Co-Tee TV Episode 73: Play Ball, Verde Styles and The Last Flight

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Play Ball by Fur Face Boy and review The Last Flight by Verde Styles, a brand that is doing its part in the world by delivering a line of meaningful products that carry with them the message of “change.”

Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:

  • Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
  • Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
  • Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
  • Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
  • Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes

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Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod, iPhone or iPad by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

The Last Flight by Verde Styles. Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time. Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.

“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”

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FFB Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.

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Also mentioned in this episode:

NBA Mega Trades: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade

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Weekly Recap and Linkology | April 30, 2010

This site has been up for nearly 2 years now and it surprises me that I haven’t thought about doing a weekly recap post before. Luckily, this old dog can learn new tricks. So welcome to the first of hopefully many Weekly Recaps, a place where I will be able to funnel the many links and interesting stories that don’t make it on to the main blog and also remind you of my faves that did make it. I’ll also post some of the more interesting links from some of my favorite tee blogs and also from some of my other sites, including Call Me Thirsty, FAILShirt, Tumblr Trends and my newest site, SwipeTap. So let’s get to it.

Around This Blog:

Our friends over at Milk & Eggs Co. provided some very awesome photos from the Independent Design and Gift Show: Unique LA. View photos from Day 1 and Day 2 here.

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My T-Shirt Pick of the Week (April 24 – April 30) goes to The Coupon Tee by Chop Shop, $20. Read more about it here.

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I finally announced the winner of the Might Tees Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt Giveaway. Congratulations to Abi Mochtan for winning another contest! Want to stay up to date on all contest held here? It’s easy, just become our friend on Facebook!

T-Shirt Blogging Friends:

Andy from Hide Your Arms started ThreadlessGiftCertificates.com where you can buy Threadless gift certificates for cheaper than you can at Threadless!

$7 Tees from Tilteed? That’s right! And Bo from Loving This Tee has the scoop! Get your $7 Tilteed tee now!

Micah from A T-Shirt Blog posted this awesome shirt from Random Objects, it’s called Under Paid. So cool! $21.

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I’m a big fan of the Sequoia tree, and so I can appreciate this post on Violent Elegance from In My Shirt Sleeve!

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Other Coty Links:

If you ever run into Edward Cullen, this Vampire Hunting Kit will help you. Via TumblrTrends.

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If you aspire to one day work for Jimmy Kimmel’s security staff, then please review this video on how to deal with aliens. Via TumblrTrends.

RateTea is a great site to read reviews on teas that you’ve probably never heard of, and you can add your own reviews! Via CallMeThirsty.

One might argue that this design is the biggest Failshirt in recorded history. Another elegant post by our friend Macho Slut over at Found Item Clothing! Why not buy Slater’s Pot Leaf shirt instead? Via FAILShirt.

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Check out my newest blog, SwipeTap.com! Swipe, tap and pinch your way through the best apps on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Random Apple musings also included. Please read my Fuck You letter to Jon Stewart and my first iPad review, it’s for a game called Azkend HD. More information about SwipeTap coming later, in the mean time, add SwipeTap on Facebook and Twitter!

Threadless News:

I’ve got special invites to register on the invite only site Gilt Man. Register now and on May 4 at noon EST pick up some limited edition Threadless X Gilt Man tees. Sign up now and get $10 credit that you can use at checkout – sweet!

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My Threadless Pick of the There and Back Again by Reagan H. Lee.

There and Back Again by Reagan H. Lee

Tiger Turmoil + Free Tees

I’ve been meaning to post this Omunky tee for some time now and I finally remembered to do just that! The shirt is called Tiger Turmoil and it features a rather quirky monkey with a problem. It’s got a little, err, sorta huge mosquito sitting on its nose. I can totally feel that tigers pain since I’m not the biggest mosquito fan. Mosquitos are nasty! Anyhow, checkout Tiger Turmoil at Omunky and pick one up for $22 and remember to use the code “COTY” at checkout to save an additional 15% off your entire purchase.

“The tiger, the largest land carnivore, is a solitary hunter. With its extreme strength and agility, it will often take down its prey with sudden force after emerging from a perfectly concealed hiding spot. The tiger is so strong that it is able to…to.. to…. Oh my! What is that!? Ahhh! Is it moving? Ew! Get it away, get it away! Just swat it off or something! Ugh…. Well I just totally lost my train of thought. Where were we?”

And while I’ve got your attention, be sure to checkout a special sale Omunky is having. Buy Ryan Raccoon today and get Getaway Gorilla for free! Two Omunky tees for the price of one – yay!

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Self Portrait + Tree Buddies

Hot off the Milk & Eggs production line are two new tees, Tree Buddies and Self Portrait. Both are two excellent additions to the Milk & Eggs Co. line and retain the simple and fun  look and feel that I appreciate so much. My favorite from the two is Self Portrait because I often find myself in the peculiar position featured on the shirt. And I am not sure if it was intentional or not but I love how the camera looks as if it’s smiling. Do you see it? It’s winking at you.

Both Self Portrait and Tree Buddies are available now from Milk & Eggs Co. for $18 but be sure to use the coupon code “COTY” at checkout and save 10% off of your entire order! The T-Shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks and feature an embroidered tag on the left sleeve.

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Summer Sale at A Better Tomorrow

If you live in the United States and love looking at A Better Tomorrow tees instead of wearing them because of the rate differences then this is the perfect time to pick up that tee you’ve been drooling for! A Better Tomorrow is having a Summer Sale and all shirts have been dropped to 22,00 € and you even score free shipping (if you live in Europe). Pretty sweet, huh!

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Heading South For The Winter

Heading South For The Winter is the newest tee from Uneetee.com and the most recent $1500 contest winner. The artist, againstbound, recently mentioned that he submitted this design to Uneetee last October, yeah, as in october 2008! What an awesome surprise it must have been to have won so many months later. You can pick up Heading South For Winter from Uneetee.com for just $12.

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Interview With Threadless Less Is More Winner Aaron Hogg

Here’s another opportunity to win some T-Shirt goodness! I had the chance to interview Aaron Hogg, this weeks Threadless Loves Less Is More winner! Post in the comments section and tell me what Less Is More means to you and I will randomly select one (1) winner to receive a $25 Threadless Gift Certificate that you can use to pick up Natural Selection by Aaron Hogg or any other tee you choose!

For an extra entry, be my fan of Co-Tee TV on Facebook and post a comment on my wall telling me what Less Is More means to you. (1 winner will be randomly chosen from the pool of people that leave a comment here and on my Facebook fanpage, leave a comment in both places and get two entries). Good luck and congratulations Aaron! 

Contest ends on Monday, July 13, 2009 at 11:59 pm Hawaii time. The winner will be announced the following day!

Coty: What was the most difficult part about being restricted to the 2006 submission guidelines?

 Aaron: I guess just making the image work with 4 inks. I actually really like working under restrictions, particularly in shirt design, it helps me focus. I went for a kinda faux 50s execution because a lot of the stuff from that era was done with limited colour palettes so it seemed to fit the brief.

Coty: As the Threadless Loves Less Is More Winner, you will be receiving, aside from the $2500 from Threadless, an amazing amount of community donated prizes. Which of the community prizes are you most excited about?

 Aaron: They all excite me in one way or another. But if I had to hone it down, I’d say the art prints & original artworks & the coffee, I am a coffee junkie so that sounds mighty fine. I just feel sorry for Threadless having to ship them all the way to NZ. Thats gonna cost an arm & a leg. I only just moved back here from Vancouver too.

 Coty: You’ve been a member at Threadless even before 2006. What’s your all time favorite Threadless design?

 Aaron: Oh man, thats such a hard question. The answer has changed probably 50 times during my time there. At the moment my favorite design is Untitled by Dan Sheffield (Tesco), I love everything he does. I even have a Tesco tattoo, which I guess officially makes me ‘gay for him’.

Coty: What does “Less Is More” mean to you? Are you a “Less Is More” kind of guy?

 I guess less is more means that as a golden rule if you can communicate the concept behind your design simply & with less clutter it is more effective than doing it in a complicated way. I am trying to be a less is more kinda guy but as you can tell from the majority of my work I am failing. I enjoy creating & get a fair number of jobs from my over-the-top complex stuff but funnily enough most of the designers I rank the highest are minimalist in their aesthetic. As I develop & learn I think I will head this way myself.

Natural Selection by Aaron Hogg

Natural Selection by Aaron Hogg