Build Robots Today and Fight Aliens Tomorrow!

I absolutely adore this T-Shirt from the Sneaky Studios Store. This is definitely robot propaganda at its finest. What else are we gonna use to defend ourselves against an alien invasion? I mean, it turned out okay for post-apocalyptic 2029. You’ve seen Terminator, right? Love the wish, though I wish that the price point was slightly lower.

Build Robots Today is available now from Sneaky Studios Store for $50 New Zealand ($40 US).

Help Fund The Zoetrope Kickstarter Campaign

I love Kickstarter, it’s the perfect service for any budding entrepreneur. Zoetrope, is a brand recently started by Brendan Sullivan. Instead of going the route of submitting his designs to some of the competition sites out there, he decided that he wanted to go 100% independent. And that’s where Kickstarter comes into play.

Brandon has actually already reached his Kickstarter goal, however, with so much interest he though that he’d spread the word even more. And that’s where this blog and you guys (T-Shirt fans and maniacs) come into play.

Wait, so what’s a zoetrope?

“A zoetrope is an old animation device that was a precursor to motion pictures. Basically, you’d have a small cylinder with a whole bunch of thin vertical windows. On the inside walls of this cylinder, you’d put a strip of paper with multiple drawings, and as you spun the cylinder and looked through the little windows, the illusion of movement appeared. They’re very cool, and an ingenious way of creating the illusion of life. Many other devices from that era accomplished similar effects, including the phenakistoscope, the stroboscope, the praxinoscope, and the thaumatrope, all of which are quite neat.”

Cool, now let’s get Brandon more funding for his project! Visit his Kickstarter campaign page here.

Threadless Holiday Gift Guide 2011

It’s that time of the year again! You know, the time of the year when you go out and buy a lot of cool stuff for your friends and family for Christmas! But who said you have to “go out” and leave the comforts of your own home to get cool stuff. Stay home, sip on some hot cocoa while listening to holiday music, and do all of your holiday shopping online at Threadless! This is 2011, after all. Mall shopping is like, so passé.

Not sure what to buy from Threadless? I know, I know, they’ve got tons of amazing stuff – but what should you spend your hard earned cash on? That’s were I come in to help. The friendly peeps over at Threadless asked me to put together a list of my favorite Threadless items. And of course I said hell yeah! Now, you don’t have an excuse to not pick something up from this Chicago based purveyeur of goodness.

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T-Shirts! This is Threaless’ bread and butter. If anything, pick up a Threadless tee and relish the comfy fit. I’ve picked three of my favorites for you: Stereotype Cereal by Dina Prasetyawan, Retold with Unicorns by Branko Ricov and Jonah Block, and Optimust by Phil Jones. Price: $18.

It doesn’t get all that chilly in Hawaii. Ah yes, HAWAII! But whem it does, I love to wear hoodies and Threadless has got some awesome hoodies! They’ve got the zip kind and the non-zip kind – you choose! If you feel like exposing your inner Michael Cera then pick up a Threadless hoodie! My two picks are Traditional Greeting by Paulo Bruno and The Pen is Mightier than the Sword by Clarice Crawford. Price: $29.

Over the last year, Threadless has released some real drool worthy accessories, including backpacks, totes, water bottles, and laptop/iPad cases. You’ve got something for every geek, nerd, foodie, artist, hippie and almost any other kind of person that you can think of. And although there are tons to choose from, these are my favorites.

I Be Au Sm is one of my all-time favorite Threadless designs. And now, they’v got it in Backpack form. Love it! Price: $59.

I’ve got a thing for good typography. And so I was drawn to Budi Satria Kwan’s ampersand themed Peace and Love. Price: $15.

Threadless Stuff on Thermos Stuff = double rainbow cool. Yes! When these first came out I rushed to Target to pick my favorite up. Which was my favorite you ask? Well, of course it was the iconic Funkalicious by Christopher Golebiowski. Price: $15.

Another iconic design that made it onto a Threadless accessory is the Tom Burns design, The Communist Party! It’s Christmas, let’s party! But first, if we’re going to party hard then we need to protect our precious iPhones! Why not do it in Threadless style? Price: $19.

If you’re buying an iPhone case for a fellow tehnogeek, then you may also want to consider picking up a laptop or iPad case. Why do boring black when you can do Threadless fun? These cases will have you covered! I suggest Liquid Shot and Sugar Skull. Price: $39-$54.

Finally, for those of you looking to pick up a grab bag gift or some stocking stuffers, consider these fancy little Threadless Dooodle Packs! They’re perfect for your doodle needs. Price: $9.

T-Shirt Gift Guide for Gadget Geeks and Nerds

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

You could probably best categorize me into two specific sub-categories of geek: 1. science geek, and 2. gadget geek. This gift guide is dedicated to the gadget geek in me and the gadget geek and general nerd on your Christmas shopping list.

1. If the gadget geek in question owns an iPod, iPhone, MacBook Pro, and/or Apple TV then it is highly likely that he/she will LOVE the Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from Might Tees. Can someone get ME this tee?! Steve-In-Sane by Might Tees, Price: $23.99.

2. The ultimate threat to the dominance of Apple’s iOS is the Android platform. I hate to admit it, but there are a lot of people that love Android. To each their own! [By the way, did you know that this T-Shirt was inspired by a post of mine, yup!] Unstoppable Andy, Price: $19.00.

3. Do you know exaclty what kind of nerd you’re buying for? Not sure? Well, be sure nd get this T-Shirt for the nerd in your life. It’s highly likely that his/her geekdom is featured on this Threadless tee by Riccardo Bucchioni. Know Your Nerds by Threadless, Price: $10.

4. Yep, that’s right. This T-Shirt has a built in inconspicuous spy camera built right into the design of the tee. And now your favorite gadget geek can get his voyeuristic spy side on. Electronic Spy Camera T-Shirt by ThinkGeek, Price: $39.99.

5. There is absolutely nothing that nerds love more than ROBOTS. weRobot from the Chop Shop features 51 of the most iconic robots in pop culture. And even better, it glows in the dark! weRobot by The Chop Shop, Price: $20.00.

6. Gadgets are great, but sometimes, one less unnecessary gadget is even better. That’s why I LOVE Dropbox. With Dropbox, I no longer need or even use flash drives / thumb drives. I keep all of my important files and stuff that I am currently working on synced between multiple computers and it just works perfectly. Dropbox is free up to 2GB, but of course, the tech nerd needs more than that. Dropbox doesn’t offer a gift option but you could always offer to pay for a year worth of Premium Ugrades for a favorite friend. ($99 for a year upgrade of 50 GB).

BONUS: If you need more suggestions then I suggest that you hit up the following lists: 101 T-Shirts for Apple Fanboys and the Mac Faithful and 101 T-Shirts For Social Media Gurus, Facebook Fans and Twitter Addicts.

You might also want to consider:

When it comes to Gadgets, my iPad and my iPhone 4 are my go to tech toys. However, if I had to suggest something for the gadget geek, it would be the Terminal Backpack by DAKINE. I love this backpack because it’s so spacious and fits my 15 inch MacBook Pro perfectly. You’ll be able to fit every single one of you gadgets in hear and then some. Right now, I have some spare ethernet cords, a couple of various adaptor cords for the MacBook, a VGA cable for the iPad, an HDMI cable just in case. My laser pointer and presentation clicker for when I give lectures. And of course, I’ve got my Flip Mino and digital camera in there for those special moments. And then you’ve got lots of room in there for the vintage stuff like pens and paper (not like you’ll need it when you carry around an iPad).

Over a year ago I ditched messenger bags (because of shoulder and back issues) and have been using the Terminal Bag by DAKINE since. It’s a solid bag and a great investment, and easy on the back. Dakine Terminal Pack, Black, Price: $89.95.

Bunker Designs Is Back!

A few episodes back, I reviewed a little T-Shirt contest site from Costa Rica called Bunker Designs. They’re selection of tees was a bit sparse and the activity on the site  seemed to be a bit quiet. However, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that they’ve moved forward with a new website design and have released a selection of new, top notch T-Shirts.

The three new tees include What’s Going On In My Mind and Starcatcher by HeavyHand, and GandALF by Sergio37. Both of the HeavyHand T-Shirts continue with the Bunker Design vibe that I really dug with Gulfie. Though I have to say that What’s Going On In My Mind reminds me of a bit of Wotto’s style (see Guilty Pleasures). As far as Starcatcher goes, I especially love the symmetry!

Now, GandALF is were things get a little bit weird for me. This parody shirt doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the line, and looks like it would probably fit in more with something we’d find at RIPT or TeeFury (those guys love to parody). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ALF (I believe I’ve referenced ALF a few times on this blog before). I grew up with ALF so whether or not it fits in with the rest of the Bunker Designs T-Shirts, that’s okay, because it made me smile!

Both Starcatcher and GandALF are available now from Bunker Designs for $20 and you can score What’s Going On In My Head for $22. The best part is that you can score 20% off your entire Bunker Designs purchase by using the coupon code BDCOTY at checkout! Awesome.

What's Going On In My Head

StarCatcher

GandALF

Unique LA Spotlight: Three Apparel

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.

If you’re an adult with the heart of a big kid then you’ll love the tees that Three Apparel have to offer. Three Apparel specializes in modern cartoon style T-Shirts. Their shirts features vibrant colors and fun, off-the-wall characters. They’ve got a bunch of cool designs but by far my favorites include the one-eyed and five-legged Happy Attack tee and the Mario and Luigi parody, Arab Bros.

Three Apparel features the artwork of Peter Michail and Tony Salama. T-Shirts are printed on 100% Cotton Fine Jersey tees and are available for sale for $20.

You can find Three Apparel at Unique LA in Booth 246 next to the Free Workshops area.

Happy Attack

Robot Pete

Owl

Three

Arab Bros.

Control 71

Our Android friends over at The Dept has just released their latest and greatest tee, Control 71. Buy this shirt, put it on and keep an eye on your control panels. As with all shirtd from The Dept, Control 71 was created, designed, and silk-screened by graphic designer Richard Leighton.

Control 71 is printed on an American Apparel blank, is available in three different colorways and can be purchased now for $20.

Control 71

Control 71

Co-Tee TV Episode 28: Aaitski, Finroo and Robot Strollers!

In this episode I review Roboboy from Aaitski and wrap up my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites by reviewing Stroller by John Fitzpatrick from Finroo!

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This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, Full Metal T-Shirt, tFuse, Design By Humans, Teextile and Tilteed.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Stroller by John Fitzpatrick and available at Finroo. Pros: The shirt is OMG soft. It seriously is one of the softest shirts I’ve ever worn. Finroo uses Direct-To-Garment printing but this is by far the softest print I’ve felt, screenprinted or DTG. The shirts are printed on organic bamboo. The print seems to be built right into the fabric, it’s the seamless. From touch alone you cannot tell where the print starts and where it ends. It’s tagless for itchfree comfort and features a screenprinted necktag instead. Inside of the lower hem there is a print that shows the number of the shirt (out of 100). Finroo claims their shirts to be all natural and hypoallergenic but i have no way to test this. Cons: It’s a bit pricey but other than that there’s not much that I can complain about. Some of you might find the shirts to be too thin. If you enjoy staying cool then you’ll appreciate the thinness. No custom packaging, just a FedEx mailer. Price: $34.99

Stroller by John Fitzpatrick and available at Finroo

Roboboy by Aaitski. Pros: If you enjoy wearing character based shirts then you must check out Aaitski. They feature some of the most fun characters you’ll find on the Internet! This shirt features a custom hangtag. Cons: The sleeves were a bit longer than I typically like and the arm holes were a bit wider than I am accustomed to but the rest of the shirt fit fine. Aaitski URL printed on back of shirt. Price: €25 ($36 US).

Roboboy by Aaitski

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Cute microbes on sale

Androids Always Win

These two new tees from The Dept. are absolutely wonderful! Like the rest of the line they feature the ubiquitous The Dept. Android. The tees, like the brand itself, is highly influenced by Star Wars design and I’m not complaining! The Android character simply makes me smile – I am a fan! 

Both shirts are available for purchase from The Dept. for $22 and all shirts are printed on American Apparel blanks. Also, till August, you can save 25% off selected T-Shirts at The Dept. so go pick some stuff up, on the cheap, right now!

The Dept.

The Dept.

The Dept.

Robots In Disguise

Robots in Disguise from Slapt Sticker Subculture is just too cool for words. It’s the perfect tee to wear to the premier of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. You’ll surely get a bunch of looks and comments. 

The tee itself features Direct-to-Garment printing on a silver Alstyle brand tee. These shirts are not mass produced and done individually. Pick one up today for $15.

Robots In Disguise

Robots In Disguise