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Cotton Candy From The Reel World: Watch A Supercut Of The Best T-Shirts In Film History

Embedded above: a visual history of the greatest prop t-shirts — and the occasional tank, polo, and sweatshirt — from film! A full list of every tee, film, and year of release is included below after the jump. What’d we miss? Post your thoughts, complaints, and critiques in the comments!

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Don’t Hassle Us, We’re Portlanders

Spotted on the Internet: comedian Fred Armisen hamming it up in a pair of Found Item designs (Tux tee, Don’t Hassle Me)!

The snaps below come from a photo shoot organized by Portland Monthly to promote the second season of Portlandia, Armisen’s most recent project and break out cable success. Along with co-conspirator Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), he skewers the Portland lifestyle (however caricatured) to (mostly) humorous effect via assorted sketches.

Portland goes abroad.

Dressed to a tee.

View the entire slide show here.

Watch behind the scenes fun:

Cap tip: Eden Dawn, Shop Talk.

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Aging T-Shirts In Six Easy Steps: Bleach (Part 3)

Do not ingest.

Materials: Liquid bleach, 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket(s), Measuring Cup(s), Latex Gloves, Safety Googles.

Method: 1. Mix 3 gallons of warm water with 3 cups of liquid bleach (at 384 and 24 fluid ounces, respectively, this equates to a 16-1 ratio). Stir vigorously.

2. Add shirts to solution and stir frequently for the first 5 minutes. Monitor your tees for color loss and continue to stir at 5-minute intervals (at a minimum).

3. Pull and rinse thoroughly at or between the 30 or 45-minute mark. Machine wash warm and line dry.

Results & Conclusions: Bleach is highly effective at dulling bright colors and cotton fibers, but less so with darks. It also works almost immediately; we saw visible fading on the OCP and Gorillas tops by the 4 minute mark (see pics below). Note, however, the splotchy discoloration of the former along the waist hem; even with vigilant stirring, the application was uneven and unpredictable. Interestingly, the nylon threads showed a resistance to the bleach and retained their original color. Lastly, the bleach had little or no effect on the prints themselves, both of which feature tough, durable plastisol inks that sit on top of the cotton fibers.

Sample #1:

Dead or alive, you're coming with me.

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Dress The Part: Our 2010 Halloween Costume Guide Is Here!

Halloween is creeping closer, which, naturally, begs the following question: got costume? For those suffering from a lack of inspiration, fear not, loyal readers: your friends at Found Item Clothing are here to help!

We’ve just posted our annual Halloween Costume Guide, which takes the Found Item model to its logical terminus, sourcing not only the shirts in question but all of the related elements and props necessary to build a convincing ensemble. This year’s version adds seven movie-themed get-ups to the mix, bringing the grand total to a whopping 28. Included among them are a few gems that you won’t find anywhere else, including Coach Steroid from The Ramones’ camp classic, Rock & Roll High School and Edgar Frog from the 80’s vamp classic, The Lost Boys. By popular demand, we’ve also developed hilarious outfits for Bob Wiley (What About Bob?) and Mr. Larson (Happy Gilmore). Click on the image/links above to see the entire spread. Because you never know when you might need a good costume…

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