Sleepy Dan: You Snooze You Lose!

There seems to be some sort of indie T-Shirt rennaissance happening in Dallas, TX. Fur Face Boy, Grits Apparel … and now Sleepy Dan. Dallas is certainly home to some playfully inspired up-and-coming indie T-Shirt brands. Sleepy Dan is certainly one of those up-and-coming brands that you should keep an eye on.

Sleepy Dan recently released their first collection of T-Shirts, aptly named Series 1. The collection features a set of 6 T-Shirt designs loosely centered on the theme of sleeping. So expect to see things like alarm clocks and pillows in the Sleepy Dan designs. Sleepy Dan also features a few homages to pop culture, as seen in the Sleepy Bowser and Big D T-Shirt.

The Sleepy Dan T-Shirts are priced at $26 a piece and are available now at the Sleepy Dan Shop. You can also find a limited selection of ladies sized tees and a Series 1 Sleepy Dan sticker and button fan pack.

TypographyShop + FAB.com Invite Link

Fab.com is an awesome site that features amazing (and limited) daily design inspirations and sales of up to 70% off retail. The site offers a free membership but is by invite only – and I’ve got an invite for you. Sign up with Fab.com today and start snatching up some sexy stuff!

One brand that I spotted while checking out Fab.com was TypographyShop. This particular brand focuses on creating designs that are inspired by the art of typography. That I Love Typography is probably my favorite from the bunch. The various designs are available now at Fab.com for $17.50 (they are regularly priced at up to $23.)

And here’s an image of some of the other deals that they’ve got going today. Remember, they get new stuff everyday so be sure to sign up and see what new daily!

Here’s your invite to Fab.com, remember, the site is by invite only!

Comic-Con 2011 Costume Spotting (Day 4)

Comic-Con 2011 is being held from July 21-24 this year and like last year, I’ll be costume spotting some of the best and most wacky costumes to be seen! I always get a kick at seeing what people decide to dress up as to Comic-Con. My favorite from Day 4 has got to be the candid photo of Captain America giving a a female friend a ride!

*All photos belong to their respective owners. I’ve provided links back to the original photos and links back to the photographers official website when possible.

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1. Wicked Queen, photo by Jim Holman. Yeah, she really is scary!

2. Jason, photo by Jeff Vaillancourt. I’d hate to be on the opposite end of that blade.

3. Batman, Robin, and Penguin, photo by Johnny Wanderlust. 60’s Batman…BOOM…POW!

4. Wolverine, photo by Ronald Woan. Visit Woan’s World. Why hello, Logan.

5. Cinderella, photo by Kendall Whitehouse. Visit On Technology and Media. Why can’t Cinderella keep that shoe on her foot!

6. Black Swan, photo by Paul Nomad. Visit Idle Hand’s Blog. I need more Black Swan and less White Swan.

7. Wolverine, photo by Paul Nomad. Visit Idle Hand’s Blog.

8. Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art, photo by Bridgette LeVile. This is great, she looks like she stepped right out of a comic or a Lichtenstein print.

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Capturio: Capture The People You Meet Through Their T-Shirt

What if you could wear your business card? Capturio allows you to do just that. The concept is simple: take a picture of a T-Shirt, email the image to Capturio, and then receive the “business information” of the person wearing the T-Shirt as a vCard.

I’ll tell you the truth, I was a bit skeptical with Capturio. Sometimes the idea can be great but the execution can be flawed. Fortunately, you can test Capturio out for yourself. If you go to their website here, you can take a photo of the T-Shirt featured on their homepage. Email that image to Capturio (get@captur.io) and you’ll receive a vCard of the founder of Capturio, Damien Detcherry. So far, neat!

But that’s just one aspect of Capturio. The big test was being able to associate a T-Shirt of mine to my contact information. Once again, the steps to do so are quite simple. Take a photo of your T-Shirt, sent it to Capturio (post@captur.io)  along with your contact information (for the associated vCard). And boom, now when people snap a picture of that T-Shirt and send it to Capturio, they’ll receive your contact information. As a test I snapped a photo of the Threadless T-Shirt Friday I’m In Love. I emailed the T-Shirt to post@capturi.io along with a vCard that I made for Co-Tee TV. A few seconds later I received confirmation that my T-Shirt was now associated with my information. Next, I snapped a separate photo of Friday I’m In Love and this time emailed it to get@captur.io. Lo and behold, I then received an email with the vCard for Co-Tee TV! It worked! Awesome. As a separate test, I also emailed to get@captur.io the official flattened product image for Friday I’m In Love from Threadless. It worked yet again! As a final test, I emailed a very pixalated and blown up product image shot for Friday I’m In love. And most impressively, it worked!

Here’s a photo of the shirt that I emailed to Capturio to associate with my Co-Tee TV vCard. As you can see, not the  best quality photo.

Once my T-Shirt was associated with my vCard, I then emailed the official product photo for Friday in Love and Capturio recognized it and associated with with my vCard information for Co-Tee TV.

As a final test, a blown up and pixalated image of Friday I’m In Love was sent to get@captur.io, with partial arms and neck too! Guess what, Capturio still worked. Awesome!

And here’s the vCard for Co-Tee TV that was received when the three images of Friday I’m In Love were sent to get@captur.io.

I think that the idea is simple and brilliant. However, there are a few things that come to mind.

1. What happens if two different people try to associate their information with the same T-Shirt?

2. T-Shirt brands (i.e. Threadless) could potentially “Capturio” all of their T-Shirts and associate it with their information. However, it would be much cooler to receive special incentives (i.e. discount codes) when using Capturio on these T-Shirts.

3. What if Capturio was not just a web app, but also a real iPhone app that could be installed on the iPhone. Such an app could theoretically eliminate the need for steps 2 (email) and 3 (checking email for the vCard). All that would need to be done from within the Capturio app would be to snap the photo (or upload from photo library) and then automagically the Capturio app should be able to recognize it and pull up the contact information.

4. The email that you receive back from Capturio is a bit bland and underwhelming. It’s basically just text and then the attached vCard. Why not make the email body rich and attractive AND attach the vCard.

I’ve never liked physical business cards. Business cards are a nuisance. Capturio is an interesting and innovative take on the business card. The best part is that this digital business card won’t get lost, tossed in the trash or forgotten. Capturio vCards will always be in your smartphone (preferably an iPhone) and therefore you’ll always have access to them. Brilliant idea.

High Resolution Apparel Mockups

Are you an aspiring T-Shirt designer? If so, then you might want to check out Bradley Oesch’s Apparel Mockups. These high resolution Photoshop ready apparel mockups will make selling your designs a bit more professional and hopefully will attract more buyers! All of the mockups are 1000 pixels in height and have the appropriate masks in place (fancy Photoshop lingo talk), which means that all you need to do is drop in your design and boom you should be ready to go. The best part? The sets are priced at only $4.99 a piece.

Evozip: Upcycle Your T-Shirt Into A Messenger Bag

I have to admit, Evozip is a pretty nifty idea. The concept is simple, you send in your favorite T-Shirt and they tranform it into a brand spanking new messenger bag. The upcycling of T-Shirts has been around for some time now, with even a book written about the subject (see Generation T: Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt). I’ve even dabbled in some T-Shirt upcycling experiments – check out my Threadless T-Shirt turned throw pillow. However, these Evozip messenger bags is probably one of the most useful T-Shirt upcycling ideas around.

“The founder developed Evozip as an urban art project to see how people would express themselves when not limited by the constraints of a t-shirt. Would you coordinate with your outfit or make your message stand out? Do you show the same skin until it falls off or will someone write a blog about a new skin that they wear each day? The name Evozip means to evolve quickly. While the design of most products is finalized long before production, Evozip bags and skins are meant to evolve after entering the market. The attachment system was designed to be simple so that people can show their own creativity.”

Evozip founder Ward Greunke has promised me a sample Evozip so I’ll be sure to get my review of it up here soon. In the meantime, check out the Evozip Facebook page where you can shop for your own Evozip!

Found Last Horcrux on Vinyl

Bloody brilliant shirt. LOL. That was my attempt at being a brit.

Since we’re on the topic of Harry Potter, I have to admit that I had not seen any of the Harry Potter films up until the week of the premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. I decided to watch ALL 7 films in 48 hours to prepare for the premier of the final Harry Potter movie. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the films. However, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was probably my favorite from the bunch. What’s your favorite Harry Potter flick?

Via Look at this Frakking Geekster.

Comic-Con 2011 Costume Spotting (Day 3)

Comic-Con 2011 is being held from July 21-24 this year and like last year, I’ll be costume spotting some of the best and most wacky costumes to be seen! I always get a kick at seeing what people decide to dress up as to Comic-Con. My favorite from Day 3 has got to be The Phantom – a great photo by Joe Osterloh!

*All photos belong to their respective owners. I’ve provided links back to the original photos and links back to the photographers official website when possible.

If you stumbled on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere then welcome! Please feel free to peruse the site and if you like what you see then I’d recommend adding Co-Tee TV as a friend on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on future posts!

1. Terminator, photo by James Lin. He’s baaaaack! Visit Chumby.

2. Catwoman(s), photo by James Lin. Yikes, multiple Catwomans! Visit Chumby.

3. Rogue, photo by James Lin. Visit Chumby.

4. Jessica Rabbit, photo by Daniel Lugo.

5. Alternate Galactus and Captain America, photo by Ewen Roberts. Is that a Native American Captain America?

6. Umbrella SWAT Team, photo by Ewen Roberts.

7. Dr. Doom, photo by Nelly Putnam.

8. Star Wars, photo by Eddie Dennis. Visit Death Trooper.

9. Harry Potter, photo by Kevin Baird. Why hello, Harry! Visit Green Desert Productions.

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Life’s Too Short Not To Be Norwegian

I spotted this shirt over at the wonderful movie blog, Slashfilm. It reads “Life’s Too Short Not To Be Norwegian.” Apparently, Norwegian people are really happy going folks! The shirt is featured in the upcoming comedy A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy featuring the ever raunchy SNL alum, Jason Sudeikis. Check out the trailer below.

I have no idea where you can buy this shirt, but if you find out then feel free to leave a comment below!