I was doing my usual browse around Etsy earlier today when I came across this awesome Star Wars t-shirt gem. It’s a masterpiece of absurdity. Darth Vader riding a bicycle is just as funny on a t-shirt as I thought it would be. I love it.
You can pick up this design for $23.00 from Iron Spider’s store on Etsy. It’s printed on American Apparel.
I was sifting through my incredibly overfull inbox tonight when I came across this great new brand called Pistols in Paradise. It’s got an urban feel to it, but it’s also got something else that appeals to me. I don’t usual like urban/street t-shirts but I dig pretty much all of these. You’ll have to just check out the designs yourself to get what I’m saying.
As I said, I like most of the designs I saw. I think this one is my favorite though–a combination creature of Biggie and Shakespeare. The shirt works on two levels for me. First, it’s just goofy…because it’s Shakespeare’s head on Notorious B.I.G.’s body. But, it also works because both men are poets in their own way, even if the delivery differs a bit.
Anyway, I’m a fan of Pistols in Paradise. You can pick up this design, as well as check out their other stuff, at their store. All their t-shirts cost $19.00 each.
Headline Shirts is starting a nice little line of shirts with outlandish and made up quotes from respected literary masters. Their “Shakespeare: This Shit Writes Itself” t-shirt is a classic, and now they added Mr. Mark Twain to the list. Mark Twain makes quite a few appearances on “top quotes” lists, but I doubt this little statement would make such compilations. Apparently Twain had a slightly more immature side, and was known for his epic “that’s what she saids”. I don’t think this one is as funny as the Shakespeare quote, but I definitely still enjoyed it. I hope they continue to make more of these designs, as I love the juxtaposition between respected writers and ridiculous quotes. I imagine you’d get quite a few confused stares if you wore this shirt around.
If you share my like for this concept and want to pick up the design, it will cost you $24.00 at Headline Shirts. We’ve also got a Headline Shirts coupon code, which should save you some solid money if you’re buying two or more shirts. As with all of Headline Shirts’ designs, you should definitely check out the product description–they’re often quite hilarious.
I was browsing around Sub Pop earlier today amassing an overflowing cart of awesome vinyl albums, when I came across this gem of a t-shirt. It’s got one of those wacky characters that I love so much. I also am a fan of the “down for life” slogan. I dunno, I just like it. This shirt was originally released at the Pitchfork Festival. Now, I may have a simmering dislike (I didn’t say hatred!) for Pitchfork, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dig this shirt. Plus, I love Sub Pop, and that’s the actual name on the t-shirt. I love them not only because their awesome lineup of bands, but because they still churn out really cool vinyl releases.
You can grab this design for $18.00 at the Sub Pop store. It’s printed on a white American Apparel 50/50 blend t-shirt. The designer is Ryan Duggan, from Chicago. I’m gonna try to find some more of his stuff–I’m hoping he designs t-shirts fairly regularly.
I love this t-shirt. I burst out at laughing as soon as I saw the title (I Hate Taking the Bus to Work). It’s just my kind of humor I guess. Not only is the concept funny, but I think the person (creature?) looks absolutely ridiculous, in a good way. I mean…that mustache? C’mon! Frankly, the image by itself makes me laugh. The title is just the gravy on top of the mashed laughing.
You can pick this awesome, awesome design up for 26 Euros from the German store, A Better Tomorrow. A Better Tomorrow continuously finds great designs. I just wish they were in the USA so there would be no shipping/Euro pains. They’re the same people who sell Evil Scream, which is one of my favorite designs. Anyway, check out this design, and then browse around the rest of the store because you will probably find a bunch more stuff you like.
I just found out about Edgar R. McHerly’s t-shirt shop…and I’m in looooove with his style. He’s got that quirky touch that I’m such a big fan of. The little slogan on the site is “Don’t be surprised if the people in your head try to escape one day,” which I’d say is a pretty legitimate description of what’s happening in the shirt.
If you like this t-shirt, you should check out the rest of Edgar’s designs, as they won’t let you down. The prices are also fairly cheap–you can pick up The Escape for only $15.00. It’s printed on a lime American Apparel unisex tee (which is an awesome, awesome color. Trust me). Enjoy!
This past weekend I attended the XPoNential Music Festival, right across the Deleware from Philadelphia in beautiful Camden, NJ (well…partially beautiful). One of the acts I saw was Jukebox the Ghost. After watching their awesome set, I checked out the merch tent by the stage and was incredibly impressed with the style and quality of their t-shirt designs. It’s like these things were made for my sensibilities. Anyway, after hanging around that merch tent I knew what was getting posted on troundup! Here are the two Jukebox the Ghost t-shirts they had at the show, both of which I really like.
This first one, Lineghost, is my favorite (although I really like both of them). I think it’s a bold move to not actually put the full name of the band on the shirt in text. It shows they care more about creating a shirt worthy of being worn than increasing their brand awareness. The design is simple and quirky and awesome. You can pick it up for the low price of $15.00 at Jukebox the Ghost’s merch store.
This is the second Jukebox the Ghost t-shirt from the show, and I also love it. It’s got a little more going on than the first one. Again, I love the style. The ghosts are just so simple and goofy looking–it’s great. You can also pick this one up for $15.00 from the merch store.
You guys know that I like featuring Etsy t-shirts sometimes, and when someone emails me it makes it all the easier to do that. Lemme just say, I love this shirt. I don’t know where Ashley’s inspiration came from, but I’m a fan of this crazy “strung-out, meth head version of E.T.” (his words, not mine). It’s a side of E.T. the world has never seen. In addition to liking the concept (of a meth head E.T.), I also love the illustration style. It’s crazy cool by itself, but the fun isn’t over…
Ashley draws each design by hand, using fabric dye markers (which are permanent and won’t fade). This means that every shirt is a unique piece of art–no screen printing duplication here. It also means the shirt is a little more expensive than usual, weighing in at $40.00. Still, for a unique piece of E.T. meth head art, I think that’s worth it. Ashley also tells me he accepts commissions and can draw the design on any size shirt. So yeah, this design is a little out there, but I dig and hopefully you do to. You can pick it up at Etsy. Again, Ashley hand draws these and can do so on whatever size shirt you’d like if you contact him.
P.S. This is pretty much why I created a blog post category called “quirky t-shirts”. This is the definition, right here.
I just got an email from Ryan at Carraway Clothing about their new summer line; and boy do I dig it (and that’s not just the couple highballs that I’ve drank talking!). I like the style very much. It reminds me a bit of Linty Fresh, which I really love. To be honest, I usually don’t wear these types of shirts (or graphic shirts in general…eeek), but, I do love looking at them. I’m more in love with the art style than the t-shirt itself. That probably sounds more like a negative than a positive, which isn’t the way I mean it. Basically, this design, as with much of the Carraway Clothing summer line, is awesome. You should buy it, unless you’re weird like me, and then you should just enjoy looking at it.
You can pick up the design for $22.00 at Carraway Clothing. Check out the rest of their summer line too, there is some good stuff. Ryan also offered me a troundup coupon, and I will update the post when/if I get the code.
P.S. I beg forgiveness for the rambling of this post. As I mentioned, I’m about three, strong highballs deep.
Go Ape Shirts is at it again; and by “it”, I mean making really awesome t-shirts. Their latest offering, The Plumber’s Empire, delves into the much-loved world of Mario. The design depicts, in humorous and 8-bit stylized fashion, what Mario’s domain might look like on our very own planet Earth. I love both the concept and the execution–well done Go Ape Shirts! It’s also cool to check out where your home would lie on Mario’s map.
You can pick up this design for the fair price of $20.00 at the Go Ape Shirts store. It’s printed on American Apparel. Also, I apologize if this post is not written very good (sic). I know rambling abounds, and a few cliches decided to come along for the ride. However, I’m feeling fairly crappy right now, so the most elequent words are, perhaps, not flowing from my head that well. I’ll be back tomorrow with a vengeance, though!