TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 8

This might be a day late but I haven’t forgotten about my TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment! Seven more action packed slogans await for your vote, so get on it! Show me some Threadless love! To see all of my slogans and to vote for them check out my Threadless profile page. Vote for me and I will make you an awesome avocado burger if ever we meet in real life.

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Prevent wedgies and go commando.

This is actually the best defense to getting wedgies, and the cheapest! I don’t think that I’ve been the victim of wedgies (it helps being the oldest child amongst siblings and cousins) but I do remember dishing them out!

Organic is the new black.

Indeed everyone and their grandma has decided that going green is the best way to go. And of course it is. It’s even become a fashion statement for some and hence, organic “stuff” is the new black. 

Grapes don’t deserve to be stepped on.

I was trying to decide what beverage to get for lunch on this particular day (I decided on H20) and stumbled upon a bottle of Welch’s grape juice. I instantly thought of @garyvee and then wine. I’m not sure why I thought of @garyvee (I’m excited about his new book, BTW) but as I was thinking about him and I thought about how grapes don’t deserve to be smashed. What have they ever done to us!

Recycle your newspaper and make origami.

Oh, this seriously sounds like fun! Who wants to try?

Milk: It prevents decalcification.

Milk: It does a body good …. and it prevents decalcification! This is true, friends. 

I like to picnic with teddy bears.

Weird, I know. This slogan originated from an ODD status message that I saw on Facebook (not mine). Made it fit the 140 word limit and BAM, slogan. 

There’s no excuse for having no excuse.

There’s isn’t really an excuse for having no excuse. Even better, try not needing an excuse in the first place that way to won’t have to worry about having an excuse for an excuse. I just confused myself there.

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 (Part 2)

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 is a guest post that was written by tee and belt designer, Jon Wye. In Part 2, Jon discusses how to take model shots creatively  on the cheap. If you missed Part 1, check it out, Jon discusses how to create quality product shots using a DIY lighting box.

Method 2: Work The Camera In Your Kitchen.

With the previous method you can make your tees look as good as the big boys and the quality and style of the photos works for a small designer and a large designer.

But if you want to have your t-shirts on models (my new choice for displaying the tees online) it’s not that hard, just takes a little more time and patience.

1. Fabric Store Field Trip. Start by taking a field trip to your local fabric store or even your local home décor store. Head straight for the upholstery and home furnishings fabric section, look for the thick stuff. Make sure to bring your camera.

Jon Wye at the Fabric Store

2. Have fun! With a friend, pick out your top 5 or 6 favorite fabrics and start photographing each other posing in front of the fabrics or laying on them on the floor.

3. Review. I picked out many fabrics that I loved in person but ultimately looked bad bad bad through the lense of the camera.

Have Fun When Choosing Fabric

4. Two Yards or More. When you’ve found the fabric that suits your best, buy no less than 2 yards worth. You will need enough to go over your head and below your waist.

5. Positive Reinforcement. Treat yourself to a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, you’ve earned it!

McDonald's Cheeseburger

6. Hang and Tighten. Go back to your pad and hang your new fabric. Make sure it is very tight and shows no wrinkles.

7. Prepare Lighting. Bust out as many lamps as you can find and shine the light away from the fabric. Get some white paper, or better yet, some white foam board, and bounce the light back on the fabric. Indirect light is the best light for modeling.

8. WHITE BALANCE YOUR CAMERA. Again, this is very important. Photoshop can only correct so much. You will need to take a picture of something WHITE that is in front of the fabric (but not with any part of the fabric in it) and balance your camera off of that image. Again, consult your users manual. White Balancing takes some reading to understand, so don’t beat yourself up. Essentially you are telling your camera what your consider to be pure white in the photo, and your camera should adjust all the colors it sees around that. You’ll probably need to do some Photoshop work, but not a lot.

9. Work The Camera. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. That is very important. Too often I see model shots where the people are looking far too serious for their own good! To me, it’s a turn off! I laugh, thinking, are you really that full of yourself to strike a pose that looks more like a epileptic fit with make-up on.

Model It!

Yellow Black & White

One of the great things about running a t-shirt blog is that I get random emails from companies that I never heard of before. This was the case when Yellow Black & White (YBW) contacted me regarding their new line of tees. 

With eager anticipation I checked out their online store – their brand name had me curious to see what their products looked like. Bright yellow? Abstract art? Lots of lines? To my surprise, YBW had a very diverse lineup of tees, and ultimately I saw 3 out of 7 tees from their online store that I would personally wear: Rock Band, Ampersand (reminded me of Ugmonk’s tees), and Lines. My favorite amongst the three would have to be Lines – it reminded me of the large novelty twirly straws that I used to use as a kid, plus it’s always a treat to try and figure out the meaning of a tee. 

If you’ve got a minute or two, I would definitely suggest that you check out YBW. You might find something that you’ll like! Also, if the art interests you then check out the amazing artwork of YASLY.

Ampersand

Lines

Rock Band

$3 Tee At The Chop Shop

There are some crazy deals to be had this christmas season out in the indie tee universe! The Chop Shop has one of the craziest deals going by announcing a $3 tee every week up until christmas! THREE DOLLARS – you can’t get any cheaper than that. This weeks tee is the “10 Year Plan for Men” which is based on a “real” yearbook page. Not too shabby a tee for 3 bucks.

100th Tee Fury Tee and First Collaboration

Tee Fury has been around for just over 3 months and has just posted their 100th Tee. Tee Fury posts a different tee everyday for sale for a limited time of 24 hours. The great things about this new tee is that it’s not only the 100th Tee Fury tee to be released, but, it’s the first collaboration tee they’ve done. 

The art on the tee is the work of the many designers that frequent the Tee Fury forums. The idea was first suggested by Craig Watkins aka Wotto who suggested that people should submit their take on the Tee Fury bird logo for use on a collaboration tee. The final design is pretty great and the tee design itself is titled Furyous Omnibus. Grab yours now at TeeFury for a measly 9 bucks!

Guy Etches Steve Jobs On His iPhone!

I found this on the Threadless forums and thought it was pretty rad. It’s an image of a guy holding his iPhone with a customized etching of Apple CEO and savior, Steve Jobs. The etcher is budding artist Andrew Mundy, who used the the laser etcher at his workplace to put Steve’s mug on his jesus phone (how fitting). Here’s his custom iPhone along with some other pieces of art that he has done and a video of him doing his thing! To see more Andrew Mundy check out his photostream at Flickr and his MySpace.