A few years ago I scoffed at the idea of embedding LED lights into a T-shirt. Tacky was the word that came to mind. But then Tony Stark made it look cool, so now you can buy T-Shirts that mimic the appearance of an Arc Reactor beneath the surface of the shirt.
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These Donkey Kong jeans would feature stitching that looks just like the steel girders and ladders from the game, as well as barrel-looking fasteners and buttons. Perhaps the odd embroidered character too.
For me I would limit this style to the jean pockets, though I imagine the girls could sport a pair of jeans that were fully encompassed in this kind of stitching. This design would work best on darker-colored denims.
Maybe DKNY could make these?
There has been much hoopla these past 24 hours regarding the announcement of Nike’s Air Mag shoe, which is an official Back to the Future licensed shoe. They are based on those futurustic ‘power-lace’ shoes Marty McFly wore in BTTF II. Read more about them here.
Sadly, the shoes do not feature power-laces, probably due to cost of motors needed to execute the lacing gimmick. This has soured some people on the product.
I’d like to propose an automatic lacing system that does not require any motors. How it works:
Gravity does the heavy lifting. Place your foot in the shoe, which presses down on a spring-loaded platform (the spring doubles as foot support!). The platform locks into a clip located by the back heel, allowing the shoe’s wearer to walk or run around without issue. The platform is connected to a bunch of drawstrings – the type you’d find in a hoodie or sweatpants – which fasten the ‘ankle belt’ snugly. The shoe basically fastens as you insert your foot.
Here is the best part: that clip is accessible from the back, so to get your foot out of the shoe you step on the clip with your other foot to release the platform. It is exactly like how you take your shoes off now, only this clip triggers the removal instead of the back of the heel.
The drawstrings would be embedded into the shoe lining, so it wouldn’t feel like stepping into a net.
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Lately I’ve been held hostage by all things Game of Thrones. I took a moment to step back and realize all these different Kingdoms could be represented by sports teams. They each fly a banner bearing a sigil, usually depicting a fierce animal – much like a typical sports franchise would.
The above example shown is the Direwolf, which is emblematic of the House Stark. The Starks reign in the north, and their (foreboding) motto is “Winter is Coming”. To me it all screams hockey.
You could probably design several hockey leagues based on the huge number of banners in the Game of Thrones books, though only a few are prominent. The aforementioned Starks are the main protagonists. The evil Lannisters (I may be editorializing a bit) have the sigil of the Lion. The Targareyans fly the banner of the Dragon. Like Milwaukee, the Baratheons are represented by the Buck.
I know I frequently design hockey jerseys here, and you might think it’s because I’m Canadian and thus have a one-track mind. The real truth is hockey jerseys are a brilliant canvas on which to showcase a team’s identity. That logo on the chest is like a Superhero insignia. No other sport has a jersey or uniform where the team logo can be so prominent. EDIT: A friend tells me these would look better on a “football kit”. Well I say good day to you sir. GOOD DAY.
EDIT: Got an email from Mark, who says the Stark sigil is a full-bodied silver Direwolf on a white background (white = ice/snow), and that the Baratheon sigil is the Stag, not a Buck. My bad. I won’t make a full-bodied Direwolf, but I’ll fix up the logo a bit:
Bonus art! Using the Tampa Bay Lightning royal blue alternate jersey:
I will design jerseys for the other Game of Thrones Houses eventually, stay tuned!
So I have been thinking for months about how to use Pepé Le Pew, a favorite character of mine. I figured he’d make a cool aftershave or cologne bottle, and was about to make something along those lines when I remembered Penelope Pussycat, the hapless cat Pepé would pursue in all of his cartoons. She screams fashion, fragrance, and cosmetics.
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In the film The Iron Giant, the titular character idolizes Superman, and in one scene wears an ‘S’ around his neck (below). I feel it would work as a necklace, tie clip, or cuff links, much like the Superman insignia does.
Earlier I invited readers to guess what film this ring appears in, and Dennis L. from Montreal correctly answered Howl’s Moving Castle. Howl wears two of these, and gave one to Sophie to help her find the way back to the castle.
I always strive to post ideas that do not exist yet, but this one does and is available for purchase. I should have Googled beforehand (usually do), but I assumed this was very obscure.
Apparently there is a huge cosplay following for this film, and the ring can be purchased here.
Also discounted from what I hoped to feature in the Geek Bling series: the Schwartz Ring from Spaceballs, which can be purchased on Etsy.
Another ring I had to scratch off the list is the one for Team Zissou (featured in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou), which is also available on Etsy.