Archive for the ‘T-Shirt Cult’ Category


Friday, August 19th, 2011

This week we’ve been honoring the winners of Brooklyn Industries’ 1st Annual Nationwide T-Shirt Design Contest. Check out the winning t-shirt designs, and learn about the winners’ inspirations below.


Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Next Tuesday, August 16, Brooklyn Industries will celebrate the winners of BKI’s 2011 T-Shirt Design Contest at the T-Shirt Design Winners’ Event at BKI SoHo. The designs submitted this year were of the highest design caliber, so much so that three honorable mention winners were selected in addition to the grand prize winner. This is more winning designs than ever selected before. New to the winners’ pool this year is also the BKI Kids T-Shirt Design Contest winner, which was selected out of designs drawn by children who attended Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue Street Fair earlier this year.  Stay tuned for the final reveal of all winning designs in the coming days, but in the meantime mark your calendar for August 16, and stop on by. Drinks provided by Brooklyn Gin and Brooklyn Brewery. Beats provided by DJ Gatsby.


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Here are some of Brooklyn Industries‘ favorite t-shirt picks for August.


Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

We doubled up our T-Shirt Cult picks this month since double the amount of new graphics have hit our store shelves in June. Which one is your favorite?


Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Here are Brooklyn Industries’ graphic t-shirt picks for June! Which one’s your favorite?


Friday, June 3rd, 2011

In celebration of June as Pride Month, Brooklyn Industries has released its Pride 2011 limited edition t-shirts.

Ten percent of net proceeds from NYC sales of these colorful tees will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York City. The Ali Forney Center, started in June 2002, is the nation’s most comprehensive and largest safe shelter for homeless LGBT youth. The center provides short- and long-term housing, free medical care, HIV testing, mental health services, food, computer access and job training/placement at its drop-in centers in Chelsea and Brooklyn. Show your support and make sure to pick up a tee at any of our Manhattan or Brooklyn store locations.

Or, if you are in Philadelphia, stop by our Walnut Street store to get your tee with ten percent of net proceeds going to Equality Pennsylvania. Equality PA is to be the preeminent LGBT advocacy organization for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive network of individuals and organizations united in security equal rights for the LGBT community.

Show your pride!



Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Earlier this month, Brooklyn Industries hosted a Design Your Own T-Shirt Booth for kids at Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue Street Fair. Dozens of kids flooded the booth to show us their talent. One lucky winner has been selected to have his/her design printed on a BKI kids t-shirt later this summer! We are keeping the winning design under wraps for now, but click on the image below or here to see a slide show of some of our favorite designs.


Friday, May 6th, 2011

Today, Brooklyn Industries released a limited edition Ai Weiwei t-shirt with 100% of net proceeds from sales to be donated to Human Rights Watch.  

Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and activist, is (as of today) being detained by Chinese authorities for his outspoken criticism of the Communist Party of China. He was seized by police 33 days ago, and he has not been seen publicly since.

The t-shirt, priced at $24, is available on BKI online (starting May 7), as well as at Brooklyn Industries’ Williamsburg, Smith St., Union Square, West Village, Chelsea, SoHo and Grand Central store locations.  

Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, is actively calling for Ai Weiwei’s release. For more information on Human Rights Watch and the current status of Ai Weiwei’s detainment, please visit or

Ai Weiwei. Photo courtesy of BBC.

BKI Limited Edition Ai Weiwei T-Shirt


Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries is excited to announce the kickoff of the 2011 BKI T-Shirt Design Contest! This year, we are calling for designs from anyone and everyone (18 years of age or older) to see the best of the best t-shirt designs. At least one winning design will be printed and sold in Brooklyn Industries stores and online at by fall 2011.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $500 BKI Gift Card, and at least two Honorable Mention winners will be selected, winning $150 gift cards each. In early fall, there will be a Brooklyn Industries event to unveil the grand prize winner’s t-shirt, and to honor the contest’s best designs, as voted by a BKI panel of judges. Design entries will be accepted through May 30, 2011. Official rules and entry instructions can be found here.  

BKI most recently showcased t-shirt design talent in Chicago and Boston. Last year’s Grand Prize winner in Boston, Bartow, created customer favorite “Handlebar Moustache” to claim his honor. 

He has since designed a “Bartow Artist Series” of Brooklyn Industries t-shirts, the first of which “Pizza Wheel” hit stores last month.

Other contest winners include Carey Givens’ “Ye Olde Fixie” design, and Chicago contest winner’s best-selling “Lobsta” design.


Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Good times were had by all at last Friday’s Boston Tee Party event. BKI fans came out to support the winners of the 2010 Boston T-Shirt Design Contest and to see their final designs printed on t-shirts. On display was grand prize winner Bartow’s “Handlebar Moustache M.” Bartow drew this “hairy-faced” bicycle design while on the bus in Boston. Also honored was Carey G’s “Ye Olde Fixie M” design – a depiction of what kind of bike Sam Adams might be riding if he were around today. The event also featured DJ Frank White spinning.

Here are some photos from the event, as well as more background on the inspiration behind the winning designs. Congratulations Bartow and Carey G!

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