We Flashy: Reflective Clothing For Modern Times

There have been a lot of really cool ideas that have been posted on Kickstarter, including this one. We Flashy is a collaborative idea thought up by Alex Vessels & Mindy Tchieu of Brooklyn, NY. The pair had a desire to be seen at night while walking or biking, but weren’t interesting in wearing those ugly reflective vests. Instead, they wanted something that was fashionable, not an eye-sore, and could be worn throughout the day. We Flashy is just that.

We Flashy is a project that started because we wanted to be seen by motorists while walking or biking–but didn’t have time to change on the go.

The benefits of being flashy. The great thing about We Flashy items is that it reflects light on busy streets, but is barely noticed in normal indoor environments. It’s versatile enough to wear to school, work, or out for a drink.

We Flashy uses industrial-grade reflective material–the same kind that crossing guards, police, and firefighters use. If lit by a light source such as headlights, the reflective material returns the light back to its original source, reaching the motorist’s eye.

It also sends light directly back to a camera during flash photography, causing the garment to glow in photographs, making for stunning nightlife pictures.

They even put together a neat little video about We Flashy, which you can watch at Kickstarter (I’d embed it here but for some reason, WordPress won’t let me) … so go watch it here. The video shows off the We Flashy tees while being worn at night, and I have to admit they look pretty cool.

We Flashy has about 35 days left (as of this writing) for their Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to reach $6500 and right now they are at $2664 with 62 backers. Pledge now, and as with other Kickstarter campaigns, you’ll receive special perks if the project gets funded. Good luck We Flashy!

Click here to go to the We Flashy Kickstarter campaign page.

Someone Get These Angry Birds Away From Me!

Yes, it’s true. I am addicted to Angry Birds. I guess the first step is admitting it, right? In all honesty, I’ve finished the game but the problem now is that I am trying (with much difficulty) to get triple stars for each level. I know, it’s a little OCDish, but what’s a guy to do while waiting for Angry Birds 2 to come out?

And just to prove to you that my Angry Birds quest is real, here are screenshots from worlds 1 and 2. As you can see, all triple stars in both worlds! Who’s boss? I’m boss. Now, how about the other 13?!

Of course, the T-Shirt connoisseurs at NerdyShirts know that millions of people share my addiction. What to do? Sell Angry Birds shirts of course! The Angry Birds shirts are available now at NerdyShirts for $23.95 a piece.

Steve Jobs Frozen In Carbonite?

Yup, Steve Jobs is definitely frozen in carbonite in this very awesome iPhone case by Society 6 member Greg Koenig. And if you’re not sure what this iPhone case is referencing, then you’ve got some movie watching to do. long time ago, in a galaxy far far away … a man named George Lucas made an awesome movie called Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. If you haven’t seen it then you might as well slap yourself now.

Of course, there’s a T-Shirt to accompany that Steve Jobs Carbonite iPhone case – but it’s a little meh. The case is way cooler. The case is available now from Society6 for $35 and the T-Shirt can be had for $22.

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee

Okay, we all know that flip tees are a little cheesy, but this might have to be an exception (or not). It’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael flip tee! It’s Raphael from the 1980′s series, which is awesome. Of course, the T-Shirt wearer must exude a lot of cool and some (or a lot) of crude. If you got the previous sentence, then you’re a bonafide 80′s kid. Cheers, to you!

By the way, if you’re a Turtles fan, be sure to read my post on my exclusive trip the Nickelodeon Studios for a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview event for the upcoming TV show.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee is available now from TV Store Online for $20.95.

Peace Is Simple

Cool shirt. I think that the product description sums up this shirt perfectly. There really isn’t much more for me to say about it. It’s simple and it’s beautiful.

The shapes are simple. The concept is simple. Peace is a simple concept; yet the world has struggled to comprehend it’s meaning and how to attain it. Robert Fulghum captured this idea when he said “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make…” If we all tried to make peace, even if just for one day, imagine the profound impact that would have globally!

Peace Is Simple is available now from Random Objects for $23, but you can score 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code RANDOMOBJ at checkout!

Last Chance To Pick Up Otter-Tude

Otter-Tude from ReThink Clothing, is my defacto favorite ReThink tee. Seriously, what’s not to love about this insanely adorable (and badass) otter. ReThink Clothing recently announced that Otter-Tude is part of their Super Senior Series, meaning that it is getting one last print run in a new colorway. This also means that this is your last chance to get your dirty hands on Otter-Tude. So what are you waiting for? Go pick it up now!

Otter-Tude is available now from ReThink Clothing for $19.99 but you can save 20% off your entire order by using the code COTY at checkout.

Crazy Like That – Awesome Science T-Shirts

You already know how much I LOVE science! I mean, I wrote an entire post dedicated to 101 Science T-Shirts. In fact, it’s one of the most popular posts on this blog, having garnered over 300,000+ views. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to find these science themed T-Shirts from Crazy Like That. They actually reached out to me a while ago, but just now was able to get my eye balls on their site … and boy was I NOT disappointed.

First of all, they have amazing product shots. Seriously, I love their product shots. The models, poses and props are spot on. Indie brands should really take note of how Crazy Like That present their goods (I just wish that they also provided a close up shot of just the designs). Excellent. Secondly, their science T-Shirts are just perfect and have the right combination of humor and wit. Any science nerd will enjoy the T-Shirts at Crazy Like That.

My favorites have got to be the Pennsylvania Towns & Highways tee (Intercourse, Pennsylvania has a population of roughly 1558) and the simple, yet excellent Sugar tee. Speaking of sugar, I think my blood-glucose levels are kind of low – time to go and eat some food!

All T-Shirts at Crazy Like That are available now for the sale price of $15!

By the way, Crazy Like That is also giving away their Font Matter T-Shirt to one lucky winner so check here to see how you can win!

Haunting Foreign Body T-Shirt by XCVB

I recently discovered XCVB, a UK based indie brand. I had a look at their offerings and have to admit that I was instantly drawn to Foreign Body. I think it was the combination of odd imagery and tiny text. Speaking of the text, it seems as if come straight out of a noir novel from the 1950′s:

“So as a bloom against her throat his jealousy blossomed. Betrayal cursing through his veins like a pack of red dogs, the hairs bristled along his spine. His faults becoming perfection, his lies in harmony would soon ring true. This false and fevered glare. In vain defense she tried making eyes at him but he had made his own for her as blind as love itself.”

So cool, right?! Foreign Body is available now from XCVB for £25 (~$41 US).

Say Hello To ShirtDeck

Good friend and fellow T-Shirt blogger, Andy from Hide Your Arms, recently revealed his latest T-Shirt project – ShirtDeck. His latest site, is quite similar to The Tee Directory in that it is dedicated to offering T-Shirt coupon codes. ShirtDeck not only provides a nice, at-a-glance view of the latest coupon codes, but it also allows you to search for specific coupon codes that you are hunting for. What’s even better, if you have a coupon code that you want to share, there’s an easy Share A Coupon button that you can click to submit your coupon. It’s so easy, it’s insane.

ShirtDeck is a project that was launched in 2011 by Andrew Bowness (owner of t-shirt & hoodie blog Hide Your Arms) as a means to collect and share coupon codes and deals from small (sometimes called ‘indie’) clothing companies. The intention of the site is to ensure that people can get cool clothes for the best price possible, and hopefully promote some cool indie brands at the same time.

Just a little back story, the original idea for ShirtDeck was for it to be a “marketplace where people could buy and sell second hand and rare t-shirts.” Keep you’re eye out for a similar type of website from Andy in the future. I should also note that along with ShirtDeck, savvy coupon hunters should also check out my Attack of the Coupon Codes section on this site!

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Preview Event

NOTE: Before I begin, I should note that everything that I mention regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninjs Turtles Nickelodeon show is, at the moment, a MUTATION IN PROGRESS. Nothing yet is set in stone. Storylines and Voices can still be changed and replaced. Mutation In Progress, keep that in mind!

About a month ago, a representative for Nickelodeon contacted me regarding attending a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles preview event in Burbank, California. Now, I get a lot of emails, but this one was pretty far out there. And lets not forget, most of my emails pitch T-Shirts, not mutant turtles. Needless to say, I was curious and so I replied back (the email said I needed to reply within the day in order to be considered). The next day, I was informed that the following week I would be contacted by some Nickelodeon representatives to discuss the Turtles. Neat.

Turns out, Nickelodeon was recruiting TMNT fans throughout the country, to attend a fan preview event at their studios in Burbank, California. I figured, I wouldn’t be chosen considering that I’ve only just blogged about the turtles a few times on this blog and each time it was in regards to TMNT themed T-Shirts. In retrospect, though, and looking back at those videos and TMNT posts, I spoke pretty passionately about the turtles and growing up with them. Despite this, I thought I had no shot … I mean there must be tons of other more uber mega super Turtle fans out there. Like, serious, serious fans. I certainly would not be chosen.

I was chosen. The madness begins.

About a week before I was scheduled to fly out to Burbank for the even, I received the official invite to the event. Can you guess how they delivered it? As a pizza! That’s right, someone dropped off pizza to my home in a custom TMNT pizza box. It was a pretty good cheese pizza too! At this point, I’m pretty excited because they are obviously going all out for this event.

The day of my departure arrives. I had an early flight, and I’m out of Honolulu at 8am on March 29th. I arrived at LAX at around 4pm and I have a personal driver (arranged by Nickelodeon) waiting for me at baggage claim to drive me to my hotel. Nice.

I arrive in my room and lo and behold, what’s there waiting for me? Ninja Turtle stuff! It was more like a big, circular gift box (made to look like a manhole/sewer) filled with goodies to keep me occupied throughout the night. Inside were some pretty dope snacks, as well as a TMNT T-Shirt and a VISA Gift Card. Awesome!

The big day arrives. I really didn’t know what to expect. Should I wear a TMNT shirt or not? I came prepared with three. I am a T-Shirt blogger after all. I decided to go with Heroes In An Art Shell by John Hillier from Threadless. 8:30pm rolls along and all of the people that flew in for the event meet up in the lobby of the Hotel Amarano. We are then driven to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

After waiting in the transportation van for a bit, we are finally allowed to enter the NICK lot. I should note, that they really know how to build up the tension. As we were all waiting in the van, each and every one of us was boiling with excitement. We didn’t know what to expect!

We were then finally let in and are told that we needed to give up our cell phones and any recording devices during the event. Meaning, I unfortunately could not take any pictures whatsoever. This sucked. Plus, I kept reaching for my imaginary iPhone in my pants pocket throughout the day! Those imaginary phones can be such a distraction. Once we turned in our goods, we were treated to a pretty good breakfast spread of baked goods. All the while, we mingled with our fellow TMNT brothers and sisters. Now during this time, we were unknowingly being treated to some music that they were considering for the show. This included music from Handsome Boy Modeling School and DJ Shadow. Pretty good vibe so far.

We were then officially led inside the studios (breakfast was in the front courtyard) and brought into the official NICK gym. Of course, they converted the gym into something more like a TMNT fanboy’s dream man den. It was seriously cool. Imagine lot of green uplighting and barrel’s of oooze and TMNT paraphanilia. The room itself elicited a bunch of ooohhs and ahhhhs from many of us.

Once inside, we each took a seat. We were then introduced to the president of Nickelodeon Animation, Brown Johnson, who welcomed us to the studio. We were then each asked to introduce ourselves to the group. One-by-one uber turtle mega fan after another introduced themselves. It was pretty crazy. There were people there known for being Sexy April in the cosplay world to the current Guiness record holder for largest gathering of people dressed as Ninja Turtles. We had people there with Ninja Turtle Tattoos, large Turtle toy collection, and webmasters of the most popular TMNT fansites and forums. It was pretty insane that they were able to put together such a group of TMNT fans. I guess, thank you to Google and their amazing search engine?

After the introductions, we were then given a tour of the NICK Animation Studios by Rich Magallanes, Vice President Current Animation Series Production at Nickelodeon. We first stopped in on a live voice recording for Fanboy and Chum Chum. We then passed by the areas dedicated to shows such as Avatar and Sponge Bob Square Pants. All the while, passing by all of the awesome artwork that hang in the hallways. Speaking of the hallways, many of the walls are made of whiteboard to encourage people to doodle when they feel inspired. Neat!

Afte the tour, we were then treated to a little snack session. And by little, I mean they went all out. They were handing out smoothies and milkshakes for crying out loud.

Post snack session, we returned to the gym turned makeshift Turtle den. Now came the good stuff. We were now treated to a sneak peak of the pilot episode in animatic format. Think moving storyboard with the voices. This wasn’t the CGI stuff that they are promising for the actual show and again, they emphasized that this was a “Mutation In Progress”, meaning that what we were seeing, may not even make it to the final version of the show. Makes sense, if they had made up their mind then why would we be there in the first place. I watched the animatic intently, it was about 25 minutes long. I can tell you that the rendered images of the Turtles looked great. Again, the characters looked great and each were well defined.

Following the animatic presentation of the pilot, Playmates gave a short presentation of the new Turtles toy line that will be released in conjunction with the new TMNT series.

Following the Playmates presentation, we were then treated to yet another surprise. Up to this point, we had no idea who the voice actors were going to be. And we had no idea that we would be treated to a script reading by the actual cast. This was fucking awesome. I was excited. We were all stoked. One by one, they introduced some of the producers, writers and then voices for the show. Of note were Jason Biggs as Leonardo, and Ron Paulsen as Raphael. Meeting Jason Biggs was exciting, but meeting Ron Paulsen was epic (he was the voice of the original Raphael voice and even the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain). Trust me when I say that during the script reading, we all had big smiles on our faces – we were all so excited to be there. I should note, however, that the voices have not yet been finalized. An official announcement of the TMNT voices should be coming from Nickelodeon shortly.

Lunch time. As expected, there was pizza and pasta, as well as some throwback snacks from our childhood … can you say dirt pudding cups with gummy worms. Seriously, we were all in 1980′s heaven at this point. What’s even better is that the voice actors hung around for lunch. Jason Biggs even stopped by my small table to chat, as did Ron Paulsen. They were both super cool, Ron even did a few of his vintage voices! I had lunch with Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Crazy insane.

After lunch, the real work began. For the focus groups, we broke up into small groups of four. I’m not going to go into detail about what we specifically talked about, but I will say that we discussed both positives and negatives of the new series.

We ended the day with a nice Q&A session with the writers and developers of the show. These were all questions that we had handed back to them after seeing the animatic and prior to lunch.

And that was the day! After the Q&A, we were given a poster and thumb driver with some key art for the show. Following a group picture, I was then driven straight to LAX, and I was back in Hawaii at 8pm on March 3oth. This was one 24 hour trip that I will never forget.

So quickly, some things about the new show:

  • The animation is top notch.
  • The action sequences looked great.
  • Not a big fan of the changes they made to April Oneil’s character. She’s 15/16ish and emo!
  • No mention of the origin story, they made it a point not to tell us this.
  • The renderings of Shredder looked badass (though he wasn’t in the trailer).
  • Loved the dark tone.
  • The city landscape look great, it just feels like New York.
  • Splinter is big, agile and not crippled. He can fight!
  • It was funny without being campy like the 1987 series.
  • Didn’t hear cowabunga or turtle power once.
  • Each of the turtles look slightly different (height and weight differed).

And that’s my roundup of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview Event at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was seriously a great time, and I am so happy that I actually checked my email the day they initially sent me the invite (thanks to Philip Ross of the Pitch Agency for finding me)!

Here are some sites you should check out that are run by some of the TMNT preview event guests:

Go Green Machine

TMNT & Other Strangeness

Mikey’s TMNT

Ninja’s Pizza

http://www.tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/blog/

www.tmnt-ninjaturtles.com

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