“Hawaiian” Bryan’s Custom Hawaiian Shirts

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Close But No Cigar

I’ve always been a huge fan of “Weird Al” and I’ve been to every concert tour he’s done since the first. I had a plethora of concert Ts that I bought at the venues, but, surprisingly, they’ve never made an official “Weird Al” hawaiian shirt. He is, afterall, just as famous for his loud shirts, as he is for his music.

In 2006, Al released “Straight Outta Lynwood” and teamed up with Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi to make a video for his “Close But No Cigar” single. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to make a shirt. Not only am I a fan of Al, but also of John.

Labyrinth

Chilly Down with the Fireys

One of my favourite movies when i was growing up was “Labyrinth” and my favourite scene was when the Fireys, creatures that can pull off their limbs and heads, do their dance number.

For Hawaiian shirts, sunset colors on a black background are not uncommon, and the Fireys’ heads look similar to the bird of paradise flower or maybe a hibiscus, so when I wear this shirt, most people don’t even notice that they are faces right away, and they’re surprised when they finally see them. The surprise is what makes this shirt awesome!

Futurama

All the Meatbags, Ro-bros, Nerdlingers, and Nuchachos

Futurama is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. I had already made a Simpsons cast shirt, so I needed to make one for Futurma too. When searching for character references, I found that a DeviantArt user had already collected all of the characters from the series. Unrellius did such an amazing job, that my job of making it into a fabric was very easy.

This shirt is the first to feature custom Planet Express logo 3D printed buttons that I made over at Shapeways.com

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Experiment #35: The Satellite of Love

Forced by evil scientists to watch the worst “B” movies ever made until he breaks, A hapless rube and a bunch of captive robots comment on the films in order to keep sane. And now... it’s on my shirt too!

I’ve collected all of the MST3K Box sets and one of the best features has been the collectable mini posters that Steve Vance made. I selected the posters from my favourite episodes of MST3K, everything from Soul Taker to Manos: The Hands of Fate. Hi-keeba!

Disney’s EPCOT Center

1980s Future World

I have a deep love for EPCOT Center. I remember going when it opened in 1982. Everything was so new, and so futuristic.

I decided to make a nostalgic 80s EPCOT shirt. The logos of all the Future World pavilions, the EPCOT Center logo, and Figment are scattered across the shirt, and the background is the geodesic spaceship earth pattern using EPCOT’s signature 80s color scheme of orange, pink, and purple.

EPCOT’s Cranium Command

We’re Looking For a Few Good Brains

When EPCOT closed the Wonders of Life pavilion, one of the best attractions EPCOT had went extinct. Cranium Command. The show was a humorous presentation on the importance of the human brain.

I wore this shirt to EPCOT a few times and the number of people that approached me and asked where I got the shirt was amazing. There’s a lot of love out there for Buzzy and the Cranium Commandos. I hope he’s not piloting a chicken nowadays.

Calvin And Hobbes

Lazy Sundays With A Boy And His Tiger

In 1989 Bill Watterson took a sabbatical from drawing Calvin and Hobbes after resolving a long dispute with his syndicate about merchandising rights for his strip. In an attempt to rekindle his enthusiasm about drawing Calvin and Hobbes he came up with the idea of making the sunday version of the comic a full half-page that broke from the panelled format. It allowed him a lot more freedom to create daringly original colorful strips.

The shirt I created celebrates those wonderfully artistic colorful pieces. In addition, because I knew there’s no way he’d ever market a Hawaiian shirt I could buy, I felt it necessary to make my own.

The irony of this shirt is not lost on me...

Futurama

#1 Most Viewed Show Among Viewbots!

In 2008, many of us Futurama fans had thought that we’d seen the last of the Planet Express crew. While I was living in Miami, the “Animate” convention was held, and the entire cast of Futurama was invited to attend to celebrate Comedy Central announcing that they’d purchased a new season. It was the perfect occasion to wear a brand new Futurama shirt.

The fabric is a collage of my favourite characters and scenes from the previous seasons.

Valerie Pinups

Redheads Are My Kryptonite

Valerie has been one of my favourite pinup muses for over 10 years, and she’s the girl I’ve painted the most... and you can see why. She’s such a foxy lady.

I had just finished making a calendar of her in 2014, and was invited to a pinup art convention in Miami, so it’s seemed like the perfect event to make a new shirt for.

I always look my best when I’m wearing a sexy redhead.

Pinup Magazine Covers

"Hawaiian" Bryan’s Sultry Sirens

I think I may have been born in the wrong decade. I turned my pinup artwork into mock covers for pinup magazines. I’ve always loved vintage photo books and I’ve collected quite a few of them. It was pretty fun coming up with the magazine mastheads and cover lines. I was surprised at how easy they were to come up with. I speak ’double-entendre’ fluently, apparently.

Dexter

Miami Blood Splatter

I moved to Miami in 2007 at the height of Dexter’s popularity, and if I’m honest, it was part of the reason I decided to move. Apart from the murdering, the series really made Miami look nice and friendly.

Ocassionally I’d wake up early and see them filming on my way into work. At least I think they were filming. It could’ve been your average run-of-the-mill murder scene.

For my shirt, the Miami skyline painted in blood splatter seemed appropriate.

Ren & Stimpy

Happy Happy Joy Joy

My bedroom in the early 90s was covered in Ren & Stimpy. John Kricfalusi, a fellow Canadian, was and still is, one of my heroes.

The writing, and the animation were both amazing. Powdered Toast Man, Log, Doctor Stupid, Muddy Mudskipper; they are all twisted and bizarre reminders of my childhood. It’s even one of the few cartoons I can rewatch as an adult and they still hold-up.

Apple Computers

35th Anniversary Logos

I think it’s fair to say I’m an Apple nerd. Apple and I were born only a few months apart... and I’m pretty sure it’s because I didn’t want to live in a world without Apple.

For Apple’s 35th birthday, I made a shirt celebrating their history via their various logos. Each version, from the Ronald Wayne’s Newton logo, through the various incarnations of Rob Janoff’s apple.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Some Bunny To Love

I had been searching, for years, trying to find a copy of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”. After searching the early internet in vain for a copy, I got an email from Gary Wolf, the author of the book and the creator of Roger Rabbit, and he had found a box of the paperbacks. I promptly told him to take my money and send me a signed copy, and he also sent me a copy of the sequel too.

Gary is also a fan of Hawaiian shirts, and he showed me the custom made shirt his friend made him out of Disney Roger Rabbit bed sheets. I was jealous... but inspired. I started designing this Roger shirt... and as soon as Spoonflower.com was invented a decade or so later, I finished making this shirt. It was worth the wait.

Gary liked it too.

Mad Magazine

What, Me Worry?

I spent a large portion of my younger life with “the usual gang of idiots.” I collected Mad for all of the 70s, 80s and 90s, so making a shirt featuring my favourite issues was a no-brainer. Literally... a no-brainer.

@Midnight

It's 11:59 and 59 seconds!

@Midnight is one of my favourite TV shows, not only because I watch it on TV, but I've been to the tapings at the Hollywood Center Studios a few dozen times. Every time they have a panelist I love, I always get tickets. I've seen Dave Foley, Weird Al, Fozzie Bear, Bruce Campbell... and plenty more.

I designed the shirt using the circuit board design element used in the set of the show, and pop culture icons to make a collage of ultra nerdiness! Points!

Back to the Future Part II

Lemme Borrow Your... Hoverboard.

When Back to the Future Part II came out, the director, Robert Zemekis, stated in an interview that Hoverboards were real, that parent's safety groups had them banned, and that he was lucky enough to get his hands on some to put in the movie.

I was 12.

And I wanted a hoverboard.

And it took me 25 years to get one, but it was totally worth the wait!

Mystery Science Theater 3000

In The Not Too Distant Future...

Airing for 11 seasons from 1988 to 1999, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the top 7 of the funniest shows involving a janitor lost in space with his robot friends who's forced to endure bad movies by mad scientists.

Andrew Dickman did amazing caricatures of the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, so I incorporated them into the design along with the many logos used in the run of the show.

Gremlins

They're Watching Snow White... and they love it.

"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating, yet fun, results.

Probably one of the first horror comedies supposedly for all the family, however, what makes it exceptional is how un-PC it is. The Gremlins are clearly shown smoking virtually all the time, drinking booze, getting drunk, smashing everything and even using lethal weapons including guns! Can you imagine a kids film in this day and age showing stuff like that?

It reminds me of old Looney Tunes cartoons... which makes it appropriate that Chuck Jones had a cameo.