Now here’s an interesting shirt from MySoti user and UK based graphic designer and illustrator, ropi. I have to say that I dig the concept a bit more than the actual execution of the shirt. It’s called Human Ingredients and I am guessing that it’s supposed to look like what we would see on something like a can of SPAM or similar food items. I actually would have preferred the list on the back of the tee and minus the UPC code. What do you guys think? Like it? If you do, you can pick it up from MySoti for $20.46.
Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame recently released two new tees, Clearly Ambiguous and Path To Nowhere. Path To Nowhere is a welcomed re-release of an old tee in a new colorway. I actually like the blue and white colorway over the original red and white version.
Clearly Ambiguous is a neat 3 color print with a conglomeration of leaf-like shapes strategically placed to form a larger shape. If I could name this shirt I would definitely have named it Gestalt, since it reminds of the principles behind Gestalt Psychology – a theory of mind and brain that “describes the form-forming capability of our senses (the word Gestalt in German literally means “shape” or “figure”), particularly with respect to the visual recognition of figures and whole forms instead of just a collection of simple lines and curves.”
Both shirts are available from Ugmonk for $21 but remember to use the coupon code “COTY09″ to save 10% off of your entire order!
I am huge fan of Bob Marley and so when I spotted this tee over atÂ Loiter Ink I knew that I just had to mention it on the blog. It’s simple yet brilliant. You can pick up this tee from Loiter Ink for $17.Â
And speaking of Bob, my favorite song of his has to be Redemption Song off of his ninth studio album, Uprising. What’s yours? Haven’t heard Redemption Song, check out the mp3 below.
I missed this while I was away on vacation but while I was gone our buddies from AlrightOK released two new T-Shirt designs. Both Truckin’ and A-OK are now available at the AlrightOK online store for $18. Both are solid designs but I especially like the simple white print of the A-OK design on the ash blanks. And even better, A-OK can be worn inside out! Both of these new tees are available now for just $18. And since Alright OK is part of the Attack of the Coupon Codes promotion you can save even more by using theÂ coupon code “coty” at checkout and save an additional 20% off your entire order!
This week I am excited to present my interview with graphic designer and Ugmonk founder, Jeff Sheldon. We’ve been going back and forth the last few weeks and so I am quite excited to finally have this particular Indie Tee Spotlight on the site. Jeff was also kind enough to provide a coupon code for the readers of this site and so if you fancy any of the tees that you see here you can purchase them at Ugmonk and save 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code “COTY09″ at checkout.Â Be sure to also follow Jeff on Twitter, he is twitter.com/ugmonk.
Coty: Ugmonk is such a unique name, how did you come up with it and what does it mean?
Jeff: Actually came about pretty randomly. I came up with a bunch of different names, many had to do with design or apparel, but then kept coming back to “Ugmonk” (random, but had a nice ring to it). It was weird enough to stand out, while still being short and memorable. I like the idea that before I started Ugmonk, the word itself was ambiguous and had no preconceived meanings associated with it. This allows me to define what “Ugmonk” is and represents.
Coty: Your typography inspired tees have been very popular. Have you always been interested in typography or was this just something you started doing as part of Ugmonk?
Jeff: I grew up doing all types of traditional art (painting, sketching, sculpting) and it wasn’t until a few years ago when I started college that I transitioned into graphic design. After studying design, I realized that typography was such the key element for almost all design. I soon developed a passion for type and began experimenting with using type as a design element for shirts rather than using it just to write out a slogan or brand name. The more I played with the letter forms, the more I realized the potential to base a clothing line around type. Mixing typography and t-shirts has been done before, but my goal was to find new ways to merge the two and bring something fresh to the apparel world.
Coty: What prompted you to start your own clothing brand? Was the startup process difficult for you?
Jeff: I had been doing quite a bit of t-shirt design for contests (DBH, Scribtee, Uneetee) and had some success. I then became more interested in the “art” of t-shirt design and the t-shirt industry as a whole. I always thought I would be fun to start my own line and maintain control over every aspect of a brand rather than working for clients, so that’s when I decided to start Ugmonk.
There is definitely a lot more to starting a brand than most people think. It takes tons of time and energy, but I enjoy it and it has been a fun challenge.
Coty: Ugmonk was recently picked up by Urban Outfitters. How did this come about?
Jeff: Networking. Honestly I can’t say enough about developing relationships with other people in the industry. You never know what it will lead to
Coty: The question begs to be asked, what is your favorite font and why?Â Have you ever designed your own font?
Jeff: Oh, the classic “favorite font” question . I don’t know if I have one favorite, but a few of my favorites at the moment are Gotham, Lubalin Graph, Clarendon, and FF DIN.
I’ve haven’t designed a full font yet, but I’ve drawn custom type for logos and other projects (the Ugmonk logo was created completely from scratch).
Coty: Have you had any experience in clothing design prior to Ugmonk? IfÂ yes, what kind of experience?
Jeff: The only other clothing design I had done before Ugmonk were the other t-shirt designs that I did for contests and freelance jobs.
Coty: Are you a big fan of indie brands yourself? If so, what are some ofÂ the indie brands that you enjoying wearing?
Jeff: Honestly, before I started Ugmonk I didn’t have the same apprecition for indie brands as I do now. I always enjoy discovering new brands and other startups like me.
Johnny Cupcakes is a big inspiration and I enjoy following his brand and the amazing things he has done with it. I also appreciate his work ethic and his emphasis brand consistency.
Coty: You have experienced a lot of early success but I am sure thatÂ there is much more room for growth. What are some of the goals that youÂ have set for Ugmonk?
Jeff: It is humbling that Ugmonk has had so much success so soon. Ugmonk is less than a year old, and there is still tons of room for growth and development. I am constantly learning every day and am always trying to think up news way to improve and innovate. I’ve got some exciting things in the works for the coming months so be sure to stay tuned for new designs and updates.
Thanks again to Jeff Sheldon for taking the time to chat with me! Be sure to check out Ugmonk and save 10% off your entire purchase by using the coupon code “COTY09″ at checkout, enjoy!
Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk just released his newest design, One Hundred, and as expected it goes well with the rest of his font focused line. It’s a three color design that shows off the numbers 26 and 74 overlapping. And if you’re wondering why the name One Hundred – just do some arithmetic and add up the numbers! I’d love to find out why he chose the numbers 74 and 26 – if you know why post in the comments.Â
In other news, Sheldon is bringing back his classic And Then I Woke design in a different colorway from the original design. He’s letting the people decide which colorway gets printed so be sure to vote for your favorite on his blog.Â