Christopher’s Den

I always knew that Christopher Robin secretly wanted to strangle Winnie-the-Pooh. He is constantly getting his head stuck in that darn honey jar – I’d want to strangle him too! Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees took things to the next level and had Winnie-the-Pooh gutted, skinned and turned into a rug suitable for the den of anyone who takes issue with a honey addicted bear who doesn’t like to wear pants.

Pick up Christopher’s Den now from Glennz Tees for $19.95 and give it to that 48 year old Winnie-the-Pooh addict that I know you know.

Christopher's Den

Christopher's Den

Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Dealing With Black Ink

Diary of a T-Shirt Intern is a weekly column written by Bo, a T-Shirt blogger at Loving This Tee who is also affectionately known in the tee community as dunz0. Bo will be tracking her experiences as an intern at Tilteed and sharing her thoughts on the strange land that is Portland, Oregon!

This past week was quite similar to my first week working at Tilteed. In short, I spent a great deal of my time packing orders and pinning the map. I did get the opportunity to start a print project from start to finish, though. That was somewhat frustrating, but also very fun. If you’ve received a package from Tilteed before, then you know that we include one of our business cards. If you haven’t received one, then you should place an order! I won’t make you guys wait though, so here’s a picture to show you what I’m talking about.

Tilteed Hangtags

Along with printing those cards, I also got the chance to print some more t-shirts this past week, specifically one of my Tilteed Limited curations by YAWN called “Releasing Dark Matter.” I love the artwork by this German duo, so it was an honor getting to print their design. Definitely check them out if you don’t know who they are!

Releasing Dark Matter

This was my first time working exclusively with black ink, something that may seem like no big deal. Well, it turns out that black ink is the thinnest out of all the colors, with white being the thickest. With that said, it took me a few test runs to figure out how to best handle it for such a large print. For a one-color design, I found this shirt to be tougher to print than the three-color prints that I have worked with. I figure that it will just require some getting used to.

One thing that I should note is that what I’m having the most trouble with isn’t actually the printing, but everything else in the printing process. For example, washing screens takes a lot more than just spraying them with water. There are steps that must be followed in order, or else you risk messing up the silk screen for good. And then there’s the matter of scrubbing vs. not scrubbing and what hose setting to use. These minor details get quite complicated when you’re new to screen printing. I constantly return to my Moleskine notebook for notes. It all seems so simple and routine, yet I’m having such a difficult time figuring out what to do next. I am hoping that practice makes perfect!

Unfortunately, I am sick and in bed as I write this. So as to remind myself of the better Oregon days, I will leave you with some beach pictures from last Friday. It was cold and the water was freezing, but I was having a blast experiencing the Pacific Ocean from its western side (I’ve seen the Pacific from Thailand’s coast too). I definitely want to make it back there again when it’s a bit warmer.

Oh, and no dinosaurs this week. Next week, I promise!

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Bo Visiting The Beach

Be sure to check out the latest at Tilteed. The shirt is called Wild Architecture and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Wild Architecture

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

Known an awesome kid? We’ll here’s your chance to pick them up some awesome threads! The good people over at Threadless is having a huge clearance sale on all of their gear made especially for kids, including onesies, hoodsies, hoodies and of course kid tees! The tees are normally priced at $20 but they have been marked down to $9. Score!

Threadless Kids Clearance Sale

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We're on the same level by Dud Lawson

Friendly Beasts by Hillary White

Blowfish by Andy Gonsalves

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

Have you ever wondered what your favorite Threadless design looked like before it graced the coveted fabric of a Threadless tee? Well, wonder no more because here are 76 Threadless classics from sketch to print.

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

If you enjoyed this post then please, please, please, tell you’re friends about it! A simple Tweet or post on your Facebook page will help to get the word out, and a link back on your blog would be greatly appreciated!

Facebook Like Co-Tee TV

If you stumbled on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere then welcome! Please feel free to peruse the site and if you like what you see then I’d recommend adding Co-Tee TV as a friend on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on future posts!

1. Battle of the Giants by Alex Solis

Battle of the Giants

Battle of the Giants

2. Space Chase by Alex Solis

Space Chase

Space Chase

3. Fast Food by Alex Solis

Fast Food

Fast Food

4. War Games by Ersin Ertuck

War Games

War Games

5. Burgervetica by David Schwen

Burgervetica

Burgervetica

6. Irate Primate by David Schwen

Irate Primate

Irate Primate

7. Springfield Still Life by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Springfield Still Life

Springfield Still Life

8. Sees The Day by Evan Ferstenfeld and Enkel Dika

Sees The Day

Sees The Day

Did you know that you can just click any of the images you see in this post and it will take you straight to the product page? What’s even better is that you score an extra $5 off your entire order by using the coupon code “yaykids5″ at checkout!

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Unique LA Day 2 Recap Photos

Looks like a lot of you enjoyed the photos provided by our friends at Milk & Eggs Co! Fortunately for you, there’s more where that came from. Here are some photos from Day 2 of the Independent Design and Gift Show: Unique LA. Please enjoy and remember to visit Milk & Eggs Co. for some awesome and fun teeeeee shirts!

FAZE Apparel | FAZE is an acronym for Fearless and Zealous Everyday and is a San Francisco clothing line brought to you by three uniquely different, yet similar individuals. To us and our supporters, FAZE is more than a brand, it’s a mentality that should be upheld daily. You are driven by passion and FAZE will help you prove it to the world, through apparel with elevated designs and harmonious color schemes that represent your adaptive and visionary instinct.

FAZE Apparel

FAZE Apparel

LiNK: Liberty In North Korea | LiNK exists so that one day the crisis in North Korea will not. We operate under a mandate that does not allow us to remain silent about the human rights and refugee crisis that is a result of this emergency. We educate, protect, advocate, provide and empower the North Korean people so that one day they will have the opportunity to live in true freedom.

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LINK

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M7

MNKR | To make people happy through the wearable medium of the T-Shirt.

MNKR

MNKR

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A Big Bird Equals A Big Meal

Ever wondered what would happen to Big Bird if he ever me a hungry black cat? Well, wonder no more because the newest tee from Glennz Tees explains what would happen as succinctly as possible. Big Bird would be one big pile of feathers, that’s what would happen! Growing up I was a huge fan of Sesame Street (what kid wasn’t). My favorite characters would have to have been Bert and Ernie and The Cookie Monster. Who were your favorite Sesame Street characters?

Big Meal is printed on a Slate American Apparel tee and is available now from Glennz Tees for $19.95. Floss not included.

Big Meal

Big Meal

People of Walmart Tees Volume 1

So I’ve be a bit amused by the site People of Walmart and spent some time the other day perusing their archives. The one thing that I noticed, other than an assortment of very obese and obscene people, was the collection of naughty and sometimes disturbing T-Shirts. I thought I’d share with you a few of them. And by the way, as these images are from People of Walmart, they might be profane and obscene to some, so assume from the get go assume that they are NSFW.

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Ironically, this tee is produced in Hawaii by a brand called Poi Pounder Shirts. Who would’ve thought? Pick one up for $18.

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Deadmau5 by Jacob Sikais

So if you’re not familiar with Deadmau5, he is a Toronto based based music producer (progressive/electric house) whose real name is Joel Zimmerman. That mouse head on the shirt below is his signature character. The shirt is titled Deadmau5 and features the Deadmau5 character but is not a Deadmau5 authorized tee. It’s actually a tee from NYC based tee contest site, Finroo.

I have to add that the colors on this shirt and the overall vibe is pretty wild. Deadmau5 fans will probably dig it. It is available now from Finroo for $34.99. I know it’s a steep price but rest assured, you are getting a quality product and probably the softest shirt you’ll ever own. Trust me on that, I’ve tried these tees from Finroo and they are ace.

Deadmau5

Deadmau5

Interview with DBH 10K Winner Christian San Jose

Fresh off his big $10,000 Design By Humans win, Christian San Jose (aka csj89) sat down to talk with me about his winning design Mecha-Labaw, the stress of competition and the power of social networking and good old hustle.

Mecha-Labaw by Christian San Jose aka csj89

1. Congratulations on winning the Design By Humans $10,000 contest!It’s been about a 2 month wait since the start of the contest – what has your anxiety level been like during the last couple of weeks?

Thanks Coty! It was really a roller-coaster experience, from the joy I got because of all the support by friends and people that liked the design, to all the stress that came from thinking of new ways of promoting it, even the anxiety that each new round (and the consequent vote reset) brings. I barely slept in August, because if you stopped promoting, there’s a big chance somebody will get ahead.

2. What was your reaction when you found out you won?

My initial reaction was a huge sigh of relief that it was all over. But that didn’t take long, I jumped around and screamed a lot too. I was at my day job with all my officemates awaiting the countdown, and everybody cheered loudly when it was finally announced. I think I high-fived about 30 people, even the CEO who didn’t know what was happening.

3. What was your inspiration for Mecha-Labaw? What did you try and accomplish with this design?

I came up with Mecha-Labaw because I wanted to do an illustration that had something to do with my country. I came across a large water buffalo photo, and I always wanted to draw something intricate and robotic or mechanical which I haven’t done before. So it all came together with the artwork. It became an artwork in honor of a national symbol in the Philippines.

4. The final two in the DBH 10K came down to you and AJ Dimarucot aka collisiontheory, the reigning 10K champion. Did you feel like you had a good chance at upsetting AJ and winning it all?

Honestly when the contest was nearing its end, I already had my mind set that there’s no chance I’d win over AJ. Since the votes were hidden, I based my thought on the comment count and at the time, I had over 400 comments, and AJ’s sub was close to around 700. During the most part though, I never stopped asking for votes despite the little chance. AJ and I are good friends and colleagues outside of DBH, we’re even neighbors, and I closely followed his win last year – how he continuously promoted his design and got votes from everywhere. I followed his plans from last year (newspaper and web ads, giving away design resources), and added schemes of my own. Last August, I did 4 seminars discussing graphic design and t-shirt culture in schools and organizations, and after each talk, I had a chance to promote Mecha-Labaw and ask for help. I also included Mecha-Labaw in two group exhibits I was apart of during the voting process. I also work full-time as a web designer in an Internet Marketing company, so that experience helped me in brainstorming and coming up with the landing page for voters – www.mechalabaw.com, and the placement of promotional blog entries in high traffic websites.

5. You really pushed hard at promoting Mecha-Labaw. At what point in the contest did you think, “geee, wouldn’t be great if I actually set up a website just to promote Mecha-Labaw?” Was the website something you knew you wanted to do from the start?

It was a plan since the very start of the contest, the site was done right after I submitted Mecha-Labaw to DBH, and it was made public just after the announcement of the Top 20. I planned and scheduled all my promotions days ahead of the submission, and at first it was supposed to be hosted at www.csj89.com/10k/ so I could easily spread the link around, but that link was already hard to remember. The direct DBH link was also long and hard to remember, and previous DBH experience dictates that some new DBH visitors get lost when presented with the direct vote link. They didn’t know if they had to register first, where the vote button was and whatnot. I made a landing page with a memorable domain name to make the vote process as easy and smooth as possible. I also included a shirt give-away raffle promo for anyone who re-blogs, for incentive. The site was hosted on the same server as my portfolio (www.csj89.com), and the new domain name was just $9. Not a bad price considering all the help it provided. I wish I could show you the old piece of paper I drafted all my initial promotional ideas on but I can’t seem to find it now.

6. Are you satisfied with final colorway that Design By Humans decided to go with for the Mecha-Labaw print?

Very satisfied on my part, I love the colorway they chose. Some of the buyers want lighter choices though, it’s all up to DBH if they decide to print it again.

Mecha-Labaw Original Mock Up

Mcha-Labaw Final Print

7. Finally, I think most people are interested to know how you’re going to spend/use the cash prize?

I’ll give $1000 to charity, buy a Macbook, and keep the rest of the money in the bank for future savings.

Thank you very much Coty for this interview, and again I’d also like to thank everyone who supported Mecha-Labaw in the contest :)

New Standard Shipping at Chimpogo

Chimpogo recently announced new standard shipping rates of £1 for UK & Europe orders and £2 for the rest of the world. Woohoo, let’s rejoice! Or, at the very least, buy some T-Shirts! And if you’re so inclined to test out these new shipping rates then feel free to take a peek and the two suggested tees below, a free gift from me to you (no shipping required).

Chimpogo

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