Welcome to another first for Video Game Shirts Online.
The first ever interview on Tee Brand conducted by Video Game Shirts Online.
The honour of the first ever  interviewee goes to 8 Bit Apparel, their very names brings up old memories of some of my old fave games including Turrican 2 and Golden Axe
I thought 8 Bit Apparel would be perfect  to on feature VGSO  due to their obvious inspiration from 8 bit gaming and of course their cool products!
I will let Robert DelliQadiri (the owner) of 8 Bit Apparel tell you all about his brand.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself?
Hi I’m Robert DelliQuadri. I am the founder of 8 Bit Apparel and currently act as the managing partner.
Who are the people behind 8 Bit Apparel? Where you are from? Who creates the designs? How did you get into shirt design?
The people behind 8 Bit Apparel are basically my business partner Kris McCurry, myself, and more lawyers than you’d ever think were necessary! In addition to ourselves, we have many friends and family members who continue to help where they can.
We’re both from Ohio, with Kris being from Ashland and I hail from Youngstown. We currently reside in Columbus, where we run the brand with helpful friends in relevant industries.
Our designs are mainly from my own work with help from designers when things get hectic. Kris and I had started another brand in 2007 that we let fail. One of the reasons we couldn’t grow is because we didn’t know how to use the programs necessary for artwork without paying. Eventually I got tired of waiting and found a program and got to work.
Game Over Tee
Available At 8 Bit Apparel
An iconic gaming image of the game over screen which sadly means the end of the game of course!
What process do you follow when designing a shirt?
For me it’s inspiration for a shirt that lets me get at it. Once I have a vision for what I want to do I start adjusting it to fit the colors, placing it mentally on the shirt for layout. The most important thing is to create a design that is as comfortable as it is interesting.
Where did you get the name 8 Bit Apparel?
8 Bit Apparel was a much-labored name choice. I struggled with going with something more complicated. I wondered of the viability of an all Pixel brand. In the end I decided that the name was as simple and perfect as it needed to be, just like our much-loved games of the past.
Moto X Tee
Available from 8 Bit Apparel
A classic pixelated character on a bike
Can you tell me more about the brand 8 Bit Apparel?
I started working on the brand in 2009, but actually started printing in 2010. Kris came on in 2011 to help with the marketing and advertising.
We got a website up last October and were in business. It’s been difficult, as I was a graduate student and full time teaching assistant at Ohio University from 2010-2012, and Kris is a senior banker and has a family to boot. We work hard and love what we do, and we think our fans appreciate the style we bring to the apparel market.
What makes 8 Bit Apparel different from other Apparel Vendors? What is your USP?
This question is probably best answered when you see the changes to come in the next few months.
What’s coming next for8 Bit Apparel?
We’re producing some apparel that is outside the t-shirt realm. Without getting specific, sometimes you just can’t wear a t-shirt.
Dude Tee
Available from 8 Bit Apparel
A classic pixelated character from the days of 8 bit gaming
Where do you see yourself in 10 years both for yourselves and your business?
Kris and I are two pretty imaginative guys, and I’m sure this isn’t the last time we start a company together.
We’d like to see 8 Bit Apparel with a strong gamer fan base and a diversified product. I’d be most proud looking back 10 years from now if people came to know us for our quality and the great memories of which our product reminds them.
How much importance do you place on Facebook Twitter and similar sites when marketing your brand?
Social Media is incredibly important for 8 Bit Apparel. Facebook has been great for us. Connecting with our fan base, or even for some customer service is convenient for them and us.
Twitter is amazing for meeting people in your industry and finding people who can help further your brand. Instagram is fun to just show whatever you want and entertain with an all-mobile fan base.
Essentially, they all have their benefits. Use them to their strengths and appeal to your fan base in a way they are used to on that form of media, just put your spin on it.
Rainbow  Cloud Tee
Available from 8 Bit Apparel
Here is more classic imagery from 8 bit gaming
When getting your apparel printed what is the process that you prefer?
Previously we used latex prints which is all changing. In the future the prints will mainly be water based to give a “no feel” print.
What brands of apparel do you prefer to print on?
We like the brands that have the best quality… two of our favorites are American Apparel and Next Level.
What would a customer expect when ordering a product from yourselves?
Our customers can expect to get a great shirt they end up wearing every week. Our products become a staple of your wardrobe.
Big Money In The 90’s Tee
Available from 8 Bit Apparel
King of the 8 bit games, Mario gets a nod with this cool design
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
To all our fans, who continue to make us laugh daily with their comments on our various social medias.
Who are your favourite designers and/or brands?
I’m a fan of Junk Food and Johnny Cupcakes. I love the Junk Food brand feel and quality, it’s really something to aspire as a brand. And Johnny just does everything so well, even his seemingly insignificant packaging shows how much he cares about the image of his product.
Who are your influences?
We’re influenced by our memories. The shared past we have as the first generations who have had video games as an everyday thing during our childhoods. It’s very influential in our product development.
8 Bit Sunglasses
Available From 8 Bit Apparel
Superb pixelated styled sunglasses
Favourite 8 bit game?
Tecmo Super Bowl
Favourite new game?
Madden 2013
Is there anything else you want to add?
Just another thanks to everyone who continues to support us in any way. We love you guys, and it means the world to have people believing in your project.
YOBO Brand 8 Bit NES Game Cartridge Player
Available From 8 Bit Apparel
Classic gaming with the Nintendo Entertainment System
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you
Currently 8 Bit Apparel is only available on our website www.8bitapparel.com 
Questions can be directed to order@8bitapparel.com or directly through any of our various social medias.
Anywhere else?
Any other web site that features your designs?
We’ve been featured on Fab.com and Jackthreads.com a few times this year. Some of our stuff still randomly pops up on jackthreads.

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