Forever Weird

I am a big fan of the Seibei line of monster infused T-Shirts and I have to admit that the latest Seibei design had me at hello. The shirt, created by popular tee designer Greg Abbott, features the words Forever Weird incased in a pink pyramid and surrounded by a plethora of Seibei-ish monsters. I remember growing up, I had weird tendencies – but hey, didn’t we all! And it’s because of this reason along that I can definitely relate to this shirt. Forever Weird is available now from Seibei for $22 and remember to use the coupon code “COTY” at checkout for an extra 10% off!

Forever Weird by Seibei and Greg Abbott

Handlebar Hold Up + Sleight of Hare

One of my favorite indie brands, Fuzzy Ink, has released two new tees to add to their unique line of mustache inspired T-Shirts. The first shirt, appropriately titled Handlebar Hold Up, features an incredibly enormous … you guessed it … mustache! This might be the most prominently placed mustache ever seen on a Fuzzy Ink tee.

Sleight of Hare is admittedly a hilarious design, one where the hare steals the show from the magician (and takes his mustache with hime!). I wish I had a rabbit that could do tricks like that. I used to have rabbits, believe it or not. And they both lived very long lives – a little over 10 years. Do rabbits normally live that long?

You can pick up both shirts from Fuzzy Ink for $18.95 and they are both available in mens and womens sizes. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your entire Fuzzy Ink order!

Handlebar Hold Up

Sleight of Hare

The Macintosh

Print Liberation recently started a new series of T-Shirts featuring great moments of the twentieth century. The latest shirt in the series features the original Macintosh, circa, 1984. All I have to say is that I picked up this shirt as soon as I saw it for the first time. I love it! And I even own a vintage Macintosh, myself. This shirt makes me feel like dusting off that Mac, popping in the floppy and booting it up. I think I’ll do just that!

You can pick up The Macintosh from Print Liberation for $18.

The Macintosh available at Print Liberation

Steve Jobs demo’s the Apple Macintosh, 1984:

Original 1984 Macintosh Superbowl Ad:

101 T-Shirts for Artists, Art Snobs and Photoshop Gurus

So despite the first epic shirt list being daunting and time consuming, I decided to do a follow up! This time, I switch from the natural sciences to the arts and humanities by featuring 100 + 1 T-Shirts for artists, art snobs, photoshop gurus and everyone in between. Know someone who enjoys art? Chances are, they’ll enjoy at least one of the tees on this list!

Side Note: This list almost proved to be futile! I started this list about a week after the epic 101 T-Shirts for Scientists, Science Geeks and Nerds list and it took me nearly a month to compile a list of 101 worthwhile T-Shirts that fit into the category of appealing to either artists, art snobs and/or photoshop gurus. I almost gave up on the list. The first time I called it quits was after I found the first 10. Then when I reached 50, I thought, 50 is a nice round number, why not stop here? But I kept on searching every corner of InternetLAND and I eventually found 101. I hope you enjoy this list, because I sure had a difficult (but worthwhile) time compiling it!

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1. CMYK Family by Chimpogo, £21.

CMYK Family by Chimpogo

2. Pixel Tools by Insanely Great Tees, $19.

Pixel Tools

3. Artists Create Happiness by Graniph, $23.75.

Artists Create Happiness

4. Love, Life, Death by Kneedeepinsleep, £25.

Live, Life Death

5. Grafftips by Michael Delahaut (Threadless), $25.

Grafftips

6. Shapes by AtomicChild, $15.

Shapes

7. Louise Bourgeouis by T-Shirt In A Box, 21,40 €.

Louise Bourgeouis

8. Creation by James Anthony Apparel, $26.

Creation

9. Just Say No To Art by Fair Weather Friends, $35.27.

Just Say No To Art

10. Color by Sixpack France, 33,50 €.

Color

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Johnny Cupcakes + Looney Tunes

Ever since I started to follow the indie T-Shirt scene with a keen eye, I’ve been a big fan of the Johnny Cupcakes brand. I even made it a point to visit his shop on Newbury street the last time I was in Boston. Up to this point I’ve always been impressed by his creativity and imagination, as well as the way that he has interacted with his community.

Having said that, the latest collaboration, one with animation pioneers, Warner Bros., just doesn’t do it for me. When I think Johnny Cupcakes I think exclusivity. Everything about the brand is exclusive. They’ve made a ton of money by parodying pop culture. And now that they’ve got an actual pop culture icon on the front of the tees, it makes feel more “meh” than “woah.” For some reason, seeing Bugs Bunny on a Johnny Cupcakes shirt reminds of similar Looney Tunes shirts I’d see in Sears or JC Penny, with the exception of there being a Johnny Cupcakes logo slapped on. Again, more “meh” than “woah.”

Johnny, before you could ever dream of landing big licenses like that from Warner Bros., you were already making the freshest shirts around. Warner Bros might need you, but your brand certainly does not need them. You mentioned, “We did have an entire bound book given to us that was filled with rules and regulations. A what-not-to-do book. From the littlest details like whisker placements. All in all, using the tools that were + weren’t given to us, I think these came out great.” I disagree, I don’t like these for the very fact that you played by the rules. What I would have dug would have been a unique take at these classic WB characters. Sorry Johnny, I just feel like you failed to deliver on this one.

Bugs Bunny

Bug Bunny

Daffy Duck

Foghorn

Yosemite Sam

iPhone App Review #2: TeeFury

I had a blast doing the last iPhone App review so I thought I’d do it again! This time, I review the TeeFury application for iPhone. Now, this application was not created by TeeFury but the TeeFury crew seem to be enjoying it! The app was created by Andrew Vilcsak and is available now from the iTunes App Store for sweet nothings.

Alright, so when the app launches, you are presented with the “Home” screen, basically, a description of what TeeFury and the app is all about. I personally wish it jumped straight to the “Today” screen at launch so that I can see the TeeFury shirt of the day immediately instead, I get the unnecessary splash screen at the start.

Both the “Today” and  “Comments” sections are nice because they are optimized for the iPhone screen, which makes everything that much easier to read as compared to viewing the TeeFury site in Safari on the iPhone.

The “Order” section is presumably where you would place an order if you liked that days shirt. But basically, it presents you with the TeeFury site as you would see in a browser like Safari so there really is nothing special about this section of the app. I was able to place an order through the TeeFury app and the process was pretty straighforward. Once I logged in all I needed to do was enter my credit card info and fix my shipping info and I was able to place my order.

All in all, TeeFury is a neat little app that any TeeFury fan (with an iPhone) would enjoy!

TeeFury
Apple, Inc.
Category: Entertainment
1.4 MB
Free

TeeFury App

TeeFury App

TeeFury App

TeeFury App

Death By Chocolate

Glenn Jones from Glennz Tees never fails to impress! He latest shirt is called Death By Chocolate and it is a hoot! Diehard M&M fans might cringe but the typical chocolate fan will probably laugh-out-loud and then run to the vending machine. You can pick up Death By Chocolate from Glennz Tees now for just $19.95 (imagine how much chocolate you could buy with that).

Death By Chocolate

Death By Chocolate

Fact: Forrest Mars came up with the idea for M & Ms during the Spanish Civil War. He discovered that soldiers were looking for a taste of home, in the form of chocolate, but needed something that could withstand hot temperatures. Mars took their request as a challenge and eventually came up with the candy, which he packaged in heavy tubes. Soldiers today still love M & Ms because they can hold up in just about any climate.

Te read more fun facts about M&M’s, check out this post.

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 :)