Over the last couple years, we've had the pleasure of working on one of the coolest projects we can think of. Talk about nostalgia - I remember when I was 12 years old and, when summertime hit there were two sets of things that were sure to happen...
My cousin and I got so good at Super Mario Bros that we spent our time trying to break each others records... how fast could we beat the game, could we beat it in one life, could we find secret worlds and could we literally go bug-eyed in the process.
Then, we found The Legend of Zelda. You know, the gold cartridge for the old 16-bit Nintendo Entertainment System aka the blow-in-the-console or wedge a cassette tape in to get games to work because you played the damn thing so much video game console? Yeah that one.
Zelda became something no video game had ever become up until that point. It was an unscripted story that took you on an adventure in a world created with a vast imagination, new technology and a simple, fun, and alluring soundtrack filled with wonder as you toured Hyrule. We'd spend days on end playing this game, only taking pit stops to brush our teeth (thanks Moms), go to baseball practice, and eat dinner. It wasn't about beating the game, it was about discovering the game. Good times.
Fast forward to 2015 and Zelda reappeared in my life via a good friend and former baseball teammate from way back in those gold cartridge days. Only this time, we'd find ourselves on a completely different adventure and globe trotting the world called earth touring symphony halls filled with moments where we are once again lost in the sounds of Hyrule. This time to a full symphony and thousands of enthralled fans.
The video below is a quick snippet into our ongoing project with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. It's an honor to have designed, what many Zelda fans, call one of the best Zelda tees of all time. Boom! Enjoy the process - we sure had fun printing the Link Tri Force Tee.
We put together a nice merchandizing program for this traveling symphony event. Between 60 and 80 shows per year in a dozen countries. And, Zelda carries with it a worldwide fan base that is hungry for memorabilia and keepsakes filled with nostalgia of the old days refreshed with the new.
Brand Marinade built a custom Plug & Play plan that includes...
We look forward to another busy year with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess and cannot help by take a deep breath and think of those summers in the 1980's and 1990's and how influential Nintendo was on our lives. We quickly open our eyes at the shop, because there is not time to sleep when Making Shirt Happen!
Let us know if we can help you with your next project, event or tour. We'd love to help.
Jeremy and the Team
(Thanks to Jose Lim for the photos of the Zelda Symphony in San Francisco 2016!)