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Daily Tees & News for December 5th

by Andy on December 5, 2011

boardwalk empire t-shirt

Hope everyone had a good weekend, I did, during my snowboarding lesson at the dry slope it started to snow!

I can’t be the only person that feels kind of scared when this guy comes on screen during Boardwalk Empire, right? Definitely some fine acting going on there. TeeFury.

RIPT have a shirt that I’m sure will not anger any Star Wars or Star Trek fans.

Qwertee have dropped a Shining/Joker shirt for Jack Nicholson fans.

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Daily Tees and News for November 5th

by Andy on November 5, 2011

coffee-aid t-shirt

Oh yeah! TeeFury

Were Tilteed not selling this design just a couple of weeks ago?

Nice Zelda shirt (right reference?) at Shirt.Woot today.

RIPT bring us a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure mashup today.

It always amazes me how few Simpsons t-shirts there are out there. The Yetee.

Was someone else selling this Buffy the Vampire Slayer t-shirt recently? No matter, it’s available at OtherTees now.

I don’t know what or if there is a reference on this 24tee shirt, but it’s a pretty cool design either way.

A quick Google tells me that this TeeRaiders ‘Miranda Reavers’ design is something to do with Firefly.

At first I was like, “oh, that’s nice” then I looked at this Loviu design a little closer.

Oh man, I’d just written a whole thing about not getting the reference on this Shirt Punch tee, then it hit me, Marty McFly from Back To The Future?

Coty of fame has a new-ish site called Exploration Hawaii all about hiking around Hawaii. We have some stunning walks around where I live (it may be called the Lake District, but there are hills around all those lakes), but the places he’s going look amazing. He’s running a little competition to win a $25 gift certificate from Threadless that I’m sure you’ll want to enter before November 10th.

Kissmetrics have a viral marketing cheat sheet that brand owners may want to check out.

Cuppa-T have put up their Christmas shipping dates.

PalmerCash are doing their bit for Movember.

Urban Outfitters (in the UK/Europe at least) are offering free shipping this weekend.

Hot Topic have updated their monthly coupon code, you can get 20% off with HTA20NOV providing you spend at least $60. Coupon expires December 2nd.

HYA blogger Sleepy Dan has added some snap back hats to his store, expect a behind the scenes look at how they were printed here in the next day or so.

Threadless have added some gorgeous (and massive) graphics to their partnership with Blik.

Make Believe have released a short but delightful video that really captures the spirit of their brand.

Terratag have got a grab bag offer going on that I think gives really good value. They’re mystery tees or sweats/hoodies, so you’ll have to be a big fan of Terratag, but since they have a fairly cohesive range, I think if you like one of their shirts you’ll probably like most of them.

Shirt designers always need more textures right? Apparently this free texture pack at Mintees is mighty fine.

Looks like Mintees are going to be opening a marketplace, which is going to be another nail in the coffin of ShirtHive (another idea I had but couldn’t find the time for).

There’s a really funny interview with former HYA blogger Randyotter at TheShirtList.


mintees facebook page

Mintees (think of it as the Emptees replacement) are trying to get a bit more popular on Facebook, and they’re doing it the quickest way possible, with bribes!

When they hit 2,500 likes on their Facebook page they are going to give away a a month of advertising on the Mintees home page. To enter the contest for that ad space (I’m not sure of the actual value, but I imagine it couldn’t be cheap) all you have to do is send out a status update on Facebook (using the @mention function so they can track the people who entered) encouraging your friends and fans to check out the growing t-shirt community. The prize will be given out to a random person, no the person that brings in the most likes.

Here’s the Mintees post about the contest.


More news about Mintees

by Andy on February 19, 2011

mintees interview

I reported on the death of Emptees a while back, and also mentioned that the heir to the throne was coming together in the form of Mintees, which has Rob Dobi of Fullbleed attached to it. If you’d like to know more about that project (I know I do) you can check out this interview with Rob over at the freshly redesigned IAMTHETREND.


Emptees is shutting down.

by Andy on February 10, 2011


I know that a lot of you will be looking at that title and thinking “yes, this is old news Andy” and you would be correct, but as we are well aware, I didn’t do a whole lot of writing last week, so I’m covering it now for anyone that was late to the party.

The company behind Emptees (Indie Labs, whose main concern is the Big Cartel Store Platform) have decided to shut down the website on March 1st, 2011. To say that it’s shocking news is a bit of an understatement, Emptees is very popular within the indie tee community, with a huge amount of active users, including many popular designers, artists and store owners who I regularly talk about here on HYA and get a lot of respect in the community. When people write to me asking for advice about starting up a clothing line, I usually send them to Emptees because that question has been asked and answered hundreds of times over there, by people with a lot more experience than I have (hell, it takes me weeks to release one product).

So why would Indie Labs want to close Emptees? Well, they’re sick of the negativity, the amount of time they have to put into it with no reward, and that it loses money. Emptees can be quite a negative place, if you post your work there or ask a stupid question (that has been asked many times before) then you can expect some brutally honest feedback in response. Some of it was necessary and born out of frustration (as with most arguments on the internet), but sometimes I felt it was unwarranted. It’s fair to say that the negativity came from a gradual fall in the quality of t-shirt submissions, as with all sites when it becomes popular there is a lot more content, and it usually isn’t of the same quality (were any of you around in the early days of Deviant Art? It was brilliant!), and that gave the mods a lot of work to do trying to keep up the quality by rejecting designs that simply weren’t up to scratch, and devalued the quality work be association.

In Indie Labs statement about the closure they bring up the issue of why they aren’t selling or giving away Emptees. Apparently the legal effort of either of those options is too much hassle to be worth it, something I find pretty surprising, as a site like Emptees would be of a lot of value to someone, and the community is already scrambling to create a replacement ( is the front-runner at the moment). It seems sad that the site will be wiped off the face of the Internet in a few weeks, but I can understand why Indie Labs would want to focus on their core business, especially as they’ve got formidable (though probably friendly) competition in the form of Storenvy and a myriad of other hosted storefront platforms.


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