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.

FAQ Clothing’s Unique Booth at Unique LA

Our friend Sam Irvani from FAQ Clothing recently sent over some really amazing photos from his makeshift booth at the recent Unique LA Independent Design and Gift Show. He didn’t send over any specific details as to how he constructed the booth, but from what I can tell, he creatively used a lot of corrugated cardboard boxes. I can imagine many booths spending a nice sum on money on fancy (and large) banners to decorate their booth. This FAQ booth, on the other hand, theoretically could have cost nothing! All you really need is a friend with access to a lot of cardboard boxes (for instance, let’s say he works in one of those storage houses or is the stock boy at a department store) and you are set. Definitely a brilliant idea. And I’m sure they got a lot of foot traffic from people who simply wanted to look at the booth construction.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the actual tees from FAQ Clothing then please head on over to their online shop! They’ve got a neat set of cloud inspired T-Shirts that I think you should check out.

If you’d like to check out even more neat Unique LA booth photos, please check out a recap that I did earlier this year with the help of our friends at Milk & Eggs Co.

Co-Tee TV 82: Mystery Tees, MightTees and Geordi La Forge

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Children of the QWERTY by Tan Nuyen and review What Would Geordi La Forge Do? by MightTees, a brand that specializes in making some of the geekiest tees around (and I mean that as a compliment). They’ve also got some of the softest tees that I’ve ever reviewed!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

What Would Geordi La Forge Do? by MightTees. Pros: If you’re a Trekkie then it is highly likely that you will fall in love with two of the latest tees from MightTees. Both T-Shirts pay tribute to two of the most popular characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard and Geordi La Forge. Each shirt features some sexy vector artwork, very 21st century! My favorite thing about MightTees shirts are the shirts themselves because they are so super soft (trust me on this) and organic. MightTees only uses water-based inks so you can expect a super soft print, not that thick ink that you’ll typically find on cheap tees. From experience, I can tell you that the print on these T-Shrits will get softer with each wash. MightTees is pure geek bliss.

The custom packaging adds a very nice touch. I almost felt bad about tearing open the package with the cute MightTees character. And how about that custom paper wrapping! Talk about a detailed eye. With every order from MighTees you not only get a great product, but a well thought out one as well.

The T-Shirt is tagless (which is always a plus for me) and instead features a screen printed neck label instead. Only 60 of these T-Shrits were printed so if you like what you see then you better head on over to MightTees and grab yourself one (or two) because they will surely sell out quickly. As a side note, the Jean-Luc Picard Make It So T-Shirt is already sold out in a few sizes (x-small and medium are sold out). And as with all MightTees designs, once they sell out they are never again printed or re-released. Tip: Go buy this tee now.

Suggestions: My only suggestion would be that 1. MightTees needs to make more tees more often, and 2. You need to go and pick yourself up some MightTees goodness right now. Can you tell that I am a fan of MightTees?!

Price: $29.99.

Children of the QWERTY by Tan Nuyen for Threadless. Pros: Children of the QWERTY was one of the tees that I randomly received from the Threadless “Trick or Tees”promotion, which was basically a $5 mystery T-Shirt. I’m not blown away by this particular design, yes it’s witty, but nothing all too exciting (for me, at least). What did get me excited was the other two “trick or tee” T-Shirts that I received. One was a special edition Threadless Select tee that was only made in available in 2007 during the Threadless Chicago retail store opening. You had to be there in 2007 in order to get one of those bad boys and they didn’t even make them available for sale online. I got one for $5 three years later. Stoked!

Price: $5 (sold out but you could try and score one via their $5 Mystery Tees promotion).

Also mentioned in this episode:

Reading Rainbow

MILF: Mac I’d Like To Friend

Captain Picard: Make It So

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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.

Co-Tee TV Episode 81: Hello MAC, Modus Collection and Chess Pieces

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear M.A.C. by Doctor Hazmat and review Knight: Headphones by Modus Collection Clothing, a brand that launched in the Fall of 2010 and whose mission is to provide you a means of self-expression with fun and unique designs.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Knight: Headphones by Modus Collection. Pros: There is definitely a lot to like about this particular T-Shirt from Modus Collection. First of all, I think it is the strongest design of the six T-Shirts in the fall 2010 collection. The T-Shirt itself is a 50% cotton/50% polyester blend and is very soft, however, I wish they would mention what type of T-Shirt blank was used. I love that the tee is tagless and instead features a screenprinted neck label instead. Another great feature of Knight: Headphones is the custom embroidered tag on the lower left seam of the T-Shirt featuring the Modus Collection logo. Finally, I should note that the T-Shirt is shipped in a separate sealed plastic bag to protect the tee during shipment. Also, Modus Collection uses custom mailers which provides a nice professional touch. I’d also like to note that I was rather impressed with the various promo shots featuring the different Modus Collection T-Shirts. A lot of times, product shots are an after thought. That’s not the case here, they obviously put thought into selecting models and backgrounds, I just wish other brands would do the same.

Suggestions: My biggest concern when it comes to the current crop of Modus Collection T-Shirts is the price of the product. I feel as if Modus Collection is marketing their tees as a premium product (which is fine and other indie brands definitely do this as well) and the price point definitely reflects that. Despite this, I feel the price point is a bit much. I should note that there is nothing wrong with a high price point and in fact I have reviewed tees that are priced above $30, $40 and even $50. However, if you do have a high price point, you better impress. At this price point ($38), I would have expected a custom cut T-Shirt, intricate packaging, and even custom hangtags. I think that the background story and theme of the line is great, but, I think they either need to 1. drop the price a little, or 2. provide a more premium experience so that buyers feel as if they are getting their money’s worth. Some examples that I can point to that offered me a wow moment when opening the product include Maiden Voyage, Excess Is OK and Fur Face Boy. Each of these brands sell their T-Shirts at a premium price, but the difference is that when I received these products I actually felt as if I was opening a premium product. Having said that, my biggest suggestion would be to 1. improve on customer experience.

Price: $38.00.

The Doctor Is In by Doctor Hazmat. Pros: Doctor Hazmat fans, we are back with the third and final Doctor Hazmat T-Shirt! The great thing about the Doctor Hazmat line is the cohesiveness. I love how he had a theme and stuck with it. Collectively, all three designs work together. Nothing feels fragmented or oddly placed with Doctor Hazmat, it just works. In the future, I’d like to see the brand step it up in other aspects such as packaging. I think some great things can be done with this science/mac scientist theme and Docotor Hazmat is definitely moving in the right direction. Now go buy some Doctor Hazmat T-Shirts while you still can!

Price: $25.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Why is my hair crazy long? I explain in this episode.

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Co-Tee TV Episode 80: The Doctor Is In, Hosting Switch and Mediatemple

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear The Doctor Is In by Doctor Hazmat and review the official (mt) Mediatemple T-Shirt by Mediatemple, a hosting service that specializes in offering a grid-service, cluster-based, and modern website hosting solution.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

The Official (mt) Mediatemple T-Shirt by Mediatemple. Pros: This piece of Mediatemple swag is pretty straightforward. You have Mediatemple’s trademark (mt) logo is big bold letters right across the middle of the chest. It is of course a great conversation starter because I am sure that people will be dying to know what (mt) stands for. Once you get the conversation going, you’ll then get to hype your new website and the awesome host that is hosting it! I love the fact that Mediatemple only makes these swag tees available to people who blog about their services. You can check out the blog post that I wrote about Mediatemple here, and you’ll notice that I reference the tees that other people have also received. Within a week, I received an email from Mediatemple thanking me for the post and then a few weeks later I received this T-Shirt. Even better, they use a 50/50 blend American Apparel tee, and I have to say that it’s super soft!

Why i love Mediatemple: I’ve got to mention that my experiences thus far with Mediatemple have been top notch. The support is excellent, I see that that they are active on Twitter and that none of the support is outsourced (which means that all of the support employees speak really good English). I received a couple of traffic spikes (one day I experienced 20K + unique visistors in a single day) in the month of November and the site did not go down at all. I should mention that the grid-service hosting is made to withstand high traffic load – I love this about Mediatemple. They do cost a bit more ($20 per month) but I think that they are worth it 100%. I highly recommend you check out Mediatemple.

Price: Not available for sale. I got mine by blogging about my experiences thus far with Mediatemple. If you want the official Mediatemple T-Shirt badly then I guess you’ll have to switch over to Mediatemple and then blog about them!

The Doctor Is In by Doctor Hazmat. Pros: Another great shirt from out friend, Doctor Hazmat! This shirt features the Doc himself and he looks as if he is brewing something quite mischievous. The Doctor Is In features a large five-color print on a white American Apparel T-Shirt. The print is nice and soft (for a such a large print) and the tee fits great. You’ll also notice that the T-Shirt is tagless (awesome) and instead features a screenprinted neck label. On the back of the T-Shirt you’ll find the Docotor Hazmat logo, which is a standard across the entire Doctor Hazmat line. The shirt is currently available in only sizes XL and 2XL, so if you want this one you better jump on it!

Price: $25.

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Co-Tee TV Gift Guides

Verde Styles X Pepsi Refresh Project Interview

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What Do You Get The Ultimate T-Shirt Fan?

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 think that it is safe to assume that for the most part, all of you who read this blog religiously, are freakish addicts when it comes to T-Shirts. Or else, you just have a better appreciation for them compared to the casual T-Shirt wearer. So what would make great gifts for you, The ultimate T-Shirt fan? This post is written for those looking to buy gifts for T-Shirt enthusiasts. So that means, if YOU are a T-Shirt enthusiast then you should definitely forward this list to your friends and family members whom you THINK might have you on their Christmas shopping list. Needless to say, a generic graphic tee from Target just wont cut it, but these products probably will.

The Threadless Book: Special Edition Hardcover with Sketchbook. I’ve mentioned the paperback version of this book numerous times on the blog and have even reviewed a copy. However, the $15 paper back version is no match when compared to the special hardcover edition. The special edition comes in a nifty case that has a soft texture and a burnout illustration on it. The book itself has a cloth-bound hardcover and a bookmark ribbon. On top of that goodness, there’s a satiny hardcover sketchbook, where you can sketch all your billions of tee ideas. Price: $75.00.

Threadless 12 Club Subscription. This will probably earn you a billion brownie points. Any fan of T-Shirts will lust for a Threadless 12 Club Subscription. With this gift comes 12 exclusive T-Shirts, one being sent to the gift recipient every month for 12 months and will only be sent to 12 Club members. Price: $200.

Johnny Cupcakes Accessories. Because a true Johnny Cupcakes fan probably already has every Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirt. Instead, help them to accessorize with these non-T-Shirt Johnny Cupcakes accessories. Price: $50.99 (iPod Earle), $29.99 (Umbrella), $24.99 (Belt).

FlipFold. Ultimate T-Shirt fans probably have a ton of stray T-Shirt lying around. Why not help them get organized with the FlipFold. This handy device will help to make the mundane task of folding T-Shirts quick, fun and consistent. Also great for those with OCD. Price: $34.98.

Glennz Accessories. I love Glennz Tees, but they don’t just make T-Shirts. They also make Mousepads, Calendars, and Laptop Skins. These humorous gifts are guaranteed to keep the smiles coming long after the gift is given and opened. Price: $12.95.

Zombie Liquorice Buckle. This belt buckle is definitely not for the squeamish. This item measures 3″ by 4″ and weighs almost half a pound. It was made by a local craftsman, and was not imported. Only 60 were made. Price: $20.00.

Set of 3 Ugmonk Prints. Ugmonk is one of my favorite indie brands. I love the minimalist approach to designer and founder, Jeff Sheldons, work. Price: $60.00.

Olly Moss Prints. Olly Moss is undoubtedly one of my favorite indie artists. His work has been featured numerous times on Threadless as well as The New York Times, The Independent and GQ. Price: $50.00 (Sea Saw), $25 (Now Panic and Freak Out).

Black Rock Collective Playing Card Deck. Every T-Shirt fanatic knows about the Black Rock Collective. If not, well, they’re not serious about T-Shirts. The Black Rock Collective, or BRC, is a group of internationally located artists, illustrators and designers who come together to share ideas and feed off each other’s talents. This absolutely desirable deck was lovingly created by 36 artists of the Black Rock Collective. Price: $20.00.

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.