8-Bit Zombie: Loners & Rebels & Beetlejuice & Ghostbusters

If you’re seeking some vintage awesomeness then I suggest that you head on over to 8-Bit ZOMBIE and check out their latest line tees. They’ve got everything from Pee-Wee Herman to Beetlejuice to The Ghostbusters. How much better can you get? In fact, their newly redesigned website bleeds awesome sauce. It’s full of throwback love for every 80’s kid and then some. I actually got super excited when I first saw the preview images (see last image below). They reminded me so much of Garbage Pail Kids Trading Cards – I was a huge fan of those. In fact, I still have my entire Garbage Pail Kids collection!

My favorites from the new line is twofold. My first instinct led me straight to that amazing Ghostbusters piece. However, when I saw that they did a Neverending Story design, my mind was blown. So good! This new line is basically my childhood printed on T-Shirts. All that’s missing? Maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Masters of the Universe designs would have been perfect – but I can always wait until next time.

The new 8-Bit ZOMBIE tees are available now at their online shop for $20 a piece.

Hat tip to Carlos over at Oven Fresh Dreams.

Dude, Bro, Man…ParadeMaker

Oddly enough, I discovered this awesome tee by ParadeMaker from a discussion that I had on Twitter regarding me wanting some spanking new red socks. I love T-Shirts, but I also have a bountiful sock collection. I love myself a quirky pair of argyle printed socks and the occasional off print. Needless to say, ParadeMaker responded to my query and mentioned that ParadeMaker is working on making custom socks (hopefully in red).

Up to that point, I had never heard of ParadeMaker, so my curiosity got the best of me and I checked out their website link on their Twitter profile page (as I often do with people I have discussion with on Twitter). Lo and behold, they are purveyors of some pretty awesome, off-the-wall T-Shirts.

Dude, Bro, Man instantly grabbed my attention, and for good reason. I LOVED the goonies growing up (I think I watched that VHS to death). Not only that, but as an adult, I have a fond appreciation for pop art. And when I think of pop art, two artists come to mind: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Dude, Bro, Man pays homage to my love of the Goonies and pop art!

Dude, Bro, Man is available now from ParadeMaker for $12.

Speaking of ParadeMaker, check out this video of them printing some tees!

Bunker Designs Is Back!

A few episodes back, I reviewed a little T-Shirt contest site from Costa Rica called Bunker Designs. They’re selection of tees was a bit sparse and the activity on the site  seemed to be a bit quiet. However, I’m pleasantly surprised to see that they’ve moved forward with a new website design and have released a selection of new, top notch T-Shirts.

The three new tees include What’s Going On In My Mind and Starcatcher by HeavyHand, and GandALF by Sergio37. Both of the HeavyHand T-Shirts continue with the Bunker Design vibe that I really dug with Gulfie. Though I have to say that What’s Going On In My Mind reminds me of a bit of Wotto’s style (see Guilty Pleasures). As far as Starcatcher goes, I especially love the symmetry!

Now, GandALF is were things get a little bit weird for me. This parody shirt doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the line, and looks like it would probably fit in more with something we’d find at RIPT or TeeFury (those guys love to parody). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some ALF (I believe I’ve referenced ALF a few times on this blog before). I grew up with ALF so whether or not it fits in with the rest of the Bunker Designs T-Shirts, that’s okay, because it made me smile!

Both Starcatcher and GandALF are available now from Bunker Designs for $20 and you can score What’s Going On In My Head for $22. The best part is that you can score 20% off your entire Bunker Designs purchase by using the coupon code BDCOTY at checkout! Awesome.

What's Going On In My Head



101 T-Shirts To Help You Relive The 1980’s

I’m an 80’s kid. And since I was born in 1981, I was able to experience 90% of that glorious decade. Ah, the 80’s, the birthplace of most of my childhood favorites, many of which you’ve probably heard me ramble on about here on this blog. From He-Man to The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Back to the Future to The Karate Kid. The 80’s was a great time to be a kid.

It kind of makes me sad to think that the kids growing up today look up at their older brothers and sisters, interacting like zombies in front of their computers. The 80’s were all about adventure for me. It was about me and my bike and my friends. It was about hunting for imaginary treasures like the Goonies did. It was about hunting for dinosaur bones in my back yard. It was about me turning into a ninja and then into a pirate and then back to a kid. It was about leaving the NES cartridge in the NES on all night to save my place in a game. The 80’s were awesome, at least for me it was.

PS: I’ve included a downloadable PDF reference guide at the bottom to help you figure out what/who these T-Shirts refer to. But can you figure them all out without looking at the reference guide? Have fun!

101 T-Shirts To Help You Relive The 1980's

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 1980’s 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. When I Was A Kid The World Looked Like This by Snorg Tees, $18.95.

When I Was A Kid

2. How To Do The Thriller Dance by NerdyShirts, 19.95.

How To Do The Thriller Dance

3. Prepare To Die by 80s Tees, $20.

Prepare To Die

4. Jesse and the Rippers by Busted Tees, $20.

Jesse and the Rippers

5. 80’s Filmography by Chop Shop, $17.

80's Filmography

6. It’s A Trap by Clutch Tees, $19.95.

It's A Trap

7. BRB by DeezTeez, $14.99.


8. I Love The 80’s by Shirtcity, $19.95.

I LOve The 80's

9. Broken Stereo by Skreened, $20.99.

Broken Stereo

10. Stay Puft Radar by Headline Shirts, $19.

Tay Puft Radar

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80’s Filmography

The Chop Shop never fails when designing amazingly iconic T-Shirts! This time, they tackle the 80’s, a decade that was filled with a handful of pop culture icons. With the help of graphic designer Timo Meyer, the Chop Shop takes 22 films and converts them into Foursquare like badges that form an 8. Awesome. Now the only question is, can you figure out the names of all 22 films?

80’s Filmography is available now from the Chop Shop for $20 but you can save 15% by using the coupon code “cotygun” at checkout!

Chop Shop - 80's Filmography

A new approach to the Chop Shop iconic tee. 22 classic 80’s films reduced to symbols and arranged into the form of an eight. A Chop Shop concept designed and executed by Timo Meyer.

Unstoppable Andy

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! 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. 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. 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. 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!

Unstoppable Andy is available now in T-Shirt and poster form for $19.

Unstoppable Andy

Unstoppable Andy

And here is the original sketch that got me super excited!

Unstoppable Andy

Rocky’s Villains

First off, you should know that I am huge Rocky fan. My dad loves boxing, so growing up in the 80’s it was inevitable that I would watch the Rocky saga whenever humanly possibly. In fact, to this day, if Rocky is in marathon mode on either TNT or TBS, we watch it despite the fact that we own all of the movies on DVD.

And so it should be no surprise that I am quite fond of the latest Found Item Clothing original. It’s called Rocky’s Villains and is in the style of the popular Experimental Jetset tees. If this was any other tee, I’d probably hate the multi-colored typograhy. However, there is a reason to the colorful type madness and I can definitely appreciate it. If you’re confused then please refer to the photos below for reference.

Rocky’s Villains is printed on a white American Apparel T-Shirt and is now available from Found Item Clothing for $21.95.

Rocky's Villains

Apollo Creed and Rocky

Thunderlips and Rocky

Clubber Lang

Ivan Drago

Found Item Jetset: The Goonies and Ferris Bueller

The Experiment Jetset phenomena rolls on with these two new tees from our friends at Found Item Clothing. Both shirts references characters from 80’s movies classics. In fact, The Goonies was one of those movies that I grew up watching – over, and over and over again. I remember the first time I watched it, my dad had rented a copy from a local video store when it was just released (I remember the sticker on the case proclaiming it to be a new release). At the time, I had no idea what or who the Goonies were. But once the film on the VHS tape started to roll, I was hooked. Goonies never say die!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the John Hughes classic from 1986 (a year after The Goonies was released), didn’t catch my attention until 2 or 3 years after it was originally released. From what I recall, I caught it on HBO. I might have been too young to appreciate the antics of Mr. Bueller, but my appreciate for him grew with every re-watch.

The 80’s, they were great.

Both Goonies and the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off T-Shirts are available now from Found Item Clothing for $21.95.

The Goonies Experimental Jetset

Ferries Bueller's Day Off Experimental Jetset

Mac’s Mailbox

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know about my passion for all things … MacGyver. And so I was excited to see that the newest tee printed at Glennz Tees was Mac’s Mailbox, a nice homage to the 80’s duct tape making icon. Ever wondered what MacGyver’s mailbox would look like? Well, this is probably the best depiction of said mailbox that you’ll find in InternetLAND. And the best part is that you can buy it and wear it! Mac’s Mailbox is available now from Glennz tees for $19.95.

Mac's Mailbox

Mac's Mailbox

The Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll Shirt

Found Item Clothing’s latest movie inspired T-Shirt comes at the perfect time, especially with the the resurgence of vampires in film, albeit teenage ones. Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll never “fully” appeared in the classic 80’s flick, The Lost Boys, so the FIC crew had an especially fun time recreating this beauty.

For every vampire, there is a vampire hunter. Count Dracula traded blows with Van Helsing; Deacon Frost went fang-to-fang with Blade; likewise, The Lost Boys were tracked by Edgar and Alan Frog, a pair of comic book-obsessed nerds portrayed with enthusiastic gusto by Corey Feldman and Jamisom Newlander.

And to hunt the undead, you need a killer wardrobe. To wit, we present the Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll design, which makes a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance during an uneasy, get-to-know-you sequence between the Frog Bros. and their relunctant ally, Sam (Corey Haim). However fleeting, the mix of non-sequitur sloganeering and provocative imagery instantly caught our attention here at FIC HQ…

You can pick up Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll from Found Item Clothing for $21.95. And no, vampire hunting is not a pre-requisite to purchasing this shirt!

A little side story: Before I started blogging about T-Shirts I used to do design DVD covers. I’d create my own covers for films that had deficient ones. Needless to say, for a few years I ran a site dedicated to that hobby. I had a couple hundred of covers in the bag and hundreds of others uploaded by some other people in the cover world. One of my DVD Cover friends, Bunny Dojo, actually started doing legit DVD Covers and one of the first films he worked on was 2008’s Lost Boys: The Tribe. Bunny Dojo is also the designer that came up with the logo for this site! Be sure to check out his packaging work for films that you may and may not have heard of!

Why Waltz When You Can Rock & Roll