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You’re probably wondering what the devil Indie Minded is, well, it’s the rebranded name for Tee Gazette, the popular t-shirt blog which has now expanded to encompass all things indie, not just tees. They haven’t turned their back on shirts though, with this post showing their favourite shirts to enter the Storenvy market place last month.

September Roundup of the Best Tees on Storenvy | Indie Minded

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Post image for Storenvy driving to 20k market stores, enticing more with free add-ons

Storenvy, the internet’s only combo hosted store-builder and community marketplace, is getting close to having a whopping 20,000 stores on their platform (19,207 at the time of writing), and they really want to climb that hill, so they’re offering a bonus for people who give them a little push.

If they reach 20,000 stores by Monday night (PST, I presume) they’re going to give all the stores on their network their ‘super discount codes’ feature for free for a month, when it would usually cost them $2.99 per month. I know it’s not the most massive of incentives, but if you were thinking of checking out Storenvy for your store then now would be a great time to open account and get testing.

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rhinestone skull t-shirt



I think that we all know I’m in very uncertain territory when I post about stuff that is intended for women, especially now that there are a few ladies writing for HYA, but this is a really nice skull design so I thought that I might as well just put it out there.

Costiness=$21.99 Buy it at Poise

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storenvy niftee thriftee fiftee

50 t-shirt companies hosted by Storenvy are selling one of their designs for $10 in honour of International T-shirt Day. You’d think that kind of sale would be enough, but no, there is also an opportunity for one person to win 50 shirts from those participating stores, a prize with a value of around $1,000!

All you have to do to enter the competition is send out a tweet, and there are loads of cool shirts in the sale, so head on over before the promo ends on Friday (June 22nd).

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teegazettes may storenvy t-shirt picks

No, there is not a typo in that title, this post is for the best tees on Storenvy that were released in May, it’s just taken Tee Gazette a little bit longer than usual to post their choices.

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Daily t-shirt news for May 1st

by Andy on May 1, 2012

metroid t-shirt teefury

Sorry about the level of disruption to the site at the moment, I’m acting as something of a nightwatchman on a building site for my other job, which does change my schedule around quite a lot as you’d imagine. The other bloggers will hopefully be picking up the slack and I see that Matt & Leah have already posted a couple of great articles.

Metroid gets some attention in the TeeFury shirt above.


Prune juice has never appealed to me, but apparently it appeals to Shirt.Woot.


Jet Set Scott Pilgrim at RIPT.
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Daily t-shirt releases for April 26th

by Andy on April 26, 2012

planet of the snapes t-shirt

Harry Potter pun tee at TeeFury today.


Skyrim shirt at Shirt.Woot.


Iron Man meets Neon Genesis Evangelion at RIPT. I’m not too familiar with NGE, does this mashup make any sense?
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Sometimes there is a store hidden away someplace the you are willing to drive to even though it’s in the middle of nowhere. And sometimes you want to go to the mall.

Modern online marketplaces like Etsy and Storenvy are the malls of the future. They offer great advantages to brands trying to make their way in a crowded marketplace. And more than just a storefront, they offer a sense of community that raises everyone up.

Take Storenvy as a case in point. They have been the launching grounds for respected brands like Go Ape Shirts and DPCTED Apparel who have proven that a community marketplace can work. Customers have no doubt stumbled upon their stores and now other stores are discovered by fans their fans.

So, Why Because is setting up shop next door to these great brands over at Storenvy. And to celebrate we are having a Spring Sale with 30% off of everything in the new shop through April.

You can still find us at shopwhybecause.com or we can be found at whybecause.storenvy.com.

Simply use the code “SPRUNG” at checkout for the 30% off and check out all of the other great brands in the Storenvy marketplace.

Andy: I think it’s fair to say that is one of the more professional submissions we’ve had, thanks guys!

This post was submitted by Brett R..

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T-shirt news for March 29th

by Andy on March 29, 2012

rushmore t-shirt

Really nice Rushmore shirt at TeeFury.


I like this one from Shirt.Woot.


A not particularly brilliant Supernatural shirt at RIPT.
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T-shirt news for January 26th

by Andy on January 26, 2012

star wars argyle t-shirt

Very nice argyle Star Wars t-shirt today at TeeFury.


Seems to me like this is the kind of design that Shirt.Woot should have been selling in the run up to Christmas.


RIPT drop a Milton Glaser-inspired Doctor Who t-shirt.


Harry Potter Muggle Ale shirt at Qwertee.


Those troublesome Tribbles are at Shirt Punch today.


Skyrim is the inspiration for this Nowhere Bad shirt.


I have no idea what the inspiration is for this design at The Yetee.


Star Wars meets Firefly today at OtherTees (who have a snazzy new site).


TeeRaiders have a Doctor Who design as well.


24tee go for the niche with one of the stars of the (surprisingly enthralling) King of Kong coin-op games documentary.


DBH love owls. On that subject, I saw a man walking down the street with an owl yesterday. Owls are great.


Hey look, Tilteed are selling one of their lesser seen designs again.


I have no idea what the kanji (presuming it’s Japanese) on this shirt says, so buyer beware at TeeMinus24.


Tee Gazette have put together their 10 favourite tees from the Storenvy marketplace for January.


Sock Monkee have released their Ampertastic Mr. Fox design as a print.


Adam over at IAMTHETREND busts six commonly held myths about his employer Storenvy.


Wrongwroks have released a parka with a faux fur trim.


Threadless have made some tees available to be put on Xbox avatars, and they cost about $1 each, but here’s the real kicker, if you want a hoodie you have to pay $2. They’re pixels, just because it costs double in real life doesn’t mean that they should cost double on the Xbox marketplace!


Glennz has made some more designs available as hoodies.


Mashable have a guide to building a strong online community around your brand.


Everything is on sale at Myth Clothing.


This Rihanna ‘thug life’ tattoo picture has been doing the rounds, but it’s her John Lennon t-shirt that interests me the most.


Here’s Katy Perry wearing a pretty cool hoodie (and I suspect a cool skull-based all over print t-shirt too).


Buy one get one free (on tees, not hoodies) at Eleven Eleven.


Typography Shop have put all their hoodies on sale.


Sehubabe have released a hoodie and t-shirt for Transardentes 2012 (a Belgian electro rock festival).


TanDan have been added as a brand store at A Better Tomorrow.

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adam hendle

I’m sure that the vast majority of HYA readers will be well aware of Adam, he runs popular indie clothing blog IAMTHETREND and has recently assumed the exciting-sounding position of Special Ops at Storenvy. Surely his greatest position to date though will be coming up over the coming weeks as he becomes a guest blogger on HYA, talking about goings on behind the scenes at Storenvy explaining what life is like at the rapidly moving startup.

I asked Adam a few questions about three things we both enjoy, tees, taking on more tasks than we can handle, and life.

Congratulations on the new job, can you fill in my readers on what your role is at Storenvy?
Thanks a ton Andy! My official title at Storenvy is Storenvy Special Ops, which probably sounds a little more like I will be in charge of kicking doors own and fighting bad guys, but honestly I wear a ton of different hats for Storenvy so putting one job title on it didn’t really work. As of right now I am in charge of our social media platforms, answering customer support, reaching out to our individual stores for feedback/insight, recruiting new stores to join the site, helping manage and grow the Storenvy community, writing for the blog and whatever else we can throw on my plate!


Does this mean we’ll be seeing less content on IATT?
Unfortunately yes. Working for a startup is basically the equivalent of working two or three jobs, so my time has been pretty limited outside of work. That being said IAMTHETREND is my baby which I have raised for over three years now and you won’t see it dying anytime soon. I have had some more guest bloggers pitch in to the site which has been fantastic and I have just had to be a lot more selective with the posts that I make as well as scheduling posts out throughout the week instead of just unleashing them as I write them.

Storenvy seems to be getting a lot of attention at the moment, and clearly they’re growing, what do you think sets it apart from other hosted store platforms that explains the growing popularity?
Storenvy has a ton of momentum right now and for good reason. Everyone who uses it, loves it. I’ve been on the phone with dozens of Storenvy users and every single one of them loves how easy is to use the site. And another thing that sets it apart is that it’s the only hosted store platform that also has a marketplace. Marketplaces are huge. It means that you have built-in traffic and shoppers have one destination where they can discover stuff from all the shores in one place. And I can already tell you that the marketplace is what makes the Storenvy community. Our merchants really get a sense that they’re not on their own and can connect with other users. I think the emphasis on community has been a real driving factor of Storenvy’s growth.

I’ve noticed a few articles on the Storenvy blog giving advice to store owners about product photography, can we expect more of this kind of ‘how to’ content?
Of course since I am an avid blogger I wanted to jump right in and start posting lists and resource articles and store interviews trying to gain momentum again for the blog. I really want to turn the blog from an afterthought to a place that people check daily for resources and insight.


Personally, I’ve never really used the ‘social marketplace’ aspect of Storenvy, am I in the minority and what am I missing out on? And will your role involve growing that side of the site?
Storenvy was really designed for 2 purposes — (1.) hosted, customizable online stores (2.) and a big marketplace made up of all the stuff from the stores. It’s totally cool to just head into your favorite stores and check out their stuff without going through the marketplace. Loads of other shoppers come through the marketplace. Each person is different in what their looking for. Some know exactly where to go for what they want and others want to browse a bigger selection. We just don’t think merchants should have to choose between having their own store and being in a marketplace which is why we put the two together.

The Marketplace is honestly a great place to find out about brands and products that you may never have stumbled on before. I highly recommend checking out and browsing the Markets page as you never know what you are going to find around the corner!

How can Storenvy survive without moving to a paid-for or freemium model?
On ramen noodles, tears and hardwork! Ha! But honestly at this moment we have two freemium features on the site, most recently of which we just launched called “Super Discounts”. That extra allows store owners to offer four types of discounts including $-off, %-off, free shipping and ‘buy n get m free’, which is perfect for offering great holiday deals to customers. On Black Friday we saw over 40% of the transactions going through Storenvy including some type of discount with shoppers spending an average of 15% more when they had a discount vs when they did not. Other than that we have a custom url option and also have some other freemium features in mind for the future.

Luckily, we’ve been fortunate enough to pair up with some investors that understand our vision and who have put some substantial financial backing into the business. These are the same guys who have funded other web startups like Twitter, Groupon, Tumblr, and even Google.

A couple of years ago Big Cartel was the de facto choice of platform for creating a quick store, is your job to make Storenvy the first thing that people think of when they want to make a store?
Absolutely! We still feel that there is no one clear choice in people’s minds when it comes to choosing an online storefront. There are some nice platforms out there but everyone is pretty well spread out with no real clear cut winner. Sure sites like Etsy and BigCartel, Shopify have a nice following but there still hasn’t been that household name that has emerged.


How is Pongdeck going?
Ahhhh Pong Deck, what could have been… Lol. Honestly if you were to say a project was to be taking a backseat I would have to say that Pong Deck is riding in the trailer right now. We had some early success with it getting it into Spencer’s gifts for a trial run as well as sponsoring last years World Series of Beer Pong, but unfortunately myself and my partner were not able to truly devote the time that it takes to get a first of it’s kind product off the ground. That being said we haven’t pulled the plug on it, it’s just on cruise control. Speaking of which if you like beer pong or know someone that does we just put them on sale for $5.99 with tees at $13.99 on iwillpongyou.storenvy.com! (shameless self plug).


How’s married life treating you?
I always say to people that ask me how life has been since getting married that it is the same! Which I think is beautiful thing. Really nothing has changed in our lives except we now wear wedding rings and can call each other dorky names like “wifey” and “hubby”. I am truly blessed to have such a supportive and amazing women by my side!

Do you hate getting e-mails that start “Dear Journalist” as much as I do? And do you have any pet peeves when brands send you pitches?
Haha absolutely! Don’t ever send me an email saying “Dear Journalist”. As far as pet peeves go, I really do not have too many. I prefer a short and personal email. Please do not send me a zip file including forty images that is going to take me an hour to open, I am sure they look great but I usually can tell in one or two pictures if I am going to write about the line.

How many tees do you have in your closet?
Great question! Honestly I have no idea, but I can tell you that I have a closet, a few drawers and even some totes full of tees and I still buy tees! I think I have a problem… If I had to absolutely take a guess I’d say 246 and a half. :)

I notice that you don’t post about daily sites such as TeeFury, why is this? Wary of the here today, gone tomorrow nature of some of the newer sites?
I just have really never been a fan of the tees that are usually on those sites. I would rather post about a brand that is trying to build something over just one t-shirt that is up for 24 hours.

Are you good at switching off from the Internet and unwinding? I feel like I’m constantly tethered to my emails.
I am the absolute worst at this, my iPhone is always in my hand and I am constantly checking emails. I have a very hard time turning it off and just unwinding, I get this overwhelming feeling of guilt like I should be doing some more productive with my time, especially on nights when my wife isn’t home as she bartends three nights a week. I feel like if she is out of the house I need to be working on something.

For any new projects in the pipeline or are you busy enough?
I always have ideas, it’s just the time that is the issue!

Thanks a lot to Adam for answering my not-particularly-exciting questions, but I found that really interesting. There aren’t many people out there that write about t-shirts as much as I do, so to get an insight from a fellow tee blogger is fascinating to me. it also sounds like Adam is in charge of quite a lot at Storenvy, which bodes well for some great posts when he guest blogs here at HYA.

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Daily Tees & News Roundup for November 18th

by Andy on November 18, 2011

USB Flash t-shirt

Sorry that the roundup is so late today, I had to go and pick up my cousin at the airport, and the airport is kind of far away.

Does anyone really like USB flash drives enough to buy this shirt from TeeFury.
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Daily Tees & News for November 17th

by Andy on November 17, 2011

Nice A Team x LOST mashup from TeeFury today.


I haven’t seen this Wotto design at Tilteed before, so even though it isn’t a new design from them, at least it’s a bit more rare design.
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Daily Tees & News Roundup for November 4th

by Andy on November 4, 2011

pacman mario t-shirt

I like the concept but I’m not too into the style of the artwork in this Pcamn x Mario mashup tee at TeeFury today. It looks more like a comic (and a well illustrated one, let me be clear) than a t-shirt design.


Oooooh, political shirt from Qwertee today, very cool, very timely.


Another old shirt from Tilteed, I’d love to know when they’ll be dropping some new designs.


Nice colourway on today’s Stupidhurts.us robot t-shirt.


It’ll never last, they’re from two different worlds! Shirt.Woot.


I’m glad this has the word ‘Firefly’ written on it otherwise I’d have had to hunt out the reference on this RIPT tee.


I love Zoidberg, so I think that this Futurama tee at TeeMinus24 is pretty nifty.


I love lunch, it’s one of the few times in the day that I’m not staring at a screen. This shirt is referring to the film Wall Street, so I can only assume that 24tee are hoping to pick up sales from the 1%!


Another oldie from Loviu, cool though.


Aren’t we all always at the corner of time and space? Catch of the Day Tee.


Not getting the reference on today’s Shirt Punch design, is it something to do with Portal?


Time to add TeeBlitz to the daily roster. This $10 tee shop has got that fantastic astronaut-based design on sale for the weekend.


Urban Industry are offering free shipping on orders until November 18th to try and encourage early shoppers.As you can tell from the infographic, they’re also offering extended returns and reminding you that gift vouchers are a thing.


Use the coupon code SEPT to get 20% off your order at Enclothe until 11/11/11, who have just introduced a new hoodie and had a few restocks too.


BustedTees are bringing in daily deals, starting with their Honey Badger shirt being $12 until midnight (EST).


PLNDR have got some ridiculous deals going on, probably on stuff that you’ll regret buying, but still. Oh, and if you manage to spend $100 or more, use the coupon code 20BUCKZ to get $20 off your order.


Karmaloop‘s latest offer is: “This Week:Spend $75 get *free shipping, Spend $125 get 15% off + *free shipping, Spend $200 get 20% off + *free shipping, Spend $350 get 25% OFF+ *free shipping,
USE CODE: LEVEL25 *$8 off international shipping” I wonder if anyone has ever bought anything for full price at Karmaloop.


Buy 4 shirts and get 1 free at Spreadshirt this month.


Dephect are offering a free card wallet with all orders, and the cool part is that you get to choose which wallet you receive depending on the coupon code you use. From right to left in the picture, these are the coupons to use: CITYWALLET ODWALLET ICECREAM BUYRECORDS.


Concrete Rocket have expanded their product range with a couple of jackets.


New shirt from A Better Tomorrow.


Mental Floss have got shirts as low as $9.99 for people that like their funny tees with some smarts to go with them.


Storenvy have a guide to taking photos of small items for your store, which will be of limited use to people with just t-shirts in their store, but it’s a decent tutorial and I felt it was worth adding to the news roundup today.

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It’s time for another edition of our blog roundup. Once again we have scoured the internet to bring you some of the best t-shirt related blog postings on the internet. So keep on reading, there’s a lot to see here:

Adam from IAmTheTrend to Storenvy
Adam from IATT Gets Hired at Storenvy via the Storenvy Blog
One of our favorite fellow bloggers, Adam from I Am The Trend, announced he will be joining the Storenvy gang. For anyone not familiar with Adam or IATT, he’s been delivering the cool for quite some time in the t-shirt industry. He also does a regular video t-shirt and brand review segment called IATT.TV. Check out the post for more on Adam’s official special ops duty for his new employer. Congrats Adam!

Gomedia Pale Horse Design Interview
Interview with Chris Parks of Pale Horse Design by GoMediazine
Speaking of cool guys in the design industry, GoMediazine brought us an awesome interview with Chris Parks. Chris Parks is a major creative force with Pale Horse Design. His particular clients have included some really big and familiar names such as DC ComicsWorld of Warcraft, Harley Davidson, and Red Bull to name just a few. This is a great interview that offers an inside look into his creative process.

Shirt Punch Launches
Shirt Punch Launches by R U Reppin’
While we have seen the pace slow down on t-shirt-a-day sites popping up, there are still new entries into the space. R U Reppin’ announces the latest launch with Shirt Punch. The difference here is this site has a very strong following of talented designers known as The Red Bubble Club. It’s also got a pretty cool new feature that allows users to see the upcoming, unreleased shirts as well as the current shirt. Nice!

Picking the Right Color Palette
How to Pick a Color Palette at Naldz Graphics
Hats off to Naldz Graphics for bringing us an in-depth look on how to pick the correct colors for your design. The color selection phase of creating a new design can be one of the most important steps. As the article points out there are quite a few important factors to consider when choosing the correct colors for your design including contrast, client needs and resources to work with.

Threadbird Introduces Foalio
The Launch of Foalio by Threadbird
Threadbird is very popular in the t-shirt printing world as the preferred vendor of Storenvy; however, they’ve just upped the ante even more by introducing a new site called Foalio. Foalio allows those seeking artists to posts listings – for free! No more eating into the design budget by having to pay for ads. It also helps artists find work by notifying them when jobs are posted in their field. It’s a win-win situation.

So there you have it, another round of cool developments in the t-shirt related blogging world. We’ll have our ears to the keyboard listening for more t-shirt news and blog posts coming in the future. Feel free to contact us @youdesignit if you would like to be featured next time.

This t shirt blog roundup was a guest post authored by Blake from You Design It where they love all things t-shirts.

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Foalio – connecting brands with artists

by Andy on September 21, 2011

foalio artist job postings

The idea of creating a job posting website that would allow artists and brands to connect with each other is something that I’ve long had in my “book of genius ideas Andy has but lacks the skills to implement”, so when I saw a newsletter from Threadbird introducing their new website, Foalio, which offers that very same service, I was a little saddened.

That sadness was short lived however, they’ve done better than I could have ever managed, and in doing so have created a fantastic resource that will hopefully make it easier for designers to get work with t-shirt brands, and help t-shirt brands connect with excellent artists from across the globe. Of course, websites like this need a lot of traffic to make them successful, but since it is a Threadbird project they have a built in source of brands wanting designs to be made, the people getting printing from Threadbird, so that should provide a steady flow of job postings, which should in turn entice designers.

I haven’t had time to get deep into the site, but it all looks promising from what I’ve seen, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops and grows in the future. Will any of you guys be signing up? Is this the website that the design community has been crying out for or is it just another place to put your portfolio?

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best cities for indie merchants

Storenvy, the hosted storefront people, have put together a couple of blog posts listing where they think are the best places to be/live if you’re the kind of person selling indie things (let’s not just restrict ourselves to tees for a change). It also serves as a pretty good guide to where you could take your brand if you were thinking of touring the country to hit craft shows. There aren’t really many surprises on the list, but it is an interesting read and certainly inspires some wanderlust in me (I may live in a beautiful place, but sometimes I wish I had some big city excitement to go with these mountains and lakes).

Best Cities For Indie Merchants | The Storenvy Blog

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storenvy updates

I mention Big Cartel news from time to time, so it would be remiss for me not to give you guys updates when Storenvy introduce new features since I do frequently feature Storenvy-based brands and it’s good to keep people informed when they’re making that Big Cartel vs. Storenvy choice for their hosted cart solution.

  • For $4.99 a month (which I can’t decide whether it’s expensive or cheap) you can now use your own domain with Storenvy, so instead of being awesomeclothingco.storenvy.com you can have the rather more professional-looking awesomeclothingco.com which can help to add legitimacy and credibility to a brand, especially when they’re starting out. This kind of functionality is clearly a bonus, and if you’re selling more than a handful of shirts per month then I don’t think you’re going to miss the $4.99 all that much.
  • Another interesting feature that has been introduced is the ability to use your own javascript and flash. Combine this with the ability to use your own URL and it islooking pretty clear that Storenvy are trying to be a strong option for people that want the simplicity of using the Storenvy back-end system whilst having a unique front-end. Of course it also means that Storenvy stores could end up looking like MySpace.
  • The Facebook Store App has been updated to look prettier and be easier to use. Personally I don’t want to be buying things through an app on a Facebook page, but I can imagine there being a lot of niche shops that like the idea of having that ability.
  • To make your experience more secure, whenever you’re in an admin area, logging in, or actually purchasing a shirt you will now be using HTTPS, which I’m actuallly quite surprised didn’t exist before, but then again since payments are handled by PayPal it might not really be necessary. Still better safe than sorry.
  • What other features do you think that Storenvy need to introduce, and at the moment who would you choose between Storenvy & Big Cartel (and any other hosted store solution?).

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    20% off coupon code for Go Ape Shirts

    by Andy on March 28, 2011

    go ape coupon code

    Last week the Go Ape Shirts site had more than a few issues, some of which seem to have been a bit catastrophic because Josh has abandoned the site altogether and switched over to a Storenvy storefront, which will hopefully prove to be a bit more robust for his needs.

    That’s the fairly boring news, but it has a flip side, because Josh has created a coupon code, EVOLVE, that will give you a very tasty 20% off your order. I don’t remember Go Ape ever having a coupon code before (maybe the cart software couldn’t handle it), so this is a welcome rarity indeed.

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    anchor t-shirt

    Well, this is just gorgeous. I think that tri-blend tees are rapidly becoming my favourites, they feel so good, and look great with a one-colour print on them. I think that if I ever get more HYA tees made it will be a black print on a heather tri-blend, any chance you guys would be interested in that?

    Costiness=$17 Buy it at Awaken Clothing

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