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in good we trust

Usually I’d just link straight to No Star instead of going through BustedTees, but since BT are offering this tee at such a low price I thought that it didn’t make much sense to get the shirt from the source, and when I went over to check I don’t think it’s even on sale at No Star. I really like this saying, I wish it was in the lexicon more than ‘in God we trust’, not necessarily because of my heathen atheist beliefs but because I think people often forget the amount of good that there is in the world and that usually people would rather help than hinder you.

Costiness=$10 Buy it at BustedTees

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common birds t-shirt

Part of me would love it if this was a shirt with a load of chavvy ladies on it (non-Brits may need to Google the term ‘chav’), but unfortunately it’s just exactly what it’s meant to be, though it is very nicely done, I love the style of those birds.

Costiness=€26.90 Buy it at Human Empire


harry potter house brawl threadless t-shirt

I will not pretend to know about the Harry Potter universe, I have not read any of the books (as I am an adult), and I only went to see the last film because my girlfriend wanted to see it (and that was in our early days, so she could have invited me to a paint-drying exhibition and I’d have been all over it), so I don’t really understand this design, but whether it was HP related or not I’d think it was a mighty fine shirt by Threadless regulars Alex Solis and Alice X. Zhang, and that is the best thing you can say about any ‘fan’ design in my opinion, that it is able to stand up on its own. It’s aso available as a hoodie with the print on the back.

Oh, and despite not being a fan, I am going to see the new film on Friday, and I get to have an experience most people there won’t, being surprised by the storyline, so I get to enjoy it in my own way.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Threadless (and maybe use Coty’s Threadless hacks whilst you’re there)


concrete jungle organic t-shirt

This shirts ticks a lot of boxes, designed by a.mar.illo, printed on organic cotton, water-based ink, and priced to move, what’s not to like!

Costiness=$13 Buy it at


My Imoto by the_JCW at Tilteed

by Andy on August 7, 2010

My Imoto by the_JCW at Tilteed

I can’t really think of much more to say than that this is a sweet-ass design from the Tilteed crew.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Tilteed

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Lifesaver by Charlie Noble

by Andy on May 8, 2010

lifesaver by charlie noble

Costiness=$20 Buy it at Charlie Noble

*If you’re wondering why there’s no description to this post, it’s the weekend, just enjoy the tee without my rambling.


Trololo T-shirt by BustedTees

by Andy on March 22, 2010

trololo t-shirt

I don’t really understand why the Trololo guy has become such an internet sensation, it’s kinda funny, but not that funny. Still, each to their own, and where there’s a meme, there’s a BustedTees t-shirt.

Costiness=$15.99 Buy it at BustedTees

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Consumer t-shirt by People Like Me!

by Andy on February 17, 2010

consumer t-shirt

Here’s another tee that would have looked mighty fine in the food tee list. Still, at least a post on its own stops it getting lost in the crowd. Red and black are always comfortable bedfellows and this design makes no headway in proving that hypothesis wrong. The simple design style is pretty sweet too, it gives it a bit of a retro feel… well, that might have something to do with the tee colour, but it all comes together in one enjoyable package.

Costiness=$25 Buy it at People Like Me


threadless t-shirt

For no particular reason this Threadless tee reminds me of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, because the movie and this tee hardly share a similar visual style now, do they?

Out of interest, anyone else see that film, I liked it, although maybe it was a bit too Wes Anderson-y for its own good.

Costiness=$18 Available from Threadless

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Even though they’re very much different styles of design, I can’t help but think of the previous Threadless tee I posted (Geekology by Aaron Hogg) when I look at this supremely retro geeky tee. I’m digging the large print, especially as you need a large print to do a design like this justice to fit in all those details.

Costiness=$18 Available from Threadless (I have a $25 Threadless gift certificate on sale for $18 if anyone wants it)


Ackbarography by Split Reason

by Andy on January 18, 2010


Star Wars and typography combined in one shirt? Why, surely that’s the recipe for a tee-plosion of nerdy blog excitement?

If this was an infomercial I’m sure I’d tell you about how buying this tee from Split Reason wouldn’t be a trap in some extremely convoluted way, but I’ll restrain myself this time around.

Costiness=$18.95 Buy the Ackbarpography t-shirt @


Love Nurse by Frgio Banjo for LaFraise

by Andy on January 18, 2010

I don’t know what nationality Frgio Banjo is, but as is often the case with tees from laFraise, the words used on this tee don’t seem to flow particularly naturally, though I think that in this case it actually makes the design a bit more endearing, as if it’s a foreign person really trying to help you even though there’s a language barrier.

Costiness=€23 Available from LaFraise.


Geekology by Aaron Hogg for Threadless

by Andy on January 7, 2010

Now that is a great colourway. I don’t really like the red on its own, but it works really well with the blue and ‘creme’, and together the stark contrast of the three helps to evoke the retro style shown in the various graphics tees. Writing about Threadless tees makes me feel like the Dos Equis beer guy, “I may not write about Threadless tees all the time, but when I do, it’s a good one.”

Costiness=$18 Available from Threadless

*Also, it anyone is in need of a cut-price Threadless gift certificate (just because the sale is over doesn’t mean you should save), I’ve got a $25 GC on sale for $18, and Adam has deals on $25, $50 and maybe even a $100 certificatem, tell him Andy sent ya!


Two great new tees from Milk & Eggs Co.

by Andy on January 4, 2010

You’re probably looking at that title and thinking “Andy, was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to become a shill for tee companies?” Well concerned reader, no, these tees are great (the camera one especially), which just makes it really easy for me to sound like a shill for one of my advertisers, Milk & Eggs Co. You can also get 20% off anything in store with the coupon code YAY2010, which is fine, but clearly the 25% off you’d get with the code HIDEYOURARMS is rather more attractive. That’s right, 5% more, and you thought that Christmas was over!


Review: Squatch by Badd Habit

by Andy on December 23, 2009

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I first wrote about this tee a bit over a month ago, so you guys know that I’m already a bit of a fan of the design, and receiving the tee in the mail has not changed my opinion of it one bit. I still think that it looks like some creey dude hanging out in a forest rather than a sasquatch, but as I’ve never seen a sasquatch (and I doubt the Badd Habit team thave either) I don’t really think that I’m in a position to be judging whether an intentionally mysterious silhouette is a mythical beast or not.

When I check out a clothing company and say “hey, that tee is cool” I only really take a superficial look at the site and just focus on the shirts. I’ll always maintain that the clothes are the most important part of any brand, any of the ‘extras’ are just a bonus, and should never be a replacement for good design. However, I do have a soft spot for clothing companies that attempt to give something back beyond just selling tees, and whilst I was checking them out in greater depth for this review I found out something cool, they give the majority of their profits to a charity called the 4806 Foundation that help young people recover from substance abuse and addiction. Beyond that, some of the people that work for Badd Habit are young men from the Gray Wolf Ranch, which is a place dedicated to getting people sober, and working at Badd Habit is part of that recovery process. It’s very admirable, and it makes me like them more as a brand because it truly means that buying a t-shirt can make a real difference.


The design is a real winner for me. The large print really helps to reinforce the appearance of it being more like art on a t-shirt rather than a design that is just placed onto the shirt. The fact that the tee colour itself looks a lot like canvas probably has something to do with me forming that opinion, but even if that was just an unintentional side-effect of the color palette I think that it works really well. Something I like about this design is that taken on their own, most of these elements don’t look like the things they’re meant to look like (come on, does that really look like a tree on the left?), but taken as a whole the scene really comes together, even if it does have that slight ambiguity that I mentioned earlier.


In my first post about the tee I said it was a black and white colour palette, but in reality the shirt is actually creme with a brown print, both colourways would work in my opinion, but creme/brown is good for evoking a vintage photo look. The tee itself is from the American Apparel organic range, so I assume that just about everyone reading this will know that fit, the organic shirts fit the same as the regular Earth-hating ones in my experience. Print quality is top notch too, soft and thin so that even though there’s a lot of print area, it isn’t at all heavy.

Costiness=$24.95 Squatch is available from Badd Habit

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Benefits of Cycling by Ubran Outfitters

by Andy on November 16, 2009



I realise that this tee isn’t actually by Urban Outfitters, but I can’t work out who the original brand is, any ideas chums? The name may have something to do with the letters DOE

Costiness=$30 Available from Urban Outfitters [via Rumplo]

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Happy Yeti Shirt by Tilteed

by Andy on November 14, 2009


For me, one of the biggest issues with there being so many t-shirt design competitions is that it’s really hard for me to keep up with what they’re releasing, I don’t even know how I saw this tee, but Tilteed aren’t one of my regularly visited sites so I must have seen it randomly, but I’m glad I did because this is a really fun, simple tee that makes me smile.

Costiness=$12 (until Monday when it becomes $18) Available from Tilteed



This might be the only time I ever say this, but I think that the print on this tee might be a little bit too big. I like the design and its type treatment, and perhaps the text wrapping around your body is part of the concept, but surely you’re meant to be able to read the whole thing when looking at it face-on? Or am I just being silly and this is what a text tee like this should actually look like, and I should stop complaining since I’m always going on about how print sizes are too small. Again though, just to be clear, I do like this tee.

Costiness=$24 For men, for women


Exploded Hoodies & Polos

by Andy on October 18, 2009


That title just gave me a great idea for a video… now I just need to work out how to blow hoodies and I’ll be a millionaire (an internet millionaire, not an actual millionaire).

The popular Exploded series has expanded from tees to putting a couple of designs on hoodies and polos. I’d like to see the DaVinci style hoodie have a much larger print, but it simply isn’t possible with the kangaroo pocket in the way, so there’s not much they could do about that, but the Exploded 128 design is much more accommodating of that size of print. Hoodies are $33 (+$7 shipping), polos $33 (+$5 shipping), and they will both start shipping on October 29th.


Buy a Kozyndan tee, get some free music

by Andy on July 15, 2009


I get the feeling that it’s meant to be an even split between the music and the tee, but when Kozyndan are part of the equation then everything else is just filler for me… not to be disparaging of all the other people involved, of course.

Friends of Friends makes a bold entry into the music industry with their premiere release. The label’s aim is to deliver music in an exciting, personalized way. Firstly, you get a download card for a split EP featuring Daedelus and Jogger. You also get an accompanying t-shirt designed by Kozyndan. Lastly, in this bundle, you also get access to a batch of remixes from Michna, Eliot Lipp, Nosaj Thing, Thuderheist, Mexicans with Guns, Keenhouse, and Meanest Man. Printed on organic Alternative Apparel bodies.

Costiness=$32 Available from the Friends of Friends Store

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