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Crook & Castles 2009 (0)

Published on January 30th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

Crooks and Castles

recently announced their Spring 2009 collection and it deserves a look. Streetwear at its best:

50 Streetwear Blogs by Kineda (0)

Published on January 28th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

The Taddict likes to report on streetwear from time to time and thought he was up on the latest gear. I thought I had located the coolest streetwear blogs and thought watching KarmaLoop Daily TV help me put on. Then I came across a post by Kineda called 50 Streetwear Blogs You Should Be Reading

and realized I didn’t have a clue.  It felt like I’d struck gold when I found out there are so many other streetwear blogs that I could be following.  Don’t be ignorant like the Taddict and think that you have the game figured out….there’s always other hustlers out there that you don’t know about.  :)

Heartcore Color Seps Video (0)

Published on January 28th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Design .

As I was burning through my feedreader this morning, I came across a video by Jimmy Heartcore

on how to color separate artwork posted on Coty Gonzales’ blog .  I’m sure that you now know the Taddict is a sucker for tutorials and interviews.  My original intentions were to create a referral post to that article, but I came across an added bonus.  The Vimeo page hosting Jimmy’s tutorial also had another one of his videos but this one was on 4-color process separations.  It only makes sense that I post that video below.  For the spot color separations video, visit Coty’s blog .


4-Color Process Separations In Photoshop

from Jimmy Heartcore on Vimeo .

Kid Robot Store Opening Video (0)

Published on January 26th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Lines .

Kidrobot

has been on the Taddict’s radar for a while because of their wears but apparently they got their cool status from the toys they sell. I like the style they have when it comes to the apparel they produce because it stays true to their overall theme. Many companies make half-assed attempts at clothing and this isn’t one of them. They recently opened up a pop-up shop in a swanky London store and here is the video to prove it:


Kidrobot x Selfridges – Ye Olde English Dunny Launch Party

from Kidrobot on Vimeo .

T-Shirt Hell Shutting Down (0)

Published on January 26th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt News .

Hopefully I am the first t-shirt blogger to blog about this because I have a feeling that about 100 more will. T-Shirt Hell

has just announced that they are shutting their doors for good because they are tired of the scrutiny. I just came across the information via TechCrunch so I am not going to repost the open letter written by the site’s owner – Sunshine Megatron . It is worth a read because it is pretty funny. There is probably going to be quite a few people rejoicing over this news. What’s your take?

Pete Harrison Interview at PSDTuts (0)

Published on January 25th, 2009. By

, under Featured Artist .

Ok, so I came across a pretty good interview over a PSDTuts with Pete Harrison

.  Why should you care?  Because Pete is not only a sick designer, but he is also in charge of Funkrush Clothing and Supercombo .  One of the first images shown in the interview is one that you should recognize from an actual Design by Humans print called Altitude Sickness.  The funny thing about the strength in his design style is the fact that he excels at photo manipulation…not the easiest thing to reproduce on t-shirts.

Get over there to PSDTuts to see what you can learn from getting inside his melon:

Funkrush Clothing

Supercombo

Valentine’s Day Is Coming (0)

Published on January 23rd, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Design .

I hope you don’t expect something cheesy on this post from the Taddict. I just don’t have it in me. What I do have is a pretty clever concept from an artist named Sascha that I found on Behance

. I thought I would post it because I think it is a mock-up and hasn’t actually been printed yet. It might be one that you might want to scoop up from Sascha and split the returns. This would be a great gift for Valentine’s Day.

T-Shirt Blogs We Heart (0)

Published on January 23rd, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

It is time the Taddict gives credit where credit is due. I am pretty sure most of you are familiar with these t-shirt blogs but just in case you aren’t…..you have to give them a looksy. Here is our short list of t-shirt blogs that you can’t avoid getting hooked on:

Cottonable

Pop Culture Tees

Hide Your Arms

Coty Gonzales

Taddict X Word Apparel – New Pics Live (0)

Published on January 22nd, 2009. By

, under Word Apparel .

The new pictures are on and poppin’ at Word Apparel

.  As we have mentioned before, we helped Levi at Word Apparel take new pictures and prepare them for an overhaul on his store.  It didn’t take a lot of time or effort, and it made a huge difference.  See for yourself, here is the original store screenshot:

And here’s the new and improved Word Apparel online store:

The next thing we’re going to do in our mission to get more hands-on with new clothing lines, is help him achieve more exposure across the interweb.  We’re going to do that through a few unconventional methods by reaching out to a few outlets that you wouldn’t expect.  We are going to do this by identifying potential markets for his customer base.  Stay locked into The Taddict and we will keep it comin’!

Tee Industry Interview – Blake at You Design It (0)

Published on January 21st, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

We recently reached out to Blake from You Design It through this blog to see if he was a fan. He responded to our call and agreed to an interview. We thought this would be beneficial because we rarely hear from the printers (sometimes referred to as the “dark side” of the industry).  :) To show our appreciation we’d like to encourage you to design t-shirts

at You Design It for your next printing project. He even said that if you don’t use him for printing, he is readily available to help with any questions. Here goes:

How did you first get involved with t-shirt printing?

I really got into it after college because it was such an easy market where I could relate to the audience I was selling to. It just seemed like a natural fit for me because I liked tees and was interested in the production side as opposed to the retail side.

What are the biggest changes you have seen in the t-shirt industry?

I have seen improvements everywhere. As the taste of the consumers grow, we have to keep up more and more with the retail industry. One good example is the new trend for oversized prints styled similar to the Affliction brand. We’re actually in the process of buying the equipment to offer oversized t-shirt printing.

What is your favorite aspect of t-shirt printing?  What is one thing you would change if you could?

My favorite aspect is having a customer go out of their way to call and say that the experience from purchase to receipt was easy….that everything came out to their expectations.

On the flip side, the thing I would change would be the general knowledge and perceptions of the t-shirt printing process. I think awareness would bring out a new appreciation.

How much do you feel your general interest in design has been impacted by screen printing and visa versa?

I had to learn how to design out of a necessity to provide proofs to customers and improve user submitted artwork. Once I felt comfortable/familiar in the design programs, I was able to appreciate the work and creativity that go into good designs.

Do you see yourself still in the screen printing industry in ten years?  In what ways do you hope your role or involvement is different and how is that shaping what you’re doing right now?

I want to be involved in some way or another. We have so much development going on right now because we are taking advantage of the down economy. I am hoping to change the interaction between the clothing line entrepreneurs and the printers. Maybe even lose the “garage hippie stereotype” of screen printers. :)

One last question….we found you through your guest blogging appearances across many of the blogs we have in our feed reader…do you have it in you for some guest spots with the Taddict?

Of course, no problem at all. Thanks for having me!

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