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princess leia star wars hoodie

Fair enough, the actual body on this hoodie from Hot Topic is fairly ho-hum (though the cuffs and high neck are pretty interesting), but I think we can all agree that the hood really sets it apart.

Costiness=$54.50 Buy it at Hot Topic


T-shirt News for February 22nd

by Andy on February 22, 2012

hellboy elmo t-shirt

I get the feeling that this Hellboy x Elmo mashup is going to do quite well at TeeFury.

What a delightfully cute cooking shirt at Shirt.Woot today.

Awesome Mario shirt at RIPT today.
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Daily T-shirts & News for January 10th

by Andy on January 10, 2012

doctor who sonic screwdriver t-shirt

Sonic Screwdriver shirt from TeeFury today, is Doctor Who really that big in the US that they can put out so many DW designs?

I think I’d prefer this blood-sucking t-shirt from Shirt.Woot without the ‘Vampires!’ text at the top.

RIPT have a ‘Mega Iron Man’ 8-bit tee up for sale today.

I’m sorry but my powers have eluded me once again, can anyone take a stab at explaining this Shirt Punch tee to me?

Nowhere Bad have a delightful 8-bit Star Wars shirt today.

TeeRaiders are fans of Bioshock.

Tshirt Contest have added a robot design to their growing catalogue.

Very interesting shirt from DBH today, I like the flecks of paint working their way up the shirt.

24tee continue to push their meme tees.

The pic looks a bit messed up, but that is an awfully cute drug-referencing t-shirt at Loviu today.

My favourite Tilteed design makes a return.

Camiseteria have a couple of new tees.

The Shirt List have a massive (and fascinating) interview with Alex Solis, creator of many top Threadless designs, amongst other things.

I’ve added four new products to Rigu, including the wrist straps you can see above, and remember that there is free shipping on all UK orders, and cheap shipping for EU & International packages.

604Republic have turned 3 of their most popular designs into posters.

Use coupon code NEW12 to get 20% off at Karmaloop until Friday.

krudmart have a load of stuff in from The Hundreds, Undrcrwn, 10.Deep and many more, get 15% off your order with the coupon code BIGGERISBETTER.

Hot Topic are offering “$4.95 Flat Rate Ground Shipping on All Orders! Shop Now – Offer ends 1/22” no coupon required by the looks of it.

BustedTees have added several t-shirts to their $10 clearance section.

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Daily News & Tees for December 9th

by Andy on December 9, 2011

clockwork orange t-shirt

Apparently this Clockwork Orange t-shirt is referencing something that’s popular on YouTube I’ve never heard of, and judging from the comments on TeeFury today it’s not something I need to know about.

‘Infant Mutant Ninja Turtles’ from Qwertee is a concept that you would have thought someone would have picked up on a long time ago, and yet I don’t think I’ve seen it before.

Quite a nice Inception-based shirt from Nowhere Bad today.

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Daily Tees and News for November 5th

by Andy on November 5, 2011

coffee-aid t-shirt

Oh yeah! TeeFury

Were Tilteed not selling this design just a couple of weeks ago?

Nice Zelda shirt (right reference?) at Shirt.Woot today.

RIPT bring us a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure mashup today.

It always amazes me how few Simpsons t-shirts there are out there. The Yetee.

Was someone else selling this Buffy the Vampire Slayer t-shirt recently? No matter, it’s available at OtherTees now.

I don’t know what or if there is a reference on this 24tee shirt, but it’s a pretty cool design either way.

A quick Google tells me that this TeeRaiders ‘Miranda Reavers’ design is something to do with Firefly.

At first I was like, “oh, that’s nice” then I looked at this Loviu design a little closer.

Oh man, I’d just written a whole thing about not getting the reference on this Shirt Punch tee, then it hit me, Marty McFly from Back To The Future?

Coty of fame has a new-ish site called Exploration Hawaii all about hiking around Hawaii. We have some stunning walks around where I live (it may be called the Lake District, but there are hills around all those lakes), but the places he’s going look amazing. He’s running a little competition to win a $25 gift certificate from Threadless that I’m sure you’ll want to enter before November 10th.

Kissmetrics have a viral marketing cheat sheet that brand owners may want to check out.

Cuppa-T have put up their Christmas shipping dates.

PalmerCash are doing their bit for Movember.

Urban Outfitters (in the UK/Europe at least) are offering free shipping this weekend.

Hot Topic have updated their monthly coupon code, you can get 20% off with HTA20NOV providing you spend at least $60. Coupon expires December 2nd.

HYA blogger Sleepy Dan has added some snap back hats to his store, expect a behind the scenes look at how they were printed here in the next day or so.

Threadless have added some gorgeous (and massive) graphics to their partnership with Blik.

Make Believe have released a short but delightful video that really captures the spirit of their brand.

Terratag have got a grab bag offer going on that I think gives really good value. They’re mystery tees or sweats/hoodies, so you’ll have to be a big fan of Terratag, but since they have a fairly cohesive range, I think if you like one of their shirts you’ll probably like most of them.

Shirt designers always need more textures right? Apparently this free texture pack at Mintees is mighty fine.

Looks like Mintees are going to be opening a marketplace, which is going to be another nail in the coffin of ShirtHive (another idea I had but couldn’t find the time for).

There’s a really funny interview with former HYA blogger Randyotter at TheShirtList.


hot topic coupon code

Not a bad discount really, use the coupon code HTA20SEPT to get 20% off your order at Hot Topic when you spend $60 or more. Coupon valid until September 10th so get on it.


Get 20% Off a Purchase of $60 or more!

Just for a change with me you can click that image and it will take you to the site (don’t say I don’t treat you well).

Hot Topic coupon code HTA20AUG will get you 20% off your order of $60 or more. This coupon will expire on September 3rd.


Super-post alert! Thought I’d better put these sales together rather than eek them out over a day or two, especially since there are a few affiliate links in this post and I’d feel dirty posting them in a row, might as well flush them out in one go.

The e-mail I get from Urban Outfitters is for the British site, so I don’t know if there is a sale on in the US as well, but I know there is a very large amount of items on sale. A quick perusal on my part showed that up to 50% off items is possible but something of an outlier. There’s nothing particularly cheap though since everything already had the UO premium on it anyway.

The e-mail I got from Karmaloop sounded awesome with the promise of “85% off” but it turns out that this sale is just for the ladies. The sale itself is already going, but to reach that 85% off point you will need the coupon code SUMMERSALE that will give you a further 20% off, why they’ve made it that complicated I don’t know.

I’ve talked in the past about how Cuppa-T have cool tees but since they’re in New Zealand the exchange rate and their remoteness (things just cost more there) make their prices a bit out of reach for most when you can get good stuff cheaper closer to home, but with this massive half price sale =you’ve got a good opportunity to pick up some of their retro-futurism designs. This sale doesn’t start for a couple of days though, so be sure to check back.

Extra 75% Off Clearance at

Hot Topic have got a ‘clearance event’ going on as you can see (click the image to go straight through to the clearance page) with up to 75% off stuff that you’ll claim you never liked in 5 years. Sale ends July 4th, and get 20% off all orders of $50 or more with the coupon code HTA50JUN

Anyone know why there are so many sales on at the moment?


Hot Topic Coupon Code for 20% off

by Andy on June 3, 2011

hot topic coupon code


I know that there is a lot of hate out there for Hot Topic, and I can understand where that comes from, but at the same time, looking through their store I see a lot of stuff that I like, so my conscience is almost entirely clear writing this post, especially since these offers do seem pretty good.

Buy one clearance item get a 2nd one 50% Off at Ends June 22. Save on tops, bottoms, accessories, hoodies + more!

Get 20% Off a Purchase of $50 or more at! Use code HTA50JUN – Ends July 2


Eat Chumps by Jessica Hill at Hot Topic

by Andy on September 9, 2009

Eat Chumps Tee @ Hottopic.com_1252405437931

Am I committing some kind of sacrilege by posting a tee from Hot Topic? Do you guys come to HYA because you’re trying to avoid places like HT? I couldn’t find one of their stores in Philly and didn’t see one during my travels, so I have no idea what they’re actually like. However, this tee by Jessica Hill, I know I like. I’m not overly keen on the text, but that piece of toast really makes me smile.

Costiness=$22 Available from Hot Topic

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‘Hairy Otter and the Half Bent Pins’ image by Cathie Tranent

Let’s get one thing quite clear, I know extremely little about Harry Potter, I’ve never read one of the books (I always tell my HP-loving friends that I “don’t read children’s books” and then stand back whilst they rant), and I’ve never seen any of the films, though curiously I have seen one of the flying Ford Anglia’s that were used during filming. However, one of my friends (who is OBSESSED with Harry Potter) asked me how come I can spend so much time compiling lists and not mention Harry Potter? Apparently me not knowing anything about the series wasn’t a good enough excuse for her, so I pretty much had to write this list. Unfortunately, it would seem that whilst Harry Potter may have an awful lot of fans, they apparently aren’t graphic designers, which has resulted in this list being populated with more than a few tees that wouldn’t get featured on HYA in a normal post, but hopefully you Harry Potter fans will now have something appropriate to wear next week when the new film comes out.


1. Identity Crisis – Fuzzy Ink – $17.95


2. Harry Is My Homeboy – Snorg Tees – $18.95


3. Levicorpus (reads: “Now you can read this!” on the bacK) – Official WB Shop – $18.95


4. Muggle – Hot Topic – $22


5. Amortentia – Official WB Shop – $18.95


6. Gryffindor Quidditch Practice Jersey (the name on the back can be customised) – CustomizedGirl – $24.97


7. Harry is my homeboy (looks similar to the first one, but is rather cheaper) – Live Shirts – $12.99


8. Spolit – Threadless – $9 (currently sold out in all but XS, and I kept the picture near-unreadable since the design is all about ruining the surprise twists in movies)


9. Fantasy Football – BustedTees – $20 (yes, it’s not explicitly Potter-esque, but it’s funny and has a wizard on it) [via Seibei]


10. Nah, It’s Not Polyjuice Potion… I Always Look This Good – Zazzle – £30.35 (what’s this polyjuice potion and where do I get some?)


11. Spoiler T-shirt explaining the last chapter of the final book – Harry Potter Public Enlightenment Project – £15 (I couldn’t bring myself to ruin it for those that started the books a bit late and don’t know yet… he totally dies though)


12. On All Fours For Gryffindors – Neighborhoodies – $19.99 (it could just be my dirty, dirty mind, but is this tee a little bit naughty?)


13. No Music During Study Hours – Stylin Online – $18


14. DIY Tri-Wizrd Tournament T-shirt Tutorial – Leaky Lounge


15. Gryffindor Shield – Hot Topic – $19


16. Slytherin Babydoll Crest Tee – Stylin Online – $18


17. Malfoy is a douchebag – Cotton Werks – $12


18. Hogwarts V-neck Top – Hot Topic – $22


19. Luna Lovegood 3D specs tee – Hot Topic – $22


20. Don’t Be A Stranger, Hermione Granger – Neighborhoodies – $19.99

If you’re on the hunt for long lists of t-shirts, there is a newer list of 101 Robot t-shirts that I wrote in June 2009. If you’re not entirely robot obsessed please check out this huge collection of t-shirt lists (from lots of different sites, not just this one), or the lists category. Also, if you enjoyed this post, it would be very much appreciated it if you mentioned it on twitter, facebook, or another other form of social media like digg, stumbleupon or delicious.


Seibei vs Goodie Two Sleeves

by Andy on January 30, 2008



Let’s get this clear from the outset: I like David (Mr. Seibei). He’s a good guy, we bounce e-mails back and forth on a variety of issues, and he’s sent me stuff in the mail before. For that reason I feel as if I’d be on dubious moral ground shouting accusations about what the comparison picture above suggests. That said, when I saw the tee on the right, I immediately thought “dude’s been ripped,” and whilst the two items are fairly different, the similarities are undeniable.Here’s the back story: Seibei first put the tee on the left of the picture on sale in the summer of 2005 and it has gone on to be one of their best sellers. I’ve always thought of the dinosaur as being the unofficial mascot of Seibei, especially as it has also popped up on the Ice Wizard hoodie (late 2006? early 2007?) and Dino checkerboard tee (I have no idea of the date, sorry). In January of this year Hot Topic started selling the the tee on the right, which is by a brand called Goodie Two Sleeves, who I know nothing of, though my research suggests they’re pretty big and are suppliers to chain and department stores across America. So there’s about a two and a half year gap between the two tees going on sale.

David’s hope is that G2S stop producing and selling the “Awesome Monster Tee,” and has contacted them to that effect. In reply they have stated that any resemblance of their design to “Sandwich Dinosaur” is completely unintentional. Offers were made to David (I am broadly aware of what the offers were, but I don’t think it is appropriate to share them), stopping selling the “Awesome Monster” was not one of those offers, so David declined what they put on the table.

I think that gets us up to speed. David seems fairly resigned that there is little he can do about this. We’re looking at a David vs. Goliath situation (in this case the David is actually called David, which helps the metaphor) and his one-man-brand can’t really compete with G2S and HT on a legal battlefield. I guess the only way he can console himself is that he’s not the only person that this has happened to, which I would presume isn’t much consolation at all.

Sandwich Dinosaur tee: here
Awesome Monster tee @ Hot Topic: here
Seibei: here
Goodie Two Sleeves: here [warning: Fash site with some sound] Original post on the Seibei blog: here
Fantastic Bonanza’s take: here [note: slightly less restrained than mine]


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