Electric Zombie Previews New Line

So unless you made it to the EZ Chat then you won’t be able to find these photos anywhere else. The new Electric Zombie line drops Friday, November 13. What do you guys think of the new line? I’m really digging that new custom polo. So, new tees, new baseball tees, custom polo and custom pants. Lot’s to be excited bout!

UPDATE: All but three have been removed as per Kyle from EZ!

Electric Zombie

Electric Zombie

Electric Zombie

How To Follow People on Twitter

So the other day I was reading a post over at the Assault Blog titled Why Twitter Followers Are Worthless. The author argued that:

1. “If you can’t mobilize your followers for feedback, links, retweets or an opinion: they’re worthless.”

This is somewhat true. When I first started blogging about a year and a half ago I used my existing Twitter account to send out links to posts that I’d do on this blog. For the first month or so I received minimal feedback or retweets.

I was following a ton of T-Shirt people and yet no one seemed to care about my content. The main thing that I learned is that Twitter is a two way street. Unless YOU care about the people that YOU follow on Twitter then YOU are worthless to THEM.

Once I started providing my opinions to tweets I’d read over Twitter, leaving feedback and retweeting I started to notice that people would do the same for the content that I pumped out over Twitter.

Twitter is a two way interactive street. Provide worth to your followers and the people that follow you will be worth their weight in gold 100 times over.

2. “Twitter is a vehicle for word of mouth, but offline word of mouth is always better than online word of mouth.”

I disagree. I don’t think my blog would have grown as much as it did and as fast as it did without the online word of mouth gained through the use of Twitter. Had I not utilized Twitter, my blog might just be another blog. Instead, I have a strong following of people who love T-Shirts and enjoy visiting my site to get the latest tee related scoops.

In fact, I made it a point not to SPAM my Facebook friends (people that I actually know in real life) with status updates linking back to my blog. I didn’t even announce my blog on my Facebook profile despite the fact that my 300-400 Facebook friends would have seen it. I wanted to see how much the blog would grow minus the friend and family factor. Other people automate updates on their blog to their personal Facebook page. I don’t do this and I will explain in a future post why I don’t.

Coty’s Followers/Following Rule

I started to follow the “big” people in my niche (T-Shirts) and I’d take a look at the people that they followed and I would selectively follow those that I thought had an interest in tees.

Note that I don’t have a monstrous or unbalanced followers/following count. I follow about 1800 people and have about 1100 followers. A balance in the number of people you follow and the number that follow you (followers) is a good thing. It means that more times than not, when you followed someone they followed you back. Or, when someone followed you, you found their content interesting enough to follow them back.

Remember, Twitter is a two way interactive street. So be weary of people whose follow/follower count are not balanced (i.e. they follow 300,000 people but have 23 followers). These are probably SPAM accounts, don’t follow these people. I’m a little follow heavy when it comes to Twitter, when you encounter these types of people you need to take into account their tweet history and even the link they provide on their profile page (covered in next section). When it comes to the followers/following rule you really want to be aware of the extremes, for instance:

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How To Choose Who To Follow?

Once you start using Twitter you’ll start to get people who follow you that you aren’t currently following. You can do one of two things:

1. Ignore the Twitter email notifying you of a new follower.

or

2. Click on the notification email and review the stats of the person following you.

Ignoring people over Twitter is a bad idea. Twitter is a two way interactive street, remember?

Therefore that leaves us with option #2. So you take a look at the user stats that is included in the notification email and then from there you can make a “trim the fat” decision. This when you use the Followers/Following rule: If they have an unbalanced Twitter Followers/Following count I usually ignore them and do not follow them back. They are probably SPAM.

If however, they have a balanced Twitter Followers/Following count OR they have a username related to my niche then I’ll take look at their Twitter profile.

For example, @Timothyfree decided to follow me on Twitter. I took a look at the notification email and he passed the Followers/Following Rule. Next step is to take a look at his Twitter profile page.

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So now I am taking a look at their Twitter profile and at this point I need to decide to follow him on Twitter or not. My decision of whether to follow or not to follow hinges on a few things:

  1. Are they following other people in my niche? Go through and look at the people they are following.
  2. Do they’ve have an interesting profile link (bonus if they link back to a tee related site), or
  3. Does their Tweet history show relevance to my niche?

So continuing on with @Timothyfree’s profile, I notice that he is linked to Freedom Clothing. Perfect, another clothing company to keep under my radar. But I do notice that his followers/following numbers have changed from when he initially followed me. That’s fine because I checked out his profile links, his tweet history and I know he is not SPAM, instead, he is someone that I’d  be interested in connecting with on Twitter. His tweet history shows that he likes to tweet about personal life stuff but that’s okay because when I looked through the list people he follow I found the official Twitter account for his clothing brand and I decided to follow that.

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Once I review these three things I make a gut decision as to whether or not I follow this new person. I decide to follow @Timothyfree.

If you follow these steps then I promise you that you will develop a community of Twitter followers that actually care about what you are talking about. And once this happens, online word of mouth becomes a gazillion times more powerful then offline word of mouth. This is all based on the quality of your online word of mouth reach. And remember, since Twitter is a two way interactive street and you’re interacting with your community, your community members will be much more likely to retweet your content and/or provide feedback. Once this starts to happen on a regular basis then that’s when the online Twitter world becomes your oyster. Eat it up.

Some take home points:

  1. Twitter is a two way interactive street.
  2. Remember the Follow/Foller Rule and be weary of people whose follow/follower count are not balanced.
  3. Trim The Fat, but don’t ignore new followers, see what they have to offer before you decide to follow or not follow them.
  4. Once you’ve built a quality number of Twitter followers, don’t forget to continue to provide good content and leave good feedback.

I’d love to know what you think of this post. Also, if you have a different strategy for following people I’d love to hear about it!

If you enjoyed this post be sure to follow me on Twitter!

Tees: The Art of the T-Shirt by Maki – Book Review

I was fortunate to receive a copy of Tees: The Art of the T-Shirt by Maki from the publishers of the book. This is actually the first T-Shirt book I’ve received for review or even owned. Nonetheless, this book reinforces the fact that the T-Shirt is one of the most successful pop culture products ever. There literally is a T-Shirt for everything. But the T-Shirt isn’t all about showing off the latest cultural headline, but it is also wearable art. Every T-Shirt you wear reflects who you are and what you stand for. You can tell a lot about a person just from the T-Shirt that they are wearing.

Tees the book is an exploration of the artistic side of the T-Shirt. The author of the book, Maki Design, is actually a pair of T-Shirt designers, Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat. Their careers took off after they successfully won at the popular design contest site, Threadless. After a year and a half of blogging about T-Shirts I expected to recognize a few of the designs and designers in the book. And of course, I did. But I was even more surprised by the number of designers and brands that I had not heard of. The authors really delve deep into the indie T-Shirt culture.

The book is 333 pages long and features 82 design studios and artists. Each of the featured studios/designers provide short insight blurbs into their designs and inspirations. The book is filled with T-Shirts of different styles. If you’re looking for a T-Shirt bible, this is as close as you’ll get.

If you have any interest in T-Shirts (and I bet you do if you’re reading this blog) or just a general interest in graphic design then I highly recommend this book. You can pick up a copy now from Amazon9 for $19 (retail is $30).

You Are The CSS To My HTML

I spotted this tee over at ATshirtBlog.com and it was too awesome to pass up posting here. I thought I’d spread the love for this Pop + Shorty designed tee a bit further. Buy this for any web designer and I guarantee that it will make their day! I hardly ever make guarantee but this tee is guaranteed to impressed even the most grouchy designers.

You Are The CSS To My HTML is printed on an Athletic Grey American Apparel Tri-blend tee (this shirt is OMG soft) and is available for purchase now at the Pop + Shorty store for $25.

You Are The CSS To My HTML

101 October T-Shirts (Halloween, Monsters, Zombies and Ghouls)

Halloween is just around the corner and so I thought I’d put together a nice list of 101 shirts that are perfect to wear during the month of ghouls and ghosts. Why wait till Halloween when there’s a shirt for everyday in between! I was going to wait till Halloween to post this but then you lovely folks would not have enough to order these lovely beasts for the occasion!

There’s no need to spend a fortune on an expensive costume and mask when you can pick most of these Halloween-ish T-Shirts for under $20! Go ahead, knock yourself out. For even more Halloween ideas check out the Found Item Clothing Halloween Costume Guide, they’ve got some fun stuff!

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1. Happy Pumpkin by Print Liberation, $18.

Happy Pumpkin

2. UndeadWe by Chop Shop, $20.

UndeadWe

3. Intramural Zombie Hunter by Seibei, $24.

Intramural Zombie Hunter

4. The Butcher by Zombie Liquorice, $20.

The Butcher

5. Turn Into A Zombie by DeezTeez, $11.99.

Turned Into A Sight

Turn Into A Zombie

6. Boo Buster Ghostbuster by NerdyShirts, $19.95.

Boo Buster Ghostbuster

7. Friday The 12th by SnorgTees, $18.95.

Friday The 12th

8. WAI SO SRS by SplitReason, 18.95.

WAI SO SRS

9. Cannibal by Glennz Tees, $19.95.

Cannibal

10. Hansel & Gretel’s Revenge by Wotto (Tilteed), $18.

Hansel & Gretel's Revenge

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Deadmau5 by Jacob Sikais

So if you’re not familiar with Deadmau5, he is a Toronto based based music producer (progressive/electric house) whose real name is Joel Zimmerman. That mouse head on the shirt below is his signature character. The shirt is titled Deadmau5 and features the Deadmau5 character but is not a Deadmau5 authorized tee. It’s actually a tee from NYC based tee contest site, Finroo.

I have to add that the colors on this shirt and the overall vibe is pretty wild. Deadmau5 fans will probably dig it. It is available now from Finroo for $34.99. I know it’s a steep price but rest assured, you are getting a quality product and probably the softest shirt you’ll ever own. Trust me on that, I’ve tried these tees from Finroo and they are ace.

Deadmau5

Deadmau5

McFly Till I Die

Back To The Future is easily one of my favorite movies from my childhood. Everything about that movie was iconic. So when I saw this shirt from Cuttin’ Up Hookers I was instantly drawn to it – it’s the 80’s kid in me. And need I say that image on this shirt of Marty McFly is epic! It truly is. I all of a sudden feel like watching this flick on DVD.

McFly Till I Die is available now from Cuttin’ Up Hookers for $19.99 but unfortunately it is available only in very limited sizes – small, extra large and girls large. Too bad I can’t go back in time to get myself a large.

McFly Till I Die

A Better Tomorrow Presents AirDEXâ„¢ vs SuperSATâ„¢

I always have the hardest time deciphering the German contest site, A Better Tomorrow. But, words or no words, I have to say that the design on this tee speaks for itself. I love it! Before I was even remotely passionate about T-Shirts I was (and still am to a certain degree) madly obsessed with shoes. And this shirt combines two of my favorite things, shoes and shirts! You can pick up AirDEX vs. SuperSAT by AndreaABT from A Better Tomorrow for 22 €.

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Goodbye NIWL + $4 Shirts!

I’m saddened to say that yet another indie tee brand has just bit the dust. I’ve been a longtime fan of Never In Wonderland especially since they were one of the first brands that I covered during the early days of this blog. But alas, the founders have found a new direction and different passions and so NIWL will be no more.

Having said that, you can score some amazing shirts and some unbelievably low prices. They have marked a bunch of tees down to $4 – $6.50. And they plan to mark the rest of the line down in the next few weeks. Go have a look because this is your last chance to grab some NIWL gear.

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Sad Pumpkin + Happy Pumpkin

Just in time for Halloween, these are the perfect complimentary shirts. You’ve got the option between a Happy Pumpkin or a Sad Pumpkin. I actually like Happy Pumpkin because I am very much a happy person (most of the time). Both tees are printed on orange American Apparel tees and are available now from Print Liberation for $18.

Happy Pumpkin

Sad Pumpkin