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Pixelated Animal T-shirts by Red King

by Andy on May 28, 2013




I know what you’re thinking, “Andy, those images are only 280 pixels wide, can’t wait to hear you bitch about this!” But no, just for a change I’m not going to complain about image sizes, because in this case I know the issue stems from Spreadshirt (who Red King use as a storefront) themselves stubbornly refusing to use larger images, and because with these being pixelated designs anyway that don’t have amassiave amount of detail you can get enough of an idea for what the design is going to look like, so they can just about get away with the smaller images. Of course, it would be nice if they provided some pictures of the printed shirts if they’ve picked up their own product from Spreadshirt.

I’m a total sucker for pixelated designs, so obviously I like the designs, but I think the style they’re done in works really well too, they’re cute but not so cute that it would be off-putting to a burly fellow like myself, they strike a good balance.

Shirts are €20,90 and available on a variety of colours at Red King’s Spreadshirt store.

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As you’d imagine from my ownership of Rigu, I try to follow the camera world as best I can, so I’d come across Japan Camera Hunter in the past, but it’s cool to see our two world’s meet in the form of tees for camera fanatics.

I like this fledgling range of designs being hosted at a Spreadshirt store, they look fairly simple (which is probably doing a dis-service to the designer) but are very nicely done and really wearable, especially if you’re a photographer.

Most of the range is $14.99 (with the hoodies and iPhone cases being more, as you’d expect), and is available now. I get the feeling that if there is enough interest the range will be expanding and possibly even moving to a non-POD solution, which is always preferable to a guy like me but I can understand why someone running a camera blog wouldn’t necessarily want to have to deal with holding stock and packing orders.

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Nice! Finally a website for the whole world to order shirts related to the Big Bang Shirts! If it’s a quote from Sheldon or a shirt worn in the show Big Bang Theory.

Andy: Nice! Someone has finally put all the shirts on the Big Bang Theory in a store! Even the shirts that it isn’t hard to find the real original that this site is ripping off! Making a store based around quotes and themes is okay (in my book), but clearly copying original designs when the original is still on sale is just not acceptable.

This post was submitted by Jeroen.

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beware of scientists t-shirt

Mike over at Stress Dressed sent me an e-mail back in November, I quickly looked at it and saw the phrase “shop dedicated to sarcastic shirts” and an alarm went off in my head. Generally, when people say that their shirts are ‘sarcastic’, ‘controversial’, ‘funny’, or ‘edgy’ then I’m not going to like them, I know that’s a blanket statement, but after six years of writing HYA I have a pretty good feel for these things. However, I’m making a big effort to clear my e-mail backlog these days, so I randomly clicked on that e-mail again, and this time I gave them a fair chance and actually looked at the site. I liked what I saw, the drawing style is nice and cute, and since the store is Spreadshirt powered then we know that there aren’t any quality issues to be concerned with. Here’s to keeping an open mind and actually checking sites out when they e-mail me!

Costiness=$15.99 Buy it at Stress Dressed

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Daily Tees and News for December 8th

by Andy on December 8, 2011

eternal sunshine of the spotless mind t-shirt

Sorry that the news is a bit late today, I couldn’t get home from my girlfriend’s house this morning due to local flooding, I was in puddles of water over the lights on my car at one point, but there was no getting through.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind t-shirt before, I’ve also haven’t seen the film, this shirt is one of those things fixed, thanks to TeeFury.


I recognised the Hunter S. Thompson side of this RIPT design, but had to check the comments to know that the rest of it was about Pokemon.


Usually I’m fairly apathetic about the designs at Stupidhurts.us, but I really like this lion design.

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A Google +1 shirt already?

by Andy on July 14, 2011

Google +1 T-shirt

Yes, this is a very simple shirt, but I think it gets the idea across, and the gold print raised a good point for me, Spreadshirt is a great option for people that want silver and gold foil prints on their shirts but don’t want to splash out on a full order of 30+ shirts. I think that the HYA logo outline would look very cool as a t-shirt and in the HYA shop, but I don’t think that there would be that much demand for it, so I could just get Spreadshirt to print one for me, a super-exclusive HYA shirt if you will. Beyond that I could even use Spreadshirt as a test-bed for experimental designs that I thought were interesting but didn’t think would fit with the stuff that’s in the shop. I’m surprised that it isn’t a technique used by more artists and brands.

Actually, is the print on this shirt even foil? I’m not too sure now, it might b a regular print. Still, my point stands!

Costiness=$14 Buy it at Dadako’s Spreadshirt Store

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Looking to find a t-shirt line that speaks from the modern women’s perspective? Do you yearn for a collection that’s full of oomph? bang! bang! flip graphic t-shirts was created by women and features t-shirts with today’s women in mind. You will discover fun designs in such categories as femme fatales, graffiti gourmet and flower power that pack a punch.

We post fun entries on our Facebook fan page from our blog, where we share exciting discoveries that spark great ideas for t-shirt design. Pop in and sneak a peek!

website: http://bangbangflipgraphics.spreadshirt.com

blog: http://bangbangflipgraphictshirts.com

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[Andy: I almost didn’t run this submission since it’s a Spreadshirt shop, but then I decided not to be so elitist and check them out. Here’s a problem I see in their store… 287 products, am I really expected to look at 12 pages to see what they have available? I realise that’s partially to do with the Spreadshirt cart system, but I think their offering needs pruning, every design doesn’t need to be offered in lots of garment options. Also, the blog doesn’t feel like it ties in enough with the store in terms of the look, it needs focus, and possibly a bit of a redesign because it looks a bit messy as is. They have got some decent product photos though (even if they might be mockups), perhaps they should try and showcase that more, to give people a better idea of what they’re buying.

This post was submitted by Denise Goins.

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The IT Crowd t-shirts Series 4 Episode 4

As a side note before we get into the traditional meat of The IT Crowd t-shirt roundups, after listening to Pirate FM in Cornwall when I was on holiday me and my girlfriend were inspired to watch The Boat That Rocked a film inspired by the pirate radio station Radio Caroline that operated from a boat (it was in international waters and therefore not governed by British law). I was under the impression that Pirate FM was the legit ‘child’ of Radio Caroline, but I actually completely wrong. Still, it’s a good, funny film, and I thought I’d mention it because Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson (Roy & Jen in the IT Crowd) are both in the film, so you guys may want to check it out.

Anyway, on with the show (almost literally), the first tee worn by Roy was just a plain grey shirt, naturally, I’m not going to track down the brand, if you want to be just like Roy go and get a grey shirt from Primark or American Apparel.


The second shirt had already been found for me by @RustyBransteinX which did make my job rather a lot easier. The OMFG t-shirt comes from ThinkGeek and the acronym is for the little-known Ontario Mega Finance Group the investment company that lots of teenagers apparently enjoy talking about. The t-shirt is $15.99 and it can be purchased here.


Roy’s third shirt of the evening was a bit more troublesome to hunt, and not just because of Roy’s hot girlfriend being on view. It was a dark scene, but after taking about a dozen pictures and playing with the levels on them I managed to make out the writing “don’t even think about tagging me” which is actually pretty good advice for those people that think it’s fun to tag photos on Facebook of their friends in compromising positions.The tee is available from Balcony Shirts for £12.50. As I do try to be a bit of a completist with these things, I had a quick look around for the other tee in this pic, the one with the crossed guitars worn by the orphan. I haven’t been able to find the same tee, but I have found what I think is the same graphic on an apron at Spreadshirt, and with it being spreadshirt to can customise these thing to your heart’s delight, and that includes putting the design on a pink t-shirt with black print.


Fourth tee of the night was easily recognised as Roy has worn it before, “Nothing is any good if other people like it” is a Diesel Sweeties design. However, I can’t find the shirt anywhere in their store, so it seems as if they’ve stopped selling it. Still, there’s plenty of other cool shirts in their shop. Also, how good was this scene? There isn’t nearly enough mashed potato based comedy on TV.

And that’s your lot for this episode, I will post episode 5 tomorrow, and then you can expect the episode 6 recap (last episode of the season, sob) early next week.

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USA Soccer 1950 T-shirt by Two Eight Nine

Why must I keep punishing myself in this way? Because, let’s be honest, the USA’s football team has a pretty sweet design for their jersey, they had it on Sautrday night, and they had it in 1950 too.

Costiness=$20 Buy it at Two Eight Nine’s Spreadshirt Store

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Couch Potato Hoodie by Dressperate

by Andy on April 17, 2010

couch potato hoodie by dressperate

Part of me thinks that I’d actually prefer to see this design without the text printed negatively on the couch, but then it wouldn’t be a couch potato design, it’d just be a hoodie with a couch on it, but then again I’d be pretty happy with both those options. Printing is filled by Spreadshirt, so when you click through you have the option to purchase from either the US or EU. If you feel the need to really know where that shirt is printed, check out my tour of the Spreadshirt Factory in Leipzig, Germany.

Costiness=$34.90 Buy it Dressperate

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point click apparel

POD (Print-On-Demand) companies have been around for a while, and they are a great idea, but it’s always hard to tell if what you put on the screen is going to look any good when it’s in your hands, so thankfully Point Click Apparel has arrived to make that choice easier. Site creator MJ (whose well known in tee-circles) has tested several of the major POD players, giving a good critique of each of them, and crucially she is testing them all with the same prints. She gets a regular print done, and a photo print (since all of them print using DTG, which is the easiest way to make a full colour print) and then tells us what she thinks of them. Here’s a list of who she’s tested so far:

Cafepress
Mysoti
Printfection
RedBubble
Skreened
Spreadshirt
Zazzle

It’s a really useful resource, I’ve always hoped someone would do something like this, I’d have done it but I’m far too lazy. So, if you’re using a POD for your printing needs, check it out, because there may well be a better option out there for you.

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hockey t-shirt

There is something ever so charming about 8-bit designs, isn’t there? And if this colourway was a woman I’d be all up in it’s business.*

Costiness=From $20 Buy it from twoeightnine

*But not in a creepy way, Mr. HYA is all class… even when anthropomorphising colour palettes.

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holiday

You guys know I’m a fan of Lowdtown, but I’m also a fan of sales, so this one works out great for me. In addition to the sale, get 10% off FOREVER (not just until the end of the sale) with the coupon code hya.

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15% off at eco-friendly OMUNKY from now until December 18th with the coupon code MerryMUNKY.

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The e-mail was in German so I struggled to understand it, but I think that Limitees have 25% off all or some of their shirts from now until December 31st… or something like that.

Holiday Sale

Hypnic are doing the pre-Christmas sale thing with 30% off all their tees until Sunday (12/20), making them $16.99 a pop.

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The Made With Awesome sale is now on, with up to 40% off items, so tees are $15, posters $14, and totes $5.

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15% off everything at much-praised Holebrain, no need for a coupon code, prices are already discounted.

    Not deals but kind of newsworthy

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The I Am The Trend crew let you know why you should be buying indie clothing this festive season rather than heading out to the mall.

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I Am The Trend also give you a rundown of hot models in the indie tee world. Note to my girlfriend, this kind of thing disgusts me… ummm, anyone believe that?


Spreadshirt are a pretty well-known in Germany, when I was in Berlin I remember more than one person telling me about how CEO Jana Eggers was ‘kind of a big deal’ for what she’d done with Spreadshirt (and creating jobs within the country rather than outsourcing), and clearly they’re continuing to grow because now they’re running ads on German TV. The embedded video above has no sound, presumably because of copyright on the music and because the German voice-over would have been confusing, but I think it looks good and gets over what Spreadshirt do. I’m thinking I might use Spreadshirt to test out a few ideas for HYA products so that I can get a single item made before ordering a whole bunch.

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coexistence

‘Facts’ and ‘evidence’ be damned, humans and dinosaurs lived on Earth together, and in harmony no less (except for the T-Rex, he was always pissed off because he had all those teeth and no toothbrush).

Costiness= From $15.99 Available in multiple colourways from Teach the Controversy (also available without the text)

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HYA Tours the Spreadshirt HQ in Leipzig

by Andy on June 30, 2009

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Whilst I was in Berlin for T-Shirt Day it seemed like a great idea to hop on the ICE train (which isn’t as cool as it sounds) and head 100 miles south of the capital to the city of Leipzig to check out Spreadshirt’s much-larger-than-I-expected HQ and production facility. If any of you are wondering, “who the devil are these Spreadshirt folks?” Well, they’re the largest (I think) print-on-demand supplier in Europe, and they also have offices and production in America, meaning that whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on you can get a high-quality customised tee pretty darn quick. I actually have a tee from 2004 that I bought from Spreadshirt (yeah, I was all about the tees even before I started HYA!) that’s still going strong, so they really do know how to make tees, and presumably they’re even better quality now.

Upon getting off the train in Leipzig’s beautiful station I was met by Adam from Tee Junction who was going to act as my tour guide to the city, and I don’t think he’d actually had a tour of the new Spreadshirt facility as he had left the company before they moved in, so the day wasn’t a waste for him, hopefully. I always say that the best way to get a feel for a city is to walk through it, you don’t see much when you take public transport (especially if it’s underground, obviously), so we walked from the station to Spreadshirt through the lovely old centre of the city and the huge park to the more industrial side of the city. One strange thing about Leipzig is that there are a lot of abandoned buildings in the city because of vast numbers of people (around 500,000 people in a city of 1 million) leaving the city after the collapse of the wall and re-unification of Germany, many of those people never returned, meaning that there is lots of unoccupied space. Even just across the road from Spreadshirt’s freshly-renovated building there was a really nice building that had clearly received no love for many years and sat empty. According to Adam this situation means that rents in the city a very low not only for housing but for business as well, so people will set up businesses as a hobby that are only open for a few days a month, it’s a strange concept to me, but I like it.

As you can see from the picture at the top of the post, it’s pretty easy to spot the Spreadshirt building because it’s covered in everyone’s favourite item of clothing. Apparently you don’t need to give taxi drivers the address to Spreadshirt because they all know about “the building with the t-shirts on it.” It’s pretty hard to miss as well, seeing as it takes up a whole block.

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Eike (seen here on the right at T-Shirt Day Berlin) decided we should start our tour on the top roof deck of the building, giving us a good view over the city. The weather hasn’t treated them too well so far this year so the roof decks haven’t seen much use, but they hope to use them for events when it starts to heat up. I might be wrong in remembering this, but I’m pretty sure that the roof deck spaces (there’s more than one) if combined would actually be larger than their old offices, which shows how much of a step up the move was for them.

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We then moved down to a meeting room/kitchen/break room, passing a couple of guys playing table tennis on the way, from the looks of the league on the wall next to the table these guys get pretty serious about the table tennis competitions. Can you believe that the kitchen above is in a t-shirt companies offices? It looks like it should be in a showroom!

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What self-respecting internet company could have offices and not have a foosball table?

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This meeting space shows how light and airy the building is, I think that they might have more room than they know what to do with!

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This picture obviously doesn’t illustrate it particularly well, but in one of the receptions they have a life-size model of Batman, Eike didn’t seem to really know why it was there, but I’m sure that it’s an important addition to every office.

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I remember Adam being pretty excited about the addition of Fatboy chairs/bean bags to the office, and wondered why they weren’t there back in his day.

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In one of the larger offices, because the ceilings are so high they were having problems with noise and echoes, the innovative solution to this problem was right under their nose, t-shirts! They hung a load of t-shirts up and now they help to stop the noise bouncing around the room.

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These pieces of wall art are made of t-shirts they printed in the factory and stretched around frames, which I thought was a really cool idea. Some of you may recognise the broken up image as one of the finalists for the Open Logo Competition that Spreadshirt held to find their new logo.

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This is the returns room. You’re probably quite alarmed by the amount of items in there, but I couldn’t actually see anything technically wrong with the couple of items I picked up. I get the feeling that a lot of people just return items when they receive them because the message that they thought would be funny on a tee really isn’t, or they made an error when picking the fonts and colourway. I get that feeling because most of the returns I picked up were really badly designed.

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This returned tee that Adam found made me a bit sad, because why would return a tee that says “I [heart] my boyfriend” when there’s nothing wrong with the tee. A lot of the returned tees get given away to charity, and staff are regularly allowed to rummage around and take them too, so presumably most of the people at Spreadshirt have really weird t-shirt collections.

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Along this corridor only about half of the office spaces were occupied because they still haven’t worked out what to do with the rooms, I think some of the ideas thrown around included a studio for recording video (there was already a photo studio along the corridor) and maybe even a room just for playing Wii in. It must be cool having all this space that they have to think up cool stuff to do with rather than having cool ideas with nowhere to implement them.

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A lot of the offices and rooms in the building have been given names, sometimes the names have a purpose, and sometimes they make no sense at all. I was disappointed to hear that this room doesn’t glow in the dark…

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And here she is, the production floor. As you can see, it is a large space, filled with lots of Germans working in a stereotypically efficient and hard-working manner.

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I think that these guys might have even more tees than I do!

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This machine is one of about six (I can’t remember how many) that print/cut the designs on the various vinyls and foils that Spreadshirt offer, each machine has been given a name (this one is called ‘John’), presumably just to cut down on confusion between machines rather than just being cute.

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These are the people that remove the ‘scrap’ vinyl from each sheet leaving just the bits of vinyl that are to be pressed onto the shirt. The rate at which they worked was really impressive, I’m sure if I were to do it there would be an awful lot of prints being thrown into the rejects bin.

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These people check over every item before it leaves the factory to ensure it meets quality control standards.

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Whilst it isn’t a large part of their business, Spreadshirt do have a DTG (direct-to-garment) printing machine, and it was really cool to see it in action as I’ve never witness it before. It’s basically a really big inkjet printer, which you think actually makes the process less interesting since I’d presume most of you are reading this post with a printer a couple of feet away from you, but it was fascinating watching a design appear on a t-shirt with each pass of the print head. The printed t-shirt then goes through a large dryer (to the left, out of shot), which I think can best be described as a jumbo-sized version of one of those toasters that you only ever see in hotels where you put your bread on to a conveyor belt and the toast comes out the other end.

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As we were leaving the production facility Eike pointed out the test lab where they put every item in the store through it’s paces. The rather bedraggled tee you can see above is the cheapest t-shirt they sell, and it has been put through 100 wash and dry cycles, so it’s hardly a surprise that it’s not looking too good, though the print seems to have held up fairly well.

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I’ve missed out on some of the office space, partially because I don’t like taking pictures of random people (even though Eike told me it was okay) and partly because a lot of the pictures I took came out pretty poorly, so if you were thinking that it didn’t seem as big as I was describing it, there’s quite a lot more offices, and a lot more people, than you can see in the photos. After the tour Adam and I caught a tram back into the centre of the city (unfortunately it wasn’t one of the Cold War era relics that I’d seen rolling around, but trams are always fun) and went for ice cream…

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… and beer. You know how when you go into a restaurant in America you automatically get given water? They have the same kind of thing in Germany except you get beer. Okay, that isn’t strictly true, but it sure does feel like it. We were later joined by Evan Eggers (who, if you remember, I’d met the day before at T-Shirt Day) for another beer before I headed back to Berlin on the train. Good times!

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Thanks to Adam and Eike for guiding me around the city and the Spreadshirt HQ (aka ‘T-Shirt Geek Disneyland’)!

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T-Shirt Day 2009 in Berlin

by Andy on June 26, 2009

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This past weekend I went to Berlin to take part in the International T-Shirt Day celebrations being hosted by Spreadshirt in the city. I realise exactly how crazy that sounds, but let’s be honest, if you have a good excuse to go to Berlin, you’re going to go to Berlin, right?

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I’ll spare you the holiday snaps I took of the many, many, incredible architectural and historical sites (walk in any direction in Berlin and you’ll find something interesting, it’s a great city), and we’ll focus on what I was actually there to do, report on T-Shirt Day celebrations… and be a model on the Open Runway. Oh yes my friends, on June 21st I became the world’s least professional and most clueless model.

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The event was held at the Kaiserstein bar and restaurant in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin, and there was a decent-sized turnout for the event, with lots of teeple meeting and mingling, I must admit that other than Spreadshirt & laFraise (the event hosts) the only brand I recognised was Silberfischer, though the quality of tees being exhibited by the other brands was impressive. Speaking of teeple that you guys will recognise, I met Adam from Tee Junction, who had done a lot of good work promoting the lead up to t-shirt day by organising lots of competitions and getting lots of companies to have special one day coupons on T-Shirt Day. I also met Spreadshirt CEO Jana Eggers (and her husband Evan, who isn’t in the tee business, but was a great guy so he deserves a mention), who chastised me for having the audacity to wear a Design By Humans tee to the event, but I must say was very nice, how on earth she manages to be CEO and have the energy to participate in triathlons I have no idea, but then again I did consider the walk from the U-Bahn station to the event as my day’s exercise, so I’m probably not the best person to judge.

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After some chatter it was time for the main event, the open runway. Despite all 60 spots for the runway being claimed on the T-Shirt Day website, there were actually 34 brands/groups represented, but with some brands showing off multiple tees with multiple models, the show was probably as long as it needed to be to ensure that people didn’t lose interest. With me going 8th people were still happy to clap, and there may have even been a small cheer when I took off my jacket and threw it over my shoulder as if we’d time-warped back to the 80s, but I would imagine that by brand 50 people would have been a bit bored even if the models were covered in fireworks. I can’t really remember that many of the brand names that were involved, so my apologies for the lack of detail to go with the captions of these photos.

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

These two totally worked the runway, they both started out wearing tees and stripped down to the vests, hot stuff!

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

You can't really see the tee, but this is one of my favourite photos from the day.

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

That's me! Click on the picture to see more pictures of the event taken by stylespion

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this model from LaFraise... she's cute.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

You probably recognise this guy from LaFraise shoots as well.

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

Jana, Evan, and Eike hit the runway together

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

I really like this picture, great tee too, if only I knew where it came from

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

Doesn't matter what you're wearing, you'll get a good reaction with a baby.

As you can probably see from a lot of the photos, there were a lot of photographers and some video/TV people at the end of the runway, which made me feel rather more like a model than just some guy walking on a carpet whilst people looked at him. In short, despite having no clue what I was doing, it was damn fun. I got the feeling that everyone else had a good time too, which is exactly how it should be at an event like this, you don’t need people pulling Blue Steel at the end of the runway, or models that believe smiling and currywurst are crimes, you just need people to have fun, and I think that Spreadshirt did a good job of making sure that happened.

After the runway there was further mingling and chat, and yes, some more beer (I do have a rockstar blogger image to maintain). There were also a couple of racks of LaFraise and Spreadshirt tees up for grabs. Adam and I decided that if you were giving away free t-shirts in England that the ensuing scrum for freebies would result in arguments, fights and probably some guys turning up with a van and just taking the whole rack, but apparently things happen differently in Germany, because people actually looked over the merchandise properly before taking it, and there were even some shirts left at the end of the event… perhaps the public hadn’t quite grasped the concept of ‘free’. I had a thoroughly excellent time at T-Shirt Day ’09 in Berlin, so big thanks to the Spreadshirt and LaFraise teams for putting the whole event together and doing such a good job, specifically to Ami at Spreadshirt for helping to organise getting me there, and to Adam for saying “hey Andy, you should come to Berlin for T-Shirt Day.”

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Love and Hate on Valentine’s Day

by Andy on January 11, 2009

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[You don’t want to know what happened next]

According to our man in Japan (who, by the way, is in now way ‘ours’), the guys over at Spreadshirt are all about the love, holding a contest with for lovey-dovey designs, with 2 $500 prizes up for grabs. You have until January 15th to get your designs in.

In contrast, the Cafepress crew are bitter and presumably have no one to wine & dine on Valentines (not that I do either, mind you… ladies of Philly, interested?), and are holding an anti-Valentines design competition, with a total prize fund of of $400 worth of gift certificates and an American Express Gift Card up for grabs. The competition is open to US residents only (boo!) and submissions need to be tagged by January 22nd.

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Spreadshirt were kind enough to send over a copy of the book they put together along with Zeixs for the posts that I wrote about the recent International T-Shirt Day activities (peep some pics of the Berlin festivities here). Since I’ve got a fairly decent collection of t-shirt related books now I thought it might be cool for me to give them reviews just like I do with the tees.

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When I first heard about this book I thought that it was going to be a how-to guide about t-shirt design, teaching people who were new to the industry about what makes a design ‘good’. As I discovered, this wasn’t the case at all, so I guess you could say that the title is a little bit misleading, but if you spend just a few seconds reading the description its pretty clear that this book isn’t about helping new designers, its about showcasing the best designs that have been submitted to Spreadshirt.

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It’s a fairly weighty slab of dead tree, it’s diminutive page sizes being more than made up by the fact that there are 670 pages for your perusal. In terms of content, things are kept simple, the opening few pages are what you’d expect from a book about t-shirts, a bit of text about how tees are so prevalent in society now, and now that came to be that way. Once you’ve got the text out of the way we get down to the real meat of the book, the tees. Each page is dedicated to a t-shirt design, sometimes placed onto a t-shirt, sometimes just the artwork, and there’s also the name, location and website of the artist to make sure that you can get hold of the design if you really want it. The book is split into categories (logos, typographic, characters, illustrative, political & pattern) which I guess would be useful if you’re a designer trying to get some inspiration for a project, as long as you keep it at just inspiration, of course!

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There’s some really great designs in the book, I’d love to rip out all the pages and stick them on my wall as a massive collage, but there just seems to be something wrong about ripping the pages out of a book that you actually like.

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