TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Annette

TruffleShuffle fans! We’re back with another (and final!) installment of our long running TruffleShuffle Insider series which has been giving all you lot a little look into the lives of each and everyone of us behind these scenes here at TruffleShuffle.com.

A perfect chance for us to reveal, who we are, what makes us tick and well perhaps just put some names to faces to anyone who has been in touch before. Stalking if you wish 🙂

This time we’re taking a few moments to introduce our very latest member of the team, welcome fun loving foreign affairs hero Annette to the stage! Take it away…

Picture credit: Owen Davies
What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
Well, I translate all the English blurbs into German blurbs, and help with any German or French correspondence within customer services. I am pretty German all in all (ever been to Berlin?).
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
I’m the newbie in the house. I started earlier this year in March. It seems once you work for TruffleShuffle you never leave. Spooky!
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I simply love hanging out with nice people (and the team here is awesome), and I love languages. Two flies with one stone, you know?
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What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
It’s got to be this one: Black Sabbath 1978 US Tour T-Shirt. Rock! Dark Rock! My boyfriend, who gave me the T-Shirt is standing next to me as I write this.
When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
I hang out with my ace family, play music (I used to be in two bands here in Bristol for years and years called Big Joan and Annette Berlin), design lots (I’m also a freelance designer) and go to gigs whenever I can, but there has been less partying and late nights since the little twins arrived. Middle aged mum alert!
Recently Finn & Daisy aka ‘the twins’ were playing pirates and were using cardboard cones as wooden pirate legs. They limped up the stairs to go to the bathroom. And as a mum does (I hope it’s not just me) I went up there as well (eventually) to check on their bathroom routines (they’re 4 years old) and asked those all important questions: “Did you flush? Did you wash your hands? Any drips?” Finn just took the earlier mentioned cardboard cone, held it up to his mouth, turned around to me and said “GO AWAY, PLEASE!”
Name three things you like….
My family, 6 Music (don’t tell Claire), Food!….and cats, my friends, PJ Harvey, Warrior Queen, horse riding, walking through woods, singing, Bristol, camping, picnics.
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Name three things you don’t like….
Little dogs (only joking*), Math rock and Anchovies (*I’m not joking).
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Favourite three films as a kid?
The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Muppet Show.
Who is your idol?
PJ Harvey is definitely an idol of mine. I simply love her voice, and the first couple of albums, where she was so raw and hormonal, still blow me away. And she seems to make a decent living from being a musician, whilst still having a private life. Oh, I wish…
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Who is the last band you saw live?
Some crazy, experimental band from Indonesia mixing traditional music and loops using instruments built by themselves with a singer who goes effortlessly from a low grunt to an operatic soprano. Check them out live, you won’t believe your eyes and ears. They are called Senyawa.
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
New Orleans and St Petersburg.
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Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
The little beetle, Herbie.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Difficult, I like so many bands.
Courtney Barnett, Nina Simone, Kate Tempest, This is the Kit, Jemima Surrender, The Hysterical Injury, Part Chimp, Slint. A few of these are from Bristol btw. Bristol is brilliant for music! I ended up living here because of the music. True fact.
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
‘Did I mention I like music yet?’
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
My grandma once won the lottery. She went and bought more lottery tickets with the £20 winnings. It would be the usual I guess, pay off any debts/the house, help your family out, have a nice holiday and build a music studio in the garden shed (have I mentioned I like music?).
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So there you have it folks! We’ve officially covered all the names and faces behind the TruffleShuffle shop window. Hopefully you’ve learnt a little something about who we all are, what we all do and just what makes us tick.

Stay tuned next month for a complete round up of all these little interrogations and to get a snap shot of the whole team!

xoxo

TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Chris

You see the site, you see the products….but we all know you just really want to see just who’s behind the scenes at Truffle Towers right? Well our TruffleShuffler insider blog series is the perfect place to look.
Each month we corner kindly ask a member of the team and interrogate politely ask them a few questions to help uncover who they are, what they do and just what makes them tick. It’s that simple!

This post we’re taking some time out to introduce another of our warehouse superheroes and all round crazy creative Chris! Enjoy and good luck Chris!

What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
I work in the warehouse, doing anything from receiving stock and booking it into our system through to picking and packing all the orders we get and having it ready to be shipped out to the customers, and everything in between. That and drinking too much coffee, asking stupid questions and generally making a nuisance of myself.
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
Almost two years. I started as a Christmas temp in 2013, and I’ve basically just not left. I don’t think anyone’s noticed yet.
What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
I love how amazing the team we have is – everyone is so easy going and and the sense of community is really strong, everyone really looks after each other and it’s great. Plus I get to come into work every day with my wife Michelle who is customer service manager so that’s pretty great too.
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What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
We have so many awesome designs, but my favourite has to be the Men’s Black Guardians Of The Galaxy Group Logo Marvel T-Shirt.
When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
When I’m not here I also work for myself as a freelance illustrator which is pretty cool as I get to draw and paint almost every day, which is my number one favourite thing to do. I also work as stage hand/road crew which has led to some pretty amazing times and tours, and going away to visit new places with Michelle is a firm favourite too.
Name three things you like….
Apart from the obvious like hanging out with my wife and our dog, I like painting and drawing, historical books/films/places, tattoos and beer.
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Name three things you don’t like….
I don’t like eating, burping or any chewing noises near me, especially in a quiet room. I can’t help it for some reason and it makes my blood boil. I also don’t like liver or grown adults talking in baby voices.
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Favourite three films as a kid?
Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and Top Gun.
Who is your idol?
That would have to be Lemmy.
Who is the last band you saw live?
The last band I saw live was an awesome welsh three piece band called Pizza Tramp, they played a local show in a pub nearby. Before than that Michelle and I went to a festival in Belgium at the beginning of May and got to see a whole bunch of bands including Against Me, Off! and Iron Reagan.
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’m lucky enough to have been to quite a few places, mostly on tours and the like, but if I had to choose one place it would be Nepal, with at least a few weeks each to do the Annapurna range and Everest base camp.
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Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
I don’t know if it constitutes iconic particularly but the hot rod from Mad Max – Fury Road is so awesome.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
I tend to have a pretty varied music lineup on my iPod but a few folks I have been listening to recently are Chuck Ragan, The Company Band and The Jezebels. The music I listen to pretty much every day is Motorhead, Black Sabbath and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
‘Wait, What?’
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would do the standards first like make sure my family and friends were taken care of, buy a holiday etc. After that I would buy several if not many bulldogs and a converted barn for my wife, a motorbike and custom art studio for myself; and then spend the rest on trying to genetically produce a real life Rocket Raccoon.
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So there you have it folks! We’re so nearly covered everyone here at TruffleShuffle so hopefully you’ve uncovered a little more about us and what we all do.

Stay tuned for more!

xoxo

Rock 2015 With Our Latest Band Tees!

Get your rock horns at the ready Truffle fans! We’ve been on the hunt again for even more rock god goodness and have come up trumps with our latest collection of Band T-Shirts!

With another year ahead of us and the thoughts of all the new music that will be created and we will discover, we can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring us.

Of course, as exciting as it is to look forward, as we do with everything in our lives, we’re looking back at the great and good that have stood the test of time and are still as amazing now as they were when we first discovered them. Our latest collection looks back at some of the biggest rock bands ever to hit the stage and will make the perfect find for any fan out there.

Don’t believe us? Take a looks at our latest designs….

Ladies Black Slayer T-Shirt Men’s Charcoal Black Sabbath Cross T-Shirt
Men’s Charcoal Green Day Dookie T-Shirt Ladies Black Dolly Parton Slogan T-Shirt
Men’s Black And White Iron Maiden Logo Baseball T-Shirt Men’s Black And White It’s Only Rock N Roll Rolling Stones Baseball T-Shirt
Men’s Black Iron Maiden Logo T-Shirt Men’s Black Guns N Roses Reaper T-Shirt
For all of these and sooooo much more, don’t forget to check out our complete range of music t-shirts at TruffleShuffle.com.

Vests Vests Vests! Did We Mention Our New Vests?

As you might have already guessed….we’ve just taken stock of some amazing new band vests from top rock London based brand Amplified. What gave it away right??

Our latest collection has been inspired by some of the biggest and best bands ever to hit the stage and naturally come oozing with Amplified’s signature vintage style which only further give these the rock credentials they deserve.

With a great range of classic designs, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone. Take a look at our latest range and pick up something to really set your arms and musical inspirations free this Summer.
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A real icon of a design and made even more famous when Tony Stark himself rocked this in the Avengers Film, this cool Black Sabbath Tour Vest proudly shows off their 1978 USA tour with Van Halen. A great find for any fan.
Celebrate the first punk rock groups ever with our classic Ramones Hey Ho Let’s Go presidential seal design! Possibly one of the most instantly recognisable logos ever created, The Ramones came to symbolize all that was cool and all that was punk rock with their hits Blitzkrieg Bop, Judy is a Punk, I Wanna Be Sedated, and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Real rock legends right here!
Crowned by many as the biggest rock band ever, the Rolling Stones have been with us since back in 1962….that’s a whopping 52 years!! In that time they’ve recorded more albums than we’d like to count, released some of the most iconic rock songs ever and toured the globe several times over.
An absolute must have for any Rolling Stones fan’s wardrobe. These distressed Rolling Stones vests with their tongue designs feature the band members autographs, diamante, or paint effect from premium band tee brand Amplified are definitely our number 1!
Teaming up with the ultimate in Hip-Hop royalty, Amplified have created these amazing RUN DMC Logo Vests so we can all bask in the brilliance that was Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell. Featuring their intentionally distressed look, these really give the look and feel of an original concert buy from back in the day. LOVE!
Rocked it through the 80s and 90s? There’s no doubt you’ll have busted some air guitar and song at the top of you voice to some of the absolute classic songs from none other than Guns N’ Roses! Featuring their iconic drum logo, these new GnR vests are a great way to show some love for the bad boys of rock and are a real must-have for any fan this Summer.
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Whatever you get up to this Summer, make sure you’re fully geared up and ready to rock with one of our amazing vests and t-shirts from only £19.99!

Have fun everyone!

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