TeeFury Limited Edition Cheap T-Shirt
Stare Down Contest
Design By: zerobriant
$10, Currently Unavailable
You ever see something that tickles you so much you think you might pee a little? I get that with tee shirts, man, like all the time. Luckily for me, a company has popped up on the interwebs that tickles me every 24 hours. And no, I don’t have to pay $29.99 a month for a membership and the promise that it’ll show up on my credit card statement as Inconspicuous Purchases, LLC!
Get your head out of the gutter, man.
Check it. At TeeFury.com , every 24 hours one tee shirt is listed for sale. It’s the only design available that day, and at midnight it’s gone forever. And did I mention the shirt is pretty much always nerd- or pop-culture-oriented and only 10 bucks? It’s like a dork three-way, I love it!
It goes down like this, anyone can submit a design for a tee shirt and TeeFury staff selects which shirts they want to put on the site. There’s a counter in the upper right hand corner that always tells you exactly how much time you have left before the shirt is gone forever.
One thing I love about the site is that they always try to interview the artist, who will talk about the design, answer weird questions, or generally just say whatever comes to mind or draw pictures if they get bored. I enjoy reading about the creative design process, be it toys, tee shirts or others. It brings the customers a little closer to the mindset of the artist and if you’re a little clueless about the design (be it Firefly, Dr. Who, BioShock, Fringe, whatever) the artist will often talk about their love for the property or at least the inspiration for the design in the sidebar. There are often also links to the artist’s website, so it’s great exposure if you’re a designer.
Users are able to comment on the design, whether they love or hate it, and if you decide to purchase it there are two buttons when you finish checking out that allow you to automatically share with either Facebook or Twitter. Plus, you can roll back through the Gallery and look at any design ever made before, which also includes the artist’s info should you choose to try and find other art by them or buy their shirt from a different affiliate (often for higher cost).
Personally, I think the setup and idea are great and Katastrophik and I check the site every night at midnight to see what kind of nerdy trouble we can get into. It’s a great mix of social networking, nerd hobby, and artistic design that speaks to the depths of my dorky, pop-culture infused soul. It’s fun, easy to navigate, cheap, and has something for everyone. Your cheapest shipping option is 2 bucks, which will have your shirt to you in less than two weeks unless you live in Papua New Guinea or something, and no I don’t know where the hell that is I went to Catholic school and I don’t think I even saw a book till the third grade. If you want history or geography, try a Protestant.
And you thought I was done with packaging in my reviews. Psh, foolishness. I merely refuse to review anything that uses the same design as hundreds of other items on the market. Which brings us here.
The TeeFury package is a very simple design that is quite eye-catching. It’s a glossy black mail bag similar to UPS ExpressPaks with a tiny window in the corner and the logo for the website along the bottom.
It’s simple, elegant, and protects your shirt rather well. No kidding, man, it took me 5 hours, a chainsaw hand, and a chemistry textbook to get into my last shirt’s bag.
Or 30 seconds and my keys. Whatevs. Still, it’s stylish and keeps the shirts clean and protected, which is the most important thing.
And here it is.
Oh, sweet Christmas, someone at InfiniteHollywood has a Dr. Who shirt! Well, yeah. It’s kinda what we do here.
I can’t really talk too much about the content here (spoilers, darling, you understand) other than to say I cracked up when I saw it. It was so insanely baller (yeah, still haven’t dropped that yet) that I had to pick it up immediately. The designer, zerobriant, did an amazing job capturing the look and feel of a classic fight poster and nailed the likenesses.
I can’t speak to the design submitted by zerobriant because I’m not sure if he had to dumb it down at all for submission, but the original is located at his site and I think the shirt has captured it beautifully. Obviously, the shirt can’t imitate every little detail of the original design, but here are some close-ups to help illustrate how far they went with it.
As you can see, they really did a number replicating the broken and cracked look of the design. And if you look very, very closely…
…You can even see some gray splatter effect that they re-created on the shirt. The design is well-captured and funny, maybe not to every geek off the street (you gotta be handy with the steel if you know what I mean, earn ya keep), but that’s the point, isn’t it? Everybody wants other people to look at their stuff and say either “Hey, I also like that stuff” or “Hey, that’s neat-looking, what is it?” If nothing else, it’s certainly a conversation-starter.
So how’s it feel?
As you can see, the shirt’s made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton, though you should still practice basic tee care. My sister-in-law, Angimommatron, has said that a shirt I got for her last week has shrunk a little in standard cool wash with high heat drier setting and I had a similar reaction on my Browncoats shirt. As I said, if you take regular care of your shirt and wash it on cool settings with air dry or low heat, you shouldn’t experience too much shrinkage.
I love the fit of this shirt. I’m a big dude and it’s always a crapshoot with new shirts on whether a 2X is correctly proportioned for taller guys. It’s light but not cheap, breathes well in the Kentucky summer heat we’re already starting to experience, and hangs low enough that I don’t have to worry about my ass hanging out every time I bend over, which I think we can all agree the world could do with a little less of.
The idea of a site that only offers one tee a day and gears itself towards nerd culture is just a fantastic idea on paper and succeeds wildly in practice. The shirt designs range from thoughtful ideas or witticisms to full-blown pop culture homages and everything in between. Check out today’s shirt, and if it’s not to your liking, Give the gallery a looking over and see what they’ve offered before. I assure you, if you’re an Infinite Hollywood regular or consider yourself a nerd, geek, or pop culture enthusiast; you will find something on the site you’ll like. Of the 5 or so shirts I’ve gotten from the site so far, every single one has been a well-made shirt with a well-transferred design that speaks to the heart of my deeply disturbed inner geek. Highly recommended, but remember, you only have 24 hours to order the shirt and then it’s gone forever, but if you find a design you really like, check out the artist’s site if they have one, which often hosts links to their designs in various formats.
Thanks for reading and as always, it’s just a shirt. Wear the darned thing.