TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Lee

It’s that time again TruffleShuffle fans!!

Yep for a few weeks now we’ve been going around the office picking on people selecting a lucky member of staff to take the plunge and answer some hot burning questions on here our wonderful retro blog.

This week is the turn of a TruffleShuffle veteran Lee to take the hot seat and tell us all about himself an what he does here in the weird and wonderful world of TruffleShuffle. Sit back and enjoy everyone!

What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
I’m the in house Product Photographer.
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
Well it’ll be my 7th TruffleShuffle birthday this September so you should start thinking of something nice to get me…. I like cake ; ) *Hint Hint*
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I’ve had a string of jobs in the past where you wake up in the morning with the dread of having to get up and go to work, well I haven’t had that feeling for nearly 7 years now thanks to the epic friends (Yes Simon I said EPIC! haha) I work with, plus there is always cake. Did I mention I like cake yet??
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What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
He’s the merch with the mouth and by far my favourite Marvel character. Trust me this cool t-shirt will soon be mine! All MINE I TELL YOU!!! MWHAHAHAHA!!!!

Marvel Deadpool T-Shirt

When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
Well when I’m not busy taking photos of some wicked tees you can’t probably find me climbing up something. For the past few years I have been obsessed with Bouldering and Rockclimbing. Here I am topping my first 6b – 7a+ (Sorry climbing nerd alert)…
When I’m not climbing I’ll be sipping on a nice pint of Bath Ales (Barnsey if your offering) and hanging out with my new buddy Jake the dog…
Name three things you like…
Rock Climbing, Cake and Rock Climbing Girls
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Name three things you don’t like….
1)    Too much chocolate in cake and biscuits. I.E. chocolate sponge with chocolate filling with chocolate chips and topped off with a smothering of chocolate. (I’m actually getting wound up thinking of it)2)    People who talk over you because they can’t wait to hear there own voice.

3)    Balls through the maze game. Any game where you have guide a set ball around a maze or into various holes. After about 8 seconds I’m using a hammer.

What were your favourite three films as a kid?
Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, H.G. Wells, The Time Machine.
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Who is your idol?
Without doubt my idol has to be my brother. He has a knack of talking me into things I don’t think I can do weather it be throwing myself down a massive hill on my Mountain Bike or like the time he signed me up for a Air Guitar competition at the Reading Music Festival and I actually won. I think the stage dive at the end was the clincher.
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Who is the last band you saw live?
I think the last band I saw live was The Cat Empire. They are an Austrailian band with some wicked funky feel good tunes.
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could could be anywhere right now it would be Yosemite National Park in California. It looks naturally stunning and is home to some iconic climbing routes
Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
I would probably have to go for the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard.
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What music are you listening to at the moment?
I’m currently listening to Electric Worry by Clutch. Blast Tyrant and from Beale Street to Oblivion are two awesome Clutch Albums. Pearl Jam Is favourite band and I’m also prone to a bit of BB King, Frank Zappa, Beastie Boys and Gogol Bordello.
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
If I’d won big on the lottery I’d like to invest in a wild life charity. Living the rest of my life in beautiful country side working with Wolves or orangutans and trying to save there environment.
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So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and find out just who powers the TruffleShuffle machine. See you next time with our next victim chosen one :)xoxo

Celebrate Comic Book Day With Our Top Superhero Fails!

Calling all Supermen, Calling all Wonder Women, Calling all Spider-Men, its National Comic Book day. It’s time for all of us Nerds and Geeks to Unite and march to our nearest comic book store and buy all the comics, all the graphic novels and all the super merch you can carry, to celebrate our united love of all things comic book related. To celebrate this day I’m not going to shout about Superman, I’m not going to blab on about Batman or waffle on about Wonder Woman. I’m going to give you a little insight about the underdog heros, The ones who (thankfully) never made it and fell into comic obscurity.

Check out some of our top not so super, Superheroes……

The Legion of the Superpets


In the late 1950s and the early 1960s DC just kind of got weird. They kept introducing all these super intelligent animals with the same superpowers as Superman who all wore red capes. The first was Krypto the Superdog who was sent to earth by Superman’s father Jor-El in a test rocket before he sent Superman to make sure it worked alright. Superman and Krypto were reunited on earth when Superman was a teenager and they fought crime together.
Next was Beppo the Supermonkey. Beppo had pretty much the same story. Jor-El also sent a monkey to make sure the rocket would work. Everybody knows that comics need a chimp, so Beppo provided comic relief by wearing a Superman costume.
The next was Streaky the Supercat. Now Streaky wasn’t sent from Krypton in a rocket but was infected by something called X-Kryptonite which gave earth animals superpowers. Finally came Comet the Superhorse. Comet was an alien horse that was really a centaur who had a curse put on him by some scorned goddess (or something like that) and turned human once a year when a comet passed through Earth’s atmosphere and would romance Supergirl in human form, but the rest of the year was nothing but her pet horse (holy Catherine the Great Batman!). Anyways, these animals eventually joined forces to become the Legion of the Superpets. I swear to god. Ok you hit your head against the desk now, that bits over.

Dogwelder

Dogwelder was a character from Garth Ennis’ “Preacher” series. He was part of a superhero team known as Section Eight which was a band of these crazy guys that fought crime in rather weird and inane ways. Dogwelder is my favourite of the bunch though. He’s this madman in a silver welder’s outfit that basically just goes around welding stray dogs to villains’ faces……that’s it. That’s how he fought crime….no joke. Welding dogs…. to people. Mind you it would be a bitch of a thing to have happen to you. You try to rob a bank and you end up with a Lhasa Apso welded to your face, yapping for eternity. *shudder*

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, noooo not the alien Kree warrior who died of cancer. Nor the red-clad do-gooder who uses the magic word Shazam! To transform himself. This guy was a robot… with amnesia… who could make his arms fall off. Well I’ll just bet Al Qaeda is shivering in its boots hoping that this dude doesn’t come after them. Mercifully canceled after five issues, but not before he fought a dude who could shoot lighting out of his nose.

Squirrel Girl


Squirrel Girl. This lunkheaded creation has actually garnered somewhat of a fan following in recent years for being so dang ridiculous. Doreen Green has the mutant power to communicate with squirrels, and this buck-toothed champion of justice has defeated Dr.Doom, Thanos and Terrax the Tamer all by her lonesome. This is because comic books are stupid. She definitely wins our scariest eyes award that for sure!

Extraño

….I’m just going to let Wikipedia handle this one for me. “Extraño (Spanish for “strange” or “odd”) is a fictional gay Hispanic magician published by DC Comics.”. To make matters worse, he was later attacked by an AIDS vampire named the “Hemo-Goblin” and given the HIV. Way to play into the magician stereotype guys.

Admittedly I kind of like the thought of some of these guys especially Dogwelder but maybe that’s just me geeking over Ennis. If you want to start grabbing some Marvel and DC goodies, check our our huge rangeo of Superhero T-Shirts and Comic book gifts today.

Otherwise have a great comic book day and in the words of Stan Lee “Excelsior”!

Our Top 2013 Festival Moments!

With 2013’s Festival season soon coming to a close (boooo!), we thought we would take a quick look back at some of the highlights that helped to make this summer just soooo amazing! Check out the TruffleShuffle top Festivals moments of 2013!

BoomTown Festival Crazyness

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First up is BoomTown Festival. Advertised as the UK’s maddest city it, defiantly didn’t disappoint! Split up into different towns such as Old Town, Mayfair, Down Town and Trench Town, each offering their own themes and music styles from Ska, Gypsy Jazz, Reggae and Drum n Bass. The people where crazy and the music was amazing, check out this promo video from this year’s festival to see what you missed if you weren’t there with us.

Stone Roses at Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight Festival’s opening headline act The Stone Roses prove they truly are the resurrection as they reunite and leave fans in awe as they kick off the festival with classics as “I wanna be adored” and “Fools Gold” and “I am the resurrection”. Such a moment!

Men's Charcoal Stone Roses Wanna Be Adored T-Shirt from Amplified Vintage
Men's Charcoal Stone Roses Wanna Be Adored T-Shirt from Amplified Vintage

Women's White Stone Roses Wanna Be Adored T-Shirt from Amplified

Iron Maiden at Download

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From Monsters of Rock 1988 to Download Festival 2013, The mighty Maiden show why Donington is their festival with a Flyover from a WW2 Spitfire, Maiden kicked out classics like “Can I Play with Madness” The Number of the Beast” “The Trooper” to name a few. Legends!

Ladies Charcoal Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt from Amplified Vintage
Ladies Iron Maiden Trooper T-Shirt

Men's Iron MaidenFear To Eternity T-Shirt
Men's Iron Maiden Fear To Eternity T-Shirt

Green Day at Reading

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Green Days return the festival seen see’s them play their legendary album “Dookie” in fall. Hell this brings back some memories, Enjoy!

The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury

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I can’t get no satisfaction….wrong Mick! The Rolling Stones dazzled fans old and new at this years Glastonbury festival as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Opening with “Jumping Jack Flash” and going on to play “Give me Shelter” and “Satisfaction”. Possible one of the most anticipated events we’ve ever seen being their first ever Glaso performance.

Women's Charcoal Rolling Stones UK Tongue T-Shirt from Amplified

Men's Charcoal Gorilla Lick Rolling Stones T-Shirt from Amplified Vintage
Men's Charcoal Gorilla Lick Rolling Stones T-Shirt from Amplified Vintage

Hope you’ve enjoyed these magical festival moments as much as we have and don’t forget a festival isn’t a festival without a humble Band TShirt so get geared up for all the good times ahead with one of our Rock-Tastic music tees!

So what festivals did you go to this year? Did we miss out your favourite moment? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Our Top Cosplay Fails

Ever wanted to fly like Superman? Have awesome gadgets like The Batman or even hop into the ring like Rocky? Well with our new Superhero Snugglers you can be a step closer to that dream and put your feet up and drink tea (milk and one please!). At least you’ll have an easier time looking like your heroes than some of these crazy cats as I reveal some of my favourite ever Cosplay…..fails.

1)      Looks like Tony Stark was felt the credit crunch while making the new Iron Man suit.

2)      On second thoughts, maybe George Lucas needed just a pinch more CGI

3)       Wonder (how many pies?) Woman

4)      I wonder if you put him on the hob you get popcorn…

5)      Umm it’s clobbering time????


So there you have it folks, you never know this might have inspired some future fancy dress outfits of your very own! If you’re looking for an easy way out or just searching for some extra Superhero in your lives, check out our cool Snugglers…the only question left is….who will you be?

Superman Snuggler

DC Comics Superman Muscle Print Snuggler

Batman Snuggler

DC Comics Batman Muscle Print SnugglerRocky Muscle Print Snuggler

Rocky Muscle Print Snuggler

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Happy Birthday to the Italian Stallion

And in the blue Corner, the birthday boy, weighing in at 202 lbs, from the great city of New York, The Italian Stallion, Sylvester Stallooooone!

Yes if you haven’t already heard, it’s Rambo himself’s birthday! To honour one of our favourite action stars on his b-day, I decided to put together my Top Five Stallone movie moments for all you guys (and gals!) to remember and enjoy all over again!

Let’s take peep…

1 Over the Top
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2 Cliffhanger opening scene
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3 Rambo final scene
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4 Rocky 4 Training scene
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5 Rocky final scene
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So if thats sent you over the top for all things Balboa, why not check out some of our awesome official Rocky Tees….

Rocky Balboa T-Shirt
Ladies Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt

Rocky T-Shirt
Men's Rocky Italian Stallion T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top five, What are your favourite Stallone moments? We’d love you to share your best moments.

Until next time, Happy Birthday Mr Stallone from all of us at here at the home of retro clothing, TruffleShuffle.com 🙂

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