Coty Loves Threadless #25 – The Cosmonaut!

Holy kabonkers, I haven’t done one of these in what seems like forever. A vacation will do that! Luckily, I’m back and that means fresh episodes of Coty Loves Threadless for your viewing pleasure! This episode is a woozy so be sure to watch it. My Threadless Pick of the Week is The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz because it features one lanky astronaut in outer space and he misses home!

Coty Loves Threadless #24 on YouTube. Also, I’ll give you a hug if you subscribe to me on YouTube!

The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz

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Build Community

What do you do to help build community? Do you pick up trash when you see it on the sidewalk? Do you help organize events for neighborhood children? Whatever it is, and it can be big or small, it’s important that you help in some way. This shirt from Ban T-Shirts is perfect for those who are active in their community and hope to encourage others to do the same. If you know someone who is dedicated to their community then this is the shirt to get them. You can buy this tee from Ban T-Shirts for $18.50.

Build Community

Rising by Yaiagift

Go Ape Shirts lives! This is the first shirt we’ve seen from Go Ape in nearly three months and it’s called Rising and it was designed by the mysteriously named artist, Yaiagift. I have to admit, that for me, it seems like an odd departure from the typical Go Ape look and feel. It’s definitely different but admittedly clings to the fun themes we’re used to from Go Ape Shirts. I’ve been seeing so much neon as of late. Neon is taking over the Internet in 2009.

Rising by Yaiagift is printed on a white American Apparel tee and is available now from Go Ape Shirts for $18. Wear this shirt and spear a dragon. I dare you.

Rising available at Go Ape Shirts

Evasion by Oiseau

The latest tee from out friends over at Tilteed is … a bit scary! I’m sure it’s one of those tees with deep meaning, but man, does it freak me out! I mean, that head looks almost corpse like. If I were still taking Anatomy, I’d wear this shirt to class every day. Okay, maybe not everyday but a lot. This shirt seems almost Hitchcockian in theme and style. I can feel the tension, dark undertones and identity issues often seen in those classic Hitchcock films just by looking at this tee.

Evasion is available now from Tilteed and is printed on a silver American Apparel tee. It’s available for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Evasion available at Tilteed

600 Cartoons and a T-Shirt to Boot!

For a penny less than a standard Shirt.Woot tee (that’s $9.99 for the non math savvy) you get 600 cartoons on 12 DVD’s packaged in a tin can and includes a poster and, wait for it … a T-Shirt! This is crazy, guys. Now, it might not be the most fashionable T-Shirt, it’s basically the DVD artwork plastered on the tee. That’s not the important part. The important part is – 600 cartoons! Favorites such as Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Little Lulu, Clutch Cargo, The Three Stooges and included in the collection!

This was actually the first time that I checked out the new Kids.Woot site and based on the find, it wont be my last!

Kids.Woot

New Standard Shipping at Chimpogo

Chimpogo recently announced new standard shipping rates of £1 for UK & Europe orders and £2 for the rest of the world. Woohoo, let’s rejoice! Or, at the very least, buy some T-Shirts! And if you’re so inclined to test out these new shipping rates then feel free to take a peek and the two suggested tees below, a free gift from me to you (no shipping required).

Chimpogo

Beetle

CMYK Family

DBH 10K: The Final Four

I’ve been tracking the Design By Humans 10K contest since it was first announced and I am excited that they released the final four designs that are up for voting! As some of you might know, I chose 5 designs that I thought could win the 10K contest and now just one of those has survived the final round. Twilight Rain by collisiontheory is the lone design left amongst the ones I had predicted to win. Also still left in the competition is Mecha-Labaw by csj89 whom we ran a special post about (written by Blake from YouDesignIt.com) discussing how he had taken a different approach to promote his DBH 10K entry.

So, here are the final four contestants. Be sure to get your vote in before August 23rd. Who do you think will win?

Mecha-Labaw by csj89

Twilight Rain by collisiontheory

SOS strawberry flavour by gloopz

Journey to the City of No Horizon by TangYauHoong

Meteor Shower by ReThink Clothing

Meteor Shower is the newest shirt from the brand designed solely by college students, ReThink Clothing. “Outer space has and always will be fascinating and full of mystery. With the discovery of dark matter, black holes, new galaxies and a ton of cool stuff these mysteries are unraveled. This shirt might also help unravel one more mystery, how astronauts (maybe some cosmonauts) stay clean in the final frontier.”

I should also note that this marks the first shirt from ReThink Clothing that features a printed inside neck label. The shirt comes in two colorways, purple and heather gray and is printed on an American Apparel blank. Both colorways are available now for $19.99 but you can save an additional 20% by using the coupon code “COTY” at checkout and you can save even more if you use the coupon code “BACK” by August 24!

I really like the design of this particular shirt and prefer the purple colorway over the heather version. And I am super stoked that ReThink switched to tagless shirts and preferring to screenprint the neck label. Now, if only I could take a meteor shower for real. If you had the opportunity to fly out into space, would you go?

Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower Neck

Meteor Shower

Summer Sale at A Better Tomorrow

If you live in the United States and love looking at A Better Tomorrow tees instead of wearing them because of the rate differences then this is the perfect time to pick up that tee you’ve been drooling for! A Better Tomorrow is having a Summer Sale and all shirts have been dropped to 22,00 € and you even score free shipping (if you live in Europe). Pretty sweet, huh!

A Better Tomorrow Summer Sale

A Better Tomorrow Summer Sale

A Better Tomorrow Summer Sale

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 5 + 6

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 5 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Me A Sandwich by Seibei and Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray (Tilteed)

This marked the start of our road trip to neighboring state, Oregon. We began the morning by having breakfast at a little cafe en route to Tacoma, were would switch off with our friends cousin whose car we were borrowing for the trip to Portland. The Shipwreck Cafe is this small stop off of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington. I got the breakfast special, which consisted of chickenfried steak, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was better than I expected! Tons of gravy lathered over the chicken steak. Don’t pay attention to the calories because the gravy really makes this dish special.

Oregon

After breakfast we headed straight for our first stop in Portland, the Full Sail Brewery, which is right next to Hood River. Full Sail Brewery is known for their award winning Session brew. The brewery tour lasted about 30 minutes and was quite interesting and informative. They walk you through the entire beer making process and even let you taste the ingrediants that go into brewing beer. At the end of the tour you score a free Full Sail glass!

Full Sail Brewery

The food at Full Sail Brewery was OK but the beer was exceptional. I especially loved the Full Sail Session Lager, that is definitely my type of beer and well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Tacoma. We ended up buying a case to bring back to the hotel.

After Full Sail we headed to Portland to check into our hotel, the third Marriot stop of our Seattle/Portland journey. We got lost. But that was a good thing because we ended up at a Traders Joe’s and bought tons of snacks! I wish Hawaii had a Trader Joe’s.

Lo and behold our hotel was only 5 minutes away from Trader Joes. We made it to our hotel, quickly unpacked and headed out to yet another beer destination – Rogue Distillery & Public House, to meet up with Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing and Patrick Treadway of Tilteed! We had a great time chatting about tees, Portland life, tees, and tees! It was great meeting up with those two excellent dudes. And my friends were happy because they scored some free tees from Patrick and one of you lucky readers will score a free tee(s) from Travis (I need to first figure out how to give them away)!

Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

That’s Travis Greenwood from Found Item Clothing. Amazing guy who knows a ton about shirts and has crazy ideas! Follow him on Twitter @founditemclothing.

Parick Treadway of Tilteed.com

Hey, it’s Patrick from Tilteed.com! He markets, prints, and ships out all Tilteed orders by himself! Talk about dedication and being passionate about what you do! Follow Tilteed on Twitter @Tilteed. Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your Tilteed order!

After Rogue, Patrick was kind enough to drive us to VooDoo Doughnuts to get a taste of the weirdness that is Portland! VooDoo Doughnoughts was great experiece filled with an eclectic set of people! I’ve never quite experienced anything like VooDoo Doughnuts. It was a trip to say the least. And Patrick was right, VooDoo Doughnuts is best experienced at night because when we stopped by the following morning, the crowd was a bore compared to the night munchers.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness

Portland here we come! The morning was spent exploring the Pearl District of Portland. Our first stop was the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside. To say that this bookstore is huge is a big understatement. It’s ginormous. It’s probably larger than most public libraries you’ve been to. The store is split up into 8 different sections based on genre and occupies three full floors. You could spend countless hours exploring Powell’s, unfortunately our time was limited so our visit was brief (I still left with two new books).

Keep Portland Weird

As I was walking through Portland someone walked right pass me and said “I Love Your Shirt”. You can get it from I Am Wellness. Use the code “SUMMER09″ for 15% off (hopefully the code still works).

By the time we were through with Powell’s we headed out to lunch at Old Town Pizza which is an iconic Portland eatery with a haunted reputation. “Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced “Nigh-na”), our resident ghost. If you feel a presence behind you, or smell a faint waft of perfume, you may have just received a visit. Nina is often seen in a black dress observing diners and wandering the basement below.” We settled on the House Pizza topped with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, black olives and bell peppers. The pizza was good but unfortunately there was no sighting of Nina, the resident ghost. I will say, though, that the restroom was freaky as hell. It is very dimly lit in there and I had a weird feeling (while I was peeing no less) that someone was watching me. Freaky!

Ground Kontrol is a neat little vintage arcade that Travis of Found Item Clothing suggested we hit up and I’m glad that we did! We spent about an hour in there playing some very old school arcade games like Centipede, Punch-Out, Simpsons and Space Invaders. This is not your typical arcade because at Ground Kontrol there is a fully functional bar. Awesome.

Ground Kontrol

I’m a huge fan of Punch-Out so I was stoked to find this classic arcade game at Ground Kontrol!

After Ground Kontrol my buddies decided to grab a box of VooDoo doughnuts for the drive back home. While they stood in line (in the hot sun no less and yet another reason to go during the night time) I ventured down the street and stumbled across a neat little coffee/art shop called Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It had a a nice open space as opposed to the typical cramped coffee shop. I had the Queens Iced Tea and it was the cool refreshment that I needed! While the guys stood in that line for VooDoo doughnuts I sipped on my iced tea in air conditioning!

Good bye Portland, I knew you for just a day but I had a great time! Now en route to Tacoma (to return the car), we decided to stop by the Outlet Mall near Chehalis and in Centralia, Washington. The outlet stores of importance included Quicksilver, Billabong, and Nike. We hit those three shops up pretty hard.

From there we caught a shuttle to the 4th and final hotel of our stay – the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, which is just a few steps from Pike’s Place. We didn’t stay in the hotel for long as we decided grab some Clam Chowder from the original Ivar’s Seafood, right on the Seattle Waterfront. When you go to Ivar’s there just one thing you need to get – The Clam Chowder! We ordered one of each of the three different varieties: white, red and salmon. I urge you to do the same.

Ivar's

They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.

Ivar's

Small cup of Salmon Clam Chowder from Iver’s before heading to Del Rays for even more food and drinks!

Next we hit up Del-Rey’s for appetizers and drinks (or should I say beers and margaritas) and then finished the night off by closing down the bar at, appropriately, Ohana’s in Belltown, a Hawaiian themed bar. This was the third night that we stayed at a bar till closing (2am in Seattle).

But the night did not end there. We ventured off into the alley ways of the Seattle Waterfront and eventually ending up at Pier 67. The streets were empty and all that was left were four guys from Hawaii, laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie that you get from being with your closest friends.

Ohana Bar

Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.