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Yonil – MASSIVE Clearance Sale

by Mr Four Fingers on April 13, 2013

The talented designer and Illustrator Jonathan Yonil Lax A.K.A. Yonil is currently having a massive clearance sale on his t-shirts. If you don’t know him already he creates illustrated t-shirts (amongst other things) that are surreal and textured. His designs commonly feature hand drawn creations that are just lovely. We have also reviewed some of his t-shirts before, as if you needed any more convincing that is!

Check out these t-shirts below and more at his massive clearance sale here.

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CafePress Custom T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on April 11, 2013

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When I was offered another custom t-shirt review to do, it seemed to be the right fit for me considering I’ve already done several others, like Wordans and Zazzle.  This time though it was for CafePress, and I was thoroughly surprised, because I know a lot of people that use CafePress for getting custom promotional items and are always very pleased with the results.  However, just because the promotional items are well done, doesn’t always mean the custom t-shirts are going to come out all that great – so this was my time to investigate!

CafePress has everything (and I mean EVERYTHING), literally from customizable iPhone cases, aprons, mugs, jewelry cases, t-shirts, hoodies, baby onesies, home and office decor, stationary, wall art – should I go on?  I mean, the list is endless, which is quite amazing.  There’s obviously no shortage of customizable ‘stuff’ on CafePress’ website.  My interest was in customizing a t-shirt though, so I went right into the Women’s Custom T-Shirt section and started searching for my style.

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So here’s my first issue, CafePress has such expensive BLANK t-shirts, that even though I was given a gift certificate to complete the review – I was even being money conscious while shopping.  I honestly don’t understand why they’re charging $17.99 and upwards for blanks, and this is way before you even get to customizing it.  A custom dark t-shirt is $32.50, a custom white t-shirt is $17.99 – that’s odd, right?  Like I said though, I was given a gift certificate, so I went for the custom white, because I’m stingy with my ‘non’ money.  Let me note that most of these customizable clothing websites have very poor photos of the blank garments which makes it difficult to choose what style you want because you don’t really know how it looks on a person.  CafePress has simple stock photos of the blank garment on a white background.  It’s hard to tell the shape of the shirt, the length or the fit.

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Moving on, when you get into the Design Center, as I like to call it, they give you a big cheesy image/drawing of the shirt on the background and a box in the center of the shirt to show you where you can design.  CafePress allows you the option of designing on the front, back or the pocket area of the shirt.  The area they give you allows a decent amount of space to place wording or an image, which I liked.  It wasn’t too small or too high near the collar of the shirt.  They allow you to choose from many different fonts, select an image from their gallery or upload your own, and they give you the option of adding shapes; which is a new one for me, I don’t recall having seen this option before on other websites.

My problem is there’s always so much to choose from and play with that I get overwhelmed.  I’ve tried several different ways of customizing on the other websites, so on CafePress I decided to go with the ‘clip art’ from their design gallery.  They had a great selection of black and white and colorful images to choose from, which left me excited because I like to sometimes overlap 2 clip art images on these customizable tees and make my own brand new image.  After playing with that for quite a while, I decided to go with a simple image (just 1) and put it right in the center of the chest area.

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You can obviously rotate the image, flip it, enlarge or even shrink it.  So once you get all that set and decide on how you want it to look, you go over and click “I’m Finished” in the upper right hand corner to move on to the next page.  The following page will now lead you to the beginning of the check-out process which is fairly self-explanatory and simple.  Select your size, confirm the color of the t-shirt you want, click ‘Add to Cart’ and then enter all your personal info to purchase the product.

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Now that we’ve gone through the process, I will let you know how the final product came out.  I was delighted when it arrived in a custom mailer that ironically read on the front “It’s here!”  The packaging was easy and friendly – a no hassle package is a good package!  Inside was my shirt folded up with a few goodies to Thank Me for shopping with them and my receipt.  The shirt came out great and the print was pure quality.  It was a soft shirt that fit me perfectly – however remember I guessed on the style from the poor image, so I was pleasantly surprised when it fit perfect!

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The print was not rough or raised, it blended into the shirt and was just as soft as the tee itself.  The shirt still had it’s original American Apparel tag inside – which now explains a little why the price was so expensive.  The other thing I took a look at while shopping on CafePress was I noticed they had bulk options so I went to check out the bulk pricing – which I might add was again quite ridiculous.  Sometimes us clothing companies take for granted these easy-to-use online shops and printers, so I always like to go ahead and research and check them out.  There’s been a few times I was pleased to see the pricing AND quality was much more affordable than going through a regular printing company and working hands-on with them.  Unfortunately, I thought I’d be more pleased with CafePress’ pricing, but I wasn’t.  Their quality however, was definitely superior and the entire customization process was easy and simple.

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Would I shop with CafePress again?  Yes, I definitely would, but I think they should reconsider their pricing strategy.  There are quality products that aren’t American Apparel that will draw in more customers because they’re more affordable (we’re still in a recession people).  I loved how many options they had on their website because now I know I can go to them for really anything I need, which is always great to know!  The design and checkout process was not at all complicated, it all went totally smooth and the t-shirt literally arrived to me with normal shipping in a matter of 3 days (or less).  They’re quick, easy and produce a great product!

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Thank you CafePress for allowing me the pleasure of reviewing your Custom T-Shirt process.  If you want to check more out about CafePress, head over to their website and remember they’re on Facebook and Twitter too!

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A Year of T-shirts

by Mr Four Fingers on January 27, 2013

A year of t-shirts

Well it has been almost a year since I joined Hide Your Arms and I figured, hell, why not recap on the t-shirts that have entered my wonky wardrobe since I  joined. These are a combination of reviews and tees I have bought for myself (what’s the world coming to). It has been great to meet new folk and learn about them and their brand journey, seeing what works and what needs work.

Best wishes for 2013 and I hope to do many more. My thanks goes out to you!

In no specific order (there are a few missing):

Colus

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One of the coolest designers I have had the pleasure of meeting (well via the web). I always get comments when I wear one of his designs. You can read a review of Colus here.

1st Tee - Hunter $26

2nd Tee - Amour Propre $26

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Danse Macabre

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This is one of the weirdest t-shirts in my collection and also one of my favourites. The guys at my work did not notice the design until I showed it to them properly. Now every time I wear this Tee they can’t look at me. Indirectly via a mirror maybe. Danse Macabre have since closed their doors and started a new brand called Wood & Nails. There is a review of this t-shirt if you are interested even though you can’t buy it.

 

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Things like this are never easy to say, but the talented designer, Kory “Skummie” Schuerman, has passed away after his long battle with Muscular Dystrophy. He not only was a great artist, but was all around loved and admired in the t-shirt and art community – take a look at all his amazing work and the accomplishments he left behind. Fellow artist and friend of Kory, Victoria Price, said it best, “What an inspiration, not only in art, but in strength too.” Rest in peace, Skummie.

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Take a moment to explore his work, as well as his recent work with Beastpop Artworks in their collaborative project, SkummBeast.

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Snob Mob Has Some New Tees

by Mr Four Fingers on December 4, 2012

Snob Mob

The ever industrious Rob over at Snob Mob sent us over some of his new tees for review and generally people only do this when they are confident of their product and in this case it’s pretty much bang on.

The first thing I noticed is how damn good the colours are and by that I mean pucnhy as hell! The grey t-shirt is a design called Check Mate by Matt Glasby, who is  pretty much a resident artist (second year running out of two). What I really like about the design, apart from the cool illustration, is the colour combinations, man do they pop. I’m also a sucker for bright colours on heather grey (or as Rob say: “fucking boring grey” to “fucking ridiculous neons”). Snob Mob have decided to print this design with plastisol ink so it’s relatively  thick with  a textured feel. I’m sure this will soften up a little after a few washes. If you are thinking that the texture might put you off  then don’t let it as plastisol ensures bright colours that don’t fade and increases longevity of the design.

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The second design is called Miyok Madness, a new  guest artist to the Snob Mob crew. Miyok actually means ‘bad medicine’. Miyok is a  street artist that bombards the walls of New York with these disruptive pills (also a form of promotion for his skate brand Miyok Madness). The design has been printed with discharge ink so it’s pretty soft to the touch.

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The first t-shirt I received from Snob Mob was Skull Muck which was printed on a white t-shirt and as I mentioned before it was a little loose on me. These t-shirts are still Gildans, though one thing I have noticed is that the grey and the black are a better fit , this may be something to so with the dye shrinking the fabric a little. Whatever it is I like it.

Included with the t-shirts was also a nice note on a small flyer with an illustration by Mr Penfold. This design also happens to be a t-shirt on sale for £15.

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Some people may look at the £25 price tag and hmm and haww but just have take a look at the talent that Rob is infusing his brand with by bringing some great designs to the public. Snob Mob also has free UK delivery which is pretty damn good and £4 on international delivery.

On Friday night when we were taking these photos in the freezing cold a friend of mine from work randomly walked past us. His first thoughts upon seeing us at a distance was ” who are are these crazy people wearing t-shirts in this cold weather, they must be skateboarders”.

Not bad then for a brand like Snob Mob to have that effect at a distance!

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Winky Boo: 1 Day Only Black Friday Sale

by Amy_F on November 22, 2012

Winky Boo Black Friday Sale

Get 25% off during checkout at Winky Boo 1 day only for Black Friday.  Sale starts 11/22 at 12am (EST) and will end 11/24 12am (EST).  Shop easy, shop indie, shop online!

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HYA Visit More T Vicar HQ

by Mr Four Fingers on November 12, 2012

More T Vicar

We had the pleasure if visiting More T Vicar  HQ vicar recently in High Wycobe, whereupon I was flooded with t-shirts and could not help but fall in love with their resident Jack Russell, Oscar.

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I was joined on this blustery day with my mate and busines partner Craig (normally the hairy faced bugger in HYA t-shirt review photosgraphs)  as this was not only a visit for HYA but also for Mr Four Fingers as we are looking at working  More T Vicar soon. I have never visitid a t-shirt HQ before so one thing I was not prepapred for, as stupid as it may sound, was actually seeing the amount of t-shirt that there are kicking about. Literally stacks of them.

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More T Vicar recently enlisted the services of Damien AKA Damo to me as I have actually had the pleasure of working with the man. I worked with Damo  a few years ago and it was around this time that I started focusing more on illustration with a particular interest in t-shirt designs. He also introduced me to Guitar Hero. I know from experience that anything Damien works on will be good as he has boundless passion and a curious nature that is quite infectious. Before Damo arrived, as we were very early, we had the chance to chat with the lovely Heather, a More T partner and known as ‘The Voice’ . We had a chance to chat more about the More T Vicar history (established in 2003) over some coffee and delicious homemade blueberry cake.

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More T  Vicar is a t-shirt brand/store that can do it all. They prints t-shirts, either at their screen printers or with their massive Direct to Garment Kornit printer (more of this when I see it in a few weeks), they stock t-shirts, photograph them in a light tent,  packagage and post. Even the websites are designed and maintained by them. More T Vicar are multi-tiered and are more than capable of assisting you at any level. So if you just want your brands t-shirts stocked, packaged and sold, then BAM, job done.  But it’s always good to know that if you want the whole shebang then More T Vicar can provide.

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You can easily tell that they have a massive love for the t-shirt sector and like Damien says ” there is a t-shirt for everyone”. This is best illustrated in the More T Vicar online t-shirt store as they stock various designs like simple type/slogan tees, popular culture characters like the immensely popular Chunk Clothing designs and Ren & Stimpy to various other artists like Akumu Ink. More T Vicar are  developing more relationships artists and illustrators and soon their online store with show a whole gamut of t-shirt designs.

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Damien with an Akumu Ink t-shirts, an artist whom I was initially introduced to on Skull-a-Day.

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Since buying their Kornit printer, which is basically a fancy pants direct to Garment printer form the future, More T have launched a partner website called Major Tee. This online store is focused on made-to-order Direct to Garment printed designs, where the public gets a chance to submit ideas (useful information via this link). If you are selected then for each t-shirt printed you get £1. Now this may not sund like a lot but we are talking about standard slogan and type tees for instance. If you are interested in selling illustrations as a part of your brand or under your artist name then More T will negotaite a better price.

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More T Vicar are extremely friendly and are always up for a chat over some homemade cake (tried and tested), over the phone or via the tinternet so if you have any questions then please ask as they are as keen to hear from you.

We will definitely be seeing and hearing a lot more from More T Vicar and I look forward to working with them. Below are some useful links worth checking out

More T Vicar Online Store

More T Vicar on Facebook

Major Tee

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Oh, look what Doyle, the creator of RawMeat, passed along to me – It’s called Too Old For This Shirt (great name, huh?) It’s a new place to share, swap, and sell unwanted tees and hoodies, and you can even request wanted items.

Here at Too Old For This Shirt, you can sell, swap, or request, hard to find, limited edition, or out of print apparel, including tee’s, hoodies, caps and more. If you can wear it, you can share it.

Go take a peek, check out the details for submitting, and if you’re interested in a post, just email Doyle at TOOOLDFORTHISSHIRT@GMAIL.COM with photos of the shirt for sale/swap/wanted, plus your name, email, and sale details. I know for a fact I have a few tees (and hoodies) I would love to trade!

Keep in touch with Too Old For This Shirt: Facebook, Twitter, Forum

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Digisin Special Edition Packaging

by Mr Four Fingers on October 30, 2012

Digisin

We featured Digisin in a review awhile ago and now I have the pleasure of showing how they are successfully growing into a pretty wicked brand. We at Mr Four Fingers recently teamed up with Digisin by having some of our illustrations added to his online store. There will be another post showing the collection soon.

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The packing you see here is a part of their ‘special edition’ selection and I can’t help but feel that this was also chosen in response to some recent postage issues Digisin had. By that I mean the customers box looked like it was delivered by Ace Ventura (I nicked that from a FB comment). So as you can see there is a polite sicker notice informing the person delivering that packaging to treat with respect. I love this ‘paint tin’ packaging and is officially the coolest I have received from any brand.

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When we first reviewed Digisin they were using Softstyle Gildans and have sinced moved up to the Gildan premium t-shirts, which is pretty decent and a far better fit than the standard Gildan. It also happens to be a great surface for Direct to Garment printing (which is what they do). As you can see we we have two images printed onto darker fabrics, so what I can tell you is that when you initially get the t-shirt the design will feel a little stiff, like plastisol ink but after a wash it loosens up nicely.

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Chaos Rules – £16.99

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Visions – £16.99

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Digisin has also upped their game by getting nice hem tags and inside collar tags and the pack also includes a neat little swing tag sticker and old school movie cards that you can collect. Since I first found Digisin I have seen a marked increase in product development, new artists to his collective and an overall improvement.

The future is bright.

 

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WeLoveFine.com, the brand with more pop culture t-shirts than you could shake a very large stick at, have been kind enough to offer HYA readers 10% off everything in store (not just the Avengers tees I’ve posted above). Use the coupon code HYATEES at the checkout to receive the discount.

One of my favourite things about WLF is that they seem to do some much more with the licenses they have (yep, all their tees are legit) than most other places, their artwork appeals to fans of the TV show or movie, rather than just slapping the logo on a shirt and being done with it.

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Cardinal Cotton Clothing is now open for business! Created by brothers Dave and John Peele, this brand makes simple, timeless designs that honor the greatness of the state they both grew up in, North Carolina (which isn’t far from me!) Even if you don’t live or know anything about NC, that’s no big deal, because their clothing pretty much can appeal to anyone that likes clean, well designed tees. Also, by the looks of the website and after reading their story, the brand feels welcoming and relaxed, and it looks like these two guys just want to make some great clothes that everyone can enjoy. (They even have some tees fitted for the ladies, thanks Cardinal Cotton!)

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One more important note, to kick off their grand opening, Cardinal Cotton is offering 12% off on everything to everyone for the next 12 days – Use coupon code: OLDNO12 at checkout to receive your discount!

Keep in touch with Cardinal Cotton: Shop, Facebook, and Twitter

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We got an email from Gordon Holden recently. His site is pretty interesting (and, well, confusing), but from what I can gather he is an artist who also likes to design tees every so often.

Anyway, back to the email. It was short and sweet. “i like what you do. it is magical.”

After that, there was no way we weren’t going to check out his site. What we saw was interesting, and very well designed (though maybe beyond the price range of most people).

The tees look great. They’re a little strange, but this is a guy who sent us a two sentence email and called us magical, so you get what you ask for.

The problem is that this is art, really, and art ain’t cheap. You’re looking at $62-$66 for a single t-shirt, which is far from cheap. In fact, everything that I’m wearing right now (bar my shoes) didn’t cost that much. But if you’re interested in these designs, and have a little chunk of change spare, then there’s no reason not to buy one of these as a statement piece.

Just wash it very, very carefully.

(Costliness = $62-$66)

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Zazzle Custom T-Shirt Review

by Amy_F on August 20, 2012

Amy in her Custom Zazzle Tee

I had the pleasure of being offered to do my very own custom t-shirt on Zazzle.com a few weeks ago and I was delighted to oblige.  For those of you unaware, Zazzle offers a variety of products from cards, postage, buttons, key-chains, mugs, pillows, napkins, pet tags (etc. etc. etc.).  I am honestly unsure how new the Custom T-shirt feature is on Zazzle but they offer screen printing and custom embroidery, no minimums, no set-up fees, 24 hour or less turnaround and t-shirts starting at $14.95.

I’m going to get right down to it.  I played around with the custom t-shirt feature for a while on their website.  You have the option of uploading your own artwork or photography OR creating your own custom text.  You get the choice of a variety of shirts, but not enough variety in my opinion.  The styles of blank shirts to choose from are scarce and a bit out-dated.  Zazzle has chosen some really basic blanks to work with, which I guess is fine for this additional custom t-shirt option on their website, but t-shirts are tricky.  It’s not like selecting a blank mug or key-chain, this is something I’m putting on my body and I’m assuming you’d want me to WANT to wear.  That aside, the pricing on the blanks themselves is quite ridiculous.  Being a clothing business owner myself and working with screen printing companies and wholesale companies; having years of work experience in the fashion industry, I can say that the pricing on Zazzle’s website for a blank alone starting at $14.95 is way too high.  That’s the price on a very basic unisex style t-shirt.  Move on over to a bit more trendy woman’s style and it’s already up to $19.95 (without my design even on it yet).

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So let’s go to the “Customize It” area of the website after I’ve selected my style and color blank.  They’ve made their design area in an easy format so even the least computer savvy can figure it out, which is really nice and user friendly (see above photograph).  They give you several views of the shirt on a model and the color options for your shirt style are available at the bottom in case you want to check out how your design looks in a different shade.  They even give you the ability to switch styles of t-shirts while designing if perhaps your design just isn’t fitting properly on the one you chose.  This is all very nice.

My first attempt at customizing was I wanted to place a small photograph on the front of the shirt and do one word of text on the back.  Before I even checked the pricing (Zazzle had given me a $25.00 gift certificate to test this out) I played around with my image and text and couldn’t seem to get my photo to fit or crop right.  It appears the sizing area they give you to print on the front is very limited and thus left me with the only option of switching my entire concept because it was stretching and cropping my image weirdly.  After that idea failed, I decided maybe I should look at the pricing to make sure before I finish my design that I’m still within the $25.00 mark.  Well, color me stupid, adding the additional 1 word of text on the back added $5.00 more to the price.  Maybe I forgot to mention I had chosen a simple women’s bella white t-shirt (the only decent option for a girl) and it was $19.95 blank.  Let’s do the math people, this brought me to $24.95!  Ok, so I’m under $25, right?  What about shipping, I thought?  Maybe Zazzle comped that for me?  Nope.

After a much needed break from frustration I went back and started fresh.  Chose a Bella Ladies Fitted Tank in White which was $18.95. Let me interject that Zazzle should really redo their model shots.  The photos of the shirts on the models are not accurate at all.  The tank I received is extra long, the tank in the photo on the website is very short and boxy looking (nothing like what I received).  The product I received is actually very nice quality – but the photo does not show or demonstrate that which is why I was turned off to selecting it in the first place (see image below compared to photo of me wearing it).

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I understand that they’ve tried to make the whole custom t-shirt feature area as simple as possible, but as I mentioned the styles aren’t flattering (or at least the photos of the styles aren’t making them look flattering), the color choices are definitely not appealing and you are very limited on where you can place your images or text.  If you were looking to have a lot of text, it’s not going to happen unless you want it real small.  The area that they allow text to go to, is not any lower then the middle of the shirt.  I have to give them props though for having a pretty wide variety of text styles which I had a ball playing around with.

With choosing the tank I placed 1 word of text on the front, now that I knew what I was working with (I still wasn’t happy I had to change my entire order) and then I went to checkout.  Lo and behold, another problem.  Apparently you cannot use a gift certificate without having an account and logging in (not so user friendly).  I did not know this until I contacted Zazzle, asked why it wouldn’t accept my gift certificate and they told me I needed to register for free to create an account (which personally, and I’m sure most of you can agree, I don’t like having to do if I feel it’s going to be a 1 time order).  So for a basic white tank with 1 simple word of text on the front plus shipping the cost got me to a couple cents under $25.00.  Very costly I’d say, and probably not something I’d be willing to do again unless they lower their pricing.

The truth is the truth though and the product came out superb!!  It arrived and it was a quality garment (Bella is top quality for women) and it was the perfect style tank.  Again, you wouldn’t know this by looking at the images which isn’t helpful because that is why the images of the models in the tees are there, for you to see how it fits and looks.  Well, here’s what mine looks like:

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Chief is a nickname my grandfather was given and ironically people I work with started calling me it without having known that.  Couldn’t help but make a tee with my “title”!!

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Note: The tank is pretty long that the bottom is cut out of the photo.  The image of me wearing it, I actually have it scrunched up a little because the tank is a bit see-through.

Zazzle, you definitely had some good qualities about your Custom T-Shirt Feature and some mishaps that I think are easily fixable.  Regardless, if you make the customizing and ordering process a little more delightful and easier, your product is already outstanding in the end! Best of luck to you & thank you much for allowing me to take the time to review your website & shirts!!

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So, you can’t tell me that you don’t jump up and down when you see a new package of tees on your doorstep! Well maybe you don’t jump up and down like me, but I am sure you get a big smile on your face. This time my smile (and jumps) were extra big when Teetsy landed at my feet. First of all, it was a hefty package (SIX tees were nicely packed in there) and before I could even open it up, I noticed the sweet, hand-drawn details on the mailer – how cute is that? After anxiously taking photos, I pulled open the package to reveal the six tees – so nicely packed up, tied together in individual bundles, with the hang-tags placed in a way that could be seen as soon as you looked at each wrapped up tee. Not only are the hang-tags nicely designed with the fun logo prominently placed on each – that captured my attention immediately – but when you flip it over, the name of the tee and a message is handwritten on each one! Some might prefer typed/printed text rather than an actual handwritten message, but I prefer the latter; I find it to be a very personable touch to any brand, so thank you for that, Teetsy!

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Let’s start to review the tees, shall we? The first is titled Arthel, designed by Jason Wyatt Frederick, (take a peek at his sketchbook!) Next we have The Plan and lastly, Three Stripes, both designed by owner of Teetsy himself, Scott Marvel! All three of these tees are obviously a women’s fit and they are all printed on blanks by Bella. (For you men out there, the men’s tees are printed on Anvil Organic). Arthel is on a very pretty leaf green blank and depicts a favorite of mine and classic bluegrass musician, Doc Watson, who sad to say, recently passed away. This illustration is nicely draw with a portrait of “Doc” placed on top of lyrics to his melancholy song, “St. James Hospital”. This is used as a perfect background to the illustration and it pays homage to this legend in the best of ways.

Tee Arthel 480x266 Teetsy T shirt Review   Six Fun Tees You Dont Want to Miss!This next t-shirt is, like I said before, printed on a Bella fine jersey for us girls and on Anvil for the boys. The Plan, is one of those tees that has me puzzled and it also has me cringing at the thought of a pulled tooth, but that’s probably what it’s intended to do to the viewer – make them curious and slightly frightened! I think this design is appropriately set on a red tee – giving me the essence of blood, perfect to add to the cringing.

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Next, Three Stripes, is printed on a deep heather fine jersey and I can’t say this t-shirt attracts my taste in design, being as it’s very simple and the print doesn’t pop out as much as I would prefer, but it’s three horizontal, painterly stripes are interesting of course. As for the fit of these tees, they all fit tight, which makes me think they run a little small, but they aren’t uncomfortable at all. In fact they are soft and they don’t become see-through like some of the tighter tees I own. The print is nicely done, as you can see from the up-close photos I took for you (click the photos, please, you must see the print closer and bigger to see the quality!) My only complaint is that in person the print on the Three Stripes tee is very hard to see so from a distance it looks just like a plain dark t-shirt, but maybe it’s intended to be a surprise to the viewer as they get closer to you!

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Next to show you are these two tees; first Bill’s, and the second is titled Lonly and BOTH, once again, are designed by the owner, Scott Marvel. It’s nice to see an owner of a brand designing a majority of the products in their shop! These hand-screened tees are on Anvil fine jersey blanks, though Lonly is on the Anvil Organic for those who are interested. When I look at Bill’s, well… it just makes me hungry with it’s diner-style menu board placed smack in the middle of the tee with splashes of red spotted throughout. Give me a grilled cheese please!

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As for Lonly, it makes me opposite of lonely, indeed. With his big, hairy grin and lopsided eyes, he makes me genuinely smile. I like the scratchy texture of his fur and the vertical lines of the trees in the background give this tee an interesting pattern for your eyes to gaze upon. When I tried these tees on, I noticed they are a bit shorter on me than most tees – shorter and wider and the sleeves are larger. So in general, the Anvil blanks are a good fit, but don’t fit quite as well as the Bella from the first three tees. The print quality is nice and soft to the touch – I can tell they were printed with love by Teetsy.

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Okay! One last tee to throw at you readers! This one is probably my favorite out of the bunch, so let’s save the best for last, hm? This one, Nun Rabbit, is illustrated by Carolyn Figel (go take a look at her work, it’s fun) and this tee is, once again, hand-screened with love, I can tell. The thing is, this tee is really fun and it speaks to me. Why?: 1.) I love the quirky design having a nun with giant, sharp teeth and bunny ears – it gets noticed, that’s for sure. 2.) It’s printed on a lovely lavender blank (one of my favorite colors) and 3.) It’s printed on an American Apparel fine jersey tee – yet another favorite of mine. Oh and Teetsy states on their site that for this print you can “custom order any damn color you want it on!” So that’s another plus, huh? Also, if you’ve read my reviews before, you know I love the fit and quality of American Apparel blanks, so I am sure you already know what I am going to say: it’s comfy and it’s a great fit all over, A+!

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Before I go, I want to thank you Teetsy for letting me review your tees, and especially such a great number of them! Also, thanks to all the HYA readers, we appreciate you greatly!

Keep in touch with Teetsy: Facebook, Twitter

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Revolution Australia

A brand hailing from Australia bringing a “revolutionary” idea to you on t-shirts.  I’m not sure about that whole revolutionary thing but these new tees from Revolution Australia are quite stylish in their own right.

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Working the typography angle, Revolution Australia has produced some creatively cute designs.  This one above is called Surf Zoo and as Ric the owner/designer shared with us,

“One of the most popular sports in Australia is Surfing. There are so many beaches that many, MANY people practice this sport. You could say OZ is a SURF ZOO.”

I really enjoy when brands do typography tees and creatively incorporate designs into the lettering.  Something I’ve never been a pro at doing but I really do admire a brand who can come up with a good one.  This is a good one, considering I love surfing myself but my only problem is Ric shared that explanation with us at HYA but not in the product description on the website.  I mean the washing instructions are there which is well, interesting, in so many words but no good “story” with the tee.  Here’s a few more new ones from Revolution Australia.

love Revolution Australia: Aussie designs with a twist!

Love/Hate T-shirt (Available in Men’s & Women’s styles)

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Revolution T-Shirt (available in Men’s & Women’s styles)

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Love Surfing T-Shirt (Available in Men’s & Women’s styles)

Cost = AUD $29.00    Buy at Revolution Australia

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Captivate Clothing Releases New Line!

by Leah on June 23, 2012

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Buy at Captivate Clothing, only £10.99

Keep up with Captivate Clothing: Facebook, Twitter

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gaming t-shirts welovefine

It’s hardly surprising that WeLoveFine.com (who I’m still not quite sure what I should call them) are expanding their range of tees about video games. Would I be right in thinking that the gaming industry does more revenue than the movie industry now? That seems unlikely but I’m sure I heard that somewhere, either way, there’s a lot of people that play games every day and there’s a lot of people that wear t-shirts, and there’s a venn diagram somewhere of those two groups that overlaps a lot. Some of the shirts in the new category have been around for a while, but some are new and they will be adding more shirts to the category in the coming weeks.

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Daily Tees & News for December 13th

by Andy on December 13, 2011

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I don’t really understand the crossover between My Little Pony and Pokemon, but I’m sure some of you will.

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Having never watched Venture Bros I’m not particularly enamored with today’s shirt at RIPT.

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Nice 8-bit tee at Shirt.Woot today.
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More than 100 Doctor Who T-shirts

by Andy on April 14, 2011

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Hide Your Arms has gained something of a reputation for creating epic t-shirt lists and obsessing over films and TV shows to find t-shirts. When it was first suggested to me that I write a list of Doctor Who t-shirts (if you have an idea for a list send it in) I thought that it might be a tough ask since I don’t watch the show. I don’t have anything against it, I just already spend too much time watching TV shows, though since practically everyone says it’s good I probable should give it a go. Still, since the fans, or at least one fan, wanted a list of Doctor Who t-shirts, I made it my mission to hunt them down.

As you’ll find in the list there are quite a lot of good Dr. Who t-shirt designs out there, but nowhere near as many as with Star Wars, which is hardly surprising considering the popularity gap between the two, so I haven’t been able to create a list on the epic scale of the 200 shirts in the Star Wars list, but I think the current 119 designs is still fairly sizable. It’s also quite telling that many of the designs riff on the same themes, which suggests to me that Doctor Who designs haven’t been explored too deeply by the more creative t-shirt designers out there. You’ll also notice that a lot of shirts come from a few different retailers, which is frustrating for me since it looks like I’ve only looked in a handful of places, but the truth is that I’ve searched long & wide and not come back with many stores that sell Dr. Who t-shirts. Whether this means we will see more in the future (or that I have simply not discovered a treasure trove of excellent designs), who knows.

As ever, these lists take an awfully long time to put together, so if you would like to share the list with anyone via Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Delicious etc. I would be very grateful, your sharing keeps new people visiting the site, and that in turn means that I am able to keep writing them.

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Hide Your Arms T-shirt Sale

I was so, so, so confident that England were going to win against the USA in the World Cup group game at the weekend, I guess I got what I deserved for believing that England might play as well as they should, but they managed to stick to regular form and mess things up in spite of themselves. They damn near ruined the big BBQ that I had at my house (the Weber got a lot of use). I was feeling genuinely deflated after the game, which is strange because I’m well aware that the way England play has no direct bearing upon my life. Still, we’ll win the World Cup no matter what, so I’m not too concerned about this little bump in the road.

Another reason why I was depressed during and after the England game. ITV. Or more specifically, ITV HD. I invited all my friends around to watch the match at my house because we have a beautiful 52″ tv, and a HD Sky subscription. What happened three minutes into the England match? ITV HD ‘accidentally’ cut to a car commercial, the screen went black, we all screamed, and when the game came back, England had scored and were celebrating. I was robbed of that moment of joy when my team scored their first goal of the World Cup.

I’d said on Facebook and Twitter that “when England won…” I would put the HYA tee on sale, as a way to console American readers who would clearly feel crushed by the defeat dealt to them by their former colonial masters. Now, I need cheering up, and there are few things that cheer me up more than getting an e-mail saying I’ve received an order for a Hide Your Arms t-shirt. I also said that the sale would be crazy, and it is, £8. I really can’t make it any cheaper than this, and I won’t. Ever.

The tee will remain at £8 (and HYA badge packs are on sale too, at £1.25 for 5 badges) until England win a game. Their next game is against current Group C leaders Slovenia on Friday, and then their last group game is against Algeria on June 23rd. If they don’t win either of those games they won’t be going through to the kockout stages, and I’ll have to leave the tee on sale until the next international England play, so hopefully Rooney will sort it out and bang some goals in on Friday!

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