Trash Attacks by a.mar.illo

With all of the trash that we humans have accumulated during our time on this earth try and imagine what it would be like if the trash actually fought back. It would be crazy! The smell of the trash itself might be enough to do us in. The moral of the story – use biodegradable goods and reduce the amount of trash that you make. 

Trash Attacks by Sven Palmowski aka a.mar.illo is available now for purchase from Uneetee for $19. It was the weekly design winner at Uneetee and amar.illo earned $1500 for the design. Think you’ve got the champs to win the next Uneetee design contest then check out the officials entry rules here. 

Trash Attacks


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Coty Loves Threadless Contest #1 Winner

Congratulations to theis_to_meet_you for winning the first ever Coty Loves Threadless Contest! I’ll be sending theis_to_meet_you a copy of the Threadless Loves Green winning design, Show Me The Vanilla Sky…Pls!! by Kanzaki Choi. Also, thanks to everyone who checked out the Kanzaki Choi interview and also those that left a “go green tip” in the comments – you guys are greenmazing! You can check out the video below to see how I selected the winner.

Show Me The Vanilla Sky Pls!! by Kanzaki Choi

Interview with Threadless Loves Green Winner Kanzaki Choi

I had the opportunity to interview Kanzaki Choi, who this week won the Threadless Loves Green Contest! Post in the comments section here what you’ve been doing to help keep the earth green and you could win the Threadless Loves Green winning design, Show Me The Vanilla Sky..Pls!! (1 winner will be randomly chosen from the pool of people that leave a comment here). Good luck and congratulations Kanzaki! 

Coty: What was your reaction when you found out that you won the Threadless Loves Green contest with your entry, Show Me The Vanilla Sky..Pls!!?

Kanzaki: It was the best moment in my life….I was crying, screaming, howling, spanking myself and finally I found it wasn’t a dream!!! Thanks Threadless and the amazing community gave me the staggering journey.

Coty: What was the inspiration behind your winning design?

Kanzaki: The bird eyes view line drawing has its thrill, it is dramatic and epic for story telling, you can find it very common in Japanese Manga. The design is a story telling approach, I try to tell the audients how do our animal friends feels while we human beings turning the planet to a furiously polluted “vanilla sky”, though they cannot say anything to complain, we should feel guilty when seeing the vanilla sky scene from their perspective. I think the bird eyes view is perfect to deliver that kind of impact both visually and psychologically how we perceive the message.

Coty: Along with the cash prize from Threadless, you will also be receiving a ton of community donated prizes – which of these prizes are you most looking forward to?

Kanzaki: Yea!!! This is definitely one of the best part of this contest and thanks Threadless had this great idea!! :) Though it is very hard to pick they all sounds great! I would say I’m anticipating goodies from bnannas, who courtesy an original song about whatever I like!! Alvarejo, the amazing artist who courtesy an “insanely detailed” portrait of me!! Haha… how funny that will turn out!! And ivejustquitsmoking (Marco), the creative genius who will courtesy an “experimental painted pair of shoes” !!:D

Coty: Which of the Loves Green entries were your favorites, which ones did you think would win?

Kanzaki: There are just too many top designs! Threadless can simply print the Green subs for a new line of green tees!! “Carpooling is Fun!” by Alvarejo, it has so much fun and goodness in one!! Killer work for sure! “Clean-Up, Clean-Up, Everybody, Everywhere”. A great idea with epic execution by alexmdc, the winning contender of the last two Threadless loves contest. They are the winners for me, and still many designs that I really love personally, such as “The Vicious Circle of Deforestation” by Tang Yau Hoong, “The Beginner’s Guide to Tree hugging” by gumbolimbo and “Forget Me Not” by yeohgh.

Coty: What are some of the things that you do to help keep the planet green?

Kanzaki: There are many things we can do to help reduce harm to the planet, one of those that not many people know is buying less bottled water. I don’t purchase bottled water, as it uses up oil and other fossil fuels to be produced and shipped, fills up landfills, represents wasted money, produce of CO2, thus contribute to global warming. It is very simple that we can drink tap water and reuse plastic bottles to help keep the planet green.

Thanks again to Kanzaki Choi for taking the time to chat with me, and remember, leave a comment here for your chance to win Show Me The Vanilla Sky..Pls!! by Kanzaki Choi!

Show Me The Vanilla Sky Pls!! by Kanzaki Choi

Show Me The Vanilla Sky by Kanzaki Choi

Paint Your Momma $12 Earth Day Sale

Loren from Beetnik Aesthetics has been having some amazing sales as of late. Just the other day, I picked up a Beetnik Aesthetics tee for $5 via a Twitter sale he had going on. If you’re not following Loren from Beetnik Aesthetics on Twitter then get on it! Back to the sale, for one week and only and in celebration of Earth Day, Beetnik Aesthetics is offering Paint Your Momma for just $12, half off the regular price of $24. Great deal and awesome T-Shirt!

Beetnik Aesthetics is also holding a release party in celebration of landing in its first retail store, Board Boutique in Champaign, IL. Here’s the information for the release party:  

If you live in the Champaign/Urbana, IL area, be sure to stop by  Board Boutique this Saturday (April 25th) from 7-8 pm to celebrate the retail release of Beetnik Aesthetics!  Expect some good times, cool people, and a raffle for free t-shirts.  

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Coty Loves Threadless #11 – Hearts Earth Stuff

Coty really does love Threadless and as such, it’s time for another Coty Loves Threadless! It’s episode 11 guys, we’re almost into the teens, can you believe it! Congratulations to Nature Troopers of the World by Yeoh Guan Hong for being my Threadless Pick of the Week! And BTW, I hear Mr. Festa is now doing his own Threadless Pick of the Week on the Friday Festa Dome Show – see guys, I’m catching on! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Come on Threadless, I need a Threadless shield that I can call my own!

Coty Loves Threadless #11 on YouTube. Also, I’ll give you a hug if you subscribe to me on YouTube!

Nature Troopers of the World by Yeoh Guan Hong is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Nature Troopers of the World by Yeoh Guan Hong

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Green Tree by Jeremy Prasatik

Green is in and for good reason – it’s just plain good karma to be nice to the planet we live on. And this tee, by Dallas based artist Jeremy Prasatik aka jp33, will show the world that you are indeed an eco friendly fellow. This shirt is an interesting one to me because design wise, it looks like it belongs on the tag of the tee instead of the main design. The tee is available from jp33 for $25 and of course it is printed on 100% organic cotton. 

Green Tree

Green Tree

Bat-Tuk-Tuk by rubyred

If Batman ever decided to go green and reinvent the Batmobile (or Tumblr) so that it was a fuel efficient bad boy, then this is what it would look like. Artist rubyred designed this tee, appropriately named Bat-Tuk-Tuk. You can pick it up now from Redbubble for $26.53. I found the tee description entertaining: 

“Alfred decided the next evolution of the Batmobile should be a little cheaper and more environmentally friendly. And, after Batman destroyed the Tumbler, he thought as punishment, he should be responsible for keeping it clean. Batman was not too impressed…”

Bat-Tuk-Tuk

 

Bat-Tuk-Tuk

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Indie Tee Spotlight #12: Robit Studios

In this weeks edition of The Indie Tee Spotlight, I highlight a cool little small business venture led by Steve Orlando, self-described as a reluctant leader, disillusioned romantic and uneloquent philosophaster. Orlando started Robit Studios earlier this year with friend Jeff Gerzseny out of their frustration with graphic tees. 

I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Steve about the company he founded, Robit Studios, and why he aspired not to be “just another pretentious t-shirt company.” He discusses his love for small-business and why it’s smart (and worth it) to go “green.”

1. How long has Robit Studios been around? What inspired you to start a T-shirt brand?

We launched our website in March of this year. However the original idea and preparations for that launch began a few years ago. The inspiration to start a brand started when Jeff (the other half of Robit Studios) and I were frustrated with the unfunny slogan tees and obnoxious graphic tees that dominate the retail world. This was before we knew about places like Threadless. Jeff had some screen printing experience and a small wooden press from school so we decided to give it a shot.

2. The tagline “just another pretentious t-shirt company” can be found on the Robit Studios site. What do you mean by this?

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 can’t take ourselves too seriously.


3. Many of your tees have some sort of political message associated with it. Did you start Robit with the intention of producing politically inspired tees?

It wasn’t intentional. But, like a lot of people, we’ve been caught up in the interesting political environment we’ve had over the past few years. I also think that there are very few political t-shirts that are subtle in their message. For example, I would never wear a t-shirt that said “Buck Fush”. I think there was an unmet demand for shirts like “Chance of Reign”.

4. Strong ideals seem to be a huge part of the way Robit operates. From using only environmentally friendly inks to printing on sweat-shop free tees to hand printing each shirt. What made you decide to go the “green” route (and market yourselves as such) and why is this so important for Robit Studios considering the higher cost of these environmentally friendly products.

When we first seriously began discussing the creation of Robit Studios we knew we wanted to do it in a socially and environmentally friendly way. Since then I began working on my MBA in Environmentally Sustainable Management which helped us implement those ideas into our business model. I believe that true sustainability is the solution that will allow us to continue living on the planet in a way we’re familiar with. The beauty of sustainability is that it doesn’t conflict with capitalism, but actually complements it.

5. Your about page says “We [Robit Studios] gear our product toward anyone that appreciates the small businesses and creative minds, or the efforts of individuals against careless corporations that pander to the lowest common denominator.” What is it about small businesses, as compared to huge corporations, that gets you excited? What has the experience of owning and operating a small business been like for you?

Small businesses rock, simple as that. Just imagine if your only choice of t-shirt had to come from Wal-Mart. It doesn’t take much more than that to get me excited about the hundreds of small independent t-shirts brands that are available at my fingertips.

The experience of being a small business owner has been great. Knowing that there are people around the world who are wearing something I created feels incredible. This summer we got to do some festivals and I met a lot of amazing people, artists and bands. We’re teaming up with an amazing artist, Sean Madden, for some new t-shirts as well as another project which we’re hoping to launch soon.

6. Two of my favorite tees from the Robit Studios Store are “Chance of Reign” and “Ragingly Inefficient.” What message are you trying to send with these two tees?

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7 Awesome Tech T-Shirts

Technology is a major part of my life and has integrated itself into nearly every aspect of my life imaginable. It has even begun to seep into the clothes that I wear! Back in the day, I remember sporting my favorite Napster tee, or that hard to find Apple tee (usually gotten from an OS release). Now, many tech companies provide tees for purchase making it easy for teach fanatics like myself to show on their chest their weapons of choice. 

Here are 7 different technology based tees that reflect innovations that I enjoy to use (or visit and read in the case of Laughing Squid). I’ll focus on “official” tees for this post and do a future post on some 3rd party tees (if you know of some cool ones let me know). 

Do you have a favorite technology tee that you like to use and show off? Post a link to the shirt so that others with similar technologoy tastes can buy and enjoy!

1. WordPress. Does WordPress run your blog (I do for this blog)? Then checkout this site for a selection of official WordPress t-shirts and other merchandise. You can pick up either a red or olive green WordPress tee for £9.50 GBP. The tees are printed on American Apparel. 

2. Google/Blogger. Is Google the first thing you see when you open your browser? Are you part of the Blogger faithful? If so, then you might enjoy some official Google gear. In fact, there is a wide selection of Google merchandise available in their store, from organic tees to recycle track jackets. They’ve even got tees printed on 70% bamboo and 30% cotton. They claim the bamboo component makes it antimicrobial and feel like a mix between cashmere and silk! The Wearables section in the Google store offers 36 different products! The tees are priced between $13.50 – $20.00. 

3. Laughing Squid. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit in InternetLAND and it just so happens that the Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale sells an official t-shirt printed on American Apparel and available for 20 buckaroos! 

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Plastics Bags: Should They Be Banned?

So there’s been some talk in Hawaii about the possible ban of plastic bags in Maui, followed most likely by the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. Do I think plastic bags should be banned? Yes, I definitely think that plastic bags should be banned. Plastic bags are carcinogens to Mother Earth. They clog waterways and pose a threat to marine life. Plastic bags are no good. 

Some retailers argue that a plastic bag ban would be impractical and would cause retailers to use paper bags, which costs more to produce, thereby leading the added cost to be passed on to the consumer. This, however, does not need to be the case. If the plastic bag ban did take place then retailers should suggest that consumers purchase reusable bags (these are already available at many markets for a buck or less), a practical solution that consumers can use for infinite trips to the supermarket. If, for some reason, a consumer chooses not to use a reusable bag then they should be given the option to purchase a paper bag. Forcing consumers to purchase paper bags will increase the likelihood that they will use a reusable bag in the future and in doing so they will be doing their part in helping out Mother Earth. 

This paper bag ban is really a non-issue. Make it happen, Hawaii. Be an example. Kokua. 

PS: For the doggie lovers wondering what they’ll use for poop bags, many pet stores offer biodegradable alternatives. Or if you want to be 100% green, leave the poop. It might not be good for your shoe but it does make for a natural fertilizer. I’m kidding, we all need to be responsible pet owners so get those biodegradable poop bags or teach your dog to use the toilet.