I Can Has 101 Funny LOLcat T-Shirts???

As long as there is an Internet there will be dozens of mis-spelled cat memes floating around. Let’s face it, the cat is the official mascot of the Internet. No one or thing is bigger than those furry felines of mischief roaming InternetLAND. Well, maybe Double Rainbow Guy. Don’t be fooled though, everyone in the know acknowledges that Double Rainbow Guy is actually a cat disguised as a human. It’s the same cat that’s behind the Nyan Cat Phenomenon. Trust me.

I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! And if you know of a LOL Cat shirt not on this list then please tell me about it. Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!

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2. Cat + Pastry = Rainbow by SnorgTees, $19.95.

3. Hipster Kitty by Skreened, $20.49.

4. Follow Chairman MEOW by Cafepress, $24.50.

5. Thunderkittens by SnorgTees, $19.95.

6. Cool Cat by Skreened, $28.

7. Catt Matt Smith posed as Dos Equis Interesting Man by jimiyo (RedBubble), $21.54.

8. I Can Has Awesomes by Crazy Dog T-Shirts, $9.99.

9. Cat Burgers by SplitReason, $19.95.

10. Everyone Wants To Be A Cat by Dan Elijah Fajardo (Threadless), $20.

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I Got $5 On It: Badass Abraham Lincoln

It’s been a while since I’ve featured an Abraham Lincoln T-Shirt. What’s the hell is wrong with me. It’s okay, this is fixed with THIS T-shirt designed by Tim Shumate and available now from Threadless. Say hello to thug Abraham Lincoln, complete with tattoos, ear stretchers, and wife beater. Mary Todd Lincoln would be so proud.

By the way, you all should be ready for the barrage of Abe Lincoln tees over the next few months. Why? New movie coming soon, it’s called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. If you haven’t read it yet then you’re missing out.

I Got $5 On It is available now from Threadless for $20.

LIFE Cardigan by Threadless Select: Ultimate Gamer Cardigan

A few days ago I reviewed the 8-Bit Dynamic Life T-Shirt from ThinkGeek. I really dug that tee, however, if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy or Geek Chic then look no further than LIFE by Matt Leyen. This cardigan is so understated, relaxed, and cool. You’re a gamer, but you’re not screaming hardcore gamer when you use this cardigan. I admit, this cardigan is sexy.

LIFE by Matt Leyen is available now from Threadless for $44.

The Official Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

I’ve reviewed a couple of Threadless iPhone apps in the past, notably Threads by Ian Marsh and ♥s Threadless by Hung Truong. Both were pretty okay apps, but they left more to be desired. First off, I’m surprised that Threadless waited this long to release an iOS app. Mobile is where it’s at, and I’m so stoked that they’ve finally entered the mobile game.

So let’s take a look at what the Threadless app has to offer. First off, you’re presented with a menu bar featuring 6 different options that you can tap on. The first two options, the “Home” and “The Challenge”, don’t offer much. The “Home” button, basically provide links for you to score designs or shop for tees. But, there are already options in the menu to do those things, so that’s a little redundant. “The Challenge” menu brings you to four screens that you can swipe to the left or to the right that tell you what Threadless is all about. They’ve also got news on current design challenge (right now, they mention the iPhone case challenge). And once again, they offer a page that links to yet another page were you can score designs. So far, three different links that you can click so that you can score designs. They must really want you to score designs! But once again, a little redundant, no?! I think that they could have probably consolidated both the “Home” and “The Challenge” screen into one menu option. So, instead of having “The Challenge”, you’d just have “Home” and that would serve as the main news/updates outlet for the app.

The “Score” page is really slick, I really dig how they implemented. Scoring is simple and straightforward here. You can even choose to be notified if the scored design is ever printed. You can even post the design to Facebook or Twitter. Nifty! You score tees just as you would on the Threadless website, using a scale of 1-5. However, one scoring option is notably missing … the famous Threadless “$”, indicating whether you’d buy the design if it was indeed printed. Despite this, scoring designs was well implemented on the Threadless iPhone app.

Scoring made easy! I love how they have the scoring set up, except, why is the iconic $ missing as a scoring option?

This next option on the menu bar is the “Shop” option. You’d think that since selling stuff is the business that Threadless is in, this part of the app would really shine. It doesn’t. Buying tees using the Threadless iPhone app is really clunky. It seems as if they just link straight to the Threadless website and used a stripped down, mobile version of their online store. It doesn’t seem optimized at all for the iPhone app. Browsing through the shop was often times very slow and unresponsive to the touch. Another issue encountered was that although I was logged in to my Threadless account on the Threadless app, I wasn’nt logged in when I tried to shop for tees. You had to log in once again if you want to purchase and checkout tees using the “Shop” option of the app. Don’t you think you should already be logged in to shop if you’re logged in to the app already? I think that the Threadless app developers really need to rethink the “Shop” option on the app, and really consider optimizing it for the iPhone, instead of simply using the a mobile version of the Threadless online shop. Shopping for tees on the Threadless app is mediocre at best.

Clunky shopping UI. I should be able to see pricing and T-Shirt info as I am looking at the design. In fact, here, I can’t even see all of the design unless I scroll up. They really need to optimize the shopping experience for the iPhone app.

I’m already logged in to the app, why do I need to log in again when I want to purchase some Threadless tees?

Now, the BEST part of the app is the “Wacky Stuff” option. This part of the app is genius. First, you have a little doodle pad that you can use to sketch stuff on a makeshift T-Shirt or iPhone case. Think a digital version of the Threadless Field Notes booklet. You have the option to change pen tips, and then when you’re done, you can save it to your Photo Album or email it. My favorite part of the Threadless app, though, is the “Festasizer” and the various other “Threadcams.” These cameras allowing you to take wacky photos of your face, with iconic Threadless designs layered over (or Charlie Festa’s iconic beard). Nifty and fun! The one option, though, that I feel is missing from the Threadcams is the option to switch to the front facing camera. Why not? I mean, what if you want to take a photo of yourself? Using the rear camera would make it very difficult to position the design perfectly over your face.

All in all, the official Threadless iPhone app is pretty neat. It definitely offers more than the other Threadless apps available in the Apple App Store. Although the Threadcams and the ability to score designs shine, the developers really missed the mark when it comes to shopping for tees on the app.

by SkinnyCorp, LLC
Price: Free

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 4 – Making of Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow

The great thing about the 365 Days of T-Shirts Project is that I don’t need to do something complicated every day. Today, I post a few photos that I took while the Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow was being made. Those hands are my mom’s hands. She refused to allow me to video record her doing her thing! Enjoy!

Day 4: Making of Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow

And of course, you can view the completed Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow here.

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Threadless + Thermos = Threadmos

It seems that Threadless is experimenting more and more with mediums not related to T-Shirts. First we saw the release of the Threadless themed Griffin iPhone cases, and now the ubiquitous T-Shirt site has hooked up with another big name – Thermos. Now, you’ll be able to find some of your favorite Threadless designs plastered on Thermos branded bottles and lunch bags.

I originally saw these pop on the Threadless 365 Days of Awesome Flickr account, just days before Christmas. I found it a bit weird that they would release such a new product so close to Christmas. I would have definitely bought a couple of these had they been available before I had got all of my Christmas shopping done!

Both the bottles and the lunch bags are priced at $14.95 and are available for purchase exclusively at Target. Yep, that means you can head on down to your local Target store and (hopefully) find a nice stock of Threadless branded Thermos items.

The Unofficial Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

It’s been over two years since I first reviewed Threads by Ian Marsh, the original unofficial iPhone app for Threadless. Threads was (and still is) a pretty simple and straightforward app. The app allowed you to save wallpaper sized photos of your favorite Threadless designs and even offered links to purchase Threadless within Safari. ♥s Threadless is a brand new iPhone app for the iPhone that does a LOT more than Threads.

♥s Threadless was designed by Threadless mega fan (since 2005 according to his Threadless profile) Hung Truong. He built the app as way to browse the Threadless catalog simply and easily, with full view previews of each T-Shirt design. And he accomplishes this by allowing users to scroll up and down, from the newest to oldest designs. And when I say old I mean old. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see some of the earliest Threadless designs printed. Pretty neat! However, I think that there are a few things that Hung can do to improve this functionality. First, to get to the bottom of the Threadless catalog, users must swipe all the way down. This is time consuming and not fun. Why not add jumps to the sidebar so that you can jump (with the tap of the bottom of the sidebar) from the top of the catalog to the bottom without having to swipe a billion times. I guess this would be analogous to how you can jump from letter to letter in the Contacts app without having to swipe through every letter to get to the name that you want. And while you’re at, how about allowing users to tap on the top bar to allow us to shoot straight back up to the top of the catalog. With such a large catoalog of tees, I think this is necessary add to the functionality of the app.

What ♥s Threadless brings new to the table is it’s ability to share your favorite Threadless designs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Awesome, I really like this. But here’s a suggestion. Everyone loves Street Team points. Would it be possible for a user to input his or her Street Team information somewhere and then have that information (?streetteam=Username) appended to all outgoing links? This would probably give users of this app an incentive to actually share their favorite designs. I think that would be a damn cool feature.

Like Threads, ♥s Threadless can save your favorite designs as a wallpaper. My only issue is that unlike Threads, it doesn’t save it to size, as in the iPhone screen resolution. So, if you do want to use the saved photo as wallpaper, you’ll get a nasty black border on the top and the bottom of the image which isn’t very sexy at all. If Threads can do it, so can you ♥s Threadless.

The strongest feature of ♥s Threadless is its filter feature. You can filter by category (i.e. animals, abstract, classic, etc.) and by color. Cool. I really dig this feature.

The weakness of both Threads and ♥s Threadless is in actually purchasing Threadless T-Shirts. Like Threads, ♥s Threadless opens up the desired design within Safari when you actually want to buy said design. Since there’s no Threadless API there is probably no getting around. But hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase tees directly within the app.

Lastly, how about an iPad optimized version? If you want nice, big previews while perusing the Threadless catalog – an iPad version would be perfect.

Needless to say, ♥s Threadless for the iPhone is definitely worth checking out. It’s free and is available in the Apple App Store right now. Go install, I did.

Why can’t you make the design save full screen, so that it would make for a better iPhone wallpaper (see the Threads example below)?

Cool, but how about allowing us to share the links with our Threadless Street Team information included? So that when they click on the short link it goes to the Threadless link with ?streetteam=Username appended. You could add a Settings menu section to the app and include a field for this information and then have all outgoing links add this Street Team info. Now that would be pretty awesome.

5 Threadless Secrets and Hacks Revealed: See It All and Earn Extra StreetTeam Points!

Threadless: it’s fun and it’s social. It also has its secrets. In this post I reveal a few of my favorite Threadless “secrets” and “hacks” so that you can save some extra cash on some fresh new tees. How does $2 for a Threadless tee sound? I’ll also show you how you can give YOURSELF a few extra StreetTeam Points every time you make a purchase!

1. See Every Threadless T-Shirt, Ever [Secret]

That’s right, you can view every T-Shirt that Threadless has released in chronological order by visiting this page right here. They don’t advertise this page in any way (you won’t be able to find it within their site menus or navigation system, but nonetheless, it’s there if you get the inkling to stroll down memory lane. By the way, if you really want the scoop on the earliest Threadless tees, the best thing to do is to pick up a copy of the official Threadless Book (read my review). The retail price is $22 but you can get it for $15 from Threadless directly, it’s even cheaper than Amazon! Tip: Apply Hack #3 below and the book becomes $12.

2. Score a $7 Threadless coupon [Hack]

Coupon codes are hard to come by when it comes to Threadless. Googling “Threadless Coupon Code” will probably results in a bunch of expired coupon codes that simply do not work. BUT I know how YOU can score a $7 Threadless coupon code.

In order to score the $7 Threadless coupon, you must sign up for the Threadless Newsletter using the sign up box see in the image below. You’re already receiving the newsletters and have been for a while now? That’s not a problem, just sign up again and you will still get the $7 coupon, even if you’ve previously signed up for the newsletter. They’ll send you a confirmation email with the $7 coupon – zing! And don’t worry about SPAM because Threadless doesn’t SPAM, but do expect a newsletter from them every Monday and Thursday regarding new tees. Of course, you could always sign up for the newsletter, score the $7 coupon and then unsubscribe from the newsletter.

3. Give YOURSELF Threadless StreetTeam points [Hack]

Threadless has an affiliate system that they call StreetTeam Points. Basically, every time you refer a sale, you get Threadless StreetTeam Points. More specifically, you get 2 StreetTeam points ($3) credited to your account (you can see how many StreetTeam Points you’ve accrued in your account page on the Threadless website) for every sale that you refer to Threadless. Neat, but what if you buy more Threadless tees than your friends do? The thing is that the system doesn’t care whether or not it’s you or a friend making a purchase. So every time you make a Threadless purchase be sure to give YOURSELF some Streetteam Points. How? Let’s say you want the awesome Three Keyboard Cat Moon T-Shirt. The link that you see on the product page is:


Now before you click “Add To Cart”, you want to be sure to append your StreetTeam information to the url. My Streetteam info is ?streetteam=iCoty so if I add this to the url above, I get:


Boom, there’s $3 right back at me (and you)!

4. Pay $2 for a $5 Threadless Tee [Hack]

The above hack becomes especially useful when Threadless has a $5 dollar sale. But the best part is that you don’t have to wait for a stinking $5 sale that comes around once in a cat moon, errr, blue moon. Threadless has a large selection of $5 tees that become $2 when the above principles are applied. To view the selection of vulnerable $5 tees visit the link below:


Since you get $3 back for every T-Shirt you buy, you are effectively purchasing a Threadless tee for just $2. Crazy, huh?! They currently have 26 available tees priced at $5 that you can have for $2 by applying the principles from Hack #3 above!

Note: Threadless only gives you the 2 StreetTeam Points ($3) for every order referred, not per shirt referred. So, whether you order 1 T-Shirt or 5 T-Shirts at once, you will still get just 2 StreetTeam Points.

5. Threadspot and Earn Points [Secret]

So Threadless does this thing called Threadspotting. Basically, you spot a Threadless tee in the wild (in person, in a video, magazine, etc) being worn by someone of stature (aka a celebrity) and Threadless will send you StreeTeam points if you email them photographic proof of said Threadspotting. It’s a secret because Threadless doesn’t advertise this on their official StreetTeam page so it’s not officially listed as a way to earn StreetTeam Points. And also, although a new edition of Threadspotting is supposed to come out every Friday, there hasn’t been one since August of this year. So who knows if they are still giving out StreetTeam points for Threadspotting, but it’s worth a shot. Seen a celebrity wearing a Threadless tee while perusing PerezHilton.com? Send it over to Threadless and MAYBE they’ll send you some StreetTeam Points. By the way, the amount of StreetTeam points is a secret, it’s unconfirmed and unlisted on the site. For examples, visit:


Email your Threadspotting proof to:


Do you know something about the Threadless website that I don’t know? I’d love to hear what YOUR Threadless secret or hack is? Leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to include them in the next edition of Threadless Revealed! I’d also love to hear what YOU think of the above secrets and hacks!

Know Your Nerds

What kind of nerd are you? According to this new Threadless tee by Riccardo Bucchioni, there are 9 major nerd types:

  1. Computer Nerd
  2. Sci-fi Nerd
  3. Rpg Nerd
  4. Comic Book Nerd
  5. Otaku Nerd
  6. Gaming Nerd
  7. Science Nerd
  8. Movies Nerd
  9. Music Nerd

Let’s see, if I had to classify myself into a specific class of nerd then I would have to say that I am most likely a Science Nerd. Though, I am pretty sure that I could hold my own against Movie Nerds and Computer Nerds (especially those that subclassify themselves as Apple Nerds). What kind of nerd are you?

By the way, this T-Shirt reminds me a bit of this little infographic that I posted more than 2 years ago. Geeks rule the world!

Know Your Nerds by Riccardo Bucchioni is available now at Threadless for $18.

Threadless: Ten Years of T-Shirts – Book Review + Giveaway

Many T-Shirt enthusiasts think that they know the story of Threadless. We’ve heard the story before and I’ve actually mentioned it on this blog once or twice (at least). Threadless was the brainchild of then art student Jake Nickell, who was part of an online  forum known as Dreamless. He won a T-Shirt contest on the forum and was inspired to start a T-Shirt contest that would be ongoing and would continually take in design submissions. And thus, Threadless was born and the rest is history.

But, is this the whole story? Not even close.

It’s been 10 years since Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart founded Threadless. A lot has gone on during that time. The Threadless book is a celebration of the last 10 years of T-Shirt design and business innovation.  The book discusses the growing pains that the company experienced during its early years and how it managed to invigorate the design community. Most importantly, Nickell (and a few others) describe how the Threadless community became an integral part of the business.

The book is sectioned by years, with the early years (2000-2004) clumped into one section. Each section of the book features an essay by the founder, Nickell, as well as “think pieces” by well-respected people within the social media and business communities. I found the featured designer portion of each section to be quite intriguing. It was interesting to read how Threadless has the power to significantly change the course of ones life. Glenn Jones, a favorite of mine and a popular Threadless designer form the early years discusses how Threadless has inspired him to develop his own line T-Shirts based on his Threadless popularity.

The book is 224 pages long and features a lot of Threadless artwork, 300 full-color illustrations to be exact. The spreads are beautiful and presented in a fun and whimsical way. Many uber Threadless fans will dig the in depth look at the first batch of Threadless T-Shirts. Also included are numerous photos of the Threadless staff (aren’t they a playful group of people) and the Threadless offices.

If you are a fan of art then you will appreciate the innovative T-Shirt designs and artists featured in this book. If you are a fan of business then you will want to read this book to find out how a couple of art school dropouts turned an idea into a multi-million dollar business that would later become a featured case study for Harvard business students. And finally, If you’re a fan of Threadless then this book is a must read. You’ll love it. Seriously, why don’t you own it already?

Featured designers include: Ross Zeitz, Glenn Jones, Olly Moss, Chow Hon Lam, Aled Lewis, Julia Heglund, and Enkel Dika.

Featured “think pieces” by: Seth Godin, Scott Belsky, Karim R. Lakhani, Jeff Howe, John Maeda, Karen Wong, and Blake Mycoskie.

By Jake Nickell
Abrams Image
U.S. $22.50 / CAN. $26.95
224 Pages
300 full-color illustrations


Want to WIN a copy of the Threadless Book? Awesome! All you need to do is leave a comment in this blog post and tell me what your all-time favorite Threadless design is. One random person will win a copy of the massive and epic 200+ page 10-year anniversary Threadless Book! This contest will end on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:59 am Hawaii time. Go. By the way, I’ve already given away two copies of the book to my Facebook fans! If you’d like the inside scoop on exclusive giveaways then be sure to Like Co-Tee TV on Facebook!