In the Market for Tabasky?

December 15, 2008

Well, no, unfortunately, I’m not talkin’ bout that sort.

Adam (my Peace Corp pal stationed in Mauritania) sent over a video his friend shot in a local Market Place.  Though the pictures Adam shares are really cool, these videos taken by Adam’s sitemate, Eric, give you a strong (albeit, startling) idea of what the area is like.  Adam writes:

my sitemate eric posted a quick video of kiffa’s marketplace on youtube…

we were walking through it during tabasky (sp?), one of the major holidays here. its basically xmas therefore you can see no one is out but it’s interesting to see the aftermath of the market–a place we are at on a daily basis….enjoy!

A little reseach on Tabaski (or Tobaski, nay Tobasky), told me that it’s the West African Version of what other Muslim cultures call Eid al-Adha.  I know nothing about either, but here’s what wiki had to say about it;

Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‘Īdu l-’Aḍḥā) “Festival of Sacrifice” is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims (including the Druze) worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. However, God provided a ram in place once Ibrahim demonstrated his willingness to follow God’s commands.

Anyway, it appears Tabaski is a highly-revered holiday in Mauritania as the marketplace is nearly desolate:

Wow.  Thanks for sharing Adam!

In other Mauritania-centered news, Adam will be sending t-shirts over from Africa for TeeCycle.Org, and will be fund raising to get Adam supplies for the soccer (futbol) team he’s trying to organize.  More news on that later.

In the meantime, you can go through all of Eric’s video’s on his YouTube site by clicking here, including this awesome one in which Adam & Eric ride on the top of a semi across the desert back to Kiffa; thrilling/scary.


Stately Designs

December 8, 2008

Fun States

Gotta a tattoo of a State?  My boy Tim’s just created a Flickr pool that’s trying to compile tattoos from every state in the union — cleverly called “The Statoos Pool

BTW, Tim’s already got Wisconsin covered…

the Stattoos group icon

 

Oh, and if you just have a tatoo of a rectangle, I’m sure Time could find some Great Plains/Mountain Time state that it will accomodate.


TeeCycle: People Actually Like Us

June 18, 2008

University of North Dakota T-shirt New Lennoz Alterra shirt 2

Whoa Baby.  Lots of stuff to go on about.  First of all, the love of TeeCycle is spreading.  Check out these great comments from all across the blogosphere:  (read ’em ALL here)

Talk about doing a fuck of a lot with a little, bravo guys –Tcritic.com

The reasons to buy used and vintage clothing are growing exponentially. There’s the cash-saving factor, the environmental factor, the ever-important hipster factor and there’s a charity factor.onmilwaukee.com’s picks featuring teecycle

If you believe in Karma this is as ethical as you can get. –buy-tees.net

(Teecycle’s) broader, philosophical goal is to remind people you can reuse these old things and value them, rather than going to the local Target and buying another thing off the rack. –Marquette Tribune

I must say it’s a pretty cool concept. –Troundup

This is a genius idea for tee afficionados, enabling us to get our hands on an amazing variety of pre-loved tees at bargain prices. –Thunderfrogs

Awesome idea, cool blog posts, funny photos. I’d say check it out! –Katrina’s Site

What a great idea! –T-Shirt Rater

T-shirts kick ass, green t-shirts kick even more ass. Teecycle.org is a cool new site that sells “gently used” one off t-shirts- a great price at about half the average cost of other cool tees online EarthFirst

 

Also, we’ve switched over to WordPress which has proved to make the site better looking AND better working.

My wheels UWM Shirt

A bazillion more t-shirts are on the way, so much so that we need some people willing to model.  As much as we love taking pictures of ourselves, we want to see your smiling face too!  We’ll be happy to plug any projects you’re working on.  Got a blog? Got a band?  Got a cause? Live in Chicago or Milwaukee?  I know you do.

By for now.

-Battle


It’s been three…

May 6, 2008

…days since I last shamelessly plugged a fun ‘lil side project TeeCycle.Org

check this shizzle we just put up this week:

And there’s new ones every flippin’ day. Yeah. It’s like dat.


TeeCycle… in the news and in your drawers

May 2, 2008

Can I say how jazzed I am about this…. though I have very little to do with most of it so far?

T-Shits are selling like hotcakes! If hotcakes were nearly as cool as vintage cotton awesomness. These two are available no-more *sad face*:

Check out Tim, talkin’ tees in the (Marquette) Tribune here:

Cigelske, his wife Jess and friend Brian Battle (both Marquette alumni), post new pictures of T-shirts daily on the blog (with them as models). The idea for the business came to him last fall, he said.”I was picking through an issue of Rolling Stone and found a glut of ads in the back for T-shirt companies,” Cigelske said. “They all seemed to be kind of the same companies selling these $20 shirts with semi-clever slogans that people would get sick of in two weeks if they bought it.”

Also Gabbing about TeeCycle.Org, the end of the pop-collar era, and why The Super Mario Bros. trump The Blues Brothers on Kramp & Adler’s morning show on 102.1: (mp3 podcast here)

Plus a nice shout-out from T-Critic today who’s blogging ’bout “T-Shirts, T-Shirt Companies, and Things That Should Be T-Shirts”.