Holden Caulfield is a Phony

Absolutely adore this shirt. It helps that The Catcher In The Rye is one of my all time favorite books. “Catcher In The Rye, as we all know, is one of the best books in the world! Printed on this awesome tee is Holden’s catch-all term, “phony,” though we all know he’s the real phony all along. oooh the sweet sweet irony!”

Holden Caulfield is available now from Print Liberation for $24.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Gone Rogue asked me to take a look at this shirt. I didn’t really care for it. I looked around their shop and found this shirt. I fucking loved it. I probably loved it because I love the Death Cab For Cutie song of the same name, so count me bias. Either way, you should pick this shirt up and, if you haven’t heard it, listen to that Death Cab For Cutie track. The shirt will keep you cool and song will change your life.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark is available now from Gone Rogue for £20.

Premium Alumnium Ampersand by Ugmonk

If y ou’ve been salivating over the 18″ Premium Wood Ampersand, but couldn’t fathom spending $299 for then maybe you want to consider picking up the Premium Alumnium Ampersand instead. This recently released Ugmonk item is 7.75″ tall and available at a much more affordable price of $54. It’s sexy and you know it.

Premium Alumnium Ampersand is available now from Ugmonk for $54.

Learn To Kern

We all (hopefully) have access to desktop publishing software. Hopefully, all of us that do know about proper kerning. If not, you must learn to kern to provide problems like the one highlighted by this Able Parris T-Shirt. Too bad the T-Shirt is sold out. Kudo’s to former Threadless CCO, Jeffrey Kalmikoff, for posting this shirt on Instagram.

PS: If you’re want to learn more about typography, might I suggest The Fundamentals of Typography, Type Rules!: The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography, Getting it Right with Type: The Dos and Don’ts of Typography,or  Typography Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Type in Graphic Design.

Brookside Clothing: Know Your Roots

Twitter is a wonderful thing. A post on Twitter about a recent purchase from Ugmonk sparked a conversation with @iambrookside (add him on Twitter) about his own brand, Brookside Clothing. Of course, I was curious so I took a look at his shop and lo and behold, he surprised me with some delightful designs.

The first that stuck out at me was Know Your Roots. I love the message, colorway, typography. It’s an excellent shirt. The other one was Do It, which interestingly is very similar in theme to the random Ugmonk Shirt that sparked our conversation, Do What You Love. I recommend that you check out both T-Shirts which are available now from the Brookside online shop for $15.

DeadBuryDead: Live Out Loud, Live In These Tees

DeadBuryDead has definitely stepped up their game since I first featured them on this blog. I really enjoy the look and feel of their current line of tees – very vintage without trying to hard to be vintage. It also looks like they’ve caught the eye of the people at Fab.com. They are the latest indie brand to be featured on this daily deal site that emphasizes good design.

The DeadBuryDead T-Shirt are priced at $16 a piece, that’s 36% off the retail price of $24.99. Remember, Fab.com is invite only so if you’re not already a member, here’s an invite from ME to YOU.

Threadless Back To School $12 Sale

As I write this post I come to the realization that this is the first time, since I was 5, that I will not be going to school in the fall. No more classes. No more lectures. No more class projects. Sigh. It’s a bit weird to say the least. Instead of being a student this upcoming school year, I will instead begin my post-doctoral position as a neuroscience research specialist. Oddly enough, I’ll be supervising/mentoring 1-2 students of my own this coming year. Nice!

Enough about me, let’s talk T-Shirts. More specifically, let’s talk about the Threadless $12 Back To School Sale! There isn’t much to say except that the T-Shirts have been slashed about 40% – meaning you get an amazing deal.

Lot’s of tees to choose from, these are the ones that I will be ordering. Shop on T-Shirt fans, shop on!

A Guide to Being a Pirate by David Soames

Peace and Love by Budi Satria Kwan

SQUARE by Branka Nikolic

Know Your Submarines by Lucas Knisely

Sushi by Benjamin Ang

TypographyShop + FAB.com Invite Link

Fab.com is an awesome site that features amazing (and limited) daily design inspirations and sales of up to 70% off retail. The site offers a free membership but is by invite only – and I’ve got an invite for you. Sign up with Fab.com today and start snatching up some sexy stuff!

One brand that I spotted while checking out Fab.com was TypographyShop. This particular brand focuses on creating designs that are inspired by the art of typography. That I Love Typography is probably my favorite from the bunch. The various designs are available now at Fab.com for $17.50 (they are regularly priced at up to $23.)

And here’s an image of some of the other deals that they’ve got going today. Remember, they get new stuff everyday so be sure to sign up and see what new daily!

Here’s your invite to Fab.com, remember, the site is by invite only!

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).