Our good buddy Eric Terry of Linty Fresh has an excellent promotion going on for the next 7 days to help ring in the new year! For one week only, Eric is offering 20% off (enter code HELLO2009 at checkout) his entire stock of Linty Fresh goodies, including his new December products (5 new belts, new decal stickers, and of course a new Linty Fresh tee design called “Davy Bunyan”). Go pick up some Linty Fresh awesomeness now!
I’d like to wish all of the readers of my blog a very happy and prosperous 2009! This blog popped up early last year and only this past fall did I begin to focus on the t-shirt industry. I’d like to think that I have been able to mix my interests in tees, tech and social media in a way that has been fun and informative!
Now I typically don’t do new years resolutions so instead I thought I’d post up a few goals that I have for the site. I’ll check back on the eve of 2010 (how crazy is it that 2010 looms before us all!) and see how many of these goals I’ve accomplished.Â
1. Increase Unique Readership. At the moment I am averaging about 2,000 unique visitors a month after just 4 months of consistent tee blogging. I’d like to think that it would be reasonable to increase this number to an average of 5,000 unique visitors per month. For the month of November 2008 my favorite tee blogs experienced the following readership numbers: Tcritic=19,000, hideyourarms=12,000, Cottonable=5,000, Taddict=3,000. Statistics were obtained using siteanalytics.compete.com.
2. Increase RSS Subscriptions. My RSS subscriptions numbers are paltry at just about 50 subscribers. Considering I’ve gained 50 subscribers since I first started blogging about tees in September, I am hopeful that I can reach at least 300 RSS subscribers by 2010. Help me out by adding my feed to your RSS reader!
3. Keep Up With Content. I’d like to think that the quality of my posts keep users coming back for more. Consistency is the key and I would like to average at minimum 28-30 posts per month. More content would be better, but, if I am able to post at least once a day then I’ll be happy!
4. Network and Build Strong Relationships. Within the last 4 months I have had the opportunity to work with some great indie brands. In 2009 I’d like to take things further and come up with some interesting promotions, contests, etc. to not only promote interactivity with my visitors but also highlight the awesome work of the indie community. If you are an indie brand and would like to work with me please feel free to contact me!
5. Guest Blog. I’d love to guest blog at some of my favorite tee blogs in InternetLAND! I’ll check off this goal if I can guest post on at least 3 out of these 5 tee sites: Tcritic, Taddict, hideyourarms, Cottonable, T-Roundup. To be considered among the best, you need to work with the best – and these guys, in my opinion, are the best in this niche.Â
That’s it guys, we’ll see how well I did with these goals on the eve of 2009. Until then, enjoy the fireworks tonight and have an excellent and awesome new year!
Clothing blog, The Art of Apparel, has an interesting post up that is allowing visitors to vote for their favorite (young) indie tee brands of 2008. The Art of Apparel admin, MadeByMAS, has stated that many of the brands that he chose for voting are ones that frequent the tee site Emptees and doesn’t include oldies and more established brands like Johnny Cupcakes.
The poll consists of 15 different brands including: AlrightOK, Dekay, Electric Zombie, Fuzzy Ink, Linty Fresh, Mediocore Clothing, Prestigious, Rethink Clothing, Slugabed Clothing, Snakes & Suits, Suffoca, The Horror Project, Word! Apparel, Zombie Liquorice, and 410BC.Â
Congratulations to all the brands that made this list – it surely must be an honor to be recognized by one of your peers! Keep up the great work.
Show the world how much you adore your favorite OS (Mac OS X), brand (Apple), piece of hardware (iPhone) or even personality (Steve Jobs). There’s a shirt here to fill the t-shirt void of every sector of the Apple cult. Go ahead and indulge yourself.Â
Before there was the “i” there was the “e” and the “e” in this case stood for enhanced. The Apple IIe has the distinction of being the longest-lived computer in Apple history. If you were a proud IIe owner, then this is a great tee to pick up! The Chop Shop Apple IIe Template tee is a steal at 10 bucks!
How many of these Apple products did you own? You can quickly spot a PowerMac G4, PowerMac G5, iMac G3, iMac G4, iMac G5 and a first generation iPod. But a true MacAddict can without a doubt and no hesitation tell you what the other two models are. Can you identify the other two Apple products? Pick up this tee at Go Ape Shirts for $19.Â
I love the I’m A Mac commercials and now I can tell the whole world that I too am a Mac. For $19 pick up this tee from Insanely Great Tees. Alternatively, if you drive down to Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters, you can pick up an authentic Hello, I’m A Mac tee.Â
Real men don’t mind wearing hearts. Especially one shaped like an Apple. Insanely Great Tees says it best: “Some people think that you have a problem with all this computer stuff. But they just don’t understand – it’s not a game. This is serious. This is forever. It’s… love.” Show your love for just $19.Â
In 1984 Apple reinvented the computer, in 2001 music, and now, the phone. Apple has revolutionized the way that we manage our lives. Grab this tee at The Missing Bite for $24.95.Â
Daren and Kass of Never In Wonderland (NIWL) released released some sneak peak photographs of their upcoming tees. From the looks of the pictures, it seems that they have three new designs that they will be releasing, on black, light grey and blue tees. And of course, Â faint signs of NIWL staples like monsters and goo can be seen. The new NIWL gear is expected to hit their online store on January 2nd.Â
Emptees user Quest has posted an insightful forum post titled The Importance of Branding and It’s Impact On Your Business. If you’re planning on starting your own brand or line of tees then this is an excellent resource that you should definitely checkout.Â
And to no surprise, the author of the article runs his own line of tees, The Elegant Scoundrel. He has put together an excellent 1st series of tees that jive well together. You can find his full line of tees at his online store.Â
Here are excerpts from his Importance of Branding post:
1. Have a solid concept behind your brand.
“You know the main reason it is so hard for tee shirt companies to actually make it big? Because EVERYONE is doing it. Literally, hundreds if not thousands of companies, organizations, and individuals each year make an attempt to create Tees that sell. Most fail. Why you ask? Because the market is flooded with companies that do the EXACT SAME THING. So how do you succeed in an industry that is flooded with the same thing? Differentiate yourself from the masses, by being unique…”
2. Don’t Force Your Name.
“You know the main reason it is so hard for tee shirt companies to actually make it big? Because EVERYONE is doing it. Literally, hundreds if not thousands of companies, organizations, and individuals each year make an attempt to create Tees that sell. Most fail.Â Why you ask? Because the market is flooded with companies that do the EXACT SAME THING. So how do you succeed in an industry that is flooded with the same thing? Differentiate yourself from the masses, by being unique.”
3. Don’t Unveil your company too early.
“Speaking from personal experience, hold off announcing your presence to the world before you really have anything to show. As tempting as it may be to tell everyone and anyone who will listen that you are now the Supreme Overlord of the Illustrious (INSERT COMPANY NAME HERE), hold off until you have a solid collection of things to keep the public’s attention…”
4. Be passionate about your work.
“If you have a true passion about what you are doing, and where you plan to go, that will be evident to those around you. But don’t just focus on the shirts themselves. Find other nuances of the industry that fascinate and inspire you, and learn as much about those topics as possible. Knowing about the inner workings of the biz and how things are made and presented will not only give you a clearer understanding of the industry you wish to be in, but will also give you things to keep you motivated and keep you inspired when your plain sick of seeing .PSD save files and the same graphic you have been staring at on your monitor for the last week straight…”
Alex won a huge prize pack courtesy of Threadless, which included a round trip for two to Iceland and $2000 cash and much more! What’s even cooler is that the band Calexico wrote a song inspired by the Bird Migration entry – titled Absent Afternoon. You can download the track for free here!
Here’s what Alex said about what inspired his entry:
“A little story behind the design, I was on my way to Bulgaria for a competition, and I was stuck on the plane for 18 hours, I had an idea for a while, about migration and the process, and thought it fit perfect with the TRAVEL theme, and what better place to draw it then on the plane while traveling, I was a bit sad I was going to be away from my daughter, and that build to the design, me wishing I could take everything with me every time I travel far.” -Alex Solis
Our buddy Eric Terry of Linty Fresh hinted at some upcoming new products for his Linty Fresh line and previewed some crispy new stickers! I can’t wait to see what Linty Fresh has in store for 2009 – should be good!
“Not sure if you’ll be able to figure it out from that, but anyhow… I’m excited. The cool thing was that I actually had an old friend of mine produce this. We grew up together in Hawaii, and recently got to talking about some of the cool technology he’s invested in, and about the possibilities of him doing some work for me. He sent samples and they were incredible, so I’m stoked about these coming out.” -Eric Terry
Some great deals can be had for those of you into the After Christmas Shopping craze. The biggest deals here include 50% off all merchandise at Pyknic Clothing (sale ends January 1) and $10 tees at Design by Humans (sale ends January 4)! Also, Karmaloop is having a 60% off sale, but you better hurry it ends tomorrow (December 26)!
Some other random sales (this list is being updated has the sales roll along so check back often):
The Threadless Calendar Contest calendars have been printed! And I have to say that Mr. September looks good in his worldwide calendar premier! If you want one of these badboys then email contest coordinator and Threadless staple, ladykat. The calendar costs $15 + shipping.Â
Ladykat has got a thread about this running on Threadless so be sure to check that out if you need more information on the calendar – the only 2009 calendar you will ever need! To see the rest of the images found in the 2009 OMG…A Threadless Calendar then be sure to checkout ladykat’s Flickr page.Â