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I know I mention KIKSTYOs collaborations with models too much, but the strange thing is, these posts are actually pretty popular according to my stats, and people aren’t searching for the women featured on the tees (most of which are gravure models), they’re actually searching for the tees themselves, so I guess that some people must really like them. I had wondered what the quality would be like on these photo-tees, even though they’re largely in grayscale, but judging by this picture on Flickr they look pretty good.

These latest releases feature Yuko Ishida, the lady covered in green feathers, and a group known as Shanadoo, which comprises of Manami Fuku, Marina Genda, Junko Fukuda and Chika Shibuya.

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Doctor X by Uniqlo [Rumplo Rocks]

by Andy on January 25, 2009


I think that the suspenders are a bit unnecessary in this product picture since they obscure the tee a bit, but it doesn’t stop this tee looking damn cool.

Costiness=$15.50 Buy Doctor X at Uniqlo [Rumplo Link]


Banana Split by Huebucket

by Andy on January 23, 2009


I spotted this tee on I Love Tee Design and just had to click to click through, I loved the style of the image, it’s the kind of thing I’d happily put aside the various prints and posters that adorn the walls of my office/living room, so hopefully Huebucket (that name makes me uncomfortable and I don’t know why) will move into doing prints as well as tees and totes. I’ve made it clear in the past that I don’t really know that muxh about art, but would I be right in thinking that this was a typically Japanese style? And that in most traditional Japanese the hero doesn’t often lay waste to an anthropomorphic banana? That’s the irrerevent take on things that has really endeared me to Huebucket and I hope to see more from them in the future.

Costiness=$23 Buy Banana Split at Huebucket


Bling Buffet by Gama Go [Rumplo Rocks]

by Andy on December 19, 2008

Sorry about having to use a close-up as the main image, but all the other ones that Gama-Go have for this tee are a tad too small. You can (just about) see how it looks on a tee if you check out the gallery.

It’s a little unfortunately that there is repitition on the tee, but I guess that a lot of buffet’s are like that, you go up to a buffet thinking there’s going to be lots of different stuff, but then you notice that everything ends up looking and tasting kinda the same… tee still looks nice though.

Costiness=$28 Buy Bling Buffet at Gama Go / Rumplo Link

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“Grafik Magazine” by Graniph [Review]

by Andy on December 10, 2008

I’d never received a package from Japan before, so that was one thing that I was excited to tick off my ‘tee to-do list’ when a bulging envelope arrived from Graniph, but the fact that it took 3 days to travel from Japan to rural England left me even more impressed with a label that was already one of my favourite brands. Seriously, that isn’t all that much longer than it took me to get back from Tokyo, and the tees were probably in a lot better mood after 11 hour flight than I was!

You guys know that I can be enticed by shiny things, so out of the selection that Graniph sent me I was first drawn to this tee with gold foil on it, which I later found was called “Grafik Magazine”, presumably a collaboration with this magazine of the same name (check out their sample issue, it looks pretty cool). Despite the gold being fairly flashy (when isn’t it?), I think that this design is actually pretty minimal and understated, and it looks so much better in person than in these photo’s (as soon as I went out in the snow it started to rain, but I was committed to having a snowy photoshoot, even if it involved damp t-shirts).

The quality level is very impressive, slightly more heavyweight than most of the tees I receive, which should be helpful during these chilly winter months (not that it’s that thick, I should add). It’s always hard to predict how well a foil tee will survive multiple washes, but I can assure you that Graniph’s ‘regular’, non-foil shirts are good and will last a long time (my brother routinely wears the shirt I got for him in Tokyo back in 2007, and it’s still good), so it’s probably a fairly safe bet that they know what they’re doing with foil. As with a lot of Japanese clothing, it runs smaller and is more fitted than us Westerners are used to, so whilst you can probably get away with buying your usual size, be aware that it will be a little more snug.

There’s a couple more shots in the gallery, and a teaser shot of the other tees that are to be reviewed.

Costiness=?2,100 Buy ‘Grafik Magazine’ at Graniph

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Terrratag, they’ll give women the vote next!

by Andy on November 25, 2008

Just 6 short years after the brand was founded, Terratag have released a series of tees to compliment the curves of the female form (did that sound creepy? It feels like it sounds creepy.). From what I can tell, there aren’t any fresh Japanese-inspired designs amongst this bunch, but its nice that they’ve doubled the amount of people that can wear their tees now. See all the designs on sale in the gallery.

Terratag’s women’s section

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Say Hello To Nonoloa

by Andy on November 22, 2008

This Madrid-based clothing label have sat in my inbox for too long, which clearly does them a disservice, because after you’ve checked out the gallery I’m sure you’ll agree that they’ve got some pretty good designs, not a huge range, but their wheat/chaff ratio is certainly very healthy. As usual, if anyone fancies having a crack at translating the Japanese on their sweaters (shown in the gallery) then I would very much appreciate it.

Their (flash-based) website is really cool too, and it’s pretty rare that I’ll say that about a flash site!

Nonoloa (sorry about the misspelling before)

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[Unsociable work hours=a lack of HYA time=posts based upon blurbs]

Design is love…that’s the motto. 180ronin is a team of designers whom like to think outside the box. Regardless the project or task at hand, 180ronin creates and brings unorthodox designs to the masses that demand to send a message or crave attention. From ninjas, robots to sexy pin-ups those are just the few subjects that invigorate 180ronin’s imagination to generate interesting designs for your wearing and viewing pleasure. By not following the normal traditions of everyone and just doing what they love, 180ronin will travel from client to client not to serve but to execute whatever message he/she desires to display for the public eye. Design is love and love is what 180ronin juxtaposes into their work.

I’ve just finished watching Transformers on Blu Ray (a present from my brother), so this post timing is actually pretty apt!



Akumu Ink: They have hoodies now!

by Andy on October 8, 2008

I think this is shaping up to be one of the best Halloween’s ever if you want to wear something that fits the horror bill without making you dress up like this guy (incidentally, he couldn’t get the yellow paint off the next day, and had to go to work looking kinda yellow). Akumu Ink teased me a couple of months ago saying that they were going to start selling hoodies, and I presumed that it would only be an option available on a few designs, but they’ve gone and made their whole range of designs available as hoodies. I think that a lot of the designs, especially Of Horror I, work really well as hoodies, so check ‘em out and see if you agree.

Akumu Ink


New Singer by Super Superficial

by Andy on June 6, 2008


I’m always curious about Japanese writing on clothing, curious because we all know it can look pretty cool, but also pretty scared, scared because I cannot read kanji (right? its been a while since I even looked at my ‘learn japanese’ book) and wouldn’t want to wear something where the text might be something crazy like ‘Super Homosexual‘ and I’d have no idea. Even though Super Superficial say that the text reads “Spring chanson show by new singers” I get the feeling that it might say “this guy has no idea what this design says”.

Obviously, its a pretty simple design, but I do like the baby blue/white/black colourway.

Costiness=£35 (with UK P+P) Link


MarginReports: terratag

by Andy on March 17, 2008

Just a month (and a week) after the event actually occurred, I’m finally treating you to some reports on brands that I found at Margin. As most of the vendors at Margin didn’t want photos being taken of their goods (and a few at The Park were pretty rude over the whole photo situation), and I can understand why, the clothes world can be pretty cut throat, I won’t be using any personally taken photos of the brands I met, but I think that I was able to get a much better insight into what all the brands were about, so there should be a bit more authority to these posts than my regular ‘hey, that looks cool’ offerings.

Terratag were the first brand I chatted too, so I thought it would be appropriate that I profiled them first. It’s hardly surprising that Terratag made a big impression on me, they love robots, perhaps even more than I do (they’re putting together a book with more than 200 robot t-shirts in it), and the way that their designs seamlessly mix British and Japanese pop culture really pushes my buttons (in a good way). They employ lots of strong images, often inspired by the extremely popular Gundam series, which helps to explain why Japan is one of their biggest sources of international orders. They also have no fear in using metallic inks, something that I’m happy to see. But to make it seem as if Terratag are robot obsesses is pretty unfair, their designs run a fairly wide gamut of subject matter, they like to dabble in graffiti style and vivid, neon colourways (some of which actually glow under UV light!) that are bound to get a lot of attention.

Overall, a very impressive line, who had a friendly guy working their booth that didn’t appear to mind answering my annoying newbie-journo questions.

Terratag links: Main Site/MySpace/Photos on Flickr

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