Water Buff by Michelle Mellem

Oh ya baby!!  We never thought this day would come at Collar Free, but the first neon water buffalo shirt in kelly green is here! You can find this shirt in select boutiques across the U.S and may be able to find it in your local Buffalo Exchange. I designed this shirt shortly after motorbiking through northeast Vietnam. The Vietnamese use the water buffalos for all of their heavy lifting and plowing the rice patties. I had to pay homage to the water buff! Hope you love it as much as we do.

waterbuffStay tuned, we may be giving a few of these limited edition prints away.


Thanks for celebrating with Collar Free!

Our Collar Free 1 yr anniversary party was a success! Thanks to everyone who had a chance to stop by and say hello. Thanks again to Syrah who provided us with excellent wine, wonderful cheese plates and a great atmosphere. I think Pat had a good 30th birthday too. 🙂 We will be posting all the pics from the party later this week.



Collar Free Inc. is always expanding. See our new projects at Artistic Hub.

25% OFF Collar Free Tees and Party TOMORROW


It has been a while since we threw a killer party. We know you miss the fun and we do to and we have two reasons to party this summer. The first is the 1 year anniversary of Collar Free launching. The second is that Pat is turning 30!

Come join us for a night of food, wine, friends, and fun!
We are hosting the event this year at Syrah. Syrah is an awesome wine bar in downtown gaslamp with a cool atmosphere inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Syrahwineparlor.com

Hope to see you there!

And don’t forget about the awesome discounts at Collar Free! Use code: “anniversary” SHOP NOW

Collar Free Anniversary Party & Discount

Collar Free has been in business for 2 whole years! I remember when we didn’t even have a website or a product. I remember recruiting and selling and researching to find the best damn t-shirts blanks out there! (we did it) Now, 2 years later, we have an awesome team and some sweet t-shirts designed by artists across the US.

Come celebrate our 2 year anniversary on June 26 at the NEW Syrah wine parlor downtown. Hope to see you there!

Syrah_CollarFree_Emailer_v3As part of the celebration, we are offering a discount on all Collar Free tees!


You can also find Collar Free in these San Deigo Boutiques:





Social Media Workshops with Artistic Hub


Our new company, Artistic Hub, is now putting on Social Media Workshops and we may be coming to a city near you! (YES, that’s our big hub family jumping above. Look at our company grow! 🙂 )
We are proud to announce our second social media workshop is in SAN DIEGO. NBC: San Diego knows what’s up. – read their article about our workshops. OH – and The Daily Aztec Article. (If this was an audio blog, I would be playing “Get Around” by the Beach Boys RIGHT NOW)

The event will be April 11th at San Diego State and has been organized in conjunction with the SDSU Entrepreneur Society. We want to thank them for their involvement and 5% of all registrations go to support their event.


Here is more about the event, what we believe, and who should attend.

We believe 2 things:

1. There are a lot of tools out there, but only a few necessary ones to get the biggest results
2. Success with social media is directly related to the idea of Social Capital

Our workshop is going to focus on these two things and give you tools you need to be successful. You will leave today with a new or improved blog, an impressive LinkedIn account, an understanding of Facebook ads, your own social community on Ning, an e-commerce store on Zazzle, and the knowledge to harness Twitter effectively.

Who should attend:
Small business owners who want to leverage social media to attract more customers
Students looking to use social media in business or to start a business
Professionals who want to use social media to monitor their competitors, attract more customers, or increase their social capital


Conference Agenda:
9:00 – 9: 15 Introductions – Jimmy Hendricks, CEO of Collar Free Inc. and Artistic Hub

9:15 – 9:45 Opening Talk: Building Social Capital – Patrick Dillon, President of Collar Free Inc

10:00 – 12:00 Build a Foundation through Blogging – Jimmy Hendricks
· Purpose
· Power of blogging
· How to setup a blog on WordPress.com
· Writing
· Management and tracking analytics
· Reading and feeding (Using RSS feeds)
· Commenting and growing your traffic

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch is included

12:20 – 12:50 Facebook Lunch Steven Cox, CEO and Founder of Takelessons.com
· Overview of pages and groups
· Using Facebook advertising

1:00 – 2:00 Linkedin – Speaker being finalized
· The power of LinkedIn
· Using groups
· Building your network
· Using it effectively

2:00 – 3:00 Ning for your own social network – Jennifer Mitchell, Principal, JMPR Communication

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:00 Zazzle.com for easy on-demand e-commerce, Patrick Dillon

4:00 – 4:30 Twitter – Ingrid Sanders, GM Online Advertising, The Active Network, @ingridsan
· What is it good for?
· How to use it?
· Brand monitoring
· Good tools

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-up: The path to expert – Jimmy Hendricks

6:00 – ? Social and Networking Mixer at a local bar/restaurant – TBD

Additional workshop dates and cities include:
March 27 – Omaha, NE – Register Here
May TBD – LA
July TBD – Washington DC
September TBD – Chicago

PS- $50 discount for students! YAY

See you there – Mel

Collar Free and RYZwear HOOK-UP: Great discounts!


30% off RYZWear Shoes
use code: “CollarXmas”

20% off Collar Free T-Shirts
use code: “RYZWear”

sale ends: 12.05 @ Midnight!


What is RYZWear?

DESIGN your own shoe / VOTE for your favorite shoes / SHOP for sweet shoes designed by amazing artists!

Clearly, Collar Free and RYZWear have a lot in common, so we decided to share the love and the discounts! Check out some of the awesome shoes in the RYZWear Shop.


Show them some love and shop or vote for your favorite shoe designs.

Momentum By Derek Bischoff


Our famous “Momentum” t-shirt is finally complete. Apparently printing over the shoulder of a t-shirt is harder than we thought and caused our screen printers to order special printing boards, create a new test process… blah, blah, blah and they are done! This is printed on our super-soft cotton/poly blend shirt and Derek Bischoff‘s design is organic and powerful with colors that pop. We love it and we know you will too. See how the design goes to the back:


Available NOW for $27 and FREE Shipping! Shop Now.

This design is featured on Please Dress Me as the shirt of the day! Go to their site, become a fan and enter to win Momentum for FREE!


Derek Bischoff also designed the cool t-shirt: “Emperor” which has also been very popular.

emperor $27 – Support Derek and shop 🙂


derekbischoff“I recently graduated from Monmouth University and my inspiration for this design came from a project that I created for one of my classes.  I really wanted to create a fun design for a shirt. The organic concept had a feeling of movement…it  continued to grow, which is why I titled it “Momentum.” In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends and family. I played competitive sports since I was 5 years old, which includes playing college football for the last 5 years. I’m a very passionate person and the thing I’m most passionate about is my family, they mean the world to me. I have a few things I try to live by everyday: don’t take anything for granted, and whatever it is you’re doing you should enjoy it and make the most of it. I think it’s important to laugh and just enjoy life. I would love to see any famous musician or actor wearing one of my shirts, but I’ll be happy when I see my little brother rockin’  it.” – Derek

I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with designers from all over the world. What a great project with a great heart.


A Historical Election


Today is the day. The day that the people come together and vote for the next president of the United States. Even though it’s raining here in San Diego, people are heading to the polls. Michelle is registered in her home town, and she drove all the way there and back(5 hours) this morning just to get her vote in! Go Michelle! We wear our stickers with pride. 🙂


01 Awesome “I Voted” Stickers. Go Vote now!

02 Obama “Hope” shirt. Obama’s face made up of his own words. BUY NOW for $20 @ Collar Free!

03 Obama pin from Collar Free available on Zazzle.

How do you feel about the elections?


The New York Times has created an interactive graphic asking the public to describe their current state of mind on this historical election day. Click to participate and see what others are saying.
(Found on GOOD/blog)

Here are some local events in San Diego celebrating the elections:

Obama for America (Official Event) @ Stingaree

AC Lounge Party in Normal Heights

More Events in San Diego from DiscoverSD.com

Events in LA from KIIS FM

More events from SDDemocrats

New Collar Free T-Shirts!

It’s really like Christmas every day here. It’s awesome. Check out the new shirts we now have in stock:

Oh and we also lowered our prices so you can get the same amazingly soft t-shirt for less money! PLUS FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders! HOLLA!


“Spring Breeze” by Arum Seo $21

Arum’s stuff is great because it’s all hand-drawn. Her sketches are beautiful and I love wearing them!

Arum has 4 winning t-shirts for sale on collarfree! (The most wins by any one designer.)

“Ganesha” by Kris Willhoite $21

Kris aka Kwil has 3 wins and the most submissions on Collar Free! His design work is super diverse and fun. Love it all and I love this one because it’s got that earthy-feel. (foil detail on the eyes gives it that pop)

“Whoo-Said” by Leah Schroeder $21

Leah is one of the newer designers for Collar Free. This “moth green” shirt is an awesome color and the owl (symbol of wisdom) is cute and artsy. 🙂

“Bubble-Blossom” by Kimberley Gilroy $21

This is our first t-shirt in “mauve.” Another GREAT color and funky design. 100% cotton t-shirt fits everyone great and has those fun colors that girls love!


“Ganesha” (for men) by Kris Willhoite $22

This won as a women’s t-shirt, but the Collar Free staff and friends like it so much, we decided to print it on a men’s t-shirt as well!

“Vine” by Benjamin Hirsch $22

Super crisp design with added foil. Great for day and night events. T-shirts with organic designs are really popular right now. Love this in the 100% cotton. Great feel and fit.

Jimmy and Mel rockin’ Ganesha! Jimmy, why are you sleeping??

No really, I think it’s a problem. (see Jimmy’s eyes below)

Have a good weekend everyone and happy shopping! 😉


New Tees Please :)

So we just got some new tees in stock for Collar Free!

“Flight” by Kris Willhoite

“Tears” by Arum Seo

We went out for our product shoot and we had a little fun. Here is a pic of Pat and I rockin’ the tees!

OH and then we took a prom picture and I couldn’t resist giving it an amazing background! 🙂

ANYWAY… I’m going to rock both these tees, who cares that one is on a men’s style shirt! We ARE having a sale though, $19 dolla make you holla! ALL TEES are $19 so get one this week and save! PLUS FREE SHIPPING! Can’t beat it – SHOP NOW