01 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Top Daily Tees of 2012

The daily (or near-daily) tee market isn’t one I cover here often, as I use my other site, TeeMagnet, to direct people to those sites already. But as the year comes to a close, it’s always fun to reflect back on some of the most successful pieces of the year. Although there are a lot of sites currently in the genre (and a few that ended their run as daily tee sites this year), I’ll only be addressing the largest, most interesting sites that have successfully posted new designs all year and have galleries or archives that allow easy viewing of past artwork. In most cases, a design that printed on multiple sites will only be eligible for inclusion on the first printed site’s top three (although some may have slipped through the cracks).

As usual, this is just my personal opinion of the three best and most interesting designs each site offered (not sales or popularity). If I’ve missed an awesome print, let me know in the comments!


teefury who's the tough guy meow

Who’s the Tough Guy Meow? by harebrained (January 24th, 2012)
Currently available at RedBubble

Cats and skulls, together at last!

teefury hail sagan
Hail Sagan
by brankovranic (February 29th, 2012)

Packed with Sagan references, this tee proves that science can be just as effective as pop culture.

teefury calvin spiffy spaceman

Calvin, Spiffy Spaceman by Captain RibMan (March 12th, 2012)
Currently available at RedBubble.

It’s neat to see Spaceman Spiff all grown up into adulthood just as Calvin & Hobbes’s original fans have.


shirt.woot your ideas

Your Ideas by Jthree Concepts (June 27th, 2012)

It’s true- every time you have an idea, that lightbulb that pops up is silently judging you.

shirt.woot tea time

Tea Time by Naolito (August 11th, 2012)

Who says tea time has to be stuffy and boring? Now it’s an adventure!

shirt.woot rex the riveter

Rex the Riveter by obvian (September 29th, 2012)

T-Rex’s arms get a much-needed upgrade!

RIPT Apparel

ript apparel scarry night

Scarry Night by FrederickJay (July 7th, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

Two guys famous for art and, uh, cutting things.

ript apparel trust the inspector

Trust the Inspector by WinterArtwork (August 23rd, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

Contrasting colors help this parody sing.

ript apparel space pulp dino hero

Space Pulp Dino Hero by obvian (November 22nd, 2012)
Currently available at RedBubble.

I want to believe.


qwertee choose

Choose by Pesiete
Currently available on RedBubble.

Simple, but funny.

qwertee ankh-morpork delicatessen

Ankh-Morpork Delicatessen by Zapator

It’s so rare to see a Discworld tee that I had to include this in the list (despite some dodgy type).

qwertee the necron om nom nom nom nicon

The Necron-Om-Nom-Nom-Nom-Nicon by Obvian
Currently available on RedBubble.

Global Thread Collective

global thread collective cuckoo clock

Cuckoo Clock by Grant Thomas

Great detail, right down to the woodgrain.

global thread collective the bells

The Bells by Jimiyo

A truly unique merging of peacocks and skulls.

global thread collective songs and poetry night

Songs and Poetry Night by Tabah Rizal

Texture makes feather, bone and fabric each feel distinct.

The Yetee

the yetee time-cat

Time-Cat by Aron J. Shay (April 23rd, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

A classic Kit-Cat clock and time travel- the perfect pair!

the yetee the pizza party

The Pizza Party by Drew Wise!
Currently available on RedBubble.

The only political party everyone can agree on.

the yetee legend of zombie

Legend of Zombie by WinterArtwork
Currently available on Redbubble.

Use of the heart container makes this concept genius!

Captain KYSO

captain kyso apaga mi fuego

Apaga mi Fuego by walmazan (May 29th, 2012)

It’s very rare to see a tee printed (daily site or otherwise) with a print this huge!

captain kyso all dressed up, nowhere to go

All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go by d3d (November 30th, 2012)

This scene feels like a detective noir suddenly turned into a pulp sci-fi flick!

captain kyso complete works of shakespeare

Complete Works of Shakespeare by d3d (December 6th, 2012)

Such great detail in the way the pipe smoke and spilled coffee follow the infinity symbol’s curves!


nowherebad damsel in distress

Damsel in Distress by Kprojekt (April 20th, 2012)
Currently available on Redbubble.

Classic sci-fi, right down to the pulpy feel.

nowherebad toad girl

Toad Girl by Baz (August 7th, 2012)
Currently available on Redbubble.

I love the detail of the smiling cloud in her cigar smoke.

nowherebad amazing cyberman

Amazing CyberMan by Kal5000 (November 20th, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

Perfectly crafted, it feels like it could be a real comic book.

Another Fine Tee

another fine tee battlecats

BattleCats by SkelePug (August 29th, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

The athleticism of sports is a great fit for a cartoon with so much fighting.

another fine tee anarchy time

Anarchy Time! by Blair J. Campbell (October 25th, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

Ooo’s resident rocker becomes a punk icon.

another fine tee engineers

Engineers by D4N13L (November 13th, 2012)
Currently available on RedBubble.

I really like the idea of glorifying genetic engineering in a sports style logo.

For reference, here are past lists: Top Daily Tees of 2011, Top Daily Tees of 2010

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