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.

Evil Comes In All Sizes: 11 of the Most Evil Characters In Film

Sean Mort is the artist behind one of my favorite Threadless tees ever – The Gaming Revolution. In fact, I’ve worn it out so much that I think it’s time for me to request a reprint. Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for Threadless to release another Sean Mort designed tee. I’ve been waiting for some time now.

Luckily for me, the wait is over. Mort’s latest design, Evil Comes In All Sizes does in fact come in a bunch of different sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large to be exact). It might not be a Threadless print but it’s still hot nonetheless. The shirt references some of the most famous big screen monsters of all time, from the infant sized terror named Chucky to the mysterious Clover monster from Cloverfield. And of course, they are all aligned in a police type lineup from shortest to tallest. By the way, I had no idea that Godzilla was so huge.

“Evil Comes In All Sizes is a size chart of famous movie baddies and comes with an informative key on the lower back of the shirt. Featured bad guys are Chucky, the Wicked Witch of the West, a T-Rex, King Kong, Rancor, Megatron, the 50ft Woman, Mr Stay Puft, Tripod, Godzilla and Clover.”

The design is printed on a heather gray Gildan Softstyle ringspun tee. Evil Comes In All Sizes is available now at Sean Mort’s online shop for a reasonable £12 (~$19 US). Grab one now or pay for it later!

And speaking of Godzilla, check out this montage featuring over 50 years of Godzilla in film:

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

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Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies

I was checking out the latest offering from UK based Last Exit To Nowhere and stumbled upon an excellent Ghostbusters themed T-Shirt. Last Exit To Nowhere did not go the traditional “cartoony” route, like this Threadless T-Shirt, instead, they went sophisticated. Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies features not only great typography but also has green glow in the dark ink, something that the die hard fans of Ghostbusters can appreciate.

Inspired by the Columbia University Paranormal Studies team in the first part of the film Ghost Busters. (The reason Ernie Hudson’s character Winston Zeddemore isn’t featured in this particular design is because he joined the team after they had left University when Ghost Busters was already established).

Venkman Stantz Spengler Paranormal Studies is available now from Last Exit To Nowhere for £18 ($28).

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

Ghostbusters Paranormal Studies

30% Off Spring Sale at RANDR Tees

The good people over at RANDR (Rise and Resist Apparel) is having a huge Spring Sale. All items have been marked down by 20% and you can score an extra 10% off your entire order by using the coupon code “CLEANERS” at checkout. No mention of the end date for this sale so you better get on this while you can since it could theoretically end at any moment! They’ve got some amazing tees, so the sale is definitely worth checking out. See below for a few of my RANDR favorites!

RANDR Tees Spring Sale

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RANDR Tees

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A Better Tomorrow Presents AirDEXâ„¢ vs SuperSATâ„¢

I always have the hardest time deciphering the German contest site, A Better Tomorrow. But, words or no words, I have to say that the design on this tee speaks for itself. I love it! Before I was even remotely passionate about T-Shirts I was (and still am to a certain degree) madly obsessed with shoes. And this shirt combines two of my favorite things, shoes and shirts! You can pick up AirDEX vs. SuperSAT by AndreaABT from A Better Tomorrow for 22 €.

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Beast Flow from RANDR Tees

This single color print from T-Shirt veteran Liviu Matei is simple yet effective! I love how he didn’t go overboard with the colors and kept it a simple, single colored, line print. The shirt, titled Beast Flow, features some ghastly deep sea creatures. It might be the perfect tee to wear the next time you go searching for that elusive Scottish lake monster or go hunting for a giant squid!

I’m going off on a tangent here, but, I have to say that giant squids, for some reason, really fascinate me. They really do. The tee is printed on an aqua American Apparel blank and you can pick up your copy of Beast Flow from Rise And Resist for just $18.

Beast Flow

Beast Flow

More Scared by Tim Gough

There’s something freakishly cool about this tee from Tim Gough but I’m not sure what it is. Could it be that, what looks like a fur ball/yeti is walking around with one eye! Maybe. In any case, I love this shirt that I spotted at Camisetas Online! More Scared is printed on an American Apparel tee and is available for $22.

More Scared by Tim Gough

5 Things We Can Learn From The Seibei Story

The first two 5 Things We Can Learn From… posts featuring Threadless and Johnny Cupcakes proved to be quite popular. This time around I dissect Seibei. Seibei is a one-man brand that was conceptualized and developed by David Murray. Murray is a 26 year old college graduate who majored in Japanese Literature. Lucky for us, he decided to focus on making cool art instead. 

With such popularity and a cult following, Seibei must have done something right. Here I look at 5 things that we can learn from the Seibei story.

1. Your Website Should Be An Extension of Your Products. You don’t even need to click on the store, or see any of David tees or other products, and you already know what his style and what his goods will look like. His website is an extension of his products. He showcases many of the monsters that he prints on his tees throughout his site. And why not? The colors that he uses on his site reflects the colors often seen on his tees. Why would you have a sophisticated, modern and simplistic site design when your products are all about fun, humor, vibrant colors and monsters! Extend your products through your website design. 

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2. Take “Advantage” of Your Fanbase. In a good way, of course! David takes “advantage” of his fanbase through his Seibei Nation promotion. The Seibei Nation is his version of a street team. A lot of people consider word of mouth the purest form of marketing. Word of mouth is what a street team and esssentially the Seibei Nation is all about. And of course, remember that if they rub your back be sure to return the favor. Every time a Seibei Nation member brings in ten $10 or more sales they get a free Seibei T-Shirt. People LOVE free things so why not take advantage of that. BTW, use coupon code COTY for 10% off your next Seibei order!

USE COUPON CODE COTY FOR 10% OFF!

3. Be As Transparent As Possible. If your company is a one-man show, and even if it’s not, it may pay off to be as transparent to your audience or customers as possible. David is as transparent as can be on his blog, often posting about things not related to tees but that show off the fun side of his life. David loves to make posts about food, by doing this, maybe he’ll appeal to other food lovers who will then be interested in his tacos and sandwich tees. By being transparent, you make yourself the face of your company. You are living proof that your company exists because of you and your hard work. People are able to relate with you much more when they see a face. When people can relate, they often are more prone to opening their wallets and spending their hard earned cash. 

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4. Make Art and Craft Shows Your Friend. David hits craft and art shows pretty hard. A quick glance at his blog shows that he’s attended a ton of these, including: Craftacular, Boston Bazaar, Renegade, and Stitch Austin. What’s so important about attending craft and art shows? Well, it helps to give you brand exposure in the offline world. Sure you have an online store, but when you attend a craft show, people can actually see your goods, they can touch it and purchase it right then and there. Secondly, attending a craft show will help you to actually see what demographics are interested in and are purchasing your products. This should give you an idea of what you should maybe do for future product releases – build on popular products, build on what your target demographic is interested in. 

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5. Trust Your Gut. When David submitted his Give Us A Kiss design to the Cornelius Hearts Threadless contest, he had high hopes and was quite excited about it. Things didn’t turn out so well for the design. Voters were quick to give it low scores and the submission was prematurely dumped from the voting process. Understandably, David was miffed about this – mainly because he was so enthusiastic about the design. He decided to go with his gut and have the design printed despite it not being seen favorably in the eyes of the tee loving community, Threadless. The shirt that Threadless once abandoned is now a staple of his online store and I don’t doubt that it is one of his top sellers. The ultimate vindication came when Jake Nickell, one of the founders of Threadless, stopped by Seibei’s booth at Renegade Chicago. Nickell loved Give Us A Kiss and even purchased one. Trust your gut. 95% of the time your gut is right, which is totally worth the 5% of the time it is not. 

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Wheww, those are my thought about Seibei – what are yours? Leave them in the comments section!

NIWL Unveils New Line of Tees

As promised, Never In Wonderland (NIWL) released their newest line of tees today. And what a pleasant surprise it was to see that they collaborated with artists like Josh Stomberg, Corefolio and Michael Shantz.

The corefolio designed tee, When Zombies Attack, shows NIWL owners, Daren and Kass, being attacked. What’s even better is that the first 25 people to order that shirt will receive an individually numbered poster of the same design. Get on that if you want it because it will go fast! 

My favorite of the bunch has to be the Josh Stomberg designed Wizard of Wonderland if only because it’s inspired by Blink-182! And of course the Shantz designed tee is downright gross and wicked! Other new products include a new NIWL Cloud Logo tee and a Custom Knitted Beanie with a pom on the top. 

Wizard of Wonder Land

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