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Terratag

Launched in 2002, Terratag is a brand that sells art and apparel with elements of Eastern and Western culture. Although Terratag has been distributed and exhibited worldwide and designed for many commercial clients, such as Sony Playstation and Product IG animation studios, they still consider themselves an underground label. I interview [...]
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Rethink Clothing

Rethink Clothing is a “fresh company with intentions of mixing up the clothing world”. The art on the t-shirts are created by college designers across the nation. Some of the profits made from the company go to college artists who submit great designs that are used and sold by Rethink.  In [...]
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Bernos

Bernos is a brand with t-shirt designs based on Afrocentric themes. The Bernos team consists of four designers and business  people who are based in Washington, D.C. (with one of them actually based in Philly), coming together to create a brand that highlights the rich culture of Africa. I interview Nowali [...]
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BrandNew Clothing

BrandNew Clothing is an esoteric luxury brand founded by Scotty Taylor, who has been working hard to bring the latest fashions and trends to to his online store. BrandNew strives to deliver an always changing style that revolves around the keen eye of today’s fashion friendly youth. I interview Scotty Taylor [...]
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Tee Maniacs Winner: Alex Vandenberg

Websites often have contests (and of course have contest winners), but most of them (if any) never interview the winners of the contests. So for T-Shirt Magazine #64, I decide to interview Alex Vandenberg, winner of T-Shirt Magazine’s second Tee Maniacs contest, sponsored by Threadless[...]
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Ban T-Shirts

Ban T-Shirts is a brand that stands for and speaks out about political and social causes. From anti-racism t-shirts to environmentally conscious t-shirts, the brand covers various current and timeless topics. I interview Duncan of Ban T-Shirts to get more info about the brand[...]
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Poison Apple

Poison Apple was founded by Mark Lim, a guy who’s “consumed with Googling his own name, playing Scrabble, and getting way too competitive over pointless games”. Lim started the company in 2003 after dropping out of California State University at Fullerton. I somehow stumbled upon his site (not using Stumbleupon), and [...]
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Rob Dobi

Rob Dobi is a well known illustrator and designer who owns a t-shirt line called Fullbleed. Graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Dobi has done several projects as a freelance designer for world recognized clients such as Urban Outfitters and Def Jam Records. I interview Dobi about his work as [...]
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Seibei

After his Japanese Literature professor refused to aid him in improving his writing skills and assisting him in finding Japanese Literature graduate programs, David Murray decided to pursue a different (and better) career path: t-shirt entrepreneurship. Murray created the brand in 2005, and since then, he has exhibited at numerous arts [...]
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80s Tees

80s Tees is an online t-shirt retailer of licensed t-shirts, founded by Kevin Stecko in January 2000. They sell licensed products of popular movies and TV shows such as Star Wars, Family Guy, Shazam, Saved by the Bell, and My Little Pony. I contacted Kevin by e-mail, to get to [...]
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Foreign Family

Foreign Family is a Los Angeles based brand that was founded in 2005 by two good friends. Since then, they have continued to build the reputation of their brand and have collaborated with some major players in the independent clothing scene. We had the chance to interview Chad Moon, co-founder of [...]
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Monsieur Poulet

I interview Emmanuel Pierson, creator of the French t-shirt brand, Monsieur Poulet. MC: Why did you decide to name your company ‘Monsieur Poulet’ (Mr. Chicken, in english)? EP: Once upon a time, a funny designer (Rachid Baalla was his name) created a strange character, silly, old and funny : Mr Poulet. And when [...]
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Glenn Jones

I interview t-shirt designer Glenn Jones, 21-time Threadless champion and owner of t-shirt brand, Glennz Tees. MC: You stated that you have 21 shirts for print on Threadless. That’s awesome! How did you pull this off? Are you secretly an artistic alien from Mars with super powers or what? GJ: Ha, Not sure [...]
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STL Style

I interview Jeff Vines, co-creator of the St. Louis pride clothing line, STL Style. MC: Were you cautious about creating a brand focused on representing one city, considering sales potential? What made you decide to create a brand all about St. Louis? JS: Our business began as a labor of love. We [...]
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Detour Designables

I interview Juna Duncan of Detour Designables. MC: What made you decide to start your own online t-shirt shop? JD: I’ve always liked designing t-shirts since I was a teenager. My first design was for a Church Youth Activity back in the 80s. In the late 90s I used to submit designs to [...]
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Aaitski!

I interview Filip Vandewiele, owner of the Belgium t-shirt brand Aaitski! MC: So, what does Aaitski mean? Is it a Belgian word? FV: It’s a universal shout that stands for : “I’m Feeling All Right! Aight!” The diminutive ‘-ski’ gives the name a charming character, in a way that Aaitski! embodies a sweet [...]
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Choke Shirt Co.

I interview Matt, co-creator of the clothing line Choke Shirt Co. MC: So, what’s with the name Choke Clothing? CS: One of the most frustrating things for us was trying to come up with a name for the company. There came a point when we had the original designs ready to go and [...]
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Suffoca

I interview Lewis Boyce, creator of t-shirt brand Suffoca. MC: So, what’s the general idea behind Suffoca? LB: Suffoca, the feeling when you were a kid and not allowed sugar before bed then sneaking into the kitchen to take a spoon full, later, with eyes open wide and your feet dancing in your [...]