We’ve seen exploded tees before but none as geeky mysterious as Diagram 5-3 by 15 Bit Gamer. If you know what particular item is exploding than I tip my hat off to you, because, I had no clue. It turns out that Diagram 5-3 references a small detail from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. Apparently, Diagram 5-3 is a diagram of Kuribo’s shoe. But who the heck or what the heck is a Kuribo? The Giant Bomb explains:
Kuribo’s Shoe is a rare power-up first seen in level 5-3 in Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It is first mentioned after you beat World 2 in a letter given to you by Princess Peach. The name “Kuribo’s Shoe” comes from the fact that in the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, Goombas are known as Kuribos. A second revision of Super Mario Bros. 3 was released that renamed Kuribo’s Shoe to Goomba’s Shoe, though in its appearance in Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, it had reverted to its original name.
Kuribo’s Shoe is a giant green boot with what appears to be a spring-winding key on the side, and it is initially occupied by a Goomba. While attempting to jump on top of Kuribo’s Shoe while still occupied by this Goomba will eliminate both Kuribo’s Shoe and the Goomba, attacking from underneath knocks the Goomba out of the shoe, making it possible for Mario to take control. While Mario’s speed is reduced while in Kuribo’s Shoe, he’s able to traverse terrain that would otherwise harm him. These terrains include spiked floors and jumping baby pirahna plants. Unlike other power-ups, it is possible for Mario to keep his current power-up (e.g. Fire Flower) while using Kuribo’s Shoe.
So there you go. Kuribos is actually the Japanese translation for Goombas. Who knew! Now, if you are enough of a gamer geek to appreciate this T-Shirt or are one of those super obsessed Super Mario freaks than you probably want to buy this T-Shirt to stump your geekiest friends. Head on over 15 Bit Gamer to purchase Diagram 5-3 now for $17.
And for more on Kuribo’s Shoe, check out the video of it below in play!
A few weeks ago I blurted out on Twitter that I was super excited about an upcoming T-Shirt that was inspired by my words and a particular blog post of mine. Well, after much self-inflicted anticipation, the shirt has finally been released!Â The shirt is called Unstoppable Andy, and it was designed by George Soto and comes to us from the guys that brought us the popular exploded tees and more recently, the string of Android inspired shirts.
So how did my words turn into a T-Shirt design?
Prior to Unstoppable Andy, the exploded design team, spearheaded by Dion Brigs, released a tee entitled Andy vs. Apple. It was meant to be a pro Android design. But as would any Mac faithful, I turned things around and poked fun at clunky, slow and chubby Andy the Android. I even compared him to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. Here’s an excerpt:
“Some might see this shirt as a pro Android tee. You might see Andy breaking loose and attacking the Apple way. Not me. No way! To me, Andy, that green Andoid character is much like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from Ghostbusters. Big, fat, and slow. Sound familiar? If so, because those are all characters that both the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Android OS and its various handsets have in common. Think Droid X. Big and slow. Yuck.
And at the end of the day, what happened to the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man? He died a horrible death. Apple might not have proton packs to destroy big and fat Andy, but what they do have is even better. Itâ€™s called Rabid Apple Fans. Myself included.
To me, I see here Apple fighting quite valiantly. They are the good guys. They are fighting the big battle against the fat and ugly Marshmallow known as Andy. Fight that fight, Apple. Keep on fighting.”
Well, the exploded guys read my words and a light bulb turned on. The above words would make for an insanely great and epic Steve Jobs vs. Android T-Shirt design! And so they ran with it.Â They kept me in the loop with the progress of the design and even sent me a few sketches of the unfinished design as it progressed. Needless to say, I was super stoked and excited!
Am I happy with the final product? Heck yeah. And who cares if this one was made with the Android crowd in mind. Steve Jobs is badass here. And remember what happened to the Stay Puft Marshmellow man? He went kaput!
There seems to be a lot of noise going on within the product page of this new Busted Tees T-Shirt. A bunch of Inception fans seem to think this shirt is inaccurate, while other really love it. Let’s try and see if we can break down the layers and see whether or not Dream Levels is in fact accurate or not.
Outer Layer (Reality): That’s where you and I are right now, assuming neither of us are sleeping and/or dreaming.
Layer 1 (Yusuf): This is where the initial dream takes place. Also, this is the dream that involves the longest free fall van dive ever in the history of movies and mankind. Yes, it was that long.
Layer 2 (Arthur): Layer 2 is the dream within a dream. Remember, it involved that very, very cool and gravity defying sequence in the hotel room and then elevator. Future Riddler was the guy ding all the work in this dream.
Layer 3: (Eames): Now it gets really complicated. This layer reflects the dream within a dream within a dream. It’s the icy snow fortress sequence. Tough guy Tom Hardy plays Â huge role in this dream sequence.
Layer 4 (Limbo): Ah Limbo. I think this is the part of the movie in which many brains exploded. Seriously, when leaving the theater a lot of people talked about amazing the movie was and then quickly switched topics to how unbelievable confusing it was. Limbo was the place that Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) needed to go to in order to save Saito. Remember, Saito was really, really, really old.
So there you go. A quick examination of Dream Levels by Busted Tees demonstrates that it is theoretically correct. However, I could be totally wrong.
A few months ago I featured Exploded Andy, a shirt from the guys that brought us some of my favorite Exploded tees, including Exploded 128, Exploded Phone and iSteamMac. After a string of Apple centric T-Shirts we now get two Android happy shirts in a row! What is an Apple fanboy like me to do about this?!
Of course, spin it and interpret it as only an Apple mega fan could! And it is for that reason that I actually really enjoy this shirt, which was designed by illustrator Chris Bishop.
Some might see this shirt as a pro Android tee. You might see Andy breaking loose and attacking the Apple way. Not me. No way! To me, Andy, that green Andoid character is much like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man character from Ghostbusters. Big, fat, and slow. Sound familiar? If so, because those are all characters that both the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Android OS and its various handsets have in common. Think Droid X. Big and slow. Yuck.
And at the end of the day, what happened to the Stay Puft Mashmallow Man? He died a horrible death. Apple might not have proton packs to destroy big and fat Andy, but what they do have is even better. It’s called Rabid Apple Fans. Myself included.
To me, I see here Apple fighting quite valiantly. They are the good guys. They are fighting the big battle against the fat and ugly Marshmallow known as Andy. Â Fight that fight, Apple. Keep on fighting.
Andy Vs. Apple is available now in T-Shirt and poster form. Both the T-Shirt and posters are priced at $19 a piece.
In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear Eyeconic by Dance Party Massacre and review Gulfie by Antony Aguero for Bunker Designs. Bunker Designs is an new community based T-Shirt competition site based out of Costa Rica. Members can submit designs and can also vote for their favorites.
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Gulfie by Antony Aguero forÂ Bunker Designs.Pros: It’s an international shirt (from Costa Rica) so the chances of your friends having the same shirt is pretty much rare to none! The T-Shirt is tagless and features an inner screen printed label. I found it interesting that the thread used on the tee is a bit lighter in color then the T-Shirt color. The fabric of the T-Shirt is quite soft. Â Very fun design, reminds me a lot of what you’ll find at GAMA-GO.Â Cons: The T-Shirt is very form fitting, so if you do order a tee then be sure to order a size up (i.e. I normally use a Large, but I probably would have fit an XL better). Bunker Designs does offer a T-Shirt sizing chart on their website so be sure to check that chart before ordering. The print is a bit thick and has somewhat of a sticky feel (I’d bit that it will get softer and lose the sticky feel after the first wash).Â Packaging is a bit lackluster (manila envelope) but I am happy that the T-Shirt itself was packaged in a separate, clear plastic bag. Price: $15.
Eyeconic by Dance Party Massacre.Pros: Great logo tee! T-Shirt is tagless and features a screen printed inner logo instead.Â Cons: Logo tees are great for people who are fans of the brand that the logo represents. If you’re not a fan of DPM or haven’t heard of them, then this tee might not appeal to you. And if that is the case then I highly recommend you check them out, you’re bound to become a fan of their work! Price: $19.95. *T-Shirt is currently available in Charcoal, but not red.
Thanks to Junkie Pop for also mentioning the 108 LOST list, we saw a lot of international visitors because of this post!
T-Shirt Blogging Friends:
Karl Long over at T-Critic posted a nice little top 5 list of bike themed T-Shirts. Via Tcritic.
In My Short Sleeve made a nice mention of the SSUR Empire State Spring 2010 Collection. If you enjoy the word “fuck” then you’ll like this collection since they make use of the word often. Via In My Short Sleeve.
Liz over at Pop Culture Tees posted this clever little marketing tee which points its finger at BP Oil, the guys responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Via Pop Culture Tees.
Check out these two future geeks to be sporting Glennz Tees Refill Required! Awesome shot! Via Glennz Tees.
And finally, be sure to check out Andy’s Impressive list of 60 Evolution and Atheist themed T-Shirts. Pure awesome. Via Hide Your Arms.
Other Coty Links:
Venn diagrams are always fun. But this little venn diagram is a bit “funner” than the rest. Via TumblrTrends.
You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen this two year old chain smoker. Unreal. Via TumblrTrends.
I got to review a fun little strategy game from 10tons Ltd. called Sparkle HD for the iPad. Read my review of it at SwipeTap. Via SwipeTap.
Air Display allows you to use your iPad as a second display, through Wi-Fi. Neat! Via SwipeTap.
Regular readers of this blog know that I am a diehard Apple fan. Having said that, it hurts me just a little bit to post this Exploded Andy T-Shirt by the people who have brought us the other exploded classics. The latest exploded tee features that famous little green robot that populates … Android based phones. I know that there are a few of you Android users that read this blog and so this, my friends, is dedicated to you!
PS: I’m not exactly sure of the origin of the “Andy” name for the little green Android robot. I tried googling information on the name of the Android robot and nothing regarding Andy came up. Anyone have any idea about this Andy name? If I had to guess, it is in reference to Android co-founder, Andy Rubin. Thoughts?
It was inevitable that the guys that delivered the Exploded iPhone and Exploded Mac 128 tees would also give us the Exploded iPad T-Shirt! I am a fan of all things Apple related, so it should be obvious that I am a fan of this latest exploded Apple T-Shirt by artist Garry Booth.
What is truly remarkable is how simple the hardware seems to be. Just a quick glance at the graphic of the exploded iPad, and you’ll notice a relatively small amount of pieces, screws included.
The Exploded iPad (it’s technically named the “Exploded Pad” for what I would believe to be legal reasons) is available now from ExplodedPad.com for $19. You can also pick up a matching poster for the same price. The poster isÂ 18 inches x 24 inches and is hand-pulled screenprint on quality 100lb. French Paper Speckletone (Kraft).
To say that the Nintendo Entertainment System was a part of my childhood is quite an understatement. The original NES was in fact a big part of my childhood. I recall countless hours playing Super Mario Bros., Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, Rad Racer, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just to name a few of my favorite titles. I remember leaving the NES on overnight just so that I could save my place in in a particular game and continue playing the next day. I remember vigorously blowing into cartridges to kick start them back to life. I remember the countless hours of fun that I had with my NES.
This list is built on that childhood love that I had for Nintendo. To this day, you can still catch me playing with the Nintendo Wii or my DS. The only difference now is that I can look good (and so can you) in Nintendo gear while I am gaming out. Enjoy the list!
I’d love to hear which one of these are your favorites and whether or not you own any of these tees! And if you know of a NINTENDO related shirt not on this list then please tell me about it. Leave a comment below in the comments section and let me know!
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1. The Plumbers Wardrobe by Split Reason, $18.95. Plumbing is serious business; you need to dress for success. The Amphibian suit is useful for underwater jobs, The raccoon suit for those hard to reach toilets in the clouds, and a doctor’s outfit is always nice to have on hand for… umm… we’ll let you use your imagination.
10. Game Over by Fuzzy Ink, $21. Wrinkled Koopa and his troopas are still misbehavin’, Piranhas poppin’ meds and an arthritic Princess needs savin’, with Yoshi underground and Luigi set on mute, it’s Mario’s time to shine in a weathered raccoon suit.
As Wednesday creeps closer and closer the excitements has become nearly unbearable! Nonethless, Apple Week here marches on with this shirt from the guys that brought us such T-Shirts as iSteamPhone, Exploded 128 and iSteamMac. This new tee features our favorite iCEO, Steve Jobs, with the moniker I’m With Cocoa plastered below his mug.
Now, this one T-Shirt is a bit more for the hardcore Apple Geek because, unless you’ve been a Mac user for a while or are a programmer, chances are that you’re confused with the Cocoa reference.
Of course, the shirt is a parody of the recent influx of I’m With Coco gear in support of Conan O’Brien. But what does Conan have to do with Apple and Steve Job? Nothing, really. Cocoa here is in reference to Apple’s native object-oriented application program environment for the Mac OS X. It is one of five major APIs available for Mac OS X; the others are Carbon, POSIX (for the BSD environment), X11 and Java. And now you know and knowing is half the battle!
I’m With Cocoa was designed by Dwayne Clare and is available now from the I’m With Cocoa shop for $19 and you can even pick up an 18″ x 24″ poster for $19.