Isolation inspiration: Do try this at home

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We’ve been taking a closer look at some of our favourite designs and putting them into mini themed collections. This week, the theme is Do try this at home.

We’ve picked out some of our designs based around the theme of activities we can still all do – lockdown or no lockdown.

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Quality screen time – the world may have moved on from the video cassette, but T-120, with its promise of pure sound quality and glorious hi-tech TV test bars, is our tribute to this once-mighty technology. And the colours look fantastic.

 

Visit your vinyl – music on vinyl has never really gone away and now it’s cooler than ever. Spin is our graphic tribute to the Long Playing album, spinning at 33 rpm. Spin is currently on special offer, reduced from £25 to £15.

 

Spice up your walls – take a look at our modernly minimalist wall art. Based around our t-shirts designs, themes include motorsport, cycling, ski and snow.

 

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Our WFH t-shirts are meant as a bit of light relief, to let the world know you’re not just bingeing on Netflix and chocolate – you’re playing your part in keeping your country going.

 

Smarten up your loungewear – low-key and smart, our MiO organic t-shirts are the perfect choice when you want to look your best without trying too hard.

Beautifully finished and extremely comfortable, the organic ringspun combed cotton finish is also easier on the planet. MiO is available in six different contemporary colours.

 

Need for speed? – the world of Grand Prix might be on hold right now – but how would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home? Our Slot Car Italy design reproduces Italy’s Monza race circuit as a slot-racing track.

 

 

Get out there – we’re still allowed to exercise so make the most of it. You don’t have to be a cycling superstar – if you’ve been out there beating your own personal best or just trundling around the block, in our eyes you’re a Velo Star.

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Staying with cycling – the full-on cycling kit can be a bit, well, sudden for casual wear. Sometimes you need something a little more laid-back.

Sporting an embroidered cycling motif, VeloPolo is beautifully made in 100% organic cotton black picquet, with burgundy and white tipped collars and sleeves. Sharp-looking, sporty and discrete, it’s perfect for any occasion.

Take a look at all of our Do try this at home designs here.

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Flat Out

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Need for speed? Flat Out displays the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020. Its an interesting reminder of how things move on, shown as a cool-looking infographic.

Our Flat Out poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted behind glass and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

 

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Endurance

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Endurance celebrates the worlds first and most famous French endurance race in which cars cover over 3,000 miles in 24 hours. Scene of countless dramas, heroics and sometimes tragedy, no race captures fans’ imaginations more than this epic event.

Our Endurance poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted behind glass and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

 

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a long-sleeve 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton dark grey t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a purple short-sleeve here.

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton purple t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a dark grey long-sleeve t-shirt here.

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Eau Rouge

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Its a fast, complex series of bends taken at full throttle with a blind exit. Get it right and you gain vital speed for the Kemmel straight that follows. Get it wrong and…best not to think about it.

Our Eau Rouge poster is an A3 print, available unframed or mounted and framed in a contemporary black wooden 20″ x 30″ frame. Digitally printed onto high quality FSC-approved 230gsm white matt art paper.

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Slot cars Italy

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How would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home ?

For fans of both Grand Prix racing and its home-based equivalent, Slot Car Italy reproduces Italy’s favourite race circuit as a slot-racing track.

• Three colour screen print onto black 100% cotton long-sleeve t-shirt
• Crew neck, classic fit
• Printed in the UK

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Eau Rouge Sweat

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Finished in charcoal, our fleece-lined Eau Rouge Sweat has a lighter, more contemporary feel than traditional sweatshirts, making it more versatile for everyday use.

Eau Rouge Sweat is also a sustainable product, made from 70% regenerated cotton and 30% polyester. Our high quality regenerated cotton is re-spun cotton waste from the cutting room which is normally destined for landfill and our polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Slot Cars Italy

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How would the world’s great racing circuits look if you reproduced them at home ?

For fans of both Grand Prix racing and its home-based equivalent, Slot Car Italy reproduces Italy’s favourite race circuit as a slot-racing track.

• Three colour screen print onto black 100% organic ringcombed cotton t-shirt
• Crew neck, classic fit
• Printed in the UK

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Screen-printed onto a 100% cotton navy long-sleeve t-shirt.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in dark grey here.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in navy blue here.

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Roadtrip Berlin

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Our latest roadtrip t-shirt is off to the ever-lively city of Berlin, home of the Brandenburg gate and of course the dramatic 1,200ft Fernsehturm, or TV Tower. To take you there we’re recommending a seventies classic with an oh-my-goodness turbo boost and handling that, like the city itself, can be a bit on the naughty side.

• 3 colour screenprint
• Soft white 100% cotton shirt
• 40º machine wash
• Printed in the UK

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a short-sleeve top here.

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Roadtrip 1

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Is there anything better than a good roadtrip?

Our new design captures the essence of any good roadtrip – the idea that the journey matters as much as the destination. The sights, the sounds, the tracks. And whether it’s the North Coast 500, Route 66 or a trip through the Stelvio Pass, remember  “the food you eat on a Roadtrip should look like a nine year old has been let loose in a petrol station with a £50 note ..”

•100% cotton
• Screen print onto dark grey shirt
• Also available as a long-sleeve top here.

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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Eau Rouge polo

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One of the most famous bends in motorsport, Eau Rouge takes its name from the red water of the stream that flows beneath it.

Its a fast, complex series of bends taken at full throttle with a blind exit. Get it right and you gain vital speed for the Kemmel straight that follows. Get it wrong and…best not to think about it.

Our Eau Rouge polo features 2 embroidered motifs on a 100% organic cotton black piquet shirt, with red and white tipped collars and sleeves.

• 100% organic cotton
• Three button neck
• Classic fit
• 40º machine wash

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SuperCircuits Series – design notes

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At T-lab we like to put a bit of ambiguity into our graphic t-shirts. So its not always immediately clear what the design is about. We do it because its good to have a design that’s thought provoking, and also it gives us some freedom in our design, so we can produce something that looks different.

Our SuperCircuits series has been a great success – and it uses this same approach. We wanted to create a t-shirt that said ‘motorsport’, but not in too obvious a way. The design uses shapes, hints and suggestions to explain itself.

 

Anatomy of a SuperCircuit design…

 

Our first SuperCircuit shirt used the Italian temple of speed, Monza, as a starting point.

The first thing to catch the eye is the outline of the track. Some petrol-heads will recognise it as Monza, but there are plenty of car fans out there who won’t (we know, we’ve asked). So, first question, is it Monza, is it even a race track?

At the top of the design is a big M. Could M stand for Monza? So its a clue (we’re beginning to sound like Keith Lemon).

Next along – ‘pista veloce’ is that Italian? If so, another hint. (It is Italian – it means ‘high speed track’). And then, well, a map of Italy. So it probably is Monza, but most people won’t have got all the clues and will have had to do a bit of detective work to get there. And you might feel like asking the wearer, just to be sure. So not only a great looking t-shirt – it’s also a conversation starter : )

Finally the track itself is coloured like the Italian flag. This adds colour and spark to the t-shirt. The Tricolore always looks good and it carries with it a whole host of cultural connotations, especially when connected with anything motorsport.

Each of our SuperCircuit shirts has some small variation on this design, but they always follow the same overall theme – a good looking shirt that needs to be looked at more than once to be understood. Different people could look at it and come away with different conclusions – like an abstract painting.

And that’s a good thing.

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Addicted to t-shirts

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Our Swedish friend, journalist and all-round nice guy Joakim has just confessed to the world that he’s ‘addicted to t-shirts’ – he has over over 200 of them. Luckily for us he’s a big fan of t-lab and has just featured our Endurance shirt on his blog at autosport.se

Swedish isn’t our strongest language, so here’s what the post says, according to Google translate

I am a t-shirt addict . Especially if the pressure is related to cars . The wardrobe has well about 200 T- shirts and I ‘d be lying if I did not say that the majority are car-related .

But one can be a bit subtle in their interest . This came in the mail last week , ordered from T -lab in England. This company has lots of cool shirts with prints of famous race path curves. I have so clearly most …  But now it was time to pay attention to Le Mans and the 24 Hours which takes place this weekend. You can find me in the TV sofa.

Nice rim !

Thanks Joakim, and yes, its a lovely rim.

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