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.
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.Â
They also have a bunch of others tees on sale starting at $8.95 and Â if that weren’t enough, NerdyShirts is having a site wide 10% off everything sale! Here are 3 suggestions from me to Â you:
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.Â
The i/denti/tee brand was founded byÂ Carl Johnson,Â Michael Guido,Â Dave Quirke, andÂ 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.Â
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.
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 â€˜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.
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 â€˜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 â€˜i’.
Above: Franke Rodriguez (i/denti/tee brand director) being honored at the PIFF Awards last Thursday.Â i/denti/tee was honored with theÂ “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 styleÂ sleeve. With the ever growing popularity and proliferation of digitalÂ 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.
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.Â
i/denti/teeÂ will be giving away 500 downloads from the iTunes Music Store Â 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!
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.
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 pocketÂ
- durable vinyl & heavy duty stitchingÂ
- crosshatch texture for added security in money pocket
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. Â
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.Â
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.
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].
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?Â
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.
Crack by Joshua Kemble is my Threadless Pick of the Week!
Hello guys! I need your help. You see, I just created a Facebook Fan Page for Co-Tee TV but I can’t get a Facebook vanity URL (vain, I know) for it until I reach 1000 fans! Well, I’m about 997 fans away from reaching a 1000 so go ahead and fan me up!Â
The benefits you ask?
1. Exclusive video content of uncut and extended scenes that don’t make it to the actual episode!Â
2. Links to new episodes of Co-Tee TV there as well Coty Loves Threadless so you’ll be sure to catch the newest episodes as soon as it’s up if you’re one of those chronic Facebook users.Â
3. Random photos of tees that I find in random places.Â
4. The occasional contest, you know I love a good contest! And that means free tees for you!
5. As a fan you can also post links to your products and if it catches my eye it might end up on this blog!
I Can promise you this, the CO-Tee TV Facebook will not be just another static Facebook page. I’ll try my best to keep it as fresh and as interactive as possible! Now go add me on Facebook!
Lot’s of cool tees this week from Teextile, but, my hands down favorite has got to be 7 Dirty Words by Arrow! Making itÂ this weeks Teextile Favorite! And if you’re a fan of George Carlin then you can definitely appreciate this tee. It’s probably not a work safe tee but, you can proudly wear it out to the bars! Remember, you can purchase 7 Dirty Words all this week, but it’ll cost you just $12 if you get it today (Monday) and it’ll set you back $15 any other day of the week. After this week, all of the tees below will be gone forever.Â
Here are this weeks Teextile rankings, in order from my 1 to 5, with 1 being my Teextile Favorite for that particular week. Feel free to debate your favorites!
My Teextile Power Rankings for June 22, 2009 to June June 26, 2009:
#1 (Favorite): 7 Dirty Words by Arrow
#2: Safe From Harm by Muttley
#3: Four-Tusked Mammoth by wyndeLLe
#4: Metamorphosis by Mitohapa
#5: Vintage at Heart by Aliera