Princess Bride Designs

Posted by Mongo Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It’s one of the most beloved and often quoted movies of the 80s. It’s hard to believe that it only made double what it cost to produce. Thankfully, countless television and home video viewings, as well as a huge fan base has contributed to its longevity among lists of best films. It would be inconceivable to think that the tee shirt community wouldn’t want to offer up a spin on this pop culture storybook love. You could count on many six fingered hands the different designs that are out there.

So, of course, I jumped in with both feet and dog paddled. My original design was flagged as “potentially violating intellectual rights.” Frankly, it’s no different than any of the countless designs out there. The Content Usage Police appear to hunt and peck for designs to flag. They are never consistent across the board. In any case, I’m trying to sneak this one back in since it did sell a few items before it was pulled.

I took the concept of those warning signs you see at the beach for hazardous conditions and set it in the world of The Princess Bride giving you, “Fire Swamp Warnings”.


Fire Swamp Warnings


After that, I got into a repetitive mood of designs that I could make as a “Property of…” shirt. You know the kind with the XXL in the middle. So, as I went back and needed to further fulfill my geek tendencies towards The Princess Bride, I came up with Property of Florin Brute Squad. This is of course the task force assigned to clear out the thieves forest on the day of the Prince Humperdink's wedding to Buttercup. It’s been a modest seller but I thought it was cute when someone bought a onesie with the design on it. It's also available in my Zazzle store in a key chain as well as other products.


Everybody loves a pirate. So, why not go to pirate school? At this institution of higher learning, you start out as a simple attendant and you work towards being the next Dread Pirate Roberts. Just remember, they’ll most likely kill you in the morning.


When rescuing the princess from a castle with but one working gate and guarded by 60 men, you may need more than brute strength, brains, and the steel of an accomplished swordsman. Sometimes the right plan consists of a holocaust cloak, a wheelbarrow, and a candle.


The makings of a good plan

It's always important to learn from history, especially in a battle of wits, to the death. One of the classic blunders is never get involved in a land war in Asia. However, it's only
slighty more well known that this..."Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line."


Against a Sicilian


Finally, I did a couple of those oval stickers like you see for locations in the film modeled after Imitation International Codes.

The Cliffs of Insanity are pretty treacherous. I don’t think you can get there by vehicle. In fact the only two ways known are to climb a rope or be harnessed to a giant, climbing a rope.


Cliffs of Insanity Sticker


Fire Swamp, Guilder

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  1. Mongo Said,

    These items are now no longer available from CafePress or Zazzle,

    I suggest you try www.skreened.com/mongoware for as long as they can last.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

     

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