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Colus – Review of Hunter and Wise Owl

by Mr Four Fingers on May 7, 2012

Colus - Hunter

I’m thankful for being part of Hide Your Arms because every so often I’m introduced to a new brand that impresses me and Colus is one of those very brands. As soon as I saw Colus Hunter design (above) I could feel some deep rhythm stir inside me, something raw and totally awesome. Ok maybe a bit heavy but let me just say that Colus has got skills and has instantly become one of my favourite designers.

I received the t-shirts in a bespoke white envelope with enigmatic eye symbol printing in black . The eye symbol is a device used by Colus used to represent morality. Packaging is the first impression and it’s always good to see the effort. This ‘morality’eye design can also be purchased as a t-shirt called ‘We Are What We Do’. Layered inside the envelope were my two -t-shirts Hunter and Wise Owl (sealed separately) and a mission statement card nicely printed up with a personal note written on the back. I’m a firm believer in personal touches.

Both designs are single colour screen prints on American Apparel so make sure you follow the care instructions properly to get the most from the fabric. We were taking the photographs at night and the flash was popping off the t-shirt making it look intensely white. The designs in the Colus range are simple and bold, Hunter being particularly striking. If you don’t like attention then this t-shirt is not for you.

The fit of Hunter on me is great and the soft fabric feels really good. Craig, featured wearing Wise Owl, says it fits well and being an American Apparel white t-shirt it’s slightly on the thin side as you could see his tattoo faintly. All t-shirts are printed on American Apparel.

I had a good time reviewing Colus t-shirts and focused on being as non-biased as possible which was easy because the product is pretty good. You can purchase one of these t-shirts over at his online store for $26 and you can even check out his latest jewellery release.



made in ca t-shirt

Part of me thinks that I shouldn’t like a t-shirt that is this simple, but another part of me thinks if I like something then I should just accept it, even if $28 for a one-colour print does seem a little much (I know, I know, artists cost money).

Costiness=$28 Buy it at Park Life [via ATshirtBlog]

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The X T-Shirt by Violent Elegance

by Andy on January 29, 2010

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I’m not even going to attempt to fathom what it means, but I do know that I want to wear it.

Costiness=€29 (with free shipping worldwide) Available from Violent Elegance

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Hi by Rinzen at Publik

by Andy on January 18, 2010

I think I might be going through something of a minimal phase at the moment, I keep finding great tees that are restrained graphically and I keep liking them a lot. This tee is no exception.

Costiness=5565Yen (about $61) Available from Publik (in limited sizes from what I can tell)



It would be remiss of me not to mention that Micah of (formerly, or, I can’t remember) is also going to be making that risky transition from ‘person who tells you which tees are good’ to ‘person who hopes his tees are good’ with the tee you can see above. His shirt is kind of a logo tee, the three yellow bars can be found on the favicon of the site and yellow is prominent in the design, so it’s a logo tee, but it’s a subtle one.

Micah writes what I think is one of the best t-shirt blogs out there, I like almost every tee he posts, and I’m pretty sure I steal more tees from him than anyone else (for posting, I’m not making the trip to San Francsico every week to rob the man), so I really hope that his venture in the tee world goes well.

Much like my effort, the shirt will be ‘coming soon’, and I’ll let you guys know of any developments.


Graphic Cirlces T-Shirt by fauxsure at Etsy

by Andy on November 7, 2009



As ever, I think this tee would benefit a bit from increasing the print size so that it filled out the shirt more, but otherwise I really enjoy the simplicity of it.

Costiness=$23 (available in various colours) Available from fauxsure’s Etsy shop [via Rumplo]


Syncro Hood from Ucon

by Andy on October 21, 2009


There’s no denying that on the face of it this is a simple hoodie, but is you start looking at the details you’ll notice that a lot of elements to it are different from the norm, and that’s what Ucon are all about.

Costiness=€69.99 Available from Ucon


Airplane T-Shirt by Simplified Clothing

by Andy on October 2, 2009


Sometimes you don’t need a big crazy graphic with a bajillion elements to it, you just need a simple design that looks damn good as a tee.

Costiness=$25 Available from Simplified Clothing (unfortnately sizes are limited to YXL and M at the moment)

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It’s all new at Artefacture

by Andy on July 8, 2009


Artefacture (who we last saw on the beach in France last year) have just launched a whole new site, new range of tees (don’t worry, the old stuff is still there), and they’re now printing solely onto organic cotton tees which were created under fair trade and sustainable conditions. Yes, you get the same great, simple designs with all the benefits of buzzwords!


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Geddit? Do you understand the joke? They’ve heard it all before because FAQ stands for ‘frequently asked questions’? Yeah, jokes are funnier when you explain them.*

I can’t believe that I’ve let FAQ sit in my inbox for so long, because now that I’ve given them a second look, they’re brilliant!

The designer, Sam Irvani, describes his style as being minimalist, but quite a lot of the designs are pretty big and bold, I guess that they are fairly minimal in terms of the amount of elements, there are no mad collages here with a thousand zombie faces on them. I like to think of them as being quite simple, but very well put together.


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HomeRoom’s Fall/Winter Collection looks hot

by Andy on November 21, 2008

You see, the clever thing about that title is that in Fall and Winter its generally quite cold, whereas I’ve described the clothing collection from HomeRoom as being hot, in the blogging biz we call that “writing things which are contradictory because you think they’re funny even though they’re actually kinda lame.”

Asymmetric? Thumbholes? I’m intrigued! I’m sure you’ll be looking at these and thinking that they’ll be crazy expensive, but the most expensive item in the range is $132, which I don’t think is bad at all.

Homeroom Store [via HypeBeast]

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This tee is a bit of an odd one for me to review, because I’m not a Christian or religious in any way whatsoever (I do follow Andyology though), but to be completely honest I don’t think that it really matters. Just think about how much religious terms have been diluted away from their original meanings, how often when you hear someone say the word God are they actually talking in a religious sense rather than just using a throwaway line. If you don’t get what I mean, check out Oh My Science, a clever Twitter mashup which replaces every instance of ‘God’ on Twitter with ‘Science’. I sat watching the messages scroll for about 5-10 minutes and not once did a message come up that was actually discussing something religious.

As I do with all the vaguely religious tees I’ve received, I checked with my Christian friend whether it was ok for me to wear it, and she said yes (and informed me that “he does”, which is nice), so I guess I’m not blaspheming too much, although I can’t imagine many other non-religious people wearing a tee like this since if I wore it out in public people would make presumptions about my faith. People in the UK hold very different attitudes about religion to those of you in the US, its fine for people to have faith, but to wear clothes about it is pretty unusual. The design itself is fairly classic Local Celebrity style, y’know, simple, slightly retro graphics with a font that wouldn’t be out of place in the 70s and 80s, and makes you look like you’re filled to the brim with bravado, when in reality you’re actually just having a little fun.

Whilst the message of the design isn’t for me, the quality of the tee definitely is. Once again, Local Celebrity have produced a tee that you would struggle to better anywhere at any price range. I’m a bit like a broken record here, but it needs repeating again and again that these Local Celebrity tees really are top notch, and their printing style means that they actually do start to look more vintage after a few washes, rather than just looking washed out like a lot of tees might.

Costiness=$25 Buy it at Local Celebrity


I have no idea why I like this tee so much, but I think it’s pretty beautiful.

Costiness=$xx (I’ve just noticed that it’s sold out, sorry) Don’t buy it at Etsy [Rumplo Link]


Ugmonk like things to be calm, but not ugly

by Andy on September 3, 2008

Ugmonk have been posted e-ver-y-where recently with the white tee up there, Lowercase, but let’s not just give attention to the popular kid, it can’t all be Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!, Jeff Sheldon (Ugmonk creator) has put together a great first mini-season, who decided to launch his own brand following after whetting his appetite with design contests.

Here’s a mini-blurb that gives you a decent idea for what Ugmonk is about:

With the market being oversaturated with complex, crazy designs, Ugmonk’s mission is to provide simple yet fresh designs through various products.

Mission accomplished I’d say!



Keep it simple with Violent Elegance

by Andy on July 28, 2008

Violent Elegance released a couple of new designs called, appropriately enough, Skull and Pyramid, which I figure is because one of the tees has a skull on it (with Mickey ears? scandalous!) and the other two have a pyramid on them. I like the way that they keep it simple (hey, that’s from the title!) and minimalist, especially with the black-on-black and white-on-white colourways.

All Violent Elegance tees are €32, which is a fairly premium price, but that does include worldwide shipping.

Violent Elegance


Alcott by Mike & Chris @ Rare Chic

by Andy on February 20, 2008

Alcott Hoodie by Mike & chris @ Rare Chic

Despite being incredibly simple, I like this hoodie, although not enough to justify the the high price tag:

Another phenomenal hoodie by Mike & Chris. Incredibly soft grey fleece with a contrasting sulfur green stripe across the chest. Welt pockets and gold tone hardware. 80% Cotton, 20% Polyester. Running true to size.

Whilst I don’t really have any particular reason to believe it, looking at the hoodie closely I get the feeling that this is a pretty high-quality piece (hey, they describe it as both ‘phenomenal’ and ‘incredible’, so it must be good!). Oh, and I wonder if they realise that ‘sulfur green’ actually just looks ‘kinda yellow’.

Costiness=$187 Link (this Retailmenot has a load of coupons to get up to 30% off at Rare Chic, which I’m sure you’d want to use if you bought this hoodie!)

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