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t-shirt brand startup guide

If you’re well into launching your fifth season of t-shirts this guide probably isn’t for you, but if you’re just thinking about getting your toes wet in the exciting world of t-shirt commerce then I would very much recommend checking it out. To someone like me who has been reading guides like this for years there aren’t really many shocking revelations, but it is a really well-written guide that covers all the bases and gets you pointed in the right direction and gives you plenty ideas about things that you will need to research further. In fact, I think that the most important thing anyone can do before committing to starting a brand is doing more research than they think they need, because when it comes to tees there is no such thing as too much research, whilst getting out there and just doing it can teach you a lot, by the same token you can save yourself a lot of time and money by hitting the internet hard first and making sure you know exactly what you want.


jimiyo graffiti

I can’t design, I’ve accepted this, I know what I like, I can put text over a picture, but doing something from scratch is just something I will never master (so why bother, eh?). However, Jimiyo is a good illustrator and knows the tee world well, so when he’s dropping pearls of wisdom, you should be trying to catch them. Check out his tutorials on how to win online design contests (hint: you’ve got to be in it to win it), and how to make money selling your art (and yes, t-shirts play a part in that too).

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202 Star Wars T-Shirts [Lists]

by Andy on July 16, 2009


I think that you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a series of movies that have gained as much of a following as Star Wars, and as you’d expect that has resulted in a huge amount of t-shirts being produced that reference the films in one way or another. So, being HYA, I thought that I’d better make an unnecessarily large list of them. As always, the t-shirts are not ranked, the numbers are merely there as an illustration so that we all know which is which, so being #1 or #202 means nothing. Some of these tees will be pretty recognisable as they’ve been featured on HYA before, and some were also in the 101 Robots List from last month, but if you know of any I haven’t featured then please let me know in the comments. The list has also been split up into pages to ensure swift loading times (my server may probably wouldn’t like people loading 202 pictures at a time).

As you would expect these lists take quite a long time (this one took about 30 hours, seriously), so if you deem it worthy, it would be fantastic if you could promote this article in any way. Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Digg, your own blog, carve the URL onto a tree, anything!

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I have no idea where you need to go to buy vintage t-shirts, it simply isn’t my area of expertise, and I wouldn’t want to tell you to go to ‘noreallythesearevintageteeswehaven’’ when I woudn’t be able to guarantee the authenticity of the tees or whether you were getting ripped off.

Luckily for me, and even more luckily for you, the Defunkd crew are very experienced with vintage tees, seeing as they used to sell them, and now blog about them. They’ve written up a guide of 20 great places to buy genuine vintage t-shirts on eBay which you’ll probably want to check out if you’re in to mood for buying old clothes.


Rumplo’s Awesome Holiday Gift Guide

by Andy on December 11, 2008

The Rumplo crew have put together a great t-shirt gift guide that has ideas for every kind of person you know. Geeks? 1337. Fashionistas? No faux-pas. Designs for designers? Yes. Your friend that wears a stinking Che Guevara tee underneath a German army shirt? There’s even tees for them to wear during a sit in!


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