Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Frank Costanza:
Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us![

I discovered this holiday treat today in my hood...nice idea

Thursday, December 11, 2008

IT'S BAAAAAAAAAACK in full mf'n effect

You asked for it...we made it happen. Once again we give you the PC I 'STEEL' PIT Shirt! Check out the site. is 20% off everything right now.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

PC Sweetness

This needs to be a tee, as is, front and center, blau. Sweded.

Monday, November 17, 2008

PC New Shirts just in time for the Holiday Season

Welp, here they are, as promised. Please welcome the newest arrivals to the PC collection. (clap, CLAP, CLap.......clap). Perfect gifts for all your rad friends, cousins, parents, grandparents, etc. Place your orders at Enjoy.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Peoples Cartel in Pittsburgh City Paper This Week!

A locally launched T-shirt outfit catches on.

Who steels Pit? You can, or so can anyone so inclined with 25 bucks and an Internet connection, or who feels like scooting over to the South Side's Decade boutique, the exclusive bricks-and-mortar purveyor of some highly cool local shirts.

People's Cartel, a T-shirt design shop launched in Pittsburgh and now largely based in Washington, D.C., has been selling shirts (black and gold, natch, or black and white if for whatever reason you DON'T want to properly represent ...) emblazoned with "I ... PIT." The words are separated by the iconic hypocycloid design forever associated with steel, Pittsburgh and some football team or another.

The line includes plenty of other T-shirt designs -- a deep V-neck that reads "Hot Sex" is a big seller -- but the Steel Pit ones move the fastest. The designs pop with bright primary colors and controlled repetition of graphic elements that might call to mind a Trapper Keeper or Colorforms.

"If we happen to make the playoffs, I'll do a special-edition gold-foil shirt," says Roman Shuman, the man behind the designs since 2006. "I knew people would eat it up. I wear it for Steelers games."

The company began in 2006 when Shuman, a newly minted graphic-design grad from Penn State, was working at American Eagle. He and another new coworker from Chicago started talking clothes: "We thought, 'We should get into this, let's make shirts we would want to wear.'"

The pair spent weekends screening Ts to wear and share with friends. Eventually the Chicago partner moved to New York, and for a while there was long-distance collaboration. While that's done far less now, the pair still exchange ideas and, Shuman says, input from friends is always welcome. Shuman himself recently followed his girlfriend's grad-school ambitions to D.C., but the Pittsburgh shirt is still the biggest seller -- in Pittsburgh, and around the country.

The aforementioned Hot Sex shirt is also a big seller, and a blue graphic blowout of the company logo moves well. A stylized, pointillist rendition of a fat, Vegas-era Elvis sells well, too.

"It's a lot of music influence," Shuman says. "Punk rock, '90s alternative stuff. ... It's very Fugazi-, Nirvana-influenced. There's a lot of '80s-inspired stuff [on the market] now -- as much as I want to be a part of it, I don't exactly remember it," the 27-year-old says.

On average, there have been eight to 10 new designs each year, though Shuman says he's pressing for 12 this year. As demand and sales increase, his literal hands-on involvement with printing has faded a bit.

"At first, it was 100 percent us screening," Shuman says. "For the larger orders I have gone the outsourcing route." But he estimates no more than 40 percent is ever outsourced. "I'm in the mix."

Right now, the designs are printed mostly on American Apparel T's bought wholesale. At some point, Shuman would like to get into manufacturing his own cuts and fits. Hoodies and jackets, too, could be on the horizon.

"He does really well in the store," says Steve Ford, proprietor of Decade at 1407 E. Carson St., on the South Side -- the only non-cyber place to get the shirts. (The Web site is "People come looking for his gear. I can't keep them in."

Ford says the shirts have a wide appeal not just for the obvious local lust for all things black-and-gold, but also the easy cool of the shirts and the bright colors. And, from a shop-owner's standpoint, Ford says Shuman's dedication to his work is appealing: "The nice thing about this brand is that he's pushing it to become something. They might become big."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hot Off the Press

Negative Creep Lesson #1
Negative Creep Lesson #2
Negative Creep Lesson #3

This is out of our reach [x3]
and it's grown
This is getting to be [x3]
I'm a negative creep [x3]
and I'm stoned!
I'm a negative creep [x3]
and I'm ... [x2]

Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more [x6]

This is out of our range [x3]
and it's crude
This is getting to be [x3]
like drone
I'm a negative creep [x3]
and I'm stoned!
I'm a negative creep [x3]
and I'm ... [x2]

Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more [x6]

Fuck! Yeah!

Daddy's little girl ain't a girl no more [x14

Monday, October 20, 2008

New Stuff Drips This Halloween.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

PC Bye Week Big Time Deal

In lieu of the Black and Gold bye week (post bye week?) We're givin' ya something to cheer about! See below for details.

-Peoples Cartel

Saturday, October 11, 2008

PC FunFacts of the Week

We value the potential of useless trivia here at PC. We hope you do too. Hey, you never know when a rowdy game of Trivial Pursuit the 90's Edition will bust out. Then maybe it won't be so useless anymore.

PC FunFact of the Week #1
Did you know? Kurt Cobain claimed that he stole the chord progression for Smells Like Teen Spirit from Boston's More Than A Feeling.

PC FunFact of the Week #2
Did you know? Elvis Aaron Presley's original back-up group were called the Jordanaires.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2 Minutes of Hate Continued....

Welp...i've figured out that 3 out of the 5 will definitely make people hate you...any 3, you mix and match any way you want to. Doesn't doesn't matter. If you wanna piss someone off...3 out of the 5. And I guess it's not any combo...because bare chest and hot sex can't be together.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

More PC™ Than Ian

Crazier than GG (well, maybe not), but definitely more PC™ than Ian. Check out our soon to be new members of the Peoples Cartel family. (images posted on our myspace page). Please give them a round of applause. (and cross your fingers that we don't get sued.)


Thursday, September 18, 2008


Ladies and gents, without further adieu....we present to you the brand spankin' new PC website. But before you take that click,
I'd like to first point out some new and exciting features. We now proudly feature our garments on-body, so it's all the more easier to picture that PC product on you, yourself. Also, i'd like mention our new shopping experience couldn't be any more simple. With all images active links you are just 1 click away from you next purchase. But don't take my word for it. Go ahead, try it out. Take it for a spin. Let us know what you think. And, be rad.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Peoples Cartel™ and Decade are teaming up to bring you the PC SHOT ME @ DECADE event of summer '08. Stop by Decade (1407 E. Carson St. - Between 14th and 15th) on JUNE 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm. We are having an open casting photo shoot to find the new faces of PC. Be sure to stop down, we'll get you in PC and click away. All participants will get 15% off the entire Decade store during event hours. Be there, be rad.

-Peoples Cartel