Wit or Wit Out: Our Day at the Cheesesteak Festival

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Philadelphia’s first-ever Philly Cheesesteak Festival has come and gone, and we hope you all made it out for the fun! We had a blast, and got to sample cheesesteaks from some of our favorite Philadelphia shops, as well as wild twists on the City of Brotherly Love’s signature sandwich, including cheesesteak pierogies and cheesesteak egg rolls (which were basically deep fried cheesesteak wraps).

When they said it’d be “cheesesteak heaven,” they weren’t kidding.

But more importantly, as the Cheesesteak Festival’s Official Merchandiser, we were afforded the opportunity get out in the community and do something we don’t usually get to do: meet a whole lot of you – our customers. We spent the whole day interacting with the people who make Rush Order Tees who we are, and we loved the experience.

Aside from pre-printing merchandise to sale, we also took orders from attendees, and printed them right there, on the spot, with two of our manual screen printers.

If there’s one thing the experience taught us, it’s that our customers really love hand-printed goods, made especially for them. You all loved watching our team load screens, squeegee ink, and then flash dry the shirts.

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And you all made sure to tell us what a good job we were doing, which was really an incredible experience. And that’s kind of what lead us to take this moment to remind all of you that what you saw at the Cheesesteak Fest on Saturday is what we do every single day.

Hard at Work

Every garment we print is printed by hand, by us, for you, right here in our hometown of Philadelphia. We know that every shirt we touch isn’t just a piece of fabric, but a memory; a culmination of your dreams and hours of hard work.

We appreciated being able to go out there and show all of you what we do best, and we’re proud to have been a part of the inaugural Philly Cheesesteak Festival. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year—from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for making the day a success for us.

DIY: Turning T-Shirts Into Cool Halloween Costumes

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We’re nearing the end of October, which means temperatures are dropping, and people are stuck in a pumpkin-spiced stupor. More importantly, it means that Halloween is just a couple short days away! But despite all the fright fests, hayrides, and fake spider web, the scariest thing of all is that you still haven’t figured out what costume you’ll don this year. Cop? Taken. Vampire? Taken — by three people. Cat? Seriously? that’s the best you can do?

Coming up with great Halloween costumes is serious business, and shelling out the cash for an elaborate one will get your heart pounding without even stepping foot in a haunted house.

Luckily, there is one staple that can serve as the basis for tons of costumes: the t-shirt. This single item can be the building block of so many popular ensembles, and will help make the most comfortable costume ever. All you have to decide is what look you’re going for:

Something HotSriracha T-Shirt Costume Idea

Maybe you want to catch the eye of a certain someone, or you’re the one person that hasn’t surrendered their beach body to the cooler weather just yet. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to spice things up. And who doesn’t get hunger pains when eyeing up a bottle of Sriracha? This tee, made to look like the chili sauce’s iconic label, is readily available in plenty of stores. With the quick and easy addition of some red leggings and a green birthday hat, you’re ready to Tango… Or be drizzled over eggs.

Something Youthful

Little Mermaid CostumeEverybody loves a throwback, and some of the most recognizable costumes are ones that reference the classics. There’s no shame in revisiting your past when creating a Halloween outfit that will have heads turning and everyone around you reminiscing about days gone by. It brings a tear to our eyes just thinking about it. See? :’)

Anyway, whether you’re inspired by her flowing locks, beautiful voice, or aquatic lifestyle, it won’t be hard to pull off this getup, inspired by Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Grab a tan tee and pin on two seashells made out of purple felt. You’ll have to make the shells yourself, but with some felt, a pair of scissors, and a little elbow grease, anyone can do it. Metallic green leggings are perfect alternatives to a mermaid tail (or these, if you feel like cheating a little bit!), and some red clip-on hair extensions will help you achieve Ariel’s and iconic red hair. If you want to toss on a pair of flippers, go for it!

Something Pop Culturally Relevant

Juno Movie Costume

You are the friend everyone wants on their trivia team. You speak the language of pop culture, and there’s no reason why you can’t show that in your costume! Wet Hot American Summer first debuted in theaters across the country over 14 years ago. Thanks to its well-deserved acclaim as a comedy cult classic, Netflix recently released their very own Netflix Original TV series based off the fan favorite.

Celebrate the epitome of a pop culture miracle by dressing up as one of the counselors of Camp Firewood. Just remember to keep your pack of gum handy!

Grab a retro ringer tee, match it with some equally retro tube socks, and toss on a pair of red running shorts. if you’re chasing nostalgic correctness, we even went ahead and tracked down McKinley’s old Clifton track shirt! Boom!

Something For The Kids

Charlie Brown Costume

Some of us may get more joy from dressing up our kids than finding a flattering costume for ourselves, but we all know that our children–especially infants–can be messy. Why waste a sizable chunk of change on something that is doomed for destruction? Good grief!

The Peanuts Gang is such an irreplaceable part of American culture that the comic strip still appears in our newspapers (and theaters!), even though a new installment hasn’t been written in 15 years. Halloween’s the perfect time to take advantage of your baby’s peach fuzz-covered head and dress him (or her–it works for girls, too!) as good old Charlie Brown.

The iconic Charlie Brown tee is pretty easy to come by, paired with any pair of brown shoes and black shorts. The best part about this costume is that, save for the shirt, you probably have the rest of it laying around the house!

Something For Couples

Tree + Dog Couples Costume

Halloween isn’t a holiday exclusive only to single people and kids, and if you think settling on a costume for one person is tough, try figuring out what to do for two. Cop and robber? Sure, if you want the most boring and cliche costume ever. Bonnie and Clyde? Been done a million times. Fred and Wilma Flintstone? Did you even like that cartoon when you were a kid?

Try this “barking up the wrong tree” costume on for size. This comical couples costume is great for photo-ops (think about why dogs love trees!), and will make you and your beau the talk of the party. Best thing of all? If you need to dress up for work or have separate functions to attend, both of these costumes work well on their own!

The tree will require a plain brown tee, a pair of khaki/light brown joggers or sweatpants, a green headband, and some leaves/branches to hold.

The puppy costume is even more simple, and requires a plain white tee, white leggings, a cute dalmatian headband (or one of your choice!), and some felt to match whatever color spots you choose — we went with black. Cut spots out of the felt, tape or paste them to the t-shirt and leggings, and voila!

C.D.O.T.W: Broken Goblet Brewing’s Hoppy Halloween 2 Beer Fest

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With Halloween season in full swing, our customer design of the week comes to us from the guys and ghouls over at Broken Goblet Brewing, out of Bristol, Penn., for their Broken Goblet Brewing’s Hoppy Halloween 2 Beer Fest t-shirt design.

As you already know, we’re big fans of a good beer or two, but that’s not what pulled our judges’ eyes away from the competition this time around! Really, it was the beautiful array of creative seasonally inspired colors, along with some great quality and relevant illustration work. Also, beer.

Furthermore, beer.

For more, let’s see what our judges had to say.

Broken Goblet Brewing Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest 2 Design

Joe: Cool and slightly eerie color pallet? CHECK! Simple but effective illustration? CHECK! And beer? CHECK!  What else do you really need? A witty play on words, you say?  This design has got that, as well. That being said… I’m going to go grab a beer.

Mike: This design utilizes a spooky and cohesive color palette and fun festive typography to advertise a Halloween-themed beer fest. The image is well put together compositionally, with the trees and the type elements all leading the viewer’s eye back to the goblet and hand in the center. The broken goblet references the company name, and this design almost comes across like a horror movie poster. This is a perfect design for the event it represents!

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Colton: The concept of the shirt is what ended up doing it this week for me, personally. A solid base idea with accurate execution really helped this design succeed. Straying away from the normal “Octoberfest” or “Halloween” colors also really assisted the art to pop off the shirt and should give the people lucky enough to snag one of these the beauties the opportunity to wear it whenever they want. Consistent use of text and proper text hierarchy also helped seal the deal for me.

If you want to learn more about Broken Goblet Brewing’s Hoppy Halloween 2 Beer Fest, including where to buy tickets, and information on vendors, food offerings, entertainment, and accessibility, check our the event page here.

The First-Ever Philly Cheesesteak Festival is Coming to Philly

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The battle that has divided Philadelphia for decades is finally getting the tribute it deserves later this month, with the introduction of the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival!

Who’s better: Pat’s or Geno’s? How do you order: “wit” or “wit out?” What about the cheese: Provolone, American, or whiz? What makes a better steak: top round or rib eye? Is there really water on Mars?

All of these questions and more will be laid out on the table and left for the people to decide. What truly separates the boys from the men, and the withs from the withouts? You’ll find out — and Rush Order Tees will be there!

The Festival

Philly Cheesesteak Fest Logo

The event will take place October 24th, 2015, on the grounds of the beautiful Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly. Attendees are invited to come out and enjoy a day in Cheesesteak Heaven, where they’ll be able to sample the culinary masterpieces of all the industry’s best purveyors of cheese-y, steak-y goodness, from Philly and beyond.

Vendors include Pat’s King of Steaks, Geno’s Steaks, Tony Lukes, Joe’s Steaks & Soda Shop, Nick’s, Donkey’s Place, Shanks, Wit or Witout?, Steve’s Prince of Steaks, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Fat Jack’s BBQ, and over 30 others.

As part of the celebration of Philly’s signature sandwich, attendees will enjoy a cheesesteak-eating contest, a cheesesteak cook-off, carnival games, zip line and mechanical bull rides, and a cornhole tournament, as well as live music from Philly favorites Go-Go Gadget, Stellar Mojo, and Blackthorn!

And don’t forget to look out for our booth, where we’ll be custom screen printing hundreds of t-shirts throughout the day, right before your eyes! We can’t wait to show you how we do our thing. Fun commemorative T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies will be available for purchase directly from us—hot off the presses!

The 450-Foot Behemoth

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Amoroso's LogoCan you guess where the world’s largest cheese teak is from? That’s right! Tucson, Arizona!

No, we’re not kidding. Frankie Santos, from Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies in Tucson, took the torch from Philly on April 2, 2011, when he pieced together a massive 426-foot steak hoagie at the University of Arizona mall.

According to a PhillyMag.com article, the event was filmed by the Food Network’s Outrageous Foods.

But as the famous Bob Dylan once said, times are a-changing. On October 24th, with the help of the great folks at Steve’s Prince of Steaks, Philly will reclaim its rightful ownership of the title of home of the World’s Biggest Philly Cheesesteak — sorry not sorry, Frankie.

So, just how big are we talkin’? 427 feet? Maybe 430? Nope! The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival is coming out swinging with a 450-foot attempt, and we hope you’ll be there with us to take a bite out of cheesesteak history!

Tickets

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Tickets are on sale now, and come in three categories:

  • Wit Out: These basic general admission tickets cost $20, and guarantee attendees access to all the festival’s fun activities.
  • Wit: These tickets are $40 and include access to the festival, 10 cheesesteak sample vouchers, and a commemorative Philly Cheesesteak Festival T-shirt (printed by yours truly!).
  • The Works: These tickets cost $60, and include access to the festival, 20 sample vouchers, a commemorative t-shirt, and access to the festival’s VIP dining area.

Still haven’t purchased yours? Keep reading!

The Cheesesteak Store

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Ahh, I see you kept reading. Wise decision!

Still need your tickets? Want to know where we got those awesome graphics above? We got you! As the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival’s official merchandisers, we have all the goods. Order directly from us, and reserve your Cheesesteak Fest gear before it’s gone. Visit the store here.

Check out the store for tees, hoodies, long sleeve tees, and even aprons, as well as information regarding tickets. We’re your one-stop shop for everything Cheesesteak Fest.

The History of the Cheesesteak

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The world has thousands of sandwiches: The Ham and Swiss, The Tuna Melt, The Roast Beef and Horseradish, and even The Mighty Reuben. And sure, they’re all delicious.

But at the head of the table, atop a glorious mountain of worthy and not-so-worthy adversaries, there sits only one king: The Philadelphia Cheesesteak.

The origin of the world’s best sandwich is shrouded in rumor and secrecy, and is a point of contention among many of Philly’s most knowledgeable foodie historians. But from what we know, it all began in the 1930’s, with two brothers–Pat and Harry Olivieri. The two hot dog vendors grew tired of selling bland, plain hot dogs, and wanted to offer the world something new.

The result was their famous steak sandwich. The original incarnation of the Philly steak sandwich was comprised simply of bread, “frizzled” beef, and a slew of delicious Italian seasonings. The brothers knew they were on to something, and soon (with the help of supportive local cabbies, area workers and laborers, and all the other blue collar rough-and-toughs for which Philly is known) ditched their hot dog stand and went head-on into the steak sandwich business. And thus, Pat’s King of Steaks became the first steak sandwich shop in all of Philadelphia. Things were glorious.

But something was missing…

Enter: Joe “Cocky Joe” Lorenzo. In 1949, Cocky Joe, then a manager at Pat’s, decided to toss a piece of provolone onto one of the sandwiches, and he unknowingly changed the world forever. From then on, the Philly Cheesesteak was king.

In 1966 a man name Joey Vento came along and disrupted Pat’s tenure as Philly’s King of Cheesesteaks by opening his own shop, Geno’s, right across the street. This neighborhood rivalry from both steak aficionados is something that would stand the test of time, and is still, to this day, heavily debated among tourists and New Jerseyans (because most Philadelphians don’t care–just kidding!).

 

Philadelphians take their cheesesteaks seriously, and over the years, dozens, maybe even hundreds, of steak shops have come and gone. Throughout it all, the Philadelphia cheesesteak became, and remains, one of the most iconic pieces of Philadelphia culture — Philadelphia is the city on a roll. Get it?!

We love our cheesesteaks, and we know you will, too. Come out Saturday October 24, 2015, to sample the very best cheesesteak vendors in Philadelphia. And yes, Pat’s and Geno’s will be there!

Meet the Team: Juan

Meet the team

Last week, you met one of our Project Specialists, Josh. We learned about his dedication to customers, how his background in finance helps him at Rush Order Tees, and his awesome son Avery, and how his family impacts his job.

This week’s edition of Meet the Team highlights Juan, one of Rush Order Tees’ Master Screen Printers. Juan came to the U.S. when he was just 8 years old, and kind of found his place here at Rush Order Tees as a complete accident. Read on to see what we mean:

Juan Portrait

What’s your name, and what do you do here at Rush Order Tees?

Hey! My name is Juan Pablo Santos, and I’m a Master Screen Printer here at Rush Order Tees. I’ve been here for four years.

Four years is a long time!

Yeah, but I love it. There’s a reason I’ve been here for as long as I have, you know?

Definitely! So tell us about yourself. Where does your story begin?

Well, I was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. My mother, Juana, wanted more for my family, so when I was young, she went to the U.S., and my two younger sisters, Sonia and Ady, and I stayed in Santiago with my grandparents.

It took a little time, but when I was 8, she had gotten her footing there, and we were reunited. I lived and went to school in New Brunswick, New Jersey for a while, where I worked odd jobs in my uncle’s grocery store and other places… I even remember working at a pencil manufacturer for a little bit! Haha!

Wow. So what brought you into the world of screen printing?

When I was 15 or so, I left school completely. One of our neighbors was in the printing and publishing business, and my mother got me a job working with him. At first it was just sweeping, cleaning up, and clerical stuff.

But I showed initiative. I would spend my lunch breaks watching printers, just watching and learning about their art form. To me, it was beautiful, you know?

And after some time, my boss saw my drive and ambition, and he gave me a shot. It was kind of crazy, because he started training me to do jobs that people go to college for—meanwhile, I had dropped out of high school. Things were never easy for my family, so I was always working and trying to help at home. He took me under his wing.

It was a blessing.

But then you left that job and went to….?

 Europe! I actually lived and worked in Amsterdam for a few years, and it was great. I loved the culture and the history there, but the truth is that I missed my family back home. So, after a few years, I came back and just kind of picked up where I left off.

It was great to be back, but I needed to find work, pay bills, and keep life moving. It was tough, at first.

So what brought you to Rush Order Tees?

When I got back home, I decided to move down to Philly and try to find work, and that was when I found this job.

It’s actually kind of funny. I can read and write, but English is my second language, you know? So sometimes when I see things or read them, I mistake them for something else.

One day, I’m looking for jobs on craigslist, and I see an advertisement looking for print operators. So I replied, and [Operations Manager] Matt Price called me up and invited me in for an interview.

The whole time, I think I’m coming in to interview for a book publishing company, but then I got here and discovered it’s a screen printing company. I had zero experience screen printing, but then I met everyone, and we all decided that we were all willing to make it work.

And now? I love it. And they’ve been great to me.

What do you love the most about the work you do?

How do you people say it? Something like, “If you work doing something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life?” Every day I come to work thinking I’m going to some kind of playground.

Plus, it’s very rewarding to know that there are hundreds of thousands of people all over the country wearing the stuff we make with our hands. I was in New York City the other day, attending a Yankees game in the Bronx, and in the stadium, I randomly saw a guy wearing a t-shirt that I actually made. Like, I printed that. There was another place—a bar right near the stadium—it turns out they were also a customer of ours. We walked in, and I saw t-shirts for sale that I remember us printing. Moments like those really make me feel good about what I do.

I don’t want to get too corny here, but what do you think makes the work you do special?

I really care. I care about the customer, about the company, about my team… When you care, everything comes together.

If what I’m creating makes my customers feel good about themselves, then I’m doing a good job, and that’s all that matters.

It’s unreasonable to think that every day at work should be a blissful walk in the park, so what would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

Well, I’m one of the Master Screen Printers here, and I work for one of the biggest and best screen printing companies in the world. We’re expanding quickly, and we’re always hiring new people.

Somebody has to train them, and lately, that somebody has been me. I put a lot of priority on showing them the way things work—not just on the presses or around the shop, but with the company, the culture, the values… It’s all important.

I try to serve as a mentor to our crew, and not just the new people. I stress to everyone that I’m easy to approach and talk to, and I think everybody trusts me. That’s important to me.

When you’re not in the office, what takes precedence? What do you do when you’re not printing?

It’s all about my kids, man. I have four of them. Two 11-year-olds from back in my younger days (laughing). Now I’m married, and I have a beautiful wife, along with a 1.5-year-old and a 5-year-old. Right now I just try to spend as much time with my kids as possible. Especially the 1.5-year-old. He’s so much fun to be around right now, because you can see all of these little personality traits developing, and he kind of looks like me, and it’s just kind of crazy. I love watching my kids grow up into the people they’re meant to be.

And that’s why I work so hard. I do it for them. I don’t want my kids to ever have to go through the things I went to. I want them to be able to get an education and live comfortably. I want to show them that working hard really does pay off.

Make Awesome DIY Beer Labels

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You’ve read all the books, bought the equipment, cleaned your kitchen for the first time in seven months, and taken all the steps to make sure your home-brew efforts were not in vain. Now, your bottles are primed, aging, and the thought of ‘what’s next?’ is slowly creeping into your preripherals. The answer? Labels. A great beer is nothing without branding, and a solid brand will put your beer on the map and help elevate you to Craft Brew King in your circle of friends and beyond.

We all know that there is no better gift than a bottle of well-crafted beer that tastes better than anything you can buy in the store or at the most famous pubs the world over. But how do you convince naysayers that your brew isn’t just swill from the belly of a swamp beast? Print some great labels using amazing tools for beginners and experts alike. This awesome t-shirt design studio tool works great as a way to create and print quality custom labels for your DIY brew. Your boss will be impressed, your buds will be over the house more often—even your grandma won’t be able to get enough of your incredible craft brew. And it all starts with a label.

Start With a Great Design

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Check out the t-shirt design process pages at RushOrderTees.com and pick some great clipart that best represents your theme.  If you have an image on hand, or you want to look for some free vectors online, you can also upload these to the studio. Select from a wide variety of text and font combinations until you find something that complements your image. Note: Don’t forget to check out the studio’s features—arch text, make it big or small, add backgrounds to text and clipart, etc.

using designs for beer labels

Grab a Screenshot & Print

Once you have perfected the artwork that will represent your masterpiece, take a screenshot of the area in the studio that you want to show in your label.  You can use the standard process for your operating system or a favorite tool like screen hunter or another free option.

Paste the cropped art into a Microsoft Word document or similar and print. Presto, you’re in business!

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Cut Out Your Label & Glue to Bottles

Now you have your labels, and you found that preschooler’s container of paste that your 4-year-old uses to make paper plate art projects. Cut out the labels using your choice os scissors, a razor blade, or a straight edge. Use caution, as these tools are sharp and could cause injury. Once you glue the labels give them at least a short while to dry. You’ll most likely be excited to see that your bottle looks like something you’d see at a fine wine selection. Let the label dry and start your next steps to fame.  These will make great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for guys and gals alike — and they will certainly enjoy the wonderful fresh taste of a home-crafted work of art made from the heart.

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Make Beer Labels DIY

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What’s Old Is New: How To Upcycle Your Old T-Shirts

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Everyone has that drawer, closet corner, or random repository for old t-shirts. Old band shirts, complimentary event tees, your old high school homecoming shirts; they’re all there. They pile up, take up valuable space, and you haven’t worn any of them in years–save for some off-the-bench game play during laundry day. Let’s be proactive and make use of those old pieces of nostalgia! Here are 12 ways to upcycle an old t-shirt.

We’ll begin with the basics.

Tie-Dye

Do you have any light or white t-shirts that you never use? Give them new life with a fun makeover. If you’ve ever tie-dyed before, you know the drill. If you haven’t, it’s a good excuse to learn something new for future crafty projects (you can tie-dye just about anything!). Check out the Youtube video above for step-by-step instructions, including what materials you’ll need

Cut It Up

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This next option requires you to be handy with a pair of scissors. Even if you aren’t, the projects I’m going to recommend are pretty forgiving, so don’t worry too much about exactness and skill level. A quick Pinterest search returns a bunch of possible projects for how to cut up a t-shirt and give it new life, but here are our favorites for beginners and experienced pros, alike:

Sleeves Schmeeves

DIY Cut-Off Sleeves
Photo by Heather Riggleman

…Especially in the summer, right? Whether you want to make them more fancy, or get rid of them altogether, there are a few different ways to get rid of those pesky pieces of fabric:

  • Rip them off. Or, cut them off, if that proves to be difficult. You’ll have a super casual look that’s perfect for the warm weather. Just make sure they’re even. If you want to make sure your cuts are going to be even, use a pen, marker (and cut inside the line), or an invisible ink pen to draw some guide lines.
  • Roll ’em up. Maybe you’re not willing to cut up a t-shirt, and that’s okay–you don’t need to. Instead, just roll your sleeves up for a similar effect! One or two cuffs is a popular look right now for more baggy t-shirts, but a full roll-up is a classic tweak that never goes out of style.
  • Add ribbon. After rolling your sleeves, tie the ribbon on both sides between the sleeve and neck holes. This will create a sporty, yet effeminate look that’ll help keep you cool on those hot summer days!

 

If Your T-Shirt Is Too Big

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One of the biggest reasons t-shirts end up at the bottom of a drawer or in the “Corner of Lost T-Shirts”  is that they’re just too big. You keep them around because you think that one day, just maybe, you’ll have a reason to toss that old 3x Poison 1987 tour t-shirt on and go wild in the streets! Just in case that occasion ever presents itself, here are some tips to make use of those too-big t-shirts and turn them into a fun and stylish outfit:

  • Wear the shirt with leggings.
  • Use it as a nighttime shirt. Ok this one isn’t exactly an outfit, but if it’s laundry day, this can be useful!
  • Tuck it into pants or shorts and wear a thick belt

Add Your Own Style

Blazer and t-shirt combination

My final tips for you revolve around the pieces you already have in your wardrobe. Use what you have, and your own unique style, to turn an old shirt into a fashion statement:

  • Pair your old t-shirt with a chunky necklace with the option of tucking it into a skirt. Hello, street style!
  • Wear a nice blazer or button down over your t-shirt. Both will create a completely different feel, but will bring new life to an old shirt.

This list represents just a few of many options you have when you’re trying to style an old t-shirt. There are unlimited more options when you consider what you can make with an old t-shirt. So don’t let those shirts take up space in the back of your closet, gathering dust. Give them a purpose and let them work for your and your wardrobe!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Through Beautiful Design

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October is one of our favorite seasons. The colors outside change from sharp greens and yellows to vibrant reds, oranges, and browns. The air gets cool and crisp, football takes over our Facebook feeds, and caramel apples are six for $5 at the supermarket. It’s one of our favorite months, and it opens up into one of our favorite seasons.

But October is also important. We love caramel apples and candy corn as much as the next t-hirt company, but it’s important to note that October is also a month dedicated to remembering and raising awareness about a terrible disease that affects every single American, in one way or another — breast cancer.

Luckily for us, our customers care: They care about raising awareness for these illnesses. They care about charity and community. And best of all, they care about each other. They are charity groups and youth organizations. They throw parties, host philanthropic events, and participate in all types of walks and runs, all toward the betterment of their fellow man.

One by one, they take a chunk out of cancer, and a step forward in the struggle toward a cancer-free world.

Here are some customer breast cancer awareness designs that really stood out to us:

 

C.D.O.T.W: Comprehend

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This week’s Customer Design of the Week is a doozy. Brought to us by the cool folks at Comprehend, a fittingly futuristic tech company that’s revolutionizing clinical trial analysis, this design pays homage to possibly one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The design won our judges over for its beautiful and vibrant color palette, complex illustration work, futuristic typeface, and excellent use of halftones. For more, let’s go to the judges:

Comprehend Design

Brian: Space Odyssey 2001 is awesome. Stanley Kubrick is a legend. I’m not really a fan of when companies use movies, art, or music I really dig to sell me stuff, but I picked this design, nonetheless.

It’s not that often that we get designs that really use perspective and offer depth. The vortex created with the swooping clouds, falling back behind the black monolith-looking box, really pulls you into the design. The hand in the foreground creates even more depth. I also enjoy the shamanic nature of the design, even if it is worshiping technology.

I mean, let’s face— I feel like we’re all kind of cyborgs at this point. Anyway, great design, Comprehend!  Bravo!

Comprehend Design Proof

Joe: This design is referencing a rather iconic image: a “Monolith” from Stanley Krubrick and Arthur Clark’s “2001:A Space Odyssey.” At first, I was confused by the reference. But after doing some research, I learned that this company, Comprehend, “a world leader in clinical operations,” is working to change and advance the technology of data monitoring. In the story, the “Monoliths” are large, advanced machines, which directly affect human evolution. Sounds like a pretty fitting comparison.

The detailed and stylized image of a hand holding a device that is obviously housing so many technologies that it is literally spanning off the print of the background, is representative of just how much this company is trying to accomplish in the field.

The warm and cool tones used throughout this illustration are very soothing, and create a very interesting sense of depth. While this may seem like a simple design, the various complex halftones used throughout are enhancing the print in a way the naked eye may not even perceive.

Mike: This design is most effective because it marries an extremely high quality illustration with great type, which is always awesome. When you add truly great printing into the mix, it usally makes for a really great-shirt.

The color palette is striking, and the composition references classic sci-fi imagery. This is another fine example of the type of really great artwork that can be produced via screen printing.

In screen printing, halftones essentially make it possible to achieve color gradients (a subtle fade from one color to another), which will really take a cool design to the next level. This artist did a great job of achieving depth, creating interesting perspective, and using halftones to create some really beautiful image

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T-Shirt Design Made Easy

You Should Order Custom Tees When…

You Should Order Custom Tees When...Every once in awhile, I’m in a situation where I find myself thinking, “This would be a great opportunity for a custom tee.” Custom tees are a great way to show off your personality or affiliations. But usually when I have this realization, it’s already too late!

It never hurts to plan ahead. Here’s a list of situations where you might be in the market for a custom tee:

You Have an Event Coming Up.

Lollapalooza Shirt
Photo by Author

There are many reasons you should order a custom tee when planning an event. Maybe you want the option for your event guests to bring home a souvenir — a reminder of the event, to look back on when it’s over. You then have the option to give them away, or sell them. If it’s a charity event, selling tees is another potential fundraising opportunity!

Another great use of custom tees for an event is so that guests can easily identify volunteers or staff. Having a tee with the event’s branding makes it easy for guests to identify people who are in charge, or can help answer questions.. As an example, Lollapalooza is a music festival that happens every summer in Chicago. They give volunteers a commemorative tee to wear, but also offer it to other festival patrons in exchange for helping the environment. Great dual use of a tee!

You just started a band and are starting to book gigs.

Band Shirts
Photo by Common Allies

Congratulations! You’re playing gigs and your band is starting to grow a following. Custom tees are a great way for people to connect with what you’re doing. Make sure to put some thought into your logo or design, far ahead of the dates of your gigs. Common Allies is one of my new favorite local bands and their tee game is strong: they’ve got many different color combinations in every size, and a clean and visually appealing logo!

And here’s a pro-tip: Bands don’t make a lot of money selling music. If you’re breaking out and touring, the best way to make extra cash and keep gas in the van is by selling merchandise. If you have a record out on a label, you probably won’t make much money, if any, until the label recuperates its studio expenses. The best way to put money directly into the pockets of your favorite bands is to buy their merchandise.

You just started a new company and want to get the word out.

Company T-shirts
Photo by Moe I. Amro

Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to market a new company, but one telltale way that never fails is custom t-shirts. Clear branding and a good logo, along with listing information like your website address, social media channels, and contact information, are surefire ways to attract customers and draw attention to your product or business.

Wear the tee whenever you’re out in a crowd. Give one to each of your employees. Encourage them to take pictures wearing the tee and share on social media. Offer the tee to customers in exchange for more social shares. In terms of impressions, wearing a branded tee in public and getting others to do it, too, has a lot of possibilities! 

You organize a fun run club.

I'm With Cupid fun run shirts
Photo by Virginia Stiles

Run clubs are a fun way to get involved with something that keeps you on the right track with health and fitness. Run clubs are supportive groups with lots of interesting and motivating people. I can’t think of a better way to show your support and commitment to the group than wearing matching tees — on and off the track! You can wear the tees during run club, or to stand out during a race. It’s definitely easier to pick someone out of a crowd to cheer them on and take pictures if they’re wearing something distinctive. For a race with special meaning, you may want to make a tee just for that event. It makes for a great commemoration! My favorite tee I wore for a race was this one from Cupid’s Undie Run. The colors and typography make it a design I’m proud to sport in public, even when I’m not running!

 

These are just a few of many situations when you should order custom tees. While certainly not exhaustive, they represent a lot of typical situations our customers find themselves in. T-shirts are also great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, intramural sports teams, church groups and organizations, student groups, clubs, etc. While planning ahead is ideal, Rush Order Tees has your back, whether your event is two months away or two days away. Start designing your project today!