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FizzyT, January 31st, 2014

Just occasionally, I see a headline that makes you splutter so much you know it was just born to be a t-shirt slogan. This from today’s Guardian, saying ‘I fathered 34 children through sperm donation’ is one of those.

Granted, you may not want to wear this as a slogan when you’re out on the pull; the claim to virility may seem slightly boastful, and may deter the ladies. But it’s a wonderful way to counteract those glances of pity that your receding hairline, your permabelly and your bifocals may be garnering you. Maybe putting it on a mug is a better idea tho, noone would ever steal your cuppa soup.

In the interests of decency however, I have avoided reproducing the headline, and have instead used our new dictionary template to allude to the act rather than the result. Tact, that’s me…er…..



FizzyT, January 30th, 2014

Another of our personalised Valentine’s gifts which is sure to raise a smile, is the mouse mat with the packet of love hearts design. Your own message amidst a sea of love hearts is a great gift idea, and one that just keeps on giving. You can be as sweet or as saucy as you like and create your own personal message.

This gift is for any age, and makes a really special gift. and at just £6.00, is a useful and great value token, and one you will get loads of use out of. Order soon though, Valentine’s Day will come faster than you expected!!!

FizzyT, January 29th, 2014

Ginza Fashion Art is an online site selling an amazing selection of photo t-shirts of various hues and ideas. This very arty mix of fashion and fabric is an absolute must see for lovers of photography, with limited edition runs. There are some classics and some contemporary pictures, but the vibrancy and real creativity stands out a mile. From portraits to kitsch still life to well known shots, there’s such a diverse mixture it’s hard to know where to begin.

I’m busy choosing my favourite and it’s a tricky job!

FizzyT, January 28th, 2014

Following on from Mario Testino’s range of photo tees for Mate, we now have Brit photographer David Bailey presenting his own pictoral t-shirt designs for Selfridges, available from the 30th January, and showcased in this week’s Elle magazine.

Featuring some of Bailey’s best known portraits, this collection is all about fashion meeting art, and the results are pure genius. Bailey’s shots against the montage of different backgrounds are a brilliant mix of the two mediums.

At £75 a pop, these are real investment pieces, but I have a feeling they’ll become firm favourites amongst the fashionistas. Buy, darling, buy!

FizzyT, January 27th, 2014

As I was shuffling through the dregs of the Net a Porter sale, I came across a vibrant range of photo t-shirts by photographer Mario Testino for Mate featuring a range of stills from his Alta Moda exhibition and ethnic fashion.

Testino is the world renowned photographer who took the shots for Kate Moss’s wedding and is responsible for some of the best celeb snaps around, so his prints on a tee is a marriage that’s just been waiting to happen.

Now at half price, these could be an important part of your summer wardrobe, reminiscent as they are of holidays in the sun. Or maybe just for staring at, wistfully as you attempt to conjure up an image of sunshine and the heady scents of the Souk!

FizzyT, January 26th, 2014

….Now I’m drinking out of Bieber! Justin Bieber, teen idol, egg thrower and now delinquent supreme has achieved what every star secretly wants and needs. Since his arrest for DUI last week, he is officially ‘troubled’. Now, what every D Lister wants, is to be ‘troubled’.That unique Daily Mail prefix preceding his or her name means you will bypass all the other wannabes and go straight to the top of the side bar. Being a troubled star means you garner awe and sympathy. It means you get to reinvent yourself like Robert Downey Jr and be exciting and unpredictable like Charlie Sheen. Madonna, no matter how much she tries to shock, is rather squeaky clean and boring. Gywneth goes to bed at half past 8 with a cup of warm frog spawn. Jude Law? Jude Bore, more like. Nigella has never been more fascinating, since we realised that that was not icing sugar coating her noble nostrils, every time Lilo gets arrested she gets more lip filler. The list goes on. And now squeaky clean Justin goes off the rails. You can almost see Harry Styles designing a new inking saying ‘I’m really a wrong’un’ desparately trying to match up.

So here’s Justin, fresh faced with a Mona Lisa smile playing around his jaw on his personalised mug shot mug. Haha, he seems to be saying I’ve arrived. Drink your green tea and weep!


FizzyT, January 25th, 2014

The intensely chilling tale of a rat infested ghost ship sailing ever closer to British waters is like some kind of sequel to the Fog, and makes terrific telling to a hoard of youngsters refusing to get into bed or huddled round a campfire, wondering who’s going to be first to go bump in the night. And pee their pants.

The cannibal rat ship, the Lyubov Orlova has been drifting since 2010, when it was abandoned in Canada due to a rather large parking ticket and came adrift after a storm. Scrap value is high, so there is a bounty on the ghost vessel, but heavily infested with rats, eating each other and anything in sight, you might wonder if only Indiana Jones is going to risk it.

With a gale screaming outside and the ticking of the ominous clock growing louder (it’s broken and I’ve just taken the back off it), the only thing for it is to reach for a glass of evening cheer and zip myself into my fleece.

And watch the Voice. Well, that’ll scare the rats away.



FizzyT, January 24th, 2014

The Daily Mail has a whole trawl of shame, never mind just a mere walk. Every day, the sidebar of celebrity news addicts us, chews and spits us out leaving us lesser beings, or is that fewer? The phrases ‘pouring her curves’, ‘painfully thin’ and ‘troubled star’ are stalwart phrases for the paper that everyone loves to hate, but secretly loves to read. I don’t really think it brings out the good in humanity. That’s why this Daily Mash slogan t-shirt tickled my fancy so.

A wry comment on the effect of the press, and a great slogan from the Mash, whose take on the news never fails to bring a smile to my face!

FizzyT, January 23rd, 2014

Taking a Threadless t-shirt here today, just to jolly us all up in the cold weather and give a needed heartening bacon-y cheer. If you’ve not come across them before, Threadless is a design community and a wonderful place to find every kind of tee and to submit your designs if you have them.

I’m loving the cutesy fried egg atop the rushing rasher of bacon, on a t-shirt lovingly entitled ‘Magic Bacon Ride‘. It’s so obviously just dying to be eaten it’s a message from above, telling me it’s time to eat! Fantastic!



FizzyT, January 22nd, 2014

Peter Jackson’s run of Lord of the Rings/Hobbit films has a bit of the marmite effect on the general populace. Love them or hate them, either you adore these epics or you don’t. I fell asleep in every one of the Lord of the Rings films, something about that soporific New Zealand scenery together with goblin battles, and there I was snoring away five minutes in…..

I loved the books though, and am willing to accept that I’m a heathen when it comes to grand scale adaptations of what was always the ubergeeks bible. So to compensate, a fantastic Bilbo Baggins/ Gollum t-shirt from the amazing  Shirt List. Just for you, my prescious!