Abe’s Civil War After Party

We’ve seen a lot of Abraham Lincoln themed T-Shirt over the last fews years. I guess it’s his quirky awkwardness that makes him such an appealing T-Shirt subject. Needless to say, there have been some hits and some misses. Abe’s Civil War After Party by Cake & Rockets and is definite hit. It’s not just a hit, it’s freakin’ awesome! It’s reminiscent of the iconic Threadless tee, The Communist Party by Tom Burns. But I’ll go one better and say that it’s even better than that Burn’s classic. How so? I mean come one, we’ve got peeps from the good ol’ US of A. And at the center of the madness is arguably one of the greatest presidents ever, Abraham Lincoln. And did you know that he was also a Vampire Hunter? Hell yeah. I love him even more now knowing that he indulges in beer pong during his down time.

Abe’s Civil War Party by Santiago Sanchez is available now from Cake & Rockets for $19.99.

We Are The Architects of Our Own Future

Another great T-Shirt from our friends at Random Objects. As you may already know, Random Objects hand picks quotes and transform them into marvelously designed T-Shirts. We Are The Architects of Our Own Future is no different. This shirt should speak to us all. It is cry for us to reach out and achieve whatever it is that we want to achieve. To never second guess. To never accept failure. To always find a way.

“Every man is the architect of his own fortune.” -Sir Francis Bacon

Like the quote says, we are responsible for creating the kind of future we wish to have. Basically you can [and will] be a success because of the actions, effort, and decisions that you make. So think deeply about what you want, and plan the next step(s) you should take wisely and diligently like an architect does. Keep building – not just today, but everyday!

We Are The Architects of Our Own Future is available now from Random Objects for $23.

Threadless Causes: Rebuild Japan + Many Hands

Yes, I have been posting a lot of charity T-Shirts the last couple of days, but hey, it really is the least that I can do. Here we have two more from Threadless, each of which is part of their Threadless Causes campaign. Every time there’s a natural disaster, Threadless has been very quick to respond by releasing a charity T-Shirt. And with the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand they were as quick as usual. Both of the T-Shirts are priced at $20 with 100% of net proceeds from the sale of Rebuild Japan by Jason Yang will go to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund. Likewise, 25% from the sale of Many Hands by David Creighton-Pester will go to Architecture for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Aloha For Japan

FITTED is a very popular streetwear type brand that is based in Hawaii. They recently released a Japan benefit tee, Aloha For Japan, and it has been selling like crazy here in Hawaii. A friend of mine, last week, stopped by a local shop that sells FITTED gear, and he mentioned to me that people were putting their names down just so they could get their hands on this particular shirt. Clearly, a lot of people from Hawaii have ties to Japan, and so it’s no surprise that this shirt is a big hit here.

Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.

Fortunately, if you live away from the islands, you can still pick up Aloha For Japan. The T-Shirt is available now on the FITTED online shop for $20. All profits from each T-Shirt sold will go directly to Japan relief efforts.

Note: Due to extremely high demand for these tees, orders will be shipped in order of invoice as the tees are printed. Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for expected delivery of the tees. They are also have these available in stores, however, due to the same reasons, there is now a waiting list.

Dude, Bro, Man…ParadeMaker

Oddly enough, I discovered this awesome tee by ParadeMaker from a discussion that I had on Twitter regarding me wanting some spanking new red socks. I love T-Shirts, but I also have a bountiful sock collection. I love myself a quirky pair of argyle printed socks and the occasional off print. Needless to say, ParadeMaker responded to my query and mentioned that ParadeMaker is working on making custom socks (hopefully in red).

Up to that point, I had never heard of ParadeMaker, so my curiosity got the best of me and I checked out their website link on their Twitter profile page (as I often do with people I have discussion with on Twitter). Lo and behold, they are purveyors of some pretty awesome, off-the-wall T-Shirts.

Dude, Bro, Man instantly grabbed my attention, and for good reason. I LOVED the goonies growing up (I think I watched that VHS to death). Not only that, but as an adult, I have a fond appreciation for pop art. And when I think of pop art, two artists come to mind: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Dude, Bro, Man pays homage to my love of the Goonies and pop art!

Dude, Bro, Man is available now from ParadeMaker for $12.

Speaking of ParadeMaker, check out this video of them printing some tees!

Local Tees: Kuwaiti Pop Tees

It blows my mind to know that I have somewhat of an impact on the T-Shirt industry. But it blows my mind even more to know that this impact spans across countries. Needless to say, my attention peaked when I received an email from Local Tees, a brand that is based out of Kuwait. I was excited because, although I have received emails from many other countries, I had never received one from Kuwait – pretty neat. It’s also good to know that indie T-Shirt culture and awareness is growing in that part of the world.

With a name like Local Tees, I was expecting low quality, goofy and semi-humoroues tees, akin to something like 6DollarShirts. I was surprised by the design quality of the Local Tees shirts, they are definitely not throw-a-way designs, in fact, some of them are pretty spectacular. Local Tees were created by three Kuwaiti locals (hence the name) and the T-Shirts are limited to a print run of 50 a piece, with each shirt featuring a print number. Below you’ll find three of my Local Tees favorites. You’ll notice that a few of the T-Shirts feature text in the local type, however, many of the designs do not, and are in fact quite universal.

Local Tees was established in 2010 and was born based on an original idea, with that concept in mind, Local Tees was born and created by Three locals that began with a clear ambition of creating high-end limited edition t-shirts. With a specially chosen, high quality fabric, where the artwork is represented on 50 tees each with an edition number, ensuring no reprints will be forced. We believe in building an international network by collaborating with artists that represent ground-breaking self made inspiring artwork, to showcase the exceptional talents from all around the world.

by the way, their blog features some really cool product shots! Go check out some Local Tees.

9Fountains X Time Out Singapore Design Contest

This might be a good opportunity for one of you up-and-coming designers:

9 Fountains will be collaborating with Time Out Singapore for a T-shirt design contest that will run from 21st March to 21st April 2011.

As this is a special collaborative contest, an open-ended contest theme “Know More. Do More.” has been set for the competition. All artists interested in submitting their artwork will be required to explain how their artwork relates to the theme in the description text during submission.

Voting and commenting will be open to the public and the top 10 designs that receive the highest number of votes will be subjected to a round of judging by a panel of judges. Judges include the creative director for Kult, Mr Steve Lawler aka Mojoko; the owner of Vue Privee, Mr Olivier Henry; editor of Time Out Singapore Ms Alexandra Karplus; and CEO of 9 Fountains, Mr Andrew Wolf.

The winner of the top prize will receive SGD$1000, with first and second runners-up receiving SGD$200 and $100 respectively. All winning artists will get full credit for their work and will be featured in the June issue of Time Out Singapore. Winning artists will also get their artwork printed onto T-shirts for sale on 9 Fountains.com, where they will get a commission for every shirt sold.

And of course, the most important part, the prizes:

1st Prize : S$1000 + Artist interview and profile featured in the June issue of Time Out Singapore

2nd Prize : S$200 + Design and artist name pictured in the June issue of Time Out Singapore

3rd Prize : S$100 + Design and artist name pictured in the June issue of Time Out Singapore

All winners receive S$1 commission for each shirt sold + credit for 2 free tees!

Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone

I have no idea where the quote on this shirt is from, nor do I have a clue whose head that is plastered on the middle of this T-Shirt. What I do know is that Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone is one badass tee from Sheol Clothing. I love the tone of the shirt, which to me is very deep and melodic. There’s something very contemplative about this T-Shirt, and I dig it.

“Sheol Clothing is a grassroots clothing label based in Leeds, United Kingdom. Launched in early 2011, Sheol is a label with a twist. Dedicated to creating clothing which is striking, both visually and conceptually, we aim to give you that bit more. Unique clothing, with a unique message. Sheol is the ‘grave’, ‘pit’ or ‘abyss’, as a concept it predates the Christian and Muslim ideas of judgement after death and differs from Heaven and Hell. Dichotomous and ambiguous, Sheol opens the possibility of interpretation; it allows space for free will. You can push and pull the concept and find your own boundaries. It’s not simply a dogmatic black cloud or even a blissful white haven. It is everything that you want it to be because you have the power to decide.”

Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone is available now from Sheol Clothing for £12.

Hipsters United: Mighty Fine Has Got You Covered

What if the uncanny X-Men were actually a bunch of uncanny hipsters?! Well, they’d probably consist of unruly hair, overgrown mustaches, really thick glasses and form fitting second hand clothing. Or, they’d look a lot like the Mighty Fine superhero hipsters featured below.

Here at Mighty Fine, we like to keep an eye on the latest trends in internet humor. (Or the OMG LULZ, if you will.) Having a healthy appreciation for comic book geekery, as many of you do, we found the recent rounds of “superhero hipster” memes to be pretty darn hilarious. Still, it got us to thinking… what if saving the world was actually the job of hipsters who also had a full slate of shopping for skinny jeans and arguing about the relative worth of Wilco’s last album?

I love the text featured below the Uncanny Hipsters tee, so fitting.

Use the Mighty Fine MyTee Shirt Creator to customize your hipster shirt today! I tried it out and the custom tees are priced at $25.

Seibei Japan Benefit T-Shirt

It only makes sense that the good people (or person… David) would pitch in to help out with tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Not only does his brand have close ties to Japanese pop culture, but he also majored in Japanese literature. So it is no surprise that he is being VERY generous with his limited edition Seibei Japan benefit T-Shirt.

The tee is priced at $18, with all the profits going to Japan disaster relief. So, if you buy a Seibei relief tee, more than $10 of each T-Shirt sale will go directly to helping out the people of Japan. That’s pretty damn rad. Seibei will be taking orders up until March 25, so if you want one, now is the time to grab one. Do it.

NOTE: The tees will be shipped the week following March 25 and will never be available in this colorway again.