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soyu brand ambassador

It’s Sunday afternoon, I’ve just cocompleted a 1-mile swim (hopefully), so I think I’ve earned the right to just copy and paste this from Soyu:

Become a SOYU Brand Ambassador! 10 tee shirts to give away!

To celebrate International T Shirt Day 2012 today, we’ve got a special initiative we’d like to tell you about. We’re firm believers in this brand being about the people and rewarding you loyal followers, so we’re giving away 2 tee shirts each to 5 lucky people! All you have to do is spread the love about SOYU…

You’ll also become a brand ambassador so you’ll be the first to know about future releases and can get involved in helping our brand grow, with exclusive lines, latest insight and other promotions.

For more information about how to win some tee shirts, just email us ( the following:

1) Your Name

2) Your Email

3) Your Website / blog / Facebook / twitter link if you have one.

That’s all!

Get in touch by 28th June 2012 and we’ll tell you all about how you can get a hold of those tee shirts.


Post image for Interview with Artist, Omega Man 5000 – Also, New T-shirt at RIPT and Giveaway!

Harry Gordon, or better known as Omega Man 5000, is just one of those t-shirt artists that has such a distinct and exaggerated style, it’s truly hard not to notice him. With his unusual color palette and chaotic motifs (and I mean that in the best of ways), his designs are meant to stun you and leave you somewhat perplexed, but definitely eager for more!

Not only does he design tees on the artsy side, but he also delves into the pop-culture world that is so popular these days. Omega has been printed at places like TeeFury, Design By Humans and only today he has a t-shirt up for sale at RIPT! (Pictured at the very top!) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and old school cartoon inspired, this one is appropriately titled, Fear N Loathing In This Foul Year Of Our Lord 1925 and not only can you buy the tee, there’s also a GIVEAWAY! All you have to do to be entered to win a poster of the design is “like” Omega Man 5000’s fanpage on Facebook, and share the post about the new tee at RIPT, easy!

So in honor of his first print at RIPT, what would be better than to get to know the artist behind the tee! I asked him a few fun questions, and I got a few fun answers, that’s for sure.

The most important question first – what tee are you wearing right now?
The awesome Cosmonaut by TheMightyTiki from DBH.

You’re a bit mysterious, who hides behind the name Omega Man 5000?
All I can say about that guy is there’s a lot of things about him you wouldn’t know anything about. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you SHOULDN’T understand. You don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like him. He’s a loner, Leah. A rebel.

If your art had a sound, what would it be?
A zoo in outer space next door to a 3 ring circus in the 14th & 1/2 dimension.

What are your plans for Friday night? (I’m not asking you out on a date, just curious – haha.)
Apparently not going out on a date with you. =\

Quick – who’s the first artist (besides yourself obviously) that pops into your head that you would love to collaborate with?
Artist-wise Jeremy Fish. Musically it’s a 3-way tie between C-Lo, MF Doom, and Die Antwoord. Movies-wise Guillermo Del Toro.

Look out your window – what do you see?
A half shark half alligator half octopus. You might be saying well hold the phone that’s 3 halves? But no it’s not, see one half is half shark half alligator and the other half is full octopus… so yeah.

If you had to wear one t-shirt for the rest of your life, which would it be?
This question is way too hard to answer.

Thanks for chatting with us Harry, was a pleasure, but one last thing (and now let me get serious for a moment), do you have any parting tips for aspiring creatives like yourself, hungry to grow in the t-shirt world?
Practice practice practice and practice. Even when you don’t want to. Even if you only work for an hour a day you’ll be able to stay sharp. Also never get discouraged, the world is a much smaller place these days and people who never would have otherwise are connecting with eachother online etc. So no matter what it is you’re about there’s almost a guarantee that SOMEBODY will be into it, and find out about you. =)

Keep in touch with Omega Man 5000: Twitter, Facebook, Shop

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T-shirt news for March 27th

by Andy on March 27, 2012

half life t-shirts

Considering how popular Half Life is it’s no wonder that TeeFury decided it would be a good idea to produce a related shirt.

Shirt.Woot drop one of my favourite Star Wars t-shirts for a while.

Nice Sherlock shirt from RIPT today.
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Daily Tees & News for December 13th

by Andy on December 13, 2011

my little pony pokemon t-shirt

I don’t really understand the crossover between My Little Pony and Pokemon, but I’m sure some of you will.

Having never watched Venture Bros I’m not particularly enamored with today’s shirt at RIPT.

Nice 8-bit tee at Shirt.Woot today.
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teegazette competition

You all know the deal by now so stop wasting time reading this, head over to TeeGazette and enter the competition.


preferred classics giveaway

It’s always perplexing when people send me an e-mail about their brand when they don’t have anything on sale. Why would you want me to write about you when no one can buy your stuff?

Preferred Classics are also a brand who do not yet have a store, admittedly their mockups look fairly cool, but why not start promoting yourself in October when they will be on sale? Well, I assume they want to have some fans and momentum behind their launch which is why they have already kicked off a big, big competition.

They are giving away a t-shirt to a person from every state in the US, and that person will be the first to e-mail them from that state. The ‘pioneer’ will receive a logo t-shirt and a bunch of other goodies (when they’re printed, presumably). A quick count shows that there are still 19 states left on the map that haven’t had a winner yet, so I suggest you run over there now and fill in the contact form, what have you got to lose?

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threadless gift certificate giveaway

If I were Colin and I had more than $425 in street team points stored up at Threadless I wouldn’t be giving them away, I’d buy everything that’s on clearance and making myself a bed out of t-shirts (which would probably be a lot less comfortable than I imagine. But no, Colin from Troundup is nowhere near as selfish as me, so he is going to be giving away $425 worth of Threadless gift certificates over the next couple of weeks, that’s a $25 GC every day, culminating in a $100 certificate to be given away on his 21st birthday, September 20th. Certificates will be given away via the blog, his Facebook page, and his Twitter account.

But wait, there’s more! He’s set up an Amazon wishlist of items that cost $10-$18, mostly vinyl records, so that you can buy him a present for his birthday. Why the hell would you want to do that? Because if you do, you’ll be sent a $25 gift certificate in return, so you could spend $10 and get $25 of Threadless credit in return, in the industry that is what’s known as a ‘good deal’.

Read all about it here on Troundup


super superficial t-shirt

Super Superficial make some beautiful tees they’ve got a couple of stores in London and if I’m ever nearby I’ll pop in to have a look. They’re doing a bit of a roadshow at the moment, every month they’ll go to a different location around London and give anyone a free t-shirt if they’re willing to pose for a photo, seems like a pretty good deal to me since they do charge £35 for tees from their latest range and that’s what they’re giving away.

The next event in on Wednesday 30th March at their Covent Garden shop. If you’re interested you can apply here leaving your contact details and shirt size.


threadless book review

I didn’t really know what to expect from the Threadless book, before the release I’d thought it was cool that they were putting something together for the 10th year, but I hadn’t paid much attention to what was going to be in the tome of ten years of Threadless dominating the ‘indie’ t-shirt landscape. Frankly, I’d expected there to be lots of pretty pictures, and the same stories trotted out as we’ve been hearing for years about their airstream office, and how ‘different’ they are from a regular company. Well, you do get that, there are lots of pictures, and and lots of stuff that we’ve heard before from Threadless about the company, but there’s a lot more than that going on here.

One of the interesting things about Threadless is how their business model has had a much wider impact on the industry than just within their company, I’m not going to exaggerate and say they’ve changed the world, but their business practises, have made a lot of people sit up and take note (they aren’t a case study at Harvard Business School for no reason), and that is reflected in the book quite a lot, with mini-essays from people outside of Threadless such as Seth Godin talking about them and how they’re different to the norm. As someone that has studied Threadless closely over the past 5 years I really enjoyed those aspects of the book, getting a fresh insight from people outside the company (that other tee companies could probably learn from). That said, it was interesting for me to read about the earlier days of Threadless, since I first heard about them in late ’04 and other than the ‘creation’ story about the Dreamless forum, there were a few years I had no knowledge of that this book fills in quite nicely.

Of course, t-shirts are a visual medium and so is this book, there are hundreds of pictures of their tees, not all of them (I presume), but all the iconic designs are included along with interviews with their designers. It’s great seeing the designs printed onto paper rather than my LCD screen, digital is great and all, but print has a certain special something about it, and since Threadless clearly haven’t cheaped out on the printing it really is a treat for the eyes.

Clearly, I’m pretty impressed by this book, I was hoping to receive something pretty that I could leaf through when I was bored, and I got that, along with something that was occasionally more thought-provoking than I hoped. If you’d like to get a copy of the book, I have most excellent news, the publishers (Harris & Wilson) have offered to give away 2 copies of the book to HYA readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me what is your favourite Threadless design of all time, and you will be entered into the giveaway. Entries are open from now for 1 week (until Friday 22nd October), when I will pick two random entries. Please note that this competition is only open to people from the UK as it is the UK publisher offering the books to be given away.

If you would like to buy the book, if is available for $15 on the Threadless site (down from $22), for $15.30 on, and £8 on



Stack ‘Em Up with HYA and Eraser Tees! from Andrew Bowness on Vimeo.

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Wow, how comfortable am I on camera? And that was the best one after 52 takes! Well, the more I do video the better I’ll get, so yes, expect to hear me talking more in the future, hopefully looking less tired, and without a sore throat, and in the correct aspect ratio, and possibly having done my hair…

I’ve teamed up with Eraser Tees to give away 5 shirts, and I think that the competition is pretty fun. Next Tuesday I’m going to take some of my t-shirt collection, fold them so they’re the same size, and then try and stack them up as high as I can and when the pile falls over, that amound of tees will be the winning number. Basically, how many t-shirts can I stack on top of each other?

Just leave a comment on this post telling me how many t-shirts there will be in the stack before it falls over (so if I’m at 50 tees, and the 51st is when it falls over, the winning number will be 50 because that was the last point at which the stack was stable), and you’ll be eligible to win a free t-shirt. Please note that I ‘only’ have around 300 shirts, so whilst the chances of my stacking anywhere near that amount are very low, any guess above that number would be pointless. The 5 closest guesses will be the winners. Please remember to use a real e-mail address that I can contact you at when you’re leaving your guess, because if you win and I can’t contact you, I’ll have to go the tee to someone else.

You have until midnight GMT next Monday (that’s March 1st) to leave your entry. I’ll close the comments at that point and then stack the t-shirts on the Tuesday, make up another video (possibly with some stop-motion goodness) and announce the winners on Tuesday.

*Update* It’s been pointed out to me that I haven’t covered that usual issue of people making the same guess. I think that with 5 people receiving a tee this should be less of a problem than usual, if at all, but in the event that there are too many winners, I will use a random number generator to determine the t-shirt winners, and the people that miss out on a tee will receive a Hide Your Arms badge pack. Oh, and if you were wondering about my stacking skills, here are a few examples. Also, if you’re wondering about the stacking, all the tees will be folded the same using a Wonderfold, as the tee in the video had been, and stacked in a single pile.

Good luck!



Remember those limited edition Threadless x Timbuk2 messengers bags that I mentioned a month ago? Well, GearCrave have got one of each design to give away.All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter here. Then leave a comment on the giveaway blog post on Gear Crave, here, telling them which bag is your favourite and why. The contest is open until 11:59 (not sure which timezone, but its probably one of the American ones) on June 26th.GearCrave Giveaway: ThreadLess and Timbuk2 Messenger Bags

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