Monthly archives: May 2008

Overheard on Tatooine


How much of a Star Wars nerd do you have to be to love this and want it on a t-shirt? Not just me right? It’s by a guy called Doug Savage and the blog is called Savage Chickens. He does have a t-shirt store, cafe press, and none of the hysterical cartoons on them either.

What do you guys think of Cafe Press, if you’re buying a shirt is it a positive or negative thing? I personally like it when I know something is screen printed, maybe i’m a Luddite.

Amazingly Cool, Functional, Interactive T-Shirts from Shikisai

These t-shirts from Shikisai are so much fun, they have real interactive elements that make the designs come alive, like a venetian blind shirt that hikes up when you pull the cord, or real laces on the sneaker designs. They have some brilliant designs for the little ones as well in their Toddlers section.


I just found out you can buy the shirts online here at Zakka Corp.

Never Give Up On Your Stupid Stupid Dreams

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This is my new favorite t-shirt Never Give Up Your Stupid Stupid Dreams from a new T-shirt company called Space Pancake. They are new so the designs are limited, but these two are my favorites (the never give up Tee reminds me very much of my other fav shirt All My Friends Are Dead).

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Forbidden love, the design below, will i’m sure appeal to the folks trying to differentiate between a Giant Squid and a Collosal Squid (which if you didn’t know the colossal one has hooks in each of its suckers, I know, restores faith in the internets).
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Masturbate With Organic Cucumbers T-Shirt

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I love this t-shirt, absolutely hysterical. Wear this to your local farmers market.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful T-Shirt from FOTC

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A classic for all you Flight of the Conchords fans, the Keep New Zealand Beautiful t-shirt that Jemaine wears. Also $5 does get donated to the Keep New Zealand Beautiful fund. The t-shirt is 45 New Zealand Dollars (whatever they might be called), which is about $34 USD.

Chillin Productions Redux

Chillin Productions was over a week ago and I owe it a write up. By far one of the best fashion/design/art event i’ve been too. The art was so high quality and diverse, the clothing and t-shirts were awesome and unique, and other features like live screen printing and the 10 DJ’s made it an afternoon/evening to remember. I met Irene Hernandez-Feiks who founded Chillin’ Productions at a party the week before and after that experience had to check it out because she is an amazing character (she was even DJ’ing some of the event).

I met lots of great people there and have to tell you that is becoming one of the funnest parts of writing this blog, going out and meeting the people behind the designs. There is so much going on in the indie fashion and t-shirt world things are very exciting.

Wear Me Naked

I loved Wear Me Naked, these are all hand painted and sewn shirts, with awesome designs and quirky condom pockets (they also do underwear with the condom pocket, sweet)

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Indie Industries

I was also a big fan of what Indie Industries was doing. These guys are an artists collaborative which sell all kinds of indie merchandise with real stores. The stores in fact are probably best characterized as cool and authentic, kind of what Urban Outfitters wishes it could be. (I saw a much wider selection of stuff in person than I do on their site) so it might be worth checking out the store. They are at 2003 Milvia St. @ University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 open Tues – Sat 12-7, Sun 12-5, closed Mon. Don’t believe me, check out their 5 star reviews on Yelp :-)

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They even have Wallets
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No Guns Productions

Not strictly a t-shirt but boy would this be a good one, from No Guns Productions the deck is for sale for $300 and you can see his stuff at San Francisco stores, Fabric8 and Lower Haighter. He also blogs here.

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Boy Girl Tees

The girls that i was with loved the Skinny Bitch shirt from Boy Girl Tees :-) Another local label, based in San Rafael just north of San Francisco.
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And finally a big shout out to the crazy guys that were doing the live screen printing from San Franpsycho, these guys were great and screen printing shirts and anything else people brought along right there at the show.


Other folks that were in attendance: “high design shirts”, Headline Shirts “damn funny shirts”,
Lady Noir, cool stuff for the ladies,, shirts for kids, Artist, Rachel Znerold, amazing belt buckles from

The next big indie shopping event is Capsule which is happening here:

Capsule Design Festival
Sunday, May 25, 2008
11:00 am ‘til 6:00 pm
Hayes Valley Park
Octavia and Hayes Streets, San Francisco, CA 94102

Flight Of The Conchords T-shirts and Video Premier

YouTube exclusive premier of this FOTC video “for the ladies of the world”

And even has an official shop on music today selling a rather limited (but different from the HBO store) selection of t-shirts.


Chris Judge and Turtlehead Team Up for Online Exhibit (with free t-shirts)


Well thanks to Turtlehead for making this Chris Judge exhibit well within the Tcritic realm of topics I can write about without cries that my premiss runs thin. If you haven’t heard of Chris Judge (and as most of my readership is in the US so you may not have) he is a popular illustrator/artist in Ireland. Chris was recently named one of the “12 Illustrators whose work you need to see” by Print Magazine which is a very decent European design magazine.

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The online exhibit features 22 of Chris’s original paintings (acrylic and marker pen on canvas) on display and available for sale, each coming with a limited edition t-shirt (although no word on how limited). The exhibit is going to be on from the Monday May 19th to May 26th (although no word on what happens when the time is up, and if any of the stuff will still be available for purchase).

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I think the designs will all make very striking and unique t-shirts, and may become some peoples most valued article of clothing (because to get the t-shirt you have to spend $150 to $220 on the art), makes a great story though doesn’t it.

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here’s what they say about the exhibit:

This is the first online exhibition that Turtlehead are proud to announce. For our first exhibition we have joined forces with artist Chris Judge who has produced 22 original paintings exclusively for this show. Every painting bought comes with a free limited edition t-shirt design by Chris. If you live in Ireland you’ll also recieve a complimentary voucher for suchandsuch wine shop as we couldn’t figure out how to email glasses of wine without wrecking your computer. And if that’s not enough, all the shipping is free.

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I actually think this provides a very useful model for blogs and artists to potentially collaborate beyond the crappy advertising model. Essentially the blog curates a collection for an artist and obviously gets a certain percentage of the sales as the “agent”/gallery. Obviously there is more potential for both the artist and the blogger to profit transparently on something with a higher margin than T-shirts (and could obviously work for lots of other items).

Chris also blogs here, I recommend checking it out.

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(this is not in the exhibit but is another bit of his art that would make a killer T-Shirt)

New limited edition T-Shirt Designs From Gulasch Baron

Gulasch Baron has launched a series of t-shirts by four different artists, they are all extremely unique and limited to 200 of each design. You can see all the designs on Flickr here and you should be able to buy them here (the shop was down as I write this but hopefully it will be back up soon).

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New T-Shirts from Le Sucre Clothing

Love these new designs from Le Sucre Clothing, the “Hello Every Body out There Tonight” makes me smile (great for DJ’s and people who don’t want any attention :-)

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Powerset Katamari T-Shirts

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Last night I was at the Powerset launch party at Mighty (a rather swish nightclub in the Mission). Powerset is a new search technology which recently launched, hence the party, and has set itself the ambitious task of competing with google. Well while at the party I saw this wonderful Katamari inspired t-shirt so I snapped a pic and introduced myself. As it turns out the t-shirt was printed by a couple of the programers who are working on part of the technology that they have codenamed Katamari, because it is essentially part of the technology that goes out and collects things, and you guessed it rolls them up. Brilliant. I was of course sporting the wonderful Make Love Not War threadless t-shirt by Paul Burgess which got a lot of love that evening I can tell you :-)

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Bill O’Reilly Flipping Out T-Shirt “We’ll Do It Live”


I knew a t-shirt would be out for this Bill O’Reilly gem quickly, and i’m sure it’s not the last. I am personally mesmerized by the clip of O’Reilly flipping out itself and have probably watched it a dozen times. One of the funniest and subtle moments in it IMHO is just after he’s totally gone mad and said “fuck it, we’ll do it live” the stage manager just responds by starting to count him in, and in almost a pavlovian response Bill totally calms down and says the necessary line. I find that moment in time absolutely fascinating. Oh and don’t miss the Fuck It Dance Remix here, it’s brilliant.

The Internet Was Closed Today – Threadless T-Shirt

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The Internet Is Closed and it’s a beautiful day in San Francisco today so get outside and stop reading the internets, we’ve all seen the Bill O’Reilly video and the kittens on the treadmill :-)

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Thanks Nick

Tcritic redesign

Well out with the old and in with the new, i’ve just done a pretty significant overhaul of the Tcritic look and feel. My main purpose and motivation to do this was to find a look and feel that put the graphics front and center and this design is really about the home page where thumbnails from recent posts are put in a grid so you can scan the images from the posts. I was very much inspired by the guys from Rumplo who’s entire front page is just graphics of the t-shirts and i thought that worked great. I also really liked the Cool Hunting layout, and the way they use thumbnails for related posts (which i’m working on). Also this provides a very cool view of the archives, check out the Good Design archive for an idea of how they will look.

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Love to get your feedback, i’ve already taken the top banner off the home page because some people thought it looked cluttered, cheers, Karl.

Mule Design $10 sale at the Feed Store

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Mule Design, a San Francisco design agency (who also make cool shirts) are having a $10 sale on selected merch, check them out.

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