5 Years! Wow, time sure does fly. Seems like only yesterday that I started out on this crazy journey. And at the same time, it seems like a life-time ago! Weird how that works, huh? 8BZ sure has come a long way in these 5 years. 8BZ began with just hats, if you can believe that. And now here we are with a store chock-full of rad stuff, including all sorts of apparel and even custom toys! 8BZ has grown in ways I never could have imagined back when I was just starting out. I’m so excited about how the brand has evolved. And so very thankful I’ve been able to do so much fun stuff with my wacky little brand.
And a lot of the thanks goes to you! (Yeah, YOU!) If not for my amazing fans, 8BZ simply would have never made it this far. So thank you for your support. And of course a massive thank you goes out to all my artist friends. I’ve been extremely lucky to have found so many great & talented people to work with. Without their amazing abilities, I never would have been able to translate my vision for the brand into reality.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about the 8-bit ZOMBIE 5 NES game. I’ve wanted to create a faux 8BZ NES game for years now. I just couldn’t find anywhere to squeeze it in. Other projects always popped up and this idea always got shuffled back to the bottom of the stack. But as the 5th anniversary approached, I knew there was no better time to do it. The mighty Pitchgrim has been my go-to guy for NES box art for the past few years, so I knew I wanted him to be involved. Luckily for me, he made time in his insane schedule and churned out the pure awesomeness you see before you. So much credit goes to him for this design. I gave him some pretty sparse ideas and elements and he really took off with it and added stuff I hadn’t even considered. SO much radness! I handled the back of the box as well as the pixel art which was a blast. All in all, everything came together amazingly well. So very pleased with the outcome.
I knew I wanted this bundle to include most everything a real NES game had back in the day. Box, cart, sleeve instruction, manual, etc. Little did I know how much work I was getting myself into! I’ve spent days, if not weeks, on prep work and assembly. Folding and gluing up the boxes and manuals was super time consuming. And peeling the labels off of the carts and cleaning them was absolutely grueling, haha. NES carts are like dirt magnets. And you wouldn’t believe how hard it can be to find a cartridge that doesn’t look like it was kicked down a flight of stairs.
As most of you probably know, I have a pretty big NES collection. And luckily, a big ol’ box of doubles too. That’s where most of the donor carts came from. Not every cart is immaculate but I only used ones that were in good to great shape. I mean, these are 30 year old pieces of plastic, so I had to do the best I could. And yes, there are still games on these carts! Those of you with an NES might have fun seeing what game you got. (I’m not going to guarantee every game will work though, sorry!)
So yeah this has been a very HANDS-ON project for me. SO much work! But in the end, I thin it was worth it. And I thin you guys will appreciate all the detail that went into this too. It’s always crazy seeing these types of things go from an idea to an actual physical thing. Couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. And I think it’s a perfect way to celebrate the past 5 years. Couldn’t be more pleased with the reception this stuff got either! To be perfectly honest, I had no idea if these would sell. I knew it would be amazing, yes, but would people actually BUY them? Who knows!? Luckily you guys were as stoked on this stuff as I was. Such a huge relief and I’m so happy that you guys dig this. I can’t wait for everyone to get their stuff. Let me know what you think!
Other than this craziness, I also released and restocked a bunch of rad stuff. And while te 8BZ5 bundles are sold out, but you can still buy the 8BZ5 tee on it’s own. Don’t miss out! I probably won’t be printing these again.
Thanks again for the amazing support. So very happy with how this little release went. And who knows, stick around long enough and and 8BZ NES game might just become a reality. ;) Thanks for a great 5 years! And here’s to another 5 years of radness!