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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.


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