Pepper Spray Cop aka Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop T-Shirt

It’s funny how design inspiration comes about. This particular T-Shirt design from Etsy seller, LovesickRobotStudios, has its origins from a UC Davis Occupy Protest that took place on November 20, 2011. Lieutenant John Pike was photographed pepper spraying UC Davis students seated in protest.

Of course, this pissed off a lot of people. Soon after, Lieutenant John Pike began popping up on InternetLAND, eventually finding his way in the 1819 painting Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull and then Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) by Tumblr blog It Makes No Sense.

And this eventually led to a Reddit thread by GeneralLudd featuring a Banksy-like stenciled illustration tittled Casually Butterfly Everything.

And that’s when LovesickRobotStudios turned Lieutnent John Pike into an actual product. For Sale. For a mere $12 you can score a faux-banksy-like T-Shirt featuring an asshole spraying butterflies.

Old Navy Earns an F in Grammar

I am no grammar nazi, but come on Old Navy. If you’ve been commissioned to design T-Shirts for institutes of higher learning then you better be 100% correct with your grammar. Apparently, Old Navy was not. According to this Yahoo article by Piper Weiss, Old Navy made a pretty big flub when they decided to spell “Lets” in the phrase “Lets Go” without the appropriate apostrophe. If you’re scratching your head then you should know that the correct grammar would be “Let’s Go.”

“The mistake is particularly glaring considering the concept of the tee: it’s a partnership between Old Navy and 70 esteemed institutes of higher learning. Duke, Syracuse, University of Texas and Notre Dame, to name a few, all signed on to be represented on the Old Navy tee. Now they might be regretting that decision. According to Fashion ETC, Syracuse University officials are leading an investigation into who approved the copy. Maybe it’s the same person who signed off on this Wet Seal t-shirt.”

Let’s make sure, that this is the last Old Navy T-Shirt we feature here. Go UH Warriors!

Threadless Back To School $12 Sale

As I write this post I come to the realization that this is the first time, since I was 5, that I will not be going to school in the fall. No more classes. No more lectures. No more class projects. Sigh. It’s a bit weird to say the least. Instead of being a student this upcoming school year, I will instead begin my post-doctoral position as a neuroscience research specialist. Oddly enough, I’ll be supervising/mentoring 1-2 students of my own this coming year. Nice!

Enough about me, let’s talk T-Shirts. More specifically, let’s talk about the Threadless $12 Back To School Sale! There isn’t much to say except that the T-Shirts have been slashed about 40% – meaning you get an amazing deal.

Lot’s of tees to choose from, these are the ones that I will be ordering. Shop on T-Shirt fans, shop on!

A Guide to Being a Pirate by David Soames

Peace and Love by Budi Satria Kwan

SQUARE by Branka Nikolic

Know Your Submarines by Lucas Knisely

Sushi by Benjamin Ang

Introducing Tee Libraree

Despite the proliferation of the Digital Age, books never get old. There’s something about holding a hefty novel and flipping through physical pages that feels right. So it’s no surprise that translating books to T-Shirts has been a popular trend in 2010. Kafkacotton was born out of a renewed interest in books after the founder was reintroduced to Heller’s Catch-22. Likewise, Out Of Print Clothing made it’s way across the Internet after it modeled its T-Shirts after the covers of some of the most popular books.

Tee Libraree brings us even closer to the book experience. The images and phrases on the Tee Libraree T-Shirts comes from some of the most beloved books of our time. They feature both fiction and non-fiction themed T-Shirts. What’s even more awesome is the packaging for the Tee Libraree T-Shirts. The shirts come packaged in what looks like a classic, leather covered book. And even more interesting, Tee Libraree even tells you what method was used to create the graphic on the T-Shirt, either: camera, palette, stamp, mouse, or brush. The method used for each T-Shirt is signified by a tiny icon that is printed on the left sleeve.

Being a fan of T-Shirt and out-of-the box packaging, I’d love to get my hands on tee from the Tee Libraree. Maybe we’ll see this on Co-Tee TV one of these days? Maybe. I hope!

The do have a list of stores from around the globe that carry Tee Library, however, I couldn’t find any pricing or online purchase information on the Tee Libraree website. If you live in the New York area then check out Idiel Showroom, they carry official Tee Library products.

Tee Libraree

Tee Libraree

Tee Libraree

Tee Libraree

Tee Libraree

Weekly Recap and Linkology | July 4, 2010

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Did you get a chance to checkout the awesomeness that is Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV? If not, then be sure to do just that because Fur Face Boy delivers the hot sauce in this episode!

Popular Tilteed intern, Bo, returns with her second installment of The Diary of a T-Shirt Intern! This time, she tackles the difficulties of black ink, prints a few cards and even takes a visit to the Pacific Ocean! Check out Diary of a T-Shirt Intern: Dealing With Black Ink.

Tilteed Hangtags

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the June epic list: 101 T-Shirts for Social Media Gurus, Facebook Fanatics and Twitter Addicts!

101 Social Media Shirts

Regan Smith Clarke and Cavata Clothing teamed up and delivered an amazing new and 1st ever collaboration tee. The shirt is priced at $25 but 20% of all proceeds will go to support music and art programs in public schools.

collab_guys_mock01

T-Shirt Blogging Friends:

Have you voted for CotyGonzales.com yet over at T-ShirtBlo.gs? I’m currently ranked #4 so please help me out by giving a vote of 5 stars! Virtual hugs, kisses and high fives will be dispersed appropriately!

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Johnny Cupcakes decided to do some raiding in Thailand. Check out all of the Johnny Cupcake fakeness! Via Johnny Cupcakes.

Johnny Cupcakes Thailand Raid

Johnny Cupcakes Thailand Raid

Sorry, the friends section is a little sparse this week. It’s the 4th of July and I kind of want to be enjoying the outdoors, so one of the sections here had to take a hit. But rest assured, there will be a ton of shout outs to my T-Shirt loving compadres in next weeks recap and linkology!

Other Coty Links:

People keep doing cool stuff with their brand new iPhone 4′s. It’s been less than two weeks since it’s release and already the first ever iPhone filmed music video has been released. Via SwipeTap.

Speaking of cool stuff, watch as artist David Jon Kassan creates a masterpiece with his … iPad?! Via SwipeTap.

Macho Slut of Found Item Clothing delivers this weeks only FailSHIRT – Texting Is My Favorite Subject. Oh the kids today. Via FailSHIRT.

Texting

Threadless News:

This weeks Threadless Pick of The Week goes to the Smurf/Avatar mashup Little Warrior by Louise Mundo. But since that sexy bugger is now sold out, I have an alternate pick for those of you looking to buy something, it’s called Duke of the Moon by Joe Carr. Enjoy!

Little Warrior

Duke of Moon

I hope everyone had a #AWESOME 4th of July!

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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Cute microbes on sale

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Kudos to our friends over at T-Post for their recent “issue” and most creative T-Shirt to date! The shirt is called Rock, Paper, Scissors and is based on that childhood game that we all know and love. What makes this shirt so awesome? It’s interactive! Put your shirt on and then jump on to the T-Post site and you can play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with your shirt! Seriously, I am not even kidding. The site uses your web camera and then takes advantage of augmented reality so that you can have a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with your shirt!

Check out the video to see the shirt in action:

This interactive shirt was designed by Marc Stromberg and you can find it over at T-Post for $19. If you sign up as a subscriber you’ll receive free issues in the mail every month! If this all sounds confusing to you then check out this review I did of T-Post in Episode 36 of Co-Tee TV.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Co-Tee TV Episode 52: Geeks, Maiden Voyage and a Big Mustache

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Be Au Sm designed by Lawrence Villanueva for Threadless and review Fistachio by Maiden Voyage Clothing Co, a brand that is based out of Hollywood, California, and are producers of T-Shirts featuring fantastical imagery of enchanting expeditions of years past.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Fistachio by Maiden Voyage Clothing Co. Pros: Lovely presentation, the T-Shirt was packaged in such a wonderful way that  I had a great experience going through each layer of the boxing before I got to the actual shirt. Shirt comes packed in a little sack much like one you would find on any ship in the 1700′s, except it’s a bit miniature (so cool). The shirt was tagless and featured a screen printed neck label. A custom hangtag is included as well. The print is extremely large and super soft, as is the shirt itself (soft that is). Love the fact that they have a theme and stick with that theme from the website to the packaging to the shirt design. All around awesome in my opinion. Cons: The shirt is very slim fitting so if you like your shirts a bit on the loose side I’d suggest ordering a size up. Price: $28

Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage

I Be Au Sm by Lawrence Villanueva and available at Threadless. Pros: If you are a geek you will enjoy this shirt – I guarantee it. Cons: Complaints? I don’t have any. I absolutely adore this shirt, I guess that make me a geek. Price: $15.

I Be Au Sm by Lawrence Villanueva

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Periodic Table of Elements

Smiley Factory by Lawrence Villanueva

Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus Pocket Knife

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Cute microbes on sale

Nick Automatic

Nick Automatic is a new brand from Philippines based artist, Nicolo Nimor. The brand features 3 fresh new tees featuring, with 2 of the 3 featuring the Nick Automatic character. Pencil Crew, my favorite from the bunch, shows off Nick Automatic in all of his glory in crossbones like imagery but with pencils instead. The Citrus Club tee reminds me a little bit of some of the recent offerings from Johnny Cupcakes. And the third tee is an obvious spoof of the Cleveland Indians mascot. What do all the three tees have in common? They all feature exposed tongues. Looks like the tongue wagging will be a staple in the Nick Automatic brand – i like it!

I love what I see from Nick Automatic and am really excited to see future designs. The illustrations have a feel good feeling to them and that should come to no surprise since Nimor originally did illustrations for children’s book. The tees are priced at $18 a piece and you can pick one up from the Nick Automatic store.

Nick Automatic

Nick Automatic

Nick Automatic

BreakfasTopo

I’m an amateur neuropsychologist. Amateur because I do not yet have a Ph.D. attached to the end of my name (not yet, that is). As such I meet a lot of mentally interesting people with boring wardrobes with whom I conduct various neuropsychological tests on. So to my surprise, my 8:00 am appointment greeted me with a rather cool T-Shirt on. The shirt resembled that of an old school map, but not any old map, it was a map of breakfast.

The battery of tests that I run on individuals typically last about 4 hours. I often go insane during those 4 hours. My 8am’s mysterious breakfast map t-shirt  kept my attention the entire time.

The Perry Mason in me had me on Google as soon as I popped my 8am into the scary big brain scanner device (i.e. fMRI). With the right keywords, Google never fails me. I searched “Breakfast Map Shirt” and I learned that the interesting tee that my 8am had on was a Shirt.Woot tee called BreakfastTopo. The shirt was original sold on Shirt.Woot way back in November 2007. Needless to say, it doesn’t look like Ill be able to get my hands on this wonderful shirt.

BreakfasTopo