Be The Alpha: T-Shirts for the Adventurer

Be The Alpha is a step away from the typical genre of T-Shirts that we feature here. These T-Shirts were designed for people who are outdoorsman, athletes, and adventure seekers. These T-Shirts are made for those of us who aspire to be alpha, to be the best that we can be physically and mentally. Steve Grod founded his brand in order to promote the message of Be The Alpha:

“I have always believed that life is meant to be enjoyed and experienced, to the fullest. I always felt that many people are not truly LIVING; they are merely existing. I believe in creating my own destiny and inventing my own future. The Be The Alpha brand represents a re-definition of what it means to Be The Alpha. Real Alphas embody a quiet confidence and not afraid to question the status quo. They stay true to themselves and celebrate authenticity and individuality.” -Steve Grod

Gros is no stranger to adventure, he is both a Brazilian Jiujitsu practitioner and a avid hiker, he has pursued the art of Jiujitsu in Japan and summited many high peaks, from Mt. Fuji in Japan to many of the high peaks of the Himalayas, including a two-week sojourn to Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal. Cool.

I myself am becoming quite the avid extreme hiker. This year along I have hiked to the highest peak on the island of Oahu (Mount Ka’ala) and have also traversed what is considered to the the most difficult trail on Oahu, the Bowman Trail to Bowman Terminus and Haiku Stairs. The later hike was an 11 hour / 12 mile adventure that I will never forget. Imagine walking along ridges whose width is just the size of a foot, as well as near vertical climbing with and without rope. I am definitely trying my best to Be The Alpha.

Be The Alpha T-Shirts are available now from their online shop for $20 a piece but you can save 10% of your order if you purchase two or more items – just remember to use the coupon code GET10 at checkout.

Co-Tee TV Episode 73: Play Ball, Verde Styles and The Last Flight

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Play Ball by Fur Face Boy and review The Last Flight by Verde Styles, a brand that is doing its part in the world by delivering a line of meaningful products that carry with them the message of “change.”

Verde Styles is also in the running for a huge $25,000 prize in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Good Idea campaign. You can help out Verde Styles by Liking their idea here. They are currently ranked #11 Their goals are:

  • Have an apparel line of over 25 environmentally friendly products
  • Plant 3,000 more trees through our current partner – American Forests
  • Host 20 recycling drives around the nation
  • Initiate 5 park and beach clean-ups
  • Partner with multiple charities that represent various causes

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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:

The Last Flight by Verde Styles. Pros: Each T-Shirt from Verde Style is environmentally conscious and tells the story of a specific environmental cause. This tee specifically brings to light the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its effect on ocean animals. The design is printed on an American Apparel tee, mainly because Verde Styles appreciates that it is made sweat shop free. T-Shirt is available in both mens and womens fitted styles so that means girls aren’t left with a unisex tee intended for guys. The best part about Verde Styles is that for each T-Shirt sold, a tree is planted via American Forests. Great T-Shirt for anyone that is concerned about the environment and would like to help out while receiving an awesome shirt at the same time. Cons: I think that Verde Styles could do a little more to make the packaging a little more presentable. Maybe get a little creative with the packaging and run with the recycling theme somehow. Price: $15.99.

“Verde Styles is a clothing line centered on the idea of improving our living environment. The approach that we take as a clothing line is to produce visually appealing apparel by way of artistic design. All of our designs are meant to inspire growth as a society. The designs all stand for growing issues in the world today, whether it is global warming or deforestation. All of the global issues rest in the back of our mind when making a decision that will affect Verde Styles.”

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FFB Play Ball by Fur Face Boy. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, so this Fur Face Boy tee doesn’t scream to me like the previous FFB tees reviewed here. However, it does come with all of the bells and whistles as the other tees in the Fur Face Boy Series III line – custom hang tags, custom neck and lower seam labels, printed on a comfy American Apparel tee, individually packaged with sexy FFB stickers. For more Fur Face Boy goodness, check out Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV. Price: $32.

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Also mentioned in this episode:

NBA Mega Trades: Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade

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Weekly Recap and Linkology | May 21, 2010

Sorry about missing the Linkology post last week. I was too busy preparing for all the LOST madness that was posted this past week! Please forgive me.

Around This Blog:

This past week has been ALL ABOUT LOST! And of course the best way to celebrate the last week and final two episodes of one of the greatest shows ever on television is by having an epic list of T-Shirts!

108 Lost T-Shirts, Tees, Shirts, T's

If you haven’t checked out Damon Carlton And A Polar Bear then you are missing out on some of THE BEST LOST T-Shirts around. I’m not kidding.

Locke Honor

I ran a short, flash contest that only last 5 hours. All you needed to do was write a LOST themed haiku and you could have won Constant, a LOST/Back To The Future mashup tee from Teefury. There were nearly 40 haiku entries! These two won the T-Shirts:

Walt by cul-de-zack

“Waaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaalt!”
Now take a deep breath, Michael.
“Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!”

Crazy Moms by VoxRobotica

Claire’s a Crazy Mom
Just like our French Friend Rousseau
and Jacob’s “Mother”.

Read ALL of the haiku entires here.

And finally, I wanted to mention some of the blogs that mentioned the 108 LOST T-Shirts to Celebrate The End Including 20 You Can’t Buy list! Thanks to:

DarkUFO: The BEST LOST Blog around!

Consumer Reports

Holy Kaw: The Alltop Blog

The Honolulu Advertiser: LOST In Hawaii Blog

T-Shirt Blogging Friends:

Nice find by Andy from Hide Your Arms. The shirt is called Form Follows Function and is available now from AIAIAI for € 40.

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Our good friend, Macho Slut from Found Item Clothing has put together a nice list of 10 Iron Man Themed T-Shirts! Go check it out! Via Found Item Clothing.

I know that Johnny Cupcakes posted this cupcake cannon video a few weeks ago, but, I noticed that it was on frequent play on ESPN this past week, especially SportsNation. Awesome, Johnny!

Or good buddy, Chris Reimer of Rizzo Tees just landed a pretty sweet gig at Scorch Agency. He is the new Chief Marketing Officer at Scorch. Congratulations, Chris! Everyone else, go and buy some Rizzo Tees to celebrate!

Finally, congratulations to Bo of Loving This Tee for accomplishing something that just 1% of the world populations accomplishes … graduating college!

Other Coty Links:

This is what happens when you combine the iPad and industrial strength Velcro. Conceptualized by Jesse Rosten. Via SwipeTap.

You didn’t think the LOST mentions would stop, now did you? Check out this awesome Hip-Hop tribute song to LOST by The Injustice League. Via Tumblr Trends.

I’d never wear this shirt. Via FAILShirt.

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Threadless News:

My Threadless picks of the week go to Deadly Goldmine by Andreas Krapf and A Brief History of the World by João Lauro Fonte. Oh and in case you haven’t heard, Threadless now has flat rate shipping rates of $5 for the US and $10 for international folks!

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Good You Will Be

It’s been a while since we last saw a Stars Wars parody tee from T-Shirt favorite, Glenn Jones. Well you no longer need to hold your breath because Glenn delivers yet again with his newest tee, Be Good. Who’s that holding the lightsaber, you ask? Well it’s our favorite extra terrestrial from the 80’s, E.T. Yoda, you better watch out.

Be Good is printed on a brown American Apparel tee and is available now at Glennz Tee for $19.95.

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TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 7

Every day I come up with a new witty Threadless TypeTees Slogan in hopes of earning a place amongst the Threadless wordplay elite. At the end of every week I post a round up of that weeks slogans here on my blog. What can you do to help the cause? Vote! Just click on a slogan (preferably all of them) and then vote by click “I’d Wear It!” – it’s that simple! If you want to see and vote for all of my slogans then just click here or on that photo of me with the Rockband guitar. Vote for me and I will bake you an amazing tray of double chocolate chip cookies if ever we meet in real life.

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment

Week 7 (February 12, 2010 to February 18, 2010):

If bridges were indestructible, would you still burn them?

Listen to me, youngsters, it’s never a good thing to burn bridges. Never.

I know just enough to be confused.

This was a slogan suggestion from a friend of mine. He seems to be having a “difficult” time with science these days. And so this slogans fits his situation perfectly! But I can definitely relate, hah!

Hallucinations are ok if you’ve got an imaginary friend nearby.

If you’re gonna suffer from hallucinations then why not suffer with a friend nearby – even if it’s an imaginary friend. Who cares at this point!

If baseball is America’s pastime then what’s wiffleball?

Who here plays wiffleball? I never have. Does that make me less of a man?

Science is magical.

Oh good God science is magical. Wow, science, magic and God all in once sentence. Amazing. Hmmm, maybe that should’ve been the slogan instead!

The truth should never be harder than hunting for unicorn.

Because, well, we should always tell the truth ;)

Teleporters will one day deem email obsolete.

At least those Trekkies hope so!

The Tiger Woods Sex Scandal Tee

You knew this day would come. I’m just a little disappointed that it took this long! But of course we could count on our favorite Jewish humor tee makers to come up with something worthy of a good laugh. I present to you the I Slept With Tiger Woods and All I Got Was This T-Shirt tee courtesy of Kosher Ham! Need a few more chuckles? Read the product description:

“Number 16, now serving number #16. Banging sluts and sinking putts, and all you’ve got to show for your GFE (or BFE) is this sweet-ass Tiger shirt from KosherHam.com! And who said golf was a boring sport?”

I Slept With Tiger Woods is available now for $17.99 and as with all other Kosher Ham tees, you can pick up this shirt in a multitude of other colorways. And by the way, I think I forgot to mention that you can save 10% on your entire Kosher Ham order by using the coupon code “COTYFANS” at checkout!

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And if you need a even a few more chuckles check out this newly redesigned Tiger Woods logo courtesy of Ji Lee:

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Co-Tee TV Episode 40: My Better Half, Homage Clothing and Kent State

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear My Better Half by Katrina Vaughan and available at Threadless and review Kent State from Homage Clothing, a brand based out of Columbus, Ohio that focuses on turning back the clock with shout outs to eclectic moments and personalities in sports, music, politics and popular culture. Homage tees “tell stories of triumph, individualism and hustle, preserving the old school and creating new legacies.”

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Kent State by Homage Clothing. Pros: The shirt is super soft as is the print. Comes boxed in wonderful cardboard packaging and shirts are wrapped in a plastic bag. The shirt features a custom hangtag and has a Homage Clothing branded neck tag. A pack of vintage American Gladiators trading cards came packaged with the shirt. Cons: This shirt is made for a very specific and narrow niche – Kent State fans! If you love Kent State  you’ll dig this vintage tee. If not, well, you really wont care much about it. Pricey. Price: $32.

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My Better Half by Katrina Vaughan and available at Threadless. Pros: Simple yet effective! People will look at this one and either laugh or smile or disagree. Cons: I kind of wish the dotted line extended the length of the shirt. Price: $15.

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Co-Tee TV Episode 27: The Cottonable Episode!

Welcome to this special edition of the Co-Tee TV! It’s the Cottonable Edition of Co-Tee TV that Rangga of Cottonable.com and I have been collaborating on for the past month. In this episode I review 4 very different indie brands, including: Limitees, Stove Monkeys, Art of the Fan and Ban T-Shirts. If you enjoyed this episode be sure to leave a comment below and let us know! We’d love to do more episodes in the future and we would like to have your input!

Want to Win All Four (4) Shirts Reviewed Below? Read on to find out how!

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Coty’s Thoughts:

The Viereck by BLXNK and available at LIMITEES. Pros: Each shirt is individually packaged in a plastic bag, custom hangtag, printed on an American Apparel blank so the fit and feel is great. You’ll like this shirt if you’re a minimalist and/or an art aficionado. Cons: Some people might “not get” this shirt. I say interpretation should be left to the buyer! The print on this shirt was the thickest of the four tees reviewed here. Price: 28 EUR ($40).

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Save The Foie by Stove Monkeys. Pros: Fun designs, especially for those who love Foie Gras! Unsure of what kind of shirt was used but the fit was good and the cotton was soft. The shirt comes individually packaged which helps to keep out odors and liquid during shipping. Screen printed in three different areas: back, front and inside neck. Tagless for itch free comfort. This shirt should make you smile, if not, then you’re not human! Cons: Not much, I really dig this shirt! Price: $25.

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Art of the Fan Signature Shirt by Art of the Fan. Pros: Art of the fan is the place to go if you’re a fantasy football fan, they’ve got this niche cornered! The signature shirt is the first Art of the Fan tee not produced by CafePress so that is a huge plus. I thought that this tee had the softest print of all four shirt reviewed. Perfect shirt to get for members of your Fantasy Football league or to give out as prizes! Cons: Not tagless. Most people will argue that the Hanes tee is one of the drawbacks to this shirt but I was pleasantly suprised to see how comparable it was in fit to American Apparel blanks. This was the only shirt of the four reviewed that did not come individually packaged in a separate plastic bag. Price: $24.99.

Art of the Fan Signature Shirt

Dinosaurs Against Creationism by Ban T-Shirts. Pros: I love the colorway of this shirt. I’m a fan of this Grass Green American Apparel blank! You don’t necessarily buy this shirt for design but rather for the message. If you’re a fan of Darwin and evolution then this shirt is a must have. Cons: Not tagless. Some might say the design is a bit cartoony, but I dig it. Price: $17.95 but use the coupon code “coty” to receive 10% off your entire order at Ban T-Shirts.

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Co-Tee TV Episode 25: Meaty Murder, I Am Wellness and Teextile

In this episode I wear Meat Is Murder. Tasty, Tasty, Murder from Threadless and review Make Wellness Not War from I Am Wellness. I also continue my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites by reviewing If You Wish Upon A Star sent to me from Teextile. Be sure to use the coupon code SUMMER09 on your next order at I Am Wellness to save 15% off your entire order.

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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 and Design By Humans.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Coty’s Thoughts:

If You Wish Upon A Star by Tom Neal and available at Teextile. Pros: Love the shirt, great design! Nice gradient effect, most likely achieved through Direct-To-Garment printing. Printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I like the fit and softness of the shirt. Overall, a solid shirt. Cons: Not tagless. Not many extras here, just a solid shirt, I guess that helps to keep the costs down. Price: $12

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Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness. Pros: Lots of things to love about the package from I Am Wellness. Shirts were individually packaged in plastic to keep out odors and liquids from damaging the shirt. The cut and sew elements, from the custom neck tag to the seam tag on the lowert portion of this shirt was well done, as was the custom hangtag. Included with the Baseball tee (not reviewed here but will be in a future episode) were Bazooka Bubblegum and an Upper Deck baseball card, as well as an I Am Wellness card and sticker. The Make Wellness Not War shirt was printed on an American Apparel Tri-Blend blank, which was super soft, I loved the feel of it and the fit was magnificent. It looks like the I Am Wellness people put a lot of effort and thought into their product and brand. I loved it and I highly recommend I Am Wellness! Cons: What cons? Price: $27.95.

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Meat Is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder. by Stu and available at Threadless. I “got” this shirt but many of my friends did not “get it” (poor souls). And for the record, I am a carnivore and will never, ever, ever, become vegetarian. It’s just not in my DNA. Price: $15.00.

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4 New Tees From Loiter Ink

Loiter Ink released 4 new tees over the weekend, all of which were designed by freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Tom Burns. All 4 shirts are priced at $17 and feature simple single color prints. Strangely, I like that insanely bright yellow Hitchhiking tee. It made me think about what the Web 2.0 equiivalent of Hitchhiking is. I would have to say that adding random people that you really know nothing about to your Facebook inner circle is the closets thing to hitchhiking in the web 2.0 age. What do you think? 

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Smooth Operator

Karate

Ski Trips