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BeastWreck is the name of a new T-shirt brand which is already destined to become huge. Created by great illustrator & designer Jared Moraitis – a.k.a. BeastPop – whom we recently made an interesting interview with (he also won the gold medal in Teezine T-shirt Olympics in Best T-shirt design category).

BeastWreck T-shirt designs

BeastWreck T-shirt designs

Mr. Moraitis is known for his comic-influenced, cartoon illustrations, so no wonder BeastWreck entirely consists of his awesome designs. In Jared’s own words: “BeastWreck is a mad-scientist’s concoction of equal parts pop, pulp, rock, geek and retro, born from an artist’s mind that has been pickled by extended submersion in a cocktail of cartoons, video games, kaiju battles, rock music, comic books, sci-fi and horror movies!  Clothes, buttons, stickers, prints, more”!

Pakku-Man T-shirt design ny BeastWreck

Pakku-Man T-shirt design ny BeastWreck

BeastWreck has several shirt designs they are launching with: “GRRRILLA”, “KROOL-AID” (available in red and black options), and “PAKKU-MAN” (available in black and yellow options).  All designs are available in men’s sizes S-XXXL and women’s sizes S-XL. You might also find a button or sticker or two. BeastWreck is taking preorders right now, but all shirts will be screenprinted by Terminus Tees – they produce some amazing shirts and are known for quality in screen-printing!  No direct-to-garment print-on-demand junk there…

Krool-Aid T-shirt design by BeastWreck

Krool-Aid T-shirt design by BeastWreck

You can check & preorder all BeastWreck designs from their online shop. Also, give BeastWreck some love at Facebook.

Did you like BeastWreck? Which designs you liked the best? Please let me know by leaving your comment below. Thank you!

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Earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan couple of days ago are one of the worst tragedies in the history of this country. Among many people that are helping victims through donations are many clothing labels and designers, which are donating part of their sales to help with the disaster relief efforts. These are just a few examples, and if you wish to participate in helping out make sure you visit their websites and purchase something.

Imprint T-shirt design by Sistine.co
Imprint T-shirt design by Sistine.co

Sistine is having a sale, so the prices for all the tees in their online shop is slashed to $30, down from $36. They will donate $10 out of every tee sold to the Red Cross for the disaster relief efforts in Japan. They also plan to continue to do this for as long as they can, making a donation at the end of every month and posting the receipt of the donation on their blog to ensure the good folks that have made their efforts to help they are committed to this cause.

Wild Wolves T-shirt design by Vicious History
Wild Wolves T-shirt design by Vicious History

Vicious History is also taking part in the relief efforts of those affected by the tsunami in Japan. From March 11-13, 50% of each Vicious History sale will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster fund. In case you don’t know – Vicious History specialize in contemporary apparel which incorporates a vast range of historical influences into it’s designs.

Help Japan poster by Rob Dobi / FullBleed.org

Help Japan poster by Rob Dobi / FullBleed.org

T-shirt and poster designer Rob Dobi at Full Bleed created a benefit poster for Japan. “I did what little I could and designed a print to benefit relief in Japan. All profits go straight to disaster recovery”, says he. You can purchase this awesome piece of art and do something noble at once.

These are just some of the examples. If your line is having a benefit sale – or if you know about one – please do let us know by leaving your comment below.

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Jared Moraitis a.k.a. BeastPopI was introduced to Jared Moraitis – a.k.a. BeastPop – back in 2008, quickly after I started Teezine. His awesome, old school comic-based art really touched an old comic fan in me. Apart from being informed on his new projects via his blog and email newsletters I would often come across some of his T-shirt designs here and there, such as very popular ZOMBAMA one. Not only that this was a great idea and much better realization, but Jared decided to do a “comeback” version of it, featuring more zombified details. That version won a gold medal in 2010 Teezine T-shirt Olympics as best T-shirt design. Being that talented and creative no wonder more and more people get interested in his works. With new projects in the works Jared also has some great new ideas, so make sure you read what he had to say when I asked him a couple off questions.

When did you find out you have a drawing talent and what were your first drawings, what did you draw in your earliest stage?

I decided, after careful consideration and planning (and lots of flow-charts) that I should become an artist at the tender age of about 3 when I broke out the crayons and cut loose with a very primitive, yet elaborate, mural on my parents’ den wall featuring some of my awkwardly-imagined creations. It was all downhill from there. Most of my earliest drawings involved the creature from ALIEN or elaborate space battles featuring the cast of STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

Pop Zombie T-shirt by BeastPop

Pop Zombie T-shirt by BeastPop


Who were the artists you looked up to when developing your style and how did they influence you?

I like a lot of classic illustrators and pulp artists –Norman Rockwell, Mucha, Elvgren, Leyendecker, Frazetta, J. Allen St. John – but I also dig on a lot of gig poster art, comic book art (Mignola, Canete, Simonson, etc) and European artists. I pay close attention to their compositional skills and what they can do with line, light and form.

What else influences you in everyday life, be it music, movies, food, drinks, books or anything like that?

My life has been basted in pop-culture, Saturday morning cartoons, toys, comic books, horror and sci-fi movies, pulp-fiction and other assorted lowbrow cultural stigma. I love music of the rock/metal/punk/industrial slant, but I also dig classical, some pop, and maybe some soul or blues at times. I love reading comics and genre fiction and watching any stimulating TV or movies that interest me.

The Distillers illustration by BeastPop

The Distillers illustration by BeastPop

How would you describe your artwork to a blind person?

Sheesh! Um… Okay, jam your thumbs into your eyes hard enough to be mildly painful. You see all those weird colors and sparkles? Imagine those colors and sparkles frozen into sharp lines and jagged edges. Now keep that thought in your mind as you gather up a handful of silverware, wrap it in tinfoil and microwave it on high for 30 seconds while pressing your forehead against the microwave door. You should get the same sensation as you would if you absorbed all of my art at once.

Can you explain what’s the usual process when you develop your artwork from the scratch?

I am constantly jotting down notes to capture some of the weird ideas that pop into my head or inspiration that is triggered from other stimuli. When I’m ready to form one of those ideas into a piece of art, I’ll do rough sketches until I get a skeletal composition then I’ll blow it up, and hang meat on that skeleton’s bones until it resembles something moderately cool and interesting. Then I’ll process to tinker and bang at it until it’s done (usually using brush, ink and pen with computer aided colors).

What were your first professional engagements?

I did some sorry shirt designs for a defunct MMA fight gear company, various low-profile T-shirt designs, and then I entered a fairly long stretch as a concept artist for an online game project that ran out of money and never materialized.

Zombie Love T-shirt design by BeastPop (for J!NX)

Zombie Love T-shirt design by BeastPop (for J!NX)

What were the craziest offers you ever got and what are the project you’re most proud of?

I did a design for another fight gear company that had zombies as it’s theme. What zombies have to do with mixed martial arts I’ll never know! Thematically, I haven’t had many crazy offers (my idea of crazy is probably different from the average person, though). Most of the really crazy offers involve offers of insultingly low amounts of money for valuable work. The project I’m most proud of as far as notoriety goes is my ZOMBAMA design, parodying Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster. It’s gotten quite a lot of attention and has been ripped-off and bootlegged quite a bit! I am my own worst critic, though, and I always see things I could change or improve with every design as soon as I’m “finished”.

You also like to design T-shirts. Would you perhaps develop your own clothing line and why not, if so?

Funny you should ask – plans are afoot at this very moment to launch a clothing line (with the help of a very special person) later this year. I will be incorporating prints, buttons, and stickers, as well as vinyl toys somewhere down the line. Just gotta work out the details and finances. Stay tuned.

Zombama Returns T-shirt design by BeastPop

Zombama Returns T-shirt design by BeastPop

Your ZOMBAMA design made quite a stir among T-shirt lovers. What motivated you to do it and how did you decide to make a ZOMBAMA RETURNS version? Also, what do you think about Obamas politic?

I saw Fairey’s HOPE poster being parodied all over the place, so I thought I’d put my own unique and irreverent spin on it, also poking fun at Fairey’s infamy as an appropriation artist. There is no political meaning behind the piece, however. I really don’t keep up with politics much, as it it a frustrating and often futile arena. My own personal politics are somewhat middle-of-the road. Neither side has it right.

What are your personal beliefs and standpoints? How would you describe yourself as a person?

I’m a fairly reasonable, level-headed and courteous person. I don’t allow myself to get too serious about most things, but there are things that I am very serious about, and I always study and research things before formulating opinions and solidifying beliefs. I don’t like to stir things up too much and I don’t insert many (if any) of my beliefs and standpoints into my art. My art is about fun, oddity, and playfulness, for the most part, and I like to keep the personal stuff reserved for people I have a personal relationship with. I’ll let some of that stuff slip in the occasional blog or Facebook post, though.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on a personal DONKEY KONG tribute design, as well as some character designs for an iPhone game, and a few other miscellaneous commissioned t-shirt designs. Also chipping away at plans for the launch of BeastPop as a brand of merchandise later on.

What are the projects you would like to work on in future?

I want to do more skateboard deck designs. I would also love to do some album covers and/or T-shirt designs for some of my favorite bands. I’d love to design vinyl toys and animated characters. There are also a couple of old pop-culture properties from my youth that have not yet been reinvented that I’d like to be involved in redesigning. I also want to do the cereal box art for this year’s seasonal reemergence of the General Mills monsters cereals (Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo-Berry), but I want them to include Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy this time!

T-shirt design for Thrown To The Wolves (band)

T-shirt design for Thrown To The Wolves (band)

You can check Jared’s art here:
BeastPop blog

Did you like this interview? What do you think about Jared’s artwork? Would love to hear your opinions, so make sure you leave your comment here. Thank you!

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Ever wanted to start your own clothing brand, but didn’t know where to start from? Worry no more! Ryan Kovach, one of the founders of freshly-brewed clothing company Beau is giving excellent tips to all of you beginners, so this article is enriched by their own experience.

Without change, the world would do nothing but sit still. Change is important and, in order to create a powerful brand that you and your customers are proud of, change is essential.

Beau tee by BeauIf creating your very own brand is something you want to do, a change must occur. You have to stop playing Nazi Zombies and Super Smash Brothers and finally start learning towards creating your own line. Don’t get too scared though, you will still have a little time to kill a few zombies because Beau is here to help organize some of the load. Last summer, I was in the same boat and I came up with a massive list of things to accomplish in order for Beau to launch. I broke up everything I needed to accomplish and learn into 3 sections: brand, website, and legal. Each one of these sections also had subsections, and most of the subsections had subsections. To put it simply, there was a lot I needed to learn. Now I am here to help break each of these sections down.

Brand

Assuming that you are making your own brand, you probably have an idea of what your brand is going to be about. It is key that your brand fills a niche, or offers something that is not already offered. I broke down what I needed to do regarding my brand into a few different components: logo, planning, and shirts.

Bunch of Beau stickersLogo – when making a logo, you want to create something that depicts your brand, but also incorporates what your brand is about. With Beau, our logo was created to show our minimalists designs and the simplicity behind it all. A logo is a key part, it’s what people recognize and what they tell their friends. By having a memorable logo, your brand will stay fresh in the consumer’s mind;

Planning – for Beau and most indie start-up lines, the finances behind everything are limited. Personally, Beau was brought to life by the two of us working all summer long. A sacrifice has to be made. Currently we are college students and are making ends meet financially out of our own pockets. We put all of our funds towards bringing our fans and customers the best possible product we can. Don’t let it scare you though, it’s a very rewarding feeling to have somebody enjoying what you put a lot of hard work and time into. The key is to create a plan, like I am drawing out here, with your finances. Microsoft Excel is a great tool to keep track of everything. The best tip I can give you is to be as organized as possible;

Little Birdie Told Me T-shirt by Beau

Little Birdie Told Me T-shirt by Beau

Shirts – you may want to have people loving something you made but, without being able to put your brand goals into designs, it is going to be pretty hard to achieve that with clothing. Neither of us at Beau are Picasso; hell, we can barely color inside the lines. But that doesn’t have to stop you. There are countless resources available to help put your ideas into .psd’s ha ha… We were lucky enough to have a buddy of ours, Cameron Hagedon, aka one hell of an artist and designer, help us. Places like mintees.com (successor of now defunct emptees.com) are places where you can find talented artists. If you don’t know any artists personally, they can help you create your clothing’s art. Just remember that there are always resources out there to utilize;

Printingdo your research, our biggest tool was google. We lived on sites like bandwagonmerch, and t-shirtforums just asking questions and gathering information. Prior to Beau, I knew nothing about plastisol inks. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Email anybody and everybody whom you think would have valuable information. God knows how many emails I wrote just acquiring information on what material went best with what inks and what tagging sizes were recommended for each size of shirt. One tip for everybody: American Apparel. It is just gold made of fabrics. Everybody loves it and, frankly, if you are selling to somebody who doesn’t know much outside of Gildans and Hanes, they will put your shirt on and fall in love. Most likely, they will never take it off;

Numbers T-shirt by Beau

Numbers T-shirt by Beau

Shipping – if you plan on shipping out shirts, which most indie’s do, packaging is the last chance to make a positive impression. If financially possible, make something amazing and memorable. However, for most cases, including Beau, that is hard to accomplish. Just remember, with every penny you earn, put that penny back into your brand. Including packaging. But, until then, make sure your shipping does not hurt your image. Make sure it’s secure, doesn’t fold, and makes it there quickly. Uline.com provides a lot of products for packing, folding, and shipping your shirts nice and neatly.

Website

The first thing a consumer will see is the quality of the site. Bigcartel.com and Storeveny.com provide a great template and a cart. If you know web design at all, you know that building a fully functional cart is kind of a hassle. For Beau, we were forced to pick up a CSS book and learn from scratch in order to make our site stick out from the cookie cutter bigcartels of the world. Jquery is no fun, but there are plenty of tutorials online that help teach. Sohatonaka.com is one of my personally favorites. Soh is a genius and very helpful as well. As for CSS, check out this site; again a lifesavior. If possible, we advise that you leave it to the professional and shell out the dough.

Domain – as far as domain names go, try and purchase one that is unique and memorable. If that happens to be your brand name, perfect. For Beau, we went with thebeautee.com as a little play on words to create the ”beauty” in a sense. And if you do decide to use a bigcartel, the folks over at indielabs are very helpful at providing setup to link your new domain name.

Legal

At first we thought this would be one of the most difficult parts, it turns out it was the opposite. Make sure to get a hold of people who know something about business law. Local/family accountant, lawyer or, in our case, your business professor ha ha…

Third Times The Charm T-shirt by Beaue

Third Times The Charm T-shirt by Beau

You can figure out a lot of the basics via google and forums, but legalities are not something you want to mess up on. It would be the biggest buzz kill to have to shut down everything you have worked so hard for just because you didn’t fill out the right paperwork. From our experiences we have learned a little. You should be alright with just a DBA, but you’re much better off filing for a Limited Liability Corp. (LLC). But again, check with a pro.

The biggest thing to take out of all of this is to sit on your computer and do hours upon hours of research. Become an expert in your niche and field. We are not saying we are, but we are striving to be. And another thing, there are tons of people willing to help you. When you tell anybody in your community that you’re going on this adventure, they will do almost anything to help along the way. Don’t waste that help, it’s a life saver. Never be afraid to email and ask questions!

Ryan Kovach,
Beau

Did you like what Ryan had to say here? Have your own experience? Don’t hesitate to inform us by leaving your comment below. Thank you!

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Don’t you like when your favourite band wears a kick-ass shirt by some independent label you haven’t heard of before? Makes you wanna go ahead and check out that line and see what they have to offer, right?

Well, we here at Teezine really like up-and-coming rock bands, as much as our pals at Winky Boo, an indie clothing label we featured before in various articles (they recently won gold medal as the best new clothing brand in 2010 in Teezine Shirt Olympics). Winky Boo sponsors five bands at the moment with their kick-ass gear and since we liked their music – and Winky Boo’s style – we decided to make a free MP3 sampler for all of you to enjoy in great music.

Winky Tees Rock free MP3 sampler cover

Winky Tees Rock free MP3 sampler cover

From moody, atmospheric metal to acoustic singer / songwriter music Winky Tees Rock features 12 tracks by Eyes To The Skyline, Fallen Asleep, The Borogoves, The Silence In-Between and Saving October. All tracks are free to download (and share) there at Teezine Facebook page. And while you’re there – make sure to click that little LIKE button as a small “thankyou”. Thank you!

And now – download the sampler and rock on! Also, make sure you check out Winky Boo website for some great clothing (note you can have a 10% off your order if you find the discount code among our links).

Hats T-shirt design by Winky Boo

Hats T-shirt design by Winky Boo

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Creatures of the Midnight is the name of new limited edition T-shirt line by Young Lovers. You might know this cool clothing line from our previous mentiones in What to buy for Christmas – Top 20 Christmas T-shirt sales and Top 7 Halloween themed T-shirts articles. Their new line calls to mind both Bob Dylan and Ludwig Van Beethoven, as well as them dirty lil’ rats, so make sure you check it out & make sure to grab some while supplies last (only 100 of each made).

Bob Dylan T-shirt by Young Lovers

Bob Dylan T-shirt by Young Lovers

Rats T-shirt by Young Lovers

Rats T-shirt by Young Lovers

Young Lovers is also giving you the chance to score 3 T-shirts (of your choosing) with the “Like Lovers in the night” competition. It’s the easiest thing in the world to enter – just click the new Facebook like button on the 3 tees that you want and that’s it! No forms to fill out, no questions to answer. Nada. Just click the ‘Like’ button on the tees you want to win and you’re done.

Five lucky winners will each receive their 3 tees for free! Young Lovers will be in touch with the 5 lucky winners via Facebook on January 31. So check it out at www.youngloverslabel.com

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Teezine rewarded best T-shirt designs and clothing brands in 2010 with gold, silver and bronze medals in four categories!

2010 is over very soon and we here at Teezine wanted to see it with some style. Therefore we picked best T-shirt designs, clothing lines and online shops in 2010 through our first Teezine T-shirt Olympics! That’s right – we rewarded tees & lines we featured in 2010 on our blog with gold, silver and bronze medals in four categories: best online clothing shop, best new clothing brand, best sample T-shirt and best T-shirt design . We’ll start with the first category – best T-shirt design!

Best online clothing shop in 2010

There are three main aspects we considered whed deciding which online shops are the best in our opinion: offering, navigation easiness and overall impression. Of course there are many more great online clothing shops out there, however we made the following decision.

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Design By Hümans

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Design By Hümans

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Springleap

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Springleap

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Nokturnal Clothing

Best online clothing shops in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Nokturnal Clothing

Best new clothing brand in 2010

There were many clothing brands conceived in 2010 and some of them are already dead. We really love new lines popping out and we wouldn’t want any of our medalist to vanish any time soon. Main aspects we considered in this category were: brand concept, designer signature and offering.

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Winky Boo

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Winky Boo

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - More More More

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - More More More

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Vicious History

Best new clothing brand in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Vicious History

Best sample T-shirt in 2010

Our favourite and yet the most complicated category! It was very difficult to decide which samples get our medals, since we really l-o-v-e all sample T-shirts sent for a review. Therefore we considered these aspects: design concept, print quality and shirt quality.

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - In Wonder by Arteefact

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - In Wonder by Arteefact

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Rock Chic by Unleash Studio

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Rock Chic by Unleash Studio

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Mono by Summerjunk

Best sample T-shirt in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Mono by Summerjunk

Best T-shirt design in 2010

And finally – the best T-shirt designs in 2010 by Teezine! In this category we concentrated on three main aspects:  design concept,  creativity aspect and final execution. These three T-shirt designs  got highest rankings by us.

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Zombama Revisited by BeastPop

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - GOLD MEDAL - Zombama Revisited by BeastPop

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Deer by Peasoup Clothing

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - SILVER MEDAL - Deer by Peasoup Clothing

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Away With The Birds by Lady Umbrella

Best T-shirt design in 2010 - BRONZE MEDAL - Away With The Birds by Lady Umbrella

Hope you love all shirts and brands featured here as much as we do. Make sure to check ’em out all by clicking on above pictures. We’d like to thank all of you Teezine readers, people who we made contacts with and all others who took an interest in our lil’ blog for making 2010 our best year so far! Best wishes to all of you!

And now, let’s hear the national anthems! 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5…

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