Labyrinth’s Key To Life

What’s the Key To Life? If you knew the answer to that then you’d probably either be 1. very enlightened, or 2. very rich. Actually, you’d probably be both. Key To Life is part of Labyrinth Clothing’s Ancient Series and depicts an Ancient Egyptian inspired illustration revealing a hieroglyphic message of the Key to Life on a cartouche, “The key to life is that life is a Labyrinth” so where will yours take you?

Key To Life is available now from Labyrinth Clothing for $16.50.

PS: It’s cool to see Labyrinth Clothing still kicking. They were one of the first indie brands that I covered when I started this blog. Many of those early brands have died off, Labyrinth Clothing has survived. Awesome.

Haunting Foreign Body T-Shirt by XCVB

I recently discovered XCVB, a UK based indie brand. I had a look at their offerings and have to admit that I was instantly drawn to Foreign Body. I think it was the combination of odd imagery and tiny text. Speaking of the text, it seems as if come straight out of a noir novel from the 1950′s:

“So as a bloom against her throat his jealousy blossomed. Betrayal cursing through his veins like a pack of red dogs, the hairs bristled along his spine. His faults becoming perfection, his lies in harmony would soon ring true. This false and fevered glare. In vain defense she tried making eyes at him but he had made his own for her as blind as love itself.”

So cool, right?! Foreign Body is available now from XCVB for £25 (~$41 US).

What Goes Around Comes Around

Fresh off of their Co-Tee TV Episode #75 feature, our friends at Random Objects decided to release a new tee! The shirt is aptly named What Goes Around Comes Around – and for good reason. Design wise, it just makes sense. The tee is minimal and to the point, both qualities that I really dig when looking for new T-Shirts to feature.

Some people call it Karma, while others say “You reap what you sow”. Either way, your actions inevitably lead to positive or negative consequences. So why not try and say and do positive things for yourself and others. This will benefit you in more ways than you could ever image. Or you could choose to do malicious and harmful things. Just remember “What goes around, comes around.”

What Goes Around Comes Around is available now from Random Objects for $20.

random-objects

Based On A True Story

I would that my life was Based On True Story – a running true story at the very least. And if it were,  then that would mean this shirt would be a true and positive statement, if I were the one to wear it. But what if my life was a fake? What if my life was a lie? I would hope that it was not, but for these people it was. Below is a list of some of the greatest con men in history. To them, this shirt would be one big fat lie.

1. Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower:

“In 1925, Lustig’s master con began when he was reading a newspaper: an article discussed the problems the city was having maintaining the Eiffel Tower. So he adopted the persona of a government official, and sent six scrap metal dealers an invitation to discuss a possible business deal. Lustig told the group that the upkeep on the Eiffel Tower was so outrageous that the city could not maintain it any longer, and wanted to sell it for scrap. So he sold the Eiffel Tower to one of the scrap metal dealers and took a train to Vienna with the suitcase full of cash. The buyer was too humiliated to complain to the police.”

2. Frank Abagnale, catch me if you can:

“For a period of two years, Abagnale masqueraded as Pan Am pilot “Frank Williams”, to get free rides around the world by dead heading on scheduled airline flights. Later, he impersonated a pediatrician for 11 months in a Georgia hospital under the name “Frank Williams”. He also forged a Harvard University Law diploma, passed the bar exam of Louisiana and got a job at the office of the State Attorney General of Louisiana.”

3. Milli Vanilli, the pop duo who couldn’t sing:

“So the truth was revealed: the Milli Vanilli sound was actually created by Frank Farian featuring the vocal talents of other singers, and Morvan and Pilatus did not sing at all on the records.”

4. Cassie Chadwick, the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie:

“In 1897, Cassie began her largest, most successful con game: that of establishing herself as Andrew Carnegie’s daughter. She faked a promissory note of $2 million with Carnegie’s signature. The information leaked to the financial markets in northern Ohio, and banks begun to offer their services. For the next eight years she used this fake background to obtain loans that eventually totaled between $10 and 20 million.”

5. David Hampton, less than Six Degrees of Separation from Sidney Poitier:

“Hampton began employing the persona of “David Poitier” to cadge free meals in restaurants. He then persuaded at least a dozen people into letting him stay with them in their homes or to give him money, including Melanie Griffith, Gary Sinise, and Calvin Klein. He told some of them that he was a friend of their children, some that he had just missed his plane to Los Angeles and that all his luggage was on it, some that his belongings had been stolen.”

To read more about the above men, check out the original story from which the above quotes were taken at Top 10 Greatest Impostors In History.

Based on a True Story is available now from la Fraise for €23 (~$30 US).

Based On A True Story

Based On A True Story

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

Hello: Word Bubble

So the word bubble has seen a resurgence of sorts with the explosion of Web 2.0 design elements. You do not have to look far to see the word bubble incorporated into brand logo. Heck, I’ve even used it for Co-Tee TV! But this shirt from Endangered Wear takes the word bubble to the next level. Seriously, to the next level.

Hello is limited to a print run of 50 and is printed on a red American Apparel tee. You can pick one up today from Endangered Wear for $17.99.

Hello by Endangered Wear

Hello by Endangered Wear

It’s Party Time!

Let’s say for a moment that you didn’t know this shirt spelled out Party Time. Let’s say you thought PAR, TYT, and IME were one of those fancy Internet acronyms kids used these days. What would PAR, TYT and IME stand for?

PAR: Peak At Rear (what does this even mean I have no idea?)

TYT: Take Your Time, Text Your Tits

IME: I have no idea.

Think of something for IME and post it in the comments! Party Time is printed on American Apparel blanks and you can pick one up from Wahey Clothing for £15.

Party Time by Wahey Clothing

Human Ingredients

Now here’s an interesting shirt from MySoti user and UK based graphic designer and illustrator, ropi. I have to say that I dig the concept a bit more than the actual execution of the shirt. It’s called Human Ingredients and I am guessing that it’s supposed to look like what we would see on something like a can of SPAM or similar food items. I actually would have preferred the list on the back of the tee and minus the UPC code. What do you guys think? Like it? If you do, you can pick it up from MySoti for $20.46.

Human Ingredients

The Problem

The Problem by Ben Chlapek is the featured September tee from monthly T-Shirt site, 200 Nipples. Have I mentioned how much I love the name of the site? Well, I do. If you’re familiar with 200 Nipples then you know the deal: 100 shirts are printed, and are sold based on the shirt number. So, if you decide to buy shirt number 28 you’ll pay $28. If you’re the unlucky bastard who decides to wait till the 30th of the month then you might end up paying $100 for tee number 100.

As far as the shirt: I love it! I used to (and still at times do) sketch weird and random sayings in my notebook. What else to do when you’re bored in lecture? What kinds of things would you sketch in your notebook while you were bored in class?

The Problem

The Problem

One Hundred – New Ugmonk Tee

Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk just released his newest design, One Hundred, and as expected it goes well with the rest of his font focused line. It’s a three color design that shows off the numbers 26 and 74 overlapping. And if you’re wondering why the name One Hundred – just do some arithmetic and add up the numbers! I’d love to find out why he chose the numbers 74 and 26 – if you know why post in the comments. 

One Hundred

In other news, Sheldon is bringing back his classic And Then I Woke design in a different colorway from the original design. He’s letting the people decide which colorway gets printed so be sure to vote for your favorite on his blog. 

And Then I Woke Up