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teegazette competition

The prize package today at TeeGazette includes shirts from Mongoware, 604Republic, AHTQ Apparel, S’up Cuz, and a bonus shirt from Qwertee. Same as yesterday there are four ways to enter (with each counting as a separate entry), and entry is up to midnight PST with the winner being announced at 9am PST on December 3rd.


paper heart competition

German label Paper Heart are giving away three limited edition t-shirts via their Facebook page over the next couple of weeks. All you have to do is like the page and then fill out the form to be entered into the competition. There’s other things to win as well, apparently:

The cool thing is, once you get three friends to sign up as well, you will get a personalized Paper Heart surprise package that I will put together myself. It can contain yummy stuff, funny stuff or cool one-of-a-kind items that play a role in the history of Paper Heart.

I’m not entirely sure how that works, whether you only get the extra pack if you’re a winner or if you get it just for inviting three people, hopefully someone from Paper Heart will chime in in the comments.

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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



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.


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