February 3, 2012 - Warp Pipe Technology
I once read an article about scientists trying to make Mario-style warp pipes in real life. I notice nothing’s come of that, yet.
Size: XXL | Fabric: 100% Cotton | Made by / in: American Apparel / Mexico (of US fabrics)
Had Since: 2010 | Price: $17 | Times Worn: ~20
It’s the first Friday of the month, which can mean only one thing - Fangamer Friday! Hooray! I look forward to these days like no other, because the products these fine people create are works of art, genius, and love, all of which are shown in the top quality of their work and their attention to detail. This became over-evident while waiting for this shirt to be printed and shipped (their pre-order system = win!) when I received an email from the crew that looked something like this. For those too busy to follow a link, I’ll sum it up: There was a problem at the printer, the design on this shirt is less detailed than intended, you can wait for a reprint or get the misprint and donate the $3 refund from the printer to charity. That was a cool option, as the shirt’s profits were already being sent to charity, and as they put it:
"…instead of 100% of your shirt’s proceeds going to charity, it will be 129%! Your math teacher might not approve, but your gym coach will."
I viewed the pictures and weighed the options, thought, “Well, I guess I can tell the difference…only because they said something,” and responded to their email telling them to get me into the 129% club. I don’t have the emails anymore, but I asked how the misprint happened, as I’m a little bit into graphic design and whatnot and the problem seemed interesting - Not the usual “wrong image file sent” or “mechanical errors” that I imagine happen quite frequently in the garment business. They responded that, after some reverse-engineering on their part, they thought what happened was the printer yadda yadda filter yadda transverse yadda coaxial yadda puppy chow yadda yadda…basically, they know WAY MORE about this stuff than I do, and they flexed their cerebral muscles to prove it. I just laughed and smiled, and said, “Oh.” Had I been speaking to them in person, I would have used a knowing head nod and lengthened my statement to “Ooooh,” which I’m confident would not have fooled them into thinking I understood anything they had just told me.
So, yeah, I got the misprint version, did a little extra good for charity, and now I’ve told you about it - Cool, huh? This is one of my favorite Fangamer shirts, though, “I guess I sorta like ‘em all.” This is the Pipe Vault, a design based on the adventures of a high-jumping, fire-ball-throwing, raccoon-tail-wearing, Kuribo’s-Shoe-ridin’ plumber you may be familiar with. (He’s got other talents, too, though I don’t want to list them all. Oddly enough, all my drawn-from-the-hip references unintentionally go back to game #3…that’s a bit eerie.) This shirt was designed by the one and only Jon Kay, a legend whose home (I imagine) smells of rich mahogany and who designs shirts that “make Frank Sinatra look like a hobo.” Yes, that’ll do.
The shirt is sold out on their site right now, but you could sign up for a reprint email if you’re awesome, or want to Become awesome. It was made in a black version, too, though I picked this one because (as you may have noticed by now) my wardrobe is rather saturated with black already, and this color makes the piranha plants and pipes really pop (just like they do in sinister World 7, which I usually whistled through, if you must know). The mug I’m holding is another outstanding Fangamer product (and naturally designed by Jon Kay), but is also sold out right now - Again, though, if you’ve ever dreamed of being awesome and sipping your beverage (hot OR cold!) from a warp pipe, you could sign up for a future restock (get the coasters, too - they’re fantastic!). This shirt fits just the I wanted it to (by this time I knew to up-size on my American Apparel orders) and feels like a dream every time I wear it, and the graphics are abstract enough to just “look cool” from a distance but recognizable enough to inspire that, “Heeeeey! I know what that is!” reaction when people get closer. Plus, how cool is a print that stretches onto the sleeve and around the side of the shirt? Pretty Darn Cool, that’s how! It’s an excellent product from an excellent company, one which I can not physically say enough good things about, and I hope you fellow gamers check them out, buy somethin’ (will ya!), then tell all your friends about them.