Buns of Steel

Oh … My … Goodness! The current TeeFury shirt of the day has got me all giddy inside! Some of you might know that I am a BIG fan of the Man of Steel so this funny tee featuring the butt from of that super dude from Krypton has got me all excited. This will probably be my second TeeFury purchase, with the first being that Holy Indie Stickup, which featured my second favorite DC character, Batman.

So what does this all mean? It means that TeeFury should print more shirts parodying superheroes – that’s what this all means!

Buns of Steel

Massive 9/9/9 $9 Sale at Threadless + Prophecies

Warning: There’s a MASSIVE sale going on right now at Threadless in celebration of the momentous 9/9/9 date. Right now, all tees are on sale for just $9! Let the craziness ensue…

Threadless 9/9/9 Sale

Courtesy of Revelation13.net:

Sept. 9, 2009. 9/9/09 (999). 666 upside-down, possibly a significant date? Note that 666 is the number of the evil Antichrist, the Beast of Revelation 13. Also, the world population officially reaches 6.8 billion near November 2009, and Revelation 6:8 is about the Fourth Horseman, Death, so will Death ride then? Could this be a mutation in swine flu H1N1 making it a deadly worldwide plague? Note that “nein” in German means “no”, so 9-9-9 could mean “no-no-no”. Possible significance of 9-9-9: note that the CERN Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in France is to be turned on around Nov. 2009. It was initially turned on in Sept. 2008, but only ran about a week before needing major repairs and being shut down until 2009. And on Sept. 10, 2008, the CERN LHC Particle Accelerator was initially turned on. Also note that after the CERN LHC was intially turned on in Sept. 2008, a world-wide economic crash began. Could the LHC create a Black Hole that destroys the earth in December 2012? See my page on Nostradamus, where Nostradamus 9 44 is an amazing prophecy that may predict a Black Hole could be created in the future by LHC, and see this King James version English Bible Code page on it, and my video on it.

Because of equipment problems, the CERN LHC particle accelerator/Black Hole Machine (and some have said possible Doomsday Machine) was shut down for months, supposedly until around November 2009. Perhaps a safety review is needed? Seems like kind of a long shutdown for equipment problems. I read that, as well as equipment problems in the LHC that need repair, there also was a transformer damaged by lightning (could that be a sign of divine intervention trying to stop the LHC from becoming a Doomsday Black Hole machine?) Being on for 1 week and then shut down for months makes one wonder if this LHC machine could have design problems?

How many of you believe in all of this prophecy stuff? I don’t, but it sure is fun to think about!

Interview with DBH 10K Winner Christian San Jose

Fresh off his big $10,000 Design By Humans win, Christian San Jose (aka csj89) sat down to talk with me about his winning design Mecha-Labaw, the stress of competition and the power of social networking and good old hustle.

Mecha-Labaw by Christian San Jose aka csj89

1. Congratulations on winning the Design By Humans $10,000 contest!It’s been about a 2 month wait since the start of the contest – what has your anxiety level been like during the last couple of weeks?

Thanks Coty! It was really a roller-coaster experience, from the joy I got because of all the support by friends and people that liked the design, to all the stress that came from thinking of new ways of promoting it, even the anxiety that each new round (and the consequent vote reset) brings. I barely slept in August, because if you stopped promoting, there’s a big chance somebody will get ahead.

2. What was your reaction when you found out you won?

My initial reaction was a huge sigh of relief that it was all over. But that didn’t take long, I jumped around and screamed a lot too. I was at my day job with all my officemates awaiting the countdown, and everybody cheered loudly when it was finally announced. I think I high-fived about 30 people, even the CEO who didn’t know what was happening.

3. What was your inspiration for Mecha-Labaw? What did you try and accomplish with this design?

I came up with Mecha-Labaw because I wanted to do an illustration that had something to do with my country. I came across a large water buffalo photo, and I always wanted to draw something intricate and robotic or mechanical which I haven’t done before. So it all came together with the artwork. It became an artwork in honor of a national symbol in the Philippines.

4. The final two in the DBH 10K came down to you and AJ Dimarucot aka collisiontheory, the reigning 10K champion. Did you feel like you had a good chance at upsetting AJ and winning it all?

Honestly when the contest was nearing its end, I already had my mind set that there’s no chance I’d win over AJ. Since the votes were hidden, I based my thought on the comment count and at the time, I had over 400 comments, and AJ’s sub was close to around 700. During the most part though, I never stopped asking for votes despite the little chance. AJ and I are good friends and colleagues outside of DBH, we’re even neighbors, and I closely followed his win last year – how he continuously promoted his design and got votes from everywhere. I followed his plans from last year (newspaper and web ads, giving away design resources), and added schemes of my own. Last August, I did 4 seminars discussing graphic design and t-shirt culture in schools and organizations, and after each talk, I had a chance to promote Mecha-Labaw and ask for help. I also included Mecha-Labaw in two group exhibits I was apart of during the voting process. I also work full-time as a web designer in an Internet Marketing company, so that experience helped me in brainstorming and coming up with the landing page for voters – www.mechalabaw.com, and the placement of promotional blog entries in high traffic websites.

5. You really pushed hard at promoting Mecha-Labaw. At what point in the contest did you think, “geee, wouldn’t be great if I actually set up a website just to promote Mecha-Labaw?” Was the website something you knew you wanted to do from the start?

It was a plan since the very start of the contest, the site was done right after I submitted Mecha-Labaw to DBH, and it was made public just after the announcement of the Top 20. I planned and scheduled all my promotions days ahead of the submission, and at first it was supposed to be hosted at www.csj89.com/10k/ so I could easily spread the link around, but that link was already hard to remember. The direct DBH link was also long and hard to remember, and previous DBH experience dictates that some new DBH visitors get lost when presented with the direct vote link. They didn’t know if they had to register first, where the vote button was and whatnot. I made a landing page with a memorable domain name to make the vote process as easy and smooth as possible. I also included a shirt give-away raffle promo for anyone who re-blogs, for incentive. The site was hosted on the same server as my portfolio (www.csj89.com), and the new domain name was just $9. Not a bad price considering all the help it provided. I wish I could show you the old piece of paper I drafted all my initial promotional ideas on but I can’t seem to find it now.

6. Are you satisfied with final colorway that Design By Humans decided to go with for the Mecha-Labaw print?

Very satisfied on my part, I love the colorway they chose. Some of the buyers want lighter choices though, it’s all up to DBH if they decide to print it again.

Mecha-Labaw Original Mock Up

Mcha-Labaw Final Print

7. Finally, I think most people are interested to know how you’re going to spend/use the cash prize?

I’ll give $1000 to charity, buy a Macbook, and keep the rest of the money in the bank for future savings.

Thank you very much Coty for this interview, and again I’d also like to thank everyone who supported Mecha-Labaw in the contest :)

Vinyl and Crossbones

In the age of digital everything – I’m actually looking around for a decent record player. Yep, you know, that thing that plays vinyl. Those huge circular things that spin and play music. Yeah, I want one. You know why? Because I grew up listening to records. My mom was (and still is) a huge music freak and she is the reason why I can appreciate good music, both old stuff and new stuff. Plus, she has a huge record collection that I’d love to get my hands on, dust off, and have a listen too.

Speaking of vinyl, this is the shirt that I should be wearing the day that I get my own record player. It’s called Vinyl and Crossbones and it is from brand new indie clothing brand, Aeres Clothing Co., who coincidently have a grand opening sale going on right now. All American Apparel shirts are priced at $22 and all Alstyle and Bella tees are priced at $18. How many of you still listen to vinyl?

Vinyl and Crossbones

Vinyl and Crossbones

Random Artistic Design or RadIsRad

It’s not every day that I get T-Shirt blog posting material from YouTube. In fact, this might be a first! I spotted this RadIsRad (short for Random Artistic Design) tee on one of Chris Cendana’s YouTube music videos. He posted a video of himself singing a cover of The Fray’s Never Say Never and at the beginning of the video he gives a shout out to RadIsRad while he sings the song in the RadIsRad Elliot shirt. Neato! Too bad I have absolutely zero singing ability or else I’d do the same. You can pick up Elliot from RadIsRad for $19.95.

If you  haven’t heard of Chris Cendana be sure to check out his YouTube profile. He’s a filipino singer/songwriter and is one of those people that have become semi-famous via YouTube. He even released an album of original songs titled Waiting, that is available now on iTunes!



Human Ingredients

Now here’s an interesting shirt from MySoti user and UK based graphic designer and illustrator, ropi. I have to say that I dig the concept a bit more than the actual execution of the shirt. It’s called Human Ingredients and I am guessing that it’s supposed to look like what we would see on something like a can of SPAM or similar food items. I actually would have preferred the list on the back of the tee and minus the UPC code. What do you guys think? Like it? If you do, you can pick it up from MySoti for $20.46.

Human Ingredients