The Art & The Bake: OFD X Nick Automatic Design Process

I really love when brands give us a behind the scenes look at their design process and inspirations. It’s so fun to see something go from concept to finish product, and I can only imagine what it feels like to be involved in such a project. And so I was pretty stoked when our friend, Mr. Easybake himself, posted his latest blog entry. In the post, he shows off the design process that went into making his latest collaboration tee with Nick Automatic.

When it comes to designing on the other hand things are not so easy. If there’s anyone who would agree with me, it is my dear friend Nicolo Nimor. We started discussing our second collaboration together back in November and the design process was lengthy to say the least. I am the biggest sucker for a behind the scene look of designing and I am glad Nicolo let me into his creative world. There is something intimate about watching the steps an artist takes in order to bring his vision to life. -Oven Fresh Dreams

The Collaborate & Dream Series: Nicolo Nimor/Nick Automatic Part 2 is available now for sale at Oven Fresh Dreams for $24.99. If you are interested in picking one up, be sure to do so soon because a very limited amount were printed (35 made for US customers and 70 made for international customers).

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!

The Best Charlie Sheen Drama Quotes and Rants + Sheen T-Shirts

Debauchery, cocaine, and a filthy mouth. And so goes the life of Two and a Half Men star/self proclaimed rock star, Charlie Sheen. Sheen, whose show was recently put on hold and then indefinitely dropped from production, has been going on a tirade the past few days. It’s been quite interesting, actually, to peek into the sordid life that he live. Here of some of my favoriet Sheen quotes/videos/rants from the last couple of days:

From his Today Show interview:

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On his chest tattoo:

“It’s the banner from the death card that Kilgore [the Robert Duvall character] is throwing on his victims. But also falling from it is the apple from [poet Shel Silverstein’s] ‘The Giving Tree.’ There’s my life. Deal with it. I’m not just my dad. I’m putting up the river to kill another part of me, which is Kurtz. I’m every character in between, save for that little weirdo with his guts strapped in, begging for water. That’s not me. But there are parts of me that are Dennis Hopper. ‘You have the right to kill me, but you do not have the right to judge me.’ Boom. That’s the whole movie. That’s life.”

On his publicist quiting on him:

“Pussy. He’s not allowed to quit, so you’re fired.”

On his dad telling him to seek help:

“My conduct is bitchin’, my condition is perfect.”

On being banned from the Warner Bros. lot:

“Wow, that’s kind of strange given [Warner Bros. Television President] Peter Roth always said it was my show that kept the lights on. Doesn’t matter too much because after Wednesday they’ll have to rename Warner Bros. as Charlie’s Bros. I will fire those clowns and bring in my own team.”

On being on a drug called Charlie Sheen:

On Two and a Half Men creator, Chuck Lorre:

“Defeat is not an option. They know what they did was wrong they are in absolute breach [of contract] I did nothing wrong. I expressed an opinion, I have the first amendment and I have an army marching behind me, to quote Eminem. I put a billion dollars in the studio’s pockets and I put half a billion dollars in Chuck’s pocket. I should of been walking in to massages and hand jobs. Yeah, I said it! [The show’s producers] kept getting up into my grill, kept tell me how to live my personal life.. I’m saying ‘back off back off’ and they wouldn’t. I’m the type of guy who doesn’t hassle anybody…I think everybody’s got a black belt and a gun..so..I don’t get in anybody’s business. I kept asking for that respect and I couldn’t get it, I couldn’t get it. These guys are a couple of AA Nazis and just blatant hypocrites. They just do not practice what they preach it’s so transparent and so sad.”

On being a racist:

“I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the bulls**t TV persona…So you’re telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino.”

On being clean:

“If they do discover my blood to be tiger blood, I hope that nobody will be shocked!”

A letter from Charlie Sheen:

“What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon.

Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words — imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.

Remember these are my people … not yours…we will continue on together…”

On Two and a Half Men being shut down:

“Newsflash, I’m special.”

“The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning. My success rate is 100%. I was shackled and oppressed by the cult of AA for 22 years. I finally extracted myself from their troll hole and started living my life the way I want to live it. It’s vintage, outdated and stupid and it’s followed by STUPID people. I hate them violently. They will come at me. Debate me on AA right now. I have a disease? Bullshit. I cured it right now with my mind.”

“I was told if I went on the attack they’d cancel the show. Are they happy with the 5 billion dollars they made off me or do they want 10? I’m not fair game. I’m not a soft target. There’s a new sheriff, and he has an army of assassins.”

“My motto now is either you love or you hate and you must do so violently. I don’t live in the middle anymore. That’s where you get embarrassed. If you love with violence and you hate with violence there is nothing that can be questioned.”

“I’m going to hang out with these two smoking hotties and fly around the world. It might be lonely up here but I sure like the view. I don’t subscribe to any model.”

And of course, it would be remiss if I failed to mention a Charlie Sheen T-Shirt, so check out these fresh new pop-ish themed Sheen tees from La Boutique Genevan. Both shirts are available now for €22.

And then you’ve got these from Donkey T’s, a little more appropriate for the times, hah! Both shirts are available now for $16.

Scary Anime Lady Scribble T-Shirt

You can file this under the category labeled bizarre. Yu Kobayashi is a Japanese actress that is best known for her voice, which has appeared in video games such as Ar tonelico III, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and the feature film adaptation of Animal Crossing. What’s bizarre is that she decided to create some scribbles that look like they came from someone who was high on acid. And the worst part is that this isn’t a joke product, Kobayashi is actually selling her design in tote and T-Shirt form. If you’re crazy enough to be even remotely interested in this, then you deserve to spend the $63 that it will cost you to own these two products.

Would you buy this T-Shirt/Tote combination pack? Would you wear this T-Shirt?

PERF Laser Cut T-Shirt Designs

In the not so distant future, we will all use T-Shirts featuring laser cut designs. Screen printed apparel will be a thing of the past. Feasible? Probably not. Possible? Absolutely. In fact, a new brand called PERF Last Cut Apparel is doing exact that right now in 2011. You don’t even need to wait for the no so distant future.

“PERF creates unique laser cut patterned t-shirts for men and women. Eager to bring a distinctive texture and pattern to the clothes I wear, I created PERF after discovering the potential of using laser cutting technology to transform the everyday t-shirt into something extraordinary by cutting out unique patterns in them! I prefer to wear them with a colored t-shirt underneath, but I’ll leave that up to you. Or if you’d like, you can purchase an underlayer shirt of your specified color, separately. Each T-shirt is laser cut individually after you order it based on your preference for pattern, color and size. Please be patient as it may take up to 2 weeks to complete your order.”

PERF Laser Cut T-Shirts are available now from the PERF online shop from $34 to $45.

Bear Shark Meme Epicness

This shirt has a lot of things going on, so let me walk you through it. First there’s a shark, then there’s a bear straddled on top of said shark. Bear is clutching a rifle while smoking a cigar. All the while, the bear has on a Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt. Not far away, there is an explosion, the kind of big explosion that Michael Bay loves to set off in his movies (see Transformers, Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon).

Can a shirt get any more epic than this? I’d sign a petition to have this shirt made into a movie. Someone, anyone, go get that petition started!

Bear Shark is available now from NerdyShirts for $24.95.

I wonder if this T-Shirt has anything to do with the sharkbeartopus meme that spread via Reddit a few years ago:

Fuzzy Ink + Hawaiian Food = Good Times!

One of the best things about running this blog is being able to meet a bunch of different people online on nearly a daily basis. What’s even better is when I get to meet up with some of these awesome people. And what’s even better is when I get to meet up with a person whom I’ve been blogging about for some time now (over 2 years, yikes!).

Lucky me got that chance to hang out with John Paul, the mastermind behind one of favorite indie brands, Fuzzy-Ink. Turns out that he and his lovely lady friend has been here in Hawaii on vacation for the last two weeks, however, because of my Los Angeles trip I wasn’t able to meet up with him earlier. Fortunately, we were able to finally meet up for dinner and chat a bit about Hawaii, food, Duke vs. UNC, and Fuzzy Ink.

Since John hadn’t yet enjoyed the wonders of Hawaiian food, I decided to take him to one of my favorite Hawaiian food restaurants – Ono’s. Now for those of you that don’t speak or understand Hawaiian (which I assume is the bulk of you), “ono” in Hawaiian means delicious. But of course, a lot of Hawaiian food is an acquired taste (as they soon found out) and involves a LOT of pork. I had them order the Kalua Pig and the Laulau (both of my favorites). They also got nice servings of some lomi-lomi salmon, pipikaula, poi, and haupia. I’m pretty sure they enjoyed the Kalua Pig (pork cooked in an underground “imu” for hours; similar to pulled pork) but i think I might have scared John off with the poi (mashed and fermented taro root)! In any case, I hope that they enjoyed it!

I was also stoked when John brought out a couple of gifts for me that travelled with him all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina. He sent me home with a brand new and as yet unreleased Fuzzy Ink shirt, as well as the amazing Fuzzy Ink cookie cutter set! You guys don’t even know how much I’ve been wanting this cookie cutter set. Thanks, John! By the way, if the shirt (Steamboat Mario by Jublin) look familiar, it’s because it was recently featured on Teefury. I Looks like Fuzzy Ink purchased the design and will be selling it soon on their site.

I didn’t have a chance to snap a photo of our food, but this is prett much what we had (minus the poi). Via Selvin Chance.

Steamboat Mario by Jublin, soon to be available at Fuzzy Ink!

Can’t wait to bake some cookies! Thanks for the cookie cutter set, John!

The T-Shirt Lifecycle

I spotted this on Laughing Squid and though it was pretty nifty. Nick Fosta of the Sleeping In My Head blog came up with this genius flow chart featuring the lifecycle of a typical T-Shirt.

“I have a T-shirt problem: after years of buying them, my house is now full. Whilst recently trying to tidy up the situation I realised that I was subconsciously categorising them. As with everything on the internet, it ain’t a ‘thing’ until it’s visualised in an infographic.”

His flowchart logic is pretty spot on, and I actually find myself categorizing T-Shirts in much the same way.

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Baby Inside: Reveal Your Inner Youth by Evian

Aren’t these T-Shirts just too cute? They’re actually part of a marketing campaign from the French brand of mineral water, Evian. The Live Young campaign has actually been going on throughout 2010, but only recently did I catch a glimpse of the T-Shirts. And apparently, the commercials also went viral on YouTube with over 32 million views for the international version. Oddly enough, there is a US version of the commercial but I am yet to see it play here in the states.

Brilliant campaign? I think so. I think that anything that involves babies strikes a nerve, because, well, we’ve all been there done that.

The Baby Inside T-Shirts are available now from the Evian Shop for 30 Euro (~$40 US).

Speaking of babies, have any of you seen the Babies movie? If cuteness is your thing then this movie is a must watch. I didn’t know that a 79 minute documentary featuring the first year of four different babies from across the globe would be so entertaining. If you haven’t seen it, I’d suggest you check it out. However, if you’re on the fence when it comes to having babies of your own, then I’d suggest you stay away from this movie because by the end you’ll want nothing more than to have one.

Two Peas … In A Pod

Know someone that you just can’t stay away from? Well, this is just the shirt for you! Two Peas In A Pod is a pair of teas from Lil’ LoveDriven that will appeal to anyone who appreciates all things cute. But seriously, if you don’t thing this T-Shirt is cute then something must be wrong with you. Think of all the possibilities, you could wear this T-Shirt when you and your significant other:

  1. Go shopping together
  2. Watch a sports game together
  3. Go Jogging together
  4. Eat together
  5. Watch a movie together

You get the idea, right? This T-Shirt is pretty much perfect anytime you and yours do something together. Well, in theory it is. I’m not so sure how great of an idea it would be in practice. Maybe the first couple of times, at the very least! Still, that doesn’t take away from the cute factor!

Two Peas In A Pod is available now from Lil’ LoveDriven for $24.99. You choose both a male and female sized T-Shirt and you receive both with your order!