Maybe you’ve heard already but our friends at Grafitee have decided to take a new road and added a marketplace to their t-shirt blog.
Hopefully this will be great for the indie tee world! To wish them success in this new adventure, we’ve decided to talk about three brands picked in their marketplace. To make it funnier, we picked three brands that you’ve never heard of on HYA yet.
Maybe you’ll find some inspiration there, and maybe you’ll find your next tee!
Based in Indonesia, this brand is inspired with great vintage hand lettering and US old school style. Tees are perfect for bikers and mechanics fans. Bikes, tigers, speed, adventure, their universe is pretty great and the tees are printed with water-based inks on a 100% cotton canvas. Great cuts and great basics for the Goodness in ride.
2. Fresh Kaufee
In a completely different universe, this is a brand inspired with the effects of cafein on our bodies. What’s really interesting here is that everything from design to packaging has been based on this coffee universe. Tees even come into small coffee bags. This texan brand really has some nice pieces.
Our number three is an indie brand from Brooklyn trying to raise political and social consciousness. The indie brand has created strong, colorful and powerful geometrical designs with many independent street artists that share their values.
Go check Grafitee marketplace and let us know about your top 3 !
No Love City – February Special
For the month of February, No Love City is offering $10 off of their popular ‘Support Local Hip Hop’ shirt. The shirt was designed and features incredible typography skills by Friks84. Just enter discount code HIPHOP during checkout at www.nolovecity.com
No Love City – Support Local Hip Hop
Colus has done it again. With his newest design “Royal”, a lovely lion will grace your chest in the classic Colus black and white boldness. Pre-order available now at colus.co. $24 and will ship in early February.
AnyForty, who have been on HYA a few times are currently having a massive sale. Prior to this sale I bought a mystery pack of 3 t-shirts for £40 and was super chuffed that one of the tees was a design from Meggs (last image), the very graffiti artist that attracted me to AnyForty in the first place.
One of the tees was their logo tee, which is far cooler than you would expect with the words ‘AnyForty’ created from vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, so not as blatant, printed as white on maroon.
Everything is in the region of 50% off and I’m not sure how long it’s on for so get on that shit while you can. The header reads ‘End of year sale’ , so celebrate now.
Follow this link to visit AnyForty online store.
I’m not sure if it’s unusual or not since it’s pretty rare that I look at women’s clothing, but those asymmetrical and drop front shirts for the ladies at Agent Royale certainly are interesting, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that from a new-ish brand, so it’s cool that they aren’t going for standard items from the beginning.
They say that their designs are influenced by 80s and 9-s rock ‘n roll culture and I think that shows with the imagery being used in their designs, there’s lots of wearable stuff in there that I think will appeal to the majority of people. Shirts are possibly a little pricy at $45 each, but considering that they’re clearly custom tees made from organic cotton then it seems a lot more reasonable and if you were in a physical store you’d think it was normal, $45 just leads to a bit of sticker shock online since we’re used to tees below $10 from pop culture sites these days and that’s spoiled us.
Football season is well-under way in the US and I’ve been trying to catch a game every Sunday when I get the chance (we have pretty good coverage here in the UK). I’m not an expert at all, I barely know the rules to be honest, but I do find the game a lot more interesting than most Brits, who tend to dismiss it as a soft version of rugby (when the opposite tends to be true, because American Football players are so padded they will try to hit an opponent as hard as they can, which is why there are so many health issues for players when they retire).
Fresh Brewed Tees are clearly into the NFL in a big way, with a large selection of football tees in their store. I especially liked the 8-bit helmet designs you can see above that are each inspired by some of the names in the league that are so big even I recognise them.
Shirts are $24.99 a piece and available now.
Nice designs with the added benefit that $5 from every sale will go towards fighting prostate cancer. Shirts are $22 for the round neck and $26 for the V-neck and available now at Fuzzy Ink.
This summer I showcased my t-shirt brand, Wear Liberty, with RAW, an independent arts organization. If you’ve never heard of it, I highly recommend checking it out. They put on some amazing art showcases in over 50 cities around the world. It was easily one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had as a brand owner/artist and I’m still making connections with the RAW community even though the show was three months ago.
Anyway – They do an annual awards shows and I’m up for Fashion Designer of the year! I certainly don’t consider myself a fashion designer, but that’s the category I’m grouped with since my medium is t-shirts. I would really appreciate any and all support! You do have to register, but it only takes a minute and you’d really be helping me out. You can vote once per day until October 9th. If I win in Philadelphia, I get to showcase with the other winners and then one artist in each category is chosen to represent each city in the finals, which take place in California.
Vote here: http://rawartists.org/wearliberty
I really appreciate any and all help and support. Thank you!
I don’t understand this shirt, but I do like it.
Cosintess= €34.99 Buy it at Frischfleisch
I like technical t-shirts, I have quite a few (I live 10 minutes from Ambleside, a village of a few thousand people that has 15+ outdoors shops and enough kit to prepare you for a trip up Everest, no, really), but one thing I’ve noticed is that the tees rarely have a design on them that you’d want to wear, sometimes you’ll get the brand logo but that’s rarely exciting.
Tomtangle are trying to change that by printing ‘proper’ designs (using sublimation) onto microfibre tees that look and feel like a cotton t-shirt but with the added benefits of a technical tee (like wicking away sweat much more effectively). You’d think that this kind of innovation would push the price up, but shirts are a very reasonable £20 each. It’s a cool idea and I think it could do well. A sample shirt is going to be on it’s way to team HYA soon for a full review.
Pop-culture t-shirt design extraordinaire Ian Leino has a load of his older stock available in his shop for just $12 a piece. Stock is limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone, so go and grab a bargain now.
It’s funny that I don’t actually own a pocket tee, I like them and they’re big at the moment, yet they are conspicuously absent from my wardrobe. Mana Aesthetics are a new-ish brand launched earlier this Summer by a University of Texas student named David who saw a friend wearing a pocket tee, thought it looked cool, and wanted to make some himself. I like that kind of intro story, much better than the ‘we want to change the fashion world and saw nothing in shops we liked’ rubbish that people usually try to sell me.
David may just be starting out in the tee game but he’s got some interesting stuff going on here, and in the future he hopes to get some screen printing equipment and print some of his own designs, and I for one look forward to seeing them. Tees are $22 a pop and available now.
Me? A sucker for a well shot look book? Never!
It feels like a long time since I’ve written about Make Believe, I was worried that they’d gotten out of the tee business, so it’s great to see them back with some new tees and a couple of short sleeve button-down shirts. Tees are $25-30 each and those button-downs are $60.
Make Believe Clothing
Chinese brand Twin Horizon are back with a new collection, here’s what they have to say about it:
It’s called “Chengyu,” and it’s inspired by a set of idiomatic expressions in Chinese, some of which date back thousands of years. Each is just four words long, yet within those four words is contained an entire story or cultural myth. We chose five, all of which revolve around an animal, and all of which have some sort of positive or encouraging truth in them.
You’re probably thinking, “Andy, you handsome devil you, they say there’s five shirts in the collection yet you’ve clearly only posted three in the pictures, what on Earth is going on?” Firstly, thanks for the compliment, and secondly, they just aren’t quite ready yet with the last two pieces in the collection but I’ve been assured they’ll be in the store soon and I’ll report back when they’re available.
I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for someone to come up with a design like this, but I’m glad that Ed Fotheringham did and put it up for sale at MySoti.
Costiness=$24.60 Buy it at MySoti
I like the musical design this week at laFraise but I’m not really into the polar bear design even though it’s well done.
Definitely one of the better Johnny Cupcakes designs to be released over the past few months. It’s yours for $36 if you missed out on it the first time.
I’m a bit ‘over’ people using this Steve Jobs phrase, but I to like it’s simple implementation here by Japanese brand Publik.
Costiness= 3000 yen Buy it at Publik