Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hello Kitty Christmas Tee Give Away #1

With the Holiday shopping season just about to get kicked off, we all are thinking Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!  To get you in the right frame of mind I am offering this Hello Kitty T-shirt as my first holiday gift of the season!!  

My T-Shirt Talk Hello Kitty Giveaway is (pictured left) a long sleeve womens tee size 3/5 (SMALL)  The body background color is solid red with cute Christmas graphic of Hello Kitty on the front panel.  Hello Kitty is dressed for the Christmas holiday  with a sparkly green dress and bow.  Underneath are  listed "cute" "sweet" "nice"  with green sparkle check marks.  The long sleeves are white and  adorned with red green and pink polka dots.  

Please use the Rafflecoter widget below to enter the 
Hello Kitty Christmas Giveaway.

This Giveaway will begin at 12:01 on November 22, 2013
This Giveaway will end at 11:59 on Dec 1, 2013
The winner will be announced on December 2, 2013 here on the blog. Winner will be notified by email.  

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Costumes from T-shirts

As we march into the month of October our minds turn to thoughts of Halloween and what costume would be absolutely perfect.  T-Shirts serve as a wonderful base for many creative costumes.  Last year I used t-shirts to create a Teenage Ninja turtle costume for my son.  Of course it is always much more fun to develop and create your own costume than just purchasing.  So I have gathered together 5 DIY costume videos that use T-shirts as their base.  Are you creating your own costume for Halloween this year??  Will a t-shirt be a part of the creative process??  I would love to hear about your costume or share a picture!!  And above all else .... enjoy the fun!! 

  Tinkerbell Costume From a T-Shirt

Instagram  Costume-- Very Cute!!

Looking for a scary costume?? Try this Zombie Look! 


Ipad Gore-- Your gonna love it!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Children's Place Removes Controversial T-Shirt

Children's Place t-shirt

The popular children's clothing store Children's Place came under strong attach recently for one of their girls t-shirts.  The t-shirt under fire lists several items as a girls best subjects but leaves the box next to math empty.  Below it stated "nobody's perfect.  Many people feel that the tee was sexist and sent the wrong idea to school age girls.   Children's Place has taken this tee off the shelves because of the controversy.   

It seems we see at least one girls t-shirt of this type every year during back to school time.  Each time this type of tee is created and then pulled from the shelf,  I wonder about the large t-shirt manufaturers... haven't they seen the negative reaction of the public before?  Some might even wonder if they put the shirts out as a publicity "stunt" to bring attention to the company.  I am a regular shopper at Children's Place really like the quality of their products and price points.  I would not expect this company to need to produce a controversial shirt just for publicity so hopefully they will see the err of their ways and look to create a positive tee for girls to balance the scales.  I look forward to seeing their line next year during back to school season. 

What do you think about these types of tee designs? Do you think Children's Place should have taken them from the shelf or are they just a cute lil tee that is harmless?  Have you seen any others while doing your back to school shopping that gave you pause?

Monday, June 24, 2013

The History of the Humble T-Shirt - Guest Post

The history of the t-shirt
I wrote this article after a conversation with my wife centering around an NPR broadcast. Yes, I actually like NPR. People make NPR the butt of all jokes but I believe an hour of NPR radio a day could make a mental giant out of a moron. The program centered on the history of T-shirts. Have you ever thought about where the name comes from?
It’s based on the defining characteristic which is the “T” shape made with the body and sleeves. Also definitive is the round neck line and absence of a collar. What difference does the collar make? Have you ever tried to get on a golf course wearing a t-shirt? There was a time when all shirts had collars except “undershirts”.   T-shirts started out as underwear. In fact it was the top part of a one-piece button-down undergarment called the “union suit”. 19th century miners adopted the top portion as a work garment for hot environments. In the Great Depression era, the T-shirt was often the default garment to be worn when doing farm or ranch chores.
T-shirts with crew-necks and no buttons became popular when issued by the U.S. Navy during or following the Spanish American War. Solid establishment as a legitimate, fashionable outer garment was boosted by the performance of Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire wearing nothing more than a t-shirt.

In the early 1950’s Miami, Florida based Tropix Togs started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names, and various characters. The company’s founder, Sam Kantor, made possibly the first licensing deal with Walt Disney to print Mickey Mouse and Davy Crockett on t-shirts.

Decoration of the garment evolved again in the 1960’s, with tie-dyeing and screen-printing. The decade also saw the emergence of the basic T-shirt as a medium for wearable art, commercial advertising, souvenir messages and protest art messages.

The most common form of commercial T-shirt decoration is screen-printing. In screen-printing, a design is separated into individual colors. Plastisol or water based inks are applied to the shirt through mesh screens which limits the areas where ink is deposited. In most commercial T-shirt printing, the specific colors in the design are used. To achieve a wider color spectrum with a limited number of colors, process printing (using only  cyan,  magenta,  yellow and black ink )  or simulated process (using only white, black, red, green, blue, and gold ink) is effective. Process printing is best suited for light colored shirts. Simulated process is best suited for dark colored shirts. Very few companies currently use water-based inks on their shirts. The majority of shirt manufacturers prefer to use plastisol. This PVC suspension is preferred because it offers manufacturers the ability to print on varying color t-shirts without the need for color adjustment at the art level. The development of plastisol in 1959 opened the industry to a wider variety of product possibilities because of its durable and stretchable nature.

Screen printing
Specialty inks trend in and out of fashion and include shimmer, puff, discharge, and chino based inks. A metallic foil can be heat pressed and stamped onto any plastisol ink. When combined with shimmer ink, metallics give a mirror like effect wherever the previously screened plastisol ink was applied. Specialty inks are more expensive to purchase as well as screen and tend to appear on garments in boutiques.
Other methods of decoration used on T-shirts include airbrush, applique, embroidery, impressing or embossing, and the ironing on of either flock lettering, heat transfers, or dye-sublimation transfers. Laser printers are capable of printing on plain paper using a special toner containing sublimation dyes which can then be permanently heat-transferred to T-shirts.
In the 1980s, thermo chromatic dyes were used to produce T-shirts that changed color when subjected to heat. The Global Hypercolour brand of these was a common sight on the streets of the UK for a few years, but has since mostly disappeared. These were also very popular in the United States among teenagers in the late 1980s. A downside of color-change garments is that the dyes can easily be damaged, especially by washing in warm water, or dye other clothes during washing.
At the turn of the 21st century, designing custom T-shirts online became more popular. Popular websites began to use digital printing (such as Direct to Garment or DTG printing) to allow customers to design their own T-shirts online with no minimum order.
Many popular 1970s designs have enjoyed new-found fame with a second generation embracing them as classic and “retro”. Examples include the bright yellow happy face T-shirts and distressed styles.
 Screen printed T-shirts have long been used in marketing ed consumer products, but the 1990s began a trend of printing t-shirts with corporate logos as part of their overall advertising campaigns. Even designer label branding became prevalent in the late 1980s and especially the 1990s, Examples of designer T-shirt branding include Calvin KleinFUBURalph LaurenAmerican Apparel and The Gap.

         Since the 1980s, T-shirts have flourished as a form self-expression- ranging from the wearer’s favorite rock group, The Rolling Stones tops with their "tongue and lips" logo to regional pride   (Milton Glaser's iconic "I ♥ N Y” design).  T-shirts now display any imaginable combination of words (sometimes even pornographic or offensive), art and photographs. Political and social statements are a major reason, that t-shirts have so deeply permeated different levels of culture and society.
Around the world t-shirts are being used to share the individual passions and beliefs of the public.  There are many times a simple tee with a controversial statement makes the news cycle and intiates a global conversation.  Whether you view this as positive or negative – you must agree that the t-shirt has traveled a loooonnng way from its humble beginings!

This guest post was kindly provided by Kamau Ujuzi -  T-Shirt designer and  t-shirt printer at KiaraBlu

Monday, April 22, 2013

Smelly T-Shirts just might Spell L-O-V-E

Sharing a t-shirt that you've slept in for three nights with a potential date is not most peoples idea of  how to get a date.  But researchers say that this might be the 
perfect path to finding the love of your life!!
A new trend has hit the young, single and adventurous crowd....pheromone parties.  This new phenomenon suggests that like animals, humans are really attracted to one another on a much more primitive level.... our sense of smell.  Researchers suggest that there exists a   subliminally attraction  to pheromones (hormones we exude through our skin) given out by the people with whom we’re most compatible.  
So how does this work?? Participants take a plain white T-shirt, sleep in it for three consecutive nights  (deodorant is not recommended)  and tote it to the party in a plastic bag.   During the gathering, guests then sniff the various bags and when they find the one they like their picture it taken and projected onto a screen.   The owner of the tee  then can meet the individual and normal dating rituals take over at this point.   

Does this work??  Who knows .... there have been some success stories but all  the stats aren't in yet!   It certainly is an creative twist on use of a sweaty t-shirt!!  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hawg Heaven T-shirt

It is just an undeniable fact.......Americans LOVE Bacon!!   Each year we put it on burgers, sandwiches,  season salads and soooo much more with the salty meat that is always a treat.   Vegetarians even have their own soy version!!  Well the folks down at the Texas Motor Speedway have given the bacon lovin' world another way to pay omage to this salty breakfast meat..... a scratch and sniff t-shirt!!   The Hawg Heaven T-shirt was created in honor of the speedways famous bacon flavored cotton candy which is only available at the TMS.   Fans at the big NRA 500 will be able to purchase these unique tees at the gift shop or at consession stands for $22.   

Sunday, April 7, 2013

T-Shirts for Entrepreneurs
Most t-shirt designers have a true entrepreneurial spirit..... it is just a part of the world of t-shirt design.  But now two entrepreneur t-shirt designers have developed t-shirts for the entrepreneurs of the world!  
SweatEquitees is an apparel line developed to support entrepreneurship by providing clothing to display their pride and inspire would be entrepreneurs to engage with these dynamic folks.

SweatEquitees not only shows support for hardworking entrepenures through their designs but also pays it forward with the  donation of  $1 of every sale to organizations that  teach and encourages entrepreneurship.  This makes each sale a tremendous  double dose of support for the entreprenoural of the world.

So if you are a starving entrepreneur looking to express your dynamic spirit to the world these are certainly the t-shirts for you!!