Way back when, you may remember we ran a competition in conjunction with our good friends over at Joystick Junkies, asking you to design a gaming T-shirt all of your very own.
But not just any raggedy ass old gaming T-Shirt, because the Junkies are purveyors of high quality gaming fashion and we wanted unique designs which would grace the fashion stores and shows across Europe as part of the CVG Store and the Joystick Junkies' collection.
Well what a response. Who would have guessed that CVG readers were such dedicated followers or at least designers of fashion. Competition was extremely fierce and arguments rage long into the night (or at least closing time) as CVG and Junkies staffers tried to choose from the many fine designs on offer.
To all who entered, well done it was a very difficult decision to pick form so many excellent entries, but there could be only one winner and eventually a unanimous verdict was reached with Ben Taylor scoring 150 GBP for his excellent winning design of Push It Real Good plus of course having his T-shirt put into production by the Junkies.
Joystick Junkies very own Chris Birch had this to say about the compo and the high level of entries from the CVG faithful. "The standard of entries was really good for the CVG design competition and showed that people are thinking outside of the usual gamer t-shirt ideas. Joystick Junkies is a fashion brand and the designs need to look good in clothing stores to people who have no idea what the games are. We're so pleased we'll be talking to the designers about submitting more ideas to Joystick Junkies for our next season!"
Scattered around this here page is the winning design, plus entries from each of the ten admirable runners-up who receive a very fine selection of Junkies merchandise for their splendid efforts..
Winner Ben Taylor told us a little about the inspiration behind his winning entry, "I'd noticed that Joystick Junkies always try to mix a known image from retro videogames with the most curent fashions so that is what I intended to do. I took what I thought would be an icon that people who knew videogames would know, hence the two-player button and mix it with a current fashion, the 'big words stating well-known phrase' fashion, but try and make it a bit more aesthetically pleasing."
"I've done graphic design at A level but I'm currently studying Film and Media Production. I'm always trying to find ways of doing graphic design however, I've got some t-shirt designs I've been producing over the past couple of months that I'm planning on getting produced, so I wouldn't rule out a career in design."
So congratulations again to Ben, plus Leon Tyle, Barry James, Brendan Phillips, Christian De'Bono, David Smith, Dean Kearvell, John Markey, Nik Gaydon, 'Pouka' and Scott Shelley. Don't forget if you want to sample many fine gaming chic retro T-Shirts from Joysticks - including CVG's very own Martial Arts Mania, head on over to Joysticks Junkies' CVG store and treat yourself this Xmas.