The people behind Busted Tees and College Humor launched TEEPUBLIC as a t-shirt store back in 2013. It originally used a combination of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. It didn’t take long for them to loosen up submission criteria and now there are over 1.2 million unique designs. In October 2018, Redbubble, a site with a very similar business model, purchased TeePublic. But as of today, the two businesses seem to be run fairly independently of each other. It is also no longer fair to call it a t-shirt store as it sells a large range of products featuring art by both independent artists and big brand names. Check out the TeePublic t-shirt review below.
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The TeePublic T-Shirt Review
The folk at TeePublic kindly sent out three t-shirts for me to review and they have been sitting on my desk for quite a while. That’s why I chose to feature the “Not Fast Not Furious” t-shirt first. I usually get to the reviews much faster than this but this is my first time posting a t-shirt review on the Shirt List rather than Tee Reviewer. Some other t-shirt reviews that you might see here soon, I originally posted on TeeReviewer.com.
The t-shirt you see above is a 100% cotton US Blanks t-shirt. It is TeePublic’s Premium Tee and it looks and feels premium. It’s soft and light without feeling flimsy. The sleeves and body are a nice length. I think the premium tee usually costs $24/$26 but I don’t see them on the site at the moment so I can’t confirm that pricing for you.
This second t-shirt is a vintage green tri-blend from Bella Canvas. I am partial to a tri-blend t-shirt and this one is no exception. It is very light and soft (50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon) and perfect for the humid weather of Okinawa, Japan.
The third (see below) is a teal Bella Canvas 100% cotton t-shirt. It is the “Classic” TeePublic t-shirt and while it is not quite as soft as the “Premium” t-shirt, it is still quite a nice tee.
I’m sure the design is high-quality and it is a great concept but it hasn’t printed well on this t-shirt. One thing is that this design was not optimized for printing on a t-shirt. The text under the alphabet/scientist is so small as to be almost illegible. Unfortunately, the print quality is inconsistent too. Under the letter T in dark ink, I can see “is for Tyson” printed (I need reading glasses to see it) but under U is just faded illegible text even if I take a photo and zoom in (see below).
The design has vivid colors but the t-shirt does not. So, while I’m sure this design is beautiful and would make a great poster or book cover for kids, this t-shirt is a fail.
“You’re irrelephant” by Louis Roskosch aka louisros is a simple, one-color design and it works well on this t-shirt. I’m not quite sure what the message is but it’s cute and I like it. Louis Roskosch has a unique style and a huge collection of designs that often put a smile on my face.
Michael Buxton aka DinoMike has a style not so different from Louis Roskosch. DinoMike utilizes a simple but flat technique to create images that are appealing and full of emotion. I often think that if Saul Bass was told to draw something cute that the results would have been similar to what DinoMike produces. Not only is the “Not Fast Not Furious” blank t-shirt the nicest of the three tees, but the design is also my favorite and probably describes me better than I’d like.
Branding and Extras
The t-shirts came in a blue plastic mailer with the Teepublic logo and lots of doodles on the back. The standard and tri-blend t-shirts still have Bella Canvas tags.
With over 1.2 million designs and a huge selection of designs, TeePublic is a massive site. It’s easy to navigate and easy to find and purchase what you want. Well, with 1.2 million designs there are t-shirts that you will probably never get to see.
The standard t-shirts are $20 and are only $14 for the first three days from when they are published on TeePublic. There are also regular sales where you can get a t-shirt for $14 or even $13 sometimes. I can’t complain about that.
Two of the three t-shirts I received were awesome. The print was soft and nice as were the t-shirts. The third t-shirt was a let down because of a design that is perhaps not suitable for a t-shirt as well as poor print quality. The pricing is fair and I would definitely recommend TeePublic but I would be wary of buying t-shirts with intricate designs. Thanks for reading the TeePublic t-shirt review. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below!