10 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Designosaurus Rex: Dinos in the BlueCotton Design Studio

Twenty-one years ago tomorrow, on August 12, 1990, Susan Hendrickson made an amazing discovery. In a cliff face near Faith, South Dakota, Hendrickson found what would turn out to be the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in known existence. Eventually named “Sue”–after its discoverer–the skeleton was very well-preserved and over 90 percent complete.

By now you might be wondering, what on earth does this historic event have to do with custom-printed t-shirts? Well, to be honest, nothing except that it’s a great excuse to create some dinosaur-themed designs in our BlueCotton design studio! Below are four dino-designs I created. All of them were made using only clip art and text tools native to the design studio–no uploaded images were used. You can click on the images below to open them in our design studio. Check them out and then create your own!

What REALLY Killed the DinosaursKing of the Dinosaurs

ThunderlizardDino + 65 Million Years = Oil

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26 July 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Pop (Culture T-Shirt) Quiz!

As You WishWhat can I say? With the exception of most reality television shows, I love pop culture–movies and television especially. Not only are they entertaining, but also a huge influence on our society. Things that are “hip” and “cool” are so often determined by what we are watching at any given time in history. Think about it. How many women in the mid-1990s went to their hair salon asking for “The Rachel?” A lot. Would the moustache have been as popular in the 1980s if Magnum P.I. didn’t exist? I doubt it.

The greatest thing about pop culture, though, has to be its social ability to create relationships. How many times have you connected with another person over a movie or television show you’ve both seen and enjoyed. I would venture to guess that many lasting friendships have been sparked by a memorable quote from a film. Heck, some films and television shows lead to conventions where thousands of fans gather to celebrate their passion and love for them.

This social aspect of pop culture is one of the reasons of love t-shirts based around television and movies so much. But I’m not talking about those shirts that just have the name/logo of a film plastered on the front. No, what I appreciate are the more subtle designs–the kind that only a true fan would understand. For example, look at the design to the upper right. Do you know to what film it is referencing? If you said, “The Princess Bride,” you are correct. And that’s what I’m talking about. If you’ve never seen that film, you’d never understand what that design truly means. It’s designs like that that allow passersby with common interests to share “a moment” as fans.

Below are ten more designs making subtle references to a sampling of films and televisions of which I am a fan. Can you guess to what they are referring? Leave your guesses in the comments section of this post.

Bluth Company

Paddy's Irish Pub

Click here for the remaining 8 designs…

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08 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras! Today is Fat Tuesday…the peak and end of the Mardi Gras season. While we normally associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States goes down in Mobile, AL. Outside of the United States, this time of the year (immediately before Lent) is called Carnival. The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the biggest carnival in the world, and the biggest popular party on the planet, according The Guinness Book of World Records 2010. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is also considered the world’s most famous. Stay tuned for more Mardi Gras facts and trivia in our Mardi Gras video that will post later this week. In the meantime, check out a couple of our Mardi Gras inspired designs below.


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18 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Video: BlueCotton Screen Print Shop

We’ve posted a new video on our YouTube channel. Take a look to see the BlueCotton screen printing department in action!

For more BlueCotton videos, check out our YouTube channel.

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