Olly Moss China Plates … are Uber Geeky Cool

Olly Moss China plates? File this under drool worthy. Fans of this blog know that I’ve been a fan of Olly Moss for the longest time. It’s no surprise, then, that I would totally dig these gamer-inspired dinner plates. Know someone who loves Pokemon or the Legend of Zelda? Then get ready to blow their mind. Pro Tip: Set the table, dim the lights, play the Zelda soundtrack on the old speaker system, and fill their plates with some turkey and mashed potatoes. They’ll be in for a surprise once they’ve finished all their food!

Not sure when these will be available for sale. Will keep you folks updated.

Olly Moss Select Collection at Threadless

Before I say anything else in this post I will say that I am and have for the longest time been a fan of Olly Moss. Heck, I own nearly all of his Threadless prints and even own multiple prints of SPOILT in both T-Shirt and hoodie form. Since 2003, Moss has had over 20 designs printed at Threadless. He seemingly has been everywhere, from Newsweek to exclusive Mondo prints to an article in the New York Times. Olly Moss is the IT boy, not only in T-Shirt design but poster design as well.

Having said that, his latest release over at Threadless is a bit lackluster, at least it is to me. The collection, released late last week, is a celebration of Moss’ rise in popularity. The 4-piece collection epitomizes the concept of minimalism. Minimalism? Pfft?! I don’t want no stinking minimalism when it comes to an exclusive Olly Moss / Threadless collection. Classic Olly Moss Threadless designs have three basic qualities: 1. they’re fun, 2. they have a keen typographical style, and 3. they’re … umm … minimalistic.

Don’t get me wrong, each of the 4 designs fulfill 2 of the 3 qualities that I listed above. But what the heck happened to the FUN? Seeing these designs make me yearn for worthy follow ups to Spoilt, In Case of Zombies, and The Food Chain. Is it because it was made for the Threadless Select line? If so, then I’d wish it wasn’t made for the Select line. I can appreciate artsy fartsy designs, but I want fun artsy fartsy designs that are exciting to look at.

If ever Threadless happens to pay homage to Glenn Jones (another favorite Threadless alumni of mine), I hope they do it properly … and for goodness sake, keep it out of the Select line!

The Olly Moss Select Collection is available now at Threadless for $36 a piece.

Full Dosclosure: I’m picking up 2 of the 4 designs. Can you guess which two?

Damon Carlton And A Polar Bear: 10 AWESOME Lost T-Shirts

If you’re hunting for some limited edition LOST T-Shirts then look no further than the following Tyson/Givens commissioned designs. The project is titled Ronie Midfew Arts and Damon Carlton And A Polar Bear Presents…

This amazing collection of LOST T-Shirts features the artwork of designers such as Olly Moss, Marky of Glamour Kills, Mike Mitchell, Brandon Rike, and Dr. Romanelli. These limited edition T-Shirts are screen printed and are limited to 550 prints (with 500 being up for sale on the website). All of the tees are priced at $25 a piece.

In celebration of LOST’s final season and to bring finality to the LOST poster series,8 top designers and artists, who are also fans of the show, were commissioned to create artwork celebrating top moments from the 6th and final season. 4 artists you may recognize, and 4 new artists to the campaign, created labor intensive, hand-pulled screen prints, limited to an edition of just 550, with 500 available to the public through our website. Once this limited edition print has sold out, they will never be printed again. Celebrate finality with this unique, signed and numbered piece of history.

Seriously, I want all of these T-Shirts.

Team Jacob

Trust Me

Locke Honor

Drive Shaft Tour

Hiero

Deus Ex Machina

Not Penny's Boat

Mother

Skull

Smoke

And if these are enough then be sure to check out 209 other LOST T-Shirts spread across the following two lists:

108 Lost T-Shirts, Tees, Shirts, T's

101 LOST TShirts

Co-Tee TV Episode 61: Johnny Cupcakes and The Suitcase Tour

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Robocopper by Olly Moss and review a box of goodies sent to me from Johnny Cupcakes, a clothing brand started in 2001 by Massachusetts native, Johnny Earle. Earlier this month, Johnny Cupcakes embarked on a nationwide adventure that he dubbed The Suitcase Tour.

For Johnny, this is him going back to his roots. When he first started Johnny Cupcakes, he would sell goods stuffed in an old suitcase from the trunk of car. He would stuff that suitcase full with Johnny Cupcakes tees and he’d bring it along to whatever city his band was playing in at the time. That was how Johnny Cupcakes started and now with this tour, Johnny Cupcakes has come full circle.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

I received a couple of products from Johnny Cupcakes, including his Make Cupcakes Not War sticker, Camo Print Pencil, Camo Print Notebook, and Crossbones Wallet. The stickers and the pencil were your standard branded items and are some of the cheaper products in the Johnny Cupcakes shop. On a budget? Buy a Johnny Cupcakes branded pencil, pin or sticker.

The composition book was not as sturdy as those classic composition books from grade school with the thick front and back covers. Instead, this one was a bit more flexible due to the covers not being as thick. The inside back cover of the book comes with the standard “things you should know” facts like you’d find in any composition book. The inside of the front cover has a cute outline of the Johnny Cupcakes logo that you encouraged to sketch inside of.

The most exciting part of the package was the purple leather crossbones wallet. The wallet comes packaged in a little brown sack, with black lettering and a red drawstring. The wallet is very thin and is made up of a total of four pockets. The main center pocket is perfect for a few bills. On one side of the wallet there are two pockets for your plastic cards and on the opposite side you’ll find a pocket with a clear window, presumably for identification.

Pricing: Purple Crossbones Wallet ($24.99), Camo Print Notebook ($5.99), Make Cupcakes Not War Sticker ($2.99), Camo Print Pencil (0.99¢).

Johnny Cupcakes Box

Johnny Cupcakes Composition Book

Johnny Cupcakes Goodies

Johnny Cupcakes Stickers

Johnny Cupcakes Pencil

Johnny Cupcakes Leather Wallet

Johnny Cupcakes Leather Wallet

Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes Suitcase Tour 2010

Also mentioned in this episode:

Robocopper by Olly Moss

Apple iPad

Johnny Cupcakes Back To Basics Tour

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Product Placement by Josh Eacret

So I just got through watching the newest episode of The Totally Rad Show (I’m a huge fan) and I couldn’t help but notice the shirt that Dan Trachtenberg had on. A little Google voodoo-ery and I was able to track down the shirt that sparked my interest. It’s called Product Placement and it was designed by Josh Eacret for Dutch Southern. This turned out to be a pretty cool find since Dutch Southern produces excellent T-Shirts that parodies some of my favorite movies.

When I first saw the shirt, I thought it was a rip off of the popular Spoilt shirt from Threadless and designed by Olly Moss. But on closer inspection, I couldn’t figure out any of the movies. It turns out, the individual illustrations are fictional logos/brands from movies, and hence the name, Product Placement. Brilliant! I don’t want to spoil the shirt for those of you that want to try and figure out what logos came from what movies so I won’t mention any of the movies featured on the shirt. Instead, if you’d like to know the entire run down of the products and the movie that they are taken from then definitely check out the product page at Dutch Southern. And while you’re there, you can pick up Product Placement for $19.

Watch Episode 131 of The Totally Rad Show (the one with this shirt) below!

Product Placement

Stay Sharp by Olly Moss

Stay Sharp is the latest shirt from U.K. based artist, Olly Moss, and it features lots of yellow! The shirt, which was produced for New Standard, is available now for purchase at Urban Outfitters for $24. 

This is the perfect shirt for creative types. Know someone who loves to write or draw with tradition tools (i.e. pencil)? This is the shirt to get them. Though, you might want to check if they are fans of yellow. 

Stay Sharp by Olly Moss

Robocopper by Olly Moss

It’s been just about a year since I last purchased a tee from Shirt.Woot, but something told me that I just needed to pick this tee up. First of all, I’m a fan of Olly Moss stuff in general so that’s one reason. Secondly, this is just a friggin’ hilarious tee! Robocop fans rejoice and pick up Robocopper from Shirt.Woot for just 10 bucks (24 hours only) and free shipping! Now, if only I could here that Robocopper speak with an English accent. That would make my day!

Robocopper by Olly Moss

Indie Tee Spotlight #21: Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

This weeks Indie Tee Spotlight, the 21st edition by the way, ushers in a whole new perspective. Up to this point, I’ve been interviewing owners of different indie clothing brands. In this Indie Tee Spotlight, I interview someone that has become an integral part of the indie clothing scene with his honest reviews. His name is Andy Bowness and he is the founder of the popular T-Shirt and hoodie blog, Hide Your Arms. 

Andy started Hide Your Arms way back in January of 2006, and, as the name implies, started off by focusing on hoodies and jackets but has since grown to cover tees as well. Since then Andy has hustled hard and is considered to be one of the top tier T-Shirt/clothing bloggers around. I’ve got to admit that I was pretty excited to chat with Andy since he has been an inspiration to me as a tee blogger. 

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: You have one the more (some would argue most) succesful t-shirt blogs around. When and why did you decide to start a fashion blog? When did Hide Your Arms first really start picking up momentum in the blogosphere?

Andy: I know OMGTees gave me a #1 ranking a while back, but I still think that Karl (tcritic) has the top blog in terms of readers, and a lot of people in the tee-osphere (we need to think of a better name for that, by the way) are writing better stuff than me at the moment, but yeah, I think HYA is pretty successful. I decided to start writing HYA when I was in my last semester at university (January 2006), which is probably exactly the wrong time to start any kind of project, I didn’t like the clothes I was finding in the city I was in at the time and was scouring the internet for stuff I liked, I noticed what Jason was doing at Preshrunk (writing about clothes and being sent free clothes), and thought “hey, I could do that!”

At first things were pretty slow, I had to really hustle to get my name out there, every time I wrote about a hoodie or t-shirt I e-mailed the designer to let them know, sometimes they’d link to the review on their blog or e-mail back to say thanks, and I think that helped early on. I made sure I got involved with the other tee bloggers that were around at the time too, there was less than a dozen of us back then, so it was easier to keep track of who was doing what and what was popular. Things really started to pick up last year, I had a solid base of traffic from the ‘really long list’ articles that I’d put out every so often that helped me to reach a lot of people, and readership tripled last year to around 4000 readers, although it’s hard to verify those numbers. I think that kicking it up to 8 articles a day towards the end of 2008 helped me too, but it was a killer work schedule (I’d do a near full-time manual labour job, come home, then work till midnight on HYA), so I’ve cut back a bit.

Hide Your Arms Banana

Coty: You’ve built a pretty strong and recognizable brand with the Hide Your Arms blog. Have you ever considered selling Hide Your Arms branded tees or hoodies?

Andy: I’ve been intending to sell HYA hoodies & tees pretty much since I started the blog, but I’ve never got around to going through with it, hell, I don’t even have a proper logo yet!

I think there’s a big risk with putting out my brand of goods, as soon as I have something to sell it means that I’m competing with all the people I write about, and something about that doesn’t seem quite right to me. I wouldn’t do any of the designing myself, there’s a reason why I write about t-shirts rather than design them, but I would love to release some designs that have been created for HYA on a specific theme, I think it could be really cool if I got it right.

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: Currently, who are some of your favorite indie designers and why?

Andy: Oooh, this is a tough one, for a couple of reasons; first, I don’t really like to play favourites, and secondly, I’m pretty terrible at remembering names. At the moment I like Olly Moss, though more for the stuff he puts on his Flickr account than the tees he produces (not that they suck, they’re good too), I think that Linty Fresh/Eric Terry make some of the most wearable designs out there, it’s always good to see Sven Palmowski/a.mar.illo win in a design competition, Tony Aguero/aliadotony has designed loads of tee that are in my wardrobe, I love his style. I don’t really spend much time looking at art if it isn’t on a t-shirt, but I make a point of keeping tabs on Kozyndan, they’re a couple that make me wish I had more walls so that I could put their posters on them.

Coty: Other than Hide Your Arms, what do you do for your day job? Are you a designer by trade?

Andy: Well, it’s not really a job, but at the moment I’m an intern at the top advertising agency in Philadelphia. Back in England I fulfill a variety of roles at an interior design and project management business. Both sound more glamorous than they really are, I really wish I had some design skills, but I just haven’t got the chops to compete with most of the people I feature on Hide Your Arms, so I’m not going to embarass myself by doing so. I have learned a couple of things at my internship though, so hopefully in the future I’ll at least be able to make the infographics that go with featured posts (like the long lists I do every so often) look a bit better.

Coty: You recently moved from the UK to the states. How did the move go and how do you like Philly? What’s your favorite part of living in Philadelphia?

Andy: The move was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. I got myself a great apartment in less than a week, and when you have to fit your entire life into a suitcase and backpack you don’t really have to do a lot to ‘move in’ to your new place. Philly is great, it seems to get a bit of a bad rep, but pretty much everyone I’ve met has been great, which has made moving to a city I’ve never been to before and don’t know anyone in a whole better.

Where I live in England is pretty rural, I have to drive if I want to go anywhere, so for me to be able to walk anywhere in the city I want to go is great (it’s a very walkable city), there’s loads of excellent restaurants here (and I’m not just talking about cheesesteaks), and there are always events going on to keep me busy when the internship and Hide Your Arms don’t.

Andy Bowness of Hide Your Arms

Coty: As a blogger, what tips do you have for creating and maintaining a successful blog?

Andy: Write about something you’re passionate about, otherwise you’ll get bored quickly. Keep posting regularly, try to post every day if you can. I usually write lots of posts ahead of time whenever I get the chance, and then set them to be robo-posted at some date in the future, that way there’s always something new going on my site, and it gives people a reason to keep coming back. It’s important to get your name out there and get involved with the rest of the blogging community in your niche; leave comments on other blogs, follow ‘teeple’ on Twitter, not only is it going to help you network and get mentioned on other sites, us tee bloggers are generally quite a nice bunch of people.

Coty: What other blogs (not just t-shirts) out there are your favorite to read?

Andy: I think I’d probably die if Notcot.org didn’t exist (note: slight exaggeration), it’s amazing. Phoodie.info, Phillyist and Philebrity have been a great help for me getting used to being in Philadelphia, so they’re some of the first blogs I check when I open up Google Reader after work. I read a lot of the usual suspects like Kottke, Boing Boing, Engadget, TechCrunch, Mashable, Lifehacker, and then there’s loads of tee blogs of course, but I’ve actually been trying to cut down on the amount of blogs I read recently because it was becoming information overload, even so, I’m still subscribed to about 150 feeds.

Coty: Finally, you’ve been blogging about tees and hoodies for a while now. How many freebie tees and hoodies do you think you’ve collected through the years? Has there been any one package that has really impressed you?

Andy: I don’t know the true figure because I don’t keep them all in the same place, but I’m pretty sure I’ve received about 180, of which 160 are my size, and then the rest have been given to friends and family as presents. When people find out that I get free t-shirts the next question they ask me is usually something to do with what I do with the ones that don’t fit me (people love a freebie). I don’t pay for them, but to call most of the tees I get ‘freebies’ is a little bit of a misconception. I take pictures of them, and then spend around thirty minutes to an hour writing a post, so there is quite a lot of effort that goes into each review, and clearly you put a lot of effort into your reviews as well Coty, so hopefully you see where I’m coming from. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining though, I still love it when I get a package through the mail and don’t know what’s going to be inside, it’s like Christmas all year round in the HYA house!

Hide Your Arms Shirts

I’ve got to give a big shout out to Andy for taking the time to answer my questions, it’s greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work you’re doing at Hide Your Arms!

Coty Loves Threadless #5

It’s a big week at Threadless! First the Spring Cleaning sale and then 9 new tee releases! This might be too much for me to handle. Olly Moss’ Shoot The Baddies was my Threadless Pick of the Week but watch on to see how I score the rest of the tees!

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Shoot The Baddies by Olly Moss is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Shoot the Baddies by Olly Moss

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Olly Moss + Go Ape Sneak Peak

Olly Moss posted this on his Flickr and hinted that it would be an upcoming design on a future Go Ape shirt. It’s quite the epic – Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn. How do you think Hannibal would feel about this? I’m interested to see whether they will keep this black and white or will Olly be coloring this one up. What do you guys think of this upcoming tee? 

Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn