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guy vernes t-shirt

Looks like Guy Vernes have been busy recently, dropping a new website with lots of cool looking effects (everything has a snazzy rollover), and a couple of new designs too. Of the two I think that the tear-drop style of Atlantis (heather/cranberry) is the more interesting, but I can certainly see how Mark of Eros (black/white) would appeal to people too, it’s a wearable night out kind of a shirt. Both shirts are on the edge of acceptability in terms of pricing at €29.99 each, but I think that they might be custom fit shirts which certainly would push the price up, and if you really like the shirt then I’m sure that you’ll be able to get over the price.


“Queen” by SuperSuperficial

by Andy on April 13, 2011

queen with a mustache

Thinking about it, if you had made this a couple of hundred years ago your head would have been on a pike atop the Tower of London and your eyes would have been pecked out by crows, but as it is this seems like quite a fun tee for people that have caught Royal Wedding fever.

Costiness=£35 Buy it at SuperSuperficial (sizes S & M only)


The next Hide Your Arms t-shirt?

by Andy on March 30, 2011

hide your arms heather grey

Sorry to post about internal HYA business twice in a row, but I couldn’t hold this one in any longer. I’ve been thinking that since the HYA hoodies have been selling fairly well I might take the plunge and have the above mockup printed.

American Apparel Tri-blends are amongst my favourite t-shirt blanks, they’re super soft, wear well, last a long time without fading, and provide a great canvas overall for a print. I also really like the one-colour outline print on the HYA hoodies, so I thought I’d check out what it would look liked mocked onto a dark heather grey, and I think you’ll agrees that it looks pretty sweet.

I need your feedback if I’m going to print this, I might even do a pre-order sale (at a discount, of course), I want to know if I’ve used up the good will of readers supporting the site by buying t-shirts/hoodies/posters/pins/stickers or if you really do like the logo and actually want to buy it. At the time of writing the tee has 13 likes on Facebook, if lots more people were to ‘like’ it that would be a good indicator to me that people actually want it.

So yeah, gimme feedback, gimme your likes, and hopefully I’ll be able to release another tee and then think about what’s next as far as the HYA store is concerned.


A happy piece of toast on a t-shirt

by Andy on March 30, 2011

toast t-shirt

Ahhh, it doesn’t get much better than toast.

Costiness=€29.90 Buy it at Clear Cut Case


bruce lee t-shirt

I won’t pretend to understand this t-shirt, I don’t know a lot about martial arts master Bruce Lee except that he loved saying “Hi” to people, sometimes more than once. Apparently “Jun Fan Gung Hu Institute” was a martial arts school set up by Bruce in Seattle, and presumably Oakland and Los Angeles too. Not often you see something this cool as official merchandise (it’s straight from the Bruce Lee store).

Costiness=$32 Buy it at the Official Bruce Lee Store [via ATB]


anchor t-shirt

Well, this is just gorgeous. I think that tri-blend tees are rapidly becoming my favourites, they feel so good, and look great with a one-colour print on them. I think that if I ever get more HYA tees made it will be a black print on a heather tri-blend, any chance you guys would be interested in that?

Costiness=$17 Buy it at Awaken Clothing

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vegan academy t-shirt

I bookmarked this tee when I was writing the Scott Pilgrim post that got loads of views and crashed the site for a couple of days, but as the shirt wasn’t in the film I didn’t want to put it in the post just for the sake of having more shirts in it. Of course the reference here is that Todd Ingram went away to Vegan Academy to master his vegan powers. Good, now no Scott Pilgrim superfans can go on about how I don’t check the references.

I can admire people for deciding to live a vegan lifestyle, as long as they aren’t all up in my business about it of course (you’ve made your choice, I’ve made mine), but I just love meat too much to even contemplate forgoing it, at least I don’t just eat any old crap, I really enjoy food and cooking, and we have pretty good standards for raising animals here in Cumbria.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at timeandspaceclothing’s Etsy Store


Tassel T-shirt by SMUT Clothing

by Andy on February 19, 2011

nipple tassel t-shirt

A nipple tassel t-shirt? Well, now I’ve seen everything!

Costiness=£10 Buy it at SMUT Clothing (whose tees are sometimes as NSFW as you’d imagine)


sad songs make me happy t-shirt

Gotta love that hand-drawn typework.

Costintess=€25 Buy it at the not-at-all awkwardly name Original Music Shirt


HYA hoodies are on sale (and stickers too)!

by Andy on February 10, 2011

hya hoodie

They’re here, they’re here, they’re finally here! Feels a bit like Christmas, no?

I really am very proud of these hoodies. They feel like such a quality product, really soft, warm, well put together, great fit, they really are impressive, and I’m rather enthusiastic about the hoodies, which is probably obvious due to my overuse of the word ‘really’ in this sentence. I know I’m meant to big them up to you guys since you will (hopefully) be the people buying them, but I am genuinely very happy with the hoodies and hope that you’ll like them too.

The print on the back uses water-based ink, so it’s nice and soft and will only get softer over time, and over the washing cycles it will gain a really nice vintage look, so it doesn’t just look good now, it will look good forever! I decided to go with the one colour print just to keep it simple and hopefully fairly classy, this isn’t a loud hoodie, but I feel it’s very wearable. Of course, I am very biased, I think anything with my logo on is very wearable.

When I first envisioned the hoodies they were going to be purely a pullover affair, but based on your feedback I decided to split the print run between pullovers and zip-up hoodies, to make sure that everyone was happy. The zip-up hoodies do run smaller than the pullover, so if you are really concerned about the size and don’t want a snug fit I would suggest ordering a size up. Due to the order being split that does of course mean that there are limited quantities available of each size in each style.

The contrast coloured laces do add something to the front when compared to the grey laces that the hoodies were shipped with. It’s just a little thing, but I think that the little touch of blue sets it apart from a ‘regular’ hoody, and makes sure that it isn’t all business at the front (no, I have not produced the hoody equivalent of a mullet).

The hoodies are priced at £35 each for either the zip-up or the pullover, which I think is in line with what other British brands are charging for similar products. Shipping in the UK is £3.60, and shipping for everyone else is £7.50, I know that might sound a little steep, but that’s actually less than the post office will charge me to send a hoodie to you (around £10), so I am taking a hit on the shipping for you guys because I couldn’t bring myself to charge more than £10 just to send you a hoodie. Also, since £7.50 is too much for shipping in the European Union (who are also being charged as ‘everyone else’) I have created the coupon code EUROSHIPPING5 which will give you 5% off your order, to take account of the shipping costs. I know it’s a bit awkward, hopefully Big Cartel will implement a European shipping option soon and we can do things the regular way. Of course, there’s nothing to stop non-Europeans using that coupon code either…

Regular readers will notice I’ve also redone the HYA store to make it look quite a lot better and less like a vanilla Big Cartel store front. Will this mean more people buy stuff? I have no idea, but I like looking at it more so I’m happy with that. There are also new images for all the items I’ve got on sale, new and old. I’ve just added the HYA stickers to the store, which are £1.20 for a pack of 5.

Check out the Hide Your Arms store and have a look around, and please let me know what you think, and as usual I request that you be as honest as possible.


The Only Coke I Do is Diet

Am I the only person that can’t really tell the difference between coke and diet coke? If I buy a bottle I can tell because the diet version is usually fizzier, but if I’m in a bar or restaurant there seems to be little or no difference.

… have I misinterpreted the meaning behind this tee?

Costiness=$28 Buy it at Sober Is Sexy


A classy hoody from Undefeated

by Andy on January 16, 2011

undefeated hoody

I know it’s a very simple hoody, but everyone needs to have classics in their wardrobe, and I like the subtle contrast of the wide white draw string and that leather zipper pull is just gorgeous. See, it’s the little things in life that really count.

Costiness=$89 Buy it at Haven


moon girl t-shirt

I really like the idea of comic book covers (real or fake) being put onto a tee, and this one has got the style spot on, and the one-colour print helps give it a bit of a retro look.

Costiness=$15 Buy it at South Fellini

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elevated perspective hoodie

I like this design and it’s simplicity (and the balls of a company calling themselves ‘Handsome Clothing’), but I don’t like that their promo shots are in black and white. I can see where they’re coming from since (presumably) the designs are printed in monochrome, but I do think that it takes something away from the image from a purchasing point of view, product shots are the only thing I have to look at to decide whether to buy a t-shirt or hoodie, so why use a picture that doesn’t represent the product properly?

Costiness=$60 Buy it at Handsome Clothing (t-shirt version)


bear t-shirt by jeffer for tilteed

What I like about this design from Tilteed is that you are presumably meant to think that the little girl scouts should be freaked out by having a bear as their leader, but in ‘reality’ the bear is the one suffering. Fortunately the only young people I talk to are actually nice, but I can see how leading a scout troop would wear someone down, even a bear!

“The Replacement” is a 4-colour design printed on heather grey. It is available for $12 until Noon Pacific Time on Thursday, January 6.


wii gym t-shirt

Looking at this tee by SplitReason, it makes me wonder how on earth no one has come out with a game for the Wii that incorporates weights to help you work out, seems like a no brainer to me!

Costiness=$17.95 Buy it at SplitReason

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dead bury dead henley t-shirt

That title is merely a friendly jibe, I can see the point of a 3/4 length sleeve, I like wearing them, and this is actually a pretty interesting piece of clothing. I don’t find it interesting because of the design, which is fairly standard, but because the item is made of eco-heather, which is an imperfect blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurring rayon, so you aren’t killing the planet too much by picking one up.

Costiness=$27.99 Buy it at DeadBuryDead (grey/black colourway)

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“LA, I’m Yours” by Kitsune Noir for Poketo

by Andy on September 29, 2010

los angeles t-shirt

If I’m completely honest, I didn’t love Los Angeles when I visited, I got really burned on my first day there, we didn’t have a car to get around, and I broke my camera. I probably needed more time and less jetlag to like LA, however, this gorgeous t-shirt, I liked it the second I saw it.

Costiness=$28 Buy it at Poketo


inception t-shirt

I went to watch Inception last week at the cinema and was totally blown away, I’m glad I didn’t wait for the Blu Ray because I don’t think even our 52 incher can handle the magnitude of awesomeness this film projects. Clearly, I enjoyed it, otherwise there’s no way I’d be posting this simple tee that only really makes sense to people that have seen the film.

As I was in the car park after the movie a group of people were walking past me talking about how confusing it was, really? Maybe it’s because I work on a computer all day so I’m used to following hierarchies of folder and things like that, but I thought that it was fairly easy to follow, was it really hard for any of you guys to get it?

Costiness=$31.99 Buy it at Meme Engine


feel good do good t-shirt by no star clothing

Nice piece of typework with a saying on it that I very much agree with, because doing nice things makes me feel good.

Costiness=$24 Buy it at No Star Clothing [via ATB]


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