Threadless Comics-On-Tees Volume 2

On the heels of Comic-Con 2011, Threadless Comic-On-Tees in back with Volume 2 of this popular series. Inspired by the theme “Noir” and titled “Sorry Babe…,” the collection includes artwork by Lee Bermejo, Dave Johnson, Eduardo Risso and Matheus Lopes, whose design was chosen for the Threadless Loves Noir Challenge. Each tee from the series follows a script written by Brian Azzarello. And just like Volume 2, this years series is again curated by Jill Thompson.

Tee Shirt Stories: Cotton, Art & Fun

Directors Dimitri Pailhe and Julien Potart have put together something that looks to be very special. They’ve made a documentary that is focused completely on T-Shirts. Yes, an entire documentary about T-Shirts. Of course, this should peak your interest considering you’re perusing a T-Shirt blog. Tee Shirt Stories: Cotton, Art & Fun was broadcast in France on Canal+ on June 29, 2011. Unfortunately for me, I don’t live in France and therefore I haven’t been able to take a peak at this documentary. So since I haven’t seen it, a full review will indeed have to wait!

In the meantime, you can go ahead and order the documentary on DVD. It’s available now over at the Colette webstore for €25 – about the price of the T-Shirt! OK, I’m going to go ahead and place my order now so that I can give you guys a proper review!

“This documentary offers an immersion in the culture of the tee-shirt, this simple piece of clothing has become a work of art for some and counter culture symbol for others. Featuring Dov Charney, Richard Hell, Daniel Johnston, Tony Alva, Jim Philips, Court Johnson, Grotesk, Earsnot, Pedro Winter and So-Me, Mark Cobrasnake and Jonny Makeup….”

But That’s All I’m Allowed To Say: Awesome Apple T-Shirt

I thought that I’d post this exclusive Apple T-Shirt while it’s making the rounds on the Internet. I first spotted it over at Cult of Mac, but later realized that it was originally posted over at iLounge. The shirt simply reads:

“I visited the Apple campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say.”

So awesome. The shirt sells for $17, but to get one you’ll need to get you butt over to the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California. Why? Because this shirt is only sold (officially) at the official Apple Company Store. I’ve been there. It is awesome. If you’re an Apple fanboy/fangirl then you MUST visit the 1 Infinite Loop before you die.

Of course, if you’re looking for more Apple tees, you’ll need to check out my list of 101 Apple T-Shirts.

Via iLounge + Cult of Mac.

You Say Commie Like It’s A Bad Thing.

Ban T-Shirts on the use of the word commie:

If you ever get called a “commie” then this T-shirt is for you. Of course most people who use the word “commie” have no idea what communism actually is, or anarchism, socialism, liberalism, libertarianism, or any other political theory: they just think that anyone who disagrees with their ideas is a “commie”. So getting called a commie is usually a sign that you’re doing something right.

Agreed.

You Say Commie Like It’s A Bad Thing is available now from Ban T-Shirts for $20.

Miami Herald Congratulates Miami Heat For Winning NBA Championship

Well, sort of. Actually, the premature and incorrect congratulations came from Macy’s, who, unfortunately ran an ad prematurely notifying Miami Herald readers that Heat Championship T-Shirts were now available for sale at Miami Macy’s locations. Hah! That’s pretty funny considering that 1. the Heat  didn’t win the 2011 NBA championship, and 2. the Heat  didn’t win the 2011 NBA championship.

I have to say that I did watch the Finals with a close eye and am very happy that the Dallas Mavericks finally won an NBA championship. I’m happy for Dirk Nowitzki and I am happy for Jason Kidd, two players that I have been following for a very long time. In fact, throughout the playoffs, I was reppin’ a vintage Kidd replica jersey circa 1994. It’s about damn time that the both of the won some hardware.

By the way, if you’re interested in picking up an official Dallas Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship T-Shirt, you can grab one now at the NBA Store.

With that said, in 2012 it will be all about one red Rose and the Chicago Bulls.

Ugmonk: Minimal Series

Are you a minimal person? Ugmonk steps out of the box, a little, with their new Minimal Series. I say “a little” because, well, they’ve always been about minimalism. Maybe a better name for this collection would have been Shapes. Cubes, circles and triangles are featured on the new tees. I must say that I’m quite the fan of Mountains, (the triangle tee). The design and color selection contrast nicely on the black T-Shirt.

“Today we are introducing the new Minimal Series: 3 designs focused on shape, form and simplicity. We’ll keep the words to a minimum and let the designs do all the talking.”

The new minimal T-Shirts are available now at Ugmonk for $24 a piece, but you can use the coupon code “SPRING20″ at checkout for an additional 20% off your entire order (valid until May 15).

Now wouldn’t it be cool if the T-Shirts came shipped shaped in the shape the shirt is featuring?

The Official Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

I’ve reviewed a couple of Threadless iPhone apps in the past, notably Threads by Ian Marsh and ♥s Threadless by Hung Truong. Both were pretty okay apps, but they left more to be desired. First off, I’m surprised that Threadless waited this long to release an iOS app. Mobile is where it’s at, and I’m so stoked that they’ve finally entered the mobile game.

So let’s take a look at what the Threadless app has to offer. First off, you’re presented with a menu bar featuring 6 different options that you can tap on. The first two options, the “Home” and “The Challenge”, don’t offer much. The “Home” button, basically provide links for you to score designs or shop for tees. But, there are already options in the menu to do those things, so that’s a little redundant. “The Challenge” menu brings you to four screens that you can swipe to the left or to the right that tell you what Threadless is all about. They’ve also got news on current design challenge (right now, they mention the iPhone case challenge). And once again, they offer a page that links to yet another page were you can score designs. So far, three different links that you can click so that you can score designs. They must really want you to score designs! But once again, a little redundant, no?! I think that they could have probably consolidated both the “Home” and “The Challenge” screen into one menu option. So, instead of having “The Challenge”, you’d just have “Home” and that would serve as the main news/updates outlet for the app.

The “Score” page is really slick, I really dig how they implemented. Scoring is simple and straightforward here. You can even choose to be notified if the scored design is ever printed. You can even post the design to Facebook or Twitter. Nifty! You score tees just as you would on the Threadless website, using a scale of 1-5. However, one scoring option is notably missing … the famous Threadless “$”, indicating whether you’d buy the design if it was indeed printed. Despite this, scoring designs was well implemented on the Threadless iPhone app.

Scoring made easy! I love how they have the scoring set up, except, why is the iconic $ missing as a scoring option?

This next option on the menu bar is the “Shop” option. You’d think that since selling stuff is the business that Threadless is in, this part of the app would really shine. It doesn’t. Buying tees using the Threadless iPhone app is really clunky. It seems as if they just link straight to the Threadless website and used a stripped down, mobile version of their online store. It doesn’t seem optimized at all for the iPhone app. Browsing through the shop was often times very slow and unresponsive to the touch. Another issue encountered was that although I was logged in to my Threadless account on the Threadless app, I wasn’nt logged in when I tried to shop for tees. You had to log in once again if you want to purchase and checkout tees using the “Shop” option of the app. Don’t you think you should already be logged in to shop if you’re logged in to the app already? I think that the Threadless app developers really need to rethink the “Shop” option on the app, and really consider optimizing it for the iPhone, instead of simply using the a mobile version of the Threadless online shop. Shopping for tees on the Threadless app is mediocre at best.

Clunky shopping UI. I should be able to see pricing and T-Shirt info as I am looking at the design. In fact, here, I can’t even see all of the design unless I scroll up. They really need to optimize the shopping experience for the iPhone app.

I’m already logged in to the app, why do I need to log in again when I want to purchase some Threadless tees?

Now, the BEST part of the app is the “Wacky Stuff” option. This part of the app is genius. First, you have a little doodle pad that you can use to sketch stuff on a makeshift T-Shirt or iPhone case. Think a digital version of the Threadless Field Notes booklet. You have the option to change pen tips, and then when you’re done, you can save it to your Photo Album or email it. My favorite part of the Threadless app, though, is the “Festasizer” and the various other “Threadcams.” These cameras allowing you to take wacky photos of your face, with iconic Threadless designs layered over (or Charlie Festa’s iconic beard). Nifty and fun! The one option, though, that I feel is missing from the Threadcams is the option to switch to the front facing camera. Why not? I mean, what if you want to take a photo of yourself? Using the rear camera would make it very difficult to position the design perfectly over your face.

All in all, the official Threadless iPhone app is pretty neat. It definitely offers more than the other Threadless apps available in the Apple App Store. Although the Threadcams and the ability to score designs shine, the developers really missed the mark when it comes to shopping for tees on the app.

Threadless
by SkinnyCorp, LLC
Price: Free

Steve Jobs Frozen In Carbonite?

Yup, Steve Jobs is definitely frozen in carbonite in this very awesome iPhone case by Society 6 member Greg Koenig. And if you’re not sure what this iPhone case is referencing, then you’ve got some movie watching to do. long time ago, in a galaxy far far away … a man named George Lucas made an awesome movie called Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. If you haven’t seen it then you might as well slap yourself now.

Of course, there’s a T-Shirt to accompany that Steve Jobs Carbonite iPhone case – but it’s a little meh. The case is way cooler. The case is available now from Society6 for $35 and the T-Shirt can be had for $22.

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee

Okay, we all know that flip tees are a little cheesy, but this might have to be an exception (or not). It’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael flip tee! It’s Raphael from the 1980’s series, which is awesome. Of course, the T-Shirt wearer must exude a lot of cool and some (or a lot) of crude. If you got the previous sentence, then you’re a bonafide 80’s kid. Cheers, to you!

By the way, if you’re a Turtles fan, be sure to read my post on my exclusive trip the Nickelodeon Studios for a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview event for the upcoming TV show.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee is available now from TV Store Online for $20.95.

Everybody Wants Some: Awesome Chewbacca T-Shirt

It’s been a while since I’ve given A Better Tomorrow some love, way too long in my opinion! But I couldn’t deny this T-Shirt it’s moment in the spotlight. Everybody Wants Some by Andre Grünhoff features our favorite furry creature, Chewbacca. It almost looks as if it’s a play on Where the Wild Things Are. I’m not too sure why I feel that way, maybe it has something to do with the typography. Either way, Chewbacca is awesome here. He looks triumphant and regal at the very same time. You go, Chewie.

Everybody Wants Some is available now at A Better Tomorrow for €22,00.

And while you’re here, check out the Chewbacca music video below. It will change your life forever. Okay, maybe not, but it is awesome.