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New Design, Free Shirt, and Old Pricing. Read Slowly!)

1. New Design

The new design will be coming soon and we will leave “Ghost Town” up a few more days while we get it ready.

2. Free Shirt

Every “Ghost Town” shirt ordered (Which is one of our favorite designs) will receive a Free Shirt from the Archive Store.

Your Free Shirt will come in the same size that you order of “Ghost Town”. We will  send “Today”, “Make Progress”, “At Your Leisure”, or “Don’t make me a Target” as Your Free Shirt.

There is something extra for the customers that ordered “Ghost Town” before the Free Shirt addition.  You’ll see below.

3. Old Pricing

The new design will be available with our OG pricing. That’s right #1 is $1, #2 is $2, and so on. You know the deal.
We will do this every once in awhile to remember what got us to this point of not making any money. Hope you can laugh with us.

Someday we do hope 200Nipples becomes successful with a flat price per shirt.

For the people who ordered a “Ghost Town” shirt before the Free Shirt addition: We are going to give you the first crack at the next design with the OG pricing.
We’ll send you an email about it before the new design goes up.

"This Is A Pipe"

This is a pipe - limited edition t-shirt

Alright gang, we’ve got more words for you this month. This is a shirt by yours truly. It’s simple, but every detail was slaved over. This is a shirt I’ve always wanted, so I’m finally printing it. It didn’t take me very long once I got down to it, but it’s been at least 4 years in the making. Let me explain…

I had a self-made 11×17″ poster of this hanging my cubicle for the last 8 months I was a Marketing Assistant at a construction company. I’d had it printed on the expensive paper at Kinkos when I was broke because my wife was in Dental School. For those of you not “getting” it, this is a wink and a nudge to all the typography geeks, programmers and art history majors out there…

You see, in the 1920′s René Magritte painted a picture of a pipe with the words Ceci n’est pas une pipe. scrawled underneath it. Ceci n’est pas une pipe literally means, “This is not a pipe.” It’s contradictory at first, but then you realize it’s not actually a pipe. It’s just a representation of a pipe. This was all very self-referential and clever, and made people think about art and talk about art at a time when art was mostly about how it made you feel.  I’m being snarky here, but René Magritte was a genius and stuff like this was exactly why. (Side note: if you like Magritte watch the movie Toys. It’s perfectly surreal and most of the imagery in that movie is based on Magritte. If you can stomach the Robin Williams all over it, it’s fantastic.)

Moving on… that poster I made for myself was to remind me of the reason I went into marketing and design. (I landed in SEO and usability, but that’s another story.) It’s a reminder that communication is an art, utility can be beautiful and that written characters, are just as real as a pipe you can smoke.

This ” | ” is a semi-obscure glyph called a pipe or vertical bar. In math it can indicate absolute value, it is also used in computing, programming and in general typography as a separator. Much like Magritte’s pipe, it’s a representation of an idea, but since glyphs themselves are representations of ideas, it actually is a pipe.

I digress. Call it recursive pop art if you like. (Call it bullshit for all I care, my last foray into being clever with words and type was ill-received, so I’m steeling myself for backlash.)

This is a shirt I’ve held off on for the better part of two years. It was one of the original concepts I had before we’d even started coding the site. I didn’t print it, though, because I wasn’t sure if anyone else would think all this obscure typography and philosophy of communication & the written word was as cool as I think it is. This is also a composition that has been very personally dear to me for a long time and I didn’t want to hear anything negative said about it, but damn the torpedoes! I want one of these desperately, as do a couple of my programmer and designer friends, so here it is.

This is a pipe design detail

This is a pipe design detail

This is a pipe goes on sale October 1st at midnight (US CST). Enjoy…

If you like this design, let us know in the comments. If you hate it, tell us why. The more feedback we get, the better.

UPDATE 10/08/09: I’ve had my French corrected (not surprising) in the comments here and in real life, so I’ve updated the design to reflect a more accurate translation of “This is a pipe.”

Ben Chlapek Gets Some KC Press

Ben Chlapek - Worthless

Ben Chlapek - Worthless

Ben Chlapek was the first designer we featured here at 200Nipples. I personally love his design asthetic and he’s done a lot of killer poster work in his short design career so far. He currently has a write up in Present Magazine, a Kansas City specific rag “presenting the best of Kansas City.” You can find the article . You can catch up with ben at NeverSleeping.com.

New Shirt Reminder: "In Self Defense"


200 Nipples limited Edition T-Shirt - In Self Defense

Our next design “In Self Defense” is by Jason Spencer of St. Louis, MO. You can see more of his work at Killernapkins.com. (Mildly NSFW)

Jason Spencer produces work out of his brain based in St Louis, USA. His biggest inspirations come from his childhood watching ninja turtles, Ren and Stimpey, Doom, Mortal Kombat and more…all having some influence over his style today.

After graduating from Flo-Valley with his AFA, Jason now spends his time experimenting with many different mediums to help develop his diffinative style. Mostly though his work utilises oils on canvas with the sporadic appearances from house paint and acrylics, the mediums it seems often mimic his subject matter- mixed, matched and juxtaposed…but beautifully dark.

Jason’s work is all about provoking a response, be it from his KFC deformities, the pile of dead babies or his sculptures of ball like bodyless teeth, and sometimes, just stealing a good old laugh from us.

Recently, Jason has moved into digital work and mainly the popular t-shirt market. His love of different mediums and perverse style has translated well to this market and he has gained some notoriety from it.

“In Self Defense” will be on sale tonight at midnight.

If you like this design, let us know in the comments. If you hate it, tell us why. The more feedback we get, the better.

Cartoons Drawn On The Back of Business Cards

Stupid 3333 - Gaping Void

Stupid 3333 - Gaping Void

Hugh Macleod over at Gaping Void draws cartoons on the back of business cards in his spare time. His wonderful scriblings can be funny, insightful and heart breaking. He also maintains the hard-to-overate essay on unlocking your potential: How To Be Creative. I Read the whole thing at least once a year. It makes me wish I new what my was, I think HTBC is his.

Format Magazine Recreates Iconic Album Covers in LEGO


After 50 years as an industry leader, LEGO has become a staple in any kids toy box. In more recent times the mini-figs and legendary building blocks have been used to recreate famous landmarks, classic photographs and now: 20 Classic Hip Hop Album Covers Recreated in LEGO.

New Design Notice: 3D Samurai

“3D Samurai” by Brooklyn Hurst will be for sale on the home page starting at Midnight (US CST) Tonight.

“Hey, what’s your shirt mean?”
“It means that if you had stupid looking glasses on you could see that what appears to be normal cotton fabric actually cages a warrior’s soul.”
“Wow, that’s cool, I’m really jealous.”
“Yeah, you look really jealous.”


(This also means it’s your last chance to score your one-of-a-kind print of “Intrusion.” As always, when this new one goes on sale, that one comes down.)

If you like this design, let us know in the comments. If you hate it, tell us why. The more feedback we get, the better.

Free Dog Silhouette Vector Art for Illustrator or Photoshop

Veecteezy has killer set of dog vector art. It’s free for any sort of use, personal or commercial.

[Free Dog Silhouette Vector Art at Vecteezy]