I’m a huge football fan and have worked in and around the sport for the past three years. Even though I’m now a stay-at-home dad, I still manage to find time to write football and betting previews as a part-time job. Before this, I also did a few cool things like work for a football betting syndicate and contribute to YouTube shows with the likes of Ian Wright, Matt Holland and Ray Parlour.
For me then, there’s nothing better than getting the chance to combine both my football writing and dad blogging jobs – such as when I got the chance to go to Wembley for the FA Cup Semi-Final – and give you the opportunity to share in my interests. With this in mind, I’ve teamed up with the talented folk at Art of Football to give you the chance to win £50 to spend on their range of products which capture the iconic moments of the beautiful game. You can enter the giveaway using Rafflecopter below.
Before that though, let me tell you a bit about Art of Football and my experience of the products. Set-up by football mad brothers Luke and Gabriel, the company create artwork that capture the energy and emotion from the split second moments in football, then provide these to footy fans in the form of t-shirts, hoodies, prints and canvases.
Football has the ability to send us on a rollercoaster of emotions – although as an Aston Villa fan, mine have all been pretty low this season – and the guys at Art of Football look to capture that excitement, energy and passion with their unique illustrations. They kindly agreed to provide me with three t-shirts as part of this review. One t-shirt was for me, whilst the other two were for my Man City supporting 10-year old nephew and mother-in-law as Christmas presents. You know, try and score a few brownie points with the in-laws.
The first step was to check out the website and choose my designs. I’m not going to lie, I spent a hell of a long time looking through the 120+ prints on the site as I created a shortlist in my head. The website gives you the ability to choose t-shirts by men, women or kids and also allows you to filter by football team which is handy. On browsing the site, I was really impressed with the illustrations. I instantly recognised the majority of the iconic footy scenes depicted and loved the way the designs were drawn with a sense of movement and fluidity.
I had a look at the Villa designs – of which there were three – and came really close to choosing the one which depicted Peter Withe scoring the goal which crowned Villa European Champions in 1982. Instead though, I decided to go with an image from the 1974 FIFA World Cup of the Netherland’s Johan Cruyff performing his famous Cruyff turn against Sweden. I selected the t-shirt in light blue (five colours available) and in a small (five sizes available).
The other two t-shirts were only ever going to be Man City as Hay’s side of the family are die-hard fans of the Citizens – I did consider getting them Man United t-shirts, but thought better of it. Again, three different prints were available, but as one prominently featured the departed Mario Balotelli and his ‘Why Always Me?’ moment, I went with the other two.
Both images were of the incredible moment when Sergio Aguero’s goal against QPR won the title for Man City with the last kick of the season. However, one focussed on Aguero’s shot, whilst the other was the resulting celebration. I chose the shot illustration in a kids size 9-11 (four sizes available) in navy (five colours available) and the celebration in medium (five sizes available) and grey (five colours available).
All three t-shirts arrived about five days later, each one of them nicely wrapped in vintage looking football paper within separate boxes. All too often these days, clothing arrives through the letter box screwed up in plastic see-through bags, so this extra attention to detail definitely made it more of an experience / gift. However, each of the three boxes had suffered damage (e.g. crushed and punctured) in the post which was a bit of a shame seen as two were being given as presents.
On carefully unwrapping the tees, I was really impressed with what I saw. The designs looked even better than they had online, as being up close and personal allowed me to appreciate the fine detail that had gone into the illustrations. For instance, on my t-shirt, I really liked the old school look of the players, the addition of newspaper print in the background and the splattering of paint, which all come together to depict that moment of genius.
Something I’m very conscious of with printed t-shirts is how the design has been transferred on. I’ve had crappy tees before which look really cheap as the motif has been ironed on in a huge square which just doesn’t sit right on the fabric. However, with these Art of Football t-shirts, I didn’t find any of that, which suggests that the quality of printing is top notch. This is hardly surprising though given the quality of the actual t-shirt – they are made from 100% jersey cotton so are really soft to the touch, very comfortable once on and wash well.
Both my nephew and mother-in-law really liked their t-shirts too and commented on what a nice, unique present they were. The medium woman’s t-shirt was more like a size 8 than the anticipated 12/14, so we did have to change this for a larger size, however there were no issues in exchanging it. The adult t-shirts cost £22, whilst the kid t-shirts cost £14.99.
So that’s what we got from Art of Football. What would you buy if you won the giveaway? To be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to spend at Art of Football, simply login to Rafflecopter below and complete one, or a combination, of the optional entry options. Good luck and happy comping!
Terms And Conditions
The giveaway is for a £50 voucher to spend at Art of Football. The giveaway closes at 12.00am (GMT) on Monday 1st February 2016 and is open to UK entrants only. The giveaway can be entered by logging into Rafflecopter and doing one, or a combination, of the following: (1) Following Art of Football on Twitter, (2) Following The DADventurer on Twitter, (3) Tweet about the giveaway, (4) Visit Art of Football on Facebook, (5) Visit The DADventurer on Facebook, (6) Following Art of Football on Instagram, (7) Following The DADventurer on Instagram, and/or (8) Give The DADventurer +K on Klout. The winner will be selected at random using Rafflecopter and contacted within three days of the giveaway closing. The winner has five days to claim their prize and provide their contact details. The prize will be sent to the winner directly from Art of Football within ten working days of the prize being claimed by the winner. The prize is non-transferable. The giveaway is run by The DADventurer in conjunction with Art of Football.
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The products were sent to me by Art of Football with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.