Stickygram + Top Hat Sasquatch Christmas Toy Photo Contest!

Posted 7 years ago by Stuff


I love Stickygram, and I have ordered a few magnet sheets of my Instagram shots over the last couple years. It’s really easy to connect your IG account, select your photos, and get some awesome magnets in the mail. The fine folks at Stickygram are teaming up with Top Hat Sasquatch for a little Instagram contest, and three lucky winners will get a sheet of magnets (9 individual magnets).

I thought it would be fun to have a little Christmas-themed toy photo contest. All you have to do is post a Christmas-themed photo of some toys, tag @TopHatSasquatch and @Stickygram, and then use the hashtag #StickygramTHS. You’ve got until Monday, December 16th to get your photo posted, and then I’ll pick three winners.

You could recreate a scene from your favorite Christmas movie using toys, turn some old toys into ornaments like I did a few years ago, or anything else you can think of. Be creative!

You can only enter once, so focus on making one awesome photo instead of a bunch, and we’ll pick the winners based on which ones are our favorites! Good luck!

I’m Feeling Blue

Posted 7 years ago by Toys

Feeling Blue

The League of Extraordinary Bloggers
This post is part of The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, a weekly series of blog posts started by Brian over at Cool and Collected. Make sure to check out his site and join in the conversation if you run a blog!

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, but this week’s assignment was pretty fitting. Like the green challenge last year, this week all we had to do was post something blue, and one look at my Instagram page will tell you why I decided to join in.

I’m not very good at taking photos, and when it comes to Instagram I’m usually too lazy to break out my big-boy camera, so I try to make the best of the iPhone’s camera. A couple weeks ago I picked up a big blue poster board and made a cheap little backdrop, and I’ve been taking some photos on it, mainly of toys and stuff.
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15 Comic Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram—But Probably Aren’t

Posted 7 years ago by Art, Comics

Instagram Roundup

Instagram has become one of the Internet’s most popular social networks. The photo-sharing service is also a tremendous platform for visual artists to show off their creations.

As a huge fan of comic art, I follow many notable illustrators on Instagram. (You find my inane photos under tmbr.) I love seeing updates from my favorites like Jake Parker, Skottie Young, Alex Deligiannis, and Joe Vriens. There is so much talent to be experienced I felt it necessary to highlight some of the lesser known artists.

To make this list, artists had to meet three important criteria:

  1. They must regularly post their comic illustrations.
  2. They must have an aptitude for drawing.
  3. They must have less than 1,000 followers at the time of their inclusion.

These folks may not have the 10,000+ followers of Becky Cloonan or Bryan Lee O’Malley, but they have as much skill. Everyone of them is worth your Instagram attention.

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Retro Collective: An Awesome Instagram Community

Posted 7 years ago by Games


When I started an Instagram account for Top Hat Sasquatch a few months ago, I never thought I would enjoy it so much or “meet” so many cool people. I just created the account so I could regularly post geeky/nostalgic photos instead of flooding my personal account. Five months and 800+ followers later, I’ve been having a blast on there.

Pretty soon after I joined I found the Retro Collective group. Browsing photos with various retro gaming hashtags inevitably leads to a few cool folks like @BowserIsKing, @SBKRetro, @Dano_Brown, @WTFIsThisNerdShit, and @Matchu_Payne. These guys were building a retro gaming community around a hashtag and eventually expanded it to an Instagram account. There are a few weekly hashtag-based contests around things like Complete in Box (#CIBSunday) games, Sega, game manuals, and more.

The coolest thing about the group though is the sense of community and the general awesomeness and generosity of everyone involved. Whether it’s someone mailing you some old Game Boy manuals or trading a game they have doubles of, the Retro Collective folks are always there to help. They also have a bitchin’ logo that I was lucky enough to snag on a t-shirt, and they have a new Duck Hunt inspired shirt up for order right now.

If you’re on Instagram and you’re a fan of retro gaming, make sure you go and follow all those guys and start browsing the #RetroCollective hashtag. I’ll see you there!

Cool Stuff: Crocheted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted 7 years ago by Toys

Crocheted TMNT

Browsing the tag archive for TMNT related terms on Instgram is something I find myself doing a lot these days. Through that I’ve found a lot of cool folks like Michelle Phillips (@ttvphoto), who made these awesome crocheted Ninja Turtles from scratch. I first noticed her project in it’s early stages and then watched her progress until they were done.

Seeing as how I have zero craftiness, I love seeing talented people make cool geeky items like these. Michelle has an Etsy store, so keep an eye out in case she ever lists one of these crocheted Turtles!