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Resurgence Tees from Daniel Bevis

by Andy on October 2, 2012

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Dan Bevis got in touch recently to let me know about his brand, Resurgence Tees. I guess that calling Resurgence a brand is a bit of a stretch at the moment, Dan has his designs spread across RedBubble, Society6 and Zazzle (profile links below), but he does intend to transition over to having items printed himself in the near future, which feels a lot more like having a brand to me.

One of the designs which caught my eye the most is the 8-bit & Aztec inspired ‘Door Into Summer’ shirt that I’ve included above. I was looking at it and thinking to myself, “I know that door, and that sea, I’m sure of it.” Turns out I do know it, it’s the door that you use after climbing a load of stairs getting to the ruins of King Arthur’s Castle in Cornwall, which I visited on a very wet day a couple of years ago, and predictably enjoyed a very nice pasty at “Merlin’s Pasties” afterwards. Anyway, Dan certainly has a few different styles in his stores, so do check his work out.

Find Dan at the following:

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Hate America? Vote Obama T Shirt [Submitted]

by Andy on September 14, 2012

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Hate America? Vote Obama.. A Anti-Obama Campaign T Shirt

Andy: I’m only posting this because it disgusts me and it’s really dumb, but the really stupid thing is that some people will probably buy it. I watch a lot of the news, and it saddens me to see just how far to the right the Republicans have gone, they’re pandering to the very loud minority and I wonder if they realise what they look like to the outside world with the way they go about politics. That said, I am slightly biased, because I believe Barack Obama wants the US to be a better place and to improve it, whereas I do not believe anything that Mitt Romney says (Politifact judging of fact vs fiction in statements by RM & BO and you’ll see what I mean).


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 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).

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).

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:

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”!!

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!!


science is awesome t-shirt

Pretty rare that I’ll link to a shirt that is on sale at Zazzle (though we are in the process of testing the service at the moment, so be on the look out for that review), but this science loving shirt posted on Boing Boing looks really cool, and I liked that the top comment in the thread over there was how with it just being a hypothesis that it’s not a very scientific shirt at all.

Costiness=$27.95 Buy it at Zazzle


zazzle black friday

Here’s what I got sent by Zazzle in an e-mail for affiliates about their Black Friday deals:

Friday, November 26, 2010

12:00:00 AM 2:00:00 AM Half Off All Mugs (50% off Mugs)!
2:01:00 AM 4:00:00 AM $10 Off All Custom Binders!
4:01:00 AM 6:00:00 AM 75% Off Harry Potter T-Shirts!
6:01:00 AM 8:00:00 AM 70% Off Holiday Cards and Invites!
8:01:00 AM 10:00:00 AM 50% Off Christmas Ornaments!
10:01:00 AM 12:00:00 PM $20 Off iPhone & iPad Cases!
12:01:00 PM 2:00:00 PM 75% Off Business Cards!
2:01:00 PM 4:00:00 PM 65% Off All Posters!
4:01:00 PM 6:00:00 PM $8.80 Off $0.44 Postage Sheets!
6:01:00 PM 8:00:00 PM Half Off All T-Shirts (50% Off T-Shirts)!
8:01:00 PM 10:00:00 PM Friday’s Favorite Deal Repeat: $20 Off iPhone & iPad Cases!
10:01:00 PM 12:00:00 AM Friday’s Favorite Deal Repeat: Half Off All T-Shirts (50% Off T-Shirts)!

Those times are all in PST by the way. How crazy is that? I think the biggest standouts are 75% off Harry Potter t-shirts and the half price tees. I know that Zazzle doesn’t get an awful lot of interest from HYA because they just aren’t really a HYA kind of place, but I couldn’t ignore that kind of dedication to ridiculous Black Friday deals, America, do you not understand that it’s meant to be a holiday weekend?

This is the page that you’ll be wanting to keep an eye on this Friday.


point click apparel

POD (Print-On-Demand) companies have been around for a while, and they are a great idea, but it’s always hard to tell if what you put on the screen is going to look any good when it’s in your hands, so thankfully Point Click Apparel has arrived to make that choice easier. Site creator MJ (whose well known in tee-circles) has tested several of the major POD players, giving a good critique of each of them, and crucially she is testing them all with the same prints. She gets a regular print done, and a photo print (since all of them print using DTG, which is the easiest way to make a full colour print) and then tells us what she thinks of them. Here’s a list of who she’s tested so far:


It’s a really useful resource, I’ve always hoped someone would do something like this, I’d have done it but I’m far too lazy. So, if you’re using a POD for your printing needs, check it out, because there may well be a better option out there for you.


109 I love NY style t-shirts for you to love

by Andy on December 14, 2009


After the success and popularity of my previous list posts such at the 202 Star Wars t-shirts and robot lists (and of course the ridiculously meta list of t-shirt lists), I started saving up links of tees that fit into various categories, but there’s no point me just saving them up indefinitely, so it’s about time I started posting all these lists, most of them don’t quite breach the lofty barrier of more than 100 items in a list, but as they say, it’s not the size, it’s the amount of time Andy spent thinking up the metaphor.

As fasr as t-shirts go, few are more iconic than the design Milton Glaser created to help promote New York (the state, not just the city) back in the 70s. That design has gone on to be used in hundreds of different ways and become part of American pop culture, so it’s hardly surprising that the style has found it’s way onto more than a few t-shirts.

As ever with my list posts, THEY ARE NOT IN ANY RANKED ORDER, the numbers are merely there to keep track of the amount of tees in the list. I say this every time and no one seems to listen, it’s as if you skip the intro and move straight on to all the tees! Also, there are some affiliate linked shirts in there, so it’s possible I will earn money from people buying certain t-shirts on this list, but as I’ve listed just about as many as I could find, it’s hardly surprising that some of the companies have affiliate programmes. Some of the tees in the list are sold out already, and depending upon the success of this post some of them could become sold out in the future, but they could also be reprinted, so in many ways these tees are like Schroedinger’s cat before you click on the link. The list has been split into two pages to make things a little bit easier on my server, but please click through to the second page, because some of my favourites are on there and I think the list finishes pretty strongly, so they’re all worth checking out.

As ever, any exposure you can give to the list (stumble, tweet, delicious bookmark, blog post, digg, ill-considered full-back tattoo) will be greatly appreciated, and I’ll write up a thank you post with links back to everyone that helped in a couple of weeks. Now let’s go love some t-shirts!

I heart Something by The Tee Party – From $15.99

I heart Google by NerdyShirts – $19.97

I have never seen Star Wars by Reece Ward at RedBubble – $24.34

I Bike SF by Super7 – currently unavailable

I cannot remember much about the weekend by Regal Clothing – £17.50

New York Loves Me by Local Celebrity – $28

I heart TPM by The Printed Mind – $19.99

I heart LDN by Clothing For Culture – £25 (various colours available)

I heart New Year by ha-wear at Etsy – $20.99

I really just want to have sex with you by DeezTeez – $14.99

I Texas NY by Saltlick NYC – $58 (yeah, I know)

I Square Pixels by Bytelove – €22

I bomb NY by The Originators – $25 (I assume ‘bomb’ is a graffiti term?)

I Love Coffee by Kirksey Wells for Threadless – $12 (currently sold out)

I dyslexia heart by Busted Tees – $20

I Steel Pittsburgh by Peoples Cartel – $28

I heart my nerd by – $22.95 (available in many colours and as a hoodie)

I love Beatport by Beatport – $24

I love Apple Pi by Adam de la Mare at RedBubble – $25.94

I Used To Love Her by UNDRCRWN – $28 (currently sold out)

I Love To Cook by Pyknic Clothing – $26.98

I love toxic waste by Found Item Clothing – $21.95 (as seen in the film ‘Real Genius’)

I USB Geeks by Lola Camisetas – €11

I love zombies by Mike Friedrich for Scribtee – £15.40

I Uzi LA (I don’t know where to buy this but I’d like too)

I love love love polygamy by Busted Tees – $20

I Love Love by Blend Apparel – $29.99 (printed on a bamboo tee)

I Disco NY by fauxsure at Etsy – $23

I’m apparently not too happy with LA by Rogue Status at Karmaloop – $18

I love Electric Zombie by Electric Zombie – $10 (on it’s last printing and only available in large)

I rock out to Metal by Ex-Boyfriend – $24.99

I heart nerds at Zazzle – $32.60

I Love Pixels by zerotees at Skreened – $23.99

I F LA by Lipstick Prohpets – $26

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Holly Madison loves Candy (and publicity) and I have no idea where to buy her top from.

I heart NY (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

I heart LA (with gold foil) by Christopher – $34

I love shoes bags and boys by House of Mental at MoreTVicar – £22

I love Mushrooms by Tee and Toast – £20

I can Street Art by Cotton Factory – $15.99

I bike LA by Local Celebrity – $28

I Sample Favela Funk by PalmerCash – $22.97

I love New York Girls by Monsieur Steve – €19

I Love/Stake Buffy by ThinkGeek – $18.99

I love the Poker Room, no clue where you can buy this, I just like the photo.

I Love Lamp by snorgtees – $16.11 (currently on sale)

I Love Boxed Wine by NoiseBot – $22.95

I Bike Bike by Cotton Factory – $15.99

I Miss NY by Lipstick Prophets – $32

I bread clip bread clips (& I don’t get it?) bySport Coat Clothing – $13

Click here to visit the second page of this list, there’s some really great tees coming up, I promise!


Pulp Fiction Quotes on T-Shirts, I like it

by Andy on November 6, 2009


Like Pulp Fiction? Yes. Like typography? Yes. Like t-shirts? You could say that. Like Zazzle stores? Ummm…

Jarratt Moody’s Pulp Fiction Tees [via JoshSpear]


202 Star Wars T-Shirts [Lists]

by Andy on July 16, 2009


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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Advertising Career Evolution

by Andy on July 7, 2009


I’m sure some of you saw this a couple of months ago when it was doing the rounds (wasn’t it designed a little differently?) but now, in an entirely predictable move, it is available as a t-shirt (and posters, mugs, pins, and mousepads) via Zazzle. To be fair to the graphic, when I was an intern in Philly I asked so many dumb questions (“how do I print on both sides of the paper?”) that people probably thought that a monkey would have probably been a better option.

Costiness=$19.95 (and up) Available from Work For Food [via]


Star Wars Election ’08 Tees

by Andy on August 8, 2008

People seem to have been going crazy for these tees over the past few days, and I can see why, since its Star Wars merchandise, and as I understand it, all Star Wars merchandise is popular. What I didn’t realise earlier is that as well as the t-shirts posted above, the full capabilities of Zazzle‘s ability to customise clothing is being utilised, meaning that if you feel that you deserve to be voted to Jedi Council then you can put your own name onto a tee. There’s also buttons available to help complete your election outfit.

As far as I can tell, they aren’t actually holding an election, I thought this might be tied in with some kind of poll to find the most favoured Star Wars character, but it appears not.

Check out the Star Wars selection at Zazzle.


Spreadshirt vs. CafePress vs. Zazzle

by Andy on January 16, 2008

This oughta help settle a few bets, on a site called, they’ve done something that one of us tee bloggers should have done a long time ago; compared the big three mass customisation/one-off tee producers. I found this link via the lovely Lindsay (rhyme!) on the Spreadshirt US blog, so you can probably imagine that they fared pretty well in the test!

Here’s a link to the post, and here’s the video:


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