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Free T-Shirt Templates for Designing (0)

Published on March 30th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

I came across a pretty good list of 10 free t-shirt and clothing templates

.  The list was created by ES Developed, and they scoured the internet to find free t-shirt templates for product mockups.  These files are good in either Photoshop or Illustrator and are great for helping you visualize the final product.  They also can serve as your product shots if you’re having a presale and don’t have any images of the final goods.  It’s definitely worth a look and probably worth a download.

AS Colour’s Little Help Project (0)

Published on March 26th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Design Contests .

If you have been thinking about starting a new t-shirt clothing line, would you like a $10,000 starter package to help you begin?.  The only catch is… you need to live in the Australasia area.  For those of you who don’t live in that area and are a little pissed that you can’t be involved, turn that frown upside down.  In the current economic climate, we all need to be supportive and give a little help.  And AS Coulour

, a T-shirt wholesaler based out of Australia and New Zealand, is doing just that.

I am hoping this kind of thing catches on with the t-shirt wholesaler’s across the world.  So what is it?  The Little Help Project

is a t-shirt design contest for the young designers in the Australasia part of the world.  The winner walks away with 400 t-shirts, custom printing and custom labeling to get their brand off the ground.  Entries for the contest close out this week, and they will be featuring those entries for the next month on their website. So Broder, Alpha, Staton, SanMar, etc….you guys need to take note and give back to the t-shirt designer/entrepreneur community that gives so much to you.

The Dirty Coast Fashion Show (0)

Published on March 25th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

The good folks at the Dirty Coast

, who brought us the phrase “it ain’t beautiful being easy”, blogged some pics of a recent fashion show they put on. The big show went down on March 20th at One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse Street in New Orleans.  You know there was some fun to be had when it’s at a place called One Eyed Jacks.  Pair that with the humor we have come to know and love from the Dirty Coast and I’m sure it was a hit. I am missin’ me some NOLA!

Surprise Your Customers with a Gift (0)

Published on March 23rd, 2009. By

, under General .

In my days of covering t-shirts, I’ve seen quite a few gift products packaged in with shipped tees. Typically it’s the standard sticker, flyer, or button.  In other cases I have seen cards and koozies. There are two accomplishments you should strive to achieve when doing a gift with one of your sold tees.  The first being function and the second being creativity.

Function is the most important, because if you can get your customer to use your gift repeatedly, then your brand will receive free advertising from the countless eyeballs seeing it.  Brand awareness can sometimes be the big difference maker in your sales if your product is good.  The more people that see your high-quality wears, the more that will buy.

Creativity is almost just as important, because you can create fanatics for your brand.  If they open your package and their only expectations are the t-shirt, but then receive an added bonus that makes them smile….then you’ve just hit a home run.

If you can find a way to combine both function and creativity, then you’ll have a customer for life.  Referrals from your newly converted brand evangelist is the easiest money you’ll ever make.

Zombie Stars Are The Celebrity Undead (0)

Published on March 20th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Lines .

These zombie tees keep getting better and better.  One niche that’s been born out of the zombie style, is taking celebrities and showing us what they would look like as the undead.  I’ve posted about the “Hip Hop is Dead” shirt

from Word Apparel before in this next one takes it to another level.  It comes to us by the way of Zombie Stars , designed by Brandon Heart .

The amount of detail in the design is amazing with the use of shading and color gradients to catch the lighting.  You can practically see the bling pop off his grill.  Although I’ve never seen a zombie in real life, this has to be what it would look like.  Especially if that zombie had one of the best-selling albums of 2008.

Apparently the plan behind Zombie Stars is to release a new undead celebrity tee each month. I’m looking forward to see what is next. Hell of a job on the first one!

Hat tip to Emptees

for the find

Go Media’s Designer’s Guide (0)

Published on March 19th, 2009. By

, under Go Media .

Go Media has been on a tear lately when it comes to blogging about t-shirt design.  They even let you know about it in the opening paragraph to this article

.  They feature a lineup of folks in the know in the t-shirt printing industry.  The first subject they tackle is the t-shirt to the bottom trends in 2009.  They follow that up with the limitations of tee printing, a how-to on file preparation, a guide to printing methods, and a little pep talk in the end.

Good job getting these guys together, Adam.  Click on the screen shot to see the article.

Get Ready for Co-Tee TV (0)

Published on March 17th, 2009. By

, under General .

Coty Gonzales

has been straight en fuego the past couple months when it comes to t-shirt blogging.  He just announced today that he’s changing the name of his Glorious Nonsensities tee review show to the easier said Co-Tee TV.  And like the social media gangster that he is…he is blasting this out to all the video sites and even pushing his vid through iTunes .  If you haven’t heard about Coty before, then get ready because you will.  The videos are well worth the watch, so quit wasting time and peep them.

Kingstrike via Pop Culture Tees (0)

Published on March 16th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

I was just alerted to a new t-shirt design marketplace called Kingstrike

thanks to Liz at Pop Culture Tees .

The Concept
It reminds me of how Emptees is branching into tee design sales by its members. However, Kingstrike is different in the fact that it’s less of a social network and more strictly e-commerce. The site features a simple design and easy layout with prices ranging from $300-400.

Who Needs This Site?
The Taddict
thinks this site could gain some traction as an outlet to the designers who have placed good artwork on t-shirt design competitions and don’t win because of the popularity contest.

The Verdict
The traffic and sales will be the tale of the tape. The site’s virility and quality of artwork should drive those two indicators. It will be interesting to watch.

Designer Spotlight – Rusty Eight (0)

Published on March 14th, 2009. By

, under Designer Spotlight .

I came across this next designer that we wanted to cast a spotlight on, because he did something as simple as commenting on our site. He gave a little love to a previous designer spotlight, which followed his URL and instantly became hooked on his artwork. Here, my friends, is Rusty Eight:

What is your favorite part of design?

I think just the ability to render what you see in your head on some sort of medium is incredible. Anytime you can take something that hasn’t existed before and make it real is just incredible to me. I like showing off a little too. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

How would you describe your style?

I wouldn’t yet. I really am still developing my style and am very much a student of many different styles. The current styles I’ve been working with, as far as tee design goes, are sort a photo-manipulation style using halftones, and a cartoony illustrated style that, for some reason, seems to have a street flavor to it.

What inspires your work?

Music Music Music. I’m a huge fan of metal and hardcore… and always have it playing in the background when working on a design. Often times I’ll start on a piece having no idea what direction to go in… but I’ll sit around and listen to some music with a pencil in hand. Eventually, with the pace of the music, a picture will start to form. If I’m designing for a band, I will listen to the band I’m designing for while I start doodling away. I don’t know how you would put together a design for a band without being familiar with their musical message.

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


My Various Email Services -I check my email a lot
Gizmodo – I’m a tech geek
PSDTuts – You can never know too much about Photoshop
Twitter – I’m addicted

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

How far into the future? Wolves and Werewolves seem to be on the rise to replace the whole Zombie trend now. As far as farther in the future, I think more people are going to be looking towards cut and sew items, along with custom cut tees.

URL: Stabb

Portfolio: Rusty Eight

Hung By Thread Promo Code (0)

Published on March 12th, 2009. By

, under Coupons and Deals .

Here’s a little something I’d like to share with you guys from our friends at Hung By Thread

in the land down under.  They sent us an exclusive promo code for 25% off.  Just enter:


at checkout before April 15 to receive 25% off your purchase.  Also, you will receive free shipping on all orders over 150 AUD.

Besides, you already knew that the Taddict kicks ass, it’s just now you can save money with that knowledge.

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