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Graphic t-shirt brand My Main Man Pat just launched it’s website back in March 2013. My Main Man Pat makes nods to the golden era of hip-hop. The company accepts artist submissions for all of its t-shirt designs. Basically, each week only two different graphic tee designs are available, and they’re only available for that week alone. Thus, the tees are extremely limited in shelf time, but also in production. For example the tee we received was number 6 out of only 15!

This week, the two available tees are nods to the Wu-Tang Clan and the Beastie boys. However, due to the high-speed rate of turn in production, we will be reviewing a previously released design.

In the mail package I received, there was the shirt and also a thank you note from My Main Man Pat that included the shirt number and original artist contact info – a nice touch for sure. And, although the My Main Man Pat website FAQ stated that all shirts were printed on unisex garments, they did in fact label this specific style online as a “female fitted shirt,” so there was no surprise upon receiving the garment in the mail.

This sample was a size medium in a wonderfully soft 100% cotton fabric. The graphic on the shirt was based on the infamous “Fu-Gee-La” track from The Fugees’ 1996 album, The Score. The lyrics on the shirt read, “Find me in my Mitsubishi, eatin’ sushi, bumpin’ Fugees.” The lyrics are appropriate for a girls graphic tee style, as, according to the popular lyric-reporting site Rap Genius, they translate into, “[Lauren] will be partaking in ‘non-hoochie’ past times, like riding around the suburbs of Jersey in her Mitsubishi Eclipse, listening to her own CD and eating a California roll.”

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The shirt felt great and the delivery and presentation of the package was fairly good, but the graphic content on the style seemed to be lacking something. The simplicity of the idea behind the My Main Man Pat brand – and, might I also mention, the website – was more than appealing. The site was clean, straight to the point, and easy to navigate. There are some strong points in the company. However, accepting artist submissions could be a tough process and being critical of what art gets edited in and what art gets tossed out for more revision (or for good) is important.

Most everyone can find in themselves a bit of, if not a helluvalot of, respect for hip-hop’s original icons and their lyricism; there are enough fans out there to support the idea behind My Main Man Pat. Perhaps with a little advertising and social media marketing, the company can attract more and more artists, and perhaps some who can bring a strong illustrative hand to the table. Still, there have certainly already been some winners in the My Main Man Pat weekly releases – like a Snoop Dogg one I would share here, but, it’s been slept on.

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Liquid Screen Design Hands On Review

by AndyRocksBluu on April 22, 2013

Hey everyone, today I will be doing a hands on review with Liquid Screen Designs and their upcoming Kick Starer project. Usually when I do my reviews I like to break them down into different categories but that approach wouldn’t  be fair.  Instead, I will explain what LSD is doing and give my 2 cents on the project and what I thought overall.

The Idea:

Liquid Screen Design has figured out a way to make t-shirts change color when ever they come in contact with different temperatures.  Here’s an example:

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Here is a blue Liquid Screen Design T-shirt

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Here’s me putting a hot iron on a Liquid Screen Design t-shirt

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And Ta-da! The t-shirt is now white in the area I applied the hot iron. Pretty amazing right!

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And here’s a better view.

My Two Cents:

I personally think this is a pretty cool idea. I think this will be a home run if they were able to figure out a cost effective way to make these shirts and sell them as blanks. I know I would pick up a few to print my Bluu Dreams designs for the summer time. Who knows, this idea can just be a stepping stone into other clothing materials but as it stands now its a pretty cool idea.

Overall: 4.0-5.0

The shirt that I received from LSD was a anvil 100% cotton t-shirt. For those who don’t know Anvil makes pretty decent blanks but not as soft American Apparel (but we have been told the process will work on an AA tee too). As far as the idea I think its great and I’m curious to see how far the good people at Liquid Screen Designs are able to take this idea. I think there could be a really big market in selling the shirts to wholesaler companies. If you like what you see and you want to support Liquid Screen Design Kick Starter program just go here and back this project.  I know I will!

Liquid Design Website: http://liquidscreendesign.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LiquidScreenDesign

-AndyRocksBluu

 

 

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Hands on review: Patched Up with Patcht

by Heather Abbott on March 18, 2013

The crew over at Patcht are doing it differently. Buying a t-shirt (hoody, or tank top) isn’t as simple as clicking the product and adding to the cart, but that’s where the fun comes in.

Patcht makes patch-based garments. It’s that simple.

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When a customer goes to the Patcht website, they are able to choose a design they like (made in patch form) and a garment to add it onto (style, size, color, etc). The patches come in a variety of materials and are cut into different shapes (designs), allowing for endless combinations of design and style choice. Patcht believes in uniqueness and expressing individuality, thus their brand allows customers to order product that maybe nobody else has, even though they bought it from the same brand and/or store.

The idea of D.I.Y patching or ironing-on graphics may be off-putting to some, as this type of design could be regarded as poor in quality, having a harsh hand feel, etc.

However, based on the Patcht sample I received, I believe Patcht’s garments are nothing less than premium.

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For my order, I chose a simple color wheel patch design and added it to a clean, white tank top. I found this design fitting for the approaching spring and summer weather.

I was curious as to what the garment would feel like (as previously mentioned, patched on designs are often not a good feeling on the skin). I was also scared, what with the seemingly D.I.Y nature of the production, that the actual garment (sans patch) may be a heavyweight cotton or another lesser quality. I was surprised when I pulled my tank top out of the package. It was lightweight and super soft to the touch. Even better – the sewn on patch did not have any backing and it still felt amazing on my skin. There were no loose threads and all stitches were finished off fairly well, so that there was no “poking” or “itching” feeling behind the sew-on. The threads used were also poly-cotton (or possibly 100% cotton), so the soft hand feel was consistent throughout the garment.

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It was softer than any tank top I’d ever owned (and I am a big 100% cotton top fanatic). The bigger surprise was the hand feel of the patch design sewn onto the garment; it was equally as soft and comfortable.

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In the end, the added bonus for me was that I was able to take part in the design of my order. I chose the body style, size, and color as well as the design. Although somebody else created the graphic/patch, I made the rest go together at my own free will. The product price depends on the type of patch design and garment chosen (a tank top will be less than a short sleeve, etc.) and the product seems worth the spending.

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Hands on review: One Thousand Shirts

by Ben_P on October 2, 2012

Onethousandshirts, perhaps one day they will reach their name and literally sell thousands of shirts. Who knows? They’re certainly off to a very good start though.

It was perfect timing receiving the T-Shirt ‘Heart of the sunrise’ because I had just come back off Holiday dreading returning to normality, so this certainly put a little spring in my step. Lovingly packaged in tissue paper with brown string (well slightly thicker than string), a classic parcel really. That’s something I really like in a brand, the care and thought of their packaging so they certainly get the thumbs up from me!


On to the T-Shirt, it’s a very lovely design of presumably a bison with a bustling city upon it’s back. I cannot fault the actual design of the image because it really is lovely, my favourite of the 3 shirts they sell so I’m very lucky and glad that they sent me this one! The price is £20 which is reasonable considering it’s printed upon earth positive shirts by continental clothing, which are climate neutral (Yay! Not damaging the environment!), the print is hand done by Max Bondi and Oliver Barrett who run the company so it’s nice to know it’s all done in house. I really like it when they say who prints the garments even if it’s not personally done by them as you can (if you’re particularly interested) research about the companies who print them and their environmental policies for instance. It’s a nice two colour print which I can’t really fault, no visible cracking unless you pull slightly on the garment. The only downside I’d say to this tee is that the colours they chose I feel don’t give justice to the wonderful design, there isn’t enough contrast and overall it’s too dark. I could be wrong but I feel that it would do better with a higher contrast, maybe it’s down to personal preference but you can decide for yourselves in the photos I’ve taken.

We are committed to making high quality shirts and aim for the highest environmental and ethical standards in the suppliers we use.

I think what is fantastic is that these guys really have thought about the environment when producing their products, from the packaging to the inks they use. More information can be found on their website, I think it’s really nice that they give all this information because it’s nice to know for consumers that they’re contributing to people who really take a passion in their designs and how they affect the world. If that means paying a little bit more than you might for other brands I think it”s well worth it. Kudos to them!

These guys have two other t-shirts which are up for sale, they’re also very nice but less to my taste so I’m very lucky that they sent me the one I preferred (by pure luck!) as I didn’t have to think hard for nice complimentary things to say about it. It’s nice to also see that these guys are from London and doing us Brits proud! Perhaps I’ll have to take a trip there to visit their workshop, if they’d be so kind as to have me. Always nice to see behind the scenes. Anyway enough chit-chat you can see the photos, check out the website and decide for yourself but these guys are certainly worth supporting and should be on your radar for future releases.

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Voy-Voy Makes Business Fun [Hands on Review]

by Heather Abbott on September 3, 2012

New York t-shirt brand Voy-Voy is making casual menswear fun while contributing to our global society.


Finally, an indie brand has taken the popular printed pocket t-shirt to a new and exciting level. The difference? Voy-Voy’s shirt pocketing (not the topped on pocket itself, but the inside) is printed, so it works as a colorful surprise detail, but also as a pocket square – just pull the pocket lining outward and style!


For every Voy-Voy product sold, 10% of the sale is invested in micro-lending projects around the world. Micro-lending like the kind Voy-Voy is practicing can help build profitable small businesses for low-income people and can even help send kids to college. So, while you’re purchasing your rad t-shirt, you’re helping someone else in the world afford something, too – and that something could be life-changing.

As for the shirts themselves, the designs are simple and clean. A single-screen print can go a long way, and the touch of upper class in the embroidered logo and the printed pocket lining easily takes this style from streetwear to menswear.

The prints are made of environmentally neutral dyes, which means they cut down on the amount of toxic effluent that results from the synthetic dye process. The shirts are also sewn with hand-selected Peruvian cotton which proves to be more lightweight and breathable while still remaining more durable than other alternatives.





Overall, the product and shipment from Voy-Voy is top-shelf. They even included a personal note and a few stickers – a total win on my scoreboard of personal branding.

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life in plastiq iphone case review

Time for something a little bit different from the usual cotton-based items that we see on HYA, iPhone cases. You may be cocking an eyebrow and wondering if I chose to take this review just because I wanted a new case for my beloved iPhone, but there’s actually a lot more crossover here than you would think. Much like t-shirts, a few companies dominate the iPhone case marketplace, and many of those cases tend to be utilitarian and not particularly inspiring when it comes to design, which is why it’s good that there are people out there like Life in Plastiq who are making really interesting cases with attractive and arty designs on them. And yeah, I thought it would be cool to have something to jazz up my phone!


Life in Plastiq are hunting out designers that they like (often designers from the t-shirt world, they have a couple of Threadless alumni in their catalogue), but they do also operate a design competition to find new talent and designs to go on their cases. Winning designers are paid $200 upfront and then 15% off sales up to a cap of $1,500. With the success of design competitions in the clothing world it’s hardly surprising that someone has seen a gap in the market with a design contest for iPhone cases since they are perfectly sized for artwork and as something that people carry around with them just about 24/7 they are something that people want to customise to express themselves.


The cases themselves add little bulk to the phone, made of a hard plastic that I think it would take a decent amount of effort to break when off your phone (I did bend one with my hands but it just felt wrong to try and break it, and it did spring right back into shape), if it’s on your phone I don’t see any way in which it could break. Fitment is nice and tight, there’s no small gaps at any point around the edges, which means it does a good job of not letting dust in, after a couple of weeks in my pocket when I switched from one case to the other there wasn’t much dust back there, much less than with my Griffin case. The dock connector isn’t obstructed, and nor is the headphone jack in the top, which is a problem I had with the case for the GoPano, which was a bit annoying that every time I wanted to use my headphones (and the only time I do that is the gym or in my car, and the gym is a fairly high risk area for phone droppage), so it’s good that this case doesn’t require removal for any normal usage of the phone.


If you want something that will make for a shockproof you have to go up to a much larger case but that is of course going to be something to consider with any case of this style which doesn’t add too much to the form factor of the phone. Personally, I feel that it provides enough protection, I’m a bit clumsy and have dropped it on the wooden floor in my house a couple of times and whilst my heart was in my mouth there was not visible damage to the phone and it’s still working fine, which is all you can hope for from a case as far as I can tell. With the cases being high gloss they can get small scratches on them. After a couple of weeks with mine in my pocket (the same pocket as my keys) it has developed some small scratches. You have to look for them, and they aren’t deep at all, but it’s worth mentioning that over time that they could become noticeable on the sparser designs, the patterned designs will show up any scratches much less. This isn’t an issue that’s specific to LiP cases, very few cases are scratch resistant, and of course the case is there so that it gets scratched and not your expensive iPhone.


The designs are completely subjective, different strokes for different folks and all that, but I think that if you’re the kind of person to visit and read Hide Your Arms then you would find something to like amongst the designs which are available at the moment. Hopefully that speaks a lot of the quality of artists they’ve been attracting in these early days and is something that they can maintain as the move along.


Price wise you are looking at $19 for a case, and that includes free worldwide shipping, which I think is about right considering that with every sale there is money going to the artist, and I do like that connection that when you buy something you support an independent artist even though you’re buying from a larger company (not that Life in Plastiq are huge, but you know what I mean). However, at the moment they’re actually running a massive sale which they just extended to July 8th, in which everything in store is half price, so you can have an artist designed case for your iPhone 4/4S for $9.50 all in, which seems like a pretty great deal to me.

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Review: Apparel 75

by Matt on June 17, 2012

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Apparel 75 was nice enough to send one of their tees so here is a little review on what I thought about it!

The package was delivered in a custom (screen printed?) Apparel 75 box. After opening it, I found the shirt nicely wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a Apparel 75 sticker. All nice touches! Other than the shirt, they also included two prints that are pictured below. The one on the left is numbered “AP 5/8″. I’m not sure if this is a date or an edition number, but either way, nice of them to include these.

So on to the shirt. Apparel 75 sent me their design titled “Two Owls”. And it is just that! Two little owls sitting right on the front of the shirt. I received the eggplant colored shirt with the pastel green print. (This design is also available with a off white print on a black shirt) Overall, I really like the tee. It’s a American Apparel 100% cotton t-shirt and the print is very soft. I like the color choices, especially the eggplant shirt, and the print is just the right size and placed right in the center. There is also a Apparel 75 logo printed in the center back of the shirt, right below the neckline. The only suggestion/recommendation I have is to cut out the American Apparel tags, so as to make the shirt really seem like “Apparel 75″ all around. Other than that, I really liked everything about the package, t-shirt, and extras they included.

The other thing I have to say to about Apparel 75 is that I think they’re executing their theme and brand very well. The “Two Owls” design is kind of the odd man out, where as all the other designs fall into their description of “The most unique and authentic new-vintage designs, screen printed by hand on the finest 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirts.” According to their “About Us” page, the guys from Apparel 75 found some old printing plates for newspaper ads from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and that’s where many of the designs come from.

Thank you for the shirt and keep up the good work!

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pipiripau

The good amigos at Pipiripau were nice enough to send me a shirt to review. I present to you “Los Sospechos” or “The Suspects”. I love the design, of course I’m a sucker for devilish cartoons. The print is super soft and it’s printed on American Apparel for that modern fashion fit. All in all I really dig this shirt.


It was packaged with stickers and is presented really well. I was unfamiliar with Pipiripau before this but will definitely be keeping an eye on them in the future. Good art, good presentation and a good theme go a long way. Now if I could just decide which other shirts I want to buy. Check them out here and show them some love. P.S. You can view their site in English by clicking on the tab in the top right hand corner.

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Awesome Merchandise Sample Pack Review

by Ben_P on March 17, 2012

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I’ve previously worked with Awesome Merchandise to get some T-Shirts printed. I jumped straight in feet first into the deep end and tried to pursue my dream of selling T-Shirts. I’ve approached this the wrong way and only now just checked out a sample pack from them. For £7 I received a whole slew of sample goodies.

1 x T-Shirt
25mm Badges (regular, neon and metallic)
38mm Badge
58mm Badge
25mm Magnet
58mm Magnet
Bottle-Opener Keyring
Pocket Mirror
Stickers (regular and vinyl samples)
Plectrum
Flyer
Postcard
Business Card
Poster

On to the review. I’m currently wearing the T-Shirt and the material certainly feels good against my skin. It’s a Gildan’s heavy weight shirt, I’ve previously purchased soft shirts from Awesome Merchandise and while it certainly is heavier it’s not a dramatic difference but perhaps in the forthcoming summer a lighter weight shirt may be more applicable. The design of the shirt is interesting featuring 3 cats having a party. As we all know cats + internet = winning formula. The shirt certainly isn’t going to win any awards and turn heads but it might be a bit too much to expect a stellar design for a sample shirt. This isn’t a shirt style I’d usually wear but it’s certainly a design that would cheer up any gloomy day.

As for the printing quality of the shirt I can’t fault it. It’s excellent value for money and from previous experience with the company their t-shirts wash and iron well and don’t warp at all in the wash.

My one niggle with the shirt is that they don’t appear to offer sample shirts of different colours. I’m not a fan of white shirts and it’d be a nice option to be able to ask for a different coloured sample.

If you’re a budding t-shirt designer and want to see what your designs would look like when printed I’d recommend Awesome Merchandise for their quality and value, they frequently offer deals for shirts and not only bulk print but do one-off runs. Even if you don’t want to print T-Shirts and just fancy a random design from them, you can’t go wrong with £7 for a shirt and a whole bunch of goodies.

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T-shirt News for February 20th

by Andy on February 20, 2012

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Hunter S. Thompson makes an appearances at TeeFury.


Shirt.Woot have a fantastic Mario t-shirt today.


Top Gun meets Star Wars today at RIPT.


Qwertee turn to the undead for this Guiness mashup. I like the graphic but feel the text at the top lets it down somewhat.


A little Googling suggests that this Shirt Punch tee has something to do with Firefly.


Invader Zim meets E.T. at Nowhere Bad.


Interesting Doctor Who t-shirt at The Yetee.


OtherTees also have a Doctor Who t-shirt today.


Second Mario shirt of the day comes from TeeMinus24.


Whenever I hear Americans talking about their heritage it’s always “oh yeah, I’m Irish!” Or maybe they’re Scottish or Welsh, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they’re proud to have English heritage, anyone know if there’s a reason for that? Shirt available from 24tee.


Portal/Beatles/Road safety t-shirt available from TeeRaiders.


I can’t think of an occasion to which I’d wear this DBH shirt.


BustedTees deal of the day ($12 instead of $20) brings us our daily Star Wars fix.


This isn’t a new shirt from Tilteed, but it certainly hasn’t been featured for a long time.



Couple of new designs up for pre-order at Goodjoe.


Daniel Sotomayor is responsible for this Aliens shirt at GraphicLab this week.


Adam over at IAMTHETREND has a video review of Edward Teabelly.


Sarah Palin is getting in on the Linsanity… by holding a shirt that is a bit of a ripoff.

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83 Mark Collective

by Matt on December 14, 2011

This review was suppose to go up a while ago and I want to apologize to Andrew at 83 Mark Collective for taking so long to get it up. He was nice enough to send me a free shirt (and painting!), so I should have been more diligent about getting this post up. Without further ado, here it is!

83 Mark Collective is an independent t-shirt line hailing from New York City. Not only are the shirts limited edition and hand printed, but so is all the packaging and hang tags. And the first 30 orders each year include a hand numbered and signed 4×6 water color painting. You can see all the dinosaurs that now have new homes in the boneyard. Mine is pictured below.

The reasonable price of $21.95 always includes free shipping! (in the United States)

These custom prints are done on heathered 6.1 0z 100% cotton pre-shrunk Gildan tees. Gildan is not usually my favorite blank, but this style is new to me and I definitely like it. Fits comfortably and true to size.

So if you like dinosaurs, hand printed limited edition t-shirts and being a part of someone’s dream, I recommend checking out 83 Mark Collective. I know Andrew will appreciate it.

“I want a unique experience when someone purchases my tees. I want them to know I put a lot of hard work and sweat into the company. Everything from the unique hangtags to garment colors and inks chosen. This has been a dream of mine and thank you for taking the time
to be a part of it.

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Type – Eat Fast Die Young [Review]

by Abigail on November 30, 2011


I received a tshirt last week from Euan Gallacher of Type, a Scottish brand run by a talented graphic designer. It came with stickers and flyers (all beautifully designed) and in its own vacuum pack bag (like meat) which I was very impressed with, I have seen all manner of packaging but this was simple yet effective and assured me that the tshirt got to me in good condition.


The tshirt is Gildan Heavy Cotton, I wear a small and much prefer the fit of a small men’s shirt to a girl’s fitted tshirt, the design is striking, along with the rest of the designs on the Type shop (which can be seen here)


I am a sucker for brands that offer something a bit different like art, club nights or vinyl toys thrown into the mix and Type do stock a print but I think the brand could lean a lot more on the art aspect, as the designs are striking and would all make great prints!

Follow these links for more info on Type

http://www.thisistype.com/

http://twitter.com/sireuan

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Adam over at I Am The Trend is really churning out the videos at the moment, meaning that this post is a double including two episodes of IAMTHETRENDTV.


First up is a short vid taking a look at a new print from Dance Party Massacre. I guess then when you’re looking at a piece of paper there’s not as much to discuss as a shirt. They’re well priced at $14.95 for a 3-colour screenprint, check out what Adam has to say.


Up next is a review of a clothing line I haven’t heard of before, Maintenance Clothing. In this video we find out if they have hit the ground running with their first shirt design.

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IAMTHETREND TV: Adam review Eternal CLothing

by Andy on September 24, 2011


Another solid review by Adam over at I Am The Trend, would you guys like to see me getting into video reviews? I don’t think of myself as being all that comfortable in front of the camera, but the only way to get better is practise, right?

IAMTHETREND TV: Eternal Clothing | I Am The Trend

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IAMTHETRENDTV: Adam reviews Gnar City [Video]

by Andy on September 20, 2011


Another solid review from Adam over at IAMTHETREND, wish I was that comfortable in front of the camera!

IAMTHETREND TV: Gnar City T-Shirt Review

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IAMTHETRENDTV: Adam reviews BLVD Clothing

by Andy on September 17, 2011


Really, really impressive video review from Adam for BLVD, he gets deep into it and analyses the shirt well.

IAMTHETREND TV: BLVD Clothing T-Shirt Review

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Adam over at IAMTHETREND takes a look at Science Friction Clothing, spoiler alert, he likes what he sees!

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Review: Gryphony T-shirts

by Andy on February 15, 2011

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Gryphony are the latest in an increasingly long line of companies entering into the limited-release tee market. I would call it the ‘tee a day’ market, but it would appear that people are realising just how demanding that model is and giving themselves the slightly less daunting task of releasing a new tee every few days or each week (like LTD Tee).

Gryphony are releasing a new design every 72 hours, and selling it for $14, of which $2 goes to the artist. From what I can tell, designs are both crowdsourced (a la Threadless) and picked the regular way (Gryphony contacting artists). The tee you see up there, you’ll likely never be able to buy it again (I can’t see any mention of design licensing terms on the site, so I don’t know if the design rights return to the artist after sale), as such, there’s pretty much no point in me reviewing the design, but I can tell you about the quality.


First off, the fit. In their FAQ they’ve put the question “which brand are your shirts printed on?” This is the ‘answer':

After going over 25+ different blank brands testing sizing, color selection and most important quality. We finally found what we were looking for. An extremely soft, top quality premium shirt. We know you will love it. Give us a try you won’t regret it.

That doesn’t really answer the question, it just says that they’re using a high quality blank. I’m inclined to agree with them, but when I see that question in an FAQ, I’d like to be told what blank it is they’re using, because it helps me to make a more informed choice about the fit of the shirt, more so that a size chart would. Basically, I want to know how a tee will fit compared to American Apparel, as that is the shirt that a lot of indie t-shirt companies use. I’m no 100% sure, but I think that Gryphony are probably using American Apparel blanks, or at the very least something very similar to it. The shirt feels lovely and soft, and the cut is like most of the AA tees I’ve received in the past. So if you’re ordering a shirt from Gryphony and don’t know what size to get, just pick the same as the size you’d get when buying an American Apparel t-shirt.


Next issue to contend with is the printing. There’s two sides to this, one good and one bad. The print feels really good, nice and soft, exactly what you’re after when it comes to a t-shirt, and I can’t find any issues with the print alignment on the shirt, which is impressive considering it’s a 3 colour print with quite a lot going on. The problem is with the colours, look at my photos of the real thing (which are pretty close to reality, I shot the photos in pretty decent daylight), then look at the colours on the mockup. No two ways about it, they aren’t the same and lack a certain amount of ‘pop’, for want for want of a better word. I’m not an expert in printing by any stretch of the imagination, but if I had to guess I would say that in spite of the shirt colour not being dark, they needed a white base layer or ink being put down to stop the blue shirt colour from showing through. It doesn’t ruin the shirt, but it certainly doesn’t help it. This design is the first one they ever had printed, so it’s probably that this was merely teething-problems, especially as their FAQ says they do put a white base layer on dark shirts.


The rest of the Gryphony experience is really nice, you get a printed tag inside the shirt, a (fairly) subtle logo tag on the back of the shirt on the bottom hem, your receipt comes in a card holder, and you get stickers and a button. It’s good to see them putting out a quality package when I’m sure there is temptation to just put the tee in a poly-mailer when they’re putting out 3 different designs in any week.

If they can sort out the bit of a printing issue I had I really can’t see anything wrong with Gryphony, from my dealings with them they seem to have their heads on straight and have the makings of a strong community for their site, because without a strong community a limited-realease tee label will really struggle to survive. Reading through this review it might appear to be a bit negative, that’s because it’s easy to write about the negative stuff, whereas when you do something well, and in the majority of areas they are doing things well, the work really does speak for itself and it shows that they’re striving for a quality product and an experience to match some of the larger players in the game.

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seventh ink review

The guys over at Seventh.Ink were kind enough to send over a tee for review, and it’s one of the most time appropriate tees I’ve ever got, since it’s all about Santa and some marauding snowmen. Most people have a Christmas sweater, but as you might imagine, that’s not really my style, so I am now the proud owner of a Christmas tee, which is probably what most people have in Australia (Christmas in Summer? You crazy Aussies).


Of course, the point of a review isn’t to help fill in all the micro-niches in my closet, it’s so I can let you know about the quality of the shirts on offer at Seventh.Ink. Really, my reviews shouldn’t even include my thoughts on the design (hint: badass) since that’s a personal opinion based on my personal tastes it shouldn’t make a difference to whether you pick up one of their shirts.

However, the quality of a t-shirt, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about that, seeing as I’ve got hundreds of them, and at one point when I was reviewing tees really regularly I was giving them a smell test. A smell test, I didn’t even know what I was checking for other than that tees straight out of the mailer smelled nice.


The shirt itself is an American Apparel Teal blank, I’m fairly sure that it’s an American Apparel 2001 shirt, for those of you that like to be specific. With it being American Apparel I’m pretty sure everyone visiting this site knows what they’re in for, fairly slim fit, fairly long, not boxy, soft, and an overall quality product.

I wear an XL because I like my shirts a little snug, and because of this I noticed that the large print on this shirt does make it feel a little bit more snug than usual, I think because the print stops the cotton from being able to stretch to my muscly, chiseled torso (note: only if it had been chiseled out of cream cheese, I wear an XL, remember?). It’s not an issue for me since the effect is minimal, and I would assume that after a few washes the print might soften up a bit and allow for more flex, but I’d like to stress how little of an issue it is.


In terms of print quality things are looking good, everything is lined up right and the print is soft, with vivid colours. I can’t comment on how well it will wash since I’ve only worn it once, but I get the feeling there’s nothing to worry about, with the print already being soft and not tick (in a good way) it’s not going to crack. The addition of the logo print on the arm surprised me, personally, I like it, but I know a few people out there don’t, it’s not particularly intrusive, and they’ve got a cool logo (which certainly softens the blow for people that don’t like that kind of thing).

The printed tag inside the shirt is a nice touch, I sometimes hear comments about how regular hang tags are itchy and scratch, I’ve literally never experienced that in my life, perhaps I have a very insensitive neck? Nevertheless, I still prefer a printed tag over a regular hang tag because it allows a company to give more information, like the way this one names the design and generally adds value to the product by making it look like they’ve really thought about the whole package. Speaking of the whole package, the tee came in a regular poly-mailer with a 7th Ink sticker on it, a sticker, a postcard with a 15% off coupon code on it, and a little note thanking me for reviewing the shirt, seriously, people thank me for receiving clothing, how awesome is my life?


The shirt costs $24 and is available from Seventh Ink, and if you want it before Christmas you’d better move fast!

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Review: Bunker Designs

by Andy on November 1, 2010

bunker designs t-shirts

Bunker Designs are the only ever tee company I’ve heard of from Costa Rica, in fact they might be the only company I’ve heard of from Costa Rica. In the internet age it doesn’t really matter where a t-shirt comes from, whether it’s Coventry or Costa Rica they both end up at my door, but it certainly is a lot more fun when it comes from an exotic SouthCentral American country with cool stamps.


Bunker Designs have impressed me since they came on the scene sinply by having good designs from launch and keeping that momentum going by adding designs at a steady rate from their design competition. Regarding the design competition, there is no upfront prize which is a bit disappointing, but giving $5 to the artist on the sale of every tee is generous (does anyone know of a higher per sale commission for artists?), and feels to me as if that is a payout rate that they can sustain without putting themselves at too much risk, so they won’t come and go like so many other design competitions.


In reviews (and I really should do more of them), I’ve realised that me discussing the designs is fairly pointless, if you like the shirt, you’re going to like it, if you don’t, my opinion isn’t really going to sway you, so I should be focusing on the quality of the product at hand. Bunker don’t source their shirt blanks from one of the major brands like American Apparel, they have them custom made, and the cut is on the slim side to say the least. People say that AA runs slim, but I think Bunker’s tees run even slimmer than that and slightly shorter too. In fact, if you look at the size chart on the American Apparel site, and Bunker’s size chart you’ll find that their shirts are exactly one size smaller, so this is one of those cases when you should probably order a size up.


These aren’t actually the first tees that Bunker have sent me, I got one a few months back too, and the print has held up well on that after a few washes so just for a change I can give you a decent report on the longevity of a shirt. The print quality feels good, though as you can see on the Gandalf shirt there is a slight mottling to the print, there is a slight hint of brown to the white as if the ink isn’t thick enough, but of course if it was thicker it wouldn’t feel as good, and it looks perfectly fine as is. Also, the last shirt I was sent hasn’t shurnk, so it won’t be getting even smaller!

You can pick up GandALF and Star Catcher 2000 from Bunker Designs for $20 each.

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