Land of the Free: Official Threadless TSA Airport Body Scanning T-Shirt

You can always rely on Threadless when it comes to being on top of popular culture, even if it has to do with the newly implemented and controversial TSA airport security guidelines. This shirt seems like it came out of nowhere, I just spotted it a few hours ago on the left sidebar of the Threadless homepage. The T-Shirt was designed by photographer David Vincent Wolf, who, upon closer examination of his Threadless profile just became a member of the popular T-Shirt site less than a week ago.

Interestingly, Gizmodo posted the Land of the Free image seen on the Threadless T-Shirt in a blog post and said:

“Someone should make T-shirts with this image and sell them at airports. With a TSA logo on the back.”

Land of the Free obviously pokes fun at the incredible PR nightmare that is the US Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. Over the last week, there have been countless nightmarish TSA stories that have been spreading online. The stories range from the ability for the new body scanners to save nude photos to the cancer survivor who had a pat down that caused his urostromy (urine) bag to leak and spill all over his pants to the little boy that was stripped and given a pat down.

The stoic image on this T-Shirt sums up this whole messed up situation. Is losing our rights and liberties every time that we travel worth it?

Land of the Free is available now from Threadless for $18.

Image via Gizmodo.

Massive List of Black Friday T-Shirt Deals and Steals

Well you guys requested it and the Massive List of Black Friday Deals and Steals is here! I’ve been getting a lot of email and tweets from people asking me to either post about their Black Friday sale or whether or not I would do a list of Black Friday deals. I was going to wait until Thanksgiving, but since a few of these can be had RIGHT NOW and since the deals are already floating around the Internet (see Emptees and Hide Your Arms), I decide against waiting.

In any case, here you go, the annual list of Black Friday Deals and Steals! I’ll be updating this post as the week progresses and more sales pop up. If you’ve got a Black Friday sale planned or you’re already doing something then be sure to let me know and I will post it. ALL the sales is also viewable on the “SALE” page in the menu, which I brought back for the holiday season. Enjoy!

[Updated 11/25/2010 at 4:47 am HST)

Jon Wye: 20% off everything (11/29/2010), Tuesday: 15% off everything (11/30/2010), Wednesday – Friday: 10% off everything; use the coupon code “HOLIDAYBOOTY” to score these deals (Expires November 3, 2010)

Stove Monkey: Get both Ideas In Food Shirts for $30 (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

Indivisual Clothing: 50% off entire order with the coupon code “indvslhol2010″ (Ongoing)

Sistine: 20% off all items with the coupon code “FADE2BLACK” (Expires November 28, 2010)

Nerdy Shirts: 40% Off the Nerdy Shirts seen below (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

Disturbia Clothing: 30% off entire order during Black Friday with the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” and 20% off the rest of the weekend (Expires November 28, 2010)

Awaken Clothing: 20% off all T-Shirts with the promo code “twentyoff” and all tees are discounted to $12.00! (Expires November 26, 2010)

Oven Fresh Dreams: 25% off your entire order with the coupon code “TOFURKY” (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

Fur Face Boy: Free shipping, all mens tees priced at $19.99 or lower, all girls tees priced at $12.99. Free Tote Bags on orders of $50 or more. Limited Edition Metallic Chain Tee Release (only 30 printed) (Expires November 29, 2010)

The Dept: Free Worldwide Shipping on all orders (Expires December 14, 2010)

Palmer Cash: 20% off the entire store with the coupon code “TURKEY”; starts 11/24/2010 (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

Branded Baron: 40% off your entire order with the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” (Expires November 28, 2010)

World Class Revivals: $15 T-Shirts plus free shipping; starts 11/24/2010 (Expires November 27, 2010)

Agape Attire: 25% off your entire order with the coupon code “TURKEY”, plus orders over $100 receive a free Believer bracelet (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

Antisparkle Apparel: 30% off your entire order with the coupon code “STARPOWER” (Expires November 29, 2010)

Donkey Tees: Buy 3 T-Shirts and get a $20 Gift Certificate (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

FAQ Clothing: 30% off your entire order with the coupon code “thanksfaq” (Expires November 28, 2010)

Lady Umbrella: 30% off items plus free shipping with the coupon code “”blackfriday30″! (Expires Midnight November 29, 2010)

Diamond Head Clothing: 30% off your entire order with the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” (Ongoing November 25-26, 2010)

Sock Monkee: 10% off your entire order with the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” (Expires November 29, 2010)

Rise To Glory Clothing: Use the coupon code “RTGBLACKFRIDAY” (Expires November 27, 2010)

Swallows & Daggers: 48 Hour Sale wit all T-Shirts priced at £8 (Ongoing November 25-26, 2010)

Make Beats Not Beat Downs: All T-Shirts $7 (Ongoing November 26, 2010)

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Who’s Who: All 11 Incarnations of Doctor Who on 1 T-Shirt

Warning, this next sentence will sound very bad to many of you and I apologize in advance. I have never watched a single episode, or even a seen single frame of anything Dr. Who related.

There, I said. Does that make me a bad person? Probably. Especially since I like to think of myself as someone that stays on top of all thing pop culture related.

Shame. On Me.

OK, now that I’ve got that off of my back, let’s talk a little bit about this “soon to be gone” gem from TeeFury. The shirt is called Who’s Who and it features all 11 incarnations of Doctor Who on a single T-Shirt. The shirt, which will only be available for 24 hours TODAY (and at the time of this post, there is just 18 hours left) is available for sale now at TeeFury for just $9. Rad. Even though I have no connection whatsoever to Dr. Who. You might then wonder “Rad? How so?” How is it that someone who has no connection to Dr. Who would consider a Dr. Who shirt rad. Well, it’s all in the process. And designer Ian Leino shared some of the process that went into making Who’s Who. The amount of research and though that he put into this one T-Shirt design is pretty fucking rad and well worth 9 bucks.

Buy Who’s Who at Teefury Now.

TIP: To coincide with the release of Who’ Who, Ian Leino is offering 15% off at his online shop by using the coupon code “WHOSWHO” at checkout!

“Who’s Who combines my love of Dr. Who with my fond remembrance of high school and college stunts to show what would happen if ALL ELEVEN incarnations of the Doctor tried to cram into the TARDIS at the same time.”

“The first stage for almost any of my work is to do some deep research into the project. For this design, I wanted to ensure that I got all of the details right for each Doctor including facial mannerisms and costumes, so I pulled lots of reference images.”

“As much as possible, I tried to use existing photos as references for the Doctors’ expressions, but for a few of them I just couldn’t find the look I needed. For those, I took reference pictures of myself and used those as a positioning guide to be able to draw their features into the expressions I needed. Once I was happy with their likenesses, I combined them with my earlier sketches in Photoshop, then printed out the new image and took it to my lightbox for inking.”

“Now that everything was drawn, I combined the two inked images in Photoshop and after much tinkering was able to get the palette down to 5 colors for printing. I separated the colors, prepped the file, sent it in to TeeFury and if you like it, now you can wear it on your body!”

Slaughterhouse Five: So It Goes

Remember out friends over at Kafkacotton? I interviewed the founder way back in Indie Tee Spotlight #27, he was the guy that travelled around the country in a life-sized cockroach costume named Gregor. It looks like Kafkacotton is back with another literary T-Shirt classic. This time, it’s the Kurt Vonnegut classic Slaughterhouse-Five that is being featured on the latest Kafkacotton tee.

I must admit that I am guilty of never reading Vonnegut’s classic. Then again, there’s a lot that I haven’t read. Maybe it’s available as a free download in the Apple Bookstore or on Amazon.

“When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in a bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is “so it goes.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five is available now from Kafkacotton for $24 and all order will receive free shipping until December 24th!

It’s About Time + Half Full

Whenever our pals over at Ugmonk release a new tee, I get ape happy. I’m a huge fan. So can you imagine how excited I was when they recently unveiled three new items, including a new tee design, their first long sleeve shirt, and an … And Then I Woke Up mug! Seriously, I’m already a fan of Ugmonk’s timeless And Then I Woke design, but … a mug! Right, I’m sure a mug is not a big deal to many of you. For me, however, this mug is awesome because 1. I already own the And Then I Woke Up tee in two different colorways (and if Ugmonk were to add more colorsways I’d probably get those as well) and 2. I’m a drink fanatic, a lover of all things liquid and I even blog about drink culture. As you can see, this new mug is kind of a big deal for me.

Enough about THE mug.

It’s About Time is a great addition to the already splendid Ugmonk line. It sort of reminds me of a mashup of Path To Nowhere and There’s More To Life. I like it. As far as that long sleeve goes, pfft! I live in Hawaii – it never gets cold enough here to warrant the use of a long sleeve T-Shirt! Ugmonk, I say bring on the Raglans!

It’s About Time, Half Full and the And Then I Woke Up Mug are priced at $24, $28, and $14 respectively. Remember to use the coupon code COTY09 at checkout to score yourself 10% off your entire order at Ugmonk!

5 Threadless Secrets and Hacks Revealed: See It All and Earn Extra StreetTeam Points!

Threadless: it’s fun and it’s social. It also has its secrets. In this post I reveal a few of my favorite Threadless “secrets” and “hacks” so that you can save some extra cash on some fresh new tees. How does $2 for a Threadless tee sound? I’ll also show you how you can give YOURSELF a few extra StreetTeam Points every time you make a purchase!

1. See Every Threadless T-Shirt, Ever [Secret]

That’s right, you can view every T-Shirt that Threadless has released in chronological order by visiting this page right here. They don’t advertise this page in any way (you won’t be able to find it within their site menus or navigation system, but nonetheless, it’s there if you get the inkling to stroll down memory lane. By the way, if you really want the scoop on the earliest Threadless tees, the best thing to do is to pick up a copy of the official Threadless Book (read my review). The retail price is $22 but you can get it for $15 from Threadless directly, it’s even cheaper than Amazon! Tip: Apply Hack #3 below and the book becomes $12.

2. Score a $7 Threadless coupon [Hack]

Coupon codes are hard to come by when it comes to Threadless. Googling “Threadless Coupon Code” will probably results in a bunch of expired coupon codes that simply do not work. BUT I know how YOU can score a $7 Threadless coupon code.

In order to score the $7 Threadless coupon, you must sign up for the Threadless Newsletter using the sign up box see in the image below. You’re already receiving the newsletters and have been for a while now? That’s not a problem, just sign up again and you will still get the $7 coupon, even if you’ve previously signed up for the newsletter. They’ll send you a confirmation email with the $7 coupon – zing! And don’t worry about SPAM because Threadless doesn’t SPAM, but do expect a newsletter from them every Monday and Thursday regarding new tees. Of course, you could always sign up for the newsletter, score the $7 coupon and then unsubscribe from the newsletter.

3. Give YOURSELF Threadless StreetTeam points [Hack]

Threadless has an affiliate system that they call StreetTeam Points. Basically, every time you refer a sale, you get Threadless StreetTeam Points. More specifically, you get 2 StreetTeam points ($3) credited to your account (you can see how many StreetTeam Points you’ve accrued in your account page on the Threadless website) for every sale that you refer to Threadless. Neat, but what if you buy more Threadless tees than your friends do? The thing is that the system doesn’t care whether or not it’s you or a friend making a purchase. So every time you make a Threadless purchase be sure to give YOURSELF some Streetteam Points. How? Let’s say you want the awesome Three Keyboard Cat Moon T-Shirt. The link that you see on the product page is:

http://www.threadless.com/product/1960/Three_Keyboard_Cat_Moon

Now before you click “Add To Cart”, you want to be sure to append your StreetTeam information to the url. My Streetteam info is ?streetteam=iCoty so if I add this to the url above, I get:

http://www.threadless.com/product/1960/Three_Keyboard_Cat_Moon?streetteam=iCoty

Boom, there’s $3 right back at me (and you)!

4. Pay $2 for a $5 Threadless Tee [Hack]

The above hack becomes especially useful when Threadless has a $5 dollar sale. But the best part is that you don’t have to wait for a stinking $5 sale that comes around once in a cat moon, errr, blue moon. Threadless has a large selection of $5 tees that become $2 when the above principles are applied. To view the selection of vulnerable $5 tees visit the link below:

http://www.threadless.com/catalog/type,guys/price,5

Since you get $3 back for every T-Shirt you buy, you are effectively purchasing a Threadless tee for just $2. Crazy, huh?! They currently have 26 available tees priced at $5 that you can have for $2 by applying the principles from Hack #3 above!

Note: Threadless only gives you the 2 StreetTeam Points ($3) for every order referred, not per shirt referred. So, whether you order 1 T-Shirt or 5 T-Shirts at once, you will still get just 2 StreetTeam Points.

5. Threadspot and Earn Points [Secret]

So Threadless does this thing called Threadspotting. Basically, you spot a Threadless tee in the wild (in person, in a video, magazine, etc) being worn by someone of stature (aka a celebrity) and Threadless will send you StreeTeam points if you email them photographic proof of said Threadspotting. It’s a secret because Threadless doesn’t advertise this on their official StreetTeam page so it’s not officially listed as a way to earn StreetTeam Points. And also, although a new edition of Threadspotting is supposed to come out every Friday, there hasn’t been one since August of this year. So who knows if they are still giving out StreetTeam points for Threadspotting, but it’s worth a shot. Seen a celebrity wearing a Threadless tee while perusing PerezHilton.com? Send it over to Threadless and MAYBE they’ll send you some StreetTeam Points. By the way, the amount of StreetTeam points is a secret, it’s unconfirmed and unlisted on the site. For examples, visit:

http://www.threadless.com/sightings

Email your Threadspotting proof to:

sightings@threadless.com

Do you know something about the Threadless website that I don’t know? I’d love to hear what YOUR Threadless secret or hack is? Leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to include them in the next edition of Threadless Revealed! I’d also love to hear what YOU think of the above secrets and hacks!

Sistine: Live and Let Live

You can say that at times I can be pretty jaded by overhyped emails notifying me of a new clothing brand or a just released seasonal line. I get a lot of these emails and most of the time, the hype isn’t worth the product. Sistine, a progressive streetwear and lifestyle brand based out of New York is different. I checked out their site and was blown away by their unique designs. It’s almost as if their T-Shirts deserve to be framed and hung on the wall of an Art Gallery in Manhattan.

Sistine’s winter collection is called Live and Let Live and it features 8 eclectic designs with a splash of pop. Imprint and I Am Not Young Enough To Know Everything are two of my favorites from the winter collection.

Imprint is inspired from Hermann Rorschach’s classic inkblot test. For the most part, I think psychoanalysis is utter bullshit but for some reason I’ve always been fascinated by the Rorschach inkblot test. It’s used by psychoanalysts as a tool to record and analyze a subject’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning using psychological interpretations. I’ve always wondered what I would say if presented with inkblot test.

I Am Not Young Enough To Know Everything is a quote from the great Oscar Wilde. It’s a reminder that the older you get the more you realize just how little you know.

I also have to mention a design from Sistine’s summer release. The shirt is called Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. The quote originally appeared on the back cover of the Whole Earth Catalogue in 1974. It’s memorable to me because Steve Jobs famously referenced this quote in his iconic 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. I live by those words.

If you love fashion and you dig art then I highly recommend that you checkout the rest of Sistine’s winter line. The shirts are priced on the high end at $36 a piece, but hey, can you really put a price on a well thought out piece of art? Nah, don’t think so.

Diagram 5-3: Kuribo’s Shoe

We’ve seen exploded tees before but none as geeky mysterious as Diagram 5-3 by 15 Bit Gamer. If you know what particular item is exploding than I tip my hat off to you, because, I had no clue. It turns out that Diagram 5-3 references a small detail from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. Apparently, Diagram 5-3 is a diagram of Kuribo’s shoe. But who the heck or what the heck is a Kuribo? The Giant Bomb explains:

Kuribo’s Shoe is a rare power-up first seen in level 5-3 in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It is first mentioned after you beat World 2 in a letter given to you by Princess Peach. The name “Kuribo’s Shoe” comes from the fact that in the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Goombas are known as Kuribos. A second revision of Super Mario Bros. 3 was released that renamed Kuribo’s Shoe to Goomba’s Shoe, though in its appearance in Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, it had reverted to its original name.

Kuribo’s Shoe is a giant green boot with what appears to be a spring-winding key on the side, and it is initially occupied by a Goomba. While attempting to jump on top of Kuribo’s Shoe while still occupied by this Goomba will eliminate both Kuribo’s Shoe and the Goomba, attacking from underneath knocks the Goomba out of the shoe, making it possible for Mario to take control. While Mario’s speed is reduced while in Kuribo’s Shoe, he’s able to traverse terrain that would otherwise harm him. These terrains include spiked floors and jumping baby pirahna plants. Unlike other power-ups, it is possible for Mario to keep his current power-up (e.g. Fire Flower) while using Kuribo’s Shoe.

So there you go. Kuribos is actually the Japanese translation for Goombas. Who knew! Now, if you are enough of a gamer geek to appreciate this T-Shirt or are one of those super obsessed Super Mario freaks than you probably want to buy this T-Shirt to stump your geekiest friends. Head on over 15 Bit Gamer to purchase Diagram 5-3 now for $17.

And for more on Kuribo’s Shoe, check out the video of it below in play!

And We’re Back With A New Host!

Why The Switch?

If you’re seeing this post than you’re viewing this blog from our new host, MediaTemple! For the past three years I have hosted this blog on Powweb’s service. They were an okay service, but a major issue was that whenever I would receive spikes in traffic, I would often see the site collapse and buckle under the heavy load.

I’ve been talking about making the switch for some time now, but the last straw came last week when we garnered major StumbleUpon traffic. In a span of two days, over 40,000+ unique visitors accessed the blog. That’s insane traffic and my host just couldn’t handle it. That site crashed twice and the blog had to be replaced with backups from the server. It’s a good thing that they (and I) had those back ups.

And so, with the recommendation of TCritic’s Karl Long, I decided to switch hosts from Powweb to MediaTemple. It costs twice as much to host at MediaTemple but I think it’s a fair trade-off for stability and speed. A major selling point for me is that MediaTemple is said to be able to handle intense bursts of web traffic quite efficiently and the WordPress database will automatically scale along with web traffic.

What Do I like So Far?

There’s a lot to like about MediaTemple.

  1. First thing that I noticed was that when I called Technical Support to help me set up a few things, the person that I spoke to was an English native speaker. Whenever I called Powweb technical support, I would get a non-native speaker which always complicated things.
  2. The MediaTemple knowledgebase was very useful in helping me accomplish the migration. Nearly every question I had could be answered by searching their knowledgebase.
  3. I already have noticed an reduction in load latency, meaning that the site is loading much faster than before. I will actually look at the load time statistics in the future to actually see the numbers, but so far it looks very promising.

What’s Next?

We’ll, host migration was the biggest thing that I’ve been wanting to check off my list of site improvements for the past year. Now that I’ve accomplished that, I will focus on:

  1. A new site design: the blog is starting to look a bit dated.
  2. More advertising opportunities: the single Project Wonderful ad isn’t cutting it for everyone. I’ve had various offers for ad placement over the last year and I think now is a good time tackle that issue.
  3. Implementation of categories: I’m quite good at tagging posts, but when it comes to categorizing posts, I suck! When the blog first started I blogged about a lot of other things than just T-Shirts. So instead of having different categories of T-Shirts (i.e. Humorous T-Shirts, Political T-Shirts, etc), I had just a generic T-Shirt category alongside more generic categories (i.e. Music, Movies, etc.). This obviously makes searching for specific categories of tees that much more difficult. This is the most tedious change because it will involve me editing each posts to classify the new category for that post.

So I guess now we wait to see what happens the next time one of my articles go viral on Stumpleupon, get ReTweeted like crazy on Twitter or gets posted on a major heavy traffic website. These will be the ultimate tests as to whether or not the switch was worth it.

In any case, I am pretty happy that I was able to do the host migration all by myself! I feel like a big boy now!

And what’s even more exciting than ALL of the above? MediaTemple has been known to send free T-Shirts to happy customers! Let’s see if MediaTemple will send me a tee!

Evil Comes In All Sizes: 11 of the Most Evil Characters In Film

Sean Mort is the artist behind one of my favorite Threadless tees ever – The Gaming Revolution. In fact, I’ve worn it out so much that I think it’s time for me to request a reprint. Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for Threadless to release another Sean Mort designed tee. I’ve been waiting for some time now.

Luckily for me, the wait is over. Mort’s latest design, Evil Comes In All Sizes does in fact come in a bunch of different sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large to be exact). It might not be a Threadless print but it’s still hot nonetheless. The shirt references some of the most famous big screen monsters of all time, from the infant sized terror named Chucky to the mysterious Clover monster from Cloverfield. And of course, they are all aligned in a police type lineup from shortest to tallest. By the way, I had no idea that Godzilla was so huge.

“Evil Comes In All Sizes is a size chart of famous movie baddies and comes with an informative key on the lower back of the shirt. Featured bad guys are Chucky, the Wicked Witch of the West, a T-Rex, King Kong, Rancor, Megatron, the 50ft Woman, Mr Stay Puft, Tripod, Godzilla and Clover.”

The design is printed on a heather gray Gildan Softstyle ringspun tee. Evil Comes In All Sizes is available now at Sean Mort’s online shop for a reasonable £12 (~$19 US). Grab one now or pay for it later!

And speaking of Godzilla, check out this montage featuring over 50 years of Godzilla in film: