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Post image for Vespertine Machine – T-shirts and Tanks Review!

Coming home from a long day of exhausting, sugary work at the bakery, I am worn out and craving something to brighten my day, and what happened? I hopelessly sway up to the front door, but, alas, my eyes light up when I saw Vespertine Machine peering back at me! Before I can even open the door, I am ripping open the mailer… excitedly pulling each piece out, one by one. Each product is wrapped in plastic, which is always a very nice, professional touch, but not only that, each bag is marked with a Vespertine logo sticker. After removing all the apparel, taking photos of the packaging, and admiring the tees and tanks, I then notice there’s more – the package also has a business card and stickers thrown in, and you know how much I like that stuff.

The first I want to show you is this cute tank – Midnight Mischief is it’s name and it’s designed by Mike Shea. This cute design features little raccoons having some mischievous fun, it just makes me smile. You can almost see the toilet paper as it is flying over and over the Police car and the eggs splattering on the side. This design makes me want to go out and cause some trouble (just kidding!) I know, I know, what is the print and fit like? Well it’s printed on a white American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey Cotton tank top. It is a longer length tank on me, which I am fond of, and fits me well, except in the chest area where it puckers at the straps of the tank (meaning a bustier girl may fit this tank a lot better!) The tank, since it is white, is a bit see through, but not enough to make me not want to wear it, but enough for me to notice. I also can’t forget to point out the print is very good: even, soft, not thick at all and that goes for all the other three pieces in this review as well.  Oh and another interesting add on, this being the Vespertine logo printed on the back of each tee. I love when brands add their logo to the tee somewhere that isn’t overpowering to the design… it was a pleasant surprise when I flipped each tee over, of course!

My next to review is a cropped tee titled The Social Network designed by Matthew Wade and, it’s hard to see in the photos, but it is printed on a crème colored blank, which is oh so appealing. The design is pretty stunning as well, it’s especially nice up close with it’s very thin lines and gorgeous mark making. The blank itself is another American Apparel 50/50, which means it’s very, very soft – soft and flows on the body and just feels really good. It fits loose, but it’s obviously meant to be over-sized and loose to accent the style and the art on the tee – giving it an indie feeling. I am not a huge fan of cropped tees on me, but I am a fan of the art on this one, so my only recommendation would be to offer this lovely design on a tee or tank for those of us not in favor of wearing cropped tops so willingly!

The next tee I want to present to you is one titled Medication Nation, designed, once again, by Mike Shea. As for the design, I really dig it. It’s simple, yet the pills sporadically placed to form a figure is quite intriguing, as well as the fade at the bottom of the figure – it’s somewhat eerie seeing the figure disappearing as your eyes move down the tee, and that is what attracts me. The very first thing I noticed was how soft the blank is – I knew it had to be a good one. I immediately checked the tag, and yes, a good one; it’s printed on a silver American Apparel 50/50, which is probably one of my favorite blanks to wear because of it’s softness and it just feels good all around. The fit is good, being a unisex size small, it fits me a little bigger than I am used to, having longer sleeves and longer length, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it. (Though the funny thing is, my sister swiped this one from me she liked it so much – it fits her really well!)

Last of the review is another tank top, this one designed by Mikey Buchanan is titled Sleep When You’re Dead. I want to express how much I love this design; I love the message, the graphics, the blank color, the details – it all works really well together. The design not only features nice contrast in the design and an interesting typeface, but I also like how Vespertine Machine is placed below the design, which not only gives credit to the brand, but it also balances the art. This one is like the other tank, it’s printed on American Apparel 100% Fine Jersey, but this one is printed on a gray/silver blank, which compliments the design really well. Again, this tank fits me like the other tank – a good fit, but a little baggy near the top. I must mention, when I received this tank, it was a bit stained, possibly spent too long in the dryer at the printers. After contacting Vespertine, a new tank was sent out to me without any hardship or aggravation! Also, we’ve asked Vespertine Machine about the condition of the rest of the tanks and they have checked them and they don’t have the same problem, so nothing to worry about. I mean, we all know, accidents can happen! It’s the way they are dealt with that counts, and Vespertine was easy and professional.

Thanks to you, Vespertine Machine for giving me the opportunity to review your products (I’m wearing Sleep When You’re Dead, right this second!) And of course, thanks to all of the HYA readers out there!

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Post image for “Perception T” at Neoclassics – on T-shirt, Tank, and Raglan!

Mmm, what a gorgeous design over at Neoclassics; Perception T is printed on a variety of different style tops – tee, raglan, and tank. The design is described, “Inspired by Rorschach blots, the Perception T-shirt features jellyfish, butterflies, snakes and swans. Carefully composed, these animals take the form of a stylized face when viewed from afar.”

Want it? Buy it at Neoclassics – tees and tank: $30 and raglans: $36
Keep up with Neoclassics: Twitter, Facebook, Blog

P.S. That cutie at the top was crowned Miss Hollywood just last weekend, congratulations to her!


Post image for New “Lumberjack” T-shirt design at Denada!

Denada (designs by Andreas Krapf, obviously one of my favorites) is now offering their new Lumberjack design on tees, tanks, and batwing style tops – great stuff!

Keep up with Denada: Facebook, Shop



Six Foot Owl: Custom Hand Painted Clothing

by Andy on October 13, 2008

I’ve got a bit of a thing for hand-painted clothing, you always know that you’re buying a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing, which is always pretty special. Here’s their blurb:

We create one of a kind works of art using every day garments and apparel as our canvas. Our goal is to put original images onto the bodies of original people. Not only do we make original garments, but we also customize people’s existing favorite items of clothing. We believe that clothing is one of the most expressive forms of self-representation a person can use. Clothes should display the unique set of preferences of what each of us find to be beautiful, or funny, or sexy, or sophisticated…

…As we started painting on clothing, we received a ton of support and requests for custom products. We started to realize that other people were just as tired at seeing the same old mass-produced clothes around as we were. Everyone we came into contact with became excited at the idea of wearing something that was made specifically for them to wear. And, in that, Six Foot Owl clothing was born.

Six Foot Owl


Soviet Union Tank by koalasken79 @ Etsy

by Andy on June 25, 2008


When I was hunting around the net for accessories to my Stalin costume (I promise this is the last time I’ll mention that) I was looking around Etsy and came across this rather cool Soviet tank tee, any military buffs fancy having a stab at what model tank it is?

In keeping with a lot of things on Etsy, things are pretty limited, in this case there’s only one available and its a size M.

Costiness=$28 Link

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Polyphonic Spree x Turtlehead tees

by Andy on February 17, 2008

Polyphonic Spree x Turtlehead t-shirt range

Last Monday when I was rushing through the To Be Confirmed tradeshow to make sure I could get to the train station in time, I somehow managed to miss Turtlehead, who were exhibiting at the show. When I was looking through the show press literature on my journey home that they were located in an area I’d missed out entirely, which sucks, because not only could I have met an advertiser and thank them for their support, but also check out their latest releases, including the collaboration with the Polyphonic Spree. I’ll let Turtlehead explain it:
Polyphonic Spree x Turtlehead t-shirt range Polyphonic Spree x Turtlehead t-shirt range

We are launching 3 t-shirts in the “FRAGILE ARMY” series. For these designs we joined forces with The Polyphonic Spree.

If don’t know them – The Polyphonic Spree are a self-described “choral symphonic rock” group from Dallas, Texas. The band is made up of anything from between 10 and 23 members playing everything from drums, bass, guitar, flute keyboards, trumpets and violins.

These designs are all based on the name of their latest album – Fragile Army. There are 3 different designs available in guys and girls styles and a very very limited edition silver design limited to 50 t-shirts worldwide. Check out the album too – it’s amazing.

Polyphonic Spree x Turtlehead t-shirt range

Oh dang, they’re covered in hearts, why wasn’t this one of my Valentine’s posts!Turtlehead


Tank Fear-oy

by Andy on May 22, 2006


Today’s recommendation is a bit special, but I must admit I don’t know how much it costs.

Akomplice seem to have gone down the classy route with this jacket, and what makes clothing classy? Stitching!

The front of the jacket (not pictured) has Akomplice embroidered onto it on the left breast, but that’s not where the needle-work ends, oh no my friends. On the back (pictured, otherwise there would be no picture) there’s a load of tanks, lined up, ready for battle perhaps. But instead of firing deadly shells, they’re firing roses, and those roses are also embroidered, honestly, how sweet must this jacket look in reality rather than photoshop theory.

Akomplice clothing can be purchased from many locations online and at a store in most American states (as well as a few select stores globally). See the full list here.

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