Check out the latest tee shirts inspiration from our Tumblr blog, Tee Shirts Daily, featuring cool kids in their tees moment. Don’t forget to submit your pictures as well.
I hope you will find yourself doing something great this weekend, something with “power” perhaps? Because there’s something about “power” that if used wisely, might help you earn $1000 cash prize from MASScanvas and Pete Wentz‘s of Fall Out Boy as they’re teaming up for T-shirt design contest that will benefit Invisible Children. Here’s the detail:
Starting from February 1, 2012 — fans can submit designs for the “POWER” challenge until February 29th at masscanvas.com. ALL entries will be featured on masscanvas.com, Entrants and fans can comment on designs throughout the challenge and VOTE for the top 20 designs. On March 22, Pete Wentz will choose 5 winning tees (each receiving a $1,000 cash prize), from the top 20, which he feels best represent the theme. The 5 winning tees will be printed in limited quantity, individually hand-numbered, and sold in support of the charitable cause.
MASScanvas: website / "POWER" T-shirt Design Challenge / Facebook / Twitter
I think there lots more tee shirt design contest from MASScanvas than you think. MASScanvas x Pete Wentz is the 6th challenge, so what about the rest?
Matt Rhys-Davies has worked in all areas of digital over the last decade; from development and build, through to content, marketing and site analysis, of which he intermittently blogs about. He is currently the eCommerce and Marketing Manager at Goodfibres and Spinning Hat
I’m writing from Goodfibres – a website dedicated to crowd-sourcing ethical and sustainable design. We’re not here to plug our t-shirts and designs, but rather to explain the trials and tribulations; joy and frustrations that we have encountered in building our online community, how far we’ve come in a short space of time, and where we feel we’re headed and where we’d like to take you.
You all, my readers, are Wanderlusters! That’s what I thought when I saw Threadless’ gift guide for the Wanderlusters. I mean, it’s been amazing year with all exciting things happened to me as run this blog: I got new blog theme and logo for cottonable, reviewed so many tee shirts and brands but the most important thing to me is unforgettably countless of new people whom I met in person or via email.
This article is writte by Lee Patterson is a custom t-shirt printing specialist that works with many different companies to create promotional products. He has held positions with many top labels and brands, consulting on their artwork design process.
Custom t-shirt printing is not only a great business idea but can also be very fulfilling on a personal level as well. Whether you’re designing promotional products, gifts or even items for your own use, custom t-shirts have a variety of uses.
They are easy to manufacture, hold great value/novelty, and do not have to be extremely expenses to produce. However, if you want to do things right, there are some secrets of the trade that you should know. Keep these 8 tips in mind whenever you are designing a custom t-shirt and you’ll ensure that there is strength and quality in your design.
#1 – Always Use High Quality Products –
There are a lot of different t-shirt manufacturers out there. They are located from Canada to China and all offer differing quality, price and cuts. But when designing a custom printed t-shirt you want to ensure you have the top of the line when it comes to plain t-shirts. Always use a 100% cotton t-shirt when possible, and a 50/50 blend in cases you can’t.
There are several brands to choose from including American Apparel, Fruit of the Loom and Gildan. Depending on the feel you want from the t-shirt, you can choose from light to heavy weights. When decided which style of shirt to get consider your budget, purpose for design and the end user of the shirt. This will ensure you have the best possible quality for the job you’re trying to do.
#2– Get Your Colours Right –
When designing artwork there are several things you need to consider. Some obvious ones include the size and style of the design, the message you’re trying to get across and even the colours you use. When deciding on your colour scheme, however, be sure you know which colour mode you should design in. Most computer software works by default with RGB and CMYK colour modes.
However, to ensure full accuracy of colours you will want to incorporate PMS colours. PMS stands for Pantone Matching System and is a system of matching colours for use in manufacturing and printing. It ensures the closest match to the colours you intended with your artwork. Ask your designer or t-shirt printers more about how this works if you’re unclear.
Congrats to Cottonable two readers JTN & JackieC who participated in Cottonable x HelloFresco shout contest! If you remember, last month we did a shout contest, asked you readers to shout the following sentence in complete form “There should only be _____________ in the world, because/so that _______________”
Brightspot Market is back! The famous unique retail concept that always held in different location will be opened again this end 2011, inviting more than 130 local (Indonesia) and international designers, artists and indie retailers that bring wide range of one-of-a-kind fashionable items.
You will simply find anything you’d love to wear, from top to bottom.
This November, it will be held from from Nov. 24th-27th in Plaza Senayan, Jakarta and expected to be the 7th and biggest installment of Brightspot, held in the luxurious Plaza Senayan, filling 3,500 square meters of raw space in the former bowling alley location.
If no late minute work stop me from going home earlier, I will be on the opening party of Brightspot Market tonight for the opening party and find some cool tee shirts (hopefully) — thanks to the exclusive invitation I got yesterday.
More to see… participating brands:
Since its inception to Danish fashion scene in 1995, ONLY has always been perceived as denim brand with spirit to spread the true jeans-attitude to everybody.
It’s “denimized” tee shirts, moreover, reflects its indigo blue and denim state-of-mind through vintage-ish look and feel with details and trimmings that are found on each item within the collection. No matter if you are more into the tomboy or a girly style, ONLY wardrobes are always something for you to wear.
The brand is getting huge everyday, sold in more than 4,000 wholesale shops and is present in 23 markets. ONLY is a part of the worldwide fashion company Bestseller. It’s also part of DefShop women collection, one of my favorite T-Shirts online store when it comes to streetwear, skate- and fashion highlights.
ONLY: Website / Facebook / Twitter | DefShop: Stylish Streetwear / Twitter
Bonus: ONLY – Behind the scenes! – Winter 2011 (Video)
T-world present NEXT, a dedicated to the past, present and future of the T-shirt industry.
Starting from November 4 to December 11 — Outpost Project was happened in in Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, to showcase of world’s best street art. Within the cavernous steel confines of the Heavy Machine Shop lies NEXT, a vibrant display of the planet’s most comprehensive collection of graphic T-shirts.
1,000+ T-shirts on display
150+ T-shirt artists, designers and labels
40+ exclusive portrait photographs by Nicole Reed
15+ T-shirts of the future from high profile local and international artists and designers
What’s next after this?
T-World: Facebook / Vimeo | (Directed by) Versus Media
After this, Outpost Project video commercial:
As I watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm last month’s episode, I started to think that it is important to recognize these micro social maneuvers. In the episode, Larry David describes the Chat & Cut as,
feigning familiarity with someone [you] vaguely know for the sole purpose of cutting in line.
Whether you are seeking entrance into an small buffet lunch or at your friends reception wedding, the Chat & Cut means you can end up in the front of the line while potentially forging a new friendship — if you don’t get busted.
Buy: The Chat & Cut T-shirt (Men & Women - $20) / BustedTees / Facebook / Twitter
Check out the video episode after this
RIPT Apparel has been serving both tee shirt lovers and artists for the last 2 years, consistenly with its one-a-day $10/tee sales model as it tries to exploit opportunity to discover and promote new artists while creating potential collector’s items that customers can wear with pride.
RIPT’s Artist Appreciate Month was started November 1st, 2011. It’s an appreciation program for selected participant artists that’s definitely worth to fight . For all 30 days of November, every design that is printed at RIPT Apparel our artists will receive a bonus $25 Amazon gift card as and addition to reguler $1 dollar per garment sold.
Apart from that, RIPT will also be giving a $1,000 bonus to the artist with the bestselling design of the month — it’s like 1 in 30 chance of winning an extra $1000. So, grab your tools and start planning your year-end holiday trip with that $1000 bucks. Good luck!
A calling for all tee shirts designers in America or anyone who who want to give a shot on how “How To Make It In America” tee should look like:
HBO is looking for the next official HTMIIA t-shirt, and there’s a hefty grand prize for awaiting for the best idea and execution — if you fame doesn’t give you any satisfaction.
Apart from design will be exclusively produced and sold by the HBO Shop; there’s also some unbeatable prizes for the winner, a combination of a $5,000 cash prize, Season 1 DVD and Blu-Ray, plus the shirt itself will be given for free.
You have less than two weeks till the submission close, below is the link:
How To Make It In America: Submit Design on Facebook / Twitter / Website
What a sad day :’(
The world, not just Apple, as lost a visionary and creative genius, one of a kind human being that will not probably exist in the next hundred years.
Myself have been inspired, in many ways, by his touch of genius and so people surrounding me. I really hope Apple, as company he built, could continue his spirit of brilliant innovations that no one or institution could ever done in similar way.
Don’t forget to to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences to email@example.comT-shirt by Might Tees: His Steveness ($14.99)
LUVD is clothing brand with passion. And its passion is not only flooding the earth with good looking tee shirts and other kinds of apparel but also to brings a very strong message of encouragement while offering a means to support worthwhile causes. It works hand-in-hand with community (Falling Whistles, Discover the Journey, Preemptive Love Coalition and Lifewater International) and consumers (you!) to realize its dream.
A little bit more about LUVD after the break:
The thing I really like about Suki is a great deal of thoughts it put on design and the amounts of energy it spends to create cutting edge fashion, especially with its first summer line of limited edition men’s T-shirts (courtesy of Ben Palhov). I’d love to see Suki moving forward as it’s seeking growth in the indie fashion field. Some words from Suki about its mission
The first thing you see when you walk by a stranger is the outside of that stranger – their face and their clothing. The way that stranger dresses is the way that stranger would like to be portrayed to the world. Our mission is to create a line perfect for people wanting to express their individuality through dress.
More from Suki…
Lets our friends celebrate their Memorial Day weekend, but we’ve got very important, undercover mission here: to grab some uber-cool tee shirts based on internet memes at Busted Tees. There are two reasons for that.
First, because the internet memes are so huge that we gotta commemorates them. Secondly, because Busted Tees wants us to celebrate by giving a delicious 40% off their Memes tees. So what are they?
Read on my previous postings:
In future, everyone is identified with radio transmitter (or maybe something like RFID) that is implanted in their body, makes it possible to trace everyone and everywhere. If someone is found dead, a red bubble will be shown up in Google Maps marking the place where the body found. Quite scary isn’t it if the situation may really happen in the future?Don’t Drink and Blog T-shirt… Read more
Nature is one of the biggest inspirations for our lives, including the designer and that makes two designers from Design By Humans make a shirt design that takes natural elements as the theme. Keeper of Secret out ($19) is a T-shirt design that tells a story experienced by the designer’s friend, Maria. A bird may be the best secret keeper in your life. Birds will only open the story in the targeted person. Like the pigeon which deliver love letters right on target. Wearing this shirt evokes our emotions and we will remember the memory that brought by the bird. So what if the bird is flying in Japanese castle and highlighted the full moon light? This is what will happen, When The Sunsets in the City of Sunrise: Another View ($21). The beauty of nature once again becomes a great inspiration for designers. This tee tells the story of a beautiful natural silhouette of Kyoto seen from the rays of the full moon. A beautiful portrait inspired by nature. When I saw this shirt for the first time, I was speechless. A very beautiful masterpiece! Designers who have a high-level of imagination are those who use nature as his inspiration. And I believe that everyone could be a designer. Because the Design By Humans accept anyone who wants to be a designer to work with best — from all around the world. Keeper of Secret out came from the south-east of Asia (Surabaya, in which Regalu domicile, is one of a big city in Indonesia) while When The Sunsets in the City of Sunrise: Another View was designed by 22 years-old Bulgarian.
It was my friend’s sudden chat message that stop me from doing those boring assignments for a moment. “Emptees will be closed down,” Iboy said. I took less than a second to check the website and went deep to Emptees section called “Talk” and found this title of posting: “Emptees will be closing on March 1st.”
ihearithurts a.k.a Matt Wigham who is a member of Emptees, suppose to be the admin as well, explained clearly on the posting that the one of the hugest online community for T-shirt designer will be closing on March, 1st 2011. “It’s like less than a month, goddamnit!” I screamed.
Since its started in 2007, Emptees.com has become one of the most favorite hangout place for T-shirt designer — that lately reformed itself into a huge community with 40,000 strong designers . Well, there are some other T-shirt communities like t-shirtforums.com or even Threadless, an ingoing T-shirt competition that host tee designers from all over the world. But Emptees gives different ambience.
It’s a place to showcase everyone T-shirt designs (or digest what other people showcases as aspiration) for some dudes who care most about it. With talents who always push their skills beyond their frontiers like Rob Dobi, Electric Zombie, Jimiyo, Chris Rushing and Derek Deal — beating the other tees and become Emptees’ “Tee of The Day” is something that gives them satisfaction and a confident-booster. This is one factor that pushed design submissions to less than 50,000 pieces and make it a hyperactive community with 30,000 forum posts, and over 1,000,000 comments and vote in just about 3 years.
But Emptess was in growing pain.
Matt’s short posting mentioned several reasons behind the decision to shutdown the 40,000 strong community after 3 years of running. High hosting cost and inability of Indie Labs, as community manager, to avoid the lack of new features and improvements while the site is growing are the two first reasons. But there is another reason that obviously give its member a quite powerful kick in a ass.
“We greatly underestimated the amount of moderation and maintenance a community of this scale requires,” Matt said, “(while) there are some very necessary moderation features missing to maintain quality control.” Closing the statement, Matt added, “worst of all, the community has grown increasingly negative to each other.”
I’m not sure myself if I have to be proud or regret when I call Emptees a hyperactive community in its young age. But the hyperactiveness has become somewhat disturbing over the time for Indie Labs . There are times when members trying to take down other members’ designs for an unclear reasons or unacceptable behavior. On the other hand, there was a somewhat organized attack towards members from a specified country while others was busy trying to hunt some fake accounts.
I think I just have to remember that the guys at Indie Labs rather called themselves “a team of passionate design and technology nerds building simple + thoughful things for the world.”
Forget your wish to find the word community or even social at company welcome message. Even if they four voluteering moderators for Emptees and Dan Christofferson as Indie Labs’ community person, I suppose it would put him on more important things: Big Cartel and Pulley. The first is customizable online store dedicated for bands, clothing designers, crafters, and other artists while the later is a service to help people sell their downloadable product from any website, blog, social network, or Big cartel store.
Well, I could only say this after noticing that Big Cartel forum is back, about two weeks before Emptees closure was announced. Get it?
So, Emptees is sinking and some are trying to save the boat. Who are they? That’s not the question to as, it should be: Will the new Emptees got any better with the new “name” if at the end of the day, it will be filled by the same people?
Let’s wait for the new chapter.
Here we go again: My favorite tee shirt video review Co-tee TV featuring Cottonable, a collaboration between Cottonable and Coty Gonzales, is up! For this December edition (episode 49), we are featuring really cool tee shirts from two selected clothing labels: Crazy Dog T-shirts and Excess is OK (EIO). But before we go on to the review… I have an awesome news to share:
I’m not trying to replace your Santa, but isn’t it awesome to win the prizes!? This is what you should do to make your wish come true:
All you need to do is simply leave a comment below (on the comment form) mentioning your favorite Christmas Song of all time and you’ll be automatically entered to win a tee from Crazy Dog T-Shirts, EIO Clothing or a $25 Threadless Gift Certificate! Make sure you fill in with a valid email so that we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner.
You can leave your comment entries in three places. If you leave a comment in all three then you’ll receive three entries in the drawing. Leave a comment:
- Here on this post (find the comment form below)
- On the Coty Gonzales post featuring Co-Tee TV Episode 49
- On the Co-Tee TV Facebook Fan Page
You can only leave one comment entry on each place. So, if you want to increase your chance to win the prize, it’s highly recommend to leave your comment at all three places! There will be three winners, one for each of the three three prizes.
Important: Last day to enter and submit your comment mentioning what you all time favorite Christmas song is by Wednesday, December 23, 2009 (11:59 pm Hawaii time). Good luck!
Co-Tee TV Episode 49: Crazy Dog t-shirts & Excess Is OK
Now to find out how good the shirts from the two labels you got to watch The Cottonable x Co-Tee TV Episode 49. In this episode, Coty reviewing Evolution of War tee ($16.99) by Crazy Dog T-Shirts and Isometric t-shirt (£29.95 or $48 US) by Excess Is OK Clothing; you can also check out the video summary on CotyGonzales.com