Co-Tee TV Episode 22: Quixotic Clothing, Full Metal T-Shirt and Light Bulbs

In this episode I wear and review Awesome from Quixotic Clothing and review a tee called Through The Glass that was designed by Grant Tucker for Full Metal T-Shirt. Earn $200 for each winning design and $5 in residuals for each shirt sold at Full Metal T-Shirt.

This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. So far I’ve covered ShirtFight and A Better Tomorrow so be sure to check those past episodes if  you haven’t yet.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Through The Glass by Grant Tucker and available at Full Metal T-Shirt. Good: Excellent packaging, T-Shirts come neatly packed in a clear custom package. FMT definitely pays special attention to detail, shirts come with custom hangtags, special washing instructions and pins. Shirts are printed on Alstyle AAA blanks and are a bit longer than the typical American Apparel tee. Shirt is preshrunk so the size you order is the size you will have even after the first wash. Direct-To-Garment print allows for amazing gradient fades on this black tee Bad: Not tagless, Direct-To-Garment is not the softest print I’ve felt but is not the heaviest – it’s somewhere in between and despite it leaving a smooth texture over the shirt the possibilities available with DTG definitely outweighs this. I would definitely pick up another DTG printed tee! Price: $29

Through The Glass by Grant Tucker for Full Metal T-Shirt

Awesome by Quixotic Clothing. Good: Printed on a dark gray American Apparel blank, comes shipped with a collection of 1 inch Quixotic pins. Extremely cheap at just $5. Very fun design, perfect tee for anyone that loves to smile and makes others laugh! Bad: It’s low in stock (only medium and X-Large available). This is one of those straightforward fun tees, nothing wrong with it. Price: $5.00.

Awesome by Quixotic Clothin

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Cute microbes on sale

Go Love Your Own City

I definitely have to pick up this tee for my sister because she absolutely insists on collecting as many “I Heart X” tees as cities I can visit. Her collection is growing at a rapid pace so much so that maybe a quarter of her closet is filled with this tourist staple. The Go Heart Your Own City tee was made for her! It’s printed on a 100% cotton tee and is an exclusive re-release by Reason Clothing. These are extremely limited and are numbered 1 to 48. The cost? Definitely not the standard tourist street price. A I Heart NY tee will set you back 5 bucks, this limited print will cost you $36. 

Go Love Your Own City by Reason Clothing

Threadless Powerscore

Jeffrey and Jake previewed the new Threadless Powerscore system (see video below). I’m not one of those threadless fans that score designs religiously but I can see how this is an improvement. It’s so much easier now to go back and forth between submissions, something that is difficult to do in the blogs. All in all, I like it! The powerscore system should be the defacto method for scoring tees on Threadless.

Are you A BooBuster? Plus 10% Off!

Were you one of the 80’s kids that was excited for the release of Ghostbusters: The Video Game last week? If so, this tee just might be for you! It’s called BooBusters and it’s availablenow from NerdyShirts for $19.95. 

Boo Buster

They also have a bunch of others tees on sale starting at $8.95 and  if that weren’t enough, NerdyShirts is having a site wide 10% off everything sale! Here are 3 suggestions from me to  you:

Nostalgia

Color

Spacecamp

Get a free shirt from BustedTees ($20 Value)

Indie Tee Spotlight #26: i/denti/tee

i/denti/tee is a brand based out of New York that I stumbled upon while working on the Tee-Junction Teedirectory and I was instantly intrigued by their very unique product. If you enjoy T-Shirts and are a music lover (like myself) then you owe it to yourself to check out i/denti/tee. They pay special attention to the details, from packaging (each shirt comes in a vintage vinyl sleeve) to the tags (each i/denti/tee t-shirt has a “copyright” patch sewn onto the back, to showcase its authenticity). And just in case you’re wondering, every lyric they print is licensed for use. 

The i/denti/tee brand was founded by Carl Johnson, Michael Guido, Dave Quirke, and Evan Vogel out of their passion for music. I had the awesome opportunity to chat with i/denti/tee brand director Hugo Murray who was intimately involved in the development and launch of the brand. 

Hugo Murray

Coty: I’ve covered a lot of niche T-Shirt brands, but, I have to admit that i/denti/tee is one of the most well executed. How did the idea for i/denti/tee come about?

Hugo: The idea came from our love for music that has turned innocent comments into full-on debates around all things music. Dave Quirke, one of the founding partners, was debating music with a friend of his over a few pints of Guinness in a Dublin bar. Who is the greatest music artist of all time? Stones or the Beatles? What is the greatest album of all time? Zeppelin IV or OK Computer? What is the greatest song of all time? 99 Problems or Hotel California? After another 4 or 5 pints, they debated “the best lyrics of all time”. Months later in New York, Dave was reminded of this debate as he overheard two young guys in a bar debating who is the best urban artist of all time… Biggie or Tupac? Although Dave doesn’t even listen to Hip-Hop, he realized that all music lovers debate music. So many music tees feature band logo’s or artist photos – but it’s the lyrics that are at the heart of music.

Coldplay

Coty: While many indie tee brands have adopted American Apparel as the shirt blank of choice, i/denti/tee uses EDUN LIVE blanks. What was the deciding factor when choosing the EDUN LIVE blanks over other brands?

Hugo: We admire the work that Edun Live do. Each one is ‘grow-to-sew’ African – from the cotton they source, through the spinning and knitting stages, all the way to the final logo print on the inside of every music tee – the benefit of each goes back to the people working on the product in sub-Saharan Africa. So when Dave Quirke came up with the idea for i/denti/tee – he immediately asked his good friend Bono and wife, Ali Hewson, if they wanted to be involved and they jumped at the chance to get on board as a strategic partner and supplier.

Identitee

Coty: Explain a little why all of the lyrics seen on the i/denti/tee shirts begin with the letter “I”. Will future i/denti/tee shirts continue this with this trend?

Hugo: The reason why all our lyrics begin with the letter ‘i’ is that these are the most expressive kind – so it makes a statement about the wearer… “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”, “I wanna dance with somebody”, “I love rock n roll” etc. Self-expression is at the heart of our brand, so we will always print lyrics that begin with ‘i’.

Identitee

Identitee

Above: Franke Rodriguez (i/denti/tee brand director) being honored at the PIFF Awards last Thursday. i/denti/tee was honored with the “Pay it Fashion Forward” award from Fashion Delivers for being a cause-driven t-shirt company.

Coty: i/denti/tee shirts are all packaged in a vintage vinyl style sleeve. With the ever growing popularity and proliferation of digital music, do you still purchase and listen to vinyl records?

Hugo: We certainly blow a lot of money buying music on iTunes, but a few of our team still buy vinyl too. Whether people still buy vinyl or not these days – the sight of a 12″ record sleeve brings up feelings of nostalgia in any music lover – that’s why we package our tees in them.

Identitee

Coty: And finally, I’ve got to ask you, what are your 5 favorite songs of all time? How about your de facto favorite album?

Hugo: My personal top 5 songs?!?! Wow, I could spend hours on that one… (1) “15 Step” by Radiohead (2) “Over the hills and far away” by Led Zepplin (3) “Holy roller Novocaine” by The Kings of Leon (4) “Lady don’t tek no” by Latyrx (5) “Close to me” by The Cure. Favorite de facto album: Vampire Weekend (self titled) – life is always better listening to those guys – it should be prescribed listening for people with depression.

Coty: Just in case you guys are wondering about my favorite album of all time, I’d have to say it’s The Beach Boys’ 1967 release, Pet Sounds. I can listen to that album endlessly on any given day. 

Identitee

i/denti/tee will be giving away 500 downloads from the iTunes Music Store  and all you need to do to enter the drawing is either follow them on Twitter, be their fan on Facebook or register on the i/denti/tee website. They will be announcing the winner of the 500 iTunes downloads on July 3 so be sure to get in on that. They will be having more giveaways in July, including: concert tickets, tees autographed by the artist, etc. so be sure to be on the lookout for that! Finally, thanks to Hugo for taking the time to chat with me! Now everyone: go listen to some awesome music!

Robot Week at RIPT Apparel

Are you a fan of robots? If so then you’re in luck because RIPT Apparel has got you covered all week long! They are celebrating Robot Week at RIPT Apparel so everyday this week they’ll be offering a unique robot tee for just 24 hours. After that, it’ll be gone forever! Each shirt is priced at just 10 bucks so be sure to pick one up for yourself or a friend.

Robot Week at RIPT Apparel

Robot Week at RIPT Apparel

Robot Week at RIPT Apparel

Custom Wallets by Beetnik Aesthetics

That guy named Loren, from Beetnik Aesthetics, recently unveiled the newest item to his line – Wallets! These bi-fold wallets constructed of full-color cardstock between durable transparent vinyl features the slogan Love Your Mother. The wallet also features some earth-friendly drawings, which I think adds a nice touch! You can pick one up from Beetnik Aesthetics today for just $12.

This Beetnik Aesthetics wallet features:

  • large money pocket
  • 3 card pockets
  • convenient ID pocket 
  • durable vinyl & heavy duty stitching 
  • crosshatch texture for added security in money pocket

Love Your Mother Wallet by Beetnik Aesthetics

Love Your Mother Wallet by Beetnik Aesthetics

Love Your Mother Wallet by Beetnik Aesthetics

Hello My Name Is Inigo Montoya

One of my favorite movies growing up, hands down, has got to be The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant. This classic story has everything you need to make a great flick: an evil prince, a giant, swordplay and of course a princess.  

OK, that’s enough reminiscing. The reason for these childhood flashbacks is due to two shirts that I spotted on different websites that were very similar to each other. The two tees were from Loiter Ink ($17) and endangeredwear.com ($22.95) and both shirts featured the (at least in my eyes) most famous line from The Princess Bride: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Such a classic line! And then I spotted a third shirt from ThinkGeek.com ($17.99) that was very similar to the Loiter Ink version. Between the three, though, I think I’d go with the Think Geek version – it’s the most simple and it gets straight to the point. 

Inigo Montoya

You Killed My FatherHello My Name Is Inigo Montoya

And finally, here’s the fanciest of the bunch and it’s from Amazon. It’s the, you guessed it, It’s the Princess Bride Inigo Montoya You Killed My Father Prepare to Die Mens T-Shirt available for $16.95.

inigno_amazon

Now if you haven’t seen this movie then I highly recommend you get a hold of it ASAP! You can find The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition) on Amazon, as well as the The Princess Bride [Blu-ray].

4 New Tees From Loiter Ink

Loiter Ink released 4 new tees over the weekend, all of which were designed by freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Tom Burns. All 4 shirts are priced at $17 and feature simple single color prints. Strangely, I like that insanely bright yellow Hitchhiking tee. It made me think about what the Web 2.0 equiivalent of Hitchhiking is. I would have to say that adding random people that you really know nothing about to your Facebook inner circle is the closets thing to hitchhiking in the web 2.0 age. What do you think? 

Hitchhiking

Smooth Operator

Karate

Ski Trips

Coty Loves Threadless #19 – Cracked But Not Broken!

I’ve got another 6 tees to review with you this week for episode #19 of Coty Loves Threadless so get ready to be entertained! Crack by Joshua Kemble is my Threadless Pick of the Week! And how about the rest, you’ll have to watch! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

Coty Loves Threadless #19 on YouTube. Also, I’ll give you a hug if you subscribe to me on YouTube!

Crack by Joshua Kemble is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Crack by Joshua Kemble

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