Melvin from Rhetoric


“Bird by bird.” “Show don’t tell.” Melvin is a literal interpretation of the streaming conscious. It is an ink drawing on paper that has adapted nicely to the t-shirt medium. Its position on the shirt invites visual curiosity.

I really like the illustration on this one–Melvin looks really cool. His “streaming conscious” is also cool looking, and is an interesting concept for a shirt. I’m really glad they went with a wrap around print for this one, because if it was all on the front of the shirt it would not be nearly as effective. I just wish I could find a little more zoomed in view of what he’s thinking about.

Rhetoric prints on their own unique blanks, which usually means they’re really comfortable (although I’ve yet to try one, so I can’t 100% make that claim–it’s just an educated guess). Check it out!

Also, get free shipping with the coupon code TROUNDUP09.

The Chapter 12 Tee from Paper Root Clothing


Here’s a shirt from a company, Paper Back Clothing, that I’ve never written about before. I came upon them through Rumplo, and I’m really glad I did, because they’ve got some sick designs going on over there. There are a bunch I like–I just decided to write about this one because it was one of my top favorites. I love the blue and green color scheme on it, as well as the geometry and idea behind the shirt, which, quoting them, is “Infinite space…. need i say more?”.

Pick this one up from Paper Root Clothing for $23.00 on an American Apparel shirt.

4 — New Shirt of the Week from Rise and Resist (RandR)


Rise and Resist (or RandR, I’m not sure which they prefer) have been pumping out some really great designs every week. Before they were a little hit and miss with me, but now I seem to be getting hit fairly constantly–let’s hope I don’t bruise (sorry about that one, it’s bad, I know). I’m not entirely sure what, or if there even is a background story to this shirt, I just think it looks dang cool.

You can pick it up for $18.00 in either lemon or pomegranate American Apparel at their store. You can also use a RandR coupon to save some money.  Currently, use randr8414 for $5 off until May 10th. There’s a chance that coupon may only work on this design–I’m not sure.

Slayer2000 from Homeroom Clothing

I don’t know why this one caught my eye (I rhyme), as it’s seemingly just a random pattern of swipes, but it looks pretty damn cool. You can get it on other colors which also look equally cool, this one was just my favorite. It will run you $32 at HomeRoom Clothing.

The HomeRoom camp busts out another abstract piece for the faithful, cause all previous 8,999 versions are now sold out.

This shirt is a combed 100% cotton 6 ounce tee. The print is water based, with the HomeRoom logo printed in 3M reflective ink on the back.

Imaginary Foundation Makes Me Wish I Liked Black Shirts

I can’t stand black shirts (I get really hot in them if there’s any sun/light around), but these two from Imaginary Foundation almost make me forget about that – especially the second one. Maybe someday they’ll print these on dark blue or something (hint hint), but until then, I urge all you people who don’t dislike black shirts to pick these up. They’re $30 each at Imaginary Foundation.

Introducing Violent Elegance

Violent Elegance has some pretty sweet shirts, especially if you’re into geometry. As you can see, the designs are simple (circles, triangles and squares). But simple isn’t bad, they look really cool. It’s the fade that makes the shirts. They have some colorful versions, but I think the white and black is definitely the best looking.

Check it out.

New Series from Owl Movement – Lines and Diagrams

Owl Movement has just released Series 7 – Lines and Diagrams. As I’ve come to expect from them, it’s another batch of excellent and creative designs. Rather than talking about it, I’ll let their new designs do the speaking.

There’s not a single one I dislike. Check them out at Owl Movement.

Captain Jack’s Cosmic Trip T-Shirt from Spectral Apparel

I just got an email from Tofer at Spectral Apparel asking me to check out his line shirts. I like what I see, he’s got some talent. Here’s my favorite, Captain Jack’s Cosmic Trip.


Name: Captain Jack’s Cosmic Trip
T-Shirt Type: American Apparel
Price: $20.00
Where to Buy: Spectral Apparel

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