ZAP Exploded

The Exploded guys (that’s what I’m calling em’) have done it again! This time, they’ve deconstructed the original Nintendo Zapper for our geek pleasure. Designed by artist Garry Booth, this design brings us all the way back to the 80’s when Duck Hunt was a fresh faced phenom and not regulated to the used video game bin at the local video game store. 

Growing up I LOVED playing Duck Hunt if only because using a gun to shoot flying pixels resembling ducks on my TV screen was the closest I would get to duck hunting in Hawaii. 

This gem can be had from ZapExploded.com for $17. 

Zap Exploded by Garry Booth

Old School Hopscotch

I have to admit, in elementary school I had some mad Hopscotch skills. I remember this popular recess time game being very intricate and competitive. It was much more than just hopping from square to square. There were certain levels that required you to start by launching from a certain start distance and let’s not forget the difficult “washing machine” level that required you to spin 360 degrees block to block.

And, I’m not sure if this was a Hawaii thing, or not, but in the Hawaii version of Hopscotch, you would throw your a slipper (flip-flop) to the closest square first (and work your way to the end). If and only if your slipper lands within the square, you’d then proceed to jump through the hopscotch and then the next person would go. Anyone else play hopscotch this way? 

In any case, this shirt from Kim & Jason brought back memories straight from my playground days. You can pick up Hopscotch from the Kim & Jason Lemonade Stand for just $18.

Hopscotch by Kim & Jason Lemonade Stand

Johnny Cupcakes Has Blue Balls All Weekend Long

Planning to pick up some Johnny Cupcake tees? Well, you might as well stop by the shop on Newbury St. in Boston this weekend because for every $10 you spend you’ll receive a blue ball. Spend $20 and you get 2 balls. Spend $40 and you get 4 balls. You get the idea. What will you do with those balls you ask? You get to play beer pong Johnny Cupcakes style, with cupcake tins! Get two balls into the cupcake tin and you win a free Johnny Cupcakes shirt. Pretty awesome! This promotion runs all day this Saturday + Sunday (July 11th + 12th 2009).

ReThink Clothing Zapper – Vintage Nintendo!

Now this is what I’m talking about, ReThink Clothing! I am in love with the newest offering from Andy Meyer of ReThink Clothing. The shirt is called Zapper and it features a relic from my childhood – the original NES Zapper! I remember spending countless hours in front of the TV zapping at flying ducks on the screen. So much fun, just like this tee! Zapper is available in two colorways, Orange and Asphalt, and is printed on American Apparel blanks. You can pick it up from ReThink Clothing for $19.99 and be sure to use the coupon code “COTY” for an extra 20% off your purchase at ReThink Clothing! Also, check out the other release from ReThink Clothing, Bomb Drop!

Zapper by ReThink Clothing

Zapper by ReThink Clothing

Bomb Drop

Bomb Drop by ReThink Clothing

New Super Mario Bros. + 10 Mario Inspired Tees

Nintendo recently previewed their latest blockbuster game at the E3 2009 conference and my goodness am I excited! They have been releasing so much retro NES goodness for the Wii as of late that I’m not sure if I can take it. First, Punch Out and now, New Super Mario Bros. in all it’s 2D side scrolling goodness. I am so excited to play this game especially since it offers multi-player beyond just Mario and Luigi. I’ve never been so excited for coins in my life. Cha-Ching!

And to commemorate this momentous occasion I have here 10 unique Super Mario Bros. inspired tees and a hoodie to boot. All of these are available for purchase with the exception of Super Mario Skull. 

1. Game Over by Fuzzy Ink. First up, we have Game Over from our buddies over at Fuzzy Ink. This is one of the more fantastical of the Mario tees here as it features our favorite characters all grown up and elderly! Maximum cuteness factor indeed. This Jublin designed tee is available on a Grass colored American Apparel tees and can be purchased for $18.95. Use the coupon code “Hawaii” for 10% off your order!

Game Over by Fuzzy Ink

2. Super Mario Bros. Sushi by thickblackoutline. This tee by thickblackoutline really made me realize just how good Super Mario Bros. would taste as sushi. Okay, that might have come out wrong. Nonetheless, it’s a great shirt and available now at Red Bubble for $28.83. 

Super Mario Bros. Sushi

3 and 4. Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit by Nerdy Shirts. Nerdy Shirts really has some love for our favorite Italian. They have a bunch of Mario inspired tees available and here are two of them: Mario Block and Mario Frog Suit. Mario Block reminds us of how simple and fun B-bit gameplay really was. Mario Frog Suit reminds me of Super Mario Land for the original Game Boy (remember the level that you had to swim and kill that huge octopus/huge fish boss).

Mario Block

Mario Frog Suit

5. Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers. It’s no surprise that Magic Mushrooms by Ian Summers made my list of favorite Mario inspired tees. After all, it was my Threadless Pick of the Week in Coty Loves Threadless Episode #15. They are running low in stock really fast on this tee over at Threadless so if you want it I suggest you go and pick it up now. I was able to secure a guys size large (there were only 2 left when I did). 

Magic Mushrooms

6. I Sneak Down Pipes by Euan Gallacher. I Sneak Down The Pipes was conceived by the Tee Doctor, Euan Gallacher, a Scotland based T-Shirt prescriber! It’s a clever play on the much used I Heart NY tee. I Sneak Down Pipes is available from MySoti for $17.72 and is printed on a white Alstyle tee. 

I Sneak Down Pipes

7. da Vinci’s Mario by Kevin Tong. Artist Kevin Tong designed this masterpiece, titled da Vinci’s Mario and inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Views of a Fetus in the Womb. This three color design is printed on an American Apparel blank and is available for $20. 

da Vinci's Mario by Kevin Tong

8. Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja. Have you ever wondered what Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Mario Bros. gang would like in real life? Wonder no more because Warrior Plumbers by Dr. McNinja answers that very question. Warrior Pumbers is printed on Hanes Beefy Tees and is available for $19.75 from TopatoCo. 

Warrior Plumbers

9. Super Mario Skull by MisNopalesArt. This Super Mario Skull tee from Etsy is just a tad bit disturbing. Just a tad. Our favorite plumber in skull form and in the raccoon suit to boot! What is wrong with this picture! This tee is unfortunately no longer available for sale. 

Super Mario Skull

10. Video Game Shirt by Stay Up. If video games are your religion then this is the tee for you. And right square in the middle of that 8-Bit cross is non-other than 8-Bit Mario. Pick up this tee from Stay Up in either a white or tan colorway. 

Video Game Shirt

Enclothe MarioFlague. And for the finale, I have this epic Enclothe MarioFlague zip up hoodie! Talk about attention to detail and a sure conversation starter. It’s a fully custom designed hoodie that features and inside breast iPod pocket, metal mushroom zipper pull, quick action cuff thumb hole, and an extra spacious 3 panel hood. This item can be your for $65. 

Marioflauge

I’m always on the hunt for a great Super Mario Bros. inspired tee. If you know of one that’s not on this list then let me know and maybe it’ll make the next wrap up!

Space (and Ice) Invaders?

Any Space Invaders fans out there? If so you might want to check out this product from Archie McPhee. These intergalactic ice trays will take you back to the day you opened the Atari 2600 on Christmas morning. Each 8″ by 4-1/2″ tray is 100% pure silicone, oven-safe, dishwasher-safe, raygun-safe! Ice Invaders is available at Archie McPhees’s for $8.95. 

Ice Invaders

And of course you need an appropriate tee to much your new Ice Invaders ice tray. The shirt is called Space Invaders Attack and it’s available from bytelove for €22.00 (~$29 US). 

Space Invaders Attackerar

Classic Video Games by Faux Sure

Here’s a great tee designed by Brooklyn based brand, Faux Sure. If you’re an old school gamer then this tee will bring twinkles to your eyes! My old school gamingness only goes back to the NES. I am remember how skilled I was in the art of blowing into the cartridge. Though, I am sure that for many of you gaming started before the NES. Atari anyone? I think I’m going to dust off my old Game Boy and play me some Super Mario. 

Classic Video Games

Here are two others tees from Faux Sure, in the same style as Classic Video Games. I really dig this style! All of the tees are printed on American Apparel and are available at Faux Sure’s Etsy Store for $21.50. Even better, you get a free tote bag with every order of $40 or more, which means that if you’re planing to pick up two tees then you get a free Faux Sure tote! 

Tapes and Speakers

Glorious Nonsensities 2×06: Crazy Bananas, Endgame Clothing and Chess

In this episode I wear You Crazy Banana! by Word! Apparel and review two tees that I received from Endgame Clothing, a brand that specializes in designing tees made for and designed by people that love the game of chess. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

You can also watch this episode on Viddler, Vimeo, or on blip.tv.

Coty’s Thoughts:

3Kings & Trophy designed by Endgame Clothing. Good: These tees fit perfectly on me, tagless print for extra comfort, fabric is incredibly soft and so is the ink, awesome designs that can be easily worn by both chess players and non chess players. Bad: I preferred 3Kings over Trophy, no real complaints about these two tees. Price: $24.99.

3Kings by Endgame Clothing

Trophy by Endgame Clothing

You Crazy Banana! by Word! Apparel. This week’s starter shirt can be purchased for a limited time from Word! Apparel. Get this tee now before it’s gone forever, plus, who doesn’t like bananas – especially crazy ones. Price: $16.99.

You Crazy Banana by Word! Apparel

If you want to sent me a product to review, please feel free to do so. You can find my information in the contact menu above. Thanks!


Pre Computers by Glennz Tees

This is the newest design from Glennz Tees and it doesn’t disappoint! Glennz Tees founder, Glenn Jones, never fails to impress me with the wit of his designs. This particular design, Pre Computers, brings us back to the days when interacting with other humans for fun and enjoyment was the norm. When sport was an actual physical activity not just twiddling of thumbs. The design is printed on a royal blue American Apparel tee and is going for $19.95. 

Pre Computers by Glennz Tees

Pre Computers