LIFE Cardigan by Threadless Select: Ultimate Gamer Cardigan

A few days ago I reviewed the 8-Bit Dynamic Life T-Shirt from ThinkGeek. I really dug that tee, however, if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy or Geek Chic then look no further than LIFE by Matt Leyen. This cardigan is so understated, relaxed, and cool. You’re a gamer, but you’re not screaming hardcore gamer when you use this cardigan. I admit, this cardigan is sexy.

LIFE by Matt Leyen is available now from Threadless for $44.

Scary Anime Lady Scribble T-Shirt

You can file this under the category labeled bizarre. Yu Kobayashi is a Japanese actress that is best known for her voice, which has appeared in video games such as Ar tonelico III, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and the feature film adaptation of Animal Crossing. What’s bizarre is that she decided to create some scribbles that look like they came from someone who was high on acid. And the worst part is that this isn’t a joke product, Kobayashi is actually selling her design in tote and T-Shirt form. If you’re crazy enough to be even remotely interested in this, then you deserve to spend the $63 that it will cost you to own these two products.

Would you buy this T-Shirt/Tote combination pack? Would you wear this T-Shirt?

Diagram 5-3: Kuribo’s Shoe

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!

Minimalist Street Fighter

I originally saw this design when it was making the Internet rounds a few weeks ago and I just recently found that it’s now available in T-Shirt form. Needlessy to say, I was super excited because I love the minimalist take on the Street Fighter II characters that I grew up with. The design was done by Ashley Browning and was originally posted on his Flickr page (Flickr member infinitecontinues).

“This is a one-off piece, and a departure from usual Minimalism pieces of mine. This time I just wanted to go really, really basic. Initially, I felt I was creating a Bauhaus/De Stijl inspired piece, but after finishing it, I thought it also looked like the primitive graphics from Atari 2600 or Intellivision consoles.”

Street Fighter II Abstract Edition is available now from MySoti for $19.98.

Minimalist Street Fighter

Enjoy 8-Bit

Games nowadays tend to be too complex (for me anyway). I loved the simplicity of the games of yesteryear. The graphics were simple, the buttons were kept to a minimum and the storyline was always one that I could follow without getting a headache. Those were the days of 8-Bit games. And those days are long gone.

Luckily, this new tee from J!NX helps us to remember the relaxing days of 8-Bit games. The shirt is called Enjoy 8-Bit and is the perfect shirt to unwind in after a long, hard day at work.

“The Man’s been breathing down your neck, probably asked you to come in on Saturday. Why don’t you come on home, sit your bum on the couch, and fire up a nice, relaxing game of 8-bit. There’s nothing like a satisfying game of 8-bit to set the world right again.”

Pick up Enjoy 8-bit from J!NX for $21.99 and get $10 off your order of $35 with the coupon code: DADSROCK. *Can’t combine with other discounts or promos. (Expires 6/18/2010)

Enjoy 8-Bit

Enjoy 8-Bit

Weekly Recap and Linkology | May 28, 2010

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Our buddy Glenn Jones released a new tee called Spun Dry. Spider-Man fans, this shirt is for you.

Spun Dry

If you’ve got an iPad, you still probably will not want to get the iTee. And yes, in case you were wondering, this is a real product!

The iTee

And finally, one of my favorite genre of T-Shirt – the Exploded Tee. This time, the guys that brought you the Exploded iPhone, Exploded 128, and Exploded iPad brings you Exploded Andy.

Exploded Andy

Even though LOST ended in dramatic fashion last Sunday, we got two very nice shout outs on USA Today for my 108 LOST T-Shirt list!

Early Buzz: ‘Lost’ response, Bono’s back, Spike’s engaged, more headlines

Your ‘Lost’ party pics (part one): Lockes, Smokeys and Rice Krispies

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.

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.

BP Cares

Check out these two future geeks to be sporting Glennz Tees Refill Required! Awesome shot! Via Glennz Tees.

Refill Required

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.

Narwhale + Horse Venn Diagram

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.

Sparkle HD

Air Display allows you to use your iPad as a second display, through Wi-Fi. Neat! Via SwipeTap.


Threadless News:

Renaissance Rocks by Enkel Dika gets my nod as this weeks Threadless Pick of the Week! If you haven’t checked out the new iPod Touch collaborative cases by Threadless and Griffin Technology then be sure to head over and take a peek, they have four new designs including one of my favorite – The Gaming Revolution.

Renaissance Rocks

The Gaming Revolution

101 Nintendo T-Shirts For The Ultimate Nintendo Gamer

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.

101 Nintendo T-Shirts

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!

If you enjoyed this post then please, please, please, tell your friends about it! A simple Tweet or post on your Facebook page will help to get the word out, and a link back on your blog would be greatly appreciated!

Co-Tee TV Facebook Fan Page

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.

The Plumbers Wardrobe

2. Life of the Party by SnorgTees, $19.95.

3. 8-Bit Blues by Jacques Maes (Threadless), $18.

8-Bit Blues

4. Classically Trained by 80’s Tees, $20.

Classically Trained

5. Die Hard by Busted Tees, $20.

Die Hard

6. Let’s Rock Mega Man by 80sTees, $22.

7. Tetris Skyline by Reece Ward (RedBubble), $24.14.

Tetris Skyline

8. This Is Why I’m Hot by SnorgTees, $19.95.

9. NES Controller by Shirt City, $22.95.

NES Controller

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.

Game Over

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The Awkward Turtle

I’ve never heard of the “Awkward Turtle” but it does have me intrigued.

“The Awkward Turtle is done by placing one of your hands over the other with both palms facing down, sticking your thumbs outward, and rotating both of your thumbs forward in a circular motion. The speed of the rotation reflects on the degree of awkwardness. This gesture is performed after something awkward has just happened or when there is an awkward silence. When someone makes the awkward turtle gesture, the goal of all others involved in the awkward moment is to be the first to make their own turtle gesture and hump the original turtle before any other players can.”

Will you be joining the awkward turtle revolution? If so, pick up an Awkward Turtle tee from Regal Clothing Co. for £17.99 and be sure to use the coupon code “JINGLEBELLS” at checkout for 25% off your entire order!

Awkward Turtle

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 5 + 6

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 5 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Me A Sandwich by Seibei and Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray (Tilteed)

This marked the start of our road trip to neighboring state, Oregon. We began the morning by having breakfast at a little cafe en route to Tacoma, were would switch off with our friends cousin whose car we were borrowing for the trip to Portland. The Shipwreck Cafe is this small stop off of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington. I got the breakfast special, which consisted of chickenfried steak, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was better than I expected! Tons of gravy lathered over the chicken steak. Don’t pay attention to the calories because the gravy really makes this dish special.


After breakfast we headed straight for our first stop in Portland, the Full Sail Brewery, which is right next to Hood River. Full Sail Brewery is known for their award winning Session brew. The brewery tour lasted about 30 minutes and was quite interesting and informative. They walk you through the entire beer making process and even let you taste the ingrediants that go into brewing beer. At the end of the tour you score a free Full Sail glass!

Full Sail Brewery

The food at Full Sail Brewery was OK but the beer was exceptional. I especially loved the Full Sail Session Lager, that is definitely my type of beer and well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Tacoma. We ended up buying a case to bring back to the hotel.

After Full Sail we headed to Portland to check into our hotel, the third Marriot stop of our Seattle/Portland journey. We got lost. But that was a good thing because we ended up at a Traders Joe’s and bought tons of snacks! I wish Hawaii had a Trader Joe’s.

Lo and behold our hotel was only 5 minutes away from Trader Joes. We made it to our hotel, quickly unpacked and headed out to yet another beer destination – Rogue Distillery & Public House, to meet up with Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing and Patrick Treadway of Tilteed! We had a great time chatting about tees, Portland life, tees, and tees! It was great meeting up with those two excellent dudes. And my friends were happy because they scored some free tees from Patrick and one of you lucky readers will score a free tee(s) from Travis (I need to first figure out how to give them away)!

Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

That’s Travis Greenwood from Found Item Clothing. Amazing guy who knows a ton about shirts and has crazy ideas! Follow him on Twitter @founditemclothing.

Parick Treadway of

Hey, it’s Patrick from! He markets, prints, and ships out all Tilteed orders by himself! Talk about dedication and being passionate about what you do! Follow Tilteed on Twitter @Tilteed. Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your Tilteed order!

After Rogue, Patrick was kind enough to drive us to VooDoo Doughnuts to get a taste of the weirdness that is Portland! VooDoo Doughnoughts was great experiece filled with an eclectic set of people! I’ve never quite experienced anything like VooDoo Doughnuts. It was a trip to say the least. And Patrick was right, VooDoo Doughnuts is best experienced at night because when we stopped by the following morning, the crowd was a bore compared to the night munchers.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness

Portland here we come! The morning was spent exploring the Pearl District of Portland. Our first stop was the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside. To say that this bookstore is huge is a big understatement. It’s ginormous. It’s probably larger than most public libraries you’ve been to. The store is split up into 8 different sections based on genre and occupies three full floors. You could spend countless hours exploring Powell’s, unfortunately our time was limited so our visit was brief (I still left with two new books).

Keep Portland Weird

As I was walking through Portland someone walked right pass me and said “I Love Your Shirt”. You can get it from I Am Wellness. Use the code “SUMMER09″ for 15% off (hopefully the code still works).

By the time we were through with Powell’s we headed out to lunch at Old Town Pizza which is an iconic Portland eatery with a haunted reputation. “Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced “Nigh-na”), our resident ghost. If you feel a presence behind you, or smell a faint waft of perfume, you may have just received a visit. Nina is often seen in a black dress observing diners and wandering the basement below.” We settled on the House Pizza topped with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, black olives and bell peppers. The pizza was good but unfortunately there was no sighting of Nina, the resident ghost. I will say, though, that the restroom was freaky as hell. It is very dimly lit in there and I had a weird feeling (while I was peeing no less) that someone was watching me. Freaky!

Ground Kontrol is a neat little vintage arcade that Travis of Found Item Clothing suggested we hit up and I’m glad that we did! We spent about an hour in there playing some very old school arcade games like Centipede, Punch-Out, Simpsons and Space Invaders. This is not your typical arcade because at Ground Kontrol there is a fully functional bar. Awesome.

Ground Kontrol

I’m a huge fan of Punch-Out so I was stoked to find this classic arcade game at Ground Kontrol!

After Ground Kontrol my buddies decided to grab a box of VooDoo doughnuts for the drive back home. While they stood in line (in the hot sun no less and yet another reason to go during the night time) I ventured down the street and stumbled across a neat little coffee/art shop called Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It had a a nice open space as opposed to the typical cramped coffee shop. I had the Queens Iced Tea and it was the cool refreshment that I needed! While the guys stood in that line for VooDoo doughnuts I sipped on my iced tea in air conditioning!

Good bye Portland, I knew you for just a day but I had a great time! Now en route to Tacoma (to return the car), we decided to stop by the Outlet Mall near Chehalis and in Centralia, Washington. The outlet stores of importance included Quicksilver, Billabong, and Nike. We hit those three shops up pretty hard.

From there we caught a shuttle to the 4th and final hotel of our stay – the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, which is just a few steps from Pike’s Place. We didn’t stay in the hotel for long as we decided grab some Clam Chowder from the original Ivar’s Seafood, right on the Seattle Waterfront. When you go to Ivar’s there just one thing you need to get – The Clam Chowder! We ordered one of each of the three different varieties: white, red and salmon. I urge you to do the same.


They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.


Small cup of Salmon Clam Chowder from Iver’s before heading to Del Rays for even more food and drinks!

Next we hit up Del-Rey’s for appetizers and drinks (or should I say beers and margaritas) and then finished the night off by closing down the bar at, appropriately, Ohana’s in Belltown, a Hawaiian themed bar. This was the third night that we stayed at a bar till closing (2am in Seattle).

But the night did not end there. We ventured off into the alley ways of the Seattle Waterfront and eventually ending up at Pier 67. The streets were empty and all that was left were four guys from Hawaii, laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie that you get from being with your closest friends.

Ohana Bar

Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.