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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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New Pale Horse Jaguar T-shirt Design

by Mr Four Fingers on March 11, 2013

Pale Horse has just dropped a new t-shirt design called Jaguar that is also available as a slick Giclee limited edition print. We have reviewed Pale Horse before and yes they are great t-shirts.

Jaguar T-shirts available from in either black or white for $25 and prints are $65.

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Dr Popcorn Apparel [Margin Reports]

by Mr Four Fingers on February 25, 2013

Dr Popcorn Apparel

There are certain styles of illustration that set my pulse racing and ignite my dark imagination. The guys at Doctor Popcorn Apparel are doing just that. Andy and I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tom and Courtney, the guys behind DPA, at the recent Margin Trade Show. The driving force behind their brand is their t-shirt illustrations which are dark not only in colour but in theme. The majority of the illustrations are a combination of drawing, digital with a dash of vintage photography.

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DPA currently sell their -shirts as ‘On Demand’ meaning they are DTG. I can tell you know that they are great looking t-shirts. They are in the process of testing some of their designs out as screen-prints which have their own attractive qualities so we are keen to see how that works out.

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DPA had great product presentation with a good looking catalogue and nice hangar tags making the whole presentation feel quite professional. It also helps that chatting to these guys was as easy as liking their t-shirts. There is no ‘biggin up’ by DPA, their ethos is honest and gritty.

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All their t-shirts are available from their online store at Dr Popcorn Apparel for £25 a pop (on sale). They have designs for both men and women with some great looking packaging. Another curious thing about DPA is that all their designs have actual names like James, Harold and Elizabeth. Be sure to check them out.

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Margin London Preview

by Margin London on February 4, 2013

Regular Hide Your Arms readers will have spotted our recent posts highlighting a few of the brands exhibiting at Margin London on the 10th & 11th February.

With just six days to go until the show opens to buyers and press, here’s a preview of some more of the labels making their tradeshow debut at the exhibition.

We thought we’d better not post any more in-depth profiles otherwise the Hide Your Arms crew wouldn’t have any exclusives to report on when they visit the show!

Here are some images to whet the appetite and look forward to the Hide Your Arms reports after the show.

For information about exhibiting at or visiting Margin, get in touch via the website.

 

LATIN LOVER, a new t-shirt label from Columbia for men & women, with great illustrations & graphics:

Latin Lover at Margin London

Latin Lover at Margin London

 

EVIL, the first-season from this new menswear range will be debuted at Margin. The collection features a whole range of clothing (shirting, trousers, chinos, denim) and printed tees & sweatshirts:

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SLANG, a new men’s and women’s t-shirt brand from Portugal, drawing influences from art, music, and skate, and making their debut at Margin:

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NETTY RATTI, adorable cross-stitched designs in this range of ethical women’s tops and tees:

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OUT OF PRINT first made their debut at Margin in August 2011 and have exhibited at every edition since. They’re back again in February 2013 to unveil their latest tees featuring artwork from classic books:

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OURS at Margin London

by Margin London on February 1, 2013

Ours at Margin London
Fresh from California comes this new range of menswear by Ours. With tailoring alongside premium streetwear, the range should appeal to a wide range of men looking for quality relaxed clothing.

Blending 1980?s Caribbean influences with New England tailoring, Ours could be summed up as “Island Prep”. The range of laidback surf-inspired menswear consists of a full roster of clothing including shirts, trousers, shorts, caps, vests, and unique illustrated tees.

As Hide Your Arms is all about the tees, we’re featuring images of Ours’ t-shirts, but you can see more images with the clothing at their website.

We love the beach-inspired hand-drawn illustrations coupled with text and retro imagery simply coloured in.

Ours at Margin London

Following their debut at Agenda in Long Beach, Ours will be making their European debut in February 2013. Margin London is the only show in Europe to see this first season by new Californian brand Ours when their European distributors, Boy Parker, exhibit the range.

Renowned amongst key buyers and press as the launchpad for new brands, Margin has been providing an affordable platform for new brands since 2002 and will be the only trade exhibition across Europe to see the range of bags in person.

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Since the exhibitions first started back in 2002, Margin can lay claim to providing the UK launching point of overseas brands such as Upper Playground, Diamond Supply Co, Stereo Sound Agency, Double Goose, Loreak Mendian, Syndrome, Nooka, Mimobots, Qwstion, Hixsept (now Etudes Studio), and many others, who all made their European or UK trade debuts at Margin, which celebrated 10 years of exhibitions in 2012.

Ours will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013 which takes place on the 10th & 11th, and you can find OursBoy Parker, and Margin on Facebook.

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Dr Popcorn at Margin London

by Margin London on January 28, 2013

DPA + Dr Popcorn Apparel at Margin London

Hailing from Sheffield, DPA, an acronym for Dr Popcorn Apparel, is a new brand producing handcrafted tees for men and women. With a dark edge to the graphics, the range is printed on high-quality, fair-trade garments.

Along with releasing their 22-strong range, DPA are making their trade exhibition debut in February 2013 at Margin London.

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So many streetwear brands concentrate on mens’ items only to it’s refreshing to see that DPA have not forgotten about women’s pieces. These designs would also sit well in a women’s boutique and we can imagine some of these prints looking great under a sharp, tailored jacket.

All items come well-presented in their own hand-printed box which adds a level of detail and care that raises the sinister aesthetic to that of a collectible.

DPA + Dr Popcorn Apparel at Margin London

Renowned amongst key buyers and press as the launchpad for new brands, Margin has been providing an affordable platform for new brands since 2002.

Renowned amongst key buyers and press as the launchpad for new brands, Margin has been providing an affordable platform for new brands since 2002.

DPA + Dr Popcorn Apparel at Margin London

Men’s and women’s labels such as 1ina100, Lazy Oaf, Supremebeing, Eva Evanovitch, Sugarhill Boutique, Ruby Rocks, Diamond Supply Co, Ashley Marc Hovelle, King Apparel, My Yard, New Love Club, Your Eyes Lie, Seventyseven, Emily & Fin, and Long Clothing, all made their UK trade debuts at Margin, which celebrated 10 years of exhibitions in 2012.

DPA will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013 which takes place on the 10th & 11th.

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The Illustrated Mind at Margin London

by Margin London on January 23, 2013

The Illustrated Mind by Boy Parker at Margin London
There are many t-shirt brands out there, with new ones launching every week it seems, but not all can say they have their own focus group and testing ground. Boy Parker, the independent store in Brighton on the Sussex coast, can claim just that, as they’re able to get an instant reaction to any new design from the stream of on-trend students that frequent the seaside town.

Having perfectly honed their season’s collection, Boy Parker then unleash their brand The Illustrated Mind, which brings together the work of artists from diverse backgrounds, and offer it to other stores to carry safe in the knowledge the range contains the best selling designs.

Their quirky prints and unique illustrations add a well-received surrealism to their range and distinguishes The Illustrated Mind from many other brands.

The Illustrated Mind started in 2011 and has steadily built their range, their group of collaborating artists, and their stockists ever since.

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The new season’s range will be on display to buyers and press exclusively at Margin, the London trade exhibition in February 2013. The Illustrated Mind first debuted their range at Margin back in February 2011 and are returning in February 2013 to unveil their latest designs.

Renowned amongst key buyers and press as the launchpad for new brands, Margin has been providing an affordable platform for new brands since 2002.

Boy Parker is an independent store in Brighton, Sussex, that specialises in tees from brands including Lazy Oaf, Threadless, Brandt, My Yard, Paper Root, DeadBuryDead, and many others.

For more info and a look around the store, watch the Boy Parker Shop Tour Video created by Margin.

The Illustrated Mind will be exhibiting at Margin in February 2013 which takes place on the 10th & 11th, and you can find Boy Parker who distribute the range on Facebook here.

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Mr Four Fingers T-Shirts

by Mr Four Fingers on December 10, 2012

Mr Four Fingers T-shirts

I’m so used to reviewing and photographing other peoples t-shirts with a pretty quick turnaround but it takes us ages to do our own Mr Four Fingers t-shirts! HYA has reviewed Digisin before and it’s Digisin that  Mr Four Fingers has partnered up with to print our range of t-shirts.

There is another review on HYA of Digisins special edition packaging and there are  detail shots of hem tags if you are into that sorta thing but for now we are sharing our designs with some background info on the illustrations. [click to continue…]

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PASTE Skeleton Tee

I had been waiting for a while to receive my t-shirt for review from Paste.  They got me all excited months ago but turns out they were waiting for their new line to launch – so I guess I can forgive them for that.  I had no idea that it actually arrived when it did because the mailer was a basic one with no indication of where it was from.  The return address didn’t even say Paste, it said Jason Laurits which I at that point in time, I had no idea who that was.

Turns out, he’s the artist!  Ha, don’t I feel stupid now.  Anyway, inside that basic mailer was something unique.  The t-shirt was rolled up in a brown paper bag with a Paste sticker to hold it closed.  My immediate thought was, “ooooo, the t-shirt was exposed in the mailer and what if the mailer had a hole and got wet?”.  Then I thought, “this is a cute idea!”.  It gave me this simple and earthy feeling (please don’t ask me how you can feel earthy, I’m not quite sure.).

Earthy? right?

I was able to slide the shirt out of this very easily, without having to tear it open or wreck the sticker which was nice.  When I unfolded the shirt, that’s when the real shocker took place.  It had a skeleton with a cute kitten inside poking it’s head out.  Unfortunately, Paste happens to have bad timing on the review front.  Let’s just say that I had to attend a funeral not too long before I received this package and even THAT aside, the same day that person passed, the family I work for’s pet cat died as well.  So you can see that AT FIRST I thought this was some sort of mean joke.  Then my rational side came back and I realized it was a coincidence and that I need to wait a bit before I review this because I need to change my perception of the t-shirt.

With some time having passed now, I am not AS bothered by the shirt’s design as I initially was.  This original work is titled “Skeleton” and is designed by Jason Laurits for Paste.  Jason is an artist/designer that has an incredible portfolio of what I’d describe has amazing Photoshop skills.  His pieces look like part drawings, part photographs, part Photoshopping other images into photos where perhaps they don’t belong.  His art is silly, a little shocking at times but more or less just fun.  I wouldn’t necessarily describe this particular design as “fun” in my book; it can be distinguished as a bit dark but in another viewpoint; loving.  With a little help from my mother, she looked at this design as the kitten is always in your heart.  Still, for some reason when I look at it I see a dead person (the skeleton) with a kitten inside that could represent you eating the kitten?  Perhaps the kitten was swallowed alive?  No?  Or maybe the kitten is dead too?  Is the kitten playing inside of a dead body?  I really have no idea and when I took to Paste’s website to see if they had any explanation or description, there was none.  If you’re an avid reader of my reviews you know I do enjoy a description of a design.  I feel it helps capture your customers attention, emotions and wallet (you with me on this?).

Descriptions aside, some small details I noticed on the t-shirt were that they included the brand’s name and what appears to be Jason’s signature underneath the design on the front of the shirt.  It was a small, delicate detail that I really liked.

 Though I’m not a super fan of this particular design, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Paste’s other designs or them as a company in general.  They produce their shirts all within the USA.  Their tees are hand silk-screened in Brooklyn, NY and they get their tees made in California.  Once again all the graphics are original works by Jason Laurits; and let me tell you he’s got some really good ones in there if you take a look through their website.  I especially enjoy the Hamster one, myself!  The t-shirt is a men’s slim cut in a Small (I believe all their shirts are men’s cuts) and it is by far the world’s most comfortable/softest t-shirt ever!  Whatever they’re doing with these tees in Cali and Brooklyn, keep it up!  The print itself doesn’t make for any discomfort as if you run your hand over the top of the tee, you only feel a slightly different texture where the design is, but it isn’t lumpy or hard or cheap like some t-shirts I’ve felt before.  The tee is loose, being that it’s men’s cut but I’m assuming that if on a man it would fit “slim” (ha).  They’ve got their own private label printed on the interior neck area which I’ve photographed for your viewing pleasure!

They also gave me a sticker, a large postcard size business card for Jason Laurits and a hand-written note!

They gave me just enough little goodies and not too much to clutter my desk.  I got only the important stuff, which is how I like it!  I’m still currently wearing the shirt while writing this because it’s THAT comfortable.  I can get past the design for comfort on this one.  All in all though Paste produces some amazing apparel made in the USA keeping comfort in mind.  I’m sure at least every one can find one design on their website that will tickle their fancy and make them laugh at little.  Though, at $38.00 a pop per shirt, that’s a little out of my price range when it comes to buying t-shirts.  I guess that can be justified with the hand silk-screening process but otherwise I can’t understand a t-shirt being that pricey, no matter who the artist is.  Time’s are tough these days and tack on shipping to that and you’ve just spent about $45.00 for 1 t-shirt.  Not really my style when I go shopping but if you can afford it and it’s your taste, I say go for it, because the product doesn’t disappoint at all!  Two thumbs up to you, Paste!!

Just want to give a huge thank-you to Andrea from Paste for sending this over and to Jason for his ever so unique designs!!  You can keep up with Paste on Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to check out all their shirts on their website.  And by all means, take some time to head on over to Jason’s website and see all his beautiful work!

 

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Hidden Moves – Sale

by Mr Four Fingers on September 3, 2012

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This is more an introduction for those who don’t know (though he has been featured on HYA before) with a whiff of a review of Rhys Owens AKA Hidden Moves. He has to be one of my favourite illustrators not only because he has skulls in the majority his designs but also for the use of textures, ink and line style. I initially saw his illustrations on Eyes on Walls and was pleased to find that he prints his designs on t-shirts. Hell Yes!

I bought myself  Eye of the Tiger and this is one awesome cat. The design is screen printed onto American Apparel so pretty good on all ends. As you may know AA has slimmer fitting t-shirts, so wash with care and avoid tumble drying but as it’s pre-shrunk cotton, there should not be any issues.

I bought this t-shirt a few months ago and I don’t recall the packaging but I can tell you that Hidden Moves has covered the ‘brand’ details by printing an inner care/logo label and has a sweet hem tag (kinda love hem tags)

As fate would have it there is also a sale on at the moment that sees his t-shirts reduced from £24 – £22. Get in.

You can also find various other online stores that sell Hidden Moves products like prints (framed as well), iPhone cases, pillows etc. Check out the links below

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Matthew Dunn

by Mr Four Fingers on June 5, 2012

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I really dig these graphic novel-esque t-shirt designs by Mathew Dunn. I’m a massive fan of the genre and I feel that his style and placement suits these t-shrits. I’m also a sucker for textures and people with masks. Dunn’s character poses are great and capture an exciting moment.

 

 

 

You can grab on of these t-shirts from MySoti for $28. What is also cool about MySoti as you may well be aware, is that you can choose the colour of fabric that the design will be printed on.

He also has a profile on Society 6 if you would like to buy a print instead.

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Colus – Review of Hunter and Wise Owl

by Mr Four Fingers on May 7, 2012

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I’m thankful for being part of Hide Your Arms because every so often I’m introduced to a new brand that impresses me and Colus is one of those very brands. As soon as I saw Colus Hunter design (above) I could feel some deep rhythm stir inside me, something raw and totally awesome. Ok maybe a bit heavy but let me just say that Colus has got skills and has instantly become one of my favourite designers.

I received the t-shirts in a bespoke white envelope with enigmatic eye symbol printing in black . The eye symbol is a device used by Colus used to represent morality. Packaging is the first impression and it’s always good to see the effort. This ‘morality’eye design can also be purchased as a t-shirt called ‘We Are What We Do’. Layered inside the envelope were my two -t-shirts Hunter and Wise Owl (sealed separately) and a mission statement card nicely printed up with a personal note written on the back. I’m a firm believer in personal touches.

Both designs are single colour screen prints on American Apparel so make sure you follow the care instructions properly to get the most from the fabric. We were taking the photographs at night and the flash was popping off the t-shirt making it look intensely white. The designs in the Colus range are simple and bold, Hunter being particularly striking. If you don’t like attention then this t-shirt is not for you.

The fit of Hunter on me is great and the soft fabric feels really good. Craig, featured wearing Wise Owl, says it fits well and being an American Apparel white t-shirt it’s slightly on the thin side as you could see his tattoo faintly. All t-shirts are printed on American Apparel.

I had a good time reviewing Colus t-shirts and focused on being as non-biased as possible which was easy because the product is pretty good. You can purchase one of these t-shirts over at his online store for $26 and you can even check out his latest jewellery release.

 

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“Iain Macarthur x 55DSL” great t-shirt found in a TKMAXX

by Mr Four Fingers on February 21, 2012

Iain Macarthur t-shirt design for 55DSL

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This t-shirt may be couple of years old but it’s still great and there are a few of them still out there.

This design is by the talented Iain Macarthur. This has guy has amazing inking skills and the imagination to go with it. Rarely do I feel his jealous about someone else work. Damn  you Iain! I recently found this t-shirt amongst many at a TK MAXX clothing store in London and picked it up immediately. I appreciate the fact that 55DSL have given the main stage to the artist and have not tried to crow bar in unnecessary branding.

The t-shirt fits well, the detail is amazing and the balance of the illustration sits perfectly across the chest. The fabric is not heavyweight,  slightly on the thin side, so expect it to loosen sightly up after a few washes.

If you live in Britain, then check out a TKMAXX store and treasure the t-shirt if you find it as it was a limited edition print. I think it cost £15/£17.

Andy’s Note: How cool is it having a new blogger on HYA showing us stuff that they’ve actually gone out and bought? We know this guy has taste, and he’s even willing to wade through TKMAXX to find great tees!

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DOOOM and 20Six FRESH

by Mr Four Fingers on February 20, 2012

DOOOM t-shirt design - Under the Needle
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Hello HYA fans and anybody new (in which case welcome). My name is Doug, one part of a two part duo who operate under the name of Mr Four Fingers and I’m the latest person to join the Hide Your Arms writing team. Ask me what we are and I will probably distract you with some bright colours. Basically we create illustrations and our meetings generally involve tequila. Oh yes, this is our first post. Cheers Andy!

While perusing the internet I found a design in a t-shirt competition by an illustrator who goes by the name of DOOOM. His design caught my eye and I soon followed some links back to his website where I found some serious talent.

This design is entitled ‘Under the Needle’ and is sold under the  20 Six Fresh brand. The design and colour choice are well considered for dark fabric execution, which is not always easy. The clean vector lines, traced from hand drawn designs are well balanced and the overall feeling off oddity is heightened by the strange mushroom shape at the top of the illustration. Later I found out that this is the view from under the Seattle Space Needle.

Cost: $25

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SockMonkee and their damn good-looking t-shirts

by Andy on September 23, 2010

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My inbox being what it is, sometimes I neglect my e-mails, especially when they come from people I don’t know, I’d rather be writing posts or doing something more fun than responding to e-mails. That laziness unfortunately means that you guys sometimes miss out on some cool brands, and this is one of those cases. I got an e-mail from Chris, the guy behind SockMonkee about a week ago (to clarify, SockMonkee is also Chris’ illustration moniker), and I thought to myself, “I’m sure I recognise that name” so I searched my e-mails and it turns out I was contacted by Chris back in February and never replied, hell, I don’t even know if I read the e-mail!

I wish I had, because SockMonkee as a brand clearly has a lot going for it, good designs printed on AA tees at a reasonable price ($20), what more could you possibly ask for?

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Lust by Linework

by Andy on August 12, 2009


Linework is a new-ish label from London combining the work of illustrator Sam Falconer with organic tees, and it looks like a pretty good match to me. As ever though, I take issue with the lack of large images of the designs on the site, there’s no point putting so much time and energy into designing and printing tees if we can’t take a good look at them until they’re in our hands, also, us husk fellows are left out in the cold somewhat as the sizes run S-L, but I’m sure that was merely an issue of budget rather than rampant sizeism. Price-wise, they’re £15 a pop, which is good for an organic tee in the UK, and Sam has a fairly unusual style that you don’t see too often being put onto tees, so there’s definitely something different about this fledgling brand.

Costiness=£15 Available from Linework

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The CIA’s 2009 Super Hero Calendar

by Andy on December 13, 2008


I wouldn’t normally post about a calendar being released, but hey, it’s the weekend, weird things happen, and it looks really cool.

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Two new designs at FFee Clothing

by Andy on December 8, 2008


FFee Clothing are another of those companies where you expect good things when they drop new tees, and these two latest editions to their lineup do not disappoint.

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Robin Hoody by Olly Moss

by Andy on December 4, 2008

Robin Hoody by Olly Moss

Sorry guys, this illustration isn’t available to buy printed on an item of clothing yet, or printed on anything for that matter, but I spotted it on Olly Moss’ Flickr Photostream and decided that it was an opportunity to post something vaguely seasonal and HYA appropriate, huzzah!

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What’s new at Camiseteria?

by Andy on December 4, 2008


I may not speak Portuguese, but I do speak the international language of savings, and that’s how I know that Camiseteria are offering a sliding savings sale. Buy one tee, get 5% off, 2 tees = 10% off, 3 tees = 15% off, and 4 or more tees will net you 20% off your order. The great thing about Camiseteria is that their designs are usually good enough to make the language barrier worth stumbling over.

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