80′s Filmography

The Chop Shop never fails when designing amazingly iconic T-Shirts! This time, they tackle the 80′s, a decade that was filled with a handful of pop culture icons. With the help of graphic designer Timo Meyer, the Chop Shop takes 22 films and converts them into Foursquare like badges that form an 8. Awesome. Now the only question is, can you figure out the names of all 22 films?

80′s Filmography is available now from the Chop Shop for $20 but you can save 15% by using the coupon code “cotygun” at checkout!

Chop Shop - 80's Filmography

A new approach to the Chop Shop iconic tee. 22 classic 80′s films reduced to symbols and arranged into the form of an eight. A Chop Shop concept designed and executed by Timo Meyer.

Dark Raven: A Threadless Star Wars Parody

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.

Dark Raven is available now from Threadless for $18. Dust off your lightsaber and go pick this one up now!

Dark Raven Threadless Star Wars Parody

Dark Ravel Star Wars Threadless Parody

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.

Qui-GonJinn Lightsaber

Darth Vader Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

If you want to see the rest of the Top 10 list then check out Galactic Binder.

Reece Ward X Star Wars

Reece Ward, who I’ve featured on the blog quite a few times before (Tetris Skyline, Love Is Blind, Invisible), has landed quite a sweet gig. He was contacted earlier this year by Lucas Films and commissioned to do some official limited edition Star Wars T-Shirt.

“…Just before Christmas I was contacted by Lucasfilm Ltd. They contacted me, and said they where fans of my work, and would I like to design a couple of tees. And of course, without a moments hesitation, I said yes! I think I would have said Yes! If they had asked me to sell my soul!”

I might have sold my soul as well if given the opportunity!

According to Ward, his designs will be slowly released through the rest of the year and possibly beyond. To start, they’ve just made available Bow TIE Tuxedo and the Han Solo inspired Pyew Pyew designs. Both T-Shirts are available now for purchase for $21.99.

Congratulations Reece! I can’t wait to see the rest of your designs as they roll out!

Star Wars Bow Tie Fighter by Reece Ward

Pyew Pyew Han Solo by Reece Ward

Good You Will Be

It’s been a while since we last saw a Stars Wars parody tee from T-Shirt favorite, Glenn Jones. Well you no longer need to hold your breath because Glenn delivers yet again with his newest tee, Be Good. Who’s that holding the lightsaber, you ask? Well it’s our favorite extra terrestrial from the 80′s, E.T. Yoda, you better watch out.

Be Good is printed on a brown American Apparel tee and is available now at Glennz Tee for $19.95.

Be Good Glennz Tees Glenn Jones

Be Good Glennz Tees Glenn Jones

The Imperial Undead

I’m not the biggest fan of the zombie/gore genre, especially when the shirts take themselves too seriously. Parody shirts, however, I am a fan of. This tee by ShantyShawn melds two of my favorite things, Star Wars and parody designs. The fact that the characters have been turned into freakish zombie types, doesn’t really bother me too much. I think the new look gives Darth Vader some character.

“If you thought the Empire was evil before, now they’re undead and hungry for some rebel flesh. If you love zombies and Star Wars, then this is a must have for your wardrobe. Your Jedi friends will be sooo jealous!”

The Imperial Undead is available now at ShantyShawn’s RedBuble shop for $23.94. If you dig his design, you may also want to check out his online portfolio, Shawn Conn: Snapshots from Hell’s Carnival.

The Imperial Undead

The Imperial Undead

Farewell To Arms by Cloxboy

This is an interesting Star Wars inspired tee by Cloxboy titled Farewell To Arms. It’s obviously poking fun at the uncanny number of limbs lost throughout the 6 Star Wars films. Now here’s a stat for you, in the Star Wars films, 9 hands get chopped off. Let’s see, Anakin loses both hands, and so does Count Dooku. And Darth Vader, Grievous, The Wampa of Hoth, Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker each lost a hand while Ponda Baba had his hand cut off by Obi-Wan.

Farewell To Arms is printed on a silver American Apparel tee and is available now for purchase for 17 buckaroos. Go pick one up now to wear at your next Star Wars movie night. 

Farewell To Arms by Cloxboy

Farewell To Arms by Cloxboy

Indie Tee Spotlight #20: Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees

I’ve been a fan of Glenn Jones, or Glennz as he is known on Threadless, long before this blog was born and I became consumed with indie T-Shirt culture. I’ve always been impressed by the wit of his designs. Glennz art always make me smile! What Would MacGyver Do is one of my most used Threadless tees – I love the confused looks that come about whenever I wear that wonderful shirt. 

This is the 20th Indie Tee Spotlight and to celebrate, I’m featuring one of my Top 5 favorite tee designers – Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. We talked a bit about why he stopped submitting designs to Threadless and what it has been like running his own line. And I of course, I got the scoop on what’s up with all of the Darth Vader themed tees. Is Glenn a big Star Wars fan? You’ll need to read on to find out!

Coty: Glenn, you’re one of the top printed artists at Threadless. What made you move away from submitting to Threadless? Any plans to maybe submit to the site again?

Glenn: After doing a bit of work with the guys from Despair.com, we just started talking about a possible partnership as an independent project. They have a lot of experience with production and fulfillment so we were able to combine our strengths and idea of having my own range of tees was something I had thought about for a while. I’m just really enjoying growing my own range of designs at the moment, but I might submit to Threadless again in the future.

Biblical Disaster by Glenn Jones

Coty: Dark Side of the Garden is one of the classic and iconic Threadless tees. Since then you’ve done Self Maintenance and have previewed the concept tee, The Lords Breakfast. Is it an understatement to say that you’re a huge Star Wars/Darth Vader fan? Of the 6 films, which is your favorite episode?

I wouldnt say I’m a huge Stars Wars fan, but I just find parodying Vader really funny, I’m always having ideas based around that, I just can’t seem to get it out of my system! I think Return of the Jedi would be my pick.

Dark Side of the Garden by Glenn Jones

Self Maintenance

Coty: Do you focus 100% of your time on Glennz Tees or do you have a day job?

Glenn: No, it would be great if that one day became the case, but at the moment I do freelance work as well. I left fulltime employment just over a year ago because at the time the t-shirts were something I was just fitting in when I could. I knew if I wanted to give Glennz Tees a good go I needed to have some more time to focus on that, so freelancing allows me to spend time everyday so it has worked really well.

Coty: You’ve built up a pretty large catalog of tees at Glennz. Which is your favorite design and why? Which Glennz tee has been your best seller?

Glenn: It’s really hard to say, I like them all but I’m a bit biased!

Scrap Metal

Coty: Your designs show that you have a love for comics. Who are 5 of your favorite superheroes?

Glenn: Yes, you’d probably think that, but actually I’ve never been into comics – I just find the parody of heroes and villains amusing.

Slowing Down

Coty: Do you ever miss simply submitting a design and having someone else worry about printing and promoting it? Do you enjoy running your own business?

Glenn: That’s how it has worked really well with the Guys in Austin, I concentrate on the shirt designing and leave the printing expertise to them. Obviously I’m a bit more involved in the process but it’s working really well!

Go For Launch

Coty: Many brands like to keep new designs “secret” up until the big release. You, however, showed off a bunch of concept designs on your Behance page that later made its way to the Glennz site. People can now vote for the next Glennz tee. What made you go this route? What has the response been like from Glennz regulars?

Glenn: I thought about this for awhile, because yes we are showing our hand a bit, but I’m always designing new tees and I find it really hard to decide which ones to print first. Rather than just having them sitting in a folder we thought involving our customer in the process would help and it has. We’ve had a great response from people visiting the site.

Fast Funeral by Glenn Jones

Coty: What are three things that you’ve learned about the tee industry or business in general since starting Glennz Tees?

Glenn: I’ve learned lots of things, and I’m alway learning more which is great, a few things would be:

  1. Patience is important, you can’t expect things to happen over night.
  2. Be open to changing your way of thinking as we go. We’re always learning and tweaking stuff on the site, which I think is great because it’s all about evolving and trying to make things better all the time.
  3. It’s not just about the design on the shirt, its the whole package – shipping, customer service are just as important and we’re always trying to improve what we do.

Thank you to Glenn for taking the time to chat a bit! I look forward to covering Glennz Tees in the future and I wish you a gazillion T-Shirt sales! 

Stanley Rubick by dobodob + 50% Off Sale!

Willy and Joan over at dobodob (love the name!) gave me the heads up on a sale that they are having at the dobodob online store. Up until February 28, you can get 50% off their entire stock of tees! This young brand, based in Barcelona, has some interesting designs that are definitely worth checking out.

My favorite of the bunch is a dobodob tee called Stanley Rubick. Although not a big Rubik’s Cube guy (I can’t remember the last time I played with one), I do love Stanley Kubrick and his creative genius. The Stanley Rubick tee, designed by Oscar Gimenez, sports splendid vector art work.

My favorite Kubrick film is A Clockwork Orange. What’s yours? 

Stanley Rubick

Stanley Rubick

Some other dobodob recommendations of mine include Dob Vader and Mecal – both great designs!

Dob Vader

Mecal

The Foam Monster

Aled Lewis, also known as fatheed in the creative circles, has been doing an excellent job in promoting his Foam Monster. Lewis’ Foam Monster In Emotional Reunion With Severed Limb is one of the twenty Design of the Year finalists in this year Threadless Bestees Awards. 

Lewis has designed a couple of very fun designs, each of which could be a tee design of their own, based on his original Foam Monster submission. My favorite has got to be the Star Wars parody, Foam Monster In Difficult Encounter With Estranged Father! These are so good, so much so that the Threadless crowd (well, the guys that hang out in the forums, at least) are having a blast with these. 

Will it be enough to push Foam Monster over the Top? The last day to vote is tomorrow (January 26) and the winners will be announced on February 2. Be sure to get your vote in!

Foam Monster In Emotional Reunion With Severed Limb

Foam Monster In Difficult Encounter With Estranged Fathe

Foam Monster In Fruitless Back-of-Couch Search, Attempting To Locate Missing Limb.

Foam Monster in Slow Moving Queue for Severed Limb.