Toxic Blog


Keep up to date with whats going on behind the scenes at Toxic By Design
as well as occasional musings from the sublime to the ridiculous.


Shaken Not Stirred

There's a new range of cocktails for your eyes only at House Leamington. Alongside the classics are a few others you may not be quite so familiar with, so make sure you find the time to drop by and try them, after all you only live twice.

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Shipping Out

We've spent the last week knee deep in jiffy bags & packing tape having been a little shellshocked by the response to our recent Halloween offer. Rest assured we'll let you know what else has been going on when 'normal' service is fully resumed.

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Green Hell

Make sure you use the code 9486NJ on checkout to get your 20% off stuff all day today in the toxic store.

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Ghouls Night Out

Only three days until the toxic sale.
With 20% off everything you can afford to treat yourself.

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Horror Business

To celebrate All Hallows Eve the misfits at TBD are slashing a gruesome 20% off all items in the store.

Be sure to manifest at the allotted time...

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Out Of The Lite

TBD are proud to have been able to collaborate with the Blackened Sun Brewing Company, a new micro craft brewery located in the Milton Keynes area. Four and a half years and over sixty five brewing recipes have forged the Blackened Sun that now produces the finest artisan beer.

The Concrete Pint Beer & Cider Festival is your first opportunity to sample their Saison, IPA and ESB offerings, the event is at the SnoZone MK between 18-21 Oct so get your tickets now to avoid being left out in the cold.

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Oktoberfest MK

Experience a traditional Oktoberfest as Milton Keynes is transformed for one weekend into the cultural Bavarian bash. Aside from a huge weekend of entertainment, food and drink you may also get a sneaky peek at what TBD have been getting up to recently.

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Gone To Church

The lovely and talented Amy Cremmen from Laid in Lavender is exhibiting some of her artwork throughout October at the Church Lane Gallery in Banbury.

The town’s only gallery showcases a varied selection of art, sculpture, print, paintings, jewellery, pottery, and glassware created by independent artists and artisans.

So show some support, it's well worth a visit.

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Seasons Greetings

With less than 100 days until the festival known as christmas, TBD have decided to make available a pack of three geometric patterned cards that could easily be used to celebrate such an occasion. These designs are now in the shop for you to peruse and purchase if you wish.

So if you're tired of giving and receiving clichéd snowmen, cheery santas and bauble laden pines then why not try a little toxicity this season.

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Braveheart

TBD merchandise will be available to buy at this weekends MCM Comic Con in Glasgow, so drop by and sample the glorious geekiness; whether you're into sc-fi, videogames, anime action or cult classics these's something for everyone.

And if Scotland is just too far or too cold for you don't worry, MCM events will be coming to London and Birmingham in the not too distant future, check their website for dates.

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Caffeine Bomb

Our 'Clothing to be seen dead in' range is now available at Kuni Coffee. Not your average coffee shop, Kuni blend their food and beverage offerings with a range of merchandise from popular culture including comics, dvds, t-shirts and candy.

Browse the web with their free wifi, view the latest news and music on the shop screens or just power up your ipad, laptop and phone whilst you enjoy a brew. Current outlets are located in Daventry and Rugby town centres but there maybe more coming your way soon.

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Food Glorious Food

Now in its tenth year, The Leamington Food Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday promising yet another exciting weekend of fun, food and family entertainment.

Purveyors of quality food House Leamington will be among the 150+ exhibitors down at the Royal Pump Room Gardens with some awesome food and drink offers to give away over the course of the popular two day event.

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High Drama

Power Metal stalwarts Barbikan recently commissioned TBD with the task of crafting a new sigil. The Warwickshire based band have amassed a loyal following through their strong live performances and are looking to enter the studio in the near future to record their first ep.

So if you like you sounds defiantly epic check them out.

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Tempting Toxicity

Finally we have looked at expanding the Toxic By Design Shop in order to display our current wares and allow space for future items. The store is divided into the following categories:

  • Clothing to be seen dead in - merch related
  • Ephemera of future passed - print related
  • Toxic resource - design related

Feel free to puruse the aisles and don't forget to check back regularly as there will be more toxicity coming soon.

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Weather Report

Despite the unforgiving weather conditions, spirits remained high a few weeks ago at the second Unison Regional Games held in Birmingham. Everyone enjoyed the variety of events and activities on offer and weren't about to let a little rain dampen the day.

Hopefully next year the stadium will be bathed in glorious sunshine, you never know...

Photography - Jemma Jones.

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Lordy Lordy

It would appear that this year's London Film & Comic Con at Olympia was a massive success with huge crowds flocking to see their favourite stars and buy all manner of cool stuff.

Even the Dark Lord of the Sith made an appearance at the Retro Rebel stand where a few Toxic By Design items were there to be purused and purchased.

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Just Your Type

With so much going on lately we've been unable to update this correspondence portal, but rest assured we will let you know what has transpired as soon as we're able to do so.

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London Calling

Olympia is hosting the London Film & Comic Con on the 28th-30th of July. As well as hundreds of stalls full of movie, comic and science fiction related memorabilia, there will be photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and all manner of interesting stuff.

Good friends of TBD Retro Rebel will be there with their extensive stock and a few goodies from the Toxic store for good measure. Beam down and check it out.

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Twist In My Sobriety

These ladies know that there is something interesting brewing in the not too distant.

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Reynold's Ladder

With decades of experience as an independent bespoke print company, Reynolds Press help design innovative marketing campaigns that create genuine customer interest.

Needless to say TBD were eager to collaborate on their most recent self-promotional endeavour; a rework of the traditional snakes and ladders board game which illustrates the pros and cons of modern marketing.

Implicit in the game is the duality of good against evil; the solid rationality of ladders balancing the occult sinuosities of the serpent...err its also a jolly good bit of fun.

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Games Without Frontiers

The Unison West Midlands Regional Games are back by popular demand and this year they will be even bigger. UNISON invites you to join us, on Saturday 5th August at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium.

If you love to watch or participate in sports and like to try something new then get involved. The Games are open to friends, family and community, as well as Unison members and staff from any region – and it's all free.
Sign up for spectator tickets.

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Made Of Steel

The cover of the May-June 2017 edition of the Plant & Civil Engineer magazine was provided by TBD at the request of Steelwrist UK, formerly Ag-con Machinery solutions.

Ag-con have always been the sole UK distributor of the Swedish excavator attachments but the name change makes them even more synonymous with Scandinavian excellence.

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Wish You Were Here

A four pack of postcards are now available in the Toxic store, ideal for sending via Her Majesty's postal service or just kept as pieces of ephemera to be uncovered by anthropologists in the vague distant future.

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Heart Felt

Due to intense popular demand the Sacred Heart t-shirt is now available in grey on black. You can find them either online in the Toxic By Design shop or in the awesome Retro Rebel store Stratford Upon Avon.

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Basic Instinct

A collective of people aiming to raise awareness of Basic Income in the UK which would eliminate most means tested welfare and ensure a permanent safety net for all without conditions. A universal Basic Income would provide the financial security for everyone to have the resources they need to be able to fulfil their potential.

TBD are proud to have been able to support this most worthwhile cause.

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Gently Does It

Archie thought the best thing to do whilst waiting for the post was to try out one of those new hipster looks.

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Open Your Mind

Crom of Street Surgeon fame will be exhibiting with the talented DMC collective at Centrala, Digbeth from Friday 28th April through to the 6th May.

The event also showcases work from IWADP, Monkey, Void One, Mose78 and Craug and is proudly sponsored by Brotherhood Brewery.

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Food For Thought

A friendly shop crammed full of mouth watering handmade foods, fantastic cheese, wines, bakery, charcuterie and Deli items. Located in the centre of a traditional bustling market town Taste of the Country has been a proud part of the Shipston on Stour community since 2006 and are happy to support the Shipston Home Nursing 20th Anniversary Ball.

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KA-BOOM!!!

ComicCon returns to Leamington with an explosion of comics, cosplay, anime and memorabilia this Saturday.

To celebrate, House have unleashed an epic burger deal that runs between the 24th-26th March for all those ravenous super heroes and villians.

Fly over and grab yourself a deal.

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Ladies Night

Royal Leamington Spa just got a lot hotter during the week thanks to the Doll's House. From Monday to Thursday 6-7pm free fizz is served at House The Parade.

All they ask in return is a selfie pout posted on facebook using their orange lips, a fair exchange.

Bottoms up girls!

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Rebel Rebel

Stratford Upon Avon's premier emporium of comics, records and movie memorabilia, Retro Rebel now stock TBD t-shirts.

The store is packed to the gunnels with cool stuff from every conceivable aspect of pop culture. Knowledgeable staff will endeavour to help find what your looking for, although simply browsing the displays is a joy in itself.

Drop by and check them out.

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Anticipation

Esme and Walter can barely contain their excitement at the prospect of another blog post from Toxic By Design.

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Dead Good

Amy Cremmen is the artist behind Laid In Lavender. She paints mainly with water colour and acrylic, and often on slate (These are weather proofed so you can have your art outside)

She is also a tattooist and big horror enthusiast so when TBD were approached to redesign her logo the results were predictably macabre.

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The Right Move

Men with a Van are one of Warwickshires leading removals companies with many years experience in helping individuals and businesses relocate effortlessly across Warwickshire and the rest of the UK.

So if you want something shifting...make the right move.

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Blue Monday

Still suffering from the post New Year malaise?

Well fret no longer, a visit to the TBD store is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Why not treat yourself to a little something, or a loved one for that matter, after all Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

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Dearly Loved

The TBD store has seen the welcome return of the Beloved greetings card, one of the original skull series.

A limited quantity have been made available in time for Valentines's Day, so grab them while you can.

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Analytic Mind

COJE are a new training solutions provider that have launched at the start of this year. TBD have worked closely with the company in order to create the required identity, training resources and promotional material that best represent their services and ethos.

A steady increase in course bookings suggests that the future is set to be an illuminating one.

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Ever Onwards

Over the last twelve months TBD have been fortunate enough to have been able to collaborate with a variety of talented and dedicated individuals. This trend looks set to continue into 2017 with an array of interesting projects currently in various stages of development.

We would like to thank those who have helped us in 2016 and wish all a fruitful new year.

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