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Feminist Apparel – Blog and Review

by DeeHYA on March 2, 2015

Last year I decided to treat myself to a tee from amazing website Feminist Apparel whose designs are designed to raise awareness and create a stir about a range of feminist issues.

Some of the designs are designed with an element of shock value to get the message across. Last year there were some pretty viral videos of little girls dropping the f-bomb in the name of feminism reeling off some quite scary statistics about equal pay, domestic violence and sexual violence.

I particularly like this ‘Feminist as Fuck’ tee!

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As a survivor of sexual violence I find the poor conviction rate of rapists and the way in which victims are treated by the police, men and at times other women absolutely shocking. There should be a huge amount of education men and boys that a ‘No’ means no! I chose this ‘Don’t (get) Rape(d)’ tanks for myself, it’s eye-catching and gets the message over without being over complicated.

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I generally prefer a tank as I normally wear a long sleeved tee underneath to cover my bulky arms. The quality of this is spot on, and the print was good but to be honest I think with this design on the grey it might look quite cool if it faded a little.

I love that Feminist Apparel use an element of humour to get across their message, I think this is an important point of making their tees individual and memorable. I did a bit of a snarf when I saw this ‘Baby Got Books’ one :)

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The tees are $29.95 but I have to say I still get discount codes regularly, infact if you sign up to their newsletter now you can get 15% off. Shipping to the UK was ok too, it was about $12 which I think is reasonable.

Any feminist issue that you have encountered or have beef with you will be able to find a tee to convey this. It’s not just all for the ladies either, there are guys and kids t-shirts too!

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Hands on with a blu-boy tee

by Chris_S on February 4, 2013

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This little package arrived on my doorstep a few days ago. In case you’re incapable of reading, it’s a package from blu-boy, a tee brand started up by Bev O’Shea when a freelance graphic designer in Ireland. “I guess it’s safe to say that I got bored of playing it safe and sticking to the norm,” Bev said in a covering email. Not sticking to the norm results in some brilliant t-shirts.

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Opening the package was great. For what is a relatively young brand, blu-boy have managed to put together a really professional style of presentation that makes receiving a tee more of an event. As a little attempt to bring something new I used Vine to produce a 6-second unboxing of the shirt itself here.

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The shirt blu-boy sent was their ‘Exquisite’ design (€25.00) on a black crew neck – and I can’t fault it one bit. It’s one of the least brash designs they do, and I think the sort of understated nature makes it excellent. I’m a strong type fan, and this is great use of it. It’s subtle enough that you don’t feel overly self-conscious wearing it while standing out enough that it’s not the sort of thing you find ten a penny on the racks at any high street shop.

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Everything about this seems well made, from the thick card stock used for the brand tag on the back of the neck to the printing itself (blu-boy use water-based inks, for those of you who are concerned about the environment and want your tees to have a green-friendly provenance).

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All told, this is a really great tee – which means I’m stuck for having much to say. What I will say is that this isn’t the only good design that the guys at blu-boy have online, and it’s well worth a look at their online store to see if there are any others out there you might fancy.

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It has been a while, but I am continuing on my reviews of the Tee-A-Day sites, this time with ShirtPunch! They offer a tee every 24 hours and each shirt begins it’s sale time at midnight EST – Eastern Standard Time. If you live in California, for example, it would change at 9pm. Living in the UK? The new tee goes live at 5am for you! I received my tees in a normal mailer, they were wrapped nicely in plastic inside the mailer, but what made it stand out was the Shirtpunch logo boldly presented on the front – adds a nice “punch” to the bag, don’t you think?

First up for review is an interesting tee and it took me a bit of curious questioning to understand the reference, but now that I understand it, I really like it! If you’re like me and not knowledgeable of classic video/computer games, then you might need some explanation. This tee is called A Better Tomorrow by Bob Mosquito and the t-shirt is essentially a cereal box design (probably figured that already), but what you might not know is it is also referring to Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle; a point-and-click 2D adventure game released on floppy disc or CDROM in 1993, wow I haven’t seen a floppy disc in ages. Well in the game the characters attempt to stop the evil Purple Tentacle (a sentient, disembodied tentacle) from taking over the world, sounds fun! I like that this reference is so obscure, yet the design is fun and interesting enough for a girl like me to enjoy.

This tee is actually printed on a Men’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle and it obviously fits a lot larger than what I am used to. I still like to wear it though, it’s not uncomfortably too big, so why not? Print of A Better Tomorrow (and Scare-A-Lot, that tee’s next) are very good being as ShirtPunch prints using silk screening which always catches my eye for being a smooth and quality print. Not only that, but what I really like to see in a t-shirt company is a big print, and these prints are big! My only critique would be the tags – they are the original Gildan tags, and it would be nice to see a custom Shirtpunch sewn on tag or maybe a printed tag directly on the fabric.

I have a tee here a lot of you zombie fans would love, Scare-A-Lot by Truffleshuffle. It’s basically Care Bears in zombie land with a toxic rainbow, deadly little stars and hearts, and hideously cute bears staggering throughout the t-shirt. I especially love the blood (or ooze) flowing out of the one bear’s belly and the exposed ribcage on the other one – does add a bit of gruesomeness to the design! I am intrigued by the sweet, cheerful Care Bears that have been zombiefied; I like the juxtaposition.

This tee is printed on a Women’s Medium Black Gildan Softstyle which if given a Gildan, the Softstyle are the best for what they offer in my opinion. The fit is very good being the right length for me, feels good, and isn’t too tight. I don’t usually prefer this type of blank, but it is not a bad one in any means. (A really nice size chart is available for a more detailed description.) Shirtpunch also offers a variety of styles of apparel to get the design printed on – from tees to hoodies, as well as other things like posters, stickers, and buttons!

Overall Shirtpunch didn’t disappoint at all, they put out really nice quality tees, especially for only $10 a pop. Thanks to Jon (Buzatron) and all the folks at Shirtpunch for the opportunity to give a review of their tees. Thanks for reading!

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Post image for The Yetee: Today’s Tee For Your Torso – Hands on T-shirt Review!

Two tees for me! Sorry for being especially excited, but I received some great tees from The Yetee, and I know you wouldn’t blame me for being even more cheerful than usual after you see the tees I get to wear. For this review, Andy went ahead and ordered from The Yetee’s grab-bag, (grab-bag meaning random tees) for me to review. The guys over at The Yetee are mind-readers, or maybe I am just really lucky, because I got two t-shirts that I have always wanted from them, but missed when they were printed a little while ago.

Let me back up a bit, are you familiar with The Yetee? Well you really should become acquainted soon if you aren’t. They are a tee-a-day site which basically says it all; they showcase a new tee daily and once that time is over (and in The Yetee’s case, it’s 24 hours most cycles, though sometimes 48 hours depending on the shirt), then after the timer runs out, the tee is gone forever. The Yetee has come a long way since they first launched, which I can’t believe was only a little over a year ago, but their success doesn’t come as much of a surprise since it’s run and owned by two dedicated artists, Glen O’Neill and Mike Mancuso, which needless to say, both have a great passion for tees. It’s also safe to say that The Yetee is a generous crew as they have been involved and hosted various fundraisers for charities throughout their time as a business, and we all can’t help but admire and applaud that.

My tees were nicely packed in a normal mailer, everything printed clearly, and even the cute Yetee mascot placed sweetly on the shipping label. I would love to see a custom printed mailer with their mascot on it somewhere, that would be an excellent touch. Inside, tucked in with my tees, were several stickers, and cute ones at that! The illustrations are based on The Yetee’s mascot – the pretty Yetee lady by Megan Lara and the cool, growling Yetee face by WinterArtwork, both being designers that are dominating the t-shirt world.

Speaking of Megan Lara, this one titled Do What You Dream was designed by her and is inspired by one of my most loved childhood films, The NeverEnding Story. As you can see, it’s completely filled with characters from the film and the art is just gorgeous, simple as that. I am especially drawn to the composition, as well as the astounding glow of Falcor above the Empress – this t-shirt is a dream to those who know and love this story.

This shirt is printed on a women’s small Gildan Softstyle, which I mentioned in my previous review, tends to be a little short for me (and, sadly, a little too tight, ugh.) I really need to remember to order a medium when it comes to Gildan! I am not criticizing this blank, rather I actually really like the softness of the Softstyle as it’s name gives away, but I like tees to fit a little loose rather than being really form-fitting.

The next tee is a good one on many levels. 1.) It’s The Yetee’s 100th design to be printed, which makes it special to me. 2.) It also features the one and only, Yetee, the mascot and logo of this company. AND 3.) Yetee is repeated on this tee and in so many different pop-culturey ways, I can’t pick a favorite! Actually, I lied, I love the Chewbacca Yetee the best…

Unlike the other tee, this one is printed on a women’s small Tultex Fine Jersey blank. It fits nicely as well, but seems to feel a little thicker than the Gildan Softstyle, as well as a little larger and longer, so I like the fit of this one a little more. I also like how the sleeves are longer on the Tultex – I prefer them to the normal capped sleeves that most girly fitted tees have. The Yetee also prints using heathered tees on occasion, which are of a poly blend – so it seems to me that they print on several types depending on the design and availability.

As for print, both of the tees are spot on. The Do What You Dream feels especially smooth and soft, and when you look at it up close it’s incredibly clean, obviously screen printed and all proudly printed at Threadbird! The only thing that I miss when examining everything, is the possibility of a custom printed tag or sewn on tag – either one would have really grabbed my attention. Even The Yetee logo printed subtly somewhere would be a great addition to the tee as a whole.

Thank you Glen and Mike over at The Yetee for sending me tees to be reviewed, though you had no idea I was going to, but don’t fret, you won me over with your quality and branding, that’s for sure! And as always, thanks to everyone for reading!

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Hands-On LiHai T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on September 10, 2012

Amy wearing her NO EVIL tee

I’ve had an abundance of reviews sent to me recently and this one in particular stuck out in the crowd.  Arriving in a sleek long black tube, I was actually confused as to what I possibly ordered for myself that I forgot about.  Lo and behold I wasn’t losing my mind, I hadn’t ordered anything, but it was in fact some t-shirts coming from brand new clothing company LiHai!  They just launched in August and they’ve kicked things off with a bang!

The black tube mailer was definitely a really different approach to mailing t-shirts.  Very sturdy yet simple with a silver logo sticker placed in the center of the tube.  Part of me feels bad throwing it out and wants to find a use for it so it’s kind of still just sitting here at the moment.  Inside wrapped in tissue paper were two t-shirts and some stickers and small square business cards.

The stickers were cool because they had partial images of the t-shirt designs I received along with a few others of logos and other designs in their collection.  These nifty little square business cards were another creative approach to a basic business card.  LiHai really tries to take a distinct path rather than a normal approach to basic business elements and I really enjoy that about them.  I want to hop right into the designs because these were intricate and just amazing to look at!

This first one is titled “Audio Visual”.  It’s printed on a deep grey unisex t-shirt with colors like black, white and red encompassing the design.  This design is beyond amazing to stare at!  The way they made her hair as the chords and plugs and her feet as the speakers.  Her chest area is made up of the turn tables and the different tuning buttons.  The best part which I didn’t even pick up on until I put the shirt on and my mom looked at me in it; the entire red background of the design is actually lettering that says “Audio Visual” repeated over and over in exquisite text that makes you not realize it’s even wording.

 Close-up of “Audio Visual” T-Shirt

The detail throughout the entire design from top to bottom is incredible.  Every part of this design links itself together somehow, someway.  I love the simple use of color and texture through the use of text and shading and lines.  

Close-up of “Audio Visual” T-Shirt

Though it’s a unisex fit, this shirt fits pretty nicely on me.  I received a size Small in this and it’s soft and not too tight or too big as some unisex fits are.  It’s a little larger then the other t-shirt they sent me which is a girl’s cut but all in all it fits nicely and is comfortable!

My dog wanted to get in on the photo too!

Let’s move on to the second t-shirt titled “No Evil”.  I loved the concept of this shirt immediately, “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil!”  Vibrant, colorful blues take over this design on a black women’s t-shirt.

Another intricate and creative design by LiHai; “No Evil” takes an edgy approach to the Three Wise Monkey’s that embody the proverbial principle to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.  Artistically including a spray paint can, headphones and a microphone, these monkey’s definitely give this tee an edge.

Just like the other t-shirt, “No Evil” includes a ton of detail as you can notice in the close up image above.  The background is a series of different intertwining lines creating a repeating pattern.  The fronts of the monkeys include a faint yet detailed logo design for LiHai.  These tiny delicate details in both shirts really make the designs come together and fall into place.  You can tell they’ve really taken the time on their artwork to complete an entire piece and make something that is not only intriguing to the eye but attractive to wear.

Once again they slipped in some crazy text in the background that says “No Evil” over and over again.  These shirts are like a fun game of I Spy!!  Blue is my favorite color and the contrast between the shades they chose is very appealing for this design.  The detail in their labels doesn’t disappoint either as seen below:

Unlike most independent companies who usually screen-print the label on the inside neckline or do a hem tag, LiHai went ahead and got their own private labels custom made and stitched inside.  Check out the back of the label:

I’m sure you’re wondering, “Why does she think this label is so cool?”, right?  Well as I said, it’s rare to see an independent brand go all out with labels like this and not only did they make sure it was tailored to their brand but they made sure to include their brand name and/or logo on the front and back of the tag.  It’s those small details that matter sometimes!

I really enjoyed being able to review LiHai.  Their artwork was spectacular to examine and their overall packaging and branding is really spot on for having only launched in August.  I can’t wait to see what they come out with in the future and how they begin to grow and expand.  Thanks again LiHai and Daryl C. for the incredible shirts – they’ve become some of my favorites to wear!!

Check out LiHai clothing here

 

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Crooked Monkey T-shirt Review is OMG LOL!

by Leah on September 6, 2012

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Crooked Monkey was kind enough to send me a tee to review and by the looks of it, as well as the other t-shirts on their website, Crooked Monkey is one of those brands that radiates fun in their style, designs, and even in their name! The brand seems to be focusing on t-shirts that make people laugh with their quirky designs and humorous style, but not all are funny shirts – there are also graphic tees with an emphasis on animals, music, and some with lots of color!

My tee arrived in a regular mailer, but the little things inside did make a nice impression on me. After excitingly ripping the tee out of the package, I noticed a bag of candy staring back at me. Aww, candy is always nice, right? Yes, but this candy was clever, it matched the branding of the company so well being as the company name is Crooked Monkey AND the logo features a sweet, faced monkey… so what better than little banana candies? Those really stand out, it’s a fun way to make your customers happy! Not only that, but the coupon code thrown in immediately makes a customer pleased and willing to go shop more – good touch!

So, I received the t-shirt, LOL OMG EYE CHART and as you can see, it’s a tee designed for a person with a silly sense of humor. Not that I am not a silly-minded person, (I might even be too silly at times), but if you know me well enough, you know I really dislike the use of acronyms for everything we do – from laughing to leaving. These Internet slang like LOL, OMG, TTYL, WTF, even BRB and spelling “you” with only an “u” bothers me, so I am hard to please when it comes to this design. Plus the fact that the design is an eye chart makes it a creative excuse for the viewer (man) to stare at the wearer’s (woman’s) chest – is that on purpose? Ha, I believe this tee was designed by a male, that’s for sure! All kidding aside, a review is not solely based on the design of the tee now is it? No, not at all, because we all have different taste and opinions, thank goodness.

Nothing is more important than fit, print, and quality and Crooked Monkey got an A in all three. The blank is a fitted Alstyle with a v-neck that especially feminizes the tee. It’s a tighter fit, and as you can see, it is obviously a white tee, so it can become a bit see-through at times which is definitely not a deal breaker, but it is surprising as most Alstyle I have experienced are thick, but this one is far from it; the tee is very soft and comfortable, which we all know is an extremely important part when wearing a t-shirt. The print looks very good as you can see in the photos it’s even and clean. Also, I can tell you it is not thick or rough to the touch, and after a couple washes, it’s still maintains it’s color and quality. Another fine detail is the monkey logo printed on the back of the shirt. I quite like when brands stick their logo places that can be seen, but in places that are not distracting or too pronounced! Lastly, the custom sewn on tag is a nice addition to the t-shirt as a whole. The logo, size, and, website are printed clearly and the original tag is still in place which not only has the care instructions, but it also distinguishes which blank they are printing on, for those of us that have our attention on that.

Crooked Monkey has quite a large amount of tees to choose from – either funny or graphic, so please take the time to go check out what they have to offer. The prices are a bit high for me ranging from $15 – $24, but I also wish to point out their $1 Promise Scholarship Fund, which I find to be one of the most interesting aspects of Crooked Monkey.

For every 2 t-shirts sold online, we donate $1 to the fund, (some months we run special promotions to donate even more). Every year, we choose one lucky, qualified recipient to receive the scholarship for use at any college, or institution of higher learning that they desire. It’s that simple. We’ve chosen to give back to the American Community, because we feel that our generation is too quick to give abroad before looking at change we can inspire within our community.

More info on how it works and how to apply can be found very easily on their website.

Thanks goes to Crooked Monkey for giving me the opportunity to review their brand and also, I never can forget, thanks to all you HYA readers as well!

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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!

Keep up with Vespertine Machine: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

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Post image for Nowhere Bad T-shirt: “The Knights Who Say…” Go Ahead, Finish That Line – You Know You Want To!

Ni! Well I think this tee says it all…  Buzatron, you did a really great job on this one – it’s Leah approved, for sure!

Buy at Nowhere Bad, $12, until July 16th, so go go go!
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Zen Monkey Studios – Opening Sale!

by Leah on July 6, 2012

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I am really liking what I see over at Zen Monkey Studios, so why not share it for you folks! Not only are they a brand new company for all of us to explore (yay), they are also having an Opening Sale on all their tees until tomorrow, July, 6th. Take a peek at their themed t-shirt bundles too – that’s a cool idea. Loving the style, loving the site, loving the zen of it all.

SALE prices on individual tees – $15
SALE on Bundles (of two tees) – $27
Buy ‘em here!

Keep in touch with Zen Monkey Studios: Facebook and Twitter

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Post image for Labyrinth Clothing Releases New (Late)Spring/Summer T-shirt Collection and I Say Wow!

Well, well look what we have here. Labyrinth Clothing does it again and has thoroughly impressed me with their new Spring/Summer Collection! It premieres SIX brand new tee designs and in addition, they are also having a sale for one week (today until July 2nd) on all of their older tees. Not only that, (yes there’s even more), the first 25 shoppers will be entered to win Labyrinth goodies and out of those 25, five will be winners! I was a winner once… I got amazing limited edition Labyrinth products – that was a very good day…

I have a lot more to say and to show you, (everyone knows I can’t just write one little paragraph), so keep an eye out for another blog post from me about more to come from Labyrinth and their wonderful new line!

Keep up with Labyrinth Clothing: Facebook, Twitter or go SHOP!

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Post image for Triangle Motif: Mulga T-shirt Series Review!

Triangle Motif, a brand all the way in lovely Sydney, Australia, was kind enough to send on over to me three tees from their Mulga Series – and I must say, these tees are spectacular. Should I just end the review there? No no, I have just way too much to say about this brand!

I heard the doorbell ring and of course I ran to the door only to hear a “smack!” I think the mailman literally rang the doorbell and without a second thought he threw my package on the front step and once I opened up the door he was already in his truck, racing away. I tell you this story, because I then looked down to see that my Triangle Motif package had been ripped and a bit of a tee was popping out. I can’t be sure, but either the mailman is too rough OR the packaging needs to be a bit thicker, just in case someone rudely and roughly handles the mailer when they are in a bad mood or in a rush, because, let’s face it, it happens.

Inside were three tees, as well as stickers with the Triangle Motif website boldly (and quite largely) printed! I pulled out the t-shirts and at first glance, I was very confused because the tees looked to be three times my size, but that was my fault – I was unclear of the fit of these tees, they are meant to be longer and have a lower neckline – an indie fit blank from a brand called As Colour which is always experimenting with different cuts and styles. So what did I do next? I tried them all on of course! They are very, very soft blanks and the long fit, being part of the style, is something I felt really good in from the very start (I want more!) The print is perfect, consistent, and soft – all the best qualities when it comes down to it! (Remember to click the photos to see a bigger, closer, more detailed image.)

The first of the three is titled, Blue Blood, which I am wearing (very happily) at the top of the review. What I really like about this design is the overall expression of the character; he looks rich and proud of it, but he also looks a bit deranged, (and the deranged part is what I like best.) The black print on white certainly pops out creating a lovely contrast and the elegant lines that create his face remind me of the contour of muscles you would see in some sort of medical book, which is intriguing, needless to say. My eyes go straight to those lines, that are almost organic unlike the other details on the design. These vine-like lines lead my eyes to the other fine details, as well as the bigger details – you can’t beat a top hat, a bow-tie and a monocle! Another plus to this design is the Mulga logo printed inconspicuously on the shoulder of the character – it’s there faintly, but it’s not too blatant to take away from the composition. One last detail, and of course if you know me and my reviews, then you know I have to point out that Triangle Motif has custom sewn on tags on each of these tees, displaying their logo and the size, can’t beat that.

This next tee is simply called, The Captain, and with his nautical hat, pipe, and massive beard, this Captain obviously brings a smile to my face (how couldn’t he?) Once again, the print is black and bold against the white and like in the other designs, the use of the lines to form a face is just brilliant. Oh, and we can’t forget about the beard, it is mesmerizing; it’s a teardrop shape duplicated over and over to form a gorgeous, detailed texture that practically takes up a good portion of the design, which is not a bad thing at all. I also appreciate how the whole Mulga Series incorporates the same details, but in a different way each time to form a distinct character. This makes the series unified, but each design has it’s own emotion attached to it. Another unifying feature to the series is the Mulga logo that appears on each tee, but this time it is placed sweetly on a charming, little cloud.

This last one, Afroman, is even hairier than The Captain! Once again, that’s surely not to be taken as a bad thing – that hair brings a lot of detail to the overall design. This character feels like he is moving, with the waving lines in his face to the spirally hairs on his head, he’s coming to life. He fits in quite nicely with the other two characters in the Mulga series, though he has less solid black features on him (hat or pipe or monocle) he still brings a lot to the series, that’s for sure.

I can’t forget about the artist, can I? I must point out that these three tees were designed by Joel Moore, also known as Mulga, hence the name of the series! I took a peek at his work, it’s certainly fun to look at and, as you can tell from my review, I am a BIG fan now. Keep in touch with Mulga on Twitter, Facebook, and his Blog!

So, I think I have made it clear that I adore Triangle Motif and I would go out of my way to recommend them. The brand is unique with it’s unusual style of blanks, with a cut that gives it that indie vibe that compliments the art so well. Not only that, I find that the professional details of the brand insist I be attracted to them… obviously along with those details, the artwork is what captivates me the most – I love art, what can I say?

Thanks Triangle Motif!

Keep up with Triangle Motif: Facebook, Tumblr, Website

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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!

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Post image for Let’s Welcome Newly Launched T-shirt Company – Another Fine Tee: Tee Time Every 72 Hours!

Lookie here, a new daily (every 72 hours) t-shirt company newly open for business – Another Fine Tee: Tee Time Every 72 Hours. Hmm, and I can’t help but be interested in this site, starting out their launch with an impressive Breaking Bad inspired design by J3concepts and only at $11 a tee! Remember these are tees that come and GO; they’re limited prints for a limited time. (Big Blue Skies is available now until the 14th!)

P.S. I love your logo. Tea and tees, what a good mix I say!


Keep up with Another Fine Tee: Site, Facebook, Twitter

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Erin Cheyne: Class A Streetwear Detroit

by Amy_F on May 28, 2012



Some of you may have heard of Erin Cheyne the web designer (Winky Boo‘s web designer) but not many of you are aware that Erin has started her own line of clothing appropriately named, Erin Cheyne!  From the depths of the woods in a small town in Michigan near Detroit, Erin’s creativity is shining through in designing for her own indie brand.

There was never any doubt in my mind when my dear friend & web designer informed me she was going to launch her own independent clothing brand.  She has quite the knack for creating an artsy, hippie-like yet inspirational design.  Her prints, all screen-printed on her own equipment give a vintage look to the tee.  Starting small, Erin only printed a couple quality designs, to which I picked one up myself of course.  The one pictured above is not the one I own, this one is titled “Wanderer Tee” and Erin describes it as,

“Perfect for the adventurer, the dreamer or the directionally challenged in your life.  Not all who wander are lost.”

This is hand-printed on 100% pre-shrunk ringspun cotton and though, not specified it appears to be on a charcoal/black t-shirt with a white print.  I love the description and name of this shirt and the look of the print – though some may call this smudged or messy, I personally love it!  The design I have is not pictured on Erin’s website but it’s a typography tee with the words “Dream Big” repeating itself in a box-like format, upside down and backwards so you can read it like I like to as “Dream Big, Big Dream”!  I believe Erin is still updating her website so keep checking to see which designs go up for sale next.  I think, though just starting out and still finding her niche, she’s going to become a big hit with those who love this type of look!

Cost = $15.00    Buy it at Erin Cheyne

 

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Post image for Sneak Peek of ‘Pixel Pandamonium’ at The Yetee – Second of Three Tees Sold for a Good Cause!

This week The Yetee has been selling t-shirts (three to be exact) for the Speed Demos Archives annual Summer gaming marathon – the Summer Games Done Quick, which raises money for charity! The Yetee is donating $3 from every shirt sold; it will go directly to The Organization for Autism Research, a worthy cause indeed. I can’t stress enough how cool The Yetee, the Speed Demos Archives, and the artists are for putting this all together, truly inspiring.

For the next few hours, you can still buy the first of three tees, Speed Runnin’, designed by Ryan Haak AND immediately after that, Pixel Pandamonium by Drew Wise will go live! (You’re getting a sneak peek thanks to Glen at The Yetee, thanks Glen!) This new design, shown right above, is not only packed with popular video game characters, all done in Drew’s pixely style, but it also glows in the dark! You are sure to be noticed while wearing this tee!

What you should do:

Remember to check back here on HYA or at The Yetee for the last of the three tees – you won’t be sorry!

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Post image for Ugmonk – 5 Day Sale, 20% Off Entire Store!

Ugmonk is having a 5 day sale starting today (ends May 26th) – 20% Off Storewide! Just use the code: SPRING20 at checkout!

Happy shopping!

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Post image for Status Serigraph – Tees, Posters, & Sales, Oh My!

“Medicine heals the body, music heals the soul”, my thoughts exactly. Being a lover of music, I have been captured by this tee over at Status Serigraph. Showcasing just a small number of tees (it’s a small selection, but very nicely designed and that’s what really counts), Status Serigraph’s main focus is prints – and what makes it even better? Most of them are hand-printed concert posters, like the two lovelies pictured below.

Also sign up at Fab.com and take advantage of the sale on Status Serigraph – only 4 days left, so hurry! Nice bunch of tees on sale (some of them shown below, my favorites of course), as well as prints on sale, lots of them!

Keep up with Status Serigraph: Facebook, Twitter, Shop
Tees $20-$25, Posters $20-$35
Fab.com Sale $18.50-$29.60

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202 Star Wars T-Shirts [Lists]

by Andy on July 16, 2009

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I think that you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a series of movies that have gained as much of a following as Star Wars, and as you’d expect that has resulted in a huge amount of t-shirts being produced that reference the films in one way or another. So, being HYA, I thought that I’d better make an unnecessarily large list of them. As always, the t-shirts are not ranked, the numbers are merely there as an illustration so that we all know which is which, so being #1 or #202 means nothing. Some of these tees will be pretty recognisable as they’ve been featured on HYA before, and some were also in the 101 Robots List from last month, but if you know of any I haven’t featured then please let me know in the comments. The list has also been split up into pages to ensure swift loading times (my server may probably wouldn’t like people loading 202 pictures at a time).

As you would expect these lists take quite a long time (this one took about 30 hours, seriously), so if you deem it worthy, it would be fantastic if you could promote this article in any way. Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Digg, your own blog, carve the URL onto a tree, anything!

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