Seibei Japan Benefit T-Shirt

It only makes sense that the good people (or person… David) would pitch in to help out with tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Not only does his brand have close ties to Japanese pop culture, but he also majored in Japanese literature. So it is no surprise that he is being VERY generous with his limited edition Seibei Japan benefit T-Shirt.

The tee is priced at $18, with all the profits going to Japan disaster relief. So, if you buy a Seibei relief tee, more than $10 of each T-Shirt sale will go directly to helping out the people of Japan. That’s pretty damn rad. Seibei will be taking orders up until March 25, so if you want one, now is the time to grab one. Do it.

NOTE: The tees will be shipped the week following March 25 and will never be available in this colorway again.

Thirsty For Blood, Hungry For Tacos (The Remix)

There has been some magical things that have been happening over at Seibei over the last couple of weeks, namely super limited edition T-Shirt that are available at a presale price for only a week (sometimes, the shirts move into the Seibei catalog after the presale, other times they will be retired forever). This week, Seibei brings back a classic in two new colorways. Thirsty For Blood, Hungry For Tacos has always been one of my favorite Seibei tees, and it is often the one that garners the most eyeballs (followed mostly by a quick smirk and smile). You know when people are reading your T-Shirt, and whenever I wear this tee, I notice a lot of people reading my chest.

The most popular colorway will move permanently move into the main Seibei catalog, while the other colorway will be retired. So if you like them both, you better be sure to get them both! The presale price is set at $18.

Toronto/New York Trip Day 6

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Thirsty for Blood Hungry for Tacos by Seibei / Guilty Pleasures by Wotto for Tilteed

NYC Neighborhoods Visited: SOHO, Nolita, Theater District, West Village, and Flatiron.

We started our day off with a late morning subway ride to SOHO for lunch at the famous Lombardi’s Pizzeria. They are renown for being America’s first pizzeria and since we had a taste of Grimaldi’s the day before, we just had to tickle our tongues with a taste of Lombardi’s. Located on the corner of Mott St. and Mulberry St., we were surprised when we saw that Lombardi’s had no line. We had surely thought that this famed pizzeria would have a line shooting out of its door, considering that we waited nearly an hour before we were able to get a seat inside of Grimaldi’s yesterday. In any case, we blew off the no line to the face that we were there just little after 30 minutes from opening. And anyway, we were both hungry for good pizza so no line was a good thing!

I’ve argued with a bunch of hardcore Lombardi’s fan about the superiority of Grimaldi’s, but with no firsthand experience of Lombardi’s slice, I was a bit biased. We ordered the same pizza as we did at Lombardi’s (pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms) but this time we also added spinach. Like Grimaldi’s you pay a bay price for either a small or a large and then pay extra for toppings of your choice.

Lombardi's Pizzeria

Lombardi's Pizzeria

So which was better, Grimaldi’s or Lombardi’s? My first thought was that they were very similar to one another. So similar that I could not choose a favorite between the two. But after a few minutes and my second slice, I had found a clear favorite. Grimaldi’s is indeed my favorite pizzeria in the state of New York. Hands down. The pepperoni had a spicier kick, the sausage was tastier and the cheese, oh my goodness the cheese at Grimaldi’s was thicker, cheesier, and there was just more of it overall. And let’s face it, more cheese is always a good thing. Plus, you’re eating a pie under the Brooklyn Bridge – that’s pretty freakin’ awesome. If you’re in New York, and have to choose between the two, I’d recommend that you cross the Brooklyn Bridge and have a taste of New York’s best, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

After Grimaldi’s, we crossed the street and had a taste of Rice to Riches, a rice pudding specialty shop. The first thing you’ll notice is the colorful and chic decor and then you’ll notice the clever and witty sayings throughout the shop poking fun at skinny people. Rice to Riches is definitely not a place for the carbohydrate conscious. Both Michelle and I ordered a small serving each, I had the Sex, Drugs, andl Rocky Road topped with mixed nuts and Michelle had the Chocolate Chip Flirt. First note, the serving sizes are huge and a small is definitely big enough for two. The pudding is very rich and is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Rice or Riches

We then walked down Stage St. and stopped by American Apparel. They were having a sidewalk sale and we were able to pick up some great items for $8 a piece. I grabbed a couple of Raglans – yay!

A quick subway ride to 9th, between 15th and 16th Streets, and we were at Chelsea Market – home of the Food Network. On the bottom floor of this large building is a market that is scattered with a variety of different restaurants and open markets. I even scored a free gingerbread cookie by checking in at One Lucky Duck on Foursquare. Have I told you how much I love Foursquare?

Apple Store at Chelsea

Once we had our fill of Chelsea Market, we explored the Chelsea area quite a bit. And then we made our way to Jon Wye’s flagship shop on 47 W 20th Street. If you read this blog on a regular basis, then you know who Jon Wye is, since I have featured him multiple times on the blog and on Co-Tee TV. Jon Wye recently opened up a brick and mortar store. The shop is actually located inside of an old church that has been transformed into a three story market and gallery known as The Limelight. Unfortunately, Jon wasn’t in – he’s busy in DC working hard on his products at his factory. I did, however, have a chance to explore this shop and was thoroughly impressed by what I saw. I’ll be posting more photos of his shop in a separate post so be sure to check back for that.

Jon Wye New York

Jon Wye New York

The Museum of Sex on 5th Avenue was our next detonation. The tickets are priced at $17 a piece, however, I was a but underwhelmed. I expected more sex. Don’t get me wrong, the museum features three floors of sex exhibitions, but none really shocked or offended me. I was expecting to be shocked and offended. Not really. They currently features five difference exhibitions, Sex Lives of Animals and Rubbers were the the ones that I found to be the most interesting. Who knew a rhino’s dick was so huge.

By this time it was about 4pm, so we decided to head back to Times Square. Before heading to our hotel we made stops at the Hershey’s store and the M&M’s store. Both were a bit meh for me and just too crowded to even browse the products. I wanted some dark chocolate Kit Kats but was not willing to stand in line for it. If you’re in New York and have to choose between the two, then I’d suggest passing on Hershey’s (the store floor is small and crowded, and you can find most of the products at your local store anyway) and instead hit up the M&M store (it’s 3 floors big and the wall of M&M’s is impressive).

After a short pit stop at our hotel to freshen up, we hit the subway once again toward West Village to pay a visit to Carlos, also known in the T-Shirt universe for his baking and lifestyle collective, Oven Fresh Dreams. Carlos has released some limited edition tees in collaboration with Nicolo Nimor of Nick Automatic and Greg Abbott. Carlos invited us to stop by the bakery that he works at, Amy’s Bread. What’s awesome about this is that I actually had this planned on my itinerary, based on some suggestions that I had read prior to his invitation. How serendipitous of him to invite us there! He hooked us up with some excellent brownies and we even chatted a bit about NYC and the food scene. Not surprisingly, Carlos is a foodie, much like myself and Michelle! Cool dude. Support his brand Oven Fresh Dreams and if you’re ever in NYC, pay a visit to Amy’s Bread to treat yourself to something special.

To West Village

Oven Fresh Dreams

Amy's Bread

The West Village area is filled with an amazing assortment of small restaurants. Carlos suggested one called Little Havana, so that’s where we planned to go. It was located right across the street from Amy’s Bread on Cornelia Street. But alas, it was closed. So what to do? Eat a New York hot dog, that’s what we did. Michelle spotted Gray’s Papaya, which she had learned about from a J-LO movie and I had heard about it on the Food Network (or was it the Travel Channel?). Needless to say, I had a few hot dogs and the flagship papaya drink. Simple hot dog, but still very good. You get a nice crunch from the encasing, which is the sign of a good hot dog.

Before heading back to the hotel we decided to stop by Ripley’s Believe it Or Not. I was a bit hesitant, because it seemed like a tourist trap to me. And for the most part, it was. I’m pretty sure that most of the museum’s artifacts were replicas. It’s okay, I still enjoyed looking at the bizarre and absurd. But at about $25 a ticket, I’d pass on it if given the chance to go again.

Ripley's Believe It or Not


Weekly Recap and Linkology | June 27, 2010

Around This Blog:

Lot’s of exciting stuff around this blog this week, including two new episodes of Co-Tee TV! In Episode 68 I featured Dead Bury Dead and in Episode 69 I featured Stay Vocal.

This past week was the first for what will hopefully be many more Diary of a T-Shirt Intern columns by our friend Bo of Loving This Tee! Some of you may know that Bo is the new intern at Tilteed and she’ll be documenting her adventures as an intern her every week!

Bo Screen Printing

Did you see the new goods from GAMA-GO released this past week? How about the latest batch of Johnny Cupcakes goodness?

Tower de Force

Soup Can

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!

Vote for me on t-shirtblo.gs

I love Grab Bags! This time, Seibei gets in on the Grab Bag ($13) action! Pick up great tees and get free stuff thrown in with your order! I love a good mystery. Via Seibei

Seibei Grab Bag

So I hear this Vuvuzela thing is causing an annoyance at the World Cup. Via Pop Culture Tees.

Vuvuzela

Another nice find from Andy of Hide Your Arms. I love the strip of yellow and simple typography. Via Hide Your Arms.

mens-grey-im-ok-youre-ok

Our friend Micah from ATShirtBlog recently redesigned his blog – it looks sexy and runs completely on Posterous. While there, I spotted this very straight forward shirt – love it! Via ATShirtBlog.

Some People Are Gay. Get Over It.

Other Coty Links:

Watch as this puppet learns how to use the iPhone 4 FaceTime technology … with an Apple Employee on the other end of the phone call. Via SwipeTap.

The Japanese always do things with an extra 25% of cool. Via TumblrTrends.

For those of you planning for a day of thievery, mischief, and random violations of the law. It’s the Mugshot Shirt from Despair, Inc. Via FailShirt.

The Mugshot T-Shirt

Threadless News:

This weeks Threadless Pick of The Week goes to the very edgy, by Threadless standards anyway, Estocde by Victor Calahan.

Estocade? by victor calahan

Estocade? by victor calahan

If you enjoyed the 76 Threadless Designs from Sketch To Print post then you will definitely be interested to know that the Threadless community has just released a Sketchbook containing classic Threadless designs.

threadless-sketchbook

Weekly Recap and Linkology | June 18, 2010

Around This Blog:

This week on Co-Tee TV I featured Teezeria, a made-to-order T-Shirt company based out of Chicago, Illinois. Check out the full review and the photo gallery.

Lance Armstrong made a big fuss out of this Photoshopped BFD T-Shirt on the latest cover of Outside magazine.

Lance Armstrong BFD Big Fucking Deal

I really dug the latest tee from Random Objects. It’s called Vision Test and it is Nice!!! Tip: Use the code “RANDOMOBJ” at checkout to score 10% off your entire order.

Vision Test

Well, the NBA finals ended in dramatic fashion, but not in the way that I had wished. This list of 30 T-Shirts chronicles every NBA Championship tee from the 1980′s up until 2010.

NBA-Championship-Shirts

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!

Vote for me on t-shirtblo.gs

Our good buddy Glenn from Glennz Tees announced the Weekly Bonus Tee. For $9, you get a random Glennz tee shipped to you. The shirt changes every Monday. Via Glennz Tees.

Weekly Bonus Tee

David Murray of Seibei has been updating his blog with his personal sketches. His latest one had me at hello! Via Seibei.

seibei

In My Short Sleeve spotted this uber cool Sharpie Collection by TRUE. Via In My Short Sleeve.

Sharpie Collection

And did you know, I frreakin’ hate Kobe Bryant! Via It Goes To 11.

Other Coty Links:

The iPad is undoubtedly the ultimate piece of “now” technology. So what happens when you take the crème de la crème of Apple touch technology and merge it with old school Apple tech? Via SwipeTap.

Kevin Rose had some very interesting ideas (5 to be exact) for eBooks. Click the link to find out what they were. Via SwipeTap.

Say hello to the incredible farting-hiccup cat! I spent a good 10 minutes the day I found this just playing the clip over and over again. Via TumblrTrends.

This kid is insane. Watch him pull out his teeth with a rocket. Via TumblrTrends.

Perfect shirt for this fellow, don’t you think? Via FailShirt and Macho Slut of Found Item Clothing.

fugitive-shirt

Threadless News:

This weeks Threadless Pick of The Week goes to the winner of the Threadless Loves Lilith competition, Jeremy Bingham and his design titled Lilith’s Affair.

Lilith's Affair by Jeremy Bingham

Lilith's Affair by Jeremy Bingham

I’m Fat Let’s Part + Zombie Dinosaur!

Our good friend David Murray of Seibei just released two new (and awesome) tees! I’m a big fan of Seibei and will probably be ordering at least one of these tees in the near future. My navy and white Sandwich Dinosaur tee is getting a little worn out so I think it might be time to upgrade to the brand spanking new Zombie Dinosaur design.

Although I never grew up as the prototypical fat kid, there was a time when I was referred to as being husky. Husky, hmmmmmm. Is that code for fat? Probably. And as such, I’d be proud to wear the new I’m Fat Let’s Party Shirt.

Both of the new tees are available now for sale at Seibei for $22. Also, word on the street is that Seibei will be unleashing a brand spanking website redesign. I’m excited to see what he has in store for us.

Zombie Dinosaur

I'm Fat Let's Party

Mutant Uprising and More From Seibei!

I’m a huge fan of Seibei and find myself constantly wearing the Dino Sandwich tee (but you knew that already). It looks like I’ll need to add the new supersized predator tee to my growing Seibei collection. Mutant uprising brings the shield look to the Seibei line and a new spidey like character makes his debut in Snack Life. Junior Birdman is also back in this new linee in a new colorway. As always, the new Seibei line is bright, funky and fool of foolish fun. If you’re a Seibei fan it’ll be hard to pass on at least one of these new tees. Pick one up now for $22 and be sure to use the code “HAPPY” for 25% off your entire order through December 22nd. Awesome!

Seibei Snack Life

Seibei Junior Birdman

Seibei Mutant Uprising

Seibei Super Predators

Seibei’s Sandwich Dinosaur Featured on Dexter

So some of you might know that I am a HUGE Dexter fan. And of course, if you read this blog often, you know that I am a HUGE Seibei fan. So I was totally stoked to find out that Seibei’s immensely popular Sandwich Dinosaur was featured in the last episode of Dexter (Season 4 – Episode 9). Oddly enough, I remember the scene but totally missed the shirt!

Ironically, the character wearing the Seibei Sandwich Dino Shirt in the episode has the same first name as me (albeit with a different spelling, but who cares).

Seibei posted a screenshot on the Seibei blog but they were a bit grainy since I’m guessing someone snapped a picture of the TV screen using a digital camera. I grabbed some screenshots from an HD Recording! Here they are:

Seibei on Dexter

Seibei on Dexter

Seibei on Dexter

And although you can’t buy that Sandwich Dinosaur tee in that colorway, it is available in a slew of other options for $22 a piece. And you can save 10% on your entire order by using the coupon code “COTY” at checkout!

Seibei Sandwich Dinosaur

Forever Weird

I am a big fan of the Seibei line of monster infused T-Shirts and I have to admit that the latest Seibei design had me at hello. The shirt, created by popular tee designer Greg Abbott, features the words Forever Weird incased in a pink pyramid and surrounded by a plethora of Seibei-ish monsters. I remember growing up, I had weird tendencies – but hey, didn’t we all! And it’s because of this reason along that I can definitely relate to this shirt. Forever Weird is available now from Seibei for $22 and remember to use the coupon code “COTY” at checkout for an extra 10% off!

Forever Weird by Seibei and Greg Abbott

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 5 + 6

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 5 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Me A Sandwich by Seibei and Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray (Tilteed)

This marked the start of our road trip to neighboring state, Oregon. We began the morning by having breakfast at a little cafe en route to Tacoma, were would switch off with our friends cousin whose car we were borrowing for the trip to Portland. The Shipwreck Cafe is this small stop off of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington. I got the breakfast special, which consisted of chickenfried steak, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was better than I expected! Tons of gravy lathered over the chicken steak. Don’t pay attention to the calories because the gravy really makes this dish special.

Oregon

After breakfast we headed straight for our first stop in Portland, the Full Sail Brewery, which is right next to Hood River. Full Sail Brewery is known for their award winning Session brew. The brewery tour lasted about 30 minutes and was quite interesting and informative. They walk you through the entire beer making process and even let you taste the ingrediants that go into brewing beer. At the end of the tour you score a free Full Sail glass!

Full Sail Brewery

The food at Full Sail Brewery was OK but the beer was exceptional. I especially loved the Full Sail Session Lager, that is definitely my type of beer and well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Tacoma. We ended up buying a case to bring back to the hotel.

After Full Sail we headed to Portland to check into our hotel, the third Marriot stop of our Seattle/Portland journey. We got lost. But that was a good thing because we ended up at a Traders Joe’s and bought tons of snacks! I wish Hawaii had a Trader Joe’s.

Lo and behold our hotel was only 5 minutes away from Trader Joes. We made it to our hotel, quickly unpacked and headed out to yet another beer destination – Rogue Distillery & Public House, to meet up with Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing and Patrick Treadway of Tilteed! We had a great time chatting about tees, Portland life, tees, and tees! It was great meeting up with those two excellent dudes. And my friends were happy because they scored some free tees from Patrick and one of you lucky readers will score a free tee(s) from Travis (I need to first figure out how to give them away)!

Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

That’s Travis Greenwood from Found Item Clothing. Amazing guy who knows a ton about shirts and has crazy ideas! Follow him on Twitter @founditemclothing.

Parick Treadway of Tilteed.com

Hey, it’s Patrick from Tilteed.com! He markets, prints, and ships out all Tilteed orders by himself! Talk about dedication and being passionate about what you do! Follow Tilteed on Twitter @Tilteed. Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your Tilteed order!

After Rogue, Patrick was kind enough to drive us to VooDoo Doughnuts to get a taste of the weirdness that is Portland! VooDoo Doughnoughts was great experiece filled with an eclectic set of people! I’ve never quite experienced anything like VooDoo Doughnuts. It was a trip to say the least. And Patrick was right, VooDoo Doughnuts is best experienced at night because when we stopped by the following morning, the crowd was a bore compared to the night munchers.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness

Portland here we come! The morning was spent exploring the Pearl District of Portland. Our first stop was the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside. To say that this bookstore is huge is a big understatement. It’s ginormous. It’s probably larger than most public libraries you’ve been to. The store is split up into 8 different sections based on genre and occupies three full floors. You could spend countless hours exploring Powell’s, unfortunately our time was limited so our visit was brief (I still left with two new books).

Keep Portland Weird

As I was walking through Portland someone walked right pass me and said “I Love Your Shirt”. You can get it from I Am Wellness. Use the code “SUMMER09″ for 15% off (hopefully the code still works).

By the time we were through with Powell’s we headed out to lunch at Old Town Pizza which is an iconic Portland eatery with a haunted reputation. “Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced “Nigh-na”), our resident ghost. If you feel a presence behind you, or smell a faint waft of perfume, you may have just received a visit. Nina is often seen in a black dress observing diners and wandering the basement below.” We settled on the House Pizza topped with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, black olives and bell peppers. The pizza was good but unfortunately there was no sighting of Nina, the resident ghost. I will say, though, that the restroom was freaky as hell. It is very dimly lit in there and I had a weird feeling (while I was peeing no less) that someone was watching me. Freaky!

Ground Kontrol is a neat little vintage arcade that Travis of Found Item Clothing suggested we hit up and I’m glad that we did! We spent about an hour in there playing some very old school arcade games like Centipede, Punch-Out, Simpsons and Space Invaders. This is not your typical arcade because at Ground Kontrol there is a fully functional bar. Awesome.

Ground Kontrol

I’m a huge fan of Punch-Out so I was stoked to find this classic arcade game at Ground Kontrol!

After Ground Kontrol my buddies decided to grab a box of VooDoo doughnuts for the drive back home. While they stood in line (in the hot sun no less and yet another reason to go during the night time) I ventured down the street and stumbled across a neat little coffee/art shop called Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It had a a nice open space as opposed to the typical cramped coffee shop. I had the Queens Iced Tea and it was the cool refreshment that I needed! While the guys stood in that line for VooDoo doughnuts I sipped on my iced tea in air conditioning!

Good bye Portland, I knew you for just a day but I had a great time! Now en route to Tacoma (to return the car), we decided to stop by the Outlet Mall near Chehalis and in Centralia, Washington. The outlet stores of importance included Quicksilver, Billabong, and Nike. We hit those three shops up pretty hard.

From there we caught a shuttle to the 4th and final hotel of our stay – the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, which is just a few steps from Pike’s Place. We didn’t stay in the hotel for long as we decided grab some Clam Chowder from the original Ivar’s Seafood, right on the Seattle Waterfront. When you go to Ivar’s there just one thing you need to get – The Clam Chowder! We ordered one of each of the three different varieties: white, red and salmon. I urge you to do the same.

Ivar's

They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.

Ivar's

Small cup of Salmon Clam Chowder from Iver’s before heading to Del Rays for even more food and drinks!

Next we hit up Del-Rey’s for appetizers and drinks (or should I say beers and margaritas) and then finished the night off by closing down the bar at, appropriately, Ohana’s in Belltown, a Hawaiian themed bar. This was the third night that we stayed at a bar till closing (2am in Seattle).

But the night did not end there. We ventured off into the alley ways of the Seattle Waterfront and eventually ending up at Pier 67. The streets were empty and all that was left were four guys from Hawaii, laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie that you get from being with your closest friends.

Ohana Bar

Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.