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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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What a better way to help with Japan Relief benefit projects, then to buy an awesome T-shirt that you’ll wear with pride, knowing that you’ve done something good? Mighty Fine has a couple of such tees for you, created exclusively for this noble purpose.

Mighty Fine Inspires is the name of a special category in Mighty Fine’s online shop. It features T-shirt designs made especially for Japan Relief projects fund raising, as portion of proceeds from all tees in that section will go toward Architecture for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts in Japan. Not only this cause is noble, but the designs themselves really look great, so we wanted to share some of them with you.

"Lucky Cat" T-shirt design by Tomi Monstre; available in junior's fitted sizes

"Lucky Cat" T-shirt design by Tomi Monstre; available in juniors fitted sizes

"Big Hug" T-shirt design by Patricio Oliver; available in unisex sizes

"Big Hug" T-shirt design by Patricio Oliver; available in unisex sizes

As for Mighty Fine, the label has been in existence for over a decade but it went live with welovefine.com, selling exclusive web product direct to consumers, in spring of 2010. “We have steadily sought to create inventive, fun, smart designs for fans of our licensed brands, which include Marvel, Sanrio, Scott Pilgrim, Sesame Street, Adventure Time, Peanuts and many many more”, says Nicole Campos of Mighty Fine, adding: “we have recently branched out into consumer-built T-shirt designs with our MyTee shirt builder, giving customers the chance to modify their own designs, choose their shirt color, etc”.

Cap Against Drugs T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Cap Against Drugs T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Mini Count Blah T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Mini Count Blah T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Only Date Heroes T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Only Date Heroes T-shirt - available at Mighty Fine

Mighty Fine also run a fun contest on their website, where they are asking you to guess the next in their X-Men Nouveau line and you can win a free T-shirt – or a three! Megan Lara, whose Nintendo nouveau designs were well trafficked on the web, is working with them on this set, so Mighty Fine is really excited for the big reveal, which they hope will be in a few weeks time.

We cannot wait to see next X-Men Nouveau design! How about you? Would love to hear your opinions on Mighty Fine’s offering, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Thank you!

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Our lucky winner is Tom, who on March 23rd enter the following comment:

My favorite quote is from El Guapo, “Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?” Priceless when said with the accent, and when you see his facial expressions. That line has, over the years, given me a plethora of chuckles!

T-shirt: Three Amigos Let’s Ride

Congratulations! Thanks to all who entered our contest. Better luck next time!

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Just as promised last time – we’re launching final round of a contest we’re running with our friends at T-shirts.com. We picked a winner to last weeks’ Band T-shirt contest, and this week you can win one of the tees from T-shirts.com huge & ever-growing Movie T-shirts category. So here are the rules.

Contest rules

  • visit T-shirts.com; find Movie T-shirts category in the navigation bar;
  • browse and find the tee / movie you love the best;
  • come back here and leave a comment below this post, answering the question “what’s my favorite quote from this movie and why”don’t forget to mention the name of desired T-shirt!;
  • if you’re our lucky winner you’ll be sent an email by us, asking for your name, street address and size, so make sure you leave valid e-mail address when you’re leaving your comment.

And for those who didn’t know – T-shirts.com is a huge online resource for funny, music, movies, vintage, animal, custom and other types of tees. Hope you find this contest fun enough to participate! Good luck everybody!

Here are some samples from T-shirts.com – and remember – you can win one of ANY of the tees from T-shirts.com extensive movie category, so pick from there, not just here.

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Our lucky winner is Ruth Hunter with a comment entered March 14th:

Pink Floyd Animals T-Shirt

favourite song by Pink Floyd is Have a Cigar
just love the line “The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?

Congratulations! Thanks to all who participated in this contest, it was great reading your entries. Good luck next time!

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It’s time for the second round of a contest we’re running with our friends at T-shirts.com. Last week you had a chance to win one of their funny T-shirts, and this week they’ll reward you with one of the tees from their huge & ever-growing  band T-shirts category. In case you didn’t know – T-shirts.com is a huge online resource for funny, music, movies, vintage, animal, custom and other types of tees.

Just like previous week – it’s very easy to participate in the contest. If you want to win one of bands T-shirts you have to prove us you actually do love their music. So, make sure you read all the rules below.

Contest rules

  • visit T-shirts.com;
  • find Band T-shirts category in the navigation bar;
  • browse and find the tee / artist you love the best;
  • come back here and leave a comment below this post, answering the question “what’s your best song by this artist and why” – don’t forget to mention the name of desired T-shirt!;
  • if you’re our lucky winner you’ll be sent an email by us, asking for your name, street address and size, so make sure you leave valid e-mail address when you’re leaving your comment.

Hope you find this contest fun enough to participate! Good luck everybody!

Here are some samples from T-shirts.com – and remember – you can win one of ANY of the tees from T-shirts.com extensive band category, so pick from there, not just here.

Bob Marley Live Free T-shirt by T-shirtscom

Bob Marley Live Free T-shirt by T-shirtscom

The Who Pinball Wizzard T-shirt by T-shirtscom

The Who Pinball Wizzard T-shirt by T-shirtscom

Ramones T-shirt by T-shirtscom

Ramones T-shirt by T-shirtscom

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Our lucky winner entry (picked by people @ T-shirts.com) is:

godsrodsjohn

On March 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm he submitted following entry:

Why do I love this Tee? Because I always wanted a Big Wheel–but when they came out, I was TOO BIG. That’s why I love the “That’s How I Roll” Tee Shirt!! Gotta have one!

Congratulations! And thanks to all others who participated in our contest, we loved reading your comments! All of you can enter our second part of T-shirts.com & Teezine contest, where you can win one of the band T-shirts!

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T-shirts.com

Starting today we’re launching new contest with our friends there @ T-shirts.com – a huge online resource for funny, music, movies, vintage, animal, custom and other types of tees! This contest is divided into three parts, so every Monday we’re gonna launch one part.

From today (March 7th) until next Monday (March 14th) you have a chance to win one of the tees from T-shirts.com extensive funny category. It’s very simple to enter the contest – just follow the rules below. Monday 14th we’re announcing the lucky winner and we’re launching second part of the contest.

Contest rules

  • visit T-shirts.com;
  • find Funny T-shirts category in the navigation bar;
  • browse and find the tee you love the best;
  • come back here and leave a comment below this post, answering the question “why do I love this tee” – don’t forget to mention the name of desired T-shirt!;
  • if you’re our lucky winner you’ll be sent an email by us, asking for your name, street address and size, so make sure you leave valid e-mail address when you’re leaving your comment.

Hope you find this contest fun enough to participate! Good luck everybody! Here are some samples from T-shirts.com site – and remember – you can win one of ANY of the tees from T-shirts.com extensive funny category, so pick from there, not just here.

Soup Nazi T-shirt by Tshirtscom

Soup Nazi T-shirt by Tshirtscom

Drinker Not A Fighter T-shirt by Tshirtscom

Drinker Not A Fighter T-shirt by Tshirtscom

All Night Long T-shirt by Tshirtscom

All Night Long T-shirt by Tshirtscom

Now read the contest rules again and leave your comment here!

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Occultism, ancient mythology and spiritual symbolism are powerful and notable areas for T-shirt design inspiration. Just browse the internet for awhile and you’ll find dozens of indie clothing labels inspired by some kind of spirituality. That’s why it is hard to make a name for yourself in that market. Unsless – of course – your designs are made the original way (plus you’ll have to know a little bit on how to handle your business, too). Seems to me like Jeffrey Goldstein, the founder and the designer of the label from New York called Label New York, knows his business very well.

It would be modest (or even immodest) to say Label New York designs are different. First of all – they look unique. Garments are pre-bleached and there are spots on shirts in their original colors which look like stains , if you get me… Second – all shirt are hand-dyed and therefore even more unique (they are also pre-shrunk and they do not bleed, as stated by the label). And third – the designs are definitely original and remarkable. This is by no means some sweet-talking, as I’ve received two of Label New Yorks’ sample shirts for a review, so I’ve ensured myself of these facts.

First one is – as you can see – a women-styled T-shirt with the design called “Palm”, and as we all know – your palm tells the story of your life, especially your future. Palm reading, also known as the chirology, has it’s roots in India (Hindu) and from there it was spread to other countries. “The palm is read as a landscape with mountains, valleys and rivers”, states Label New York, “and the seven mountains correspond to the seven planets”. Frankly – I do not know what story does this particular palm tells, but I can state that the design looks rather intriguing, stating some of humans potentials, such as passion, intuition, will and reason. I like it’s position on a tee, which – if positioned on the centre – would be a bit aggressive in my opinion. Plus the black / light orange contrast is always a good choice, so to me this is an example of a potential best-seller.

The other thing I like about this tee is a choice of 100% cotton garment that is rather light and almost transparent (which I know can be a problem for some people). Although I’ve known all Label New York shirts are fitted very slim / athletic, this one seems to leave you some extra space around your body. Therefore it feels very comfortable, falling gently on your waist. Perhaps you should consider giving this tee a chance to become one of your favourite pieces of clothes for the next summer season, especially if you’re into worn-out retro / 70’s style shirts. It is also evident that the print is made with quality (I guess it was screen printed), with a bit of photocopy “messed up” effect (speaking about “retro”).

Second shirt is called “Neptune”. Now, Neptune is a god of water and the sea in Roman mythology, and is similar to the god Poseidon of Greek mythology. Statues of Neptune can be found in Roman mosaics of Africa’s north, and this image is – as you can see – very powerful and dynamic, which is somehow in the nature of this god (although he is associated with fresh waters and not with great oceans). This shirt is similar to previous one in the quality, but it appears not to be that transparent. Yet, there are those color stains I’ve talked about before, which indicates this shirt is also pre-bleached (and therefore is not to be bleached again).

Now, if you’re not that slim / athletic (much like myself) I would advice you to consider ordering one size bigger (I naturally wear size M and judging by this tee it would fit better if it was sized L). On the other hand – shirt feels light and comfortable, almost like you’re not wearing anything, which is what I like, especially during hot summer days. This time the design is positioned on the centre, which is rather an appropriate place for one god. The design shows Neptune  holding the spear in his right hand and there are two horses beneath his feet. Although it might seem confusing – Neptune is also known ad the god of horses under the name “Neptune Equester”, patron of horse racing, so I guess that’s why Jeffrey chose this particular image of Neptune for his tee design. The print is done very good and you can see all the details clearly (especially those little lines used for adding shadows to the image).

It’s obvious Label New York pays extra attention to details, too. That can be seen the best on their neck label, which is sewed up to the garment and contains all necessary info on maintaining the shirt. Both shirts reviewed here are available from Label New York online shop for the price of $39.99 each, which might seem a bit expensive. However, having in mind you’re ordering a truly unique shirt which is done especially for you – the price seems reasonable (have in mind you can affect the look of your shirt in terms of color or the image position through direct contact with the designer).

To sum all of this up – Label New York is a profiled clothing label which has much to offer, especially if you’re into mythology / zodiac / spiritaulity. They offer not only classic tees, but also long-sleeved ones, V-necks and tank tops. The printing quality is very good and the shirts feel really comfortable. The only thing I suggest is to bring multiple colors in their up-coming lines and more lesser-known mythology images. Plus – some free stickers with an order would be cool, too!

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