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Colus has some cool t-shirts

by Andy on April 13, 2011

colus havenga

I’ve been sleeping on the e-mail I got from Colus for way too long, which is unfair on both them and you because they’ve got some cool shirts. The designer (who I think is actually called Colus, is that a name?) hails from South Africa but now resides in San Diego, and I think that you can see an ever so slight hint of stereotypically African style in the designs because of that. They’re all black & white (you’ll find the rest in the gallery), which certainly goes a long way to making this first release look like a cohesive collection. I was going to say “there’s a lot of symbolism” like a hungover philosophy student trying to BS through a presentation, but if you want to get a bit deeper “Colus explores themes from morality to mortality with bold, contrast rich works with a symbolic tone leaving questions unanswered.” Tees are all $30 a pop and you can pick them up at

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A Year Of Tees is back, going ‘old school’

by Andy on February 21, 2011

a year of tees

I say going ‘old school’ because A Year of Tees is making a comeback, but isn’t following the same format as last year (adding a new t-shirt design every day). In reality, the comeback is more of a reissue, all of last year’s designs are being made available again after popular demand.

I’m not sure if this means that the store is going to be kept open indefinitely, but it’s certainly welcome to have all those designs available again, and I’m glad that Keith’s project is gaining more interest even though he’s ‘finished’ with it.

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The World’s Best Ever T-shirt

by Andy on April 30, 2010

the world best ever t-shirt

There’s something really enjoyable about the bluntness and ambiguity of this shirt, it is what it is, and I have no idea what that is. Also, it reminds me of hat-fan Judah Friedlander.

Costiness=$15 Buy it at The World’s Best Ever

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Failure Milla by Mad Gods at 80s Purple

by Andy on February 1, 2010

milla jovovich t-shirt

So… Milla Jovovich is a failure? At what? Not being ugly?

Costiness=$28 Available from 80s Purple (but only in XL, sorry people that have restraint and manage to not eat that extra piece of delicious, delicious bread) [via Shirt Luv]

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Shrimp Knives by Shrimp Sauce… shrimp!

by Andy on January 29, 2010

shrimp sauce knife t-shirt

Bad… ass.

Costiness=$16 Available from Shrimp Sauce

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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.


Centerfold by Frank & Jan

by Andy on January 14, 2010

I haven’t got a clue what the text says, but this tee is achingly cool, I love it, the only thing that would stop me from wearing it would be if the text said “the dude wearing this is a total tool.” Actually, I’d just say I was wearing it ironically and I’d probably be able to get away with it.

Costiness=$24 Available from Frank & Jan [via Fat Seagull]


A4 T-Shirt by Little Factory

by Andy on January 13, 2010


I was under the impression that Americans didn’t use the same standardised sizes of paper that we do here in Britain and Europe, where we have a letter then a number to denote sizes, but this shop sells items in dollars, so I’m more than a little bit confused. Whatever, this is still a damn fine looking minimalist tee.

Costiness=$30 Available from Little Factory


The Revenge of Phobos by Maroof at MySoti

by Andy on January 9, 2010

I saw this tee on Rumplo and I was thinking to myself “I like this, quite a lot, but that type treatment down the bottom isn’t really doing it for me.” Clearly Maroof felt the same way, becayse when I clicked through to the MySoti shop page, the text had magically disappeared, wunderbar!

Costiness=£14.18 ($20ish?) Available from MySoti


Open Your Eyes by T-Shirt Forums

by Andy on January 8, 2010

It would appear that sites that previously just talked about t-shirts selling their own t-shirts is becoming a bit of a theme this year. Me and Micah both announced tees back in December (and Micah’s is actually available to buy now), and now the T-Shirt Forums are putting out their own shirt based on designs from a competition held last year on the theme of ‘potential’. It’s a pretty ambitious print with the wrap-around and should print, but by the looks of things it works. I’m not too sure how much the world bubble needs to be there on the back of the shirt, but clearly it is important to the concept behind the design so it would have been hard to get the message across without it being there.

Costiness=$12 (including shipping) Available from TSFs Storenvy Store


Human Being by Origin68

by Andy on January 4, 2010




I saw this tee and was immediately reminded of the ‘Ingredients’ tee I featured back in August. They are fairly similar in concept (in fact there was a comment on HYA on Christmas day saying the previously mentioned Ingredients tee was ripping off Origin68, which obviously doesn’t take account of Ingredients going on sale first), but I think I prefer this iteration as it feels more complete as a design and pushes the idea of humans as a product even further. Also, Origin68 put together a pretty sweet bit of blurb about this design.

This one is our Human Being design. If us Human’s came in packets (like pretty much everything does these days) we reckon they would look something like this. After all we’re a bit like the usual stuff that comes in big boxes… we’re fragile, need to be kept dry, handled with care… And kept the right way up! Especially after a couple of cheeky beers! You can be a walking talking human box… Maybe a beat box… But we’ll leave that choice to you!

Also, much like us, these shirts are organic! So you can enjoy this shirt without annoying the fudge out of Mother Nature!

Costiness=£18 Available from Origin68


Squatch by Badd Habit

by Andy on November 11, 2009



I really like the style employed on this tee, it looks more like a painting that a t-shirt design, yet it works well as a tee, probably because of the black & white colour palette. If it wasn’t called ‘squatch’ I would have presumed that this tee was about some creepy guy that hangs out in the woods, rather than a mythical man-beast, but then perhaps that’s the idea, that we can’t tell who/what is standing in the woods, much like the reality of that infamous grainy video.

The design is printed on an organic t-shirt, if that’s your kind of thing.

Costiness=$24.95 Available from Badd Habit


Google Mail - Ontour now available at Roktic! - bigguybigcity@gmail.com_1257778689345

There’s no denying it, some of these designs are absolutely spectacular, and now it’s easier to get hold of Dutch brand Ontour in the UK than ever before, now that Roktic are selling them (and the only people in the country, at that). They’ve actually been selling Ontour for more than a month now, but I’m still working my way through the backlog caused by the France trip.


Across by Sixpack

by Andy on November 8, 2009

Across - Sixpack France_1257529269003

Sixpack, now there’s a company who you can always expect some high-quality (and fair high-priced) tees from.

Costiness=€34.50 Available from Sixpack France


Space Face by Das Monk

by Andy on November 8, 2009



As a standalone design it’s okay, but could really be brought to life by a well planned outfit… not that guys plan this kind of thing, tough guys like me just throw on whatever they find… and we definitely don’t exfoliate.

Costiness=AUD=$50.96 (until Thursday, when it goes up to $59.95) Available from Das Monk



Costiness=€29 Available from ArtSchoolVets [via Rumplo]


wood by Violent Elegance

Whenever I see something like this tee and I know that a portion of the sales goes to a charity, I always think “why wouldn’t I just give money to the charity directly?” But I shouldn’t think that, because shamefully, I don’t give to charity as often as I feel I should, so if me buying a tee were to benefit a charity as a byproduct then I should just stop being a cynic and just accept that Violent Elegance are just trying to do a good thing.

Costiness=€29 Available from Violent Elegance

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Skyline Belt by Beetnik Aesthetics

by Andy on February 27, 2009


This may not be a belt blog (now there’s a niche!), but you know what? It’s Friday night, so to hell with it!

Also, I think I’m going to NYC tomorrow, which is home to a mighty-fine skyline, so this post almost makes sense.

Costiness=$10 (bargain!) Buy it at Beetnik Aesthetics

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I know I’m jumping the gun a bit, but as it is officially January 20th here in the UK we Brits have entered Obama day, and I thought it would be remiss not to post a tee of Barack today considering the amount of Obama tees I posted in the lead up to the election and during the “seriously, why won’t Bush just give it up already” phase.

If you’d like to go down the DIY route for inaugruation gear, Threadbanger have got you covered on that one.

Costiness=$32 Buy it at Urban Outfitters


S.O.S Tee by Lovefoxxx for Graniph [Review]

by Andy on January 12, 2009


It’s quite cool that I received the tees that Lovefoxxx (the singer in CSS) because I usually get to write about lots of cool collaborations, and it doesn’t get much cooler than the Japanese-Brazilian singer from a hot indie band designing tees for a super-cool Japanese t-shirt company, but it’s usually pretty rare for me to actually get to see the goods when they go from design to printed reality. Just for a change with my Graniph reviews, you can actually buy this one, although it might be best to pick it up quickly as some sizes are already sold out.


Usually when I hear about a company collaborating with a musician my eyes do roll a little bit, because the ability to pen a song doesn’t necessarily mean that an artist can make a tee that will actually be worth buying, but I had higher hopes for Lovefoxxx as she used to be a graphic designer, and even designed a few t-shirts (I can’t find any examples, but here’s a good article about her fashion sense), and I was not disappointed by what I found in the package. I like the tee, but I can’t help but feel it’s a little bland, especially considering it was designed by a woman that routinely wears stuff like this on stage. However, it could look great paired up with something a bit more colourful.


This tee is part of Graniph’s ‘soft t-shirt’ range, to be completely honest, I couldn’t tell a huge difference between the soft tee and the regular ones they sent me,they’re both pretty darned soft; the print quality was impressive too, good and soft. As I’ve warned in my previous Graniph posts, I may like them and their designs, but I do not care for their sizing, mostly because I can’t fit in any of the tees. Their size range goes from size SS to L and is definitely cut for a stereotypically small Japanese frame.

Costiness=? 2,100 Buy the S.O.S tee at Graniph

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