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Have you ever spilled coffee on your favorite T-shirt? Yeah, a bitch, I know… However, if you’re a coffee addict (just like us) you’re gonna LOVE Javaboi Industries, a company run by this fine fella, Mr. Eric A. Johnson. Not only do they produce great looking tees with coffee-based designs, but are in the middle of big takeover, hopefully over the world.

We were lucky enough to be sent not one, but TWO of their awesome T-shirts for a review (and your reading pleasure) and instantly fell in love with them. Great designs printed onto high quality fabric (100% cotton, of course) and a lot of additional details – you can see a strong professional signature to Javaboi products. Guess Eric learned his lesson well from his mentor – Johnny Cupcakes himself. No wonder one of the biggest players in the industry – Lana Fuchs – picked Javaboi for her new business adventure. But, read about it later – let’s start with the packaging first.

  • Packaging

    When you’re trying to be different and original you’ve gotta think about details. And packaging is for sure one of those details. This packaging is none more than awesome, with shirts being packed in custom foil bags, looking like a new brand of coffee. Ace! We loved Javaboi 2-colors sticker on the bag, which was carefully sealed so it didn’t look possible to pack 2 shirts in it. However, they somehow managed to do so, and there goes a big thumb up for the clever and original T-shirt packaging!

Now, with shirts so nicely packed we were very eager to try them on and see how they feel when dressed on, especially when we felt how incredible soft they feel beneath fingers.

Review sample no. 1

Javaboi logo T-shirt

Javaboi logo T-shirt

  • Overall feeling – this is JBI official logo lady-style T-shirt (the review sample is sized M) with a copyrighted / trademark Javaboi logo. Make sure you remember it – it might become quite popular soon. Shirt feels very soft, kinda like American Apparel brand, but I’m not 100% sure because Javaboi prints onto few different kinds of garment, all made in USA.  When tried on the shirt appears to be a bit longer, although not that much, and embraces your body line gently & softly, which is a big plus since it fits slim. In case you don’t know which size to order don’t worry, because there is a sizing chart link by each product at Javaboi online store.
  • Design – you just gotta love this design! It’s very cute, clear and bold at the same time, so it’s applicable to many kinds of garments (tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, caps…) and might looks awesome as a sticker or a patch. I love how Javaboi made a fun character out of a coffee mug, plus they’ve added these retro / 70’s looking letters, which are accompanied by custom calligraphy. You can see this logo is developed very clever, as well as the whole Javaboi line.

  • Printing method & maintenance – this design is screen-printed with white and gray inks onto garment made of 100% ringspun cotton. If you’re not familiar with this method of printing then you gotta know that the inks are applied directly to garment through a framed piece of silk (that’s why it is also called silk-screening), which allows a years-long durability of colors / print if maintained according to instructions. And the instructions are simple – wash with alike colors, turned inside-out, and do not iron over the image.
  • Additional details & pricing – attention to details – that’s what Javaboi is all about – and that’s what everybody likes. There is a custom Javaboi neck tag sewn in, which looks great and adds a strong professional signature to the shirt. There’s also a small Javaboi logo patch on the back, just below the neck, and I especially love how it’s done – people often print their brands’ logo on the back, and Javaboi wanted their logo to literally stick out, which adds to originality. The price is great, too – only $15.00 will get you this nice branded tee that you’ll wear for years.

Review sample no. 2

First shirt justified high expectations – at least in our case – so let’s take a look at second Javaboi review sample, also lady-styled and sized M.

Javaboi Fresh & Pink T-shirt

Javaboi Fresh & Pink T-shirt

  • Overall feeling – just like the first review sample – the second one is none less than great! It might appear to you that it’s a bit thinner, but both shirts are of medium thickness. When dressed on this tee stretches a bit, but without losing it’s form, which is a huge plus. I would again claim it to be of American Apparel kind – at least it feels like AA brand. Nevertheless, you’ll notice quality at first sight (if you’re aiming for the best – just like in Javaboi’s case – you’ve got to use premium quality garments).
  • Design – this particular design is called “Javaboi Fresh Coffee And Pink” and when applied to brown colored shirt you get a nice combination of colors. Pink usually reminds of “girly” stuff, so to speak, and this design is not an exception, even though it might be worn by your grandma, without her looking odd (maybe it would just look ironic). I especially like that vintage script behind Javaboi Fresh logo, which makes this tee look so appealing. I believe timeless design is the right choice of words.

  • Printing method & maintenance – screen printing again – I imagine it would be impossible to apply this design to a garment using vinyl cutting. And if you’re serious about you’re business you’re not using heat-transfers or direct-to-garment printing, because it obviously doesn’t guarantee years-long durability of applied design, unlike screen-printing. Just remember to wash this shirt turned inside-out with alike colors, and do not iron over the design (I personally iron all my shirts turned inside-out – it preserves not only the design, but the original color of the shirt).
  • Additional details & pricing – just like the previous one – this tee also has a custom logo neck tag sewn in, with tee specifics and maintenance instructions attached. Plus, there’s another Javaboi patch on the back – a real cutie, I tell you! This shirt is also priced $15.00, which is more than affordable price for such  nicely done T-shirt. A value for money, I assure you.

Conclusion

Having in mind all of the stuff stated above – Javaboi Industries is cream of the crop when it comes to independent T-shirt producing. Finest quality garments with nice, big, bold and often retro / vintage oriented coffee-based designs, all wrapped up with original packaging and more than affordable prices – what more could you possibly want from a clothing brand?

Therefore we’re not exaggerating with our post title – especially when you know that at the moment Javaboi is talking big business with aforementioned Lana Fuchs, respectable owner of several clothing brands (I’m sure you know about Lana Fuchs Couture and B-Mafia). If everything happens as planned – Javaboi might as well become big worldwide brand just like Hello Kitty and Johnny Cupcakes. These two shirts prove our statement. And remember – you’ve read about it at Teezine first! Also read Eric Johnson’s interesting story on creating Javaboi.

Did you like these Javaboi T-shirts? Are you a coffee (and T-shirt) addict? We’d love to know what you thought about this review, so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below! Thanks!

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Sun. Fun. California. Well, what more to expect from California-based clothing line Crawl Apparel, than colorful T-shirts, fun designs and big prints? Founded back in 2009. Crawl Apparel quickly became well known in the local area, having their fan base ever-growing (4.000+ likes on Facebook is more than respectable number). Recently we had a privilege to try on and review one of their great-looking shirts, appropriately called “Beerscape 2.0”.

I must be completely honest and admit I’m not a big fan of big prints and screechy colors. Besides – when Crawl package arrived at my place I didn’t know which shirt they’ve chosen to submit for a review. And when I tore up the envelope I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed one of my favorite colors: blue. Other than that – the print looked very decent, having in mind their latest line was all about graffiti-alike colors. Plus – there is a special feature to this tee, so continue reading.

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel

  • Overall feeling

This shirt is of greatest quality. You will notice it on the first look. Both the fabric and print look and feel great. By now I can easily tell it’s an American Apparel brand which Crawl Apparel uses, even though the neck tag is cut off. It’s very soft and a bit thinner, but not that much. It feels great when dressed on and looks really appealing, with many additional prints / details, so all main points are there. In other words – Crawl Apparel means business.

  • T-shirt design

Perhaps you wonder why this design is called “Beerscape 2.0”. Well if you look carefully – there are few beer bottles and cans inserted into cityscape, looking like those big buildings whose lights are never turned off. Add a full moon and a slogan “this city never sleeps” – and you have a perfect tee for going out with style! You might also think it’s just white and black colors used in printing of this design, however there is also dark purple (somehow I wasn’t able to catch it with my camera, but believe me – it’s there in cityscape… ummm, I mean – beerscape).

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / details

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / details

  • Special feature

And just when you thought it’s all there – Crawl surprises you with a special feature to this shirt, which I usually find annoying. However, here it serves it’s purpose; when in blacklight this design glows in the dark. Still wondering what to wear to the next coed party? I must admit I didn’t try it already, although I wore this shirt a couple of times, but only during the daylight. I’m sure there are plenty of people who dig this effect to their shirts, so Crawl people knew what were they doing with this tee.

  • Additional prints

One thing everyone will notice is Crawl Apparel logo on the back of a tee, just below the neck, which is a nice way to introduce others to this brand (since you’re already wearing a shirt that catches everyone’s attention why shouldn’t they know where you bought it). I’ve already stated that American Apparel neck tag is cut off, so Crawl printed another logo on the inside. Looks cool, besides being practical for complete branding of your line. Me likes. Oh, and by the way – Crawl has a new logo (look on the picture at the top of this post), however I like their older logo a little better.

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / detail

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / detail

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / detail

Beerscape 2.0 T-shirt by Crawl Apparel / detail

  • Printing method & maintenance

Crawl Apparel used screen-printing with this tee, as I am sure they are using for all of their products. If you didn’t know – it’s the most common way of printing because it ensures a years-long durability of applied colors (unlike heat transfers or direct-to-garment printers). As presumed, they’ve also used special glow-in-the-dark colors – don’t worry, they won’t wash away or melt while washing the shirt. Speaking of which – this tee is to be washed in warm water with alike colors and it’s not to be ironed over the design. If you stick to this you’ll have a shirt of highest quality that will last for years.

  • Conclusion

In conclusion – Crawl Apparel outdid my expectations with this T-shirt. Not that I expected less – it’s just I didn’t expect this much. Highest quality tee and a very nice, fun design printed with special inks and additional prints for more than affordable price (this tee is only $15.00). Plus – if you order from them I’m sure they’ll throw some additional promo items in the envelope (for example I’ve got two ping pong balls with Crawl logo printed on it, along with some stickers). And if you really like Crawl Apparel – you can find some of their stuff also at 14th Street Clothing.

Sticking to their goal of creating nice, colorful and fun designs Crawl isn’t crawling slowly to the top of Cali-based indie clothing brands – they are taking real big steps! Make sure you also check out their other products if you don’t know what to wear for going out or just going to the beach.

Did you like this T-shirt? What did you think of rest of Crawl Apparel products? I’d love to know, so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below! Thanks!

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It all started with “Trashin'”. At least for me. Watching that movie as a kid made me try finding the balance on my cousin’s plastic skateboard for the first time. Needless to say – my knees were covered with blood stains. Don’t know why – but this T-shirt design by LTD Tee brings back those nostalgic memories to my head.

LTD Tee is an artistic project which is around for quite some time. It is run by this nice guy Mike Chong, who releases limited edition T-shirt boxes by different designer each time. This makes LTD Tee a very unique line where every design has it’s own story. Mike also happens to collaborate with very talented (and famous) designers, so each one of his releases is a classic on it’s own. Some time ago LTD Tees sent us two of their limited boxes for a review. This time we’re reviewing the one called “Skateboard Explosion”, by indie-famous designer Porous Walker.

Skateboard Explosion T-shirt by Porous Walker / LTD Tee

Skateboard Explosion T-shirt by Porous Walker / LTD Tee

  • Overall feeling

Once you hold this package in your hands you can’t help but feel this is some serious business. Eventhough LTD Tee has it’s own trademark cardboard box – this one is customized and designed to fit the complete story. I especially like how the original T-shirt design is applied to the whole box, with LTD Tee logo incorporated into whole design. Also, while holding this box in your hands you feel like it’s a piece of something, needless to say – a piece of art, and not just a tee packed in a box.

  • T-shirt design

Very simple, comic-styled design, but also very eye-catching. Old school, I’d say. Brown lines are emphasized by yellow ones, which may look as if the design was printed wrong. But don’t be deceived by that- this is awesome artwork. Chosing a white color shirt to print the design on is also very wise, because it makes the design come out much more perceivable. A round of applause, please!

Skateboard Explosion limited T-shirt box by Porous Walker / LTD Tee - details

Skateboard Explosion limited T-shirt box by Porous Walker / LTD Tee - details

  • T-shirt type

Remember when almost all your T-shirts were thick and heavy? Well I sure do, and so is this one. Now, I’m not sure which type this shirt is, because the hang tag is cut off (but there is an unique print inside – later on that). However, you can see and feel the shirt is of  very good quality. When dressed on it fits tightly, so if you want some more free space for your body you should probably order one size bigger. Skateboard fashion went wide last 20 years anyhow.

  • Details

If you’re in T-shirt business yourself – nice way to tag your tees is printing your logo and accompanied details inside the shirt, just below the neck. You can also carefully cut off the original hang tag, so it looks almost as if you’re sewing your own shirts. LTD Tee did that, too, but they made it unique – they’ve printed Porous Walker’s (the designer) whole bio inside the shirt, just below the their logo. Nice way to bring the attention and pay tribuite to the designer! This cardboard box also contains an art print (original T-shirt design printed out) and a couple of LTD Tee stickers. Cute.

Skateboard Explosion limited box by Porpus Walker / LTD Tee - details

Skateboard Explosion limited box by Porpus Walker / LTD Tee - details

  • Printing method & maintance

No wonder this shirt is screen-printed. I cannot think of any other way which would make this design look this great on a tee. As you might know screen-printing allows a years-long durability of applied colors, plus the colors are soaked well if the cotton is of fine quality, such as with this particular shirt. It’s made of 100% cotton. You are not to iron over the design and not to wash the shirt with white clothes.

  • Conclusion

Whether you’re a pro-skateboarder, or just a skateboard fan (much like myself, I simply love my knees and elbows too much…) – you WILL love this design, I am 100% sure. Have in mind it’s a very limited edition design – no additional prints of this design will be made in this form. Plus, it’s nicely packed into LTD Tee customized box with some cute extras (art print, stickers…). It’s always hard to price the artwork – but $29.99 (plus shipping) for the whole box is more than reasonable, don’t you think? You’ll not only posses the unique shirt – but a real piece of independent art. And you just gotta support indie, right?

LTD Tee has much more boxes to offer in their online shop, so make sure you visit it, whether you’re buying someone a birthday present – or a collectors item for yourself. Did you like this tee? What did you think of it? Would LOVE to hear your opinions, so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below! Thank you!

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“Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease”. One of Jimmy Carter’s most popular quotes. 39th President of United States managed to convince Egypt to recognize Israel back in 1978 (Camp David Accords), which was probably his biggest accomplishment as a president.  Two years before that – during the 1976 Presidential Elections – his supporters used the slogan “Gimme Jimmy” on buttons used for his campaign.

Some 35 years after Retro Campaigns – an independent clothing line from LA which we already featured back in 2009 -evokes a remembrance on that event by re-printing the original button design onto vintage-styled tees which look like they came straight from that era. Make no mistake – they do not only print Jimmy Carter’s campaign slogans, but also other candidates slogans from American Presidential Elections history. In my opinion – a very cool idea for making your T-shirt line stick out from all the others out there.

Recently we’ve had the privilege to convince ourselves into great quality Retro Campaigns deliver – we were sent their lady styled “Gimme Jimmy” sample T-shirt for a review.

  • Overall feeling

The first impression upon unpacking the shirt was – wow! You just gotta love those retro-styled ringer T-shirts. All those extracted fibers and rubs in darker tone makes this tee look vintage, almost as if it was made in 1976, as the design perhaps might suggest. Green color makes it even more retro, and even if anything wasn’t printed on it – the shirt would still look great alone. When dressed on this tee feels incredibly soft, even though it isn’t of a thinnest kind.

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

  • Design

The design itself isn’t of most creative kind, and as mentioned before – it’s a reprint. However, the slogan is rather witty – speaking in 1970’s terms. Using the print color same as the rubs is clever in my opinion, making the design look as a natural part of this tee. Washed-up effect, of course, adds much to the vintage look.

  • Printing method

This design was screen-printed, same as all Retro Campaigns designs. It’s a most common printing method which gurantees long durance of applied colors. The print is soaked into garmnet almost as if it was made from one piece, which indicates the fiber is of finest quality.

Gimme Jimmy T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

Gimme Jimmy T-shirt by Retro Campaigns

  • T-shirt type & maintenance

Retro Campaigns used Bella ringer T-shirt for printing this design. If you’re not familliar with this brand – Bella is one of the finest US-based blank clothing makers out there, and this particualar tee is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It is to be machine washed warm with like colors, and if you want to bleach it you have to use only non-chlorine bleach. It is recommendable not to iron over the printed design, however we’ve ironed over it on a medium setting and nothing happened.

  • Conclusion

Like your shirts retro / vintage, but different? Then by all means try Retro Campaigns. You’ll have a unique design which will make people smile, no matter which political option they’ve belonged to. Not only that – you’ll have a highest-quality T-shirt which will last for years. We don’t want this to sound as if we’re praising Retro Campaigns for sending us a free sample – it’s our honest opinion, having in mind what does this line represents.

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns / detail

Gimme Jimmie T-shirt by Retro Campaigns / detail

Did you like this T-shirt? Whom did you vote for back in 1976? Ummm, not really… We’d really love to hear YOUR opinion on Retro Campaigns and their shirts, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Let’s start a real political discussion (with a retro flavour).

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Have you ever imagined a movie with all your favorite aliens in it? That would be more than cool, right? Just bring them all together in a typical American small town or a suburb – and let the party begin! Well if you haven’t thought about it – Splitreason have! And instead of making a movie they made an awesome T-shirt design.

Splitreason creates geek’n’gamers humorous T-shirts and they approached us recently with an intention to send one of their shirts we liked the best for a review. It was a hard decision because they offer a lot of designs for both boys and girls, and most of them really look great. However – seeing this particular design mocking an everyone’s favorite scene from E.T. with Alf, Gremlins, Alien and others in it – we instantly picked this tee, women-styled.

Extra Terrestrials T-shirt by Splitreason

Extra Terrestrials T-shirt by Splitreason

  • Overall impression

T-shirt came packed in standard airmail envelope, which is one thing we regret, since Splitreason is in business for quite some time and perhaps a customized envelope would be nicer. However, upon opening the package, we were pleasently surprised by both the looks and the quality of the shirt. Soft cotton in combination with high-quality printing is always a winner, especially when the design looks this good.

  • Design

Splitreason tends to create funny T-shirt designs without being corny. Tell a good joke, but tell it in a different way. Perhaps that’s why we liked this design so much. Not only it’s fun to see all your favourite aliens in one place – whilst bringing to mind a great alien-themed movie – but this design is also well executed. It was made by Glen Brogan and it’s very detailed, however it also looks great from a longer distance, catching your attention for sure. Add a little childhood nostalgia – and there you have a winner! I mean, who haven’t cried to this scene when they were kids?

  • When tried on

Incredible softness is what you feel when you try this shirt on. It feels very gentle on your body, even though it’s not that thin. If you don’t like shirts which feel tied to your bodyline than you should probably order one size bigger, however be careful because the tee is a bit longer. And since this particular tee is women-styled – you can easily notice it is made to emphasize your lady attributes, like the waist, for example.

ET T-shirt by Splitreason - details

ET T-shirt by Splitreason - details

  • Print method

This tee is screenprinted using 3 colors, but it looks like there are 4 colors (since the shirt is black the designer didn’t have to use black). It puts an extra point to the creativity aspect and shows how to use a color of the shirt in your design effectively. As we already stated – the design is very detailed, and seeing how well it is transferred onto garment shows that Splitreason really do care HOW they make their shirts. We especially liked the white tones on the blue-ish Moon and high contrasts portraying those funny creatures.

  • T-shirt type and maintenance

This is an All Style Apparel tee, made of 100% combed, ring spun cotton. Maintenance is relatively easy – this shirt is to be washed with alike-colors, however it is not to be ironed over the image because steam might destroy it. However, if maintained properly you will have a great quality T-shirt with an image that will not wash out.

Chewie Kun T-shirt by Splitreason

Chewie Kun T-shirt by Splitreason

  • Summary

Being in business for quite some time Splitreason know well what they’re doing – great looking designs which are made to put a smile on your face, or to touch a similar emotion in you. High quality printing onto high quality shirts – and I’m sure they have no unsatisfied customers. Pay attention to ordering, because the shirts are slim-fitting and a bit longer. It would be nice to see more company’s logos and details printed on a shirt.

Look for much more funny / geek / gamers themed T-shirt designs in Splitreason online shop. Since the summer is here – you’ll have a T-shirt everyone’s turning their eyes to. If that’s what you want, of course.

What did you think about this tee? Which one of the portrayed alines is your favourite? We’d LOVE to hear your opinion, so don’t hesitate to leave your comment below! Thank you!

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Valentine is just around the corner and if you’re in love with somebody I bet you already bought a present for them. If not – what are you waiting for? A perfect idea? Well, how about a T-shirt?

Let’s start with two possible scenarios:

  • You’re in love with someone – that’s cool! If you love someone and haven’t got the guts to admit it you might wanna choose some T-shirt design which describes your feelings towards that person the best;
  • You’re in love with yourself – that’s cool, too (although a bit weird)! If you’re not in love with anybody else but yourself you just as well might gift yourself with a great T-shirt design which describes your such feelings the best.

Both ways we’ve got a perfect example of a perfect Valentine’s gift – a Rat On The Run “Love Is In The Air” T-shirt.

Rat On The Run packaging

Rat On The Run packaging

We’re all rats on the run

If you’re not new to Teezine then you might remember UK’s independent clothing line by the name of Rat On The Run, whose great looking sample “Daydream” we reviewed back in 2009. If you’re not familiar with them, let me just tell you they’re designing simple and un-offensive shirts which can be worn on everyday basis. Their quality is top-notch, not just the shirts, but the print too, which we here at Teezine can assure you of since their previous sample stood the test of time, still looking very fresh and non worn out.

With Valentines’ Day approaching Rat On The Run sent us another  one of their samples for a review.

  • Packaging and appereance – similar to previous one, this sample also came packed in somewhat customized ROTR cardboard box. Upon unboxing it we discovered shirt was wrapped into paper and sealed with Rat On The Run sticker. After the shirt was unwrapped it surprised us again how simple and yet pretty it looked. A girly-shirt and design that’s both unpretentious and eye-catching.
Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run

Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run

  • Design and creativity – although some of you might not be fans of slogan T-shirts (and although “love is in the air” is a bit generic one) we agreed that this design is nice for what it represents. White and purple vintage cartoon-ish fonts printed onto heavy pink colored tee make a nice contrast and emphasizes the message wrapped in those hot love colors.  Add a little detail – a heart-shaped baloon – and you get a cute design to wear around the house, when going to school or shopping in your nearest store. Sport activities accepted, as well.
Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run detail

Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run detail

  • T-shirt type and fitting – sample came in medium size and it fits tight, but comfortable, especially when you have in mind garment is of medium thickness (not too thin or heavy). It’s a 100% cotton shirt which feels nice on your body, tailored that it follows your waist, with those half-sized retro-looking sleeves.
  • Printing method and maintancescreen-printing is used in production of this tee, and it’s one of the most-common and best methods of printing, known for the durability of colors. Maintance is relatively easy – neck label says it is to be 40 degrees machine washed (with like-colors), you can iron it (although it’s recommendable not to iron over the design itself) and you can dry it in the drier (using normal cycle setting). You cannot bleach the shirt, though, as well as dryclean it.
Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run details

Love Is In The Air T-shirt by Rat On The Run details

  • Details and pricing – this shirt also has an additional print – a Rat On The Run cool looking logo on the left sleeve printed in white – which makes the shirt unique and branded. As mentioned before – there is a neck label with company’s logo and maintance instructions, printed silver onto black, adding a touch of glamour to the shirt. Price is £18.00, which is approx. $29.00 at the moment (with postage and packagingt included – not sure if it’s only valid  for UK’s territory though), so the price is  rather affordable.

With all this being said – we concluded Rat On The Run produced nice looking, quality shirt that’s easy to maintain and will last for years. Although using a common slogan – this shirt celebrates love and with it’s affordable price  makes a great Valentine’s Day gift idea. Wheter you buy it for someone else, or for yourself.

Find this shirt nice? Find this review useful? Please let us know by leaving your comment below. Thank you!

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Introduction

Funny T-shirt designs – how many times did you see that term on internet? No doubt funny slogans and illustrations are best-sellers on T-shirt market. Don’t know about you, but I don’t necessarily like that fact because of these two simple reasons:

  • funny T-shirts ain’t funny – whenever I see slogans like I’m with stupid or something like that I get this facial expression as if I’ve just eaten a slice of grapefruit. Rotten grapefruit;
  • funny T-shirts ain’t T-shirts – of course they are, but if you understand T-shirts as not just the clothes – but a medium to express different artistc styles, certain standpoints or particular lifestyle – than you’ll understand what I’m talking about here.
Meanie Wear customized drawing

Meanie Wear customized drawing

Don’t get me wrong – of course there are plenty of good jokes printed on tees out there and some of it might be called art. I like it when people have a serious approach to their business, even when it’s humurous / funny. Perfect example of this is relatively new clothing label Meanie Wear, owned & operated by Joe and Chris Radella from the lil’ town of Talking Rock, Georgia, US. Not long ago I was priviledged by receiving a parcel with not one, but two Meanie Wear sample tees to try them out – one was regular men-styled T-shirt, and the other one was great-looking ladies tank.


Label profile

Before I tell you what we thought about sent samples – you might wanna check out Meanie Wear label profile to see  what this line is all about.

  • Label type – family owned and operated licensed T-shirt business;
  • Mission – “the objective of our business is to provide a high quality product and a reliable customer service experience for our customers” (quoted);
  • Designs – hand-drawn, funny and attractive, based around the character of Meanie;
  • Web presence – website with the online shop, Facebook and Twitter profiles.

In case you were wondering who is Meanie – he is this crazy and a little bit ugly character who likes to have fun while riding a mountain bike, surfing big waves, playing with his kick-ass band or listening to reggae music. “Meanie had no name until a friend seen the drawing on the wall and said – that’s a mean looking character! And I said, THAT’S a self – portrait OLD FRIEND!!! The name Meanie stuck”, says Joe Radella, Meanie’s creator. And now – onto the samples!

Sample one – Tornado ladies tank

When I first saw this tank  on Meanie Wear’s Facebook profile I loved it. You must admit it looks really appealing, even if you’re not a lady (much like me). I often think that any prints on this kind of clothes spoils the look of it, however Meanie  ridin’ a mean tornado fits this tank just like a mustard fits them hot dogs! No wonder it looked even better when it was seen live.

Tornado Meanie ladies tank by Meanie Wear

Tornado Meanie ladies tank by Meanie Wear

  • T-shirt design – Meanie riding a tornado is printed using only two colors – black and white – onto olive-colored tank, which certainly draws attention whilst not looking aggressive;
  • Creativity aspect – clean and simple hand-drawn design, which is what we really liked in combination with this kind of shirt;
  • T-shirt type – 100% presrunked ring spun cotton tank with ribbed pattern and “romantic” embroidery  on armholes and upper edges, plus a raw edgebottom. Made by Anvil – a company known for it’s quality when it comes to whole range of styles (men / women / youth). Although made of 100% cotton shirt feels very elastic, almost as if it was made of  lycra;
  • Additional prints – there is a back print on this tank – it’s Meanies’ face, which is bigger than other back prints I’m seeing on tees, especially on this type of clothes;
  • Sizing – this tank came is size M and it follows your body line perfectly if you like silhouette-fitted clothes,whilst not being too tight;
  • Printing method – this design is printed using screen-printing method, which is widely accepted method because of it’s quality and durability (colors are not likely to be washed away for years);
  • Maintance – tank is to be washed in warm water with like-colors and tumble-dried medium. It shouldn’t be ironed, which is okay if you know that (if in your exact size) it will stretch upon dressing it up;
  • Price – this shirt is yours for $20.99, which is a more than reasonable price when you have in mind it’s looks and quality.
Tornado Meanie ladies tank by Meanie Wear - details front and back print

Tornado Meanie ladies tank by Meanie Wear - details front and back print

Tornado Meanie is a great looking and very comfortable tank for all you ladies which will make you look even prettier and attractive then you already are. Not only you’ll wear it with pride everywhere you go – it will last for years, without any concern about colors washing away with time.

Sample two – Meanie Surfs men T-shirt

Upon unpacking it Meanie Surfs tee looked really eye-catching, even though the design itself isn’t printed that big. I also liked the color of shirt, but it  felt as if it’ll be too wide for me.  Well since I go by the try & learn motto – there was only one way to find out will I wear Meanie tee with pride: trying it on!

Meanie Surfs T-shrit by Meanie Wear

Meanie Surfs T-shrit by Meanie Wear

  • T-shirt design – this designs shows Meanie in his shorts and sandals, holding his surfing board and ready to jump into the blue water. It’s a 3-colors (black / white / blue) design which looks really appealing printed onto ice-grey colored shirt;
  • Creativity aspect – I like the way Meanie is drawn, not only here, but everywhere he might show up – clean, without unnecessary details, with highlighted eyes and teeth which shows this character’s “mean” character. Meanie looks really relaxed and invites you to feel relaxed while wearing this tee;
  • T-shirt type – this is 100% pre-shrunked cotton shirt by Gildan – company which is known for it’s quality and consistency. It’s of medium thickness and feels very comfortable and soft;
  • Additional print – just like the tank above this tee also has Meanies’ face printed on the back with the logo written below. Looks really cool;
  • Sizing – this shirt came in L and I usually wear M, which means it’s not fitted that slim. Although one size bigger I think it still fits nice, especially being a bit thicker;
  • Printing method – this design is screen-printed, which means great quality and durability if maintained properly. You can easily feel the ink beneath fingers, especially on white-colored parts so this design feels almost relief-ish;
  • Maintance – this tee can be washed inside-out in warm water, but the neck tag says it cannot be ironed. However, I ironed it turned inside-out and nothing happened, except curves mysteriously disappeared, so I suggest you do the same;
  • Price – all Meanie Wear T-shirts are priced $15.99, which is perfect price for this type of tees.
Meanie Surfs T-shirt by Meanie Wear - details front and back print

Meanie Surfs T-shirt by Meanie Wear - details front and back print

In conclusion – Meanie Surfs is a relaxed-fitting high-quality T-shirt which is nice to wear on everyday basis. It’s easy to maintain and the printing quality is great, so it’s surely value for money.

Conclusion

Joe and Chris Radella started Meanie Wear when they were really sure where they want to get with it. Now, you might have  the best intentions on creating the best T-shirt company in the world, but you have to be serious about it, meaning – you’ll have to pay attention to quality and satisfaction of your customers, along with creating nice looking designs. Luckily for them – seems the Radellas have all necessary ingredients for cooking up the good Meanie soup. I’d only like to see some tag labels sewn to their shirts in the future.

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