best websites to buy graphic t shirts that support independent artists

Graphic tees are great as gifts for friends or for yourself and there are tons of websites selling them, but it’s always best to support independent artists when you buy a t-shirt. Find out what I think are the best websites to buy graphic t-shirts that support independent artists.

There are so many options out there to buy cool graphic tees, how do you even choose? As an artist, I always try to buy artsy items when I know the designer is getting a cut out of it. So let me give you my top 4 websites to buy graphic t-shirts that support independent artists.

These websites have the best designs and illustrations for people looking for cool and unique shirts, and all of them support independent artists by paying them a commission when a sale is made. Full disclosure, I have my art up on all of them (because they’re awesome!).

1. RedBubble

RedBubble is pretty similar to Design By Humans. It was created in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, with the goal to give artists a way to sell their creations. They offer tons of products featuring original art by artists from all around the world. Artists can decide how much commissions they’d like to be paid for each sale.

RedBubble has a very pop-art feel in my opinion. They have a young, creative vibe, and offer high quality products. They have a lot of different apparels for sale, which I really like: graphic tees, skirts, dresses, chiffon tops, hoodies, and much more. That makes it one of the best websites to buy graphic t-shirts.

I’m particularly a huge fan of the chiffon tops, I think my own art looks great on them!

RedBubble homepage

Get these cute tops in my RedBubble shop!

2. Teepublic

Teepublic is RedBubble’s sister store. It stands out as a fantastic avenue for purchasing t-shirts crafted by independent artists, and its appeal is rooted in several key factors. By shopping on this website, you directly contribute to these artists’ growth and artistic pursuits.

I particularly like Teepublic because they standout with a very diverse collection of designs. You can find a refreshing array of creative and unconventional designs, setting them apart from mainstream options. Plus, the team also cultivates a sense of community by facilitating interactions between artists and customers. It’s a great choice for purchasing graphic t-shirts adorned with the creativity of independent artists.

Teepublic homepage

3. Etsy

Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items. You may have heard of it before. That’s where I started selling my paintings and where I am offering my custom pet portraits. This is the absolute best website to find unique handmade items and to support independent artists, artisans, crafters, and vintage sellers. If you’re looking for a cool gift, go there!

Each seller sets up their own shop and decide how much to charge for their own products. Etsy takes a small fee for every sale made through their website. When you buy on Etsy, you buy from a real person who’s working hard to make their entrepreneurial dream come true.

There are quite a few sellers that sell graphic tees. All you have to do is search for the style you want using the search bar and you will find some gems for sure!

Etsy graphic tees search screenshot

4. Society6

Society6 is a website where artists, designers and photographers can upload their creations and have it printed on a wide range of products, from art prints to wall tapestries. It’s very similar to RedBubble but they have more of a unique artsy vibe and less of a pop art feel.

It’s my favorite website to sell my own artworks. If you’re a creative entrepreneur, you should definitely learn how to sell on Society6.

I love all the products they offer. However, I feel that they have more limited options for apparels than the previous websites. Nevertheless, it’s a great website to find some cool and unique graphic tees so it made my list of the best websites to buy graphic t-shirts.

Society6 homepage screenshot

5. Design By Humans

Design By Humans is an online store where artists can upload their art and put it on t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, and other apparels. It started in 2007 with the vision of bringing artists from around the world together to give them a platform to produce wearable art. They curate art that tells a story and inspire. For each sale they make, a percentage is paid to the artist that design the artwork.

I have a few of my own artworks available on Design By Humans but my art is not optimized for apparels so I’d rather focus on other selling venues. However, if I am looking to buy a graphic tee, you can bet I’m going to check out that website.

Design By Humans also offer art prints and other accessories, but where they really shine is with their cool apparels. They have amazing graphic t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, and much more. That’s why if you’re looking to buy graphic t-shirts, I think this is one of the best websites. Whether it’s for you or as a gift, they have the absolute best designs: cute, funny, bold, or just plain amazing!

Design By Humans homepage

So, if you’re looking for amazing gifts for friends or family, I highly recommend you go check out these websites! Support independent artists!

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  1. I will check out these websites for sure. I just love graphic t-shirts. Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop.

    1. Etsy is amazing, it’s one of my favorite places for online shopping too!

  2. OK I am going to have to check all of these out myself. I love that there are so many different places to graphic tshirts by unique designers.

    1. Yes and they are all so great! 😉

  3. I need to check these sites out, I love t-shirts and being able to find great ones is always a plus.

    1. I highly recommend them all! Great items and great designs!

  4. The T-shirts look really cute, this is something I will really have to get, what a better way to express how I feel without saying a word.

    1. Some of these designs can really make a statement 😉

  5. oh yes! Etsy is always my go to. I had no idea about these other sites!

    1. Etsy is amazing! You should definitely check the others websites too they have some really good designs!

  6. Supporting independent artists is fantastic and I LOVE that hedgehog shirt! We have a pet hedgehog named Skittles and my daughter would absolutely love this shirt too!

    1. Oooh a pet hedgehog sounds so wonderful! You have a lucky daughter! And thank you, I’m so glad you like my hedgehog painting!

  7. oh so creative, I have to check out the website. plus, it is a good way to support artists and encourage authentic art and fashion combo.

    1. I wholeheartedly agree!

  8. Oh fun! I just bought a graphic tee off Etsy and can’t wait for it to arrive!

    1. Yay I hope you get it soon! Thank you for supporting small business owners!

  9. Nice! I love all kind of tees. There are some awesome designs, think I will get a few of these. Super creative design.

    1. Thanks! Yep, some of the design on these websites are wonderful!

  10. I know redbubble, because I’ve been on it for quite a few years now. I love that you can easily incorporate your art on many products!

    1. Oh what’s your RedBubble shop if you don’t mind me asking? I’d love to check it out.

  11. Supporting local artists is just great. I know of Etsy and I’ve bought my graphic tee fro there. It’s so nice to appreciate such beautiful talent.

    1. Etsy is so great, I’m glad you’ve heard of it!

  12. it’s great when artists have the opportunity to sell their work easily. I’ll check all those websites!

    1. Yes, all these websites are great for artists, it allows them to get their art out there.

  13. I’ve used and bought from Etsy before and have heard of Redbubble. Will check out the others!!

    1. Go ahead, these other websites are great too! I highly recommend them.

  14. I am going to have to check all these out! I love t shirts!

    1. Me too! T-shirts are the best!

  15. I really love Etsy! They have a lot of incredible stuff. It can be pricey though. But I believe that it’s totally worth it.


    1. Indeed it can be very pricey sometimes but it’s because it’s handmade. Usually that means quality, made with love, and you’re supporting a small business owner 😉

  16. Those are some really great designs too! I have got to check this site out!

    1. Thank you!

  17. That Wild & Free t-shirt is calling my name! I loved this post – thanks 🙂

    1. So glad you like it! I really liked how this design turned out 🙂

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