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Bluu Dreams are a contributor on HYA, which means that this post is biased, there’s no way of getting around it, I like Andy the owner and I like his brand, but then again I like a lot of the people that I write about so it’s not really a big issue.

This is Bluu Dreams first release of 2013 and it brings us a baseball-theme mixed with an aquatic twist based on a a couple of fictional teams called the ‘Pelicans’ and Running Divers’. It’s funny, as someone from the UK where baseball isn’t popular at all I’m having a hard time connecting with some of these designs, but then there’s the logo for the Pelicans which has obviously drawn a lot of inspiration from the Phillies logo that I recognise and suddenly I like that design. When you make sports based designs having some kind of familiarity is always going to help. The design work is really solid across the boaes, the Pelicans logo looks like a legit organisation and I’m sure it will fool some people into thinking they’re a minor league team, but the Running Divers design has a bit more attraction to those of us that aren’t too into baseball since it’s a fun illustration that you can immediately understand with no back story. It would be cool to see the Running Divers mascot used in other products, maybe adding some more colour to the design, too.

Price wise things are where you’d expect, $25 for the tee, $40 for a raglan, and $60 for the team jersey since they’re a bit more of a specialised item.


Yes, it’s expensive, but it does look rather nice.

Costiness=7140 Yen ($85) Buy it at Publik (or at least look at the pictures)

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Two fantastic new designs from Ugmonk

by Andy on November 19, 2010

ugmonk releases

Ugmonk are one of the few sites that I actually get excited about seeing new items from, because you can practically guarantee that you’ll be seeing a quality product that would make a good addition to any wardrobe. Two home-runs once again from Jeff Sheldon. The long sleeved shirt is $28, and the short sleeve is $24.


Sasquatch t-shirt by Badd Habit

by Andy on July 22, 2010

Sasquatch t-shirt by Badd Habit

Personally, I still prefer the one-colour print version as I feel it maintains a bit more mystery and makes the whole image a lot creepier, but fair play to them for working with the sumblimation process and printing it on a burnout tee to create a really cool effect.

Costiness=$38.95 Buy it at Badd Habit

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Thermal Sale at Supermaggie!

by Andy on November 26, 2009


You know what gang, it’s getting cold outside and I don’t particularly care for it since I can’t show off my cool tees in public without also showing off some frosty nips. Usually thermals are also the kind of thing that would be hidden away under a few layers, but it’s good to see them with pleasing prints on too like these sale ($28) items at Supermaggie. [via Seibei]



You know what I’m looking forward to when I finally, finally, get to America, which will hopefully be next week (fingers crossed!), is to eat a hoagie and lots of other stuff that I know would result in me clogging my arteries if I lived there for more than 6 months. It’s funny that on this tee it says that there is “no charge for extra grease” because just last night whilst I was chowing down on some post-drinking onion rings that it was important to “embrace the grease” because of its near magical ability to give stuff that shouldn’t taste good, taste good. So, on that basis I figure that me and America are going to get on swell, presuming I can go to a diner from an 80s teen movie.


The tee is a direct copy of Booger’s shirt from Revenge of the Nerds, so for me to critique the design would be pretty darned harsh, seeing as it is out of Found Item‘s hands to a certain extent, although I guess that they do pick and choose designs based on whether they like them.


The print looks just right; it is ever so slightly thicker than you’d imagine on a normal shirt, which gives it the feel of a tee that you would expect to get from a diner or bar, but at the same time it also has a slightly vintage look to it. The stock tee is made by American Apparel, but unlike normal, it is from their athletic range, which means it is a tad stretchier, and with a bit more of an athletic cut. Found Item have altered the shape of the tee (which has three-quarter-length-sleeves, they go to just past the elbow on me) at the lower hem to give it a rounded shape, which I assume is 100% accurate, but for me it made the cut look a bit less flattering, although that was probably more of a belly issue than an issue with the tee.

Costiness=$21.95 Buy the tee at Found Item Clothing

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Tea Stain leaves a mark

by Andy on November 12, 2008

You know I love a good pun, and Tea Stain certainly is a good pun. Here’s their background:

Tea Stain Clothing began one sunny summer day, not too long ago. Unsatisfied with loud designs and over-the-top clothing, they took a stand. They decided to provide an alternative to the frenzied designs dominating the marketplace. They believe: Your favorite shirt should not make you a walking billboard. People should have a stylish alternative to the $80 t-shirt. Clothing should not distract from what is most important… the person wearing it. Thus, Tea Stain Clothing was born. In ancient times tea staining was a method of bringing subtle color change to garments. Tea Stain Clothing uses the same subtle approach in design. They design each style with our mission in mind, ensuring our clothes are fun, comfortable and fashionable.

It’s true, their designs certainly aren’t too loud, and the colourways aren’t crazy, but they do sell some well put together tees, and its great to see them giving some money to charity as well.

Tea Stain Clothing

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Say hello to Chillers Clothing

by Andy on October 31, 2008

Established in 2005, Chillers Clothing features limited-edition, numbered original artwork. We only produce one thousand of each design, providing the buyer with something truly unique. Artists are selected from around the world representing various cultures and viewpoints through their artwork. We use the softest, highest quality materials available and our water-based, eco-friendly screen prints still look vibrant and fresh after thousands of washings.

Based in La Jolla, California, Chillers reflects the laid-back lifestyle unique to our area.“Chillers” has many meanings: to relax and go with the flow, to be easy going, to hang out and with your friends…and our clothing fits right in by providing the wearer with clothes that feel good, incorporate fresh, unique designs and are on the cutting edge of fashion.

I do think that there’s something fairly funny about calling “x out of 1000″ limited edition, fair enough, for Nike that is limited edition, but for a clothing company that are new to me those seem like pretty large numbers to be pushing. Still, the graphics are really nicely put together, and I look forward to seeing what they put into the mens side of their store.

Chillers Clothing


Sale over at Art in the Age

by Andy on September 24, 2008

This sale has been running since the 19th, and I’ve got no idea when its going to end, so if you want to get some Art In the Age into your life at up to 50% off it might be a good idea to put an order in sooner rather than later.

Art In the Age


Worse things happen at sea

by Andy on August 8, 2006

Whenever Nico (or the talented contributor from from Teees does a post and mentions that the store he’s looking at sells hoodies, I always click those links, because a) he has taste, and b) it really helps me in finding new stores to check out.

And today tattoo-to-tee outift Sailor Jerry was up on the Teees smorgasbord of delights (geddit? Norwegian blog… smorgasbord? And yes, I know that word is primarily Swedish). SJ offer tattoo style designs on a wide variety of clothes, like tees, hoodies, long-sleeve tees, work shirts, there’s even tat-inspired even lingerie!

The hoodies are cool, they have kind of a biker feel to them, but I haven’t recommended a long-sleeve tee for a long time, and hey, that girl looks pretty hot (up the the nose at least). I really dig the classic anchor design, admittedly it might be a tad simple for some of you, but like their blurb says, “In a world loaded with bullshit, these shirts aren’t having any of it.” (I don’t really know what that means, but I think it illustrates my point)

The blurb also says that the shirt is manufactured in downtown L.A. (printed in Philly), so I’m gonna stick my neck out and say that it might be printed on American Apparel stock, though the price makes me wonder if that would be possible.

Costiness=$15 URL


Soft Touch Reviews: The Handsome Sausage

by Andy on June 13, 2006

handsome sausage package stlyised
I like the Handsome Sausage, there’s something about the collision between hand-drawn designs and super-soft printing that makes me feel good, it just seems like a company that wants to get things right, and do things in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you have a nice tee, but the person that made it got $0.01 for your pleasure. In the package there was a little thankyou slip explaining how the shirts are non-sweatshop (American Apparel), and printed using a non-toxic ink. I was amazed to hear a few months back on the news just how much ink is used to colour a single tee, I forget the figures now, but it was more than you would expect, so it’s good to see companies going non-toxic (I presume lots of other indies do the same, but I just haven’t noticed).

I got a little carried away with my review, so most of its size will be under a cut (kinda like an iceberg)
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King Kong Shrimp love Mother Nature

by Andy on May 8, 2006

KingKongShrimp have a decent female range, so I thought that I’d continue giving KKS some love by pointing out this cool ‘Creatures Great And Small’ long-sleeve T with raglan sleeves. There’s obv. a hippo being preened by some friendly birds, as is nature, and the colours compliment each other pretty sweet, what else can I say?

Costiness=$24.95 from KingKongShrimp.


Tree of knowledge

by Andy on April 21, 2006


This long-sleeve tee designed by Geoff McFetridge feels like a bit of a Threadless style design to me, and whilst I can’t quite make out the design completely, it looks like lots of words forming a tree, ipso facto, tree of knowledge.

It is also available in green with a white print, for those of you that have an aversion to white clothing (hey, some people do).

Costiness=$48 available from 2kshirts.



Kelly Lynn from online clothing store Little Paper Planes was asked “what hides your arms?” this week and she put in some thought (she even apologised for making me wait on her choice, so polite), and e-mailed me the following:

this company emailed me awhile ago to sell on my site which should be happening soon. I love all of their designs because they are all simple line drawings. They remind of children’s books especially the one I am featuring. It shows a little story without it being so narrative that you would not want to wear it. I also think they have a great sense of color since all their shirts have amazing combinations…yup..i like it.

They have a load of great tees for guys (this is still a sleeved blog, btw, whatever tomorrow’s post might make you think), so check them out.



It isn’t just Threadless that can sell their products at the $10 mark, Randomshirts have got in on the act as well, actually this sale/clearance started first (and even have a few things cheaper than that), but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m not usually too into vintage style t-shirts, because no one would ever believe that I worked at Randy’s Truck Stop in 1973, and I’m not a liar, so I tend not to wear that kind of thing. As ever, I’m off topic, it’s a good irreverent design, I especially like the Elvis reference and the stars, it feels like Japanese people trying to copy American 70s culture, even though I know that it’s Americans copying Japanese people copying American culture. Genius.

If you’re worried about the quality, considering how low low prices at RS, their shirts hoodies and long sleeves are printed on Hanes, Fruit of the Loom or American Apparel (check the FAQ for more information).

Costiness=$10 ($12 for XXL) URL here.



by Andy on March 15, 2006


I’m straddling a dangerous line of promoting a tee here, but only because I didn’t realise that Hard Boiled clothing were ever so helpful to their customers and have made many (all? I haven’t had time to check) of their designs available as a tee/ scoop neck/ three-quarter length/ long sleeve (HYA’s main concern)/ tank top and as a raglan. My choice for the day comes in a wide variety of colours too, power to the consumer!

I don’t know what a raglan is, and google images isn’t really helping me (best clothes blogger ever!).

I really like the idea of making designs available in different types of apparel, and I wish I saw it more, but it is understandable that many of the smaller independent artists that I feature here can’t afford to take the risk.

I like this chairs long sleeve T (or raglan), the design is simple yet interesting, and I guess from the inset picture is has printing on the back, and I love printing on the back, unless it’s tour dates for a band in which case it just lets people know I went to see the Foo Fighters in 2002.

Costiness=$Various, if a raglan has long sleeves then it’s $34, the long sleeve tee version is $42, URL here.


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