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F1: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Mercedes not preparing ‘Hamilton’ or ‘Rosberg’ title t-shirts

“I have seen some excellent races from Lewis (Hamilton) this year,” said former F1 driver Mark Webber, “and he will be very strong in Abu Dhabi.

“He always is,” said the Australian, who echoes the sentiments of the majority of the paddock who agree Briton Hamilton is the title favourite.

But Webber insists that Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, although 17 points behind, is still in the reckoning.

“It doesn’t matter who was strong where – that was then, this is now,” he said. “Both have done an incredible job this year,” he told the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.

Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, is putting his money on countryman Hamilton.

“Lewis will do it,” he is quoted by the German newspaper Bild.

“I simply cannot imagine a race situation now where he loses the title to Nico, who I think knows that Lewis is just a little bit better than him.”

John Booth, the team boss at Marussia, told the Mirror that if Rosberg does snatch victory from Hamilton at the last hurdle in Abu Dhabi, “It would be a travesty”.

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Ad-free social network Ello turns to branded t-shirts for revenue

When people wondered how Ello would makemoney without ads, this is probably not what they had in mind. The company today announced a partnership with Threadless to sell Ello-themed shirts designed by independent artists.
The Threadless store will cycle through new designs on the 1st and 15th of each month – the custom designs will only be sold for 14 days each. The first design was created by Chuck Anderson, a Chicago based commercial artist, and costs $35.

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Teespring nabs $35M because t-shirts last longer than tweets

Well-known VC names are giving big dollars to a t-shirt company. Seriously.

Teespring, a company that, from the outside, looks like a Kickstarter for custom t-shirt designs, is announcing today that it has raised a whopping $35 million in new funding from Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

Anyone can create a t-shirt through the service (uploading or creating a design on the spot), pick out fabrics and other features, receive a quote for the wholesale price of each shirt (depending on quantity goals), set a campaign deadline (or not), and set a sale price.

So far, Teespring has had all sorts of folks use the service, from school organizations to sports teams to startups selling swag to fans. Some people have even built their own businesses out of Teespring campaigns.

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Don’t Go Broke Buying Merch: A Band T-Shirt Strategy You Need to Know

You might not admit it to anyone, but I’ll bet seeing a fan wearing your band’s t-shirt is one of the secret little highlights of your musical life. A striking band logo, a sweet design, qualityfabric. Of course you want to print up quality t-shirts to sell to fans at your gigs and on your website. And you want to see your fans wearing those shirts out there in the world, helping to spread the word about your music.

When it comes to ordering t-shirts, most musicians hope to get two-sided silk screen printing with lots of colors on dark color tees,… and in small quantities. But here’s the problem: all of those elements are expensive! Set up costs for the order (and screens for each color) are pricey if only amortized over a small quantity of t-shirts. So we asked our friends at Merch.ly if they had any advice for musicians that want to order great looking t-shirts but don’t have tons of cash to drop.

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T-Shirt Company Under Fire For Selling Pro-Eating Disorder Merchandise

T-Shirt Company Under Fire For Selling Pro-Eating Disorder Merchandise

“Beautiful,” “alluring” and “graceful” are not words usually associated with eating disorders – serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year in the United States.

However, those are the adjectives used to describe anorexia and bulimia on T-shirts available on Spreadshirt.com, an international seller of custom merchandise. (The cringeworthy shirts are designed by user IOANAcolor andinclude slogans like “Beautifully Bulimic,” “Alluringly Anorexic,” “Gracefully Gaunt” and “Breathtakingly Bony.”)

The company’s CEO Philip Rooke is now the subject of a Change.org petition started by Matan Uziel, a resident of Israel who was outraged by the site’s products.

“Apparel websites unfortunately have been promoting and glorifying fashion’s deadly diseases … by providing platforms for ignorant individuals,” Uziel writes.

Uziel – who notes that the site also sells “Nazi chic” merchandise – hopes to convince Rooke to remove the T-shirts from the website.

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Artist Turns Heavy Metal T-Shirts Into Slightly Frightening Quilts

The world of textile art is an interesting place. We’ve seen knitted zines, woven pixels, Fiona Apple lyrics as tapestry and a very phallic take on fabric sculpture. You name it, someone’s sewn it.

So when we came across San Francisco-based artist Ben Venom’s heavy metal-inspired quilts, we can’t say we were surprised. We can say, however, that we were sufficiently impressed with his ability to turn “your grandmother’s sewing circle” into a celebration of vintage tattoos, the occult and motorcycle gangs. Blending, as he puts it, B-movie horror film style with the delicate intricacy of quilting, he creates the perfect mashup of traditional and unconventional.

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A sign is seen on a street before the verdict by the grand jury in the indictment of Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

‘I Love Ferguson’ signs, T-shirts lift morale in protest-hit town

One is boarded-up shop windows, the other, ever-present “I Love Ferguson” signs, T-shirts and stickers.

The signs were dreamed up by the city’s former mayor, Brian Fletcher, 55, a week after the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown provoked rioting in which businesses were burned out. Sales of “I Love Ferguson” merchandise have become a fund-raising tool intended to help the damaged businesses.

Sitting in the “I Love Ferguson” store that opened late last month, just down the street from the local police department that has been the site of repeated demonstrations, Fletcher said he started the campaign, with a few friends, hoping to spruce up the troubled city’s image.
“The way Ferguson is being portrayed is unfair and inaccurate. It looks like we are under siege, like we are Beirut or something and it’s not like that,” Fletcher said, surrounded by T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers that bear the logo, in which “Love” is replaced by a drawing of a heart.

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Price Chopper demands Upstate NY artists end production of Ghetto Chopper T-shirts, report says

After receiving backlash and a cease and desist order from Price Chopper, two Albany area designers are discontinuing the production of their “Ghetto Chopper” T-shirts.

News 10 reports Dana Owens and Chip Fasciana took a nickname for the grocer and turned it into a graphic. The image is similar to the store’s current logo, and features a gun.

Upon seeing the design, Facebook users criticized Owens and Fasciana, saying their creation was “tasteless” and “racist,” News 10 says. The two defended themselves and the T-Shirt by saying it was intended to satirical and funny.

“All we were trying to do was illustrate; put a visual to what people have been calling it for years,” Owens said to News 10.

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China Can’t Even Deal With a Pro-Ai Weiwei T-Shirt

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s campaign to get his passport back has met another setback. An online shop selling t-shirts with the slogan “Ai Can’t Be Here” has been shut down by the e-commerce platform Taobao.

According to the New York Times, the owner of the shop, Wu Tun, is an artist currently employed by Ai’s studio. The 28-year-old printed images of a brick wall onto T-shirts with the slogan “爱Can’t Be Here” emblazoned on top. The Chinese character 爱 means “love” and is a homonym of Ai Weiwei’s surname. The phrase thus has a double meaning: “Love/ Ai Weiwei Can’t Be Here.”

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Burton ‘sorry’ over ‘offensive’ Rangers T-shirt

Burton has apologised to Rangers for selling a T-shirt with an altered image of the club’s founders and the slogan: “underworld division champions”.

Fans of the Ibrox club contacted the retailer after images of the T-shirt went viral on social media.

Burton said it wished to “apologise unreservedly for any offence” and said it had removed the item from sale.

The retailer said it was “unaware of any connection to Rangers” and “any reference was purely inadvertent”.

In a statement, Burton said: “We wish to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by the T-shirt displayed on our website. It has been removed from the site and will not be re-appearing.

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