The newest tee from one of my favorite indie tee designers was released with perfect timing. Man on a racing bicycle and decked out in a yellow suit. I wonder who that guy is? It’s obviously Lance Armstrong, who, incidentally is back and racing (as I type) in the Tour de France. He’s currently in third place, which is an astonishing feat in itself since he’s been away from the sport for more than 3 years! Maybe a finger pointing extraterristial is what needs to give him that extra boost! Race Advantage is available now from Glennz Tees and costs just $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.
The oh so creative Glenn Jones has come up with an ingenious idea for his popular T-Shirt designs – laptop skins! And why not, people love originality and by slapping one of these skins on your laptop you will indeed achieve an originality. Just be ready for the constant ooogling by others (because people get jealous fast when they see awesome stuff) and the tirade of “Where’d yo get that” inquiries. The Glennz skins are available now for 13″ to 17″ laptops and sell for $17.95.
I also noticed, and thought that I would point this out, that a few of the skins sport some of Glenn Jones’ older Threadless designs – like one of my faves “What Would MacGyver do?” Interesting, huh!
Looks like our buddy Glenn Jones from Glennz Tees is unleashing his inner monster – through his art! Eternal Exercise and Office Chat are the latest tees from our favorite New Zealand based T-shirt artist. Office Chat is one that I’ve been wanting to see printed for a while now, ever since Glenn opened up his designs for voting, and now that it’s available I just might have to pick it up! Both shirts are available from Glennz Tees for $19.95 and are printed on silver (Eternal Exercise) and cranberry (Office Chat) American Apparel tees.
Can you believe it guys? Another 10 Indie Tee Spotlights have come and gone. How the time zooms by when you’re having fun, huh! So just like last time, I’ve got a wrap up post for your consumption containing ten, count em’ TEN Â great tips from the last 10 featured Indie Tee Spotlight brands.Â Enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!
1. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. “When we first began brainstorming ideas and concepts for shirts we thought we were going to revolutionize the t-shirt world. However, as we began studying our competition and becoming familiar with the t-shirt blogging scene we realized that a lot of people not only had the same ideas, but were sometimes better executed. It made me realize that we canâ€™t take ourselves too seriously.”Â -Steve Orlando ofÂ Robit Studios
2. Hating Your Day Job Can Spark Inspiration. “We both really wanted to start our own tshirt company, with designs we couldnt find in stores. It also helps we both hate our day jobs.Â Ill never forget checking out Emptees for the first time and saying wow, this stuff is amazing I really want to wear this.Â ” -Brothers Jason and Jeff ofÂ Zombie Liquorice
3. Trial and Error Works. “There is so much knowledge available on the internet for the taking. The key is being able to sift through it. And then once you think youâ€™ve sifted through all you can handle you take the plunge and start to put your money on the line and test things out. So my whole shop, process, everything came from being willing to learn and never be too set in my ways, which is something I think a lot of people get hung up on. You have to be fluid.” -Jon Wye ofÂ Jon Wye
4. Your Brand Should Mean The World To You. “Itâ€™s such an amazing and beautiful thing to be at the helm of a boundless and opportunistic endeavor. The identity, personality and collective attributes of my brand are nothing short of what time, frugality, devotion and hard work can produce. Prestigious means the world to me.” -William Matte, Jr. ofÂ Prestigious Clothing
5. Create Something That You Would Wear and Won’t Lose It’s Appeal. “Thatâ€™s a good question. Thereâ€™s no real formula or specific criteria here, but generally each shirt should be something that (a) we think is inventive, humorous or unique (and hence, wonâ€™t lose its appeal over time) and (b) something that we ourselves would wear out in public.” -Travis Greenwood ofÂ Found Item Clothing
Stunt Snail is the newest design from Glennz Tees that was voted in by members of the site. I feel slightly bad for the snail because I know that even if he pushed as hard as he can he won’t be able to make it through that ring of fire. Snail Fail! This is a nice addition to the already excellent Glennz Tees line. Stunt Snail is printed on an olive American Apparel tee and you can pick it up for $19.95.
Also, if you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to read the interview that I did with Glenn Jones from Glennz Tees for Indie Tee Spotlight #20!
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.”
In this episode I wearÂ What Would MacGyver Do by Glenn JonesÂ and review two shirts from Prestigious Clothing and Kosher Ham. The first shirt reviewed was sent to me by William Matte, Jr. from Â Prestigious Clothing and it’s called I Had A Dream Once and was designed by Mathew Skiff.Â Â The second tee reviewed in this episode was sent to by my pals at Kosher Ham and is called I’m A Player. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!
Both of these brands are partners in my Attack of the Coupon Codes promotion so be sure to use the coupon code “prestigious” on your next Prestigious Clothing order for 10% off and the coupon code “COTYFANS” for 10% off your next Kosher Ham order!
I Had A Â Dream Once…Â byÂ Mathew Skiff and available at Prestigious Clothing.Â Good: Massive, massive print on the front, I love the fit of American Apparel tees, colors look great on black. Bad: Not the biggest fan of pink but it works on this tee, not tagless. Price: $17.00 but you canÂ save 10% with the coupon code “prestigious”.
I’m A PlayerÂ byÂ Kosher Ham.Â Good: Then NES controller is classic so kudos just for that being there, Kosher Ham logo printed on the back, available in a bunch of different color options, great fit (American Apparel). Bad: Not tagless. Price: $19.99 but you canÂ save 10% with the coupon code “COTYFANS”.
What Would MacGyver Do?Â byÂ Glenn Jones and available at Threadless.Â Love this shirt! Only available in girl sizes so be sure to pick one up ladies! And for the record, I’d carefully peel the tube and use every inch of it as carefully as possible.Â Price: $9.00.
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