Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NEW "RAND AL'THOR" POSTER TO DEBUT FOR SALE AT JORDANCON 6


The new Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn poster will be available for sale at the Ta'veren Tees booth in the JordanCon vendor's hall. The poster is 16" x 20", including a 1" white border. It will retail for $20.

The poster will be available for sale online sometime after JordanCon.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn was created by Ariel Burgess, the artist responsible for the calendar and playing cards.

"The idea came when I was about to fall asleep," Ariel said. "That's when my best ideas happen. I finally got my mind blank when this image of Rand formed. It started close up to his face and panned out. The fire was moving along with the tears streaming down his face. I felt this crazy urge that I had to paint Rand like that. It needed to be shown and it would finally represent him the most [out of my work]."

So Ariel painted, and we're glad she did. She began with a basic colored sketch, then moved to more realistic line art and flats. Then she began to make the sheepherder come alive by studying wounds and burns to add to his skin.

"I really love Rand, so I needed to show who he is all around. I wanted to show how tragic Rand is with his wounds burning into him and his old self melding with the new one. The tear is to show how painful it all was, and the stoic face was to show that he pushed through and tried to be as hard as he could when really the soft side of him mattered just as much."

Ariel has made many Rand al'Thor portraits over the years for various cards, posters, and personal projects. But this symbolic portrait of different sides and aspects of The Dragon Reborn is her favorite.

"The image really means 'Rand' to me. All of who he is and what he went through to become Rand in the final book. I feel like as much as Rand is drawn by artists, it is rare to see who he really is and how tragic he is."

Make sure to follow Ariel's new WoT Facebook page to keep tabs on her growing collection of art: https://www.facebook.com/officialwotartarielb

If you're not registered for JordanCon, be sure to do so before April 1, otherwise you'll have to do so at the door.

We hope to see you at JordanCon, and may the Light shine on you!

-Ta'veren Tees





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"MOIRAINE AND LAN" TEES AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER + FREE MINI-PRINT




The Wheel weaves as it wills, and today it has willed a brand new shirt featuring everyone's favorite Blue Aes Sedai and her stone-faced Warder!

The new "Moiraine and Lan" design with art by Paul Bielaczyc is available for PREORDER in both men's and women's styles now at:

Men's: www.TaverenTees.com/moirainelan
Women's: www.TaverenTees.com/moirainelanfem

Here's a closeup of the design, which is printed on navy blue:



The shirt is printed on 100% cotton. Ladies, please take special note of the sizing on these. While many of our women's shirts have been on fitted tees in the past, this particular design did not lend itself well to those styles. This shirt is still a ladies style tee shirt, but is not tightly fitted. Please size accordingly.

This tee retails for $26 and will ship on April 4. AND, for a limited time, when you purchase a "Moiraine and Lan" tee a FREE 5.5"x5.5" mini-print card of Moiraine and Lan will automatically be added to your cart and shipped with your order. Only 100 of these pieces are available.

Here's what the mini-print looks like:


Make sure to visit www.TaverenTees.com to preorder yours today!

Monday, March 17, 2014

THE LUCK O' THE CAUTHON

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here's a sneak peek of an upcoming product that will debut at JordanCon 6: 



That's right. It's a Mat Cauthon Challenge Coin! Now THAT'S what we call a lucky charm! We'll release more information about this coin after JordanCon, so keep watching our page, blog and social media sites for updates!

-Ta'veren Tees


Saturday, March 15, 2014

HAPPY NAMING DAY TO US!



Ta'veren Tees was spun into the Pattern 3 years ago today! We thank the Light every day for all of our customers and for your continued support through the years! 

As a special thank you, everything on the (NEW!) site is 20% off through March 22 at www.TaverenTees.com (And we're going to go eat some cupcakes!)

Light illumine you,
Ta'veren Tees


WHAT'S UP WITH THE OLD POSTS?

Q: Hey, Ta'veren Tees...why under the Light is there a bunch of old news with new dates on your blog? Eh? ::tugs braid::

A: When we changed to our shiny, new website, we decided to move our news and press to this blog. But we didn't want to lose our old posts. So we brought them with us and backdated them. And there you have it! ::sniffs::

2014 THE WHEEL OF TIME® CALENDAR AVAILABLE




This 12" x 12" calendar with art from Ariel Burgess features six brand new scenes (including some from A Memory of Light) from pivotal moments in the series, as well as favorite characters from The Wheel of Time Playing Cards like Birgitte Silverbow and Tam al'Thor. The calendar runs from January 2014 through December 2014 and includes U.S. Holidays. A bonus, 12” x 24” image is also included!



THE WHEEL OF TIME™ HOODIE AVAILABLE JUST IN TIME FOR FALL

Originally posted October 2013

Can’t ignore the cold like an Aes Sedai? No problem. Ta’veren Tees has just added the first hoodie to their collection of The Wheel of Time merchandise, available for preorder now at www.TaverenTees.com/wothoodie. Preorders get $5 off the original price of the hoodie through Oct 15. Preorders will ship on Oct 15 and all products ordered in the same order will be held and shipped at the same time.

The front of the hoodie features a distressed snake-wheel logo in gray on the left breast. The back bears the iconic quote “There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time” – a reminder that though the series is complete, the story is never over.

The Wheel of Time hoodie is a unisex zip hoodie on black with contrast drawstrings. S-3XL are printed on a 6.5 oz, pre-laundered 80% cotton 20% polyester fleece hooded sweatshirt made from premium, super soft, lightweight fleece offering a slim fit and quality construction.


4XL & 5XL are printed on an 8 oz, heavy-blend, preshrunk 50% cotton, 50% polyester zip hooded sweatshirt. The drawstrings on these hoodies are black. 

PROCEEDS OF NEW THE WHEEL OF TIME® CHALLENGE COIN, ALL ‘MAT CAUTHON’ SHIRTS TO BENEFIT WOUNDED WARRIORS IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY

Originally posted May 2013

Along with several other new products, Ta’veren Tees has released the first ever The Wheel of Time® Challenge Coin. The bronze plated coin, measuring 2” in diameter, features the iconic snake and wheel symbol on one side and the ancient symbol of the Aes Sedai on the other. Each is packaged individually and sold for $12.00 at www.TaverenTees.com/wotcoin.


In honor of Robert Jordan’s military service in Vietnam, Ta’veren Tees will donate 10% of proceeds from coin sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. A portion of the proceeds from all Mat Cauthon related shirts will also be donated, as he is, after all, the Son of Battles. Those include the ladies’ and men’s styles of the “Toss the Dice” and “Ravens” tees, as well as the “Mat Cauthon by Seamas” tee available at www.TaverenTees.com.

Challenge coins in general have a militaristic background. Among soldiers, a challenger would ask a fellow to see the medallion. If the challenged could not show his, he had to buy a drink for the one who challenged him. For Memorial Day, Ta’veren Tees would like to honor Jim Rigney and the countless others willing to serve, and would like to thank customers in advance for being a part of the donation when they purchase these items.

In addition to the coin, new items also include six vinyl stickers, bookmarks, and five character posters by Ariel Burgess. To see these products visit www.TaverenTees.com/novelties.

About Wounded Warriors Project 
Wounded Warriors Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Robert Jordan’s Military Background
Many WoT fans might not realize that before Jim Rigney was a writer, he was a soldier in the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam – an experience that affected his life, and eventually the story he would tell.

Rigney grew up wanting to attend West Point, but at sixteen learned his eyes were too bad for admission. He instead went to Clemson University, but ran into trouble because he was on a football scholarship, had chosen a major in electrical engineering, and was discovering girls and beer.  He then joined the army “because that is what men do in my family. That is simply the way it has always been done . . . the Rigneys have joined the U.S. Army to go where the shooting takes place.” He went on to complete two tours in Vietnam, serving as a helicopter door gunner. It affected him profoundly. In his blog, he wrote:

“I have, or used to have, a photo of a young man sitting on a log eating C-rations with a pair of chopsticks. There are three dead NVA laid out in a line just beside him. He didn't kill them. He didn't choose to sit there because of the bodies. It was just the most convenient place to sit. The bodies don't bother him. He doesn't care. They're just part of the landscape. The young man is glancing at the camera, and you know in one look that you aren't going to take this guy home to meet your parents. Back in the world, you wouldn't want him in your neighborhood, because he is cold, cold, cold. I strangled that SOB, drove a stake through his heart, and buried him face down under a crossroad outside Saigon before coming home, because I knew that guy wasn't made to survive in a civilian environment. I think he's gone. All of him. I hope so.”
Jim came home with a number of decorations, and went on to become a best-selling fantasy writer. He always had a great deal of appreciation and respect for every man and woman who was willing to serve his or her country.

Jim Rigney (Robert Jordan), Soldier in uniform


“3 Editions of Wheel of Time Playing Cards Decks now available for Pre-Order and never before seen ‘Tarmon Gai’don’ Poster by Ariel Burgess”

Originally posted December 2012

Ta’veren Tees is excited to announce the “Wheel of Time Playing Cards Decks” featuring the artwork of Ariel Burgess, are now available for pre-order at www.TaverenTees.com/novelties.  

For The Wheel of Time®, Robert Jordan created thousands of unforgettable characters – both good and evil – that fans have come to know and love. The Wheel of Time® Playing Cards bring over 60 characters to life through the breathtaking art of Ariel Burgess and are an essential addition to any WoT fan’s collection. Every card features a different character or characters from the series.

A portion of the proceeds from each edition sold will be donated to Mayo Clinic to fund research on Amyloidosis, the rare blood disease that claimed Robert Jordan’s life in 2007.

A complete list of characters included in the deck can be found at www.TaverenTees.com/cardlist

Pre-orders begin shipping January 10th, 2013. All items purchased in the same order as the “Wheel of Time Playing Card Decks” will be held and shipped at the same time.

“Standard Edition: The Wheel of Time® Playing Card”



The “Standard Edition: The Wheel of Time® Playing Cards” contains 54 cards, including two jokers, in a single deck box.

“Collector's Edition: The Wheel of Time® Playing Cards”



The “Collector's Edition: The Wheel of Time® Playing Cards” comes in a double deck box, with a character list and two individually wrapped 54-card decks, so you can play with one and display the other! The Collector’s Edition is limited to 500 units.


"Tarmon Gai'don" by Ariel Burgess.




Just in time for the Last Battle, Ta'veren Tees is excited to provide this stunning piece of new, NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED artwork by Ariel Burgess titled “Tarmon Gai’don”. This 16" x 20" poster features Perrin, Rand and Mat as they are before A Memory of Light and the Last Battle. Add it to your art collection today!

“SERVANT OF ALL” TEE AVAILBLE IN ALL AJAH COLORS; 10% OF PRE-ORDERS TO BENEFIT WAYGATE FOUNDATION

Originally posted August 2012

Ta’veren Tees is pleased to announce our new “Servant of All” shirt, now available for pre-order at www.TaverenTees.com/SoA. The ladies tee comes in all Ajah colors – including black* – and features the serpent and flame in metallic silver ink.



This shirt is available in sizes S-3XL. Pre-orders begin shipping September 28. All shirts purchased in the same order as the “Servant of All” tee will be held and shipped at the same time.

Donation to Waygate Foundation
Ta’veren Tees is proud to partner with the newly founded Waygate Foundation. Now through September 28, 10% of pre-order sales of the “Servant of All” tees, as well as 10% of sales for “Asha’man” long-sleeve tees (www.TaverenTees.com/ashaman), will be donated to the Waygate Foundation.

Waygate Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing together authors and fans of science fiction and fantasy in global charitable efforts. Waygate works with authors to run fundraising drives and events for charities of their choice. To learn more about them visit www.Facebook.com/WaygateFoundation

*Ta’veren Tees neither confirms nor denies the existence of a Black Ajah.


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