Threadless + Thermos = Threadmos

It seems that Threadless is experimenting more and more with mediums not related to T-Shirts. First we saw the release of the Threadless themed Griffin iPhone cases, and now the ubiquitous T-Shirt site has hooked up with another big name – Thermos. Now, you’ll be able to find some of your favorite Threadless designs plastered on Thermos branded bottles and lunch bags.

I originally saw these pop on the Threadless 365 Days of Awesome Flickr account, just days before Christmas. I found it a bit weird that they would release such a new product so close to Christmas. I would have definitely bought a couple of these had they been available before I had got all of my Christmas shopping done!

Both the bottles and the lunch bags are priced at $14.95 and are available for purchase exclusively at Target. Yep, that means you can head on down to your local Target store and (hopefully) find a nice stock of Threadless branded Thermos items.

9 T-Shirt Top 10′s of 2010

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to present to you 10 of my very own T-Shirt Top 10’s from 2010. I did this last year and it was a hit, so hear we go again! You should note that the T-Shirts posted here are listed in no particular order and are heavily based on tees that I’ve blogged about here in the past year. 2010 was an amazing year for T-Shirts and I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us all. What were your top 10 tees of 2010?

I should note that there a few changes form last year. First, there are 9 categories this year, instead of the 10. I removed the top 10 Emptees tees because I didn’t really check out their tees section as much as I should have in 2010. Also, the Top 10 Geek and Top 10 Typography tees lists were replaced with Top 10 Parody and Top 10 T-Shirt Related Non-T-Shirts lists. Enjoy!

*Once Again, the lists are presented in no particular order.

Top 10 T-Shirts of 2010

There were a billion T-Shirts released in 2010 but only a few really great ones. The following 10 tees are my picks for the Top 10 tees of 2010. Like last year, I own 5 of the 10 tees here and let’s just say they are on regular rotation in my T-Shirt wardrobe. I absolutely love each of the designs featured on this Top 10 list!

1. Easier Said Than Done by Ugmonk. This is by far one of my favorite tees of 2010 – to say that I’ve worn it a lot is an uderstatement.

2. FFB Whip It by Fur Face Boy. My favorite shirt from the the Fur Face Boy Series III collection. The FFB Raglan comes in at a close second!

3. Rhino Hunter by SharpShirter. This shirt was officially released in 2009 and I reviewed it in late December 2009, BUT, I wore the heck out of this tee in 2010. I love this shirt. And as you can tell, in 2010 I loved purple.

4. Technicolour Rex by Elisha Hale (Threadless). Alright, so this is the first tee on this particular top 10 that I don’t own. This is mainly because, it’s very much a new Threadless design. It was released just a couple of weeks ago and I just haven’t had the chance to pick it up. But I will. Guaranteed.

5. Super Doctor Hazmat by Doctor Hazmat. I adore this T-Shirt! It’s so fun, so nostalgic and just plain geeky good on so many levels.

6. Unstoppable Andy by George Soto. How could this T-Shirt not make my Top 10 T-Shirts of 2010 list? After all, Unstoppable Andy was inspired by a blog post that I wrote. Yep, seriously. You can read all about it here.

7. Steve-In-Sane by MightTees. What? Two Steve Jobs themed tees on this list? That’s right, I am a MacHead. Plus, the previous shirt was more of a pro Android themed tee! Anywho – wonderful T-Shirt from our buddies over at MightTees. I don’t own this one, but I just might have to pick it up.

8. We Did This To Ourselves by Jonathan Lax aka Yonil (Design by Humans). This T-Shirt deserves to be on this list because of the fact that it won the 2010 DBH 10K contest. Kudos Yonil!

9. ROAU by Olly Moss (Shirt.Woot). What’s not to love about this T-Shirt design? It features Robocop and a freakin’ Unicorn! A UNICORN! Again: Robocop on top of a UNICORN! Another favorite of mine this year was Robocopper from Shirt.Woot (and also designed by Olly Moss). I guess Olly really like Robocop?

10. Too Big 2 Fail by GAMA-GO. Hilarious shirt from our friends at GAMA-GO! I should also note that I especially loved Yeti Kong in 2010, especially since I was able to pick it up myself at the GAMA-GO boutique in San Francisco – score!

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The Science Of Hipsters

For all of the confused hipsters in the world, this is the T-Shirt for you. And by confused I mean those of you that aren’t too sure exactly what kind of hipster you are. This periodic table of hipsters has got you covered!

Do you often have difficulty categorizing or describing yourself and your hipper-than-thou friends? Do you sometimes find yourself wishing you had a handy cheat-sheet on hand whenever you’re down at (insert local indie bar here) catching the latest Pitchfork-approved flavor of the day before they sell out and sign to a major? Never fear: brush out your ironic mullet, put on your vintage horn-rims, pull on your favorite pair of skinny jeans, and throw on this Periodic Table of Hipsters t-shirt to ensure that you always have the reference you need at your disposal.

The Science of Hipsters is available now at Ex-Boyfriend for $24.99.

Johnny Cupcakes X Hello Kitty

Johnny Cupcakes and Hello Kitty? I’m just as confused as you are. One is relatively new brand, founded by Johnny Earle in 2001 with its origins in Braintree, Massachusetts. The other is a character from a company that was founded in 1960 by Shintaro Tsuji in Tokyo, Japan. So what is the connection between the two and why on earth would they collaborate? I’m not too sure.

Other than each brand having a collection of kawaii (Japanese word meaning cute) characters, each brand seemingly caters to different types of people. But heck, these are two of the coolest brands on the planet and ever since Mr. Cupcakes announced the collaboration, I’ve been interested to see what they would come up with.

The collection (so far) includes 3 T-Shrits, 1 tote bag and 3 different stickers. For the most part, the T-Shirts feel more Hello Kitty than Johnny Cupcakes (with the exception of the black logo mashup tee). How do I know this? Well, my girlfriend LOVES Sanrio and really enjoys buying her friends Hello Kitty items. She has seriously gone on a couple of Hello Kitty shopping sprees in the last year. Needless to say, I’ve seen the inside of numerous Sanrio stores, in multiple cities (e.g. San Francisco, New York, Hawaii).

I actually think that these tees make a bit more sense than the Johnny Cupcakes X Looney Tunes collaboration that we saw a while back. I wasn’t much of a fan of those tees. And although I’d probably never wear anything from this Hello Killy collection, I think that the collaboration is a good thing for Johnny Cupcakes the brand, mainly because Sanrio fans who are new to Johnny Cupcakes will likely be attracted to the JC style.

The T-Shirts are priced at $40 a piece and are available now at the Johnny Cupcakes online shop and the retail stores.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirt

Oh good lord, please help us now. If anything, these faux ugly Christmas sweaters proves that there is no God. There is no God!

…Okay settle down Coty.

Conventional wisdom suggests that these sweaters are much more practical (especially for me) than wearing the actual product that they are spoofing. Why? Because in Hawaii, winter is just like every other day of the year. Meaning it’s not very cold at all, definitely not cold enough to warrant the use of a hideous Christmas sweater.

Of course, this means that there is a lack of “Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties” during the holidays in Hawaii. But then again, you guys probably can’t get a tan at the beach during this particular time of the year. I can. Cost versus benefits, my ugly sweater loving friends.

Now if you’re still considering one of these Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirts then please feel free to head on over to master Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirt purveyors, Vardagen. They will hook you up. For $20 you get your choice between Ugly deer, moose and snowman sweaters. If you do decide to pick one of the tees up please leave a comment below, so that I can proceed to point a fingers in your direction and chuckle.

The Unofficial Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

It’s been over two years since I first reviewed Threads by Ian Marsh, the original unofficial iPhone app for Threadless. Threads was (and still is) a pretty simple and straightforward app. The app allowed you to save wallpaper sized photos of your favorite Threadless designs and even offered links to purchase Threadless within Safari. ♥s Threadless is a brand new iPhone app for the iPhone that does a LOT more than Threads.

♥s Threadless was designed by Threadless mega fan (since 2005 according to his Threadless profile) Hung Truong. He built the app as way to browse the Threadless catalog simply and easily, with full view previews of each T-Shirt design. And he accomplishes this by allowing users to scroll up and down, from the newest to oldest designs. And when I say old I mean old. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see some of the earliest Threadless designs printed. Pretty neat! However, I think that there are a few things that Hung can do to improve this functionality. First, to get to the bottom of the Threadless catalog, users must swipe all the way down. This is time consuming and not fun. Why not add jumps to the sidebar so that you can jump (with the tap of the bottom of the sidebar) from the top of the catalog to the bottom without having to swipe a billion times. I guess this would be analogous to how you can jump from letter to letter in the Contacts app without having to swipe through every letter to get to the name that you want. And while you’re at, how about allowing users to tap on the top bar to allow us to shoot straight back up to the top of the catalog. With such a large catoalog of tees, I think this is necessary add to the functionality of the app.

What ♥s Threadless brings new to the table is it’s ability to share your favorite Threadless designs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Awesome, I really like this. But here’s a suggestion. Everyone loves Street Team points. Would it be possible for a user to input his or her Street Team information somewhere and then have that information (?streetteam=Username) appended to all outgoing links? This would probably give users of this app an incentive to actually share their favorite designs. I think that would be a damn cool feature.

Like Threads, ♥s Threadless can save your favorite designs as a wallpaper. My only issue is that unlike Threads, it doesn’t save it to size, as in the iPhone screen resolution. So, if you do want to use the saved photo as wallpaper, you’ll get a nasty black border on the top and the bottom of the image which isn’t very sexy at all. If Threads can do it, so can you ♥s Threadless.

The strongest feature of ♥s Threadless is its filter feature. You can filter by category (i.e. animals, abstract, classic, etc.) and by color. Cool. I really dig this feature.

The weakness of both Threads and ♥s Threadless is in actually purchasing Threadless T-Shirts. Like Threads, ♥s Threadless opens up the desired design within Safari when you actually want to buy said design. Since there’s no Threadless API there is probably no getting around. But hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase tees directly within the app.

Lastly, how about an iPad optimized version? If you want nice, big previews while perusing the Threadless catalog – an iPad version would be perfect.

Needless to say, ♥s Threadless for the iPhone is definitely worth checking out. It’s free and is available in the Apple App Store right now. Go install, I did.

Why can’t you make the design save full screen, so that it would make for a better iPhone wallpaper (see the Threads example below)?

Cool, but how about allowing us to share the links with our Threadless Street Team information included? So that when they click on the short link it goes to the Threadless link with ?streetteam=Username appended. You could add a Settings menu section to the app and include a field for this information and then have all outgoing links add this Street Team info. Now that would be pretty awesome.

Oven Fresh Dreams: Where Dreams Are Made

You remember my friend Carlos J. EasyBake, right? He not only makes wonderful baked goods, but is also the purveyor of some damn sexy T-Shirts. Carlos has really been pumping out some awesome stuff with the Oven Fresh Dreams “Collaborate & Dream” Series. Oven Fresh Dreams isn’t a clothing brand per se, but OFD does collaborate with some of the best indie designers. You just need to look at his recent collaborations with Reuben Levi of GRITS Apparel, Nick Automatic and Filipino designer Chad Manzo to see how serious OFD really is. The latest OFD shirt is called Gritty Dreams and was a collaboration between a friend that he made while living in Houston, Texas.

“Levi (GRITS designer & owner) & I have been good friends for several months now. We met through mutual friends while I living in Houston. We instantly gained respect for each other during one of my weekly dinner parties. The “Gritty Dreams” collaboration shows the connection between the New York City & Houston lifestyles. It also symbolizes the bond I made with Levi & Houston. We are both dreamers, who know how to keep it trill & you can too!” – Carlos J. Easybake

The Oven Fresh Dreams X GRITS Apparel tee, Gritty Dreams comes in two colorways. The New York Knicks colorway (top) is available at Oven Fresh Dreams for $20, while the Houston Oilers (bottom) colorway is available over at GRITS Apparel for $25.

Below are two sneak peeks at some upcoming Oven Fresh Dreams pieces. The purple Star Wars / Legend of Zelda mashup was designed by Filipino artist Chad Manzo. Below that, is the second Oven Fresh Dreams X Nick Automatic collaboration tee. I’ve got their first collab tee, and trust me when I say that I want version 2.0.

I’ll keep you guys updated and let you all know when these two go on sale. Keep an eye out! Now, go bake stuff.

T-Shirt Gift Guide for the Typography Fiend

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

One of my favorite genre of T-Shirt is Typography tees. This genre of tees are often very simplistic and quite minimal, two design qualities that I really dig. Having said that, if you know someone that appreciates good type then one of these featured tees will probably be enough to wet their palate.

1. If I’m recommending type themed tees than I MUST recommend that you checkout out Ugmonk. This is definitely one of my favorite indie brands and am the satisfied owner of a handful of Ugmonk tees. And Then I Woke Up is a classic, but if you’re looking for something new then I’d recommend Better Than I Deserve or It’s About Time. Ugmonk, Price: $24.00 (Use code GIVEBACK at checkout for an extra 15% off your entire order).

2. Geez Louise, this is the newest tee on the Gift Guide. It’s an obvious play on the classic Snellen Eye Chart, but its infused with a lot of subtle Star Wars goodness. Perfect for the font enthusiast with a soft spot for Star Wars. This is Not The Eye Chart You’re Looking For by Threadless, $9.00.

3. You’ve got a New Yorker on your list, who, incidentally is a font snob? Well I’ve got the perfect shirt for you. Destination NYC by Random Objects, Price: $23.00.

4. The phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” is probably ingrained into the minds of every typface designer on planet Earth. The Quick Brown Fox by DADADA Studio, 19 Euro.

5. The black Hello T-Shirt from Budy Carr Skateboards was one of my Favorite T-Shirts of 2009. In 2010, I bought the same T-Shirt in white. I love it so much. The tee runs a bit small so I’d recommend buying one size up. Hello by Buddy Carr Skateboards, Price: $22.00.

BONUS: I’d also recommend that you check out this list of 250 Beautiful Typography T-Shirts from our good friend Andy of Hide Your Arms.

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Helvetica is a film that I stumbled upon while perusing Netflix one night. It was such a great watch and quite the eye opener. You don’t realize how much Helvetica is integrated into our lives until you see this film. This is a guaranteed hit present for any Typography fiend. Helvetica [Blu-ray], $25.49.

As a bonus, you could also include the official Helvetica Film T-Shirt, which is available for $$20.00.

T-Shirt Gift Guide for Gadget Geeks and Nerds

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

You could probably best categorize me into two specific sub-categories of geek: 1. science geek, and 2. gadget geek. This gift guide is dedicated to the gadget geek in me and the gadget geek and general nerd on your Christmas shopping list.

1. If the gadget geek in question owns an iPod, iPhone, MacBook Pro, and/or Apple TV then it is highly likely that he/she will LOVE the Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from Might Tees. Can someone get ME this tee?! Steve-In-Sane by Might Tees, Price: $23.99.

2. The ultimate threat to the dominance of Apple’s iOS is the Android platform. I hate to admit it, but there are a lot of people that love Android. To each their own! [By the way, did you know that this T-Shirt was inspired by a post of mine, yup!] Unstoppable Andy, Price: $19.00.

3. Do you know exaclty what kind of nerd you’re buying for? Not sure? Well, be sure nd get this T-Shirt for the nerd in your life. It’s highly likely that his/her geekdom is featured on this Threadless tee by Riccardo Bucchioni. Know Your Nerds by Threadless, Price: $10.

4. Yep, that’s right. This T-Shirt has a built in inconspicuous spy camera built right into the design of the tee. And now your favorite gadget geek can get his voyeuristic spy side on. Electronic Spy Camera T-Shirt by ThinkGeek, Price: $39.99.

5. There is absolutely nothing that nerds love more than ROBOTS. weRobot from the Chop Shop features 51 of the most iconic robots in pop culture. And even better, it glows in the dark! weRobot by The Chop Shop, Price: $20.00.

6. Gadgets are great, but sometimes, one less unnecessary gadget is even better. That’s why I LOVE Dropbox. With Dropbox, I no longer need or even use flash drives / thumb drives. I keep all of my important files and stuff that I am currently working on synced between multiple computers and it just works perfectly. Dropbox is free up to 2GB, but of course, the tech nerd needs more than that. Dropbox doesn’t offer a gift option but you could always offer to pay for a year worth of Premium Ugrades for a favorite friend. ($99 for a year upgrade of 50 GB).

BONUS: If you need more suggestions then I suggest that you hit up the following lists: 101 T-Shirts for Apple Fanboys and the Mac Faithful and 101 T-Shirts For Social Media Gurus, Facebook Fans and Twitter Addicts.

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When it comes to Gadgets, my iPad and my iPhone 4 are my go to tech toys. However, if I had to suggest something for the gadget geek, it would be the Terminal Backpack by DAKINE. I love this backpack because it’s so spacious and fits my 15 inch MacBook Pro perfectly. You’ll be able to fit every single one of you gadgets in hear and then some. Right now, I have some spare ethernet cords, a couple of various adaptor cords for the MacBook, a VGA cable for the iPad, an HDMI cable just in case. My laser pointer and presentation clicker for when I give lectures. And of course, I’ve got my Flip Mino and digital camera in there for those special moments. And then you’ve got lots of room in there for the vintage stuff like pens and paper (not like you’ll need it when you carry around an iPad).

Over a year ago I ditched messenger bags (because of shoulder and back issues) and have been using the Terminal Bag by DAKINE since. It’s a solid bag and a great investment, and easy on the back. Dakine Terminal Pack, Black, Price: $89.95.

T-Shirt Gift Guide for the Bookworm

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

I’m not a big book person, but there are times when I love to just sit back, relax and enjoy a good ol’ book. More recently, I’ve been spending more time reading books using my trusty iPad. Needless to say, if you’ve got a friend or family member that you know loves to read, then infuse some of your T-Shirt passion into their love for books by picking them up one of these amazing gifts.

1. Know someone who is a fan of classic literature? Well, your first stop should be Kafkacotton. They’ve got a bunch of tees that are inspired by the classics, or for some, those books that we were forced to read in middle school. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kafkacotton, Price: $24.00.

2. Chances are that if you’re buying a gift for a T-shirt fanatic, said T-shirt fanatic probably has some knowledge of Threadless. It’s even more likely that they have a closet full of multi-colored Threadless tees (maybe even duplicates of their favorites). And if they do, they’ll definitely love the recently released Threadless 10 Year Anniversary book by company founder Jake Nickell. Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World’s Most Inspiring Online Design Community by Jake Nickell, Price: $15.

3. Torso presents t-shirts whose motifs not only function as a means of personal communication, but also reflect and increasingly influence the complete spectrum of modern graphic design. As the first book to focus on t-shirts created by the most innovative and style-setting streetwear brands, it is the definitive guide to the t-shirt culture of streetwear. Torso: Streetwear T-Shirt Graphics Exposed by Daniel Eckler, Price: $34.00.

4. Out of Print Clothing celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Score a fashionable tee featuring the classic artwork from Catcher in The Rye (one of my personal all-time favorites) as well as a bunch of others. Catcher In The Rye by Out of Print Clothing, Price: $28.00.

5. Tee Library T-Shirts are hard to find online, but if you live in one of the cities that they are available in then you can score your favorite bookworm an amazing book inspired T-Shirt. Tee Library, Prices: Varies.

6. Threadless released a couple of Comics-on Tees T-Shirts. I believe there are three diferent issues that you can grab, with more expected in the future. Threadless Comics-on Tees Series [click T-Shirt below to go to product page], Prices: $10-15.

7. Tees is one of my favorite T-Shirt related books. It’s got an excellent collection of T-Shirts and brand profiles. It’s a must read for any T-Shirt fan. Still not convinced? Read my review hereTees Special edition: The Art of the T-Shirt by MAKI Design, Price: $36.00.

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I can’t get enough of my iPad. It’s always in my backpack. I bring to work. It’s the perfect lunchtime companion. It’s the best couch device ever. And for bookworms, not only will they have access to books in Apple iBookstore, but they will have access to every book available in the Kindle Bookstore. You’ve got the best of both worlds with the Apple iPad. I’m currently reading The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead and loving it (I must add that this is the perfect book for the zombie enthusiast). I use the 64 GB Wifi edition and I absolutely adore it. Apple iPad (64GB, Wifi), Price: Starting at $542 on Amazon.