Dude, Bro, Man…ParadeMaker

Oddly enough, I discovered this awesome tee by ParadeMaker from a discussion that I had on Twitter regarding me wanting some spanking new red socks. I love T-Shirts, but I also have a bountiful sock collection. I love myself a quirky pair of argyle printed socks and the occasional off print. Needless to say, ParadeMaker responded to my query and mentioned that ParadeMaker is working on making custom socks (hopefully in red).

Up to that point, I had never heard of ParadeMaker, so my curiosity got the best of me and I checked out their website link on their Twitter profile page (as I often do with people I have discussion with on Twitter). Lo and behold, they are purveyors of some pretty awesome, off-the-wall T-Shirts.

Dude, Bro, Man instantly grabbed my attention, and for good reason. I LOVED the goonies growing up (I think I watched that VHS to death). Not only that, but as an adult, I have a fond appreciation for pop art. And when I think of pop art, two artists come to mind: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Dude, Bro, Man pays homage to my love of the Goonies and pop art!

Dude, Bro, Man is available now from ParadeMaker for $12.

Speaking of ParadeMaker, check out this video of them printing some tees!

Local Tees: Kuwaiti Pop Tees

It blows my mind to know that I have somewhat of an impact on the T-Shirt industry. But it blows my mind even more to know that this impact spans across countries. Needless to say, my attention peaked when I received an email from Local Tees, a brand that is based out of Kuwait. I was excited because, although I have received emails from many other countries, I had never received one from Kuwait – pretty neat. It’s also good to know that indie T-Shirt culture and awareness is growing in that part of the world.

With a name like Local Tees, I was expecting low quality, goofy and semi-humoroues tees, akin to something like 6DollarShirts. I was surprised by the design quality of the Local Tees shirts, they are definitely not throw-a-way designs, in fact, some of them are pretty spectacular. Local Tees were created by three Kuwaiti locals (hence the name) and the T-Shirts are limited to a print run of 50 a piece, with each shirt featuring a print number. Below you’ll find three of my Local Tees favorites. You’ll notice that a few of the T-Shirts feature text in the local type, however, many of the designs do not, and are in fact quite universal.

Local Tees was established in 2010 and was born based on an original idea, with that concept in mind, Local Tees was born and created by Three locals that began with a clear ambition of creating high-end limited edition t-shirts. With a specially chosen, high quality fabric, where the artwork is represented on 50 tees each with an edition number, ensuring no reprints will be forced. We believe in building an international network by collaborating with artists that represent ground-breaking self made inspiring artwork, to showcase the exceptional talents from all around the world.

by the way, their blog features some really cool product shots! Go check out some Local Tees.

Lord of the Rings + Ring Pops = Awesome

Ah, the childhood nostalgia continues with the latest T-Shirt from our friends at Made With Awesome. It’s called Precious Pop and it’s an homage to 1. Lord of the Rings, and 2. Ring Pops! How cool is that? Now, I might not be the biggest LOTR fan alive. Truthfully, I’ve not even seen one of the LOTR films. The closest I’ve ever got was 30 minutes into the first film. I know, pretty bad for my geek credentials. However, I did love Ring Pops growing up. These were pretty much a staple for any kid growing up in the 80′s/90′s. Do kids now-a-days still suck on Ring Pops? Are they even still sold? Where can I buy a Ring Pop in 2011?! I all of a sudden want one.

Precious Pop is available now from Made With Awesome for $24.

Co-Tee TV Episode 77: FFB Bam, SoillFu and Voltron

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear FFB Bam by Fur Face Boy and review Voltron FVR FRSH by SoillFu, an urban streetwear brand based out of Dallas, Texas.

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.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Voltron FVR FRSH by SoillFu. Pros: The shirt features a custom neck tag and tag on the lower left seam. Cons: First off, the wrong size was sent to me so I could not try on the T-Shirt. I did notice a lot of stray markings on the tee. There were stray green markings on the front of the T-Shirt to both the left and right of the center Voltron design. Also, on the inside of the T-Shirt were even more stray brown markings. The sewing work on the custom tags were not done very good, a lot of stray thread  and uneven sewing (see image below). The neck area on the T-Shirt was quite dirty. Also, a quick inspection of the print of the design tells me that it had been previously washed because the ink looked faded, especially the black ink. And most alarming was the very odd odor of the T-Shirt. All of this leads me to conclude that the T-Shirt has been previously worn. I was not blown away by this product from Soillfu. All of this distracted me from the actual design, but even the design did not do it for me and would not be something that I would wear. Price: $24.00.

FFB Bam! by Fur Face Boy. Pros: Another excellent comic inspired T-Shirt from Fur Face Boy. The design itself is actually based on “Sweet Dreams Baby!” by pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. This five-color print features a custom hang tag and neck tag, as well as a custom FFB tag on the left seam of the tee. As with all FFB tees, this shirt comes with FFB logo stickers and is packaged in a custom FFB plastic bag. Price: $32.

Also mentioned in this episode:

The New Hulk

Zack Snyder to Direct Superman Reboot

Shout Out To Dr. Hazmat

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Unique LA Spotlight: Pop Casualty

During the next few days I’ll be featuring the awesome clothing brands that will be setting up booths at Unique LA, an independent design and gift show that will take place on April 24th thru the 25th at the California Market Center.

Brad Lamers and Carlos Salcines turned unemployment into a positive thing in 2008 by starting Pop Casualty. Out of sheer boredom, Brad began painting … his buddy Carlos took notice and Pop Casualty was born! For more art by Brad Lamers, check out his personal website. I’m really drawn to Lamers art, it reminds me a bit of Warhol.

Pop Casualty tees are available for $24.99 (they have a logo tee available for $19.99), but if you stop by Unique LA you can pick up your favorite Pop Casualty tee minus shipping costs!

You can find Pop Casualty at Unique LA in Booth 123.

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