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Socially Exceptional Summer Discount

by Mr Four Fingers on August 6, 2012

Socially Exceptional

Not long ago HYA reviewed the wonderful Socially Exceptional and their free spirited t-shirt Live Slow Die Whenever. The British summer may not be all sunshine so what better way to add some summer love than by dropping a cracking 20% summer sale as of today. Yes that means T’s are £11.99, pretty damn sweet if you ask me.

Lifestyle £11.99

Live Slow Die Whenever £11.99

Flagship Black £11.99

Flagship White £11.99



Socially Exceptional Review

by Mr Four Fingers on June 25, 2012

Live slow die whenever

Being a graphic designer/illustrator I have an interest in typography and often look upon type t-shirts with an even greater scrutinizing eye, they are hard ones to get right and I can say with a glad heart that ‘Live Slow Die Whenever’, created by Socially Exceptional, is one of those t-shirts. [click to continue…]

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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



T-shirt news for March 21st

by Andy on March 21, 2012

Doctor Who t-shirt

Thankfully the comments over at TeeFury explained to me that this is something to so with Doctor Who, the Tardis at the top should have been a bit of a clue as well though.

This Star Wars based design at Shirt.Woot is one of my favourites from them for quite some time.

Spiderman gets some attention at RIPT.

Doctor Who turns up at Qwertee.

I like this Shirt Punch design so much I might actually buy it, Mars U straight from the Futurama universe.

The nerd hive arrives at

That is one depressing Pluto t-shirt at 24tee (apparently it has something to do with 4chan).

Wow, very nice skull shirt from DBH today.

Made in the Now take a look at a painting that people used to think was a Van Gogh knockoff that it turns out is the real deal.

Dead Head gets another run out at Tilteed.

VNM added some patches to their store.

Great interview with Jake Nickell of Threadless about how they are dealing with partnerships. It’s fascinating to hear about how these things really work and so refreshing to hear honesty and openness from a company of their size.

RIPT have added five free shirts to the raffle for the Boston Tee Party.

TeeMadness2012 is open for voting now.

Here’s a cat wearing a t-shirt.

This Led Zeppelin t-shirt is up for $14,000 on eBay. Vintage tees scare me a bit, so much money in so little cotton!

Something tells me this Chinese guy doesn’t know what’s written on his shirt, or he does, which could be more concerning.

You know you’ve got great friends when they make you a shirt to celebrate your vasectomy. Look at that grimace, he KNOWS that picture was going to end up getting spread around on the internet.

New Actual Pain has dropped at Street Casuals, those guys do have a lot of releases, don’t they?

Akomplice have released their Spring 2012 lookbook.

Spend $40+ at ThinkGeek and get $10 off with the coupon code SHATNER.


live free or die America t-shirt white pine patriot

When I saw that this company was called “White Pine Patriot” I was a little worried that I’d be looking at at white supremacist clothing line (I know they exist but obviously won’t be linking to any), but I am almost entirely, completely, 100% sure that these guys just love ‘Merica and God. As usual, I’m not on board with religious shirts, they aren’t for me, but I know that there are a lot of people out there that are religious (at least five at the last count), and are totally comfortable letting people know about it in t-shirt form.

I really like the imagery of this shirt (it’s a style that runs through the whole collection), clearly it’s a style that is very appropriate for this kind of design, and printing it with discharge inks on a tri-blend is going to result in a shirt that should be softer than butter (at room temperature, it’s soft is the general point I’m trying to get across here.

Costiness=$24 Buy it at White Pine Patriot


aphesis clothing t-shirt

Cool shirt, I think that this vintage style of design really lends itself to t-shirts.

Costiness=$20 Buy it at Aphesis


Is this t-shirt worth $10,000?

by Andy on May 17, 2011

led zeppelin knebworth house t-shirt

My apologies for the small picture, but it was all the source had. That Led Zeppelin at Knebworth t-shirt sold last week for a whopping $10,000. As will have probably guessed, it is a rare t-shirt, in fact, it is apparently the rarest of all Led Zeppelin t-shirts, as it was only printed for people that had backstage passes to Led Zeppelin’s 1979 Knebworth House gigs. I can see how it would be rare, who would hold onto a t-shirt from a gig for more than 30 years and keep it in good condition (this shirt was bought by a tee dealer from the printers that made them, so I assume it was in good condition), but does that really make it worth that much money?

As much as I love my own stuff, I just don’t see someone paying $10,000 for anything from the HYA store in 30 years.


Sea of Atlas by CXXVI

by Andy on September 10, 2010

sea of atlas t-shirt by cxxvi

It’s not particularly cheap at $36, but you could certainly go out and spend a lot more on a lot worse. It;s a simple tee, but it’s got everything going for it, if I was walking down the street and saw someone wearing this I’d think to myself “that dude is cool.”

Costiness=$36 Buy it at CXXVI [via ATB]

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Bull Fights On Acid by PalmerCash

by Andy on September 22, 2009


I know this is a fairly simple tee, but I think it would work really well for someone going for a vintage look, which I assume to be just about everyone that shops at PalmerCash. Also, Bull Fights on Acid sounds like the coolest band in the world ever: “yo, you head the new Bull Fights on Acid CD?” “Oh yeah bro totally, they kick so much more ass than Mustache Mafia it’s ridiculous.”

Oh, and this tee is damn cheap.

Costiness=$9.97 Available from PalmerCash



Found Item are far better known for their faithful reproductions of t-shirts that are found in movies and television shows, and I am fond of those designs, but this vintage Spanish poster print for Godzilla really tickled my fancy (whatever that means).

Costiness=$21.95 Available from Found Item Clothing



Much like I keep seeing Star Wars tees since writing the Star Wars tee list, I keep seeing new robot tees after writing the 101 robot tees list. Cuppa T-Shirts is a New Zealand-based store that is themed around techno-culture & robots, which would have really come in handy when I was writing the robots list. Anyway, quite a lot of their designs play on the idea that there is a robot uprising in the future and that the tees are part of the propaganda push, which seems to be a concept that people are pretty comfortable with judging by the amount of time it takes for the word “robot” to be followed by the word “overlord” on the internet.

Costiness=$55NZD (around $37USD) Available from Cuppa T-Shirts


New Tees from Retro Campaigns

by Andy on July 28, 2009


Rumplo may not like them, but I find the concept of tees based upon old political campaigns really interesting. Maybe I’d like to see the prints a bit bigger on the tees, but since they’re using old campaign designs (I don’t believe they’re original) I can hardly blame Retro Campaigns for sticking to what the tees looked like back in the day.

Retro Campaigns

See the rest of the ‘new’ designs in the gallery


I have no idea where you need to go to buy vintage t-shirts, it simply isn’t my area of expertise, and I wouldn’t want to tell you to go to ‘noreallythesearevintageteeswehaven’’ when I woudn’t be able to guarantee the authenticity of the tees or whether you were getting ripped off.

Luckily for me, and even more luckily for you, the Defunkd crew are very experienced with vintage tees, seeing as they used to sell them, and now blog about them. They’ve written up a guide of 20 great places to buy genuine vintage t-shirts on eBay which you’ll probably want to check out if you’re in to mood for buying old clothes.


Wondering why there are so many celebrity posts on HYA today? Look here for an explanation.

I don’t know what it is about Megan Fox (sidebar: how ridiculously good-looking is she?), but I’m inclined to believe that she actually does like Motley Crue, whereas I don’t think that Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton are big fans of the Rolling Stones. It’s porbably because of her hair. All girls with black hair like Motely Crue, right?


The Buzz Simulator by A Better Tomorrow

by Andy on October 16, 2008

I like it!

Costiness=€16 Buy it at A Better Tomorrow


RFK for the USA by Retro Campaigns

by Andy on October 7, 2008

[It has been raining rather a lot recently, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing many more tees photographed on the lawn for a while, which is a pity]

If you’re getting sick of the election campaigning, which seems to have been going on few at least fifty years now (and I am not exaggerating, at all), you might find the designs that are on sale at Retro Campaigns refreshing. As you may imagine from the name of the brand, they sell t-shirts that were designed for election campaigns from ‘back in the day’. Some of the people featured are star political names like Bobby Kennedy here, and some are less known like Barry Goldwater (I presume, I’d barely heard of him before, maybe he’s a big name in the US). I think there might also be a few designs in the shop that are based on political campaigns rather than from the actual campaigns themselves.

It feels odd to judge a design that was created well before I was born, but I really like it. I love the way that the vintage look of the tee makes it somehow more honest than political tees that we see today. The tees with the Obama logo on it just look so polished to me that its more like they’re a souvenir that you pick up in a gift shop rather than something that people wear in the interests of political activism. I’m not saying that campaign tees today should all be dipped in a vintage wash, technology has moved on and I’d probably have written a post about lame a political tee was if sold in this style by the Democrats of Republicans, but for some reason I find this tee more inspiring than whatever is officially released by the parties in this election.

As is the fashion, let’s talk quality. Again, as is the fashion, the tee itself is an American Apparel blank, so I presume that the vast majority of readers know what that’s all about (sizes run a little small, fairly long, soft, company run by a strange, strange man). Print quality is great, very soft, and the vintage look is so good that you may even be forgiven for thinking that the tee is ‘vintage’ rather than ‘vintage look’. In your package from Retro Campaigns you are also sent a pin button (not pictured, I only found it in the envelope after the photoshoot), a mini-catalogue, and also a couple of sheets of biographical information about the candidate your tee is based on, which I think is a nice little touch. Oh, and even their invoices are cool.

Costiness=$19.99 Buy it at Retro Campaigns


Lets form Voltron! by Local Celebrity [Review]

by Andy on September 29, 2008

What? Did I just manage to go a whole week without writing about a tee from Local Celebrity? I guess you could say the same thing about going a whole week without seeing a tee that was about Voltron!

Anyway, here we are with yet another Voltron tee that gets a lot more love from my friends than the usual arty stuff that I usually cover my unnecessarily-hairy torso with (you got a mental image of that? awesome!). As with the other Voltron tees I’ve reviewed from Local Celebrity, this one is fully licensed and features artwork that accompanied the show when it was first broadcast on television, which I think it almost a necessity in a culture that’s as otaku as anime people and tee people can be.

So, you’re looking at this tee and thinking, “hey, they’re printed it in a burnout-esque kind of style” or perhaps “I wonder how they got that vintage look?” Well, this tee is actually printed completely normally… except the print is on the inside. Unusual right? So, if you turn it inside out it looks like a regular t-shirt with the writing backwards, but I think that it gives it a good look, not necessarily a vintage look, but something reminiscent of a vintage look, which may or may not make sense to you. If you’re worried about having the print going directly onto your chest and the problems that you cause, you can’t feel the print at all, and the tee itself is super soft as well, in case you’d forgotten my gushingly positive reviews of their tee quality in the past.

Costiness=$27 Buy it at Local Celebrity


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