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Rush Limbarf by Print Liberation

by Andy on July 30, 2009


I’m not sure if Rush Limbaugh is in the news at the moment or not (I’m a few days behind on my Daily Shows), but I was perusing Print Liberation and I saw this tee, and my first reaction was “wow, that guy is a total douche.” You might find this shocking, but after several moments of reflection, I still think he’s a douche.

Costiness=$15 Available from Print Liberation, and presumably at their store in Northern Liberties, Philly



Regular readers will be aware of my trip to the US earlier this year to be an intern in Philadelphia, that trip probably wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Art In The Age (even though I wasn’t directly working for them), so you can’t really expect me to be unbiased when I’m writing about them. However, that doesn’t mean I’d cover up anything bad, think about it, how good does a company have to be to make someone that writes about t-shirts travel several thousand miles and live in a city he’s never been to before and knows no one in? Answer, pretty damn good.

Serendipiliciously, I first heard of the shoegaze* band Asobi Seksu when I was in Philly, their album accompanied me on many of the walks down Sansom on my way to the office. Even though they’re from Brooklyn I’ll forever associate them with Philadelphia, which is why this collaboration works well for me, it’s as if the AITA folks had a meeting and decided that the purpose of their latest collaborative tee was to help me reminisce!

The tee’s name, ‘Tour Doodles’, does a great job of setting up the concept, and I like it, I can imagine that if I were in a band that was touring around the states in a bus (and had an ounce of design skill) then I’d probably be drawing in a notebook all the time too, and all that doodling seems to have produced a pretty sweet tee.

Costiness=$32 Available from Art in The Age (mens/womens)

* Is it just me or is that the best name for a musical genre ever?


Print Liberation Store in Philadelphia

When I left Philly to embark on my great journey around the West coast I resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t get to visit the new Print Liberation store up in Northern Liberties. However, before flying home to Great Britain (emphasis on the Great), I did spend a couple more days in Philly and went out to a great Mexican place that served grilled baby octopus that tasted exactly like chicken lo mein, and whilst we were there one of my dining companions (who is probably reading this) mentioned that the store wasn’t that far away, so we headed down after finishing our margaritas. By the way, how amazing are margaritas? It’s as if someone took lemonade, and decided it wasn’t awesome enough yet, so they put booze in it.

I’d love to tell you that the store itself is a Johnny Cupcake-esque journey of wonder and amazement, but it’s just a normal store, with a table tennis table in it. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong, I like Print Liberation’s tees because they’re bold and simple, so it makes sense that the store sticks to the same aesthetic, but I didn’t want to build it up for you too much. In other PL-related news, they’ve started selling one-off test tees (haha, testees!) which could probably be summed up as ‘normal Print Liberation tees + a bucket of crazy + thumbprints’, they aren’t my bag, but I’m sure some of you will enjoy the mystery of buying a t-shirt that can essentially be looked upon as a ‘mistake’.

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My Life Rocks by Print Liberation

by Andy on May 10, 2009


With the robo-posting schedule we’re running at the moment, I’m actually writing this post on April 30th (the Sixers went out the playoffs about an hour ago, sigh), so I’m presuming that my life rocks when this post goes live because I’m going to be roaming around LA, because who doesn’t have a good time in LA? Hmmm… I hope I don’t have to switch the tee in this post for this one.

Oh, and for the Philly-ites I’ve left behind, Print Liberation, who make the above tee, are opening a store up in NoLibs (see, I got the local slang down) on May 15th. I’ve included the crap-tastic commercial about the store opening about the cut.

Costiness=$19 Buy it at Print Liberation

click here to watch a video that is so ironic it they could have only opened a store in Northern Liberties


Thanks Philly…. road trip!

by Andy on May 6, 2009


I have had an amazing time in Philly over the past 3 months and met some great people, but my internship is over, and now it’s time to see a bit more of America. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, that means that HYA will be on going on hiatus until pretty much the start of June. However, I’ve managed to find a bit of time (when you only have one suitcase to pack your life in it’s not really a struggle to move out of an apartment) and have written up a bunch of posts that will be auto-posted over the next few weeks.

I know that I’m not the best person at responding to e-mail even when I’m not running my current crazy schedule, but whilst I’m away service will be even slower than usual, and if you’re a first-time e-mailer sending me a press release or asking me to review your site, I won’t e-mail back until I’ve written up a post for you. If I don’t like what I see I just won’t be replying, sorry, but I only have 18 more days in this country and I want to experience as much of it as possible.

I’d also like to experience meeting teeple (a word I’m trying and failing to popularise) that I’ve e-met through HYA, so if you live in LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston or New York and want to meet me (and my delightful traveling companion Clare, and don’t worry ladies, we’re just friends, in spite of photographic evidence) and go for a beer or do whatever it is people do for fun in your city, get in e-mail or Twitter me and we’ll try and meet up.


2 new tees from Art In The Age

by Andy on April 11, 2009

Okay, my integrity is already probably questionable at best, but Art In the Age are the reason why I’m in Philadelphia, so it would be just downright rude for me not to post about the latest couple of tees that they’ve released.

I got one of their newer tees from the Spring line (I think) a few weeks ago, and the quality level has gone up from my review of the David Lee Nagel tee, and they didn’t exactly suck then. The Spring line is a bit thinner and softer than the average tee, at least the one I got was, so it’s perfect for the increasingly sunny days.

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So, what happened when Philly’s finest t-shirt company gave me a disposable camera and told me to go have fun? I recreated famous images from Rocky, obviously.

I’m doing a bit of guest-blogging for Art In The Age, but it doesn’t involve me writing about t-shirts (gasp!), it involves me writing about all the cool places that I’ve been in Philly (and beyond, but mostly in the Iladelph). My first post is all about the city’s favourite fictional son, Rocky Balboa. I’ve been up those famous steps three times now (once on a walk just to go to them, once whilst I was on the way to tour a creepy disused prison, and again when my brother came to visit), and I know I’ll be going again when one of my friends comes to visit. However, I’ve never actually made it into the Art Museum, y’know, the place that the steps actually lead to.

Read the post here



Mishka NYC have dropped their new Spring line, and it’s pretty darned cool.

Something else that’s cool is that Mishka have gone and got themselves a pop up store right here in Philly at Ubiq. It’s two and a half blocks from my apartment, and along my walk to the office, so it’s fair to say that I’ll pop in at some point to give you a report. Philly and streetwear media were giving the shop opening party a lot of digital column inches last week, but no one seems to have thought about posting some photos from of the space yet, so maybe I’ll be able to stake a claim on a world exclusive if I get there soon and snap a few pics.

Still, you don’t need to be in Philly to get your Mishka fix, the whole lot is available online. Oh, and I guess hardcore HYA stalkers now have a radius in which you know I live, so, good luck finding me!

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Collective Names for Animals by Xenotees

by Andy on February 28, 2009


I thought it might be fun to check out what Philadelphians on Etsy were producing, and I found this really cool pullover which has loads of the weird collective terms for animals, including the best band name ever “Murder of Crows” and the hilarious “business of ferrets.” You can’t make out the text in any of the pics, but this is the kind of clothing that I think I’d find fascinating, though it does basically give a guy a reason to look at a ladies chest, so (“sleuth of..”) bear that in mind women of Philadelphia. Not that you wouldn’t be wearing a coat in the city anyway, it was so cold I thought my ears were going to snap off on Monday when I was crossing Broad Street.

Costiness=$28 Buy it from Xenotees on Etsy


Greenman by Vig Tees

by Andy on February 23, 2009


I’m in Philadelphia (where, at the time of writing, it is sunny), as if I’m not going to post a tee about Greenman when it lands in my inbox!

Costiness=$18 Buy Greenman at Vig Tees

*Vig Tees also have a Mr.F tee for those of you that are still desperate to see an Arrested Development movie.


mens womenslinc

Gee Andy, how are you doing in America? Well? So much so that the first proper post from Philly involves one of the greatest icons of American history? And the company producing the tee are actually from Philadelphia? And you’re posting pictures of the Stars and Stripes on your personal blog? Yeah, sounds like you’re settling in well.


Okay, I don’t know what that last paragraph was (was I talking to myself? Was someone else talking to me? Was it that nice homeless man I met this evening?) but I am indeed having a good time in Philly. But you don’t care about that, you care about tees. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th 1809, so his bicentennial is coming up, and Art in the Age decided to celebrate this in a pretty big way. They’ve released the two limited edition tees shown above, the images for which were sourced from the archives of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, who will be receiving a portion of all sales of the tees. In addition to that, they’re holding a contest to give away bevy of Honest Abe related goodies, including the tee (obviously), a postcard of his assassination (sure, why not!), and a beautiful silk-screened poster portrait of Lincoln that is made up of the text from the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s pretty rare that the terms ‘beautiful’ and ‘Lincoln’ get used in the same sentence, but I spotted the poster in the office today at the place I’m interning and it looked awesome. To be eligible all you have to do is sign up for their mailing list before the drawing on Feb. 28th, all the details you need can be found here.


Lastly, they’re hosting an exhibition at their bricks & mortar store in Old City, Philadelphia called “The Great Lincoln! Memorial Tableaux” which is a gallery of the artwork that they put out an open call for back in December. The exhibition starts tomorrow (Friday Feb. 6th), with a reception in the store between 6pm and 8pm, and runs until the end of the month. I’m going to be there, so if any Philly-based HYA readers are in the area be sure to pop in and say hello. Oh, and as if famous Andy from HYA being there isn’t enticing enough, they’ve got a big sale on too. Details of the event can be found here.


An update from Philly

by Andy on February 3, 2009


[The view from the roof deck of my hotel]

I know you don’t visit this site to hear about my life, so I’ll keep this brief. I’ve decided that me finding somewhere to live needs to take priority over my blogging about clothes (I can’t blog if I’m living on a park bench!), so I’m not going to post anything for the rest of the week. And yes, I realise how lame this post looks since the one directly beneath it is about how HYA topped a ranking list of t-shirt blogs.

Ummm, out of interest, anyone got a bedroom going spare in Center City?


And we are back!

by Andy on January 5, 2009


Happy belated New Year everyone!

It was nice to have a couple of weeks off, but I did find myself wondering what to do with all the free time, so I’m glad to be back blogging and hopefully we can make 2009 even more successful than 2008 for HYA.

Regular readers will remember me saying (and repeating, many times) that I’m going to be moving to Philadelphia for a few months. Hopefully, after a number of delays, I will be flying out in a couple of weeks, this will obviously mean some disruption to the posting schedule whilst I’m trying to find somewhere to live and generally having fun living somewhere new. Once I’m settled in we should be able to reach something like normality, but you probably shouldn’t expect to see 8 new posts a day like you became accustomed to in the run up to Christmas.


Art in the Age, who released some great new tees last week, are celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday by asking you (yes, you) to send them artwok inspired by the great man that will be displayed in their store on 116 North 3rd Street, Philadeplhia, so hopefully I’ll be able to go along and takes a few pictures if I ever get to Philly (visa issues, grrr!).

Take a look at this link to find out all the details, the last date for submissions is January 9th.


What’s new at Art in the Age?

by Andy on December 16, 2008

Now that is a tee. Hot damn it’s cool. Hell, its so good that I might even wear it twice in a week!

As you may imagine, the above tee is my highlight for this round of releases, but the others don’t suck either, and you can find them all in the gallery… or you could just go through to the actual store at Art in the Age.

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…and all of a sudden Philly is popular.

by Andy on October 23, 2008

So, I announce that I’m going to be moving to Philadelphia for a few months, and then just a few shorts weeks later, tees start popping up saying how awesome Philly (and something called the ‘Phillies’) is. I know its fun to have me post about you guys, but don’t start designing things just because of where I’m going to live. Unless… maybe there’s some other reason for this recent spate of designs… nah, its totally because of me.

Costiness=$25 Buy it at 2one5

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Bill has dropped a new site and some new tees (plus reprints and plushies), and I am mighty impressed. Keep up the good work Bill!

Divine Clothing


Ubiq loves Philly

by Andy on September 26, 2008

Yeah, you can expect me posting a lot of stuff about Philadelphia until I move there, so my apologies in advance for that, but the idea behind this design is actually pretty cool, so I guess you might let me off just this once.

In case you haven’t realised Ubiq have taken the logos of Philly’s four main sports teams and just about managed to make them look like their name. Fairly clever stuff, maybe I should buy one so that people in Philly might like me for something other than have a British accent.

Ubiq [via highsnobriety]

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50 entries, not a bad job guys, I’m sure you’ve helped to make my four months in Philadelphia more interesting than they would have been if I were to just go off what the guide books tell me.

To find the winning number for the random prize of a $50 Threadless Gift Certificate and the ‘Animals With Eyepatches! Yes!‘ t-shirt (which recently won the Threadless Loves Lollapalooza contest), I simply used the random integer generator to pick a number between 1 and 50 (yes, there were 51 comments, but I left one of them), and the number that picked as the winner was…..


Number 41!

I’m really glad that Brian was the winner of the prize after he left such a great comment, filled with lots of (presumably) great advice, his comment was so good that I was considering giving it the second place prize of “Andy’s favourite comment,” but it would be unfair to let just one person be a winner, so I had to look at them again. I could’ve gone with Amy’s comment suggesting I visited the factory making the soft cheese, or go with Noddy, who would have had me trailing around Philly hunting for the mythical Fresh Prince of Bel Air museum (there are rumours that it can be found in West Philadelphia).

Then there was Danielle, who gave lots of excellent suggestions, even pointing out a Japanese restaurant to me, which suggests she knows a little bit about the Andy-man. She even kindly offered to hang out with me, I can’t decide whether that was out of pity or because I look good in that Russian submariner’s hat in the initial contest post! Admit it, I do look good. Congratulations Danielle, spend your $25 Threadless gift certificate wisely!

I’ll contact both winners soon to ask for their details, and thanks again to everyone who got involved, and shame on all that didn’t!


Philly contest is closed

by Andy on September 24, 2008

[Yep, I spent most of my weekend covered in lights]

Just a quick note to tell you that the “Tell Andy where to go in Philadelphia” contest has now closed. I was really impressed with the entries, I think I’m going to have a pretty fun time by the looks of it, although you guys clearly have little regard for my health judging by the amount of recommendations for me to stuff my face with cheesesteaks.

I’ll assign all entrants a number and then use a random number generator to pick the winner of the main $50 gift certificate and Animals With Eyepatches t-shirt, courtesy of Threadless Select. I’ll read through them all again and decide which is my favourite entry and award them the second prize of a $25 Threadless gift certificate. Hopefully I’ll post the winners some time tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone that was involved.


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