Co-Tee TV Episode 58: RIPT Apparel, Oye Apparel and Monkey Bananas

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear a RIPT Apparel logo tee and review I’m Going Bananas by Oye Apparel, a tshirt company designed with the world in mind. Oye stands for Open Your Eyes, and in Spanish, oye means something like “hey!” in English. Oye Apparel’s mission is to show the world that if you open your eyes and really examine the world around you, you’ll discover that’s it’s really not a bad place to be.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

I’m Going Bananas by Oye Apparel. Pros: I’m Going Bananas comes shipped in a basic white mailers but comes packaged with a few notable items such as a chupa chups lollipop and stickers. T-Shirt is tagless and features a screen printed label on the neck area with the brands logo and sizing/washing information. If you enjoy bright, fun colors and large illustrations then you’ll enjoy this T-Shirt. Design is printed on an American Apparel blank  so that is a plus. Very reasonably priced. Cons: The print is not super thick but it’s not super soft, it’s somewhere in between, still, it’s very wearable. Price: $10.00.

monkeyclose

RIPT Apparel Logo by RIPT Apparel. Pros: This is your standard logo tee, so if you like RIPT and you like logo only tees then you’ll surely appreciate this shirt. Cons: Unfortunately, the shirt is no longer for sale. As with all RIPT Apparel tees, shirts are available only for a 24 hour period. Price: $10 (No longer available for sale).

RIPT Apparel

Also mentioned in this episode:

Rest In Peace Tees

Compete-tee-tion

The Printed Mind

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Philadelphia/San Francisco Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to Philadelphia and San Francisco. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date  on what I’m up to and what tees I’m wearing! If you want to check out the tee that I wore, just click on the orange links.

Arrival/Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: Dance Party Massacre by Dance Party Massacre

The thing about flying from Hawaii to the east coast of the United States is that it takes a very, very  long time. It took us 5 hours to fly to from Honolulu to San Francisco and then 5 more hours to fly from San Francisco to Philadelphia. We left Honolulu at 6:45 am Saturday morning and arrived at our final destination at 1:00 am the next day. After an eventful “taxi ride” from the airport to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and despite our hunger, we quickly … fell … asleep.

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: I’ve Just Developed A Theory That Proves I’m Not A Nerd by Made With Awesome

Despite an uneventful first day spent flying the friendly skies, our first full day in Philadelphia was action packed. We started the day at 9:00 am by walking from the Loews hotel to the Independence Visitor Center to pick up our tickets to tour Independence Hall. With a 10:20 am tour time, we had some time to spare, so we headed to Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop for a classic diner breakfast. I had one of their specials, which consisted of pancakes, sausage and two eggs. Michelle had the same, minus the eggs. The pancakes were so good, fluffy and oh so tasty.

Independence Hall

After breakfast, we rushed off to Independence Hall to make our 10:20 am tour time. We just made it. Actually, we were a minute late and the tour had already started. One of the park rangers (yes, it’s a National History Park), had to usher us in to meet up with our tour. The tour was an interesting one with a lot of historical facts intertwined. The State House is where the dream of a free country of independent citizens materialized. Here, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were scribed. I was totally channeling the inner Benjamin Franklin in me.

Liberty Bell

From the Liberty Bell, we headed to the final resting spot of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground. We both tossed a penny onto his grave, as it was akin to tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain. After we tossed our pennies, a worker came to collect the coins and we overheard him mention that they annually receive $4000 worth of pennies. Neat! When someone asked him why people tossed pennies versus other coins, another visitor recounted one of Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts: A penny saved is a penny earned.

By this time, our hunger had been growing, so we set out for Jim’s Steaks which is considered to be better than the famed Geno’s and Pat’s by many locals that I’ve spoken with. So to South Philly we went, in search for my first taste of a real Philly Cheesteak. I was excited. The line at Jim’s was, as expected, very long. It took us about 20 minutes before we were able to place our order. Michelle and I shared a Philly Cheesesteak with Wiz and Mushrooms. I’m not the greatest onion fan, so we left that out. The restaurant was packed so we ended up standing and eating at one of the counters upstairs. The cheesesteak was amazingly good. The bread was soft and the cheese wiz was the perfect complement to the very tasty steak. I now know why Philly Cheesesteaks are world renown. They’re so good!

Jim's Steaks Philly Cheesesteak

And as if we needed more food, we then headed to Isgro’s Pastries where they’ve been making cannolis for over 100 years. The bakery was filled with so many baked goodies that I almost went into a sugar shock before taking a bite into my cannoli! We ordered some cookies (Cherry Garcia, Rocky Road and Chocolate Chip Ricotta) and of course, two chocolate chip cannolis!

Isgro's Cannoli's

With no place to sit and enjoy our cannolis we decided that we’d make Reading Terminal our unofficial Isgro eating spot, as we had also gone to Chinatown. We’ll be visiting Reading Terminal on another day for a more thorough visit. Today, we just needed a place to eat our cannolis! Once we devoured the cannolis we went straight to our hotel for some rest before dinner at Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant. On a side note, while we were totally enjoying our delicious cannolis, an inquisitive wanderer stopped by, wondering where in Reading Terminal she could purchase the same cannoli. Unfortunately we had to tell her that we picked them up at Isgro’s. She left sad. And without a cannoli.

Alright, you might think that with all the food we had up to this point, we would be quite stuffed. Rubbish! We were both so excited to dine at Morimoto, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s sleek namesake restaurant on 7th and Chesnut. The food did not disappoint. Michelle decided on the Morimoto tempura to start and the seafood toban yaki. I decided on the 7 course Morimoto omakase, the chef’s choice multi-course tasting menu designed to allow you to experience the essence of Morimoto’s menu. It was worth the 80 bucks because at the end of the day, I’m not a raw fish fan but somehow, Morimoto made me fall in love with raw fish. I left full and satisfied.

Morimoto's

Morimoto's

Morimoto's

And finally, Michelle and I put together a little photo slideshow of our first full day in sunny Philadelphia! Enjoy. You can also check out these photos on my Flickr.

Co-Tee TV Episode 57: Fuzzy Ink, Dream Gold and Sharks With Biceps

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Am The Walrus and the Fuzzy Ink Striking Zip-Up and review Aqua Biceps from Dream Gold a brand with a mission to share with the world: It’s not about being born into royalty, it’s about seeing it, feeling it, and being it.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Aqua Biceps by Dream Gold. Pros: The Dream Gold Aqua Biceps tee comes packaged in a very regal gold mailer which is a very nice branding touch. The shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks so you know that I’m a fan of the fit and feel of the shirt. Aqua Biceps is tagless for itch free comfort and features a (rather large) screen printed label. The shirt features a fun and youthful design which will appeal to those who like bright colors and illustrations. The print is large and soft to the touch. Included with the tee were some Dream Gold Buttons and Dream Gold chocolates, embossed with the Dream Gold logo on the foil wrapping – so neat! Cons: Cons? I’ve got none other than that the design falls under the you love it or hate it category and I ended up loving it. Price: $19.95 but use coupon code “COTY” for 15% off your entire purchase.

Aqua Biceps

This is typically where you’d find a gallery of product shots. Unfortunately, I left those at home on my external drive :( . Will upload them when I get back home from vacation!

I Am The Walrus by Fuzzy Ink. Pros: Such a fun design! I love it so much, I want to be walrus just so I could be as cool as the walrus featured on the shirt! And as if the shirt was not enough, it comes packed with a faux mustache and Fuzzy Ink stickers! And did I mention that I Am The Walrus is printed on an American Apparel tee? Cons: No cons, this shirt has my approval, all 100% of it! Price: $21 but use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your entire purchase.

I Am The Walrus

Also mentioned in this episode:

Fuzzy Ink Striking Zip Up

Michael J. Fox

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Fuzzy Ink Spring 2010 Release + An Odd Video of Me

A few days ago I gave you a sneak peak of the Spring 2010 Fuzzy Ink line. Well, they finally released their goods and all I need to say is WOW – it’s just the thing that I need for my mustache fix. If you don’t already know, I’ve got a thing for mustaches, as this list of 101 Weird Mustache Products will attest.

Back to the T-Shirts. The new Spring line is huge! It features a whopping 10 new shirts for both men and women, with gender specific styles. Because, well, when it comes to mustaches you kind of need to be a tad bit less obvious for the ladies. They like subtle things. This might be Fuzzy Ink’s first line specifically for the ladies, but I have to say that it looks like they know what they are doing! Oh yeah, and if you’re a girl that doesn’t care about being subtle, most of the designs on the men side are also available in woman crew neck sizes. Guy’s, sorry, but you can’t have the lady specific designs.

My favorites from the spring line? I really like the blue Look Ma No Hands bicycle T-Shirt as well as the Sonic The Hedgehog inspired Housebroken shirt. On the ladies side, I really think that Sea Smooch is uber cute!

The shirts are priced from $21 to $26 and are available now for purchase. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” at checkout for a splendid 10% off of your entire order!

Fuzzy Ink

Whales

Fuzzy Ink

Fuzzy Ink

John from Fuzzy Ink sent over this photo of his living room in its current state. Hmmm…I’m thinking 1. that’s a lot of T-Shirts, and 2. it would kind of be difficult to watch March Madness. Want to help Fuzzy Ink get their living room in order? Buy a T-Shirt!

Fuzzy Ink

Oh, and here’s an outtake from Episode 57 of Co-Tee TV. The episode hasn’t been released yet but I thought I’d share with you this fun tidbit. To get myself in the mood to review I Am The Walrus, I just had to listen to the classic Beatles song of the same name.

Fullbleed Series 10

Designer Rob Dobi just released Series 10 of his Fullbleed line and I have to admit that it doesn’t disappoint. Dobi has a specific style, he does not rely on other artist for his brand, instead he relies on his own imagination and design skills to bring his concepts to life on T-Shirts. Fullbleed, which originally started as a side project of Dobi’s, has now become his full-time job. It’s easy to see why.

Series 10 consists of 10 new tees, a new hoodie and three silk-screened prints. It looks like nearly half of the T-Shirt line consists of prints on American Apparel Tri-Blend shirts. I’m a huge Tri-Blend fan so this is a welcome inclusion. The shirts are priced from $18-$20, with the hoodie priced at $40, and the prints $18.

Fullbleed Series 10

Rob Dobi also had one of his design selected for print at the popular T-Shirt contest site, Design By Humans. Gateway is available now from Design By Humans for $19.

Gateway By Rob Dobi Design By Humans

Control 71

Our Android friends over at The Dept has just released their latest and greatest tee, Control 71. Buy this shirt, put it on and keep an eye on your control panels. As with all shirtd from The Dept, Control 71 was created, designed, and silk-screened by graphic designer Richard Leighton.

Control 71 is printed on an American Apparel blank, is available in three different colorways and can be purchased now for $20.

Control 71

Control 71

SXSW 2010: A Haven for Geeky and Techie T-Shirts!

So the Interactive portion of the SXSW Festival has come and gone. I wasn’t able to attend this year but I did have a blast shirt spotting vicariously through other peoples Flickr uploads! Ahh, the wonder of the Internet!

The purpose of shirt spotting SXSW 2010 was not just to find geeky tees but also so that I could share information on new startups that you would rather not have heard of. In the process, I also became exposed to a bunch of new blogs via the profiles of the various Flickr users from who I got the photos from. Putting this collection together took a lot of time, but at the end of the day, it was totally worth it!

Here’s full collection of all 83 shirts spotted at the 2010 SXSW Interactive Festival! I thought I’d consolidate my 5 daily recap posts into one humungous list post!

SXSW T-Shirt Sightings

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites! Was there a startup tee that caught your eye? What do you think of all the Threadless sightings? Do you know of a shirt that should be added to this list? Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

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Day 1 SXSW T-Shirt Sightings:

1. Google Bike Maps, photo by Hugger Industries. The Googlers that made the Bike Maps are riding around SXSW in these awesome tees – I want one so bad! Visit Google Bike Maps and Bike Hugger.

Google Bike Maps

2. Under Pressure Screen Printing, photo by KXAN. Under Pressure Screen Printing doing their thing at the Ustream Breakthrough Party. The event featured performances by the band Gym Class Heroes with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy hosting the festivities. Visit Under Pressure Screen Printing and Ustream.

Under Pressure Screen Printing

3. Jon Carroll of Gowalla, photo by hawaii. Jon Carroll of Gowalla sits down for a chat over some Mexican Coke and Gowalla swag at Juan Pelota Cafe at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. Visit Gowalla and the Hawaii Weblog.

Gowalla

4. The Startup Bus, photos by dekrazee1. The Startup Bus is the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, an Australian now living in America. The original concept was for 12 strangers to board a bus in San Francisco – and at 60 miles an hour and over 48 hours – they were to conceive, build and launch 3 tech startups in time for a SxSW party in Austin. BTW, looks like Storenvy is one of the sponsors – cool! Visit The Startup Bus.

The Startup Bus

The Startup Bus

5. Other Inbox, photo by dekrazee1. OtherInbox, Inc. is an Austin-based company that builds technology to automatically organize emails from online shopping and social networking sites. This puts consumers in control but also creates unique opportunities for improving the relevance and targeting of email marketing. Visit OtherInBox.

Other Inbox

Other Inbox

6. No More Servers (Rackspace Hosting), photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Rackspace Hosting plans to unleash their next big reveal that will “revolutionize the music industry and their artists’ experience.” The Rackspace Revolution Rock Party is set for March 15 at SXSW.Visit Rackspace Hosting and Laughing Squid.

No More Servers

7. Fork You, photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Here’s Charlie O’Donnell from First Round Capitol, a venture capitol firm , sporting a cool Fork You Shirt. Buy Fork You from RubyRags. Visit First Round Capitol and Laughing Squid.

Fork You

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SXSW 2010 T-Shirt Sightings (Day 5)

And so SXSW Interactive comes to an end. And although I was not able to attend the festival this year, I was still able to shirt spot from the comfort of my leather chair here in lovely Honolulu, Hawaii. I hope to make it out to Austin one of these days for the SXSW festival, until then, enjoy these 14 shirts!

I surely hope that you enjoyed all of this SXSW shirt spotting because I sure did! What did you guys think of it? I obviously love tech and startup culture, should I start to infuse more of that into this blog? Let me know what you think! Now back to our regular programming….

SXSW T-Shirt Sightings

*All photos belong to their respective owners.

Day 5 SXSW T-Shirt Sightings:

1. Alltop, photo by Jim @TechFrog Alden. Alltop tracks all of the best stories in every possible category that you can think of – even T-Shirts. By the way, did you know that my 101 Bacon List was recently feature on the Alltop blog, Holy Kaw? Visit Alltop.

Alltop

2. A Simple Plan, photo submitted by Neil Gregory. Not a day has gone by SXSW that I have not spotted a Threadless tee and day 45 is no different! Buy A Simple Plan from Threadless. Visit Threadless and Intel Blogs.

Space Invaders

3. Chicken George, photo by Jim @TechFrog Alden. DJ Chicken George’s (CG) unique “Jazztronica” style of incorporating and fusing diverse genres of music has granted him several international appearances in Sweden, Paris, Amsterdam, Vancouver, the Middle East and across the U.S. Buy the DJ Chicken George shirt. Visit DJ Chicken George.

DJ Chicken George

4. Outright, photo by Keith Burtis. Streamlining the work involved with working for yourself, Outright.com will help you pay the right taxes, simplify record keeping, and keep your business on track and growing. Visit Outright.

Ouright

5. Obviously Pleased With Self, photo by Brianfit. Now that is a cool shirt being worn by Rod Begbie, senior software engineer and sheep herder at Slide, makers of the finest social networking gizmos and distractions. Buy Obviously Pleased With Self from The Feed Store. Visit Brian Fitzgerald’s site, Groovy Mother and Slide.

Obviously Pleased With Self

6. Wolf Parade, photo by adrants. Adrants provides marketing and advertising news. It provides insightful, informed, experiential, no holds barred commentary on the state of the advertising and media industries. Visit Wolf Parade and AdRants.

Wolf Parade

7. Rackspace Revolution, photo by Rackspace. Get Dedicated Server and Managed Server Hosting Services backed by 100% Network Uptime Guarantee & Fanatical support at Rackspace Hosting. Visit Rackspace.

Rackspace Revolution

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It’s Toile About You Giveaway Winner!

Did you leave a comment on my interview with 2009 Threadless Bestees Design of the Year award winner, Emmy Cicierega, in hopes of winning the $25 Threadless Gift Certificate so that you can buy your own copy of It’s Toile About You? Well, I know who the winner is and if you want to know you’ve got to watch the video below!

If you were the winner then expect to receive an email from me soon!

Didn’t win? You can still buy It’s Toile About You from Threadless for $20.

It's Toile About You

It's Toile About You

Fuzzy Ink Sneak Peak

So our friends over at Fuzzy Ink are getting ready for a big release this Wednesday and they sent over two sneak mustache peaks for you guys to drool over! For the first time ever, Fuzzy Ink will be releasing a line especially made for the ladies! And let me tell you, I’ve seen it and I dig it. Of course, the fellas won’t be left out – they’ve got a bunch of sonic surprises up your alley! Mustaches fans rejoice, because the latest release from Fuzzy Ink will not disappoint!

And let’s not forget the Fuzzy Ink Spring Cleaning Sale! A wide selection of Fuzzy Ink tees have been reduced to $12 less so buy them now because once they’re gone, you won’t be seeing them again. Hint: use the coupon code Hawaii for an extra 10% off your entire order!

Fuzzy Ink

Fuzzy Ink