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Doctor Who and Link Hockey Jerseys for Time-Traveling Teams

by Lambert Varias

Hey ice boxers – I mean hockey fans! Take five and get a load of the second batch of geeky hockey jerseys by Dave Delisle. After what must have been a successful run of his Game of Thrones and Voltron jerseys, Delisle decided to make Doctor Who and Zelda jerseys. By Zelda of course, I mean Link.


That’s the TARDIS-inspired Doctor Who jersey, complete with Police Box window graphic on the front and TARDIS shoulder patches. I don’t know if it’s bigger on the inside. Below is the Zelda jersey, which I think looks more bad ass, especially with the shield graphic.


Initially, just like with the first batch Dave had three designs, with the third one based on Battlestar Galactica. Unfortunately for BSG fans NBC Universal sent him a Cease and Desist request, which Dave promptly followed. You can view the banned design on Google’s cache of Dave’s web page if you like. Or we can just be happy with what we have and order the remaining jerseys. They cost $80 (USD) each and will only be sold until January 19, 2012. Head to Dave’s website to order.

[via Topless Robot]


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Comments (6):

  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Shouldn’t the Doctor’s jersey really have been number 11?

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the plug (again!) Lambert, much appreciated. Those who ordered have you to thank for showcasing them here.

      @Vinnie I use symmetrical numbers for the order art, that’s all. I agree it should be more clever – I am kicking myself for not using 64 for the Link one.

  2. Gazoobz says:

    I am surprised you are not getting cease and desist for these other designs. They are cool and I like them, but with those kind of things you need to get legal permission to make them as you are making money off that intellectual property. I would not be surprised if the company you get to make these gets sued for copyright infringement. As I have seen many trademarked characters being used in their designs. Again, I think they are cool but you have to have the right permission to do so. If not, everyone would be out there making their own star wars, transformers, Dr.Who designs.

    • Dave says:

      Please let me explain:

      FIY — I don’t make any profit, I don’t sell these in the traditional sense. I come up with the design, and I organize a custom team order. Other people are invited to join in. I too order some jerseys for myself.

      That’s why there is an order window and cutoff — orders are tallied and the jerseys are made in a single batch.

      Thousands of sporting goods vendors (well, all of them) will make whatever you want and slap it on a jersey — they only stipulate it has to be a team order.

      It would be like you and your buddies pooling money to get some custom bowling shirts made for your team (that feature Elvis Presley or whatever). Except I need buddies from all over, as the minimum needed for an order is 10. Fortunately my designs win over enough people.

      All custom sporting good manufacturers will make to customer specifications, as long as it goes directly to the customer. They will not make an infringing wholesale order for a retailer.

      I’ve talked to dozens of custom sportswear companies, and they had zero issues making stuff for me based on copyright, because it’s what I wanted for myself. They just wanted bulk orders.

      The only thing I am doing wrong is openly broadcasting this in a transparent manner. If I did this offline for a group of friends, no one would care.

      I believe anyone can make and commission whatever they want for themselves in a non-profit manner, without seeking permission from IP holders. A lot of people make custom stuff out there – the internet is a showcase for that. Selling for profit is where I draw the line.

      Also, this was Reddit’s fault. Many people wanted my designs, I did my best to cater to them.

      In addition I even wrote to HBO and NBC and other license-holders and licensees about these (still do!), but no one responds. Geeky hockey jerseys are too costly, too intricate, and too niche. Custom names and numbers are a headache.

      PS: And that includes ad revenue for my site – I get nothing in that regard.

      • Gazoobz says:

        I got ya. So I see you have done some looking into this.I was going on the knowledge that I know of copyright infringement. As I know, even if it is not for profit, some companies cannot reproduce cetain things even though it is for a individual team/persons. If the company reproducing these for the client is big enough to get noticed they can get in trouble for just reproducing the artwork. That is, if the original IP holder wants to make an issue of it. Like if I have a hockey team and I love Transformers and I get my team made with a big autobot logo on it. I can get it done, but the company producing that autobot jersey now risks getting dinged for reproducing copyrighted material. Technically the company producing that jersey is making a profit out of reproducing copyrighted material, even though the customer requested it. It is up to the company making the jerseys to do their due dilligence and make sure what they are reproducing wont get them into trouble. To my knowledge if the material is reproduced in any mass-produced fashion, ie: sublimation, screenprinting or twill embroidery machines. Then you can get into trouble. But things like hand painted or airbrushed arwork is different because it is harder to ‘mass produce’ in large quantities. Again, not bashing you, as I love these ideas. Just mentioning how some times things like this can cause a bit of trouble, especially for the company producing it. If it gets noticed by the original IP holders.

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