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Yonil has some new t-shirts and a review

by Mr Four Fingers on May 13, 2013

yonil t-shirt review

I was contacted recently by Jonathan Lax A.K.A. Yonil with some great news that he will be (now has) releasing a whole batch of new t-shirt designs. The first time we reviewed Yonil it was  a walk in the park. A park that was weird, sunny and pretty damn good. I can quite confidently say that you will never be disappointed buying a t-shirt from Yonil, not only for the great t-shirt quality, designs and service but also for the designer himself, a very humble fellow indeed.


Yonil has great looking website backed up by strong and friendly branding and so it should considering he has a degree in visual communications. He does state on his website that he does not like “summer heat”. Now Londoners like myself might disagree but then again Yonil is based in Tel-Aviv, as I type this post it’s 33º over there and that’s not even the hottest it gets.


Now what is the hottest (see what I did there) is Yonil’s latest t-shirt designs. I was lucky enough to be sent this t-shirt below called ‘Roof’ to review. Yonil’s line style and texture execution reminds me of (and may very well be) monoprinting. Monoprinting is a process of creating an image by inking or painting a flat surface, then laying paper lightly on top and drawing on the back of the paper with a blunt-ish implement like burnishing tool or even a  Biro pen. The paint/ink then adheres to the reverse side, giving you a lovely textured style. There are different forms but this is the one I learnt at college.

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As you can see this design is two colours printed  on yellow 100% combed cotton, custom cut T-shirt . The design has no base layer on white so the print is thin and the red is enhanced by the yellow fabric. As expected the t-shirt fits well and is soft, whatever the “custom cut” is, it works. Included in the freebies were some stickers and an unusual printed cardboard square which made me initially think that perhaps it was a ‘tab’ that you collected and once you collected a certain amount, you posted them back for a free t-shirt or something of that nature. Who knows, maybe that’s an idea I have thrown out there (hint hint).

Be sure to visit his quirky website to purchase one of these new tees for $27 and follow Yonil on his Facebook page here. Yonil is also giving the wonderful HYA readers a 15% discount so just enter HIDEYOARMZ  at the checkout and get yourself some tees! Offer ends Friday 17th May 2013.

Here are the other 3 designs from the new collection.

Slight of Hand




Looking Forward




Diggin for Gold







James Jean Bone T Review

by Mr Four Fingers on June 4, 2012

James Jean skull on t-shirt

I have been a massive fan of James Jean for years so when I saw that he was releasing some t-shirts I was a little more than excited. The t-shirt image he had as the ‘coming soon’ was his Drip Tee and I knew nothing about  any skull t-shirt, it was only on when checking out Skull Appreciation Society’s post of this skull t that I even knew it existed. I bought it immediately.

I did have an issue receiving this t-shirt from USPS as in I did not receive. I emailed OVM, the online store with James Jean products and they promptly organised another t-shirt directly from SURU as they were currently sold out on the OVM store. So some douche out there nicked my t-shirt!

When I did receive my t-shirt I was not disappointed in the least. The packaging was the normal plastic jiffy bag but where the money was skimped it went into product.

In the parcel there was also a lovely little look book/contertina of images, that included the skull and some images of the other pieces in his range like the dripping metal jewellery entitled which you can buy if you have some deep pockets. I queried Olivia M from OVM as to what was the story behind James Jean and OVM (Olivia M). But going by OVM website she appears to be another awesome illustrator. This design is a combination of James Jean skull design and ‘bone broken’ porcelain design by OVM.

The skull appears to be  a two colour (white and light grey with hint of warmth) screen print and I presume the process involved discharge inks as it’s super soft. As expected the fabric is soft and fits well. One thing I thought was odd was the massive inner collar label that is the embroidered SURU logo but I didn’t feel it scratching or anything.

Overall I’m extremely pleased to own something by James Jean and even more so that it’s a skull. If any of you HYA readers don’t know his work then you should definitely check him out.

Suru x James Jean Bone T can be bought online from the OVM store for $35

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