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Curate That Tee

By: Joel Marino

Fashion, you can take a break now: open sourcing has reached the world of graphic tees.

A website called To.be/dis lets customers design their own T-shirts based on a series of curated images and stock photography. All the pieces are customizable, meaning you can crop, zoom and shape the pictures however you please—and even place them on the backs of the tees, should you find yourself in a subversive mood.

The portal is a team effort between outré fashion/art magazine Dis and To.be, a recently launched online work space for artists. Their collaboration was supposed to last just one week at the end of October, but the two brands have decided to keep their microsite going.

So far, available images include oversize photos of things like messy kitchens, half-naked women performing house chores, blobs of paint and motorbikes. But by far the most interesting choice is a collage of assorted colorful shirts. After all, there’s nothing wrong with wearing your sense of irony on your sleeve.

And because open sourcing wouldn’t be the same without communal input, the site also allows users to upload their own pictures. The work is stored in their database, making it accessible to graphic-tee aficionados around the world. And if some fashionista decides to make your design an invaluable part of their wardrobe, you get $5.

We always knew someone out there would appreciate an extra-large tee swathed with nothing but Salma Hayek’s pearly whites.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.