The good folk from Zazzle’s LABz sent over quite a few tees. Thanks guys! Today I will just tell you about two of them. For those of you who don’t know LABz is a special project supported by Zazzle that so far has produced some great t-shirts using various printing methods as well as a couple of iPhone cases. I don’t know for sure but I think there was a contest where 10 designers were chosen to have their designs on these limited edition t-shirts. As of writing there have been 7 tees printed and because you are a probably an idiot when it comes to math I feel compelled to tell you that there are only 3 more to come. I’m sure that won’t be the end of LABz though.
First I will start with the Orion t-shirt by Matthew Curry as this was one of the t-shirts that I missed when it was for sale. As you can see there is a lot going on in this design and the placement is non-standard. The design is low and shifted to one side but it doesn’t create an awkward balance in the tee. The print goes over the bottom seam and across the side seam so of course there are a few flaws but because of the nature of the design you don’t notice and even if you did it could be seen as being a feature.
As I said before I am not a big fan of branding on the outside of t-shirts but if it’s done well or of the logo is cool then it can work. As you can see, this tee scores well on both counts. The logo is printed using high density ink too which is great for people who like that sort of frill. For me though, I’m glad it is on the back of the t-shirt because I would be driven crazy with the constant desire to touch it. The tee was printed on an ash grey American Apparel.
Next up is Group Shot by Mildred which I already mentioned in the blog. I don’t have much to add to the previous Group Shot article except that Mrs. Retro thought it was cute. I totally didn’t expect that because I think it’s a bit creepy and she finds a lot of things creepy that I don’t.
In this tee there was no external Artsprojekt branding and the logo on the back is a rabbit and Mildred’s signature.
Both of these t-shirts are really well done and even though LABz is experimental these tees are professionally done. I am really looking forward to the next three t-shirts. I hope they really push the envelope on them. You can check out the LABz webpage and even sign up for a newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out on the tees. And be sure to check back here for the next LABz review. With a bit of luck we will have more coupons to make the tees even more affordable. Full price is just $17.95 though so no coupon no tears! There should be a new t-shirt very soon too.