Jimiyo’s Hope Phoenix

If you’re a Jimiyo fan then you might consider picking up his latest design, to be released later today at Tee Fury. As with all Tee Fury tees, you’ll only be able to purchase Hope Phoenix for 24 hours and then it’ll be gone (who knows if Jimiyo will have it reprinted). And, if that’s not enough to get you to pick this tee up then you should not that proceeds will go to charity:

“Proceeds from the sale of this design will go to East Nashville Cooperative Ministry. It is within the community in which I live. Although I find myself to be so calculating that I can rationalize out most charitable donations as being indiscriminate and ineffective, I have actually visited the small building in which ENCM resides and feel that even a small donation would help.

So if you like the design, please consider purchasing the shirt, OR alternatively you can help ENCM by donating to them through their website.” -Jimiyo

Blik: Threadless For Your Wall

Are you a Threadless fanatic? Have you got every single Threadless design and yet need more Threadless? If so, I’ve got just the thing for you. Blik produces wall graphics based on  your favorite Threadless designs. They have a total of 47 different designs and they continually add new designs. You can even vote for which Threadless designs should be made into Blik wall graphics. 

The Threadless wall graphics range in price from $25 to $75. Make no mistake about it, these wall decals are huge, perfect for nude walls!

Gitchers: The Free T-Shirt Site

I stumbled upon Gitchers as I was perusing the Girl In Your Shirt site, a few days ago. The concept of the site is very simple: you register and tag yourself with a few words and a category and then you wait for participating companies/brands to search out your demographic. If you match a particular demographic (i.e. age, sex, category) of interest then they may select you to receive a free company branded tee. 

Each account registered is associated with one free tee, but they say that you can register for more than one account (i.e. for you, your kid and your dog). And yes, I did say dog, apparently, some of the brands that they work with have doggie wear items as promotional items. 

Registration is quick and easy. There’s no long survey to fill out, nothing to buy and they mention that your information like email and address are protected from the companies searching the database. Companies interested in participating can also register, however, there is a 100 shirt minimum give away policy. Gitchers is currently only available to US citizens. 

If you want to roll the dice to see if you’ll receive a free targeted t-shirt, then go ahead and register from Gitchers!

Indie Tee Spotlight #12: Robit Studios

In this weeks edition of The Indie Tee Spotlight, I highlight a cool little small business venture led by Steve Orlando, self-described as a reluctant leader, disillusioned romantic and uneloquent philosophaster. Orlando started Robit Studios earlier this year with friend Jeff Gerzseny out of their frustration with graphic tees. 

I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Steve about the company he founded, Robit Studios, and why he aspired not to be “just another pretentious t-shirt company.” He discusses his love for small-business and why it’s smart (and worth it) to go “green.”

1. How long has Robit Studios been around? What inspired you to start a T-shirt brand?

We launched our website in March of this year. However the original idea and preparations for that launch began a few years ago. The inspiration to start a brand started when Jeff (the other half of Robit Studios) and I were frustrated with the unfunny slogan tees and obnoxious graphic tees that dominate the retail world. This was before we knew about places like Threadless. Jeff had some screen printing experience and a small wooden press from school so we decided to give it a shot.

2. The tagline “just another pretentious t-shirt company” can be found on the Robit Studios site. What do you mean by this?

When we first began brainstorming ideas and concepts for shirts we thought we were going to revolutionize the t-shirt world. However, as we began studying our competition and becoming familiar with the t-shirt blogging scene we realized that a lot of people not only had the same ideas, but were sometimes better executed. It made me realize that we can’t take ourselves too seriously.


3. Many of your tees have some sort of political message associated with it. Did you start Robit with the intention of producing politically inspired tees?

It wasn’t intentional. But, like a lot of people, we’ve been caught up in the interesting political environment we’ve had over the past few years. I also think that there are very few political t-shirts that are subtle in their message. For example, I would never wear a t-shirt that said “Buck Fush”. I think there was an unmet demand for shirts like “Chance of Reign”.

4. Strong ideals seem to be a huge part of the way Robit operates. From using only environmentally friendly inks to printing on sweat-shop free tees to hand printing each shirt. What made you decide to go the “green” route (and market yourselves as such) and why is this so important for Robit Studios considering the higher cost of these environmentally friendly products.

When we first seriously began discussing the creation of Robit Studios we knew we wanted to do it in a socially and environmentally friendly way. Since then I began working on my MBA in Environmentally Sustainable Management which helped us implement those ideas into our business model. I believe that true sustainability is the solution that will allow us to continue living on the planet in a way we’re familiar with. The beauty of sustainability is that it doesn’t conflict with capitalism, but actually complements it.

5. Your about page says “We [Robit Studios] gear our product toward anyone that appreciates the small businesses and creative minds, or the efforts of individuals against careless corporations that pander to the lowest common denominator.” What is it about small businesses, as compared to huge corporations, that gets you excited? What has the experience of owning and operating a small business been like for you?

Small businesses rock, simple as that. Just imagine if your only choice of t-shirt had to come from Wal-Mart. It doesn’t take much more than that to get me excited about the hundreds of small independent t-shirts brands that are available at my fingertips.

The experience of being a small business owner has been great. Knowing that there are people around the world who are wearing something I created feels incredible. This summer we got to do some festivals and I met a lot of amazing people, artists and bands. We’re teaming up with an amazing artist, Sean Madden, for some new t-shirts as well as another project which we’re hoping to launch soon.

6. Two of my favorite tees from the Robit Studios Store are “Chance of Reign” and “Ragingly Inefficient.” What message are you trying to send with these two tees?

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googoo&gaga The Newest Venture From AJ Dimarucot

Popular tee designer, AJ Dimarucot aka in the tee design world as collisiontheory, has started a new venture with his wife, Audrey – producing “quirky clothes for kooky babies!” The new brand, googoo&gaga, specializes in onsies with “all over” prints. They currently have ten designs on their site and are only available “locally” at the moment. So unless you live in the Philippines, you won’t be able to get your hands on these, just yet. 

They use sublimation printing to achieve an “all over” look that is super soft for the baby to wear. No harsh ink rubbing against your baby’s skin which is a plus! 

If you do currently live in the Philippines and want to get your hands on these, check out the info below:

Come join us as we launch googoo&gaga at the Rockwell Urban Bazaar (Makati, Philippines), where the most discriminating customers converge to find the best and the latest in fashion and home items.

Experience love and madness with limited edition googoo&gaga onesies!
Our introductory price is P650 per piece,P600 if you buy at least 3 pieces.

December 12-14 11am-9pm | Rockwell Tent at the Powerplant Mall
You don’t have to pay to enter the tent. We’ll be outside beside the ticket booth. =)
Hope to see you there!

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Softwear by Microsoft

Microsoft has turned to hip-hop icon, Common, to spearhead their new venture into T-Shirts. That’s right, our buddies in Redmond have decided to pour a couple more bucks into trying to be hip. Maybe the Apple rebuttal commercials weren’t working and so they had to revise their marketing game plan? The new collection of tees, known as Softwear by Microsoft can now be found on the Microsoft site, though, there are no links to purchase the tees just yet (it says they will be available by December 15). The collection consists of 4 tees designed by Microsoft, dubbed “Classic Designs” and 4 tees designed by Common.

Being the Apple fanboy that I am, I would never be caught in one of these, but, I am sure that since Windows has more than 90% OS marketshare, there will be people interested in buying these.

We need Apple lead designer, Jonathan Ive, to dream up some Apple branded tee designs. Though if he did design them, they might end up being simply solid (and blank) white, black or grey tees. At least they would match my Apple gear!

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10 Tips From 10 Great Indie Brands

I have had the opportunity to work with 11 great indie tee brands over the last 4 months for the Indie Tee Spotlight feature here. There have been so many helpful tips that have come from these features and interviews. So in lieu of this weeks Indie Tee Spotlight (it’ll be back next week!) I thought it would be a great idea to put together a list of 10 tips from the last 10 Indie Tee Spotlights (unfortunately I am excluding our first spotlight, Linty Fresh, because I didn’t get to interview Eric Terry – maybe we can work with him in the future)!

Enjoy with tea and a comfy t-shirt!

1. Don’t Get Lost in The Shuffle, Be Unique. “I think the most important thing is to be unique. The last thing anyone wants to do is get lost in the shuffle. Very cliche but practice makes perfect, no one’s a hit overnight.” -Stephen Thompson of Pyknik Clothing

2. Sacrifice For Longtime Accomplishments. “You have to be willing to sacrifice for longterm accomplishments, and be willing to lose, over and over again.” -Jimiyo

3. Do Your Research Before You Start Your Brand. “Advice to all your entrepenureal readers, have your ducks in a row before you start. This was kind of a joke and reaction to some hilarious decisons while at a party and I started something with little knowledge or idea of what I wanted. So make sure you have your mind right. Also gobs of money and gorgeous women to model wouldn’t hurt either.” -Andy Meyer of Rethink Clothing

4. Be Passionate and Work Like You Have Something To Prove. “When you love what you do and are passionate about something, there’s nothing that can stop you, especially from your dreams and goals. I think sometimes your best work comes from when you’re the most down. Like you have something to prove.” Kyle Crawford of Electric Zombie

5. Goals and Accomplishments Take Time To Accomplish. “Man, we have so many goals that we would like to accomplish it just takes time.” -Daren Girdner of Never In Wonderland

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$3 Tee At The Chop Shop

There are some crazy deals to be had this christmas season out in the indie tee universe! The Chop Shop has one of the craziest deals going by announcing a $3 tee every week up until christmas! THREE DOLLARS – you can’t get any cheaper than that. This weeks tee is the “10 Year Plan for Men” which is based on a “real” yearbook page. Not too shabby a tee for 3 bucks.