Vintage Camera Shirt

What’s better than a vintage camera? A t-shirt featuring a collection of vintage cameras, of course. This shirt makes me want to ditch my iPhone for a vintage 1970s Polaroid Colorpack III. Or, maybe I’ll just stick to using Instagram on my iPhone.

The Vintage Camera Shirt is available now from Motivate Clothing Co. for $20 but you can score an extra 15% off when you use the coupon code “COTYRULES” at checkout.

More incentive to buy this shirt:

“Ten percent of the proceeds from this shirt will be donated to Help Portrait. Thanks for your support. Help-Portrait is a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. In December, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.”

For reference, here’s a 1970s Polaroid Colorpack III that you can pick up on Etsy for a mere $12.

Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone

I have no idea where the quote on this shirt is from, nor do I have a clue whose head that is plastered on the middle of this T-Shirt. What I do know is that Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone is one badass tee from Sheol Clothing. I love the tone of the shirt, which to me is very deep and melodic. There’s something very contemplative about this T-Shirt, and I dig it.

“Sheol Clothing is a grassroots clothing label based in Leeds, United Kingdom. Launched in early 2011, Sheol is a label with a twist. Dedicated to creating clothing which is striking, both visually and conceptually, we aim to give you that bit more. Unique clothing, with a unique message. Sheol is the ‘grave’, ‘pit’ or ‘abyss’, as a concept it predates the Christian and Muslim ideas of judgement after death and differs from Heaven and Hell. Dichotomous and ambiguous, Sheol opens the possibility of interpretation; it allows space for free will. You can push and pull the concept and find your own boundaries. It’s not simply a dogmatic black cloud or even a blissful white haven. It is everything that you want it to be because you have the power to decide.”

Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone is available now from Sheol Clothing for £12.

Pyrotechnic Display at Celebrations

Complicated name, I know, but you can call them P.D.A.C. for short! Them would be in reference to Amber Vittoria, a college student from Boston with a flare for light. Light? Yeah, as in light from fireworks, sparklers, flashlights. Without light, our world would be one boring and place to live in. P.D.A.C is all about photographing light and then deconstructing it to see the wonderful, exclusive designs that can be extracted from it.

Their first shirt is based off of a photograph of a firework, the cropping revealed the beauty of not only the light’s shape the the shape of the absence of light surrounding it. I think it looks stunning. The shirt is available for purchase as a unisex V-neck and is priced at $35.

P.D.A.C. currently has just this shirt available for sale, but, I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.

PDAC

PDAC

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.

Self Portrait

Tree Buddies

4 New Tees From Forty Sixty Photo

The T-Shirt brand for amateur and pro photographers alike, Forty Sixty Photo, just released 2 new tees and 2 new colorways for some old classics. The brand has a tight theme that’s focused on the art of photography. I dig the new colorway for the f/stop tee and and I really like Urban Sniper because it’s a breathe of fresh air from the rest of the line. The new tees are priced at $18 but if you’re looking to save a few dollars then maybe pick up one of the older Forty Sixty tees for just $15. You can pre-order the new tees now and they have an expected ship date of December 10, 2009.

f/stop V2

Urban Sniper

Water Color

Strobists

101 T-Shirts for Artists, Art Snobs and Photoshop Gurus

So despite the first epic shirt list being daunting and time consuming, I decided to do a follow up! This time, I switch from the natural sciences to the arts and humanities by featuring 100 + 1 T-Shirts for artists, art snobs, photoshop gurus and everyone in between. Know someone who enjoys art? Chances are, they’ll enjoy at least one of the tees on this list!

Side Note: This list almost proved to be futile! I started this list about a week after the epic 101 T-Shirts for Scientists, Science Geeks and Nerds list and it took me nearly a month to compile a list of 101 worthwhile T-Shirts that fit into the category of appealing to either artists, art snobs and/or photoshop gurus. I almost gave up on the list. The first time I called it quits was after I found the first 10. Then when I reached 50, I thought, 50 is a nice round number, why not stop here? But I kept on searching every corner of InternetLAND and I eventually found 101. I hope you enjoy this list, because I sure had a difficult (but worthwhile) time compiling it!

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1. CMYK Family by Chimpogo, £21.

CMYK Family by Chimpogo

2. Pixel Tools by Insanely Great Tees, $19.

Pixel Tools

3. Artists Create Happiness by Graniph, $23.75.

Artists Create Happiness

4. Love, Life, Death by Kneedeepinsleep, £25.

Live, Life Death

5. Grafftips by Michael Delahaut (Threadless), $25.

Grafftips

6. Shapes by AtomicChild, $15.

Shapes

7. Louise Bourgeouis by T-Shirt In A Box, 21,40 €.

Louise Bourgeouis

8. Creation by James Anthony Apparel, $26.

Creation

9. Just Say No To Art by Fair Weather Friends, $35.27.

Just Say No To Art

10. Color by Sixpack France, 33,50 €.

Color

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Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 (Part 2)

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 is a guest post that was written by tee and belt designer, Jon Wye. In Part 2, Jon discusses how to take model shots creatively  on the cheap. If you missed Part 1, check it out, Jon discusses how to create quality product shots using a DIY lighting box.

Method 2: Work The Camera In Your Kitchen.

With the previous method you can make your tees look as good as the big boys and the quality and style of the photos works for a small designer and a large designer.

But if you want to have your t-shirts on models (my new choice for displaying the tees online) it’s not that hard, just takes a little more time and patience.

1. Fabric Store Field Trip. Start by taking a field trip to your local fabric store or even your local home décor store. Head straight for the upholstery and home furnishings fabric section, look for the thick stuff. Make sure to bring your camera.

Jon Wye at the Fabric Store

2. Have fun! With a friend, pick out your top 5 or 6 favorite fabrics and start photographing each other posing in front of the fabrics or laying on them on the floor.

3. Review. I picked out many fabrics that I loved in person but ultimately looked bad bad bad through the lense of the camera.

Have Fun When Choosing Fabric

4. Two Yards or More. When you’ve found the fabric that suits your best, buy no less than 2 yards worth. You will need enough to go over your head and below your waist.

5. Positive Reinforcement. Treat yourself to a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, you’ve earned it!

McDonald's Cheeseburger

6. Hang and Tighten. Go back to your pad and hang your new fabric. Make sure it is very tight and shows no wrinkles.

7. Prepare Lighting. Bust out as many lamps as you can find and shine the light away from the fabric. Get some white paper, or better yet, some white foam board, and bounce the light back on the fabric. Indirect light is the best light for modeling.

8. WHITE BALANCE YOUR CAMERA. Again, this is very important. Photoshop can only correct so much. You will need to take a picture of something WHITE that is in front of the fabric (but not with any part of the fabric in it) and balance your camera off of that image. Again, consult your users manual. White Balancing takes some reading to understand, so don’t beat yourself up. Essentially you are telling your camera what your consider to be pure white in the photo, and your camera should adjust all the colors it sees around that. You’ll probably need to do some Photoshop work, but not a lot.

9. Work The Camera. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. That is very important. Too often I see model shots where the people are looking far too serious for their own good! To me, it’s a turn off! I laugh, thinking, are you really that full of yourself to strike a pose that looks more like a epileptic fit with make-up on.

Model It!

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 (Part 1)

Modeling Your T-Shirts 101 is a guest post that was written by tee and belt designer, Jon Wye. In Part 1, Jon discusses how to create quality product shots using a DIY lighting box.

After four years of trying various photography methods for T-shirt display I’ve learned a few things that, with the help of Coty, thought I might pass on.

When I first started my company I was convinced that the photos had to be the best. I pulled in a favor from a professional photographer friend. Rented backdrops, rigging, lighting, lighting, lighting. Lighting is expensive. Asked a few attractive friends to help model. I even hired a professional hair and makeup team. My girlfriend, Nikki, was the hostess and helped provide a constant source of conversation and food.

It was the most professional endeavor I had organized to date! The photos came back amazing! My T-shirts were looking like a million dollars. The products looked hot, the models looked hot. Everything was in place.

I launched the new photos of the new products. Day one, day two, day three: where were my sales??? I didn’t get it. I had created some world-class imagery! Surely people would see my stuff and want to buy.

I realized many many months later that the problem wasn’t the photos, it was the fact that my site, my fans, my image, my WALLET wasn’t ready for a photo shoot like that. I was trying to walk the walk too early, portray myself as a bigger designer than I really was. So I took a step back and asked, are they buying me or my tees? And the answer was both. All the fancy photos were distracting from me, the small designer, selling you my vision.

So I took my licks and kept pushing ahead. And so I keep it small time, but really fun and classy!

And over the years I have come up with a few good methods for photographing on the cheap and hip, and just wanted to share some of them.

Method 1: The Abercrombie Method (no models)

Despite whatever violent ideas come to mind when you think of Abercrombie they have an impressive and consistent method for t-shirt photography; the precisely wrinkled head-on t-shirt photo. Check out their stuff, you’ll understand. Basically they take a freshly ironed shirts and do some hand wrinkling to make it look rugged, wearable, hip, and intentional.

But how do they get such good lighting and all those cool mini shadows that form from the wrinkled tees? The quick answer is a professionally lit photography room, but I’m guessing if you are reading this then you probably don’t have one and neither do I. But you can create a mini lighting box!

1. Paint It White. Get two 4 ft. X 4ft. board and paint them a matte white finish. Make sure it is matte white! And paint on enough layers to be completely opaque. The t-shirt will lie on one board and the other will go on the top of your creation.

White Paint

2. Built The Frame. Find a way to build a 4 ft. X 4 ft X 4 ft. frame (I used PVC pipes and fittings). Place that frame over the 4 X 4 board you just painted.

PVC Pipes

PVC Box

3. Cover It Up. Drape a WHITE cloth over all four sides of the frame. You can buy something called white duvotene cloth from many stage supply houses, and it will block out excess light from within your frame, but still keep the interior white.

4. Cover It Up. Take your second painted board and cut a 5 inch hole in the center of it, this is where your camera lense will go through.

5. Add The Lights. Go to the hardware store and buy four duel fluorescent lighting fixtures (3 ft in length). Buy some DAYLIGHT BALANCED bulbs to go in them. Now screw those into the white side of the 4 by 4 board that has the hole in it. Starting to make sense?

You are basically done with the build. In the end you should have a 4 by 4 by 4 cube that has a white board as a base (one that you lay the t-shirt on) and a white board on top that has lights attached and a hole in the center for a camera.

Lighting

6. Set Your White Balance. Turn the lights on and watch that baby glow. Don’t put any t-shirt in the box yet. Before you start shooting you need to WHITE BALANCE your camera from the light and color inside the box. Consult you camera’s manual to determine how to properly white balance. This is extremely important or your images will turn out like crap.

Cameras

7. Take some photos. Start putting those t-shirts in your new lighting box and start snapping away.

Octopus Boy by Jon Wye