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Velo Nuit by Dargelos

by Andy on August 12, 2010

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Here’s something cool, a t-shirt that also doubles up as safety clothing!

At first I just thought that they were just brightly printed, but it turns out that some of the wheels on the bikes in the design are printed with a reflective ink so that it makes you easier to see when you’re out cycling on the road. Neato!

Costiness=$40 Buy it at Dargelos [via ATB]

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glow in the dark t-shirt

It’s about time I found another glow in the dark tee to post, and this one from Threadless looks nice… but I’m not entirely sure why they feel the need to add the glow in the dark effect, considering how in the past when Threadless have used glow in the dark ink it has been to add another dimension to the design, and sometimes it has been an integral part of the design, whereas in this case it feels like it has been done just because they can.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Threadless

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TeeFury are golden

by Andy on July 27, 2009

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After being in business for just over a year, TeeFury are selling their first ever tee with metallic ink. You should be able to pick it up now for $9, and it will be available for 24 hours (as all their tees are).

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My apologies for the page of pics before getting down to the text (because I know you hang off my every word… right? Guys? Hello? Is anyone reading?), but I wanted to show you a few designs so that the effect was clear. Basically, as the tee gets hotter, presumably from body heat, parts of the design change colour, changing the tone of the entire design. As you can probably guess from the title, this is an idea that I really like, I’d like to see it in reality rather than in mock-ups, but Ink Fruit are clearly trying something really interesting. I’d probably be just as excited about the designs as the special ink if they hadn’t put the text on the tree & suitcase designs, but I guess I can’t have everything. I should probably point out that I can’t find the above tees in their catalogue, which is disappointing (I’d written the rest of the post before noticing), so I would expect that these tees are currently being produced, sorry to get you all excited.

Also make sure you check out Ink Fruit‘s other tees, they’re a(nother) design contest that have some great tees in their catalogue. [via Shirtlog]

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I always have such high hopes for glow-in-the-dark prints, I want to like them a lot, but in reality they never quite match up to my expectations. The glow is never bright enough for me to be happy, and if it doesn’t glow enough, then what’s the point?

I could be wrong about Threadless‘ glow-in-the-dark prints, they could be bright, I’ve never actually seen one myself to judge it, so I might pick this one up for testing because the concept is just wonderful and one of the reasons why I like glow in the dark for adding an extra dimension to designs.

Costiness=$18 Available from Threadless

*I’ve included a gallery of the rest of this weeks new releases from Threadless after the break.

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2 Shirts & 2 Hoodies from Enclothe

by Andy on January 6, 2009

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You know what I first thought when I saw these new (and new options for old designs) from Enclothe? That guy is consistent. I’m sure that isn’t the most exciting way that you can describe someone’s work, but Enclothe never seem to put out a dud when it comes to their designs, I like everything in their store, and they aren’t all over the place with the style, so you know what you’re in for when something new is coming up.

One thing that I think is new to the Enclothe range is the use of glow-in-the-dark ink, which is used to great effect on the Ragnarok zipper hoodie. I think my favourite of the four is the Eternal Embrace hoodie, because the whole point of that design is that these two people were locked in that embrace for 5,000 years after their burial in Italy, and every time you unzip the hoodie to tear them apart, genius!

There’s a few detailed views after the break in the gallery for those that want a closer look at the artwork.

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Say Hello To Skilla Fashion

by Andy on November 17, 2008


There seems to be a split between me liking and not liking the designs of Skilla Fashion. I like the use of foil, and the tee with ‘Birth of a Hero’ text written in Birth Of A Hero type is pretty clever (has anyone done a line with the names of fonts written in the named font?), but then some of the designs just aren’t working for me, not that there’s anything particularly wrong with them, I’m just not blown away.

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I can tick off another aspect of my t-shirt collection, no one had ever sent me a t-shirt with glow in the dark ink on it, so when I was offered another review sample from the gang over at Vintage Vantage I thought I’d indulge my love of clothing that glows and lights up by asking for to send over their design with glow in the dark ink on it, which is appropriately called ‘Glow in the Dark.’


I wore this last Saturday night, and I got at least four comments from the people I was out with (all girls – that’s how I roll!) asking whether it actually glowed in the dark. I assured them it did, but that we’d need to go somewhere pitch black for them to be able to see it properly, needless to say, my ladies can’t be tricked by such lines and I went home alone that evening!

It does glow in the dark though, as the .gif below attests, but the effect isn’t that dramatic, as is often the case with glow in the dark clothing, you actually do need to be in near-complete darkness for the effect to be good and clear. I had thought that it might be quite funny if a t-shirt that has “glow in the dark” written on it didn’t actually glow in the dark, just because of the way that the tee would set you up for something that may or may not exist.


Vintage Vantage have a pretty decent knack for creating a a tee which feels as if it might be many years old, that is to say, they do achieve their aims in attempting to create a tee with a vintage look and feel. The cut of their tees is good too, at a guess I’d say that they’re about as wide as an American Apparel tee, but maybe an inch to an inch and a half shorter, which is a better fit for me personally as I sometimes find that AA tees can run a little bit long. The print quality feels great, I can’t really tell the difference between a regular print from Vintage Vantage and this glow in the dark ink, but since I’ve never had a glowing tee before I don’t know if there should actually be a difference, either way, it feels good.

Costiness=$22.50 Buy it from Vintage Vantage

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The Wonderful Future Life by Terratag

by Andy on August 7, 2008


In the UK it feels like every day we get another story about economic doom and gloom, so Terratag are attempting to buck that trend with this bold and bright (as in, fluorescent) tee that tells us that everything is going to be alright at some point in the future. Phew, I was getting worried for a minute there.

Costiness=£20 Link

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Stupid Devil have pretty smart designs

by Andy on August 7, 2008


I don’t think I’ve featured a Norwegian brand before, so this is a first for me, but its certainly not a first for Norwegians to be associated with the devil, although its fair to say that Stupid Devil‘s designs don’t have that classic “hey, we’re Satanists” kind of look about them.

All the tees are printed on American Apparel blanks, and they use discharge and blended inks on a few designs, so you know that these tees are going to be super soft. They also sell a few art prints that I’m sure would look pretty decent on my walls.

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