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Poe-It by TeeFury (0)

Published on April 28th, 2009. By

, under TeeFury .

Go ahead and catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s shirt (Wednesday the 29th) on TeeFury

called Poe-It by Connie Redd. She describes it as:

“It is a charcoal drawing that was done as part of a series of drawings for an exhibit. I initially started the series as an exploration into people who are stared at by others. I did a lot of sideshow people, but it started evolving after about the 20th drawing into a little expedition into the infamous and dark. And since I’ve always loved Poe, I thought it would be good to include him, especially with the unnerving and haunting way he seems to stares back.”

That quote just made my head spin. Enjoy the shirt.

Nike Head from Weekly Drop (0)

Published on April 26th, 2009. By

, under Cool Tees .

I couldn’t pass up posting on this one from Weekly Drop

because of the old-school Nike shoe boxes.  The T Addict can remember back in the day wanting to keep the boxes just as much as I wanted to keep my kicks. The shirt is called Nike Head and commemorates the popularity of the SB Dunk shoe from Nike.  It is also a lead on a popular term sneaker head for those people who can’t get enough shoes.  The only problem is that you have to pay the Nike price of $28.

Format Mag Says RIP to the Fallen (0)

Published on April 24th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt News .

Not to be a Debbie Downer on a Friday but I think this post is worth a mention.  It’s brought to us by Format Magazine

and they give a great big R.I.P. to those stores who have fell victim to the bad economy we’re experiencing.  I just want it to serve as a reminder to those out there who are fighting that you can’t give up.  It’s a survival of the fittest and being in business right now is a feat in itself.

It has been said before that in dire times like these, many new brands and designers will emerge.  It is kind of like a changing of the guard.  Those who work the hardest, fight the strongest, and adapt the best will come back better than ever.

Hopefully, we’ve hit the bottom and are on our way back. Stay strong!

Annual Apparel’s 2008 T-Shirt (0)

Published on April 21st, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Spotlight .

This post has been a long time coming. Annual Apparel

was nice enough to send the T Addict a sample of their 2008 t-shirt design and I have been wanting to post about it ever since. For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, their theme is to capture each year in a tee design based on that year’s pop references and headlines. It seems to be a catchy little niche because everybody has a special affinity for particular years in their life.

It’s easy to say that 2008 was a very pivotal year for many different reasons. The most obvious being the election of our new president, Barack Obama. We also had the Olympics, the impending financial crisis, and gas prices at an all-time high. But don’t let me get ahead of myself, there is a lot to be seen here.

First off, the sample shirts sent to me was printed on a vintage heather P.E. tee. The shirt is very comfortable, just like you would expect, but be careful on the sizing. The good news is, they warn you of that when you’re making your purchase on their site. Incidentally, because of the sizing, this will be the first t-shirt that I review while wearing. I thought you guys might want to see the T Addicts guns for once.  ;)

And now for the big unveiling:

The design itself is appropriately busy with a montage of pop-culture references from last year. We have the Giants beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Michael Phelps from the Olympics, Wall Street going down in a blaze of glory, the iPhone, Sarah Palin and John McCain, the Boston Celtics winning the NBA title, foreclosure signs, and an image of Heath Ledger as the Joker. There’s probably even a few more that I’m missing:

They kept the back simple with an outer tag of the Annual Apparel logo:

All in all, cool concept and great execution. Good job Annual Apparel.

Mark Ward X Stussy Two For One (0)

Published on April 16th, 2009. By

, under Cool Interviews .

You know the T Addict is a fan of Mark Ward

after we first became aware of his design skills in a Burton collaboration. Well he’s back, and this time he’s doing his thing with the long-time brand Stussy . The reason why this happens to be a two for one….is because they interviewed him along with the three t-shirt designs he did for them.

I always like to highlight interviews because you get to peek into the designer’s mind and see what makes him or her tick. This Mark Ward cat must be a character because his artwork incorporates a lot of different features that are far from the norm.

One interesting thing about Ward’s design process, according to the interview, is that it is very normal. You wouldn’t guess that by seeing the end product. He says that often times he has to stare at the wall to find a new approach to his design concept. It just goes to show you that great design doesn’t come easy to great designers.

Video of The Dirty Coast Fashion Show (0)

Published on April 13th, 2009. By

, under Videos .

The T Addict recently wrote about the 2009 Dirty Coast Fashion Show

and now I see that they posted a video of the event. Let me let social media do what it does best by posting the video on here for my fellow T Addicts. Enjoy!

Dirty Coast Fashion Show 2009

from Steve Wolfram on Vimeo .

Riot Tuxedo’s Look Book Pics (0)

Published on April 9th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Lines .

The T Addict has been known to harp on the importance of making your product shots look as cool as your brand.  Yes, it takes a lot of extra work, but the payout in return is well worth the effort.  It just adds an extra level of polish to the overall theme of your brand.

The T Addict got an email the other day suggesting a looksy for Riot Tuxedo

, so I took a few minutes to check them out.  The product shots in their look book amazed me.  Obviously, a lot of time was put into the cut-and-paste style of design on their model images.  It worked beautifully because it drew me in to look more at the t-shirts.  The logic is simple… if you have the skill to make your product shots look top-notch, then it goes without saying that the products will be top notch as well.

It just shows that good taste and artistic skill, coupled with attention to detail, can be the difference maker in the appearance of your line.  The last adjective that comes to mind when looking at these images is “amateur”. The line’s punk style and attitude couldn’t be represented better any other way than by these product shots.

It’s time for me to quit yapping and time for you to go to Riot Tuxedo to see what I’m talking about.

The Gloves Don’t Fit (0)

Published on April 6th, 2009. By

, under T-Shirt Lines .

You know the saying…”if the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit.”  And for those of you who didn’t see the video of O.J. Simpson trying on the gloves in the courtroom, Bodega has immortalized the imagery by printing it on a t-shirt.

Although the situation surrounding the events is tragic, I think we can all agree that O.J. Simpson is a joke. In their own words, Bodega

is rotten to the core with bad taste guaranteed.  This is the first tee in their Canned Goods Tee Series .

Big Ups to Color Overload (0)

Published on April 4th, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

This “thanks” is a little overdue but better late than never. Thank you for the flattery by including the T Addict in the list of inspiration

. We were put in some good company that is definitely above our skills grade.

Flight of The Conchords Tees (0)

Published on April 1st, 2009. By

, under Cool Sites .

Funny show, equally funny shirts.

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