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!
Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need another reason for us all to find her totes charming, but it must just come that easy to her.
Backed up by indie guitar maestro M. Ward, Zooey is set to sing her way into our hearts all over again in December with her fifth record as one half of She & Him. On December 1st, the duo’s new studio album is set to provide some respite from The X Factor and Crimbo #1 hopefuls thanks to Deschanel and Ward choosing to cover proven classics and deliver them under the catchy title, erm, ‘Classics’.
A cynic could choose to term this musical move as lazy, but Zooey’s voice has always worked wonders with a golden oldie and the duo’s own originals have perfectly captured a sense of neo-nostalgia, thanks to various retro influences they will readily admit.
The tracklist is as follows:
1. Stars Fell On Alabama
2. Oh No, Not My Baby
3. It’s Not For Me To Say
4. Stay Awhile
5. This Girl’s In Love With You
6. Time After Time
8. Teach Me Tonight
9. It’s Always You
10. Unchained Melody (feat. the Chapin Sisters)
11. I’ll Never Be Free
12. Would You Like To Take a Walk?
13. We’ll Meet Again
Although we’re all overly familiar with a few of the above, I have faith that they will offer a credible spin on these songs. A recent US performance of ‘Time After Time’ (see below) supports this, so it looks like previous covers album ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ may get fewer plays this Christmas season…
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.
There were a number of exhibitors at the recent Birmingham MCM Comic-Con that piqued my interest, but one stand stood out with its eye-catching output.
Canime is a UK-based independent design and print business that specialises in anime canvas art. The cooler-than-cool canvases showcase iconic characters from your favourite anime properties, and anime-ignorant pop culture fans can pick up wall art inspired by everything from Ghibli to ‘Breaking Bad’ and all the way back to Middle Earth.
The supremely kind folks at Canime were kind enough to send me a Cowboy Bebop canvas, featuring the character Spike from the 1998 anime series. The pictures below don’t do justice what is a real knockout piece, the shadowy smoking outline giving off a decidedly noir-esque vibe despite the bold blue background making it as Pop Art colourful as it is cool.
It’s available here for £30, and you can also get your hands on the rest of the Cowboy Bebop gang from the Canime site. Have a browse and start making major makeover plans – your walls need never be boring again!
Do you have more of an affinity with giraffes than sharks? Is your left hand a little more zebra-like than your right (which is blatantly a bee)?
Well, now’s the time to give your hands a tattoo turnaround with Animal Hands temporary tats, offering the perfect opportunity to spice up an average night out by giving your paws a pet twist.
If you’d like to give your hands an animal makeover, enter this giveaway by simply following @nicetogeekyou on Twitter and RT the comp. First step to creature chic.
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Ever wanted a Log Lady action figure? After last week’s Buffy lego revelation, then perhaps the idea is not too far-fetched.
Indeed, thanks to artist and loyal Lynch fan Max Dalton, any action figure manufacturer thinking about a Twin Peaks set would simply have to get hold of his new wall art for some inspiration.
This 18″ by 24″ hand numbered print is a must for anyone ‘wild at heart’ for Dale Cooper and the inhabitants of the spooky titular town – get it now at Spoke Art before the initial run of 500 is gone, and start imagining how different (and freakier) your childhood would have been if these toys had existed and replaced your Jurassic Park and Power Rangers lot.
I wrapped my first Christmas presents tonight, which makes me a CRAZY PERSON. But, my ultra-preparedness aside, Christmas is on the way and the House of Mouse knows it – Mickey and his minions have released their first lot of Xmas goodies ahead of the holiday season.
Obviously, I want all of the Jack Skellington ‘Nightmare’ baubles, but I think Pascal in a Santa suit is the winner here. Choice picks below, more at The Disney Store.