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Review: Propaganda Clothing Company

by Carlos J. Morales on November 5, 2013

The beauty of the t-shirt culture is that it is constantly inspiring individuals to create something unique and personal to them. If the designs themselves are wearable stories then designers/brand owners are the authors. When I received the email from Propaganda Clothing Company, I was excited to dive in and see what their story was.

Propaganda Clothing Company is a brand based out of Orlando, Florida, but their dark theme is far from Disney World inspired. They use a blunt motto that states “art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth” and are strongly against “attaching a nonsensical graphic to a t-shirt”. After reading their mission statement, I was prepared to open the package – to my surprise it contained two shirts. Before analyzing the two designs, I noticed both shirts were tagless and had their logo printed. This is one the best ways a brand can promote their identity without going over the top, so I thought it was a nice touch.


As far as the designs go, I will admit I was a bit caught off guard at first. The T800 A.D. Robot Jesus was a bit out there, but like I said earlier the author is always entitled to write his story. Who knows this shirt may cater to the religious terminator fan in you?


From a design perspective, I thought printing on a black t-shirt was a smart choice as it allowed the colors to pop. However, I did think the design was a bit busy for everyday usage. It would be interesting to see robot Jesus (yes, you read correctly) in greyscale with the left eye shining red. Overall, I thought it was an unique design, but maybe a bit too messy to put on a shirt, it would look cleaner on a poster.

Exclusive: Expose Your Arms Review


I am not much of tanktop guy and Hide Your Arms normally only review t-shirts, but since the owners were nice enough to send me one… I will review it! This design, Norma Jean, was a bit more conservative and it helped tremendously. Unlike the first design, this tank features a cleaner look using the likeness of Marilyn Monroe. While designs like these are not the most original, they are a great way for people to notice your brand. In this regard, this design was an intelligent move on their part; the soft shades of gray intertwining with the black and white makes it stylistically pleasant.


Overall, I think Propaganda Clothing Company has a lot to figure out and I mean this in a good way. For a start up brand, they have a catalog of designs and the quality of material they print on is comfortable. However, the two designs featured do not really sit well next to each other. In other words, it looks and feels as if they belong to different brands. Propaganda Clothing Company is a new brand with an unique take on what t-shirts should represent. If they tighten up a few design issues and focus a bit more on brand identity in their designs, they will be in great shape as they move forward.


I’d completely missed that they were even having the competition, but at least I’m here for the important bit, seeing the winners of the design contest and you guys being able to pick them up. There’s actually a few more designs amongst the winners, but I thought that there were enough images up there already. It’s cool to see that there’s no IGN branding on these designs, it would have been tempting for them I’m sure, but this way we end up with some damn good looking robot tees with no back story or explanation needed.

Check out all the winners here.


A t-shirt from Robot Sculptor Tal Avitzur

by Andy on April 19, 2013

One of the cool things about writing HYA is how I get to ‘meet’ different people that I would otherwise have never known about. Tal Avitzur is a good example of this, I had no idea that there was someone out there creating robot sculptures from ‘urban detritus’, but there is. He has also just expanded his offerings in the form of a t-shirt designed by another fan of robots, Robbie Lee.

The tee purist in me would rather see the design without the text, but I understand that there does need to be some personal branding and promotion through the shirts, especially as people would be more likely to buy the shirt since they’re a fan of Tal’s than just by randomly finding the shirt. Pretty neat that parts of it glow in the dark too, I’m always a sucker for that magical ink.

Costiness=$34.50 Buy it from Tal Avitzur


contemporary robot t-shirt

Love the style on this tee, anyone remember when I used to post robots all the time? Ahhh, happy days.

Costiness=$26.65 Buy it at MySoti


Post image for Blast from the past: “Battle!” reprinted at Go Ape

Josh over at Go Ape has re-released one of his first shirts, Battle!, and it makes me smile just as much now as it did back then.

Costiness=$21.99 Buy it at Go Ape


mad robot t-shirt

Probably one of my favourite designs from A Better Tomorrow for a long time, delightful.

Costiness=22€ Buy it at A Better Tomorrow


threadless election t-shirts

I have been standing on the sidelines in this years election season, as a Brit you could say that is fair enough, I have no business meddling in the affairs of American politics, and I have to respect your process. Be that as it may, I can no longer hold my tongue regarding such an important issue, on what could be a pivotal day in US history, Super Tees Day.

Now, I know all the kids are into robots, zombies, vampires, and ninjas; yes, they are all truly awesome in their own unqiue ways, but there is of course a dark side to each and every one of those candidates.

Vampires may have strong and well thought out policies on blood donation, but they have lost their way in recent years, becoming soft, sparkly, not holding true to their beliefs, and becoming strangely besotted with Kristen Stewart. Can you really trust someone with that kind of record as a flip flopper?

Zombies aren’t much better, they only want one thing and that is to tear this country and your flesh apart, and we must halt this slow march to the White House before it has a chance to gather momentum.

Robots? You think that just because we created them they will do our bidding? Ask any parent and they will tell you that this is just not the case at all, and if it doesn’t work with teenagers why would it work with machines? Anyway, isn’t the real issue here who is behind the robots? Whose pulling the strings? Is it the vampires? I’m not saying it is but don’t you think it’s funny that no one else is asking these questions, no one is saying they aren’t true, no one has come out to say that the vampires have formed a coalition with robots and are manipulating them behind the scenes to overthrow the status quo in this country and fundamentally change the way that we go about our daily lives? But hey, I’m just one man, no need to listen to the crazy man connecting all these little things and seeing the bigger picture.

Let’s take a closer look at the ninjas… actually they’re pretty cool, they wear black and throw pointy stars at people. Still, I wouldn’t really want to be governed by someone that would kill me in my sleep, and I doubt you would either.

So where does this leave us? Trying to pick between the best of a bad situation? No. There’s a better choice and a better way for us all, someone that can lead this nation towards the light and make us great again.

Pandas. Pandas with milk mustaches. Pandas casually doing pull ups on a tree branch because that body doesn’t just take care of itself. Pandas sneezing and scaring their parents. Pandas doing yoga. There is literally nothing that a panda does that isn’t adorable, cute, hilarious, or inspiring.

Pandas have a strong defense policy that will protect our borders, allow them to roam free and they are peaceful animals, but pen them in, prod them with a stick or invade their space and they will defend themselves, their family, and their country. Some say that the highly intelligent panda is elitist, accusing him of preferring arugula to the traditional bamboo, come on, just because a bear is educated and likes a peppery salad leaf does not make him elitist, it makes him an individual, and the right choice in this election, so go to the polls and vote panda.

Threadless are running a these special tees over the next month to try and make the long hard run to the polls in the US election a bit more fun, and I’m delighted that they asked HYA to be involved. I’ll be coming up with silly posts over the next few weeks, if you can give me any reasons why pandas are awesome and everything else sucks please do let me know in the comments.


Daily T-shirts & News for January 10th

by Andy on January 10, 2012

doctor who sonic screwdriver t-shirt

Sonic Screwdriver shirt from TeeFury today, is Doctor Who really that big in the US that they can put out so many DW designs?

I think I’d prefer this blood-sucking t-shirt from Shirt.Woot without the ‘Vampires!’ text at the top.

RIPT have a ‘Mega Iron Man’ 8-bit tee up for sale today.

I’m sorry but my powers have eluded me once again, can anyone take a stab at explaining this Shirt Punch tee to me?

Nowhere Bad have a delightful 8-bit Star Wars shirt today.

TeeRaiders are fans of Bioshock.

Tshirt Contest have added a robot design to their growing catalogue.

Very interesting shirt from DBH today, I like the flecks of paint working their way up the shirt.

24tee continue to push their meme tees.

The pic looks a bit messed up, but that is an awfully cute drug-referencing t-shirt at Loviu today.

My favourite Tilteed design makes a return.

Camiseteria have a couple of new tees.

The Shirt List have a massive (and fascinating) interview with Alex Solis, creator of many top Threadless designs, amongst other things.

I’ve added four new products to Rigu, including the wrist straps you can see above, and remember that there is free shipping on all UK orders, and cheap shipping for EU & International packages.

604Republic have turned 3 of their most popular designs into posters.

Use coupon code NEW12 to get 20% off at Karmaloop until Friday.

krudmart have a load of stuff in from The Hundreds, Undrcrwn, 10.Deep and many more, get 15% off your order with the coupon code BIGGERISBETTER.

Hot Topic are offering “$4.95 Flat Rate Ground Shipping on All Orders! Shop Now – Offer ends 1/22” no coupon required by the looks of it.

BustedTees have added several t-shirts to their $10 clearance section.

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Daily Tees & News for December 15th

by Andy on December 15, 2011

android t-shirt

Good to see Android getting some love from TeeFury in what feels like an iPhone dominated world (I love my iPhone, but I also love my Android tablet, I’ve got the best of both worlds!).

Very nice from Qwertee today, it’s cool to see them stray away from references and into the art world. I’m going to look stupid if this is a pop culture shirt.

In spite of never seeing an episode of Supernatural I still like this shirt from RIPT.
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Delightful robot shirt from A Better Tomorrow

by Andy on December 6, 2011

robot t-shirt

Love that style.

A Better Tomorrow


Daily Tees & News for December 2nd

by Andy on December 2, 2011

teefury highlander t-shirt

When I opened all the daily sites today (21 tabs, Firefox doesn’t care for that much) I wondered whether I’d actually get to see the TeeFury site. Thankfully it turned up, so any possible malware that may have existed yesterday appears to have been removed and all is right with the world again. I remain disappointed by the response from TeeFury about the issue, it took them at least 13 hours to acknowledge any kind of problem (done by their Facebook page), and they only wrote about it after the warning message had been removed. They posted this message on Twitter at the same time as the Facebook message: “If you had trouble reaching earlier, try now! We’ve addressed the issue that was causing problems:″ That link now goes to a 404 page. Frankly, that is not good enough, if you might be exposing your fans to malware via your site you have to tell people by every avenue about the issue and warn them as soon as possible, not when you’ve fixed the problem, and you should make some kind of mention of it when you send out a newsletter that day (presumably to thousands of people). I still like TeeFury and will continue to write about them, but I do not like the way they dealt with this situation.

Nerd joke at RIPT today.

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Daily Tees & News for November 30th

by Andy on November 30, 2011

daredevil parody t-shirt

That’s how I like to start out the daily roundup, with a muscular naked man, thanks TeeFury!

‘Dead Head’ comes back from the dead at Tilteed.

Oh wow, it’s a Firefly/Serenity reference that I understand from RIPT.

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dexter t-shirt

Looks like 604Republic are picking up the pace with their release schedule at the moment. I really like the Dexter shirt, fairly sure that we’ve seen it on RIPT or TeeFury in the past, but that doesn’t stop it from really good now too.


Robot Heads T-shirt by Retrolicious

by Andy on September 7, 2011

retro robot t-shirt

It’s very, very rare that I link to a t-shirt on CafePress, but it’s also rare someone that has a Cafepress shop e-mails me (I think they fear a severe tongue-lashing). However, a good design is a good, design, and I think that this shirt featuring retro robot heads is exactly that.


robot t-shirt

See, I said that I was going to cover more Tilteed releases, and I will continue to if the designs are going to be as nice as this.
You have got a couple of days to pick up the shirt for $12 before it’s gone.


ltd tee t-shirt

I really like this shirt, it’s a good style and the colourway is one of my favourites, but what realy caught my eye with this LTD Tee release was the box, I know it’s only thumbnail sized in this photo, but hot-damn it looks cool! As ever, the RRP is $26.99 (including the tee, art print, custom box, and some stickers), but you can get 10% off with the coupon code hideyourarms, and the t-shirt is on sale from now until September 26th.


Rocker t-shirt by Here Be Robots

by Andy on May 6, 2010

rocker t-shirt by here be robots

Now that is a really wearable piece of anthropomorphism! Here Be Robots are a newish brand from Holland, and they’re all about…

To get a feel ofwhat it stands for, think of comics, cartoons, old school video games, old
music, retro stuff, that kinda vibe. Of course, as the name implies, it’s
visualized as robots.

Which is a solid concept if you ask me, not a huge range to speak of at the moment (3 tees in-store), but if you like the one above you’ll probably like the rest.

Costiness=€16 Buy it at Here Be Robots


The Force! t-shirt by The Dept.

by Andy on February 26, 2010

space ship t-shirt

I think this is a brilliant tee. I’m probably doing The Dept. a bit of a dis-service, but it just looks effortless. I’m assuming that the shape is meant to signify a spaceship, in which case it’s like they took a spaceship and kept paring it down until they had the simplest shapes that still looked like a stereotypically iconic spaceship. If that shape isn’t meant to be a spaceship, I’m gonna look like a dumbass, but that’s happened before so I’m used to it.

Costiness=$22 Buy it at The Dept.


Robot Apocalypse by 2012 Threads

by Andy on February 26, 2010

robot t-shirt

Usually when I write about a shirt with this kind of design style, I feel the need to give it a caveat or say “hey, here’s your horror tee ‘o the week,” and I’ll post it because I respect the amount of work that has gone into it, but I rarely actually like the tee. However, this tee is pretty sweet, I could totally wear this, maybe I’m turning to the tee dark side? Or maybe it’s just because I like robot t-shirts

Costiness=$18 Buy it at 2012 Threads


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