June 2013

Never a bore and always looking to offer up some amazing new funky T-Shirt designs that bring a little extra something special to the table, Dirty Cotton Scoundrels have just delivered to us yet even more design classics that will send your tee taste buds wild!

Featuring some fantastic new all over prints that are so popular right now, these latest designs are certainly not one to shy away and sit in the shadows! Perfect for festivals or even just a Summer feel good look, check out what all the fuss is about below….

First up is this amazing white All Hail Catalan Sublimated T-Shirt that is a real must-have for all the cat crazy out there. Covered in the furry little things and set off by this truly reto upside down cross, this has an amazing 80s vibe and will be a purrrfect addition to your collection.

Ladies White All Hail Catalan Sublimated Boyfriend T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Ladies White All Hail Catalan Sublimated Boyfriend T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Men's White All Hail Catalan Sublimated T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Men's White All Hail Catalan Sublimated T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Up second is this super rad and quirky design featuring the man himself, Jesus riding the waves in style showing off his amazing skills. Everyone will notice and love this design for is bold all over print and tongue in cheek print. Pick up this Men’s Surfs Up Jesus Sublimated T-Shirt today for only £22.99.

Men's Surfs Up Jesus Sublimated T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Men's Surfs Up Jesus Sublimated T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Ladies Surfs Up Jesus Sublimated Boyfriend T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

Ladies Surfs Up Jesus Sublimated Boyfriend T-Shirt from Dirty Cotton Scoundrels

But what do you think? Which one is your favourite and are there any designs you would really love to see but have yet to find? Shout them out by leaving a little comment below.

Thanks guys!

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What the Dickens! The weekend is here!

So in a dense tropical forest a mere sixty five point five million years ago. During the Cretaceous period amongst the fauna and flora of giant rich wild green conifers and blooming white magnolia’s. Let us be your  magnificent three horned  beast the Triceratops as we stomp triumphantly around for mega cinematic greatness forage for retro movie awesomeness and  fight off a Tyrannosaurus Rex for celluloid glory.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 29th June

The Hunt for Red October (1990) Film4 6:10pm-9:00pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
A Soviet submarine commander creates an international crisis by piloting his experimental nuclear vessel, which is invisible to sonar, toward the American coast. The US and Russian navies think he is planning to attack and set out to destroy the submarine, but a CIA analyst suspects he intends to defect to the West. Cold War thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones

Coming to America (1988) E4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A bored African prince defies his father’s plans for an arranged marriage and escapes to the USA to find a bride on his own terms. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in several roles, with James Earl Jones, Allison Dean, Eriq La Salle and Madge Sinclair

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) BBC1 London 9:50pm-11:50pm (2 hours )
New York cop John McClane returns to duty following an explosion at a department store in the city. The perpetrator contacts the police and tells them that unless McClane and an unfortunate bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time carry out a series of instructions to the letter, more bombs will be detonated. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson and Jeremy Irons

Ghostbusters II (1989) Comedy Central 10:20pm-12:30am (2 hours 10 minutes)
The eccentric spectre-hunters reunite to save New York from a massive river of slime generated by the citizens’ negativity and nasty
thoughts. Meanwhile, the spirit of a 16th-century tyrant tries to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a toddler. Sequel to the supernatural comedy, starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson

Men's Ghostbusters Supernatural Spectacular T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Men's Ghostbusters Supernatural Spectacular T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Black Who Ya Gonna Call Ghostbusters Lounge Pants

Black Who Ya Gonna Call Ghostbusters Lounge Pants

SUNDAY 30th June

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) ITV3 1:55pm-3:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A weedy flower-shop assistant grows a bizarre plant, which he discovers needs to feed on human blood to survive. It grows to a vast size and begins to talk, demanding he commit murder on its behalf. Comedy musical based on the Broadway show, starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and Bill Murray, with the voice of The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs.

Groundhog Day (1993) 5* 2:15pm-4:20pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
An obnoxious TV weatherman reporting on a small town’s annual festival finds himself caught in a bizarre time loop, and is forced to relive the same day over and over again. While at first he tries to exploit his predicament, he is ultimately driven to mend his ways and adopt a less cynical attitude. Comedy, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott and Stephen Tobolowsky

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Channel 5 3:35pm-5:40pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Cute furball Gizmo is reunited with his human friends Billy and Kate, who now work in the New York offices of an eccentric tycoon. However, it is not long before Gizmo has spawned a new generation of murderous carnivores, who quickly overrun the building – and a genetics lab where they produce even more startling mutations. Joe Dante’s comedy sequel, starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover and Christopher Lee. Edited for daytime broadcast

 Ladies Heather Blue Word To Your Mogwai Gremlins T-Shirt from Sticks and Stones

Ladies Heather Blue Word To Your Mogwai Gremlins T-Shirt from Sticks and Stones

Ladies White Dude Gremlins T-Shirt from Sticks and Stones

Ladies White Dude Gremlins T-Shirt from Sticks and Stones

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) E4 8:30pm-10:15pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A misunderstood soldier who has retired to a Buddhist monastery is drawn back into action for a special mission. A succession of failed rescue missions has left countless American servicemen held hostage in the Middle East, and it falls to him to set them free. Spoof action movie sequel, starring Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges and Rowan Atkinson

Wowzers  bonus movie clip time: to get you in the mood how’s about a little carnivorous singing plant “Feed me Seymour”

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember who said the rhyme did the crime and always enjoy yourselves.

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Twenty-seven years ago today, a Jim Henson-directed fantasy movie called Labyrinth was released and… well, quickly became a bit of a box office disaster. This strange movie, about a girl (Jennifer Connelly) searching for her baby brother who’s been kidnapped by a goblin king (David Bowie), was maybe a little too weird for mainstream audiences at the time.

But thankfully over the last 27 years whether it was due to the amazing creatures and sets or to Bowie’s extraordinary wig and lunchbox, it’s really gathered a strong following and you only need to see the popularity of our Labyrinth T-Shirts to know this movie has definitely become a cult classic, and for good reason. Labyrinth is one of the last non-animated films of the pre-computer age. Yes, there is probably a few computer effects used in the film, but when you consider that 1986 was also the year that Pixar released Luxo Jr., marking the beginning of a computer animation revolution, Labyrinth’s props-and-puppets approach to imaginative filmmaking feels like something of an to an era in film making.

To celebrate this fantastic mile-stone (yes, it makes me feel old too) I thought I’d give you 10 interesting facts surrounding Labyrinth, so enough gas-bagging as we only have 13 hours to reach Goblin City, after all….

1 – The screenplay went through 25 drafts, mostly to inject songs and more humour to ensure legendary pop star David Bowie would agree to star as antagonist Jareth the Goblin King.

2 – Originally, Jareth was conceived as a puppet-based creation until Henson decided that the movie’s two main characters ought to be played by actors. He considered casting a magician for the part, as well as Sting or Michael Jackson, before pursuing Bowie.

3 – During development, the film’s main character varied vastly from a king all the way through to a fantasy-world princess, until a modern teenager named Sarah was decided on. After British actress Helena Bonham-Carter auditioned for the role, the character’s nationality was chosen as American – probably for US marketing purposes.

4 – Baby Toby was infact conceptual and costume designer, Brian Froud’s son, also called Toby

5 - The movie’s climax takes place in a room in Jareth’s castle that features gravity-defying staircases heavily influenced by dutch artist MC Escher’s print Relativity.

6 – The puppet-operating and voice-acting team that worked with Henson on Labyrinth was drawn from those he’d collaborated with on previous Muppet movies, Fraggle Rock and his educational programme Sesame Street. They included Frank Oz (famed as operator and voice of Star Wars‘ Yoda), and Henson’s own daughter Cheryl and son Brian.

7 – Hoggle, although a dwarf actor by the name of Shari Weiser wore the costume, while four operators control all facial features via radio-controlled animatronics. Henson explains: “five performers trying to get one character out of one puppet was a very tough thing; basically what it takes is a lot of rehearsing and getting to know each other”. Watch the video below for more of an insight….

8 – Labyrinth was an ambitious project in terms of set design. The Goblin City set featured cinema’s largest ever panoramic back-cloth. The forest Sarah and her companions pass through to reach the castle required 120 truckloads of tree branches, 1,200 turfs of grass, 850 pounds of dried leaves, 133 bags of lichen to list but a few factors. Meanwhile, the Shaft Of Hands sequence was filmed on a 40-feet-high rig and involved nearly a hundred performers’ hands.

9 – David Bowie recorded four songs for the film’s soundtrack: Underground, Magic Dance, As The World Falls Down and Within You (all of which he ‘performs’ in the movie). The first two were released as singles – Underground reached #21 on the UK charts.

10 – Although Labyrinth was a financial failure at the Box Office, according to his Jim Henson’s son Brian, before his death in 1990 “he was able to see all that [growing popularity of Labyrinth] and know that it was appreciated”. David Bowie has also commented: “every Christmas a new flock of children comes up to me and says, ‘Oh! you’re the one who’s in Labyrinth!“, while Jennifer Connelly has said: “I still get recognized for Labyrinth by little girls in the weirdest places. I can’t believe they still recognize me from that movie. It’s on TV all the time and I guess I pretty much look the same”.

So there you have it, 10 facts you hopefully didn’t know another fantastic retro movie. Thankfully we have some great retro tshirts to show your appreciation too!!

Men's Blue You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Men’s Blue You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth T-Shirt
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Ladies Grey Marl Ludo And Sarah Friend Labyrinth Slouch Scoop Neck T-Shirt
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As you know, we love a good give-away here at Truffle Towers! Nothing beats the rush of entering a competition knowing you might well be the lucky winner of something super special. Oh what fun!

Well, to give you guys (and us) your next comping fix, we’ve decided to do something new and exciting via our favourite picture sharing app Instagram. If you haven’t checked it out on your smartphone yet – well consider this the perfect excuse. Oh and while you’re there, make sure you check out our profile, @Truffleshufflecom! *nudge* *nudge*

So What Can I Win?

We’re giving you lucky lot the chance to WIN a cool £50 to spend at TruffleShuffle.com on ANYTHING you like….cool T-Shirts, retro gifts….whatever you can think of. Yep we’ll pop the spending money into our lucky winners account ready for them to spend as and when they wish, on whatever they wish! Awesome right?

Meet Mr Potatohead - our customer service manager Amy's favourite old school toy!

How Can I Enter?

Firstly (if you don’t have it already of course), download the totally free Instagram App onto your all singing and dancing smartphone. Then just follow the instructions on screen to create an account and use the search function to find and follow us – our username is Truffleshufflecom.

Then, to enter, all you need to do is SNAP and then post a picture or video clip of something that makes you feel nostalgic. It could be literally anything – one of your most loved toys from back in the day, a book which takes you back to your youth, old school food that makes you miss your childhood days or even you sporting your favourite TruffleShuffle tee! It really can be anything you like as long as it brings back memories of yesteryear so go WILD.

Don't be shy - show off your favourite TruffleShuffle treat for a chance to win!

Once you’ve taken and uploaded your picture or vid, make sure you either caption it or add a comment to it using the hash tag #TSComp, AND Tag @Truffleshufflecom. While you’re there – also feel free to tell us more about the pic and why it means something to you for extra points! Simple!

TruffleShuffle paying tribute to the amazing Wacaday with our very own game of Mallett's Mallet! Blahhhhh!

How Long Do I Have?

The competition will close one week today on the 3rd of July (2013) at 11:59pm and then a panel of expert judges (well – the friendly TruffleShuffle team!) will pick their favourite and contact you via Instagram once the competition has closed.

Your photo can be of anything you like! Even old school foods like this Mr Whippy fest which make you feel nostalgic!

How Will I Know If I Win?

We will announce our competition winners directly on our Instagram profile (tagging the winner), as well as on our Facebook page and this blog. Keep your eyes peeled :)

Good luck! xoxo

Have I Enterered Checklist!
Have I….
Followed truffleshufflecom?
Posted a picture or video of something nostalgic?
Tagged it with #TSComp?
Tagged the entry with @Truffleshufflecom?

If you answered YES to all of these, you are officially awesome and could be our lucky winner very soon!

Note! PLEASE make sure that your profile isn’t set to ‘Private’ otherwise we can’t see your amazing entries. – Sorry about that.

A retro blast from TruffleShuffle buyers Claire's past! Gotta love a bit of My Little Pony!

T’s&C’s
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Only one winner will be chosen
You MUST follow @Truffleshufflecom to qualify.
No cash alternative to prize money will be offered.
To claim the prize money you must have a valid TruffleShuffle.com account.
If the prize is not claimed after 1 week we will pick another winner.
Judges decision is final!
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It’s no secret…we LOVE Coca-Cola! For as long as we can remember, Coke has always been a part of our lives, be it as a super special treat as a kid, right up to now where it’s the first port of call when out for a meal, at a fast food joint (like the cool kids), cinema or actually here at Truffle Towers where we have a fridge full the the brim of the sweet stuff!

I’m sure we’re not the only ones out there who have a cheeky Coke as one of the simple pleasures in life. To celebrate possibly one of the biggest and best brands ever…(much like we did with the Levi’s ads post), we thought we would take a tasty trip down memory lane and have a look back at some of the classic TV Coca-Cola Adverts and see if they fire up your fizzy memory. Take a peep….

Beach – 1963

Campaign: “Things Go Better with Coke”

It was in 1963 that Coca-Cola started using the slogan “Things Go Better with Coke.” Advertising agency McCann-Erickson worked with popular acts at the time to create musical jingles utilizing the slogan. This campaign also saw a huge number of jingles reworked from popular sings of the time which were also played all over the radio in advertising slots. Not surprisingly, people loved it! Not sure it would work these day on us cynical bunch though. What do you think?

Hilltop – 1971

Campaign: “It’s The Real Thing”

This classic advert was released a cool 42 years ago in the summer of 1971 and became an instant success in the US. Now, we remember it as one of Coca-Cola’s best-loved commercials with it’s inspiring group-themed nature and catch tune. It was actually ranked by ITV as one of the top 10 ads of all time!

Northen Lights – 1993

Campaign: “Always Coca-Cola” (try and say it without singing it!)

The original polar bear commercial from 1993 has inspired subsequent versions including the one from last year if you remember. The original was created by freelance writer and director Ken Stewart’s yellow Labrador and took 12 weeks to complete. Polar bears have definitely emerged themselves in to Coke’s identity along with Haddon Sundblom’s Santa Claus illustration from the 30′s which periodically can be seen on their packaging during the holidays.

Holidays Are Coming – 2006

Campaign:

For many (like us) Seeing this commercial on TV really marks the start of Christmas. Everyone know it REALLY IS Christmas as soon as they see the classic big red truck rolling over the hill. With a catch tune and amazing festive theme and sound, it’s really hard to imagine a Christmas without this hearing  it’s way through the house on a cold wintry night. So much so in fact and well-loved is this ad, that when it was pulled, people phoned Coca-Cola and the TV stations directly asking it to be re-aired to mark the start of Christmas.

The Happiness Factory – 2007

Campaign: “The Coke Side of Life”

Ever wondered what happens when you slide those coins into the venting machine? Where does the money go? Where does it come from? WELL! To help drive your eager imaginations wild, Coca-Cola decided to show us what they think happens by releasing this amazing little ad that shows the journey of your Coke before it sees the light of day and you can ‘lucky tap’ and open that sucker. We love this one.

Happiness Machine – 2010

Campaign: “Open Happiness”


The brief was to create something unexpected, relatable, emotional and watchable. It also had to be executed cheaply and go viral, without paid media. Impressive! Maybe the insanely huge branding and social media channels gave this a good kick-start, but credit where credit is due, it’s a simple but effective clip.

AAAAND that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed out little trip down memory lane as much as we did. If you feel like showing off some of your own love the the classic brand, check out our amazing range of exclusive Coca-Cola T-Shirts today.

Men's Dark Blue Marl Coca-Cola University Varsity T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Men's Blue Marl Coca-Cola University Varsity T-Shirt

Ladies White Coca-Cola Logo T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Ladies White Coca-Cola Logo T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Did we miss your favourite ad?? Let us know with a comment below.

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Happy Sunday everyone! Hope we’re all having a good time, full of fry-ups, lie ins and perhaps the odd retro movie or three :)

If you’re as big a Labyrinth fan as I am, you’ll make any excuse to watch this timeless fairytale adventure. So here’s a few little known facts to tempt you back into the magical world that is Jareths Labyrinth. The secret is that there are seven hidden faces of Jareth (David Bowie) dotted around this magical maze. If didn’t know this, then read on and I shall reveal all.

Take a look at some of the random times the face of our retro hero David Bowie pops up that you might not have noticed before.
1. The first face appears as soon as Sarah enters the Labyrinth (after talking to the little blue ello worm).
2. After the tunnel cleaners scene, Hoggle and Sarah climb a ladder. Hoggle steps on a weak rung and it breaks. As they show the rung falling, Jareth’s face appears among the rocks.
3. After talking to the wiseman, Sarah and Hoggle walk through a hedge maze. Jareth’s face is on the floor, to the left of the obelisk.
4. In the scene after Sarah frees Ludo, Hoggle is seen walking off and muttering, “She’ll never get through the Labyrinth.”Jareth’s face appears on the top left hand corner.
5. At the beginning of the scene were Jareth gives Hoggle the poison peach.
6. Jareth’s face can been seen on the wall of the Bog of Eternal Stench, right after the ledge crumbles.
7. In the forest, right after they leave the Bog of Eternal Stench, Jareth’s face appears among the trees.

Don’t believe us? Check out this clip and see them in action for yourself…

So have you spotted any of these before? Or is it all news you you?

Think you can remember them all for your next viewing? If you get a bit lost you can find some awesome exclusive Labyrinth and David Bowie t-shirts over at Truffleshuffle.com.

Ladies White You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth Swing Vest

Ladies White You Remind Me Of The Babe Bowie Labyrinth Swing Vest

Men's Grey Worm Ello Labyrinth T-Shirt

Men's Grey Worm Ello Labyrinth T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

xoxo
with special thanks to BuzzFeed

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