Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Ketchupize

When I first wandered onto Ketchupize during one of my weekly Etsy binges, I kind of lost my mind a little at her amazing items. Tina hand-paints absolutely incredible headphones, sunglasses and phone cases. When it comes to geek merch, it’s hard to find something new and interesting that makes you excited and I felt that excitement again when I look at Ketchupize’s Etsy shop. Tina’s shop features everything from Super Mario Bros.  and galaxy sunglasses, to a pokeball and companion cube headphones.

It literally took me a few weeks to narrow down and decide on which item to buy and review. I finally decided on the companion cube headphones for obvious reasons. I waited for the package like a kid waiting for Santa. When my companion cube headphones arrived I literally did a little happy dance. The hand-painted companion cube is damn near perfect. They are extra special because I know that someone spent time painting the details by hand. That someone being Tina. Other than being very pretty to look at, the headphones are great quality and sound.

Interview with Tina of Ketchupize Etsy Shop

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tina, I’m a graphic designer and I live in Greece. I love music, video games, sci-fi movies, comics and all kinds of geeky things my parents thought I would grow out of when I reached 16!

How did the Ketchupize Etsy shop come to be?
It all started about two years ago. I wanted to create a unique gift for someone special. It was a pair of headphones and I decided to paint it. The whole process was so much fun and I loved the result. That’s how Ketchupize was born. It allows me to combine all the things I love and it’s really fulfilling, designing functional products for people who appreciate uniqueness and want something different and fun!

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?
One of my favorite requests was a pair of ”video games” themed headphones. I was contacted by a girl who wanted some custom headphones inspired from her favorite video games. They were some of my favorite video games too so it became more of a personal project and it was so much fun to make.

Are there any upcoming designs you’re looking forward to creating?
I try to come up with new designs as often as I can as it keeps things fun and interesting. My sunglasses line became quite popular during the summer so I thought of customizing normal glasses too. I’m currently working on new designs so I’m looking forward to that, hopefully they’ll be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite geeky obsessions?
My favorite geeky obsession is gaming. I’ve been a gamer since I was allowed near a computer or console. Through the years I’ve tried all kinds of different games and no matter how busy I am I always make time for that. Lately I’ve been playing Diablo 3 and I’m really looking forward to trying all classes in the new Guild Wars 2!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
I’d bring my ”Big Bang Theory” box set! It’s my favorite tv series. It’s so brilliantly made I can watch all seasons over and over again and it always makes me laugh.

Where do you live on the internet?
www.ketchupize.etsy.com  
www.facebook.com/Ketchupize  
www.twitter.com/Ketchupize  
www.ketchupize.deviantart.com  

Enter for a chance to win these pokeball headphones from Ketchupize!

  • 1. Answer the following question in the comments section below: What’s your favorite video game soundtrack? 
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/Ketchupize
  • 3. Follow @Ketchupize (if applicable)
  • 4. Contest ends Monday, Sept. 24th

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73 Comments

  1. Amazing stuff!

    If I had to go old school, I’d say that the Little Nemo: Dream Master has a great soundtrack. Nowadays though, the RDR soundtrack is my go-to when I need some good background instrumental music.

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  2. My favourite videogame soundtrack is that of Skyrim. It may be relatively new soundtrack, but whenever I hear it, I feel as if I should drop everything I’m doing and battle dragons. On a mountain. In a man-skirt.

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  3. Favorite? It’s a tie between the original Tekken Tag Tournament and Sonic Adventure 2. The latter because, of course…”ROLLING AROUND AT THE SPEED OF SOUND! GOT PLACES TO GO, GOTTA FOLLOW MY RAINBOW!” ….yeah. :)

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  4. Wow there are so many I really like but I would have to say my favorite is the soundtrack(s) to the Kingdom Hearts games…I always get the songs stuck in my head ;)

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  5. For me the one that stands out the most would have to be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! I have those songs playing in my head all the time!

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  6. What’s your favorite video game soundtrack? Mine would probably have to be Kingdom Hearts because it’s so beautiful and,as strange as it sounds, magical. I can’t help but feel over-emotional whenever I listen to the soundtrack and I have the soundtrack from all of the games on my i-pod.

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  7. My favorites are a tie between The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Nights Into Dreams.
    I remember staying up super late to wait for my mom to go to bed so I could play these games, so late I ended up falling asleep and these two scores are burned into my memory forever.

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  8. Amazing. My inner child is screaming with joy.

    Favorite videogame soundtrack is FF X . I literally cry and feel the music of that soundtrack.

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  9. Current favourite soundtrack? That’s a tough one. I’ve recently been playing FF3 (yeah, I’m late on the bandwagon) and the music in it is amazing. Probably my favourite at the moment.

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  10. Oooh, favourite game soundtrack? So hard to choose but my choices are between The World Ends With You and The Ace Attorney series.

    Also, I had no idea there was a Ketchupize Facebook page. o.o *goes like it* Sadly, I can’t follow Ketchupize on Twitter :(

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  11. My favorite video game soundtrack is probably all the songs from the Tomb Raider series. The music is so… epic! I really don’t have words to describe it! It’s absolutely stunning.
    The one I like the most is either the main theme of TR: Anniversary, or Coastal Thailand – Ruins from TR: Underworld.

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  12. The Pokemon Original Game soundtrack. Every time I listen to the ending song, it takes me back to being a kid and beating the Elite Four for the first time. Plus I have a very long-lasting obsession with Jigglypuff’s Song and I’m not even sorry.

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  13. My first video games ever were the Pokemon ones, so the songs still have a great sense of nostalgia for me. I still get a little thrill of excitement when the battle music comes up.

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  14. My favorite video game soundtrack would be the final fantasy chocobo theme, its a very fun song and it always makes me happy every time i listen to it.

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  15. Yay, Ketchupize! I’ve long loved their stuff, as have a good many of my friends. ^_^

    As far as game soundtracks go, I’d have to go with Super Mario Bros. 2. Yeah, it’s old-school, but it’s the one that’s the most fun to hum/sing while performing boring chores.

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  16. My favorite video game soundtrack is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, It was one of the first video games I played and the music was fantastic it made whistle all the time while playing the game the same thing happened with the songs you needed to learn with the Ocarina.

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  17. 1. Any of the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack are my favorite.
    2. Liked Facebook.com/Ketchupize as Mona Zavala
    3. Followed @Ketchupize as @monam619

    thanks so much xo

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  18. My favorite soundtrack are tied between:
    The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, the music and sounds played out are just so catchy, thrilling, suspenseful and adorable. Whats not to like? Especially playing a little dude dressed in a tunic with a bunch of awkward facial expressions
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    Sonic Adventure 2 (or any sonic game); Never get bored of their music track, its just so upbeat and awesome, they know how to set the mood in an adventure while running at the speed of sound

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  19. parasite eve has a really nice orchestra theme. i’ve never played it since i don’t do horror but my friend showed me the song before.

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  20. That’s such a tough question! I still love the tunes from Kirby’s Dream Land and The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening, which I played till my fingers were sore when I was a kid.
    At the moment I’m in the middle of Professor Layton and the Undwound Future and I must say I’m quite fond of this soundtrack too. I hope there’ll be a way to play all the tracks like there was in The Diabolical Box! ^_^

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  21. DEFINITELY Sonic Adventure 2 Battle!! I love “City Escape” (who doesn’t?) and just all of the songs :) Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is a really really close second though.

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  22. Amazing! So much creativity!! Hope she goes further with ther talent and design some clothes and and some wonderful t-shirts!
    My favourite videogame soundtrack is Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy 7, the piano collection CD is the simply the best.
    Thanks!
    (my fb name is aline wo)

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  23. 1- I really enjoy the Okami soundtrack. It’s mostly very peaceful, though some of the pieces are darker and more upbeat.
    2- Liked the FB page as Hannah Hardy c:

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  24. My favorite video game theme song would have to be any Kingdom Hearts game
    Liked your facebook page as Ella Hudson
    Followed you on twitter as @gravityofdreams
    Thanks so much for this :)

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  25. Entire album? That’s pretty easy I guess. Chrono Trigger. Almost every single song in that album evokes some awesome memories for me.

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  26. My favorite game soundtrack? Hmm, that’s a good question! I love the Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood soundtrack, but I also love the LoZ: OoT soundtrack. I guess if I really had to pick a favorite, it would probably have to be the Mirror’s Edge soundtrack. :)

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  27. Oh man that’s a hard one! It’s be between Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 soundtracks and Scott Pilgrim video game soundtrack. I listen to them when I’m in different moods but I think I would have to go with Kingdom Hearts soundtrack since there are more tunes to rock out to while I’m poling or walking around campus :)

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  28. Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence. I love spooky stuff and this fits the bill! I love the creepy synths in one track then the faster dance type beats in another.

    P.S. I however can never forget Tony Hawks ProSkater 3. I don’t consider this an original soundtrack for obvious reasons but still to this day when I hear any of the songs on that game, It brings me back to kick flipping, making impossible jumps and landing them, and S-K-A-T-E..

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  29. I need those headphones in my life right now!

    Final Fantasy VII was my favourite game soundtrack of all time – so many memories of my first RPG! Guild Wars 2 actually has a pretty decent sound track too.

    // liked, followed and stalked… I mean watched on dA! //

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  30. Hands down its the chrono cross and chrono trigger soundtracks! I often listen to them while doing homework or when I’m relaxing by myself in the sun
    They’re so beautiful and are also the best JRPGs I’ve ever played, I just think they’re so imaginative and fun with tons of different ways to play and strategy! Wish more RPGs were like them

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  31. If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my entire life, it would be the soundtrack to Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery. That game is poetry.

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  32. Mine would have to be Portal! I love the electronic sound of the music and the eerie mood it sets for the games! The ending songs to both games are catchy and great as well!

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  33. My favourite video game soundtrack is from the Silent Hill series. The music is hauntingly beautiful and evocative. it has a life of its own. When I play it, I am captivated. It feels like another entity has entered the room. It stirs feelings of longing for someone that I have lost, but never known… They are truly some of the best soundtracks created.

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  34. Final Fantasy X – the music turned the game into an epic masterpiece, and each song perfectly evoked the right feelings to match each scene. Even years later I still get chills thinking about how the game ended…

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  35. wow some good choices there!! kingdom hearts and ocarina of time would have to be way up there but can not go past mario!!!!
    A classic that always makes me happy and takes me back to when i was a little kid.

    also another good one, the pokemon games theme song <3

    facebook page liked and now following on twitter!

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  36. My favourite OST has always been and will always be the Main Theme of The Legend Of Zelda series. In my heart since the very first listening. Though the Lost Woods Theme from Ocarina Of Time always comes to mind in melancholic and nostalgic moments. :)

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  37. My favorite video game soundtrack is definitely the Jet Set Radio Future Original Soundtrack. It’s just the right mixture of weird and amazing! I first played the game when I was a child, but even now I can hum some of the songs when I’m out running or relaxing in my room.

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  38. My favourite game soundtrack is either the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary edition album, or Volume 1 of the Portal 2 soundtrack. I love these, I’ll almost definitely buy something in the future (when I have money)!

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  39. Liked and Followed and thew shop has bee hearted! Awesome stuff!

    Um, I’m gonna sound like a total guy here when I say that the Halo soundtrack is my favorite. I even have songs from it on my MP3 player. I also STILL have my original Xbox because it is the clear green Halo edition. I’m absolutely horrible at playing the game though. I’m a PC gamer girl all the way, consoles mess me up so bad.

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  40. My fav vid game soundtracks are from both Portal games, American Mcgee’s Alice, and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines. Maybe I forgot some, lol.

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  41. Favourite game soundtrack…that’s pretty tough but I guess Kingdom Hearts? Oh, and definately Legend of Zelda soundtracks! [any/all] Right now I listen to the limited edition 25th anniversary one I got with my Skyward Sword bundle on repeat :’3

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  42. I don’t know if I can pick a single favorite!
    I absolutely love the music from any/all the Professor Layton games. And right next to it has to be any/all the Legend of Zelda music. Joe Hisaishi is a god~

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