The Brands Are Heating Up In Texas: A List of the Best Texas Based Indie T-Shirt Brands

The Brands Are Heating Up in Texas is a guest post written by Blake from You Design It, a site that focuses on online t-shirt design.

It is heating up in Texas and I’m not just referring to the temperature. There are quite a few t-shirt lines making some noise down in the Lone Star State. There is a saying that goes every thing is bigger in Texas and there is also the saying that bigger is better. If that is the case, then does that mean that all these indie t-shirt lines from Texas are bigger and better? We’ll let you be the judge because there are a lot of brands to choose from.

We’ve profiled eight up-and-coming indie brands from Texas that we think you should check out. If you’ve already seen some of these, no worries…they are definitely worth a second look.

Grits Apparel

Grits Apparel is made just how you like it by serving tha good stuffî. Those are just two of the catchy concepts you’ll be hit with by visiting their store. The t-shirt designs in themselves are very cool but the overall experience you get when watching their creative videos and getting to know the Grits story is mind-blowing. You really feel like No Grits, No Glory after you get to know what they’re all about.

My favorite tee from Grits is the appropriately named Greasy Spoon. Iím a sucker for the dark blue/light blue combination with white but I also think the design embodies the Grits look and feel.

Sleepy Dan

Sleepy Dan is another t-shirt line much like Grits that consistently brands their theme throughout their website and store. That theme is sleep and everything related to the love of sleep. In many cases this includes having to wake up from a good sleep. Sleepy Dan is all about enjoying the sleep you get but not getting too much because work needs to get done.

My favorite shirt is Sleep Attack because the premise behind the design is that the alarm clock hates the alarm as much as we do. Now that is something I can relate to.

Fur Face Boy

Fur Face Boy was a long awaited project for its founder, Ha Mai, as he went from job to job doing graphic design at all levels of the business world. The original Fur Face Boy was actually not a boy at all, but rather a nickname for Ha’s dog named Bear Mai. As you will see on some of the t-shirts there are animated references to Bear as well as an animated character known as the Fur Face Boy.

My favorite shirt in that line is the Bear Mai Ice Pop. It’s ice cream, clever, well-designed, and it’s ice cream (intentionally repeated, enough said).

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A Beard Measuring Shirt

When I first spotted this T-Shirt I broke down laughing at its brilliance! It’s pure awesome. Designed by The Beardly, this beard measuring T-Shirt does exactly as advertised. It provides acceptable discriptors based on beard length. The discriptors vary from Manly to Civil War Generaly to Wizardly to Beardly. It’s so simple and so smart and the perfect companion to any beard heavy manly MAN.

The Beard Measuring T-Shirt is available now for $23.99.

8-Bit Zombie: Loners & Rebels & Beetlejuice & Ghostbusters

If you’re seeking some vintage awesomeness then I suggest that you head on over to 8-Bit ZOMBIE and check out their latest line tees. They’ve got everything from Pee-Wee Herman to Beetlejuice to The Ghostbusters. How much better can you get? In fact, their newly redesigned website bleeds awesome sauce. It’s full of throwback love for every 80’s kid and then some. I actually got super excited when I first saw the preview images (see last image below). They reminded me so much of Garbage Pail Kids Trading Cards – I was a huge fan of those. In fact, I still have my entire Garbage Pail Kids collection!

My favorites from the new line is twofold. My first instinct led me straight to that amazing Ghostbusters piece. However, when I saw that they did a Neverending Story design, my mind was blown. So good! This new line is basically my childhood printed on T-Shirts. All that’s missing? Maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Masters of the Universe designs would have been perfect – but I can always wait until next time.

The new 8-Bit ZOMBIE tees are available now at their online shop for $20 a piece.

Hat tip to Carlos over at Oven Fresh Dreams.

Olly Moss Select Collection at Threadless

Before I say anything else in this post I will say that I am and have for the longest time been a fan of Olly Moss. Heck, I own nearly all of his Threadless prints and even own multiple prints of SPOILT in both T-Shirt and hoodie form. Since 2003, Moss has had over 20 designs printed at Threadless. He seemingly has been everywhere, from Newsweek to exclusive Mondo prints to an article in the New York Times. Olly Moss is the IT boy, not only in T-Shirt design but poster design as well.

Having said that, his latest release over at Threadless is a bit lackluster, at least it is to me. The collection, released late last week, is a celebration of Moss’ rise in popularity. The 4-piece collection epitomizes the concept of minimalism. Minimalism? Pfft?! I don’t want no stinking minimalism when it comes to an exclusive Olly Moss / Threadless collection. Classic Olly Moss Threadless designs have three basic qualities: 1. they’re fun, 2. they have a keen typographical style, and 3. they’re … umm … minimalistic.

Don’t get me wrong, each of the 4 designs fulfill 2 of the 3 qualities that I listed above. But what the heck happened to the FUN? Seeing these designs make me yearn for worthy follow ups to Spoilt, In Case of Zombies, and The Food Chain. Is it because it was made for the Threadless Select line? If so, then I’d wish it wasn’t made for the Select line. I can appreciate artsy fartsy designs, but I want fun artsy fartsy designs that are exciting to look at.

If ever Threadless happens to pay homage to Glenn Jones (another favorite Threadless alumni of mine), I hope they do it properly … and for goodness sake, keep it out of the Select line!

The Olly Moss Select Collection is available now at Threadless for $36 a piece.

Full Dosclosure: I’m picking up 2 of the 4 designs. Can you guess which two?

101 Superhero T-Shirts for the Ultimate Comic Book Mega Fan

2011 has definitely been the summer of big comic movies. Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, and of course Captain America. Next summer, we’ll get The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers – something that I’d never think I’d ever see on the big screen. Comic book culture and superheroes are bigger than ever. To celebrate this and because I’m still coming off a high from covering the crazy Comic-Con costumes of 2011, I’ve put together an amazing list of 101 Superhero T-Shirts for the Ultimate Comic Book Mega Fan.

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! And if you know of a superhero shirt not on this list then please tell me about it. Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

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1. Fighting Crime Doesn’t Pay by Stef McFeters (Threadless), $20.

2. Light-Up LED Iron Man T-Shirt by Think Geek, $29.99.

3. Slice of Shell by 604Republic, $19.95.

4. The Joker by NerdyShirts, $14.99.

5. Superman by 80’s Tees, $20.

6. Ironing Man vs. Washing Machine by Split Reason, $19.95.

7. Captain America’s Shield by NerdyShirts, $19.99.

8. Masked Turtles by Snorg Tees, $19.95.

9. Captain Canada by Busted Teees, $20.

10. Sorry, Babe (4 Pack) by Threadless, $75.

10a. Sorry, Babe… Issue 2, Vol. 2 by Lee Bermejo (Threadless), $24.

10b. Sorry, Babe… Issue 1, Vol. 2 by Eduardo Risso (Threadlesss), $24.

10c. Sorry, Babe… Issue 4, Vol. 2 by Dave Johnson (Threadless), $24.

10d. Sorry, Babe… Issue 3, Vol. 2 by Matheus Lopes (Threadless), $24.

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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!

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!