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.
Oh. My Goodness. The latest T-Shirt from our friends at 604Republic is pure geek awesomeness! The shirt is called Beam This and it features what appears to be Darth Vader uppercutting somebody from the Starship Enterprise. Hah! I’ve always been a Star Wars guy. What’s odd is that as a kid, I always thought that Star Trek was a cheap knockoff of Star Wars – until later down the line when I learned that Star Wars was released after Star Trek. Still, everything about Star Wars is greater than its Star Trek counterpart. In my eyes, anyway.
If you’re a regular here then you know that I love to post things that have personal relevance to me. Many of the T-Shirts that I post about I can somehow relate to – If not then why post about them, right? Here, we have an awesome Wil Wheaton inspired T-Shirt by Scott Meyer of the web comic Basic Instruction.
I love this T-Shirt for two reason, 1. I am a huge fan of the 80′s flick Stand By Me, and 2. What’s not to like about an infinite number of Wil Wheatons? Stand by Me is one of my all-time favorite films – without a doubt. I recently did a re-watch of this Stephen Kind written and Rob Reiner directed movie from 1986 and I have to say that it does stand the test of time. Stand by Me is a timeless movie and one that you should run out to see it if you haven’t done so already.
Interestingly, I spotted this blog over at FashionablyGeek, however, this tee design is far from being brand new. It actually first poppped up more than a year ago. In fact, Wheaton did a write-up of the T-Shirt and the story behind it. Check it out here, it’s an interesting read. Unfortunately, the T-Shirt is not for sale.
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What Would Geordi La Forge Do? by MightTees.Pros: If you’re a Trekkie then it is highly likely that you will fall in love with two of the latest tees from MightTees. Both T-Shirts pay tribute to two of the most popular characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard and Geordi La Forge. Each shirt features some sexy vector artwork, very 21st century! My favorite thing about MightTees shirts are the shirts themselves because they are so super soft (trust me on this) and organic. MightTees only uses water-based inks so you can expect a super soft print, not that thick ink that you’ll typically find on cheap tees. From experience, I can tell you that the print on these T-Shrits will get softer with each wash. MightTees is pure geek bliss.
The custom packaging adds a very nice touch. I almost felt bad about tearing open the package with the cute MightTees character. And how about that custom paper wrapping! Talk about a detailed eye. With every order from MighTees you not only get a great product, but a well thought out one as well.
The T-Shirt is tagless (which is always a plus for me) and instead features a screen printed neck label instead. Only 60 of these T-Shrits were printed so if you like what you see then you better head on over to MightTees and grab yourself one (or two) because they will surely sell out quickly. As a side note, the Jean-Luc Picard Make It So T-Shirt is already sold out in a few sizes (x-small and medium are sold out). And as with all MightTees designs, once they sell out they are never again printed or re-released. Tip: Go buy this tee now.
Suggestions: My only suggestion would be that 1. MightTees needs to make more tees more often, and 2. You need to go and pick yourself up some MightTees goodness right now. Can you tell that I am a fan of MightTees?!
Children of the QWERTY by Tan Nuyen for Threadless.Pros: Children of the QWERTY was one of the tees that I randomly received from the Threadless “Trick or Tees”promotion, which was basically a $5 mystery T-Shirt. I’m not blown away by this particular design, yes it’s witty, but nothing all too exciting (for me, at least). What did get me excited was the other two “trick or tee” T-Shirts that I received. One was a special edition Threadless Select tee that was only made in available in 2007 during the Threadless Chicago retail store opening. You had to be there in 2007 in order to get one of those bad boys and they didn’t even make them available for sale online. I got one for $5 three years later. Stoked!
Price: $5 (sold out but you could try and score one via their $5 Mystery Tees promotion).
A good friend of mine is a Star Trek fan*. I put an asterisk there because Â he is completely in love SPECIFICALLY with Star Trek: The Next Generation. In fact, I posted the following video on Tumblr Trends (see video below) and he responded with the following:
“At least he likes Capt. Picard…. I’m tired of all the Kirk-fanatics out there! Picard is the better captain, get over it!”
HAH! That made my day.
Here’s the video that sparked the outrage:
And that brings us to the newest shirt from our friends from Seattle, Might Tees! They’ve deviated a little from their Apple/Tech related tees, and instead venture into the outer galaxies of geekdom. The T-Shirt is called Make It So and it features my friends ALL TIME FAVORITE Star Trek captain, Jean-Luc Picard.
I asked my friend if he’d allow Captain Picard to penetrate him, you know, in a jail bait rape kind of way. He’s response: “lol.” He never gave me an affirmative no. Star Trek fans are hard core.
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 ofÂ double chocolate chip cookies if ever we meet in real life.
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!
It just so happens that the other day I re-watched the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek for the first time since seeing it in the theaters. I watched it on blu-ray and I have to say that I liked it this time around just as much as I did when I first saw it in the theaters. Watching it again made me realize how perfect the casting choice for Spock really was.
Speaking of Spock, Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees just released his newest parody tee featuring Spock and his familiar hand gesture. Live long and …. party? The shirt is called Party Trick and from the looks of the design it looks like our seemingly emotionless friend is up to some tomfoolery. Know a Trekkie in need of a Christmas present? This will make for the perfect gift!
In this episode I wear Vince Vulcan byÂ Cloxboy and review Bombs Away! byÂ Dale Edwin Murray and available at Tilteed as part of my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites. Submit your designs to Tilteed and win $500 in cash, $50 Tilteed store credit, plus much more! Use the code â€œTiltCotyâ€ for an additional $2 off your order! By the way, there’s a hidden free shirt somewhere in either this post or in the video. Find it and you will score a free shirt. You’ll know it when you see it – that’s the only clue I’m giving!
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 and Teextile.
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Bombs Away! by Dale Edwin Murray and available at Tilteed.Pros: Excellent four color print, vibrant colors, fun design, printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I love the it and feel. Shirts come with custom hangtags but mine was shipped before the tags arrived. Perfect shirt for the kid at heart or for those who like to drop bombs!Â Cons: Not tagless, plain mailer. Price: $18
Vince Vulcan by Cloxboy.Pros: If you swear by the Sham Wow then this is the shirt for you! Perfect mashup of two epic characters, the Vulcan Spock and Vince Shlomi. This shirt comes from the guys that brought us the iSteamPhone, Exploded360, and Exploded128. Soft print on an American Apparel blank,Â Cons: Not tagless. I kind of wish that the print was a tad larger.Â Price: $20.
Here’s a T-Shirt that was created by Adam de la Mare in celebration of the recent Star Trek reboot. I did happen to catch the J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek on opening night and I have to admit that, despite my initial hesitation, I left the theater thoroughly captivated and wanting more! Abrams is an awesome storyteller.Â
The Evolution of Spock is essentially a tribute to our favorite Vulcan’s most recognizable characteristic – his pointy ears! You can pick up this tee from RedBubble for $25.94.Â
Anyone here fans of Big Bang Theory? If so, you need to check out this T-Shirt from ThinkGeek.com. Playing Jan Ken Po (Japanese name of Rock Paper Scissors) is a playground stable for any kid that grows up in Hawaii. I remember fierce Jan Ken Po battles with my elementary school buddies -- so intense! Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock is a version of Jan Ken Po that wasÂ invented by Sam Kass and Karen Bryla, and was featured on an episode of CBS’s hit show, Big Bang Theory. I’ve included the hilarious bit from the episode below for you to chuckle at. You can pick up this shirt from ThinkGeek for $15.99!
And just in case you were wondering how to play this version of Rock Paper Scissors, well, here you go: