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Day 1

My first day at Truffle Shuffle was fun. First, I went through my induction and health and safety briefing with Amy. After that I worked in the warehouse all day picking out orders for t-shirts and then taking them down stairs to the packing team so they could pack them and send them out to all the customers… it was fun. Then at 3pm I went down stairs to supervise Royal Mail’s daily collection and help prepare the warehouse for Tuesday morning.

Day 2

On my second day, I spent two hours browsing the website and familiarizing myself with the products, then I had a good read of the blog and all social media, then Pat gave me a gift voucher so I could get my own t-shirt. After I did all that I created a report highlighting at least five areas that I think they can improve the website and checkout process. Then I help Ron in the warehouse restock the shelves for the rest of the day.

Day 3

My third day was a really fun day. I got to come up with my own ideas for new t-shirts. I had to choose categories from when I was five to twelve years old like games, TV, moves and bands and I think I did a really good job at that I got it all ready to present in the board room next day to Pat and Iain. Another thing I did on Wednesday was looking for 20 did you know facts relevant to our target audience.

Day 4

On my fourth day, I decided which new products need photographing and I needed to set up and perform a photo shoot. Then I spent the afternoon making some adjustments to my presentation, then after I did that I presented my ideas to Pat and Iain and they were really impressed on some of the ideas I came up with then I had to cut out and laminate recent press features from magazines and newspapers. Then to keep the front page of each publication with corresponding articles.

Day 5

My final day Friday today I have been writing this blog post and I can say that I have really enjoyed my work experience this week it was very fun for me and it has been amazing so thank you to Pat and all the Truffle Shuffle team for this week

Lewis.

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This is the TruffleShuffle blog, quiet, peaceful, serene… that is until our new The Raccoons TShirts and COMPETITION wakes up! Yaaaahoooooo!

Luckily, we have a good friend to help us out in the form of The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis!

Like busy little Raccoons ourselves, we’ve been hard at work with Kevin to create some all new and exclusive Raccoons T-Shirts which are now on the site! We have one new design which has been lovingly screen printed onto four styles and colours including grey & white tees, blue vest and a grey baseball raglan TShirt!

To celebrate our latest arrivals in style and give you guys a little glimpse into the world behind The Raccoons, we stole Kevin away and threw some questions at him (don’t worry we were gentle). Take a look below to see what we found out from the man himself….

Hi Kevin, thanks for taking to time to chat with us! So… we hear you’re currently working on a reboot of The Raccoons which we’re very excited about! What made you decide to do this and how will it differ to the classic 1980s series?

A lot of the Raccoons fans are now having kids of their own. Many of them were reaching out and suggesting that we should think about doing a re-launch and aim it towards them and their new families – sort of a co-viewing opportunity. It was a very difficult process trying to decide which direction to go. Do you keep the ‘classic’ animation style – updating it from the original, or do you create a brand new modern approach to the characters’ style? Further, do you stay 2D as the original was – or do you go CGI – which many of the pre-school shows are produced in? We have opted to update the original designs but kept much of the traditional classic tone and look that The Raccoons were known for.
Stay tuned – as the jury is still out!

Not that we’re biased, but the 80s and 90s produced some of the best cartoons ever, of course including The Raccoons. What do you think made this such a special and iconic time for the entertainment biz?

Up to this time, most of the animation we had known came from large US animation studios who had created their own iconic styles: Hanna-Barbera; Disney; Warner Bros; etc. Suddenly there was an appetite – mostly driven by broadcasters and young upstart studios and producers, to reach beyond the US fare and create new characters and styles of their own. It was a time when promoting independent creativity was cultivated. It was before the accountants ran the broadcasting systems – and original untested ideas from young writers, producers and directors had an opportunity to reach an audience.

Although we’re sure there are many, if there was just one lesson you would like us 80s kids to have taken away from the years growing up with The Raccoons, what would it be?

Hah! Well, seeding an interest in our fragile environment would have to be near the top of my list. That — and enjoying the characters and their stories.

Which other classic cartoon show would you most have liked to have been a part of and why?

I’ve always been a fan of The Simpsons. I guess I like dysfunctional family comedies. They seem so real!  And The Simpsons was ground-breaking, giving rise to a burgeoning field of adult animation. And let’s not forget some of the great pioneer shows of animated comedy: The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny Hour!

Who were your favourite characters from the series and why?

Writing for a villain is always fun. Cyril Sneer was no cookie-cutter villain. He was much more grey than black-hearted. He had a very soft spot for his son Cedric and was vulnerable to early childhood emotional scars – his obsessive need to constantly prove himself to Mr. Knox and Mr. Mammoth come to mind, as does his all-encompassing distaste for anything that the Raccoons were up to – especially Bert!
I think Cyril’s complexity made him a favourite of mine. Can’t decide between the Pigs or Bert after that. They were both fun. Interestingly, the actor who played both Bert and Pig #2 (the “sycophantic, slow” one) brought both characters to life and made my job worth getting up for every single day. He was Bert Raccoon incarnate! Sadly, Len Carlson has moved on to the Evergreen Forest in the sky, where I am sure he is dreaming up new-fangled adventures just as Bert Raccoon would!

If you could go back and do it all over again, what one thing would you most like to change about The Raccoons? Perhaps a character trait? Storyline? Or maybe something about how it was made?

That’s easy: in hindsight, I would not have had Cyril with a cigar. We of course wanted to make Cyril the anti-hero and gave him character traits that you would not aspire to emulate as a child: how he treated his underlings (employees), his rants, his paranoia, his unending quest for wealth over anything else, his destruction of the environment, even his control over his son’s friends. We thought a cigar would just add to the persona. Regrettably, it has become a bit of an albatross as today’s broadcasters are concerned that it is politically incorrect and are reluctant to broadcast the series.

We’ve always imagined working on one of our childhood favourite shows to be an absolute dream job (apart from creating amazing tees with them on that is!). Were there any funny stories or goings on in the making of The Raccoons you can share?

I’m afraid if I did my life would be in danger.

Did you ever slip any ‘Easter eggs’ or hidden gems into any of the episodes? We’d love to look out for them if so!

We did our best to seek them out and destroy them. The animators, being the “paragons of virtue” that they are, would occasionally try to create, shall we say, visual “double-entendres”. I will leave it to your imagination what we were able to find. I’m sure we didn’t get them all – so if you find one, keep it to yourself. Check the Pigs scenes – they were notoriously risqué. Also the backgrounds in Cyril’s mansion – you never know what you are going to find in those dark recesses.

With huge changes in how shows are made these days, how do you feel kid’s cartoons have changed since The Raccoons first came out? Are there any new series that you’ve seen and are a fan of?

I am fortunate to have worked on a number of animated shows since The Raccoons with many talented young writers, animators, directors, actors, designers, etc. I have always been a fan of original designs and unique story-telling that pushes the accepted boundaries. I think what we did on Atomic Betty set game rules.  Computer assisted animation has made a huge difference. In many cases you don’t even have to know how to draw to work as an animator on a series. Creating and colouring fabulous backgrounds has become quicker and easier. The time to deliver a series is much faster – so the relevancy of subject matter can be a very powerful tool in the hands of writers.

I think the biggest change for young demos is the ubiquitous focus on 2 eleven minute episodes instead of a 22 minute “half-hour”. The format change has created quicker pacing, gag-oriented stories as opposed to more character based animated drama. Granted, we still have 22 minute stories for prime-time (The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, etc.), but I think we have created an audience that demands instant-plotlines with a preference for gags over depth of character.

Animating back in the 80s and 90s was such an intensive and manual process, do you think modern methods can still offer the same magic?

Absolutely! If anything, the ability to instantaneously see your work as opposed to waiting for the film “dailies” to come back from the lab gives the creative team a multitude of options to pivot, polish, re-work, fine-tune — and still deliver on time. Control over your work has improved immeasurably. The digitization of the creative realm has offered all of the creative team the ability to react, reflect and make choices in real time.

What do you think the animation industry will look like in ten years’ time? Do you think we’re likely to see more retro classics make a comeback?

I think that low cost animation tools will be ubiquitous – anyone that wants to create a professional product will have the technical ability to do so. We will still be interested in great stories and characters that we care for but the distribution channels will be full of UGC – User Generated Content. Having a network determine whether your creativity is seen or not will no longer be relevant – if it is today. Retro versions of today’s hits will undoubtedly be part of the creative landscape – it’s the stories and characters that make your memories happy and worth revisiting.   Regardless of method of delivery and/or technological advances, great content will always prevail.

We would like to say a huuuuge thank you to Kevin Gillis for taking the time to talk with us and providing us with some amazing signed goodies which you can now win below. Such an honour.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

That’s right folks! Celebrating the release of our exclusive new The Raccoons Clothing which is now available to buy (go take a look!), we’ve managed to get our hands on some simply amazing The Raccoons goodies which have been signed by creator Kevin Gillis himself! A true treat for any fan of this hit retro show for sure. Let’s take a look…

The Prize

Up for grabs we have have a signed exclusive The Raccoons TShirt, a signed copy of season one and two of the Raccoons on DVD and a handful of The Raccoons badges to sweeten the collection!

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and as accessible as possible, we’re running the comp through our usual little system called Gleam. This will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning. Nice n’ easy!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in via one of the options to begin completing your entries.

WIN Signed The Racoons Goodies

How Long Do I Have?

The competition will close at 11:59pm on Monday 29th May (29/05/17). Entries made any time before then will be counted. After this time the system will not accept any further entries.

How Will The Winner Be Chosen?

In the interest of fun and fairness… totally at random! The nifty Gleam system will hop, skip and jump into all your entries and pick out our lucky winner at random. Don’t forget! The more ways you enter, the more chance the plucky Gleam bots will pick you.

Good luck!

Ts&Cs
Only one winner will be chosen at random
There will be no cash alternative of prizes offered
If we do not hear back from the winner within one week, another will be chosen at random and contacted
We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any time without warning
Questions? Email competitions@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we’ll get back to you pronto!

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Did you know we sell more than funky t-shirts for big kid’s – we have a huge collection of kids tshirts for actual kids too!

Starting from age 0-6 months all the way up to 14-15 years there’s sure to be something for every fan, be it Top Gun, Star Wars, Sesame Street, My Little Pony, Batman – well, whatever you like…… see for yourself!

Even better, this means there is an opportunity for Little And Large wardrobe options for you and your little ones! Yep…. you can now become a matching pair and well…. why wouldn’t you?! To help you select your perfect get up for you and your cheeky ones, we’ve  put together a little collection of some of our favourites below. Enjoy!

Looking for your wingman? Look no further than our Little Maverick t-shirt. The perfect mini match for any of our exclusive Top Gun t-shirts. Oh! Don’t forget your aviators to really complete the look!

Star Wars fans….. look no further, have we got the perfect collaboration for you and your mini jedi. Let your cool t-shirts do the talking with our geektastic Best Dad In The Galaxy T-Shirt and Darth Vader Is My Father T-Shirt.

If you’re more of a gamer you’ll be needing our Player One T-Shirt, (available for men and women) and Player Two T-Shirt to wear when you take over the controls.

Perfect for big and little bookworms, check out our exclusive range of Roald Dahl clothing. Matilda and The BFG have both been lovingly designed on t-shirts for book fans. Mummy, me and Matilda or opt for Friends In High Places Tee with The BFG.

Who You Gonna Call?! Team up Ghostbusters style with t-shirts for all movie fans, plus we’ve even got something for your furry babies too!

Finally we can’t not mention our favourite Batman t-shirts because this is life advice right here – “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman”!

So there you have them folks! We have plenty more little and large inspired tees over on our site so don’t forget to pop by and take a quick peep.

Are there any designs you think we’ve missed or you would love to see? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!



13 years ago this very month we took to the interwebs and registered the weird and wonderful domain name TruffleShuffle.co.uk & we were officially born! To mark this super special occasion, we thought we would take a little walk down memory lane and give you our top 13 memorable moments at here at TruffleShuffle. Hopefully you’ll learn a little something about who we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re heading. Let’s go!
1. MAY 2004
We sold our very first t-shirt on the mighty (old looking) eBay. With the money from this sale, we scurried online and purchased the domain name truffleshuffle.co.uk. Why TruffleShuffle? It’s retro, it’s cool and we LOVE the Goonies?!
2. DECEMBER 2004
By our first Christmas, we were selling around 20 t-shirts a day!! Our range was humble, nothing like our huge collection of classic retro T-Shirts we have today that’s for sure! We had our sights firmly set on tee greatness, which is something we still strive towards today.
3. JANUARY 2005
In the press! We had our first press feature in the infamous Loaded magazine! Being described as ‘a goldmine of ’80′s inspired t-shirtery’. *blushes*
4. JUNE 2005
With the business continuing to grow, we had to move TruffleShuffle from our 1 bed flat into a small office space in Bristol and continue the adventure. Weirdly with all our own personal collections, our homes don’t look too much different from back then now!
5. DECEMBER 2005
By our second Christmas, we were selling 100 t-shirts a day!!
That’s 5x what we selling the previous year. Busy busy!
6. SEPTEMBER 2005
Just over a year from launch, we moved into our first proper grown-up warehouse.
On that day ‘Truffle Towers V1.0′ was born.
7. MAY 2008
Woohoo! We win Bristol’s 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year! Such a great achievement which only helped to add fire to the Truffle belly.
8. JUNE 2009
Eeeek! We needed to move again…. This time our warehouse (Truffle Towers V2.0) is a whopping
three times the size of Truffle Towers V1.0! The TrufffleShuffle team continues to grow… as does the size of the tea rounds!
9. DECEMBER 2009
We sell our Millionth T-Shirt! That’s right folks, in just a few years, we had managed to pick, pack and post a stupendous million tees to people all over the world.
10. SEPTEMBER 2011
No pictures please! Now seven years hard at work, we’re crowned Best Specialist Retailer by the amazing people at Reveal Magazine. Such an honour and a great excuse for a party! Right?
11. AUGUST 2012
Splashdown! Mother Nature takes a dislike to TruffleShuffle and sends sooo much rain to Bristol that it floods Truffle Towers V2.0. The whole team rally together to save the day and as many of our retro creations as possible. Great excuse to clean the floors we guess!
12. AUGUST 2016
Another milestone! We ship our millionth order and to celebrate, we ran a huge competition to win a years supply of cool t-shirts!! The lucky winner was Matthew Smith from Norwich.
13. APRIL 2018
We’re on the move…. again, hopefully for the last time! This time into our purpose built new headquarters. Truffle Towers V3.0 will once again be three times the size Truffle Towers V2.0 and feature very cool ‘break out’ areas and even a retro gaming zone… We can’t bloomin’ wait!
AND FINALLY…
Of course, none of this would have been possible without each and every one of you lovely lot who placed and order, sent us a tweet or even just checked out our site. We love what we do and for as long as you guys do to, we’ll be here giving you the best selection of classic clothing and accessories as possible. Huuuuge thank you everyone!
If you want a little more insight into TruffleShuffle and all the lovely folk that work here why not pop the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy the video we made to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.
See you in another 13 years!
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Happy May the 4th everyone!

Never one to miss out on a good old competition opportunity, we’ve firing up the Ion Drives and launching ourselves into May the Fourth like a wookie on a spacehopper! With fans celebrating this unofficial day all over the world and lots of weird and wonderful ways, we thought what better time for another TruffleShuffletastic competition… and.. well… here it is!

The Prizes

To really get you guys and gals into the spirit of the day, we’ve picked out some amazing goodies from our own out of this world range of Star Wars gifts AND a little something extra which we juuuust think you might enjoy.

So what’s it all for?? Our big bundle of prizes worth over £100 includes…

Star Wars The Complete Saga on Blu-ray! Buckle up and blast yourself off into the Star Wars worlds with this amazing 9 disc box set which includes; The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, deleted scenes, documentaries and so much more!
Surely the perfect addition to any Star Wars lover’s home! This four pack of coasters featuring some classic movie imagery is sure to raise a smile each time you raise a glass.
One of the greatest sci-fi romances ever… that between Han Solo and Princess Leia. Who can forget that scene when Han is dragged off into the freezing chamber while Princess Leia proclaims, ‘I Love You’, to which he replies ‘I Know’ (cool, calm, collected). What a lad!
Become a real life Star Wars action hero with your very own lightsaber! This wicked implement looks just like a lightsaber but is actually a torch with a dazzling blue light!
If you like your socks on the dark side, you will appreciate this pair of black Darth Vader socks! Complete with cape, these sci-fi wonders are a real statement!
Keep cool with the help of the super cute astromech droid BB-8, the pint sized hero of Star Wars Episode VII. In the form of the hugely popular Star Wars character, this BB-8 Ice Mould is a quirky way to liven up your drinks.

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and as accessible as possible, we’re running our competition through a nifty little system called Gleam. This will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning – think of it like tickets in a hat. Simple!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in via one of the options to begin completing your entries.

Star Wars May The Fourth Competition

How Long Do I Have?

You have until midnight tonight when the competition will turn back into a pumpkin… we mean May the Fourth will be officially over for another year and so will the competition. After this time you will be unable to enter using the Gleam system. *11:59:59 04/05/2017

How Will The Winner Be Chosen?

Well… as pretty much usual now… totally at random! The nifty Gleam system will take a hop, skip and jump into all your entries and pick out just one lucky winner at random. Remember folks! The more ways you enter, the more chance the mystical GLEAM bots will pick you.

T+C’s
Only one winner will be chosen at random
There will be no cash alternative of prizes offered
If we do not hear back from the winner within one week, another will be chosen at random and contacted
We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any time without warning
Questions? Email competitions@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we’ll get back to you pronto

GOOD LUCK everyone and May The Fourth Be With You!

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