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The Haps at Taddict (0)

Published on February 14th, 2009. By

, under General .

The Taddict want’s to remind you fine people about a few things. First, is our past designer spotlights with some of the sickest designers on the planet, including:

Dale Edwin Murray


Robbie Lee
Sven Palmowski
Jimiyo
Wotto
Killer Napkins

We have two on the way that you don’t want to miss:

Godmachine


Rusty Eight

Also, for all the companies that have been graciously sending me their tees lately, not only will you be getting some lengthy write-ups…..but you will also see in the next few days an indefinite link on our site’s sidebar to your site. Yes my friends, you have officially entered the Taddict’s good graces.

A Struggling Fashion Label in this Economy (0)

Published on February 12th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt News .

Man, this story blew me away. It it brought to us by the Wall Street Journal about a smaller fashion label based out of Los Angeles called Five Four. They don’t produce just t-shirts so don’t hate me for posting this but A LOT can be seen and learned from this article. It is a sign of the times and one that we should all pay attention too. I want to make the link very clickable so here is the title:

Inside a Fashion Label’s Scramble to Survive

Once you get hooked on the article, you might want to check out Five Four’s follow-up blog post in response to the article, found here:

Follow Up on WSJ Article

Lots to be learned kiddos!

Don’t Forget the Presentation (0)

Published on February 12th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Design .

Just when you thought spending hours on some sick design for a t-shirt was going to be enough, you find out the presentation of that artwork can be just as important.  Have you seen the images in the gallery at Emptees

?  These designers are not only making designs that are unreal, but they’re also setting it up in a way that makes it irresistible.

Here are three that I saw today that really caught my eye based on the layout.

The Taddict is Rockin’ RVCA Today (0)

Published on February 11th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

In honor of wearing an RVCA

t-shirt today, I thought I would surf over to their site to see what they have coming soon.  I was able to locate their 2009 Spring Look Book and was pleased to see that their typical line art and colors are still in the mix.  And by typical, I mean awesome.  Hang 10 on over to their site for a peek.

(Hint: They are a surf brand if you haven’t heard of ‘em, didn’t catch my clues, and/or live in a cave.)

Carioca Salt Has A Theme (0)

Published on February 10th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

As the Taddict was sifting through the e-mails he receives from various t-shirt lines, he came across one that piqued his interest. It was one from a guy named Adam Dunning, who created a t-shirt line called Carioca Salt

based out of Rio de Janeiro Brazil.  After being hit with the video on the home page of the website and looking at the overall theme, there was no doubt this guy had a passion for his brand.

Here is an excerpt from the e-mail he sent me:

“I needed to create a brand which pays homage to the vibe, buzz, and intense sexuality of Rio, mixed with a bit of true Carioca beats, and a lot of retro.”

That is a mouthful when describing your printed wears.  Now you can see why I had to click through to check it out.  Once there, you could easily see the effort and time spent on the quality of the site design and the video.  Everything had a similar look and feel and did a great job of selling the essence of the tees.

One suggestion I have for Adam in this era of social media is to load the professional video up on Vimeo

and YouTube to get more mileage out of it. Just slap your logo on it like a watermark and start driving the traffic back to your site.

Addict Clothing X Hung By Thread (0)

Published on February 9th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Spotlight .

Streetwear is alive and kicking in Australia and Hung By Thread

is a big reason for it.  They contacted the Taddict in early January and offered to send us one of their shirts.  We jumped at the chance because many of the brands they carry are top-notch and fashion forward.  Just the fact that they offered to send us a t-shirt from the land of Oz to the great states ought to make you realize just how hard peeps are hustlin’ these days.

We picked a shirt from the Addict brand for obvious reasons.  Doesn’t it seem fitting?  According to the Hung by Thread website, Addict is a British streetwear brand

started in 1994.  We received the shirt and couldn’t have been more impressed, from the packaging, the print, and all of the details.  Don’t believe it? Keep reading then because we got pics to prove it.

The parcel package was pretty funny because of all the markings from the long journey to the Taddict’s offices.


We did receive the obligatory stickers, and that is not a detail that should be taken for granted.  It’s an added bonus that you never expect when you open a package.  I’ve seen this done by many different companies, and I’ll always comment on it because it’s “above and beyond”.  The t-shirt also came individually wrapped in a branded plastic bag to fend off the nastiness that shipping can bring.


The amount of finished details in the product was pretty amazing.  It started with the jumbo print being over 23 inches tall and included sewn in labels with a nice hang tag.  These parts add to the professionalism and overall quality.


Another thing that surprised me when seeing the shirt in person was that it’s definitely a cut and sew.  The print was underneath the stitching and the side slits had fabric taping.


Lastly, the back to the t-shirt had a smaller, more subtle single color print.  If you learn one thing from this tee review, it’s that Hung by Thread is for real and they’re not afraid to show it.

Patta Interview at Format (0)

Published on February 8th, 2009. By

, under General .

You know then the Taddict sees a good interview in my feed reader, that I have to post about it. The thing about this one from Format

that caught my eye was how people can grind their biz out in smaller areas. The peeps at Patta own the streetwear scene in Amsterdam and have made a name so recognizable that the big brands have taken notice. You might want to check this one out to see if something inspires you.

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight – Killer Napkins (0)

Published on February 6th, 2009. By

, under Designer Spotlight .

I know what you’re thinking….what kind of parents name their child Killer Napkins? It’s a good question and you came by it honestly. However, his real name is Jason Spencer and designing is his game. The dude has some serious talent and it’s time the Taddict tells you about it.

What is your favorite part of design?

Well most of my design is drawing and illustration related. I love drawing and I love to create characters or scenes from my head; really twisted ones. Though my favorite part of ‘design’ would be color theory. Color theory interests me most and also sometimes leaves me with a lot of choices running through my head when I make a piece of art. And it surprises me which combination of colors will appeal to me or to others.

How would you describe your style?

Cute,warm, and fuzzy, but all in all it is mutated and deformed cartoonish gore. I like to keep things looking really weird and deranged, while still not going too far cross the line into straight up disgusting, but I like to keep it light and humorous.

What inspires your work?

I am going to have to say everything inspires me. Some things more than others. Looking at nature: animals, humans, wood grain, human deformities, trauma victims, etc. etc. really inspires my work a lot I must say. Also there is a list of other artist’s work that inspires me, to name a couple painters I really like would be, Chet Zar and Alex Pardee.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Emptees


Hotmail (checkin’ emails)
Pornhub (nsfw) (anatomy study of course)
Google
MySpace

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

  1. Hoola Hoops I think will have another awakening soon.
  2. Digi-pets, though this time i think they may be more advanced, like holographic kinds, and you have to clean up holographic poops
  3. I think tieing your jacket around your waist will become popular again. I am trying to bring it back
  4. Pogs
  5. Yo-yos may have another go around. Who knows…

URL: Killer Napkins


Portfolio: Killer Napkins

Animal NY Has More Hip Hop Tees (0)

Published on February 5th, 2009. By

, under General .

Remember our post on Sunday about the two hip-hop tees you should buy?  well I just came across another post created on Monday by Animal New York

with some more hip hop tee options. Chi-check-chiggy-chiggy-check-check them out! **That last sentence was typed in my best DJ/Hip Hop producer voice**

To Give or Not to Give Your Wears (0)

Published on February 4th, 2009. By

, under General .

As you probably already know by now, the Taddict is all about the hustle.  You can certainly get my attention by showing me that you’re going “above and beyond” when it comes to promoting your line.  We drink from our own Kool-Aid too.  This year we’ve made it clear that we’re going to make a major effort to promote and give exposure to those who are bringing their A game.

I have seen a little debate between the t-shirt bloggers and the budding t-shirt lines on whether or not you should send free shirts.  There are many situations where you should, and other times where you shouldn’t.  Here is what the Taddict has to say about the subject:

Talk Is Cheap

Saving your inventory for sales is a great idea when the demand is so high you can barely keep up with it.  There aren’t too many of us lucky enough to have that problem.  In the meantime, for the rest of the brands that could always use more sales, you have to give to receive.  It’s way too easy to send some lame generic e-mail blast to actually expect a good response.  Remember – if it’s that easy to bring in the dough, then every brand would be the next big name in retail.

Separate Yourself from the Competition

I get those generic e-mails in droves every day.  Is your brand like everyone else’s?  I didn’t think so…so why do what everyone else is doing? By sending me a t-shirt or t-shirts, you are accomplishing these things:

  1. You’re showing you’ll go the extra mile
  2. You’re proving the quality of your product
  3. Providing me something tangible to work with
  4. Guaranteeing a blog post

So what’s the reason for this rant? If you’re thinking that I want to fill my closet with even more t-shirts…then you couldn’t be more wrong.  You see, I want to provide as much value to my audience as bad as you want to be in front of that same audience.  This will serve that purpose.  We don’t offer advertising at this point, because we don’t want the money.

By the way, it takes me a solid 3 to 4 hours to put together a post that involves sent in t-shirts.  I take multiple pictures, find angles to promote the details and generally put out an optimistic message.  This economy is not one where the Taddict is going to be critical. We all have to help each other out.  Don’t believe me?  Look for the Hung by Thread

post coming in the next couple of days.

Knowing that, you can keep this as a general rule – if your t-shirt costs more than my 3 to 4 hours of time and the subsequent publicity of a post…then don’t bother sending it.  :)

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