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FizzyT, April 17th, 2015

So ridiculously excited to announce that we are offering top quality American Apparel t-shirts for you to design. American Apparel are one of the world’s biggest forerunners in t-shirt technology, loved by celebrities and famous for their very controversial adverts, their garments are superbly structured and mega soft.You don’t just get a t-shirt with your design when you snap up one of these beauties, you get a designer tee with your own design. Double-tastic whammy. What’s not to love about that.

Just to round it off, I’m showcasing our splasherdoodle template. Fun, summery and ready to personalise with your own text. The Americans are coming, they’re making a splash, and we love it!!!!

FizzyT, April 10th, 2015

So, the Free the Nipple campaign has been garnering a lot of publicity of late. Celebs, presumably with very nice nipples, have been sporting the ‘Free the Nipple’ t-shirt in their droves, in response to social media sites censoring photos of bare breasted ladies, who are quite happy to bare all. The nipple, so goes the argument, is the same for a man as for a woman, so is has a right to the same airing privileges as boys’ nips.

So on the one hand you’ve got people fighting to get Page Three banned, and other people fighting to get their womanly pecs out at every opportunity. I don’t quite know what to make of it. The controversial mammary is more than I can cope with. But here’s the t-shirt. All I can think of is that I would love to see top politicians Dave, Gideon et al wearing it, just like they did with the ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ tee. Go on boys, get yer tits oot!

FizzyT, April 7th, 2015

I was flipping through a magazine the other day when I came across an interview with designer Katherine Hamnett. Way way back over 30 years ago, Hamnett was the original designer who used the medium of the slogan t-shirt to great political effect. She reasoned that people would be able to read slogans from quite a distance away and that they would come out well in press photographs. She was more than right. Noone will ever forget the ‘Choose Life’ slogan and how it made wearing your allegiance mainstream. It’s become an easy medium for much photographed celebrities to make a punchy statement and numerous people getting their message across. I love this photo of Hamnett with Margaret Thatcher. I bet Thatcher was mighty narked at this one!

Hamnett is still going strong and her t-shirts are nothing short of iconic, selling well at Topshop and Urban Outfitters amongst others. The original and the best, at 67 Hamnett’s latest campaign is against fracking. Long may the slogan queen reign!

FizzyT, March 13th, 2015

Way back in September I was flicking through the Independent  when I spotted an article on a chap who was writing poetry about the size of his penis. That was pretty brave, I thought, and tweeted the link absent-mindedly.

I was a bit surprised when the guy said thank you for the tweet. I guess he must have been looking out for any response to the article. Thinking I was being slightly humorous, I mocked up a couple of t-shirts and sent them over. To my mild surprise he absolutely loved them, and was really keen to have one. His wife particularly liked the one with the upside down crown and a slogan reading ‘Keep Calm It’s 4 Inches and Awesome!’ (awesome being my favourite word at the time). The piece on Ant Smith in the Independent had caught my eye because what shone through was Ant’s amazing attitude. It was pretty awesome. He’d confronted a taboo and through his creativity and humour, completely owned it. With that kind of attitude, I thought, we could conquer the world and still be smiling.

As it happened, the Boss was away on holiday, and I didn’t want to disturb him, so I bought the t-shirt I’d mocked up on my own credit card. I know the point of a business is that other people are supposed to buy your wares, you’re not supposed to buy things for your customers, but Ant’s was of tackling his…er…tackle completely blew me away, and he so loved the t-shirt idea, it seemed like a no brainer. Ok, so I did think maybe I shouldn’t make a habit of buying potential customers t-shirts. Hmmmmm….there’s a reason I’m not the Boss, right?

Fast forward several months, and Ant is front page news all over the world. His Big Small Penis Party has struck a chord with countless chaps who were worried they don’t measure up, and the papers have seized on the opportunity to provide pictures of rude vegetables and suggestive headlines. Oh, and the t-shirt. The t-shirt is definitely having it’s 15 minutes. Iconic, Ant calls it. Although, to be fair, I think he’s the icon.

FizzyT, March 3rd, 2015

I’m having a total love in moment with punchy designer Henry Holland‘s latest collection of t-shirts. From ironic newspaper covers in fluorescent bold print, logos ahoy, to Mr Men and Little Misses gone AWOL. I really like the creativity and the attitude. There’s bags of attitude!

This being ‘designer’ designer, the prices are in the Delevigne bracket, however there are some reduced numbers, which are no less shabby for being that bit cheaper. This kind of gear will set you apart as a modern day Britster, so it’s worth checking out and being prepared for the imminent good weather (it’s chucking hailstones out of the window at the moment, so optimism is struggling a wee bit).

Pair with jeans and a supermodel gurn for instant cool!

 

 

FizzyT, February 26th, 2015

I can’t decide what has shocked people the most. That a 56 year old woman dared to look sexy at the Brits. Or that Madonna, the consummate professional, went for a Burton.

Surely there’s nothing that surprising about an energetic performer in vertiginous heels loosing her balance once in a while? Naomi did it on the catwalk, Katy Perry’s landed on her face, maybe even a man fell over once. But with Madonna’s well documented arsedive at the Brit Awards last night, it wasn’t just about the fact that she could have broken her neck. It was about the fact that she’s trying too hard to keep up with the kids, and in trying to fit in, instead of setting the pace like she used to, she’s becoming a caricature of herself.

Her foray into social media has been an #epicfail. Although she’s still got it, whatever has been happening to her face just in’t pretty. I always thought that Madonna was an innovator, but it seems as though she’s become a follower. Kudos to her for getting up and carrying on, and there’s been a lot of support for her professionalism, but I don’t know if here ego will jump up as quickly, and to me that’s the real shame. There was a time when noone could touch her, and in a way they still can’t, but I wish she wouldn’t try and be a 20 year old still. 56 isn’t old, and I don’t want her to be invisible, and I wish she would realise that she’s still the queen of pop. She amazing as she is, the gimmicks are just letting her down more than the cape did.

FizzyT, February 23rd, 2015

I’m a little bit over Oscar frocks to be honest. The award season has been going on a while and what people were wearing being the topic of talk shows, news articles and magazine spreads is wearing a little thin (you can see what I did there, I know, it wasn’t massively clever).

There’s something about reducing some of the most famous, wealthy and beautiful women on the planet to Barbie dolls that seems really outdated. A handful get it right, most play it safe, and then there’s some whose stylists were possibly taking too many drugs that day and look like Christmas decorations. But how often does a  man ever appear on a worst dressed list (or a best dressed, for that matter)? Is a beauty pageant the best way to promote equality and ove into the 21st Century? Well, to be honest, without the frocks, noone would watch the show, and whilst in the animal kingdom it’s the male’s job to do the hard work and attract the dowdy female, in Lala land it’s roles and coverage those ladies wan to attract. And they’ll dress up to get them.

I kind of miss the era of Bjork and the swan confectionery, Cher’s alll over stockings and Celine Dion’s back to front tux. It kind of showed up the Oscars for being a pantomime. A massive pantomime, where the ugly sisters are actually quite stunning, and the oranges at half time are goody bags worth 80 grand, containing the famous vaginal rejuvenation kit. Because some of those frocks are quite hard on the old vagina, you know.

FizzyT, February 22nd, 2015

Designer Alexander Wang is a favourite of models and celebs. A laid back, dressed down approach to fashion, his work is at the cutting edge of fashion. His soft, drapey shapes and neutral tones are perfect slouch wear.

His barcode design is a bit of a twist on a great t-shirt design favourite. Not exactly a snip at a hefty £258 (I know, for a t-shirt, right?), but definitely the look to nail this season. Yes, if you’ve got the bank balance and the supermodel legs, you can team this with super skinny leather leggings, but if you’re a normal person with slightly shorter legs and an overdraft, you could make your own.

Our barcode template lets you add text underneath a barcode, so you can recreate Wang’s t-shirt design for something almost two hundred and fifty quid cheaper. And the text at the bottoms so spring summer 2015, darling. Alexander, are you listening?!

FizzyT, February 16th, 2015

So this all came about when I read an article in the Independent the other day listing some of the most cringeworthy lines from 50 Shades of Grey. It was one of those terrible moments when I couldn’t stop reading even though I knew that I would never get that time back. I think I lost a bit of my breakfast onto the computer screen. Or was it my brain! Obviously, the phenomenon that is EL James doesn’t give a flying fart if her prose made me do a sicky, she’s sold megamillions of her mommy porn master(bate)piece. I kinda wish she knew the pain she was causing tho.

Anyway the lovely Violet has mocked up a mug to celebrate the most overused, oversexed sentences in the book. Now there’s no escaping, we are, quite literally, bound to it forever. Yeah, thanks for that Violet! My tea bag will never look at me in the same way again! Ew.

FizzyT, February 9th, 2015

The Baftas were in town last night. A celebration of the British Film industry and it’s try hard cousins from across the sea in Holywood, the Baftas are a riot of red carpet glamour. As is often the case, it’s the people who looked awful who garner the most attention, if not the most coveted awards. Serial offenders include Claudia Winkelman, you know what I’m saying. You do wonder sometimes who these stylists are that have megabuck budgets and then just produce a starlet who looks like if you plugged them in, they’d power a whole city. Ug.

Men don’t usually make it onto the best and worst dressed lists, which seems decidedly unfair. However last night Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian managed to make even old Clawds look subtle. A purveyor of many slogan t-shirts, Pizzorno threw a good hearted two fingered gesture to the formal dress code, by wearing his own version of a black tie. I think it shows initiative, and sure beats the hell out of tying a bow tie. Try this next time you’re invited out somewhere posh. I’m sure it’ll go down a storm!