Top Geeks of the 80s!

Everyone loves a good geek, whether you can simply marvel at their genius, or smile at their quirky geeky ways they never fail to intrigue and entertain us on the big and small screens.

With the geek clothing scene these days bigger than ever, it seems revealing you inner nerd has never been cooler. Modern day screen heroes are more and more not the all-out amazing lead roles, but increasingly the cooky sidekick that can out gadget and out think any challenge. With some amazing new characters hitting the big time recently such as the new Dr Who, BBC Sherlock series and Q from James Bond played by Ben Whishaw, we thought we would take the time to appreciate the geeks of old with our Top Geeks of the 80s list!

Anthony Michael Hall in everything from 1982 to 1985

Best known for his roles as The Geek in ‘Sixteen Candles,’ Brian Johnson in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Garry Wallace in ‘Weird Science’, Anthony is well known and loved by all retro film lovers in the land and we’re sure everyone has a little bit of his characters inside them. Geeky but cool!

David Lightman in ‘WarGames’ (1983)

Played by Matthew Broderick, this computer loving geek finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III! He is a genuine computer whizz and would certainly be out go-to-guy if we needed some extra computer geek brain power here at Truffle Towers.

Richard ‘Data’ Wang in ‘The Goonies’ (1985)

A topic very close to out hearts! Data is a hugely inventive Goonie who lived next door to the Walsh family. Like us, he’s a huge fan of James Bond and carries all of his special gadgets and tools in his trusty trenchcoat. While his gadgets have setbacks every now and then, they do come in handy and saved the gang from near death experiences. He is definitely the geek you want around on your childhood adventures.

Louis Tully in “Ghostbusters”

Played by Rick Moranis who was also in the ‘Honey, I Shrunk The…’ series, Louis is the quintessential nerd. While a very good-natured guy, he sports a level of social awkwardness that eclipses even Egon’s. He tries to be hip and cool, but never pulls it off (he would work out to exercise videos, but at double speed). Deep down, Louis really wants to break out of his humdrum little existence and be a hero. Even though his assault on the slime shell coating the museum was at best negligible, Louis still put his heart into helping out.

George McFly in “Back to the Future”


Played by Crispin Glover, George is Marty’s father when they go back in time. In this first film, George a weak nerdy guy unable to stand up for himself. In 1955, George was spying on Lorraine when he fell from a tree onto the street below and right in front of her father’s car. Lorraine nursed him back to health, and the two fell in love. However, after traveling from 1985 to 1955, Marty inadvertently alters history when Lorraine becomes infatuated with him instead of George. Marty helps George become more confident, which ultimately leads to a confrontation between George and Biff. George rescues Lorraine from Biff which causes alterations to history, to the benefit of George and his family.

Carlton Banks in “Fresh Prince”

Played by Alfonso Ribeiro, Cartton is Will Smiths geeky, smart and seriously funny cousin. Often the butt of the joke, Carlton is the ultimate preppy guy who is always looking to do well in school to become the model student. His is widely know for his cooky dance moves and very childish humour…but mostly the dancing!

Brains in “Thunderbirds”


Brains is International Rescue’s scientist and inventor. Not one of the Tracy boys, we never actually learn his real name. International Rescue is built on his ingenious inventions and ideas which often get the guys out of trouble. He has a robot called Braman who helps him with many tasks which he’s rarely happy with and always tyring to improve. If you want something built, here’s you guy!

So there they are!A whole host of top geeks with enough brain power to make us all feel just that little bit less bright. Release your inner geek with our huge range of Geek T-Shirts inspired by the films above such as Goonies T-Shirts, Thunderbirds T-Shirts, Fresh Prince T-Shirts, Ghostbusters T-Shirts, and of course Back To The Future T-Shirts! Phew!

Feel like we missed your favourite 80s geek? Let us know who was your favourite by leaving a comment below.

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Introducing Urban Species exciting new collaborations!

We are very proud to present two of Urban Species brand new collaborations, they have designed exciting new ranges with esteemed artist Sidney Maurer and iconic publication Life Magazine. Released together these fab new Urban Species T-Shirts celebrate famous Hollywood, Sports and Music icons as well as nostalgic 90’s pop culture. I’ll give a quick run down of these brand new tees.

Girls wanted to get with him, guys wanted to be him, Johnny Depp was the epitome of cool in the 80’s and 90’s (and still is in our opinion!). This awesome tee, celebrates this icon against a jazzy 90’s background and is part of the new Life Magazine collection for Urban Species.

This great, new, vintage style tee from the Life Magazine collection for Urban Species celebrates the genius of one of America’s greatest musicians, Johnny Cash who brought us such cult classics as, I Walk The Line and Ring Of Fire.

Will Smith was where is was at in the 80’s and 90’s. Not only was he hot, cool and funny, he had a starring role in US comedy Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and a penchant for rapping alongside Jazzy Jeff. What a treat this Urban Species tee is, from their Life Magazine collection, we are loving the 90’s style design which shows Will off to a tee!

This awesome new, vintage style tee from the Life Magazine collection for Urban Species celebrates the 80’s US boy band, New Kids On The Block. If, You Got It (the right stuff) and I’ll Be Loving You (forever) get you into groove mode, this tee is a great, nostalgic way of re-living those childhood memories.

This celebrity icons range features stunning painted designs from artist Sidney Maurer.  Including the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Muhammed Ali and Robert De Niro this range has classic icons to suit all tastes!

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 6!

Ah! Sunshine, you come and go like a chirpy little yellow sparrow and if you wish to stay a little longer that would be just divine!

If your sunburn has forced you stay indoors this weekend and I know someone out there is suffering, do not worry there’s a cornucopia of nostalgia on your telebox. This weeks Retro Movie Rundown is strangely full of crazy baby antics, little blue people, more caveman action and includes the Fresh Prince and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys, Bad Boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you?!

We really hope you enjoy this weekends selection – have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 2nd JUNE

Look Who’s Talking (1989) Watch 6:10pm-8:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Pregnant Molly is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

The Smurfs (2011) Sky Movies Premiere 3:45pm-5:45pm (2 hours )
The tiny blue forest-dwelling creatures flee from an evil wizard, only to end up magically transported to modern-day New York. They search for a way to get back to their own village, while evading their enemy, who has followed them to the Big Apple. Fantasy comedy, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays, with the voices of Jonathan Winters and Katy Perry.

Three Men and a Baby (1987) Sky Movies Drama & Romance 4:40pm-6:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.

Bad Boys (1995) Watch 10:00pm-12:20am (2 hours 20 minutes)
Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett search for a $100million heroin consignment brazenly stolen by a French drug kingpin from the police evidence room. However, after a mix-up over a phone call from a potential witness, each cop has to assume the other’s identity – Lowrey becoming the henpecked family man and Burnett the playboy. Michael Bay’s action thriller, starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo and Theresa Randle.

SUNDAY 3rd JUNE

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) E4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A professor invents a ray with the power to reduce objects in size. Unfortunately, his kids and their meddling friends trigger it off and are shrunk to microscopic proportions. When they are accidentally thrown out with the rubbish, the children have to contend with all kinds of animals and insects on their journey home across the backyard. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman and Amy O’Neill.

Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) Watch 6:25pm-8:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
Wisecracking toddler Mikey is joined by mischievous baby sister Julie and sibling rivalry inevitably erupts – while their parents have problems of their own to deal with, in the shape of the kids’ good-for-nothing uncle. Comedy sequel, starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, with the voices of Bruce Willis and Rosanne Barr.

The Flintstones (1994) ITV2 3:30pm-5:20pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Fred is promoted to an executive position at work and immediately becomes embroiled in an embezzlement scheme – thanks in no small part to his seductive new assistant. Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis, with Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.Dumb and Dumber (1994) Comedy Central 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours )
Dimwitted duo Harry and Lloyd embark on a disaster-fraught cross-country trip to return a briefcase to its lady owner – unaware it contains a $1million ransom they would have been better leaving well alone. Farrelly brothers comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr and Mike Starr.

Don’t forget to let us know how you spend the rest of your weekend celebrating the Jubilee and if you need any help planning your perfect Jubilee party why not check out Amy’s post, Get Ready To Celebrate The Jubilee – TruffleShuffle Style! for some ideas and inspiration!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, we hope the sun shines and you enjoy yourselves

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