This is another shirt I got sent awhile ago that I have yet to post up.
Team Space Pirate is a “new type of visual art project bringing together a vision and people”. They make their shirts through the process of Doodlism, at least as far as I can tell. I’m not sure if Doodlism is an official term or something they created (I’m not an art person), but here’s the description from their site:
It’s art that has been created through self-manifestation. True art is here for every one of us, and we all have the ability to create. Doodlism is a spirituality-based art form. The art form is completely improvisational and has nothing to do skill. Through the process itself, and the passage of time one true style is developed. Every step of the journey is a positive experience. There is a feeling self-empowerment when looking back and watching your style develop and seeing personal growth. In Doodlism, if you are trying too hard to create, you have left the main principal of the art form. When you draw, you simply draw. When you paint, you simply paint.
The technique leads to a very original style for their shirts, which I find to be a good thing.
Above is the shirt they sent me. I had to use product pictures again because of my camera. You can definitely see the Doodlism coming through in the design. This is also another design with tons of detail. It may just look like an alien and his friend, but if you look closely at their bodies you can see tons of individual designs. The level of detail is just amazing.
Team Space Pirate prints their shirts on American Apparel and Intergalactic Friends can be had for $24.99
Thriving Ink sent me this shirt awhile ago, and I feel bad for not getting this review up earlier, I just lost track of this one (and another) with the whole Ireland thing. But, I’ve found it now, so you won’t miss out. Score!
First off, Thriving Ink seems like a pretty cool company. They specialize in “urban and metro sportswear”, and I recommend you read their mission statement. I like most of their designs – they’ve got a great style. It reminds me somewhat of Imaginary Foundation in some aspects (not that they’re the same, i just see similarities between the two).
The shirt they sent me came in a custom mailing envelope and was packed full of extras. Included were stickers, a spring 08 collection brochure, and even a poster. For me, the throw-ins show the company is going the extra mile.
Now on to the actual shirt – my camera seemed to be turning out blurry pictures which didn’t give the design justice, so I’m just going to use Thriving Ink’s stock pictures.
The design has so much going on – the level of detail is really amazing. There’s an old man, there’s monsters – you really just need to look at it to see everything. That being said, I think that it also looks good from far away, even if you can’t see all the detail. So a definite win-win.
They print their tees on American Apparel, with custom printed tags (they cut out the AA tags and print their own, similar to Threadless). Radical Rambunction can be had for $19.95.
Kindred was kind enough to send me this (and one other) shirt to be reviewed. Kindred is one of my favorite stores out there, so I recommend everyone check them out.
They print all their shirts on American Apparel, which is a big boost in my opinion. The shirts and very comfortable and made in the USA to boot.
As for the design, I really like it (which makes sense, given that I picked it). I’m assuming its based on Planet of the Apes, but irregardless, there’s just something about the design that makes me laugh.Â I guess I’m just a sucker for these type of designs. Also, Kindred uses quite nice printing techniques, as the actual print is very soft and hardly (if at all) noticeable.
Circle Squared just sent me their official launch tee to review. The shirt came in a USPS box via Priority Mail. Along with the box was a little business card type add-in.
As for the shirt, it has the rocket launching, which I assume represents the launch of their clothing line. It also includes their slogan, company name, and website. The design is relatively simple, but still good looking.
They print all their shirts on American Apparel, which is definitely a plus. Some of their other shirts also represent an interesting take on the themes of pirates, cowboys, and ninjas. They’re worth checking out.
Head on over to Circle Squared’s site and check out their other tees.
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
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
American Pig Brand just kindly sent me their King Herald Slate t-shirt to review. This is my first review, so I’m just going to start at the beginning and go straight through the process.
The shipping was lightning quick, I literally received the shirt 3 days or so after James said he was sending me one. I’m going to assume they take the same care with all their customers, so you can expect the same. The package came nicely folded in a ziplock bag inside a padded envelope; they even threw in some stickers which is a nice touch.
Now, on to the design. As I said before in my previous American Pig post, I’m a sucker for t-shirts with crest type designs, and this one is no exception. It’s a solid design that is pretty damn cool looking and is just the right size for the shirt. Which brings me to my next point: the shirt. American Pig prints on American Apparel, so, as you can imagine, their shirts are incredibly comfortable.
Overall, I give American Pig Brand and this shirt two thumbs up.
*Note, if you want, you can see pictures of my ugly self wearing this shirt over at my Flickr (which will be added to the site soon if it isn’t already).
Price: $27.00 | American Pig Brand