I’m telling you, there’s a lot of indie goodness brewing in Dallas. From the awesome Fur Face Boy to the up-and-coming Sleepy Dan Clothing, Dallas is experiencing an indie apparel uprising of sorts. Another addition to the fold is Fresh Kaufee. Founder Joonbug McIntosh first caught my eye on Twitter, when he posted about Episode 88 of Co-Tee TV. You might remember that in that episode I talked about Javaboi Industries. Javaboi is a brand whose central theme is coffee. The T-Shirts come packed in little coffee bags, however, in Episode 88, I talked about how it would be great if, when opening the packaging, the T-Shirts actually smelled like coffee beans. I thought it was a great idea. And it looks it was, since Fresh Kaufee is already doing this! Awesome. Rad!
So, two brands based on coffee. If this were Iron Chef, which brand do I think reigns supreme? Hands down, I would go with Fresh Kaufee. For me, the Fresh Kaufee designs are much more wearable. I also love the Fresh Kaufee Java Joe logo and their other logo and insignia tees. They’re real fun with a streetwear vibe. Fresh Kaufee has also got some insanely detailed designs that are very Wotto-like, check out Ghost Roast when you get the chance. I’d love to get my hands on some Fresh Kaufee tees to actually how the two brands compare in terms of T-Shirt build, printing quality, and packaging [UPDATE: I got a hold of some Fresh Kaufee packaging, and they look dope 0 love it! It's like you're receiving a fresh bag of gourmet coffee beans. See below for shots of the Fresh Kaufee packaging]. But so far, I’m really digging the Fresh Kaufee designs – AND they smell like coffee!
I’ve been a fan of Fur Face Boy (and its founder Ha Mai) for some time now. I’ve always enjoyed his designs, the story behind each design, and the passion that he puts into every aspect of his brand. Fur Face Boy is the real deal and his latest release, Series 6, proves it. I love how each of his designs are inspired by something that he loves, from childhood to adulthood. How can you not appreciate THAT?
With Series 6, Fur Face Boy continues with his T-Shirt madness and expands with a zip-up hoodie, polo, and sweater. The T-Shirts have the usual Fur Face Boy charm, meaning there’s a nice mix of fun parody and original designs. I love it! And how awesome is that Bear Mai T-shirt? Better cop that one, it’ll go fast!
RANDOM: That Street Fighter parody logo T-Shirt might make for a cool gift for a friend of mine that is trying to collect the Street Fighter KidRobot series. I still can’t believe he bought a box of 20 for $200! heck, this T-Shirt would be perfect for any kid that grew up playing fighting games in the 90′s!
Fur Face Boy goes the extra mile with his super fun Springfield T-Shirt. If you don’t know what this T-Shirt is parodying then I never want to speak to you, ever. It’s The Simpsons! I have a feeling that this shirt will be quite popular. Also, Astro Fur makes his triumphant return!
For those not into the parody stuff, Fur Face Boy has got you covered. If you’re looking for something with a bit more street wear flare, I suggest you check out the Crest, Argyle, and Floral print.
Series 6 isn’t available just yet, but it will be soon:
“You are ALL invited to the release of my new Series 6 line next Saturday, December 17th from 7 – 10 pm at the one and only, WE ARE 1976! Along with the release of my new series of tee’s, there will also be a special FFB ♥ We Are 1976 collab tee! Also prepare to get your dranky-drank on (via adult beverages and sodas), munch on some munchies, salivate in awe via a special appearance from the super delicious, Nammi Truck and groove to mixes and spins from the legendary, DJ Love! We really want this to be a super fun and memorable time, so save the date and come out and party with us! You can RSVP via Facebook HERE.”
If I lived in Texas then I would totally be there. I’ll be there in spirit!
The Brands Are Heating Up in Texas is a guest post written by Blake from You Design It, a site that focuses on online t-shirt design.
It is heating up in Texas and I’m not just referring to the temperature. There are quite a few t-shirt lines making some noise down in the Lone Star State. There is a saying that goes every thing is bigger in Texas and there is also the saying that bigger is better. If that is the case, then does that mean that all these indie t-shirt lines from Texas are bigger and better? We’ll let you be the judge because there are a lot of brands to choose from.
We’ve profiled eight up-and-coming indie brands from Texas that we think you should check out. If you’ve already seen some of these, no worries…they are definitely worth a second look.
Grits Apparel is made just how you like it by serving tha good stuffî. Those are just two of the catchy concepts you’ll be hit with by visiting their store. The t-shirt designs in themselves are very cool but the overall experience you get when watching their creative videos and getting to know the Grits story is mind-blowing. You really feel like No Grits, No Glory after you get to know what they’re all about.
My favorite tee from Grits is the appropriately named Greasy Spoon. Iím a sucker for the dark blue/light blue combination with white but I also think the design embodies the Grits look and feel.
Sleepy Dan is another t-shirt line much like Grits that consistently brands their theme throughout their website and store. That theme is sleep and everything related to the love of sleep. In many cases this includes having to wake up from a good sleep. Sleepy Dan is all about enjoying the sleep you get but not getting too much because work needs to get done.
My favorite shirt is Sleep Attack because the premise behind the design is that the alarm clock hates the alarm as much as we do. Now that is something I can relate to.
Fur Face Boy was a long awaited project for its founder, Ha Mai, as he went from job to job doing graphic design at all levels of the business world. The original Fur Face Boy was actually not a boy at all, but rather a nickname for Ha’s dog named Bear Mai. As you will see on some of the t-shirts there are animated references to Bear as well as an animated character known as the Fur Face Boy.
My favorite shirt in that line is the Bear Mai Ice Pop. It’s ice cream, clever, well-designed, and it’s ice cream (intentionally repeated, enough said).
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Goody Two (Vans) by The Good Child.Pros: There really seems to be a renaissance of indie T-Shirt designers coming out of the state of Texas. The Good Child is yet another example of a Texas based brand doing it right. There is a lot to like about the box that The Good Child sent over to me. The first thing that caught my eye was the attention to detail. Each of the T-Shirts were hand-rolled and then tied by string. The ends of the string was even burnt to prevent it from unraveling. Another nice touch was the sticker that was tucked between the T-Shirt and the knot of the string. It’s always awesome when you order a T- and get a free item – plus, people love stickers! As for the T-Shirt, The Good Child uses American Apparel blanks. This means that each tee is 100% made in the USA. The blanks are from LA and the tees are printed in Dallas, Texas. The screenprint on this T-Shirt was very well done. The placement of the graphic on the front, back and inner neck was perfect and the inks used were bright, vibrant, and bold. It’s also tagless and features a screenprinted neck label instead. I was very impressed by both the packaging and the T-Shirt – both were well done.
Cons: There aren’t really any cons to speak of. The only thing that does come to mind, though, is the relatively high price tag ($29.99). However, I’d have to say that the amount of detail placed on the product and the experience and joy of opening this finely tuned T-Shirt makes this price well-deserving.
Man Up by Sir Riffkins The Third (Threadless).Pros: This shirt features a unicorn oozing rainbow bloOd and being cut up by a biker dude version of Chuck Norris with Hands made out of chainsaws. Plus, I can’t tell if that’s Chuck’s wiener or parts of his ab’s protruding out. Need I say more?
You remember my friend Carlos J. EasyBake, right? He not only makes wonderful baked goods, but is also the purveyor of some damn sexy T-Shirts. Carlos has really been pumping out some awesome stuff with the Oven Fresh Dreams “Collaborate & Dream” Series. Oven Fresh Dreams isn’t a clothing brand per se, but OFD does collaborate with some of the best indie designers. You just need to look at his recent collaborations with Reuben Levi of GRITS Apparel, Nick Automatic and Filipino designer Chad Manzo to see how serious OFD really is. The latest OFD shirt is called Gritty Dreams and was a collaboration between a friend that he made while living in Houston, Texas.
“Levi (GRITS designer & owner) & I have been good friends for several months now. We met through mutual friends while I living in Houston. We instantly gained respect for each other during one of my weekly dinner parties. The “Gritty Dreams” collaboration shows the connection between the New York City & Houston lifestyles. It also symbolizes the bond I made with Levi & Houston. We are both dreamers, who know how to keep it trill & you can too!” – Carlos J. Easybake
Below are two sneak peeks at some upcoming Oven Fresh Dreams pieces. The purple Star Wars / Legend of Zelda mashup was designed by Filipino artist Chad Manzo. Below that, is the second Oven Fresh Dreams X Nick Automatic collaboration tee. I’ve got their first collab tee, and trust me when I say that I want version 2.0.
I’ll keep you guys updated and let you all know when these two go on sale. Keep an eye out! Now, go bake stuff.
So the Interactive portion of the SXSW Festival has come and gone. I wasn’t able to attend this year but I did have a blast shirt spotting vicariously through other peoples Flickr uploads! Ahh, the wonder of the Internet!
The purpose of shirt spotting SXSW 2010 was not just to find geeky tees but also so that I could share information on new startups that you would rather not have heard of. In the process, I also became exposed to a bunch of new blogs via the profiles of the various Flickr users from who I got the photos from. Putting this collection together took a lot of time, but at the end of the day, it was totally worth it!
Here’s full collection of all 83 shirts spotted at the 2010 SXSW Interactive Festival! I thought I’d consolidate my 5 daily recap posts into one humungous list post!
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3. Jon Carroll of Gowalla, photo by hawaii. Jon Carroll of Gowalla sits down for a chat over some Mexican Coke and Gowalla swag at Juan Pelota Cafe at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. Visit Gowalla and the Hawaii Weblog.
4. The Startup Bus, photos by dekrazee1. The Startup Bus is the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, an Australian now living in America. The original concept was for 12 strangers to board a bus in San Francisco â€“ and at 60 miles an hour and over 48 hours â€“ they were to conceive, build and launch 3 tech startups in time for a SxSW party in Austin. BTW, looks like Storenvy is one of the sponsors – cool! Visit The Startup Bus.
5. Other Inbox, photo by dekrazee1. OtherInbox, Inc. is an Austin-based company that builds technology to automatically organize emails from online shopping and social networking sites. This puts consumers in control but also creates unique opportunities for improving the relevance and targeting of email marketing. Visit OtherInBox.
6. No More Servers (Rackspace Hosting), photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Rackspace Hosting plans to unleash their next big reveal that will “revolutionize the music industry and their artists’ experience.” The Rackspace Revolution Rock Party is set for March 15 at SXSW.Visit Rackspace Hosting and Laughing Squid.