A Sad Stormtrooper

What could be more depressing than a sad Stormtrooper? A sad Stormtrooper with tears! Nowhere on the product page do they make any mention of this being a Stormtrooper from the Star Wars franchise, but, don’t you think it looks like one? Sorry comes to use from UK based indie clothing brand, Boom. The design is printed on a 100% organic cotton tee and is available now for purchase for £12.50.

Sorry by Boom Stormtrooper Shirt

I Am The Walrus

Our good friends over at Fuzzy Ink has just released their first shirt of the new year  and guess it what, it features a mustache! Of course, you probably would have guessed that since all of their tees feature the lovely patch of hair found above the lip of so many men (and some women). The new shirt is called I Am The Walrus, which begs the question, was this shirt inspired by the Beatles song of the same name?

I Am The Walrus features a large print of what looks like a very confident and hipster-ish Walrus. I love it! It sort of reminds me of the Otter-tude tee from Rethink Clothing that I dig so much. I know you want one of this Walrus shirt to add to your Fuzzy Ink collection so pick one up now for $20.95 and be sure to use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your entire order!

I Am The Walrus

I Am The Walrus

And for those of you unfamiliar with the BEatles reference above watch this video below.

Co-Tee TV/Cottonable Christmas Contest Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the third Co-Tee TV/Cottonable Contest! I had a great time checking out all of your favorite Christmas songs!

Anyway, we’ve selected our winner for the Crazy Dog T-Shirts tee, EIO Clothing T-Shirt and the $25 Threadless Gift Certificate and the winners are …. you’ll have to watch the video to find out if you’ve won! Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated!

*Winner have been emailed. If you were on of the winners of the Linty Fresh Prize packs then your prize will be shipped out this week.

Only NY

Looking for an alternative to those I Heart NY tees? Look no further than the Manhattan based indie clotihng brand, Only NY. This NYC streetwear brand has been around since 1997 and heavily feature the Empire State in their designs. Below you’ll find a few of their typographic tees, but they also do graphic illustration designs as well. The tees range from in price from $25 to $32.

“ONLY NY INC. is an independent brand based out of the West side of Manhattan that offers quality goods, released in limited quantity. By combining innovative design with quality apparel, ONLY NY strives to create classic, timeless clothing. Since 1997 we have been heavily involved with NYC’s underground street culture. From years of skateboarding & writing graffiti, to sporting old school Polo and North Face, ONLY NY Embodies our roots and has been 10 years in the making. Our brand represents the hood to Park Ave. and everything in between. If you’re down with New York, your down with ONLY NY.”

Only New York

Only New York

Only New York

Only New York

A Year Of Tees

A Year of Tees is a new web project which promises to deliver a new T-Shirt every day for an entire year. The original plan was to do one shirt a week for an entire week but the site owner decided to attempt the one-a-day model for 2010. In many ways, it’s just like what Chow Hon Lam did with his Flying Mouse 365 Project. My question is, what happens at the end of 2010? Is this just a one year thing?

Every day during 2010 a new t-shirt will be added to the site. Each t-shirt is an original one colour design printed on either a black or a white American Apparel t-shirt and will be available for both guys and girls. All the t-shirts are printed on ethically made, environmentally friendly 100% cotton tshirts. There might be the odd one-off colour design or colour t-shirt thrown in to the mix on special occasions.

The designs so far look a bit lacklusters, I always expect new brands to come out with a big bang whenever unveiling a new line. The first crop of shirts from A Year of Tees seem a bit flat for me. Nothing really screams “AWESOME” just yet but I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for the rest of the year. The shirts are priced at $19.99 a piece and are printed on American Apparel blanks.

A Year of Tees

A Year of Tees

Tetris Taught Me the Fundamentals of Architecture

Here’s yet another excellent shirt from Twitter Tees, the Threadless and Twitter side project, and it’s a shirt that any kid who grew up in the early 90′s with a Gameboy or NES can attest to. It’s called Tetris Taught Me The Fundamentals of Architecture and is an obvious homage to the brick building game that was a gaming and cultural phenomenon. The featured tweet was originally tweeted by @nintechno. You can pick up this shirt from Threadless Twitter Tees for $18.

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Self Portrait + Tree Buddies

Hot off the Milk & Eggs production line are two new tees, Tree Buddies and Self Portrait. Both are two excellent additions to the Milk & Eggs Co. line and retain the simple and fun  look and feel that I appreciate so much. My favorite from the two is Self Portrait because I often find myself in the peculiar position featured on the shirt. And I am not sure if it was intentional or not but I love how the camera looks as if it’s smiling. Do you see it? It’s winking at you.

Both Self Portrait and Tree Buddies are available now from Milk & Eggs Co. for $18 but be sure to use the coupon code “COTY” at checkout and save 10% off of your entire order! The T-Shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks and feature an embroidered tag on the left sleeve.

Self Portrait

Tree Buddies

Cassettes by Upper Playground

Back in the day I used to be all about the mixed tape. I’d have so much fun making my own mixes by recording music off the radio. And then the CD burner was invented and I never looked back. The mp3 has pretty much caused the extinction of the mixed tape (for me at least), although I still consider the iTunes playlist the modern day equivalent of the mixed tape, albeit with less soul. How many of you made your own mixed tapes?

Cassettes comes to us courtesy of Upper Playground and was designed by artist Denis Kennedy. The shirt is available now for $24 in a variety of sizes.

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Sinatra Thermochromatic Prototype

The designer of this T-Shirt, Jayarr Steiner, runs a local screen printing service in Rochester, New York. He sent me a link to a video of this tee that he designed using thermochromatic ink.

“So basically the way this shirt design work is like this: When the wearer’s body is below 90 degrees the design on the left is how it will look. When its above 90 degrees the image of Sinatra will disappear and his tie will turn red. I want you all to know this isnt a concept shirt , i will have a fully functional sample printed by this weekend so if you have any interest in seeing it in action come by the shop!”

But of course, seeing is believing. Check out the video below to see the Sinatra tee appear in full glory.

Frank Sinatra Thermochromatic Shirt

Happy New Year and Hello 2010!

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! I started 2009 off on this blog with a Happy New Year post much like this one. Some of you might remember that in that post I listed 5 goals that I had for my namesake blog. Let’s review my list of 5 goals from 2009 and see if I was able to accomplish them:

1. Increase Unique Readership. The goal was to reach 5,000 unique visitors per month. I reached this goal at around April 2009. Since then, I’ve been averaging 17,000 regular users a month, with a peak of 75,000 in the month of August. Goal accomplished!

2. Increase RSS Subscriptions. I started 2009 off with 50 RSS subscribers. The goal was to reach 300 subscribers by 2010. I currently fluctuate between 500-600 RSS subscribers. Goal accomplished!

3. Keep Up With Content. The goal here was to average 28-30 posts per month. In 2009 I averaged 58 posts per month with a high of 77 posts in June and July and a low of 45 in October and December. Goal accomplished!

4. Network and Build Strong Relationships. The goal here was to connect with different people and brands and stir up some interesting promotions and contests. In 2009 I’ve exchanged countless emails with a ton of indie brands and have held a bunch of contests and giveaways sponsored by some amazing people (you know who you are). Goal accomplished!

5. Guest Blog. So my wishlist of places to guest blog included: Tcritic, Taddict, Hide Your Arms, Cottonable and Troundup. The goal was to guest blog on at least 3 of those 5 blogs. From those 5, I only guest blogged on just one, and that was Cottonable. But the guest blog plan wasn’t entirely a failure! I was able to regularly blog at Tee-Junction and T-Shirt Magazine! Goal semi-accomplished!

So all-in-all, 2009 was a very productive year. I accomplished nearly every goal I set for this blog, which is very, very exciting. But how about 2010? What goals do I have for this blog in the very futuristic sounding Twenty-Ten?

1. Continue to build on goals 1-5 from 2009. I’d like to see unique readership improve from 17,000 to 25,000-30,000 unique visitors. RSS might be going out of fashion but I think that a goal of 750 subscribers is a respectable goal to reach for. As far as content goes, I’d like to not so much focus on amount of posts but more on quality of posts. Having said that, I’d be happy with an average of about 45-50 posts a month. And of course, this blog would be nothing without the great indie clothing brands with which I network with. I’d love to hold a minimum of 12 contests this year. Since the guest blog goal was not fully accomplished, I’d still like to reach this goal. I know that a guest post at HYA might be out of the question (I’ve already spoke to Andy about this and I respect his decision to keep the content on HYA solely his own), but I will still aspire to guest blog at 5 other blogs (none specifically).

2. Continue the tradition of the epic post. So I am not sure how many of you have noticed, but I have been doing a 101 T-Shirt list each month since August. I’d love to continue this tradition and do 12 of these epic posts in 2010 at a rate of one per month. These posts typically take me days to complete, however, the payoff is well worth the sweat.

3. Get cited by a major news source in print and on the web. In 2009 I felt the power of reputable link backs. My list of 101 Science T-Shirts was featured on a tweet by Apple Evangelist and Alltop founder, Guy Kawasaki. This led to a tremendoous flow of traffic to my blog. My Mustache Gift List was cited on the USA Today blog Pop Candy and that drove in a crazy amount of traffic. In 2010, I want to be cited in at least one major news source such as CNN, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC News or NPR in print and on the web.

4. Make at least 5 items go viral. Now by definition, for me, viral means at least 100,000 page views for a given item. That’s a lot of eyeballs for a small niche blog like my own. In 2009, I accomplished this twice with my 101 Science T-Shirts list and with my Sketchy Santa video. The goal here is to more than double the two from 2009 to five in 2010.

5. Have fun. So one thing that I’ve noticed is that since this site has grown to have it’s own online presence, one that involves more than myself and a few friends, I’ve focused a lot of time maintaining the site and keeping up with content. What started as a hobby has sort of turned into a part-time job. Going a day without a post is like missing a day of work. The goal here is to make sure that I continue to have fun maintaining this blog, interacting with my community and writing content. Have fun, Coty. Have fun in 2010.

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