I’m telling you, there’s a lot of indie goodness brewing in Dallas. From the awesome Fur Face Boy to the up-and-coming Sleepy Dan Clothing, Dallas is experiencing an indie apparel uprising of sorts. Another addition to the fold is Fresh Kaufee. Founder Joonbug McIntosh first caught my eye on Twitter, when he posted about Episode 88 of Co-Tee TV. You might remember that in that episode I talked about Javaboi Industries. Javaboi is a brand whose central theme is coffee. The T-Shirts come packed in little coffee bags, however, in Episode 88, I talked about how it would be great if, when opening the packaging, the T-Shirts actually smelled like coffee beans. I thought it was a great idea. And it looks it was, since Fresh Kaufee is already doing this! Awesome. Rad!
So, two brands based on coffee. If this were Iron Chef, which brand do I think reigns supreme? Hands down, I would go with Fresh Kaufee. For me, the Fresh Kaufee designs are much more wearable. I also love the Fresh Kaufee Java Joe logo and their other logo and insignia tees. They’re real fun with a streetwear vibe. Fresh Kaufee has also got some insanely detailed designs that are very Wotto-like, check out Ghost Roast when you get the chance. I’d love to get my hands on some Fresh Kaufee tees to actually how the two brands compare in terms of T-Shirt build, printing quality, and packaging [UPDATE: I got a hold of some Fresh Kaufee packaging, and they look dope 0 love it! It's like you're receiving a fresh bag of gourmet coffee beans. See below for shots of the Fresh Kaufee packaging]. But so far, I’m really digging the Fresh Kaufee designs – AND they smell like coffee!
[Note: This episode was shot a few months back, but never found its way to the blog. It's here now, so please, enjoy!]
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Tea is Just Coffee’s Gay Cousin and Nerds Rock by Javaboi Industries.Pros: I love great packaging and so great packaging will score you killer points from me. I do have to say that I really dig the packaging used by Javaboi Industries. The coffee bag packaging is very theme based which is awesome. Before I mention the actual T-Shirt, I have to say that I also dig the Javaboi logo, it’s cute! The T-Shirts actually have a really good build quality. Both T-Shirts feature a custom neck tag and a custom patch on the back which is very nice. Nerds Rock was my favorite T-Shirt of the bunch. It features a modified logo of only the Javaboi character. Both T-Shirts have a nice soft feel and feature fairly large prints. A lot of the other T-Shirts in the Javaboi line feature pop references and also come sized for both men and women, which is always nice.
Idea: Imagine if when opening up the coffee bag packaging and pulling out your T-shirt, you could actually smell coffee beans. That would be kinda neat. Drop a few coffee beans in with the T-Shirt?
Cons: Not really feeling the not-so-positive vibe of the Tea is Just Coffee’s Gay Cousin T-Shirt. First off, I’m not a fan of the design or typography. The pink plaid on brown is a bit icky. And the gay reference? I’m not too sure what’s so “gay” about tea and why they had to use the word gay. The T-Shirt is just a little mean. Also, I simply don’t believe the statement to be true since I love both coffee AND tea. Finally, the last thing that you want to do as a brand (unless it’s your theme, i.e. T-Shirt Hell) is to offend potential customers. In their defense, this T-Shirt is no longer available for sale and is not found anywhere on their website.
You already know how much I LOVE science! I mean, I wrote an entire post dedicated to 101 Science T-Shirts. In fact, it’s one of the most popular posts on this blog, having garnered over 300,000+ views. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to find these science themed T-Shirts from Crazy Like That. They actually reached out to me a while ago, but just now was able to get my eye balls on their site … and boy was I NOT disappointed.
First of all, they have amazing product shots. Seriously, I love their product shots. The models, poses and props are spot on. Indie brands should really take note of how Crazy Like That present their goods (I just wish that they also provided a close up shot of just the designs). Excellent. Secondly, their science T-Shirts are just perfect and have the right combination of humor and wit. Any science nerd will enjoy the T-Shirts at Crazy Like That.
My favorites have got to be the Pennsylvania Towns & Highways tee (Intercourse, Pennsylvania has a population of roughly 1558) and the simple, yet excellent Sugar tee. Speaking of sugar, I think my blood-glucose levels are kind of low – time to go and eat some food!
Whenever our pals over at Ugmonk release a new tee, I get ape happy. I’m a huge fan. So can you imagine how excited I was when they recently unveiled three new items, including a new tee design, their first long sleeve shirt, and an … And Then I Woke Up mug! Seriously, I’m already a fan of Ugmonk’s timeless And Then I Woke design, but … a mug! Right, I’m sure a mug is not a big deal to many of you. For me, however, this mug is awesome because 1. I already own the And Then I Woke Up tee in two different colorways (and if Ugmonk were to add more colorsways I’d probably get those as well) and 2. I’m a drink fanatic, a lover of all things liquid and I even blog about drink culture. As you can see, this new mug is kind of a big deal for me.
Enough about THE mug.
It’s About Time is a great addition to the already splendid Ugmonk line. It sort of reminds me of a mashup of Path To Nowhere and There’s More To Life. I like it. As far as that long sleeve goes, pfft! I live in Hawaii – it never gets cold enough here to warrant the use of a long sleeve T-Shirt! Ugmonk, I say bring on the Raglans!
It’s About Time, Half Full and the And Then I Woke Up Mug are priced at $24, $28, and $14 respectively. Remember to use the coupon code COTY09 at checkout to score yourself 10% off your entire order at Ugmonk!
It has been two weeks in a row now that Threadless has released a movie parody tee. Last week they poked fun at the Avatar phenomenon by infusing a little Smurf action into the design. This week they featured one of the most beloved geek movies of the 80′s, Ghostbusters!
Dan Aykroyd conceived of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man for his initial script for Ghostbusters the movie. He created the character to show that if “You created this white monster to sell your products, and it seems harmless and puff and cute â€” but given the right circumstances, everything can be turned back and become evil.”
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.
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!
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)!
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 â€œTiltCotyâ€ 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.
Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!
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).
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. “Donâ€™t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced â€œNigh-naâ€), 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.
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.
They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.
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.
Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.
Fridays, Fridays, Fridays, such a great day for slogans – lot’s and lot’s of slogans! ThisÂ TypeTees Slogan-A-Day ExperimentÂ that I have endeavored on has been such good good brain exercise. Help keep me motivated and vote for my slogans onÂ Threadless so that I can get a shield that I can call my own! To see all of my slogans and to vote for them check out my Threadless profile page. Vote for me and I will make you amazing buffalo wings if ever we meet in real life.
I’ve tried on numerous occasions to learn stick shift, but I’ve never practiced for a long enough period of time for me to get it. And the question that I post to those that boast driving stick is better is … why? Seriously, would you watch a TV without a remote and get up and go to the TV each time you wanted to change the channel? Probably not. Similarly, why do you want to work for every shift when there are cars that do it automatically? I just don’t get it I guess.
Did you know that the worlds bee population is seriously and mysteriously decreasing. This is something that we need to be concerned about because it could potentially mean the end of mankind. No joke. And plus, they help keep the world sweet. A world without sweetness would quite simply be lame.Â
In all seriousness, babies really do make the world a better place. I was watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I watch Grey’s Anatomy) and it was a sad episode that involved the death of young child. Such a downer. Coming up with this slogan made me smile again.Â