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Archive for September 2009

In the final contest held by ShirtFight, all of the past winners and heavyweights were able to submit designs to see who would win the last championship belt. There were many great entries in the competition, and againstbound went for the gold with his design called “A Glimpse of the End of Days.” This is the first win for againstbound at ShirtFight, and I absolutely love the design! This entry had my vote from day one, so I am very happy with the outcome. Againstbound has created a unique piece, with a triangular monster that appears to be killing itself to stay alive. What an oxymoron! That’s exactly what I love about the design. There are plenty of details to keep your eyes moving around this composition, and it’s by no means boring!

I am quite saddened by the fact that this was ShirtFight’s last contest, but I am sure that El Presidente and Miss Etti will awe us with a new store concept. ShirtFight is already undergoing some site changes, and it’s looking better than ever! Along with these changes, there are also $8 mystery tees and a new sale section where you can purchase some $10 shirts. Be sure to stop by ShirtFight to see the new changes, and pick up “A Glimpse of the End of Days.” for only $13! You can also take an additional 10% off with the code “lovingthistee.”

Have you been searching for environment-related tees that are fashionable, yet thought provoking? Look no further because Ban T-shirts offers environmental tees that fit the criteria! From recycling to genetically modified organisms, Ban T-shirts has designs covering a wide range of today’s hot environmental issues. While some of the shirts in this category are printed on American Apparel, a good amount of them are printed on 100% organic Royal Apparel blanks.

Just a few days ago, Ban T-shirts sent me a copy of “There Is No Planet B.” With a short and succinct message, this tee states what many of us fail to think about on a regular basis. We all have a Plan B when things don’t exactly go as planned, but we only have one Earth to live on. The simple black and white color scheme helps to drive the message home because this isn’t a complicated statement to understand.

Printed on Royal Apparel, this tee feels just as soft as an American Apparel tee. I felt both brands of shirts and was unable to detect a noticeable difference. With this tee, you can feel good wearing domestically grown organic cotton and also get the fit of a fashion-cut tee! Who says you can’t look great while being environmentally friendly?

The print quality is superb, and the ink feels nice and smooth. It has a slight rubbery feel to it and is not rough and grainy like some other inks tend to be. The layer of ink is fairly thin and will not prevent the shirt from moving with the contours of your body. After a wash, neither the tee nor the ink faded in any way, and “There Is No Planet B” seems like it will last a long time. That’s definitely a plus if you want to continue promoting being environmentally conscious.

If you like what you see here, please check out the environmental t-shirt section at Ban T-shirts to pick up “There Is No Planet B” or find a message that you support!  You can purchase this tee for $18.50 plus shipping. For every t-shirt that you buy from Ban T-shirts, environmental or not, a tree will get planted (see details here)!

Tilteed has just launched a new tee by againstbound called “A Study of Turtles.” I’ve been waiting for this one to print for a few months now, and it’s finally time! This design features a slew of turtles with various head coverings as shells, along with scientific names that have been derived specifically for each turtle. Although I have no background in Latin, I can appreciate the lengths that againstbound went in order to come up with genus and species names that pertain to each of the turtles’ shells. This is a truly unique tee, and one detail that makes the design even better as a whole is the turtle wearing the dunce cap. This is the only turtle that faces left when all of the other turtles are facing right, and it adds to this character, suggesting that it is the rather unintelligent one of the bunch.  You can see a larger image of this design on the product page. Which turtle is your favorite?

“A Study of Turtles” is printed on a sea foam AA tee and can be pre-ordered at Tilteed for a low price of $12 until next Tuesday. You can also get free shipping when you use the coupon code “LovingThisTee” during checkout!

The Hipstery contest has come to a close, and I would like to thank everyone for participating and sharing their favorite surprise gifts! I loved reading all of the entries, and it sounds like you’ve all given and/or received some fantastic presents. As I said in the contest post, there are two prizes to be awarded today. So who won? Well first, let me tell you how I selected the winners. I decided to select the winners randomly again because let’s face it, how can you quantify other people’s surprise gifts in terms of awesomeness? Since I am not too enthralled by random number generators, I decided to write up all the contestants’ names on a sheet of paper. I then cut out similarly-sized slips of paper and rolled them all up into tiny paper balls. I placed all of these crumpled up pieces into my hand and shook them around for a good five minutes. Then it was judgment time. I closed my eyes and picked out two from the group, separating them from the rest.

I know, I know. You don’t care how I did it. You just want to know who won. Well, luckily I have nothing else to say about the methods of selecting the winners. So, without further ado, the winners are…*drumroll please*

Congratulations, Manz and Khiem! You two have each earned a mystery tee for giving a wedding anniversary gift to your sister and her husband, and for turning a bad family trip into a happy and memorable experience, respectively. I have sent your information over to Hipstery and they will contact you via e-mail to let you know how to claim your prizes. Once again, thank you to everyone that participated! If you didn’t win this time, there will be more opportunities in the future. I hope to see you in the next Loving This Tee contest!

Do you think that you’re weird and are proud of it? If you answered yes, you can now celebrate your individuality with a hot new tee! SEIBEI has just released a shirt designed by Greg Abbott, titled “FOREVER WEIRD.” Being a fan of Greg’s work, I am quite impressed with how he has created a piece that is quite different from his usual designs. With each monster sharing a resemblance with the famous Sandwich Dinosaur, this design fits perfectly into the SEIBEI line.  I love how the message is the main focus of the tee and that the monsters are lurking in the background. I also love that this design is printed on heather black, a color that is not often seen in the indie t-shirt world. I give it two thumbs up!

Have fun being forever weird and pick up this tee at SEIBEI today! You can also use the code “LTT” to take 10% off your purchase.

There’s a new contest at Loving This Tee! This time, the folks at Hipstery were kind enough to offer two free tees to the readers of this blog. That means that two of you will walk away with a cool hand-picked mystery tee of your own! All you need to do answer the following question in the comments:

What was the greatest surprise gift you’ve ever received, or what was the best surprise gift you’ve given (based on the recipient’s reaction, of course)?

You can go back as far as you can remember, so any surprise present at any age works! This contest will end on Sunday, September 20, at 11:59pm Eastern Time, so make sure to get your comments in before then. Please also check that you’ve entered your email when you’re commenting so that I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

Also, if you haven’t seen what Hipstery is all about, make sure you check out their website! You can also find the interview that I did with Budge here.

After launching with two tees in June, Airastile has now added a few more shirts to its collection. My favorite of these new designs is the men’s version of “Tiger.” Like many others, I am a huge fan of big cats. The minimal use of color helps to bring out the tiger’s eyes, and this colorway looks much better than the darker women’s version where the eyes are subdued. This piece also has a touch of urban elements, with the addition of big chains in the composition. I personally think that large chains are tacky in real life, but they work extremely well to balance out this design. You can pick up “Tiger” for $20 at Airastile with free shipping within the U.S.

A few weeks ago, I discovered Hipstery, a European company that sells mystery tees. Companies such as Teefury, Shirt.Woot, and Uneetee offer mystery tees from time to time, but no other company that I know of only sells mystery tees from a variety of sources. I had the pleasure of speaking to Budge Becher of Hipstery, and here is the interview to help you get to know Hipstery better!

1. When did your special team give birth to Hipstery and where did the name come from?

It was a long summer. The year was 1959. A golden age of innocence. The Hipstery team was young and impressionable. All that changed when a neighbour, Old Swampy, informed us in his backgarden was a buried Pirates treasure chest. We dug, and we dug until our fingers bled, it was the summer of ’59. What did we find? I’ll tell you what we found, oh I’ll tell you. But are you ready for the answer? Hum, are you? That’s the question, oh no wait, the question is “what did we find?”

Nothing.

Nothing but a few old pipes, broken porcelain, some human remains. That’s it. While we’re not the quickest to spot tomfoolery, it became clear to us that our gullibility was being used to get free garden labour for Old Swampy. What followed was a regrettable incident involving Old Swampy’s house burning down and us hastily enrolling in the French foreign legion. The rest is history, err I mean hipstery.

2. Where do you get the shirts for Hipstery?

Oh, from everywhere, we must have trillions of them (laughs). We’ve been in the t-shirt business a long time (over 10 years combined) so we can pick them up and negotiate with the most awesomest shirt shops in the internets and we’re happy to add more. So if you own a T-Shirt label, just let us know. Since our platform is all about serendipity, we are not competition, but an additional promotional opportunity for your artistic genius.

3. Since the shirts in the Hipstery vault are no longer sold by their original vendors, how do you know what tees to invest in for future sales?

Well again, there are our years of experience. Also, more and more stores use limited quantities as an activation tool for customers. Look at the trend for one shirt one day (Teefury, RIPT, etc) or no/rare reprint limited editions (laFraise and many smaller sites — just take a browse around the different Big Cartel stores). And we have the guts to buy some really strange shirts and keep them hidden until the T-Shirt community recognizes their ingenuity.

4. There are currently six questions in your t-shirt selection survey. Do you plan on coming up with more questions to gauge more specific personal preferences? For example, what if many customers have a strong hatred of skull tees?

Actually we don’t have any skull tees. Our service is well, bored of skulls and stars and hearts on T-Shirts. But besides that: Yes, we have a never-ending refinement of our survey in the upcoming weeks and a lot more of questions. While we believe in our system, we learned a lot in the last week and try to balance guiding us and entertaining our patrons.

5. Stores such as Threadless and Design By Humans have had sales in the past where tees were as low as $5. What do you have to say in response to customers who are wary of paying €16 for a mystery tee that they could have purchased for much less at the original store?

This is an important question, so if you don’t mind I’d like to bore you to tears with an answer that justifies the question.

We’re not aiming to buy only shirts on sale, but the best shirts at the best time. So it’s all in the mix. Every shirt in our assortment is hand selected and loved and appreciated by us, we don’t think in terms of this shirt is worth $5, this one $15, this one $50. We think “does this shirt make us want to rip our eyes out in disgust because it’s so impressive that everything we see after it bores us to tears?”

You are right – people who are absolutely into T-Shirt Design will probably find great deals and cheaper occasions to go t-shirt shopping now and then. That’s fine – we are about more than that. As a unique service our goal is to give our customers an added service: less hassle with hunting for the right store, prints and colors, no more “too many options” and digging for the right shirt, just to figure out it’s sold out when you are about to order, less pressure when the next sale is up, no customs fees, no paying more for shipping and for the item, no 3 week delivery times (you won’t know some of these problems as you not experienced the frustration of shipping from the US to Europe where we are based).

At the Hipstery every shirt is always 16 EUR, and all you need to know about the person you order is the size and a little about the taste. We are about much more than the shirt, which our customers will know because they’ve seen the full experience. Ordering is just a small part of the adventure.

6. What are five words that best describe Hipstery?

Suspense, Apprehense, Tense, Dense, Cauliflower.

7. If you would like to include anything else, please feel free to do so!

Thanks very much for taking an interest in our fashion experience. The Hipstery salutes you.

Now that you’re more familiar with Hipstery, head on over to the store to see what it’s all about. You can never be sure what tee(s) you’ll receive, so take a chance and have some fun! Oh, and keep an eye out for a hot new contest sponsored by Hipstery next week!

After a complete site renovation, Thriving Ink is not only easier to navigate, but the tee designs are getting even better! Shortly after the redesign, Thriving Ink released a sweet t-shirt featuring a design by Pale Horse, titled “Dead Geisha.” They even printed this design on hoodies, which was a first for Thriving Ink. Thriving ink plans to release 30+ more new tees, and I am quite excited!

Yesterday, two designs by Cory Bardwell were released. One of these designs is titled “Save Africa” and it gives us one great reason to do as the title says. Bardwell simply states, “Save Africa because giraffes are sweet.” That’s convincing enough for me. Who doesn’t love giraffes?

Check out the new Thriving Ink storefront and pick up some amazing new products! Be sure to keep checking back at the site as Thriving Ink continues to add new inventory (remember that there are 30+  items to come!).

All tees at Threadless are on sale for $9 today only (9/9/09). Every single tee! Now is your chance to snatch new tees and selects for a deeply discounted price of $9! Go get em!!


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