Minimalist Street Fighter

I originally saw this design when it was making the Internet rounds a few weeks ago and I just recently found that it’s now available in T-Shirt form. Needlessy to say, I was super excited because I love the minimalist take on the Street Fighter II characters that I grew up with. The design was done by Ashley Browning and was originally posted on his Flickr page (Flickr member infinitecontinues).

“This is a one-off piece, and a departure from usual Minimalism pieces of mine. This time I just wanted to go really, really basic. Initially, I felt I was creating a Bauhaus/De Stijl inspired piece, but after finishing it, I thought it also looked like the primitive graphics from Atari 2600 or Intellivision consoles.”

Street Fighter II Abstract Edition is available now from MySoti for $19.98.

Minimalist Street Fighter

World Record: Most T-Shirts Put on in One Minute

So this is a neat little video that I spotted over at The Laughing Squid of the world record holder for most T-Shirts put on in on minute. The record is held by Jamie Matter of Wisconsin, United States. And even though it’s not a Guinness World Record (it was submitted and accepted to The Universal Record Database), it’s still pretty interesting, especially for a T-Shirt fanatic like myself.

I will tell you this: I want this record. Seriously, I’m going to go hunting for XL, 2XL and 3XL tees so that I can beat this record of 25 T-Shirts. I’m on it. T-Shirt blogger extraordinaire is not enough for me. I’m gunning for you, Jamie Matter.

Check out the official page for this URDB world record.

As for my record breaking attempt, I will keep you updated.

80’s Filmography

The Chop Shop never fails when designing amazingly iconic T-Shirts! This time, they tackle the 80’s, a decade that was filled with a handful of pop culture icons. With the help of graphic designer Timo Meyer, the Chop Shop takes 22 films and converts them into Foursquare like badges that form an 8. Awesome. Now the only question is, can you figure out the names of all 22 films?

80’s Filmography is available now from the Chop Shop for $20 but you can save 15% by using the coupon code “cotygun” at checkout!

Chop Shop - 80's Filmography

A new approach to the Chop Shop iconic tee. 22 classic 80’s films reduced to symbols and arranged into the form of an eight. A Chop Shop concept designed and executed by Timo Meyer.

Christopher’s Den

I always knew that Christopher Robin secretly wanted to strangle Winnie-the-Pooh. He is constantly getting his head stuck in that darn honey jar – I’d want to strangle him too! Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees took things to the next level and had Winnie-the-Pooh gutted, skinned and turned into a rug suitable for the den of anyone who takes issue with a honey addicted bear who doesn’t like to wear pants.

Pick up Christopher’s Den now from Glennz Tees for $19.95 and give it to that 48 year old Winnie-the-Pooh addict that I know you know.

Christopher's Den

Christopher's Den

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary Collector’s Set

For two years now, Ugmonk has been the go-to-brand for those of us wanting T-Shirts featuring sexy and well thought out typography. I’ve been a fan of Jeff Sheldon since the beginning and have admired his unique style for some time now. To celebrate Ugmonk’s two year anniversary, Sheldon put together an amazing and limited edition box set to commemorate the special occasion. Only 200 of these box sets were made and they feature:

  • 2nd Anniversary tshirt
  • Ugmonk wooden box with wood-burned logo
  • Ugmonk laser-etched and numbered wooden coin
  • Ugmonk sticker
  • Signed 2nd Anniversary collector’s card

I am very much itching to get my hands on one of these boxes, especially since I love dissecting and examining custom T-Shirt packaging. This is as custom as custom gets, and I am indeed lusting over it.

The Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary Collector’s Set is available now for purchase for $50, but you can save 20% off of your entire order by using the coupon code “TWOYEARS” at checkout. If you plan on taking advantage of the 20% off discount code then you better do so quickly because it expires on August 31, 2010!

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Ugmonk 2nd Anniversary

Unstoppable Andy

A few weeks ago I blurted out on Twitter that I was super excited about an upcoming T-Shirt that was inspired by my words and a particular blog post of mine. Well, after much self-inflicted anticipation, the shirt has finally been released! The shirt is called Unstoppable Andy, and it was designed by George Soto and comes to us from the guys that brought us the popular exploded tees and more recently, the string of Android inspired shirts.

So how did my words turn into a T-Shirt design?

Prior to Unstoppable Andy, the exploded design team, spearheaded by Dion Brigs, released a tee entitled Andy vs. Apple. It was meant to be a pro Android design. But as would any Mac faithful, I turned things around and poked fun at clunky, slow and chubby Andy the Android. I even compared him to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. Here’s an excerpt:

“Some might see this shirt as a pro Android tee. You might see Andy breaking loose and attacking the Apple way. Not me. No way! To me, Andy, that green Andoid character is much like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from Ghostbusters. Big, fat, and slow. Sound familiar? If so, because those are all characters that both the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Android OS and its various handsets have in common. Think Droid X. Big and slow. Yuck.

And at the end of the day, what happened to the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man? He died a horrible death. Apple might not have proton packs to destroy big and fat Andy, but what they do have is even better. It’s called Rabid Apple Fans. Myself included.

To me, I see here Apple fighting quite valiantly. They are the good guys. They are fighting the big battle against the fat and ugly Marshmallow known as Andy. Fight that fight, Apple. Keep on fighting.”

Well, the exploded guys read my words and a light bulb turned on. The above words would make for an insanely great and epic Steve Jobs vs. Android T-Shirt design! And so they ran with it. They kept me in the loop with the progress of the design and even sent me a few sketches of the unfinished design as it progressed. Needless to say, I was super stoked and excited!

Am I happy with the final product? Heck yeah. And who cares if this one was made with the Android crowd in mind. Steve Jobs is badass here. And remember what happened to the Stay Puft Marshmellow man? He went kaput!

Unstoppable Andy is available now in T-Shirt and poster form for $19.

Unstoppable Andy

Unstoppable Andy

And here is the original sketch that got me super excited!

Unstoppable Andy

BOOBIES and BOOBLESS!

I’m pretty sure that I learned how to do this sometime during the 2nd grade. Yes, immaturity begins to set in at around that time. And of course, the fascinations boys have with boobs start much earlier than you ladies think. In fact, I remember there being an entire formula of pluses and minuses, complete with a full story. And when you hit the equal sign, you’d get …. BOOBLESS (spelled out in upside down digits). But alas, I can’t remember the exact story that I used to tell when showing off the BOOBLESS trick.

Fortunately for us, we have the magic of Google! I found there to be multiple variations of the BOOBIES calculator trick, but I can’t remember if these were the ones that I had learned as a kid. In any case, enjoy!

BOOBLESS Calculator trick instructions:

  1. There once was a girl with 69 boobs. (Type 69 into the calculator.)
  2. She had too, too, too many. (Type 2 three times.)
  3. She went to 51 St. to see Dr X. (Type 51 and a times sign.)
  4. He gave her 8 operations. (Type eight and the equals sign.)
  5. And in the end she was boobless. (Turn the calculator upside down it should read, Boobless.)

The latest tee from NerdyShirts reminded me of this nifty trick. And although the calculator on this tee spells out BOOBIES instead of BOOBLESS, it’s still hilariously awesome. Buy one now from NerdyShirts for $19.95.

BOOBIES Nerdy Shirts

Co-Tee TV Episode 73: Play Ball, Verde Styles and The Last Flight

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Play Ball by Fur Face Boy and review The Last Flight by Verde Styles, a brand that is doing its part in the world by delivering a line of meaningful products that carry with them the message of “change.”

Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:

  • Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
  • Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
  • Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
  • Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
  • Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes

Verde Styles Pepsi Refresh Everything

Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod, iPhone or iPad by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Facebook Like Co-Tee TV

Coty’s Thoughts:

The Last Flight by Verde Styles. Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time. Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.

“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”

coteetv-73-6

coteetv-73-7

coteetv-73-8

coteetv-73-9

FFB Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.

coteetv-73-4

coteetv-73-5

coteetv-73-1

coteetv-73-2

coteetv-73-3

Also mentioned in this episode:

NBA Mega Trades: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade

If you want to send me a product to review, please feel free to do so. You can find my information in the contact menu above. Thanks!


Cute microbes on sale

The Seal of Dreams

Dreams are a funny thing. For some people, dreams tend unravel quickly. For others, dreams take some time and come true at the most surprising of moments. For Carlos J. EasyBake, Oven Fresh Dreams is a dream in progress that was born out of his passion for baking, tattoos and T-Shirts. Oven Fresh Dreams was inspired by clothing lines such as Paul Frank, Johnny Cupcakes, and Benny Gold, with the hope of intertwining the t-shirt, tattoo, and baking community.

I had the opportunity to meet up with Mr. EasyBaske on a recent visit to New York and he invited me to meet up with him at the bakery that he works at. We chatted about out common interests: T-Shirts and food! It was awesome to learn that Carlos was a foodie like myself and I had a great time picking Carlos’ brain on all things food and restaurant related in NYC. We even had a chance to stop by a few of his recommended dining spots, and of course, they were amazing experiences. The one thing that I did get from my visit with Carlos was that his passion for the things that he loves (baking, tees, family) is 100% pure.

The big dream for Carlos is to one day open his own bake shop, and fuse T-Shirt and skate culture into it. The Seal of Dreams T-Shirt is an indication that Mr. EasyBake is taking the right steps into the right direction. He has done a great job at branding Oven Fresh Dreams so far (he has over 1600 fans on Facebook) and has made connections with some amazing people within the T-Shirt community, like Nicolo Nimor of Nick Automatic, who designed one of his first collaboration tees.

“This shirt represents the dreams we carry with us every day. Oven Fresh Dreams is much more than a baking, lifestyle company. It’s a movement that embraces individuality & achieving anything we put our minds to. By wearing this shirt you’re letting everyone know you’re not afraid to take risks because you’re a dreamer!”

The Seal of Dreams is printed on a white American Apparel tee and is available now from Oven Fresh Dreams for $15.99. Go pick one up now and start to make your dreams a reality!

Oven Fresh Dreams

Oven Fresh Dreams

A Visit To Jon Wye’s New York City Boutique

I’ve been a fan of Jon Wye since he first contacted me in 2008 when I was just starting out with this blog. He was one of the first guys that saw potential in my website and he even sent me one of his custom leather belts for me to check out and review. I was a newbie to the blog scene back then and so it was a bit more difficult to get products to review than it is for me now. Needless to say, I was blown away by his generosity and by the fact that he was excited by my site and what I was doing.

Since then, I’ve been following the Jon Wye brand and have provided updates here whenever possible. The most exciting news from Jon Wye recently was the opening of his brick and mortar shop in the Flatiron district of New York City. It’s a little boutique that is located inside The Limelight, an old church that has been converted into a three story market space for fledgling creatives and entrepreneurs.

Jon Wye is known for his custom made leather belts and his store has every variety that you could ever want. It’s an eclectic style that will appease anyone who is looking for complimentary accessories that do not comply with the status quo. Jon Wye is much more than the status quo, he is original and his products inspire creativity.

Unfortunately, neither Jon nor his right hand man, Jeff, was there when I stopped by. However, the nice young lady that was manning the store was quite nice. I told her that I knew Jon and that I had blogged about his products in the past. She was more than happy to allow me to snap photos of his shop and I was more than happy to snap away.

The shop itself is amazing. I shouldn’t be too surprised considering Jon has an impeccable eye for detail and perfection. It’s a small space but it is pretty grand. There’s a fireplace in the shop and also a cheeky little painting of Jon that graces you as you walk up the steps to his shop. And of course, you’ll find all of his T-Shirts and belts neatfully displayed against the walls. Located on the top floor, it is as if the Jon Wye shop is the centerpiece of The Limelight. When you first enter the old church and then look up, the bold red and yellow Jon Wye insignia just captures you.

If you are ever in New York City and have any interest in T-Shirts and/or quality leather products, then Jon Wye is a must stop destination. Tell him that I said hi!

Jon Wye
656 Avenue of the Americas
3rd Fl Limelight Marketplace
Manhattan, NY 10011
Neighborhood: Flatiron

JonWye-NYC-01

JonWye-NYC-02

JonWye-NYC-11

JonWye-NYC-10

JonWye-NYC-03

JonWye-NYC-04

JonWye-NYC-05

[Read more…]