Local Tees: Kuwaiti Pop Tees

It blows my mind to know that I have somewhat of an impact on the T-Shirt industry. But it blows my mind even more to know that this impact spans across countries. Needless to say, my attention peaked when I received an email from Local Tees, a brand that is based out of Kuwait. I was excited because, although I have received emails from many other countries, I had never received one from Kuwait – pretty neat. It’s also good to know that indie T-Shirt culture and awareness is growing in that part of the world.

With a name like Local Tees, I was expecting low quality, goofy and semi-humoroues tees, akin to something like 6DollarShirts. I was surprised by the design quality of the Local Tees shirts, they are definitely not throw-a-way designs, in fact, some of them are pretty spectacular. Local Tees were created by three Kuwaiti locals (hence the name) and the T-Shirts are limited to a print run of 50 a piece, with each shirt featuring a print number. Below you’ll find three of my Local Tees favorites. You’ll notice that a few of the T-Shirts feature text in the local type, however, many of the designs do not, and are in fact quite universal.

Local Tees was established in 2010 and was born based on an original idea, with that concept in mind, Local Tees was born and created by Three locals that began with a clear ambition of creating high-end limited edition t-shirts. With a specially chosen, high quality fabric, where the artwork is represented on 50 tees each with an edition number, ensuring no reprints will be forced. We believe in building an international network by collaborating with artists that represent ground-breaking self made inspiring artwork, to showcase the exceptional talents from all around the world.

by the way, their blog features some really cool product shots! Go check out some Local Tees.

BOOBIES and BOOBLESS!

I’m pretty sure that I learned how to do this sometime during the 2nd grade. Yes, immaturity begins to set in at around that time. And of course, the fascinations boys have with boobs start much earlier than you ladies think. In fact, I remember there being an entire formula of pluses and minuses, complete with a full story. And when you hit the equal sign, you’d get …. BOOBLESS (spelled out in upside down digits). But alas, I can’t remember the exact story that I used to tell when showing off the BOOBLESS trick.

Fortunately for us, we have the magic of Google! I found there to be multiple variations of the BOOBIES calculator trick, but I can’t remember if these were the ones that I had learned as a kid. In any case, enjoy!

BOOBLESS Calculator trick instructions:

  1. There once was a girl with 69 boobs. (Type 69 into the calculator.)
  2. She had too, too, too many. (Type 2 three times.)
  3. She went to 51 St. to see Dr X. (Type 51 and a times sign.)
  4. He gave her 8 operations. (Type eight and the equals sign.)
  5. And in the end she was boobless. (Turn the calculator upside down it should read, Boobless.)

The latest tee from NerdyShirts reminded me of this nifty trick. And although the calculator on this tee spells out BOOBIES instead of BOOBLESS, it’s still hilariously awesome. Buy one now from NerdyShirts for $19.95.

BOOBIES Nerdy Shirts

Don’t Close Your Eyes, Take Them Off!

Wow, now this is a neat little gem of a tee from Flying Mouse 365. This is definitely one of those concept tees that look great as a mock up. Now, if I only I could see and feel the real thing. The print on this tee is huge and probably very difficult to pull off. I kind of wish that the part of the head not on the front would wrap around to the back and so would part of the hair – that would have been so awesome.

The shirt design itself probably speaks more to women than it does men, but I am sure that many of you fashion friendly men that read this blog would not mind one bit wearing this shirt. OFF by Flying Mouse 365 is available now at the Flying Mouse store for $21. It is printed on a white American Apparel tee and the print uses plastisol ink, making it soft to the touch.

I also noticed that the Flying Mouse 365 site has moved away from the limited edition weekly release model. They no longer release 7 new designs a week.

Flying Mouse 365 - OFF

LadyUmbrella

Let’s face it, most of the indie clothing lines online cater to the male gender. Most sites offer unisex tees but let’s be real, those are basically just your average men’s tee and not built for a womans curvaceous body. Unisex, pffft. Enter LadyUmbrella.

This Dublin, Ireland based ladies clothing brand is all about the woman. The brand launched at the end of last month and features an array of designs by Spanish designer, Elena Montes Casado.

“The brand LadyUmbrella came to be as a direct result of the wet Irish weather. Elena, who had lived most of her life in Madrid/Barcelona arrived in Ireland during the dark, wet, winter months of 07 and saw streets laiden with umbrellas. The quantity of umbrellas obscured and hid peoples faces – LadyUmbrella was born.”

The LadyUmbrella line features 6 different whimsical designs printed on 100% pure combed cotton custom made LadyUmbrella t-shirts. The tees provide a nice fitted feel just for the ladies. The designs are very cohesive and work together well as a whole. The LadyUmbrella tees are like little pieces of art, that, instead of hanging on the wall you wear across your chest.

If you’re a lady, I highly recommend you check out LadyUmbrella for your T-Shirt needs. Ditch the unisex shirts and grab a hold of these custom fit tees. If you’re a dude – pick one up for your girl, I bet she’ll dig it.

LadyUmbrella

LadyUmbrella

LadyUmbrella