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).

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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

The Eloquent Delinquents Opens in New York City

If I were in the Big Apple I’d be checking out this gallery featuring works by artists like SEEN, Banksy, Damien Hirst and Russell Young. They’ll also be featuring items from pop culture icons like John Lennon and Andy Warhol. Here’s an image that I snatched from Juxtapoz of a life size hand painted fiberglass cow by SEEN. 

You can check out The Eloquent Delinquents in New York City at 41 Wooster.

The Eloquent Delinquents

The Eloquent Delinquents

And of course, I’ve got a T-Shirt for you if you’re itching to get a taste of this show but can’t make it out. It’s a tee featuring a Banksy design. And I bet you thought that pandas were friendly. It’s available for purchase at 8Ball for £14.99. 

Panda by Banksy

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 6

And my TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment continues – It’s Week 6 and I am officially in it to win it. There’s no turning back at this point guys, because if I did, that would be a big shame. You’ve got me hooked Threadless, slogan making has become an addiction! 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 chow mein if ever we meet in real life.

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Minimalism is designer speak for laziness.

I really like this slogan, I forgot what the inspiration was – probably some minimalistic design I was admiring. 

Like all good ideas this sentence was thought up in the bathroom.

I think it was something @jeffrey said on twitter that was the inspiration for this sentence. And I have to agree, some of my best ideas were born while I was on the can. Hmmm….

I yawn because they are contagious and not because I’m bored.

Yawns are a very interesting thing. They don’t discriminate. Yawns are the unconscious STD, you pass them on without even knowing it – next thing you know, you’ve got 10 people yawning. What’s the psychology behind yawns? I need to look that up.

I am a part of a group of individuals.

This is something a word snob that I follow on twitter had said: “”group of individuals” is one of the dumbest phrases in the world, and i’ve heard it twice today.” I took it and ran with it. 

I’d like to request a spoiler alert ahead of time.

Spoilers, spoiler, spoilers. I am not a big fan of people that like to look up spoilers and then spread the gospel. These types of people annoy the heck out of me. Keep the spoils to yourselves!

Papers shredders should learn how to recycle.

I’v never really been a big fan of paper shredders. I’m not sure why. I prefer the one-on-one interaction of tearing paper into small little pieces with my bare hands. It’s so much more fun and not as noisy. 

I’ve got world domination on my mind.

I really do (taps fingers ala Mr. Burns).

Beautiful/Decay Spring/Summer 2009 Line

Beautiful/Decay just released their brand spanking new Spring/Summer line 2009 and it’s a conglomeration of colorful artfulness! And the new line is not shy of star power either as it features some big name designers like Clara Terne, Pablo Alfier,  Jesse Auersalo, Oliver Hibert, Tommy Ruet and James Callahan. 

The tees are available now at the Beautiful/Decay Store. The tees do run on the high end at $29.95, but hey, it’s art so what do you expect! 

Beautiful/Decay Spring 2009 Line

Beautiful/Decay Spring 2009 Line

Ultimate T-Shirt Sketchbook by Burak Kaynak

This is just too cool to not mention. These little T-Shirt shaped sketchbooks by Burak Kaynak might look a little gimicky but I think they are pretty awesome – especially if you are a T-Shirt designer. 

As Burak says on his website, we all come up with great T-Shirt designs (or so we think) and for those genius moments this is the perfect little sketchbook! They will definitely help you to visualize your concept before you actually get to work on it on the trusty computer. I actually am not sure if this is for sale as I can’t find a buy link anywhere but you can check it out on Burak’s portfolio site or on his Behance page!

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The Select Series Presents: Patrick O’Brien’s Storytellers Collection

I received the following press release from the guys over at The Select Series regarding their latest collection of curated tees. Of course, the proceeds will be going to support a very worthy charity, The Patrick O’Brien Foundation. If you’re familiar with The Select Series, then you know that this is Threadless’ premium brand, as such, they’ve got a premium price tag as well at $25. They use plastisol ink on all of the tees and the prints range from 3 to 11 colors. By purchasing one of these tees, you can help with the battle against ALS. Read more about the collection below:

The Select Series is proud to announce our second Curated Collection of tees. 100% of the proceeds from this Series will be donated to The Patrick O’Brien Foundation to complete Patrick’s film documenting his battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The tees will be available beginning February 9th at TheSelectSeries.com.

O’Brien, an independent filmmaker and longtime friend of Threadless, created the Patrick O’Brien Foundation in 2006 to raise awareness of ALS and his documentary film about living with the disease. O’Brien has been featured on NPR, ABC, and CBS, and touts a successful commercial career on television and the internet creating unique stories for Spike TV, AOL, IBM, MTV, Microsoft, and Warp Records.

After his diagnosis with ALS in 2005 at the age of 30, O’Brien set out to do something with his illness and create his most honest project to date: to document his own life on 35mm motion picture film and spread awareness about the disease, bringing attention to those living with it in order to take a step towards improved treatment options.

“Patrick is a good friend of mine, and I’ve been a fan of his work for almost a decade,” said Dustin Hostetler, Special Projects Curator for Threadless. “When learning of his illness, and subsequent plans to make a film about it, I racked my brain for ways to help. Now through the Select Series, we can all help Patrick finish his movie.”

Through his curated line for the Select Series, O’Brien has chosen the theme of Storytellers, as well as the artists contributing to the collection of limited-edition tees. Participating artists include Aaron Augenblick , Ben Conrad , Timothy Saccenti , and Michael C. Place. 100% percent of the proceeds from the Series will go to The Patrick O’Brien Foundation.

This is the second guest-curated Threadless Select Series, aiming to pay homage to the entire spectrum of art and design – from fine art to street art, CG to sculpture, and typography to architecture. The first series was curated by RISD President John Maeda in 2008.

The Select Series

The Select Series

The Select Series

iSteamPhone

I’m a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci and I cannot live without my iPhone. So when I first saw this tee on Gizmodo my jaws dropped, it’s so cool! This tee, aptly titled iSteamPhone, was created by Artist Kevin Tong, who “captures the invention of da Vinci, the imagination of H.G. Wells, and the brilliance of Jonathan Ive in this Exploded iPhone drawing.” 

You might remember, the Exploded Phone tee that made the blog rounds a few weeks back – well, I have to say that this tee might have that one topped! The tee is available now for $20 and is printed on American Apparel shirts. 

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Linty Fresh Live Show #3 Review

This evening Eric Terry of Linty Fresh hosted his 3rd Linty Fresh ustream chat. He had a special guest this time around, Vincent Maglione. Eric, as usual, answered questions regarding Linty Fresh and Vincent was there to talk about search engine optimization (SEO), web design and coding. Here are my notes from the show for those of you that would rather read then watch. A ton of questions were asked so click on to read them all!

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Linty Fresh Live Show #2 Review

Online video chat by Ustream

Eric did a great job with his second Linty Fresh live show! There were about 40-50 viewers watching the live feed the entire time which is a great turn out. For those of you who missed the show and want to watch it check out the embed above. I’ve also provided a transcript of the show below, for those of you who rather not watch the full 2 hours, or just missed a few questions, or just like text better. Thanks again, Eric!

The following Q&A was taken from the Linty Fresh Live Show #2. I had to type really fast so they are not direct quotes. But it’s as close as I could get. Enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

Is it a good idea to use models for product shots or not?

Difficult to use models every month so very hectic. Can be flexible, time wise, if you don’t use models. More professional to use models and people may be more likely to purchase your product.

What do you use for your newsletters?

I use campaignmonitor.com to keep people in touch. Don’t over do it or it will be ignored like SPAM.

Do you change your style when doing commission work?

Yes, like to keep the LINTY FRESH style for LINTY FRESH.

How do I define LINTY FRESH’s target demographic?

Online: Guys 15 to mid to late 30’s. In person I sell more to the ladies, between tweens and 30’s. Girls less likely to buy things online vs. guys. Hipster scene if I needed to classify it, though a lot of people enjoy it.

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