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hide your arms logo t-shirt

These three shirts actually went up in the HYA store on Friday afternoon, but between getting the photos taken, it being me and my girlfriend’s 3rd anniversary, and the Olympics opening ceremony in the evening I didn’t get a chance to write up a post letting you guys know that I took the plunge once again and had some more HYA logo t-shirts printed.

Since I started Rigu last November I’ve really been enjoying packing orders and sending them around the world, and with the HYA store being a bit empty with various sizes of items sold out I decided it was time to get back in the game, and more importantly, I wanted to wear a HYA tee with gold foil on it, and the classic white print too. I won’t print anything that I won’t wear, there’s no point in me investing in stock of tees that I see every day if I’m not going to enjoy seeing them, and I am really, really happy with how these latest tees have come out.

White print on black is a classic colourway and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get around to having them printed. They’re white discharge ink on black American Apparel 2001 t-shirts, so we all know it’s a good quality t-shirt and with that discharge print it’s started out soft and it’s only going to get softer over time resulting in a really nice vintage feel. Limited quantities of the shirt are available now for £14.99 + shipping.

When I put in the order for the gold foil shirts I did wonder if they were a little bit silly. I’m not exactly a ‘bling’ person, I don’t even like the word bling and I never wear jewelry, but something about gold foil tees has always intrigued me, especially when you’re using a black blank, and I had a feeling that the HYA logo would look good in gold. I hadn’t even considered that there was something of an Olympic tie-in with the gold foil, but as I watched Team GB walk around the track during the opening ceremony on Friday I realised I may have missed a trick with marketing there. The gold is pretty shiny, but it isn’t thick so doesn’t feel heavy on the shirt or feel like it will flake off. A brand (who I suppose should remain nameless) that I like use the same printer and shirt for their gold foil tees and sent me one of them a few year, and whilst it isn’t very gold now it did take many years of washing for that to happen, so I do feel that this shirt has a long life in it if cared for correctly. The shirts are from Continental Clothing, who make very nice shirts with a size chart that is very similar to American Apparel, who are members of the Fair Wear Foundation and go the extra distance when it comes to ensuring that their products are made in fair and ethical conditions. The gold foil tee costs £15.99 + shipping and is available now.

Lastly, I have restocked the grey print on grey AA tri-blend tees since they sold out in medium and large a while ago. The grey print this time is slightly lighter (Pantone 7540C) to reflect the true colour of HYA grey. Please note that in XL and XXL the darker grey print remains as I only restocked the M & L sizes, but the dark grey print looks cool so it’s all good. You can pick up this American Apparel tri-blend shirt for £15.99 plus shipping in the HYA store.

I do have it in mind to add to the store over time and slowly build what we have on offer, likely more logo-based stuff, but it’s possible that we’ll be branching out in the future, likely with a couple of cool posters a local artist-friend of mine, and we’ll see how it goes from there. If there’s anything that you’d like to see the HYA logo on let me know and I’ll see if it’s possible.


hayden panettiere wearing I Uzi LA t-shirt

This has been one of my favourite ‘I heart’ style tees ever since I saw it about a year ago. The problem was that I had no clue where you could buy it. I slipped the tee into the 109 I heart NY style tees post at #25 and fortunately a retailer that sells it spotted the tees. It’s not cheap, but it’s been worn by pint-sized hottie Hayden Panettiere so that clear justifies any premium pricing. For complete reference, I Uzi LA is by Future Heretics, which is a pretty great name for a brand

Costiness=$56 Buy it at Bare Rebel


Bleeding Heart by Christopher

by Andy on September 23, 2009

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You all know that I’m a sucker for a gold foil design, it’s a weakness of mine, but at least I’m addicted to cool looking tees with shiny prints on them, instead of something like crack, because then I’d probably sell my computer to get another hit, you would stop being told about cool tees (and hoodies, per your requests), and I’d probably have a pretty horrible life…… so, gold foil, good thing!

Costiness=$34 Available from Christopher (also available in different colorways and for girls)

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TeeFury are golden

by Andy on July 27, 2009

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After being in business for just over a year, TeeFury are selling their first ever tee with metallic ink. You should be able to pick it up now for $9, and it will be available for 24 hours (as all their tees are).



Over the past few years the iconic “Keep Calm And Carry On” design has made an extremely successful transition from cool war-time poster to cool irony-time t-shirt, inspiring many parodies and more than a few copycats. Now I’m not a fancy big city lawyer, so I don’t know a thing about copyright, but I’m fairly sure that Yes No Maybe were the first to release this design as a tee, and now they’re spinning it out as it’s own site so that you won’t get all flustered trying to find it on their main site.

I do believe that the original was white text on a red tee, which is still really cool, but YNM have expanded on that and now offer the same design in numerous colourways, including gold foil on black (shown above, obviously) which I’m rather partial to. Americans will probably find the £19.91 price a little high, and personally I think that £19.39 would be a rather more appropriate price (and you shouldn’t need a history degree to know why).

Costiness=£19.91 Available from Keep Calm London



Okay, you can take this tee two ways. Is it just a funny, literal tee for those of us that have way too many shirts in our closets? Or is it a reference to DVNO by Justice? Either way, a damn cool tee… for people that have too many t-shirts and love gold print (hey, I’m the target demographic!).

Costiness=$34 Buy it at krudmart


“Grafik Magazine” by Graniph [Review]

by Andy on December 10, 2008

I’d never received a package from Japan before, so that was one thing that I was excited to tick off my ‘tee to-do list’ when a bulging envelope arrived from Graniph, but the fact that it took 3 days to travel from Japan to rural England left me even more impressed with a label that was already one of my favourite brands. Seriously, that isn’t all that much longer than it took me to get back from Tokyo, and the tees were probably in a lot better mood after 11 hour flight than I was!

You guys know that I can be enticed by shiny things, so out of the selection that Graniph sent me I was first drawn to this tee with gold foil on it, which I later found was called “Grafik Magazine”, presumably a collaboration with this magazine of the same name (check out their sample issue, it looks pretty cool). Despite the gold being fairly flashy (when isn’t it?), I think that this design is actually pretty minimal and understated, and it looks so much better in person than in these photo’s (as soon as I went out in the snow it started to rain, but I was committed to having a snowy photoshoot, even if it involved damp t-shirts).

The quality level is very impressive, slightly more heavyweight than most of the tees I receive, which should be helpful during these chilly winter months (not that it’s that thick, I should add). It’s always hard to predict how well a foil tee will survive multiple washes, but I can assure you that Graniph’s ‘regular’, non-foil shirts are good and will last a long time (my brother routinely wears the shirt I got for him in Tokyo back in 2007, and it’s still good), so it’s probably a fairly safe bet that they know what they’re doing with foil. As with a lot of Japanese clothing, it runs smaller and is more fitted than us Westerners are used to, so whilst you can probably get away with buying your usual size, be aware that it will be a little more snug.

There’s a couple more shots in the gallery, and a teaser shot of the other tees that are to be reviewed.

Costiness=?2,100 Buy ‘Grafik Magazine’ at Graniph

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Say Hello to Never In Wonderland Clothing

by Andy on November 13, 2008

Here’s another brand that floated into my inbox a few days ago. The design style seems to reflect a lot of what I see over at Emptees, so hopefully Never In Wonderland will do pretty well, because, really, doesn’t the world need monster-based t-shirts right now?

Oh, and they’re pretty cheap too, so there’s no need to let the economic downturn/catasthophe stop you from getting some new threads.

Never In Wonderland Clothing

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When the postman delivered the familiar screenprinted EIO envelope a little smile came across my face. There’s something about EIO Clothing that makes me feel a bit like a rockstar, which may well be because EIO make tees worn by rockstars… and Mika.


Things got even more rock when I pulled the tee out of its wrapping paper (not pictured, but it is a cool touch). This tee had gold foil on it, I’ve always thought that there was a certain audacity to printing with gold foil, its flashy, its attention grabbing, and almost completely unnecessary in the best possible way. I maintained my recent run of tee-test professionalism by wearing this tee last weekend, and people loved it, specifically my various lady friends loved it, the guys didn’t really notice, but that’s probably because the butterflies make it a bit feminine for most of my boys. Butterflies and a record player (or a ‘deck’ as the kids are calling it) might not exactly be a combination that everyone will love, but I can almost see a connection,


I’ve never received a tee with gold foil on it, so its hard for me to tell how it compares to other tees with foil on them, but from what I can tell the printing is very sharp, especially considering that we aren’t exactly talking about big blocks of foil, there’s some thin lines and details there that have been dealt with very well. EIO do admit on the product page that the gold foil will distress with washing, and recommend hand washing the tee, so I guess that’s something that you should be aware of, I’ll try and give you an update on how well it washes, but considering how many tees I have it could be many months before I’ve worn it enough times for a washing test to produce conclusive results. The new custom hang tags look pretty freakin’ awesome too.

Costiness=£23.95 (currently on sale, regularly £29.95, both prices include free worldwide shipping) Link

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Say Hello To Council Dukes

by Andy on June 3, 2008


Let’s do the polite thing and let Council Dukes introduce themselves before I give you my thoughts:

Council Dukes is a new streetwear label coming straight outta East London- it typifies all that is admirable about the gentleman thief, the geezer, the cheeky conman who’ll rob you blind with a smile on his face. With a lineage stretching from Robin Hood to the Artful Dodger and from Butch Cassidy to Terry Thomas; history and fortune have always favoured the smart as well as the brave.

To be completely honest, I don’t really see the qualities of a gentleman thief running through this new line of tees, but I do see a lot of promise. The designs, whilst almost entirely focused upon their own name, are fairly original, make decent use of gold foil (no wonder they’re gaining a following in the British hip hop world), and they seem to have the quality aspect down too. All the tees are 100% made in Britain, limited to 100 pieces in their first run, and finished with Council Dukes hem and/or sleeve tags.

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The Pistol by Tank Theory @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 13, 2008

Pistol t-shirt by Tank Theory @ Karmaloop

Now this here is a really clever design, I love the way that the head seamlessly transitions into being the butt/handle of the revolver, and as ever, there ain’t nothing wrong with putting some gold foil onto a design, especially a gun, it kinda makes it feel like we’re in an African dictatorship!

Oh, and there’s an oversized, Thank Theory branded bullet on the back right should, which looks kinda badass since its in gold too, if it were in white then it would probably just look like a bird crapped on your shoulder.

Costiness=$24 Link (get up to 20% off your order with the coupon code AS7594)


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