It’s been over two years since I first reviewed Threads by Ian Marsh, the original unofficial iPhone app for Threadless. Threads was (and still is) a pretty simple and straightforward app. The app allowed you to save wallpaper sized photos of your favorite Threadless designs and even offered links to purchase Threadless within Safari. ♥s Threadless is a brand new iPhone app for the iPhone that does a LOT more than Threads.
♥s Threadless was designed by Threadless mega fan (since 2005 according to his Threadless profile) Hung Truong. He built the app as way to browse the Threadless catalog simply and easily, with full view previews of each T-Shirt design. And he accomplishes this by allowing users to scroll up and down, from the newest to oldest designs. And when I say old I mean old. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see some of the earliest Threadless designs printed. Pretty neat! However, I think that there are a few things that Hung can do to improve this functionality. First, to get to the bottom of the Threadless catalog, users must swipe all the way down. This is time consuming and not fun. Why not add jumps to the sidebar so that you can jump (with the tap of the bottom of the sidebar) from the top of the catalog to the bottom without having to swipe a billion times. I guess this would be analogous to how you can jump from letter to letter in the Contacts app without having to swipe through every letter to get to the name that you want. And while you’re at, how about allowing users to tap on the top bar to allow us to shoot straight back up to the top of the catalog. With such a large catoalog of tees, I think this is necessary add to the functionality of the app.
What ♥s Threadless brings new to the table is it’s ability to share your favorite Threadless designs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Awesome, I really like this. But here’s a suggestion. Everyone loves Street Team points. Would it be possible for a user to input his or her Street Team information somewhere and then have that information (?streetteam=Username) appended to all outgoing links? This would probably give users of this app an incentive to actually share their favorite designs. I think that would be a damn cool feature.
Like Threads, ♥s Threadless can save your favorite designs as a wallpaper. My only issue is that unlike Threads, it doesn’t save it to size, as in the iPhone screen resolution. So, if you do want to use the saved photo as wallpaper, you’ll get a nasty black border on the top and the bottom of the image which isn’t very sexy at all. If Threads can do it, so can you ♥s Threadless.
The strongest feature of ♥s Threadless is its filter feature. You can filter by category (i.e. animals, abstract, classic, etc.) and by color. Cool. I really dig this feature.
The weakness of both Threads and ♥s Threadless is in actually purchasing Threadless T-Shirts. Like Threads, ♥s Threadless opens up the desired design within Safari when you actually want to buy said design. Since there’s no Threadless API there is probably no getting around. But hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase tees directly within the app.
Lastly, how about an iPad optimized version? If you want nice, big previews while perusing the Threadless catalog -- an iPad version would be perfect.
Why can’t you make the design save full screen, so that it would make for a better iPhone wallpaper (see the Threads example below)?
Cool, but how about allowing us to share the links with our Threadless Street Team information included? So that when they click on the short link it goes to the Threadless link with ?streetteam=Username appended. You could add a Settings menu section to the app and include a field for this information and then have all outgoing links add this Street Team info. Now that would be pretty awesome.
A few weeks ago I blurted out on Twitter that I was super excited about an upcoming T-Shirt that was inspired by my words and a particular blog post of mine. Well, after much self-inflicted anticipation, the shirt has finally been released!Â The shirt is called Unstoppable Andy, and it was designed by George Soto and comes to us from the guys that brought us the popular exploded tees and more recently, the string of Android inspired shirts.
So how did my words turn into a T-Shirt design?
Prior to Unstoppable Andy, the exploded design team, spearheaded by Dion Brigs, released a tee entitled Andy vs. Apple. It was meant to be a pro Android design. But as would any Mac faithful, I turned things around and poked fun at clunky, slow and chubby Andy the Android. I even compared him to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. Here’s an excerpt:
“Some might see this shirt as a pro Android tee. You might see Andy breaking loose and attacking the Apple way. Not me. No way! To me, Andy, that green Andoid character is much like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from Ghostbusters. Big, fat, and slow. Sound familiar? If so, because those are all characters that both the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Android OS and its various handsets have in common. Think Droid X. Big and slow. Yuck.
And at the end of the day, what happened to the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man? He died a horrible death. Apple might not have proton packs to destroy big and fat Andy, but what they do have is even better. Itâ€™s called Rabid Apple Fans. Myself included.
To me, I see here Apple fighting quite valiantly. They are the good guys. They are fighting the big battle against the fat and ugly Marshmallow known as Andy. Fight that fight, Apple. Keep on fighting.”
Well, the exploded guys read my words and a light bulb turned on. The above words would make for an insanely great and epic Steve Jobs vs. Android T-Shirt design! And so they ran with it.Â They kept me in the loop with the progress of the design and even sent me a few sketches of the unfinished design as it progressed. Needless to say, I was super stoked and excited!
Am I happy with the final product? Heck yeah. And who cares if this one was made with the Android crowd in mind. Steve Jobs is badass here. And remember what happened to the Stay Puft Marshmellow man? He went kaput!
A few months ago I featured Exploded Andy, a shirt from the guys that brought us some of my favorite Exploded tees, including Exploded 128, Exploded Phone and iSteamMac. After a string of Apple centric T-Shirts we now get two Android happy shirts in a row! What is an Apple fanboy like me to do about this?!
Of course, spin it and interpret it as only an Apple mega fan could! And it is for that reason that I actually really enjoy this shirt, which was designed by illustrator Chris Bishop.
Some might see this shirt as a pro Android tee. You might see Andy breaking loose and attacking the Apple way. Not me. No way! To me, Andy, that green Andoid character is much like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from Ghostbusters. Big, fat, and slow. Sound familiar? If so, because those are all characters that both the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Android OS and its various handsets have in common. Think Droid X. Big and slow. Yuck.
And at the end of the day, what happened to the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man? He died a horrible death. Apple might not have proton packs to destroy big and fat Andy, but what they do have is even better. It’s called Rabid Apple Fans. Myself included.
To me, I see here Apple fighting quite valiantly. They are the good guys. They are fighting the big battle against the fat and ugly Marshmallow known as Andy. Â Fight that fight, Apple. Keep on fighting.
Andy Vs. Apple is available now in T-Shirt and poster form. Both the T-Shirt and posters are priced at $19 a piece.
Regan Smith Clarke and Cavata Clothing teamed up and delivered an amazing new and 1st ever collaboration tee. The shirt is priced at $25 but 20% of all proceeds will go to support music and art programs in public schools.
Johnny Cupcakes decided to do some raiding in Thailand. Check out all of the Johnny Cupcake fakeness! Via Johnny Cupcakes.
Sorry, the friends section is a little sparse this week. It’s the 4th of July and I kind of want to be enjoying the outdoors, so one of the sections here had to take a hit. But rest assured, there will be a ton of shout outs to my T-Shirt loving compadres in next weeks recap and linkology!
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People keep doing cool stuff with their brand new iPhone 4′s. It’s been less than two weeks since it’s release and already the first ever iPhone filmed music video has been released. Via SwipeTap.
Speaking of cool stuff, watch as artist David Jon Kassan creates a masterpiece with his … iPad?! Via SwipeTap.
Jarren from Just Another Day In East Dayton has decided to start a project called 30 Days of Johnny Cupcakes. He’ll be wearing a different Johnny Cupcakes tee for the next 30 days and will add a little commentary for each shirt worn. Via Johnny Cupcakes.
Here’s his collection. Impressive, huh!
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This image really scared the heck out of me. Via TumblrTrends.
This might just be the worldâ€™s very first iPad magician! Via SwipeTap.
Phoneballs: The iPhone Case With Balls. Via SwipeTap.
Threadless and Griffin have just released 4 new iPod Touch Cases, featuring 4 classic Threadless designs. The Gaming Revolution by Sean Mort is one of my favorite Threadless designs – ever. Space Needs Color by Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini looks absolutely stunning as an iPhone case design. Put The Needle On The Record was never a Threadless favorite of mine (maybe because of the raised ink used on the tee), but as an iPhone Case design, it just works.
Unlike previous Threadless X Griffin cases, the new batch is made specifically for the iPod Touch. If I had to guess as to why this is case, I would say that it has something to do with the rumors of a new iPhone being released sometime in early June.
It’s been a crazy last couple of days, so for those of you who entered the Steve-In-Sane giveaway sponsored by Might Tees, thanks you so much for your patience! One of you will be mightily awarded with the brand new Steve Jobs/David Bowie mashup tee from the tech geeks over at Might Tees! I randomly selected one winner out of the many entries … and the winner is … well you’ll need to watch the video to see if you’ve won!
Thanks to everyone who participated! If you didn’t win and you still want the Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt then please head on over to Might Tees and pick one up for yourself today!
What happens when you combine a 20-year-old hipster version of Steve Jobs, with a Davie Bowie as Aladdin Sane and then throw in the retro Apple 6-colored logo into the mix? Well, you get the new Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from the very mac-centric tee brand, Might Tees! Don’t let this epic Apple T-Shirt get away, it’s been out for less than a day and the inventory bars are already running low for a few sizes. Steve-In-Sane is available now from Might Tees for $31.99.
“The design is lovingly screen printed onto one of our resilient organic cotton shirts with our vibrant eco-friendly water based inks. The shirt color is a dark bluish grey, we call it coal grey”
Want to Win a Free Steve-In-Sane Tee? There are 3 Ways to Win:
Note: Do all three of the above and you’ll have three entries in the contest!
1. Become a fan of Might Tees on Facebook andÂ post a comment on our wall telling us that youÂ WANT THE STEVE IN-SANE T-Shirt.
2. Become a fan ofÂ Co-Tee TV on Facebook andÂ post a comment on our wall telling us that youÂ WANT THE STEVE IN-SANE T-Shirt.
I will randomly select one (1) winner from the pool of people that leave a comment on the Might Tees and Co-Tee TV Facebook fan pages and those that Tweet out the above messageÂ to receive aÂ Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from Might Tees! Do all three of the above and you’ll have three entries in the contest!
Contest ends on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm Hawaii time. The winner will be announced the following day!
Fan up Might Tees and Co-Tee TV on Facebook and WIN Steve-In-Sane from Might Tees!
In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Heart MarioÂ and review Popeye Punch by Regal Clothing Co. a brand started in 2008 by Darren Millar as a way to quench his need for new tees.
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.
Popeye Punch by Regal Clothing.Pros: T-Shirt comes packed in a square cardboard box. Included in the package were some awesome goodies, including, a badge shaped bottle opener and pieces of candy. Also included in the package was a beanie, however, I doubt all shirts come with a beanie (I’m just special, like that!). The T-Shirt, although not an American Apparel tee, was very soft to the skin and fit very well. The print was also very soft – no heavy ink here! Classic cartoon fans will probably rejoice if given this shirt!Â Cons: None really. The only thing I can think off that would turn people off would probably be the mixture of pink and yellow. You’ll either love it or hate it, but, I think you’ll love it! Price: Â£17.50 (Use Code IHEARTREGAL for 10% off your entire purchase).
The One by Might Tees.Pros: Super comfortable shirt, very soft. Print is unbelievable soft, it’s as if it was built right into the fabric. Apple fans will enjoy this shirt, especially if they’re an old school Apple fan.Â Cons: The price is a bit hefty, but, you already pay the Apple premium for your computers, why not for a quality T-Shirt? Price: $27.99.
Because there’s always enough bacon to go around. Unless you run out of pig. You can also find Make Bacon Not War in the brought back from the dead Downloads section (in the site menu above). You’ll also find a less nauseating, non-striped version of Make Bacon Not War in the Downloads section.
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