Looking for graphic t-shirts that aren't terrible
April 17, 2014 6:26 PM   Subscribe

I've decided that I want to get a few graphic t-shirts for the summer. I've found a few designs on Spreadshirt that I like, but I've never used the service before, and I'm sort of nervous about their general quality. Overall I'm wondering if anyone has experience buying from them. If not, then do you have experience buying from other store-fronts that sell custom printed shirts from a broad range of artists? I'm looking for a wide range of designers, and as few clever puns or of-the-moment pop culture references as possible. I'm interested in abstract designs more than stuff that's text or brand heavy. Ideally this would be about 20 dollars per shirt.
posted by codacorolla to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Check out Threadless.
posted by sideshow at 6:36 PM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

How about Design by Humans?
posted by Jacob G at 6:47 PM on April 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

You'd might like Redbubble.
posted by QueenHawkeye at 6:58 PM on April 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Society6 might meet your requirements. The shirts are American Apparel and it's all designs from small indie artists who get a cut of each sale.
posted by erst at 7:29 PM on April 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

Teefury.com does a different set of shirts every 24hrs and they're pop culture design, they have sone great ones in their galleries you can look at.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 7:29 PM on April 17, 2014

Woot! has daily shirts and also a selection of classic shirts. The shirts are high quality, I'm wearing one right now I have had for probably 5 years and it's still in good shape.
posted by sacrifix at 9:31 PM on April 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

Timber! on Etsy
posted by loosemouth at 3:50 AM on April 18, 2014

Out Of Print Clothing has some good stuff, particularly if you like some of the cover artwork of classic literature.
posted by kuanes at 5:03 AM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I think Threadless will get you close, but there are surely puns and pop-culture items to sift through. Their catalog is gigantic, and there is some really stellar stuff in there.

Teefury, Ript, Shirtpunch, Woot, and really ALL the shirt-a-day type sites, lean mostly towards pop-culture and puns and so are going to be not much good to you.

I think Etsy in general is a great idea. It takes some sifting, but there are zillions of shirts out there, and many of them are fantastic. Help some small-time designer make rent, and get a terrific shirt that NO ONE else will have.

Oh, and lastly: spreadshirt is good at what they do (print anything on demand), but there is a serious sacrifice in quality. Buy small run screened shirts that use good blanks. They're much better.
posted by dirtdirt at 7:31 AM on April 18, 2014

Response by poster: Would an Etsy order for multiple shirts all have the same shipping and handling cost? Or would that vary per store?

So, if I bought 3 shirts from 3 stores would I pay 7 dollars shipping and handling, or would I pay 7, 4, and 5 for each store? That's one reason I wanted to stick to a single storefront.
posted by codacorolla at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2014

You would pay for each store's shipping and handling since you're dealing directly with sellers. Etsy provides the framework, but you're buying from individuals.
posted by rawralphadawg at 11:25 AM on April 18, 2014

Check out http://6dollarshirts.com/t-shirts/index.html

They have lots of artsy, funny, and vintage style shirts. Yes, they are $6 each. And they are also good quality cotton. I have a few. They ship fast, and the prints are well done.
posted by ananci at 1:47 PM on April 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

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