Teenage Mutant Ninja Mona Lisa

Growing up I was a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. Don’ believe me? Read this. So I love the Turtles and I love wearing Mona Lisa tees. I’ve got a few Mona Lisa tees and I feel like THIS T-Shirt from Snorg Tees is a MUST. It’s called Leonardo but I’d like to rename it Teenage Mutant Ninja Mona Lisa. Cowabunga!

Leonardo is available now from SnorgTees for $14.95.

Co-Tee TV Episode 67: iSteamMac, Teezeria and Bang-On

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear iSteamMac by Kevin Tong and review Multislacking Slacker by Teezeria, a made-to-order T-Shirt company based out of Chicago, Illinois.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Multislacking-Slacker by Teezeria. Pros: Super fun design! Have a slacker in your life? Or maybe you’re a self-proclaimed slacker. If so then this is the shirt for you! Because Teezeria prints their tees on demand, you have the freedom to choose any color shirt you’d like the design printed on. One of the best parts about receiving a T-Shirt from Teezeria is the custom pizza box like packaging. The designs are printed on American Apparel tees so you know you are getting a quality shirt. T-Shirt also came with specific washing instructions so you know how to handle the direct-to-garment print. Cons: The main drawback of doing on demand direct-to-garment prints is that the prints don’t come out as soft as some of the screen printed tees do. For instance, the Multislacking Slacker print had somewhat of a vinyl like feel to it. The positive is that the print tends to soften up afte the first wash. Price: $20.

Teezeria

Teezeria

Teezeria

Teezeria

Teezeria

iSteamMac by Kevin Tong. Pros: As a true MacHead, I can tell you that any Mac fanatic would be thrilled to receive and wear iSteamMac. This da Vinci like print features a two color design on a cream American Apparel T-Shirt. The perfect shirt for any Apple fanboy. Price: $20.

iSteamMac

Also mentioned in this episode:

Apple iOS 4

iPhone 4

Bang-On T-Shirts

Teezeria Chicago Retail Store

Macgyver

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Hello, I Am iSteamMac

Now, if you were a fan of the iSteamPhone shirt designed by Kevin Tong earlier this year then you’ll absolutely love the iSteamMac. Kevin Tong once again delivers a wonderful illustration with his exploded Mac design, in his familiar steampunk / da Vinci style. This 2-color oversized design is a welcome addition to the exploded family of shirts that mashes up an existing exploded tee, the Exploded 128 by Garry Booth.

If you admire the work of Leonardo da Vinci then this tee might be for you. If you’re a Macintosh fan then this shirt is yet another must have. And if you’re a steampunk fan or builder than this tee would look great while you work on your real life steampunk Mac!

The iSteamMac is available now as a T-Shirt for $20 and as a 18″ x 24″ print. The shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks so you can expect the quality to be top notch.

iSteamMac by Kevin Tong

iSteamMac by Kevin Tong

Co-Tee TV Episode 24: Brand Neusense, Applied Clothing and Design By Humans

In this episode I wear and review Meek Cloud from Applied Clothing and sent to me by the guys at Brand Neusense and review a tee called Mona Lisa SLIME that was designed by Zipperking for Design By Humans. Earn up to $8500 for your design submissions or even more when you enter special contests at Design By Humans!

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This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, Full Metal T-Shirt and tFuse.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Mona Lisa SLIME by Zipperking and available at Design By Humans. Pros: I absolutely love the design on this shirt, that  slug pops like crazy! Plus, I am a sucker for the Mona Lisa! The Design By Humans shirt is soft, super soft! And I love the fit, it’s a comfortable loose and it’s not too short like the Threadless branded shirts. It’s tagless for itch free comfort, which is always a plus! Beautiful packaging, one of the best packages I’ve seen so far! Cons: The print itself is not the softest I’ve felt but I’m sure it’ll get softer after the initial wash. Other than that I absolutely adore this shirt. I’ll definitely be ordering from Design By Humans again.  Price: $24

Mona Lisa Slime by Design By Humans

Meek Cloud by Matt Joyce for Applied Clothing and available at Brand Neusense. Pros: The product itself is very well put together. The shirt features customs cut and sew elements with tags on the lower right seam and left arm sleeve seam. It’s not tagless but it does have a custom neck tag. The shirt is a bit thicker compared to American Apparel or Alstyle blanks. The shirt is produced from fair trade cotton. Brand Neusense offers international shipping and free shipping for all orders placed in the UK. Cons: The neck hole is a bit smaller than what I am used to. It is a bit baggier and looser than most shirts I review.  Price: £25.00.

Meek Cloud by Applied Clothing and available at Brand Neusense

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New Super Mario Bros. + 10 Mario Inspired Tees

Nintendo recently previewed their latest blockbuster game at the E3 2009 conference and my goodness am I excited! They have been releasing so much retro NES goodness for the Wii as of late that I’m not sure if I can take it. First, Punch Out and now, New Super Mario Bros. in all it’s 2D side scrolling goodness. I am so excited to play this game especially since it offers multi-player beyond just Mario and Luigi. I’ve never been so excited for coins in my life. Cha-Ching!

And to commemorate this momentous occasion I have here 10 unique Super Mario Bros. inspired tees and a hoodie to boot. All of these are available for purchase with the exception of Super Mario Skull. 

1. Game Over by Fuzzy Ink. First up, we have Game Over from our buddies over at Fuzzy Ink. This is one of the more fantastical of the Mario tees here as it features our favorite characters all grown up and elderly! Maximum cuteness factor indeed. This Jublin designed tee is available on a Grass colored American Apparel tees and can be purchased for $18.95. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your order!

Game Over by Fuzzy Ink

2. Super Mario Bros. Sushi by thickblackoutline. This tee by thickblackoutline really made me realize just how good Super Mario Bros. would taste as sushi. Okay, that might have come out wrong. Nonetheless, it’s a great shirt and available now at Red Bubble for $28.83. 

Super Mario Bros. Sushi

3 and 4. Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit by Nerdy Shirts. Nerdy Shirts really has some love for our favorite Italian. They have a bunch of Mario inspired tees available and here are two of them: Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit. Mario Block reminds us of how simple and fun B-bit gameplay really was. Mario Frog Suit reminds me of Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy (remember the level that you had to swim and kill that huge octopus/huge fish boss).

Mario Block

Mario Frog Suit

5. Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers. It’s no surprise that Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers made my list of favorite Mario inspired tees. After all, it was my Threadless Pick of the Week in Coty Loves Threadless Episode #15. They are running low in stock really fast on this tee over at Threadless so if you want it I suggest you go and pick it up now. I was able to secure a guys size large (there were only 2 left when I did). 

Magic Mushrooms

6. I Sneak Down Pipes by Euan Gallacher. I Sneak Down The Pipes was conceived by the Tee Doctor, Euan Gallacher, a Scotland based T-Shirt prescriber! It’s a clever play on the much used I Heart NY tee. I Sneak Down Pipes is available from MySoti for $17.72 and is printed on a white Alstyle tee. 

I Sneak Down Pipes

7. da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong. Artist Kevin Tong designed this masterpiece, titled da Vinci’s Mario and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Views of a Fetus in the Womb. This three color design is printed on an American Apparel blank and is available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario by Kevin Tong

8. Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja. Have you ever wondered what Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Mario Bros. gang would like in real life? Wonder no more because Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja answers that very question. Warrior Pumbers is printed on Hanes Beefy Tees and is available for $19.75 from TopatoCo. 

Warrior Plumbers

9. Super Mario Skull by MisNopalesArt. This Super Mario Skull tee from Etsy is just a tad bit disturbing. Just a tad. Our favorite plumber in skull form and in the raccoon suit to boot! What is wrong with this picture! This tee is unfortunately no longer available for sale. 

Super Mario Skull

10. Video Game Shirt by Stay Up. If video games are your religion then this is the tee for you. And right square in the middle of that 8-Bit cross is non-other than 8-Bit Mario. Pick up this tee from Stay Up in either a white or tan colorway. 

Video Game Shirt

Enclothe MarioFlague. And for the finale, I have this epic Enclothe MarioFlague zip up hoodie! Talk about attention to detail and a sure conversation starter. It’s a fully custom designed hoodie that features and inside breast iPod pocket, metal mushroom zipper pull, quick action cuff thumb hole, and an extra spacious 3 panel hood. This item can be your for $65. 

Marioflauge

I’m always on the hunt for a great Super Mario Bros. inspired tee. If you know of one that’s not on this list then let me know and maybe it’ll make the next wrap up!

San Diego/Las Vegas Trip Day 3 + 4

Day 3 Shirt of Choice: Mr. Robot Goes Sightseeing

My shirt choice for this third day of travel was none other than Philip Tseng’s Threadless classic, Mr. Roboto Goes Sightseeing. We started off the day by having breakfast at Cafe 222 in downtown San Diego. The small hole in the wall cafe was very busy and the wait was long (about 30 minutes) but I was eager to taste their famous Pumpkin Waffles. I surely was not disappointed. Every piece was like taking a bite from a slice of fresh pumpkin pie. I loved it. Michelle had their Green Eggs and Spam, which came out looking nothing like we expected!

Mr. Roboto Goes Sightseeing

Here’s Mr. Roboto hanging out. As you can see, the UV ink on the tee does indeed work!

The rest of the day was reserved for one of San Diego’s more famous attractions: Sea World. Let me tell you, it was a busy day at Shamu’s abode! I don’t think I’ve seen more baby strollers in my life. This was both our first time visiting Sea World so we were excited to take in the whole park and see as many of the shows as possible. We ended up watching both of the Shamu shows, Believe and Shamu Rocks. We also caught SLL: Sea Lions Live, which turned out to be a bit tacky and the weakest of the bunch of shows that we watched. The Dolphin Experiences was fun and featured a “twist” of sorts, which was exciting. I also should mention that we sat in the “Soak Zone” in both the Shamu and Dolphin shows but missed getting splashed! We ended up spending nearly 9 hours at Sea World and definitely had our fill! The Journey to Atlantis Rollercoaster ride was pretty thrilling, but I expected to get a bit more wet!

For dinner, we drove a short distance to Ocean Beach and stood in line at THE place to get burgers in Southern California. Hodad’s, a burger joint that was started in 1969 by Byron and Virginia Hardin, has a vintage feel (the place is decorated wall-to-wall with license plates from the 50 states). The menu is a simple one: burgers, fries and shakes! I decided to get the Double Bacon Cheeseburger and I even SAC’d (added Swiss and American Cheese) it! Let me tell you, the burger that I had at Hodad’s may possibly be the best burger that I have ever had (and I’ve had a lot of burgers from many different places). Part of it might have been the setting and people, but, the burger alone was ace. Oh, and if you’re wondering what a Hodad is, well, it’s a term used to describe non surfers that frequent the beach (aka posers).

Hodad's

That’s me at Hodad’s and by the way, I was able to spot a Hawaii license plate (it’s just not in this picture).

Day 4 Shirt of Choice: Bird is my Best Friend

Bird is my Best Friend was featured in Co-Tee TV Episode 19 and that’s the tee that I wore for part of the day. I also did film a portion of CO-TEE TV on location in Balboa Park (it’ll be part of a future episode). Bread & Cie on University Ave. and located in Hillcrest was our breakfast stop for the day and I sure am happy about that selection. This bakery features a bunch of sweets, sandwiches, paninis and specialty coffees. I decided on the PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) and I have to say, it was the best PB&J that I have ever had – it was so decadent! Michelle had the Turkey Pesto Panini which was tasty, but not as tasty as my PB&J!

Bread & Cie

This was the best PB&J in the history of PB&J’s. I promise!

After Bread & Cie we headed out to nearby Balboa Park, San Diego’s premier park featuring a plethora of gardens and museums. We first checked out The da Vinci Experience in the Air and Space Museum. I had a great time at this temporary exhibit, especially since I am a huge da Vinci fan. I really should have worn da Vinci’s Mario! We then proceeded to check out the rest of the park and we took a gazillion pictures. We’ll be heading back tomorrow to visit a few more of the museums before we head to the San Diego Zoo.

And finally, we drove to La Jolla and dined at the popular fine dining restaurant, George’s At The Cove. The restaurant is known for it’s excellent service, great food and exceptional ocean side view. To start, we ordered the Pacific Oysters and the Pea Tendril Soup. The pacific oysters came out chilled and raw, just the way that I like it, and was accompanied with a cocktail sauce and mignonette. For the entree portion of our dinner, I had the Lobster Seafood Stew and Michelle ordered the Petrale Sole (fish with spring onions, asparagus, morels, crispy chicken skin, chervil puree, truffle-walnut oil vinaigrette). The Lobster Seafood Stew is a neat mashup that includes lobsters, clams, fish, shrimp, crab mixed in with toasted pasta, marcona almonds, and orange aioli. For seafood lovers, let me tell you, this dish is absolute seafood heaven! I loved it and if I ever find my way back to La Jolla I would definitely make it a point to visit George’s At The Cove just to order the Lobster Seafood Stew again.

George's At The Cove Lobster Seafood Stew

If you’re ever in San Diego, make it a point to dine at George’s At The Cove and order the Seafood Lobster Stew. It’s delicious!

Tomorrow: San Diego Zoo

da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong

Kevin Tong delivers again! You might remember the iSteamPhone that I featured this past January on the site, well, Kevin is back with his da Vinci inspired style to bring us DaVinci’s Mario! He’s definitely found an interesting niche style and I am looking forward to future da Vinci inspired designs – such amazing detail! And like the iSteamPhone, this design is available in poster form (18 inches x 24 inches) for you to frame and hang next to your old school NES or new school Wii.

This three color design is printed on American Apparel blanks and are available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario

da Vinci's Mario

And in case you’re wondering, this design is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Views on the Fetus in the Womb. 

da Vinci’s Views of the Foetus in the Womb

iSteamPhone

I’m a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci and I cannot live without my iPhone. So when I first saw this tee on Gizmodo my jaws dropped, it’s so cool! This tee, aptly titled iSteamPhone, was created by Artist Kevin Tong, who “captures the invention of da Vinci, the imagination of H.G. Wells, and the brilliance of Jonathan Ive in this Exploded iPhone drawing.” 

You might remember, the Exploded Phone tee that made the blog rounds a few weeks back – well, I have to say that this tee might have that one topped! The tee is available now for $20 and is printed on American Apparel shirts. 

iSteamPhone

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