TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee

Okay, we all know that flip tees are a little cheesy, but this might have to be an exception (or not). It’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael flip tee! It’s Raphael from the 1980’s series, which is awesome. Of course, the T-Shirt wearer must exude a lot of cool and some (or a lot) of crude. If you got the previous sentence, then you’re a bonafide 80’s kid. Cheers, to you!

By the way, if you’re a Turtles fan, be sure to read my post on my exclusive trip the Nickelodeon Studios for a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview event for the upcoming TV show.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee is available now from TV Store Online for $20.95.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Preview Event

NOTE: Before I begin, I should note that everything that I mention regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninjs Turtles Nickelodeon show is, at the moment, a MUTATION IN PROGRESS. Nothing yet is set in stone. Storylines and Voices can still be changed and replaced. Mutation In Progress, keep that in mind!

About a month ago, a representative for Nickelodeon contacted me regarding attending a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles preview event in Burbank, California. Now, I get a lot of emails, but this one was pretty far out there. And lets not forget, most of my emails pitch T-Shirts, not mutant turtles. Needless to say, I was curious and so I replied back (the email said I needed to reply within the day in order to be considered). The next day, I was informed that the following week I would be contacted by some Nickelodeon representatives to discuss the Turtles. Neat.

Turns out, Nickelodeon was recruiting TMNT fans throughout the country, to attend a fan preview event at their studios in Burbank, California. I figured, I wouldn’t be chosen considering that I’ve only just blogged about the turtles a few times on this blog and each time it was in regards to TMNT themed T-Shirts. In retrospect, though, and looking back at those videos and TMNT posts, I spoke pretty passionately about the turtles and growing up with them. Despite this, I thought I had no shot … I mean there must be tons of other more uber mega super Turtle fans out there. Like, serious, serious fans. I certainly would not be chosen.

I was chosen. The madness begins.

About a week before I was scheduled to fly out to Burbank for the even, I received the official invite to the event. Can you guess how they delivered it? As a pizza! That’s right, someone dropped off pizza to my home in a custom TMNT pizza box. It was a pretty good cheese pizza too! At this point, I’m pretty excited because they are obviously going all out for this event.

The day of my departure arrives. I had an early flight, and I’m out of Honolulu at 8am on March 29th. I arrived at LAX at around 4pm and I have a personal driver (arranged by Nickelodeon) waiting for me at baggage claim to drive me to my hotel. Nice.

I arrive in my room and lo and behold, what’s there waiting for me? Ninja Turtle stuff! It was more like a big, circular gift box (made to look like a manhole/sewer) filled with goodies to keep me occupied throughout the night. Inside were some pretty dope snacks, as well as a TMNT T-Shirt and a VISA Gift Card. Awesome!

The big day arrives. I really didn’t know what to expect. Should I wear a TMNT shirt or not? I came prepared with three. I am a T-Shirt blogger after all. I decided to go with Heroes In An Art Shell by John Hillier from Threadless. 8:30pm rolls along and all of the people that flew in for the event meet up in the lobby of the Hotel Amarano. We are then driven to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

After waiting in the transportation van for a bit, we are finally allowed to enter the NICK lot. I should note, that they really know how to build up the tension. As we were all waiting in the van, each and every one of us was boiling with excitement. We didn’t know what to expect!

We were then finally let in and are told that we needed to give up our cell phones and any recording devices during the event. Meaning, I unfortunately could not take any pictures whatsoever. This sucked. Plus, I kept reaching for my imaginary iPhone in my pants pocket throughout the day! Those imaginary phones can be such a distraction. Once we turned in our goods, we were treated to a pretty good breakfast spread of baked goods. All the while, we mingled with our fellow TMNT brothers and sisters. Now during this time, we were unknowingly being treated to some music that they were considering for the show. This included music from Handsome Boy Modeling School and DJ Shadow. Pretty good vibe so far.

We were then officially led inside the studios (breakfast was in the front courtyard) and brought into the official NICK gym. Of course, they converted the gym into something more like a TMNT fanboy’s dream man den. It was seriously cool. Imagine lot of green uplighting and barrel’s of oooze and TMNT paraphanilia. The room itself elicited a bunch of ooohhs and ahhhhs from many of us.

Once inside, we each took a seat. We were then introduced to the president of Nickelodeon Animation, Brown Johnson, who welcomed us to the studio. We were then each asked to introduce ourselves to the group. One-by-one uber turtle mega fan after another introduced themselves. It was pretty crazy. There were people there known for being Sexy April in the cosplay world to the current Guiness record holder for largest gathering of people dressed as Ninja Turtles. We had people there with Ninja Turtle Tattoos, large Turtle toy collection, and webmasters of the most popular TMNT fansites and forums. It was pretty insane that they were able to put together such a group of TMNT fans. I guess, thank you to Google and their amazing search engine?

After the introductions, we were then given a tour of the NICK Animation Studios by Rich Magallanes, Vice President Current Animation Series Production at Nickelodeon. We first stopped in on a live voice recording for Fanboy and Chum Chum. We then passed by the areas dedicated to shows such as Avatar and Sponge Bob Square Pants. All the while, passing by all of the awesome artwork that hang in the hallways. Speaking of the hallways, many of the walls are made of whiteboard to encourage people to doodle when they feel inspired. Neat!

Afte the tour, we were then treated to a little snack session. And by little, I mean they went all out. They were handing out smoothies and milkshakes for crying out loud.

Post snack session, we returned to the gym turned makeshift Turtle den. Now came the good stuff. We were now treated to a sneak peak of the pilot episode in animatic format. Think moving storyboard with the voices. This wasn’t the CGI stuff that they are promising for the actual show and again, they emphasized that this was a “Mutation In Progress”, meaning that what we were seeing, may not even make it to the final version of the show. Makes sense, if they had made up their mind then why would we be there in the first place. I watched the animatic intently, it was about 25 minutes long. I can tell you that the rendered images of the Turtles looked great. Again, the characters looked great and each were well defined.

Following the animatic presentation of the pilot, Playmates gave a short presentation of the new Turtles toy line that will be released in conjunction with the new TMNT series.

Following the Playmates presentation, we were then treated to yet another surprise. Up to this point, we had no idea who the voice actors were going to be. And we had no idea that we would be treated to a script reading by the actual cast. This was fucking awesome. I was excited. We were all stoked. One by one, they introduced some of the producers, writers and then voices for the show. Of note were Jason Biggs as Leonardo, and Ron Paulsen as Raphael. Meeting Jason Biggs was exciting, but meeting Ron Paulsen was epic (he was the voice of the original Raphael voice and even the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain). Trust me when I say that during the script reading, we all had big smiles on our faces – we were all so excited to be there. I should note, however, that the voices have not yet been finalized. An official announcement of the TMNT voices should be coming from Nickelodeon shortly.

Lunch time. As expected, there was pizza and pasta, as well as some throwback snacks from our childhood … can you say dirt pudding cups with gummy worms. Seriously, we were all in 1980’s heaven at this point. What’s even better is that the voice actors hung around for lunch. Jason Biggs even stopped by my small table to chat, as did Ron Paulsen. They were both super cool, Ron even did a few of his vintage voices! I had lunch with Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Crazy insane.

After lunch, the real work began. For the focus groups, we broke up into small groups of four. I’m not going to go into detail about what we specifically talked about, but I will say that we discussed both positives and negatives of the new series.

We ended the day with a nice Q&A session with the writers and developers of the show. These were all questions that we had handed back to them after seeing the animatic and prior to lunch.

And that was the day! After the Q&A, we were given a poster and thumb driver with some key art for the show. Following a group picture, I was then driven straight to LAX, and I was back in Hawaii at 8pm on March 3oth. This was one 24 hour trip that I will never forget.

So quickly, some things about the new show:

  • The animation is top notch.
  • The action sequences looked great.
  • Not a big fan of the changes they made to April Oneil’s character. She’s 15/16ish and emo!
  • No mention of the origin story, they made it a point not to tell us this.
  • The renderings of Shredder looked badass (though he wasn’t in the trailer).
  • Loved the dark tone.
  • The city landscape look great, it just feels like New York.
  • Splinter is big, agile and not crippled. He can fight!
  • It was funny without being campy like the 1987 series.
  • Didn’t hear cowabunga or turtle power once.
  • Each of the turtles look slightly different (height and weight differed).

And that’s my roundup of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview Event at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was seriously a great time, and I am so happy that I actually checked my email the day they initially sent me the invite (thanks to Philip Ross of the Pitch Agency for finding me)!

Here are some sites you should check out that are run by some of the TMNT preview event guests:

Go Green Machine

TMNT & Other Strangeness

Mikey’s TMNT

Ninja’s Pizza

The Technodrome

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!

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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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

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

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

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

Regan Smith Clarke X Cavata Clothing Co. Collaboration Tee

In Episode 63 of Co-Tee TV I raved about how I loved Regan Smith Clarke. His brand had a throwback style that was all his own. Since then, RSC has teamed up with fellow Bostonian, Lori Kirk of Cavata Clothing to deliver the first (of hopefully many) RSC X CAVATA Collaboration T-Shirts.

The shirt design is definitely closer in style to Regan Smith Clarke’s line than it is to Cavata. The creme colored American Apparel T-Shirt is very specific, featuring the names of both brands on the front of the tee as well as the date of release (June 2010) and the price of the T-Shirt. It will be interesting  to see how such a specific (but very well designed) shirt does with shoppers that are not hardcore RSC and/or Cavata Clothing fans.

The Regan Smith Clarke X Cavata Clothing Co. Collaboration Tee is available now at both the Regan Smith Clarke and Cavata Clothing online stores for $25. As a bonus, the first 30 orders will receive a free print of the design and free shipping. And if you need even more incentive to buy this tee, 20% of all proceeds will go to support music and art programs in public schools.




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