Co-Tee TV 85: The N-Spired Story, Marathon Man and Bouncy House Grayskull

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Castle Graysull Jumper by David Gruss (aka Griggitee) for TeeFury and review Chapter 1: Defying Nature by The N-Spired Story, a brand that specializes in allowing people to share their stories with the world and help them come to life through art, fashion and a social act. The N-Spired Story tells the story of the world one T-Shirt at a time. They’ve put together a very informative film that I’ve posted below.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Chapter 1: Defying Nature by The N-Spired Story (designed by Grande). Pros: I absolutely loved, loved, loved the packaging! The black and yellow colors on the packaging worked perfectly together, and the brand name just jumps out at you. The T-Shirt itself is tagless and features a screen printed label, a rather large and detailed one at that. Very artsy design, featuring a large piece of rock being carried by a tiny bird. The print itself is quite large but soft. The T-Shirt is nice and soft, and a bit looser than the typical American Apparel tees that I am used to. If I had to guess, I would say that the design is a Direct-To-Garment print (however, I can’t verify this) [Update: it has been confirmed by The N-Spired Story that all the T-Shirts are screen printed by hand].

What’s interesting about this T-Shirt design is that it is based on a true story. The N-Spried took that story of a 61 year-old potato farmer from the small town of Beech Forest, Australia who defied nature by doing what most people thought was impossible, especially for a man at his age. Cliff Young, in gumboots and overalls, not only won the 875 km Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon in 5 days, 15 hours and 4 minutes (only sleeping 12 hours during the marathon), shattering all previous records by nearly a day and a half, but also has provided the world with what might be the one of the most inspirational and least-known accomplishments in history. Designer Grande took this story of Cliff young and turned it into a piece of art.

Proceeds from Defying Nature go to a charity.

Suggestions: My main suggestion would possibly be in improving the print of the design – maybe screen print if they aren’t already doing so. [Update: it has been confirmed by The N-Spired Story that all the T-Shirts are screen printed by hand]. Other than that, I think that the N-Spired Story is a great idea. Not only do you get the T-Shirt, but you also get to read about an inspirational story, and you also help out a charity. Neat!

Price: 19.95 €

Castle Graysull Jumper by David Gruss(aka Griggitee) for TeeFury for Threadless. Thoughts: What could be better than He-Man and Skeletor getting together and having some fun in a portable Castle Grayskull Jumper? Nothing.

Price: No longer available for sale.

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Crazy Long Hair Issue

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Co-Tee TV 84: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Shirt from Nickelodeon. Last March, Nickelodeon flew me up to Los Angeles for a sneak peak of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series (to be released in 2012). I talk about the event and what I thought of the sneak peek, or the mutation in progress. I hint at reviewing a tee from The N-Spired Story, but the episode goes long and so I end up reviewing The N-Spired Story in episode 85 of Co-Tee TV (check back tomorrow for that).

By the way, this is a little weird but I am playing catch up. You see, I recored a bunch of episodes earlier this year but never posted them. As such, some of the things that I talk about will seem grossly out of date. My apologies. Casualties like this happen when you’re stressing out over finishing a PhD. Needless to say, I will be posting these episodes over the next few days!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Shirt by Nickelodeon (designer unknown). Pros: For the most part, I review the event and sneak peek of the new TMNT show in this episode and not really the T-Shirt. However, I have to say that I love the new look of the turtles, which is featured on the T-Shirt. And to my surprise, it wasn’t printed on a cheap Hanes T-Shirt, instead they used an American Apparel blank.

Price: Not available; given to those who attended the sneak peek event at Nickelodeon studios.

[NOTE: I usually have an embedded gallery of photos right around here in the review post, but for some reason, I can’t seem to locate the photos that I took for Episodes 83 and 84. Instead of prolonging the wait to get these episodes out, I have decided to go ahead and publish the post minus the gallery. So don’t worry, the galleries aren’t gone for good, they’ll just be missing in Episodes 83 and 84].

Also mentioned in this episode:

Dirt Pudding Cups with Worms

Fanboy and Chum Chum

The N-Spired Story

The sucky Apple iPhone 4 bumper

Groundhog Day

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Co-Tee TV X Cottonable Contest + Tons of Prizes!

Co-Tee TV Contest

Contest!

We’re giving away ALL FOUR of the T-Shirts reviewed in the special Cottonable episode of Co-Tee TV to ONE (1) lucky reader! What do you need to do? Fill in the bubble (download Attached Photoshop File Below) with something funny, sarcastic, humorous, cute, etc and WIN ALL FOUR SHIRTS courtesy of Limitees, Stove Monkeys, Art of the Fan and Ban T-Shirts.

Rules, not much. The only requirement is that either (or combination of) “Coty”, “Co-Tee TV” or “Cottonable” PLUS the brand of the shirt (i.e. Stove Monkeys, Art of the Fan, Ban T-Shirt, Limitees, BLXNK) has to be included somewhere in the photo, either in the bubble or outside the bubble. You can submit as many entries as you like! There are four different photos for you to choose from, one for each of the four tees reviewed in this episode.

When you’re done with your photo entry, post here in the comments if you like but REMEMBER to post it on the Co-Tee TV Facebook Fan Page. And then email your hires entry to cotygonzales at gmail dot com. Got it? Okay, get to it!

Contest ends Thursday August 13, 2009 at 11:59pm Hawaii Time.

BTW, you can do whatever you like to the background (that’s why I’m giving you the Photoshop file). Change it up if you like. Above all, be creative!

The Coty/Cottonable Contest PHOTOSHOP File (108 MB).

BTW, you can do whatever you like to the background. Change it up if you like. Above all, be creative!

Prizes? Over $100 Worth of Shirts!

One (1) The Vierek T-Shirt by BLXNK and available at Limitees ($40 value)
One (1) Save The Foie by Stove Monkeys Shirt ($25 value)
One (1) Art of the Fan Signature Shirt by Art of the Fan ($24.99 value)
One (1) Dinosaurs Against Creationism Shirt by Ban T-Shirts  (17.95 value)

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Hello guys! I need your help. You see, I just created a Facebook Fan Page for Co-Tee TV but I can’t get a Facebook vanity URL (vain, I know) for it until I reach 1000 fans! Well, I’m about 997 fans away from reaching a 1000 so go ahead and fan me up! 

The benefits you ask?

1. Exclusive video content of uncut and extended scenes that don’t make it to the actual episode! 

2. Links to new episodes of Co-Tee TV there as well Coty Loves Threadless so you’ll be sure to catch the newest episodes as soon as it’s up if you’re one of those chronic Facebook users. 

3. Random photos of tees that I find in random places. 

4. The occasional contest, you know I love a good contest! And that means free tees for you!

5. As a fan you can also post links to your products and if it catches my eye it might end up on this blog!

I Can promise you this, the CO-Tee TV Facebook will not be just another static Facebook page. I’ll try my best to keep it as fresh and as interactive as possible! Now go add me on Facebook!

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