Whenever something becomes a cultural phenomenon, you can almost always expect a T-Shirt to pop up here and there that promotes, makes fun of, or applauds that particular phenomenon. Twitter has definitely swept the Interwebs and has become a phenomenal new way for people to connect and communicate. And we’ve seen a couple of Twitter tees op up here and there, but, expect that amount to increase exponentially!Â
The popular Chicago based T-Shirt contest site, Threadless, announced earlier today that it has partnered with Twitter on a new project that will bring popular tweets to the torsos of millions. The shirts will feature notable tweets that are submitted and voted on by the users of Twitter.Â
Winners will receive $500, a prize identical to that of the Threadless Typetees contest. And to promote the submission of tweets, individuals that submit a winning tweet made by someone else will receive $140.Â
The new Threadless/Twitter tees cost $18 and feature the Twitter logo along with the @name of the tweet author on the bottom left corner of the tee.Â
The oh so creative Glenn Jones has come up with an ingenious idea for his popular T-Shirt designs – laptop skins! And why not, people love originality and by slapping one of these skins on your laptop you will indeed achieve an originality. Just be ready for the constant ooogling by others (because people get jealous fast when they see awesome stuff) and the tirade of “Where’d yo get that” inquiries. The Glennz skins are available now for 13″ to 17″ laptops and sell for $17.95.
I also noticed, and thought that I would point this out, that a few of the skins sport some of Glenn Jones’ older Threadless designs – like one of my faves “What Would MacGyver do?” Interesting, huh!
Linty Fresh’s Eric Terry announced the date for the 3rd of his Linty Fresh live chats. He’ll be available once more, Sunday January 25, to answer any questions you might have live via ustream. He’ll also have a special guest this time around, a friend and SEO specialist. This should be great for those of you wondering how you can best optimize your blog or online store for search engines like Google. It’s a two hour live show, so come ready with questions to ask, bring some snacks and get ready to gain some knowledge!
I stumbled upon Gitchers as I was perusing the Girl In Your Shirt site, a few days ago. The concept of the site is very simple: you register and tag yourself with a few words and a category and then you wait for participating companies/brands to search out your demographic. If you match a particular demographic (i.e. age, sex, category) of interest then they may select you to receive a free company branded tee.Â
Each account registered is associated with one free tee, but they say that you can register for more than one account (i.e. for you, your kid and your dog). And yes, I did say dog, apparently, some of the brands that they work with have doggie wear items as promotional items.Â
Registration is quick and easy. There’s no long survey to fill out, nothing to buy and they mention that your information like email and address are protected from the companies searching the database. Companies interested in participating can also register, however, there is a 100 shirt minimum give away policy. Gitchers is currently only available to US citizens.Â
If you want to roll the dice to see if you’ll receive a free targeted t-shirt, then go ahead and register from Gitchers!
Microsoft has turned to hip-hop icon, Common, to spearhead their new venture into T-Shirts. That’s right, our buddies in Redmond have decided to pour a couple more bucks into trying to be hip. Maybe the Apple rebuttal commercials weren’t working and so they had to revise their marketing game plan? The new collection of tees, known as Softwear by Microsoft can now be found on the Microsoft site, though, there are no links to purchase the tees just yet (it says they will be available by December 15). The collection consists of 4 tees designed by Microsoft, dubbed “Classic Designs” and 4 tees designed by Common.
Being the Apple fanboy that I am, I would never be caught in one of these, but, I am sure that since Windows has more than 90% OS marketshare, there will be people interested in buying these.
We need Apple lead designer, Jonathan Ive, to dream up some Apple branded tee designs. Though if he did design them, they might end up being simply solid (and blank) white, black or grey tees. At least they would match my Apple gear!
Technology is a major part of my life and has integrated itself into nearly every aspect of my life imaginable. It has even begun to seep into the clothes that I wear! Back in the day, I remember sporting my favorite Napster tee, or that hard to find Apple tee (usually gotten from an OS release). Now, many tech companies provide tees for purchase making it easy for teach fanatics like myself to show on their chest their weapons of choice.Â
Here are 7 different technology based tees that reflect innovations that I enjoy to use (or visit and read in the case of Laughing Squid). I’ll focus on “official” tees for this post and do a future post on some 3rd party tees (if you know of some cool ones let me know).Â
Do you have a favorite technology tee that you like to use and show off? Post a link to the shirt so that others with similar technologoy tastes can buy and enjoy!
1.Â WordPress. Does WordPress run your blog (I do for this blog)? Then checkout this site for a selection of official WordPress t-shirts and other merchandise. You can pick up either a red or olive green WordPress tee forÂ Â£9.50 GBP. The tees are printed on American Apparel.Â
2. Google/Blogger. Is Google the first thing you see when you open your browser? Are you part of the Blogger faithful? If so, then you might enjoy some official Google gear. In fact, there is a wide selection of Google merchandise available in their store, from organic tees to recycle track jackets. They’ve even got tees printed on 70% bamboo and 30% cotton. They claim the bamboo component makes it antimicrobial and feel like a mix between cashmere and silk! The Wearables section in the Google store offers 36 different products! The tees are priced between $13.50 – $20.00.Â
3. Laughing Squid. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit in InternetLAND and it just so happens that the Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale sells an official t-shirt printed on American Apparel and available for 20 buckaroos!Â
How does this sound for an idea: wear a different shirt every day for a year and have people pay you to do it.
That’s exactly what Jason Sadler is doing at I Wear Your Shirt. The concept is very simple, you buy a day that you would like your tee to be worn, you ship the tee out and it’s gets worn by Jason and marketed on his blog, YouTube, Ustream, Flickr and Twitter. The hope is that for a day, your tee will go “viral” and thus putting your brand or company in the spotlight for 24 hours.
I personally think that this is a great idea and even wish I had thought of it! But will people be intrigued long enough to follow Jason for an entire year?Â
“Days are sold at “face value” so January 1 is $1 and December 31 is $365.”Â Jason has already sold out of tee days up to March 2009. That means that the starting day price is at $90+. Someone has even bought the last day of the year, December 31, 2009 for, you guessed it, $365. If you do the math, and if Jason sells out every day in 2009 then he stands to make over $60,000!
Does the price tag warrent the rising day costs? Potentially. Especially if Jason becomes an Internet celebrity and is paraded all over old media (i.e. News stations, radio and magazines).
I would definitely say that if your company has some “change” to spend then this might be an interesting way to market your product. But for the rest of you, you might be better off spending 30 bucks for a months worth of ad time on a good t-shirt blog.
Have you seen the new animated opening sequence for the PleaseDressMe show? Well here it is! It was recently posted on Vimeo by creator Jeff Peak. Apparently it was made as a gift to the PleaseDressMe guys – how cool is that. I saw at least one shirt that I own in that video, did you see any tees that you own? By the way, Episode 1 of PleaseDressMe TV was released a few weeks ago, when can we see Episode 2 or am I just looking in the wrong place?Â
This is an opening animation I built for the online show PleaseDressMeTV. PleaseDressMe is a search engine for t-shirts created by AJ and Gary Vaynerchuk. These guys are quite inspiring and for that I created this as a gift. – Jeff Peak
In appreciation of being featured in Indie Tee Spotlight #10 (or it could be a Black Friday thing but I’m inclined to think otherwise, LOL), Goodie Two Sleeves has announced an AWESOME sale! They will be offering a staggering 50% off your entire order. You want even awesomer? OK, the sale lasts a whole week! Want more? Every time you make a purchase your are entered to win 7 free Goodie Two Sleeves tees! The sale kicks off on November 28 and will run through December 5.Â
Johnny Cupcakes recently released some new Apple gear, and you know how much I dig Apple gear! The new Johnny Cupcakes iPhone cases are 100% rubber and fit both the first generation and 3G iPhone. The cases sport the classic Johnny Cupcakes fork logo on the back with the classic bones and cupcake. You can purchases the cases now in Gray and Pink color options for $24. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick one of these cupcake cases up next week when I am up in Boston – you know I’ll be hitting up the Newbury Johnny Cupcakes Store!