Dale Edwin Murray Launches Bananas Tees

Dale Edwin Murray has been a mainstay in the indie T-Shirt scene for some time now, so it wasn’t a surprise when I had found out that he recently opened his own online T-Shirt shop. Bananas Tees is Murray’s foray into T-Shirt independence.

Murray is probably best known for his iconic Threadless design, Music Business Remastered. Despite his Threadless success, Murray has won nearly every T-Shirt design contest online, including Tilteed, A Better Tomorrow, Chimpogo, and Shirt.Woot. Yes, he does get around!

The first batch of T-Shirt from Bananas Tees include 5 designs that feature the illustration prowess of Murray. My favorite from the bunch is definitely High 5 – it’s a simple idea that works flawlessly.

Each of the T-Shirts are priced at £15.0, which is about $23.50 US. Go buy some now at Bananas Tees!

To read an interview that I did with Dale Edwin Murray go here.

Co-Tee TV Episode 70: Guilty Pleasures, Fur Face Boy and Whip It

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Guilty Pleasures by Wotto for Tilteed and review Whip It by Fur Face Boy, a brand founded by Ha Mai and based out of Dallas, Texas. Fur Face Boy is a A highly attentive to detail T-shirt brand representing the passion of its founder, today’s youth culture and all of the quirkiness in-between!

Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Whip It by Fur Face Boy. Pros: One of the best attributes of the Fur Face Boy brans is its impeccable attention to detail. Everything about Fur Face Boy is customized, from the packaging to the T-Shirt to the included goodies. The shirts came packaged in a shoe box sized box that was customized with my name screen printed on (how awesome is that) and also included were a Fur Face Boy poster, lookbook and a CD press kit. The T-Shirt reviewed, Whip It, pays homage to the classic 80′s group, Devo. It features the quirky red hat made popular by Devo. The design is printed on a Sunshine American Apparel tee and the print it self is very soft, especially for such a large print. The T-Shirt features a custom neck tag and a professional hangtag as well. On the lower left seam of the T-Shirt you will find a custom tag featuring the classic Fur Face Boy tag. Fur Face Boy is also screen printed on the left arm sleeve of the T-Shirt. You can definitely taste Ha Mai’s passion with each of his T-Shirts. Cons: Cons? Are you kidding me? Other than the aggressive pricing,  I love everything about this T-Shirt and I love the brand even more. Is Fur Face Boy the next Johnny Cupcakes? It might be too early to say, but I can tell you that Ha Mai and Fur Face Boy is steam rolling toward that direction. Fur Face Boy is awesome. Price: $32.

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Fur Face Boy Inside Neck Tag

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Fur Face Boy

Guilty Pleasures by Wotto for Tilteed. Wotto’s popular Guilty Pleasures design was ranked as the number 1 Tilteed tee of 2009. If there is one Wotto Tilteed you should consider buying, this would probably be it! Price: $18, use the coupon code TILTCOTY at checkout for an extra $2 off your order.

Guilty Pleasures Wotto Tilteed

Also mentioned in this episode:

Devo

Craig Watkins aka Wotto

The Story of Fur Face Boy

Fur Face Boy Series I and Series II

Devo Whip It Video

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The Threadless Sketchbook

If you enjoyed the 76 Threadless Designs from Sketch To Print post then you will definitely be interested to know that the Threadless community has just released a Sketchbook containing classic Threadless designs. I say “Threadless community” because this really is a collaborative project that started with the Threadless blogging community. Here’s the full story:

It all started when MurrayMullet (Phil Jones) posted a blog on the Threadless forum, asking alumni for sketches of their printed designs. To quote the blog, “They can be just the idea, initial attempt or napkin drawings.”

The blog blew up and people were posting “like crazy and sh!t,” says speedyjvw (Joe Van Wetering). In fact, it got so bonkers, another Threadless dood, Ian Lieno thought it would be cool to compile all of this into a book, with ALL of the funds going towards Bloggerraiser. What’s Bloggerraiser? Well, for the n00bs, its an annual Threadless blogger-driven fundraiser that brings folks from all over to our annual meet-up in September, aka our Family Reunion.

The book is an amazing compilation of original sketches of over 120 Threadless shirts from 66 different artists, with the forward written by Mr. Jake Nickell himself. Pick up the book over on Lulu for $19.99. Awesome job, Ian, and thanks to all who contributed!

The Threadless Sketchbook is available in paperback form and is 120 pages long. You can purchase the Sketchbook from Lulu for $19.99.

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If you’d like to see some more sketches then check out this post:

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

Have you ever wondered what your favorite Threadless design looked like before it graced the coveted fabric of a Threadless tee? Well, wonder no more because here are 76 Threadless classics from sketch to print.

76 Threadless T-Shirts From Sketch To Print

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

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1. Battle of the Giants by Alex Solis

Battle of the Giants

Battle of the Giants

2. Space Chase by Alex Solis

Space Chase

Space Chase

3. Fast Food by Alex Solis

Fast Food

Fast Food

4. War Games by Ersin Ertuck

War Games

War Games

5. Burgervetica by David Schwen

Burgervetica

Burgervetica

6. Irate Primate by David Schwen

Irate Primate

Irate Primate

7. Springfield Still Life by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Springfield Still Life

Springfield Still Life

8. Sees The Day by Evan Ferstenfeld and Enkel Dika

Sees The Day

Sees The Day

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Co-Tee TV Episode 55: Teenage Mutant Artists, Enso Threads and the Moment

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Heroes In An Art Shell by Jon Hillier and review Expression of the Moment by Enso Threads, a high end clothing line from New York. Powered by imagination and supported by creativity, Enso Threads takes a unique look at everything. They combine influences from asian culture with our own artistic values and life experiences to produce clean, simple and wearable fashion.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Expression of the Moment by Enso Threads. Pros: Enso Threads is an interesting and unique brand with a philosophical angle to their designs. T-Shirts are individually packaged in plastic bags inside of the mailer to protect the T-Shirt during shipment. Affordable at just $16. Printed on an American Apparel blank, so you know what to expect when it comes to size and fit. Comes with a screen printed label and is tagless. Custom hang tag for a professional look and feel. Cons: Some people might not be a fan of the odd print placement. I was skeptical about it myself but when I received the product I liked how it looked on me. Price: $16.00

Enso Threads

Also mentioned in this episode:

My Favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (in order)

Linty Fresh 2009 Poem Book

Lance Armstrong – Live Strong

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Co-Tee TV Episode 51: Bands, Tolky Monkys and Cooking Worms

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Listen To Bands That Don’t Even Exist Yet by Threadless and review Muerte Cooking Worms by Tolky Monkys. Spanish based Tolky Monkys specializes in creating unique, one-of-a-kind characters. I also show off a special chracter that Tolky Monkys drew of me!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Muerte Cooking Worms by Tolky Monkys. Pros: Fun shirt, if you like funky characters that have a background story than you’ll probably enjoy this shirt as well as the rest of the Tolky Monkys line. The tee features a custom embroidered necktag and comes with a Tolky Monkys hangtag. The shirt was individually packaged in a separate plastic bag within the mailer which is good for keeping the shirt protected during transit. Design is printed on a 100% pre-shrunk cotton tee and features a reinforced cover-seamed collar in Elastano (Lycra/Spandex) for a better fit. The collar, sleeves and lower hem are double stitched. Cons: The print was a bit thick and vinyl feeling, but it may become softer after the first wash. Price: €20 ($28 US)

Tolky Monkys Muerte Cooking Worms

And here’s a closeup of the character that Tolky Monkys drew for me! Thanks again Tolky Monkys, I think it’s awesome!

Tolky Monkys Coty Caricature

I Listen To Bands That Don’t Even Exist Yet by Evan Ferstenfeld and available at Threadless. Pros: Perfect shirt for any pompous music lover. We all know one of those. Get that person this shirt. Cons: The print, although looks like a solid colored print in the product shots are not really so. The resulting print looks like what happens when you have a faulty inkjet printer whose head needs cleaning (see gallery photos to see what I mean). I would have preferred just a solid brown colored print for the type. Price: $15.

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Draw Your Own Way

One of my favorite new indie tee brands, Milk & Eggs Co., recently released 5 new tees and I am in love with Draw Your Own Way. In the world of fancy all-over-prints, I breath a sigh of relief whenever I see tees like these: simple, minimal colors, and powerful without being overbearing. If you know someone that likes to trace other peoples work then pick this tee up for them (or at least send them a link) and then kick them in the shin.

Draw Your Own Way is available now from Milk & Eggs Co. for $18, go pick one up today!

Draw Your Own Way

Draw Your Own Way

Ultimate T-Shirt Sketchbook by Burak Kaynak

This is just too cool to not mention. These little T-Shirt shaped sketchbooks by Burak Kaynak might look a little gimicky but I think they are pretty awesome – especially if you are a T-Shirt designer. 

As Burak says on his website, we all come up with great T-Shirt designs (or so we think) and for those genius moments this is the perfect little sketchbook! They will definitely help you to visualize your concept before you actually get to work on it on the trusty computer. I actually am not sure if this is for sale as I can’t find a buy link anywhere but you can check it out on Burak’s portfolio site or on his Behance page!

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