8.29.2015

8-BIT ZOMBIE SUMMER 2015

I love that 8-bit Zombie not only celebrates the toys, video games, cartoons and movies I grew up with, but every new release gets me as excited as when I was first introduced to these treasures many years ago. I couldn't wait for the brand's summer 2015 drop to go up on the site 8 p.m. yesterday, and if you're anything like me, you won't be disappointed.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/lunchbox
Unfortunately the newest (and most likely the last) batch of lunchboxes sold out in about five minutes. Illustrated once again by incredibly-talented Matthew Skiff, I'd be remiss if we didn't take a minute to bask in their glory. No worries though, there are about a dozen other drool-worthy items still available as of the time of this post.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/head-case
"Head Case" joins Thrashor, Noxious and Roadkill as the newest addition to the 8-bit Zombie line of toy parodies. Just like Noxious and Roadkill, I hope this Ghostbusters-inspired fiend one day takes true toy form like Thrashor.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/kids-club-tee
The "Kids Club" tee returns in a new heather blue colorway, giving you another chance to declare your allegiance to the coolest club around.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/patches
Sloth officially becomes a Goonie with this embroidered patch.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/double-dragon-dojo
"Double Dragon Dojo" explains what Billy Lee and Jimmy have been up to since rescuing Marian from the clutches of the Black Warriors.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/wyld-stallyns
Rock out in the monocramatic "Bogus" variant of the "Wyld Stallyns" trucker cap, featuring an alternate underbrim print.

http://8bitzombie.bigcartel.com/product/daggers
"Daggers" is a proper tribute to the bad dudes of the the skate jam "Thrashin."

That's just a small sample of what's available; head over to the 8-bit Zombie shop browse the new release in its entirety.

8.03.2015

CRATE & BARREL X DERRICK CASTLE COCKTAIL PLATES

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/set-of-4-cocktail-plates/s448393
I normally wouldn't write about a Crate & Barrel product, but when it features the work of an independent artist who has been showcased here before, I'll surely make an exception. Derrick Castle (aka Straw Castle Design) is definitely a good, hard-working dude who deserves the mass exposure a project of this caliber should reward. The quartet of porclain plates are a fitting canvas for the cocktail-inspired illustrations, printed in blue and complimented by copper accents. They are only available online at crateandbarrel.com.

8.02.2015

SCUMBAGS & SUPERSTARS "BET YOUR LIFE"

http://shop.scumbagsandsuperstars.com/collections/home/products/bet-your-life-t-shirt
Kinda bummed I didn't make it over to Monster Mania this weekend, especially since I missed the dudes from Scumbags & Superstars. I know I'll see them in a few months at New York Comic Con, so it's all good. Their newest piece is this sick "Bet Your Life" t shirt, featuring yet another incredible Sexual Youkai illustration. And talk about the perfect use of color; the subtle use of red highlights the design without taking away from its creepy details. It came out so good! Visit scumbagsandsuperstars.com to purchase this tee, and while you're there I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list so that you can gain access to the exclusives in the secret area.

8.01.2015

STUGAZI "OTHER PEOPLES"

http://stugazi.bigcartel.com/product/other-peoples
August First may the countdown until the end of summer, but Stugazi (aka designer Stuart Matz) is out to make it an endless one. The "Other Peoples" tee brings together the acronyms of Naughty By Nature's non-monogamous anthem and the classic Ocean Pacific surf brand. Seems legit, as the summer is about free love, am I right? (I mean guys/girls don't leave their significant others at home and get a beach house with their crew solely for bonding purposes). Prints on both the front pocket and back of the shirt make it feel just like the original OP shirts from the 80s. If you're down, you can find it exclusively in Stugazi's shop.

7.26.2015

CAT COVEN "CAT BUTT" PIN

http://www.catcovenshop.com/product/cat-butt-cloisonne-lapel-pin?ref=category-accessories-lapel-pins
I love my cat, but she can be such a butthead sometimes. I think all cats have it somewhere in their DNA. I mean even when they're happy, they greet you with a butt to the face. Channel this devil(cat)-may-care attitude with Cat Coven's "Cat Butt" pin. If patches are more your thing, the design is also available as a small patch or 9"x13" back patch. Get your feline fix at catcovenshop.com.

7.25.2015

SAD TRUTH "REPLACEMENT DADS" PIN PACK

http://www.sadtruthsupply.com/products/13688694-replacement-dads-pin-pack
Sad Truth plays homage to music icons Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins with the "Replacement Dads" pin pack. Illustrated by Tristan Douglas and immortalized in nickel plating, they'll bring instant punk rock credibility to any battle vest. You can find it along with other great pins and patches in Sad Truth Supply's online shop.

REVERE COMPANY "WHO CUT THE CHEESE" PATCH

http://www.reverecompany.com/products/13593540-who-cut-the-cheese-patch
Revere Comany has so many rad new patches in stock, it was hard to decide which to write about. As soon as I saw this literal interpretation of the idiom of the same name, though, I knew I had a winner. Walk into a room of strangers rocking this "Who Cut the Cheese" patch and you'll learn who's on your wavelength pretty quickly. My mailman actually delivered the "Floor It" patch just as I was finishing this post; I definitely recommend picking it up if you're into sweet '70s vibes (it makes me want to go out and get a foot pedal right now for my shitty Hyundai Accent). Check out the entire catalog in their online store.

7.23.2015

7.21.2015

ORCUS BRAND "AXE MAN" PIN

http://www.orcusbrand.com/shop/axe-man
Orcus Brand has been hard at work building an impressive pin and patch collection, which includes this grumpy fella. "Axe Man" was a previously unused graphic created by Yaiagift until it found new life as a small but intimidating 1-1/2" enamel pin. Visit orcusbrand.com to purchase this bad boy.

THESE ARE THINGS "NO LIKES" PIN

http://thesearethings.com/collections/shop-all/products/no-likes-pin
No likes, no followers, no cares. Jen Adrion and Omar Noory of These Are Things have crafted a pin just for you loners out there. The "No Likes" pin is still available in the These Are Things webshop, and new things are dropping every Tuesday and Thursday. Follow them on Instagram to be among the first to hear about their latest patches, pins and prints.

7.20.2015

MEAN FOLK "TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT" & "BEAT IT NERD!" PATCHES

http://meanfolk.com/products/take-this-job-and-shove-it-patch
http://meanfolk.com/products/beat-it-nerd-patch-1
Mean Folk has been busy this month dropping new patches, pins, and shirts, as well as restocking old favorites. Among the mix are these two text only patches, both clean and straight to the point in their delivery but still brimming with the brand's signature bad attitude. I'm pretty sure most of you can relate to "Take this Job and Shove It" (at the very least on Monday mornings). "Beat It Nerd!" should silence any pesky know-it-all before they even open their mouth. Either one's rectangular shape is made to fit perfectly above the pocket of your favorite vest, jacket, or workshirt. Find them now at meanfolk.com.