Sweetbands: Fancy Up Your Forehead

I don’t think that I’ve ever given sweatbands any love on this blog. That’s about to change because I’ve just discovered Sweetbands and they are awesome! Sweetbands aren’t just for athletes, but they’re for the everyday person looking to spice up their wardrobe. As the Sweetbands founders, Tobin Nageotte and Paul Klinke put it, “Sweetbands are just like sweatbands, except they are totally sweet.” I agree.

They’ve got a wide collection of Sweetbands available for sale, but my favorites include: The Patriot,  The GeauxThe Chomp, The Tenenbomb, The Stache, and The Gay. They’re all so fun. Don’t those product photos make you just want to snag one, or two, or all of them. I know that I want them all!

SweetBands are available now from the official SweetBands shop for $9 a piece.

Sistine: Live and Let Live

You can say that at times I can be pretty jaded by overhyped emails notifying me of a new clothing brand or a just released seasonal line. I get a lot of these emails and most of the time, the hype isn’t worth the product. Sistine, a progressive streetwear and lifestyle brand based out of New York is different. I checked out their site and was blown away by their unique designs. It’s almost as if their T-Shirts deserve to be framed and hung on the wall of an Art Gallery in Manhattan.

Sistine’s winter collection is called Live and Let Live and it features 8 eclectic designs with a splash of pop. Imprint and I Am Not Young Enough To Know Everything are two of my favorites from the winter collection.

Imprint is inspired from Hermann Rorschach’s classic inkblot test. For the most part, I think psychoanalysis is utter bullshit but for some reason I’ve always been fascinated by the Rorschach inkblot test. It’s used by psychoanalysts as a tool to record and analyze a subject’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning using psychological interpretations. I’ve always wondered what I would say if presented with inkblot test.

I Am Not Young Enough To Know Everything is a quote from the great Oscar Wilde. It’s a reminder that the older you get the more you realize just how little you know.

I also have to mention a design from Sistine’s summer release. The shirt is called Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. The quote originally appeared on the back cover of the Whole Earth Catalogue in 1974. It’s memorable to me because Steve Jobs famously referenced this quote in his iconic 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. I live by those words.

If you love fashion and you dig art then I highly recommend that you checkout the rest of Sistine’s winter line. The shirts are priced on the high end at $36 a piece, but hey, can you really put a price on a well thought out piece of art? Nah, don’t think so.

Co-Tee TV Episode 54: Lost, IZzI PoP and the City

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear a promotional Lost T-Shirt from the Lost Season 6 Premier and review City Pop by IZzI Pop, a New York based T-Shirt brand who had the idea of combining pop culture, fashion and style in one concept that can be identified. IZzI PoP focuses on color, style and quality along with innovative art designs.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

City Pop by IZzI PoP. Pros: T-Shirt is tagless and features a screen printed label instead. Custom hangtag on the shirts adds a nice custom touch. Nice large graphic that fits a good portion of the front of the tee. Printed on an 100% Combed ringspun cotton and pre shrunk tee and is advertised as being true to size. Design features many elements from city life . Cons: Might be a bit too busy for some, especially with all of the vector elements. Price: $23.00

IZzI PoP


Also mentioned in this episode:

E-Pop

Sun Wold

Lost Season 6 Premier in Wakiki, Hawaii

The Transmisson: Lost Podcast

Grey’s Anatomy

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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.

threadless

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Co-Tee TV Episode 49: Cottonable, Crazy Dog and Excess Is OK + Giveaway!

In this special Cottonable sponsored episode of Co-Tee TV I review Evolution of War from Crazy Dog T-Shirts and Isometric by EIO Clothing!

Cottonable Giveaway!

Cottonable has also sponsored a contest giveaway! Just leave a comment mentioning your favorite Christmas Song  EVER and you’ll be entered to win a tee from Crazy Dog T-Shirts, EIO Clothing or a $25 Threadless Gift Certificate! Awesome!

You can leave your comment entries in three places. If you leave a comment in all three then you’ll receive three entries in the drawing. Leave a comment: 1. Here on this post, 2. on the Cottonable post featuring Co-Tee TV Episode 49, or 3. on the Co-Tee TV Facebook Fan Page! You can only leave one comment entry on each place. So, if you want to increase your chance to win the prize, you have to leave your comment at all three places! There will be three winners, one for each of the three three prizes.

Last day to enter and submit your comment mentioning what you all time favorite Christmas song is by Wednesday, December 23, 2009 (11:59 pm Hawaii time). Good luck!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Isometric by EIO (Excess Is OK) Clothing. Pros: The tee from EIO Clothing has got to be THE softest shirt that I have ever had the pleasure of trying on. It’s even softer than that Finroo tee I reviewed a few months back. The shirt is just perfect, not too thin and yet not to thick and it feels great against your skin. It’s a trendy shirt, yes, and would probably best be suited for a night out to a club (maybe throw on a blazer and you’ll be good to go). The black and gold print is soft to the touch and does not weigh down the T-Shirt at all. Isometric features cut and sew elements with a custom neck tag and custom tag on the lower left portion of the shirt. Comes wrapped in tissue paper. Cons: A bit pricey, but then again, this is a high fashion T-Shirt made with high quality materials. Some people might not like that the length is made to come just below the belt. Price: £29.95 ($48 US)

EIO Clothing Excess Is OK

Evolution of War by Crazy Dog T-Shirts. Pros: Fun design that’s perfect for any World of Warcraft addict (and we all know at least one of those). The Alstyle T-Shirt provides a nice fit that is comparable to American Apparel and the cotton feels good. Affordable at just $16.99. Cons: Not tagless, ink used for printing is a bit thick. Price: $16.99 (Use the code “HOHOHO” at checkout to score $5 off).

Crazy Dog T-Shirts

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Co-Tee TV Episode 41: Melted, New Math and Pirates

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Melted by Desired Hearts and review Modern Art and Pirates from New Math by Craig Damrauer. The shirts are based on the popular website, More New Math, and the book written by Damrauer. The site, book and shirts feature witty equations for every day living.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Pirates and Modern Art by New Math. Pros: The New Math shirts by Craig Damrauer match the New Math website and book perfectly. Printed on American Apparel tees so you know that I dig the fit and feel of these shirts – super comfortable and soft. My shirts came packaged in a lovely New Math printed cardboard box. Excellent shirt for those who enjoy mathematics, typography or just fun witty one liners. Cons: Nothing really. The shirt is what it is and that is a compliment to the New Math book and website. Price: $20.

Modern Art

Pirates

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Co-Tee TV Episode 26: Vince Vulcan, Tilteed and Bombs!

In this episode I wear Vince Vulcan by Cloxboy and review Bombs Away! by Dale Edwin Murray and available at Tilteed as part of my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites. Submit your designs to Tilteed and win $500 in cash, $50 Tilteed store credit, plus much more! Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your order! By the way, there’s a hidden free shirt somewhere in either this post or in the video. Find it and you will score a free shirt. You’ll know it when you see it – that’s the only clue I’m giving!

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This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, Full Metal T-Shirt, tFuse, Design By Humans and Teextile.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Bombs Away! by Dale Edwin Murray and available at Tilteed. Pros: Excellent four color print, vibrant colors, fun design, printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I love the it and feel. Shirts come with custom hangtags but mine was shipped before the tags arrived. Perfect shirt for the kid at heart or for those who like to drop bombs! Cons: Not tagless, plain mailer. Price: $18

Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray and available at Tilteed

Vince Vulcan by Cloxboy. Pros: If you swear by the Sham Wow then this is the shirt for you! Perfect mashup of two epic characters, the Vulcan Spock and Vince Shlomi. This shirt comes from the guys that brought us the iSteamPhone, Exploded360, and Exploded128. Soft print on an American Apparel blank, Cons: Not tagless. I kind of wish that the print was a tad larger. Price: $20.

Vince Vulcan by Cloxboy

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Co-Tee TV Episode 25: Meaty Murder, I Am Wellness and Teextile

In this episode I wear Meat Is Murder. Tasty, Tasty, Murder from Threadless and review Make Wellness Not War from I Am Wellness. I also continue my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites by reviewing If You Wish Upon A Star sent to me from Teextile. Be sure to use the coupon code SUMMER09 on your next order at I Am Wellness to save 15% off your entire order.

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This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, Full Metal T-Shirt, tFuse and Design By Humans.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Coty’s Thoughts:

If You Wish Upon A Star by Tom Neal and available at Teextile. Pros: Love the shirt, great design! Nice gradient effect, most likely achieved through Direct-To-Garment printing. Printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I like the fit and softness of the shirt. Overall, a solid shirt. Cons: Not tagless. Not many extras here, just a solid shirt, I guess that helps to keep the costs down. Price: $12

Teextile

Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness. Pros: Lots of things to love about the package from I Am Wellness. Shirts were individually packaged in plastic to keep out odors and liquids from damaging the shirt. The cut and sew elements, from the custom neck tag to the seam tag on the lowert portion of this shirt was well done, as was the custom hangtag. Included with the Baseball tee (not reviewed here but will be in a future episode) were Bazooka Bubblegum and an Upper Deck baseball card, as well as an I Am Wellness card and sticker. The Make Wellness Not War shirt was printed on an American Apparel Tri-Blend blank, which was super soft, I loved the feel of it and the fit was magnificent. It looks like the I Am Wellness people put a lot of effort and thought into their product and brand. I loved it and I highly recommend I Am Wellness! Cons: What cons? Price: $27.95.

Make Wellness Not War

Meat Is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder. by Stu and available at Threadless. I “got” this shirt but many of my friends did not “get it” (poor souls). And for the record, I am a carnivore and will never, ever, ever, become vegetarian. It’s just not in my DNA. Price: $15.00.

Meat Is Murder

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8 T-Shirt Tips To Differentiate Yourself From The Crowd

Here’s a great article by Jonathan Kong of Singapore fashion site, Fabrikade. Jonathan discusses how to differentiate yourself from the crowd when wearing T-Shirts. 

“T-shirts have become a medium for self-expression and advertising for all age group but the youths primarily, sees it as being the fashion. In the face of such overwhelming popularity, how can you differentiate yourself?”

Head on over to Fabrikade to read the full article! And by the way, I stumbled upon this article because I follow Fabrikade on Twitter, I suggest you do the same!

Fabrikade