Based On A True Story

I would that my life was Based On True Story – a running true story at the very least. And if it were,  then that would mean this shirt would be a true and positive statement, if I were the one to wear it. But what if my life was a fake? What if my life was a lie? I would hope that it was not, but for these people it was. Below is a list of some of the greatest con men in history. To them, this shirt would be one big fat lie.

1. Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower:

“In 1925, Lustig’s master con began when he was reading a newspaper: an article discussed the problems the city was having maintaining the Eiffel Tower. So he adopted the persona of a government official, and sent six scrap metal dealers an invitation to discuss a possible business deal. Lustig told the group that the upkeep on the Eiffel Tower was so outrageous that the city could not maintain it any longer, and wanted to sell it for scrap. So he sold the Eiffel Tower to one of the scrap metal dealers and took a train to Vienna with the suitcase full of cash. The buyer was too humiliated to complain to the police.”

2. Frank Abagnale, catch me if you can:

“For a period of two years, Abagnale masqueraded as Pan Am pilot “Frank Williams”, to get free rides around the world by dead heading on scheduled airline flights. Later, he impersonated a pediatrician for 11 months in a Georgia hospital under the name “Frank Williams”. He also forged a Harvard University Law diploma, passed the bar exam of Louisiana and got a job at the office of the State Attorney General of Louisiana.”

3. Milli Vanilli, the pop duo who couldn’t sing:

“So the truth was revealed: the Milli Vanilli sound was actually created by Frank Farian featuring the vocal talents of other singers, and Morvan and Pilatus did not sing at all on the records.”

4. Cassie Chadwick, the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie:

“In 1897, Cassie began her largest, most successful con game: that of establishing herself as Andrew Carnegie’s daughter. She faked a promissory note of $2 million with Carnegie’s signature. The information leaked to the financial markets in northern Ohio, and banks begun to offer their services. For the next eight years she used this fake background to obtain loans that eventually totaled between $10 and 20 million.”

5. David Hampton, less than Six Degrees of Separation from Sidney Poitier:

“Hampton began employing the persona of “David Poitier” to cadge free meals in restaurants. He then persuaded at least a dozen people into letting him stay with them in their homes or to give him money, including Melanie Griffith, Gary Sinise, and Calvin Klein. He told some of them that he was a friend of their children, some that he had just missed his plane to Los Angeles and that all his luggage was on it, some that his belongings had been stolen.”

To read more about the above men, check out the original story from which the above quotes were taken at Top 10 Greatest Impostors In History.

Based on a True Story is available now from la Fraise for €23 (~$30 US).

Based On A True Story

Based On A True Story

Minimal White T-Shirt

If you want to get any more minimal than this tee, you’re better off buying blank white T-Shirt. Minimal Goods delivers the very minimal and aptly titled Minimal Tee. It’s printed on a white American Apparel T-Shirt and features the Minimal Goods logo printed on the front in white ink. The print is barely noticeable, and from a distance you probably would’t even be able to see it. And thus the beauty of a minimalist T-Shirt. There isn’t much more to say about this tee, and off course, I wanted to keep this post to a minimum.

The Minimal Tee is available now from Minimal Goods for $15.99.

Minimal Tee

Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies

I was checking out the latest offering from UK based Last Exit To Nowhere and stumbled upon an excellent Ghostbusters themed T-Shirt. Last Exit To Nowhere did not go the traditional “cartoony” route, like this Threadless T-Shirt, instead, they went sophisticated. Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies features not only great typography but also has green glow in the dark ink, something that the die hard fans of Ghostbusters can appreciate.

Inspired by the Columbia University Paranormal Studies team in the first part of the film Ghost Busters. (The reason Ernie Hudson’s character Winston Zeddemore isn’t featured in this particular design is because he joined the team after they had left University when Ghost Busters was already established).

Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies is available now from Last Exit To Nowhere for £18 ($28).

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

Easier Said Than Done + Ugmonk Giveaway!

I’ve featured Ugmonk’s Easier Said Than Done in it’s original colorway before, but I thought I’d share with you its newest incarnation. The purple and white colorway pops so much more than the original black and white version. I dig it!

Talk is cheap. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to solve the world’s problems. Don’t just say it. Do it.

Easier Said Than Done is available now from Ugmonk for $24.

And since we are talking about Ugmonk, I should note that they are having a giveaway on the official Ugmonk Facebook page. All you need to do is comment and let Ugmonk know what type of product you would like them to make next. It’s super easy and you have until July 26, 2010 to enter. Three lucky winners will be chosen so be sure to get in on that!

Easier Said Than Done

Mr. Tee + I Pity The Font

This shirt received a lot of hype a few weeks back and was well received on a bunch of T-Shirt and non T-Shirt blogs. If you can’t already tell, the shirt is made up of, well, more shirts. The design is simply a bunch of T-Shirts strategically arranged in the form of Mr. T’s head, hence the name, Mr. Tee. Creative? Very. Clever? Absolutely.

Mr. Tee is printed on a light blue Fine Jersey tee and is available now for $20 at Threadless.

Mr. Tee Threadless Phil Jones

Mr. Tee

If you dug Mr. Tee by Phil Jones and you’re in the voting spirit then be sure to check out this new A-Team inspired design by Bunny Dojo that is up for voting at Threadless. The design is aptly titled I Pity The Font.

“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them. Envisioned with shimmer for the gold elements.”

I Pity The Font

I Pity The Font - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

I Hate Clowns

You hear of people that really detest clowns and who are absolutely mortified by them. These are usually one of those oddball characters you see at the movies or on a TV sitcom. I actually have a friend that is totally terrified of them. He hates clowns. He hates them with such a passion. I can’t remember the specifics, but I believe that this fear and hatred towards clowns stem from an early childhood experience. In any case, I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas present for him.

I Hate Clowns delivers this Experimental Jetset parody tee featuring the names of some of the most famous clowns in the history of the clowning profession. Krusty, Homey, Ronald, Shakes, and Pennywise are all accounted for. Trust me, if you know someone that has an aversion to all things clown related, this is the perfect gift to get them!

This Experimental Jetset parody tee is printed on a black American Apparel blank and is available now from I Hate Clowns for $19.

I Hate Clowns

I Hate Clowns

Co-Tee TV Episode 63: Ban T-Shirts, Regan Smith Clarke and Bodega

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Creativity Not Conflict by Ban T-Shirts and review Bodega which was designed by Regan Smith Clarke for his own brand of the same name. The essence of the Regan Smith Clarke brand is simply in the message. Step back, appreciate the meaning and become more aware of your environment. Clarke’s love for all things vintage is his main source of inspiration.

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

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Bodega by Regan Smith Clarke. Pros: T-Shirts came packed in three separate packages – your T-Shirt will definitely be safe during shipment! Included with the T-Shirt were a few Regan Smith Clarke branded stickers and pins. The T-Shirt was tagless and featured a screenprinted label on the inside neck area. A custom hang tag adds an extra professional touch to the T-Shirt. Each hang tag is custom made based on the T-Shirt, and includes a description of the tee. Bodega was printed on a Navy colored American Apparel blank, so you know that you’ll get a super comfy T-Shirt. The design is large but not excessively large and the print itself is quite soft. I really think Regan Smith Clarke is doing all of the right things with his debut release. I was absolutely impressed with Bodega, from the quality of the T-Shirt, well thought out hang tag and neck label, to the cohesiveness of the design. Cons: My only criticism for the brand (the T-Shirt itself was flawless) would be that I think Russian Doll (if you watch the video I show it off during the unwrapping) does not entirely fit in as well with the other T-Shirts in the current line. Price: $20.


Regan Smith Clarke





Creativity Not Conflict by Ban T-Shirts. Pros: Printed on a brown Royal Apparel T-Shirt, which is very soft and comfortable. I love the idea and meaning behind this T-Shirt. Cons: If you’re the kind of person that loves to shoot at things with big manly guns then this might not be the shirt for you. Price: $19.50.

Creativity Not Conflict

Also mentioned in this episode:

Kokua Festival

Boston Celtics

Milk & Eggs Co.

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Wordboner: Typography With Personality

Well, not really risqué per se but Wordboner tees do have a bit more edge than your typical Threadless Typetees shirt. The shirts are a spinoff of the Wordboner site,  which they tout as typography with personality. I actually really like a bunch of their wordplay t-shirts (see below for a few of my favorites). They use direct-to-garment producers Spreadshirt so these tees are not screenprinted, that’s the only negative. The positive is that because they use Spreadshirt you’ll be able to choose from a variety of different T-Shirt styles and colorways. The Wordboner tees start at $14.99 for basic tees.





NerdyShirts Does Helvetica

When Experimental Jetset created their “John & Paul & Ringo & George” for the Japanese label 2K/Gingham I would bet money that they probably did not think it would become the cultural icon that it did. “John & Paul & Ringo & George” has been parodied over and over and over again. Or should I say, Over & Over & Over again. NerdyShirts now adds to the list of brands and individuals capitalizing on the success of Experiment Jetset’s typographic idea. Pick up all four of these shirts for $19.97 a piece and score free shipping. Place your order before this Friday (12/18/2009) to make sure you receive it before Christmas!



Paper Root Clothing Tri-Blends

Paper Root Clothing has released a ton of new tees printed on American Apparel Tri-Blend blanks. American Apparel Tri-Blend tees are some of the softest shirts I’ve worn, they are also a bit more slim fitting. Nonetheless, they feel really good! The new releases from Paper Root has got me really excited. There were a bunch of designs that I really dug, including their Mystical Seahorse tee and the Escape from DC tee (a parody of the Escape From New York/Escape from L.A. movies but featuring Abraham Lincoln as Snake). But you know how much I enjoy type tees so I just had to throw in their WIN tee, which isn’t necessarily a new release but that certainly doesn’t take away from it’s awesomeness.

The new Paper Root tees are priced at $20 a piece and are available now for consumption, err, I mean purchase!

Paper Root

Paper Root

Paper Root