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Yonil – MASSIVE Clearance Sale

by Mr Four Fingers on April 13, 2013

The talented designer and Illustrator Jonathan Yonil Lax A.K.A. Yonil is currently having a massive clearance sale on his t-shirts. If you don’t know him already he creates illustrated t-shirts (amongst other things) that are surreal and textured. His designs commonly feature hand drawn creations that are just lovely. We have also reviewed some of his t-shirts before, as if you needed any more convincing that is!

Check out these t-shirts below and more at his massive clearance sale here.

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The Dudes Factory [Margin Reports]

by Mr Four Fingers on March 5, 2013

The Dudes Factory

A couple of years ago whilst visiting a friends house I noticed a cool hand drawn illustration print framed on her wall. It was a curious cartoon-esque drawing by French illustrator McBess. I was supremely happy to find out that clothing brand The Dudes Factory were being showcased at the Margin Trade show as the crux of their designs are created by the talented McBess. The Dudes Factory were at Margin with the support of Boy Parker, an independent t-shirt brand and also part distributer who brought this brand from Berlin to our cloudy shores.

The Dudes Factory are awesome. Yes, I’m trying to stop using that word but in this case the description is perfect. All the designs I saw at Margin were creations of Mcbess, including a printed plate and a beer mug with the words ‘piss’ written on the front but there are other artists that flourish under the umbrella of The Dudes Factory. Here are some of the other great illustrators : Ugo Gattoni, Genius Inc., Dave The Chimp, Network Awesome, Oblast, Fidia and Carolin Loebbert.

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By chatting to the different brands at Margin we gleaned information about them in various ways. The levels of professionalism and the essence of their brand was best shown in their lookbook/catalogue. By this I mean the actual design, style and photography. The Dudes Factory simply nailed theirs with fantastic product and location photography. This should be a benchmark for brands to aspire to.

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Erin Cheyne: Class A Streetwear Detroit

by Amy_F on May 28, 2012

Some of you may have heard of Erin Cheyne the web designer (Winky Boo‘s web designer) but not many of you are aware that Erin has started her own line of clothing appropriately named, Erin Cheyne!  From the depths of the woods in a small town in Michigan near Detroit, Erin’s creativity is shining through in designing for her own indie brand.

There was never any doubt in my mind when my dear friend & web designer informed me she was going to launch her own independent clothing brand.  She has quite the knack for creating an artsy, hippie-like yet inspirational design.  Her prints, all screen-printed on her own equipment give a vintage look to the tee.  Starting small, Erin only printed a couple quality designs, to which I picked one up myself of course.  The one pictured above is not the one I own, this one is titled “Wanderer Tee” and Erin describes it as,

“Perfect for the adventurer, the dreamer or the directionally challenged in your life.  Not all who wander are lost.”

This is hand-printed on 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton and though, not specified it appears to be on a charcoal/black t-shirt with a white print.  I love the description and name of this shirt and the look of the print – though some may call this smudged or messy, I personally love it!  The design I have is not pictured on Erin’s website but it’s a typography tee with the words “Dream Big” repeating itself in a box-like format, upside down and backwards so you can read it like I like to as “Dream Big, Big Dream”!  I believe Erin is still updating her website so keep checking to see which designs go up for sale next.  I think, though just starting out and still finding her niche, she’s going to become a big hit with those who love this type of look!

Cost = $15.00    Buy it at Erin Cheyne



Invicid – anyone remember them?

by Andy on August 25, 2010

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You’d have to be a really old school HYA fan to remember the first time I ever mentioned Invicid on HYA back in December 2006, in fact, are any of you from back then? Drop a comment if you are, it would be really cool if some of you have managed to put up with my rambling for almost half a decade.

I’m not entirely sure whether Invicid went away, I might have just gone away from them, but either way they’re back, and they’ve got three new t-shirts to show for it, and a website that’s new to me, but you wouldn’t really expect any t-shirt shop to have the same design 4 years after your last visit. The designs have a hand drawn sketch style to them which I think works really well, it’s a fairly minimalist, subdued feel to them which makes me feel like they aren’t screaming for attention but still getting it because of the quality of the work.

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In My Hand… by JensenLaatsch at MySoti

by Andy on February 19, 2010

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This reminds me of the kind of thing that Threadless would print 3 or 4 years ago, know what I mean?

Costiness=$16.99 Buy it at MySoti


Taking another look at Lucha Workshop

by Andy on September 22, 2009


I seem to have been on a bit of a nostalgia kick recently, because I keep mentioning items and brands that have been on HYA before, but quite a long time ago. Lucha Workshop are no exception, as they were last featured in November last year, and they’re still putting out designs with black ink just like they used to. I’m not sure if only using black ink is a concious decision for the brand, or if they just happen to think it works best considering the designs largely have a sketched look to them, and people tend to sketch with something dark like pencil or a black pen…. or they just bought too much black ink. Loads of photos in the gallery.

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Regular readers will be aware of my trip to the US earlier this year to be an intern in Philadelphia, that trip probably wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Art In The Age (even though I wasn’t directly working for them), so you can’t really expect me to be unbiased when I’m writing about them. However, that doesn’t mean I’d cover up anything bad, think about it, how good does a company have to be to make someone that writes about t-shirts travel several thousand miles and live in a city he’s never been to before and knows no one in? Answer, pretty damn good.

Serendipiliciously, I first heard of the shoegaze* band Asobi Seksu when I was in Philly, their album accompanied me on many of the walks down Sansom on my way to the office. Even though they’re from Brooklyn I’ll forever associate them with Philadelphia, which is why this collaboration works well for me, it’s as if the AITA folks had a meeting and decided that the purpose of their latest collaborative tee was to help me reminisce!

The tee’s name, ‘Tour Doodles’, does a great job of setting up the concept, and I like it, I can imagine that if I were in a band that was touring around the states in a bus (and had an ounce of design skill) then I’d probably be drawing in a notebook all the time too, and all that doodling seems to have produced a pretty sweet tee.

Costiness=$32 Available from Art in The Age (mens/womens)

* Is it just me or is that the best name for a musical genre ever?



In their own words:

The label is called Curious Tales and it combines my love of
storytelling, fashion and the environment. (I also do upcycled clothes
and they were the inspiration for the stories, I started wondering
about who had worn the clothes before and started writing about them!)

All the tees feature scribbly drawings and the start of a story about
a weird character. On some of the men’s tees there’s a scribbly
headless body printed on the front so you become the character as soon
as you put it on.

They’re interactive as well, because you can get creative and continue
the tale yourself, uploading endings to the tale on the website.

Check them out at

Because I’m a boring old cynic I don’t really buy into all this ‘tales’ business, no matter how whimsical they might be, but I do like the hand drawn designs, and the tees being made of organic cotton or bamboo is a plus as well (I’m so into bamboo tees at the moment, really soft, great for summer). Curious Tales don’t just do tees either, they’ve got a whole load of accessories too.

From now until July 10th you guys can enjoy a very generous 25% off your order by entering the coupon code hideyourarms at the checkout, which is nice.

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Nah, I can totally still be the first ever person to be President of the World/World Cup winner/Astronaut/guy that kicks Piers Morgan in the nuts until he realises just how much of a hideous human being he is.

Costiness=$15 Buy the tee Threadless: Type Tees [thanks, Micah!]

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When I first saw this tee I thought it might have been a one-off, something that someone quickly whipped up before heading out to a party, but now that I know that it’s available from a site as big as 80s Purple I’m afraid it has lost quite a lot of the DIY charm that made me like it in the first place. Still, it’s a pretty cute tee.

Costiness=$34 Buy the tee at 80s Purple

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Now that’s a long title!

I know that I’m showing you this hoodie with the ‘sketch’ side showing, but I actually prefer it with the black side showing and the sketch providing a nice bit of contrast on the hood lining, but I figured that it would look a bit boring in the picture, and the allover sketch print is really cool. It is a bit of a pity that the print is a pattern, I think this piece might have benefitted from being different all over and not having any repeating characters, it certainly would have been more interesting.

Details and inside-out in the gallery.

Costiness=£51.99 Buy the hoodie at Urban Retro

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Clusterf**k by Draw Limited

by Andy on December 9, 2008

Our friends over at Pop Culture Tees (and their Space Invaders background) found this tee which I think its fair to say is not only a clusterf**k but cluster-awesome!

Oh, and despite the name, I don’t think that there are any adult goings on on the tee, but don’t quote me on that.

Costiness=$20 Buy Clusterf**k at Draw Limited


One Day by Blood Is the New Black [Rumplo Rocks]

by Andy on September 19, 2008

I’d like to write a great description of this tee, but I can’t think of anything good. I’m really sorry about that, maybe I’ll be able to write something better in the future…

Costiness=$32 Buy it here [Rumplo Link]


Electric Tape by kizioko for Bang Bang T-shirts

Ahhh, another day, another robot design, considering I only have one robot-based item of clothing (I think), I sure do write about them a lot, don’t I?

I also have a bit of a tendency to fall in love with hand drawn designs, so this tee has swept me off my feet on two counts. The designer (‘epidemic’ in the BBT community) also has a pretty great gallery on DeviantArt.

Costiness=£13.99 (with free worldwide delivery!) Link

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Monster Doodle by Me&Yu

by Andy on March 14, 2008


Me&Yu, the Manchester-based fashion label that has a store in the delightfully bizarre Affleck’s Palace, released their Sping/Summer range fairly recently, and they encouraged me to check it out. Being a fan of all things Me&Yu, and most things Mancunian, check it out I did.
Monster Doodle hoody by Me&Yu

They’ve continued along the same theme of doing fairly weird things in a hand drawn style and having equally weird photoshoots (bigger product pics would be nice on detailed artwork though). I really like the green and grey colourway of this monster doodle hoodie (the pullover version), and I really like prints on hood linings as is shown in the zip-up version, and I get the feeling that I’d like the drawings too, but its a bit hard to make them out. Still, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that this is a cool design.

Costiness=£40/50 Links: Pullover/Zipper

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I feel a bit sickle

by Andy on September 26, 2006

Communism (especially the Soviet kind) seems to be a pretty popular draw for clothing designers, and whilst most of the designs and prints are pretty simple they do have a bit of charm, despite my constant reservations over politically aware clothing. On a side note, the novelty/retro Commie-clothing that I saw in Russia was far less attractive than any ‘Hammer & Sickle wear’ that I’ve seen coming out of the US, though we are going back a few years with my reference, so the Ruskies may be undergoing their own t-shirt revolution that I don’t know about.

Red Army Co is a company dedicated to putting iconic Soviet style images on well-priced items of clothing. It seems fitting that a company like this keeps their prices low, though I’m not sure what Lenin would think about them using Amazon to power their shop! They also seem to be very active within the skateboarding and music communities, if their news page is anything to go by.

Some of their designs are the pretty standard fayre, eagles, the colour red, yadda yadda yadda, but there are some more creative offerings as well, such as this Imperial Guard hoodie (also available as a tee or track jacket).

It’s a pretty cool design, with a largely hand-drawn style, and its refreshing to see a distinct lack of red in the design.

Costiness=$27.99 URL


A bit on the Side

by Andy on September 22, 2006

Sideline is a new-ish company out of the UK which offers talented young designers from around the world the opportunity to display their ideas on peoples chests. Nowadays that would usually mean a Threadless style contest, but they’ve gone down more of the Oddica route and are keeping it exclusive, very exclusive actually, they have just three designers at the moment. And those three designers are of a high calibre, I don’t know anything about their backgrounds but I do like all the tees. They all have a simple calmness to them, there isn’t too much colour, and the designs are too busy. They’ve also got some interesting placement options (so it’s not just on your chest!), which I always like to see, tees with everything in the middle can look a bit standard sometimes.

They also sell some artworks created exclusively for Sideline by Rob Malpensa, oh, and a skateboard deck that is probably meant to be hung on a wall rather than grinded on.

Costiness=£24 ($40 €40) URL


What Hides the Teejunkie’s Arms?

by Andy on February 20, 2006

botwotThis is the first of what I hope will become a regular feature where I ask respected members of the blogosphere, designers, my friends, and anyone who e-mails what their favourite hoody or piece of arm hiding apparel is.

The first person to be kind enough to get involved was the teejunkie from I’ve been a fan of his blog for a long time, so it’s great that he’s taken some time out during the re-modelling of his site to let us know what take pride of place in his wardrobe…

the winner is… my “Wot?!” hoody. It’s got all the goods. Excellent hand drawn artwork that is very well reproduced. It’s by Bucket’o’Thought – and it’s as soft as a bucket of titties. Probably the softest I’ve ever had, even after maybe a dozen washes. (purchase it though Nice Produce – )

Soft as a bucket of titties! Well how could I not want to buy it? I like his choice too, it’s hand-drawn, yet the artist has drawn it as if it was through a fisheye lens, awesome.

Costiness=$120 (don’t worry, that’s Australian dollars), £50 to us Brits, which is roughly $90 USD. Clearly there’s more money in blogging tee’s than hoodies!


I’ll be blunt

by Andy on February 16, 2006

1328021BLKzoom1I’m sure posting an item by a big-name designer is kinda counter-productive for the blog’s ideology, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em, so todays designer is… Paul Frank.

Name checked by Kaitlin ‘is definitely 14‘ & Marissa ‘how much more crap could happen in her life’ Cooper in the O.C. a couple of weeks back, he’s probably now experiencing a Death Cab-esque indie backlash (whilst sitting in a hot tub full of money), but I don’t really mind, because that hoody over there looks good.

I may be a strat kind of a guy, but I’d allow myself to wear a bass, it has that really simple hand-drawn style to it, kind of like wearing an idea rather than a product.

Costiness= $58 from Karmaloop, use the voucher code ICE to get free shipping in the U.S. ($5 off shipping for international orders). $58 ain’t that bad, I dunno what Kaitlin was on about saying they couldn’t afford it, they’ll be living with Dr Roberts in a couple of weeks anyway!

*EDIT* more money-saving goodness, get a $10 gift voucher for joining their mailing-list.


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