Sorry for the delay in posting–I’ve been travelling back and forth between houses and it’s slowed me down a bit. I’m back though, and ready to dive into things with renewed vigor! Doesn’t that sound fun? Anyway, I wanted to start with the third offering from the awesome Insound and Delicious Design collaboration project. If you haven’t heard, the collaboration creates unique and extremely limited edition t-shirts for various bands. This t-shirt is for the band Washed Out, who I’m not very familiar with. I’ve heard a few of their songs and remember liking them, but that’s about it. What’s more important though, is that I like the design and I like what Insound and Delicious Design are doing, so I’m going to support them. If you’re a fan of Washed Out, you should probably buy this shirt, because it’s awesome. It also supports a cool website, slangin’ the vinyl like it’s the 60s.
Even if I didn’t know this was a band t-shirt, I would still like it. The bullseye looks awesome, and I love how they have the “W” cutting through it. The design looks great! You can pick it up for $19.99 from the Insound store. Remember, the design is very limited, so they won’t be around forever, and you won’t see a bunch of strangers wearing it. Also remember that we have an Insound coupon code page, which usually has a coupon good for 10% off (although I think that just expired, unfortunately). You should also check out Washed Out–I will definitely be familiarizing myself with them in the coming days.
I apologize if this writing seems a little “rambly”. My brain is kind of fried from doing a bunch of non-t-shirt writing, and I’m having trouble being succinct.
The glorious reason for living that is Shark Week is almost upon us. In two days, Discovery Channel will be swimming (shitty pun…) in a metric ton of shark programming. Now, one could let last years disappointing Shark Week impostor (what the hell was that, Discovery? I want more than just shark attack shows) get in the way of their excitement. I will not do that though. I have faith that Discovery will get back on the horse and actually teach me about sharks. I wanna see sharks, not the same five people who got attacked by sharks. Plus, it gives sharks an undeserved bad rep. So, despite these lamentations, I will still muster up the excitement that Shark Week has commanded in the past. As such, I wanted to write this post up with just a few cool shark week t-shirts. If you order quickly enough you might be able to get them in time for the festivities.
This first one, Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week from Jon Kruse at Mediocore Clothing, is most definitely my all-time favorite Shark Week t-shirt. It manages to combine two awesome things–Shark Week and 30 Rock–into one great t-shirt. I already own this tee, and I will be doing my best to wear it all week.
This second tee, A Day to Remember from Victory Records, also manages to bring in the 30 Rock quote. They also depict very well what Shark Week was last year–a bunch of Sharks chomping down on unsuspecting humans. I love the sheer carnage going on in this shirt. It’s officially my second favorite Shark Week shirt. It costs $20.00 and is printed on American Apparel.
I don’t like this design quite as much as the previous two shirts. Still, if you like sharks, you can show it with this shirt. It’ll run you $26.97 at Palmercash.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find good Shark Week t-shirts on the Internet. There is an abundance of crappy designs, but only a few good ones. If I missed a cool shark shirt please let me know. This post isn’t meant to be comprehensive or anything, but I’m always looking to add quality Shark Week tees to my posting catalog.
So…I really dig this Yoda t-shirt from the Portugese (I think) brand, Camiseta. I think Camiseta translates into “shirt”, so these guys are pretty literal in naming their company. Anyway, this is one of my favorite Star Wars t-shirts ever, which is saying something given how many awesome and witty Star Wars t-shirts there are out there. This one is just great–I feel like blending Yoda and Kung-Fu was a pre-determined stop on the natural progression of the Internet. If you can’t see because of the images size–Yoda is catching a fly-like X-Wing with a pair of chopsticks. Comedy ensues.
I love how much detail they went into with depicting Yoda–you see every little wrinkle, and it looks super realistic. I also like how he looks very much like the Karate Kid trainer guy (dunno his name). The headband definitely helps achieve this. This is one of the designs where I think the concept itself is great, but the implementation is even better. Kudos for making a truly unique and awesome Star Wars t-shirt, guys!
The only slight negative to this t-shirt is the price. It will cost you a fairly hefty $55.00 to pick it up. While this may be quite an investment, I think it’s worth it if you’ve got the money, as the design friggin’ rules. They even let you split it into two payments of $27.50, if that makes it easier for you (I’ve never seen an installment payment plan on t-shirts before!). Check this awesome design out at the Camiseta store–the small pictures on this post don’t do it justice.
Let me know in the comments if you like this t-shirt as much as I do! I really do think it’s the bees’ knees–certainly one of my favorite shirts in a long time. Maybe I’m just weird though…
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.
Eddie just emailed me about his cool new “Where Are You From? CA, NY or Other” t-shirt. Speaking as someone living in Philadelphia, I’m not sure I can fully agree with the sentiment, but I’m guessing this t-shirt would be especially relevant in the film industry. Even if I don’t entirely agree, I still think it’s a cool and clever design worthy of being checked out.
Rather than a traditional store, Eddie is selling is design through Kickstarter, and the first 25 orders are allowed to pay whatever they want. As with all Kickstarter projects, the shirts won’t get printed unless the goal of $1,000 is reach. Of course, if the goal isn’t reached you won’t be charged anything, so there’s no risk. Anyway, check it out and help him out if you like the shirt, ’cause Eddie still has a bit of a ways to go. The shirt is also a limited run–so you won’t be seeing it all over the place. I’m guessing most of the shirts will be concentrated in California and New York.
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.
Maybe you haven’t heard (in that cave you’ve been living in), but the final Harry Potter movie comes out this weekend. It’s the end of my childhood. I was pretty much the perfect age to grow up with the Harry Potter books; and grow up I did. They will always hold a dear place in my heart just because of that connection: Harry grew up while I grew up. I’m going to try and put a bunch of shirts together for the movie release, but until then I thought I would post this bad boy from Tee Fury. It’s just a little goofy shoutout to Harry Potter. If you miss the joke: the shirt looks very much like one of those generic Abercrombie/Old Navy athletic shirts, but it’s Harry Potter.
I like the design, but I love Harry Potter: i.e. this design was destined to be posted no matter what. It’s being sold at Tee Fury, so you only have 24 hours to buy it. It also only costs $10.00 though. You can pick it up at Tee Fury until 7/11 at 11:59pm. For $10 bucks, why not buy it and impress all your friends who are Harry Potter Fans?
P.S. The highball disclaimer still applies to this post. Rambling must be forgiven!
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.
I recently posted about that awesome Best Coast t-shirt which came from Insound and Delicious Design’s collaboration project. That shirt was the first release from the duo of companies. Today, they’ve come back with a second release from another awesome band: The Walkmen. The Walkmen are a great band who I really enjoy. Funny story–I actually saw The Walkmen live twice at SXSW and XPN Festival before I ever actually listened to them. They put on a great show, and all their songs are quality. This, In the New Year, is probably my favorite song from them if you want a starting point.
As for the t-shirt design itself, I also dig that. It’s just got that simple yet creative flair that I enjoyed so much in the Best Coast shirt. I’m definitely adding this to my already overflowing (with vinyl) Insound cart. As with all the t-shirts from their collaboration, they’re printed in limited edition runs–so once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Don’t dawdle! You can pick up the design for $19.99 at Insound. We’ve also got an Insound coupon code, which is currently active and good for 10% off your entire order. The shirt is printed on American Apparel. Oh yeah, be sure to check out The Walkmen as well.