The Brands Are Heating Up in Texas is a guest post written by Blake from You Design It, a site that focuses on online t-shirt design.
It is heating up in Texas and I’m not just referring to the temperature. There are quite a few t-shirt lines making some noise down in the Lone Star State. There is a saying that goes every thing is bigger in Texas and there is also the saying that bigger is better. If that is the case, then does that mean that all these indie t-shirt lines from Texas are bigger and better? We’ll let you be the judge because there are a lot of brands to choose from.
We’ve profiled eight up-and-coming indie brands from Texas that we think you should check out. If you’ve already seen some of these, no worries…they are definitely worth a second look.
Grits Apparel is made just how you like it by serving tha good stuffî. Those are just two of the catchy concepts you’ll be hit with by visiting their store. The t-shirt designs in themselves are very cool but the overall experience you get when watching their creative videos and getting to know the Grits story is mind-blowing. You really feel like No Grits, No Glory after you get to know what they’re all about.
My favorite tee from Grits is the appropriately named Greasy Spoon. Iím a sucker for the dark blue/light blue combination with white but I also think the design embodies the Grits look and feel.
Sleepy Dan is another t-shirt line much like Grits that consistently brands their theme throughout their website and store. That theme is sleep and everything related to the love of sleep. In many cases this includes having to wake up from a good sleep. Sleepy Dan is all about enjoying the sleep you get but not getting too much because work needs to get done.
My favorite shirt is Sleep Attack because the premise behind the design is that the alarm clock hates the alarm as much as we do. Now that is something I can relate to.
Fur Face Boy was a long awaited project for its founder, Ha Mai, as he went from job to job doing graphic design at all levels of the business world. The original Fur Face Boy was actually not a boy at all, but rather a nickname for Ha’s dog named Bear Mai. As you will see on some of the t-shirts there are animated references to Bear as well as an animated character known as the Fur Face Boy.
My favorite shirt in that line is the Bear Mai Ice Pop. It’s ice cream, clever, well-designed, and it’s ice cream (intentionally repeated, enough said).
Posted on 29 August '11 by Coty, under Lists, T-Shirts. 4 Comments.
As the year comes to an end, I’d like to present to you 10 of my very own T-Shirt Top 10′s from 2010. I did this last year and it was a hit, so hear we go again! You should note that the T-Shirts posted here are listed in no particular order and are heavily based on tees that I’ve blogged about here in the past year. 2010 was an amazing year for T-Shirts and I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us all. What were your top 10 tees of 2010?
I should note that there a few changes form last year. First, there are 9 categories this year, instead of the 10. I removed the top 10 Emptees tees because I didn’t really check out their tees section as much as I should have in 2010. Also, the Top 10 Geek and Top 10 Typography tees lists were replaced with Top 10 Parody and Top 10 T-Shirt Related Non-T-Shirts lists. Enjoy!
*Once Again, the lists are presented in no particular order.
Top 10 T-Shirts of 2010
There were a billion T-Shirts released in 2010 but only a few really great ones. The following 10 tees are my picks for the Top 10 tees of 2010. Like last year, I own 5 of the 10 tees here and let’s just say they are on regular rotation in my T-Shirt wardrobe. I absolutely love each of the designs featured on this Top 10 list!
1. Easier Said Than Done by Ugmonk. This is by far one of my favorite tees of 2010 – to say that I’ve worn it a lot is an uderstatement.
2. FFB Whip It by Fur Face Boy. My favorite shirt from the the Fur Face Boy Series III collection. The FFB Raglan comes in at a close second!
3. Rhino Hunter by SharpShirter. This shirt was officially released in 2009 and I reviewed it in late December 2009, BUT, I wore the heck out of this tee in 2010. I love this shirt. And as you can tell, in 2010 I loved purple.
4. Technicolour Rex by Elisha Hale (Threadless). Alright, so this is the first tee on this particular top 10 that I don’t own. This is mainly because, it’s very much a new Threadless design. It was released just a couple of weeks ago and I just haven’t had the chance to pick it up. But I will. Guaranteed.
5. Super Doctor Hazmat by Doctor Hazmat. I adore this T-Shirt! It’s so fun, so nostalgic and just plain geeky good on so many levels.
6. Unstoppable Andy by George Soto. How could this T-Shirt not make my Top 10 T-Shirts of 2010 list? After all, Unstoppable Andy was inspired by a blog post that I wrote. Yep, seriously. You can read all about it here.
7. Steve-In-Sane by MightTees. What? Two Steve Jobs themed tees on this list? That’s right, I am a MacHead. Plus, the previous shirt was more of a pro Android themed tee! Anywho – wonderful T-Shirt from our buddies over at MightTees. I don’t own this one, but I just might have to pick it up.
8. We Did This To Ourselves by Jonathan Lax aka Yonil (Design by Humans). This T-Shirt deserves to be on this list because of the fact that it won the 2010 DBH 10K contest. Kudos Yonil!
9. ROAU by Olly Moss (Shirt.Woot). What’s not to love about this T-Shirt design? It features Robocop and a freakin’ Unicorn! A UNICORN! Again: Robocop on top of a UNICORN! Another favorite of mine this year was Robocopper from Shirt.Woot (and also designed by Olly Moss). I guess Olly really like Robocop?
10. Too Big 2 Fail by GAMA-GO. Hilarious shirt from our friends at GAMA-GO! I should also note that I especially loved Yeti Kong in 2010, especially since I was able to pick it up myself at the GAMA-GO boutique in San Francisco – score!
Posted on 27 December '10 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 8 Comments.
Andy from Hide Your Arms recently unleashed his newest project, T-Shirtblo.gs – a list of the best T-Shirt sites ranked by user votes. In the future, the rankings will be based on Google PageRank, Alexa ranking, and Technorati rank.
CotyGonzales.com is listed so be sure to stop by T-Shirtblo.gs and vote for this blog – for every 5 star rating you give this blog you will receive a free virtual hug and thank you!
Posted on 2 June '10 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 2 Comments.
ABC’s LOST has, for me, probably been the most suspenseful, exciting, and entertaining television show of the last decade. Geeks will probably be talking about LOST for years after the show goes off the air, theorizing and speculating to their hearts content. I love the fact that a lot of answer are being told, but it’s bitter sweet considering that there are only 10 episodes left. By the way, I’m loving crazy Claire. Am I the only one?
Having said that, I present to you 101 LOST T-ShirtsFor The Ultimate LOST Fanatics. This list was requested by Freelance Artist and TeeFury Art Director, Jimiyo. I hope you enjoy it! And by the way, this was not the first LOST list, so be sure to check out the Troundup’s link at the bottom if you’re interested in seeing his list!
Iâ€™d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! And if you know of a LOST related shirt not on this list then please tell me about it. Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!
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1. Dude by Jimiyo (Redbubble), $23.94.
2. Last by Meme Engine, $24.95. Via ATShirtBlog.
3. Hoffs/Drawlar by Wake Up Time To Die, £18.
4. Missing by Glennz Tees, $19.95.
5. Found by Busted Tees, $20.
6. Polar Beer by Ian Leino, $18.
7. John Locke by olechka (RedBubble), $24.94.
8. LaFleur by My Party Shirt, $17.95.
9. I Want To Get Lost With Ben by freakyfashions (Skreened), $23.99.
10. Hurley Gets Takeout by mrdavenport, Concept Tee Not Available For Sale.
Posted on 7 March '10 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 238 Comments.