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t-shirt brand startup guide

If you’re well into launching your fifth season of t-shirts this guide probably isn’t for you, but if you’re just thinking about getting your toes wet in the exciting world of t-shirt commerce then I would very much recommend checking it out. To someone like me who has been reading guides like this for years there aren’t really many shocking revelations, but it is a really well-written guide that covers all the bases and gets you pointed in the right direction and gives you plenty ideas about things that you will need to research further. In fact, I think that the most important thing anyone can do before committing to starting a brand is doing more research than they think they need, because when it comes to tees there is no such thing as too much research, whilst getting out there and just doing it can teach you a lot, by the same token you can save yourself a lot of time and money by hitting the internet hard first and making sure you know exactly what you want.

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The Ultimate List of T-Shirt Lists

by Andy on July 2, 2009

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You know what people love? T-Shirts. You know what people also love? Lists. I guess that explains why I’ve written so many t-shirt lists in the past, but did you know that other people have written lists about t-shirts as well? I know, crazy right, I’m not the only person who thought of that, hell, someone even devoted a whole blog to it.

I thought it might be useful to scour the web for these tee lists and put them all together in one big post. Of course, a lot of these lists will be fairly old now, and t-shirts inevitably come and go, so some of the tees featured in the lists will no longer be available, but there’s not a whole lot we can do about that now, is there? If you know of any lists that I’ve missed (and I’m sure there will be a lot), please let me know in the comments.

It would be very, very much appreciated if you could tweet about this post, stumble it, bookmark it on delicious, mention it in a blog post, digg it, or fly a banner behind an airplane with the URL on it, anything at all. These lists take a long time to put together, and the more people that get to see them the more people will be visiting the lists I’ve collected below, which will be beneficial for the entire t-shirt blogosphere.

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Lists of t-shirt blogs

  • List of 160 T-shirt blogs arranged in no particular order by Hide Your Arms (the info I gathered has also been the basis of a few other lists which have been reorganised to make them actually useful)
  • Giant list of T-shirt blogs and T-shirt sites by How to Start A Clothing Company (arranged by Page Rank)
  • The Top 30 T-Shirt Blogs split into 3 parts by Color Overload (ranking system unknown)
  • Ultimate List of T-Shirt Review Sites by Buy Tees (arranged by Alexa ranking, largely based upon my lists with some additions)
  • A big list of t-shirt people and brand on Twitter by Hide Your Arms (with a load more in the comments too, this list is going to get updated soon)
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    Barack Obama Shirt Lists

  • 5 Really Great Obama t-shirts by Pop Culture Tees
  • 5 More Really Great Obama T-Shirts by Pop Culture tees
  • 100 Days, 100 Obama T-Shirts by the US Spreadshirt Blog
  • Top 20+ Barack Obama Inspired T-Shirts by Tcritic
  • Top 10 Barack Obama T-Shirts by Barack Obama Shirts (the shirts are all from Zazzle, so it’s possible that the list is just one store promoting itself)
  • Obama T-Shirt Roundup by The T-Shirt Blog
  • The Best Obama T-shirts on the Web by T-Shirts Around the Internet
  • 7 Tees for After Obama’s Inauguration Week by Buy Tees
  • 10 Obama tees to celebrate the new President of the US by 10tees
  • Coolest Obama T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Coolest Obama T-Shirts Pt. 2 by T-Shirt Magazine
  • ’08 Presidential Campaign T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • 9 Barack Obama Tees by Coty Gonzales
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    Skull T-shirts

  • Top Ten Skull T-Shirts by Pop Culture Tees
  • Top Ten Skull and Bones T-shirts To Get You In the Halloween Mood by Tcritic
  • Skull T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
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    Celebrities wearing t-shirts

  • 23 Celebrities wearing a variety of t-shirts! by Hide Your Arms
  • Celebri-tee Spotting: from Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Celebri-tee Spotting by T-Shirt Magazine
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    Star Wars T-Shirts

  • top ten star wars t-shirts by Tcritic
  • Ultimate Star Wars T-shirt Stack by OMG Tees
  • 10 Star Wars tees every fanboy should have by 10tees
  • 10 Star Wars tees to feel the force around you by 10tees
  • Star Wars Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • 202 Star Wars T-shirts by Hide Your Arms
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    Robot T-Shirts

  • 101 Robot T-Shirts [Lists] by Hide Your Arms
  • Robots ! 50 robot tees by Hide Your Arms
  • 45 more robot tees by Hide Your Arms
  • 10 stylish tees to robotize yourself by 10tees
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    Colour Specific T-Shirt Lists

  • Carolina Blue T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • You want a Yellow Tee? Well here’s a bunch of ‘em from T-Shirt Magazine
  • Some Beautiful Brown T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Red Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • We’ve Got the Blues (guess what colour these tees are?) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Black and White Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Go Green! by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Pink Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Green Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • A Plethora of Purple Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Orange You Glad These Tees Exist? (that’d be a list of orange tees) by T-Shirt Magazine
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    Seasonal T-Shirt Lists

  • 10 tees about Ghosts, ready for Halloween by 10tees
  • 10 tees with FANGS and TEETH that will make you bite Halloween night by 10tees
  • Political Halloween Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • 10 tees about Ghosts, ready for Halloween by 10tees
  • Thanksgiving Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Father Themed T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Mom Would Love These Tees! by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Black History Tees for when Black History Month rolls around again, thanks to T-Shirt Magazine
  • Some t-shirts for Mother’s Day by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Fourth of July/Patriotic Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Your Dad Will Love These Tees (pair this one up with the Father’s Day list for an unbeatable combo!) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • In the mood for love? Here’s some Valentine’s Day Tees from T-Shirt Magazine
  • Super Bowl Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • New Year’s T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Christmas Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • September 11th Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
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    Valentine’s Day T-Shirts

  • Valentine’s Day T-shirt Round Up by the US Spreadshirt Blog
  • 14 Tees That You Should Wear on Valentine’s Day by Hide Your Arms
  • 14 Tees That You Shouldn’t Wear on Valentines by Hide Your Arms
  • Valentine T-Shirts Kinda Suck by Buy Tees
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    Videogame t-shirt collections

  • The Ultimate Wii Tii Shirts List by OMG Tees
  • 10 tees to show off your videogamer pride by10tees
  • Top 11 Space Invaders Tees by Thunderfrogs at Pop Culture Tees
  • Thunderfrogs Top 10 Mario T-shirts – And More!
  • Gamer Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • New Super Mario Bros. + 10 Mario Inspired Tees by Coty Gonzales
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    Collections of Zombie T-Shirts

  • 10 zombie tees to dress up your reanimated corpse by 10tees
  • Thunderfrogs Top 10 Zombie T-shirts (And 1 Zombie Wallet)
  • 30 Frighteningly Fantastic Zombie T Shirts by Color Overload
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    Michael Jackson Tribute T-Shirts (Even though I still feel like these shirts are largely opportunism to make money off a man’s death)

  • MJ // 1958 – 2009 by Pop Culture Tees (a list of Michael Jackson T-Shirts)
  • KING OF POP by Geno’s Chinese Language tee blog (another list of Michael Jackson tees)
  • 15 Michael Jackson Tribute T-Shirts by Coty Gonzales
  • Michael Jackson: King of Pop T-Shirts by Shirtspotting
  • 10 More Michael Jackson Tribute Shirts by Coty Gonzales
  • Other Random Collections

  • Men’s T-Shirts – 20 Hot Brands by Color Overload
  • 7 Creative Ways to Promote Your T-Shirt Store Online by Pop Culture Tees
  • T-Shirt Directory Jan 2008 by OMG Tees
  • Top 12 Places to Submit Your T-Shirt Ideas by OMG Tees
  • The Ultimate Lego Tee List by OMG Tees
  • Top 12 Bike Shirts by OMG Tees
  • Top list of recycled t-shirt sites by Buy Tees
  • 10 Amazing T Shirt Designer Portfolios by Color Overload
  • 10 Places to Find Hilarious T Shirts by Color Overload
  • 10 Coolest Chuck Norris T Shirts
  • 10 tees to unleash your japanese soul by 10tees
  • 10 hairy tees to satisfy your need for mustache and beard by 10tees
  • 10 LEGO tees to show your love for bricks by 10tees
  • 10 funny tees about strange creatures by 10tees
  • 10 Tasty Tees about food to make you feel hungry by 10tees
  • 10 type tees to say it BIG by 10tees
  • 10 tees with great HUGE hands designs by 10tees
  • 10 funny I-do-something tees by 10tees (such as ‘I heart NY’)
  • 10 Thunders, Lightnings and Bolts shocking tees by 10tees
  • 10 fake clothes tees will make you feel classy by 10tees (tuxedo t-shirts ahoy!)
  • 10 funny tees about strange creatures by 10tees
  • A list of all the t-shirts worn by Murdoch in the A-Team but no links for where to buy the tees, sadly.
  • A Guide to Daily T-Shirt Sites on the Internet by Cottonable
  • Taddict.com’s – Most inspirational T-shirt artists
  • New? big cartel stores to put on your watch list by Taddict
  • My Top Fav Big Cartel Stores by Taddict
  • 10 reasons why you should have a t-shirt collection by Taddict
  • Top 5 Giraffe tee (complete with giraffe-based facts!) by Thunderfrogs
  • Top 5 “The Wire” Shirts (the TV show, not just tees with wires on them) by Thunderfrogs
  • 5 Killer Terminator Tees by Thunderfrogs
  • Top 11 Dinosaur T-Shirts by Thunderfrogs at Tee Junction
  • Top 5 Wolf Shirts by Thunderfrogs
  • Sunny T-Shirts (tees that feature the sun in some way) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Cool Colorful Camisetas (tees with lots of colour) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Coolest Car T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Copy Cats: More Cowbell (yeah, there are an awful lot of ‘more cowbell’ tees around) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Top 10 Tentacle Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • A collection of Pirate T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • A collection of War T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • A collection of Money Themed T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Artsy T-Shirts (whatever that means) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • T-Shirts for people that like Fairy Tales by T-Shirt Magazines
  • T-Shirts with rain on them by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Batter Up! Baseball T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • 10 Great Tees from 10 Great Webcomics by Hide Your Arms
  • A selection of Irish T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • A collection of Striped Tees by t-Shirt Magazine
  • Where to buy great t-shirts in London by Hide Your Arms
  • Map Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Tees for a Cause by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Universi-tees (go team!) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • All Over Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Cartoon Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Tees for the Summer (an odd concept but I’ll go with it) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Cool photo tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Some of the Worst Tees Ever (I don’t think they’re actually that bad) by T-Shirt Magazine
  • NBA Finals Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Military Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Cool For School? by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Best Plain Tees by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Pop Culture Shock by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Super Expensive T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Super Cheap T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • Best Super Hero T-Shirts by T-Shirt Magazine
  • 100 Anthropomorphic tees (1-50) by Hide Your Arms
  • 100 Anthropomorphic tees (51-100) by Hide Your Arms
  • 10 Geekiest T-Shirts by Oddee
  • Special Feature (Top Ten Experimental Jetset Parody Shirts) by T-shirt Connoisseur
  • Special Feature (Costume T-Shirt Collection) by T-Shirt Connoisseur
  • Special Feature: T-Shirt Printing Roundup (a list of print-on-demand manufacturers) by T-Shirt Connoisseur
  • 10 Essential Tees for MacAddicts by Coty Gonzales
  • More Than Meets the Eye: 7 Superlative Transformers’ Tees That You’ll Want to Change Into by Found Item Clothing
  • Reinventing the Wheel: 8 Boffo Bike Shirts by Found Item Clothing
  • Eye Candy: Ten Shady Tees (t-shirts with sunglasses on them) by Found Item Clothing
  • 7 Spock Shirts That Are Out Of This World by Found Item Clothing
  • Who Wears the Watchmen? A Gallery of 10 Cool Watchmen Tees by Found Item Clothing
  • 26 Examples of Online T-Shirt Shops by Web Designer Depot
  • So you want to start a clothing line, huh? by Hide Your Arms
  • Updates: 11th July 2009

  • 30 Sweet Handpicked Designer Tshirts by Just Creative Design
  • Top 10 Statement T-Shirts
    by Osoyou
  • Geek Fashion: 55 fresh T-shirts for the Creative Community by Insipred Mag
  • Movie Junk: Funny ‘Star Wars’ T-Shirts by Cinematical
  • Coolest Movie T-Shirts Ever! by Cinematical
  • More Harry Potter t-shirts than you can wave a wand at by Hide Your Arms
  • The 20 Most Badass Video Game Cosplay Costumes Ever by Unreality Magazine (not tees, but wow!)
  • Updates: 17th July 2009

  • 26 More Ridiculously Questionable T-Shirts [Pics]
    by i am bored
  • Giant List of Star Wars T-Shirts by Rude Retro
  • 15 Magical Harry Potter T-shirts by Cottonable
  • 5 Awesome Astronaut T-shirts by Rude Retro
  • 202 Star Wars T-shirts by Hide Your Arms
  • Samantha Ronson’s Top 10 Rock Tees by Found Item
  • Block Party: Seven Puzzling Rubix Cube-Themed Tee Shirts by Found Item
  • Knowing is Half the Battle: 10 Combat-Tested G.I. Joe Tee Shirts
  • Updates: August 5th 2009

  • 65 Awesome Threadless T-Shirts by Abuzeedo
  • 10 Unusual and Creative T-Shirts by Toxel
  • 19 Awesome T-Shirt Designs on the Interweb by You Design It
  • 50 Terrific Tees by Inspiredology
  • 50 Best T-Shirt Designs of 2008 by Abuzeedo
  • 20 Streetwear Blogs for Hype Shopping & Design Inspiration by Inspired Mag
  • 50 Streetwear Blogs You Should Be Reading by Kineda [via Taddict]
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    This dude is a Tee Maniac

    by Andy on June 12, 2009

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    Congrats to Alex Vandenberg who put together the above gif showing off his extensive collection of Threadless tees to win T-shirt Magazine’s Tee Maniacs comeptition. I wouldn’t usually post about someone winning a competition on another site, but come on, how cool is that gif!

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    Cotton Filter: 270508

    by Andy on May 27, 2008

    I bet you thought you’d never see the cotton filter again!

    Shirt.Woot: As spotted by Jay, Shirt.Woot is now shipping to 45 countries beyond the US & Canadian borders, and are doing so for the low price of $5 too.

    FFee Clothing: In other shipping related matters, FFee clothing are offering free shipping on all orders (even international ones) until the end of May.

    T-Shirt Magazine: This site claims to be the only magazine about T-shirts whether online and off, which is… wrong (and Tcritic‘s new look is farily magazine-like too), but lets not hold that against them, since there is some decent content on the site.

    laFraise: They can now print up to 12 colours on a shirt rather than the 8 that they had before, which is an increase of 50%… hurrah! To celebrate, they’re making up a test design (only 250 to be produced) called ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rainbow’, which I think is a pretty splendid phrase.

    Threadless: If you’ve ever wanted to know, these are the people that do the screenprinting for Threadless (the art prints, not the tees). Also, here’s another magazine article fawning over Threadless and their business model, there’s pretty much nothing new in the article, but it does provide a decent overview.

    Pete Wentz: Apparently he likes Local Celebrity clothing so much that he asked to take some after wearing it for a Fall Out Boy video shoot. Presumably he’s trying to save some cash for when Ashlee pops that baby out.

    Creative Directory 101: A directory of sites for creative people, obviously, this will be helpful for people trying to get themselves set up in the tee biz (especially if you’re in the UK). [Disclosure: I’m still working on a HYA Directory that would crush compete with this site]

    Pikiware: Mashable described this site as being the “WordPress of Online Tshirts”, and since I love WordPress and t-shirts I figured it was worth a peep, especially since the last time I found out about a t-shirt store from Mashable it was Design By Humans. From what I can tell, pikiware is basically a storefront system for people that print their own products, so that you can make your own Cafepress or Spreadshirt kind of business, though I have been known to make mistakes in the past, so I could easily be wrong. I don’t really see this being of huge interest to “HYA kinda people”, but since it does represent something kinda new in the tee world then I thought it was worth a mention.

    Instructables: Here’s an instructable about photo-emulsion screenprinting, which I assume would be helpful for those of you that would like to print your own tees but don’t know how.

    HipHipUK Discusses Crowdsourcing: This post seems to have become rather business-y, and this is the most business-y of the lot. Adam wrote an article a few weeks ago called “Which risks and problems will companies, that run Crowdsourcing business models, face in the future? Amongst other things” that I think should probably be a must read for any of you out there that are running a design competition or thinking about running a design competition.

    Photojojo: They’ve got an article all about shooting pictures for use on eBay, but a lot of the techniques can also be applied to taking products shots for your tees and hoodies. There’s also a video on the same subject at Etsy if you don’t feel like reading.

    Dadawan: They’re selling cool cushions now!

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