Emil Kozak Lazy Days T-Shirt Collection + Zine

It has been a long while since we lasted reviewed tees from our buddy Emil Kozak, who designs awesome stuff all the way in Spain. Spain is a far ways from Hawaii, but I do hope that I can make it there sometime in my life. What I can do (and do pretty well) is take advantage of lazy days. Lazy days tend to be a bit more rare nowadays, but on the few occasions when I do have a lazy day, I love to just relax on the beach and enjoy the sun and the waves. That’s my perfect lazy day.

Why all the talk about lazy days? Well, that’s the name of Emil’s latest collection. The collection features a set of three very well designed T-Shirts (I wouldn’t expect anything less from Emil), a zine with 60 pages worth of Emil Kozak goodness, and an Optical Birds poster printed on heavy art paper (70×50 cm).

The collection is very Emil Kozak. The eye-to-detail is always present in his work and his designs. I’d actually love to get my hands on one of the Lazy Days Zines. It must have been one of hell of a task to decided which of those designs (in the zine) would be selected as the designs to be printed on the T-Shirts. Lazy Days is a stellar collection.

The T-Shirts are priced between 35€ and 40€ (~$47 – $52 US), the zine is available for 35€, and the Optical Birds poster is priced at 180E (~$237 US). All of these items are available now at the Emil Kozak online shop.

Co-Tee TV Episode 41.5: Rethink Clothing, Weather Wiper and CONTEST!

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I review Weather Wiper by Zack Davenport and available at Rethink Clothing, a brand that exclusively features artwork done by college students.

Win A Weather Wiper 11″x17″ Poster!

All you need to do is either:

1. Leave a comment in THIS blog post telling me 1) what your first car ever was (make and model) or 2) your favorite car memory (be truthful now!).

and/or,

1. Leave a comment on the Co-Tee TV Facebook Fan Page telling me 1) what your first car ever was  (make and model) or 2) your favorite car memory (be truthful now!).

and/or,

3. Retweet the following: “RT Win a Weather Wiper poster courtesy of @rethinkclothing! Watch @cotygonzales on #coteetv to find out how! http://su.pr/1R2nOE”

Do all 3 and get 3 entries in the contest! I will select my favorite comment to win one of the Weather Wiper posters and I will also select a random winner. So two posters will be given away and two different people will win! Deadline is Wednesday November 18, 2009 at 11:59 PM Hawaii Time.

Weather Wiper Poster

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Weather Wiper by Zack Davenport and available at Rethink Clothing. Pros: Printed on an American Apparel tee so the shirt is super soft and comfortable. Large 4 color print over the chest, stunning design! Shirt comes packaged with a Rethink Clothing stickers. Shirt is tagless for itch free comfort and features a screen printed neck label instead.  Cons: My previous cons for for past Rethink Clothing tees had been that they weren’t tagless – they seemed to have fixed that issue! Price: $17.99 but you can save 20% off your entire order with the coupon code “COTY” at checkout.

Weather Wiper

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Cute microbes on sale

Evasion by Oiseau

The latest tee from out friends over at Tilteed is … a bit scary! I’m sure it’s one of those tees with deep meaning, but man, does it freak me out! I mean, that head looks almost corpse like. If I were still taking Anatomy, I’d wear this shirt to class every day. Okay, maybe not everyday but a lot. This shirt seems almost Hitchcockian in theme and style. I can feel the tension, dark undertones and identity issues often seen in those classic Hitchcock films just by looking at this tee.

Evasion is available now from Tilteed and is printed on a silver American Apparel tee. It’s available for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

Evasion available at Tilteed

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 5 + 6

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 5 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Me A Sandwich by Seibei and Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray (Tilteed)

This marked the start of our road trip to neighboring state, Oregon. We began the morning by having breakfast at a little cafe en route to Tacoma, were would switch off with our friends cousin whose car we were borrowing for the trip to Portland. The Shipwreck Cafe is this small stop off of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington. I got the breakfast special, which consisted of chickenfried steak, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was better than I expected! Tons of gravy lathered over the chicken steak. Don’t pay attention to the calories because the gravy really makes this dish special.

Oregon

After breakfast we headed straight for our first stop in Portland, the Full Sail Brewery, which is right next to Hood River. Full Sail Brewery is known for their award winning Session brew. The brewery tour lasted about 30 minutes and was quite interesting and informative. They walk you through the entire beer making process and even let you taste the ingrediants that go into brewing beer. At the end of the tour you score a free Full Sail glass!

Full Sail Brewery

The food at Full Sail Brewery was OK but the beer was exceptional. I especially loved the Full Sail Session Lager, that is definitely my type of beer and well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Tacoma. We ended up buying a case to bring back to the hotel.

After Full Sail we headed to Portland to check into our hotel, the third Marriot stop of our Seattle/Portland journey. We got lost. But that was a good thing because we ended up at a Traders Joe’s and bought tons of snacks! I wish Hawaii had a Trader Joe’s.

Lo and behold our hotel was only 5 minutes away from Trader Joes. We made it to our hotel, quickly unpacked and headed out to yet another beer destination – Rogue Distillery & Public House, to meet up with Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing and Patrick Treadway of Tilteed! We had a great time chatting about tees, Portland life, tees, and tees! It was great meeting up with those two excellent dudes. And my friends were happy because they scored some free tees from Patrick and one of you lucky readers will score a free tee(s) from Travis (I need to first figure out how to give them away)!

Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

That’s Travis Greenwood from Found Item Clothing. Amazing guy who knows a ton about shirts and has crazy ideas! Follow him on Twitter @founditemclothing.

Parick Treadway of Tilteed.com

Hey, it’s Patrick from Tilteed.com! He markets, prints, and ships out all Tilteed orders by himself! Talk about dedication and being passionate about what you do! Follow Tilteed on Twitter @Tilteed. Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your Tilteed order!

After Rogue, Patrick was kind enough to drive us to VooDoo Doughnuts to get a taste of the weirdness that is Portland! VooDoo Doughnoughts was great experiece filled with an eclectic set of people! I’ve never quite experienced anything like VooDoo Doughnuts. It was a trip to say the least. And Patrick was right, VooDoo Doughnuts is best experienced at night because when we stopped by the following morning, the crowd was a bore compared to the night munchers.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness

Portland here we come! The morning was spent exploring the Pearl District of Portland. Our first stop was the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside. To say that this bookstore is huge is a big understatement. It’s ginormous. It’s probably larger than most public libraries you’ve been to. The store is split up into 8 different sections based on genre and occupies three full floors. You could spend countless hours exploring Powell’s, unfortunately our time was limited so our visit was brief (I still left with two new books).

Keep Portland Weird

As I was walking through Portland someone walked right pass me and said “I Love Your Shirt”. You can get it from I Am Wellness. Use the code “SUMMER09″ for 15% off (hopefully the code still works).

By the time we were through with Powell’s we headed out to lunch at Old Town Pizza which is an iconic Portland eatery with a haunted reputation. “Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced “Nigh-na”), our resident ghost. If you feel a presence behind you, or smell a faint waft of perfume, you may have just received a visit. Nina is often seen in a black dress observing diners and wandering the basement below.” We settled on the House Pizza topped with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, black olives and bell peppers. The pizza was good but unfortunately there was no sighting of Nina, the resident ghost. I will say, though, that the restroom was freaky as hell. It is very dimly lit in there and I had a weird feeling (while I was peeing no less) that someone was watching me. Freaky!

Ground Kontrol is a neat little vintage arcade that Travis of Found Item Clothing suggested we hit up and I’m glad that we did! We spent about an hour in there playing some very old school arcade games like Centipede, Punch-Out, Simpsons and Space Invaders. This is not your typical arcade because at Ground Kontrol there is a fully functional bar. Awesome.

Ground Kontrol

I’m a huge fan of Punch-Out so I was stoked to find this classic arcade game at Ground Kontrol!

After Ground Kontrol my buddies decided to grab a box of VooDoo doughnuts for the drive back home. While they stood in line (in the hot sun no less and yet another reason to go during the night time) I ventured down the street and stumbled across a neat little coffee/art shop called Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It had a a nice open space as opposed to the typical cramped coffee shop. I had the Queens Iced Tea and it was the cool refreshment that I needed! While the guys stood in that line for VooDoo doughnuts I sipped on my iced tea in air conditioning!

Good bye Portland, I knew you for just a day but I had a great time! Now en route to Tacoma (to return the car), we decided to stop by the Outlet Mall near Chehalis and in Centralia, Washington. The outlet stores of importance included Quicksilver, Billabong, and Nike. We hit those three shops up pretty hard.

From there we caught a shuttle to the 4th and final hotel of our stay – the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, which is just a few steps from Pike’s Place. We didn’t stay in the hotel for long as we decided grab some Clam Chowder from the original Ivar’s Seafood, right on the Seattle Waterfront. When you go to Ivar’s there just one thing you need to get – The Clam Chowder! We ordered one of each of the three different varieties: white, red and salmon. I urge you to do the same.

Ivar's

They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.

Ivar's

Small cup of Salmon Clam Chowder from Iver’s before heading to Del Rays for even more food and drinks!

Next we hit up Del-Rey’s for appetizers and drinks (or should I say beers and margaritas) and then finished the night off by closing down the bar at, appropriately, Ohana’s in Belltown, a Hawaiian themed bar. This was the third night that we stayed at a bar till closing (2am in Seattle).

But the night did not end there. We ventured off into the alley ways of the Seattle Waterfront and eventually ending up at Pier 67. The streets were empty and all that was left were four guys from Hawaii, laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie that you get from being with your closest friends.

Ohana Bar

Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.

Coty Loves Threadless #22 – I’m Bewitched!

Last weeks crop of Threadless tees was pretty spectacular. Freakanaut was an amazing shirt. This weeks releases were a little “meh” for me. But hey, this is Coty Loves Threadless and I still love Threadless! Sam Schuna’s Witching Hour had the pimp spot this week on the Threadless site and for good reason! In fact, it deserves to be pimped so much that it’s my Threadless Pick of the Week! And how about the rest, you’ll have to watch! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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Witching Hour by Sam Schuna is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Witching Hour by Sam Schuna [Read more…]

The Accent by 110specialblack

Oh my Panda! The Accent is such a wonderful shirt from 110specialblack and was the winning tee for this weeks ShirtFight theme, “Black, White, And???”! The panda is killer cute, love it! And that red robin, oh you inconspicuous little red robin. Sitting on top of that panda ever so innocently. The quiet ones are always the ones that you should keep your eyes on. 

Congratulations to 110specialblack for being the $500 ShirtFight winner for this week. If you’ve got the chomps to hand out the beat down (just like 110specialblack did this week) then head on over to ShirtFight and get started on your winning design for this upcoming week. The Accent is available now from ShirtFight for $15 (that’s the special one week only sale price, so get it now). 

The Accent by 110specialblack

The Accent by 110specialblack

And of course, with every winner comes a new ShirtFight theme. This week is no different and the theme for all of you aspiring designers is “Video Games Vs. ?”. Good luck to all those who enter!

Co-Tee TV Episode 12: Woot Worms, {miles to go} and Buddha

In this episode I wear The Early Worm Gets The Bird by Jim Gray and available at Shirt.Woot and review Buddha designed by Faith By Design for {miles to go} Clothing, a brand independently operated by Greg Kerr and popular amongst those in the indie apparel and merchandise scene. I also talk about my TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Buddha by Faith By Design and available at {miles to go} Clothing. Good: Shirt comes sealed in plastic to protect it from the elements, custom hang tag, custom embroidered neck tag, super soft ink, huge print, printed on American Apparel, shirts come with {miles to go} stickers. Bad: Hurm, I really can’t think of anything bad about this tee. Price: $21.99 but you can save 20% if you use the coupon code “friends” at checkout.

Buddha by {miles to go}

The Early Worm Gets The Bird by Jim Gray and available at Shirt.Woot. This is one of those tees that people love to look at for a few seconds until the light bulb goes off and they figure out whats going on! Price: $10.00 originally but no longer available for sale.

The Early Worm Gets the Bird

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