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What do we have here? Oh, its another awesome tee from the Go Ape crew, and this time the artistic reigns have been handed over to Tofer Moran. Here’s the full details from Go Ape Josh:

“Natural Order of Things” by Tofer Moran is now up for sale! It’s printed on a poly-cotton 50/50 blend shirt, rather than the usual 100% cotton. It is SUPER soft, and the print turned out incredible. Also, as promised, Boo Boo Walker hoodies are back. This time, I have sizes XS-XXL. I would recommend ordering a larger size, as these do tend to run a bit small. I don’t have many, so be sure to pick one up soon if you want one.

Damn right Boo Boo Walker is back in stock, I can’t expect that situation will last long though.

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Ladies, time to Turn Nocturnal

by Andy on September 19, 2008

Turn Nocturnal have a little sale going on at the moment for the ladies. Both of their designs which are printed on girls American Apparel tees are $15 each, I can’t remember what that’s down from, but its a pretty good deal.

The Turn Nocturnal blog has also been tweaked to make it more friendly to us iPhone owning folks, something which I’ve also done for HYA.


Monster by Squishi [Review]

by Andy on September 11, 2008

Last month I wrote a post a post about Squishi that was ‘somewhat’ enthusiastic, when a person claims that they want to hug a brand in the title of the post, they’re clearly setting their hopes pretty high. I realised when I was offered a sample from Squishi that I may have put them up on a bit of a pedestal, and that the reality might end be disappointing, they are run almost entirely by a guy called Will & his six colour screen printing machine, which would leave me having to write a review that I didn’t want to…

… but we all know I’m a showman, right? I’m not going to spoil the big reveal yet. I love the design, I’d never heard of Drew Millward (the artist) before, but it turns out that he knows how to draw. Big time. There’s a lot going on, but I think that Drew gets away with it by making the design so fun and cute. Yep, all that blood and I think its fun and cute, the Andy-man has turned dark. The colourway works really well too, I can’t wear this since its a size large (Squishi don’t do XL yet), but I think this is one of the few designs with a lot of pink (and neon pink at that) on them that I’d actually wear.

I know I teased before, but come on, you never really doubted it, did you? The quality is great. The stock tee is an American Apparel blank, so there’s no surprises there, and the print quality is good too. It’s a pretty detailed print, with lots of small pieces and lines that could have easily tripped up team Squishi, but they’re passed the printing test with flying colours, and when it comes to this tee, some of those colours actually are flying. There’s a custom tag sewn in as well, which always gives a nice professional touch.

Costiness=£15 Buy it here


Rian Hughes, who is so well known in the UK that even I’ve heard of him (and I live in the middle of nowhere), has launched a couple of tee designs through his company, Device.

To be completely honest, the tees don’t actually excite me all that much, the prints look a bit small for my liking, and I don’t really understand the concept behind ‘Good not God’ (beyond it being for atheists), though I do think that the illustration for Chic Geek is pretty cute. The graphic novels listed underneath the tees on the page look awesome though, I think I might need to look into this Rian Hughes fellow a little more.

Device Shop


Marilyn Sane by RikkiB for In The Dryer

by Andy on August 14, 2008

RikkiB has hit another out of the park with this design. I really like the way that the dot matrix halftones (my bad!) of Marilyn is contrasted with the solid colours of the Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt. Oh, and as if my recommendation wasn’t enough, this design was tee of the day over at Emptees a few months ago.

Costiness=$21 Buy it at In the Dryer

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Paris Hilton wearing a Paris Hilton t-shirt

by Andy on August 13, 2008

Paris Hilton wearing a t-shirt with her own face on it.... astounding

The last post was clearly far too positive and classy, so I thought I’d better bring things down a notch with a post about Paris Hilton. It takes a very special person to wear a t-shirt with their own face on it.*

*I own a tee with my face on it (a birthday present), but I’m not nearly narcissistic enough to post a picture of myself wearing it.


I really wish I could tell you where this tee came from since its just sooooo cute, but I don’t even know where I’d start, does anyone recognise the artist? I’m sure I’ve seen this style somewhere else before.

Photo credit goes to James Cann, who has all rights reserved on the pic, but hopefully understands that people need to see a talking hot dog wearing a cowboy hat.

*In the comments Andre (of Huzzah Goods fame) tells us that the tee is by Loyal Army, and whilst I can’t find this exact tee in their shop, I have found a French/Mexican one that has a pack of French fries saying “Bonjour” and a taco saying “hola”.


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In my previous looks at Akumu Ink I’ve mentioned more than once that they’re pretty dark (in the literal and figurative senses), not that that’s a bad thing, but having designs that are always printed onto a black tee are going to pigeon-hole you a bit. I guess that Summer must have arrived in Montreal (here’s some bad pictures I took when I was there 6 years ago), because they’ve seen the light(er colours) and are now offering some of their designs on Army (olive green) for the guys and raspberry for the girls.In addition to adding two new colours to their palette they’ve also added two new designs to their inventory. Death’s Embrace (shown in raspberry) is a rather Nightmare Before Christmas style design in which a skeleton is shooting itself in the head. The skull on the character is actually handpainted, whilst the rest of the body is screenprinted, and AI sent over some exclusive for HYA (and Kat) that I’ve put at the bottom of the post. The Black Rose (shown in Army), has a really cool print placement that wraps the thorny stem of the rose around the side of the tee.One point that I raised in my sample review was that AI put a pretty large print of their logo on the lower back of each tee, one of the joys of individually screen printing each t-shirt is that if you don’t want that logo being printed there, you don’t have to have it printed there, you just need to let them know and they’ll sort that out for you.

One last bit of AI news, they’re going to be at ‘Northern Ink Xposure‘ at the Toronto Hilton, June 13th-15th. I don’t really know much about tattoos, but if you do, and you’re in Toronto, then I imagine you’d want to swing by this event.

Akumu Ink

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The Totally Radical white t-shirt by Obey @ Karmaloop

I once tried to bring back some words from the 80s into the regular chatter of my circle friends a while back, but it turns out that saying ‘radical’ when you mean that something was ‘good’ wasn’t a radical idea back then and it still isn’t particularly radical. Needless to say, I failed in my mission.

Costiness=$21.95 Link


Ruck Up Zip Hood Royal by Trainer Spotter

by Andy on April 16, 2008


This hoodie is rocking a pretty sweet colourway, blue with an electric pink hood lining and a light blue drawstring. I’m not a fan of wearing pink when it is a dominant colour, but when it is used sparingly in this style then I think it really helps the whole garment.

Costiness=£62.50 Link


Dot Print by Npfeel @ YesStyle

by Andy on April 9, 2008

Dot Print by Npfeel @ YesStyle

Star commenter Kevin reminded me to check out YesStyle a week ago, pointing out this hoodie in the process. For those of you that are unaware, YesStyle is a company that sells clothes and accessories by a variety of Asian designers that we wouldn’t usually get to hear about in the rest of the world. They also do electronics, books and games through, so you can think of them as an Asian Amazon.

But this is HYA, we care not for electronics (unless they’re being clumsily stuck onto t-shirts), we care for hoodies! This large black-and-white dot print from South Korean brand Npfeel is pretty cool, and also available with blue and pink dots. I do wish that the pattern would line up across the zipper though. Strangely, this is a ‘one size fits all’ hoodie, something which is very rare indeed, so make sure you study that size chart before placing an order.

Costiness=$60 Link

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Sara Sweatshirt by Rebe

by Andy on March 20, 2008


Well, isn’t this an interesting looking piece? Obviously I’m being a bit of a tease with the close-up image, but since the tie on this hoodie/coat is the interesting part it deserves a decent view.
It’s a pretty clever garment too, I’ll let Rebe explain:

It is made of recycled fiber and trimmed with contrasting rib knit. Tie the Bow and show your support for breast cancer research. With each purchase of our Sara Sweatshirt, made from recycled fiber, we will donate 5% of all proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.



How cool is that bow idea? I guess that no one except the wearer will realise the poignancy of the bow, but that’s hardly the point, is it? I like the way that the lining of the hood and back of the bow (and presumably lining of the whole thing) are a bright, refreshing pastel colour to compliment the subdued, natural colours that are on the outside of this outerwear.

Costiness=$136 Link [thanks, Stylehive!]

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Adios & Ciao Ciao Stripes Hoody by tokidoki

tokidoki were one of the brands/artists that I didn’t expect to see popping up across Hong Kong, but I spotted a lot of people carrying their ‘tokidoki for Lesportsac‘ bags. At first I just presumed that it was another case of HK copyright infringement, but when I saw the same bags on sale in the bowels of hell (also known as Paris Charles De Gaulle airport) I presumed they were the real deal.

tokidoki’s illustrative style is pretty much perfect for me, not so much as clothes (cos I’m a dude), but in terms of art I really like it. There’s a great balance to this hoody, it seems to be teetering on the edge of craziness without ever going too far; the colourway, fun but not too loud; the characters, keeping interest without dominating the piece.

Costiness=$92 Link (get up to 20% off this hoody using the Karmaloop rep code AS7594)


New tees from Cotton Factory

by Andy on February 19, 2008

Remember those protests last week when people put Guy Fawkes masks on and had funny signs protesting Scientology (ha, as if you need that link)? Yeah, it was kinda weird, but I did think it was about damn time that someone finally took a stand… and copied V for Vendetta when protesting, seriously, how did it take this long?
Costiness=$9.99 Link
daydream harvester tee by Cotton Factory

This tee has no political or religious statement to make, as far as I can tell, its ‘just’ a well designed and executed tee with a slightly trippy concept behind it. I know which of the two I’d rather have in my wardrobe, but they’ve both got their attractive qualities.
Costiness=$9.99 Link


Fixed Gear by Puma @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 14, 2008

fixed gear hoodie by puma @ karmaloop

I don’t really know what this has to do with fixed gear bikes (can someone explain the point of those to me, bikes without brakes, great idea!), but I really like the contrast of the white hoodie with those hot pink accents. There’s a really cool pattern on the inside of the hood too.
fixed gear hoodie by puma @ karmaloop

Costiness=$60 Link (get up to 20% off your order at Karmaloop with the rep code AS7594)


AK Flower Tee by Kiser @ Karmaloop Kazbah

by Andy on February 8, 2008


Blurb first, thoughts second:

Hunt Beauty, AK + Flower logo tee shirt. With pink print for the ultimate look. The graphic references militancy but actually represents the Kiser “Hunt Beauty” concept which is the pursuit of truth and originality.

I know that it isn’t what was intended, but when I look at this tee I can’t help but be reminded of the episode of the Simpsons where Homer puts a flower into the barrel of a rifle then has it shot into his head. Anyway, great looking graphic, printed nice and large, and the pink sits well on the brown, I approve!

Costiness=$24 Link


White Vintage by Seventh Letter @ Karmaloop

by Andy on February 5, 2008


Great tee, great tee, I’m really loving the colourway, Lichtenstein-esque style, and use of negative space, which I guess is pretty much every aspect of this tee. I’m sure that a lot of you think that I just post a Karmaloop product every day because I can slap my rep code onto the link on there (I’ve actually just got lots and lots of designs from there that I’ve bookmarked to post), but I’d like to think that its tees like this one that show the quality of their inventory rather than the fact that I might get 5% out of a sale.Costiness=$23 Link


T Bold Plaid Eclair by Triko @ Karmaloop

by Andy on January 30, 2008

T Bold Plaid Eclair by Triko @ Karmaloop
If I’d seen this tee at the beginning of the HYA ‘journey’ I’d have dismissed it off-hand as a tee for ‘those streetwear people.’ But nowadays I’m pretty open-minded, and even if I don’t have the cajones to wear a tee like this, I do quite like the way that they’ve mixed the traditional side of things (and made it monochromatic too, as if to emphasise just quite how old plaid is) and totally flipped it on its head by laying it onto a pink t-shirt. Its a bit of a pity that they don’t offer this in slightly more… subdued colours for the tee… maybe something in a pastel shade?

Costiness=$36 Link


etherbrian signature series tee for Ghosticorn Apparel
My main memory of Pac Man is that back when my parents bought our first family computer (an Acorn A2000) is that my parents would play it for really long periods of time, often until about 2am on a work-night, and they weren’t gamer type people, still aren’t, I guess that’s the enigma of Pac Man. Also, Pac Man + Unicorns may actually be the most amazing thing ever imagined.

Costiness=$25 Link


qt-pi by Geek Bouteek

by Andy on January 22, 2008

qt-pi t-shirt for geek girls at geek bouteek
Here’s my theory on geek t-shirts for girls. The design is pretty irrelevant, simply wearing one will ensure that hordes of geeky guys will flock around the wearer and ensure that they will have someone to spend quiet nights at with playing World of Warcraft until the day they die, presumably of an electric shock after an incident where they “totally knew what they were doing”.

I ain’t raggin’ on this design though, it’s actually pretty ummm… cute?

Costiness=$16 Link


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