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Figuring Out Zombie Irony. Can You Do Better?

The humor of the undead is trickier than I thought.

After recalling the insistence of the media earlier in the last decade that “irony is dead,” I thought it would be fun to poke at the notion with an “Irony is Undead” t-shirt. I thought it would be a cinch. The above are my two [...]

Shirts of Resistance to SB 1070

If Arizona declares that all people who look like they might be illegal immigrants must be sent to detention camps, then we can all wear tshirts declaring that we’re illegal immigrants – or that we look like them. [...]

The Memes of March 2010

For some time now, we’ve sold bumper stickers, buttons and made-in the USA shirts to cover the costs of putting up Irregular Times and make a bit of pin money on the side. Those pins and shirts and stickers number nearly 15,000 and cover a wide range of topics, but from month to month certain [...]

Tip Whiner David Sax Gets a 20% Tip on Third World T-Shirts

David Sax has got a lot of nerve.

The coiffed, snazzy-dressing author of “Save the Deli” calls himself “underpaid” for earning $500 for every article he writes in a paper, the poor dear, then goes on a rant against people who earn minimum wage or less in restaurants and ask for tips so they [...]

Overseas Microloan: Loam Cham, Photography, Cambodia

For years, we writers at Irregular Times have kept our effort afloat and started new efforts like That’s My Congress by putting liberal t-shirts up for sale. We have only sold shirts made in the USA because in the United States there are clearly defined labor and workspace protections, and because American Apparel goes above [...]

Let T-Shirt Monster Know You Want Control Over the Shirts You Sell

T-Shirt Monster is a Canadian company that prints graphic designs on t-shirts and ships them out to customers on demand. For every t-shirt that T-Shirt Monster sells, the person who came up with the graphic design on the shirt gets a commission, making the print-on-demand model a good way for designers and T-Shirt Monster to [...]

ProgressiveRags Wants to Be Pressured into Selling T-Shirts Not From China

Earlier this week, I gave Jack Lieberman of ProgressiveRags.com a call. I was curious to find out where his shirts featuring various liberal messages came from. “The shirts we make ourselves are mainly Gildan,” Lieberman said, and of his shirts in general he said that some but not came from American Apparel. Most of the [...]

New CafePress Marketplace Designs Down 22% since March 2009

When in the early summer CafePress raised prices for customers buying t-shirts and cut pay for designers making graphics for t-shirts, a number of observers predicted that CafePress would lose designers to competitors like Zazzle and Skreened. It was also predicted that CafePress would lose market share to these competitors as a result. Have these [...]

Skreened offers $3-$4 Discounts on Custom Shirts for All July

Pssst. If you enter the coupon code “fireworks” at checkout when you buy one of our ethically-made-in-the-USA t-shirts from Skreened, you’ll get 15% off the cost. That comes out to $3-$4 off per shirt, a pretty good deal. The coupon will work through the entire month of July.

United We Buy T-Shirts and Pens and Pay the Executive Director

As you know, September 11, 2001 changed everything.

Here are a few pieces of the everything that changed:

$3.1 million in new payroll slush money unaccounted for by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police in 2006 alone,

$800,000 in new extra pay for the director of the OACP, who happened to be a [...]

Cafepress or Skreened? Comparing Ethics, Base Price and Design Area, the Choice is Clear

There’s more than a little hyperbole out there about changes to the Terms of Service by the print-on-demand merchandiser CafePress, and some of it is more than a bit hypocritical. Buzz Edition tweets, “Artists get shafted by @cafepress Slave labor was abolished…Right?” and Lavender Liberal blogs:

If you recoil at the idea of buying a [...]