So Many Shirts and Only One Body

Where I chronicle the multitudinous array of t-shirts of various pictorials and witty sayings. Also posts of wonderment!

Monday, March 31, 2008

What I Got - Off the Ledge Tees

I received a package from Off the Ledge Tees. Let's see what we have.

It seem like a trend for t-shirt companies to send their shirts in a ziplock. I know it's not to keep the freshness in. I'm just bemused by this method of packaging.

It says "FREE YOUR INNER MONKEY." This can be taken wrongly. Yes, that's the monkey from Monkeys in a Barrel. The shirt is printed on an AA ringer.

Now this is pretty clever. It took me a while to actually discern this. Probably best if you weren't drinking yourself when you're looking at it.

I like Weezer. I thought the Blue Album was the best thing since bread was sliced. I wasn't crazy about their second album. Did. Not. Like Pinkerton. When I first listened to it, I thought my ears were being raped by demon noises.

But on later repeats, it grew on me. I like Pinkerton. This is the same with Off the Ledge Tees.

The folks behind Off the Ledge Tees never claim they were doing it for critical acclaim. They designed these shirts because it just struck them. They won't win any major award for their art and some might not even make a lick of sense but they are interesting to wear. Take Chainsaws...

It's off-beat and it works in tandem with the image.

They said on their site, "you may not like most of what we have, but there might just be that one shirt that strikes a chord with you."


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Thursday, March 27, 2008


Print Liberation is a design studio in Philadelphia. With regards to their glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth t-shirt, the Obama t-shirts and the Positive Tess, the ABE/JFK connection hoodie appeals to the conspiracy nut in me.

Monies: US$48

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What I Got - Bite Mark Clothing

Elaine Blakely from Bite Mark Clothing, which specializes in zombie chic wear, sent over her work for scrutiny. Let's see how it holds up.

First off, you know you're in for a treat when the package it comes in looks like this.

Blakely calls it a "body bag" - a black envelope and honest-to-gosh stamps of the Queen. A quick flip over...

... and you get a sense of the effort gone into designing the exterior (how did this ever got through customs, I would never know.)

Notice the blood smears? Those are Blakely's own fingers.

Every Bite Mark Clothing package is unique, a snowflake.

I should delve into Blakely's working habit and environment.

This is where she works the size of the room. It's a one-woman operation. She does the designs, the packaging, the postage, the marketing...

She even does her own screenprinting, something which she had to learn from scratch. She details her process from designing to screenprinting and just reading it made me tired. It's laborious.

Back to the package.

Here are the contents: an ominous red packet and a nice letter from Blakely telling me to produce a prompt review or she'll stretch out my foreskin and make me wear it like a little hat. While I file the letter away for my lawyers, let's take a look at the red packet.

Here's a closeup.

As I peeled open the packet. The inside spilled forth like a ritualistic disemboweling. This is a very rare instance where I thoroughly enjoy the process of unwrapping something. It's very amusing to me.

Here's a closeup of the promo card (very catchy slogan)...

... and the back of it.

I think this is a sticker.

I was expecting a t-shirt with a zombie muttering "braaains" or something but this is is a nice surprise. No undead. It's just the city under a sinister full moon.

A city scene in the night should invoke a sense of midnight tranquility...

... yet Blakely manages to instill a certain dread in it. Well-done! Gives a whole new turn to the term, "moon-face."

Just as you think that this is as good as it gets, there's one more surprise. At the back of the t-shirt...

... holy jumping Moses! What is that? It's a shirt tag! On the outside! There are even instructions on how to wash and care for your t-shirt. The kick-ass part of this is that...

... the tag is sewn on by hand. That's right, good readers, Elaine Blakely sews the tags at the back of each and every damn t-shirts by hand!

Which would explain the pic of the bloody fingers.

I love shit like this! The whole, D-I-Y operation in making a t-shirt, you can really see the work Blakely put into her lineup and package. Judging by the current design, Blakely knows what she's doing and she's always honing her skills.

Designs aside, remember, she does everything herself and that alone should count for something. I'm a big proponent for small companies that offer that personal touch big companies seem to lack. If Blakely continues her current work ethic, I envisioned we'll be seeing more of her stuff in the long run.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

What I Got - Artifex

I know I'm behind on this so enough bellyaching! Let's get down to the reviews!

Artifex Shirts (not to be confused with Artifex Clothing) is all about ecology preservation. Formed by Tim and Chris Reagan, brothers, who want to change the world through their t-shirts. It might sound cheesy but when I wore the t-shirt around school, I got a myriad of responses from "that's cool" to "what's biodiesel?"

And that's how you start a dialogue.

Anyway, I got the package and inside...

... I got a t-shirt and two stickers.

This is one of Artifex's more interesting designs. Great color combination (it looks like it glows in the dark but it doesn't). It's simple and gets to the point, the word, "biodiesel" helps also.

I would like it better if the type was either all small fonts or large fonts. It just feels disjointed if I see a word with a capitalized first letter, which makes me expect it to end in a punctuation.

It's printed on econscious, a 100% organic cotton apparel. This is different from conventionally grown cotton which includes toxic contamination in the water and air. I'm not sure if it's knowing what I'm wearing is toxic-free but it does feel good on my skin.

If you purchase from Artifex, each shirt sold and the Reagan brothers will donate US$3 to Native Energy, which offsets CO2 emissions by building wind turbines.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

What I Got - Plastered

There's a cultural shift in China. In the past you have dissenting citizens, tacked under the imperial thumb of the Chinese government. Now with the Internet, boom! You have an explosion of information and creativity.

Since this is China, I'll be remiss if I didn't mention that there is also a big t-shirt boom. Of course, the bulk of it are communist-themed t-shirts but recently, the trend seems to be shifting away from that.

Plastered T-shirts is a store in Beijing that sell t-shirts about China culture with a kitschy twist. Operated by a British-Canadian couple, you find items ranging from buttons to apparel displaying designs of everyday visuals like a train ticket or a beer bottle. Last year, they had a fashion show to kick off new Olympic-inspired designs.

I received two t-shirts from Plastered and as you can see are...

... a three-wheel motorcycle...

... and a flask. I assume, it's Chinese for "flask."

The apparel is thick. And check out the stitching around the arm...

... and around the collar.

The designs are not screen printed. They looked like iron-ons.

I can't attest to how long the designs can last (disclaimer: I've gotten several other t-shirts from China and they also utilized the same method of printing) but they have very pretty designs.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supersize Me

Kenyon Bajus, who co-created the now defunct Future Relic, still continues his quest in graphic satire. Taking the recognizable golden arches, he turns it on its head.

I hope to see pictorial accounts of some of you wearing this and order something from Mickey D's.

Monies: US$26 (includes shipping if in U.S.)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

[2 one 5] Spring / Summer Line Up Sneak

Sneak peek courtesy of [2 one 5].

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Monday, March 10, 2008

SXSW Free Schwag...

... and that was just my first day. More detailed post to come.


Friday, March 07, 2008

At SXSW 2008...

... more updates, specifically about t-shirts to follow.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Fried Monkey Brains

Still bogged down with school but ponder this for a moment...

Take this lovely t-shirt from MonkeyFist. Do you think this is an execution or a more sanitized way of cooking monkey brains?

But more importantly, why is there only an option for long-sleeved? I kinda hoped that there would be other options. I mean, we're up to our knees in spring and summer appears in the distance like an irate giant. I would like to wear something that would give me a farmer's tan.

Monies: US$25


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Never Say Die

Sorry for the radio silence but school has been kicking my ass all week. In fact, school is pinning me down and sodomizing my ass. Yeah... I welcome your thanks for the imagery.

Quick post. Me Against The World is selling a limited edition t-shirt, 50 in quantities for the (wait for it) price of... ten dollars. Lovely skull and type are printed on a Gildan tee. Once they're gone, they're gone.

So, why are you still reading this? Go get one.

Monies: US$10

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