First off, no, Ctl Alt Defeat is not the name of some emo indie band. It’s actually the name of a new T-Shirt brand by T-Shirt contest regular, Tom Neal. Ctl Alt Defeat is touting itself as a limited edition T-Shirt site. Essentially, they will be printing one design in limited quantities and, when the design sells out, they will go ahead and print the next shirt.
The problem with this particular business model is: what happens if the shirts don’t sell out? And, how limited are the shirts, exactly? In any case, I am interested to see future designs from Ctrl Alt Defeat. T-Shirt designer extraordinaire, Greg Abbott, kicks things off at Ctrl Alt Defeat with Remote. I have to wonder, will this particular design be the look and feel of future Ctrl Alt Defeat designs or will Ctrl Alt Defeat just be a hodge podge of different artist works with no real distinctive look and feel? In any case, you can pick up Remote by Greg Abbott from Ctrl Alt Defeat for Â£14.99.
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 and Design By Humans.
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If You Wish Upon A StarÂ by Tom NealÂ and available at Teextile.Pros:Â Love the shirt, great design! Nice gradient effect, most likely achieved through Direct-To-Garment printing. Printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I like the fit and softness of the shirt. Overall, a solid shirt.Â Cons:Â Not tagless. Not many extras here, just a solid shirt, I guess that helps to keep the costs down.Â Price: $12
Make Wellness Not WarÂ by I Am Wellness.Pros:Â Lots of things to love about the package from I Am Wellness. Shirts were individually packaged in plastic to keep out odors and liquids from damaging the shirt. The cut and sew elements, from the custom neck tag to the seam tag on the lowert portion of this shirt was well done, as was the custom hangtag. Included with the Baseball tee (not reviewed here but will be in a future episode) were Bazooka Bubblegum and an Upper Deck baseball card, as well as an I Am Wellness card and sticker. The Make Wellness Not War shirt was printed on an American Apparel Tri-Blend blank, which was super soft, I loved the feel of it and the fit was magnificent. It looks like the I Am Wellness people put a lot of effort and thought into their product and brand. I loved it and I highly recommend I Am Wellness!Â Cons:Â What cons?Â Price:Â $27.95.
Meat Is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder.Â by StuÂ and available at Threadless. I “got” this shirt but many of my friends did not “get it” (poor souls). And for the record, I am a carnivore and will never, ever, ever, become vegetarian. It’s just not in my DNA.Â Price:Â $15.00.