What do you get when you cross Tom Hanks with Where’s Waldo? Well, you get this Castaway shirt from Glennz Tees! Do you guys remember back in the day when Where’s Waldo was such a fad that he was everywhere. Nowadays, he’s nowhere to be seen. How ironic. Wilson adds a nice touch to the design. Pick up Castaway from Glennz Tees today for $19.95. And here’s a secret… use the code “happybirthday” at checkout to save 35% off your entire order, good until January 12!
In the newest tee design from Glenn Jones, the panda takes the wrap. I have to say that In Disguise from Glennz Tees has a little Banksy infuseion. It might just be me, but when I see a panda holding a pistol I think of that mysterious British street artist. If you dig Banksy but prefer splashes of color over black and white then In Disguise might be the shirt for you. It’s available now from Glennz Tees for $19.95.
Okay, I’ve said in the past that I am a hug fan of Glenn Jones but the only tees that I own of his are those that were available at Threadless. I think Rocket Science is the breaking point for me. I need this shirt. It’s filled with all kinds of amazingness that I must have it. Glenn, how do you do it? How do you come up with these genius ideas? I want your frontal lobe.
Rocket Science is printed on a black American Apparel blank and is available now from Glennz Tees for $19.95.
When I first saw Cannibal while perusing my RSS Reader, I literally laughed-out-loud. The newest tee from Glennz Tees surely delivers when it comes to invoking laugher. This tee is kind of like those weird Santa Clause slasher movies, mixing two extremely different holidays into one incredible mashup. Cannibal is printed on an asphalt American Apparel tee and is available for purchase now from Glennz Tees for just $19.95.
Looks like Glennz Tees is making voter selected tees a standard now. Here are two of his latest designs, Trash (top) and Nightmare (bottom). Trash is available on a slate colored American Apparel blank and Nightmare on a forest blank. Both are available now for $19.95.Â
Trash is a must-have for geeks! That trash can, for some reason, reminds me of the System 7 iteration of the Mac OS.Â
In other news, Glennz Tees has begun selling children sized tees. Currently, there are 7 children sized tees available for $19.95.
Tweet is the newest tee from one of my favorite tee designers, Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. It’s possibly the most subtle of all the “Twitter” tees that have been created so far. It doesn’t spell out Twitter, nor does it play on the newly invented Twitter vocabulary. It does, however, show just how imaginative Glenn really is! Tweet!
I’ve been a fan of Glenn Jones, or Glennz as he is known on Threadless, long before this blog was born and I became consumed with indie T-Shirt culture. I’ve always been impressed by the wit of his designs. Glennz art always make me smile! What Would MacGyver Do is one of my most used Threadless tees – I love the confused looks that come about whenever I wear that wonderful shirt.Â
This is the 20th Indie Tee Spotlight and to celebrate, I’m featuring one of my Top 5 favorite tee designers – Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. We talked a bit about why he stopped submitting designs to Threadless and what it has been like running his own line. And I of course, I got the scoop on what’s up with all of the Darth Vader themed tees. Is Glenn a big Star Wars fan? You’ll need to read on to find out!
Coty: Glenn, you’re one of the top printed artists at Threadless. What made you move away from submitting to Threadless? Any plans to maybe submit to the site again?
Glenn: After doing a bit of work with the guys from Despair.com, we just started talking about a possible partnership as an independent project. They have a lot of experience with production and fulfillment so we were able to combine our strengths and idea of having my own range of tees was something I had thought about for a while. I’m just really enjoying growing my own range of designs at the moment, but I might submit to Threadless again in the future.
Coty:Â Dark Side of the Garden is one of the classic and iconic Threadless tees. Since then you’ve done Self Maintenance and have previewed the concept tee, The Lords Breakfast. Is it an understatement to say that you’re a huge Star Wars/Darth Vader fan? Of the 6 films, which is your favorite episode?
I wouldnt say I’m a huge Stars Wars fan, but I just find parodying Vader really funny, I’m always having ideas based around that, I just can’t seem to get it out of my system! I think Return of the Jedi would be my pick.
Coty:Â Do you focus 100% of your time on Glennz Tees or do you have a day job?
Glenn:Â No, it would be great if that one day became the case, but at the moment I do freelance work as well. I left fulltime employment just over a year ago because at the time the t-shirts were something I was just fitting in when I could. I knew if I wanted to give Glennz Tees a good go I needed to have some more time to focus on that, so freelancing allows me to spend time everyday so it has worked really well.
Coty:Â You’ve built up a pretty large catalog of tees at Glennz. Which is your favorite design and why? Which Glennz tee has been your best seller?
Glenn:Â It’s really hard to say, I like them all but I’m a bit biased!
Coty:Â Your designs show that you have a love for comics. Who are 5 of your favorite superheroes?
Glenn:Â Yes, you’d probably think that, but actually I’ve never been into comics – I just find the parody of heroes and villains amusing.
Coty:Â Do you ever miss simply submitting a design and having someone else worry about printing and promoting it? Do you enjoy running your own business?
Glenn:Â That’s how it has worked really well with the Guys in Austin, I concentrate on the shirt designing and leave the printing expertise to them. Obviously I’m a bit more involved in the process but it’s working really well!
Coty:Â Many brands like to keep new designs “secret” up until the big release. You, however, showed off a bunch of concept designs on your Behance page that later made its way to the Glennz site. People can now vote for the next Glennz tee. What made you go this route? What has the response been like from Glennz regulars?
Glenn:Â I thought about this for awhile, because yes we are showing our hand a bit, but I’m always designing new tees and I find it really hard to decide which ones to print first. Rather than just having them sitting in a folder we thought involving our customer in the process would help and it has. We’ve had a great response from people visiting the site.
Coty:Â What are three things that you’ve learned about the tee industry or business in general since starting Glennz Tees?
Glenn:Â I’ve learned lots of things, and I’m alway learning more which is great, a few things would be:
- Patience is important, you can’t expect things to happen over night.
- Be open to changing your way of thinking as we go. We’re always learning and tweaking stuff on the site, which I think is great because it’s all about evolving and trying to make things better all the time.
- It’s not just about the design on the shirt, its the whole package – shipping, customer service are just as important and we’re always trying to improve what we do.
Thank you to Glenn for taking the time to chat a bit! I look forward to covering Glennz Tees in the future and I wish you a gazillion T-Shirt sales!Â
Glennz Tees will be celebrating its 1st year anniversary and to celebrate the occasion they’ve got a one day only Happy Birthday Sale. If you buy a tee from Glennz this Wednesday, March 11, you can save 20% off your entire order using the coupon code “Birthday”. The tees over at Glennz cost $19.95 each so with 20% off expect to shave off about 4 bucks per shirt. Here’s the official word from Glennz:
“Time flies when you’re having fun, and all of sudden it’s our first Birthday! So to say thanks for all your support this year we’re giving you a coupon for 20% off all our Tees this Wednesday, March 11 (Central Standard Time USA) – When you make your purchase just enter the coupon code â€˜Birthday’ (no quotes). It’s been a great first year and we’re looking forward to this year with lots more tees and a few new products along the way too. Remember to keep a look out in our voting section so you can have your say on what we print next.”
Sometimes you find things while surfing InternetLAND that you get your super excited – and this got me super excited! While I was perusing the Behance Network, I came across one of my favorite tee designers, Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. Anyhow, Glenn posted on his Behance page a treasure trove of ongoing tee concepts (13 total) for Glennz Tees, many of which will probably be printed sometime in 2009 and some of which might never see the light of day. You can check them out on Glennz Behance page or just click on the images below!
Crash Test, Office Chat, and MacGyver’s Mailbox are probably my favorites. But, they are all so good! Glenn has an amazing way of creating witty and fun designs – he must be a very clever guy! What do you guys think? Which designs do you love?Â
Highest Rank is the newest tee from New Zealand designer Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. It’s not my favorite Glennz Tee, but, it is another funny and witty concoction by Glenn. And, if the Chicken Lovers Association of America (CLAA) ever needed an official shirt, this would be it! As with all of Glennz Tees, Highest Rank is printed on an American Apparel tee with the shirt color being Army. It’s available now for $19.99. Someone needs to superimpose this tee on a Colonel Sanders portrait (found in abundance at any Kentucky Fried Chicken near you)!