Monthly Archives: February 2009

Recession-proof Part 2: Retro Goodness for only $10

I promised to blog about more cheap t-shirts, and in the spirit of Moses, I deliver them to you. These tees are from the sale section of Vintage Vantage, a shop that takes an often snarky approach to retro styled t-shirts.  I found quite a few of them worthy of a mention, not the least of which being one clairvoyant tee with “I’M RIGHT BEHIND YOU” written on it’s back.

Bastard Love Child T-Shirt
AAAA T-Shirt
Smile if You're Gay T-Shirt
Astronauts T-Shirt

In case you’re interested in anything, be sure to click through to toggle between the male/female versions of each shirt.

As usual, I encourage you to voice your opinion by leaving a comment at the end of the post (no registration needed), and definitely subscribe to my blog to receive notifications of any future t-shirt findings.

UPDATE: Very unfortunately, VintageVantage is no longer a part of the global economy.

Recession Proof T-Shirts Only $6

Five… five…. five six dollar tee shirts!!

I never thought I’d see a site selling t-shirts for just $6. Sure, there are closeouts and limited time sales that come close, but I always thought that 10 bucks was the holy grail of regularly priced tees. Until 6dollarshirts, that is.

Superpower T-Shirt
Captain Dirt T-Shirt
I'm Hungover T-Shirt
Porto-potty T-Shirt

I’m also taking this opportunity to renew my focus on finding t-shirts that are not only desireable, but are also affordable. So stay tuned for more recession-proof t-shirts and don’t forget to subscribe.

Don’t ask, don’t tell, just wear that shirt!

Gaydar T-Shirt
Donut Hole T-Shirt
Bottom Feeder T-Shirt
Crafty Beaver T-Shirt

I just started working on another blog, and this time it’s all about gay t-shirts. As I’ve discovered, one of the best destinations for gay tees happens to be Queer Republic, and no, it’s not all about rainbows and gay marriage like you might think (although there is some of that there if it suits you).  In fact, the site’s top notch illustration and testosterone driven slogans rival the likes of BustedTees and Snorg.

UPDATE: Like many other good things, seems to have come to an end.

T-Shirt Hell Pulls Publicity Stunt, Stays in Business

Fucking Classyt T-Shirt

A part of me says this can’t be true – maybe it’s a publicity stunt, or that the tidal wave of positive e-mails urging T-Shirt Hell to stay open will change his mind.

That was my ‘say it ain’t so’ moment I had while writing the ‘T-Shirt Hell is closing‘ post one week ago. I really did believe that T-Shirt Hell was going out of business, and I’m not sure I can blame myself for taking the bait. Their eccentric owner is clearly capable of doing things on a whim, like legally changing his name to Sunshine Megatron, for example. He also closed down his spinoff t-shirt store Torso Pants late last year. Besides, I figured that if T-Shirt Hell really wanted to pull a hoax like this, they would have already done it years ago, at a time when their tees were at the height of contraversy.

I guess I got played for a fool, after all. So, the moral of the story is that, If you are planning on having children in the future, you’ll still have to worry about some douchebag wearing one of these god-damn t-shirts in front of your kids.

Shepard Fairey Imitators Abound

While street artist Shepart Fairey is dealing with legal trouble over vandalism charges and copyright infringement over his Obama HOPE poster, various t-shirt makers are taking advantage of the opportunity to satirize the iconic image

Dwight Shrute T-Shirt
Don't Tax Me Bro

The People’s Cube also created a deck of playing cards featuring some pretty funny parodies of the artwork.

People's Cube Playing Cards

Got any more imitators? Post them in the comments.

[Thanks, Geekologie]

T-Shirts that make you scratch your head.

If you haven’t yet noticed, I sometimes write about shirts that I wouldn’t recomend anyone wear, yet are interesting in some way.  Sometimes I just like to see what qualifies as a ‘good t-shirt idea’ in somebody else’s head.  A lot of times those t-shirt are pointless, or grossly offensive, and here’s an example of each.

Texas Blast T-Shirt

“Texas is Blast” is up for sale at Loiterink, which used to be the well respected LuckyThreadz before changing their name last year.  I’m not sure what justifies making such a macabre reference to President Kennedy’s assasination, although the illustration is beautiful.  Even worse, the shirt is available in kids sizes.  What’s up with that, Loiterink?

Sex or Rape T-Shirt

The second t-shirt is from Cafepress, the home of the do-it-yourself publishing community.  I’m not quite sure why the shirt’s slogan needs to be said, and there quite a few interesting and meaningful designs on the topic.

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T-Shirt Hell Closing Shop (Last Chance to Buy)

UPDATE: T-Shirt Hell tricked us all, and the company is NOT going out of business.

It’s a sad, sad time in the world of t-shirts. One of the longest running and highest profile t-shirt sites is closing shop on Tuesday, February 8, and it’s not the bad economy or the unusually cold winter that’s to blame.  Sunshine Megatron, founder of T-Shirt Hell, is simply tired of being misunderstood.

I started this company in June of 2001, nearly 8 years ago, with the intention of producing the best satirical, the most controversial, the funniest t-shirts on the internet. Generally speaking, I feel I’ve accomplished that and am satisfied with what we’ve put out…

Unfortunately, as a concern for the safety of my employees, we don’t push the envelope as much anymore…and I can’t say I feel good about having caved in…

Anyway, rather than cater to the masses, I’m just going to stop making shirts. It’s not enjoyable anymore and I have enough money to move on to something more rewarding.

A part of me says this can’t be true – maybe it’s a publicity stunt, or that the tidal wave of positive e-mails urging T-Shirt Hell to stay open will change his mind.  Deep down inside I know that all things come to end and maybe it’s time.  Say what you will about the inherent negativity found in their offensive t-shirts, but nobody else has been able to match their wit, design, and prolificness inside the genre.

Here’s to you, T-Shirt Hell, you definitely showed us how it’s done:

God Damn Shirt
I Support Single Moms T-Shirt
Your Daughter's Face T-Shirt
Your Mom T-Shirt
Are You Tighter Than Fifth Grader T-Shirt
Arrest Black Babies... T-Shirtt
Save Gas Ride the Handicapped T-Shirt
The Koran... now in 2 ply T-Shirt
Coma Sutra T-Shirt