Coty Loves Threadless #20 – Shaving Apples!

I can’t believe it’s Episode 20! Wow, this feels like a momentous occasion. And to celebrate we’ll do what what we do every Monday – review tees with winks! Another batch of 6 tees are up for review in Episode 20 of Coty Loves Threadless so get ready to be entertained! The Apple Shaving Incident by Jun-Bin Chen had me at hello and as such, it’s my Threadless Pick of the Week! And how about the rest, you’ll have to watch! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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The Apple Shaving Incident by Jun-Bin Chen is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

The Apple Shaving Accident by Jun-Bin Chen

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Threadless Powerscore

Jeffrey and Jake previewed the new Threadless Powerscore system (see video below). I’m not one of those threadless fans that score designs religiously but I can see how this is an improvement. It’s so much easier now to go back and forth between submissions, something that is difficult to do in the blogs. All in all, I like it! The powerscore system should be the defacto method for scoring tees on Threadless.

Coty Loves Threadless #19 – Cracked But Not Broken!

I’ve got another 6 tees to review with you this week for episode #19 of Coty Loves Threadless so get ready to be entertained! Crack by Joshua Kemble is my Threadless Pick of the Week! And how about the rest, you’ll have to watch! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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Crack by Joshua Kemble is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Crack by Joshua Kemble

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Coty Loves Threadless #18 – Whose Face Is That?

This is episode #18 of Coty Loves Threadless and we’ve got a wonderful bunch of tees to review this week! My Threadless Pick of the Week is the wonderful tee by Olivier Fritsch Gomez, titled, Face! How did the rest of the tees fare? You’ll need to watch to find out! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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Face by Olivier Fritsch Gomez is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Face by olivier fritsch gomez

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New Super Mario Bros. + 10 Mario Inspired Tees

Nintendo recently previewed their latest blockbuster game at the E3 2009 conference and my goodness am I excited! They have been releasing so much retro NES goodness for the Wii as of late that I’m not sure if I can take it. First, Punch Out and now, New Super Mario Bros. in all it’s 2D side scrolling goodness. I am so excited to play this game especially since it offers multi-player beyond just Mario and Luigi. I’ve never been so excited for coins in my life. Cha-Ching!

And to commemorate this momentous occasion I have here 10 unique Super Mario Bros. inspired tees and a hoodie to boot. All of these are available for purchase with the exception of Super Mario Skull. 

1. Game Over by Fuzzy Ink. First up, we have Game Over from our buddies over at Fuzzy Ink. This is one of the more fantastical of the Mario tees here as it features our favorite characters all grown up and elderly! Maximum cuteness factor indeed. This Jublin designed tee is available on a Grass colored American Apparel tees and can be purchased for $18.95. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your order!

Game Over by Fuzzy Ink

2. Super Mario Bros. Sushi by thickblackoutline. This tee by thickblackoutline really made me realize just how good Super Mario Bros. would taste as sushi. Okay, that might have come out wrong. Nonetheless, it’s a great shirt and available now at Red Bubble for $28.83. 

Super Mario Bros. Sushi

3 and 4. Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit by Nerdy Shirts. Nerdy Shirts really has some love for our favorite Italian. They have a bunch of Mario inspired tees available and here are two of them: Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit. Mario Block reminds us of how simple and fun B-bit gameplay really was. Mario Frog Suit reminds me of Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy (remember the level that you had to swim and kill that huge octopus/huge fish boss).

Mario Block

Mario Frog Suit

5. Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers. It’s no surprise that Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers made my list of favorite Mario inspired tees. After all, it was my Threadless Pick of the Week in Coty Loves Threadless Episode #15. They are running low in stock really fast on this tee over at Threadless so if you want it I suggest you go and pick it up now. I was able to secure a guys size large (there were only 2 left when I did). 

Magic Mushrooms

6. I Sneak Down Pipes by Euan Gallacher. I Sneak Down The Pipes was conceived by the Tee Doctor, Euan Gallacher, a Scotland based T-Shirt prescriber! It’s a clever play on the much used I Heart NY tee. I Sneak Down Pipes is available from MySoti for $17.72 and is printed on a white Alstyle tee. 

I Sneak Down Pipes

7. da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong. Artist Kevin Tong designed this masterpiece, titled da Vinci’s Mario and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Views of a Fetus in the Womb. This three color design is printed on an American Apparel blank and is available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario by Kevin Tong

8. Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja. Have you ever wondered what Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Mario Bros. gang would like in real life? Wonder no more because Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja answers that very question. Warrior Pumbers is printed on Hanes Beefy Tees and is available for $19.75 from TopatoCo. 

Warrior Plumbers

9. Super Mario Skull by MisNopalesArt. This Super Mario Skull tee from Etsy is just a tad bit disturbing. Just a tad. Our favorite plumber in skull form and in the raccoon suit to boot! What is wrong with this picture! This tee is unfortunately no longer available for sale. 

Super Mario Skull

10. Video Game Shirt by Stay Up. If video games are your religion then this is the tee for you. And right square in the middle of that 8-Bit cross is non-other than 8-Bit Mario. Pick up this tee from Stay Up in either a white or tan colorway. 

Video Game Shirt

Enclothe MarioFlague. And for the finale, I have this epic Enclothe MarioFlague zip up hoodie! Talk about attention to detail and a sure conversation starter. It’s a fully custom designed hoodie that features and inside breast iPod pocket, metal mushroom zipper pull, quick action cuff thumb hole, and an extra spacious 3 panel hood. This item can be your for $65. 

Marioflauge

I’m always on the hunt for a great Super Mario Bros. inspired tee. If you know of one that’s not on this list then let me know and maybe it’ll make the next wrap up!

Indie Tee Spotlight #25: Dale Edwin Murray

It was my pleasure to interview Dale Edwin Murray for this weeks Indie Tee Spotlight. He has definitely made a name for himself in the crazy world of T-Shirt design and has been very successful in submitting designs and winning at some of the top T-Shirt contest sites around, like, Threadless, A Better Tomorrow and Shirt.Woot. Dale shares a little bit about how he got his start, what you can do to improve your chances of submitting a winning design and why he doesn’t wear his own shirts!

Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: How did you get started in the T-Shirt design business?

Dale: I help start an online t-shirt store about 5 years ago. I was initially involved in content management and marketing and somehow ended up designing all of their own brand tees. I went freelance about 3 years ago and have been doing t-shirt design ever since.

Coty: What was your first experience in submitting to a T-Shirt design contest? What did you learn from that initial experience?

Dale: My first experience of a t-shirt contest was subbing something to threadless. It was a long time ago and looking back on it the design was pretty awful. It scored pretty badly and got hardly any love from the crowd over there. I learned a number of things from that experience – firstly that t-shirt design is not as easy as it might first appear. There is definitely an art to it and just because you are a good designer doesn’t necessarily mean that you can do commercially appealing tees. It also became apparent just how much competition there is out there. Subbing to threadless was definitely a useful way to get unbiased feedback on those initial designs. It told me that I needed to go back to the drawing board and come up with something better and better each time.

Get Awesome

Coty: You’ve submitted to and won at Threadless with the designs Squeeze Me and Music Business Remastered. With Threadless receiving over 2000 submissions a week, how difficult is it to get noticed and printed at Threadless? What tips do you have for those trying to get printed by Threadless?

Dale: There is a lot of competition at threadless. There are a plenty of very talented designers over there and they get a ton of submissions. So yeah it’s tough to get printed. I thought it was never going to happen! And I’m finding it just as tough to get printed for a third time! I guess the advice I would give would be to take your time with getting your design just right before you submit it. Try and get something perfect and resist the urge to get it subbed quickly. I think it is also important to try and get involved in the community over there, to participate in the blogs and critique/score/comment on other people’s designs. Try and get yourself known and as silly as it sounds, get a good, easily recognisable avatar.

Squeeze by Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: Which of your designs is your favorite to date? Why?

Dale: I guess it would have to be Music Business Remastered. It is my highest scored design on threadless and went down pretty well there in terms of sales as well. I guess that’s what I’m always striving for, a design that looks great but also sells well. Funnily enough on my way to the gym the afternoon I actually saw a guy wearing the hoodie version – that made my work-out much easier!

Music Business Remastered by Dale Edwin Murray

Coty: Aside from submitting to contest sites I am sure that you do freelance work outside of T-Shirt design. What, if any, type of graphic design work do you do outside of designing awesome T-Shirt designs?

Dale: I’m lucky enough to have enough t-shirt design work to not have to diversify at the moment. I say luckily because I really love doing tee design. But in the future I would also love to move into other areas – editorial illustrations, album and book covers – that kind of stuff would be cool. But at the moment I am all about tees!

Splash

Coty: Digit Duel is the “sequel” to your first Threadless design, Squeeze Me. I’ve got to ask, what’s the story behind these squeeze characters? How’d you come up with the concept of colorful beans on oversized hands? And secondly, are those the hands of Dale Edwin Murray!

Dale: I have absolutely no idea how that idea popped into my mind! I was just doodling these little bean characters and wanted a way of making them look really small in relation to something else. I thought it would be cool if they were interacting with something rendered in a photo-realistic kind of way – a mixture of fantasy and reality if you like. So it sprang from there I guess. So I took a photo of my own hand squeezing a grape to get the perfect pose. Yep, those are my hands – complete with freckles!

Slurp

Coty: With a growing collection of Dale Edwin Murray designed tees circling the Internet, I wonder, does Dale wear his own tees?

Dale: I have to admit that I don’t wear graphic tees at all – my own or anyone else’s. I only wear plain tees. I used to wear a ton and still have them all in my wardrobe but I don’t feel right wearing them anymore. That’s what happens when you hit 30!!!!

When Chameleons Go Wrong

Thanks to Dale Edwin Murray for taking the time out from creating wonderful tees to chat with me! Be sure to stay up-to-date with Dale’s latest designs by visiting his online portfolio.

Coty Loves Threadless #17 – VonFunburgers!

Coty Loves Threadless is now available for your viewing pleasure! I’ve got 6 new tees that I review just for you and this weeks Threadless Pick of the Week is a fun one – it’s Baron VonFunburger’s Haunted Castle Cavalcade by none other than Mitch Ansara aka spacesick! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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Baron VonFunburger’s Haunted Castle Cavalcade! by Mitch Ansara is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

Baron VonFunburger's Haunted Castle Cavalcade by Mitch Ansara

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TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 10 and 11

Hello all! Coty Loves Threadless will be delayed a day – it’ll be up tomorrow morning for sure so check back for that if you came here expecting to watch a new episode! The good news is the return of my TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about this little project of mine! I’ve included Vegas week and last week in this one post. And just so you know, it’s Week 11 and I still have not gotten a print! It’s ok, I still love you, Threadless! To see all of my slogans and to vote for them check out my Threadless profile page. Vote for me and I will make you an awesome avocado burger if ever we meet in real life.

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Week 11:

Instead of shouting I prefer to write in CAPS.

Except of course when I am driving. When I drive I yell a lot! Passengers wonder why I yell, especially since the driver that I am yelling at can’t hear me.

You provide the cheese and I’ll provide the grill.

With all of my grilled cheese references you guys should know by now how much I love this American delicacy!

Toilet paper inspires me to be clean.

Doesn’t it inspire you?

I never know when to use apostrophy’s.

I actually do, but I thought this would be a witty entry.

When will mechanical pencils write for themselves?

I love using mechanical pencils! Because no matter what, the tip always stays sharp. No sharpening required. Unless of course you run out of lead. Then you need a back up plan!

The key to life is locked in a safe.

What is the key to life for you? I’m interested to know.

Psssst, wanna know a secret?

I wonder how many people would actually want to know “a secret” if I wore this shirt in public.

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T-Shirt Day 2009 Contest! $50 Threadless Prize and More!

T-Shirt Day 2009 is slowly creeping up and to celebrate this momentous occasion I am hosting one of the 21 contests leading up to this international event! All you need to do is correctly name all 8 of the shirts that I flash in the video below. Just as a little hint, all 8 of these shirts are Threadless tees!

So, try your best and when you think you’ve got it figured out just email me at: cotygonzales at gmail dot com the correct names of all 8 shirts and everyone who enters a correct answer will be thrown into a virtual hat and I will randomly select one (1) winner to receive a $50 Threadless Gift Certificate and one (1) other winner to receive a shirt of your choice from Prestigious Clothing! 

After you’ve emailed me, leave a comment in this post and finish this sentence:

“I Love T-Shirts Because…”

Please do not place direct link to the T-Shirts if you’ve figured out the answer!

This contest will last just a day and ends on Wednesday (June 3, 2009) at Midnight (Hawaii Time). Be sure to get your entry in by then!

UPDATE: CONTEST IS DONE! Winners will be announced this Friday (June 5, 2009)!

T-Shirt Day 2009

Prizes include one (1) $50 Gift Certificate from Threadless courtesy of Adam Fletcher of Tee-Junction.com and one (1) shirt of your choice from Prestigious Clothing! 

Threadless $50 Prize!

Prestigious Clothing

Coty Loves Threadless #16 – Heartless Tin Man

I’m baaaaack! After a week long hiatus, Coty Loves Threadless is back! And I am excited for my Threadless Pick of the Week this week. It’s Heartless by Juan Carlos Bueno and it’s a stunner ladies and gentleman! If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out and vote for my TypeTees slogan submissions – I’m submitting one every day until I get printed! Every vote counts so vote for a slogan and help me get printed.

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Heartless by Juan Carlos Bueno is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

HEARTLESS by Juan Carlos Bueno

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