Monthly archives: March 2009

DaVinci’s Mario T-Shirt

Love this new T-Shirt DaVinci’s Mario, such an amazing concept, a blend of the old and the modern.

Artist Kevin Tong draws a connection between two great Italians — the brave thinker and the daring plumber.

Shirts are 100-percent cotton American Apparel (guys’ style 2001) on Creme and are printed with soft-hand ink. (Girls shirts are available by special order.)

This 3-color design is oversized (11 inches x 16.5 inches) and is based on DaVinci’s Views of the Fetus in the Womb.

Self Rescuing Princess T-Shirt: Games and Game Design

Love the Self Rescuing T-Shirt from ThinkGeek. It’s particular appropriate because the last few weeks has been full of game design fun via the influx of game geekdom for GDC, the annual game developers conference in San Francisco. The video game industry is famous for creating games by boys for boys, so I felt pretty lucky last night to meet some amazing women involved in gaming. This included Alice, author of the, and designers of the massive online game Merci and Dutchashell.

TeeFury Preview for the next 3 days

TeeFury sells one limited edition T-shirt design every day and each shirt goes for the low low price of $9. It’s a great model for doing screenprinted shirts, but even people like me with a vested interest in keeping up with T-Shirt news can’t keep up with so many “daily” t-shirt sites. Thankfully Teefury sent out a note today alerting us to the upcoming designs and the dates they go on sale, very good idea I think.

Headline Shirts Big Sale – All Shirts on Sale

Stalin “I Voted”

Headline Shirts is having a blowout sale and everything is either 5, 10, 15, or 20 dollars (their shirts are normally $24). I have several of these shirts and they are super soft, wear well, and the prints are so well integrated with the material you can barely feel them (ie. not plastisol).

You can pick up this super exclusive limited edition for $15 :)

Check out the sale items here

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with Love Virus

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology so I thought i’d highlight a new company specializing in T-Shirts for women, Love Virus.

It’s early days and they’ve only got a few designs but I like the direction they’re going.

Oh and they include a free hand sewn plushy with each order :)

Oh and they have a blog as well you can check out here.

On this day in history – William Gibson Was Born March 17th 1948

Ok, I could not think of a good T-Shirt for this day in history so I got some of my Twitter friends to make some suggestions. Please submit your own suggestion in the comments or let me know in the comments which t-shirt you think is the best to celebrate the birth of William Gibson, a renowned sci-fi author, and father of the term “cyberspace”. I will be sending a $25 Threadless gift certificate to the person that submits the best one (let me know your twitter name or email [name at service dot com] for me to be able to contact you)

From KinderCore T-Shirts and submitted by ThunderFrogs

From The Affair submitted by stiricide

From TankTheory submitted by teeconnoisseur

From Modern Classic submitted by ModernClassic

From The Affair submitted by stiricide

Tcritic Quickie: District Cotton Super Secret 24 Hour Super Sale.

District Cotton, a specialist in organic apparel is having a secret sale until midnight tonight all their shirts are $10 or less. I own the Bike Fish T-shirt and LOVE IT, it’s soft, fits great and has a great message as well.

All T-shirts $10 or less until midnight tomorrow (Thursday night)
We are being featured on Shirt Woot today, and well the Shirt Woot people like cheap shirts. Also, to combat new (yet again) increases in the cost of priority mail shipping, we have added first class and parcel post options to help keep shipping affordable.

Oooh, and they also mention that they are having a party in New York to celebrate their birthday on April 16th.

New Yorkers: We’re Having a Party
Keep your eyes open for information about our 2 year birthday party coming up in April. Can’t share all the details yet, but the venue is awesome (Lower East Side). For now I will leave it at April 16th there will be much dancing, drinking and general merryment.

Tide selling vintage washed T-Shirts for charity

These Tide t-shirts are being sold by P&G to support both feeding the hungry in America (yes, hard to believe I know, the most powerful country in the world can’t manage that) and to fund a Loads of Hope trucks to support areas in the US affected by natural disasters. Please write about this if you have a blog and spread the word, they look like great t-shirts and are being produced by Junk Food Clothing, a t-shirt company specializing in soft vintage washed shirts.

This campaign was put together by an interactive agency called Critical Mass that my friend David Armano works as VP of Experience Design.

Q. Where does the money for the t-shirts go?
A. 100% of profits raised by Loads of Hope are spent in 2 ways 1) a donation to Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) to be spent on disaster relief and 2) to mobilize the Loads of Hope truck/ vans to send to communities affected by disaster.

Q. How much are the profits from the t-shirts?
A. A minimum of $4 from every t-shirt sale (on average, approximately $6 from every order) goes to support families affected by disaster. Profits increase as we sell more due to volume discounts and help in fixed costs. Tide passes all profits to the cause.

Q. How can I get the Loads of Hope truck to my community?
A. The number of natural disasters continues to rise, with 75 FEMA-declared disasters last year alone. While the Tide team unfortunately cannot respond to all of them, in the event of any natural disaster, Tide – in partnership with Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), FEMA, and other local and state agencies, officials, and relief organizations – assesses a series of criteria such as the number of people affected and the level of need for our services. Our goal is to mobilize our Loads of Hope program where we can be of the most help to others while ensuring the safety of our own staff and volunteers. Tide will also help bring hope throughout the year to many other natural disasters via its donations and support of Feeding America. You can help by going to and purchasing a Tide Loads of Hope vintage t-shirt. All of the profits support families affected by disasters.

Q. Who is Junk Food?
A. Junk Food Clothing was founded in 1998 to create the perfect t-shirt: a vintage, soft-weathered tee that captures the essence of American pop-culture through licensed, retro-inspired graphics. Junk Food first partnered with Tide in 2007 to create the Loads of Hope vintage t-shirt.

Q. Where are the Tide Vintage T-shirts made?
A. All Tide Vintage T-shirts are made in the USA. Junk Food has 2 facilities in Los Angeles, CA that dye, sew and screen print the t-shirts.

Q. What is the fabric blend of the t-shirts?
A. All Tide Vintage t-shirts are 50% cotton/50% polyester blend.

Q. What is the sizing for the women’s t-shirts?
A. The women’s vintage t-shirts are created for a more fitted look. Please see the size chart in the previous slide for more information.

Q. How much is shipping?
A. With the purchase of one Tide Loads of Hope t-shirt, the standard shipping cost is $5.00. With the purchase of two or more t-shirts, the standard shipping costs are waived. Expedited shipping is $17.00 regardless of quantity purchased. Please see the above slide for additional shipping information.

My Life Rocks and My Life Sucks – Two New T-Shirts from Print Liberation

I’m loving the political and apocalyptic themes coming out of Print Liberation, they are right on.

Check out what they call the “ultimate package

If you want a really good update on the state of the economy and specifically the banks pls listen to this episode of This American Life with a former Chief Economist of the IMF

On This Day In History Joseph Stalin Died & related T-Shirts

For March 5th, at Tcritic we recall a controversial historical icon in life and death – Joseph Stalin, who died on March 5, 1953. Makes sense that someone as notorious as Stalin would spawn an explosion of t-shirts bearing his image. Interesting to see how a cultural revolution turned into a fashion icon – imagine wearing a t-shirt in the 1960s bearing communist propaganda!

Before we get to the oldies (and goodies), a more recent addition to my collection of communist themed shirts is from Headline Shirts, I Hammer/Sickle the 80s.

I’d rate the next 3 t-shirts my favourite communist t-shirts ever, in order of amazingness. Because of the magnitude of amazingness, i have already blogged about them – consider this a tribute post.

1.) RTMF Mao – wrote about this in 2006 but they are publicizing a reprint soon

2.) The Real Chairman Meaow
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3.) The Communist Party
(This one is Threadless’ best selling design. Check it out, if you haven’t already seen it).
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The Communist Party By Tom Burns

Any great t-shirts? Please submit your own!

Celebrate National Grammar Day with Your Retarded T-Shirt

What a great way to celebrate National Grammar Day than with the brilliant Your Retarded T-Shirt from Busted Tees.

If you find any other grammar jokes on T-Shirts pls link in the comments and i’ll update the post :)

Thanks to Soolara on twitter for pointing out it was National Grammar Day :) You can follow me on twitter @karllong.

Ask Me About Me – Cute Womens T-Shirt from Ciara Couture

This “Ask Me About Me” t-shirt is so good, I love it. Reminds me very much of another favorite “ask me about my crippling shyness” from Glarkware :) Both are like calls to action, maybe even conversation starters, which IMHO is one of the best things about T-Shirts, they become a kind of social lubricant often helping break the ice.

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ask me detail

(unfortunately Glarkware is offline right now working on new designs)

A Brilliantly Creative Watchmen T-Shirt

This is a brilliant design for Watchmen fans from Go Ape Shirts, there are lots of little Easter eggs in here for people who really know the story. Anyway, love the shirt and am very excited for the film to come out :) Check out the Official Watchmen Site, it’s pretty damn cool.

Follow me on Twitter @karllong for general updates and @TshirtWin for lower volume posts more focused on T-Shirts and opportunities to win t-shirts :)

On this day in History March 3rd t-shirt – Comstock Law Passed banning Smut through the mail

In March 3, 1873 a federal law was passed banning any smut being sent through the postal service, including contraceptives & educational pamphlets. Smut included literature and naked photos of women and even prevented contraceptives from being sent from overseas. Thankfully, the ban was lifted in 1936 so here are a couple of t-shirts to celebrate our rights to birth control & smut!

And obviously, a “Reading is Sexy” t-shirt

and here’s some more smut from 5733 out of Oakland

On this day in History March 2nd T-Shirt – Philip K. Dick

Trying out a new idea on Tcritic doing a daily t-shirt connected to a historical happening of the day, let me know what you think.

For March 2nd, i wanted to recognize the death of Philip K. Dick, avid science fiction author & explorer of the psyche.

The Dreaming Of Androids T-Shirt is a charming reference to one of Philip K. Dick’s renowned novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which was the basis for the classic movie Blade Runner.

I also liked “Mental Refinery from District Cotton,” because of the similarity the woman bears to a replicant & the metaphorical exploration of the psychological.

UPDATE: More PKD stuff from Diesel Sweeties, thx boogah who suggested this in the coments

Also you can watch A Scanner Darkly, another PKD inspired movie on Netflix instant.