The World’s Most Dangerous Pixelart

I didn’t quite grow up listening to NWA in their peak, however I do remember their image and being told “they are bad men, don’t listen to them, they are gangsters who hurt people” etc. Along with the Simpsons they were in the “No-No pile”.

It wasn’t until my late teens when I was heavy into Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap and RnB that I discovered them and learnt about their influence to the music in general (and that they didn’t really hurt anyone).

I like their poetry and team work, each one brings a different element to the group.
I like how 2 of their members became cornerstones of the entertainment industry, broke many barriers and are still influencing (and funding) many artists today.
I enjoyed the movie “Straight Outta Compton” their story is a typical tragedy where it ends too soon for one and in turn all. What could have been? What would be now?
All good things come to an end. The good die young.

They sure don’t make them like this anymore, nowadays all rap songs sound the same! they brag about money and ‘bitches’. Their names are ridiculous and their fan bases are internet fed misguided sheep. They are all emulators.

Can’t believe that when I am an old man I will be saying to my grand kids
“YOU CALL THAT RAP!!! BACK IN MY DAY….”

PWA – Pixelmania With Attitude

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FAVOURITES – Ring The Damn Bell!

I stumbled across this site a while back and it quickly became one of my favourite daily visits.

A number of well educated British wrestling fans (I believe), put together a number of articles on a weekly basis that will most definitely boost your pro wrestling history knowledge.

It ain’t like most wrestling blogs were they just give out their opinion, they back it all up with facts and sources. Mostly based about the “Golden Era” of wrestling (mid 80’s to Early 00’s) this blog is a must for old school fans.

Articles include flashback Nitro and Raw reviews from the Monday Night Wars, ‘Wrestling With Sin’ a collection of controversial happenings in and out of the ring, ‘What Ever Happened To’ where they take a look a what could have been’s and has-been’s of the industry, amongst other interesting point of views all with awesome photographs to back up their tales.

Complete with a Facebook page and Twitter handle, you can get a constant slamming!
If you are ever wondering how it really went down make sure you give it a read and learn the truth!

A wrestling trip down memory lane indeed! Give them a following to get more stories, I reckon they could put together a podcast one day, what do you think?

RING THE DAMN BELL! NETWORK

BLOG: Ring The Damn Bell!

FaceBook: Ring The Damn Bell!

TWITTER: Ring The Damn Bell!

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Simply Zorro

Without Zorro there would be no Batman.

The inspiration that sparked Bob Kane’s imagination started out with the man behind the Zorro mask.

The shared similarities are evident, to name a few:
Don Diego De La Vega is a wealthy diplomat, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy.
Zorro travels horseback on his trusty jet black Tornado, Batman rides the state of the art dark Batmobile.
Their base of operations are secret lairs (or caves) hidden underneath their mansions.
They are inventors, scientists and detectives. They have sidekicks who they also call family.

Bob Kane was considerate enough to make it clear on his comic book that Zorro was significant, even to Bruce Wayne personally for the creation of Batman.
If you pay close attention to the comics (and even some films and animations) it was the movie “The Mark of Zorro” that Bruce and his parents went to see together at the theater before Bruce’s parents were murdered, originating his motive and main purpose as the Dark Knight.

As a kid growing up in Latin America, Zorro was a staple to our culture and our after school TV bingeing. Although the story was created by Johnston McCulley an American gentlemen, it had tremendous influence in Mexican and Hispanic culture. McCulley really did cater and took advantage of the latino demographic in a time where that wasn’t the norm.

Since the 1920’s and up to recently 2005, movies and televisions shows have been produced depicting Zorro and his adventures.
He is not like any other superhero, as a matter of fact he doesn’t even have any super powers, that’s what attracts me to this story, his heroic qualities include brilliant brain and brave brawn. That is another reason (in my opinion) that Zorro became so popular, because it was plausible that such hero could exist (or had existed).

Perhaps one day I will ride into the night as well.

To learn more about this pulp fiction legend visit Zorro.com

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Remembering Rocky

Remember the Rocky movies? Sure you do! Every dude knows them at least.

They have been part of every teenage boy’s life for generations!

Since the 70’s we have gotten a Rocky movie per decade:

Rocky (1976)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky V (1990)
Rocky Balboa(2006)
Creed (2015)

All the characters and fighters each with their unique charismatic qualities make the films what they are, sure Stallone is milking this cow dry and sure he has made some mistakes in the timeline, but the greatness outweighs the crappy bits.

Pixelmania comes in various forms and sizes, in this case we have a 16bit special feat. the legendary Super Punch Out! World Circuit boxing ring.

Which one is your favourite movie? Oh and by the way, there’s one more coming out!

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Favourites – SCROLLBOSS

One of my favourite websites is also an inspirational one to my pixelart hobby.
I discovered it many years ago when I was looking for sprites to create for a game engine called M.U.G.E.N.

If you were an 80’s kid you are going to absolutely love it! it includes amazing handrawn pixelart from retro video games and cult movies!

He even has a store and free resources and kind tutorials for everyone to benefit from!
Part of the ILLMOSIS NETWORK.

Give Scrollboss a go and make sure to add it to your favourites!

CLICK HERE FOR RETRO MADNESS!>>>> Scrollboss

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It was bound to happen…

By now you may already now that I am a big TMNT fan.

When I noticed them as a 5 year old and that one of the turtles shared my name, I was hooked.

I was gifted all the toys, apparel, rare memorabilia and of course underwear amongst other items of turtle fandom. Little did I know that they would one day hold sentimental value to me and as a kid I trashed all my stuff.

But the memories are intact, I can always retrieve to happier days when all I cared about was 4 green dudes appearing on my screen.

But what is it that we like about them so much?

Aside from the colourful aspects and the mix of robots, animals and martial arts in one, I think it’s the tight brotherhood that they display throughout their history which makes us attracted to them time and time again.
We all have ‘bros’ that we consider our ‘gang’. And if we don’t, we all yearn for that.

And so it has come time for me to #Pixelmania my favourite comic book characters of all time.

There has been many different styles and versions of the Ninja Turtles, I guess my favourite ones would have to be the classic 1990 movie gang. Seeing them in real life was the greatest thing back then, even better than sliced bread.

They have come and gone since the 1980’s, but now one thing is for sure, they are here to stay – for all generations to enjoy.

Cowabunga dudes. Cowabunga.

RAFA |:|)

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Anti-Anxiety Emergency Kit.

Nowadays anxiety and depression are a common topic especially if you are dude.

Stress causes Anxiety which in turn leads to depression.

Dealing with day to day work (or looking for a solid career/income), staying up to date socially, maintaining a strong family presence, plus honoring all the responsibilities that come with being the ‘Man of the House’ can take its toll on any adult male (at any stage of their lives).

But what do you do when emotions run hard and we don’t know how to deal with it?

You pull out the Anti-Anxiety Emergency Kit of course!

Besides the moral support and modern anti-depression campaigns on Social Media, there are other methods you should be aware of and practice regularly to combat these feelings that may cause great impact on our lives.

Our body is like a complicated machine made up up of many elements and parts, each of them unique. Therefore we should know how to maintain and ‘service’ our anatomy accordingly. Self respects starts here. How can you take care of someone else and respect them, if you don’t do it for yourself? Well, logical truth is, you cannot!

When feeling anxious try the 5 Senses technique: (source – Smart Living Network)

  • Seeing: “What can I see all around me?” I’ll study my surrounding noting all the tiny details.
  • Hearing: “What can I hear?” I’ll listen and attempt to place all the sounds I hear – what’s making the noise? Is it near or far? Right or left?
  • Feeling: “What am I feeling?” I’ll note both internal and external sensations – fabric or sun or a breeze on my skin, slight tension in certain muscles maybe.
  • Smelling: “What can I smell?” Our sense of smell has a powerful tie to our mind, memory, and mood.
  • Tasting: “What do I taste?” Yes, even if you’re not eating or chewing on anything, your mouth still has a residual flavor.

Maintaining a healthy diet is essential and the beginning of a stress free life.

Enjoying an outing in moderation is not a bad thing. If you are not willing to give up excessive drinking and copious amounts of fried/fatty foods and have anxiety/depression – look no further!

You are what you eat – a message that normally goes in one ear and out the other.
But how serious are you about beating  A+D? And believe me YOU CAN BEAT IT.

Never underestimate the power of Good Food.
Vitamins B & C as well as Antioxidants are ‘Stress Smashers’.

Here are the Top 10 Foods That Reduce Anxiety and Stress (source – Men’s Fitness)

1. AsparagusFolic Acid
2. AvocadoVitamin B
3. Blueberries – Antioxidants and Vitamin C
4. Almonds Vitamin B2 and E
5. Oranges Vitamin C
6. Salmon Omega 3
7. Spinach – Magnesium
8. TurkeyAmino Acids
9. Oatmeal – High Fibre
10. Milk –
Antioxidants, Vitamin B2 and B12

What is wrong?
“I don’t know.”
Is a common response when we are feeling down. And normally we leave it at that and hope for the best. But the power to know is in your hands (and in your belly).

A good man doesn’t live in wonder, instead firstly, he analysis the problem, secondly he learns the cause and assesses the possible solutions then lastly he implements the best solution accordingly (and maintains it).

When you live a healthy life, your mind becomes a clearer, you think straight, you don’t make harsh decisions because you are too tired or sick. You are more active, you are more mindful and appreciative.

#ItsOkToTalk but #ItsOkToRead too, the same way you feed your body good food, you should be feeding your brain good thought.

I hope this kit helps you out in anyway, cause I know it helps me – a great deal.
#TheJourneyContinues #StayStrongBro

If you are still feeling blue get some more support here >>> Beyond Blue.
RAFA |:|)

The Dragon

Who was Bruce Lee?

A man, an actor, a stuntman, a martial artist, a teacher, a migrant, a son, father, husband, brother… but if you asked him he would’ve told you “I am a philosopher.”

My admiration of Lee began when I was a teen, I had early memories of him but it wasn’t until I learnt about his son that I got really interested in his life work.

Not only did he develop and invented Mixed Martial Arts (decades before UFC and it’s modern popularity), but he also inspired hundreds of emerging entertainers around the world (and continues to do so).

He was fascinated by American pop culture and began acting at very young age.
His parents were also in the industry and you could say he was destined for stardom, but no one could have guessed what a nova he would turn out to be.

The thing that attracts me the most is his determination, how he came from nothing and became everything.

But do you know who he was?
What is your earliest memory of his imagery?

One of his quotes helps motivates me and fuels my #Pixelmania hobby:
“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

Can you name all of the below? (did I miss any? let me know!)

RAFA |:|)

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