These are my Top Picks for today.
01.07.2016 – X-Fast Club
Totally rad execution.
Thank You, Dandstrbo!
01.07.2016 – Obey the Devil
Those pea green eyes are so creepy!! Great pop of color.
Thank You, Hyperstatica!
Once Upon A Tee is a weekly t-shirt site which offers designs for 7 days, unlike the daily sites. Once Upon A Tee offers a collection of designs which are usually part of a theme or franchise instead of the daily design model. You can either buy the whole lot for a reduced price, or pick any individual designs that catch your eye. Each design is something an independent artist created and submitted. Because of this, the styles and subjects can vary wildly and add to the excitement of buying these unique shirts. Once Upon A Tee offers their shirts in 3 styles: Men’s, Women’s, and Youth. They also offer hoodies, phone cases, and mouse pads if that’s your thing.
I recently purchased Tom Trager’s “Justice” design from them and I was thrilled when it arrived! Ordering my Women’s style shirt was a cinch. Creating an account takes only a minute of your time or you can simply check out as a guest. They conveniently offer payment via PayPal or major credit card. I recommend creating an account in order to accumulate “Rupees”, a form of currency which can be redeemed later for a discount on future orders!
I placed my order on April 20th and the shirt was shipped on April 26th. That’s 6 business days to print and ship the shirt which seems about right. From there, USPS snail mail took 4 business days to arrive at my doorstep. That’s 9 business days from purchase, to shirt-in-hand. My experience may have been faster than usual because I ordered my shirt on the last day of availability. Your time may vary based on when you order. If you order as soon as the design goes up, you’ll have to wait for the week to end before the printing process begins. Just a fair warning!
Now, onto the shirt itself.
First off, Once Upon A Tee did an extremely good job separating the ink colors. Each color seems to have been printed where each color was intended. I don’t see any unintentional bleeding of the colors or smudges. The edges are clean and crisp. The lines are even and straight. The colors themselves turned out very, VERY close to the digital image of the design. This is very impressive considering colors may vary from one screen to another. The half tones used in the background turned out very fine in the shirt. Last but not least, the output does look like Chris Evans!
The shirt used for the print is a Gildan brand “Ultra Cotton” tee, 100% cotton composition. The women’s medium fit me just fine. It was “straight cut” and not tapered like some women’s shirts. This leads to a somewhat loose but comfortable fit. Perfect for lounging around the house, showing off to your friends, or maybe even fighting crime!
My only nitpick or regret is I didn’t order the hoodie too! I love this design!
In the end, Once Upon A Tee is a fantastic site for patrons and artists alike. They offer many different designers an opportunity to share their work for an extended period of time and deliver those designs faithfully to their customers. If you’re on the fence about purchasing from this site, I highly recommend you do so. Once Upon A Tee didn’t just sell me a shirt, they ensured I would enjoy my purchase happily ever after!
Hello loyal readers and Happy Easter!
Welcome to my “Easter Eggs” design awards. Today I decided to take a break from the daily shirt grind and hand out some individual awards. Over the last month, there have been a ton of amazing shirts! I wanted take a day to recognize those designs that really made me stop and marvel. Think of it like bringing these designs back to life in the spirit of the Easter Holiday! Enjoy!
Category: Best Concept
03/24/14 Top 3 Pick; Boom
Thank You Jimiyo
03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; Biotropolis
Thank You Jak_Gibberish
04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; X-MON
Thank You Harebrained
Category: Best Execution
04/11/14 Top 3 Pick; Justice
Thank You Tom Trager
03/12/14 Top 3Pick; Time Lord Comics
Thank You CreativeOutpouring
04/12/2014 Top 3 Pick; Always
Thank You Megan Lara
Tom Trager’s “Justice”
Category: Most Comical
03/21/14 Top 3 Pick; Captain ‘Murica
Thank You TeeTurtle
03/25/14 Top 3 Pick; B is for Blood Sugar
Thank You BustedTees
04/09/14 Top 3 Pick; Shikaka
Thank You Punksthetic
BustedTees’ “B is for Blood Sugar”
Category: I F***ING LOVE THESE SHIRTS!
Okay, so I was really bummed that these shirts didn’t make the cut or fit into any of my categories. Think of these as my “honorable mentions” if you will. The point is, I really love these shirts and I can’t explain why!
04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; Ice Cream Queen
Thank You MedusaDollmaker
04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; Ack Ack Ack
Thank You Buzatron
04/03/14 Top 3 Pick; L’Opera Della Diva
Thank You Penguinstein
I want to give a shout out to ALL the designs I’ve had the pleasure of covering since I started this blog. Without creative talent like the artists featured today, my blog would have no reason to exist. Thanks to all the artists, followers, and anyone who has checked out jjlockhARTdesign. Stay tuned for more daily shirt reviews and coming soon, “from website to doorstep” reviews!
04/01/14 Top 3 Pick; Titan
Remember the original Titan, Andre the Giant? This design is a wonderful callback to the original Fairey “Obey” design. The Titan’s face is large and close up. It’s rendered in solid outlines, in a grayscale color palette. The bold red box stands out on the gray head. The design is squarely contained in a large tall rectangle demanding to by obeyed.
Thank You Buzatron
Buy This Shirt! Titan
04/01/14 Top 3 Pick; Rabbit Hole
“You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Okay, this isn’t a mash up with The Matrix but the reference still seemed appropriate because the red in this design really pops! This dream like design features a sweet large white bunny, with a big soft round eye. The gentleman rabbit wears a detailed fabric garment complete with a pocket watch. The white roses seem to drip with red paint. Meanwhile, the interesting winding thorny tendrils pull you in.
Thank You MedusaDollymaker
Buy This Shirt! Rabbit Hole
04/01/14 Top 3 Pick; Inspector Spacetime
Looks like I can finally pick a Doctor Who shirt without having to talk about a Doctor Who shirt! This handsome design is actually a reference to a Doctor Who parody from the tv show, Community. I enjoy the star-space texture on the figure’s suit. The design contains nice, fine outlines around the space texture and gears to create a deco style background. The tall, serif letter forms fit nicely with the design. The blue and gold tones make this design stand out.
Thank You Violinsane
Buy This Shirt! Inspector Spacetime
03/14/14 Top 3 Pick: Obey Khaleesi
Bold, empowering symbol. Head of her own movement “with fire and blood” to take back Westeros and rule. This classic Shepard Fairey propaganda style demands attention. This shirt comes in 3 different color options, red, pink and blue. I enjoy the design on red best. On a red background the figure’s hair looks like fire adding to the theme of mother of dragons. The artist was able to reach a high level of facial details with simply, will formed color shapes.
Thank You Tom Trager
Buy This Shirt! Obey Khaleesi
03/14/14 Top 3 Picks; Star Power
Great Action Adventure design! Having the hero standing tall with his lady in distress lower by his side in the foreground visually conquers the villain in the background. The artist did a great job of using the iconic Star Wars image and effectively working the foreground, mid ground and background. Beautiful color scheme. The soft colors, specially the teal on the dark blue, and minimal use of lines in the mid ground gives it a misty, haze effect exhibiting aerial perspective. The large scale villain in the background visually represents the epic task to vanquish.
Thank You Creative Outpouring
Buy This Shirt! Star Power
03/14/14 Top 3 Picks; Soul Mates
Watch out men! This shirt definitely contains the art of seduction. Gorgeous forms in flirty posses, with smooth doll like faces. Using cool color tones and a wonderful gradation of colors to display high detail. The color palette pops by using the bright teal to highlight in contract with the deep indigo for shadows. Detailed, geometric, art nouveau backdrop filled with horror references.
Thank You Megan Lara
Buy This Shirt! Soul Mates