“With his deck waiting, back in the loft, an Ono-Sendai
Cyberspace 7. They’d left the place littered with the abstract white forms of the foam packing units, with crumpled plastic film and hundreds of tiny foam beads. The Ono-Sendai; next year’s most expensive Hosaka computer; a Sony monitor; a dozen disks of corporate-grade ice; a Braun coffee maker.”
Excerpt from Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Those of us who like Neuromancer have a lot of referents, names of objects and places imagined by William Gibson that evoke strong feelings. I suppose that this is part of the fan phenomenon.
The Ono-Sendai deck and the Hosaka computers are some of these objects. I think that the strength of the Ono-Sendai, for example, was enough to make a good T-shirt. My first idea was to create a console. Then the slogan “Break the ICE” came to my mind and I designed a sort of cube to represent the “ICE”, but I wasn’t able to make something of my taste.
Working at the same time with the Hosaka logo, it all started to take form when I wondered how “Hosaka” would look written with Kanji characters. Hosaka, Ono-Sendai, Cyberspace 7, the “ICE”…a lot of good feeling-igniters gathered together in a T-shirt hard to ignore.
An Hosaka computer and an Ono-Sendai Cyberspace 7 deck. The perfect combination to break the ICE.
I started to play with many combinations of colors but I wasn’t able to decide about just one, so here they are the ones I liked the best.
Get a free laptop or netbook sleeve with a purchase of $40/40 € or more (max. value $16/16€).
There are quite a few ways to keep your laptop scratch free. Some choose to stylishly cover their laptop with stickers, while others give their mobile computer a “second skin” with a sleeve. Advantage of a sleeve: you definitely will keep your laptop snug and protected against bumps and scratches (also increasing the re-sell value). Disadvantage: you really can’t express your personality with a store-bought sleeve. But, not so with memetic sleeves! And this month that’s possible at an especially low price (it really doesn’t get lower than this).
To take advantage of this promotion, you must add your desired Netbook or laptop sleeve. Only when one of the netbook or laptop sleeves is added to the basket, will you be able to use the coupon code.
The coupon codes FREESLEEVE (for the U.S. and Europe) or CADFREESLEEVE (for Canada) are valid from September 6th through October 1st, 2010.
Only one sleeve per order, but during the promotion period, the regular price of sleeves will drop to $16/16€ !!!
“The Singularity is here”, is a new section of the shop. To open up this new “world” I have split the concept of transhumans in two t-shirts. “H+: Transhuman” and “H+:Posthuman”.
H+ is used to refer to “Transhumanism” and is often used as a synonym for “human enhancement”.
A Transhuman enhances himself with the aid of nanotechnology, implants, genetic engineering, AI, mind uploading… The final stage of a transhuman, the posthuman, is a being “whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards.”
Both designs have versions printed on black and navy.
‘What is a human being, then?’
‘An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree’
David Zindell, The Broken God
Available in USA and Europe.
Hardwired is a 1986 cyberpunk science fiction novel by Walter Jon Williams. It’s one of the most important works in the cyberpunk genre. If you are into cyberpunk but you haven’t read it I encourage you to do so.
I couldn’t resist to make a T-shirt with a “Glow in the dark” design that tells that you are also hardwired.
It’s a good name for a cyberpunk novel but it can also have some other connotations related to the way our brain works in many aspects, so this could also have been in the Science section. I have drafts for a more elaborate typography but so far I have followed the line of Neuromancer and wintermute for a readable and elegant shirt. Over time I may add an alternative design but not by now.
It’s already available in the shop (USA and Europe).
Good news. Starting right now you can buy your shirts from the old world. The shirts are produced and shipped from Germany, which means a lower cost and faster delivery. And best of all, now the coupons are also valid for those who live in Europe. Suppliers are not the same, so tee brands and prices have no direct equivalence with shirts sold in the USA, but it’s the same quality and same good service.
The next coupon starts on September 6, so be sure to come back.