The Threadless Sketchbook

If you enjoyed the 76 Threadless Designs from Sketch To Print post then you will definitely be interested to know that the Threadless community has just released a Sketchbook containing classic Threadless designs. I say “Threadless community” because this really is a collaborative project that started with the Threadless blogging community. Here’s the full story:

It all started when MurrayMullet (Phil Jones) posted a blog on the Threadless forum, asking alumni for sketches of their printed designs. To quote the blog, “They can be just the idea, initial attempt or napkin drawings.”

The blog blew up and people were posting “like crazy and sh!t,” says speedyjvw (Joe Van Wetering). In fact, it got so bonkers, another Threadless dood, Ian Lieno thought it would be cool to compile all of this into a book, with ALL of the funds going towards Bloggerraiser. What’s Bloggerraiser? Well, for the n00bs, its an annual Threadless blogger-driven fundraiser that brings folks from all over to our annual meet-up in September, aka our Family Reunion.

The book is an amazing compilation of original sketches of over 120 Threadless shirts from 66 different artists, with the forward written by Mr. Jake Nickell himself. Pick up the book over on Lulu for $19.99. Awesome job, Ian, and thanks to all who contributed!

The Threadless Sketchbook is available in paperback form and is 120 pages long. You can purchase the Sketchbook from Lulu for $19.99.

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If you’d like to see some more sketches then check out this post:

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

Renaissance Rocks

Oh you Enkel Dika, you outdid yourself this time! I absolutely love this tee KISS/Mona Lisa mashup tee by the man known as buko in the Threadless blogs. I think Gene Simmons and his tongue would definitely be proud of this piece. And by the way, you’ve got to love the detail on this design, especially the little pin on Mona and the tat just above her right tit. Love it.

Renaissance Rocks is available now from Threadless for $20, go get it!

Renaissance Rocks

Renaissance Rocks

Brand New Milk & Eggs Co. Tees

Our good friends over at Milk & Eggs Co. has just released a slew of new tees to the world, six to be exact! They continue the Milk & Eggs Co. tradition by delivering simple yet effective, and of course super fun designs. With the exception of Bat Tie, they make use of some very bright and bold color combinations, which I am definitely a fan of. My two favorites have got to be the shield-like Pencil Corps design and the very unusual Us & Them design.

For me, each of these T-Shirts are like a page from a story book filled with great illustrations. The main appeal of Milk & Eggs Co. designs to me is that I always want to know the story behind each illustration. Us & Them sounds like an awesome childhood book filled with big and hairy (albeit friendly) monsters. Pencil Corps sounds as if it’s the story of a militia of children armed only with pencils and their imagination.

If you share my enthusiasm for Milk & Eggs Co. then  please head on over to their shop and pick up a tee or two. The shirts are priced between $19 – $22 and are printed on American Apparel blanks.

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Pencil Corps

Us & Them

Spaceship

Party Likes It's 2011

Bat Tie

Moving Mountains

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.

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Etch

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Co-Tee TV Episode 55: Teenage Mutant Artists, Enso Threads and the Moment

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Heroes In An Art Shell by Jon Hillier and review Expression of the Moment by Enso Threads, a high end clothing line from New York. Powered by imagination and supported by creativity, Enso Threads takes a unique look at everything. They combine influences from asian culture with our own artistic values and life experiences to produce clean, simple and wearable fashion.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Expression of the Moment by Enso Threads. Pros: Enso Threads is an interesting and unique brand with a philosophical angle to their designs. T-Shirts are individually packaged in plastic bags inside of the mailer to protect the T-Shirt during shipment. Affordable at just $16. Printed on an American Apparel blank, so you know what to expect when it comes to size and fit. Comes with a screen printed label and is tagless. Custom hang tag for a professional look and feel. Cons: Some people might not be a fan of the odd print placement. I was skeptical about it myself but when I received the product I liked how it looked on me. Price: $16.00

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Also mentioned in this episode:

My Favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (in order)

Linty Fresh 2009 Poem Book

Lance Armstrong – Live Strong

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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.

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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.

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Wordboner

Wordboner

Wordboner

Co-Tee TV Episode 46: Raglans, Amon Clothing and Get In Shape

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear an American Apparel Poly-Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Shirt and review Never Too Old from Amon Clothing, a brand based out of Germany that focusing on producing designer tees with an emphasis on using organic materials and sustainable energy to produce their shirts.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Never Too Old by Amon Clothing. Pros: Never Too Old came in some of the most creative and inventive packaging that I’ve ever reviewed on the show. When other companies stick to rectangular boxes, Amon used the unorthodox triangle. They pay very close attention to detail when it comes to packaging but even more so when it comes to the tees themselves. The design is printed on an Earth Positive branded shirt which was manufactured solely using renewable green energy from wind and solar power. The screenprint is nice and soft. The shirt also is tagless in the neck area for itch free comfort and features a screenprinted label instead. Shirt is also screenprinted with the Amon brand on the lower left hem on the back of the shirt. I reviewed a medium tee, which felt like some of te larges I’ve worn before so you might want to order a size down. Cons: Design might be a bit too abstract for some – but if you dig art, you’ll probably appreciate this tee that much more. Tag on the left hem is a bit bulky. Might be a little too pricey for some. Price: 28 EURO.

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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.

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Stussy

Stussy

Co-Tee TV Episode 41: Melted, New Math and Pirates

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Melted by Desired Hearts and review Modern Art and Pirates from New Math by Craig Damrauer. The shirts are based on the popular website, More New Math, and the book written by Damrauer. The site, book and shirts feature witty equations for every day living.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Pirates and Modern Art by New Math. Pros: The New Math shirts by Craig Damrauer match the New Math website and book perfectly. Printed on American Apparel tees so you know that I dig the fit and feel of these shirts – super comfortable and soft. My shirts came packaged in a lovely New Math printed cardboard box. Excellent shirt for those who enjoy mathematics, typography or just fun witty one liners. Cons: Nothing really. The shirt is what it is and that is a compliment to the New Math book and website. Price: $20.

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Pirates

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