Unique LA Spotlight: Pop Casualty

During the next few days I’ll be featuring the awesome clothing brands that will be setting up booths at Unique LA, an independent design and gift show that will take place on April 24th thru the 25th at the California Market Center.

Brad Lamers and Carlos Salcines turned unemployment into a positive thing in 2008 by starting Pop Casualty. Out of sheer boredom, Brad began painting … his buddy Carlos took notice and Pop Casualty was born! For more art by Brad Lamers, check out his personal website. I’m really drawn to Lamers art, it reminds me a bit of Warhol.

Pop Casualty tees are available for $24.99 (they have a logo tee available for $19.99), but if you stop by Unique LA you can pick up your favorite Pop Casualty tee minus shipping costs!

You can find Pop Casualty at Unique LA in Booth 123.

Fabulous

Etch

King

Pyrotechnic Display at Celebrations

Complicated name, I know, but you can call them P.D.A.C. for short! Them would be in reference to Amber Vittoria, a college student from Boston with a flare for light. Light? Yeah, as in light from fireworks, sparklers, flashlights. Without light, our world would be one boring and place to live in. P.D.A.C is all about photographing light and then deconstructing it to see the wonderful, exclusive designs that can be extracted from it.

Their first shirt is based off of a photograph of a firework, the cropping revealed the beauty of not only the light’s shape the the shape of the absence of light surrounding it. I think it looks stunning. The shirt is available for purchase as a unisex V-neck and is priced at $35.

P.D.A.C. currently has just this shirt available for sale, but, I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.

PDAC

PDAC

Wordboner: Typography With Personality

Well, not really risqué per se but Wordboner tees do have a bit more edge than your typical Threadless Typetees shirt. The shirts are a spinoff of the Wordboner site,  which they tout as typography with personality. I actually really like a bunch of their wordplay t-shirts (see below for a few of my favorites). They use direct-to-garment producers Spreadshirt so these tees are not screenprinted, that’s the only negative. The positive is that because they use Spreadshirt you’ll be able to choose from a variety of different T-Shirt styles and colorways. The Wordboner tees start at $14.99 for basic tees.

Wordboner

Wordboner

Wordboner

Wordboner

Basil Wolverton X Stüssy

It’s not often that I feature tees from corporate tee brands, but these tees from Stüssy caught my eye and I thought they worth mentioning. The collection of shirts feature artwork by the late illustrator Basil Wolverton. Wolverton was an American cartoonist, illustrator, comic book writer-artist and professed “Producer of Preposterous Pictures of Peculiar People who Prowl this Perplexing Planet.”

The Basil Wolverton tees by Stüssy are available now and are priced at $28.

Stussy

Stussy

Stussy

Amon Clothing

Amon Clothing is brand new brand based out Germany with a “high standard of design with equally high standards of quality and sustainability.” Each edition released is devoted to one them and one color and is aways complemented by black and white as well as special items. My favorites from their current line include Every Inch and Never Too Old, both of which are solid shirts.

Each of the tees are tagless and feature print on the lower hem of the shirt. The thing that caught my attention, though, was the very unique packaging. All of the shirts are 100% organic cotton and are silk screen printed in Germany. The shirts are available now from Amon Clothing for 28 EURO.

Every Inch by Amon Clothing

Never Told by Amon Clothing

Amon Clothing

Amon Clothing

Amon Clothing

Draw Your Own Way

One of my favorite new indie tee brands, Milk & Eggs Co., recently released 5 new tees and I am in love with Draw Your Own Way. In the world of fancy all-over-prints, I breath a sigh of relief whenever I see tees like these: simple, minimal colors, and powerful without being overbearing. If you know someone that likes to trace other peoples work then pick this tee up for them (or at least send them a link) and then kick them in the shin.

Draw Your Own Way is available now from Milk & Eggs Co. for $18, go pick one up today!

Draw Your Own Way

Draw Your Own Way

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