When I first saw the “I Rarely Sleep, But I Always Dream” from Dreamnlive Apparel, I thought about another indie T-Shirt creator, Carlos from Oven Fresh Dreams. It might be 10pm or later Hawaii time, but I often see Carlos talking about hustling for his brand – developing, creating, and imagining new ideas. And mind you, if it’s 10pm Hawaii time, then it’s 4am in New York. That’s love.
That same love for dreaming is what Dreamnlive Apparel is all about. “Dreamnlive (pronounced: Dream-and-live) is an inspirational and innovative brand that was established as an outlet for the ideas, expressions, thoughts, and actions of its creators, with the hopes of positively influencing popular culture.”
When I first took a look at the Dreamnlive collection, I had this feeling that they were a chill and easy going brand that didn’t take themselves too seriously. I like that. If you’re a dreamer who likes big letters and bold colors then Dreamnlive Apparel is something that you should check out. All T-Shirts are priced at $24.99 and are available now at the Dreamnlive Apparel online shop.
These are great. On of my favorite T-Shirt illustrators, Glenn Jones or Glennz Tees recently posted a couple of videos on Vimeo featuring his illustration process. Check out some concept Glennz designs go from blank slate to full fledged T-Shirt design. If you like these designs you can vote for them here so that they potentially can go to print. Rad.
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.
While most guys lust for the newest, shiniest and fastest toy … their significant other is often stuck worrying about the “important” stuff. Adulthood means setting your priorities straight and that means that sometimes you need to pass on that shiny new toy. But my goodness … shiny new toys are always soooooo awesome. They always have this magical, unicorn-like glow that just pulls you in and cripples you. I call it the “Apple Effect” and I fall for it every time. I see it, I lust for it and I want it. I don’t always get it, but that won’t stop me from wishing!
Grab bags are fun but for some, the mystery can be a little nervewracking. So I put the $5 TeeFury grab bag to the test and picked up three Grab Bag tees during their last promotion and did an unwrapping video just for you. Did I like the mystery tees that were sent to me? Watch below to find out and see which tees I got!
If you want to get in on the Grab Bag fun then be sure to check out TeeFury because for the next 24 hours, the Â fabulous TeeFury grab bag promotion is back! $5 dollars will score you one random TeeFury tee that you’ll either love or hate, either way, it’s just $5. And if you end up not liking it, hey, we all have friends that love free stuff.
And if you couldn’t tell from the video, I was pretty stoked with my grab bag pickings!
Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:
Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes
Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.
You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod, iPhone or iPad by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.
The Last Flight by Verde Styles.Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time.Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.
“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”
FFBÂ Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.
Also mentioned in this episode:
NBA Mega Trades: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade
First of all, aren’t the Threadless releases this week just awesome?! When doing this post, It was a toss between Dark Raven and the Cookie Monster parody tee. I decided to go with Dark Raven because, heck, we can never have too many badass Star Wars parody tees. Right? Anyway, you better grab this one soon if you dig it because you never know if and when the intellectual property guys from LucasFilms will come a knocking. Remember Dark Side of the Garden by Glenn Jones? It was one of the most popular Threadless tees and it got yanked.
Speaking of lightsabers, did you know that 3 of the 10 most expensive Star Wars memorabilia items sold have been lightsabers? In 2001, Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber From Episode I: The Phantom Menace (top) sold for $54,000 (10th most expensive item). The Darth Vader Hero Lightsaber From The Empire Strikes Back (middle) sold for $100,000 in 2005 (5th most expensive item). And the 2nd most expensive Star Wars item sold was the Luke Skywalker Lightsaber From Star Wars: A New Hope (bottom), which went for a cool $170,000.
If you want to see the rest of the Top 10 list then check out Galactic Binder.
Known an awesome kid? We’ll here’s your chance to pick them up some awesome threads! The good people over at Threadless is having a huge clearance sale on all of their gear made especially for kids, including onesies, hoodsies, hoodies and of course kid tees! The tees are normally priced at $20 but they have been marked down to $9. Score!
Veteran Threadless designers, Ross Zietz and Frederik Wepener, have teamed up to deliver peliCAN, a T-Shirt that Threadless just released to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
The shirt is unbelievably priced at just $10 with ALL proceeds going to the Gulf Restoration Network.
Let’s face it, BP has done and is still doing major damage to the Gulf with its ongoing oil leakage. Unlike other disasters, there’s not much that we can do to help the situation. It’s not like we can jump in, drop a bunch of paper towels into the Gulf with the hope that it will suck all the oil of there. Not going to happen. What we can do is help out with monetary donations so the experts can do their thing. The great part about picking up peliCAN from Threadless is that you’re helping the cause and getting an awesome shirt in the process.
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.
To kick things off I’d like to feature a brand that was started in 2006 by California designer Chad Eaton called TIMBER! Every shirt featured at TIMBER! is designed and screen printed by Eaton (I love the dedication). This brand has one of the more unique design niches since TIMBER! is all about lumberjack culture.
“TIMBER! is a t-shirt company based on a story about lumberjacks, their bosses (the top hat guys with an excessive hair curse.) and a bigfoot stuck between both their worlds.”
Eaton is currently at work on a fully illustrated book based on the TIMBER! universe so be on the look out for that.Â TIMBER! tees are priced from $18 to $32 and you can purchase them over at their ETSY shop.