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16 minutes ago, Rooster_Ties said:

I barely fit in their XL.  But it did get XL, to motivate me to get my lard-ass off the couch more.

Get out and meet the youngsters. Wear your T-Shirt to show them that you're hip, and then ask them to go running with you or something.

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On 7/5/2022 at 5:27 PM, Rooster_Ties said:

Also just spotted these from a source all the way over in the UK.  Gosh these look nice though -- very tempting!!

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https://www.djtees.com/

Got these three shirts yesterday, and they all turned out to be anywhere from “pretty good” to “pretty darn good” — definitely worth the $59.54 total I paid for them (incl. shipping, from the UK no less, with that coupon code) — so $19.85 each.

The Grant Green was the best, very nearly as good as the earlier “Big Fun” shirt I got off eBay (and both of those were just as good as the Uniqlo shirts). The other two were good too, it’s just that the Donald Byrd and “Birth of the Cool” designs had some slight (inherent) contrast issues (very, very slight — and I’m probably being overly critical in even mentioning them). The transfers were all excellent, and seem perfectly centered. 

T-shirt quality itself was great — all the same Gildan brand t-shirt as the “Big Fun” one — and the sizes all ran true. Perhaps just slightly more snug than some other XL shirts I’ve owned — but not as snug/small as the Uniqlo shirts run.

For that price, I’m quite happy with all of them, and would buy three more shirts in the future from them (long as I had a similar coupon, which was seemed to be only good on 3 shirts) — assuming the right sorta new designs ever came up.

We’ll see if they last 10 years. Gonna only ever wash them in protective mesh bags (for ‘delicates’), only dry them on super-low for 20 minutes, then air dry them on drying racks (which we do with jeans anyway, and the tons of sweaters my wife wears). My wife has a lot of KU Jayhawk basketball t-shirts too (every time they make it to the final four), and those get the extra careful treatment too (I’ve done all the laundry for 20+ years, always have).

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So who wants to be the next Guinea pig?? — and order something from these fine(?) folks in Australia(!) — with seemingly 275,000+ different album covers you can get put on t-shirts.

TONS of Blue Note stuff, and other labels too — but their search engine is total shit (at least on mobile).

Couple I’m thinking about…

https://albumcoverstickers.com/andrew-hill-passing-ships-album-cover-t-shirt-black-/

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https://albumcoverstickers.com/grachan-moncur-iii-some-other-stuff-album-cover-t-shirt-black-/

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Hey Jim!! Here’s your original LT cover for Etcetera — on “bleach-bright white” — if you can believe it! :blink:

https://albumcoverstickers.com/wayne-shorter-etcetera-album-cover-t-shirt-white-/

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Dan, maybe you should go first…

https://albumcoverstickers.com/the-three-sounds/

https://albumcoverstickers.com/the-three-sounds/?sort=featured&page=2

https://albumcoverstickers.com/gene-harris-and-the-three-sounds/

NOTE: I mean it, their search engine is really, really shit (at least on mobile). There’s a TON of Blue Note stuff on there, but you can’t find half of it without searching 3 different ways (and even then, it still half doesn’t work). Again, I’m only trying on mobile — so maybe it’s better with a real browser.

But they do seem to take custom orders (or readily encourage suggestions) — so maybe if I do take the plunge, I’ll try and get a Natural Essence shirt done up for me.

That, plus Passing Ships and Evolution — plus god knows what else I can find — may be too tempting to say no to. $25 a pop, but free shipping (to the US) if you get four (4) shirts.

(I am finding plenty of albums I absolutely adore, but I’m realizing many of them just aren’t eye-catching enough to get on a shirt.)

QUESTION: Is Passing Ships better on a black shirt (up above), or on white?

https://albumcoverstickers.com/andrew-hill-passing-ships-album-cover-t-shirt-white-/

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That Grachan Moncur ‘Some Other Stuff’ and ‘Evolution’ are beyond cool. Wish they were nearer than Australia !

I wonder what Andrew would have thought if someone had told him one day his ‘Passing Ships’ would end up on a t shirt.

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43 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

I wonder what Andrew would have thought if someone had told him one day his ‘Passing Ships’ would end up on a t shirt.

When he was going to get paid? 

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23 minutes ago, JSngry said:

When he was going to get paid? 

Amen to that.

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OK, seemingly the only way to make the search engine on albumcoverstickers.com work properly, is to manually change the search results sort order from the default of "best selling" to instead say "relevance" (the last option at the bottom of the dropdown menu) -- and you have to manually make that change after each and every search.

Doesn't inspire confidence in their operation, but I am finding loads and loads of great covers that can apparently be gotten on shirts (including a good handful of obscure BN covers).

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This Monk 10" looks pretty badass on a black shirt, I must say.  (And I have to confess, I don't think I'd ever seen this cover before -- maybe never! -- before I saw it on this shirt.)  I'm NOT even the biggest Monk fan ever -- but this design looks killer on black. :cool:

Thelonious Monk Genius Of Modern Music Volume 1 Album Cover T-Shirt Black (albumcoverstickers.com)

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Just dreaming, but if I was independently wealthy, with a bottomless pit of cash, I'd just go ahead and order t-shirts of the entire BN 1500 and 4000 series, plus Patrick Roques Connoisseurs. Patterns would be pretty sweet.   

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I purchased Out to Lunch! and Birth of the Cool a few years ago at Uniqlo (Shanghai Daning), pretty happy about it.
Way way too many tshirts at the moment so I won't buy from the recent BN batch. I quite like this design found on the interweb:

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Are they positioning these transfers at a height best suited for wearing tucked in? Because, who does that AND bes fat? 

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That Aussie outfit has the best selection of jazz album T-shirts I've seen.

Trouble is, I'm a former distance runner, kept all my old race T-shirts and haven't gained significant weight. Have burned through quite a few, but still have a large stockpile of wearable Ts, tough to justify significant $ for more.

The Aussies do have a bunch of tempting offerings, though.

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It’s SUPER random what they seem to have, which says to me that they are serious about taking suggestions — and then adding those to their offerings.

For instance, Johnny Dyani’s Song for Biko

https://albumcoverstickers.com/johnny-dyani-song-for-biko-album-cover-t-shirt-black-/

Johnny Dyani Song For Biko Album Cover T-Shirt Black

TONS of Tomasz Stanko shirts too..

https://albumcoverstickers.com/tomasz-stanko/

https://albumcoverstickers.com/tomasz-stanko-quintet/

And here’s an MPS album that’s not super well-known by Michael Naura:

https://albumcoverstickers.com/michael-naura-quartet-call-album-cover-t-shirt-black-/

Michael Naura Quartet Call Album Cover T-Shirt Black

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Does Australia have different licensing/trademark laws or are they just less into enforcing them? I have never seen so many album covers available from one website, either authorized or not.

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9 minutes ago, bresna said:

Does Australia have different licensing/trademark laws or are they just less into enforcing them? I have never seen so many album covers available from one website, either authorized or not.

I can’t fathom any of this stuff is licensed, but supposedly they’ve been in business online for 20 years (according to the ‘about’ page on their website).

I’m skeptical about sending them $100 (cuz I’d get 4 shirts to get free shipping) — but DAMN if it isn’t really, really f’ing tempting.

I’m gonna start a topic on the Steve Hoffman Forums, and see if anyone has ever bought anything from them before (and what their quality was like).

Googling them, it appears they used to have an eBay storefront — but they don’t seem to any more. Maybe they got shut down there for selling unlicensed product.

They also seem to have some artists conspicuously absent from at least their t-shirt offerings — Pink Floyd, for one — so I suspect they’ve gotten some cease and desist letters (and threats) before too.

Still, it’s so damn tempting to get some of these!!!

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What color shirt could I get this on?

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42 minutes ago, JSngry said:

What color shirt could I get this on?

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Looks like they (and most similar outlets) use digital direct-to-garment ("DTG") printing.

Send 'em an image file and ask. If they don't care about licensing (as suggested above), they might put it on any color shirt they stock. :D

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Is it bad that I've got half a mind to try and get any or all of the first three of these done as custom-jobs on t-shirts... :crazy:

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PS: OK, probably not (who’m I kidding!!) — although that Wayne Shorter one is really the best design of the three. Shame the Tyrone one isn’t better, or I might be tempted!!
 

Also, definitely not this next one, but I'll include it here for 'completeness' sake...

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9 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

Is it bad that I've got half a mind to try and get any or all of the first three of these done as custom-jobs on t-shirts... :crazy:

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PS: OK, probably not (who’m I kidding!!) — although that Wayne Shorter one is really the best design of the three. Shame the Tyrone one isn’t better, or I might be tempted!!
 

Also, definitely not this next one, but I'll include it here for 'completeness' sake...

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Who did these covers? They're substantially better than make of the fake Reid Miles jobs that get stuck on official vault issues.

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On 7/3/2022 at 5:47 PM, Dan Gould said:

There is a seller on etsy who is using a few album covers for his t-shirts. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootsMusicTShirts?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=908301931

 

Meant to post about the results with this seller after a wash or two.

Shirts are very soft but definitely on the thin side. Uniqlo considerably thicker by comparison.

Quality of the artwork is fine and has held up in a couple of cases to two washes to date.

I was concerned initially about possible neck stretching but after washes nothing is out of whack.

In all cases I have made sure to wash in cold water and inside out to protect the artwork. Drier has been straight up whatever its usually set at - high heat for however long I set the timer. So in a sense I am not being that careful with these and the results are good IMO.

(Uniqlo shirts I am hanging dry to maintain the 3X size and those are clearly superior all the way around.)

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Don’t know about all the others in the current run of BN shirts from Uniqlo, but they still seem to have good availability and (in “real-people” sizes) on Judgement! — for only $9.90 — and with free shipping if you can have it delivered to a local Uniqlo store in your city.

And Specifically the Judgement! shirts I got were super nice, maybe the nicest graphic-T that I’ve ever owned (owing to the fact the black in the bum cover is just the color of the shirt, and the only appliqué is the non-black parts of the cover).

Sizes run a little small — and the two XL’s I got were ‘snug’ XL’s.

https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/products/E446384-000/00?colorDisplayCode=09&sizeDisplayCode=003

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On 7/24/2022 at 3:30 AM, Rabshakeh said:

Who did these covers? They're substantially better than make of the fake Reid Miles jobs that get stuck on official vault issues.

The Trainwreck cover sends me :lol:

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