CUSTOM Industries is a globally inspired streetwear brand whose aesthetic reflects the quest for adventure and the discovery of the obscure. CUSTOM is about individuality AND community, living life on the road and off-the-beaten path. Respect for the familiar and the unusual; opening eyes and minds to peoples, places and cultures from around the world, and in our own backyards.
Matt from CUSTOM Industries emailed me awhile back about reviewing some of their shirts. I liked them so much I asked Matt about getting an actual shirt to review, which he kindly sent out.
Here’s just a little background about the company. From reading the site, Matt, who is the founder, has traveled quite a bit around the world, 45 different countries to be exact. This can be easily seen in the various cultural icons/ideas their designs influenced by. These influences give their shirts a unique, global feel about them. Also, something which I find extremely cool, on all the tags of their shirts, it gives you the location from whence the shirt comes.
Like most of the companies I’ve dealt with, the shipping was extremely fast. Inside the package was the t-shirt, some cool stickers (they feel very cool, not the standard sticker), and a post card with a note from Matt.
The tee I received from them was their Bushido design. As you’d expect, this design is based on Japan’s Bushido code, which is something I find fascinating. It’s printed on a 70% Cotton, 30% Poly Ringer T-shirt, which, like most of the shirts I’ve received, is extremely comfortable.
The influences of their shirts, at least for me, could not be better. Combine that with excellent designs and comfortable tees, and you’ve got one kickass store. I strongly urge you to check out the rest of their designs.
Price: $30.00 | CUSTOM Industries
While a little expensive, I really like this tee from Young Lovers. Here’sÂ the inspiration behind the shirt summed up in one sentence, “Death to Arms and the worldwide arms race.” Another cool thing is that all their shirts are limited editions, as of now, only 100 prints of each shirt are made. Regarding what they print on, this is what I found, “All of our tees are made with the finest combed, ringspun 100% cotton.” They also offer a perfect fit guarantee, so you can always mail it back (at your expense) and get a new size if it doesn’t fit right.
Price: $39.00 | Young Lovers (scroll down for shirt)
This shirt reminds me of the “You’ve Got Some Splainin’ to Do” t-shirt from Threadless, which I find hilarious. I’m not sure which came first, but they’re both unique, and they’re both funny. Shirtstain prints on American Apparel and is also having a $10 sale on all their shirts. $10 for an American Apparel t-shirt is a great deal in itself, throw in the awesome design and it just gets sweeter.
Another tee of theirs I like is Hokusai, so check it out!
If you decide to order a tee, throw crn001 (at) gmail.com (remove spaces/replace (at) with @) in the referrer box so I can earn some points. You’ll get the personal satisfaction of having helped me out as well as my eternal gratitude.
Price: $10.00 | Shirtstain
Monday brings another batch of Threadless tees, and, just like last week, there are two that I really like.
I Have Something to Tell You is an awesome cute/quirky/funny design from Christopher Garcia. I think he pretty much nailed the coloring and design size as well. Like I said last week, I’m not a huge fan of burgundy, but because of all (well, two in the last two weeks) the good designs being printed on it, it’s growing on me.
You Sank My Battleship is one of the classic Threadless tees. I, and a bunch of other people, have been waiting for a reprint for a long time; I’m glad Threadless finally indulged us.
Sub Urban Riot was kind enough to send me their Tzars and Warlords t-shirt to review. Let’s start at the beginning with shipping. Jason shipped the shirt out the same day he offered me the review, how’s that for quick shipping? While I haven’t bought a shirt off them, I’ll assume they offer the same service to regular customers as well.
I got the package a few days later. It came in a bag with a little catalog book, and some branded matches. I got a little laugh out of the matches, because most people just send stickers, so that’s a nice touch.
Now on to the actual shirt. This shirt is one of the most comfortable tees I own. According to the site, they print on “100% cotton, Sub Urban Riot original rough cut design”. I don’t know where they get it, but it’s just amazingly comfortable. The sizes do run a little small though, so if your regular size is tight on you, you should consider ordering a size up.
Instead of giving my thoughts on the design, I’m just going to quote the product description, which sums it up pretty nicely: “Badass, tough as nails! Need we say more.” I also asked Jason for a little more about the shirts background, and here’s what I got:
Inspiration for Tzars and Warlords. Well it runs in the theme of our Ruin and Ancients designs. I hesitate to say we’re giving homage to tzars and warlords of history, but more of a recognition. There are some fascinating personalities and civilizations that sprouted from that type of rule. To put that into graphic form was exciting to create. There is some commentary in there too.
Overall, I really like both this shirt and Sub Urban Riot as a company. The shirt looks great and is incredibly comfortable, and the company has fast shipping and quick and friendly email responses. They’re also having a sale on some of their shirts right now, so you can pick some up cheap. You can see the shirt in action over at my Flickr feed.
Price: $36.00 | Sub Urban Riot
Regaal is an excellent design from Naature. The design comes in black on pink, or white on black (pictured above). The white on black is a limited edition, so if you like it, make sure to snag it now. This tee is printed on American Apparel, and can be had for the low price of $15.00 (cheap for an AA tee).
Price: $15.00 | Naature
Tank Theory just released a couple new shirts, one of which is this one, the Greatest Show on Earth. From the site,
Its a constant political and mental battle everyday everywhere on earth. Wars are being fought and operations being launched. Blood, black, blue, red and white, its an orgy of ravenous rulers fighting for domination over black goo and making this truly the Greatest Spectacle on Earth.
Like most Tank Theory tees, the design quality is excellent. I wish they would’ve printed this one in slim fit style though. They have the price listed, so maybe they’re still coming. There’s no way the slim fits are sold out already, considering t this tee was just released.
Also, Tank Theory is running a $15 sale on some of their t-shirts. I think it’s just to clear out stock, as none of my favorite designs are on sale, but they’re still good designs at a cheap price.
Price: $21.00 / $23.00 | Tank Theory
While this tee may share a title with the Foo Fighter’s awesome song, there’s no actual relationship. Regardless, it’s still a kick ass shirt. The shirt is actually inspired by Edward Abbeyâ€™s famous environmentalist book, The Monkey Wrench Gang (which I’ve never read). As I said before (I think), I love how all their shirts have actual meaning/inspiration behind them.
On to some of the more physical details, Spraygraphic prints on 100% cotton, sweatshop free t-shirts. Also, the body style is form fitting, which means it stays close to the body (aka. it’s comfortable, at least for me).
Price: $26.00 | Spraygraphic
I don’t have much time, but I just wanted to pop in for a quick entry to keep my roll of a post per day going. I posted up another one of Axid’s t-shirts awhile, and as I said then, and still do now, I like alot of their shirts, including this one. This one is probably in my top three or four (which I guess isn’t that amazing, considering they don’t have that many designs). I emailed them about what they print on, and they responded that it’s 100% cotton tees. I’m not sure what brand they are though.
Price: $25.00 | Axid
New T-Shirts at Threadless today, which means I’m going to end up spending some money. I wasn’t really interested in many of the brand new shirts this week, but I really like the two shirts they reprinted.
I really like this one (it’s already ordered). I’m not a huge fan of the burgundy shirt, but I love the little puppy Cerberus, so I ended up shelling out the dough to buy it.
This is another reprint that I really like. I’m not sure what attracts me to it (certainly not the natural color t-shirt), but I just really like it for some reason. The design is awesome, and I think there’s multiple ways it could be interpreted. I’ll probably end up buying this one as well.
Remember to use coupon code “couponitdotcom” for $3 off.
Price: $15.00 / $17.00 | Threadless