Monday, March 26, 2007

Blogging about old surf shirts

Blogging seems to take up too much time. It's sort of bothersome for me to have to do, that's why I haven't posted for 2 weeks I guess. I have a lot keeping me busy. But onward and upward. Here's a new post.

A couple of weeks ago, the topic for Toon Club was 1980's video games. I thought of all the classics, Pac-Man, Frogger, Burger Time, Pitfall, Donkey Kong, etc. but didn't have any great ideas as to what context to put them into. I started researching stuff from the 80's and remembered one of my fondest childhood memories, T&C Surf Design T-shirts! I loved these in 4th or 5th grade, or whatever it was. These characters were created by Steve Nazaar in the 80's were so cool. I had a bunch of these T-shirts and I used to try and draw them as a kid. Then I remembered I also had a nintendo game based on these characters called T&C Wood & Water Rage. I figured this was the perfect chance to redesign these characters in my own style and use them for Toon Club. The game itself was kinda crappy, but I think we all bought it because we loved the characters. There was Thrilla Gorilla, Joe Cool, Tiki Man, & Caveman, my favorite was the Gorilla.

3 comments:

Elle said...

I remember this game very well. I actually felt like I mastered the skate board portion. I would like to play it again. I like your illustrations.

pamo said...

wow, i don't remember anything about the 80s. it's like i was born in 1994. i dont' get any of the references. but, NICE work. i like it.

Matt said...

very cool! I actually worked with the illustrator who did all those shirts/etc. His name is Steve Nazar. He has a site up at stevenazar.com if you're interested.