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

Dark Raven: A Threadless Star Wars Parody

First of all, aren’t the Threadless releases this week just awesome?! When doing this post, It was a toss between Dark Raven and the Cookie Monster parody tee. I decided to go with Dark Raven because, heck, we can never have too many badass Star Wars parody tees. Right? Anyway, you better grab this one soon if you dig it because you never know if and when the intellectual property guys from LucasFilms will come a knocking. Remember Dark Side of the Garden by Glenn Jones? It was one of the most popular Threadless tees and it got yanked.

Dark Raven is available now from Threadless for $18. Dust off your lightsaber and go pick this one up now!

Dark Raven Threadless Star Wars Parody

Dark Ravel Star Wars Threadless Parody

Speaking of lightsabers, did you know that 3 of the 10 most expensive Star Wars memorabilia items sold have been lightsabers? In 2001, Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber From Episode I: The Phantom Menace (top) sold for $54,000 (10th most expensive item). The Darth Vader Hero Lightsaber From The Empire Strikes Back (middle) sold for $100,000 in 2005 (5th most expensive item). And the 2nd most expensive Star Wars item sold was the Luke Skywalker Lightsaber From Star Wars: A New Hope (bottom), which went for a cool $170,000.

Qui-GonJinn Lightsaber

Darth Vader Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

If you want to see the rest of the Top 10 list then check out Galactic Binder.

Comic-Con Friendly tees All Week at RIPT Apparel

WARNING: expect to see a LOT of comic related geekery for the rest of the week in celebration of Comic-Con 2010!

To help kick things off are our friends at RIPT Apparel. Throughout Comic-Con weekend (which starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday), they will be having one limited edition comic/science-fiction themed graphic tee on sale for just $9 a piece. Each of the limited edition shirts will be on sale for one day only! Normally, RIPT tees are priced at $10 but be sure to use the coupon code “ILOVERIPT” at checkout for an additional $1 off.

See below for a peek of their Comic-Con offerings!

RIPT Apparel

Thursday (July 22, 2010): Super Manatee. No comic convention would be complete without someone sporting the blue tights, red undies and cape! Be different and be bold. Pick up this Superman/Manatee mashup tee!

Super Manatee

Friday (July 23, 2010): There’s No Place Like Space. The Wizard of Oz meets Star Wars. Yes, that happened.

There's No Place Like Space

Saturday (July 24, 2010): Batkid. This Batkid looks like like he’s ready to tag something. Thug much?

Batkid

Sunday (July 25, 2010): Cat-A-Tar. I really enjoyed Avatar, but in all seriousness, if the Avatars looks a bit like the Cat-a-tars below, I might have loved the movie that much more. Maybe. Now I’m thirsty for some milk!

A-Cat-Ar

The Imperial Undead

I’m not the biggest fan of the zombie/gore genre, especially when the shirts take themselves too seriously. Parody shirts, however, I am a fan of. This tee by ShantyShawn melds two of my favorite things, Star Wars and parody designs. The fact that the characters have been turned into freakish zombie types, doesn’t really bother me too much. I think the new look gives Darth Vader some character.

“If you thought the Empire was evil before, now they’re undead and hungry for some rebel flesh. If you love zombies and Star Wars, then this is a must have for your wardrobe. Your Jedi friends will be sooo jealous!”

The Imperial Undead is available now at ShantyShawn’s RedBuble shop for $23.94. If you dig his design, you may also want to check out his online portfolio, Shawn Conn: Snapshots from Hell’s Carnival.

The Imperial Undead

The Imperial Undead

Unique LA Spotlight: Three Apparel

During the next few days I’ll be featuring the awesome clothing brands that will be setting up booths at Unique LA, an independent design and gift show that will take place on April 24th thru the 25th at the California Market Center.

If you’re an adult with the heart of a big kid then you’ll love the tees that Three Apparel have to offer. Three Apparel specializes in modern cartoon style T-Shirts. Their shirts features vibrant colors and fun, off-the-wall characters. They’ve got a bunch of cool designs but by far my favorites include the one-eyed and five-legged Happy Attack tee and the Mario and Luigi parody, Arab Bros.

Three Apparel features the artwork of Peter Michail and Tony Salama. T-Shirts are printed on 100% Cotton Fine Jersey tees and are available for sale for $20.

You can find Three Apparel at Unique LA in Booth 246 next to the Free Workshops area.

Happy Attack

Robot Pete

Owl

Three

Arab Bros.

Spock and His Party Tricks

It just so happens that the other day I re-watched the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek for the first time since seeing it in the theaters. I watched it on blu-ray and I have to say that I liked it this time around just as much as I did when I first saw it in the theaters. Watching it again made me realize how perfect the casting choice for Spock really was.

Speaking of Spock, Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees just released his newest parody tee featuring Spock and his familiar hand gesture. Live long and …. party? The shirt is called Party Trick and from the looks of the design it looks like our seemingly emotionless friend is up to some tomfoolery. Know a Trekkie in need of a Christmas present? This will make for the perfect gift!

Party Trick

Party Trick

Optimus Cupcake by Johnny Cupcakes

Johnny Cupcakes undoubtedly creates some of the best parody tees around. This Transformers inspired tee is no different. I love everything about the design but I especially dig the bright yellow! I typically prefer the simple Johnny Cupcake logo tees over the illustrated parodies, but, I could definitely see myself in this shirt.

Optimus Cupcake by Johnny Cupcakes