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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.

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What to buy for Christmas, you ask? It’s always tough to decide. Well – how about T-shirts? They make a perfect Christmas gift as I’ve never seen anyone who wouldn’t like a new shirt underneath their Christmas tree. Following is the list which will hopefully help you with your decision. This is also your last chance to get some of these wonderful Christmas deals because some of them last only for a very limited period of time.

Fresh Cat sweatshirt by CHRMNG Industries

Fresh Cat sweatshirt by CHRMNG Industries

Chrmng Industries are changing out whats for sale each week up till Christmas. Right now thy have their “fresh cat” sweatshirts, some Christmas pins and 2 of their shirts all marked down.

Wolves Vs. Werewolves T-shirt by Dance Party Massacre

Wolves Vs. Werewolves T-shirt by Dance Party Massacre

Dance Party Massacre got some of their classic designs / items restocked just in time for holidays.  Specifically fitting for all this cold weather is their Live Fast & Die Young crewneck that sold out real fast last year!

Doxa Clothing hand-drawn logo T-shirt

Doxa Clothing hand-drawn logo T-shirt

Doxa Clothing has some of their tees on sale, plus they offer some real nice hoodies and eco bags, whilst spreading the messages from the Holy Bible, so make sure to check them out!

Rhythm and Detonation T-shirt by Filthy Lucre

Rhythm and Detonation T-shirt by Filthy Lucre

Filthy Lucre is offering their T-shirts for $15.00 – you still have time to catch up on this, they promise to do their best to get ’em to you before Christmas!

Cancer Mint vest by Label New York

Cancer Mint vest by Label New York

Label New York is offering 25% off websales now through January 31 by using the coupon code: brooklyn. Also, if you’re from around New York City make sure to find Label New York at Brooklyn Craft Holiday Market this weekend (12/18 & 12/19).

Lady Umbrella is Friends with Sir David Attenborugh T-shirt

Lady Umbrella is Friends with Sir David Attenborugh T-shirt

Lady Umbrella is having 20% off + receive free gift(s) sale – there are some postacrds and tote bags along with the tees you order. This is valid until December 20th by using a code GIFT 20. It’s with free shipping, too!

Kneel Before Zod T-shirt by Last Exit To Nowhere

Kneel Before Zod T-shirt by Last Exit To Nowhere

Last Exit To Nowhere has some really nice gift vouchers (from £10 – £50) which is cool when you want to buy someone a T-shirt as a gift and don’t know what would they like.

Tiger Turmoil T-shirt by OMUNKY

Tiger Turmoil T-shirt by OMUNKY

Omunky is having their last sale of the year! Use code SNOW to receive 18% off your order. Omunky’s Winter Holiday Sale started at 12:01 AM  EST on 12/08 and will last until 12/20.

Faith, Hope and Love T-shirt by Paid In Full Apparel

Faith, Hope and Love T-shirt by Paid In Full Apparel

Paid In Full Apparel isn’t having a special Christmas sale, but they produce some really great looking T-shirt designs which carry the messages from the Holy Bible and are “rooted in Christ”.

The Future Is Now T-shirt by Paper Root Clothing

The Future Is Now T-shirt by Paper Root Clothing

Paper Root is marking everything in their store down 40% for the next two days (12/15 &  12/16), and that includes the newest release.  No coupon code necessary,  and anything that is ordered during the sale will be delivered before Christmas (excluding international).

Redhawk Brigade logo T-shirt

Redhawk Brigade logo T-shirt

Redhawk Brigade is not necessarily having a Christmas sale, but a lot of their items are on sale, so make sure to check them out! You might have noticed our review of two of their sample shirts earlier.

Feelin Classy T-shirt by Respire Apparel

Feelin Classy T-shirt by Respire Apparel

Respire Apparel is only just starting and yet – if you buy their Feelin’ Classy tee before December 25th – it gets to you personally gift-wrapped (love included).

DJ Panda T-shirt by Scared Panda

DJ Panda T-shirt by Scared Panda

Scared Panda is offering free shipping and complimentary gift wrapping with a gift card for all purchases made til New Year’s Eve. Just make a note in the custom message text box during checkout with your message and if you would like to have your items gift wrapped.

F'n Sweet Christmas Bundle by Sugar Steak Apparel

F'n Sweet Christmas Bundle by Sugar Steak Apparel

Sugar Steak is not offering steaks for Xmas, but a F’n Sweet Christmas Bundle consisting of a hoodie and limited edition tee for only $50.00 (free shipping included). Hurry up since the offer lasts only for today (12/15).

9 Lives hoodie from Summerjunk

9 Lives hoodie from Summerjunk

Summerjunk just released some new hoodies just in time for Xmas and they want you to remember – hoodies are for life, not just for Christmas!

Technicolour Rex T-shirt by Elisha Hale at Threadless

Technicolour Rex T-shirt by Elisha Hale at Threadless

Threadless has some of their tees down to $12.00 with free US and international shipping on orders over $75.00 – check their site for info on delivery terms.

Scholars & Thieves T-shirt by Vicious History

Scholars & Thieves T-shirt by Vicious History

Vicious History is having a nice Christmas sale! Just use code holiday at checkout and receive 20% off your order! Sale ends December 24th.

Bob Dylan - Newport Folk Festival T-shirt by Waterloo

Bob Dylan - Newport Folk Festival T-shirt by Waterloo

Waterloo offers interesting Christmas promo deal: order 3 or more of their tees and pay shipping for only one. There’s a special Christmas discount code, too – write XMAS10 at checkout and receive 10% off.

Elephant T-shirt by Winky Boo

Elephant T-shirt by Winky Boo

Winky Boo is having their very first HALLELUJAH! Oh $#!T! It’s a CHRISTMAS SALE!! sale where all t-shirts are only $10.00 ! That’s right, you read that correctly, $10.00 ! Don’t get many sales like that these days, right?

Keytar T-shirt by Young Lovers

Keytar T-shirt by Young Lovers

Young Lovers are offering free airmail shipping worldwide on all orders over $100 for Christmas. Now since their wonderful shirts are priced around $50.00 that’s like 2-3 of them and a free shipping by airmail.

Know about some other cool Christmas sale or having your own? Make sure to let us all know by leaving your comment below! Happy Holidays everybody and a very Merry Christmas! And remember – Christmas is not all about buying stuff.

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Buying T-shirts online can be a tricky business sometimes. So many styles and designs, so many possibilities and prices. How to find that perfect shirt that not only looks cool, but will also be of highest quality and  – all in all – best value for money? Well, this article will not give you an answer to that. Instead, it will address few important things you need to have in mind when buying T-shirts online.

T-shirts are art

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio

T-shirts are not only clothes, T-shirts are art. Hope you understand this fact. They express different standpoints, they feature specific design styles and they address various issues in unique, creative ways. T-shirt packaging – for instance – is an art for itself. So if you’re looking for another “I’m with stupid” slogan shirt – that’s fine, but here you’ll be given some facts about designer T-shirts in form of physical T-shirt review.

T-shirt sample

Recently I was offered to review Unleash Studio T-shirt of my choice by Melissa Rivera, the creative force behind this independent clothing company and designer studio from Honolulu, Hawaii. No ukulele, no lei this time. Melissa rather designs  her tees driven by the love for animals (not in some weird way, though – shame on you for thinking like that)! I chose “Rock Chick” T-shirt in green (it comes in grey, too). Two weeks later Unleash parcel found my doors.

  • Packaging – shirt was packed in plain envelope, but it had big Unlesah logo printed on it, which I find nice. Of course not all T-shirts you order  online need to have unique packaging, but adding such details says much about the professional approach of the company.
  • Overall impression upon unpacking shirt seemed very nice with dominating design and a lot of details, such as company tags and additional prints. It also appeared a bit longer than I expected, but I was warned about it before shirt was sent (later I’ll talk more about it).
  • T-shirt typedesign is printed on American Apparel T-shirt, a brand which is well-known for it’s outstanding quality. It’s a 100% combed cotton shirt which needs to be washed first in order to shrik (it’s not a preshrunk one) and it’s fitted athletic / slim. It’s also of medium thickness.

When worn shirt feels very comfortable, soft and light. You should always ask about those kind of things when you’re ordering T-shirts online because you simply don’t want to invest your bucks into something you wouldn’t feel comfortable in.

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio - detail

T-shirt design

As I’ve stated before – this design is called “Rock Chick” and is just one of the designs from Unleash “animal series”, which also features “DJ Shark”, “Skateboarder Squirrel”, “Winged Elephant” and “Seahorse Knight” (plus some other combinations). It comes printed on green or grey shirts in both men and women styles (“Standard American” is American Apparel unisex line).

  • Creativity aspects – coming from a schooled and a very talented designer no wonder this design looks so great. Having an eye for a detail, Melissa Rivera adds some technology items to the body of this mohawked chick, which might address the latest (sad) human interventions into animal bodies. Chicken is standing on a guitar and it feels like it’s playing it using fingerpicking… umm, I meant – clawpicking style.  To spice it up a little Melissa colored  a mohawk into flaring green.
  • Details – having an eye for details is one thing, but applying that to your product is another. This T-shirt is filled with details, but luckily – not in a blatant way. There is a back print just above the lower edge of a tee, which features all the designs from Unleash “animal series”. There is also Unleash logo printed on the right sleeve, plus a sewn-in inwrought Unleash logo tag at the lower edge on front of a shirt. Since I’m a sucker for details I give this shirt the highest rating.
  • Print method – design is applied to the shirt using screen printing, which is  probably the most used method of  T-shirt printing. This  printing method – among other things – guarantees you longer durability of design / colors.

When buying a T-shirt you might want to think about what does the design says for itself. Is it perhaps representing your standpoint on something? Will  people react to the ironic approach of a design (I don’t mean iron-ed on / heat-transferred design)? Or you like it just because it looks great, so you hope you’ll look great in it? If so – keep on hoping!

Seriously – the design and the way it is done (both designed and printed / applied) is the crucial aspect of chosing your new T-shirt because of  both  uniqueness and persistence of colors.

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio - back print

Other T-shirt facts

Here are some other facts about this T-shirt.

  • Sizing – this shirt is sized L and I usually wear M. I was warned I should order one size bigger because of the slim fit and because the shirt is not preshrunk. Pictures here are taken after I washed the shirt, so it shrunk a little.
  • Maintance – shirt should be machine washed cold and tumble dried low. This prevents the distortion of design / colors.
  • Additional items – there was Unleash cardboard tag attached to a neck tag. Shirt also came with a fyler which features all designs from Unleash “animal series” and states the importance of animals in our lives.
  • Price – This shirt is priced $20.00 (plus shipping), which is a middle-range price. It’s also very affordable if you know how well and detailed it is done, especially when some clothing companies charge double their uninventive designs.  Plus the shirt itself is of great quality. Sometimes you just want to pay a little extra in order to get the right quality and also something no one else has… well, at least not that many people.
Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio - sleeve and tag

Rock Chick T-shirt by Unleash Studio - sleeve and tag

Conclusion

Unleash Studio managed to create a great looking T-shirt with cool T-shirt design which is both funny and creative,  while addressing the important issue (human treatment of animals). Shirt feels very comfortable and soft, it’s easy to maintain and the price is affordable, having in mind creativity and execution aspects. You might wanna check for the right sizing because of the  slim fit, though.

Make sure you check Unleash Studio official website because it features Melissa Rivera’s wonderfuly designed useful items, such as skateboard shelves, dog-shaped night lamps and robot desktop helpers.

Like this shirt? Find this article useful? Think I missed something? Please take a sec and leave your comment below – I’d really love to hear your opinion!


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