The Struggle + 50% Off at Miles To Go

I am really digging the newest design from Miles To Go Clothing. It’s called The Struggle and it is essentially art on your torso. The design is based on an old statue that was created by the founder of Miles To Go. The shirt is printed on a 90% cotton / 10% polyester American Apparel tee features thinned out ink for a super light feel.

The Struggle is available now from Miles To Go Clothing for $21.99 BUT for the next 24 hours you can score 50% off this shirt and every other item in the Miles To Go online shop so be sure to use the coupon code “family” at checkout. There are some excellent deals to be had so go and check them out!

The Struggle

101 T-Shirts for Artists, Art Snobs and Photoshop Gurus

So despite the first epic shirt list being daunting and time consuming, I decided to do a follow up! This time, I switch from the natural sciences to the arts and humanities by featuring 100 + 1 T-Shirts for artists, art snobs, photoshop gurus and everyone in between. Know someone who enjoys art? Chances are, they’ll enjoy at least one of the tees on this list!

Side Note: This list almost proved to be futile! I started this list about a week after the epic 101 T-Shirts for Scientists, Science Geeks and Nerds list and it took me nearly a month to compile a list of 101 worthwhile T-Shirts that fit into the category of appealing to either artists, art snobs and/or photoshop gurus. I almost gave up on the list. The first time I called it quits was after I found the first 10. Then when I reached 50, I thought, 50 is a nice round number, why not stop here? But I kept on searching every corner of InternetLAND and I eventually found 101. I hope you enjoy this list, because I sure had a difficult (but worthwhile) time compiling it!

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1. CMYK Family by Chimpogo, £21.

CMYK Family by Chimpogo

2. Pixel Tools by Insanely Great Tees, $19.

Pixel Tools

3. Artists Create Happiness by Graniph, $23.75.

Artists Create Happiness

4. Love, Life, Death by Kneedeepinsleep, £25.

Live, Life Death

5. Grafftips by Michael Delahaut (Threadless), $25.

Grafftips

6. Shapes by AtomicChild, $15.

Shapes

7. Louise Bourgeouis by T-Shirt In A Box, 21,40 €.

Louise Bourgeouis

8. Creation by James Anthony Apparel, $26.

Creation

9. Just Say No To Art by Fair Weather Friends, $35.27.

Just Say No To Art

10. Color by Sixpack France, 33,50 €.

Color

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New Math + Funky Equations = Cool Shirts!

Remember the guys from Doubletake Clothing? Sure you do, they released the very popular Bears, Beets, Battlestar… tee early on this year. Well, they’re back. Sort of. This time the masterminds behind Doubletake Clothing has forged a new alliance with author/artist Craig Damrauer, of New Math fame.

“New Math started as an art book which was sold at MOMA and a number of other museum stores and boutiques in the US and Japan. In the fall CT Editions will publish a collection of New Math, edited by Ed Ruscha. New Math has been seen in GOOD Magazine, the New York Times Op-Ed page, Mother Jones and the German Greenpeace Magazine.”

If you haven’t checked out New Math: Equations for Living, I urge you to do so. I just picked up a copy from Amazon for a cheap $9.94 and am excited to see what other equations Craig has cooked up.

As far as the shirts go, yeah they’re simple – they are supposed to be! They retain the “New Math” look and feel as seen in the book. My favorite from the bunch is the Modern Art equation shirt. Isn’t it so true? I think so. For an extra $5 you can even pick up an amazing collectors/gift box. Each of these environmentally friendly boxes features the New Math equation of the shirt.

Modern Art

Pirate

New Math Box

Not directly associated to the shirts above but somewhat related. You YouTube fans will probably enjoy it:

Stay Sharp by Olly Moss

Stay Sharp is the latest shirt from U.K. based artist, Olly Moss, and it features lots of yellow! The shirt, which was produced for New Standard, is available now for purchase at Urban Outfitters for $24. 

This is the perfect shirt for creative types. Know someone who loves to write or draw with tradition tools (i.e. pencil)? This is the shirt to get them. Though, you might want to check if they are fans of yellow. 

Stay Sharp by Olly Moss

Sympathy For The Unusual Summer 2009 Collection

Italian based brand, Sympathy For The Unusual, recently released their debut line of designer tees. This collection of internationally designed shirts features the work of artists from all over the globe. 

This initial release features six different tees from six different artists, including: Matt Joyce, Rubens Cantuni, Ed Nacional, Andy Smith, Lorena Vigil-Escalera and Unusual Design Movement. 

Each shirt is quality cut and trim size featuring 100% cotton and a special print inside each left sleeve, all you need to do to uncover it is roll up the sleeve!

Sympathy For The Unusual

Sympathy For The Unusual

Sympathy For The Unusual

Sympathy For The Unusual

Two New Ugmonk Tees Released

Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame recently released two new tees, Clearly Ambiguous and Path To Nowhere. Path To Nowhere is a welcomed re-release of an old tee in a new colorway. I actually like the blue and white colorway over the original red and white version.

Clearly Ambiguous is a neat 3 color print with a conglomeration of leaf-like shapes strategically placed to form a larger shape. If I could name this shirt I would definitely have named it Gestalt, since it reminds of the principles behind Gestalt Psychology – a theory of mind and brain that “describes the form-forming capability of our senses (the word Gestalt in German literally means “shape” or “figure”), particularly with respect to the visual recognition of figures and whole forms instead of just a collection of simple lines and curves.”

Both shirts are available from Ugmonk for $21 but remember to use the coupon code “COTY09″ to save 10% off of your entire order!

Clearly Ambiguous by Jeff Sheldon

Path To Nowhere by Jeff Sheldon

Indie Tee Spotlight #25: Dale Edwin Murray

It was my pleasure to interview Dale Edwin Murray for this weeks Indie Tee Spotlight. He has definitely made a name for himself in the crazy world of T-Shirt design and has been very successful in submitting designs and winning at some of the top T-Shirt contest sites around, like, Threadless, A Better Tomorrow and Shirt.Woot. Dale shares a little bit about how he got his start, what you can do to improve your chances of submitting a winning design and why he doesn’t wear his own shirts!

Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: How did you get started in the T-Shirt design business?

Dale: I help start an online t-shirt store about 5 years ago. I was initially involved in content management and marketing and somehow ended up designing all of their own brand tees. I went freelance about 3 years ago and have been doing t-shirt design ever since.

Coty: What was your first experience in submitting to a T-Shirt design contest? What did you learn from that initial experience?

Dale: My first experience of a t-shirt contest was subbing something to threadless. It was a long time ago and looking back on it the design was pretty awful. It scored pretty badly and got hardly any love from the crowd over there. I learned a number of things from that experience – firstly that t-shirt design is not as easy as it might first appear. There is definitely an art to it and just because you are a good designer doesn’t necessarily mean that you can do commercially appealing tees. It also became apparent just how much competition there is out there. Subbing to threadless was definitely a useful way to get unbiased feedback on those initial designs. It told me that I needed to go back to the drawing board and come up with something better and better each time.

Get Awesome

Coty: You’ve submitted to and won at Threadless with the designs Squeeze Me and Music Business Remastered. With Threadless receiving over 2000 submissions a week, how difficult is it to get noticed and printed at Threadless? What tips do you have for those trying to get printed by Threadless?

Dale: There is a lot of competition at threadless. There are a plenty of very talented designers over there and they get a ton of submissions. So yeah it’s tough to get printed. I thought it was never going to happen! And I’m finding it just as tough to get printed for a third time! I guess the advice I would give would be to take your time with getting your design just right before you submit it. Try and get something perfect and resist the urge to get it subbed quickly. I think it is also important to try and get involved in the community over there, to participate in the blogs and critique/score/comment on other people’s designs. Try and get yourself known and as silly as it sounds, get a good, easily recognisable avatar.

Squeeze by Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: Which of your designs is your favorite to date? Why?

Dale: I guess it would have to be Music Business Remastered. It is my highest scored design on threadless and went down pretty well there in terms of sales as well. I guess that’s what I’m always striving for, a design that looks great but also sells well. Funnily enough on my way to the gym the afternoon I actually saw a guy wearing the hoodie version – that made my work-out much easier!

Music Business Remastered by Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: Aside from submitting to contest sites I am sure that you do freelance work outside of T-Shirt design. What, if any, type of graphic design work do you do outside of designing awesome T-Shirt designs?

Dale: I’m lucky enough to have enough t-shirt design work to not have to diversify at the moment. I say luckily because I really love doing tee design. But in the future I would also love to move into other areas – editorial illustrations, album and book covers – that kind of stuff would be cool. But at the moment I am all about tees!

Splash

Coty: Digit Duel is the “sequel” to your first Threadless design, Squeeze Me. I’ve got to ask, what’s the story behind these squeeze characters? How’d you come up with the concept of colorful beans on oversized hands? And secondly, are those the hands of Dale Edwin Murray!

Dale: I have absolutely no idea how that idea popped into my mind! I was just doodling these little bean characters and wanted a way of making them look really small in relation to something else. I thought it would be cool if they were interacting with something rendered in a photo-realistic kind of way – a mixture of fantasy and reality if you like. So it sprang from there I guess. So I took a photo of my own hand squeezing a grape to get the perfect pose. Yep, those are my hands – complete with freckles!

Slurp

Coty: With a growing collection of Dale Edwin Murray designed tees circling the Internet, I wonder, does Dale wear his own tees?

Dale: I have to admit that I don’t wear graphic tees at all – my own or anyone else’s. I only wear plain tees. I used to wear a ton and still have them all in my wardrobe but I don’t feel right wearing them anymore. That’s what happens when you hit 30!!!!

When Chameleons Go Wrong

Thanks to Dale Edwin Murray for taking the time out from creating wonderful tees to chat with me! Be sure to stay up-to-date with Dale’s latest designs by visiting his online portfolio.

Music Mountain by Lyndsey Lesh

Former Beautiful/Decay intern, Lyndsey Lesh created this stunning design, titled Music Mountain. It’s actually the June T-Shirt of the Month over at the Beautiful/Decay online shop. I’m definitely digging this design and I absolutely love the colorway. Pick up this shirt if you’re  fan of music and wonderful art! Now, if only I knew how to spin records.

As with all Beautiful/Decay Shirt of the Months, this tees will be offered as a unique colorway and will be limited to a run of 300 shirts. The tee is available now for just 20 bucks, which is 33% off the retail price. Essentially, you’re getting a limited run Beautiful/Decay tee before it’s available anywhere else! And even when it is available at retail outlets, this colorway will be no more! So buy it if you like it, now. 

Music Mountain

Music Mountain

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

I’m a huge fan of Jeff Sheldon’s brand, Ugmonk. He has definitely done some amazing things in the short time that his brand has been around. He recently reprinted one of his earlier, and more popular tee designs, Path To Nowhere. It’s the perfect shirt for anyone that feels like that can’t get to where they are trying to go. 

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

San Diego/Las Vegas Trip Day 3 + 4

Day 3 Shirt of Choice: Mr. Robot Goes Sightseeing

My shirt choice for this third day of travel was none other than Philip Tseng’s Threadless classic, Mr. Roboto Goes Sightseeing. We started off the day by having breakfast at Cafe 222 in downtown San Diego. The small hole in the wall cafe was very busy and the wait was long (about 30 minutes) but I was eager to taste their famous Pumpkin Waffles. I surely was not disappointed. Every piece was like taking a bite from a slice of fresh pumpkin pie. I loved it. Michelle had their Green Eggs and Spam, which came out looking nothing like we expected!

Mr. Roboto Goes Sightseeing

Here’s Mr. Roboto hanging out. As you can see, the UV ink on the tee does indeed work!

The rest of the day was reserved for one of San Diego’s more famous attractions: Sea World. Let me tell you, it was a busy day at Shamu’s abode! I don’t think I’ve seen more baby strollers in my life. This was both our first time visiting Sea World so we were excited to take in the whole park and see as many of the shows as possible. We ended up watching both of the Shamu shows, Believe and Shamu Rocks. We also caught SLL: Sea Lions Live, which turned out to be a bit tacky and the weakest of the bunch of shows that we watched. The Dolphin Experiences was fun and featured a “twist” of sorts, which was exciting. I also should mention that we sat in the “Soak Zone” in both the Shamu and Dolphin shows but missed getting splashed! We ended up spending nearly 9 hours at Sea World and definitely had our fill! The Journey to Atlantis Rollercoaster ride was pretty thrilling, but I expected to get a bit more wet!

For dinner, we drove a short distance to Ocean Beach and stood in line at THE place to get burgers in Southern California. Hodad’s, a burger joint that was started in 1969 by Byron and Virginia Hardin, has a vintage feel (the place is decorated wall-to-wall with license plates from the 50 states). The menu is a simple one: burgers, fries and shakes! I decided to get the Double Bacon Cheeseburger and I even SAC’d (added Swiss and American Cheese) it! Let me tell you, the burger that I had at Hodad’s may possibly be the best burger that I have ever had (and I’ve had a lot of burgers from many different places). Part of it might have been the setting and people, but, the burger alone was ace. Oh, and if you’re wondering what a Hodad is, well, it’s a term used to describe non surfers that frequent the beach (aka posers).

Hodad's

That’s me at Hodad’s and by the way, I was able to spot a Hawaii license plate (it’s just not in this picture).

Day 4 Shirt of Choice: Bird is my Best Friend

Bird is my Best Friend was featured in Co-Tee TV Episode 19 and that’s the tee that I wore for part of the day. I also did film a portion of CO-TEE TV on location in Balboa Park (it’ll be part of a future episode). Bread & Cie on University Ave. and located in Hillcrest was our breakfast stop for the day and I sure am happy about that selection. This bakery features a bunch of sweets, sandwiches, paninis and specialty coffees. I decided on the PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) and I have to say, it was the best PB&J that I have ever had – it was so decadent! Michelle had the Turkey Pesto Panini which was tasty, but not as tasty as my PB&J!

Bread & Cie

This was the best PB&J in the history of PB&J’s. I promise!

After Bread & Cie we headed out to nearby Balboa Park, San Diego’s premier park featuring a plethora of gardens and museums. We first checked out The da Vinci Experience in the Air and Space Museum. I had a great time at this temporary exhibit, especially since I am a huge da Vinci fan. I really should have worn da Vinci’s Mario! We then proceeded to check out the rest of the park and we took a gazillion pictures. We’ll be heading back tomorrow to visit a few more of the museums before we head to the San Diego Zoo.

And finally, we drove to La Jolla and dined at the popular fine dining restaurant, George’s At The Cove. The restaurant is known for it’s excellent service, great food and exceptional ocean side view. To start, we ordered the Pacific Oysters and the Pea Tendril Soup. The pacific oysters came out chilled and raw, just the way that I like it, and was accompanied with a cocktail sauce and mignonette. For the entree portion of our dinner, I had the Lobster Seafood Stew and Michelle ordered the Petrale Sole (fish with spring onions, asparagus, morels, crispy chicken skin, chervil puree, truffle-walnut oil vinaigrette). The Lobster Seafood Stew is a neat mashup that includes lobsters, clams, fish, shrimp, crab mixed in with toasted pasta, marcona almonds, and orange aioli. For seafood lovers, let me tell you, this dish is absolute seafood heaven! I loved it and if I ever find my way back to La Jolla I would definitely make it a point to visit George’s At The Cove just to order the Lobster Seafood Stew again.

George's At The Cove Lobster Seafood Stew

If you’re ever in San Diego, make it a point to dine at George’s At The Cove and order the Seafood Lobster Stew. It’s delicious!

Tomorrow: San Diego Zoo