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.
I grew up loving Pe-Wee Herman. He was a riot, that is until he exposed himself and was subsequently taken off the air. Then again, I never really fell out of love for Pee-Wee, after all, it was Paul Reubens who exposed himself. If it was Reubens dressed as Pee-Wee exposing himself then that would have been really weird. I remember seeing Reubens’ mugshot on television the day of his arrest and thinking -- that’s not Pee-Wee. In any case, I’d be proud to wear this Pee-Wee Herman shirt -- he was part of my childhood!
I used to LOVE playing Operation as a kid! An uncle of mine had a vintage set, probably from the late 60′s, that I used to love to play with. I wonder if he still has it? Whenever I played, I would concentrate super hard and was very careful in the hopes of not getting zapped! Well, it wasn’t a real zap, but it made this horrifying zapping sound. That counts, right?
Never played the game before? Well then you’re missing out. Go buy it now.
Speaking of the classic Hasbro boardgame, 604Republic has released an awesome Operation / Alien mashup tee. God, I would hate to have a little baby alien brewing in me. Someone did that dude on the operation table a huge favor.
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:
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!
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that means you need to hurry up and get something special for the love of your life. A good place to start would be the Fur Face Boy online shop because for a limited time you can snag the limited edition FFB Valentine’s Day tee. This black and white tee with red accent is limited to a print run of 25 and chances are that they will all be gone within the week. So that means you better get on this better quick. The faster you are, the more likely you are to impress.
I seriously almost fell off of my chair laughing when I saw the latest tee from our friend Glenn Jones of Glennz Tees. The shirt is called Plastic Surgery and it features a plastic potato head that quite resembles that of the popular childhood toy – Mr. Potato Head. Glenna simply has a knack for designing the most obvious things! I’m in love with this design.
So I didn’t get a chance to do the project that I had previewed on Day 15, only because I couldn’t find the materials that I needed in the colors that I wanted (damn you Wal-Mart)! So while I work on finding the goods, I give you this peace offering. It’s a piece of wallpaper based on the Pac-Shirt Postcard from Day 13. Enjoy!
Day 16: Pac-Shirt Wallpaper
1. To install on your laptop or computer, first download the Wallpaper set below and then check your screen resolution of your laptop or computer. Install the wallpaper size that best fits your screen resolution. Note that the sizes offered below are optimized for MacBooks and iMacs.
2. To install on your iPhone, first click on the download link to the iPhone wallpaper within Safari while using your iPhone. The image of the Wallpaper will pop up. Now, tap and hold on the image of the wallpaper on the screen. You should see a menu pop up asking if you would like to “Save Image.” Click “Save Image” and now you will find your new wallpaper in your iPhone’s Camera Roll. Tap on the wallpaper within the Camera Roll and then tap on the arrow on the far left of the bottom of the screen. You now have the option to “Use as Wallpaper.” Once you tap “Use as Wallpaper”, you’re all set! Enjoy you new iPhone wallpaper!
The T-Shirt 365 project is free of charge, meaning, you can use the materials provided here as many times as you would like. However, I do ask that you DO NOT repost the actual project files on other websites. It would be better if you simply linked back to the particular blog post on my website! It’s good karma for you and it’ll make me super happy to see the linkback!
The goal of the project is to have enough material so that I can make a book encompassing the entire project. If all goes as planned, we’ll have something amazing available in 2012!
“Ditch the tie. Wear a T-Shirt.” is the motto for today’s Project365 item. I call it the Pac-Shirt Postcard. I actually came up with this idea during my recent trip to Los Angeles. Surrounded by tourist-y postcards, I realized that there was indeed a lack of T-Shirt themed postcards. Here’s my first attempt to remedy that situation.
I had a couple of ideas for the front of the postcard, but ultimately ended up going with a Pac-Man theme. In lieu of Pac-Man, we’ve got a makeshift T-Shirt Pac-Shirt and instead of ghosts, we have neck ties and bow ties – the ultimate T-Shirt adversary. Enjoy!
Note: the Pac-Shirt Postcard is sized according to standard shape and size guidelines according to the United States Postal Service. The card is 6” long X 4 1/4” high.
Day 13: Pac-Shirt Postcard
Thick Card Stock Paper (paper should be around 0.007-0.016 inches thick or 80-120 pounds should to do the trick)
Color Inkjet Printer
Insert paper into printer and print the front postcard file (file labeled Postcard-Front.jpg).
Once the front of the postcard has finished printing, flip it over and insert into your printer once more and print the back of the postcard (file labeled Postcard-Back.jpg).
Cut postcard out of the paper.
Write a message and send to someone who needs to wear a little less ties and a bit more T-Shirts!
In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear FFB Fancy by Fur Face Boy and review Super Doctor Hazmat by Doctor Hazmat, a super fun brand from Brooklyn, New York, that takes the mad scientist theme to the next level. Doctor Hazmat is a mad scientist that just loves to keeps hazardous materials in his lab. And sometimes when things go awry, crazy creatures and monsters are created, like M.A.C., the doc’s crazy robotic assistant.
Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.
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Super Doctor Hazmat by Doctor Hazmat.Pros: So much to love about Super Doctor Hazmat! First of all, I really dig the retro throwback 8-Bit style. It instantly brought me back to my childhood of playing Super Mario Bros. on my NES for hours at a time. For me, great shirts tend to bring back nostalgic memories and Super Doctor Hazmat definitely did that. Doctor Hazmat uses American Apparel blanks, so I had no issue when it came to the T-Shirt itself, it was very soft and had a comfortable fit. The print on this tee is HUGE and the design works perfectly as a large print. The shirt features a 5 color print that is not only large but also quite soft. You’ll also find that the tee is tagless and features a custom screen printed neck label instead. Also, on the back of the tee you’ll notice the Doctor Hazmat seal of approval.
Suggestions: Doctor Hazmat is a brand new brand, and so it’s no surprise that all of the focus for this initial released was poured into the part that mattered the most – the T-Shirt (this is a good thing). However, this leaves a lot of room to do some crazy fun things for future releases. I’d love to see custom packaging (fun, whimsical, colorful) to go along with the very loud T-Shirt designs. You could do some really crazy things, theme wise, with Dr. Hazmat. Just step into any science lab and you’ll be swarmed with tons of potential ideas (this is great for the theme). Also, another professional touch that could potentially be added later would be a hang tag. Again, this can be done in a variety of creative way. For instance, instead of a “hangtag” per se, he could use something similar to the Hazard sticker that is often found on the door of any science lab. So many great possibilities, I really look forward to seeing what Doctor Hazmat does in the future!
Price: $25 but you score 15% off your ENTIRE order by using the coupon code COTY at checkout!
FFB Fancy by Fur Face Boy.Pros: It’s been 9 straight episodes of Fur Face Boy goodness and so I think that it’s safe to say that I now have Fur Face Boy in my blood. I can’t say how much I’ve become a fan of this brand. Fur Face Boy is meticulous, detailed, and retro but current enough to be interesting for consumers. Most importantly, with every single Fur Face Boy T-Shirt that I’ve worn and that I have reviewed, I can just feel the passion resonate from each piece. A little piece of Ha Mai (the Fur Face Boy Founder) can be felt with each and every one of his T-Shirts. Trust me when I say that when you order a tee from Fur Face Boy, you will not just receive a tee, you’ll receive a tee made with love and a detailed eye. Much respect.