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.
In honor of the Lakers beginning the playoffs tomorrow, and entering into their run for a three-peat, I thought I would post up this shirt from 1two. As you can see, the text reads “The Real King Plays in Los Angeles.” This statement is, quite obviously, true, as Kobe is approximately 1.47 times better than Lebron. I’m checking out for the night now, but go Lakers!
You can pick this shirt up from the 1two store. It’ll cost you $27.99 if you want to add it to your closet.
Usually I’m not a big fan of skull shirts, despite them being quite the rage. However, this is not your usual human skull, it’s some type of kickass animal as far as i can see. It’s also replete with some awesome colors and geometry to fill out the package. You can grab it on American Apparel for $22 at Cutthroat Clothing.
Also, you can get a discount (i’m not sure how much) by using the code “cereal“.
This one made the rounds on a lot of blogs recently, and for a good reason. It manages to cash in on the ampersand craze, but still remain unique and creative at the same time. You get the best of both worlds. For those who can’t see, the “And Then I Woke Up” is written on the bottom right part of the ampersand. Grab it for $21 at Ugmonk. It’s printed on the awesomely soft American Apparel tri-blend shirt.
We’ve all heard it before. Your friend is explaining his really weird dream, going on and on about all this random stuff and right when he gets to the good part it abruptly ends with “. . .and then I woke up.”
Local Celebrity is a fairly popular brand. You can find them in a lot of brick and mortar stores, such as Urban Outfitters (which makes sense, given that they’ve got an urban feel). I like the prominence of Ben on the shirt, it definitely makes the design. You can grab this one for $25 at Local Celebrity. Also, I can personally attest that their shirts are incredibly soft.
Beautiful/Decay just released four new t-shirts from four new artists.Â It’s an incredible batch and I like all of them. If I had to choose, I’d say my two favorites are Lung Music (right) and Secret Weapon (left), but they’re all great designs. I love the concept behind Lung Music and if I can manage to muster up the money I’ll definitely be picking it up.Â Be sure to check out the other two shirts, Giant Hand and Caliph.
Price:Â $29.95 | Beautiful/Decay
Naive Clothing just underwent a huge makeover, releasing a new website and tons of new tees simultaneously. I’m a fan of most of the new shirts, with my favorite being King Eagle. It’s just a great looking design, and I especially like the fact that the branding actually looks cool, which some companies don’t seem to understand. They also print on American Apparel, which is a plus. The design comes on a bunch of different colors, which I believe are brown, slate, gold, and light blue, although some are sold out.
Price: $15.00 | Naive Clothing
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)
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