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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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First of all – I’m not a big fan of heat transfers. I have had a few problems with shirts made that way in the past, with designs being destroyed in no time. However, I’ve learned it was mostly because of my indolence – guess I should have actually read what is written on the label (maintance / washing / ironing…).  I also think this is the main reason why people are more attracted to buying shirts which are silk-screened or printed some other way. Well, they say only fools don’t change their opinions – and how about you change yours?

Not while ago I was approached by Athens, Greece apparel called Arteefact with a review request for one of their tees. Since I had the privilege to choose – and since we like to have a diversity of shirt reviews here at Tee Zine – I chose the women-styled tee called “In Wonder”, which is a three-color vinyl design printed onto white or black shirts (our choice was a black tee). Now, I must state that the whole philosophy behind Arteefact is that they aim to change the way the vinyl is used on garment, and with this design that aim is even harder to reach because of a lot of curves used in the design and the interaction of 3 colors / 3 parts of the cutted vinyl. Upon unpacking the parcel it was more than obvious that they have managed to create a really great looking design. It was also obvious that Arteefact is paying an attention to details, which will be discussed later.

It was the time to try the shirt on. First impressions were that the shirt is very tight and very soft at the same time, and the feeling is almost like you’re not wearing anything. It’s mainly because the shirt is made of lycra in huge percentage (I couldn’t find the info on shirt labels nor on their site, but the shirt is extremely elastic – I guess it’s a mixture of lycra and cotton).  And since I know it’s very important for a lady to feel comfortable in these kind of shirts I give a big thumb up to Artefact for the choosing of a garment!

The design itself looks really great, all delicate and dreamy, and I guess it would grab an attention of anyone who feels young – although it’s obvious this is mainly a “girly” design that not many men would pick. To me it is almost impossible how they’ve managed to plot such ticklish curves from vinyl. Plus – Arteefact states they use one of the thinnest vinyls around, so it’s a double win. You can feel the extreme softness of a transferred vinyl beneath your fingers, which changes my perception of heat-transfered designs and shirts made that way, especially since other designs of that kind often feel thick, which may look displeasing.

I already stated Arteefact is paying attention to details, and one of the examples is a back print on each one of their shirts. In case of this particular shirt they’ve printed their logo on the very bottom edge of it. Not only that – each one of their shirts is numbered (our review sample is numbered #406), which means you’ll receive a shirt which is made especially for you. That’s the way Arteefact operates with every one of their orders: when you choose your style, design, color and size from their online shop – your shirt is being made by plotting the design, weeding unnecessary details and transfering it onto garment. That’s why Arteefact numbers their products (even though I don’t like to talk about these kind of shirts as “products”). We loved this particular detail and it’s position at the back of the shirt, which is both unique and eye-catching.

Apart from preparing their shirts especially for the person who ordered them, Arteefact is also open for your own ideas. That means – if you have a concept for a tee design, just email them and they will be more than happy to make it happen (if so – please inform us ). This approach have it’s own logic – Arteefact exceeds the term “our label” to “my label” (from your perspective). And there’s not many apparels doing it, right?

In my opinion, self-awerness is very important for a label, especially for the starting one. Otherwise the label may loose it’s own identity among dozens of labels out there. Seems like Arteefact knows this very well, judging by their simple logo with a safety pin image. It’s very convenient because the label becomes recognizible very easily. Arteefact shirts have their own neck labels where the logo is on one side, and the link to their website on the other. Plus, they’ve also attached a cardboard label / visit card to the shirt, stating “you’re not the clothes you wear”, which I think is rather cool and – most of all – true.

With all this being said, I think Arteefact really has the power to change your perception of heat-transfered tee designs. Plus, they’re aimed to create really outstanding designs, where you can’t help but ask yourself “how the hell did they manage to cut out THIS out of vinyl”?! Just head over to their website and you will see it for yourself. This also shows Arteefact has it’s own design signature, paying extra attention to the lines and shapes. On the other hand, I know some people will have a problem with the use of vinyl. Myself not so much (I’m much more concerned about the huge amount of nylon shopping bags in my country). I look at that this way: if maintained properly, the shirt should last for years because of the specific characteristic of vinyl (fading / abrasion / stain resistance among all). And if you outgrow your shirt in the meantime – you can always give it to someone else. I know I enjoyed my father’s clothes “from back in the day”, ha ha…

“In Wonder” tee is available for 20 Euros through Arteefact online shop. Go there and gift yourself with an opportunity to try something different and unique.

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There was a big explosion in the sky. All cities, countries and continents were destoroyed. What’s left was flooded by water. And when water dried, there were new continents. From holes deep in the ground came half people – half dead men, also known as zombies. Zombies were dominated by the population of robots, which destroyed the Earth as we knew it in the first place.

Joust_FlyerNow, I know this may sound as some kind of a B-thrash horror movie plot, but if it was true, I guess those zombies wold wear Robit Studios tees. This small, but already very profiled American T-shirt company, guided by Steve Orlando and his partner Jeffrey D. Gerzseny, creates some interesting, mostly retro designs, which (one can predict) look really cool on their shirts (all shirts are American Apparel, just to be mentioned, so you know you may expect 100 percent cotton). When I was asked to choose among many of Robit Studios tees the one which will be reviewed on this site, I immediately chose “Joust” (frankly, I wanted to choose the one with an old school Converse All Star shoe, but it was too plain for a review in my opinion, because there was only a photograph of a shoe on a grey shirt, with the company’s logo). “Joust” looked rather cool, so I’ve researched it a little bit.

ROBIT 002I am by no means what you might call a gamer (expect some experience on Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum back in the eighties), but I found out that “Joust” is the name of an arcade game from the eighties. According to wikipedia, “the player controls a knight armed with a lance, mounted on either an ostrich (player 1) or a stork (player 2), who battles waves of computer-controlled enemy knights mounted on giant buzzards”. Now, if this isn’t cool for both the game plot and the T-shirt design, I really don’t know what is… Few weeks later shirt arrived and I must admit it looked even better in reality, then at the Robit Studios nice online shop.

ROBIT 004Nervous to try it on, I’ve noticed it had a Robit Studios cool cardboard logo attached to the neck label, which says: “Robit says buy!”. After trying the shirt on, I’ve decided I really need to loose some pounds. I mean, I normally wear size M, and this one is in that size, but I guess American Apparel shirts are made to go along your body line without much air, so it’s maybe better to order it one size bigger, if you like your body to breathe. I don’t want to say that this is a problem for me, I just like it a bit more comfortable.

ROBIT 003On the back of the shirt – which, as you may see, comes in brown color – there are small wings, along with the word “flap” written below. There is also a reason for it – Wikipedia says: “A joystick moves left and right, and a “Flap” button flaps the mount’s wings once. Pressing “Flap” in rapid succession will produce a gain in altitude until simulated gravity drags the mount downward”. I wouldn’t know, because I haven’t tried it, but I can tell you this detail adds much to the overall impression on a tee, and I’m the man of details for sure!

What I like about Robit is that these guys seem to have fun, without printing so-called “funny” designs and slogans onto shirts. They rather choose simple, sometimes ironic way of speaking their minds when it comes to such things in life, as politics, movies / popular culture, or some good old nostalgy. Most of their shirts are around $20, and some of them are on sale right now (for $16). Shirts are printed by hand (means: silk screened), with water-based, environment-friendly colors. You also may buy some stickers from Robit, and I really appreciate that they’ve sent me a bunch of their great “most of you are average” stickers! As they said it themselves: “We gear our product toward anyone that appreciates the small businesses and creative minds, or the efforts of individuals against careless corporations that pander to the lowest common denominator”. When it comes to small, indie and good (read: honest), Robit Studios should be your choice.

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