Reality TV

realitytvOn one hand, this is really kicking in open doors, stating the obvious. On the other hand, there seems to be an endless market for ‘reality tv’ (thankfully, the idiots that seem to be the cornerstone of reality tv are nowhere to be found in my reality), so maybe this is a message that needs to be spread more. It also makes you seem a bit elitist and snobbish, wich is always good. Get it from Lead & Light, here.

Dropdead!

I was pretty sure I’d mentioned Dropdead in the past, but now when I look – I can’t find any previous post. Which is odd, I clearly recall liking their stuff. Anyway, I just browsed through a ton of gorgeous photos of their latest collection and I must say it’s a pretty strong effort. Tons and tons of items and really nice product shots, albeit a bit schizophrenic. Here’s some of the things I like best:

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Anti-You

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So, this was gonna be about Blood of the Young and a couple of their shirts (see above) but then I got tired just trying to figure out what the hell they were and I also discovered the Anti-You shirt was sold out (you can get it here though, and from a million crappy Zazzle-esque places) so… nah.

Black Ceremony

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I’m guessing Pinata Unique are Polish, since the word “sklep” (store in Polish) appears when you hit “buy”. Not a half bad shirt, this Black Ceremony.

Everydayhate

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Everydayhate is a one man operation, dealing in extreme music – it’s a music label, merch maker, merch and music seller and distributor and gig arranger. In the name of full disclosure, I should let you know that Andy, who runs it, is a friend of mine and he’s made merch for my band and re-released a couple of our albums. Never mind though, the reason I wanted to bring him to your attention today is that I think some of his Everydayhate merch has gotten really good! Pictured above are a few of the prints and color variations that are available from his eBay store.

I particularly like the Darkthrone shirt (that’s the second from the right to those of you who are not familiar with Norwegian metal logos), and I recently got it from Andy (in black though, of course).

So, if you’re looking for some fast and hard-to-love music, or just need some shirts printed, get in touch with Andy (who is the model in each of the shots above).

Dusty Lumber

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You know, I’ve pretty much seen it all, whether you’re talking weirdness or gruesomeness in a shirt company, but I was still a bit baffled by Dusty Lumber. Most of the shirts use really detailed, sometimes very nice illustrations, although they aren’t quite there when it comes to contrast and a good use of color, but then all of a sudden there’s a shirt with an all-over print of killer Ian Stawicki, without a single word of motivation on why they’ve opted to do this. The photos in the “about” page seem to offer an explanation (this is the work of young and immature assholes) until you see the name of their “president” is also Stawicki, and you’re forced to wander whether they’re related or just trying to be funny. Or if it isn’t Ian on the shirt in the first place. All in all, it’s enough to put me off this company, which in itself is somewhat of an achievement – normally it takes really crappy shirts to do that, and most of the Dusty Lumber shirts are pretty nice.

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Fuck you, Weekend Warrior!

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Top quality shirt blog So So Yeah also dabbles in making/selling shirts. This latest effort is a collaboration with I lost focus and unfortunately it’s only available as a sweatshirt, wich is a type of garment I just don’t wear for some reason. Get it here.

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Vintage Motörhead shirt on eBay – The chase is better than the catch (at lest this particular catch)

Though I’m no fanatic, I like Motörhead a lot. You know, the old golden years (plus 1916 (which, in this case is an album and not a year)). I always used to have a Motörhead shirt from the tender age of eight or so, until I lost the last one about ten years ago (or maybe more). I’ve always meant to replace it, but never felt like buying a brand new regular Snaggletooth shirt from some street vendor (and buying a concert tour shirt featuring one of the later albums NEVER crossed my mind, believe me!). So, I either want a ‘vintage looking’ shirt (which tend to be ugly) or a real vintage shirt (which tends to get REAL pricy). Still, now and then, I have a look at what’s on offer on eBay. Genuine 70s shirts are very expensive, and I strongly suggest there’s a lot of fakes being sold for hundreds of dollars. Also, my everlasting problem with vintage shirts makes a lot of them impossible – the sizes, older concert shirts are rather small for big fat guys like me.

Anyway, I just wanted to show you one of today’s finds:

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A shirt from the 1983 ‘Another Perfect Day’ tour. I got this album when it was new, on cassette, and I still think it’s really good even though Robo made the band sound quite differently. Now, the album cover is a bit special even in it’s origial form, and this is not a great rendering of it. But you know, I’d still TOTALLY wear this. Except… there are a few reasons why I won’t. One thousand reasons. Yup – one thousand smackaroos is the asking price for this bad boy. Nice to see there are still optimists out there…

Pardon the Dopeness!

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It’s no secret I don’t think much of the French and their ability to create great shirts, so the name Pardon the Dopeness made me a bit hesitant. But then, the good looking shirts with satanic and drug realated imagery swiftly convinced me this Toronto (ok, so technically not French, but they’re likely to speak french in Canada, right?) based company’s shirt were right up my alley. Great looking product shots with nice looking models never hurt anyone either. The shirts are expensive as hell, and I would love to know if the prints really are that cream colored in reality (if so, that’s a great idea actually)?

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You’re not dead yet!

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It’s been a while since I last featured Print Liberation and here are som of the shirts they’ve put out since. The center shirt is supposed to read like a zombie message, but to me it works better as a reminder to people there’s still time to do things, you’re not dead yet. Not like me at all to turn a perfectly fine zombie shirt into some sort of hippy dippy Carpe Diem shit…

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