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The Haps at Taddict (0)

Published on February 14th, 2009. By

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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.

Patta Interview at Format (0)

Published on February 8th, 2009. By

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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.

Animal NY Has More Hip Hop Tees (0)

Published on February 5th, 2009. By

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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

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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.  :)

Model Those Shirts People (0)

Published on February 3rd, 2009. By

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I have to highlight another solid post from fellow T-shirt blogger Coty Gonzales

.  It was written by t-shirt and belt designer John Wye .  He explained the pitfall of going too big when it comes to the photo shoot before you launch your brand.  Then he followed that up with a do-it-yourself solution that you’d be crazy not to try.  Hell of a post with some great advice.  The good news is, it is only part 1 of a series. We’ll be waiting for the next installment…

Krudmart Gets a Redesign (0)

Published on January 7th, 2009. By

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The online streetwear shop with an epic name, Krudmart

, has just undergone an extreme makeover. Things look a lot cleaner and the timing is good with the recent addition of the Fuct brand (semi-nsfw link). The biggest change is the new billboard/rotating banner that covers a lot of real estate above the scroll. Their blog sets the tone with real talk and is prominently featured on the home page next to the new arrivals and best sellers. It’s worth looking at if you want to buy some krud:

Old Look

Redesign

The Big List of T-Shirt Blog Feeds (0)

Published on January 6th, 2009. By

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It is 2009 and if you don’t have a feed reader, you need one.  My preferred choice is the Google Reader

because it’s free and gets the job done. I have been meaning to do this post for quite some time to serve as the one stop spot for to fill up your feed reader or just add to it. Please include any that I have missed in the comments section and I will be glad to add them.

TAddict

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TAddict

Singularitee

http://singularitee.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Pop Culture Tees

http://feeds.feedburner.com/popculturetees

You Design It

http://blog.youdesignit.com/feed/

Cottonable

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Cottonable

Addic[tee[d

http://addicteed.com/feed/

Coty Gonzales

http://www.cotygonzales.com/feed/

Clothing Wire

http://clothingwire.com/feed/

Aaron’s T-shirt Review

http://feeds.feedburner.com/AaronsTShirtReview

T-shirts Around The Internet

http://feeds.feedburner.com/T-shirtsAroundTheInternet

T-Shirt Rater

http://www.t-shirtrater.com/feed/

Troundup

http://feeds.feedburner.com/troundup

Tee-Gumbo

http://tee-gumbo.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

TShirtEntrepreneur Online

http://tshirtentrepreneur.com/feed

T-Shirt Guru

http://t-shirtguru.com/feed/

T-Shirt Casserole

http://tshirtcasserole.poweredbytshirts.com/atom.xml

10Tees

http://feeds.feedburner.com/10tees

Shirt Snob

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ShirtSnobcom

TShirtReview

http://www.tshirtreview.com/?feed=rss2

Militant Geek Custom

http://feeds.feedburner.com/MilitantGeekMorseCode

Fantastic Blognanza

http://feeds.feedburner.com/fantasticblognanza

iloveyourtshirt

http://www.iloveyourtshirt.com/?feed=rss2

Tee Biz

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TeeBiz

Rumplo T-Shirt Blog

http://feeds.rumplo.com/rumploblog

Selekkt

http://www.selekkt.com/feed/

The Daily Tee

http://feeds.b5media.com/b5media/TheDailyTee

Typo Tees

http://typotees.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Buy Tees

http://buy-tees.net/feed/

200 Nipples Blog

http://blog.200nipples.com/feed/

TeeJunkie

http://teejunkie.com/feed/

101Tees

http://101tees.com/blog/?feed=rss2

Tcritic

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Tcritic

It Goes to 11

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ItGoesTo11

TEEstrict

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Teestrict

OMG Tees

http://feeds.feedburner.com/OmgTees

The T-Shirt Blog

http://feeds.feedburner.com/thetshirtblog

Scribtee Blog

http://feeds.feedburner.com/OmgTees

Thunderfrogs

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Thunderfrogs

The T-Shirt Factory

http://feeds.feedburner.com/T-shirtFactoryBlog

How to Start A Clothing Company

http://feeds.feedburner.com/HowToStartAClothingCompany

The Fat Seagull

http://feeds.feedburner.com/fatseagull

Preshrunk

http://feeds.feedburner.com/preshrunk-rss2

The T-Shirt Review

http://blog.ruderetro.com/feed/rss/

Defunkd

http://defunkd.com/blog.vintageaficionado/feed/

Custom T-Shirt Talk

http://www.t-shirttalk.com/feed/

Compete-tee-tion

http://compete-tee-tion.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Hide Your Arms

http://hideyourarms.com/feed/

Teecycle

http://teecycle.org/feed/

Shirts On Sale

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ShirtsOnSale

I Love Tee Design

http://www.iloveteedesign.com/?feed=rss2

Color Overload

http://feeds.feedburner.com/ColorOverload

T-Shirt Watch

http://feeds.feedburner.com/T-shirtWatch

Freshness Today

http://www.freshnesstoday.com/?feed=rss2

2009 and Still A Taddict (0)

Published on January 1st, 2009. By

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We are beginning a new year and just can’t break the t-shirt habit. We have a lot to be thankful for last year and looking forward to bringing our angle on all things t-shirt this year. Without giving away too much, here is a little bit of our game plan for ’09:

  1. Get more behind the scenes info on starting t-shirt lines
  2. Helping navigate the process for those interested in starting t-shirt lines
  3. Help connect end users, entrepreneurs, designers, and vendors
  4. Continue covering t-shirt designers and profiling their work
  5. Interact with the other hardworking t-shirt bloggers
  6. Much more….get ready

Just stay tuned.

Best Young Brands of 2008 by TAOA (0)

Published on December 30th, 2008. By

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If this is something that you haven’t seen yet, it is time to go vote now. The Art of the Apparel

is having a voting poll for the Best Young Brands of 2008. Their list is extremely good and if you are a fellow Taddict, then you’ll be very familiar with them.

Get over there right now and vote before the poll is closed. Vote on Word! Apparel

if you aren’t sure of who to choose. That’s right, the Taddict is campaigning now…..

316Graphics Has T-Shirt Texture Packs (0)

Published on December 28th, 2008. By

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Recently I was contacted about a site that is worth posting because of its texture packs.  It’s called 316Graphics

and is run by graphic designer, Philip Helper. Philip specializes in providing artistic t-shirt textures that other designers can layer on their designs for added effects.

There are two categories from which to choose, “Wear and Tear” and “Paint”. Take for example the “Wear and Tear” texture “Beaten”:

It’s good for adding a beaten look to your artwork and saving time by having a pre-created texture to do so. Another nice example from the ‘Paint’ category is “Sponge”:

It’s easy to appreciate the amount of work that went into creating these textures. Here are a couple of examples of how the textures might impact an already made artwork:

Each texture pack runs $15 and if you make a purchase before 1/30/09 you will be entered to win your choice of an iPod Shuffle or a $50 iTunes gift certificate.  The best part, however, is that 10% of each purchase goes to charity!

Here are a few other examples of Philip’s non-texture related work:

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