posting this because of some vague sense of completism that is probably
a left over from my brief infatuation with Panini stickers. Because
this comes via the ever-marvellous Boing Boing,
so everyone in the world ever has seen it already. But it is a very good t-shirt, so
I shouldn’t exclude it for simply for being popular. That would be reverting back
to my teenage angsty stage. And I have Green Day MP3s for that. And I have a fondness for comedy Che
revolutionaryness (crap_verb_alert!!) that stretches back to my student
days. Fight the Power, with Urban Medium. Link.
Pic: Urban Medium
Been a while since I’ve updated the t-shirts – I have been busy, with, among other things, beginning to learn Japanese. So Irasshaimase
to you all 🙂 Am doing it through language tapes, and at the moment
“we” (my tape friends and I) have introduced ourselves and are at the
generic-language-course coffee shop, ordering a drink. Makes you wonder if they could build a mall full of the coffee shops
from every language course and stick them all next to each other. How
surreal that would be, especially if you wandered into the wrong one… Anyway.
T-shirts. Japan, as you all probably know, has its weird side,
particularly when it comes to crazy merchandise. Hello Kitty being a good example. If you want to get that kind of stuff
over here, websites like JBox (link) import a range of Japanese market stuff
that runs from bizarre to… a zone of bizarre that’s indescribable in english. (Although JBox isn’t as scary as
partner site JList,
which includes adult stuff….) Anyway, JBox does a nice line in
Japan-inspired t-shirts, like the Domo-kun one below. Some of the
t-shirts are naffly
wide of the mark but some are very neat – there’s a great Totoro one,
showing the famous anime character. If you’re interested in Japan, you
should also sign up for JBox’s well-written newsletter, too – it’s a
very interesting and frequently astonishing read. Link.
My first t-shirt post
highlighted excellent online store MoreTVicar, and in particular, a
brand called Eieio. I’ve just had an e-mail from one of their
designers, James, asking me to show off two more of their very cool designs (shown
below – click for an enlarged version). The speakers one in particular is very neat…
Eieio are also working on their
website, www.eieioclothing.com, which will feature an online store, and should be up at the end of September.
Baseball might be one of the dullest sports ever invented (any suggestions for other contenders, please e-mail me, but not with ‘Cricket’ or ‘Golf’, as I did consider these)… Anyway. Baseball. Dull. But, unlikely as it this sounds, it
has had a huge influence on fashion. One of, if not the, best trainer
ever, the Converse Allstar, was originally a baseball shoe. T-shirts,
with a white body and coloured arms, are based on baseball
shirts… It’s a lot impressive a legacy than nylon Football
Baseball overshirts are also very cool, and, ever the canny marketeer,
George Lucas’s online Star Wars shop is selling some neat-looking
‘Sith’ baseball overshirts, with ‘Vader, 77’ on the back. They’re not
cheap, even with the devalued dollar, but they do look good. There’s
also (American) Football and Basketball Star Wars sports tops. Take a
Another link purloined/leeched/half-inched (your choice, whether you’re
dandy, geek or geezer) from the super-trendy (at least, I assume he is,
judging by the cool stuff on his weblog) Josh Rubin.
based, Imperfectionist are interested in the “premise of collision and
binary opposition.” Which is something I happen to be interested in
too! What are the chances of that… Some nice mashes and arresting mix
ups in the designs, including the party scorpion below. Not cheap
though (“£35!!” I can her my Grandad shouting now), and I have a
sneaking suspicion it’s a little bit too-cool-for-school, too… Link.
Now that I am older and wiser, I have seen anime like Laputa and Spirited Away and realised that don’t giant robots from the future are not integral to Japanese animation (technically, Laputa does have
robots, but they’re sort of organic and…) Still, it was Ghost In The Shell that got me hooked on anime in the first place, and there’s still few things on celluloid quite as enjoyable as giant Japanese-drawn robots stylishly blowing things up. Terratag has some fantastic anime-inspired t-shirts, which combine, in their words, "ultimate machines and typographic force." Great gallery of concept art too.
Gameskins.com, (which I first mentioned here),
who have a cool range of video-game inspired t-shirts, has just updated
their stock. Pick of the bunch: their ’16 bit’ design. While they used
the NES’s D-pad as the graphic for the 8-bit version, this new one pays
tribute to the the Mega Drive, proudly advertising its amazing 7MHz
processor… Now all you need is an old copy of Golden Axe or Road
TWJ seems to be getting a few hits from people looking at the original t-shirts post,
which had a picture of a t-shirt with a strange yet striking image of
butterflies twisting out of a Technics record player. The T-shirt was
made by Eieio, whose website, according to the label on the shirt is www.eieioclothing.com – however, there’s nothing there at the moment other than a domain name holding page.
Got another Threadless
update e-mail today – they’ve finally reprinted the t-shirt below, the
brilliant ‘Follow It’ design. Last Threadless post for a while, I
Threadless sent me an update e-mail last week, and they’ve restocked some very neat designs, including the one below “(M)P3”. If you’ve not seen Threadless before, it’s definitely worth checking out – essentially, it’s a community-based t-shirt place. Anyone can upload a design, Threadless users vote on it, and the best ones get printed. There’s some clever and brilliant graphic work going on over there, and it’s (for once) worth registering, just so you can see the candidates for the next round of t-shirts. Plus, for people in the UK, it’s very cheap, thanks to the dollar 🙂
site name (Gameskins) might sound macabre, but they’ve got some good
computer and videogame themed t-shirts. Couldn’t resist the one below,
since it does a very nice job with the iconic (well at least to me) NES
D-pad. Who needs 16 bit? Link.