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KICKSTARTER | Help KICK us off into Sportswear!

What pairs great with a Monkey & The Bee T-shirt or Tank … a great pair of shorts! We’ve scoured the market to find one that we really like that fits with our brand and it’s just not out there. 

So, we are creating our own! Check out our kickstarter campaign and become a backer to help Monkey & The Bee expand into Sportswear and Athleisure. We want to be able to create a custom short that is casual enough to wear to the gym but structured enough for a day on the patio.

We will start off by offering a knit casual short available in:

  • Sizes: XS-4XL
  • 2 lengths (5″ inseam / 8.5″ inseam) 
  • 100% cotton fabric keeps you cool and comfy
  • 1 to 2 colors
  • Full elastic waistband with front drawstring to help you find your perfect fit
  • Multiple pockets for carrying your phone, wallet, keys and more

We only have until APRIL 9th, 2020 to get this KICKSTARTER campaign 100% funded!

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The Monkey is nominated

Frank | The Monkey | Love UnconditionallyFrank | The Monkey | Love Unconditionally

The BEE here …

I’m so very proud of my dedicated and hard working Monkey. He has received one of six nominations to Grand Marshal the 2019 Dallas Pride Parade. When I was writing his completely biased nomination, I couldn’t help but stop myself and think would I vote for Frank if he wasn’t my husband? The answer is YES!

When Frank and I were dating and really starting to get serious he handed me a $2 bill and told me to keep it because then I would never be without. This is the type of guy that Frank is. He is the guy that will defend a perfect stranger if he believes they are being mistreated or send you a random text message just to let you know someone is thinking about you. Whether he is sticking up for a cashier to a rude customer or advocating for LGBT Homeless Youth, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to help someone out. I’ve watched him give his last dollars to a friend in need, open his home to someone who is struggling, donate his time and energy to causes that help the community, and he still thinks he needs to do more.

Some of his “credits” include: President (and member) of R.E.B.A., The Round-Up Employee Benevolent Association, Organizer of the “Feed The Community” Thanksgiving Event that gives clients of the Resource Center a place to go for the Holiday; as well as others who might otherwise not have a place to go, Administrator of Wine Walk which raises money for the Cedar Springs Merchant Association for the beautification and upkeep of the neighborhood, volunteer with the Nelson Tibedo clinic and many other organizations. As a co-owner of Monkey & The Bee, he has donated to Lost Souls Rugby, Dallas Thunder Kitties, Legacy Founder’s Cottage & Counseling, The Resource Center, The True Colors Fund, National Center for Transgender Equality, H.E.L.P Ft. Worth, Tucker’s Gift, and multiple local charity auctions and fundraisers. One of the first things that Frank wanted to be able to do when we started Monkey & The Bee was to give back. Although we are a small company we do what we can to help out whenever we are asked.

When I was summing up my nomination form online, I ended with something like:

If you were to call Frank and tell him that he was a nominee for the Grand Marshal position of the Dallas Pride Parade, not only would he be flattered but he would also give you a list of 10 other people that he thought did more than him. This is the type of person Frank is … and one of many reasons why he is deserving of this nomination.

When he did get the call he told me “I’m flattered … but I don’t do as much as those other people do.” I disagree. He is our rock, our foundation, our support system, our friend … Frank is our “good juju.”

Take a minute to vote!

143 – The Bee

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TRBU24 – Recap

We can not thank the participants, vendors, and organizers of TBRU24 enough. This is our third Texas Bear Round-Up and every year we have such an amazing time. We have to give a special shout out to the Dallas Bears for putting on such an amazing event.


Monkey & The Bee launched 3 New shirts this past weekend and had a great time in our “photo booth” getting pictures of all the guys with guest appearances by Domita Debaun Sanchez & Mona Massakre.

An extra special thank you to all of our current customers and new customers that we met over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We love all of the support from everyone at this event and are always welcome to hearing your feedback. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email us at: and see you next year!

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National Cake Day

Cake | V-Neck Black Tee | Monkey & The Bee | National Cake Day


so we couldn’t pass up the chance to show off our CAKES! Hope this makes everyone’s Monday a little sweeter!


November 26 recognizes a dessert that you will find at almost everyone’s birthday party whether they are age 1 or over 100.  It is also the dessert of choice for bridal and baby showers, wedding receptions, retirement parties and just about any social event. Add ice cream, and you have America’s top favorite desserts in the same dish!

This is for you:

Whether it’s a shapely bundt cake (celebrated on November 15) to the less curvaceous sheet cake, these sweet layered, frosting covered or fondant decorated works of art scream celebration!   It may be made at home from scratch or picked up at the club. Whichever way, a cake can be one, or a combination of, thousands of flavors. #Cake #Werk

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Thank you Honey Pot!

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Monkey / Bee & Glenn


Thank you to Charlie McDonald & Honey Pot for inviting us to set-up during your event this year at the Round-Up Saloon. Such a fun event with great people, amazing entertainment from Joseph Veazie + Steven Shedd, and a warm welcoming atmosphere! We are super excited to have launched our new Oh, Honey design at your event and are even more excited that THEY LIKED IT … THEY REALLY LIKED IT 😛

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Eros Artist Collaboration Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Oh Honey Tee

Don't forget to tag @monkeybeetees

Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Piece Of My Heart Tee
Honey Pot Bear Fest 2018 | Monkey & The Bee | Feed Me Tank

Shop our SALE ITEMS too!

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Shop, Support, & Give Back

Love Unconditionally: Awareness Tee | Monkey & The Bee | NAVY | Front worn by actor Michael Russell

Monkey & The Bee is approaching our 2nd anniversary! We could not be more thankful for the show of support we have received in the past two years from our customers. When we decided to launch our shop one of the goals was to be able to give back to the community that supports us. We may be small but we are doing what we can to continue to bring you fun, interesting, new designs while still giving back to help support some great organizations.

Currently we have 4 places where you can help us help some organizations … Check them out!

Love Unconditionally: Awareness Tee | Monkey & The Bee | RED


This simple, yet powerful, message just states “LOVE, unconditionally.” No gimmicks, no tricks, a bold statement that we ask everyone to do. The word “unconditionally” is written by the Monkey’s Mom. We asked her to help us when designing this shirt because no matter what is going on … she loves us unconditionally.

$5 from the sale of each of these tees from now until the end of the year will be donated to the Resource Center – Food Pantry

2018 Piece of My Heart | Awareness Tee | Love Unconditionally | Monkey & The Bee


This design signifies the idea of two hearts becoming one to create a complete picture. It features a background image inspired by a painting that “the BEE” did almost 15 years ago and the words Love, Unconditionally in the bottom left corner. As with our other Love, Unconditionally: Awareness Tees we will be donating $5 from the sale of each of these shirts directly back to a different charity each month.

$5 from the sale of each of these tees from now until we sell out will be donated to:

H.E.L.P. Ft. Worth

EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt

EROS: An Artist Collaboration

Eros, our first partnership with local artist VEN has turned out to be an amazing collaboration. Each of these long-sleeve tees started off with the same screen print. The graphic, based off a part of Ven’s painting “EROS,” wraps around the top near the neck line as well as around the side to the back. Then Ven hand-painted each of these limited edition collectors’ tees to make each one truly unique.

$15 from the sale of each of these tees from now until the end of the year will be donated to:

Resource Center – Youth First

Join our Fundraising team and give back to:

The True Colors Fund!

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Introducing: Artist Collaborations

EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt

Proud to introduce a new line of Tees called our Artist Collaborations. Similar to our Artist Edition tees that we auction off for the TRUE COLORS FUND each year, these tees will donate back to charity, but will be produced in a larger (yet limited) quantity.  These tees will take a graphic element and combine them with the vision of the selected artist to create wearable art.

Our first venture is with Dallas Artist Ven. Monkey & The Bee has taken a piece of one of his paintings and had it screen printed onto a long sleeve white tee. The print wraps around the neck collar to the back as well as from the front side to the back. What truly makes these t-shirts unique, is after the screen printing process, Ven hand-painted in a similar style to the original painting on each of the shirts. Each one of these shirts is a real piece of wearable art and a collaboration between Monkey & The Bee and Ven.

25% of the proceeds from the sale of each of this shirt design will be donated directly to the Youth First Program at the Dallas Resource Center.

EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt
EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt
EROS Artist T shirt | Hand-Painted T Shirt | Long Sleeve T shirt | Unique T Shirt | Limited Edition T Shirt

Join Monkey & The Bee and Ven at:


and grab up one of these limited edition shirts!

Art saved my life. I was lucky to have found something to get me through my childhood.  Knowing the statistics, not everyone in our community is as luck as I was. I want to make sure programs like this continue to thrive, supporting our LGBTQ youth as they face the battles that we know intimately. Youth First is actively giving LGBTQ youth the tools to not only survive into adulthood, but live quality lives as adolescents by providing safe spaces to be themselves.  It is only by donations that they are able to fulfill their purpose. – Ven

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The only thing we like better than a graphic tee i…

Love Unconditionally: Awareness Tee | Monkey & The Bee | NAVY | Front worn by actor Michael Russell
Join The Tee Party | Monkey & The Bee | Gay Owned T shirt Company | Dallas, TX
Join The Tee Party | Monkey & The Bee | Gay Owned T shirt Company | Dallas, TX

The only thing we like better than a graphic tee is ripping it off the hot guy wearing it.

But we also enjoy sporting them ourselves nearly every day as part of our “writer uniform.”

So we’re proud to introduce you to one of our favorite new gay-owned businesses, Monkey & The Bee. The Dallas-based company produces a variety of wearables with several pride-themed shirts and even a grrrrreat lineup exclusively for bears.

Older guys can show a little grey pride with the Silver Fox shirt, and we totally dig this Thirsty tank top. The offerings have expanded quite a bit since we first learned about the company, so we’re thrilled to see them continue to grow. (We love things that grow!)

They’ll definitely be a go-to resource for holiday gifts, too. Heck, we’ll probably even leave an XXL t-shirt with our milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Gotta take care of our number-one bear, right?

Read the article at He Said Magazine!

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Inspiration & Interactions: part 1

Eagle Houston Annual Pride Street Party

We do pop-up shops … a lot of pop-up shops. So we thought … why not share with you some of our inspirations and interactions with the people that we come across during these events.

Pop-up shop, trunk show, vendor market, guerilla retail … these are all terms that we’ve learned to embrace in the past couple of years and have really come to enjoy. Every month you can check out our EVENTS page and find out where we will be next and when you can get your next dose of Monkey & The Bee (+ Glenn and “The Lady Debra”).

With this being the first, of what I hope to be many posts, we are going to share just a few of our favorite stories.

Domita Debaun Sanchez wearing custom Bear Hugs

Monkey & The Bee | Domita Sanchez | TBRU | Gay T-shirt Company
Monkey & The Bee | Domita Sanchez | TBRU | Gay T-shirt Company


One of the BIG events that we look forward to each year is TBRU (Texas Bear Round-Up) hosted by the Dallas Bears!

We chose TRBU as our first MAJOR event because each and every year “The Monkey” would come home from his “real job” boasting about what a great group of guys the TBRU guys are. We often do “BEAR” themed shirts and what better place to showcase them then at Texas Bear Round-Up. So we put together our first major display and headed out to see if we were “onto something” with our shirt line.

One of the best feelings during our first TRBU, was watching the doors open on the first full day and having customers from all over (including Australia) make a B-LINE straight to our booth. They seemed to really like our designs, the quality of the t-shirts, and the fact that we often offer sizes up to 4XL.

Another stand-out was this past TBRU, Miss Domita Debaun Sanchez took one of our Bear Hugs Tshirts and customized it for her drag aesthetic and hung out in the booth with us. She took pictures with customers, helped sell some shirts, and even helped do some folding. Domita has become a great customer, promoter, and best of all friend of Monkey & The Bee! #domita4bears

After our second year with TBRU, we knew that this would be an annual event for us. It’s already on our calendar for 2019 … and we are working on having new shirts, new accessories, and some new ideas for the weekend. We can’t wait to see everyone again and can all agree that these guys know how to have a good time, shop, and are a very supportive customer of ours.

Pogonophile Tank | Model Jay Fuertez | Photography Jay Fuertez

Awesome photo by Jay Fuertez


Pogonophile … ??? What’s a Pogonophile? Where did you come up with that?

The Bee” was set up at the Dallas Eagle for Bear Lockdown in the pouring rain. Luckily, we brought our tent and everyone was keeping in good spirits. The best thing from a vendor stand point about having the rain is that everyone crowds into your booth. Well, this was just the case. The patio at the Eagle was getting pretty packed. We had probably 10 people browsing our merchandise while shielding themselves from the rain. This one woman kept look at the “The Bee” and finally approached him and asked:

Can I touch your beard?

Thrown off a little, “The Bee” hesitantly replied … “Are you gonna buy a shirt :P?!?

“I can’t help it … I’m a total pogonophile?”

The woman explained that a pogonophile is an admirer of beards. “The Bee” let her touch his beard and continued chatting with the woman for a while. She was very sweet and after a long talk … “That’s going to be our next shirt!”

“The Bee” always tries to come up with something new when he’s out at vendor markets. He often gets inspiration from his surroundings and interactions with customer for new designs.

So who knows? Maybe next time you see us at a pop-up shop … something you say or do might become the next Monkey & The Bee tee!

Honey, Kiss Me Tee

Pride Fox | Monkey & The Bee | V-Neck Tee | Tshirt | LGBTQ Tee
Pride Fox | Monkey & The Bee | V-Neck Tee | Tshirt | LGBTQ Tee


Last but definitely not least … Dallas Pride! Talk about an amazing event to really boost your confidence.

2017 was our very first Pride event and we were completely unprepared. Tommy and “The Bee” arrived at set-up at 8:00am and began unloading all of our typical pop-up shop stuff and taking it to our designated area. When we arrived we noticed that all the other vendors had TENTS! You would think that this was something we would have in our inventory. But, since most of the events that we had done so far were all indoor events, we never even thought about having a tent.

Luckily Tommy decided that we would make the best of it! He convinced “The Bee” to set up our shop as a pass through between the different vendor rows. This allowed for people to walk through the middle of our row instead of having to walk all the way down to the end of the aisle of other merchants to move on to the next aisle. As a pass through, we probably got more attention that we would have if we were just set up as we normally had.

BUT … That’s not the story!

During the day, we met a ton of people and sold a lot of shirts! One of the best things about Dallas Pride is that there is a TEEN PRIDE AREA and we noticed quite a few younger people with their parents doing a little shopping and having a good time at PRIDE. This one kid kept walking through our shop. He’d stop and look at the designs, chat for a minute, and then move on. Really nice kid … but he didn’t purchase anything, he just kept coming back … would chat for a bit … and then move on. Towards the end of the day, the same kid comes back and is REALLY LOOKING at our PRIDE FOX design. He asks “The Bee” if we had it in an XS. Luckily, we still had one left. He said “GREAT!” And then LEAVES!!!

Tommy and I were both a little surprised by his departure but decided it was about time to get ready to pack up and load up the truck. We start breaking down the shop, putting away merchandise, and taking down our signs when we hear:

“Wait! Stop!” coming from a female voice.

The kid and this lovely lady are speed-walking toward the booth! Of course, we stop packing things up and wait for them to get over to the booth.

The mom asks, “Do you still have that Fox shirt in the XS? It’s the one my son REALLY LOVES! This is his first pride event and I want to be the one to buy him his first pride shirt!”

UGH! My heart melts and I wanted to just GIVE her the shirt. She insisted on paying for it, which as a small business … I appreciated. I hand the shirt to the boy and he immediate takes the shirt out of the bag and throws it on.

Who knows? Maybe next time your story will end up as part of our INTERACTIONS & INSPIRATION!

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Dallas Pride 2018

In the DNA - Monkey & The Bee - Gay Pride T-shirt Back - 2018 Dallas Pride


Dallas Gay Pride is a wrap and we need to THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! We appreciate everyone who stopped by our booth at the 2018 Dallas Pride Festival (Official) & 2018 Dallas Pride Parade (Official). The show of support from the community is always a great thing to experience! Thank you again from Monkey (Frank Martinez), The Bee (Michael Albee Martinez), and The Lady Debra (Debra Martin-ez) — who worked with us all weekend!
#pride #dallaspride2018 #dallaspride #gay #dallas #lgbtqia #lgbtq #gaypride #monkeybeetees #monkeyandthebee #gayownedbusiness
2018 Dallas Pride | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees | Bear Hugs Tank Top | Blue Tank Top

Bear Hugs Tank in Blue at the parade

2018 Dallas Pride | Our America White T Shirt | Rainbow T Shirt | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees

Our America Tee at the parade

2018 Dallas Pride | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees

The THIRST-Tee at the Round-Up Saloon

2018 Dallas Pride

In The DNA tanks at the parade

2018 Dallas Pride | DNA Tank Top | Rainbow Helix Tank Top | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees

In The DNA tanks at the parade

2018 Dallas Pride | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees

In The DNA tanks at the parade

2018 Dallas Pride | Reverchon Park | Monkey & The Bee

The Bee … In The DNA tanks at the festival

2018 Dallas Pride | Monkey & The Bee | Monkeybeetees

Glenn & the Bee at Project Funway

In the DNA - Monkey & The Bee - Gay Pride T-shirt Back - 2018 Dallas Pride

In the DNA – Rainbow Double Helix (back)