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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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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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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


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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Okay, so how many of you know about a clothing company from Indonesia? Well, maybe just me 🙂 Anyways, I got to know Dede Nurs – the owner of the Eight Wardrobe – via allmighty Facebook simply because I liked one of their shirts. He then introduced me to his extensive line, which not only includes tees, but pants, shirts, jackets and longsleeves, too. Upon checking the Eight apparel I discovered many great, subtle designs, some of which deserve an extra attention in my opinion.

Eight Wardrobe is – in their own words – elegantly youth presentation. It started in 2008 with an idea of bringing their simple design concept to younger urban people. I like  the way they’re playing with bold fonts and simple shapes.

As I said before, Eight also has many other items aside tees, like longleeves or jackets.

“Rawk Merch” is a very special tee series  by Eight Wardrobe,  where they collaborate with various artists on creating – well – rock merchandise! First in the series is creating a 4-piece collection for a De’s band Got Me Blind. I liked viking design the best.

With such a diverse apparel I am sure Eight Wardrobe is on it’s way to successfully cross the Indonesian borders (they have a Big Cartel store, too). I also hope they bring more interesting collaborations with various artists to international tee market.

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Dunno ’bout you, guys, but I think it’s cool to have The Beatles fleece blanket on your bed. Or a set of candles packed into a tin can with Sex Pistols logo printed on it. Guess what? ROCKWORLDEAST has it – and it can be yours! In case you didn’t know – ROCKWORLDEAST is one of the biggest rock merchandise online shops, which also carries accessories and other cool stuff (music branded wall clocks and watches, for example). Here’s one shirt design I especially liked (Cancer Bats is a band, let it be known):

Now, friendly Melissa from ROCKWORLDEAST informed me they’ve just launched a new contest, called Pick Your Own Prize, which is running until May 31st. Rules are very simple – go to ROCKWORLDEAST.com, browse & choose from literally thousands of items they carry, and than go to their special blog link:


Here you will read all the details and tell fine folks at ROCKWORLDEAST what did you choose, and then you have a great opportunity to become one of 5 lucky winners! It’s that simple and anyone can enter the contest! And remember – if you wanna look über-kewl at the first gig you plan to see, make sure to pick something up from ROCKWORLDEAST online shop! Let’s conclude it all with unmistakable one (at least for me):

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I sometimes think I have too much time on my hands. Other times I feel like I can’t finish all the things I’ve started, and there are plenty of them. Jonathan Kruse, a man behind Shred Clothing, a webzine called Shred News and a T-shirt blog How To Start A Clothing Company is someone who is so busy, and yet he manages to run all these aforementioned things with a style. And apart from all of this, he even managed to answer my questions. So, if you’re into metal, hardcore or alternative rock, I guess you already know about Shred Clothing, or if you’re a T-shirt blogger like myslef – you must know about How To Start A Clothing Company. However, here are Jonathan’s answers – hope you check out all the stuff he’s into.

cerberus_mensCan you introduce yourself and tell what you do on a daily basis for your living? What are your stands / beliefs about life itself, and what would you say – what kind of person are you?
I’m Jon Kruse I sell shirts, make websites, help other clothing companies, and drink beer on a daily basis. I am a very easygoing person, you really have to be to be to have your own business. Failure is just something you have to deal with constantly and learning from your mistakes and constantly charging forward takes a lot of patience and you can’t stress the small stuff.

Let’s start with your clothing company, Shred Clothing. How did you decide to start with it, what’s the concept behind it and for how long it’s going on?
I started my first clothing company early last year. I am going to rename it soon to Totally Awesome Clothing and we do what I like to call smart joke shirts about the stuff I love. After doing that I met a lot of friends that did amazing designs and wanted to start a clothing company to utilize them. I started Shred to sell badass shirts, with the best illustrations, best printing, and highest quality shirts. It’s really amazing I can start up a company with a few thousand dollars and produce shirts just as good if not better than the giant companies out there.

iron_eddie_designIn your opinion, what makes Shred Clothing unique amongst all those companies out there? Any specific detail you’re paying an attention to?
It’s the whole package, amazing designers, American Apparel shirts, awesome printing, they all make us stand out from the crowd. A lot of what we are trying to do now is make deals with bands for sponsorships and help them out down the road. We started a side site called shrednews.com and we have a great team of writers that constantly do great articles. The site is really taking off and it will be a huge part of our success if everything goes well.

Do you design all tees by yourself? What’s the process of making the designs?
I don’t do any shirt design anymore.  I contact a designer I like, make sure he is with in our budget, give them 50% up front and work with them to create a bad ass design.

What kind of printing and garments do you use? How much do you charge for tees?
We use American Apparel. It’s tough to do everything at such high quality and sell them for the prices we do but I feel like $20 a shirt is the price point we need to meet to sell to this market. We’ll bring our production costs down later but right now we are just focusing on making the best product and meeting the needs of our customers.

headless_horseman_girlsWhat ways of marketing do you use with Shred Clothing? Any bands you’re sponsoring maybe?
Protest the Hero, Vanna, Conditions, Armor for the Broken, we are sponsoring all of them. Most of our hits are just from word of mouth. I know a lot of bloggers and they all write articles about which helps out a ton. I also go to shows pretty often and do a lot of SEO on the site.

Apart from Shred Clothing, you’re also running some kind of a webzine, called Shred News. Can you introduce it, please?
We have an awesome team of writers that love the music scene and write great articles. I’m just behind the scenes making sure everything runs properly, tweaking the SEO, implementing new stuff to make it better.

Many tee lovers enjoy your other wonderful website, a blog called How To Start A Clothing Company. How did you decide to run that site, too?
I actually started it when I started my first clothing company. There was a lack of info on the web and I like helping people out. Almost a year ago I bought my own domain for it and separated it from my clothing line. Today I get 18k viewers a month and growing.

dinosaur_shirt_designIs there any other project you’re involved into?
The wheels are always turning. I am starting a website called awesomeshirtblog.com We should be up and running in a few weeks. I’ve got a few friends in the clothing business that are really passionate about shirts and design and we are just going to highlight shirts we love and talk about them.
Also my roommate and I have been throwing around this idea of doing a show where we just talk about all the awesome things we loved as a kid. Really everything is very similar to what I am already doing and it just makes sense.

What is the most important thing to remember when dealing with so many stuff, like yourself?
That failing is part of the game. You just got to make the best of it and charge forward.

Who are some of the designers / brands / people you look up to, or who is your biggest inspiration?
Alex Norman, Dan mumford, Godmachine, Stereo bear, Pyknic, Eric Terry, Obey, Electric Zombie, Rockett, Glamour Kills, Johnny Cupcakes, Mathew Skiff,  Brandon Heart, Survival, Discordant art, Heavy Prints, Phillm, Tim Toomey…

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Rockworldeast.com just launched a new T-shirt contest. They run it at Polyvore.com and it runs from August 18th until September 1st. By entering, you can win really cool stuff by some of the well-known rock / metal bands out there. Therefore I chose some of the shirts they carry (and I really liked) – those are by Johnny Cash and Cobra Starship (you can win those, too).

CashCobra Starship

How to enter and win, you ask? Find the instructions here! And in the meanwhile, visit rockworldeast.com and please yourself with some nice rock merchandise!

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