Author Archives: Memetic

William Gibson and the Chatsubo Bar T-shirt

William Gibson meets a fan wearing a Chatsubo Bar T-shirt from Memetic Tees
When I designed the Chatsubo Bar T-shirt back in 2008, I couldn’t have imagined that someday Mr. William Gibson would see one of them.

My jaw dropped when I saw this picture posted to my Facebook wall by Blake wearing his Chatsubo Bar T-shirt at a reading of Mr. Gibson at the University of Calgary in Canada.

What can I say? I admire Gibson and my designs are the result of my passion for the worlds he creates. Have you seen his funny expression? He looks like a great guy. I doubt that I’ll ever have a chance to be that close to him, but I am delighted that one of my designs -a tribute to his work- had that privilege.

Tessier-Ashpool: A walk on the geek side

This is real geek stuff. T-shirts based on the fictitious company Tessier-Ashpool S.A. from the book Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Unlike other designs on Memetic Tees, the idea here wasn’t to create a striking logo but a serious corporate image that would serve as a base for the shirts of the company and its various departments (IT, AI R&D…). Are you a geek?  Do you work in an IT Dept.?  What if you had been working for Tessier-Ashpool?

Tessier Ashpool IT Department

It all started with the suggestions of “The Doctor” who among other things suggested a design with Hideo as a protagonist.

In the novel, Hideo is a cybernetically-modified, genetically-engineered clone bodyguard/assassin in service of the Tessier-Ashpools. Highly trained in ninja martial arts, he is loyal and dangerous.

Tessier-Ashpool Special Ops

This shirt is saying “Don’t mess with me or the last thing you’ll see will be my blade  sticking through your throat”

For the “IT Department” T-shirt, you can select your color. Here are some suggestions.

Tessier-Ashpool Special Ops

Come on, get one and show your friends you worked for the family that owns Freeside and the mainframe to which the AI Wintermute is attached.

Halloween Special

Only for USA and Canada
Purchase any black, orange or white item and receive 15% off your order total!

Halloween special

*Minimum $30.00 order required
Coupon Codes:
US: HALLOWEEN2010
CAD: CADHALLOWEEN2010
Offer Valid until October 26th

Hosaka and Ono-Sendai: Break the ICE T-shirt

Ono-Sendai - Hosaka design
“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.

Ono-Sendai Cyberspace 7 T-Shirt

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.

Hosaka - Ono-Sendai T-Shirts

The Making of Blade Runner “Hades Landscape” sequence

Douglas Trumbull is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He was involved in the special effects of Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He also directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm.
In his site, Douglas Trumbull has started covering the creation of the various effects sequences used in Blade Runner. In the first of a three part series, he focuses on creating the opening sequence referred to as the “Hades Landscape”.

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It’s worth watching it

Free Netbook or Laptop sleeve

Get a free laptop or netbook sleeve with a purchase of $40/40 € or more (max. value $16/16€).

Free Laptop sleeve

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€ !!!

Two related designs for a new Singularity section

“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”.

Singularity T-shirts

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?’
‘A seed.”
A… seed?’
‘An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree’

David Zindell, The Broken God

Available in USA and Europe.

Hardwired T-shirt

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.

Hardwired T-Shirt

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).