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How to Defeat 80’s Arcade Game Villains Using Just a T-Shirt

The movie Pixels is coming out this weekend and we started to think how the movie premise is extraordinary and unusual. Of course for us it’s always about the t-shirt. While there are no t-shirts in Centipede, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders, you can bet every kid that played those games back in the day was wearing one. We’re going to get really creative and show you how t-shirts can help you win in every one of those games and as this movie promises, save the world from certain doom!

T-Shirts vs. Pac-Man

In the original game, the good guy WAS Pac-Man but in Pixels, Pac-Man actually becomes the adversary. So to defeat Pac-Man you have to switch roles and become the red, pink, blue, and orange ghosts known as Blinky. Pinky, Inky and Clyde. First off, you definitely don’t want to be wearing a white t-shirt because if Pac-Man gobbles you up, you’re going to make Pac-Man invincible for a few seconds while he wreaks havoc on all your gamer buddies.

Assuming you’ve got your friends with you, you’ll need your friend wearing a red t-shirt to give chase while you’re brave friends wearing pink and blue position themselves in front of Pac-Man. Your friend in the orange t-shirts is going to play offense too. The best possible strategy is to wear a screen printed glow-in-the-dark shirt with eyes and trick Pac-Man into thinking you’ve already died and hit him when he’s least expecting it.

T-Shirts vs. Donkey Kong

Although arguably one of the hardest of the early 80’s arcade games, with a t-shirt, this one is easy. With a few t-shirts tied together Mario can create a rope to easily drop down from levels to pick up any missed items for Pauline and also grab the hammers to power up and defeat Donkey Kong.

T-Shirts vs. Centipede

Another easy one when equipped with a 6XL t-shirt, a 33” piece of cardboard, masking or electrical tape and few wire hangers. Cut the twisted end of the hangers off. Wrap the cardboard in tape for stability, cross the hangers together to form an X, tape together in the middle. Poke holes through the four corners of the box, slip the wire hanger ends through. Bend about ½” of the wire hanger back under the bottom of the cardboard and fortify the connection with tape. Carefully slip the t-shirt over the armature with the neck hole facing horizontal. Voila, you’ve just made yourself a t-shirt tent to protect you as you shoot down Centipede.

T-Shirts vs. Space Invaders

We’re going to need a t-shirt cannon for this one, preferably one like The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled in 2012 which resembled a Gatling Gun using compressed CO2 to pack the punch. The t-shirt cannon’s ammo is tightly rolled t-shirts, (seriously, you do not want to be hit by one of these at point blank range.) We’re going back to 6XL’s here too because we want the biggest punch. We’ve got about 100 feet vertical reach so this gives us a big advantage to destroy the Invaders when they first appear and keep hammering on those defense bunkers.

So there you have it, yet another series of scenarios where t-shirts really can help to save the world.

3 Unexpected Ways T-shirts Can Give You Better Hair

We really believe that t-shirts solve all types of problems including giving you a better hair day. Don’t believe us? Check out these amazing examples!

Donata White has a You Tube channel, Primal Beauty Queen, which covers topics concerning health, beauty and lifestyle. She also has curly hair and like a lot of women with curly hair, she spends a lot of time uncurling it with blow dryers and flat irons. That is until she discovered and made famous a technique to make your natural curls look fabulous and what do you know, it requires a t-shirt! The technique requires the application of hair products. Then you lay a large cotton t-shirt flat on a surface, flip your hair over your head and let if hang down in front of you and carefully lower your hair onto the tee allowing your curls to coil up. The wrapping aspect is far better explained in the video below.

T-shirts not only help with great curly hair, they can help with straight or straightened hair too. The t-shirt hair drying method is fantastic because tees are typically made with ring spun cotton. Ring spun cotton is much smoother with a tight weave which doesn’t rough up the hair cuticle like a towel can. 

Sunshyne owns Hairlicious Inc. and featuring a diary of hair care. She recommends the t-shirt hair drying method to maintain the sleekness and smoothness of her amazing mid-back length locks. It’s so easy but the results are quite noticeable. Check out the instructional video below:

So we’ve covered how t-shirts help make naturally curly hair look fabulous but what about women with naturally straight hair that want gorgeous curls but hate burning their hair with curling irons? T-shirts come to the rescue again along with another unexpected assistant, Sharpie pens!

This method hurts us just a bit since it requires cutting up and old tee but sacrifices must be made in the name of better hair. Cut a large portion from the bottom of an old tee and cut strips that are about the width of your thumb. Then cut those strips into smaller pieces about 6 inches long. The Sharpie aspect of the method is best explained visually with the video below made by Thuha, a hair and fashion YouTube maven:

We hope you enjoyed seeing these  3 unexpected ways t-shirts can give you a better hair examples. If you have any t-shirt hair hacks to share please do so!

Talking on the Edge of a Knife with Vehement Knives

We love the diversity we see in our customers here at Vehement Knives in Longmont, Colorado caught our eye and we just had to know more about them after taking a look at the website. The sheer beauty of the knife designs as works of art make it easy to forget the high degree of functionality they serve. We got in touch with Jonny Bahlatzis, a maker, designer, process engineer and idea guy at Vehement Knives to find out what it means to LIVE VEHEMENTLY.

How did Vehement Knives get its start?

Jonny Bahlatzis - Vehement Knives started out of passion and necessity in 2011. Our owner, Matt, was working “on the grid” in Okinawa, Japan as a certified Unexploded Ordinance Technician and needed a tool that would allow him to carefully and efficiently excavate hazardous ordnance and ready them for disposal. However, there wasn’t anything purpose-built for that on the market. As a result, he came up with the EOD/UXO Dig Knife and sketched it on a scrap of paper while out in the field. This workhorse has been serving military and contractor personnel in the field ever since, and feedback was so positive that moving into knife-making full-time seemed like a logical choice. Everyone at Vehement Knives has a passion for edged tools, but we all feel that there is a gap which we can fill when it comes to “regular-use knives for hard-ass people.”


Knife making is an ancient skill; how does one go about teaching new knifemakers the craft?

J.B.- Unfortunately, there is no specific formula to teaching or learning the craft. Obviously, some of it relies on a person’s raw skill with handwork and machines, but the majority of it comes from creativity, problem-solving skills, and attention to quality and details. One must be able to look at a raw piece of steel and envision something completely different. They must plan out each step to get to the final state, while paying the utmost attention to how each decision in the design and execution will affect the function and aesthetics of the knife. Once a person has the foundation of these qualities, the next step is familiarizing them with the various functions of each knife or tool, the features that drive them, and the processes to create them. This does not happen overnight. There are many books and videos on how to make knives, but there is no book or video on how to make a Vehement Knife.

What is the most complicated aspect of making a custom knife?

J.B. - When making a custom knife, there are two paths that one may take: Either you are taking a design that has never existed before and making it a reality, or you are making a knife that is reminiscent of something that has previously existed but required performance improvements to live up to modern needs. Either way, you need to take something intangible and turn it into something physical that functions and performs beyond the user’s expectations with very little previous example off of which to base it.

Custom Made EDC

What do you feel makes a knife made by Vehement Knives outstanding?

J.B. - At Vehement Knives, we pride ourselves on creating the utmost standard of fit and finish for our knives, but this level of quality is almost paradoxical in the knife industry when it comes to the near-indestructability and sheer performance capabilities of our knivesEvery one of them is designed and built with the end-user in mind and with an attention to detail, ergonomics, and aesthetics that we feel is unique for hard-use tools.

The Elemental with Natural Micarta Scales

Have any of your customers shared any unusual stories that involved use of their purchase from Vehement Knives?

J.B. - One of the most gratifying aspects of creating knives is the fact that in a survival situation, a knife is arguably THE most valuable tool a person could have. Whether on home soil or overseas, we have had a number of customers send us reports about being in life-threatening situations and being able to overcome adversity with the help of their Vehement Knife. We have received emails and calls ranging from hunters being caught in whiteout snowstorms and being able to build emergency shelters, to young women deterring a violent attack. When we are designing or making a knife, these are the people about whom we are thinking.

What makes your customers “Knife People?”

J.B. - One of the things on which we pride ourselves at Vehement Knives is that most of our customers weren’t actually “knife people” when they first purchased a Vehement Knife.  We love the knife-enthusiast community, but we founded this company with a much larger goal of promoting responsible knife ownership and usage and the idea that a good quality knife is an indispensable tool and companion in outdoor and everyday life for any person or family.

Which product has proved to be your most popular?

J.B - By volume, that would be Matt’s first design and creation, the EOD/UXO Knife, but we all have our own favorites!

What was the purpose of ordering custom t-shirts?

J.B. - We put a lot of time, effort, and even a little money into building our brand as a standalone image and idea outside of just knives. Our T-shirts are more than advertisement or marketing. They are a call to action. To "Live Vehemently" is to constantly pursue a life of intense passion—to fight hard for what brings you satisfaction in your life. The graphic logo (we call "Louis") represents the heirloom quality of our edged tools. Our knives will outlast us and anyone who reads this; they will outlast any past, present, or future kings. This is not a matter of arrogance, but rather, it speaks to the fact that quality steel takes centuries to degrade back to its constituent elements. That longevity is motivation for us to do our absolute best work when making each knife. “Vehement Knives” will still be emblazoned on the knife long after the actual shop is gone.

Custom Printed Vehement Knives T-Shirts