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Two A or Not Two A? T-Shirt Brand + Sizes Voting

What’s going on everyone? Thanks to everyone to took part in the t-shirt catchphrase poll! “Unown Pleasures” got the most votes, and that’s the option I was leaning toward anyway since it seemed most appropriate for this design, so that’s what we’re going to go with for the shirt.

Here is the final design I settled upon:

Thanks again to Jordan B. from Sizable Lion for making the design happen! If you need any graphic design work done, Jordan is your go-to guy.

Note: The graphic will likely be a little smaller on the actual t-shirt. It’ll be a little closer to this proportion.

Legal Mumbo Jumbo

As some of you may know, I was kinda stressing about copyright on the original design, but I did extensive research behind the mountains/ripples image which you can read about on my blog if you’re interested.

Basically what I found was that the image depicts 80 successive radio pulses from the first pulsar ever discovered superimposed vertically upon each other. The diagram was first published in a 1971 issue of the magazine Scientific American, and does not list a copyright as far as I can tell (which was required to obtain copyright protection back then), so the image is in the public domain.

The only other legal thing to clear up is that the shirt is in no way associated with any band or artist. It’s just a SixPrizes t-shirt.

Other Catchphrases

Here are the catchphrases/slogan that didn’t win:

  • Super Effective (It’s Super Effective!)
  • Topdeck FTW
  • PKMN Masters
  • I Choose You
  • Good Game (suggested in the comments)

My plan is that we’ll keep those ideas in our back pocket, then in the future if we want to get new t-shirts made, we’ll vote on those phrases and use the winning phrase as the theme for the next shirt.

We’ll then have a contest to see who can come up with the best design based off that catchphrase! That won’t be happening for a while (probably not until Regionals next season), but it’s something to look forward to for all you artists out there.

Two A… or not two A?

That is the question… I want to know what t-shirt brand you guys and gals prefer! Our options are either American Apparel (AA aka two A) model 2001 or something else that’s cheaper. Here are the differences between the two:

Something else (probably Gildan Model 5000)

  • Lower quality (slightly less comfy)
  • Size ranges Small through XXXL
  • More of a regular fitting shirt
  • Price would be ~$15
  • Product page

American Apparel (AA) Model 2001

  • Higher quality (more soft/comfortable)
  • Size ranges XS through XXXL
  • More fitted fit
  • Price would be ~$20
  • Product page and measurements

So basically we go either go with a less expensive, less comfy shirt or slightly more expensive, more sizes, nicer quality shirt. Keep in mind that American Apparel is more fitted, so their XXXL might fit more like a regular fitting XXL. Check the sizing chart and compare the measurements to a shirt you own if you want to be sure.

Even better, if you’re unfamiliar with American Apparel, they’ve probably got a store at your local mall where you could try them on. Ask for t-shirt model 2001. I’m sure the cute hipster girl working there would be happy to help you out.

Anyway… please vote if you have an opinion on this. I’m happy to go with whatever brand you guys want.

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I’ll let this poll run for a day or two, then after it’s apparent want brand is the favorite, we’ll start taking pre-orders and get things moving!

-Adam

Reader Interactions

37 replies

  1. Anonymous

    I’d be willing to pay a bit extra for higher quality.

  2. Julian Silva

    Shoot it would’ve been cool if you put poll about the black shirt design. Even if you don’t do it now it would be nice to see how many people are interested.

    Oh and American Apparel definitely, I don’t mind spending 5 extra dollars for comfort and quality.

    • Adam Capriola  → Julian

      Thanks for the comment Julian! I just realized I left you a comment somewhere and addressed you as Jay… my bad!

      I’m thinking we might do the black design as an Underground exclusive thing… will keep you posted on that.

      • Julian Silva  → Adam

        Jay is actually my nickname and was surprised that you knew it too. I mentioned it on the introductions thread in the forums under the username Loki. I was starting to think you had ESP or something lol.

        I like the idea of the black shirts for UG members!

  3. jordan baker

    Gilden is the worst. Their shirts shrink like crazy after every wash. The more you wash it the more it shrinks, it’s almost comical.

    • Adam Capriola  → jordan

      Hah I didn’t know that! I’ve only owned 1 Gildan shirt in my lifetime and I can’t remember if it shrunk or not… maybe it did and that’s why I got rid of it. Good to know for the future cuz AA has got this right now.

      • jordan baker  → Adam

        If you ever get Gilden just make sure you don’t get the cheap 100% cotton one. Their higher end 50/50 blend isn’t as bad.

  4. Michael Sison

    At first, I thought AA stood for “Alcoholics Anonymous”. LOL. Anyway, I voted for that one. :D

  5. Jacob AG

    I’ll probably be wearing this shirt outside of pokemon related events, so the higher quality stuff is preferred. I’ll pay the extra money to be comfortable.

    • Adam Capriola  → Jacob

      Thanks for the input Jake! The ones were got made last year weren’t super comfortable, so I didn’t wear it too often outside of tournaments. I’ll definitely wear this around if we go with American Apparel.

  6. Ross Gilbert

    I got my nationals shirt this week. It’s American Apparell and the quality is sexy! not a 6P shirt but i don’t think i could get it delivered in time for UK nats ;)

    If you want a hint as to what shirt i will be wearing for nats, see my article, being published tomorrow i’m told (is that too shameless a plug?)

    • Adam Capriola  → Ross

      Hah yeah I wish I got this project going sooner so you could have it for Nats. I dunno what I was thinking… I started playing tennis like non-stop when Spring rolled around and that’s when I should have been planning stuff.

      And I think you’re wearing a chimichanga t-shirt for Nats? Something that begins with “chim”… :P

    • Adam Capriola  → Ian

      Yeah it’s looking like AA is the fav. I’m pretty glad too since the details for cheaper brand were a little iffy… these will be really nice. :)

  7. Dave Wilson

    Thanks Adam for going through all the research and everything, the shirts are going to be great!

    • Adam Capriola  → Dave

      Sure thing dude! That research owned me for like 2 days straight… I almost went crazy Googling that stuff haha. I felt like a detective or something.

  8. Daniel Middleton

    I voted AA :) Definitely pay for the slightly better quality. Shame we couldn’t get these in time for UK Nats too, but I’ll still be getting one! Also, props on the research and effort you are putting into this, Adam.

    • Adam Capriola  → Daniel

      Thanks for voting Dan! Yeah I’m bummed I couldn’t get these made in time, I should have planned it better.  Hopefully you’ll win Nats and then you can wear it a Worlds. :)

  9. Emily

    Per hipster rules I’m forced to vote American Apparel, though in theory I could ironically vote for the other brand. (I do love my AA shirts though)

  10. Steven Nilsen

    It’s white?  This would be so much better as a black tee, white print.  Who pays $20 for a WHITE tee?

    Most of you, I guess.

  11. Steven Nilsen

    It’s white?  This would be so much better as a black tee, white print.  Who pays $20 for a WHITE tee?

    Most of you, I guess.

    • Adam Capriola  → Steven

      What’s wrong with white? My closet is full of white t-shirts… look: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamcapriola/5760319413/

      I’ve got 2 blue and 1 navy which I wear when my whites are dirty. White goes with anything!

  12. Steven Nilsen

    Seriously, the Joy Division shirt was black, not white.

  13. Steven Nilsen

    Seriously, the Joy Division shirt was black, not white.

  14. Ryan Graham

    I still think “Pokedad FTW” or “I havent worn deodorant since ’96” should have won! :/

  15. eli moses

    Hey I was wondering if we would get these at Nats or if we would get them through mail. Because quite frankly i’d love to get mine at Nationals if thats cool wit you

    • Adam Capriola  → eli

      I would love to personally hand everyone their shirt, but it’s going to be too difficult for me to do that unfortunately. I don’t want to be carrying a bag of 100+ t-shirts on the plane with me, and then trying to find everyone at Nats would be very time consuming.

      I’d still like to meet you though!

      • eli moses  → Adam

        Could you bring a couple because i doubt i could pay you over the mail since i dont have anything like that such as paypal or a credit card

        • eli moses  → Adam

          XL or XXL depends on how big they are but ill prob grow so ill do XL just do be safe

        • Adam Capriola  → eli

          Check the sizing chart and compare to a t-shirt you already own: http://www.americanapparel.net/garmentspecs/index.asp?garmentspecid=2001

        • eli moses  → Adam

          Ill do xxl lol adam ur the best ill be wearing a buffalo hat and aaron rodgers jersey on thursday so look out for me!

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