Prestigious Releases Late Winter Line

A couple of weeks ago we featured William Matte, Jr. of Prestigious Clothing. At that time he was preparing for the release of his late winter line of tees. Well, he has finally unleashed the hotness and you can now check out the latest three Prestigious designs!

Th new tees sport some crazy colors and intense designs, all of which were created and printed by indie tee printer Jimmy Heartcore. My favorite from the bunch would have to be Love Breeds Hot Deeds, but the other two are just as solid. Pretty Ghost, another new designs, ended up not being so new after all, it has been the background image of Prestigious’ site for a while now. So if you dug that creepy girl, you can now wear her! 

The new tees are priced at $20, are printed on American Apparel and for extra comfyness have a printed inner tag. William has also made a bundle available, so you can buy all three tees at once for a significant discount of $52.00 (and you can save more with the code below). Planning to pick up one of these tees? Awesome, I’ve got an Attack of the Coupon Code just for you, save 10% on your order with the code “prestigious”. 

Talons That Spark

Pretty Ghost

Loves Breeds Hot Deeds

$5 T-Shirt Sale at TeeFury

This is a first over at TeeFury – it’s a $5 T-Shirt sale! Couple of things to note, it’s a grab bag, so you don’t get to choose what you’ll be receiving. You simply choose the size and they’ll ship over a tee. It’s a grab bag! Wanna see the designs available then check below the video. Shipping is $2 in the continental United States (this is one of the few times it sucks to live in Hawaii) and $5 international (plus Hawaii and Alaska). Will you be picking one or maybe a few? 

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Decide The Color of Rethink Clothing’s Next Tee

Let your voice be heard! Vote for your colorway preference and you could win Rethink Clothing’s next printed design. All you need to do is leave a comment in this post on Rethink’s blog mentioning which color tee you prefer – heather gray or super light blue. If you’re color is chose then your name will be thrown into a hat with the rest of the names that voted for that color and Rethink will randomly choose one person to win the tee. It’s easy, so head on over to vote now!

I know the mock up is small, but, what do you guys think of the new design? 

Rethink Clothing

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 (Part 2)

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 is a guest post that was written by tee and belt designer, Jon Wye. In Part 2, Jon discusses how to take model shots creatively  on the cheap. If you missed Part 1, check it out, Jon discusses how to create quality product shots using a DIY lighting box.

Method 2: Work The Camera In Your Kitchen.

With the previous method you can make your tees look as good as the big boys and the quality and style of the photos works for a small designer and a large designer.

But if you want to have your t-shirts on models (my new choice for displaying the tees online) it’s not that hard, just takes a little more time and patience.

1. Fabric Store Field Trip. Start by taking a field trip to your local fabric store or even your local home décor store. Head straight for the upholstery and home furnishings fabric section, look for the thick stuff. Make sure to bring your camera.

Jon Wye at the Fabric Store

2. Have fun! With a friend, pick out your top 5 or 6 favorite fabrics and start photographing each other posing in front of the fabrics or laying on them on the floor.

3. Review. I picked out many fabrics that I loved in person but ultimately looked bad bad bad through the lense of the camera.

Have Fun When Choosing Fabric

4. Two Yards or More. When you’ve found the fabric that suits your best, buy no less than 2 yards worth. You will need enough to go over your head and below your waist.

5. Positive Reinforcement. Treat yourself to a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, you’ve earned it!

McDonald's Cheeseburger

6. Hang and Tighten. Go back to your pad and hang your new fabric. Make sure it is very tight and shows no wrinkles.

7. Prepare Lighting. Bust out as many lamps as you can find and shine the light away from the fabric. Get some white paper, or better yet, some white foam board, and bounce the light back on the fabric. Indirect light is the best light for modeling.

8. WHITE BALANCE YOUR CAMERA. Again, this is very important. Photoshop can only correct so much. You will need to take a picture of something WHITE that is in front of the fabric (but not with any part of the fabric in it) and balance your camera off of that image. Again, consult your users manual. White Balancing takes some reading to understand, so don’t beat yourself up. Essentially you are telling your camera what your consider to be pure white in the photo, and your camera should adjust all the colors it sees around that. You’ll probably need to do some Photoshop work, but not a lot.

9. Work The Camera. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. That is very important. Too often I see model shots where the people are looking far too serious for their own good! To me, it’s a turn off! I laugh, thinking, are you really that full of yourself to strike a pose that looks more like a epileptic fit with make-up on.

Model It!

Desired Hearts Announces Twestival Contest Winner

Congratulations to Lenwood Brown from Amherst, New Hampshire for submitting the winning design to the official Twestival T-Shirt Design Contest that was held by Desired Hearts. Brown is no stranger to good causes, along with being a talented designer, he also helps out his community as a volunteer firefighter. And if you saying to yourself, hey that designs looks familiar – well, you’re right! The design is a play on the famous “Fail Whale” splash page that appears whenever Twitter is down for maintenance. 

This winning Twestival shirt will be available for pre-sale until Monday for $20. All proceeds from this sale will be going to Charity: Water. And remember, the Twestival will be happening all over the world on February 12 so be sure to check out the official site Twestival site to see where your city’s Twestival will be held. 

Twestival

Twestival Shirt

The Select Series Presents: Patrick O’Brien’s Storytellers Collection

I received the following press release from the guys over at The Select Series regarding their latest collection of curated tees. Of course, the proceeds will be going to support a very worthy charity, The Patrick O’Brien Foundation. If you’re familiar with The Select Series, then you know that this is Threadless’ premium brand, as such, they’ve got a premium price tag as well at $25. They use plastisol ink on all of the tees and the prints range from 3 to 11 colors. By purchasing one of these tees, you can help with the battle against ALS. Read more about the collection below:

The Select Series is proud to announce our second Curated Collection of tees. 100% of the proceeds from this Series will be donated to The Patrick O’Brien Foundation to complete Patrick’s film documenting his battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The tees will be available beginning February 9th at TheSelectSeries.com.

O’Brien, an independent filmmaker and longtime friend of Threadless, created the Patrick O’Brien Foundation in 2006 to raise awareness of ALS and his documentary film about living with the disease. O’Brien has been featured on NPR, ABC, and CBS, and touts a successful commercial career on television and the internet creating unique stories for Spike TV, AOL, IBM, MTV, Microsoft, and Warp Records.

After his diagnosis with ALS in 2005 at the age of 30, O’Brien set out to do something with his illness and create his most honest project to date: to document his own life on 35mm motion picture film and spread awareness about the disease, bringing attention to those living with it in order to take a step towards improved treatment options.

“Patrick is a good friend of mine, and I’ve been a fan of his work for almost a decade,” said Dustin Hostetler, Special Projects Curator for Threadless. “When learning of his illness, and subsequent plans to make a film about it, I racked my brain for ways to help. Now through the Select Series, we can all help Patrick finish his movie.”

Through his curated line for the Select Series, O’Brien has chosen the theme of Storytellers, as well as the artists contributing to the collection of limited-edition tees. Participating artists include Aaron Augenblick , Ben Conrad , Timothy Saccenti , and Michael C. Place. 100% percent of the proceeds from the Series will go to The Patrick O’Brien Foundation.

This is the second guest-curated Threadless Select Series, aiming to pay homage to the entire spectrum of art and design – from fine art to street art, CG to sculpture, and typography to architecture. The first series was curated by RISD President John Maeda in 2008.

The Select Series

The Select Series

The Select Series

Design By Humans Gets A Facelift

Design By Humans has undergone a facelift, and I think it’s for the better! I really dig the changes that they have made to the DBH site. Everything looks so much cleaner and less cluttered. The changes affects not only the t-shirt buying consumer, but also the dedicated DBH voters and, maybe most importantly, the design submitting artists. They have also added a new forum to their site, it’s a bit bare at the moment, but I am sure it will pick up steam once more people figure out it’s there! 

As a consumer, it’s important for me to know how the actual product looks – and the new DBH does a great job with this. They now offer multiple angles from which you can view their t-shirt designs in the individual product pages. The submission process has also changed, so if you regular submit to DBH be sure to check out the submission format changes, you can view them here. 

The only thing that I find a bit weird, is that on the product thumbnail page (see below for example, or go the men’s product page here), they use the same guys repeatedly. Granted, the model changes by row, but still, it’s kind weird seeing the same dude over and over again. It’s kinda creepy in the cloning sense. Other than that minor detail, I dig the changes they have made over at Design By Humans!

Design BY Humans

Design By Humans

“DBH is about the artists, their fans, and t-shirt lovers. So, to improve the experience for all of you, we have launched this new site with many improvements.

For shirt lovers, we have changed the way our shirts are displayed, giving you a much better view of our shirts. Our new product page shows you the shirt from several angles, and you can open a larger version of any of our product photographs. And while you are shopping, adding an item to your cart no longer takes you away from your browsing.

For our artists, we have a new submission process with a new format for your submitted art. This, along with our new visual design, will allow us to do a much better job of showcasing the quality art that you submit. We also have a new design guide to help you format your art for our new site.

As for the fans of the artist, we have a redesigned vote section. It gives you a better view of submitted art while you are browsing and, if you click a design, a large image of the art and its intended placement on the shirt. You can also see all designs that you have voted for and keep track of which of those become printed.

Also, for all of you, we have a new forum, so that you can interact with us and each other more directly.

And we are not yet done. Stay tuned.” -Lanaer of DBH

Win An iSteamPhone Tee

The guys over at Just Another iPhone Blog is running a cool little promotion with Dion Briggs of iSteamPhone. They are giving away 5 free iSteamPhone tees (regular price $20.00) and the best thing is, all you need to do to be entered to win one of the five is comment on this blog post. You get two extra entries if you describe how would explain how cool this shirt to someone who hasn’t seen it yet. You’ve got nothing to lose, go ahead and enter now! 

Also, if you missed it, check out this post that I did a few weeks ago regarding iSteamPhone. 

The Standard: Not Your Ordinary Tourist Tee

These aren’t your ordinary tourist tees! Artists Jose Parla, Natas Kaupas and Eric Haze have collaborated to produce a unique set of “tourist” tees for each of the three cities represented by The Standard. The collection, known simply as The Tourist Tee was produced in NYC in collaboration with Tony Arcabascio. For those of you unfamiliar with The Standard, they are a chic and trendy hotel chain found in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. 

The Standard did an excellent job at selecting the artist for each of the three regions. Citing that lettering often reflect the individual person and the region from which they are from. Haze represents NYC, Parla represents Miami and Kaupas represents the west coast’s Los Angeles. All three are renown street artists. 

Each of the tees come in a reusable pouch with the name of the artists printed on the front. Unlike standard tourist tees, these will set you back some with each tee costing a whopping $55.00. You can purchase one now at Shop The Standard. 

Los Angeles

Miami

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Desired Hearts Back and Helping With Twestival!

After recently closing their site down, the Desired Heart team is back in action, re-branded and hopefully better than ever. To kick off the re-opening of Desired Hearts, they have teamed up with the folks running the upcoming and worldwide Twestival and is currently organizing the official Twestival T-Shirt Design Competition. You can now vote for your favorite entry (12 from the 45 submissions were selected) and can even pre-order your Twestival tee now for $20.00. Voting closes this Sunday and the results will be announced on Monday, February 9. The profits from this sale will be going to Charity: Water – a group dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 

Here are the 12 Twesitival designs that you can choose from and vote for:

Twestival

For those of you wondering what the Twestival is all about, here is the information that you need:

On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Join us by:

Attending one of the events detailed on the city sites listed on this page.
Uploading or buying music at Twestival.fm.
Taking part in the t-shirt design competition.
Donating to charity: water.
The Twestival is organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world and 100% of the money raised from these events will go directly to support charity: water projects.