Crooked Monkey T-shirts
Crooked Monkey's blog. Where we write about t-shirts and jean shorts.
Crooked Monkey is known for its t-shirt designs, quality and customer service. We're not usually known for our ability to will rec league teams into the next stratosphere. But, we do like to take credit when credit is due.
Crooked Monkey has launched a custom apparel division, that we refer to internally as "Corporate Monkey." We work with brands, companies, non-profits, rec leagues, and help them realize their apparel dreams. We love it - it's our mission to turn boring corporate apparel into something that people will wear again and again.
Working with the World Wildlife Fund has been a blast. They're based in Washington DC, which means they're local. And they spend every waking hour working to conserve endangered species. They're doing gods work. And they also like to have fun, which is where we come in. We've helped with their custom apparel, from socks, to softball jerseys, to temporary tattoos.
Last year their softball team didn't make the playoffs. They were terrible. They won a game or two. They knew they needed to change up some things, bring in some new management, a few ringers, and a new wardrobe. We worked with them in the beginning of the season to get the apparel just right. They are now 11-1 and have a first round bye.
Crooked Monkey - we guarantee great apparel. The wins are just a bonus.
Today was a fun day, as we heard from two TV shows (one a pilot and one in full production) asking for permission for a cast member to wear our t-shirts on air. Coincidence? We think not. It looks like the producers of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawna and How We Live not only share a good taste in TV programming, but also warddrobe!
The boys t-shirts they will be wearing on the TV shows are below! Enjoy and let us know if you see them on TV. Believe it or not, we actually don't have these t-shirts online (that's how fresh they are!) If you're looking for them, please email us (sales at crookedmonkey.com)
Hello lovers of Crooked Monkey's T-shirts!
We've got great news from HQ. We are launching our exclusive boys line at Bloomingdales Stores across America! They picked up four of our best selling designs.
This is very exciting on many levels.
1)We have always admired the Bloomindales retail stores, and are ecstatic that we will be carried by them.
2)Our boys line hits the ground running!
3)They have chosen to put us in their Spring mailer! Hip hip hooray
People always ask me, "Do you only wear your own t-shirts?"
I like to respond to that question with either one of these retorts:
1)Does Paul McCartney only listen to the Beatles music? Of course not.
2)Did Asa Candler (founder of Coca Cola) ever drink Pepsi? Of course not.
There is no wrong answer.
But think for a second. If you owned a t-shirt company, that you founded, labor over, and love creating, why would you not wear your shirts, all day every day? Because if there's a shirt you wished you could make, you just make it.
Not a sermon, just a thought.
How long is too long to wait to respond to an email? Is it still OK to respond to an email 1 month after someone sends it? 6 months? How about 3 years????
I just got an email back from a store I had emailed in June of 2008. And they JUST EMAILED ME BACK! At some point, you have to assume that I've moved on, or whatever I needed, I probably no longer need.
I'll give the guy credit, at least he recognized the predicament. Email response below:
Nothing like a 3 year old response to your email! I just came across this email unread in the depths of my account. "
4 years ago my younger brother stepped foot onto the University of Maryland as a wide-eyed freshmen. I was jealous--as he was about to embark on a new set of experiences that would define his future. He was prepared--with a suitcase full of Crooked Monkey t-shirts. Day one--he chose an original classic, our "My Roommate is gay" t-shirt. That's the shirt that clothed him as he stepped into his dorm for the first time, and met his unsuspecting roommate. They had a good laugh and became close friends. Throughout the years my brother sported countless other tees, and became known as the dude with the greatest wardrobe on campus. People would come up to him to see what shirt he was wearing on any given day.
As you can imagine, he's got loads of funny episodes with Crooked Monkey t-shirts. One night out at the bars, the girl he was hanging out with made him turn his "No one's ugly after 2 am" shirt inside out as the clock struck 2 am.
Last week was somewhat of a sad and nostalgic day for him. He graduated. So he pulled out the t-shirt that he was holding onto for exactly this occasion. Our "Never Leave College" John Belushi tribute shirt. That slogan was our company's original rallying cry. Having just left, we created this company to "Never Leave College."
What a way to bookend college. Way to live the dream.
So i was perusing Facebook and look what I found. Two things: 1)A random dude wearing our DTF t-shirt and 2)Avicii standing next to our DTF t-shirt. Both great things!
Avicii and DTF were hanging out by the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington DC. And the shirt was picked up at Universal Gear in DC--our newest retail location!
Allow me to write a non-t-shirt related post. We are based in Washington DC, after all...
There's been lots of stories coming out about Osama Bin Laden's time in hiding--how he hated Fox and loved MSNBC. How he loved watching himself on TV and that he had no faith in Vice President Joe Biden. The most important piece, which the newspapers have been reporting on, but not extrapolating on, is that he had no control over, and was very concerned with how disparate Al Qaeda had become. While it's interesting that he did not like what Al Qaeda was doing in Iraq/Pakistan, it's more interesting that he had little control over them. Even though he evaded American capture for 10 years, he had been reduced to little power. Left to pigeon carriers and diaries, he had no way of leading Al Qaeda. Two things to learn: A)Even though he was only killed last year, his fear of being caught overtook over his abilities to lead Al Qaeda and led to its demise. Isolating terrorists is as good as capturing them. B)Leading in absentia is nearly impossible. Bin Laden was restricted from meeting with his underlings, creating rifts in the organization. Deprived of any contact with his deputies, he lost power over them. Note to corporate leaders--stay above ground.