins are otherwise murky (a story arc, perhaps?). Anyone with insights on this should chime in below…

Sourced via an image search on Flickr.

6. Dirty Harry’s signature catchphrase, repurposed here in tribute (we think) to Cap’s teenage sidekick, Bucky.

$23.94 at Redbubble.

7. Given that Captain America’s powers were acquired by way of a “super soldier serum,” one thinks this next design smacks of personal hypocrisy. Included here for the throwback art (dig that boombox there on the right) and the wink-wink, nudge-nudge copy on the product page.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

8. On a related note, our next design is a timely reminder that there’s more than one “America.” Hegemony is such a fickle muse…

$20 from the culture jammers at Buy this t-shirt at Headline Shirts.

9. Here’s Cap as the pitchman for Marvel Con 1976, which seems only apropos given the year’s historical significance (t’was America’s bicentennial anniversary). We’d like to think that this was probably a genuine design from back in the day, and reprinted of late to ca$h in on its retro properties.

$27.99 at Superhero Stuff.

10. A bit of self-awareness here, with original art from Kerry Gammill, Thomas Florimonte Jr., and Martin Thomas, noted Marvel contributors all.

Found at Flickr.

11. No list of Captain America tees would be complete without one featuring his arch foil, the Red Skull.

$21.99 at Superhero Stuff.

12. Shrink-wrapped deadstock — a ringer, no less — from 1975…

Listed on eBay and likely sold before this goes to post.

13. Cap’s (fictional) microbrewery reworks the Fosters logo to clever effect (and calls into question his message from shirt #7).

$24.94 at Redbubble.

Cap tip (pun totally intended, booyah): Shirtoid, a growing archive of tees inspired by geek and sci-fi culture.

14. A new design from Mighty Fine (one of several in fact), conceived in homage to the iconic work of the celebrated graphic stylist, Saul Bass.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

15. The iconic Arm & Hammer trademark gets reworked here as a Cap & Thor mash-up.

$24.94 at Redbubble.

16. But where, pretell, are the red boots?

$25 at Mighty Fine.

17. A montage of spandexed superstars, in this case quite literally.

$24.94 at Redbubble.

18. These colors don’t run.

$25 on eBay.

19. A well-executed spoof that acknowledges the United States’ neighbors to the north.

$20 at Buy this t-shirt at Busted Tees.

20. A throwback sketch of our hero, complete with stoic countenance.

$15.95 at Superhero Stuff.

21. Cap’s shield, fractured. Embedded within are pulpy images borrowed from the comic strip.

$25 at Mighty Fine.

22. An artifact from the ’70s, complete with notebook paper. The artwork is thought to be that of Jack Kirby, one of Marvel’s most famed illustrators, writers and editors from the era.

Currently $8.99 on eBay.

23. Nerd alert: this next shirt is an out of print design from a 2007 promotion exclusive to comic book retailers.

Currently $10 on eBay.

24. Distributed at the 2010 Comic Con to build awareness for the film’s panel, this Camp Lehigh tee is also out of print swag with a clever twist.

We can’t decode the reference with total certainity, but Camp Lehigh, according to comic book lore, was the setting for Cap’s first encounter with his sidekick, Bucky. We also believe that its on-screen counterpart houses the experimental research program that turns Steve Rogers (Captain America’s civilian identity) into his titular, alter-ego.

The detailing, along with the olive drab tone, is clearly designed to convey an Army-issued authenticity (and it does so rather effectively).

Back detail:

Currently $24.83 on eBay.

25. This last design, the punningly titled “Fighting Crime Doesn’t Pay,” imagines what might happen if our superheroes lost their livelihoods.

$20 at Buy this t-shirt at Threadless.

26. Lastly, the original cover art from the inaugural issue of Secret Wars, Marvel’s massive crossover event, which places the Captain front and center.

$19.50 at Amazon.

Thanks for reading this post and props to Andy for providing us with the forum. List your faves below!

Watch the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger below!

Thanks again for the post Travis, you’re welcome to post any time!

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Every T-shirt in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

by Andy on February 22, 2011

scott pilgrim t-shirts

*Update* Wow, lots and lots of interest in this post, thank you for visiting everyone, I apologise for my server not being able to handle the avalanche of traffic every so often. People have been adding loads of cool info in the comments to plug the gaps I left wide open (I’m not SP expert, just an enthusiastic amateur), including locations where you can pick up the shirts.

Ever since I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World last year I knew I should make a post listing all the t-shirts worn by Scott (and everyone else) in the film, but I never got around to it until now. I wish I could tell you I painstakingly went through the film making screencaps, but that would be a lie, I just went through all 4000 images on this site and picked out the ones which displayed the tees.

As I suspected whilst watching the film, you can’t actually buy all of them, at least in their on-screen incarnation, because they were created for the film to fit in with Scott’s apparent love of ringer tees. I’ve found sites where people are creating their own fan clothing, but I’m sticking to finding places where you can buy the shirts yourself, nice and easy, no need to learn how to screenprint or have and messy copyright issues.


This is the first shirt we see Scott (played by Michael Cera, of course) wearing. You might think the SP on the front is a reference to his own name, but thanks to a few Twitter suggestions it became pretty damn obvious that this is actually a t-shirt first released by the Smashing Pumpkins. You can buy it from Corpse Clothing for £16.49.


The next tee we see in the film is being worn by Young Neil. It’s a pretty cool design (especially the little heart on the right sleeve that can be seen later in the film) but I can’t find it anywhere, there’s a knock off on Cafepress but frankly it’s pretty poor.


Here’s Scott talking to his sister. He’s wearing the aforementioned Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt, and she’s at work at Second Cup, wearing their 3/4 sleeve raglan tee uniform. I’m not really surprised that there’s no official place to buy this shirt since Second Cup doesn’t feature much in the film. No one has put their own on design on the usual custom tee sites, and the only good thing I found on eBay was this AMAZING album cover that has nothing to do with Scott Pilgrim.


I thought that this would be the easiest t-shirt to find online but amazingly it would appear that it’s nowhere to be found, except for this regular (non-ringer) logo tee on eBay that’s in the wrong colour. The silly thing is that it’s actually a pretty cool shirt since Sharpie have a nice logo. If you know of it on sale anywhere let me know. EDIT: Someone found it!


I know you can only just see the top of Scott’s tee here, but as this is a tee I can identify and send you to the official, licensed supplier, it would be remiss of me not to include it. The Scott Pilgrim bird shirt can by bought from Mighty Fine for $25 (mens/womens).


I like the air quotes shirt, especially in this colourway, it really seems like something that a guy in an indie/rock band would wear, good job costume department! Mighty Fine have their own version of it, but to be honest I think that the print is a bit oversized and the colours are a little off. It’s not bad by any means, it’s just not perfect.


Hey look, it’s Ramona, she’s not wearing a tee (that we can see, at least), but she is pretty (not as pretty as my girlfriend, of course), so I thought I’d include this screencap anyway.


I have no idea what this shirt looks like, I’m just including the screencap for archival purposes so that I could be thorough, if you manage to find the shirt on sale then you are truly a God of tee hunting.


Another cool shirt being worn by Young Neil, but of course it couldn’t possibly just be as simple as me Googling “New Order T-shirts”… except it was, kind of. That Googling will get you the official New Order t-shirt from a variety of sources, but Young Neil is too cool for that, he has to have a New Order tee with a spelling mistake on it. You’ll notice that his shirt has the word ‘FACD’ written on it, whereas the real deal has ‘FACT’, which presumably means that this shirt was created for the film, and that there’s an in-joke that I’m missing, anyone want to fill me in?


This list of t-shirts contains many disappointments, but the Match Pik USA t-shirt is not one of them, because you can buy it directly from Jim Dunlop (a name any/all guitarists will be familiar with) for $20. Nice.


How can I not find this shirt? How? It’s the logo from the N64, and I can’t find it, retro gaming people should be all over this, there’s a niche, someone make the shirt to fill it!


Just another shot of the Match Pik USA t-shirt mentioned above, but I liked the screencap.


As I am not very cool, I was unaware that Plumtree is a band, so I thought that this shirt was either a reference I didn’t get, or Plumtree were an invented band for the film. Nevertheless, they are a band, at least they were until they parted ways in 2000. In their shop is a version of the tee, but it’s in black and white, which isn’t of much help to us. The not-at-all-awkwardly-named TVStoreOnline.com have got a pretty faithful replica of the shirt available in the above colourway for $19.95. 80sTees have a tee that looks pretty good available too.


I actually only included this screencap because Knives is cute (not as cute as my girlfriend, of course), has a cool name, and her ‘homemade’ Sex Bob Omb t-shirt is a t-shirt and should therefore be included in this list. However, it transpires that Mighty Fine have a replica of Knives’ shirt on sale for $25, it is printed rather than made of random bits of cloth stuck to a black t-shirt, which makes it a bit less faithful to the original than I assume fans would like, but it does make it a bit more practical.



I think that this is arguably the most famous of all the Scott Pilgirm shirts out there, probably because it was quite a popular shirt before the film was released. Originally, Diesel Sweeties didn’t actually sell the ringer version of this shirt, the SP team asked for permission to create it because the shirt was in the comic books as a ringer tee. Only after the film was released (or possibly slightly before because of the hype it was getting) did Diesel Sweeties do a run of ringer pixel skull t-shirts.


I think it’s pretty obvious I just wanted to post another picture of Ramona (who, let me remind you, is nowhere near as cute as my girlfriend), at least we can see here wearing a t-shirt this time!


Ooooooh, so this is a Canadian film, eh? I am yet to find a t-shirt that is actually faithful to this design. There are a few out there that have SARS written on them in a generically college font, but none of them have the purple rings for the ringer. The devil is in the detail pop culture tee companies! If you’ve seen a shop selling the shirt (properly), let me know.


I still don’t know where you’d buy a Second Cup t-shirt or 3/4 sleeve, but I’m pretty sure it’s a universal rule of blogging to mention Aubrey Plaza if at all possible.


The shirt being worn by Ramona says “24 Unstoppable” and I was SURE that it was a reference to a song, but I can’t find the reference anywhere, and likewise I can’t find the t-shirt anywhere. This one has the feel of being commercially produced, rather than a one off for the film, there’s something about it that suggests that to me, I’m not really sure why. Again, if you have any idea, let me know.



Astroboy, his face is on everything, right? If it can be merchandised his face and pointy hair will not be far behind. Not in this case, I can’t find any tee like this, not even one that isn’t a ringer. This shirt was actually featured in the comic, and in a similar ‘scene’ (as that what they’re called in comics?), which is really impressive, one of those things that should keep the comic fans happy.


Ahhh, Brandon Routh, now there’s an attractive man, even with that ridiculous blonde hair. If you would like to buy one of the originals of this shirt (as in, it was on set, though probably not worn by Brandon, check out this eBay seller that has a number of wardrobe items from the Scott Pilgrim movie. However, if you don’t want to drop big dollars on the most authentic item possible, 80sTees have a similar item available. By their own admission they admit it isn’t exactly the same, as it has an adidas logo embroidered on it on the lower left side (I assume that the one in the film wasn’t a legit adidas product, whereas 80sTees version has to be because it has those 3 famous stripes on the shoulders.


I actually forgot to grab the cap of this tee from the normal source, but did find it elsewhere during my research. I believe that the design is based on a Punisher skull, I’m not a comic guy so I’m just trusting my Googling there (and it looks pretty obvious to me in retrospect). I can’t find any Todd Ingram skull shirts that are exactly the same, there are a few (at RedBubble, at Bonanza, and at eCrater), but none of them are a ringer shirts, just a regular black t-shirt, which I don’t think will really be good enough for dedicated Todd Ingram wannabes.


I really like this ‘zero star’ t-shirt. Once again it displays Scott’s love of the Smashing Pumpkins (or perhaps just a love of the letters S & P), as it is more of their merchandise. Once again, this is clearly a shirt that was produced for the film, because the two places that I’ve been able to find the shirt on sale it doesn’t have the ringer neck and sleeves. That sucks, because I think that this design suits the ringer quite well, but if you’re happy with having regular sleeves, you can pick the design up at 80sTees and on Amazon.


I’m completely lost on this ‘4 1/2′ design. I can’t work out the reference, and I can’t see it on sale anywhere, it feels like a bit of a dead end, which is frustrating because it’s pretty cool. The design is a reference to Franklin Richards from Fantastic Four, which is helpful, but brings us no closer to finding the tee, probably because no one sells it.


The design on this shirt should be pretty obvious to fans of the Rock Band series of games, as it represents the bass icon in the game. With this shirt having such a broad range of appeal it’s hardly surprising that people have taken it upon themselves to create similar tees. This one at RedBubble looks pretty good, but with it being printed at RedBubble it’s not possible to get it on a ringer tee. There is one on eBay that looks good, but the sellers feedback isn’t perfect, and the design might be a bit oversized.


I forget this guys name, he may just be Wallace’s friend or Wallace’s boyfriend, but I can’t forget the name of the tee, Funkalicious, because it’s been one of Threadless‘ most popular and enduring designs. Of course, Threadless don’t sell the tee in this colourway or on a ringer tee (the original is a navy t-shirt), but the Scott Pilgrim team made a requested to Threadless to let them print it, and being a cool company they said yes. Fun fact, this tee was also featured in a panel in the original comic.



This cool looking bat/question mark t-shirt was worn by the bouncers at the Chaos Theater. The lower picture shows the shirt that someone got from the actual wardrobe department (I’m not sure how they got it though). Really good design by itself, and the Scott Pilgrim-ness of it obviously adds something, but I can’t find a replica anywhere, and I can’t really imagine anyone doing their own print run of a similar design now this long after the film has been released.


I forget what this guy did, was he another bouncer or just some random dude slowing up our hero? Still, cool tee.


In the final battle Scott reverts back to his trusty old green Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt that I wrote about earlier.


In the same sequence Gideon is seen wearing a t-shirt with his logo on it. I forgot to grab the cap for this, but luckily found this image here, on a thread about shirts people have from the film production. Mighty Fine offer a replica for $25.


I somehow missed this shirt whilst I was looking at the caps of the film. I can’t remember seeing it, but as I have a picture, I’m pretty confident it was in the movie. The design is the logo of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company?), and whilst you can’t get the shirt in that grey on black colourway (which is always a complementary colour combo), you can pick up an official version in a far less cool “70’s retro” blue/yellow/red colourway.

Thanks a lot for checking out this overview of Scott Pilgrim shirts. I’m as disappointed as anyone that there are so many gaps in what’s available and what isn’t, so if you know of a place to get a shirt or are selling one that was used in the film please leave a comment and I’ll update the post with all the info we can get. If you’ve enjoyed this post please share it in any way you can, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, your own blog, delicious (now that it isn’t closing down), StumbleUpon, anything you can do will really be appreciated. Game over!

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It’s weird how I just stop writing about companies for months or years at a time even when I’m really big fans of theirs and still wear their clothing on a regular basis, I guess there’s just so many companies out there that its hard for me to keep tabs on everyone that I like.

Bean Dip, who were last mentioned on HYA in December 2007, have released a couple of new tees that very much differ in style. The first is their take on the iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali stood over Sonny Liston. In my second year at university we had that exact same image as a poster in the living room, and I’m sure a lot of other guys would have too, so I can imagine this being a pretty popular t-shirt. The second design is a bit of a departure for BD, they’ve taken a page from a comic book (or should I call them graphic novels now?) and put it onto a tee, which I think is a pretty cool idea, and it works really well as just a line drawing, rather than colouring everything in which might have made it look a little cheesy. Both are available in a vairety of colourways.

Although, BD, what’s the deal with the retro logo?

Bean Dip Clothing’s Latest Releases

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God Save Stan Lee by Secret Headquarters

by Andy on January 28, 2008

god save stan lee tee by secret headquarters
I may not be a comic book guy, but I certainly do seem to post about comic-related tees with unusual frequency at the moment, and why the devil not, even I can recognise the effect that Stan Lee has had on the world of the graphic novel (see, that shows its a medium I respect!), and in turn has had an effect upon movies and TV. Also, I always like it when he pops up little cameos in movies.

I don’t know why he particularly needs saving, or why this tee is particularly hilarious (except for the fact that some people think that it should probably be sold in sizes above XL), but it still looks pretty cool.

Costiness=$21 Link

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