Friday, August 31

Threadless $10 Sale

The Unseen/Unheard t-shirt by Ed Pincombe
Everybody Loves A Yeti t-shirt by Scott Bartlett
The Communist Party t-shirt by Tom Burns
I never buy towels until they go on sale. Why pay full price for towels, right? Threadless on the other hand often requires some speedy purchasing because the good shirts tend to sell out really quickly. But, $10 sale time is here, so head over and see if there is anything left that you like. 14 new shirts out this week (over acheivers) with my pick of the bunch being The Unseen/Unheard by Ed Pincombe (top) and Everybody Loves A Yeti by Scott Bartlett (middle). If 14 shirts isn't enough, there's also a bunch of reprints available too. Buy heaps and you won't have to go shopping for a year - until the towels go on sale that is.

Sale ends September 3

Thursday, August 30

Design By Humans

Robot Attack T-shirt from Design By Humans
Design By Humans is a new player in the tshirt competition game, and they have come out swinging. To get the ball rolling DBH held a $5000 kick-off competition, which was taken out by The Legion of Doom, with their design Robot Attack.

Design By Humans seems to have more full on, in your face arty shirts than it's most successful adversary Threadless. Relying less on the visual pun or hidden meanings and more on intense illustrations and specialist printing methods, DBH has managed to offer up a system that is similar enough to Threadless to work but different enough to succeed. Bold, beautiful, interactive and affordable is surely a winning formula. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 28

Sir Freelancelot

Sir Freelancelot t-shirt by the Chop Shop
Sir Freelancelot t-shirt by the Chop Shop

It's late. About 1.30 am. I should be sleeping. My body is tired but I have had coffee so now I have that weird combination of absolute lethargy and annoying buzziness, neither tired or awake, hanging in the limbo of sleepland. Why? Because I am a freelancer. Freelancing by nature forces you to work when you can, and the more you work the more you get paid. Inevitably this leads to more and more working - which leads to more late nights, canceling on plans with friends and eating meals that take 3 minutes to cook in a microwave.

Does that sound like you? Well then this new shirt from the Chop Shop is for you. Sir Freelancelot rides high on steed in front of a foil-print shimmery sun.

At least being a freelancer means you get to sleep in sometimes.

Thursday, August 23

Concrete Hermit - better than lotteries

Teenage Rock Monster t-shirt by Will Ainley
Pow Pow t-shirt by JuJu's delivery
Spam, ain't it wonderful... I reckon I'd get on average about 10 emails a day saying that I have the EU lottery, the UK sweepstakes or the Portugese chicken raffle. Do people actually fall for this? Unfortunately yes, and the sad part is that they are probably the people who have to work the hardest to get the money that these jerks are going to steal off of them. If only I got one email telling me I'd won a Concrete Hermit prize pack I might actually open it - just to make sure. Because seriously, their stuff is awesome (and I'm not just saying that because they are a sponsor - have a look for yourself!)

The good kids over at CH have just released 4 new shirts, one of their own and three to add to the artist series, delightfully decorated by Will Ainley, JuJu's Delivery and Dan Has Potential.

Now excuse me while I go claim my lottery winnings so I can purchase a remedy for my prostate problems and pick up a cheap copy of Adobe CS3.

Tuesday, August 21

TEE TEST: Share Peace Initiative

Electro Evolution t-shirt by the Share Peace Initiative
I've got a bit of a soft spot for companies that combine fresh graphics with a social conscience, whether it be by promoting or donating to worthy causes. The Share Peace Initiative is a new company based in Sydney, who donate 10% of all their t-shirt sales to organisations supporting peace iniatives around the world, inlcluding Kiva, Oxfam and Peace Child to name but a few.

The first offering from The Share Peace Initiative got sent to me for a review, and it is entitled Electro Evolution (available in mens and womens sizes). Apparently it is targeted at electro fans due to the "tremendous popularity of electronic music and the vibrant and quirky fashion sense of its devotees," but it is currently hard to tell if future offerings will follow the same path.

That aside, the design of the shirt is quite striking, and indeed would definitely look in place on the dancefloor at 3am on a sunday morning. The print is large and eyecatching and the juxtaposition of the electronic and organic matter in the design makes for an interesting composition. The typeface could be better but it does the job. The only downside in my opinion is the colour of the print - it is very pink, and unfortunately that will probably turn a lot of guys (and maybe some girls) off. But if you're down with pink, electronic music and helping people out you can't go wrong with this t.

The shirt itself is a midweight 100% cotton shirt, nice and soft and seems to be quite well made. It fits well, slim, but not so slim that you have to be tall and skinny for it to look good - it's just right.

While this shirt won't do it for everyone, it definitely has niche appeal. I'm still not sure why a company promoting peace has ended up promoting dance music, but it will be interesting to see what direction this fledgling label takes. Share Peace will be releasing a new shirt monthly, and I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

RRP $30 (Australian)
BUY IT HERE

PS - if you have any shirts you would like reviewed drop me an email

Saturday, August 18

New GAMA-GO

Howl t-shirt by GAMA-GO
Deathbot Shiva t-shirt by GAMA-GO
Kaiju Birdrest t-shirt by GAMA-GO
GAMA-GO have been busy of late - on top of their recent release of winter gear, they recently just dropped 12 new tshirts - 6 for the guys and 6 for the ladies. Equality, music and angry robots. Cool right?

Wednesday, August 15

We Kill You

T-shirts designs by We Kill You
We Kill You don't really want to kill you. The Ghost, The Bat, The Sasquach, The Bunny, The Bear, and The Ape derived the name from the saying "you kill me" which means "you're funny as hell." They share joy by decorating the outside world with collages and sweet designs. Now you can also spread a little joy yourself, cause We Kill You have just released a line of shirts which you can grab from their store along with accessories, toys and art - Brilliant.

Monday, August 13

Threadless Kids

The Young Explorers Society t-shirt by Brett Weber
There's No Crying In Breakfast t-shirt by Philip Tseng
 Never Take Your Abilities For Granted t-shirt by Andrew Knapp
About two or three years ago I thought it would have been a great idea to make really cool kids clothes with great designs that were kid friendly but not too childish. Now it seems there are a bunch of companies doing just that, and Threadless is one of the better ones - some of their designs seem to work even better on kids shirts.

Last week (yes, I'm behind the times) Threadless announced seven (yes seven) new shirts with 3 of them being available in kiddy variations. From top to bottom they are The Young Explorers Society by Brett Weber, There's No Crying In Breakfast by Philip Tseng and Never Take Your Abilities For Granted by Andrew Knapp.

Check out the rest of the winners and adult versions here.

Saturday, August 11

New B/D

Skate or Die t-shirt by Sentimental Soy Cheese
Melting Hearts t-shirt by Josh Clancy, aka ToothJuice
Bulbous Wing t-shirt by Evgeny Kiselev
Mushroom Cloud t-shirt by Matt Yerman
Barf 3D t-shirt by James Callahan

Ok straight up, 5 - yes 5 - brand new tshirts from Beautiful/Decay have just been released. Personally, I don't think I could actually wear some of these myself, but I am a massive fan of the awesome artwork. But if you are the kind of person who is into full shirt prints in bright colours with some fine illustrations by leading artists Sentimental Soy Cheese, Tooth Juice, Evgeny Kiseley, Matt Yerman, and James Callahan, well, um... you better click here.

Thursday, August 9

back on deck

So we got into Splendour ok despite my girlfriend having her handbag stolen the night before. All her photo id, all her money and all her makeup (oh no!) was gone. Even her phone was gone. However once we had managed to gather enough proof of identity to get into the festival and forget about it all it was freaking awesome. Unfortunately, the exposure to thousands of sweaty, dirty people (and perhaps many public toilets) was apparently to much for my immune system. Within hours of our return I started getting an itchy throat and by the evening I was suffering from a hallucination-inducing fever - hence no posts for the last few days.

But heaps has been happening in the world of tshirts so stay tuned over the next few days as I catch up on stuff I should have already written.

Friday, August 3

Splendid

No posts for a few days because I'm off to Splendour In The Grass. Or on a small holiday at worst... long story. Back Monday or Tuesday

Wednesday, August 1

More Freaking Threadless

Wanted t-shirt design by Jean-s├ębastien Deheeger
Pretty World Inferno t-shirt design by Attila Szamosi
See You At The Show t-shirt design by Eli Horn
When I started this blog I decided that I, unlike many other blogs, would not write about Threadless every week. But when they keep releasing shirts as good as Wanted by Jean-s├ębastien Deheeger, Pretty World Inferno by Attila Szamosi, and See You At The Show by Eli Horn, it makes it very hard for me to restrain myself.

Hey at least I'm not writing about every single shirt...