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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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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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It is sometimes hard for me to decide if I like the big prints on T-shirts or not. However, with Redhawk Brigade by Devolve Clothing I have no doubt; their designs look really appealing, not being too aggressive – and I like that. They’ve recently offered to send a couple of their shirts for a review, so this will be a double tee review. I asked for one shirt in women and one in men style, but they didn’t have women-styled shirts. However, Joshua of Redhawk Brigade offered to send one men shirt in small size because they receive many such orders from ladies. So, ladies first!

Upon unpacking the parcel and picking up the first shirt – the small one – it was hard not to notice the shirt looks somewhat vintage and worn-out. It is mostly because of the special kind of cloth (25% cotton, 25% rayond and 50% polyester), which looks like it was scratched by cat claws at some places. It makes the shirt unique and looks really great, which you can see for yourself on the photo below.

When tried on, the shirt feels very light and falls gently onto body, which makes an excellent choice for the ladies (and gents, of course). The afforementioned “cat claw” effect of the garment makes it a see-through shirt, which may cause a problem for those of you who don’t like your private parts being seen underneath whatever you may wear. Also, it’s a bit longer shirt if you’re a lady of awerage height and may become your favourite shirt when going to the beach (this way you don’t have to worry about the see-through fact).

The design itself is really unobtrusive for other Devolve / Redhawk Brigade
designs, and having in mind they only do big prints – this one is not that big at all. I like faded-out, but strong letters combined with some sharp, dagger-like objects (which again remind me on trails made by cat claws), and it surely adds to that vintage-effect of the shirt. Redhawk also has an unusual way of labeling the shirt; on the left sleeve there is all you need to know about it – percentage of materials used, how to wash and dry the shirt, where it was made and what size it is (in this case size S is marked, which makes the shirt once again unique and different). I like the way all these facts were made into a nice little design, combined with the Latin word “veritas” (belief).

It is not strange Redhawk printed “veritas” on the first shirt, because all of their tee designs have some religious thoughts behind them, and each one tells their own story. So does the other shirt they’ve sent for a review, which is called “hero” and tells the story of Joshua Redhawk’s grandfather Eugene Fabus who served in World War II in Pacific. Joshua let me know his grand dad’s aircraft carrier sustained major damage from a kamikaze and he lost a bunch of his buddies, so this design was made in honor of that man / event.
Compared to the first shirt, this one is made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. I ordered it in my usual size (M), but upon trying it on I’ve noticed it fits a bit too slim (at least for me). Now, although my body isn’t that of ideal proportions at all, you might wanna have this in mind when ordering this particular shirt and ask before placing an order. However, the shirt feels soft enough to be worn comfortly. The design is strong just as the story behind it, and even if you don’t like airplanes and similar imagery you will find yourself to be attracted by this shirt. Although the images are ripped, they look stronger and clearer than on the first shirt, and the afforementioned story of Joshua’s grandfather is “explained” to tiny details on the back.

Just as the first shirt – this one is also labeled the unique way, with all necessary details being printed on the left sleeve (size is again marked). It was once again made into a nice design, combined with US Navy logo imagery. Oh, not to forget the prices – the first shirt is available for $55 , and the second is on sale at the moment and costs $30 (cut down from $45). Although I think it’s a bit pricey, you must have in mind you’re not buying yourself  “just another T-shirt” for wearing around. And I’m sure fine folks at Redhawk will throw a few stickers / arm bracelets in your parcel (plus they offer hoodies, long sleeves, accessories and such).

Now, I don’t want this to sound cliche, but Redhawk Brigade / Devolve Clothing produces really unique shirts with some pretty strong messages, represented by big prints which surely stick out from the bunch in this urban jungle the nowadays’ world is turning into. So, don’t be surprised to see their shirts worn by the members of your favourite bands, stand-up comedians or even Hollywood stars, because from what I hear – Redhawk Brigade is on it’s way and you better renew your supllies (you can do it here)!

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Can ancient be re-produced and made as an iconic rock fashion brand? If so, isn’t it sort of a cliche maybe? Judging by relatively new indie label from London, called Ivory Skies, it isn’t – at far as I’m concerned… Focused only on T-shirts so far, Ivory Skies combines rare ancient artwork with their own designer cuts.

IS5closeIS9closeTheir first collection, called “Ebony & Ivory”, really made an impression on me. I haven’t seen black print on white shirt that’s so eye-catching for awhile, and I think it’s a great idea to breathe in some new life into the designs which bring to mind Aztecs, Leonardo Da Vinci sketches, and some Biblical elements, such as angels. Paying an attention to detail, they explain: “We take pride in our garments and make it our priority to deliver comfort, durability and last but not least, a damn good looking tee”.

IS7closeIS3closeNew releases are to arrive very soon and Ivory Skies is sticking to their plans of releasing different colors and even better designs. However, if you’re into those big fluorescent prints that are considered “in” in the tee business nowadays, don’t hold your hopes high, because Ivory Line is not that kind of a label. Can’t wait to see more from these fine lads!

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