Ugmonk Gives Back 2009

It’s that time of the year again and Ugmonk is doing their share of good deeds. Ugmonk Gives Back is all about helping the community and every purchase from now until December 25 will do just that:

“This year we’ll be working with Samaritan’s Purse again to supply hot meals to needy children around the world. Each item that you purchase from Ugmonk from December 1 – December 25 will supply one hot dinner for a child. For every 5 items purchased by you and others, Ugmonk will add 2 more meals equaling a full week of hot dinners.”

Ugmonk’s Jeff Sheldon also released a new tee called There’s More To Life which is available now $24. He also released a new colorway for last years Ugmonk Gives Back shirt, Two Are Better Than One. He reprinted that one on a Forrest (dark green/black) American Apparel blank.

And even better, to help drives sales and get more meals into the hands of the less fortunate, Ugmonk is offering a 10% discount for all orders that use the coupon code “GIVEBACK09″ at checkout. offering a 15% discount on all orders that use the coupon code “COTY15″ at checkout!

There's More To Life

Two Are Better Than One

Lowercase White Hoodie

Lowercase Black Hoodie

Yes/No by Ugmonk

Yes/No is the new pair of tees just released by the typography experts over at Ugmonk. I think the product description says it best:

“Sometimes you wake up feeling great and you’re willing to say “YES” to just about anything. Other times all you want to do is say “NO” – leave me alone! Now you can just let your shirts say it for you.”

You can pick up Yes/No for $38 from Ugmonk, be sure to use the coupon code “COTY09″ for an extra 10% off your entire order. And yes, you do get both shirts. And no, you can’t purchase these shirts separately.

Yes/No by Ugmonk

Ugmonk Turns One = Limited Edition Shirt!

My favorite typography inspired T-Shirt brand, Ugmonk, just turned 1! And to celebrate, founder Jeff Sheldon, has released a limited edition (100 numbered) 1st anniversary Ugmonk tee. Only 100 of this shirt was made and it comes in special packaging and includes a hand numbered card. Unfortunately, the shirt doesn’t cost just a buck (we can dream, can’t we), it’ll set you back $30.

1st Anniversary

1st Anniversary

Ugmonk 1st Anniversary

Ugmonk Math Problem (Restocked)

2 + 3 = 5. But, you knew that already. If not, well, 1. I feel sorry for you and 2. you should be ashamed! All kidding aside, I’ve never been the best person to go to for math advice but this shirt does seem like math advice overkill if you ask me! Nonetheless, you need to appreciate the attention to detail that Ugmonk founder, Jeff Sheldon, puts into each one of his designs. His love for typography undoubtedly comes across in each one of his designs. 

The recently restocked Math Problem tee is available now for sale at $21. But, my suggestion for you: pick one up now if you want one! After just a few days of being available stock is clearly running low. Hint: Use the coupon code COTY09 at checkout to save an additional 10% off your entire order!

Math Problem by Ugmonk

Two New Ugmonk Tees Released

Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame recently released two new tees, Clearly Ambiguous and Path To Nowhere. Path To Nowhere is a welcomed re-release of an old tee in a new colorway. I actually like the blue and white colorway over the original red and white version.

Clearly Ambiguous is a neat 3 color print with a conglomeration of leaf-like shapes strategically placed to form a larger shape. If I could name this shirt I would definitely have named it Gestalt, since it reminds of the principles behind Gestalt Psychology – a theory of mind and brain that “describes the form-forming capability of our senses (the word Gestalt in German literally means “shape” or “figure”), particularly with respect to the visual recognition of figures and whole forms instead of just a collection of simple lines and curves.”

Both shirts are available from Ugmonk for $21 but remember to use the coupon code “COTY09″ to save 10% off of your entire order!

Clearly Ambiguous by Jeff Sheldon

Path To Nowhere by Jeff Sheldon

Indie Tee Spotlight #24: Ugmonk

This week I am excited to present my interview with graphic designer and Ugmonk founder, Jeff Sheldon. We’ve been going back and forth the last few weeks and so I am quite excited to finally have this particular Indie Tee Spotlight on the site. Jeff was also kind enough to provide a coupon code for the readers of this site and so if you fancy any of the tees that you see here you can purchase them at Ugmonk and save 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code “COTY09″ at checkout. Be sure to also follow Jeff on Twitter, he is

Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk

Coty: Ugmonk is such a unique name, how did you come up with it and what does it mean?

Jeff: Actually came about pretty randomly. I came up with a bunch of different names, many had to do with design or apparel, but then kept coming back to “Ugmonk” (random, but had a nice ring to it). It was weird enough to stand out, while still being short and memorable. I like the idea that before I started Ugmonk, the word itself was ambiguous and had no preconceived meanings associated with it. This allows me to define what “Ugmonk” is and represents.


Coty: Your typography inspired tees have been very popular. Have you always been interested in typography or was this just something you started doing as part of Ugmonk?

Jeff: I grew up doing all types of traditional art (painting, sketching, sculpting) and it wasn’t until a few years ago when I started college that I transitioned into graphic design. After studying design, I realized that typography was such the key element for almost all design. I soon developed a passion for type and began experimenting with using type as a design element for shirts rather than using it just to write out a slogan or brand name. The more I played with the letter forms, the more I realized the potential to base a clothing line around type. Mixing typography and t-shirts has been done before, but my goal was to find new ways to merge the two and bring something fresh to the apparel world.


Coty: What prompted you to start your own clothing brand? Was the startup process difficult for you?

Jeff: I had been doing quite a bit of t-shirt design for contests (DBH, Scribtee, Uneetee) and had some success. I then became more interested in the “art” of t-shirt design and the t-shirt industry as a whole. I always thought I would be fun to start my own line and maintain control over every aspect of a brand rather than working for clients, so that’s when I decided to start Ugmonk.

There is definitely a lot more to starting a brand than most people think. It takes tons of time and energy, but I enjoy it and it has been a fun challenge.

Coty: Ugmonk was recently picked up by Urban Outfitters. How did this come about?

Jeff: Networking. Honestly I can’t say enough about developing relationships with other people in the industry. You never know what it will lead to :)


Coty: The question begs to be asked, what is your favorite font and why? Have you ever designed your own font?

Jeff: Oh, the classic “favorite font” question :) . I don’t know if I have one favorite, but a few of my favorites at the moment are Gotham, Lubalin Graph, Clarendon, and FF DIN.

I’ve haven’t designed a full font yet, but I’ve drawn custom type for logos and other projects (the Ugmonk logo was created completely from scratch).


Coty: Have you had any experience in clothing design prior to Ugmonk? If yes, what kind of experience?

Jeff: The only other clothing design I had done before Ugmonk were the other t-shirt designs that I did for contests and freelance jobs.

Coty: Are you a big fan of indie brands yourself? If so, what are some of the indie brands that you enjoying wearing?

Jeff: Honestly, before I started Ugmonk I didn’t have the same apprecition for indie brands as I do now. I always enjoy discovering new brands and other startups like me.

Johnny Cupcakes is a big inspiration and I enjoy following his brand and the amazing things he has done with it. I also appreciate his work ethic and his emphasis brand consistency.


Coty: You have experienced a lot of early success but I am sure that there is much more room for growth. What are some of the goals that you have set for Ugmonk?

Jeff: It is humbling that Ugmonk has had so much success so soon. Ugmonk is less than a year old, and there is still tons of room for growth and development. I am constantly learning every day and am always trying to think up news way to improve and innovate. I’ve got some exciting things in the works for the coming months so be sure to stay tuned for new designs and updates.

Thanks again to Jeff Sheldon for taking the time to chat with me! Be sure to check out Ugmonk and save 10% off your entire purchase by using the coupon code “COTY09″ at checkout, enjoy!

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

I’m a huge fan of Jeff Sheldon’s brand, Ugmonk. He has definitely done some amazing things in the short time that his brand has been around. He recently reprinted one of his earlier, and more popular tee designs, Path To Nowhere. It’s the perfect shirt for anyone that feels like that can’t get to where they are trying to go. 

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

Path To Nowhere by Ugmonk

And Then I Woke Up (The Remix)

A few weeks back I posted about Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk allowing fans to vote for the next colorway of the rather popular And Then I Woke Up tee. Well, Ugmonk fans have spoke and the blue and white colorway was victorious. Good choice, guys! You can pick up the new And Then I Woke Up tee from Ugmonk for $21.

In other news, according to the grapevine, Jeff Sheldon’s line was picked up by the popular retail store, Urban Outfitters, so expect to see Ugmonk in a store near you sometime soon!

And Then I Woke Up

And Then I Woke Up

And Then I Woke Up

25% Off Spring Sale at Itself.

Spring cleaning sales seem to be in fashion these days – and I’m all for it! This time it’s contest site Itself whose celebrating spring with a 25% off sale. All you need to do is use the coupon code TLSFSPRING25 at checkout to receive 25% discount on your order! Tees range in price from $15 to $21 and are printed on custom Itself blanks with water-based inks and discharge technique. The sale ends on April 2nd.


As I was looking around Itself I noticed some familiar names, including Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk fame and popular design Craig “Wotto” Watkins. Here are a few of my recommended picks!

Making Up for Lost Time

Never Take Candy From a Strange Thing

Fear Itself

One Hundred – New Ugmonk Tee

Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk just released his newest design, One Hundred, and as expected it goes well with the rest of his font focused line. It’s a three color design that shows off the numbers 26 and 74 overlapping. And if you’re wondering why the name One Hundred – just do some arithmetic and add up the numbers! I’d love to find out why he chose the numbers 74 and 26 – if you know why post in the comments. 

One Hundred

In other news, Sheldon is bringing back his classic And Then I Woke design in a different colorway from the original design. He’s letting the people decide which colorway gets printed so be sure to vote for your favorite on his blog. 

And Then I Woke Up