Everyone Loves Pee-Wee Herman

I grew up loving Pe-Wee Herman. He was a riot, that is until he exposed himself and was subsequently taken off the air. Then again, I never really fell out of love for Pee-Wee, after all, it was Paul Reubens who exposed himself. If it was Reubens dressed as Pee-Wee exposing himself then that would have been really weird. I remember seeing Reubens’ mugshot on television the day of his arrest and thinking – that’s not Pee-Wee. In any case, I’d be proud to wear this Pee-Wee Herman shirt – he was part of my childhood!

Pee-Wee Herman is available now from beDO Shirts for $24.99 but you can save 10% by using the code “COTYG” for orders over $50. Score!

Faces of Death 2010: A Collection of Popular Deaths

This T-Shirt by Milton Carter is a bit grim if you think about it, but I am sure that it is all in good fun. Some might even think of Faces of Death 2010 as an homage to some of the celebrities that we looked up to. The T-Shirt features a wide collection of celebrities and pop culture icons who passed away in the 2010.

The T-Shirt features “a collection of recently dead celebrities ranging from cultural lumiaries (Lousie Bourgeois, Dennis Hopper, Alexander McQueen, Lena Horne, J.D. Salinger) to musical greats (Guru, Ronnie James Dio, Alex Chilton, Solomon Burke, Malcolm McLaren) to pop culture icons (Tony Curtis, Corey Haim, Jimmy Dean, Gary Coleman, George Steinbrenner).”

Faces of Death 2010 is available now from Milton Carter’s Etsy site for $20.

The concept of a The Faces of Death T-Shirt originates way back in 1997, when M. Carter published an image of the deceased from the year (1997) in a zine called Gank. The series then continues in 2002 when Carter screen printed a T-shirt featuring 2002 deaths in his kitchen. Following 2002, Carter went on to make versions of Faces of Death for 2009 and 2010.

I actually think these are pretty neat. It is at the very least an interesting way to remember people that we may have admired. Below you’ll find some images from the 1997, 2002, and 2009 versions of Faces of Death.

Make Your Own Katy Perry SNL Elmo Cut Tee

I missed the season premier of SNL but luckily I did catch a small bit on the Mighty Fine blog. The skit featured Perry in a very revealing Elmo tee, courtesy of Might Fine, and makes fun of her recent and controversial appearance on Sesame Street. Take a look:

Now you might be wondering how can score your very own Katy Perry inspired Elmo tee. Well, Mighty Fine has you covered. First of all, you need to buy the T-Shirt, which is available from Might Fine for $23. Then, you cut! No need to be precise either. Watch the short video and you too can be naughty like Katy Perry.

And of course, I’ve got a Mighty Fine tee for the fellas out there, who aren’t interested in exposing their man boobs. We’ve all seen the Double Rainbow video but have you seen the matching Double Cookies T-Shirt? It’s available now as a web exclusive at Mighty Fine for $23.

Don’t Judge Me: Lindsay Lohan Says Fuck You

I don’t live the privileged life that you live, LiLo. I haven’t starred in any semi-successful movies, nor have I had a single successful pop song. I don’t have access to the best cocaine and heroine that money could buy. I don’t have the best lawyers that money could buy. And I most definitely do not have a nail stylist that could perform such micro typography work like the ones you have down there Hollywood.

So yeah, I won’t judge.

Though I still think that the appeals should not have let her get away with violating her probation. Then again, she’s a celebrity and celebrities get away with things that mere mortals could never get away with. Again, I wont judge. I’ll just fill myself with spite.

Don’t Judge Me is available now from Mighty Fine for $20.

Don't Judge Me

Don't Judge Me

Dapper Men (141 Dudes)

Now that is a whole lot of hair! That of course is in reference to the newest tee from Chop Shop called Dapper Men (141 Dudes). I presume that these are 141 “famous” dudes because I think I just spotted Bob Marley and Kevin Smith. The first person to name all 141 men wins a brick of cheese from me. Okay, not really but if you can name em’ all comment below and I will give you a long distance applause (I’ll even stand up and clap).

Dapper Men (141 Dudes) is printed on an American Apparel blank and is available now from Chop Shop for $20 and be sure to use the coupon code “cotygun” for 15% off your entire purchase!

Dapper Men (141 Dudes)

Perez Hilton Does Kosher Ham

Perez Hilton apparently loves Efron and Kosher Ham! The photo was snapped while the celebrity blogger was attending the debut of “”Cointreau Teese” at Avalon in Hollywood by Dita Von Teese, The International Queen Of Burlesque. If you aspire to be the next Perez Hilton (or, you just really Efron love Zac Efron) then you can pick up this shirt from Kosher Ham for the sale price of $15.99. You can even score 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code “COTYFANS” at checkout! I Efron love that deal!

I Efron Love You

Indie Tee Spotlight #11: Goodie Two Sleeves

It’s time for Indie Tee Spotlight #11, yes, that’s right my friends – number 11! It is so awesome (most appropriate word, you’ll understand if you read on) that for the big 1-1 I got to talk to Gabe Connor of Goodie Two Sleeves!

The guys at Goodie Two Sleeves have spent the last couple of years building their brand and company. Goodie Two Sleeves specializes in humorous and light-hearted tees that are positive and fun. They pride themselves in producing not only quality products but quality products with original designs. Since the company began in 2002, Goodie Two Sleeves designs have appeared in many large retail chains, the hands (and torsos) of some very famous celebrities and of course the many faithful Goodie Two Sleeves fans.

Coty: You recently made a blog post mentioning that Goodie Two Sleeves was officially a federally registered corporation. What was that process like? Has it sunk in that you now run your own “corporation”?

Gabe: Haha, well the Goodie Two Sleeves ® brand name was trademarked several years ago and as far as being a corporate entity, it’s sort of like turning 18. You grow up thinking ‘I can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome!’ and then it’s your birthday and you don’t FEEL any awesomer (or older), and your parents want you to pick out a college and stuff. Well, it was cooler than that maybe. We made a giant ‘®’ shirt to commemorate the occasion (which we’re re-releasing soon), but I don’t think there’s ever really a moment where you go ‘This is it! We’re finally a real company!’ because this business is a rotating door and there’s always room for improvement.

 

Coty: In that same blog post you mentioned that you also recently held the Goodie Two Sleeves 2009 Gameplan/2008 Review meeting. What exactly are some of the goals that Goodie Two Sleeves has for the upcoming year? Do you feel that your goals from 2008 were reached?

Gabe: 2008 has been an awesome year for us. We’re already doing better than ’07 and the year isn’t even over yet. Considering however that people are having so much trouble making their house payments and filling their gas tanks, we really wanted to go into next year prepared for anything. We went over everyday stuff like new designs and turn around times but we also paid attention to what we can do better for our customers, especially online. We have some really great friends and fans who shop online and we really want to make that experience awesome for them. For that matter we want to make our retail experience even better too.

Most of our business is in retail. You mentioned in an earlier post that something you can learn from Johnny Cupcakes is to avoid the mass market, but you can also do really well with them. I wouldn’t say that one way is better, they’re just different. Since Goodie’s M.O. was to reach a bunch of people and try and be a positive influence, our aim was at larger retail chains.

Coty: Goodie Two Sleeves was born a couple years ago and like many other indie tee brands, you sold tees out of the trunk of your car. What were some of the growing pains that Goodie Two Sleeves experienced? In retrospect, would you do anything differently?

Gabe: Well, that’s kind of a long story. A friend and I created the brand in 2002 after seeing some raunchy shirts in a huge store (that rhymes with Yarget). We thought ‘We could do this’ and so we tried. Even since then we’ve had an affinity for the word ‘awesome.’ We didn’t know what we were doing at first and it was back breaking work for a long time. I mean sleepless nights, $4 a day food budgets (to split… at Burger King…), no social life. We hit the pavement for weeks with these silly shirts, selling out of our trunk trying to get some sales. It was all really difficult but we ended up with so many awesome stories and we loved every minute of it. One night (and day, and night) in particular I stayed up for 52 hours preparing for a trade show, printing shirts, driving for hours, going to meetings. It was nuts.

After a couple years Goodie Two Sleeves was like this crazy monster out of our control. The brand was being carried in Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters, Delia*s, Nordstrom, Zumiez, Journeys, a whole slew of places, but I was only nineteen when we started and we were sort of learning as we went.

Well, our growth was sort of like locking a teenager in a mall with mom’s credit card. It was the coolest ride until we got home and saw the bill (and the 26% interest). We were still pretty much kids and we just couldn’t figure out how to make it work even after several years. It strained our friendship and the company closed in 2006, my friend and I going our separate ways.

That was a pretty terrible time actually because it all coincided with some awful news at home. I can definitively say that was the worst time in my life, but amazingly it gave me perspective about the everything. The purpose of what we do, of the company, is to try and be a positive clothing alternative to all the low-brow, crass t-shirts out there. I’m personally very motivated by my faith in Jesus and I feel like he really saw me through that time because in January of 2007 the Goodie Two Sleeves® trademark was able to come back under a different parent company. That year it did better in every way then it ever had under the old set up. Just remembering the unlikelihood of Goodie rising from the ashes is staggering and pretty amazing (dare I say, awesome?). I wouldn’t do anything differently only because the bad times give us perseverance, and perseverance builds character; and character, hope.

Coty: If someone were to ask you what your brand was all about what would your response be?

Gabe: In an industry filled with easy outs and sometimes scandalous content, Goodie Two Sleeves is on a mission to ‘keep it clean.’ We want to make people feel good on the inside and out (our shirts are really soft). More then that we just want to make people laugh and use encouraging humor to do so. Furthermore, we love what we do and we have a lot of fun with the company.

We are also big advocates that you can do anything if you try. Goodie started with two people and as much as we’ve grown we still operate with only a few more. If Goodie Two Sleeves could come out of that, I am so excited for the ideas that other people have!

Coty: Captain Awesome is one of my recent favorites from the Goodie Two Sleeves collection (I’m thinking about picking that one up!). What are some of your favorite Goodie Two Sleeves designs?

Gabe: Man, that’s difficult. We’ve cataloged over 600 designs over the last several years so picking one is a tall order. I really loved this one we did of Motorcycle CHP officers riding giant goldfish and it said ‘FiSH & CHiPs’ on it. ‘This Is Prolly My Awesomest Shirt’ is a fun one. I also like the stomach ache tee we did that shows you the stuff you ate, and some stuff that’s been in development for a while. My all time favorite might be ‘There are cooler ways to die’ just because it’s one of our oldest. Oddly enough it’s one of our most ripped off shirts too.

Coty: One of my favorite parts of the Goodie Two Sleeves website has got to be the celebrity sighting blog posts. What’s it like seeing your tees in a major periodical like Rolling Stone and InTouch?

Gabe: That’s one of our favorite things too. For me, it’s the same feeling seeing Danny Masterson wearing one of our shirts as it is seeing someone I don’t know wearing one of our shirts. It’s so encouraging to know that someone liked what you do enough to invest in you, to wear your idea and artwork… It’s just an amazing feeling.

Coty: What has been your most memorable experience, so far, running Goodie Two Sleeves?

Gabe: That’s hard too. It seems like something happens every other week that’s crazy. Getting to hang out with Relient K on warped tour was awesome, meeting P. Diddy was memorable (his diamond earrings were as big as grapes), and even really old stuff like when we use to sell shirts at concerts and getting our first warehouse. We had a book keeper steal some money from us which was more funny than anything, we spun out and got turned around on a freeway in Mexico (which was wicked awesome and terrifying), we hand printed shirts for rad bands, our ‘Wall of Boxes’ in our garage before we had an office, convincing our roommate we got robbed while he was out of town, starting an acoustic band to help fund the company, getting into our first real store, seeing a ‘cat-owl’ in the middle of the night on some feeder road and freaking out like we were 4 year olds…. The entire journey is full of experiences that I will never forget.

Coty: Finally, any words of wisdom for aspiring indie tee designers?

Gabe: Do what you love and do what you want. No matter how much work it takes, if you believe in or enjoy what you’re doing, it will be immensely rewarding. Be confident in your choices, but be humble if they work out. If you’re going to work with friends, be sure you treat each other like colleagues and not buddies. Do your best not to borrow money from loans or IOU’s, but reinvest what you earn back into your business, even if that means you’ll need to keep your day job for a couple more years. Try to stick to your word. If you know something will be late, then say so from the get-go. Also, enjoy it while it lasts because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.

Even the really difficult times can be rewarding. Wine grapes grow best in dry, rocky soil because they have to work harder, thus giving the grapes more character, but lazy grapes make for crappy wine. Those struggles help us become awesome grown ups.

Number of times the word ‘awesome’ was used: 15!

I’d like to thank Gabe for 1. making the most out of the word Awesome and 2. giving us some insight into the Goodie Two Sleeves history! I wish you and the rest of the Goodie Two Sleeves gang all the best.

Be sure to check to check out the Goodie Two Sleeves website to browse and purchase some awesome tees!