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GAMAGO’s Massive Spring Tee Release

by Andy on March 7, 2012



That up there in the photo where you have no idea what the new designs look like is the Spring line-up from GAMAGO (gallery after the break so you can take a look). There’s a total of 24 new designs, 12 for the guys and 12 for the ladies. I hadn’t really thought about it before but GAMAGO really do have a style all of their own and it’s really clear that they stick to it when you look at their catalogue as a whole. That’s is probably due to them having some well established and popular characters that they won’t want to mess with. All the tees weigh in at $28 a piece and are available now.

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Origin68, New Site and New Line!

by Leah on February 8, 2012

Origin68 Enjoy Life

Origin68 has made-over their site and it certainly is looking quite nice. In addition, they have added eight new tees making their 2012 Spring/Summer line. My favorite t-shirt from the bunch would definitely be Enjoy Life (pictured on the pretty girl above). It displays an incredible use of type to create a design – first of all, it grabs my eyes with it’s bold use of red on heathered gray, and then I am intrigued by the way LIFE flows into a circular shape to form something almost organic or whimsical, while ENJOY is tucked away elegantly within the top of the design, that I love! Oh, let’s not forget the subtle details; the placement of their name at the bottom of the design, as well as the hem tag – ah, so refreshing and just right.

Cost: £20.00 Buy it: Origin68

MORE from their new line (and honestly, I enjoy them all!)

Keep in touch with Origin68: Facebook, Twitter, and Blog

 

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Sleepy Dan : Customized Hood Sweatie

by Sleepy Dan on January 29, 2012

Sleepy Dan hood sweaties released in December, I had to release one cut n sew project for the first year so you can be sure there will be some more customized designs for the upcoming years! I can not emphasize enough, process is the most important part of any project. The rugby style hoodie is a design just recently hitting trend so I had to make some comfortable enough to bear the Sleepy Dan brand! In my day job as an apparel designer, I have learned how to work with embroidery shops to create apparel patterns, but sometimes several of the finishing steps have to be done on your own to save on cost. That’s how I was able to make these hoodies so affordable.

Coming from the manufacturer, I had to make some custom modifications past adding the logo embroidery appliques and the new custom neck labels for outerwear… This hoodie has several exposed cover stitch seams, so you can easily see it’s custom made, but the excess seam fabric had to be trimmed up a little more to be finished.

After finishing, the logo embroidery appliques are hand stitched to the garment, then the size labels are machine stitched into the neck seam. What makes this hoodie so special is the herringbone cotton twill neck seam, rugby placket, and hood seam edge. The time invested to this project is longer than a t-shirt design, but the fan and blogger reviews of the hood sweatie are amazing for the first cut n sew design. Research and development are a key role in the process of a successful project, so don’t overlook your process at any stage! Hope you got one before they sold out…

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Sleepy Dan: Creation of the Pillow Monster

by Sleepy Dan on December 16, 2011

After the inauguration of the Pillow Monster character at Artopia for the t shirt battle with Fur Face Boy, the design has been getting great reviews. Dallas Observer sponsors this annual event as their birthday party and I was proud to have their help bringing the Pillow Monster Lightning Strike design to life in the true nature of Frankenstein! So continuing with the success of this behind the design column, I decided to share the whole design process for this new character. The Pillow Monster will be involved in another design this coming year, so I am going to show how the idea began from concept, then sketching, then inking the layout, then vector the art for production of the printing.

The first step of the process is creating the concept. The Sleepy Dan branding has been so much fun to design for because there is a wide range of possible ideas that fall in line with the sleep theme. The Alarm Clock character was the beginning of the character side of the branding, reminding fans of our youthful side that used to be afraid of the dark and the possibility of things coming to life when you are unable to see them… Remember the clown doll from Poltergeist under the bed? Thanks, now I can’t even look at clowns any more!

Illustrating a complete character design for the brand, is a more complex project than people realize. But it’s the passion for the brand that keeps me going! Pencil sketching the concept takes several attempts to get the look right. Keeping in mind that the design needs to have more of a vertical layout to take advantage of the printable surface area of the shirt.

Making friends in the arts community is easy when you are giving back at the same time. Having friends with ill skills like Rico Ultraelectromagnetico to help with the character style was the first step to the Pillow Monster. I want to make sure that all my characters have the same appearance so they are easily understood to be a Sleepy Dan character, even if the design has no displayed type.

After making several sketches, better parts of the character will be remade in the next sketch. There is a constant improvement for the problem areas, till the whole design has the perfect layout. This is the fun part of the process but usually takes the longest, so you can’t get frustrated with levels of failure. Just gotta work thru them till you find successful revisions. Ask friends for constructive criticism, you have to learn to take the good advice with the bad, create a thick skin for necessary revisions cause this is the best time to make them…

I am sharing less than half of the sketching process for this project, so you can understand there are so many versions of progression for this design you can almost look at them like a flip book! Eventually you get to a sketched layout that best suits your concept vision from the start. All parts suddenly fit perfectly into place, then you can move onto revising the smaller details thru the inking process and using Adobe Photoshop.

Inking over the sketch allows you to see a clearer design layout, while creating deeper levels of detail. Usually after the first inking designs, you are confident to almost be there. But treat this stage just like the sketching stage, revision is still easily done now that details are clear, so get some more constructive criticism from your friends that you know will not leak the secret just yet…

Making final inking revisions gives you goosebumps! You wind up staring at the design for a couple days, 30 minutes at a time to make sure there is nothing else that needs to be changed. Then you can decide how many colors you want this design to be printed with, then create color layers of detail for the character scene. Inking new layers can be done in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, I prefer to use Illustrator because it makes the color separation so much easier to manipulate and revise.

Usually I start this stage, not by looking at the color I want, rather looking at the color details I want to involve, so use crazy contrasting colors… The Pantone colors used can be revised after the levels of detail are finished. The best way to decide colors of the print is to decide shirt color first. Figure out the background color of the design, then the character colors can easily be picked knowing what shirt trends are most successful. Research shirt brands over the web, see what colors are selling best for the season. You’d be surprised what a little research can tell you!

Printing shirts for your brand in this economy means planning out the profitability of the design. The more color you print, the more the shirt will cost, and shirts just don’t sell well the closer to $30 each you get. I advise to keep even the most complex designs to a maximum of four printed colors. There is no reason for you to use more color than that, also fans will have a harder time matching up their gear to the shirt, secretly all guys love to do this…

Any printer you use, will appreciate you color separating the art before you give to them. This means separating each color, so the printer knows what colors to put on each film layer they print, which will be used to make screens for your printing. Remove the questions from the process for the printer and your project will turn out the same way you give it to them. I prefer to have a design with the darkest color as the top detail. It’s easiest for the printing process to have the color layers beneath the darkest layer, that way the bottom layer edged are covered with the darker layer, insuring there will be no offset printing problems.

Give the printer the exact Pantone colors you want used in your design, they will be mixing ink to match the Pantone colors you give them. If you don’t give them exact colors, then you are opening the possibility they will not mix the right color you want to use. For the Pillow Monster design, I had to see the shirt color to pick printing colors since there is one tonal color specified in the shirt. The print might have looked weird if the navy color was too much of a red tone rather than a blue tone…

After the Artopia event, the extra shirts were added to the Sleepy Dan web shop. Check out the Artopia event blog posting and friends links on the posting to see lots of pics of the event! Maybe we will see you at Artopia 2012?

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disturbia clothing



New clothes, new lookbook, new video (not suitable for epileptics, but very cool) and a new website for Disturbia, who once again make me wonder whether I actually am a fan of horror labels (I certainly seem to have been posting them a lot recently).

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karmaloop earthquake charity t-shirt

 

 

It’s pretty rare streetwear behemoth Karmaloop will sell a design they’ve produced themselves (I know they do on occasion, but mostly they sell other brands), but it’s also pretty rare that a massive earthquake and tsunami hits Japan, so it’s hardly surprising that they stepped up and produced a shirt that they’ll be giving away 100% of the profits on to the Red Cross.

The shirts cost $20 each, ladies head here, gents walk this way.

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“Lucky 13″ tattoo t-shirt by Death Fresh

by Andy on February 18, 2011

tattoo t-shirt

It feels to me that the whole market for tattoo tees has a pretty poor reputation just because there are a couple of labels out there who have become very famous and very rich for creating douchewear and selling it to douches. I know that the word ‘douche’ is a bit last year, and probably the year before that, but when I see a guy wearing Ed Hardy, I can’t help but think that they’re probably a bit of a douche.

Death Fresh however, are making designs that are influenced by tattoo art, and they look damn good and damn wearable. They riff on some fairly familiar themes, like the shirt above, but they’ve got some more unusual styles too that you wouldn’t expect to see painted onto some scary looking dudes shoulder.

Costiness=€27.50 Buy it at Death Fresh (Mens/Womens)

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I Read Books T-shirt by Lazy Oaf

by Andy on June 13, 2010

i read books white t-shirt for men by lazy oaf

Costiness=£25 Buy it at Lazy Oaf

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Anchor hoodie by Year Of Thread

by Andy on May 21, 2010

anchor hoodie


I’ve been meaning to write about Year of Thread for ages. They’re British and they have lots of good, wearable designs, so why wouldn’t I want you guys to see what they have to offer. I’m not usually into tattoo style designs, but this one is a lot less restrained than something you’d see on Jersey Shore, and that green/red colour combo really pops.

Costiness=£45.99/£49.99 Womens/Mens

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hot models wearing a dead serious hoodie

Hmmmm, I just can’t work out what it is that draws me to this hoodie… it must be the typography on the speech bubble, yes, that must definitely be it. God, I am such a man sometimes.

Costiness=€35 You could buy it at Dead, Serious if it weren’t sold out (I know, I’ve been posting too many limited availablity items recently)

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hoody

Unfortunately this hoody is only available in size extra small, which in my experience is quite a small amount of the population in terms of men, but the ladies will probably be able to fit into it if it’s a unisex XS. I’m a sucker for a head print and this is no exception, and I really like the colourway they’re rocking on the back, works very nicely.

Oh, and there is an unneccessarily boob-filled shot in the gallery, fashion photographers eh?

Costiness=€50 Buy it at Dead, Serious! Clothing
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the pen is mightier than the sword hoodie

I like it when clothing designers take a well-known phrase and run at it from a previously unknown angle, conjuring up a design that is different from the norm. Obviously this hoodie (also available as a tee) is takes on the old saying “the pen is mightier then the sword” and has fun with it. I imagine that English majors would get a kick out of this, sword-fighting majors too!

Costiness=$40 Buy it at Made With Awesome

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typewriter t-shirt

It’s always fun to look back in the past and see old school technology. It’s even better when the artists I work with do it for me and then make it an awesome piece of art. This CMYK style design is printed amazingly and is sure to impress when worn out to the bar or that 7am class.

I guess that the concept behind this design is that this is some kind of magical typewriter that can write with colours, perhaps you wrote “elephant” on a piece of paper and the typewriter would magically transform it into some wonderful, colourful animal… or maybe it just looks cool.

Costiness=$18.99 Buy it at ReThink Clothing (also available in white)

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A Sweet Thing From Lhome

by Andy on January 27, 2010

 

 


Lhome has undergone some changes over the past year, they’ve dropped all their previous shirts, and are starting a fresh with this beautiful tee, and some pretty beautiful promo pics to go with it.

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Kopie Kopie Hoodie by TEAM BRÛLÉ BERLIN

by Andy on January 19, 2010


It’s simple, but I think it works, though it’s hardly likely to have a slimming effect. They call it a ‘hooded dress’ on the product page, but it’s clearly a regular hoodie, so I think something has got lost in translation.

Costiness=€69 Available from Shop Windoz

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First off, Worn Again is a damn good name for a company making clothing out of Virgin hot air balloons, admittedly they’re in something of a niche, you can probably count the amount of companies doing that on one hand finger, but they got there first and they probably got the best name, though of course virginity-pun-based business named are very much welcomed, encouraged even, in the comments.

They aren’t particularly cheap (especially for second-hand fabric!), but they look good and you can’t deny that the idea is very cool.

Worn Again Hot Air Balloon Clothing [via notcot]

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Large Marge Sent Me by Vig Tees

by Andy on January 7, 2010


I don’t really get this because I didn’t really watch Pee Wee Herman (he’s known but not patcularly famous in the UK), but I’m sure that more than one of you out there will get a kick out of this shirt from Vig Tees.

Costiness=$18 Available from Vig Tees

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Ceci n’est pas un blog post.

Costiness=$24 Pour les hommes, et les femmes (avec gratuit expédition)

*I should probably point out that they aren’t French company, I just thought I’d run with that for the post, and they have some other good tees too so make sure you click through. Also, in the comments Nick from A Little Bit Weird shares an exclusive coupon codes with us, HYAwesome, that will get you $2 off your order, thanks Nick!

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109 I love NY style t-shirts for you to love

by Andy on December 14, 2009

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After the success and popularity of my previous list posts such at the 202 Star Wars t-shirts and robot lists (and of course the ridiculously meta list of t-shirt lists), I started saving up links of tees that fit into various categories, but there’s no point me just saving them up indefinitely, so it’s about time I started posting all these lists, most of them don’t quite breach the lofty barrier of more than 100 items in a list, but as they say, it’s not the size, it’s the amount of time Andy spent thinking up the metaphor.

As fasr as t-shirts go, few are more iconic than the design Milton Glaser created to help promote New York (the state, not just the city) back in the 70s. That design has gone on to be used in hundreds of different ways and become part of American pop culture, so it’s hardly surprising that the style has found it’s way onto more than a few t-shirts.

As ever with my list posts, THEY ARE NOT IN ANY RANKED ORDER, the numbers are merely there to keep track of the amount of tees in the list. I say this every time and no one seems to listen, it’s as if you skip the intro and move straight on to all the tees! Also, there are some affiliate linked shirts in there, so it’s possible I will earn money from people buying certain t-shirts on this list, but as I’ve listed just about as many as I could find, it’s hardly surprising that some of the companies have affiliate programmes. Some of the tees in the list are sold out already, and depending upon the success of this post some of them could become sold out in the future, but they could also be reprinted, so in many ways these tees are like Schroedinger’s cat before you click on the link. The list has been split into two pages to make things a little bit easier on my server, but please click through to the second page, because some of my favourites are on there and I think the list finishes pretty strongly, so they’re all worth checking out.

As ever, any exposure you can give to the list (stumble, tweet, delicious bookmark, blog post, digg, ill-considered full-back tattoo) will be greatly appreciated, and I’ll write up a thank you post with links back to everyone that helped in a couple of weeks. Now let’s go love some t-shirts!

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I heart Something by The Tee Party – From $15.99

2
I heart Google by NerdyShirts – $19.97

3
I have never seen Star Wars by Reece Ward at RedBubble – $24.34

4
I Bike SF by Super7 – currently unavailable

5
I cannot remember much about the weekend by Regal Clothing – £17.50

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New York Loves Me by Local Celebrity – $28

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I heart TPM by The Printed Mind – $19.99

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I heart LDN by Clothing For Culture – £25 (various colours available)

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I heart New Year by ha-wear at Etsy – $20.99

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I really just want to have sex with you by DeezTeez – $14.99

11
I Texas NY by Saltlick NYC – $58 (yeah, I know)

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I Square Pixels by Bytelove – €22

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I bomb NY by The Originators – $25 (I assume ‘bomb’ is a graffiti term?)

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I Love Coffee by Kirksey Wells for Threadless – $12 (currently sold out)

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I dyslexia heart by Busted Tees – $20

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I Steel Pittsburgh by Peoples Cartel – $28

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I heart my nerd by NoiseBot.com – $22.95 (available in many colours and as a hoodie)

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I love Beatport by Beatport – $24

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I love Apple Pi by Adam de la Mare at RedBubble – $25.94

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I Used To Love Her by UNDRCRWN – $28 (currently sold out)

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I Love To Cook by Pyknic Clothing – $26.98

22
I love toxic waste by Found Item Clothing – $21.95 (as seen in the film ‘Real Genius’)

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I USB Geeks by Lola Camisetas – €11

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I love zombies by Mike Friedrich for Scribtee – £15.40

25
I Uzi LA (I don’t know where to buy this but I’d like too)

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I love love love polygamy by Busted Tees – $20

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I Love Love by Blend Apparel – $29.99 (printed on a bamboo tee)

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I Disco NY by fauxsure at Etsy – $23

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I’m apparently not too happy with LA by Rogue Status at Karmaloop – $18

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I love Electric Zombie by Electric Zombie – $10 (on it’s last printing and only available in large)

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I rock out to Metal by Ex-Boyfriend – $24.99

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I heart nerds at Zazzle – $32.60

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I Love Pixels by zerotees at Skreened – $23.99

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I F LA by Lipstick Prohpets – $26

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Holly Madison loves Candy (and publicity) and I have no idea where to buy her top from.

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I heart NY (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

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I heart LA (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

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I love shoes bags and boys by House of Mental at MoreTVicar – £22

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I love Mushrooms by Tee and Toast – £20

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I can Street Art by Cotton Factory – $15.99

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I bike LA by Local Celebrity – $28

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I Sample Favela Funk by PalmerCash – $22.97

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I love New York Girls by Monsieur Steve – €19

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I Love/Stake Buffy by ThinkGeek – $18.99

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I love the Poker Room, no clue where you can buy this, I just like the photo.

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I Love Lamp by snorgtees – $16.11 (currently on sale)

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I Love Boxed Wine by NoiseBot – $22.95

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I Bike Bike by Cotton Factory – $15.99

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I Miss NY by Lipstick Prophets – $32

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I bread clip bread clips (& I don’t get it?) bySport Coat Clothing – $13

Click here to visit the second page of this list, there’s some really great tees coming up, I promise!

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Cool new collage tee from FFee Clothing

by Andy on December 10, 2009

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FFee have good such a pleasing style, it’s the kind of illustration that I really like to wear and hang on my walls, and those characters are just adorable.

Costiness=$25 Available for men and women at FFee Clothing

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