Never Date An Astronaut

I’m not sure why, but whenever I need to spell the word “astronaut” I always initially want to spell it “astronaught.” Maybe I eat too much doughnuts? Wait, it’s donut. Shit. Anyway, this awesome tee by Katie Campbell is the perfect shirt for anyone with aspirations of exploring space or maybe just need, well, more space.

Never Date an Astronaut is available now from Threadless for $20.

World For Sale

Gautam Joshi from the new brand brand, Designers County recently reached out to me to let me know of their new label. They recently launched their new online shop with 13 new T-Shirt designs. My favorite? World For Sale. It’s not surprising, especially since I have a thing for designs that have integrated barcodes. It’s such a simple and brilliant idea. This T-Shirt bleeds political and economical innuendo.

World For Sale is available now from Designers County for $18.

Also be sure to check out the rest of their line of T-Shirts. They are currently having a sale with tees marked down as low as $15.

Dreamnlive Apparel: I Rarely Sleep, But I Always Dream

When I first saw the “I Rarely Sleep, But I Always Dream” from Dreamnlive Apparel, I thought about another indie T-Shirt creator, Carlos from Oven Fresh Dreams. It might be 10pm or later Hawaii time, but I often see Carlos talking about hustling for his brand – developing, creating, and imagining new ideas. And mind you, if it’s 10pm Hawaii time, then it’s 4am in New York. That’s love.

That same love for dreaming is what Dreamnlive Apparel is all about. “Dreamnlive (pronounced: Dream-and-live) is an inspirational and innovative brand that was established as an outlet for the ideas, expressions, thoughts, and actions of its creators, with the hopes of positively influencing popular culture.”

When I first took a look at the Dreamnlive collection, I had this feeling that they were a chill and easy going brand that didn’t take themselves too seriously. I like that. If you’re a dreamer who likes big letters and bold colors then Dreamnlive Apparel is something that you should check out. All T-Shirts are priced at $24.99 and are available now at the Dreamnlive Apparel online shop.

Beyond Earth: 23 Historic Space Missions

Yesterday, a photo of Beth and Jesse Palma began spreading across the Internet. It’s no ordinary photo since it is a wedding photo, but then again, it’s no ordinary wedding photo. The couple, who incidentally are both employees of NASA, had the opportunity to take a few wedding photos next to the Discovery Space Shuttle. How awesome is that? Pretty damn awesome.

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Photo via Red Huber.

Someone should totally gift them both the latest T-Shirt from the Chop Shop. It’s called Beyond Earth and features 23 historic space missions. Something tells me that they’d both appreciate this shirt and probably be able to name each of the 23 space missions referenced on the T-Shirt.

Beyond Earth is available now from Chop Shop for $22 but you can save 15% by using the coupon code “cotygun” at checkout. As a bonus, $5 of each order will be donated to the The Planetary Society. See below for details.

“If you buy a copy we will donate $5 of every purchase to The Planetary Society. The world’s largest space-interest group dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration. A non-governmental organization founded in 1980, who among its founders included Carl Sagan, the author of Cosmos. If you buy a copy with a membership (sorry, US residents only), we will register you as a new member for only an additional $25 (normally $37). See here for what you get as a new member.”

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Co-Tee TV Episode 73: Play Ball, Verde Styles and The Last Flight

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Play Ball by Fur Face Boy and review The Last Flight by Verde Styles, a brand that is doing its part in the world by delivering a line of meaningful products that carry with them the message of “change.”

Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:

  • Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
  • Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
  • Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
  • Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
  • Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes

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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! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

The Last Flight by Verde Styles. Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time. Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.

“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”

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FFB Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.

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Also mentioned in this episode:

NBA Mega Trades: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade

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Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Selling Offline

Diary of a T-Shirt Intern is a weekly column written by Bo, a T-Shirt blogger at Loving This Tee who is also affectionately known in the tee community as dunz0. Bo will be tracking her experiences as an intern at Tilteed and sharing her thoughts on the strange land that is Portland, Oregon!

So we finally did it. We got away from the office and sold some t-shirts in person!

There’s this event in Portland called Last Thursday, where a bunch of vendors, musicians, and artists come out and set up along Alberta Street every last Thursday of the month (as the name suggests). The street gets closed down for several blocks for about 4-5 hours, and it’s absolute madness but in a good way. The first time that I attended Last Thursday was in June but that was only to browse. This time, we would be selling our tees.

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In preparing for this event, one of our main questions was how many different designs and how many of each size to bring. That’s a very tough question, especially when you can’t exactly gauge what the shoppers’ tastes are. We had a lineup of eight catalog tees that we stocked in every size, along with leftover Tilteed Limited stock and several random sizes of other catalog pieces. We have experimented with some designs by bringing one or two of them so that we can see our customers’ responses. Every venue will be different, though, so I doubt that we’ll get a good formula for doing this.

When we first tried out selling at small events, I was initially worried about having black shirts sitting out in the sun. I once kept a Doberman Beanie Baby in my mom’s car, and over time that dog was no longer black. That was a silly story that I should probably be embarrassed about, but I think it’s a good explanation of why you should not let your products sit in direct sunlight for too long. We ended up getting a tent after our very first event, though, so problem solved!

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Before we started selling Tilteed t-shirts at small fairs in Portland, I had never had any sales experience. Most of the jobs that I have held have been research positions, and the closest that I have gotten to selling anything for pay was when I worked at Subway back in high school. Well, that and when I hustled hard as a little 5th grader trying to sell $200+ worth of gift wrapping paper and other useless, overpriced junk from a school catalog in order to get a Magic 8 Ball in return.

So along with having no sales experience, I’m also not a big people person and rarely approach strangers just to say hello. Because of this, I was rather shocked to learn that I like selling t-shirts offline. Actually, I’m going to say that I don’t like it but that I absolutely 100% LOVE it! It was great getting to converse with everyone who came up to our tent and talk about all of our designs and the artists who created them!

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One thing that I’ve learned is that if someone looks in your direction, even for a second from 15 feet away, you should greet them. If you do, there’s a high possibility that they’ll approach you and look at what you have to offer. Sometimes the people you don’t expect to be interested in your products end up loving them, so don’t leave anyone out when you’re greeting people.

We’ve done three events total now, and one thing we’ve noticed is that there will be slow periods and then all of a sudden, everyone will be swarming your tent at once. So if you’re experiencing a lag in customers coming up to your store front towards the beginning of an event, don’t call it quits just yet!

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In conclusion, our first Last Thursday definitely blew my expectations away! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you’re sharing artwork by some of the most amazing illustrators and designers from around the world with people who may not otherwise see these works. This is one of the reasons why I love graphic t-shirts as much as I do. You get to be a walking canvas every single day if you choose to.

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We’re actually going to be at the Hawthorne Street Fair this upcoming Sunday (August 15). You should come and hang out if you’re in the Portland area! For more information, check out Think Hawthorne and click on “Happenings.” Hopefully I’ll get to see some of you!

- Bo aka dunz0

Be sure to check out the latest tee at Tilteed. The shirt is called Drowning Out The Sun and is on sale now for $12 but you can save $2 by using the coupon code “TILTCOTY” at checkout!

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Earth-Rise + 40% Off

Check out this neat tee from Public Domain Clothing called Earth-Rise. Tired of the basic skeleton tee? Well, this one sort of the Sixth Sense of skeleton tees. It’s got a twist. They’ve fused a pair of astronauts and the planet earth to make on disturbing (and rather cool) skeleton tee. I dig.

Earth-Rise is available now from Public Domain Clothing for $25 and if you use the coupon code TAKE40 you can score 40% off your entire purchase.

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Heading South For The Winter

Heading South For The Winter is the newest tee from Uneetee.com and the most recent $1500 contest winner. The artist, againstbound, recently mentioned that he submitted this design to Uneetee last October, yeah, as in october 2008! What an awesome surprise it must have been to have won so many months later. You can pick up Heading South For Winter from Uneetee.com for just $12.

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IDONTCARE by Drew & Natalie Dee

I really do enjoy perusing the Sharing Machine, the online store of creative duo and real life husband and wife, Drew & Natalie Dee. This shirt pretty much sums up how I feel on certain days. A bit bipolar to say the least. A little happy, a little sad, and somewhat indifferent. This is the perfect shirt to wear whenever you’re feeling moody. It’s sort of the whatever shirt that sums up whatever kind of days.

You can have IDONTCARE for a reasonable $16 from the Sharing Machine to wear whenever you’re having a whatever day. 

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Hug A Tree For An Exclusive Tee!

Threadless is giving away one of their 12 Month Club Tees! All you need to do is snap a picture of yourself hugging a tree. If you don’t have a tree to hug then submit your interpretation of tree hugging! You have till Monday July 20 12 pm CST to submit your entry. Submit your pictures in the comments section of this blog post at Threadless.