Stunt Snail by Glennz Tees

Stunt Snail is the newest design from Glennz Tees that was voted in by members of the site. I feel slightly bad for the snail because I know that even if he pushed as hard as he can he won’t be able to make it through that ring of fire. Snail Fail! This is a nice addition to the already excellent Glennz Tees line. Stunt Snail is printed on an olive American Apparel tee and you can pick it up for $19.95.

Also, if you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to read the interview that I did with Glenn Jones from Glennz Tees for Indie Tee Spotlight #20!

Stunt Snail

Stunt Snail

One Brand’s Trash, Another Brand’s Treasure

One Brand’s Trash, Another Brand’s Treasure is a guest post written by Blake from You Design It where they offer custom t-shirt printing. He’s a t-shirt fanatic that wants to rid the world of suits, one tee at a time.

How many of you out there have a pulse on your brand?. You know what I’m talking about, you eat, sleep and breathe your brand. If you’re talking, chances are…you’re talking about your apparel line. You know as good as anybody that you have to hustle hard day and night to succeed. T-shirt lines are a dime a dozen and only the cream rises to the top.

In the early stages of your t-shirt line, there is going to be a lot of noise you’ll have to filter through. You’ll have your lovers and haters, your friends and enemies, and plenty of know-it-alls along the way. You’ll be inspired by other brands and repulsed by others. These are all very normal situations and just a standard part of the process.

The next best thing to learning from your OWN mistakes when trying to mature as a brand, is to learn from OTHER’S mistakes before you. With the transparency that the internet now provides, you can follow the successes and failures of the brands you’re trying to emulate. But beware, because it’s a very fine line you’ll have to walk.

Let’s take this full circle and go back to the beginning. Remember the pulse question? This was where we established that you and only you know your brand the best. What works for one brand may not work for another and vice versa. Let me give you an example.

It’s safe to say that both The Hundreds and Johnny Cupcakes have seen enormous success for being different than the norm. They have both danced by the beat of their own drum by maintaining styles that are unlike any other in the retail markets. And although they are extremely different, I stumbled across an instance where they were very much alike.

There was a recent post on The Hundreds blog showing some of the samples that they tried but never put into production. The one that stood out to me the most was the Cobra Kai spoof called “Cool Guys”.

The Hundreds

It immediately reminded me of a recent release by Johnny Cupcakes with their own reference to Karate Kid’s Cobra Kai. In the post by The Hundreds, they made it clear that the samples would never go into production. Yet Johnny Cupcakes, no doubt, is reaping big sales with their version of the artwork.

Johnny Cupcakes

The take-home moral of the story is that one brand’s trash may be another brand’s treasure. The Hundreds knew it wasn’t for them, and Johnny Cupcakes felt it fit like a glove (or maybe I should say oven mitt).

You just have to cut through the noise and go with your gut. At the end of the day, your brand is an extension of you.

Zombama Brains: A First For TeeFury

Might this be the passing of the daily tee torch? For the first time ever, TeeFury sold more tees in a single day than its counterpart, Shirt.Woot. The two sub $10 24 hour only tee sites battled it out yesterday (like they do everyday) and TeeFury landed the knockout punch with a zombified presidential design. 

Shirt.Woot’s ChlorofloroHypnoHype sold 1216 tees while TeeFury’s much hyped Zombama Brains by Pop-Monkey sold 1327 in 24 hours. The controversial design sparked praise, criticism and debate all day long and because of this they sold a ton of tees! Here are a few comments people made about Zombama Brains:

AWESOME!!!! Great work Pop-Monkey!!!! I HOPE it causes people to think a little more!!! Doesn’t seem like many people are these days. I’m going to max out my credit card on this one and HOPE for a bail-out!!!!! My Favorite Teefury yet!!! HOPE it doesn’t make anyone FURYous!!!! HOPE this is the best seller ever!!!! Zombama Brains Rules!!! -Ando138

Honestly I agree with lilstephy, it’s appropriately hilarious for Bush but considering Obama made me respect democracy again it just doesn’t make the joke. And why would anyone interpret this as racist? Also what missteps? Obama was given a sh*t filled mess that the reckless spending and mindless complete disregard for human life that is George Bush Administration and you call in his first two months in office, missteps? So, yea, if this was Bush it’d put more food on your family. -Arrow

I’m not easily offended, but as someone who voted for Obama, I find this shirt disappointing, somewhat offensive, and just all-out in bad taste. IMO, only NObama-ians would buy this shirt. I am proud of our President and would rather show my support for him than advocate any disapproval as this shirt portrays. -KittyKatty

I just wanted to say that I’m an Obama supporter/Shepard Fairey fan/horror fan and I just fell absolutely in love with the shirt! I get why you made this shirt and that’s the reason why I had to buy it. Congrats on making a fun shirt that is well done artistically! -Amazonagent

Below you can see some of the numbers from Shirt.Woot and TeeFury’s Monday sales. 

Zobama Brains

Zobama Brains

ChlorofloroHypnoHype

da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong

Kevin Tong delivers again! You might remember the iSteamPhone that I featured this past January on the site, well, Kevin is back with his da Vinci inspired style to bring us DaVinci’s Mario! He’s definitely found an interesting niche style and I am looking forward to future da Vinci inspired designs – such amazing detail! And like the iSteamPhone, this design is available in poster form (18 inches x 24 inches) for you to frame and hang next to your old school NES or new school Wii.

This three color design is printed on American Apparel blanks and are available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario

da Vinci's Mario

And in case you’re wondering, this design is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Views on the Fetus in the Womb. 

da Vinci’s Views of the Foetus in the Womb

Coty Loves Threadless #7

It’s the week after the big Threadless Spring Cleaning Sale and we’ve got 6 new tees to review. Who scored 2 winks this week? How about 1 winkers? Any zero winkers? Ah the suspense! All I can tell you is that Enkel Dika aka buko scored big this week with two new prints and my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Coty Loves Threadless #7 on YouTube. Also, I’ll give you a hug if you subscribe to me on YouTube!

Arctic Howl by Enkel Dika is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Arctic Howl by Enkel Dika

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Invisible by Reece Ward

Here’s a geeky tee that any Photoshop guru could appreciate. It’s called Invisible and perfectly so, since it’ll seem as if you’re slowing erasing yourself whenever you use this tee. 

You can pick up this tee from RedBubble for $24.00 in multiple styles and colors. 

Invisible

Invisible

Lowdtown: From Concept To T-Shirt

Ray Masaki of Lowdtown Friends & Freaks made a great post on his blog showing the design process of his latest tee. Public Radio is a collaboration between Masaki and illustrator/motion graphics artist, Nathaniel Milburn. In the post, Masaki shows how they went from brainstorming, to refining the art, and of course to the final design. I’ve included a few pictures here but be sure to check out the blog post at Lowdtown to see the entire 7-step process. 

Public Radio will be released on April 1st so be on a look for it! And remember, you can save 10% off your next purchase at Lowdtown with the coupon code “COTY”. 

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Haymaker by Sharpshirter

Here’s a great tee that I stumbled upon on Rumplo. It’s called Haymaker and it’s from our friends at Sharp Shirter. It’s an interesting piece of imagery to say the least. What looks like a Paul Bunyan type dude is knocking the teeth out of a very big and quite scary bear. Dwight Schrute from The Office might be a little offended, but I dig it. 

It’s available now from Sharp Shirter for $22. The tee is printed on an American Apparel blank. 

Haymaker

Haymaker

Indie Tee Spotlight #21: Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

This weeks Indie Tee Spotlight, the 21st edition by the way, ushers in a whole new perspective. Up to this point, I’ve been interviewing owners of different indie clothing brands. In this Indie Tee Spotlight, I interview someone that has become an integral part of the indie clothing scene with his honest reviews. His name is Andy Bowness and he is the founder of the popular T-Shirt and hoodie blog, Hide Your Arms. 

Andy started Hide Your Arms way back in January of 2006, and, as the name implies, started off by focusing on hoodies and jackets but has since grown to cover tees as well. Since then Andy has hustled hard and is considered to be one of the top tier T-Shirt/clothing bloggers around. I’ve got to admit that I was pretty excited to chat with Andy since he has been an inspiration to me as a tee blogger. 

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: You have one the more (some would argue most) succesful t-shirt blogs around. When and why did you decide to start a fashion blog? When did Hide Your Arms first really start picking up momentum in the blogosphere?

Andy: I know OMGTees gave me a #1 ranking a while back, but I still think that Karl (tcritic) has the top blog in terms of readers, and a lot of people in the tee-osphere (we need to think of a better name for that, by the way) are writing better stuff than me at the moment, but yeah, I think HYA is pretty successful. I decided to start writing HYA when I was in my last semester at university (January 2006), which is probably exactly the wrong time to start any kind of project, I didn’t like the clothes I was finding in the city I was in at the time and was scouring the internet for stuff I liked, I noticed what Jason was doing at Preshrunk (writing about clothes and being sent free clothes), and thought “hey, I could do that!”

At first things were pretty slow, I had to really hustle to get my name out there, every time I wrote about a hoodie or t-shirt I e-mailed the designer to let them know, sometimes they’d link to the review on their blog or e-mail back to say thanks, and I think that helped early on. I made sure I got involved with the other tee bloggers that were around at the time too, there was less than a dozen of us back then, so it was easier to keep track of who was doing what and what was popular. Things really started to pick up last year, I had a solid base of traffic from the ‘really long list’ articles that I’d put out every so often that helped me to reach a lot of people, and readership tripled last year to around 4000 readers, although it’s hard to verify those numbers. I think that kicking it up to 8 articles a day towards the end of 2008 helped me too, but it was a killer work schedule (I’d do a near full-time manual labour job, come home, then work till midnight on HYA), so I’ve cut back a bit.

Hide Your Arms Banana

Coty: You’ve built a pretty strong and recognizable brand with the Hide Your Arms blog. Have you ever considered selling Hide Your Arms branded tees or hoodies?

Andy: I’ve been intending to sell HYA hoodies & tees pretty much since I started the blog, but I’ve never got around to going through with it, hell, I don’t even have a proper logo yet!

I think there’s a big risk with putting out my brand of goods, as soon as I have something to sell it means that I’m competing with all the people I write about, and something about that doesn’t seem quite right to me. I wouldn’t do any of the designing myself, there’s a reason why I write about t-shirts rather than design them, but I would love to release some designs that have been created for HYA on a specific theme, I think it could be really cool if I got it right.

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: Currently, who are some of your favorite indie designers and why?

Andy: Oooh, this is a tough one, for a couple of reasons; first, I don’t really like to play favourites, and secondly, I’m pretty terrible at remembering names. At the moment I like Olly Moss, though more for the stuff he puts on his Flickr account than the tees he produces (not that they suck, they’re good too), I think that Linty Fresh/Eric Terry make some of the most wearable designs out there, it’s always good to see Sven Palmowski/a.mar.illo win in a design competition, Tony Aguero/aliadotony has designed loads of tee that are in my wardrobe, I love his style. I don’t really spend much time looking at art if it isn’t on a t-shirt, but I make a point of keeping tabs on Kozyndan, they’re a couple that make me wish I had more walls so that I could put their posters on them.

Coty: Other than Hide Your Arms, what do you do for your day job? Are you a designer by trade?

Andy: Well, it’s not really a job, but at the moment I’m an intern at the top advertising agency in Philadelphia. Back in England I fulfill a variety of roles at an interior design and project management business. Both sound more glamorous than they really are, I really wish I had some design skills, but I just haven’t got the chops to compete with most of the people I feature on Hide Your Arms, so I’m not going to embarass myself by doing so. I have learned a couple of things at my internship though, so hopefully in the future I’ll at least be able to make the infographics that go with featured posts (like the long lists I do every so often) look a bit better.

Coty: You recently moved from the UK to the states. How did the move go and how do you like Philly? What’s your favorite part of living in Philadelphia?

Andy: The move was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I got myself a great apartment in less than a week, and when you have to fit your entire life into a suitcase and backpack you don’t really have to do a lot to ‘move in’ to your new place. Philly is great, it seems to get a bit of a bad rep, but pretty much everyone I’ve met has been great, which has made moving to a city I’ve never been to before and don’t know anyone in a whole better.

Where I live in England is pretty rural, I have to drive if I want to go anywhere, so for me to be able to walk anywhere in the city I want to go is great (it’s a very walkable city), there’s loads of excellent restaurants here (and I’m not just talking about cheesesteaks), and there are always events going on to keep me busy when the internship and Hide Your Arms don’t.

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: As a blogger, what tips do you have for creating and maintaining a successful blog?

Andy: Write about something you’re passionate about, otherwise you’ll get bored quickly. Keep posting regularly, try to post every day if you can. I usually write lots of posts ahead of time whenever I get the chance, and then set them to be robo-posted at some date in the future, that way there’s always something new going on my site, and it gives people a reason to keep coming back. It’s important to get your name out there and get involved with the rest of the blogging community in your niche; leave comments on other blogs, follow ‘teeple’ on Twitter, not only is it going to help you network and get mentioned on other sites, us tee bloggers are generally quite a nice bunch of people.

Coty: What other blogs (not just t-shirts) out there are your favorite to read?

Andy: I think I’d probably die if Notcot.org didn’t exist (note: slight exaggeration), it’s amazing. Phoodie.info, Phillyist and Philebrity have been a great help for me getting used to being in Philadelphia, so they’re some of the first blogs I check when I open up Google Reader after work. I read a lot of the usual suspects like Kottke, Boing Boing, Engadget, TechCrunch, Mashable, Lifehacker, and then there’s loads of tee blogs of course, but I’ve actually been trying to cut down on the amount of blogs I read recently because it was becoming information overload, even so, I’m still subscribed to about 150 feeds.

Coty: Finally, you’ve been blogging about tees and hoodies for a while now. How many freebie tees and hoodies do you think you’ve collected through the years? Has there been any one package that has really impressed you?

Andy: I don’t know the true figure because I don’t keep them all in the same place, but I’m pretty sure I’ve received about 180, of which 160 are my size, and then the rest have been given to friends and family as presents. When people find out that I get free t-shirts the next question they ask me is usually something to do with what I do with the ones that don’t fit me (people love a freebie). I don’t pay for them, but to call most of the tees I get ‘freebies’ is a little bit of a misconception. I take pictures of them, and then spend around thirty minutes to an hour writing a post, so there is quite a lot of effort that goes into each review, and clearly you put a lot of effort into your reviews as well Coty, so hopefully you see where I’m coming from. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining though, I still love it when I get a package through the mail and don’t know what’s going to be inside, it’s like Christmas all year round in the HYA house!

Hide Your Arms Shirts

I’ve got to give a big shout out to Andy for taking the time to answer my questions, it’s greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work you’re doing at Hide Your Arms!

Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing by Random Objects

This tee is called Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing and it’s the newest tee from Random Objects. Something about this design is so striking. The eyes on this are so haunting that I catch myself staring at them for much longer than I should! The design is cleverly based on an old Aesop fable about a clever wolf who disguises himself as a sheep to stalk its prey. Are you a wolf in sheep’s clothing? 

Pick up this tee for $20.00 from Random Objects today. It’s printed on an American Apparel blank and comes with a “mystery random object” and stickers! 

Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Random Objects

Wold In Sheep's Clothing by Random Objects

A wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep. The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep’s clothing; so, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals. Appearances are deceptive.