Sean Mort is the artist behind one of my favorite Threadless tees ever -- The Gaming Revolution. In fact, I’ve worn it out so much that I think it’s time for me to request a reprint. Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for Threadless to release another Sean Mort designed tee. I’ve been waiting for some time now.
Luckily for me, the wait is over. Mort’s latest design, Evil Comes In All Sizes does in fact come in a bunch of different sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large to be exact). It might not be a Threadless print but it’s still hot nonetheless. The shirt references some of the most famous big screen monsters of all time, from the infant sized terror named Chucky to the mysterious Clover monster from Cloverfield. And of course, they are all aligned in a police type lineup from shortest to tallest. By the way, I had no idea that Godzilla was so huge.
“Evil Comes In All Sizes is a size chart of famous movie baddies and comes with an informative key on the lower back of the shirt. Featured bad guys are Chucky, the Wicked Witch of the West, a T-Rex, King Kong, Rancor, Megatron, the 50ft Woman, Mr Stay Puft, Tripod, Godzilla and Clover.”
The design is printed on a heather gray Gildan Softstyle ringspun tee.Â Evil Comes In All Sizes is available now at Sean Mort’s online shop for a reasonable Â£12 (~$19 US). Grab one now or pay for it later!
And speaking of Godzilla, check out this montage featuring over 50 years of Godzilla in film:
Holy Crap is a fun little gem that I discovered over at Sharp Shirter, the same guys that brought us the popular Haymaker tee. The design itself is a bit sci-fi-ish, okay, it’s a lot sci-fi-ish. Its also got a little bit of asian influence with the anime like main characters on the front. I almost feel like this design could be a frame from a major hollywood summer blockbuster. It’s got this huge epic feel to it. I guess with dinosaurs, UFO’s and zombies, it has got to be epic. In need for a good plot to your next big screenplay? Pick up this shirt for inspiration.
I spotted this shirt over at Fashionably Geek and thought it was absolutely hilarious! There’s something about a dinosaur in little pink bunny slippers that make me tingle inside. You can find this gem over at CritterJitter’s Etsy page for $20.
Ok, I couldn’t help myself. I had to do an “epic list” post of my own. I haven’t attempted one before and it seems that people like them, so, why not? The hard part was figuring out a list topic that was fun enough for me to do because, as I had predicted, this would take forever to complete! I decided to tackle SCIENCE! And why not, I’m a dork when it comes to science stuff. I love science! Science is awesome. Science is my religion. And so if you’ve been hunting high and low in search of the perfect science infused T-Shirt, well, I’ve got a hundred (plus one) for you to choose from.
Welcome to this special edition of the Co-Tee TV! It’s the Cottonable Edition of Co-Tee TV that Rangga of Cottonable.com and I have been collaborating on for the past month. In this episode I review 4 very different indie brands, including: Limitees, Stove Monkeys, Art of the Fan and Ban T-Shirts. If you enjoyed this episode be sure to leave a comment below and let us know! We’d love to do more episodes in the future and we would like to have your input!
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The Viereck by BLXNK and available at LIMITEES.Pros: Each shirt is individually packaged in a plastic bag, custom hangtag, printed on an American Apparel blank so the fit and feel is great. You’ll like this shirt if you’re a minimalist and/or an art aficionado.Â Cons: Some people might “not get” this shirt. I say interpretation should be left to the buyer! The print on this shirt was the thickest of the four tees reviewed here.Â Price: 28 EUR ($40).
Save The Foie by Stove Monkeys.Pros: Fun designs, especially for those who love Foie Gras! Unsure of what kind of shirt was used but the fit was good and the cotton was soft. The shirt comes individually packaged which helps to keep out odors and liquid during shipping. Screen printed in three different areas: back, front and inside neck. Tagless for itch free comfort. This shirt should make you smile, if not, then you’re not human!Â Cons: Not much, I really dig this shirt!Â Price: $25.
Art of the Fan Signature Shirt byÂ Art of the Fan.Pros: Art of the fan is the place to go if you’re a fantasy football fan, they’ve got this niche cornered! The signature shirt is the first Art of the Fan tee not produced by CafePress so that is a huge plus. I thought that this tee had the softest print of all four shirt reviewed. Perfect shirt to get for members of your Fantasy Football league or to give out as prizes!Â Cons: Not tagless. Most people will argue that the Hanes tee is one of the drawbacks to this shirt but I was pleasantly suprised to see how comparable it was in fit to American Apparel blanks. This was the only shirt of the four reviewed that did not come individually packaged in a separate plastic bag.Â Price: $24.99.
Dinosaurs Against Creationism byÂ Ban T-Shirts.Pros: I love the colorway of this shirt. I’m a fan of this Grass Green American Apparel blank! You don’t necessarily buy this shirt for design but rather for the message. If you’re a fan of Darwin and evolution then this shirt is a must have.Â Cons: Not tagless. Some might say the design is a bit cartoony, but I dig it.Â Price: $17.95 but use the coupon code “coty” to receive 10% off your entire order at Ban T-Shirts.
The new summer line from Arkaik Clothing is pretty impressive to say the least. They continue to play on the dinosaur theme but have also infused new design elements by having guest artists like Greg Abbott contribute to the line. The new line includes an assortment of different colorways and also features a couple of tank tops and v-necks.
Prices for the new Arkaik Clothing shirts range from $24.99 to $34.99. One thing that I should note is that these tees are super limited. Many of them have a print run of under 20 and I saw one that had a print run of 4. You might also want to try the coupon code”COTY” for an additional 20% off!
The other day I caught Jurassic Park on TNT and I thought about how far we’ve come, in terms of CGI and special effects. I remember when I first saw Jurassic Park in the theaters, I was blown away. The dinosaurs looked so real (of course, we really don’t know how they really looked). It’s been years since I last watched the first installment of the Jurassic Park series, and after all this time, the dinosaurs looked so mechanical to me. Nonetheless, a great popcorn flick!Â
This shirt from SnorgTees reminded me of Jurassic Park. Little tourist man waving at cute dinosaur. Cute carnivorous dinosaur.Â
You can pick up Why Are You Waving from Snorg Tees for $18.95.Â
A couple of days ago, popular indie tee designer, David Murray of Seibei, previewed 4 new tees and a tote from an upcoming line on Twitter. And I’ve got them all here for you! These should all be available on the Seibei website for sale sometime next week. So what do you guys think of the new Seibei tees? My favorite has to be the homage to the epic Post It wall that David created for his booth at the UNIQUE LA Craft Fair.
If you don’t want to wait until next week to pick up the new tees and tote then make your way to the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park from June 6 to 7.Â
By the way, if you do decide to pick up a tee from Seibei, be sure to use the coupon code “coty” at checkout to save an additional 10% off your entire order!
You Are What You Eat by Doubletake Clothing is the follow up to the brands initial and immensely popular release, Bears, Beets and Battlestar. With the newest shirt, Doubletake continues to take tackle humor head on. And having spoke to the Doubletake people, this won’t be the last time you see a dinosaur on a Doubletake T-Shirt! That’s a good thing because I love me some dinosaurs! The design is printed on a green American Apparel tee and is available for $20.00.Â
The best part is that you can save 10% on this tee and Bears, Beets and Battlestar with the coupon code “COTYEATS10SUSHI”. Thanks Doubletake!
The first two 5 Things We Can Learn From… posts featuring Threadless and Johnny Cupcakes proved to be quite popular. This time around I dissect Seibei. Seibei is a one-man brand that was conceptualized and developed by David Murray. Murray is a 26 year old college graduate who majored in Japanese Literature. Lucky for us, he decided to focus on making cool art instead.Â
With such popularity and a cult following, Seibei must have done something right. Here I look at 5 things that we can learn from the Seibei story.
1. Your Website Should Be An Extension of Your Products. You don’t even need to click on the store, or see any of David tees or other products, and you already know what his style and what his goods will look like. His website is an extension of his products. He showcases many of the monsters that he prints on his tees throughout his site. And why not? The colors that he uses on his site reflects the colors often seen on his tees. Why would you have a sophisticated, modern and simplistic site design when your products are all about fun, humor, vibrant colors and monsters! Extend your products through your website design.Â
2. Take “Advantage” of Your Fanbase. In a good way, of course! David takes “advantage” of his fanbase through his Seibei Nation promotion. The Seibei Nation is his version of a street team. A lot of people consider word of mouth the purest form of marketing. Word of mouth is what a street team and esssentially the Seibei Nation is all about. And of course, remember that if they rub your back be sure to return the favor. Every time a Seibei Nation member brings in ten $10 or more sales they get a free Seibei T-Shirt. People LOVE free things so why not take advantage of that. BTW, use coupon code COTY for 10% off your next Seibei order!
3. Be As Transparent As Possible. If your company is a one-man show, and even if it’s not, it may pay off to be as transparent to your audience or customers as possible. David is as transparent as can be on his blog, often posting about things not related to tees but that show off the fun side of his life. David loves to make posts about food, by doing this, maybe he’ll appeal to other food lovers who will then be interested in his tacos and sandwichÂ tees. By being transparent, you make yourself the face of your company. You are living proof that your company exists because of you and your hard work. People are able to relate with you much more when they see a face. When people can relate, they often are more prone to opening their wallets and spending their hard earned cash.Â
4. Make Art and Craft Shows Your Friend. David hits craft and art shows pretty hard. A quick glance at his blog shows that he’s attended a ton of these, including: Craftacular, Boston Bazaar, Renegade, and Stitch Austin. What’s so important about attending craft and art shows? Well, it helps to give you brand exposure in the offline world. Sure you have an online store, but when you attend a craft show, people can actually see your goods, they can touch it and purchase it right then and there. Secondly, attending a craft show will help you to actually see what demographics are interested in and are purchasing your products. This should give you an idea of what you should maybe do for future product releases – build on popular products, build on what your target demographic is interested in.Â
5. Trust Your Gut. When David submitted his Give Us A Kiss design to the Cornelius Hearts Threadless contest, he had high hopes and was quite excited about it. Things didn’t turn out so well for the design. Voters were quick to give it low scores and the submission was prematurely dumped from the voting process. Understandably, David was miffed about this – mainly because he was so enthusiastic about the design. He decided to go with his gut and have the design printed despite it not being seen favorably in the eyes of the tee loving community, Threadless. The shirt that Threadless once abandoned is now a staple of his online store and I don’t doubt that it is one of his top sellers. The ultimate vindication came when Jake Nickell, one of the founders of Threadless, stopped by Seibei’s booth at Renegade Chicago. Nickell loved Give Us A Kiss and even purchased one. Trust your gut. 95% of the time your gut is right, which is totally worth the 5% of the time it is not.Â
Wheww, those are my thought about Seibei – what are yours? Leave them in the comments section!