The Kanye–Taylor Swift Fiasco (It was bound to happen)

I knew these shirts would be coming (they’ve actually been out much sooner than this post, but I’m slow on the uptake). I haven’t actually seen the clip, but it’s been described to me many times, and I’ve seen the numerous spin off pictures, so I think I get the gist. Here are two shirts from the outburst, one by Busted Tees and one by Retro Plus Apparel. So here we go:

Busted Tees:

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Also–save with a Busted Tees coupon.

Retro Plus Apparel:

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And just because it’s funny…

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Melvin from Rhetoric

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“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.

Design by Humans Busts Out Some Intense Foil’age (But Not Foliage, That’d be Weird)

I think I’ve made a few comments before about foil being awesome, which makes me all the more happy to announce that Design by Humans will be releasing two foil using shirts in the next two days (well, today and tomorrow technically). According to the newsletter it’s been several months since they’ve used foil, but I can’t say I ever remember seeing them use it, so I was pretty psyched by the email. I like both the shirts, but Chaos Theory by Mathiole is my definite favorite. The blue foil just looks totally rad. Check em out!

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Also, I’ll be putting up a new DBH coupon soon, AND the deal where I’m offering 28% off of all DBH shirts is still going. Hell, I’ll even bump it up to 33% off all shirts for everyone.

Three Band Shirts That I Just Bought

This post doesn’t serve much purpose other than highlighting three band shirts that I bought and am incredibly psyched to receive. Actually, I guess there is some small purpose, because sometime soon I’ll be digging through the plethora of shirts out there and picking my favorite for each (being Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan–I wanted to buy some shirts from obscure bands). I usually try to buy shirts only from bands I’ve seen in concert, but that’s not easy with these dudes,although I did see Phil Lesh and Friends at Bonnaroo and almost saw Dylan. I’ve yet to get close to seeing The Beatles though (surprise!). So yeah, here are the three I bought, and expect more detailed posts for all of them soon. Sorry that the pictures are not the greatest quality.

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Bob Dylan

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The Beatles (you may have seen this one before).

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I also bought a bunch of other shirts recently, including Dr. Dog (who I haven’t seen, but will be seeing in about a month), The Spinto Band, Ra Ra Riot (I have three of their shirts now!), and the Cold War Kids.

P.S. Can you tell I like tie-dye?

P.P.S. I really just wanted to post something regarding music. Be my friend on last.fm!

Heroin from Christopher Tod

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You can’t buy this shirt anymore, and I’m not sure many could have afforded it with its $89.00 price tag, but this shirt from Christopher Tod still warrants a post in my opinion. I find it really interesting how many illegal drugs were, or still are, marketed as legal pharmaceuticals. It’s kind of ridiculous in my opinion, and this shirt somewhat pokes fun at that, and rightfully so.

Commercially introduced to the world by The Bayer Company in 1898, Heroin’s debut quickly saw rise to a new “star” in the drug world – one whose fame, or infamy is beyond dispute.

Etymology: Heroin, a derivitive of Heroisch – The German word for Heroic – this was how test subjects initially reported they felt after consuming the drug.

History: Heroin’s highly distinguished profile may make this hard to fathom, but Heroin was once available over-the-counter.  From it’s introduction in 1898 until the passing of the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 Heroin as well as cocaine and opium were unregulated.

Heroin was used in common cough syrup.  As with most opioids and opiates, Heroin is an effective respiratory depressant.  It was used in the treatment of the common cold, and respiratory diseases such as; Pneumonia, Influenza, Whooping Cough, Tuberculosis, etc…  Of key importance; Antibiotics – such as Penicillin, were not available until the 1940’s – One of the aforementioned diseases could result in long-term debilitation or Death.  To suppress the body’s coughing certainly helped a patient get the rest needed for their body to do it’s own healing.  It should be noted however that opiates impair the body’s immune system.

One of the more interesting Heroin facts is that it was initially believed and advertised to be less addicting than Morphine.  Therefore, Heroin was used as a treatment for Morphine addiction, which was known to some as “Soldiers’s Disease” by the association of Morphine addicts from the Civil War.  This type of replacement therapy is akin to the current practice of prescribing Methadone as an effective narcotic replacement in Heroin addicts today.

American Apparel Delving Deeper Into the Graphic Tee World

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Cruisin’ around on Rumplo today, I noticed an all-over print t-shirt with a model that looked vaguely American Apparel ‘ish. I’m like, “nah, that can’t be American Apparel, because that’s not their style.” But then I went to the link, and I was all like, “damn, that shit is American Apparel, and I’ve never seen that before so I’m going to post it on my super sweet t-shirt blog.” So here it is. I posted it. It’s not my favorite design ever, but it’s pretty cool, and maybe they’ll keep churning out stuff that gets even cooler.

Check it out at American Apparel.

P.S. If they’ve already done something like this, don’t comment, because I don’t delete comments and it would make me look dumb.

Will Work For Euros from Local Celebrity

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How cool would it be to get paid in Euros? It’s unfortunate when the dollar (or random rich white men) decides to just go and tank though, especially when you spend two weeks in Europe at the beginning of summer.

Hopefully good ‘ole Washington wipes the blood of his face sometime soon and steps his game up. Until then, keep spending your shrinking cash on shirts like this from Local Celebrity. Use coupons too!

The Great Escape from Shirt Fight

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So my break for Chicago somewhat slipped into a much longer break–sorry about that. I’m back now though! Chicago was a blast in general, most especially Lollapalooza.

I really dig this shirt from Shirt Fight. There’s so much going on, and the orange looks quite cool on the blue. Also, maybe it will get people to think that possibly we should stop destroying (or burning) our forests so all the animals don’t have to go on a great escape to get away. That’d be awesome!

It’s on pre-sale for $13.00. Pick it up on American Apparel!

Lego Love from Design Proper

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I think this design is pretty snazzy, but man, the methodology behind the design is even cooler. Ryan, the owner, just threw a bunch of legos on the screen and then burned the image to make the design. I’ll let him describe:

Believe it or not, this T-shirt is made using legos. I randomly threw a hand full of Lego’s on the screen and burned the image. If you look closely, you can even see little Lego men (most don’t have heads…weird…). I’ve screened them in an 80’s fade that we all know and love (hot pink to yellow to green). You can enjoy it on a white, mint green, or light blue American Apparel shirt. Limited quantities for this first batch.

I think that’s damn cool. Go snag it at the Design Proper store. He prints on American Apparel.

Here are some pictures from the design process for your extra viewing pleasure:

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Series 9 Drops Over at Fullbleed

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I never have anything bad to say about Fullbleed’s releases, so I just decided to go through all the new releases, all of which are printed on American Apparel 50/50 blend shirts, and pick out my favorite, which is…Mind the Gap. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really like Fullbleed’s style. Not only do they look cool, but they just have the feeling that there’s a much deeper intellectual/philosophical meaning behind them. Hopefully that makes sense, but there is a good chance that I’ve miserably failed at trying to convey my opinions on the aforementioned style.

Below is a picture of all of Fullbleed’s new releases:

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