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July 12, 2008 4:50 PM   Subscribe

Rumplo will help you waste even more of your hard-earned cash on artist and designer created T-Shirts. You can submit shirts you've found anywhere online, as well as comment on and favorite other people's findings. Thanks to user-submitted tags, you can browse by color, type ('boys', 'girls', 'kids'), and many other attributes. If you get bored of browsing aimlessly, you can always check out what's popular.
posted by defenestration (37 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Um....
posted by jokeefe at 5:02 PM on July 12, 2008


These are cool, but is this appropriate for Mefi? It seems like one of those posts that are really, you know, advertisements. Pepsi Blue. You know the drill.
posted by jokeefe at 5:05 PM on July 12, 2008


Why does everyone always think I'm pushing something? Haha. I just like to share cool sites I stumble upon. I guess I frame it in too much of a sales pitch sort of way.
posted by defenestration at 5:05 PM on July 12, 2008


Some of these shirts are neat, but I'm on page 2 of 25. Sometimes less is more.
posted by !Jim at 5:07 PM on July 12, 2008


Interesting, but did we really need 16 links to the same site?
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 5:15 PM on July 12, 2008


Serious question: Who's buying all these artist- and designer-created t-shirts? It wasn't so shocking to see CafePress get big, because it's one of those deals where the Internet makes something easier. And Threadless has that for-profit-manufactured-community thing going. But every day, it seems like, I see another thirty-dollar screenprinted American Apparel t-shirt. Is the market really that big, or is it just that the barrier to entry is so low?
posted by box at 5:18 PM on July 12, 2008


Finally, a place to buy clothing.
posted by DU at 5:30 PM on July 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


Box: I think what's happening is that these small-run designer shirts are eating away at the fringes of the enormous, enormous mass t-shirt market. Look at how many kids wear the same Abercrombie or Gap or Urban Outfitters t-shirts. Take ten percent of that market and, well, it's pretty huge.

I can't remember the last time I saw someone under the age of twenty-five wearing something that wasn't a t-shirt on their torso. It seems kind of lazy and homogenous, somehow.

And remember, kids: if you choose to remain on my lawn, kindly garb your torso appropriately.
posted by phooky at 5:30 PM on July 12, 2008


box:

In my opinion, the best part of all of this is that there is no real barrier of entry at all. Internet commerce lets designers and artists that want to create and market T-shirts—and well, anything else—the ability the overhead of more traditional methods of selling. Also, the very nature of the web allows them an almost limitless field of distribution, granted they're able to process orders and ship to many locales. It also gives us—the consumers—a gigantic, dynamic, ever-changing inventory to peruse, and the ability to purchase directly from the artists and designers, maximizing their profits. The catch is, the massive amount of shirts out there, spread over thousands of designer's individual websites, are daunting to keep find and keep track of...

That's why I like the idea of this site.
posted by defenestration at 5:35 PM on July 12, 2008


*'anything else—the ability the overhead' should read 'anything else—without the overhead'. Oops.
posted by defenestration at 5:36 PM on July 12, 2008


Rumplo of the Bailey
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:37 PM on July 12, 2008


Weak. When the first t-shirt on a t-shirt site has the slogan "Bukkake ruined my carpet", I'm not going to browse further, let alone buy anything.
posted by jack_mo at 5:44 PM on July 12, 2008


jack_mo, that's kind of like looking at the most recent posts on del.icio.us and ruling out its usefulness, no?
posted by defenestration at 5:50 PM on July 12, 2008


Serious question: Who's buying all these artist- and designer-created t-shirts?

Obviously someone? I got a couple of shirts off Defunker.com back in the day, but they seem to be a little defunked? They're just a sub-site of bustedtees.com

Anyway, all these shirts start to look the same after a while.
posted by delmoi at 5:53 PM on July 12, 2008


Box: I think what's happening is that these small-run designer shirts are eating away at the fringes of the enormous, enormous mass t-shirt market. Look at how many kids wear the same Abercrombie or Gap or Urban Outfitters t-shirts. Take ten percent of that market and, well, it's pretty huge.

It's an 8 billion dollar industry or something like that. I had a friend who ran his own t-shirt company for a while. I'm not sure if he made a lot of money in the end, but he did a lot of business.
posted by delmoi at 5:55 PM on July 12, 2008


Okay, so, as it turns out, the market is that big, and the barrier to entry is that low? Well, that pretty much explains it.
posted by box at 6:00 PM on July 12, 2008


Something tells me this one isn't properly licensed. If I dig further, will I find some with Calvin on them?
posted by sparkletone at 6:02 PM on July 12, 2008


I was prepared to come in here and snark, but WANT WANT WANT.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 6:17 PM on July 12, 2008


Something tells me this one isn't properly licensed.

Note that the link to buy that one goes to Urban Outfitters, so it probably is licensed. This site doesn't appear to be just independent designers after all.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 6:19 PM on July 12, 2008


Now, now, maybe Urban Outfitters stole that design from an independent designer, like they did with that cupcake guy.
posted by box at 6:21 PM on July 12, 2008


TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS FOR A NINJA TURTLES SHIRT
posted by mkb at 6:33 PM on July 12, 2008


I wish the internet was as good at producing really cool pants. My clothing collection is heavily skewed toward tshirts these days.
posted by mullingitover at 6:35 PM on July 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think it's just linking to various t-shirt designs
posted by delmoi at 6:36 PM on July 12, 2008


I like a clever, well-designed shirt as well as the next guy. But whenever I stumble across one of these designer T-shirt sites, I can't help but notice that I have an immediate, visceral dislike of roughly a quarter of the people modeling them. It's like their images are positively screaming out, "Look at me! I'm an attractive, self-absorbed hipster!"

Is that just me?
posted by Galvatron at 6:39 PM on July 12, 2008


These are done by a mefite, but I don't remember who.
posted by selfmedicating at 6:44 PM on July 12, 2008


Do they have Pepsi Blue T-Shirts?
posted by progressor at 7:02 PM on July 12, 2008


When the first t-shirt on a t-shirt site

You want a t-shirt on a t-shirt? There you go.

These are done by a mefite, but I don't remember who.

That would be Jezztek.
posted by cashman at 7:11 PM on July 12, 2008


ThankYou, defenestration, I haven't clicked to the other links yet, still on the first one, but
Love Tshirt art. These are great.
'better than than your dog food'-helicopter pilot, RoadWarrior'.

jack_mo, I wasn't impressed with that one , but moved on to find some great design.
but I thought of another Tshirt for you... 'Fuck Your Carpet, Fuck Face'.
in retort.


C'mon, i-got-another-whale is brill./ and I couldn't stop laughing about don't mess with breakfast, the cheek.
Gold./ space invaders..., for muxtape heads...say.

see, fun for everyone.
hey old farts, get off your chair and visit the lawn.
Lochness Imposter, beautiful graphic. Endangered Species - hey.
posted by alicesshoe at 7:30 PM on July 12, 2008


So they pretty much just ripped off flickr's interface, right?
posted by euphorb at 8:30 PM on July 12, 2008


Serious question: Who's buying all these artist- and designer-created t-shirts?

Um, that would be me. Someday my will daughter ask why she can't go to college; I'll just point to my Threadless closet.
posted by erniepan at 9:12 PM on July 12, 2008


I had the opportunity to be around a bunch of hip young people in a nightclub setting a few months ago, and I realized:

The big revolution in t-shirt design in the last ten years is the printing that extends up to the shoulder seam.

Practically every young man was wearing the uniform of expensive jeans and a dark-colored t-shirt with a kind of intricate, flowered, ornate design that extended up to the shoulder seam.

Why did it take so long for that breakthrough in t-shirt design to happen?

When I am old, I am going to have a hard time explaining to my grandkids that, "we only had t-shirts with designs on the main part of the chest ... none that extended up to the shoulder seam."
posted by jayder at 9:14 PM on July 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


So they pretty much just ripped off flickr's interface, right?

Uh, they appear to have borrowed the little on-page navigation thing, but so what? What's wrong with re-using interface ideas? Their main page is nothing like flickr's.
posted by delmoi at 10:42 PM on July 12, 2008


I was bored and designed my first t-shirt ever the other day. It combines my favorite thing with my least favorite thing.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:40 AM on July 13, 2008


defenestration writes 'jack_mo, that's kind of like looking at the most recent posts on del.icio.us and ruling out its usefulness, no?'

I suppose - didn't realise it was all folksonomic and shit, and assumed Rumplo had selected that shirt as the best of their wares. Browsing further, there is indeed some okay stuff. I'm just not the target market, really, though the one printed t-shirt I wear does mark me out as a bit of a tosser (it has the old Susan Kare-designed bomb icon you used to see when old Macs crash on it).

delmoi writes 'Uh, they appear to have borrowed the little on-page navigation thing, but so what?'

That, the exact colourscheme, and the footer layout. But, yeah, it's maybe more 'very much inspired by' than 'ripped off'.

cashman writes 'You want a t-shirt on a t-shirt? There you go.'

Heh, that one is pretty nice.
posted by jack_mo at 5:45 AM on July 13, 2008


One thing I've noticed about the explosion of online t-shirt designers is much of it was made possible by the simultaneous explosion of 'make your own shirt' sites. A scant few years ago, CafePress was the only game in town, and their product is mall-kiosk level shoddy. Now there seems to be tons of such sites that make it possible for anyone to become a t-shirt designer.

I'm always for technology breaking down barriers; there is a part of me that does get frustrated at times, as mastering screenprinting is one of the things I take pride in, and seeing the majority of t-shirt sellers as graphic designers who outsource their stuff, but I don't wish to come across as one of those cranks who swears that cheap digital cameras is ruining photography.

also, is this the thread where shirtmakers shamelessly plug their own sites? Not that I would be so crass... :)
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 10:31 AM on July 13, 2008


I understand why people like these t-shirts and all that, but why would I pay fifty bucks for a shirt that says "Bukkake ruined my carpet"?
posted by P.o.B. at 12:47 PM on July 13, 2008


It's like their images are positively screaming out, "Look at me! I'm an attractive, self-absorbed hipster!"

Most of the people buying the shirts are trying to look like that too.
posted by lullaby at 3:45 PM on July 13, 2008


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