20 Ways You Know You’re an 80s Baby…

Growing up in the 80s/90s was the best! Everything was simple and fun, life wasn’t too serious and being cool was actually a thing that people could be. With no mobile phones or amazing internet to keep us busy we had to make our own fun, which typically meant heading to the park or a friend’s house, to see who was out or in so we could get them out!

Being surrounded by soooo many amazing 80s T-Shirts, it feels like we are always on a retro nostalgia trip here. Thinking back over some of our best childhood memories, we decided to put them all together and create our ultimate list of what it meant to be growing up at this special time.
Pack your bags folks! We’re taking a short trip down memory lane, likely to include a healthy mix of nostalgia, perhaps a few painful memories and of course as much 8O’s awesomeness as we can carry! Sit back and enjoy our top 20 Ways –  You Know You’re an 80s Baby if….

1. You still think ten years ago was in the 90s…

2. You hoped one day be as cool as the teens in John Hughes movie…

3. You have ever played with a Skip-It….

4. You tight rolled (pegged) your jeans…and maybe still do!

5. You can sing the Ducktales Theme song…

6. You know the anger of having to rewind a film before you could watch it!

7. You had a fine collection of Sweater Shop/Naff Naff/Clothkits jumpers, wore slouch socks over leggings and styled your hair with padded alicebands and scrunchies

8. You know that slap bracelets were both a fashion accessory and a weapon…..and remember when they got banned at school.

9. You know that fixing your gaming technology meant blowing on it….

10. You can sing the entire opening rap to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.

11. You had to wait 15 minutes to play your favourite game on your Spectrum ZX

12. You grew up with only 4 TV channels to watch.

13. Your party soundtrack Jive Bunnie and the Master Mixers.

14. When heading to the local market to get the latest pair of ‘spliffy jeans’ was the norm….

15. When you would get up as early as possible for Saturday morning TV.  Going Live with Gordon the Gopher was a real highlight.

16. When you always dreamed of going on Funhouse, Knightmare or The Crystal Maze.

17. When you spent hours painstakingly making awesome mix tapes off the radio.

18. When you would always argue in the playground over what was better, Nintendo or SEGA.

19. You could breakdance, or wished you could at least.

20. You’ve spent the last few moments nodding at most of these points 🙂

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed out little tour through your 80s childhood and can relate to some of our strongest memories growing up.

So what about your 80s/90s childhood moments, shout out any more ideas to this you might have by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

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Happy Video Games Day!

We would like to wish you all a very happy Video Games Day!!  If you’re a retro gamer with a taste for anything in pixels we’ve got a great selection of Video Game T-Shirts and other treats you’re sure to love.  From Sega to Nintendo Tees, Pac-Man to Space Invaders and with a healthy dose of Tetris thrown in, you’re bound to find something to fall in love with.

All your favourite Nintendo paraphernalia has been brought back to life on these amazing Old Schol Gamer tees exclusive to TruffleShuffle. This is a real gamer-geek’s t-shirt of choice, be proud to show off your gaming skills!!!

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This is an absolute must have for ALL gamer geeks or geekesses! Covered in an array of colourful arcade ghosts, this amazing Pac-Man backpack has the real waka waka factor!

What an absolute classic! This wicked, exclusive Sega T-Shirt comes with a classic and much-loved Sega Logo print, incorporating the famous and iconic Hedgehog character Sonic! What a dude.

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If, like Sonic the Hedgehog – you find yourself whizzing around all day, this tin tote would be the perfect addition to your busy schedule! Perfect for lunch, stationery, letters – or even just to store your odds and sods. Forget Gamer Chic…it’s all about ‘Gamer Keep’! This Sonic The Hedgehog Scene Tin Tote features a scene from one of our favourite 80’s video games…a must have for any organised fan!

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Featuring the arcade game of all arcade games, these Pac-Man headphones are a real must have for all fans of the 80’s hit game! With a classic design, these will help you show off your appreciation in style!

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Bring some magic into your home with this wicked, official Tetris light! The seven individual Tetrimono pieces can be stacked in endless combinations. They magically illuminate when stacked together, but turn off when they are removed from the stack. Wowsers, that’s pretty impressive to us!

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If you are a fan of gaming, this classic Nintendo Controller Tee could be the perfect ‘console’ation if the trials off everyday life are keeping you from your games.

NintendoIf you loved the above T-Shirt you can complete your outfit with this mega Nintendo Gamer Controller backpack, oh yes! This big old bag has ample room for games consoles, games, joysticks oh and is equally as useful for school, a night away, shopping or just day to day carrying functions!

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This is a real treat for any fans of gaming, a Space Invaders vintage arcade design! With intentionally distressed graphics, these retro Space Invaders t-shirt really has the authentic look of an original, well-loved find!

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This fabulous, Pac-Man fleece blanket features the unmistakable game board design. The throw is a lightweight, but nice and warm and is made from super soft micro fiber fleece. You’ll find the non-gamers in your life will end up using it because it’s so comfortable, and you’ll love it because it’s PAC-MAN.

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Aww…nothing better than some 80’s loving, and this mug says it all. Pay homage to the coolest game ever with this ‘I love Gaming’ mug. We sure know the way to your Tetris shaped heart! <3

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They may look cute and unassuming but Nintendo Boo’s are normally up to no good and you need to watch them like a hawk! The ghostly creature cowers and covers its face when looked at and when turning around will gain the courage to creep up behind its target in an attempt to defeat it. Oooh sneaky!

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You Know You Grew Up In The 80s If…

As specialists in the finest 80s clothing on the web (yes I’m biased!) it’s actually part of our job description to spend a good hour or two daydreaming of the greatest era ever every day.  Growing up in the Eighties was a real treat and installed in us the knowledge to make some of the greatest retro tees just for you lucky guys!  So take a couple of minutes out from your busy day to reminisce with me, You know you grew up in the 80s if

…Saturday mornings were spent watching Going Live, wishing you had your own Gordon the Gopher.

…Your ideal classmate would have been Tucker Jenkins from Grange Hill.

…You had a hairstyle inspired by King of Mullets Pat Sharp.

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…You spent ages thinking about which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle you would be, everyone wanted to be Raphael right!?

…You can recite the whole rap from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.  “Now this is a story all about how, my life got flipped, turned upside down…”  You’re singing along now, right!?

…You had enough time to complete computer games over and over again, and you still never got bored of them!

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…You watched every episode of Jem but were secretly cheering on the Misfits, they had better songs!

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Ladies Heather Purple Retro Jem and the Holograms T-Shirt - £19.99

…You knew what Willis was “talking’ bout”.

…You saved up pocket money every week to scare yourself with a new Point Horror book!

…You planned a hundred different trips that you would make in the Delorean.

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…You dreamed of going on Funhouse, The Crystal Maze and Knightmare.

…You wanted to get mouth to mouth resuscitation from Pamela Anderson, but definitely not from David Hasselhoff.

…The Skesis from the Dark Crystal still gives you nightmares.

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…You had a slow dance at the School Disco to True by Spandau Ballet.

…You wanted to live under the sea with Ariel.

…You would always argue in the playground about what was better, Nintendo or Sega.

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…You kept trying to get the high score on Pac-Man but could never quite make it!

…You would spend hours perfecting mix-tapes and then play them to death, extra points if you were skilled enough to tape songs off the radio and were able to avoid the DJ at the start and end.

…The Care Bear you identified with most was Grumpy Bear.

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Ladies Black Grumpy Bear Sugar Rush Care Bears Scoop Neck Tee - £19.99

…All you wanted for Christmas was a My Little Pony

…You used to check your wardrobe for signs of E.T. before going to bed every night.

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…Your ideal job when you grew up was to be a Ghostbuster.

…And last but certainly not least, you know you grew up in the 80s if you had at least three of the things featured on our exclusive vintage 80s toys jumper from Mr Gugu and Miss Go.  This jumper is sure to bring memories flooding back, how many can you name!?

All Over Print Vintage Toys Jumper from Mr Gugu and Miss Go

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5 Megadrive Forgotten Greats

When 16 bit was the king of consoles and your teenage life was controlled by something called a D-pad. You were either a Super Nintendo kid or like me

You were all about the Sega Megadrive. Obviously Nintendo had Mario and Sega had Sonic the Hedgehog. These games are have firmly proven themselves in gaming history and that will never change, But what about those forgotten classics of the 90s gaming scene. The games you only saw while watching Games Master on T.V. or the ones you would swop with your friends at school in the playground. Well for all you 90’s gamers out there here five of my favourite played and always wanted Megadrive forgotten classics

1) Rocket Knight Adventure

What’s cooler than a possum wielding a sword and and jetpack…..NOTHING! Some say this was the best side scrolling Megadrive game of its time which maybe why I’ve heard rumours Konami may be remaking it. Maybe there’s still hope of fulfilling my childhood dream of finally owning this game.

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2) Italia 90

Mega Games 1 brought the three games on one cartridge. Super Hang on and Columns were the first two games but it was all about World Cup Italia 90 for me. Much like sensible soccer it was one of those games where you could pin point the perfect scoring point

On the pitch and score every time. I was addicted. I think my best score was Mexico 34 Germany 1 (this was also to my knowledge the first FIFA licensed game)

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3) Shadow Dancer Secret of Shinobi

Shinobi is a classic but Shadow dancer had the added advantage of having a dog which you could command to attack enimies. I always wanted this game an only got to play it a few times when my friend Chris let me play it. (I’m still annoyed with you Christ for never lending me this game! (Raises angry fist)

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4) Earth Worm Jim

What happens when a worm finds a Cosmic space suit? Earth Worm Jim thats what. Using your head as a helicopter and whip whilst blasting crows and having bungy jumping fights with giant snot monsters. It was awesome, It also had its own cartoon as well which was just was fun.

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5) Road Rash

This game is probably the reason I started started riding. It was a motorcycle street race game where you had to fight off other riders weilding chains clubs and your bare knuckles with out getting busted by the cops. THIS GAME NEEDS TO BE REMADE!!!!! *Cough hint*

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I hope this has sparked some awesome gaming childhood memories for you guys. What are your forgotten greats? Think any of these deserve a reserection on a next Gen console or are they best left alone. Feel free to share your thoughts.

If you’re a game loving guy (or gal!) like me, check out our range of exclusive retro gamer t-shirts from only £19.99!

Pac-Man Abbey Road T-Shirt
Pac-Man Abbey Road T-Shirt

Space Invaders T-Shirt
Space Invaders T-Shirt

Sonic and Sega Logo T-Shirt
Sonic and Sega Logo T-Shirt

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Retro gaming has never looked so cool!

We’ve just found out about an amazing exhibition that’s happening in far away Los Angeles.  ‘Super I Am 8 Bit’ is a group art show where over 100 artists re-imagine their 80’s gaming fantasies, delusions and secret desires via all sorts of media – painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation.  Get ready to see some classic computer game characters as you’ve never seen them before!

Pixels are sexy!

Check out this awesome flyer for the event, which features some of my favourite characters like Mario, Pac-Man, Sonic and Mega Man all leaping out into action from underneath Princess Peach’s skirt!

How many old skool favourites can you name?

This short video shows one of the past events, and is a glimpse of the kind of goodies that you might expect to see at the new 2011 version.  Keep your eyes peeled for a DJ using a GameBoy as a soundsystem!

For more information visit http://iam8bit.com/.  It all sounds right up my street, it’s just a shame it’s so far away!  Here’s hoping that the exhibition can find it’s way to the UK at some point soon, don’t keep a Nintendo fan boy waiting…