What does Sixteen 8 say on the Importance of Fashion?

“The first purpose of clothes… was not warmth or decency, but ornament…. Among wild people, we find tattooing and painting even prior to clothes.  The first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration; as indeed we still see among the barbarous classes in civilized countries”.  ~Thomas Carlyle

The concept of having clothes is not for comfort or protection, Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves at the very beginning.  The discovery of clothes according to anthropologist was way back some 100,000 t0 500,000 years ago.  And it took a long way for clothes to be considered as part of the basic necessity of human. Nowadays, fashion is embraced in every clothing concept of people.  It is hardly that someone made a piece of cloth without thinking of fashion.

T-shirts were made generally to be worn by men and women but a fashionable design is always incorporated to make it look suited for him or for her. With me personally, a shirt is the most comfortable clothes I can wear and it’s what I have the most inside my closet. Fashion design of a shirt can be simple but it is one design that last long.

What do you wear in 16:8?


Akumu Ink – A Stylish Japanese Nightmare Shirts

See new and latest shirts from Japan. You might wonder what Akamu means in Japanese language.


it means “nightmare” in Japanese.

Very nice shirts..


Sixteen 8 T-shirt Design Contest

Sixteen 8 is a T-shirt company based in Columbus, Ohio. The aim of the contest is express how well you manage your time by illustrating it on a shirt design. Design must be in accordance to the company’s motto/tagline:  “What’s your 16:8?”.

Sixteen 8 aims is to promote time management by following an ideal 16:8 ratio of the time.  That is simply saying 16 hours of being productive and 8 hours rest and recreation.

Contest Rules and Regulation

  • Contestant must have a facebook account that is active.
  • Contest is open to everyone who is able to create a design of his own.
  • First step is to visit Sixteen 8 Fanpage at www.facebook.com/TeamSixteen8Fanpage and LIKE the page.
  • Follow us on twitter:  Sixteen8
  • Leave a message on the fan page saying that you are interested to join.
  • Send an email to teamsixteen8@gmail.com expressing your intention to join the contest and a JPEG copy of your entry.  The entry must be original and done by the contestant himself.
  • Wait for your entry to be uploaded on the fan page,  www.facebook.com/TeamSixteen8Fanpage and to be posted at Sixteen 8 blog found at www.sixteen8.wordpress.com.
  • Once uploaded, you need to promote your entry to your friends in facebook. Your friends should LIKE the fanpage and the uploaded photo of your entry. Your friends also need to visit the blog and leave a comment cheering you for the contest. We will count how many times your name was mentioned at the blog comments section and we will also count how many people LIKED your entry.
  • The contest will be going on for a month.  You can maximize this time to collect as many LIKES in your entry as you can. Official date of the contest is 1st February 2012 but your entries are welcome as early as possible.

Criterion for Judging

  • 20%  Originality of your design
  • 20%  How well it explains your idea of 16:8
  • 60%  Exposure

Exposure will be measured on the number of likes you were able to gather for your entry. So you have to encourage as many friends as you can to LIKE and SHARE your entry in facebook and let them leave a comment mentioning your name on the blog.


Prizes at Stake

  • Top of the line T-shirt from Sixteen 8(this will be sent to you where ever you are in the world)
  • Get a chance to have your design printed for Sixteen 8. Sixteen 8 will recognize you as the contributor of the design.
  • Cash prize  $300.


An Interview with Flying Mouse (Designer Chow Hon Lam)

Please allow me to repost an interview with one of a great t-shirt designer.  This was originally published by T-shirt Rater.

Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate enough for the opportunity to have some lengthy discussions about the t-shirt industry and get to know one of today’s top and one of my favorite designers. Chow Hon Lam (aka Flying Mouse) is revered in the t-shirt design world and you’ve no doubt seen his awesome work all over the internet. In the past he has been awarded newcomer of the year and most printed artist on Threadless, has took up the recent challenge of creating a new design everyday and now is branching out with his own clothing line.

On the eve of the launch of his latest project, Chow agreed to an interview here on TeeRater and has provided some sneak peaks at some of the designs that will be available at FlyingMouse365.

I want to thank you for taking the time to share some of your thoughts with my readers. How have you been?

No problem, glad to do it. I’m doing well, really excited about the new project.

I think what people most would want to know is how you got started designing t-shirts?

I subbed my very 1st submission to Threadless in 2007. After a few winnings there, it gave me the confidence to do more and more designs. I’m now really enjoying t-shirt designing.

Do you think you have a particular style that you can describe?

Can I say variety? I don’t have a particular style. I always try to do something new. I believe humans are greedy, we always like something different, something new. For me, I just don’t think I would buy 20 shirts of the same style, maybe it’s just me. I continually enjoy exploring new styles, it is fun for me.

I have certain things that inspire my own designs, is there anything that regularly inspires your work?

Everything around me. I believe everything has it’s very own story, a cup of tea, a watermelon, a pussy cat, a cloud, or even a chair. I try to create a story for them. I always believe they have something to say, but they just can’t speak. Some people tell a story through a movie, some people using a novel or comic, and some tell their story though a song. For me, I tell my story though a t-shirt, the amazing part of t-shirt design is I can tell a different story everyday.

What I and others find amazing is the amount of designs you create. How are you able to create such a large body of work?

I usually will write down ideas in my sketch book when I get some inspiration, then draw them one by one. Sometimes I can come out with a few designs in one day. I spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours to draw one design. I had an experience when I only thought of ideas without drawing anything for a full month, in that month I successfully came up with 160+ ideas. Now I can concentrate on the drawing them.

When you started submitting your designs did you ever think you would become one of the most successful and well liked designers?

No, I never thought of that. I didn’t have any experience in t-shirt design before I made my first submission. I was just thinking about having some fun and making some pocket money. I’m really happy my work is recognized by the community,

You’ve been really successful at Threadless. What did it feel like to become the most printed designer in 2007 and be named newcomer of the year?

It felt like a dream, flying in the sky, and floating in the galaxy. lol. I just feel I’m the lucky one, there are a lot of good artists out there. The awards I achieved really gave me more confidence to keep on in my t-shirt design career. I have to say thanks for the support from everyone.

There are a lot of people out there including many of my readers who want to become t-shirt designers. Is there any advice you can give to an aspiring designer?

Do more designs, and try not to let people forget your work.

I’ve been privy to your new project for several months now and we’ve discussed various aspects of the how it is going to work. Can you let the public in on the details of what FlyingMouse365 is all about?

The idea is to have a new design coming out every day for a full year, so that means that every week there will be 7 new products available. These 7 new products will be available for a quick pre-sale at a lower price for the entire week and once the week ends there will be 7 new products to replace them and so on. We will also have a permanent store that will feature the most-liked products without having a pre-sale.

That sounds great and I know my readers will be looking forward to November 11th when you plan to launch. I would just like to thank you again for sharing some of your thoughts with us.

It was my pleasure, cheers!

Be sure to check out Chow’s latest endeavor at FlyingMouse365

2012 Blues T-shirt design contest for shirt Fanatics!!!

Hello everyone,  hope i can help you by reposting this shirt design contest….original post is here.

Once again we are having an OPEN competition for our annual Texas Blues Radio T-shirt design for 2012.
We don’t have big prizes to give away, but if selected, your design will be worn by hundreds of blues fans in Dallas/Fort Worth and all around the world. The winner will receive 3 shirts and one pair of tickets to the KNON Blues Fest on January 28th and 29th, 2012. The winner will be chosen by the Texas Blues Radio DJs.
All entries become the property of KNON and will not be returned.
Deadline for entry is Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8 pm CST.
The winner will be announced the week of February 5th, 2012.
 Here’s the technical details:
The design MUST include the following text:
Texas Blues Radio KNON 89.3 FM
Dallas/Fort Worth (or Dallas-Fort Worth)
 size must be no larger than 8.5 X 11 inches
2 color, black and white LINE ART designs, only
no half tones or shading
must NOT portray any real person, living or dead
the design must be your ORIGINAL artwork
we reserve the right to edit or amend the design as we see fit
 Designs may be submitted by e-mail to:
donotemp@lycos.com with “KNON t-shirt” in the subject line
 Designs may be submitted by snail mail to:
KNON Texas Blues Radio t-shirt contest
P.O. Box 710909
Dallas, Texas 75371
 or leave in Don O’s mailbox at KNON
 We look forward to seeing YOUR ideas for our 2012 TBR t-shirt!

How did we spend our 16:8 today?

Today is the last weekend before Christmas, like any parent we want our kid to have at least something new this coming Christmas.

We went shopping for Gab’s “pamasko” , by the way, that’s a Filipino way to refer to what someone is going to wear for on Christmas day.

So there is what we’ve got for Gab.  He was so fascinated with his new shoes, he went to sleep with those shoes on, funny but true.

After shopping, we headed to watch a local basketball game.  Do or die between B-Meg and Powerade teams.