It’s December, so the Christmas countdown has started – and, speaking of time, here’s a nifty gift idea for the Doctor Who fan in your family or circle of friends.
Take a TARDIS and flash forward to December 25th, to the moment when that special Whovian in your life opens their perfectly wrapped Christmas prezzy to uncover a replica Doc Who scarf to keep them warm throughout the rest of winter. Sure, bow ties are cool but a lovingly crafted replica of your fave Time Lord’s nifty neckwear? Geronimo!
The kind folk over at Lovarzi, accessory specialists who’ve pretty much nailed a range of geek-chic Doctor Who knitwear (not to mention a Sherlock collection that Cumberbatch himself would be happy to investigate), were generous enough to send me my very own 4th Doctor replica scarf, which dedicated fans may recognise as the type worn by DW legend Tom Baker.
It’s priced at £49.99 but, given that it’s a pretty substantial size (opening up to 13ft/4m long), it’s worth every penny. The officially licensed scarf is a perfect treat for hardcore fans and cosplayers, but even occasional Who watchers (or even complete newbies) may find themselves enamoured by the blend of warm autumnal colours: yellow, purple, green, burgundy red. So, while it may be recognised as an iconic scarf to Who fans passing by, you could just as happily wear it for comfort and style regardless of your allegiance (or non-allegiance) – the only thing giving its true identity away is a label inside, which you’d have to get pretty up close to in order to clarify its official Who status.
To buy your very own decorative scarf, or to browse the official BBC Doctor Who and Sherlock collections, head over to the Lovarzi website and keep up-to-date on Twitter. After all, it’s pretty cold out there in space and time – best to wrap up!
Winter is coming…
Wrong genre show, but the oncoming dark nights and cold snaps are an inevitability as we approach November. So it’s time to dig out your dusty old scarves in an effort to keep warm on the daily commute, or for when you’re on patrol in a graveyard with a trusty stake at your side. Oops, wrong show again.
Thanks to the folk over at Lovarzi though, you’ll be able to keep warm in true geek style this winter with their dastardly decorated Dalek scarf – a must-have for any Whovian, surely? And even better, for TODAY ONLY, you’ll receive an extra 15% off this officially licensed product when you use code DALEK15D at checkout.
Whether you’re the big fan in your household, or you know a Doc Who devotee who’d love to find this in their Christmas stocking, the time has come for Time Lord accessorising. Stay warm across space and time, kids!
One of the things I did on my geek sorta-sabbatical was, well, pretty geeky.
After a period in my teens where I passed off all my VHS tapes to cousins and pretending I wasn’t cray-cray for cartoons, I’ve fully embraced my love of Disney once again. Of course, the Pixar catalogue has been a gateway drug leading backwards into the classic canon, and though not without some shabby entries (‘Oliver’s Company’, I’m looking at you) the Walt wonder years are not to be snubbed by any serious film fan – or eternal kid.
Because the Blu/DVD library and Disney Infinity figures aren’t enough, I took time out (guffaw) from my busy schedule to buy a Mickey Mouse watch from Ingersoll watches.
It’s just one of many timepieces starring the world’s most famous mouse, but the large dial and stainless steel bracelet meant this one won prime real estate on my hairy wrist. Everybody’s favourite Sorcerer’s Apprentice looks like he’s having fun telling me what time it is, dontcha think?
If you’re geared towards Goofy or would rather spend your time with a dwarf or evil queen, you’ll be happy to hear that Ingersoll have a Disney watches collection that I really wish I hadn’t seen because I now want all of them. Rolex has never been this much fun!
When Simon Pegg’s a fan, you know you’re in grand geek territory. Dark Bunny Tees, the film & TV-inspired T-shirt collection masterminded by Alex Chenery, already has the plaudits rolling in from respected geeks of note so doesn’t really require my stamp of approval; but hell, I’m gonna give it anyway!
The new officially licensed ‘Sherlock’ range, inspired by the Beeb adap’s characters and episodes, is the one to watch – but make sure to head over to the DBT site to discover your next fanboy fashion statement. From expected genre big-hitters (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Batman’) to quirky cult faves (‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Arachnophobia’), Chenery’s got it covered.
The ‘Dark Bunny’ moniker is suited to a standout tee that takes its inspiration from Richard Kelly’s warped noughties movie masterpiece. I’ve taken some shots of my very own ‘Donnie Darko’ T-shirt below; it’s hard to miss the tee’s centrepiece recreation of the apocalyptic rabbit Frank, but diehard Donnie fans will love the hard-to-miss references such as the featured ‘Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?’ quote and the fact that Frank’s fictional costume shop is based in our hero’s hometown of Middlesex, Virginia.
Basically, it’s a dream design for Darko devotees.
Of course, to show off the doomsday bunny to full effect, I’ve donned a Donnie-style hoodie, put on my best superhero/anti-hero angst face, and travelled through a time-space camera lens wormhole to bring you the selfies below.
…They made me do it.
Want more dark bunnies where Frank came from? Don’t forget to follow @DarkBunnyTees on Twitter.
Remember last week when I was going cray cray over the top tees offered up by website T-Shirt Grill? Well, they’ve only been so kind as to gift me my very own Godzilla of a garment with the beast of a T-shirt modelled below…
Yep, amongst the Grill’s portfolio of savvy pop culture designs, ranging from cult classic clobber to badass rock band T-shirts, awaits a new collection that honours the new big screen take on Japan’s iconic beastie.
I’m posing in true McGeek fashion in the men’s Godzilla ‘Kanji’ T, which depicts a lumbering beast smashing his way through a cityscape (as in Gareth Edwards’s monster movie smash) with the creature’s name in Japanese characters below. In short: it looks pretty effing cool, and I’ll be wearing it to all upcoming monster mash parties.
Also, if I ever fancy treading on a city, this means I’ll have the very outfit to complement – as evident in the mockup of McGeek deciding to flatten a metropolis below. Flatten it in style, mind.
Love Godzilla so much you want to show him off on your chest? On the lookout for your next gotta-have-it tee? Uncover, then cover up in, T-Shirt Grill’s treasure chest of T-shirts now available online at www.tshirtgrill.com. More info on Twitter and Facebook.
Going out tonight but haven’t got a stitch to wear? Oh fellow nerds, why be without a statement tee that shouts your geek-chic credentials when the folks at T-Shirt Grill offer a veritable pick ‘n’ mix of wardrobe wonders?
If you’re looking to make your allegiance to your favourite geek genre property known, whether Who or The Dude, then T-Shirt Grill has it covered. From slogan tees that will be a dead-cert hit at the pub to visual recreations of your fave alt. heroes (wear Eraserhead on Tuesday and the new Godzilla hoody on a Friday), T-Shirt Grill is a haven for anyone who wants to flaunt their pop culture cred whilst remaining thoroughly style-conscious.
And it’s not just your favourite cult TV and movie icons who are getting the tee treatment; this super-cool indie clothing company also dedicates sections of its website to musical legends, LOLZ-worthy novelty tees and even bloomin’ hats. With clothing options for ladies, gents and even ickle ‘uns (who doesn’t want to see their kid in an ‘Anchorman’ T-shirt, really?!) then you have no excuse not to be rocking some kick-ass threads this summer. And winter. And, like, forever.
Godzilla geek or in a Morrissey mood? Why not BOTH?!
Check out the full selection online now at www.tshirtgrill.com. More info on Facebook / Twitter.
Last chance this weekend to win this super cool ring from Lazy Oaf.
Find out more:
Giveaway: Lazy Oaf Ring.
I’m a big fan of funky fashion brand Lazy Oaf, and think you should be too!
So, for the latest Nice To Geek You giveaway, I’m sharing my Lazy love by offering one lucky winner the following prize: a Lazy Oaf Spaghetti Hands Double Finger Ring.
This quirky ring doubles the fun by fitting on not one, but two fingers – even better, those Spaghetti Hands have a not-too-faint Mickey Mouse feel about them!
So, fancy blinging up your ring fingers? All you have to do is simply follow @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and from there RT any one of the tweets promoting this comp – there will be a few between now and competition close, so you’ll have plenty of chances.
Please note the prize ring is in size Medium and an alternative will not be made available. Terms & conditions follow:
Prize giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 11/05/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
They’ve done it again! The folks over at Lazy Oaf have launched new season looks and the brand, synonymous with bold graphics and tongue-in-cheek designs, has not disappointed with looks inspired by everything from Garfield to jalapenos.
Yup, it’s all pretty ace. Check out the new-look Lazy Oaf website to see for yourself.
Wished you’d been around to go full-on Boy George (whether boy or girl) and attend club/catwalk Blitz in the ’80s? Well, unfortunately I don’t have access to a time-travelling telephone box but I do have two complimentary tickets to the V&A’s rad and retro exhibition, ‘Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s’.
Due to close on 16 February, the exhibition explores the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s, showcasing more than 85 outfits from a period where club culture, music and couture combined with astonishing results. The major exhibition at the V&A museum of art and design features bold and fashion-forward looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade Calvin Harris deemed ‘acceptable’, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano.
To be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the exhibition, simply head over to my Twitter page @nicetogeekyou, RT the comp and follow. Easy, right? Now VOGUE.
Prize giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 24/01/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
Please note the exhibition closes on 16 February 2014 and the complimentary tickets, which each admit one, are not valid for the final two weekends (8-9 February, 15-16 February). For more details, including museum opening times, please visit the V&A website.