Weekly Recap and Linkology | May 21, 2010

Sorry about missing the Linkology post last week. I was too busy preparing for all the LOST madness that was posted this past week! Please forgive me.

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This past week has been ALL ABOUT LOST! And of course the best way to celebrate the last week and final two episodes of one of the greatest shows ever on television is by having an epic list of T-Shirts!

108 Lost T-Shirts, Tees, Shirts, T's

If you haven’t checked out Damon Carlton And A Polar Bear then you are missing out on some of THE BEST LOST T-Shirts around. I’m not kidding.

Locke Honor

I ran a short, flash contest that only last 5 hours. All you needed to do was write a LOST themed haiku and you could have won Constant, a LOST/Back To The Future mashup tee from Teefury. There were nearly 40 haiku entries! These two won the T-Shirts:

Walt by cul-de-zack

“Waaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaalt!”
Now take a deep breath, Michael.
“Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!”

Crazy Moms by VoxRobotica

Claire’s a Crazy Mom
Just like our French Friend Rousseau
and Jacob’s “Mother”.

Read ALL of the haiku entires here.

And finally, I wanted to mention some of the blogs that mentioned the 108 LOST T-Shirts to Celebrate The End Including 20 You Can’t Buy list! Thanks to:

DarkUFO: The BEST LOST Blog around!

Consumer Reports

Holy Kaw: The Alltop Blog

The Honolulu Advertiser: LOST In Hawaii Blog

T-Shirt Blogging Friends:

Nice find by Andy from Hide Your Arms. The shirt is called Form Follows Function and is available now from AIAIAI for € 40.

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Our good friend, Macho Slut from Found Item Clothing has put together a nice list of 10 Iron Man Themed T-Shirts! Go check it out! Via Found Item Clothing.

I know that Johnny Cupcakes posted this cupcake cannon video a few weeks ago, but, I noticed that it was on frequent play on ESPN this past week, especially SportsNation. Awesome, Johnny!

Or good buddy, Chris Reimer of Rizzo Tees just landed a pretty sweet gig at Scorch Agency. He is the new Chief Marketing Officer at Scorch. Congratulations, Chris! Everyone else, go and buy some Rizzo Tees to celebrate!

Finally, congratulations to Bo of Loving This Tee for accomplishing something that just 1% of the world populations accomplishes … graduating college!

Other Coty Links:

This is what happens when you combine the iPad and industrial strength Velcro. Conceptualized by Jesse Rosten. Via SwipeTap.

You didn’t think the LOST mentions would stop, now did you? Check out this awesome Hip-Hop tribute song to LOST by The Injustice League. Via Tumblr Trends.

I’d never wear this shirt. Via FAILShirt.

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Threadless News:

My Threadless picks of the week go to Deadly Goldmine by Andreas Krapf and A Brief History of the World by João Lauro Fonte. Oh and in case you haven’t heard, Threadless now has flat rate shipping rates of $5 for the US and $10 for international folks!

Deadly Goldmine

A Brief History of the World

Co-Tee TV Episode 62: Bird Brain, You’re History and Jack The Ripper

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Bird Brain by Erin Jessica King and review Always In The Shadows designed by Godmachine and is available at You’re History. Established in 2009 You’re History is based out of Great Britain and creates clothing based on historical characters and events that have shaped our history.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Always In The Shadows by You’re History. Pros: Tee came packaged in a black plastic package with a custom You’re History logo sticker affixed. T-Shirts were neatly wrapped in red tissue paper and sealed with a You’re History logo sticker. The T-Shirts themselves are printed on a black American Apparel tee. The tee features a custom necktag (tagless) and features the You’re History logo on the upper portion of the back of the tee as well. The front of the shirt features an amazingly massive print. This is one of the largest prints I’ve seen and it is very impressive. Design was done by popular UK based artist, Godmachine. The print is very nice, colors are vibrant and is quite soft. Cons: I am not the biggest fan of the logo print on the back, but other than that this tee from You’re History is ace. Price: £16.

You're History

You're History

You're History

You're History

Bird Brain by Erin Jessica King. Pros: If you love science, human anatomy, and or physiology than this is the tee for you! Cons: If you’re squeamish then this might not be the tee for you. Then again, it’s just science! Price: $12.

Bird Brain by Erin Jessica King

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Art of Godmachine

Storenvy

Jack’s Back

You’re History Blog

Money or My Knife

Queen of Kings

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Philadelphia/San Francisco Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to Philadelphia and San Francisco. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date  on what I’m up to and what tees I’m wearing! If you want to check out the tee that I wore, just click on the orange links.

Arrival/Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: Dance Party Massacre by Dance Party Massacre

The thing about flying from Hawaii to the east coast of the United States is that it takes a very, very  long time. It took us 5 hours to fly to from Honolulu to San Francisco and then 5 more hours to fly from San Francisco to Philadelphia. We left Honolulu at 6:45 am Saturday morning and arrived at our final destination at 1:00 am the next day. After an eventful “taxi ride” from the airport to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and despite our hunger, we quickly … fell … asleep.

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: I’ve Just Developed A Theory That Proves I’m Not A Nerd by Made With Awesome

Despite an uneventful first day spent flying the friendly skies, our first full day in Philadelphia was action packed. We started the day at 9:00 am by walking from the Loews hotel to the Independence Visitor Center to pick up our tickets to tour Independence Hall. With a 10:20 am tour time, we had some time to spare, so we headed to Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop for a classic diner breakfast. I had one of their specials, which consisted of pancakes, sausage and two eggs. Michelle had the same, minus the eggs. The pancakes were so good, fluffy and oh so tasty.

Independence Hall

After breakfast, we rushed off to Independence Hall to make our 10:20 am tour time. We just made it. Actually, we were a minute late and the tour had already started. One of the park rangers (yes, it’s a National History Park), had to usher us in to meet up with our tour. The tour was an interesting one with a lot of historical facts intertwined. The State House is where the dream of a free country of independent citizens materialized. Here, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were scribed. I was totally channeling the inner Benjamin Franklin in me.

Liberty Bell

From the Liberty Bell, we headed to the final resting spot of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground. We both tossed a penny onto his grave, as it was akin to tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain. After we tossed our pennies, a worker came to collect the coins and we overheard him mention that they annually receive $4000 worth of pennies. Neat! When someone asked him why people tossed pennies versus other coins, another visitor recounted one of Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts: A penny saved is a penny earned.

By this time, our hunger had been growing, so we set out for Jim’s Steaks which is considered to be better than the famed Geno’s and Pat’s by many locals that I’ve spoken with. So to South Philly we went, in search for my first taste of a real Philly Cheesteak. I was excited. The line at Jim’s was, as expected, very long. It took us about 20 minutes before we were able to place our order. Michelle and I shared a Philly Cheesesteak with Wiz and Mushrooms. I’m not the greatest onion fan, so we left that out. The restaurant was packed so we ended up standing and eating at one of the counters upstairs. The cheesesteak was amazingly good. The bread was soft and the cheese wiz was the perfect complement to the very tasty steak. I now know why Philly Cheesesteaks are world renown. They’re so good!

Jim's Steaks Philly Cheesesteak

And as if we needed more food, we then headed to Isgro’s Pastries where they’ve been making cannolis for over 100 years. The bakery was filled with so many baked goodies that I almost went into a sugar shock before taking a bite into my cannoli! We ordered some cookies (Cherry Garcia, Rocky Road and Chocolate Chip Ricotta) and of course, two chocolate chip cannolis!

Isgro's Cannoli's

With no place to sit and enjoy our cannolis we decided that we’d make Reading Terminal our unofficial Isgro eating spot, as we had also gone to Chinatown. We’ll be visiting Reading Terminal on another day for a more thorough visit. Today, we just needed a place to eat our cannolis! Once we devoured the cannolis we went straight to our hotel for some rest before dinner at Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant. On a side note, while we were totally enjoying our delicious cannolis, an inquisitive wanderer stopped by, wondering where in Reading Terminal she could purchase the same cannoli. Unfortunately we had to tell her that we picked them up at Isgro’s. She left sad. And without a cannoli.

Alright, you might think that with all the food we had up to this point, we would be quite stuffed. Rubbish! We were both so excited to dine at Morimoto, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s sleek namesake restaurant on 7th and Chesnut. The food did not disappoint. Michelle decided on the Morimoto tempura to start and the seafood toban yaki. I decided on the 7 course Morimoto omakase, the chef’s choice multi-course tasting menu designed to allow you to experience the essence of Morimoto’s menu. It was worth the 80 bucks because at the end of the day, I’m not a raw fish fan but somehow, Morimoto made me fall in love with raw fish. I left full and satisfied.

Morimoto's

Morimoto's

Morimoto's

And finally, Michelle and I put together a little photo slideshow of our first full day in sunny Philadelphia! Enjoy. You can also check out these photos on my Flickr.

Everything You Need to Know About T-Shirts in 1000 Words

The History of the T-Shirt in 1000 Words

The History of T-Shirts in 320 Words

One-piece “union suits” are cut into separate top and bottom pieces. The top part of the union suit is long enough to be tucked into the waistband of bottoms. Miners and stevedores use the T-Shirt to combat the hot environment. The United States Navy makes the T-Shirt standard issue at around 1918 and are used as undergarments worn under uniforms. The T-Shirt appears in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for the first time in 1922. During the Great Depression the T-Shirt becomes the default garment for many workers. The Wizard of Oz releases the first promotional T-Shirt in 1939. Presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey was the first to put a political slogan on a T-Shirt and it said “Dew-It With Dewey.” Charlie Brown first appears in a T-Shirt in 1950. Following World War II it is common to see veterans wearing T-Shirts with their trousers as casual clothing. Marlon Brando turns the T-Shirt into a fashion statement after wearing one in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951. In 1955, James Dean appears in Rebel Without A Cause in a white T-Shirt making it the symbol of rebellious youth.

Tank tops, A-Shirts (wife beaters), muscle shirts, scoop shirts and v-necks are developed as variants to the T-Shirt. Plastisol ink is developed in 1959 allowing variety in T-Shirt designs. Screen printing becomes the most popular form of T-Shirt printing. Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara graces the T-Shirt of many activitsts in the 1960’s. John Sebastian and Janis Joplin popularize tie-dyed shirts. Jacqueline Bisset appears in the movie The Deep in 1977 and is seen surfacing wearing a white T-Shirt and a bikini underneath – the Wet T-Shirt is born. Thermochromatic dyes are introduced in the 80’s and change color when subjected to heat. In the 90’s, Hip Hop afficianados wear T-Shirts that extend to their knees. Threadless revolutionizes the way T-Shirts are designed and sold online in the 2000’s with their crowd sourcing model of business.

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Iconic Pancho Villa

Iconic is the latest tee from Grant Tucker’s label, Simply Complicated Apparel. It features the new Simply Complicated logo treatment (although I did dig the original logo treatment) overlayed with an image from the attack of Pearl Harbor. It’s a nice “brand” shirt but even better than that is his Pancho Villa Bandolero tee! He has definitely found a niche in taking classic images and making them his own. 

Both Bandolero and Iconic is available for preorder at Simply Complicated for $17.99. 

Iconic by Simply Complicated

Bandolero