I grew up loving Turner’s tea. It was the thing that I bought nearly every time I went to the general store by my house. In fact, I can probably say every time, without the “nearly”. There was always Turner’s in the ‘fridge when I was growing up. It’s still the drink of choice at family get-togethers. The other night, we had a pizza delivered from A’Pizza Badamo, and I had them bring a gallon of Turner’s with the pizza & sub.
I have blogged about Turner’s before. I even wrote to them when I was much younger, asking what the “secret ingredient” was in their tea that made it so addictive. They wrote back. I didn’t get an answer but I did get a sweet Turner’s T-shirt (Tea-Shirt?), and a label from one of the little jugs to stick on my guitar case. I’ve written to Giant Eagle and Market District multiple times asking them to carry Turner’s products. I get the Moos-letter.
I’m not quite as hardcore as the guy who got a Turner’s tattoo, I guess. But, I think we have successfully established that I enjoy Turner’s quite a bit.
So, do you think I can get Turner’s to endorse an Iced Tea themed guitar? Honestly, I was just thinking to myself that I’d like a guitar that’s painted like a Turner’s iced tea carton. It looks cool on that guy’s arm, and looks really cool on the Tea-Bird, makes a rockin’ T-shirt… so why not on a guitar?
The TeaBird is just awesome.
I voiced my opinion via Twitter…
And on Facebook…
(I had cut up a half gallon carton a long time ago to scan, render sort-of blank, and make a show flyer. More evidence of my affinity for Turner’s?)
And got this reply on Twitter…
Hmm. Possible encouragement? Perhaps. Who wouldn’t like one that had a tank to a backpack… like a camelbak that shot iced tea at the crowd. Or, I could just get a beer helmet & drink Turner’s myself while on stage.
At any rate, I used KISEKAE Virtual Image Modeling System (one of the most fun online toys ever) to hastily throw together some designs:
Yes. They’re ugly. But, the colors are awesome. Why the Les Paul shape? Well, I have a perfectly good Epiphone that I hardly ever play… and it’s got a big chip out of the paint anyway. It needs repainted… why not stripped & done up like this?
Well, sort of like that. I’d like to take apart the different elements & move them around… Maybe even get a scan of a gallon jug label or little jug label. A tea-colored guitar with that little label in the corner might be cool. If money were no object… I’d go for a jug or carton shaped guitar… or maybe even a Telecaster-type kit guitar that could be called the (wait for it…) Tea-Caster. Well if money were really no object, I might even try out an Evertune bridge.
People get sponsored all the time, right? Why not me? Can’t hurt to ask, right? I figured I’d present my case here, then fire off an email to Turner’s, hit them up on Facebook, Twitter (beware the imposter!), or wherever else I can… and ask if they’d be interested in helping me fund a Turner’s guitar. Maybe I can just cover my LP in some Turner’s stickers then throw a clear-coat over it? Ha ha. That’s a lot of stickers…
The next step is to find someone that does this type of work around here. Is there a guitar “body shop” anywhere that would tackle a custom paint job like this (& do a good job)? Any business or artist that may know what they’re doing?
Then, it’s time to get serious with design. Any ideas? Suggestions? Please, submit some pictures of ideas! At the very least, describe ’em! What do you think? Would a Turner’s guitar be fun? I need something goofy to match the square guitar & the backwards guitar, right?