Last Saturday, June 22nd., my family and I attended the 3rd. Annual, New England Pro Wrestling Fan Fest '13. My younger brother and I have always been wrestling fanatics - 80's, 90's, and early 00's more specifically, but having my wife and two year old son with us, well that made it more-than memorable.
To be honest, it felt like our son was the main attraction. Throughout our entire time in attendance, wrestlers seemed to make their way to us - to say hello to our son, to shake his tiny hand. Rikishi actually asked us, if we'd be cool with him holding our son, for a picture! Afterwards, he dedicated at least, five solid minutes, just to explain how blessed we are. How down-to-earth is that?! Heck, 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka was throwing-up his infamous "Shaka" hand signal back n' forth with our son - they were both laughing uncontrollably. X-Pac vacated his vendor booth, knelt down with our son, and proceeded to play toys with him! Everyone had such a blast, I mean, the facility was packed! My wife got so many candid shots of me looking like a kid on Christmas morning - which rarely happens.
My wife realized just how much I idolized these gentlemen as a kid. The importance of them. She made sure to chat with just about everyone that I did. She shook hands, and thanked them. Not for her, but for me. If you were to ask my wife who her favorite was, she'd tell ya, Demolition. "Ax was very witty", and "Smash has such a beautiful granddaughter". Yep, Smash was showing my wife pictures of his granddaughter from his iPhone! I hadn't attended a wrestling convention for many years, and I completely forgot just how much fun they can be.
On June 28th, 2013, the wrestling world was body-slammed with extremely sad news. Matt Osborne (Doink The Clown) passed away. Fortunately, I've had the privilege of shaking his hand on several different occasions. And it really was a privilege. It saddens me to think, just eight days prior, I jokingly conned him into allowing us use of his clown mallets for picture purposes.
"Yo, Doink. Can we use the mallets?"
Doink; "Ahhh the mallets!"
"Can we use 'em? C'mon!"
Doink; (jokingly sighs) "Yeeeaaa, I suppose we can use the mallets."
The wrestling world lost an unforgettable character, with a truly memorable man behind it. Thank you for all the memories sir.
Here are a handful of pictures that my wife took. I'll be sure to include more over time, as there is quite a few, "must-sees".
Rikishi, with our bugged-out son.
The new, Money Inc. 'The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and myself.
Powers Of Pain, and myself.
Demolition alongside, myself, and our son.
My brother and I with, Doink The Clown. R.I.P. Matt Osborne - July 27, 1957 - June 28, 2013
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts & I (picture added 09/01/2013).
My brother and I with, Bobby Lashley.
My brother and with, 'The Ministry Of Darkness' - Mideon, Gangrel, and Big Daddy V.
'Hillbilly' Jim, Mideon, Papa Shango, Savio Vega, Rikishi, and D'Lo Brown.
*Rings classic 80's - 90's WWF Wrestling bell*
80's and 90's wrestling was a major part of my childhood. My friends and I collected, and traded WWF Hasbro wrestling figures, for many years. If one of our parents, say, had to run to Rich's (local department store - long out of business), of course at our young age we'd have no choice but to tag along. Marching your way to the toy isle would certainly make the trip, acceptable. BUT, if a new WWF Hasbro Series was hanging from those metal hooks, you pretty much just found Blackbeard's gold! On the ride home, it would almost seem that mom was driving at a snails pace. Home just couldn't come fast enough, as you'd be itching to grab that house-phone, call all your buds, and spread the big news... memories.
These days, some nearly (20) years later, on occasion, I'll purchase well crafted "customs". These are wrestlers that never got the Hasbro "treatment". Some for obvious reasons ie: time period, but others, simply looked past for whatever reason. After striking up a, primarily Hasbro related conversation with, Thomas, behind the bad-ass website, Shit Movie Fest, he decided to share a handful from my own, personal collection.
Let's have a look!
Come up with a clever name for our upcoming 8-Bit Freddy's Dead shirt, and you could win it.
Enter the latest Freddy In Space giveaway right now, at the link below!
Entries will be accepted through the end of the month, at which point we'll choose the winner,
and the shirt will officially be named, according to that winner's submission.
"HOLY SH*T. I NEED TO GIVE THAT AWAY TO ONE OF MY READERS."
- Freddy In Space
(65) labels competed, but ultimately, HATEmale. was crowned the champion of the first ever
'T-Shirt Addiction Indie Awards 2012 - T-Shirt Addicts Choice of 2012 Award'
MEGA-THANKS to each and every lady & germ who participated.
The support we received throughout the competitions entirety was staggering - to say the least!
As the competition progressed, it became more & more meaningful for my wife & I.
Maybe it was being the first competition for our little monster in HATEmale. - not sure...
We just knew we had to win this thing.
All credit really goes to all of you. We can spam rubbish for days, but if nobody cared enough to vote,
we would have been fish food.
Again, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
And be sure to keep those lids peeled as we'll be giving away bags of pins, stickers, trading cards
& sweets for your tooth! Our little way of saying THANK YOU!
One of the most brutally bad-ass horror directors/actors in the game - Fred Vogel!
Supplying this extreme, "Homicidal Hammerhead" a canister of 'The Bubbly Clam - Clam Chowder' was killer, but snagging his stamp of approval - wicked badical!
Our latest & most bizarrely bad-ass creation, launches on October 30th - 'CHOWDERHEAD'!
The official horror icon of HATEmale., who is set to return from the depths of his clam chowder bowl each and every October 30th, with new t-shirts depicting his latest adventures!
... Legend has it that a young boy was pushed into a vat of The Bubbly Clam's molten hot clam chowder one day, soon after giving rise to 'CHOWDERHEAD', a monster that lurks inside of every fresh
can of The Bubbly Clam's chowder!
YOU HAVE UNDER 24HRS! HURRY, HURRY, HURRY!
All you've got to do to enter is:
Facebook "LIKE" the HATEmale. clothing Fan Page, afterwards, head-on over to
'Freddy In Space' (link below), leaving a comment on the 'Chowderhead' post.
Include you're e-mail address & shirt size (ranging from S - 3X).
As long as you get your comment in by the end of Monday, October 29th,
you'll be on your way to taking 'Chowderhead' home!
IT'S THAT SIMPLE!
Oh, by dropping by 'Freddy In Space', assuming you take a peek at the 'Chowderhead' blog post,
you'll un-cover the full front image - as well as the colorway!
Best of luck to each & every one of you ladies & germs!
Every year, my family & I attend King Richard’s Faire, New England's oldest and largest Renaissance Festival. A 16th century marketplace located in an enchanted forest with exquisite handmade crafts, tantalizing foods, musicians, singers, dancers, minstrels, mimes, jugglers, magicians, comedians, puppeteers, gymnasts, exotic animals, Knights jousting on horseback, a royal court, and of course King Richard himself!
Patrons come from all over New England and beyond to revel in the festivities of the village.
All pictures were taken with a phone camera.
~ Daniel's ladder balancing act.
~ Yes, Daniel is propelling himself around, while balancing on his head!
~ Liger. Not to be confused with Tiger.
~ Oh, him? That's Ses Carney, he eats fire.
~ And inserts fishing hooks into his orbital bones...
~ And pulls on a large chain attached to said fishing hooks... This torture act can be found in Ripley's Believe It Or Not - page 157.
~ The Mud Show! Yup, he's chugging, & gargling mud.
~ Mmmm, grainy...
~ Come here & give daddy a kiss!
HATEmale. creature-feature on Monstros Apparel!
We'll be kackin' it alongside Monstros during the Boston Tee Party - August 11th!
You can catch the HATEmale. infection from approx. 4pm - 6pm... The type of infection?
Eh, I suppose we'll just hafta' find that one out - won't we?
If ya' haven't already, creep Monstros Apparel!