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Post image for ‘Herne the Hunter’ T-shirt from NINE LIVES!

I came across this t-shirt today (and discovered a new brand!) I adore this design with it’s boxy composition and eerie style, so I feel obligated – I must share it with you! NINE LIVES is a street-wear brand based out of Kilkenny, Ireland (I am not a big South Park fan, but that city name really sticks out to me, ha.) Anyway, they have an online store, as well as a retail store – so check them out please!

I also want you all to know that NINE LIVES is having a Facebook competition to win this very tee! So go to Facebook and do this, the rules are simple:

Like their page, like the post and most important SHARE the post and let them know you shared by commenting on the post. The winner will be announced next week. Good Luck.

OR buy this tee: NINE LIVES for €20.00
Keep in touch with NINE LIVES: Facebook and Blog


TDKR Competition heating up

by Mr Four Fingers on April 5, 2012

tdkr logo

Andy recently posted about Design By Humans hosting  a gargantuan t-shirt competition for the up and coming The Dark Knight Rises film and I can tell you one thing, it’s hotting up. Ok yes, I’m of course saying this as Mr Four Fingers has submitted, hey at least I’m being honest. But there many good designs and my hand has been forced to vote on a few others ( I  tried clicking on my own already). So far Studio8worx is slaying the rest of us with a massive 700 + votes.

What I really like about the competition is the variety, the good, that bad, wait, art is  subjective, but one thing I know for sure, the work should be your own. I make it my mission to look at all the designs try to comment with a at least some constructive criticism, but what pisses me off big time, is when folk plagiarize. Two things : Your an asshole for stealing work and your a total idiot for then posting the design as your own in a competition as big as this. I mean really.

I have moved into a new role. A police role. Craig from DBH contacted me via e-mail and asked about some comments I made about designs being ripped off, and so, like a decent fellow, I named and shamed.

So beware (cue evil laughter).

Rant aside, if any HYA readers fancy dropping a few votes/ comments for Mr Four Fingers and I daresay, the fellow artist on DBH, then follow this link for the front page designs (there are over 6 pages now) , alternatively you can check out Ascension or Almost. MFF website has larger images and process images of you are into that sort of thing.

Get in there with a design if you have not already and happy voting!(voting ends 22 April 2012)


T-shirt news for March 7th

by Andy on March 7, 2012

the wire t-shirt

Design inspired by ‘The Wire’ today at TeeFury.

The Avengers are turned into vegetables in this Shirt.Woot design.

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T-shirt news for February 14th

by Andy on February 14, 2012

klimt star wars the kiss

Hello, hello, hello and happy Valentine’s Day! I had a great holiday (though my snowboarding inflicted bruises may say different), and then went to see Justice play in Manchester last night, but now it’s back to reality and back to the serious business of t-shirts (and camera accessories at Rigu, of course).

TeeFury have a Star Wars-ified take on Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’.

Shirt.Woot believe the pen is mightier than the sword (or possibly equal to it).

RIPT have a Game of Thrones t-shirt that looks cool that I don’t understand.
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Win an original illustration from GAMAGO!

by Andy on August 10, 2011

gama go illustration


I have teamed up with GAMAGO to give away a very cool prize to one lucky winner. One of their talented artist’s, Wednesday Kirwan (check out her portfolio, it’s delightful!), has drawn this original pen and ink illustration featuring two of their iconic characters specifically to be given away in this competition.

GAMAGO are gearing up to release their Fall 2011 collection (debuting next week), but you can consider this competition a sneak peek because the hand drawn illustration above is going to be one of the shirts in that collection.

As ever, I want to make it as easy for you guys to enter the contest and have a chance of winning this one-of-a-kind prize. All you have to do is think of a caption to go with the design (it has a yeti and a dinosaur on it, feel free to let your imagination run wild), and submit it using the form below. The winner of the competition will be judged by me to have submitted the best caption to go with the illustration.

The competition is open for entries between now and midnight GMT next Wednesday (August 17th), there are no restrictions on where you have to be to enter (by which I mean anyone, anywhere in the world, may enter). Usually I say people may enter my competitions just once per e-mail address, but as this competition will be judged I encourage you to submit as many times as you wish. Please make sure that you include a working
e-mail address with your submission, as the winner will be contacted via e-mail, and if that e-mail bounces back, I will pick another winner. Of course, I will not be using the e-mails for any reason other than to notify the winners, once the contest is over I’ll delete the submissions so I retain none of the addresses. Upon notification the winner must respond within 3 working days otherwise I will have to pick another winner. I think that should cover everything, if you have a question please leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as possible.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required to contact winner)

Your Caption


PLNDR competition

I have teamed up with PLNDR, the daily-deal site offering premium streetwear at up to 80% off, to give away $150 of PLNDR cash to spend on their site any way you choose!

Yes, that’s free clothing, just for sending out a tweet and signing up to PLNDR with this special link. You have to use the special link otherwise PLNDR won’t be able to track who has signed up because of this competition, so make sure you use this link otherwise your entry will not be counted. The tweet that you need to send out is the following:

I want to win $150 of @plndrmembers cash thanks to @hideyourarms! Pls RT

I signed up to take a look at PLNDR and you know what? They have got some really good stuff on sale, and it’s so cheap that even I might buy something, and I almost never buy clothes. Usually when a site claims to have 80% off that is a very, very rare occurrence, but I have found a few 80% off items, and a lot of 77% off items (which is close enough), so these guys are the real deal (and they’re affiliated with Karmaloop, so you know they’re legit). I’m going to have to keep a closer eye on PLNDR and post about them more in the future because I’m really impressed with the goods available at prices that a too hard to pass up.

This competition is open for one week from today until Monday July 11th Friday July 15th* at midnight GMT, is limited to one entry per person, and can be entered by anyone living in a country that PLNDR ship to (list here), you can enter if you don’t live in those countries, but there isn’t much point since you wouldn’t be able to buy any of the clothes. Only PLNDR signups through this special link will count as an entry to this competition. This winner will be decided by PLNDR, their decision is final.

* Competition extended due to me not being able to give the competition the attention it deserved.


Win 3 t-shirts from Ban Tshirts!

by Andy on January 21, 2011

ban t-shirts competition

How to comment and win: Just visit Ban T-shirts, browse the shirts and leave a comment under any of the shirts. The person who makes the funniest, cleverest or most unusual comment will win 3 T-shirts of their choice. There will also be 2 runner up prizes of 1 T-shirt each.

You can comment on as many shirts as you want.

Winner will be announced January 31st.

Click here to visit Ban T-shirts.

Ahhh, a quote post, you know it’s Friday!

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Threadless Twitter competition

We’re getting pretty close to Christmas now, so I thought it was about time I spread some festive cheer in the only way I know how, by giving away a t-shirt whilst gaining more followers for my Twitter account, it’s like a modern day Dickensian tale!

Almost 2,000 people follow @hideyourarms already, who are clearly happy to receive updates about t-shirt deals (some of which aren’t shared on this blog), new HYA posts as soon as they go live, and insights into my fabulous lifestyle, and I thought it was about time to reward them by giving them the chance to win a t-shirt from Threadless (and entice a few new followers at the same time).

The prize is one t-shirt of the winners choosing from Threadless, and to be eligible for the competition all you need to do is follow @hideyourarms on Twitter, and tweet the following message:

Win a t-shirt from @threadless! Follow @hideyourarms and RT to enter the competition! #hyacomp

Terms & Conditions:

    Each time to tweet the above message you will receive one entry into the giveaway, but please do not spam your followers, we all know how annoying that is, I suggest that you don’t tweet the message more than once a day.
    The competition is open from now until Friday December 17th at 23:59 (GMT), tweets after that time and date will not be counted.
    The winner MUST be following @hideyourarms, I will be notifying the winner by DM, and if you aren’t following I can’t message you.
    Following notification by DM, the winner has 3 days to reply, otherwise a new winner will be selected and the initial winner will have forfeited their prize.
    The competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world that Threadless will ship a package to.
    I will randomly pick a winner from all the tweets using the service. Each entry/tweet will be assigned a number, and I will randomly generate a number to find the winner.
    The winner may pick one t-shirt from the Threadless catalogue (excluding from the Select line), or two t-shirts if they choose from the $5 section.

Now go get tweeting, and if you aren’t a Twitterer don’t worry, there’ll be another competition next week, and maybe even the week after that!


What’s new with laFraise

by Andy on September 15, 2008

I don’t know why I cover laFraise‘s weekly releases when I don’t do the same for Threadless or Design By Humans, or the rest of the myriad of design competitions out there, I guess its because no one else really touches laFraise, probably because they’re still stubbornly ignoring American shoppers (the laFraise US store isn’t current enough to carry anything from the past few months of releases). I don’t know why they’re not given the praise that they so clearly deserve by the tee world, they consistently print some fantastic designs (Black Colors, one of this weeks designs, is particularly beautiful), get lots of great, well-known artists designing for them, and their prize package certainly isn’t to be sniffed at either.


*Whilst we’re talking about competitions, here’s a reminder that you’ve less than a week to enter the Philadelphia contest to win a Threadless t-shirt and $50 gift certificate.

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I know that Threadless‘ recent sale gave you guys a great opportunity to grab some cheap tees, but who fancies picking up some free tees using a $50 gift certificate?

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, hopefully I will be moving to Philadelphia soon for an internship. I don’t really know very much about Philadelphia, other than that I’ll probably get in some kind of trouble from guys who were up to no good if I were to go and play basketball outside of school in West Philadelphia (on the plus side I would get sent to Los Angeles when my mother got scared), so I need advice from you guys about where I should go and what I should do when I make it to the city of brotherly Love.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is leave a comment on this page telling me what I should do when I get to Philadelphia. Simple, huh?

The winner of the $50 gift certificate will be judged entirely at random (using a random number generator), so even if you don’t know anything about Philadelphia you can still get in on the action. That said, if I get some really good suggestions then I’ll probably throw in another gift certificate to my favourite comment. Multiple entries do not increase your chance of winning, but feel free to comment as much as you want. I’ll keep the contest open to entries for two weeks, meaning that you’ve got until midnight on September 23rd (GMT) to get your suggestions to me.

*It appears I’ve had my wires slightly crossed, as well as the $50 gift certificate, the winner will receive Animals with Eyepatches, a design which recently won the Threadless loves Lollapalooza contest. For those of you that are unaware, Threadless Love’s… is the section of Threadless where design contests are based on a theme decided by sponsors. Threadless’ Loves… contests also have unusual prize packages beyond the usual cash and gift certificates that winners usually receive.

[Photo credit: Love by Lsc21]


Remember the laFraise x Popdeck competition I mentioned back in May? Well, the skate deck has been available for a while (I thought it was, but can’t find it in the Popdeck shop at the moment), but its taken until now for the three t-shirt designs to become available.

Working from left to write in the picture, we have Afrobaby, Pop Corn, and Salaryman. Damn fine designs, each and every one.



AITA: Win Six Hoodies!

by Andy on May 16, 2008

Art In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Hoodie Giveaway

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction are having a bit of a spring clean, and as part of that they’re giving away six of their fine, fine hoodies. I can’t decide whether its one person that will win all six of the hoodies, or if the six get distributed amongst a few winners, but either way there are some hoodies up for grabs. The you have until the end of the month to complete your entry.

AITA hoodie Competition



Glass Boutique are running their second annual t-shirt design competition (CCTV Stares, the winner of the first competition, I reviewed) with a first prize of £250 cash and £150 in GB vouchers up for grabs.As is de rigeur, all the accepted designs will be voted upon and the design with the most votes will be the winner, with a couple of runners-up being decided by a panel of judges. There doesn’t seem to be any theme to the contest, so go crazy. Check out the competition details here.Glass Boutique also have a sale going on at the moment where some items are up to 50% off, since GB carry some premium brands this could be a good chance for you to grab some chic on the cheap.

Glass Boutique


Win a DBH tee courtesy of GearCrave

by Andy on April 24, 2008

GearCrave, a blog all about manly stuff that manly-men buy, are giving away 25 tees from super-awesome design compeitition Design By Humans. Usually with these kind of things you’ll tell them your size, get what you’re given and be happy about it, but this giveaway has a little extra treat that you actually get to choose which tee you win.

To qualify for a free t-shirt from DesignByHumans, you must sign up, choose, and comment. Here’s how:

* Sign up for the GearCrave email newsletter. (you can do so here)
* Choose the shirt you want to win at
* Comment on this page and include a link to the shirt you want to win.

The contest is running until “Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 11:59p.m.”, I don’t know what time zone that is though, so I’d suggest not dilly dallying and leaving a comment now before you forget.

Here’s their blog post all about it.


T-Shirt Hacks Contest @ Instructables

by Andy on March 27, 2008


Instrucables, a sort of how-to/DIY site that I may have mentioned in the past, is hosting a contest all able T-shirt hacks. I know there are lots of smart people out there that have major skills when it comes to making a t-shirt look a lot less like a t-shirt, and whether you’re interested in adding your idea (what? there are people that don’t use a t-shirt as a strainer when making jam!) or just looking for a bit of inspiration, its worth a click through to the entries. The prizes do seem to be somewhat lacking, but I don’t think this is a major Instructable contest.Instructables T-shirt hacks contest

[Note: I’ve never used a t-shirt as a strainer when making jam, though in an emergency situation it may well work]

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Quicktees: Spring Leap

by Andy on March 26, 2008

Springleap beta homepage

Springleap is (yet) another design competition, excpet this one is from South Africa (I don’t think we’ve ever had an SA company on HYA before). You know the deal, tee designs get submitted, voted on (that starts April 1st on SL), and eventually winning designs are printed and sold (which should happen at SL in May).

The site design is pretty cool, and the prizes are decent (I’m a fan of designers being paid on a per-tee basis on top of a lump sum, even if it isn’t much per tee), and there is a focus upon community that isn’t seen in many other design competitions, but a design competition is only as strong as the talent in its community, so we’ll have to wait until April 1st to see what kind of design quality is available to be voted on.




It looks like some of the bigger players in the mainstream market are starting to cotton onto the idea that design competitions are a great way to discover great new artists. Boxfresh, who are pretty big in the UK, have joined the fray with what appears to be a competition to create a small collection of 6 designs. Here’s the deets:

Win a grand Prize of £1,000 cash and the chance to design a 6-piece t-shirt collection

Designs can be submitted at in the You vs. Boxfresh community. Each month, the design with the highest star rating wins £250 cash and is entered into the overall You vs. Boxfresh 2008 Grand Prize.

If more than one design shares the highest rating the winner will be picked by a panel of independent judges.

The Grand Prize entries will be judged by the panel and the overall winner will receive £1,000 cash and the chance to design there very own 6-piece t-shirt collection.

The info above doesn’t make it entirely clear, but I think that the monthly winner also gets their design printed up as well as the £250 cash prize. I know that the amounts of money being talked about are slightly less than some of our more regularly discussed design competitions, but I think there is quite a lot of kudos to come from being associated by a brand like Boxfresh, I know it would certainly impress my friends more if I designed a t-shirt which had a Boxfresh tag rather than Threadless one.

You Vs Boxfresh


graniph design award.2

by Andy on February 19, 2008

Graniph, the t-shirt company who have the rather prodigious honour of being the only shop I actually bought a t-shirt from last year (and it wasn’t even for me!), are following up on last years design competition with… well, another design competition. I know that t-shirt design competitions are ten a penny nowadays, but there’s something a bit special about Graniph, their t-shirts are amazing, and they’re Japanese, which we all know makes things cooler by a factor of about seven (seriously, have you seen the Beams T store in Harajuku?). Here’s the details:

graniph design award. 2 Application Guidelines

Application Requirements
The application process is open to anybody regardless of age, nationality, or sex.

Application Designs
Design Tshirts Store graniph wants tshirt designs from around the world.
Pictures, illustrations, graphics, and photographs are limited to flat surfaces, but there is no limit on the type of design.

Entry Period
February 1 – March 31, 2008

Gold Prize for one design, 1 million yen (9,000 US$) + Commercialization of the design by Graniph
Silver Prizes for 10 designs, 100,000 yen (900 US$) + Commercialization of the designs by Graniph
Bronze Prizes for 20 designs, 50,000 yen (450 US$) + Commercialization of the designs by Graniph

Yeah, I know, 1 million yen sounds a lot more exciting that $9000, doesn’t it?

If you’re interested in giving it a shot, here’s the link.


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