Olly Moss Select Collection at Threadless

Before I say anything else in this post I will say that I am and have for the longest time been a fan of Olly Moss. Heck, I own nearly all of his Threadless prints and even own multiple prints of SPOILT in both T-Shirt and hoodie form. Since 2003, Moss has had over 20 designs printed at Threadless. He seemingly has been everywhere, from Newsweek to exclusive Mondo prints to an article in the New York Times. Olly Moss is the IT boy, not only in T-Shirt design but poster design as well.

Having said that, his latest release over at Threadless is a bit lackluster, at least it is to me. The collection, released late last week, is a celebration of Moss’ rise in popularity. The 4-piece collection epitomizes the concept of minimalism. Minimalism? Pfft?! I don’t want no stinking minimalism when it comes to an exclusive Olly Moss / Threadless collection. Classic Olly Moss Threadless designs have three basic qualities: 1. they’re fun, 2. they have a keen typographical style, and 3. they’re … umm … minimalistic.

Don’t get me wrong, each of the 4 designs fulfill 2 of the 3 qualities that I listed above. But what the heck happened to the FUN? Seeing these designs make me yearn for worthy follow ups to Spoilt, In Case of Zombies, and The Food Chain. Is it because it was made for the Threadless Select line? If so, then I’d wish it wasn’t made for the Select line. I can appreciate artsy fartsy designs, but I want fun artsy fartsy designs that are exciting to look at.

If ever Threadless happens to pay homage to Glenn Jones (another favorite Threadless alumni of mine), I hope they do it properly … and for goodness sake, keep it out of the Select line!

The Olly Moss Select Collection is available now at Threadless for $36 a piece.

Full Dosclosure: I’m picking up 2 of the 4 designs. Can you guess which two?

Local Tees: Kuwaiti Pop Tees

It blows my mind to know that I have somewhat of an impact on the T-Shirt industry. But it blows my mind even more to know that this impact spans across countries. Needless to say, my attention peaked when I received an email from Local Tees, a brand that is based out of Kuwait. I was excited because, although I have received emails from many other countries, I had never received one from Kuwait – pretty neat. It’s also good to know that indie T-Shirt culture and awareness is growing in that part of the world.

With a name like Local Tees, I was expecting low quality, goofy and semi-humoroues tees, akin to something like 6DollarShirts. I was surprised by the design quality of the Local Tees shirts, they are definitely not throw-a-way designs, in fact, some of them are pretty spectacular. Local Tees were created by three Kuwaiti locals (hence the name) and the T-Shirts are limited to a print run of 50 a piece, with each shirt featuring a print number. Below you’ll find three of my Local Tees favorites. You’ll notice that a few of the T-Shirts feature text in the local type, however, many of the designs do not, and are in fact quite universal.

Local Tees was established in 2010 and was born based on an original idea, with that concept in mind, Local Tees was born and created by Three locals that began with a clear ambition of creating high-end limited edition t-shirts. With a specially chosen, high quality fabric, where the artwork is represented on 50 tees each with an edition number, ensuring no reprints will be forced. We believe in building an international network by collaborating with artists that represent ground-breaking self made inspiring artwork, to showcase the exceptional talents from all around the world.

by the way, their blog features some really cool product shots! Go check out some Local Tees.

Introducing Colus Havenga

Designer and animator, Colus Havenga, recently launched his latest project, Colus. The designs are quite interesting in that only the colors black and white are used. The designs are quite minimal and look as if they could have come straight out of Havenga’s sketchbook (and that’s not a bad thing). Bold lines are intertwined with sketch like imagery. I can imagine that these designer T-Shirts would look great, either stand alone, or even under a sporty black blazer. Even Kings Fail (last design seen below), is my favorite design from the bunch.

“Black and white. No convention. No visual trickery. This is colus. Crafted without trend, colour or design stunts to hide behind, this collection tries to stay in its humblest form of design where negative space is as important as the art itself. Colus explores themes of morality through to mortality with symbolic, bold, contrast rich works with an underground tone leaving questions unanswered.”

All Colus shirts are printed on white American Apparel tees are are available now at the Colus online shop for $30 a piece. Tip: If you sign up for the Colus newsletter, you can score a 15% off coupon code. You might want to act on this because i’m not sure how long this offer will last).

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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£12.99 Squishi Sale!

UK based clothing brand, Squishi, is having an end of the line sale to presumably make room for new designs! This means that you get to save some cash on the old stock. All shirts in the Squishi store have been marked down to £12.99. Nice! Here are a few of my recommendations:

Odins Wisdom

Pink Thing

Backstabbed