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Yet another t-shirt that I would wear with proud irony from this Japanese brand.

Costiness=3000 yen Buy it at Publik


“Shop Local” t-shirt by Publik

by Andy on June 26, 2013

I like this, but of course there is a certain irony in me wanting to wear a t-shirt from a Japanese company that implores me to ‘shop local’.

Costiness=3,000 yen Buy it at Publik.


Looks like Publik are on a bit of a run, releasing two text tees in as many days, and this time around I don’t have to get on my high horse to tell them why they’re entitled to their views but are also very wrong.

Costiness = 3,000 Yen Buy it at Publik


When I saw this new tee from Publik I presumed that this was a famous phrase, but my research/1 minute of Googling suggests otherwise. I had also presumed that it meant nuclear weapons, which I’d be totally on board with, but the design actually references nuclear power plants, which makes me a bit more uneasy. I can see how for a Japanese person the idea of not having nuclear power plants is attractive at the moment, but what does it get replaced with? The most obvious answer is coal, a fuel that definitely causes premature deaths due to emissions (120,000 a year in India alone, and 18,000 in the EU where we have stricter emissions regulations), I suppose there is also gas and renewable sources but I don’t know how feasible those are in Japan. The choice you’re looking at is guaranteed deaths by coal or potential risk of accidents and future storage issues with nuclear; think about Fukushima, that’s regarded as a disaster because the biggest tsunami and earthquake that Japan had seen in many, many years managed to damage one nuclear power plant, and it wasn’t even a new design of power plant.

Dammit, got on my soap box for a second there, I know that you guys don’t come to HYA to listen to my not particularly well informed views on energy policy in Japan. Still, it’s a bloody nice shirt if I can just think about it in terms of weapons.


This tee seems to only be available for delivery in Japan, but that hem line was something I haven’t seen before on a tee so I thought it was worth sharing.

Costiness= ¥16,800 Buy it at Visvim’s Japanese shop [via High Snobiety]


bushido t-shirt

When I first saw this shirt (currently on pre-order, so I can’t really complain about the lack of a model photo) I wasn’t that impressed, but looking at it more it’s definitely grown on me, it seems like the kind of shirt that’s pretty wearable and could go with most outfits, unless you’re eating Italian of course, in which a white tee is just asking for trouble.

The Limited Edition VXRSI x MiddleEasy “Bushido” Collab Tee is now available for $20 on VXRSI’S ONLINE SHOP for PRE-ORDER! Order by 2/4 and your order will ship out 2/23!

After tons of design submissions, VXRSI and MiddleEasy have decided that this design created by artist Gary McLoughlin is the winner! By definition, Bushido or its meaning “the way of the warrior is a Japanese word for the way of the Samurai Life. Only a limited quantity will be produced so make sure to pick up this collectors item!

Pick it up at VXRSI for $20


Camo Pocket Tees released by Kiks Tyo

by Andy on June 12, 2012

camo pocket tee by kiks tyo

I try not to follow trends, I like what I like and encourage you to do the same, but even I’ve noticed the rise of pocket tees this year, and it’s a trend that I’m happy to see because I think they look pretty cool and some people are doing fun stuff with them. These shirts from Kiks Tyo aren’t exactly cheap at about $50 a pop, but they’re a premium brand and if you like it enough I’m sure you’ll find the cash. Oh, and if you go on a spree and spend more than 20,000 yen then you can get free shipping with the coupon code KIKSTYOFREESHIP.

Costiness=¥3,990 Buy it at Kiks Tyo


Three lovely new t-shirts from Publik

by Andy on May 27, 2012

publik t-shirts

As usual I am impressed by the latest offerings from Publik.


publik polo shirt

Let’s be honest, if you think of polo shirts, you tend to think about guys wearing polos with a little embroidered horse on them, or if you’re in the UK/Europe it might be a crocodile (is Lacoste popular in the US? I can’t remember). That’s fine, but it’s normal, and if you’re visiting HYA chances are you don’t want to wear something normal, so these fun polo shirts from Japanese brand Publik are very welcome for those times when a t-shirt is too casual, but a shirt is too formal. With Publik being a fairly premium brand and Genevieve Gauckler and Sho Watanabe doing the design work it’s fair to say that we aren’t in bargain basement territory with these polos, but if you like them to the degree of $78ish then have at it.


publik t-shirts I haven’t checked out what Japanese label Publik have been doing for a while, and as you can probably tell from the image and gallery above they’ve been doing a lot and they’ve been doing it well. Big name artists make up the shirts above including YUYA, Sho Watanabe, Graham Stark, Goeff McFetridge, Fly Productions and Genieve Gauckler. Sure, they cost a pretty penny, but they are some of the finest shirts that I’ve seen for an awfully long time.


Spring sale on at Publik

by Andy on February 16, 2012

publik sale

My issue with Publik is usually that they have rather high prices for their t-shirts. Their tees are designed by some of the best in the world, and they’re produced in Japan, so it’s natural that they’re going to cost a bit more than usual, but since I’m a guy that talks about $10 tees every day I tend to forget that there’s a higher end sometimes. Still, I can’t complain about the prices of they’ve got 40% off their Spring stock, and up to 70% off in their clearance sale. The sale has been going on for a while already so things are getting a bit limited but there are still bargains to be had.


Daily T-shirt News Roundup for January 11th

by Andy on January 11, 2012

peewee herman t-shirt

First time I’ve ever posted a Peewee Herman design (I think so at least), courtesy of TeeFury.

Unfortunately when I see a t-shirt with a red sun on it that has anything to do with Japan I tend to think it’s a charity tee, and this design wold definitely work for that, but it’s actually just a regular design from Shirt.Woot that says “hey, ain’t Japan super?”

Never before have I been so close to buying a shirt from RIPT, anyone else a big Doug fan when they were growing up?

Ian Leino has a shirt at The Yetee for the next couple of days.

I know exactly how you feel, buddy. Qwertee.

Very cool Zelda design from Shirt Punch today.

I’m quite tempted to pick up this shirt from DBH.

TeeMinus24 have a comic inspired t-shirt today.

24tee provide the Doctor Who quota for today.

Attractive design for sailors at

Hey look, Loviu are selling that lion shirt again.

Hey look, Tilteed are selling that cat shirt again.

Rockett are having a big sale with all their shirts down to $10.

I don’t know what an A.W.G is but I know Glamour Kills have collaborated with it.

Well, that was a short roundup!

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pokemon t-shirt

I hope you guys all enjoyed Christmas and the New Year, it was a great break for me not thinking about t-shirts (much) and enjoying guilt-free eating. Good luck to everyone in 2012!

TeeFury have a Pokemon t-shirt that I don’t understand.

RIPT drop a Harry Potter-insipred shirt.
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Daily Tees & News Roundup for November 1st

by Andy on November 1, 2011

Zelda t-shirt

Zelda shirt from TeeFury today, nice style and colourway.

Another old design from Tilteed, they don’t seem to have released anything new for a while, I’ll drop them an e-mail to ask what is up.

It’s quite hard to tell from the image above, but the skull in this shirt is made of kisses, thus the name ‘Long Kiss Goodnight.’

This tee from Shirt.Woot is surprisingly Anglo-centric, I didn’t know Americans knew the Guy Fawkes story.

Great Gremlins shirt from RIPT today.

OtherTees have a Portal gun sketch up for the next few days.

As someone who enjoys killing time with Angry Birds, I can appreciate this 24tee shirt.

Once again Barbie is a slut at Loviu.

I feel like the Mario image is a little bit awkward on this Catch of the Day Tee shirt, but I do still like the design overall, and I’m not sure how I’d prefer Mario to look, so it’s a bit of an unfair comment.

Japanese -inspired design from Shirt Punch. Man, I’d love to go back to Japan on another holiday.

Ugmonk have released a premium wooden ampersand (that holds itself to a stainless steel base with a super strong magnet) priced at $299 that makes me wish I knew how to use the very expensive CNC that we have in our workshop (for my other job). As someone who has been around wood for his entire life I feel that it is a bit pricey, but then I’m looking at it as a product rather than art, and with it being a limited first run of 15 pieces I can see how that has pushed up the price.

Neighborhood have released a new expensive t-shirt.

Today only you can get 20% off your order at Glamour Kills with the coupon code TRICKORTREAT.

New blogger on HYA Goodfibres have cut the price of their shirts to £15 until November 7th.

PalmerCash have 20 new shirts in stock, presumably these are two of them.

Storenvy are giving away two signed copies of the Thread’s Not Dead book. IATT have all the details, be sure to enter before November 4th.

Wrongwroks have had a big release in their webstore, not many tees so I didn’t think I should give them their own post.

And lastly, your daily reading for t-shirt store owners from Mashable, “How to Time Your Facebook Posts to Reach the Most Fans“.

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astroboy zombie t-shirt

Back in the days when I gave my hair far more consideration that I really should have done, you could have almost said that I had Astroboy styled hair, except not nearly as cute as the little fella (I have an Astroboy money box perched on top of my PC, it’s pretty cute). This shirt from Digisin is also pretty cute, even when turning one of Japan’s most beloved characters into a zombie.

Costiness=£17 Buy it at Digisin [via Rumplo]

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zelda t-shirt

It’s *quite* pricey, but cripes is this a great design, and that’s coming from someone who I think has only ever played one Zelda game (the N64 one). King of Games have a license from Nintendo too, so this shirt is 100% sanctioned and 100% wearable. Oh, and a cool product picture too.

Costiness= 4900 yen Buy it at King of Games (various colourways)


“Snack Attack” t-shirt by Meat Bun

by Andy on August 2, 2011

japanese meat bun t-shirt

At the time of writing this shirt was available in sizes S, XL, and XXL, and it’s probably even more limited now, but there was no way in hell I wasn’t going to post a shirt this ridiculous. Can you imainge the stares yu’d get walking down the street wearing this? Fantastic.

Costiness=$24 Buy it at Meat Bun


american typewriter t-shirt

“Mr. Bowness?”


“You’re a sucker for this whole ‘font name written in the font’ niche aren’t you?”

“Indeed I am.”

Costiness=$5145 Yen Buy it at Publik


Sale on at Publik

by Andy on July 11, 2011

publik sale

The only problem that I’ve ever had with Publik is that their prices are higher than most of the brands that I write about, which is hardly surprising as they’re a Japanese brand that make tees created by famous designers, so they will have higher costs, but it is frustrating nevertheless. With this sale their prices are brought into a much more manageable range, huzzah!


geisha t-shirt by KIKS TYO



I think this is the first time that I’ve posted KIKS TYO stuff that doesn’t have hot asian models on them (I get the feeling that isn’t true, but HYA readers are far too nice to be pedantic and drag out an old post to prove me wrong…), and you know what, I actually like this stuff and don’t have to wonder who wears it, which is a nice change of pace. If you’re something of a big spender, any order over 20,000 yen (about $220 USD) can get free worldwide shipping with the coupon code KIKSTYOFREESHIP.


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