Are you a social media guru? Are you on Facebook 24/7 connecting with everyone humanly possible? Have you leveraged Twitter for all that it is worth? If so, then the following list of 101 T-Shirts for Social Media Gurus, Facebook Fanatics and Twitter Addicts may be of interest to you. At the very least, it will help you prepare your wardrobe for the next Ã¼berÂ geeky social media or tech heavy conference, because we all know that wherever the geeks go, so do the geeky T-Shirts.
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 Social Media related shirt not on this list then please tell me about it. Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!
If you enjoyed this post then please, please, please, tell youâ€™re friends about it! A simple Tweet or post on your Facebook page will help to get the word out, and a link back on your blog would be greatly appreciated!
If you stumbled on this blog via Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere then welcome! Please feel free to peruse the site and if you like what you see then Iâ€™d recommendÂ adding Co-Tee TV as a friend on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on future posts!
1. You Like This by NerdyShirts, $19.95.
2. I’m The Mayor of Your Mom on FourSquare by Rizzo Tees, $16.
3. Dislike by Busted Tees, $16.99.
4. Nice To Tweet You by ShirtCity, $19.95.
5. The Coupons by Chop Shop, $20.
6. I Like Wikipedia by Headline Shirts, $15.
7. d @skywalker by Cathie Tranent (RedBubble), $23.94.
8. I’m Not A Blogger I Just Tweet A Lot by Twitter Tees by Threadless, $18.
9. #ThisShirt by Busted Tees, $10.
10. Digg & Reddit & Stumbleupon & Del.icio.us by NerdyShirts, $19.95.
Posted on 28 June '10 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 18 Comments.
Welcome to Indie Tee Spotlight #13! This week we feature the newest brand to enter the horror tee genre – Zombie Liquorice! Zombies are very popular these days, in fact, according to PleaseDressMe, Zombies were the number one searched tee type on their tee search engine. People want their zombies – and Zombie Liquorice delivers!Â
Brothers Jason and Jeff, founded Zombie Liquorice this past year and opened up shop just a few months ago. They have worked with some great artists, including Dan Mumford and Godmachine. I had the fortunate opportunity to talk with Jason of Zombie Liquorice, he provided some great insight into how Zombie Liquorice came about and who he would like to work with in the future!Â
Be sure to check out the Zombie Liquorice Online Store – you can buy all of their tees there! Also, if you decide to purchase be sure to use the code:Â COTYGONZ
Coty: You and Jeff started Zombie Liquorice just a few months, with the online store opening just this past November. When did you and Jeff decide to start a clothing line and what got the both of you interested in starting a new brand?
Jason: We both really wanted to start our own tshirt company, with designs we couldnt find in stores. It also helps we both hate our day jobs Ill never forget checking out Emptees for the first time and saying wow, this stuff is amazing I really want to wear this. So I called Jeff (my brother) asked him to check it out and he had the same reaction. So at that point we started Zombie Liquorice, dont ask me how we ever came up with that name, I think it was a heavy metal band name generator if you can believe it.
Coty: You guys obviously love Zombies, so I guess an appropriate question would be to ask what your Top 5 favorite zombie films are.
Jeff: Â 1. Shaun of the Dead,Â 2. Evil Dead (all three),Â 3. Dawn of the Dead,Â 4. Night of the Living Dead,Â 5. Cemetery Man.
Coty: Your initial line of tees feature artwork designed by some of the Internets top indie designers like Godmachine, Corefolio, Survival and most recently Dan Mumford. What has it been like to work with these guys? How did you select the initial group of artists to work with? What other designers would you like to work with in the future?
Jason: These designers have all been great to work with. Everyone has been very professional and its been great to pitch them an idea and watch it come to life! Selecting the artists was very easy for us, we just checked out there online portfolios and if both of our mouths hit the floor we hired them! Right now we would both love to get Chad Lenger to do something for us, his style is out of control. Also Horsebites and maybe in due time Alex Pardee! Those are a few we can think of now, there are many more.
Coty: You’ve been hitting the Internet hard promoting Zombie Liquorice. What have the two of you been doing offline, if any, to promote your line? What marketing technique has best worked so far for Zombie Liquorice?
Jason: Well Offline promoting is hard when you have a day job, most of our sales have been friends and work mates who have said “where can I get that shirt”, however we are going to start trying to work with concert promoters to sell our gear at metal shows. So far the best marketing has been MySpace by far, we have landed over 75% of our sales from myspace traffic, its been incredible and we have GodMachine to thank for the heads up on that.
Coty: You recently announced on the Zombie Liquorice blog that your line is now being carried by the German shop Comet Coma. How did you guys hook up with the Comet Coma guys?
Jason: They actually approached us and asked if we would be interested in dealing with them for distribution in Germany. We decided it was definitly worth it, it was just frustrating at times dealing with German customs, they are very strict we found out when it comes to importing Tshirts of all things.
Coty: You currently have five designs available for sale at Zombie Liquorice. Which of these designs has been your best seller so far? I really dig the Mad Hatter tee, which is your favorite Zombie Liquorice tee?
Jason: So far our best seller is a toss up between Lumber Jacked and Gut Eater, the response to these two has been crazy. As far as favorites go Jeff’s fav is Lumber Jacked my personal fav is the new Scorpion tee
Posted on 22 December '08 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 2 Comments.
19-year-old Nader Boraie is living the American Dream. Boraie is the founder of Labyrinth Designs & Clothing, a clothing brand that he started 3 years ago with the idea of providing design help to friends that were in local bands. Since then, Boraie has took his brand to the Internet and has watched it flourish.Â
With a new Fall line being released today, Nader was eager to talk a little about the new direction he took, design wise, for the just released tees. He also discusses the origins of Labyrinth Designs & Clothing and how he is able to balance his time between college and running his own business.Â
Coty: Labyrinth Designs and Clothing has been around for a while now. You began your brand nearly 3 years ago. How and why did you get started in the merchandise design business?
Nader: Labyrinth originally was started as only a design company. Labyrinth was started by myself, and my good friend Lee. At the time we had a handful of friends in bands that needed some design help, so we figured that we loved to draw, so why not help out our friends and make it a business and spread the word? So I started out doing desktop wallpapers, AIM icons, and little things like that and eventually started getting into t-shirt designs. As a promotional idea, Lee and I decided to hand draw some designs and get them printed (and these designs were pretty much made in Microsoft paint and using cheap photoshop filters because we really didn’t know how to use photoshop too well at the time haha). We sold the shirts for $10 a piece and got rid of a bunch of them fairly easily to friends and just people at school and such.
After that, Labyrinth officially became a clothing company as well as a design company, and that’s when we started hand silk-screening shirts and got a bit better at designing. Eventually Lee left Labyrinth all up to me, so I took it upon myself to run it as best as I could. I had full artistic freedom which was a new feeling and I quickly started to design the 07′/08′ Fall/Winter line which was the first actual line to be professionally printed and had 6 brand new designs.
For me, the reason I got into design was purely for the satisfaction of people appreciating my art. Labyrinth was created to design affordable, unique, and creative shirts. I’m not concerned with making a great deal of profit, (although that would be nice) I am more concerned with people appreciating my art enough to wear it on a day-to-day basis. That is the satisfaction of it all. Most of the money I make, if not all is invested back into the company to produce more shirts for a great price.
Coty: Based on your Myspace and Facebook, you’re a pretty young guy. You started Labyrinth while you were in high school. How did you fund this big endeavor and how did you go about managing both school and running your own business.
Nader: Haha, yeah I’m 19, I started Labyrinth when I was around 16. Funding Labyrinth was a little tricky, for the promotional shirts that I mentioned we made before, Lee and I saved up $250 each and used that to print the first batch. Since then, Lee left Labyrinth before heading to college, so I took upon all funding, design, and promotion myself.
Managing school and running Labyrinth has been a little difficult. In high school it wasn’t so bad because I had a lot of free time and the space to print Labyrinth shirts. But realizing that I was going to college while at the same time I was getting better at designing, I decided I would get the 07′/08′ line of shirts printed professionally (by a company called def-star) so I wouldn’t be overworked at school.
Coming to college has been a lot tougher to manage Labyrinth and school. There’s not a ton of free time I get where I can just sit back and relax, but I do my best to manage Labyrinth as best as I can and if that means no sleep, I’ll deal with it. Last year I felt like I kind of sat back on it and let it promote itself, which is a little frustrating in retrospect, but I’m trying to change that this year by featuring a lot nicer options, and freebies with every purchase and at the same time just working a lot more on it and not letting things get pushed back.
Coty: You’ve got a new line with three new tees ready to be released. Tell us a little about the new designs. Design wise, they look different from the rest of your product line (I actually prefer the look of the new stuff to your older stuff). Who designed these and should we expect more designs like these in the future from Labyrinth?
Nader: Thanks- I actually like these new ones a lot better too. The new line comes out this Friday and I’m really excited about it, I put a lot of effort into it. Design wise, these are definitely way different than everything else I’ve done with Labyrinth. I worked on these designs a lot more than the previous ones, I wanted a cleaner feel to these rather than the whole grunge influence I had before. I wanted to design something different and interesting. I wanted to create more of a series rather than a group of random tees which I felt the 07′/08′ line was like.
So for these, I was really influenced by animals, whether that be realistic like the “Float Away” chick or the cartoony “Dino’s.” But everything since the 07′/08′ Line has been designed by myself, and all the new shirts are hand drawn designs that I worked on in my sketchbook and brought into illustrator or just drew straight into illustrator.
Coty: You’ve mentioned to me in the past that when you started Labyrinth you printed your own shirts. Do you still print your own shirts? If not, who do you go to for printing and what process do they use for printing? How have your shirts improved, quality-wise, since you first started 3 years ago?
Nader: I am actually trying to get back into printing my own shirts again. My friends and I in Boston are working on building our own silk-screening press at the moment, very inexpensively, which I am really happy about because I have plans for some limited edition shirts. But as for the new line of shirts coming out this Friday, Bandwagon Merch printed them all, and they did a great job with them; I cannot thank them enough for that. Pure Buttons also helped me out with the button packages that come with the first 100 orders.
As for improvements, it can be seen across the board, from the design quality to the quality of shirts and to the quality of the inks used in printing. I have had a strong emphasis on improving the quality of the line. Before, I just wanted to go with the normal cheap stuff (hanes, jerzees, fruit of the loom) to produce a low cost shirt that I could sell really cheap, but after learning and growing as a designer, I’ve realized people will pay for better quality and a few more dollars won’t hurt. These new shirts are all printed on American Apparel 2001 unisex shirts for a great fit as well as comfort, and the inks printed on the shirts are made to be absorbed into the material, so they are super soft and part of the shirt as opposed to lying on top of the shirt. Also, I am very excited to include with the first 50 orders one of three limited edition Labyrinth Posters relative to the design purchased and as another bonus, for the first 100 orders a free “Dinos” two pin button pack.
Up to this point, these shirts have been presold at only $12 and on Friday they will be released at full price, $17, which I don’t think is bad at all. For a regular American apparel shirt, that’s around $16-$20, so for a unique design, free button pack, and free poster, I think this is a great deal.
Coty: Who would you say Labyrinth’s target audience is? How do you market to this target audience?
Nader: It’s weird, I feel like there is no specific target audience for Labyrinth, I mean, of course I’m marketing to a group of people probably from around the ages of 16-28, but I feel like especially with the new designs I have been coming out with, there has been no real target audience. I find that a lot of different people from different social groups find my designs to be appealing, and I like the idea of that – you know? I like having no specific audience, just reaching anyone who appreciates my designs, and my art is fine by me, but that also makes it a lot harder to market.
As for marketing, I do the whole MySpace and Facebook thing. For me, I feel that marketing is my weak point. Lately, though, because of my new emphasis on marketing Labyrinth, I’ve seen a lot of improvement. I’ve been getting a lot of help from my parents, my brother, my girlfriend and my friends. They have helped spread the word by telling all of the people they know and by printing and distributing flyers and stickers. I just can’t thank all of them enough.
Coty: I think that your new line would look splendid printed on onesie’s for babies! Both Dinos! and Float Away are uber cute and I’m sure any mom would proudly dress their babies in your new goods! Any plans on expanding beyond just adult tees (i.e. bags, shoes, hoodies, etc)?
Hahaha, that’s something I thought about after seeing these printed. My girlfriend was just saying how these reminded her of a cartoon show. If there was definite interest in putting these on kids shirts or onesie’s, I would definitely do it; I’m just not sure how I would go about that yet. We will see though! Haha.
I am definitely interested in expanding beyond adult tee’s. I have done hoodies in the past and I am definitely interested in doing more. At some point I also see myself designing tote bags and tees specifically for girls. I’m always looking for new niches to fill. So in the future, definitely look out for Labyrinth evolving, because it is already starting to.
Coty: Have you ever seen any of your designs being worn in the wild? If so, how did you react?
Nader: Haha yeah, its funny, I get random calls from friends saying they passed by a kid wearing one of my shirts in a mall and stuff like that, but until recently, I haven’t spotted many myself, I actually just saw 3 people wearing Labyrinth shirts in a day a few weeks ago, I knew two of the kids, but one of them I had no idea how he grabbed a Labyrinth shirt, and I just kind of pointed and said to my friend, “… Hey… I made that… that’s weird.” Haha. It was a bit of a shock, but it’s a great feeling, and I hope that I see a lot more random people wearing my stuff.
Coty: As a young entrepreneur, what advice would you give to a high school kid or up-and-coming designer that wants to start their own brand and business?
Nader: I would definitely say do a lot of research. That was one of my main setbacks. I pretty much just dove into Labyrinth with no expectations or real knowledge about how a brand or business worked. But over the past few years, I have been learning a lot of essential things (i.e. marketing). It’s kind of like a trial and error process.
However, the past year and a half or so, I’ve been doing a lot of research on other companies, gathering ideas, comparing, seeking inspiration, and getting feedback from friends, family, and anyone that is willing to help. You have to be willing to have an open mind and hear what others have to say. You have to step outside yourself and take a look at others around you and see if you can benefit from previous examples. The best piece of advice I can give you youngsters is just enjoy it.
Thanks to Nader for taking the time to chat with me about Labyrinth Clothing! We look forward to great things from Labyrinth in the future! Be sure to check out Labyrinth’s MySpace and online store if you’re interested in purchasing some of his new tees!
Posted on 17 October '08 by Coty, under T-Shirts. 1 Comment.
This is a follow up to a post that I made last month regarding how you can use MySpace to market your T-shirt designs. I continue with the social network theme and describe 5 handy tips of how you can utilize the micro-blogging tool, Twitter, to maximize exposure of your personal brand.Â
1. Engage in conversation. This tip is probably the most important when trying to use Twitter to gain exposure for your brand. The more you interact with the people you follow and your followers the more engrained you will become in the collective conscious. The more you @ reply and dm (direct message) people the greater the chance that they will remember who you are. The ultimate goal is not only to build on the relationships of those you follow but for you to develop strong relations with your followers.
2. Automate Twitters Across Platforms.Â It doesn’t make sense for you to tweet a message and then type out the same message to update your status on other platforms like Facebook, FriendFeed and Pownce. Make these platforms work with each other. For instance, every time you make a tweet you can instantly have your Facebook status updated with the same message.Â Similarly, when you Pownce, you can have that Pownce message automatically made into a tweet.Â FriendFeed is a cool aggregator of social networks so you can have your tweets automatically appear in your FriendFeed profile as well.Â Now instead of typing the same thing 4 times across 4 different platforms, you just need to do it once.Â
To auto update your Facebook status with your most recent Twitter tweets:
1. Install the Twitter for Facebook application
2.Â In the Twitter for Facebook applicationÂ
3. Click the “Allow Twitter to Update Your Facebook Status” button just above the text box.
Check this post out to see how you can sync Twitter with Pownce.Â
3. Friend Up. Do you have a particular niche that you’re interested in? Let’s take for example T-shirts. If you blog about T-shirts then it would make sense for you to be friends with people on Twitter who are also interested in the T-shirt culture. Here’s what you can do, you can actually search Twitter by going to search.twitter.com. Look up key words related to your niche. For instance, I am interested in tees so I did a Twitter search of people talking about Emptees and Threadless. Once you find these people, follow them. Chances are that they will follow you and then get your Twitter updates as a result. Now that you’ve found these people, chances are they are friends with other people interested in T-shirts, so be sure to check out who they follow as well. Also remember to search for friends feature in Twitter to checkÂ your email (i.e. Gmail) for contacts who are already on registered on Twitter. Find your audience and be friends with them.Â Feel free to add me @cotygonzales!
4. Sync Blog Posts. This is a no brainer. Every time you make a new blog post, tweet about it. Again, you can automate this process, however, for this instance I do not. I always provide a personal message quickly describing the post and make it sound interesting (hopefully increasing the chances that my followers will click on the link) instead of having just a generic automated link to the blog post. However, if you decide to take the automated approach, check out Twitter Tools for WordPress, it allows you to sync your blog with Twitter and provides different ways of displaying your tweets on your blog.Â
5. Be Interesting, Fun and Tweet Outside Your Niche. It’s important for you to Twitter about things related to your blog (see Tip #4) but it also important to tweet about things unrelated to your blog. People like out-of-nowhere tweets that raise an eyebrow or two. Tweet about random and fun things that happen to you throughout your day. Random posts remind people that you are human and not just a robot spamming Twitter with links to your blog!
Twitter is powerful. Learning to harness that power will unleash an invaluable tool for anyone trying to develop a name or brand for themselves in this increasingly social-centered Internet.
By the way, here are some Twitter T-shirts that might peak your interest!
You can also find more Twitter themed tees at Eat Sleep Tweet!
Kudo’s to Obama’s publicity/marketing team for reaching out to generation Web 2.0. In an ingenious move, whenever an intrepid Myspace user types in the url to their favorite site, MySpace.com and inadvertently misspells the url as MySpaec.comÂ (go ahead try the link) they get forwarded to Obama’sÂ campaign site.Â
This just goes to show how ingrained social networks like MySpace has become in society. In the 90′s candidates tapped into MTV. In 2008, they utilize Web 2.0. Both Obama and McCain have official MySpace and Facebook pages. Obama has more Twitter followers than Kevin Rose. More Followers than Digg king, Kevin Rose? Say what?!
How long before we see interactive political debates via Web 2.0 upstarts like Ustream and Seesmic? How long before viral videos, like the popular Barack RollÂ video, are initiated by the candidates themselves. The technology and networking tools that we have available to us today makes it possible to reach millions of people at the click of a button. These are powerful times. I’m glad to see our presidential candidates embracing the technology.Â
By the way, if you’re typing in a url to a site you probably visit multiple times a day then shame on you. It’s all about the bookmark bar.Â
*Cheers to Emptees user JacobPlague for pointing this out!
Posted on 14 September '08 by Coty, under Technology. 1 Comment.
The popular social networking site,Â Myspace,Â is a regular stomping ground for the T-Shirt loving demographic. Heck, MySpace has an Alexa rating of 7 so you’ll be able to reach a much wider demographic than simply T-Shirt loving young adults.Â
While browsing one of my favorite tee sites, Emptees, I noticed that a lot of the designers there are utilizing MySpace to maximize their brand name and get the word out about their trendy designs. Here I outline 5 methods of how you can utilize Myspace to maximize “branding” efforts. These tips are potentially useful not only for indie tee designers but anyone selling something cool, hip and fun (it is the Myspace demographic, after all).Â
Also remember that Myspace is not the only social network out there. There are literally tons of other social networks out there, like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube that you can register at and have access to their user base. By networking on these sites you can help to get your brand recognized.Â
1. Make Stuff Easy.
Once you’ve got your Myspace set up, be sure to have all information necessary that visitors will need to buy your stuff, like sizes available and pricing. Be sure to have tons of pictures that link to your shop (given that you have a site/store outside of Myspace. If they see a tee they like, there’s potential that they will buy the shirt. Make it as easy as possibly for them to buy that shirt. The “easy” mantra should also guide the design of your site. Make the site too busy and people will be annoyed and leave. Make it pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate and you’ll have happy visitors who’ll spend more time checking your site out.Â
2. Be Personal.
Matt Rupp from Emptees suggested that you be as personal as possible and I could not agree anymore with this point. If you want to get your designs out there then you not only have to promote your company or tee line but you have to promote the hell out of YOURSELF. Rupp suggests that:
“Instead of being some man behind the curtains, I expose myself and show people who I am and what Im doing.Â People love to know who is actually running the show and what they are up to. So it helps to be very personable and friendly with potential customers.”
3. Guerrilla Marketing.
Be a guerrilla marketer and visit the MySpace sites of larger more developed clothing lines and brands. Look for people who are super enthusiastic about their designs, you can spot these people from the comments that they leave on the site. Message them. Comment about their comments. Say what’s up. Be their friend. Once you’ve pulled them in, let them know about your clothing line and send them links to your Myspace or your tee designs. Offer them special deals or discounts. Ask them how much they would pay for your tees. According to levi! of Emptees,
“IÂ carry on about 15 convos on a myspace a day just by that and alot of them turn into orders. some not that day, maybe the next or they say when the paycheck comes in. In that case, you ask if you can hold them to it. and get a date that they will have the money and right it down. on that date, message them back and ask for the order. that has never failed for me”
4. Comments, Comments, and Comments!
Leave as many comments as you can (without being obnoxious) on other MySpace pages. Be nice when you comment and remember always, always have some kind of link back to your site. This can be as a signature with a simple link below your comment or a fancy banner. If you have a store or site outside of MySpace then be sure that your signature links back to that site. I, and I’m sure that you have, numerously clicked on links that people leave in comments. Be interesting and be nice and people will click and find their way to you!
5. Friend Adders.Â
This is the most controversial MySpace method so please turn to the right and ask that little angel what he thinks then turn left and get the devils point of view. As a MySpace user, I hate these things. You get friend adds from people that you don’t know. BUT, as with everything else, there are some people who like to be reached out to. These are the people who will click the golden link to your profile and hopefully be engulfed with feelings of wanting to buy your droolingly lovely tees. Friend adders are frowned upon by Myspace (and a potentially a TOS buster), but nonetheless, there are tools that can get this job done for you, and will add friends by the thousands. And of course, the old school way of manually adding friends works as well, albeit at a slower pace.
With your fingers crossed and a little luck you’ll have tons of traffic going to your Myspace page or online clothing store. And while you’re here, leave a comment and let me know what you think of these ideas! If you;ve got an idea as well, don’t feel shy – post it in the comments!
Posted on 8 September '08 by Coty, under Lists, T-Shirts. 6 Comments.