I’m Back with Something Rad from DUST Industries!


By Shawn Robare

2013 is turning out to be one of the craziest years of my life.  Lots of ups and downs, weird side trips, endings and new beginnings.  Long story short living life like all of us and taking things one day at a time.  Lately that’s meant neglecting the wonderful world wide web, in particular Branded in the 80s, twitter and facebook specifically.  But I think I’ve managed to right the ship enough to get this thing sailing again.  So no, I’m not dead, frozen in carbonite, trapped in the grid, spending time in 1955, flying up into space in a converted amusement part ride car, or sucked into the world of Dungeons and Dragons with a bunch of friends and a precocious red-headed kid with a proclivity for clubbing things and a love of tiny unicorns voiced by Frank Welker.

Dust

So, something that I’ve been meaning to write about for the past six months or so is an awesome retro inspired iPad case that was designed and built by a really cool gentleman that goes by the name Dust!  Hailing from Australia, Dust is a child of the 80s who has focused his considerable creative manufacturing and design skills into a series of awe-inspiring retro themed projects, from General Lee scooters to working TMNT T-Phones, to custom Real Ghostbusters dress shirts and custom upholstered pillows.

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Dust hooked me up with a seriously awesome retro wood-paneled-TV themed iPad case that’s been getting a lot of use in the house of Branded…

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One of the things about the iPad that’s really bugged me is that it’s not the easiest thing to use while lying in bed.  Sure, it’s relatively light weight, but to lay down and watch a movie or a couple episodes of Airwolf it can be a real pain to try and keep upright without getting hand or elbow cramps.  I even have one of those newfangled folding magnetic covers, but unless it’s resting on a hard surface it’s pretty useless.  Well, Dust’s TV box case was the perfect solution.  It’s light and wide enough to provide the perfect amount of self-sustaining stability in my lap while lying in bed.  Also, it looks super rad!

iPad Case 2 Small

Constructed from plexiglass and a beautiful custom sticker wrap, the TV box case consists of two components, the outer case and the iPad holder inset…

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The insert is designed to fit very snugly into the case and holds the tablet securely so it’s easy to use while inserted.  The best part?  Now you can store your iPad on a shelf and have it look pretty darn wicked cool when not in use.

iPad Case 3 Small

If you like what you see, do yourself a favor and hit up Dust on Twitter.  He’s a really great guy and he’s producing some really rad stuff that I think the world needs to take a gander at for sure!  Tell him Branded sent ya!

  • Tintod

    Welcome back! Agreed, iPads in bed can be a little cumbersome (funny of us to complain about a portable entertainment system with infinite viewing and reading capabilities). The retro TV case looks like a great solution. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Yeah, reminds me of a Louie C.K. bit about airplanes. People complain about waiting 20 minutes to get on a flight, that is freaking a wonder to behold that lets us travel vast distances in like an hour. Crazy! Still though, hand cramps!

  • http://www.shezcrafti.com/ ShezCrafti

    So awesome! How much does he charge for one of these things?

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Not sure yet, I believe he’s thinking about putting some stuff up in his store soon though…

  • http://www.poprewind.com/ Pop Rewind

    Glad to see you’re back:) And that case is beautiful!

    • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com/ Shawn Robare

      Thanks, great to be back!

  • DUSTINDUSTRIES

    Thanks for the review and positive words Shawn. I am trying to admin my site today and it seems I have to learn how to use Magento all over again. I have some videos on Youtube of my latest projects http://www.youtube.com/user/DUSTINTACIOUS Keep up the 80s Awesomeness.