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king od dark side star wars playing card t-shirt

We’ve seen a different iteration of this shirt before but I will dig this design in any form, and this colourway is pretty tasty, just wish we had an actual pic instead of a mockup.

Also, yes, NZD$40 isn’t that cheap, but things cost quite a bit in New Zealand compared to the US and they need to make a living.

Costiness=NZD$40 Buy it from Sneaky Studios


Post image for “Xenomorph Anatomy” t-shirt by Cuppa-T at Sneaky Studios

Shirts like this remind me that I still need to see Prometheus, even if it is apparently very confusing.

Really good looking shirt, and if you use the coupon code XENOMORPH at the checkout you can get free shipping on this and any other tee at Sneaky Studios.

Costiness=$40NZD Buy it on black or white

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Review of Cuppa-T and their Dark Lord

by Mr Four Fingers on May 1, 2012

Cuppa-T Dark Lord

I must admit I had my reservations about writing a review for a Star Wars related t-shirt as there are countless designs out there lacking ‘another level’ or simply relying on overused ideas. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that Cuppa-T have not one but two good ideas that show they have put a little more thought into it.

One of the designs in mention is called ‘Dark Lord‘. The design is a relatively complex illustration that subverts classic religious imagery which, in the case of Star Wars, becomes very apt. The design is witty and goes in a relatively new direction with regards to existing Star Wars related designs out there.

The print is a  3 colour screen print on black 180gsm smooth combed cotton . The design sits well on the fabric and is surprisingly not too thick as can sometimes be the case when printing on dark fabric. I have worn and washed and there are no issue with the print and as far as I can tell the t-shirt has not shrunk noticeably, if at all. Fits like most decent t-shirts.

There are a few small details which I appreciate like the logo label on the sleeve, red foil block printed logo traditional swing tag and a separate screen printed label on the inside collar. These are all signs that let you know that Cuppa-T appreciate quality and are investing into their product.

I’m  not sure how long the t-shirts journey was door to door but going by Andy’s surprised response to me having already received the t-shrit, it must have been quick. So don’t let the fact that Cuppa-T are based in New Zealand put you off. Their packaging needs a little love, maybe throw on a logo sticker. But that’s me just being pernickety.

What is good to see about Cuppa-T is that their store does not rely solely on Star Wars themes but rather they have a good mix of sci-fi and robot designs. They have a nice brand ethos and they describe their brand as “Sci-fi propaganda streetwear”, which is perfectly suited to the most famous space war yet.

You can visit their shop via their website or directly from actual stockists if you live in NZ (stockists listed in website) or from Sneaky Studios online shop. There is also the option to buy a design as a print or cards which is nice to have. The t-shirt costs $49 NZ dollars, $40 US and £25. So more expensive than the average, but not bad by any means considering the details and the fact that the designs incorporates 3 colours.

They seem like a good bunch of guys and I’m keen to see what else they have in store for the future.


Star Wars t-shirts

I really like these Star Wars t-shirts from New Zealand’s Cuppa-T, it’s a subject matter that has been done to death but they’ve still managed to find a couple of concepts that I haven’t seen before so you’ve got to applaud them for that.

They’re running a competition on Facebook to promote the new designs, anyone who shares a specific album will be entered to win the tees and a Lego Darth Vader keychain. Check out this blog post for more details.

Costiness= NZD$50 Buy it at Sneaky Studios King of Dark Side / Dark Lord


Daily Tees and News for November 5th

by Andy on November 5, 2011

coffee-aid t-shirt

Oh yeah! TeeFury

Were Tilteed not selling this design just a couple of weeks ago?

Nice Zelda shirt (right reference?) at Shirt.Woot today.

RIPT bring us a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure mashup today.

It always amazes me how few Simpsons t-shirts there are out there. The Yetee.

Was someone else selling this Buffy the Vampire Slayer t-shirt recently? No matter, it’s available at OtherTees now.

I don’t know what or if there is a reference on this 24tee shirt, but it’s a pretty cool design either way.

A quick Google tells me that this TeeRaiders ‘Miranda Reavers’ design is something to do with Firefly.

At first I was like, “oh, that’s nice” then I looked at this Loviu design a little closer.

Oh man, I’d just written a whole thing about not getting the reference on this Shirt Punch tee, then it hit me, Marty McFly from Back To The Future?

Coty of fame has a new-ish site called Exploration Hawaii all about hiking around Hawaii. We have some stunning walks around where I live (it may be called the Lake District, but there are hills around all those lakes), but the places he’s going look amazing. He’s running a little competition to win a $25 gift certificate from Threadless that I’m sure you’ll want to enter before November 10th.

Kissmetrics have a viral marketing cheat sheet that brand owners may want to check out.

Cuppa-T have put up their Christmas shipping dates.

PalmerCash are doing their bit for Movember.

Urban Outfitters (in the UK/Europe at least) are offering free shipping this weekend.

Hot Topic have updated their monthly coupon code, you can get 20% off with HTA20NOV providing you spend at least $60. Coupon expires December 2nd.

HYA blogger Sleepy Dan has added some snap back hats to his store, expect a behind the scenes look at how they were printed here in the next day or so.

Threadless have added some gorgeous (and massive) graphics to their partnership with Blik.

Make Believe have released a short but delightful video that really captures the spirit of their brand.

Terratag have got a grab bag offer going on that I think gives really good value. They’re mystery tees or sweats/hoodies, so you’ll have to be a big fan of Terratag, but since they have a fairly cohesive range, I think if you like one of their shirts you’ll probably like most of them.

Shirt designers always need more textures right? Apparently this free texture pack at Mintees is mighty fine.

Looks like Mintees are going to be opening a marketplace, which is going to be another nail in the coffin of ShirtHive (another idea I had but couldn’t find the time for).

There’s a really funny interview with former HYA blogger Randyotter at TheShirtList.


doctor who science t-shirts

I say new, the bottom two have been featured on HYA before, so I assume that they have been released in a different colourway or maybe they were only on sale at the recent expo they exhibited at and this is the first opportunity to pick them up online. The Doctor Who t-shirt however I believe is ‘new new’, and mighty fine it is too. Personally I like the red version on the left, but both colourways are nice.

The shirts are NZD$50 and available now at Cuppa-T.


Daily Tee and News Roundup October 26th

by Andy on October 26, 2011

twin peaks t-shirt

I had no clue what this shirt was about so I looked in the TeeFury comments, apparently it’s Twin Peaks.

‘A study in turtles’ at Tilteed could easily be renamed ‘a study in cuteness’.

Very cool zombie defense t-shirt from Nowhere Bad today.

Nice use of negative space from, very wearable shirt.

Cool tee from Shirt.Woot, I’m sure I’ve seen this ‘taking the bus’ concept (and possibly even this shirt) before, maybe it was at Tilteed?

Fun shirt from RIPT for what I’m sure are the massively overlapping audiences of the Watchmen and Hello Kitty.

I had to look this TeeMinus24 shirt up, apparently Zarek is something to do with Battlestar Galactica.

Thou shalt not rip on 24tee every day. Different strokes for different folks. Actually, this shirt is pretty cool.

At first I thought that this Loviu shirt was just a paint blob, which would have been cool, and then I notice the stars and Saturn, which definitely kicked it up a notch.

I don’t get it? Catch of the Day Tee.

Really nicely put together Back To The Future design from Shirt Punch, they’ve certainly come out of the blocks strongly.

Adam over at I Am The Trend has put together a video review of White Pine Patriot, how do they stack up against his 4P’s of tees.

Camiseteria have released a couple of great new tees that you will have to test your Portuguese on if you really want to buy them.

All white tees are on sale at Typography Shop, all down to $14.99 until they’re sold out.

This Australian fellow wants to get into the t-shirt game, and he’s going down the Rockethub route (that’s Kickstarter for people without US bank accounts), give him your support if you like the tee.

Apparently New Zealand is back to work and being productive after their World Cup win at the weekend, because Cuppa-T will be selling tees at the Armageddon Expo in Auckland this weekend.

It’s almost November so you know what that means, seeing guys with really thin mustaches doing their bit for charity. I’m tempted to give it a go myself, would any of you guys sponsor me? Fuzzy Ink have a global partnership with the Movember Foundation this year, and they’ve produced some great shirts for the occasion.

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Two new science tees at Cuppa-T

by Andy on August 24, 2011

science t-shirts

Really cool artwork on these shirts. One strange thing about this release is that they are Cuppa-T shirts, yet they’re being sold in something called the Sneaky Store. Still, I don’t mind where they come from, though it would be nice if they weren’t from New Zealand so that they could be a bit cheaper.

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Super-post alert! Thought I’d better put these sales together rather than eek them out over a day or two, especially since there are a few affiliate links in this post and I’d feel dirty posting them in a row, might as well flush them out in one go.

The e-mail I get from Urban Outfitters is for the British site, so I don’t know if there is a sale on in the US as well, but I know there is a very large amount of items on sale. A quick perusal on my part showed that up to 50% off items is possible but something of an outlier. There’s nothing particularly cheap though since everything already had the UO premium on it anyway.

The e-mail I got from Karmaloop sounded awesome with the promise of “85% off” but it turns out that this sale is just for the ladies. The sale itself is already going, but to reach that 85% off point you will need the coupon code SUMMERSALE that will give you a further 20% off, why they’ve made it that complicated I don’t know.

I’ve talked in the past about how Cuppa-T have cool tees but since they’re in New Zealand the exchange rate and their remoteness (things just cost more there) make their prices a bit out of reach for most when you can get good stuff cheaper closer to home, but with this massive half price sale =you’ve got a good opportunity to pick up some of their retro-futurism designs. This sale doesn’t start for a couple of days though, so be sure to check back.

Extra 75% Off Clearance at

Hot Topic have got a ‘clearance event’ going on as you can see (click the image to go straight through to the clearance page) with up to 75% off stuff that you’ll claim you never liked in 5 years. Sale ends July 4th, and get 20% off all orders of $50 or more with the coupon code HTA50JUN

Anyone know why there are so many sales on at the moment?


“Lightguns” by Cuppa T

by Andy on March 23, 2011

lightgun t-shirt

Whilst I can’t help but feel that it is the concept of this tee that interests me more than the execution, I’m sure that it wouldn’t stop the TSA from pulling out the rubber gloves as soon as they saw you at the airport.

Costiness=$59 (NZD) Buy it at Cuppa T


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