Funny Graphic T-Shirt | “Wheeevolution!”

December 22, 2008 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For many 1980s kids, there are a few films that failed to make an impact on the box office yet still live on in our minds as miniature classics. The Monster Squad, for example, and maybe A Goofy Movie.

For me, though, the one that shines the brightest is, without doubt, The Rocketeer.

The Rocketeer

I saw that film in June of 1991, and it instantly became my favorite. Looking back, I know that the film is sort of limp, that it’s a copy of old serials rather than a tribute to them, as, say, Raiders of the Lost Ark was. But I can’t help but be grateful for it.

‘Cause it introduced me to my good pal, the jetpack.

Real Jetpack!

I know, Hottees, I’m not alone in saying that I used to fantasize constantly as a kid about owning a jetpack. I’d use it to beat up bullies, get girls to go, “Gosh, who’s that guy?!” It’s not a daydream that faded as I grow older: At the age of 22, I wrote a (rather stinky) student film called The Great Detective!

Much better than that, however, is my latest bit of jetpack wish-fulfillment: I’m a Hot Tee’s latest shirt, “Wheeevolution!

Wheeevolution!  Jet Pack T-Shirt

Subtitled “The Evolution of Awesome,” this might just be my favorite shirt we’ve made thus far. It’s definitely the most high-flying. (Aw man, bad pun, get outta my face.)

For the next two weeks, we’re offering it 10% off the normal price of $17.99.  Just use the code “Secord” (a tribute to the Rocketeer himself) at checkout.

Click here for “Wheeevolution!

So long, fellow Hottees!

Hoverboard T-Shirt!

December 17, 2008 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ll be honest, guys: When I was a kid, I didn’t want to be an astronaut. I didn’t want to be a firefighter, or the President.

I wanted to be Ninja Turtle, a Ghostbuster.

But more than that—much more—I wanted to be Marty McFly.

A God of Awesome

It’s hard to think of anybody circa ’85-90 who wouldn’t have wanted to. With McFly’s cherry guitar, his fly jean jacket, his puffy vest (“The dork thinks he’s gonna drown!“), he was for me the God Of Awesome.

I can’t tell you how many times as a kid, while my Mom was in the grocery store, I’d sit in the driver’s seat of a car turned off and hitch the wheel back and forth, pretending to be outrunning “the Wibyans!” I remember once even saying, “Let’s see if you b***ards can do ninety!” without realizing I was uttering a cuss word.

My fellow nerds: I wanted to ricochet with Doc Brown through the space-time continuum, preventing paradoxes, altering destinies, meeting my future self.

But more than anything, ladies and germs, like so many of you:

I wanted a hoverboard.

There was something immeasurably awesome about the idea of hopping on a board that rode a sweet cushion of anti-gravity.

I longed for nothing more than to hover into a dusty sunset with head cheerleader Lindsay Burnett, the way Doc Brown did with Clara Clayton. I still remember spending summers on the sidewalks outside my old middle school, going all of two miles an hour on my skateboard, thinking my skin was peeling back and lips flapping at my sonic speeds. I was, of course, humming the “Back to the Future” theme the whole time.

I remember cooking up schemes to personally invent the hoverboard—most involved paving roads with magnets, then fitting magnets of an opposite charge on the bottom of a skateboard—but we’re twenty years past the film’s original release, and still Mattel has given us nada. (Though Ali G did try!)

Well, I got tired of waiting for them.

So my company made this shirt:

hoverboard_girl_1

Honestly, I’ve always been really disappointed with funny t-shirts, movie t-shirts or Back to the Future t-shirts that simply plaster the film’s logo on a Hanes Beefy. This American Apparel funny tee is like my ten-year-old me’s (and, okay, honest: my twenty-four-year-old me’s) dream come true.

What I like about it: Not every person on the street will “get” this shirt. But to the folks who do, you’ll be the coolest guy or gal to ever conquer Newton.

The only problem? These shirts don’t work on water – unless you’ve got power!

(Lame joke, sorry.)

So, my fellow time travelers, you can get our Hill Valley Hoverboard Champion shirt here.   And as a thanks for reading this entry, simply use the word “bloggy” at checkout for a 15% discount.

One more thing: The future isn’t written; it’s whatever you make it. So make it a good one, Hottees. Make it a good one.

- Mike

I’m a Hot Tee | Funny Graphic T-shirts for Everyone | “Hot Tees You Can Take Home to Mom!”

Giftmas Sale!

December 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Season’s Greetings, fellow Hottees!

It’s been a crazy time recently at I’m a Hot Tee: Some very exciting things going on.

Firstly, I wanted to let you guys know that one of our shirts was featured on the way-rad YouTube show, PopTub! It’s located at the 1:50 point in the video, and you can see it at

But really, Hottees: How goes the holiday rush for you?

The big days might may not be for a couple weeks, but we here at Hot Tee HQ know how nuts it can be trying to get out and find the perfect gift.

That’s why I wanted to let you know that, now until December 15th, we’re going to be having ALL of our shirts 10% off.

This is a very limited-time thing, but we really wanted to show how much we appreciate your guys’ support.

To get the discount, just check out as normal, and use the coupon code “Giftmas” when prompted. Check out all our funny graphic t-shirts to use the coupon.

Thanks, fellow Hottees!

How To Run a T-Shirt Company

December 3, 2008 at 12:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Hello, fellow Hottees!

There’s a lot of mystery about how a t-shirt gets made. I know when I started I’m a Hot Tee in September, I was totally in the dark about the process.

Because of that, I wanted to share with you guys how it is we make our shirts with this short, nifty little video.

How I Used YouTube to Sell 60 Funny Graphic T-Shirts the Night I Launched

November 26, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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In the t-shirt business, companies live or die by one thing:  Whether or not their marketing plan works.

Launching I’m a Hot Tee entirely out of pocket, I had a limited budget for marketing, and really want to make sure that every dollar was well-spent.  I had just read Malcolm Gladwell’s brilliant book The Tipping Point, and it gave me a number of ideas.

One of them was to use YouTube as a marketing platform.

It has gone better than I ever could have dreamed.

What I did was by no means perfect, but it is a really terrific case study, I think, and might be of use to you guys.  So here’s the story of how I used YouTube to sell sixty shirts the night I launched.

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I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make sure my company was different than other “funny tee” places out there, because – and I’m not trying to disparage their character or anything – I always felt vaguely uncomfortable when I saw crude humor shirts on other people when I was a kid. Now, I’m twenty-four years old, but I remember vividly having to look away, having to pretend I hadn’t seen them. I also remember feeling sort of badly for my parents, who tried to shield me from that stuff.

Anyhow – it occurred to me that the best way to market to people who love clean humor as much as I do would be to get in with someone who does that sort of thing on YouTube. So that’s what I did.

is, as of this writing, the 68th most subscribed comedian of all-time on YouTube, and his popularity has been skyrocketing lately. Ed has a really loyal fanbase, and part of his schtick is that he does all these different characters during his prank phone calls/pranks in public. One of the most popular ones is a cowboy named “Mumbles.”

So I made Ed a video letter, asking if he’d like to help me promote my tees in exchange for us making him a one-of-a-kind “Mumbles is My Homeboy” shirt.

He called me within an hour and said he’d like to work with me and sell the “Mumbles” shirts to the public.

I was floating.

Fast-forward to six weeks later: Ed put up a prank call video titled “Mumbles Shirts!!”

Two minutes later, I got my first order.

This was at something like 10 PM. As I drifted off to sleep, I kept hearing my Outlook Express e-mail alert chime sound.

When I woke up, we had sold over 60 shirts. Literally overnight, with no other marketing whatsoever.

The best part? When the people went to get the “Mumbles” shirts, approximately 1 in 10 of them picked up another one of our funny graphic t-shirts.

Now, I’m really not bragging: I just wanted to share this incredible information with you guys, because I really don’t know of anybody else who has done quite what we have. Yes, the sales have definitely trickled off, but Ed and I are going to make another video soon to promote the shirts again. And I’m also currently getting my shirts off to as many YouTube celebrities as I can, so they’ll wear them and hopefully link us.

So, what lessons can be learned here?

1) Find out who your target market is, and then find out who are, to use Malcoln Gladwell’s term, “The Influencers.” You do gaming tees? Try to hook up with the Angry Video Game Nerd, or the Irate Gamer, or maybe even the guys at ScrewAttack. You get the idea.

2) Put effort into your presentation to The Influencers! I spent a solid couple days filming and editing a fairly simple, but elegant, video for Ed. He said that it was the professionalism of that video that made him become convinced I was someone he could feel comfortable working with.

3) A video that receives a lot of views will get you more exposure than almost any CPC campaign – and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper, too! Total cost of getting Ed to put up the video (which currently has 10K+ views)? About sixty dollars worth of free shirts for him and his family.

4) Three words: Synergy, synergy, synergy. Ed had been wanting to get t-shirts made because he wants to get his name and face out there; I wanted to get exposure for my tees. Ed actually was so happy about the t-shirts being made by a high-quality company (he’d experimented with, and been hugely disappointed by, Cafe Press) that he refused to be paid for what we made on the shirts. He just wanted a number of free ones for himself and for his family.

There have been so many other wonderful things that came from this. First of all, Ed has become a good friend of mine. And I think the t-shirts lend a certain air of excitement to his persona. (Not that he totally needed our help or anything: His popularity has more than doubled since August. It took him almost 2 years to get 10K subscribers, and he’s gotten 12K since August. And, he may be being featured on MadTV in a couple weeks.) Also, Ed is setting up his own website now, and we’re probably going to team up to do more shirts together.

I apologize if this post was ramble-y; but I thought it would help you guys out. Let me know if you have any questions; I’d love to answer ‘em.

- Mike
I’m a Hot Tee | Funny Graphic T-shirts for Everyone | “Hot Tees You Can Take Home to Mom!”

I’m a Hot Tee | Clean, Funny Graphic T-Shirts For Everyone

November 26, 2008 at 8:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello, fellow Hot Tees!

My name is Mike, and I own ImAHotTee.Com.  In case you’ve never been there, we make funny graphic t-shirts.

The hook?  We only do clean humor.  Our slogan says it all:  “Hot Tees You Can Take Home To Mom!”

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In truth, though, it’s both my fiancée, Sarah, and I that run the company.  I guess every beginning deserves to be told, so a brief history of the company is this:

We noticed more and more that a lot of t-shirts had crude, mean-spirited humor. This made us go, “Awww man.” (For serious:  Who wants to be walking around the mall and see f-bombs every which way?)  So we decided to create a company to counteract that with t-shirts with only clean humor. This made us go “w00t” and “yay.”

That’s what I’m a Hot Tee is all about.  Going “w00t” and “yay.”

This is just a quickie post to get started, so be sure to subscribe to our Feed.  Also, check out our YouTube channel, HotTeeTV.

So long, fellow Hot Tees!

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