Well guys we did it! 8-bit ZOMBIE was crowned the champion of Tee Madness 2012. It was a long, hard road and I’m sure many of you were sick and tired of the hype and spam by the end. (I know I was!) But not only did you guys stick with me, you really pulled through for 8BZ. I can’t thank everyone enough for the unbelievable support. Everyone was just so amazing. Really makes me proud to have so many awesome people behind my brand. Best fans in the world!
8-bit ZOMBIE has been competing in Tee Madness since it’s inception 3 years ago. I seemed to get a little farther each year but always fell short of the final round. I was unsure if I was even going to compete this year. But when the call came in and I saw all the other brands lining up, I just couldn’t resist one more try. This competition is SO grueling and draining. I normally don’t get too competitive about things but Tee Madness really brings out that side of me. I guess because 8BZ is my baby and I care so much about this brand. But this is one hell of a tough tournament. You really have to be in front of your computer 24/7 if you want to make it to the end. With every round that you win, you get more invested and more determined to make it to the next one. So this last week was a pretty crazy one. Needless to say, I did almost nothing but focus on Tee Madness the final two rounds of the comp. They were both incredibly tough battles but you guys managed to rally hard at the end and bring 8BZ through.
Being involved in Tee Madness these past 3 years has been a blast and I’m so glad that I did. But this will be the last year for 8-bit ZOMBIE. In fact, I knew going in that this would be my final attempt at the trophy. So it makes the win all that more awesome. I was really hoping 8BZ would be able to go out with a bang before stepping down. But I honestly wasn’t expecting it. There were so many great brands in the comp this year. I really had no idea how far I would get. Feels amazing to finally take my place in the winners circle. The prizes are great but to me, being up against a tournament full of my peers and having 8BZ come out on top is the real reward. Feels absolutely amazing.
So yeah, I am stepping down. I know there were a lot of brands who wanted to get into the comp this year but missed out. So I feel like it’s time to step aside and let some fresh blood into the tournament. I’ve had my share of fun (And stress!) so next year there will be one more slot open to everyone. I’m actually excited to sit back and watch next year as opposed to being in the middle of the frenzy! So thanks again to everyone that helped 8BZ take the win. All credit goes to you guys. I can spam links all day but if YOU guys didn’t care enough to vote for me, I never would have made it as far as I did. Again, all of your support was humbling and overwhelming. Makes me so happy that you guys care enough about 8BZ to stand behind me the way you did. Seems almost everyone else this year was offering some sort of incentive for votes. I’ve never done the “bribe” vote thing. I want people to vote for me because they dig what 8BZ is, not because they’ll get something in return for their vote. So to me, that makes the win all that more special.
Not to say that I’m NOT giving something back to you guys though! You all showed such kindness and support to me, that I absolutely HAD to try to give at least a little something back. I’m currently giving away 30 TEAM 8BZ prize packs on the 8-bit ZOMBIE facebook. I recently received some RAD embroidered logo patches, they were going to be saved for the summer release but with all the amazing support from you guys, I had to bust them out now! So if you haven’t, head on over to the 8BZ facebook page and enter the contest! (CLICK HERE) I’ll be drawing the names of the winners Wed. the 4th, so don’t miss out!
My thanks to each and everyone of you who voted and helped spread the word. Absolutely would not have made it without all of you. THANK YOU!!! And a huge thanks to Adam Hendle of ‘I AM THE TREND’, Zach Reed of ‘BlueTide Productions’ and all of the sponsors for making the comp happen again this year.
Stay tuned for some rad re-prints coming soon. The 8-bit ZOMBIE SUMMER RELEASE is also on the horizon. So keep your peepers peeled for that. Trust me, You guys aren’t going to want to miss this one. Been working hard the past few months with my artists and I can honestly say that this is the BEST & RADDEST release that we have done to date. I’ve got a few unexpected tricks up my sleeve that should make your inner 80′s child squeal with delight. The icing on the cake is that all of my Tee Madness winnings are going directly to this release to make it even more mind blowing and awesome for you guys. =)
THANK YOU & GET 8-BIT!!!
-Ross / 8-bit ZOMBIE