I can’t be the only person crazy enough to look for reviews before buying a T-shirt, can I?
Horrorball is a new alternative/occult clothing brand based in the UK specializing in casual wear like T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and sweatshirts. (Also, phone cases, mugs, beach towels, and other miscellaneous accessories.) In general, they give me a bit of a Killstar vibe. Some of their designs are just too aggressive for my tastes, but there are some that I really love. You can get most of their designs on any of their products, too, which is neat.
Just look at that cute little ghost friend. It’s beyond adorable!
I tried and tried to find some reviews on Horrorball, but I couldn’t find any. I decided to risk it and ordered their Ghost Buddy T-shirt in black because I loved it too much to not have it.
Shipping is always the least exciting part of ordering anything from overseas. According to Horrorball, “We use USPS for standard deliveries to US. Each package prepared in London and shipped (overnight FedEx) to our fulfilment office in Philadelphia, PA. Usually it takes 4-10 business days.” I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, just on the other side of the state from their fulfillment office, so I assumed that shipping would be quick once my shirt made it state-side.
Shipping for one shirt cost me £5.00 GBP.
I placed my order (in the very early hours, EST) on May 31, 2017.
It was “Accepted at USPS Origin Facility” in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2017 and shipped out later that same day.
It arrived at my house on June 12, 2017.
All in all, it was eight business days between when I placed my order and when it got to me, which was within the time frame they listed on their site.
They shipped using a poly-mailer that was unexpectedly blue. The poly-mailer held up well to shipping and arrived without any holes, tears, or scrapes.
Inside the poly-mailer, there was my packing slip (a little crumpled) and my T-shirt. I was really surprised and pleased to see that the T-shirt was in a large resealable zipper bag. I’m quite used to merchandise just being thrown into poly-mailers, and it was really nice to see that my little Ghost Buddy was so well protected on its journey.
Also, now I have a large zipper bag.
T-ShirtThe Ghost Buddy shirt I got is screen-printed on an American Apparel shirt. It’s very soft, and there are no side-seams. The neckband is made of ribbing fabric and lays flat. I’ve had shirts made with American Apparel shirts before, and they’ve all been fantastic and durable.
I love that the ghost doodle looks like it was made using a tablet, from the varying line thickness to the softness of the actual lines.
The brand name has some intricate lines in the Os, and there the print is really crisp.
Based on how thin and delicate these pentagram lines are and how small the detail overall is inside the O, I’d say that Horrorball’s screen prints are very good. I wouldn’t hesitate to trust the pictures on their website now, even the ones with teeny details in the print. They also do sublimation prints, but I don’t currently have any experience with those.
I washed the T-shirt in cold water and dried it with “regular” heat in my dryer. I turned the shirt inside out to protect the print during the wash.
The shirt does not appear to have been made with pre-shrunk cotton, as it did shrink in the dryer. (The tag says “Machine dry low,” but my dryer’s settings are high heat, regular heat, and no heat.)
Before going into the wash, the the XL shirt measured:
- 24 inches across the chest, measured right under the armpits and going across the ghost’s eyes
- 25 inches across the bottom hem
- 30.5 inches from the middle of the collar to the hem, measured along the center back of the shirt
After the wash, the XL shirt measured:
- 23 inches across the chest, measured right under the armpits and going across the ghost’s eyes
- 24 inches across the bottom hem
- 29 inches from the middle of the collar to the hem, measured along the center back of the shirt
The shrinking width-wise is not that drastic, but you should still keep that in mind if you’re between sizes or generally on the upper-end of their sizing. I do miss the 1.5 inches of length that the shirt lost, though, because it was very long before and I liked that.
All their shirts are male/unisex sizes. I knew from experience that my size would be an XL, which is good because their sizing chart for shirts is pretty sparse. If you’re familiar with how you fit in US men’s T-shirt sizes, you should be set.
Here are some pictures of me in my XL Ghost Buddy T-shirt. It fits loosely, which is how I like my T-shirts to fit. I plan on adding some DIY embellishments soon.
My current measurements are:
Bust: 44.25 inches (112.5 cm)
Waist: 34 in (86 cm)
Hips: 44.25 inches (112.5 cm)
Height: 5 ft, 3 in (160 cm)
I hope this review is helpful for anyone considering ordering from Horrorball.
I’m very pleased with my shirt. I’m going to place another order with them at some point soon to get a La Luna shirt, and maybe a Love Potion one as well… I’m excited to see where this brand goes in the future. Their Twitter is here: @itshorrorball, and their Instagram is here: @itshorrorball.
Since I think we should all give credit wherever credit is due, I found Horrorball from one of Jake Munro‘s vlogs. Check it out! (Horrorball shows up at 16:18.)