It’s been nearly 5 months since my first theme, Black Aperture was released on ThemeForest. Sales have been fairly consistent even though the frequency at which I have been pushing themes out has dwindled. While I’ve only put out 1 theme since I was initially contracted to development 5 themes, I’ve continued to offer free support and have been releasing updates to my themes on a fairly regular basis. Feedback has been great, and I’m very pleased with this venture overall. Today I reached a huge milestone – 1000 sales, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has purchased a theme from ThemeForest.

For those that might not be familiar with my offerings at ThemeForest, here’s a quick overview of the themes I currently have available…

Update: Monday, October 19th

Contest closed! I’ve selected the 30 winners and emails will be going on shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to the winners!

Free Stuff, Anyone?

I’ve been thinking about marking this occasion in some special way, and the best thing to come to mind, is to give some themes away for free. So, I’m doing just that! This is not a contest, and everyone is eligible. Simply leave a comment letting me know what game you’re most looking forward to this holiday season, or an album that is totally rocking your socks at the moment, and of course whichever theme you would prefer. I will be picking winners at random, and I’m giving away 5 copies of each theme. For those that aren’t so good with math, that’s 30 themes I’m giving away in total. Can I get a fuck yeah?

Please be sure to include the following with your comment…

  1. Your first and last name.
  2. Use an email address I can reach you at.
  3. Which theme would you like?
  4. Which game are you most looking forward to this holiday season, or what album is totally rocking your socks at the moment?

I will be keeping track of the themes I send out for support purposes, which is why I need your name and email address. Winners will have a theme emailed to them at the address used in the comment.


Theme: Spectre

Name: Jonathan Heier


Looking forward to Modern Warfare 2 and listening to the new Rammstein album

Hello Matt

I’d love a copy of Filthy

As for gaming, cannot wait for Forza 3, just glad my 2nd 360 died in time, so I could buy a brand new HDMI version, cannot believe how snappier and responsive it feels, rock on!


I’d like Spectre.

Right now I’ve been living off the 9 gnarly mins of obfuscation by Between The Buried and Me

The new Disc is out soon, it wont leave my headphone for a good month.

Also rocking the classic Boys Night Out albums in preparation for their reunion show on the 24th.

Game I’m most looking forward to? Hmmmm…

Mass Effect 2 forsure.

However, I’m also looking forward to playing catch-up, as winter consumes my "outdoors time," on Fallout 3 DL content, Batman:AA and Dead Space.

Plus, with the recent price-drop on the PS3, I’m super tempted to pick one up when God of War 3 drops!

My two favorite albums, ATM, would be the new Sea Wolf along with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

MB Theme of choice: Varnish (without a doubt)!

It’s very hard to say which games I’m looking forward to the most but the first one I ordered was Brutal Legend to commemorate the return of Tim Schafer and support him.

What up Matt, congrats on all the sales! Very impressive!

So the games I’m most looking forward to playing are Assassin’s Creed 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. I had a blast playing the first Assassin’s Creed and the new one just looks so much more detailed and polished. I must say I’m interested in checking out DJ Hero too, especially after reading your interactions with it.

Thanks for the chance to win one of your theme’s… If I had to choose one, I think I like Black Aperture.

It would have to be Left 4 Dead 2. The first one was such a rush I just didn’t see how they could make it any better, but melee weapons, I mean, come on! It’s just going to be hours of fun, co-op the way only Valve can do it.

Oh, and if possible, I’d like Spectre most of all. Great work on all the themes!

Kory Twaites


I’d like FILTHY please!!!

I’m just looking forward to buying a Wii after finally playing it last weekend for the first time.

Hey matt

i’m a huge fan of you’re work already bought 2 themes from you 🙂

i would like to have "Wave"

and at this moment i am looking forward to Forza Motorpsport 3 for Xbox360 😉

also champions online MMORPG for 360 is an game i am looking at!

anyway my email is in the email section 😉

Hey Matt,

That’s a pretty sweet thing for you to do! I bought Varnish and its the best theme I have ever used hands down. The game I am most looking forward to is DJ Hero for sure and I don’t have to wait too much longer to get my hands on it! As for the theme… hmm.. I’d say Imperial or Filthy.

Which theme would you like?


Which game are you most looking forward to this holiday season, or what album is totally rocking your socks at the moment?

L4D2. Little disappointed in having to pay so much for it instead of being DLC, but had such a good time with L4D, I’ll get it anyway.

Awesome giveaway!

Adam Hare


Set Your Goals – This will be the death of us!


I really need a new personal blog site hahah.


I would love a copy of Filthy.

I’m having some serious old school gaming nights at the moment. Diablo 2, Serious Sam Second Encounter (eagerly awaiting the First Encounter in HD coming to XBLA sometime). Team Fortress 2 and the Half-Life 2 Synergy mod over Steam to allow for co-op throughout the Half Life 2 story.

I am eagerly awaiting Serious Sam HD, the HD remake of the First Encounter. I’ve been a lifelong Serious Sam fan and this will hold me over until Serious Sam 3 comes out (sometime before the end of time!)

I’m also awaiting Diablo 3 (see a theme here?) Also Borderlands as it looks to have a great co-op experience. And of course, Call of Duty. I want to see how Infinity Ward is going to up the ante on this already amazing series.

I’ve always loved your work, especially your grunge style. Keep up the great work and game reviews. Always interesting, always helpful.

Love your style man!

I can’t wait to get me grubby little hands on Call Of Duty – Modern Warfare 2 this holiday season.

All the best.

Congrats Matt!

1. Todd Austin

2. todd at

3. Wave – cause it’s pretty awesome.

4. I’ve been rocking the new Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam albums. They are both pretty rockin’ and take me back to the early 90’s grunge days. I’m also looking forward to CODMW2, the first was way too much fun, and I still play it often.

Hi Matt,

I’m not really interested in winning a theme (as I won’t be using it anyway, so better give it to someone who really wants it), but I’d like to use the occasion to congratulate you for all the great stuff you’ve created and of course for your 1000-sales-milestone. i’ve been a great admirer of your work for over 2 years now. I like the stuff you show and release to the public. I read about your recent shutdown of the support forums due to too many theme-piracy. I think it’s sad this had to happen, definitely because 30$ isn’t all that much for the product you deliver and the support you were willing to provide. Too bad, man.

Good luck with your future projects. Keep up the good stuff.

Take care,


Congratulations on reaching 1000.

I"m looking forward to Left 4 Dead 2. Can’t wait for the chain saw!

I’d like Filthy.

I’d love Black Aperture… I’m looking forward to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and i’m totally loving Reel Big Fish’s Fame, Fortune and Fornication album.

I would love Varnish on my personal blog.

The game I´m waiting for are Assasins Creed 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Have a nice one Matt

First of all, "FUCK YEAH!" and congrats on hitting the 1000 sales mark! I currently own Black Aperture and LOVE it.

1. Seeson Mahathavorn

2. seeson [at] gmail [dot] com

3. Spectre (for my own personal blog & portfolio)

4. The games I am looking forward to this Holiday are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and The Saboteur. All of my other games got pushed back to next year. 🙁

Congrats on the sales, Matt! Out of all the themes, the one I like most is Wave and I would love to get a copy!

As for games, there are quite a few, but I will say I’m really looking forward to Diablo 3, whenever that’s gonna come out! I remember all those "lost" nights of playing Diablo 1 in high school and Diablo 2 in college. Those were the days! 😉

Oi Matt! Congratulations on your 1000-sales-milestone. As Ronny, I’m an admirer of your work and the way you use social media (blogs, twitter etc) to market you and your own company. As I’m writing my pre-master thesis on business-to-business branding and social media, it really is interesting to see how people uses their name and the web in innovative ways to promote themselves. The album currently rocking my world is Sonata Arctica – The Days of Grays. If you’re into Finnish melodic power metal, you should really check it out. If you’re not – you might be surprised! 🙂

As for the theme – I’d love to have the Varnish.

Regards from Norway,


Once again, Matt, I’m super-stoked for you, dude! When you decided to get another income stream going, I was like "YES, finally he is taking the step!"

Right now, I’m pumpin’ " Get Rich or Die Tryin’ "!

I’ll take Varnish.

(and btw – it seems like there’s a bug in the design. The submit button is both graphical and text. The on-hover effect works on both the graphical button and the styled form button – it seems its styled to transparency with only the text showing. I’m using Opera 10/Win Vista)

Modern Warfare 2 is the game I’m looking forward to most now, was looking forward to Fifa and OF2 and both have impressed me now they’re out.

As for the theme I’d like most, I’d say Filthy.

Gratz on the 1k sales btw.

Hey there Matt!

Congrats on the continued success!

I’m really liking the look of Filthy right now!

As for an album, I would suggest the album Islands Disappear by Said the Whale, indie/alt band from Vancouver – some pretty awesome tracks!


Which theme would you like?


Which game are you most looking forward to this holiday season, or what album is totally rocking your socks at the moment?

Modern Warfare 2

Congrats on 1,000!

1. Aaron Wade

2. aaron[at]fistfight[dot]me

3. Filthy – such an amazing theme. I would most certainly use it for my blog 🙂

4. Currently all about L4D2, currently all about the new Converge!

Hey Matt,

Congrats on all the sales, that totally kicks ass! I would have to say I would love a copy of Varnish, love the look of that theme. I have always wanted to start a site and what more could I ask for than a kick ass design to get me going.

The game I was most looking forward to is already here…Uncharted 2! Absolutely love it, that game has completely blown me away. And I have to admit that I am intrigued by DJ Hero, but I’m not sure how much more room I have for accessories in my basement.

Awesome site, keep up the great work!

Man, a thousand theme sales is just insane. Major props!

I would love a copy of Spectre and I, like many others, am looking forward to Modern Warfare 2 this holiday season.

Hey Matt,

Good on you for doing this. I purchased a copy of Black Aperture when it was first released, not really to use or anything, but just to get a view into how you develop WordPress themes, and how you work with the system.

I must say grabbing this theme has helped me learn a lot about how to develop WP themes. If you pick me, I would greatly appreciate a copy of either Filthy or Imperial.

The game I am most looking forward to this holiday season is of course Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This game just looks amazing from what I have seen and heard of it so far.

Here is a list of albums I’ve been rocking to for the last few weeks that you might enjoy. A couple I know you have already heard, but I figure I’d post them here for others to see as well.

Here they are in no particular order:

The Swellers – Ups and Downsizing

Strung Out – Agents of the Underground

Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

The Used – Artwork

Every Time I Die – The New Junk Aesthetic

Moneen – The World I Want to Leave Behind

Baroness – Blue Record

Converge – Axe to Fall

Hope all is well, and congrats on reaching 1000 sales!


1000 – what a number… congrats Matt!!

Theme: Spectre

Game: FIFA10 (yes i know its out for a while… 😉 )

Email contact above.

Hi Matt,

I’m getting the hang of WordPress myself, and I’d love to get Black Aperture or Spectre, but really: any theme will do because they are all awesome!

As for gaming: I’m pretty big into Batman: Arkham Asylum on the 360 right now. Somehow I totally missed that game before it came out. I picked it up after I read your review, and I didn’t regret it. Awesome game!

Looking forward to a lot of games this winter, but I think Mass Effect 2 is on the top of the list. I’d also like to get my hands on Dragon Age: Origins and Splinter Cell: Conviction.

I’m currently listening to the new Rammstein album, which is good if you like all of their previous stuff. I’m also digging the latest Dredg record a lot. It’s been out for a while, but it’s always good to listen to that band.

Anyway, congratz on all your sales! 🙂

Hey Matt;

I’m proud to have contributed to that number by purchasing Spectre a while ago, and I love it. Some day I’ll get around to tweaking it a bit and using it for my personal site, but for now I’m enjoying exploring the nooks and crannies of how it was built.

Theme: Varnish

Game: Uncharted 2 Drake’s Fortune

Album (I know you said OR, but I’m digging this) Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue. I wasn’t expecting a whole ton from it, but I’m surprised by how much of Alice in Chains Jerry Cantrell represents. You throw a bunch of minor chords all over the place and what you end up with is Alice in Chains! Who knew?

Congrats for the 1,000 sales, you have done an amazing job.

Brand New Eyes from Paramore has been on my iPod since it was released, that means something.

I am really looking forward to Modern Warfare 2, I just can’t wait for it

Filthy is the best for me

Hi Matt.

1. Justin Harkey


3. I’d like varnish please.

4. Funeral by Arcade Fire is currently rocking my socks. I got it for Wake Up because of the Where The Wild Things Are trailer (which I’m also hoping will rock my socks) and the whole album is great.

Congrats on the 1k sales dude! awsome themes.

Im realy looking foward to play dragon age: origins!

Varnish theme looks pretty nice, hope i get picked!

Hey Matt! Congrats on reaching 1000. That’s awesome.

Here we go:

Name: David Becerra
Theme: Black Aperture
Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Thanks man! Hope you’re having an awesome Friday.
Now, back to uncharted 2 😀

1. Ryan Umfress
3. Filthy
4. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, it kind of showed up out of no where. The videos on it have been amazing.

Wow nice, wish I had 1000 sales. 😛

I’m waiting for Forza 3 and I Am Alive, they both look brilliant. Although there isn’t much info about I Am Alive but i’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic type games, haha.

And i’d like Filthy just because it reminds me of the post-apocalyptic style. 😀

Hey Matt,

Congrats and thanks..I hope i’ll have another theme of yours beside Wave..

1. Bilal Gümü?
3. I wanted to make an arcade game or game review site but im not sure which one until i see the Black Aperture theme..So BA is my choice..
4. I liked the Painkiller and in about two weeks Painkiller: Resurrection will release so i’ll probably buy the Painkiller: Resurrection Package which includes Black Edition, Overdose and Resurrection for a fair price from Steam..

Good luck for 2000 🙂


Just came across your themes today and you’ve rocked my world. Congratulations (as it’s well deserved for your excellent design work).

I’m a pro voice actor (do a lot of video game work), and I’m totally revamping my site (which I haven’t touched in years), adding a blog and stuff, and Filthy (black) looks delicious. I’d LOVE to use it for my VO blog!

Here’s the 411 you’ve requested:

1. Marc Biagi
2. voice (at) marcbiagi (dot) com
3. Filthy – Black
4. The game — TORCHLIGHT, because I’m the kickass steampunk Alchemist Avatar in it. But, there are a lot of other things I’m looking forward to as well including GHOST PIRATES OF VOOJU ISLAND (which I also did some supporting VO work in with some memorable NPCs), and more (some of which I can’t mention as of yet).

Continued success in all your endeavors.


2) I’m really looking forward to the game "Saboteur"

4) I like all of your themes, but Filthy is my favorite!

1. Odin Dutton

2. odindutton gmail

3. I’d love Varnish!

4. The Album rocking my socks at the moments is australian hip hop artist Urthboy’s Spitshine!

Cheers Matt!

Wow, it’s hard to decide on the game I"m looking most forward to. It has to be close between Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. After much deliberations using the ‘eenie menie miney mo’ system, I have been prompted to choose Left 4 Dead 2… and because, of course, there are zombies.

If I am so lucky, I’d love a copy of Varnish. 🙂

I have to say that a 1000 sales is crazy! I remember you mentioning when the first one was going onto Theme Forest. Congratulations! I hope it continues to rise for you!

Have a great weekend!

Name: Brian Young
Theme Desired: Wave
Game: Well as it just came out and I’m loving it, Uncharted 2. From this point on Modern Warfare 2 is the one I’m looking forward to the most.

Congrats Matt.

Broadway Calls – Good Views, Bad News is currently rocking my socks off.

That there Varnish theme looks perty cool. 😉

Good working on hitting the big 1000!

Name is Chris Chrisostomou.

Forza 3 should finally retire my PGR4 to the back of the cupboard, Modern Warfare 2 will most likely be amazing and Left 4 Dead 2 I imagine will suck up all my free time for the 3 months after its released.

Good few months of gaming ahead!

If I’m 1 of the lucky 30 I’ll take Black Aperture. Been meaning to start a gaming blog for a while now.

Eff yeah.

I would go with the "Imperial" theme. Big fan of that one…

And if you’re looking for an awesome album, the new "Monsters of Folk" album is great.

Congratulations on reaching 1000 sales!

Name: Carlos Mendoza

Theme: Imperial

Game: Waiting for Assassins Creed 2

1. Benjamin Alijagi?


3. Filthy

4. Can’t wait for some multiplayer pwnage in Modern Warfare 2 🙂

Congratz Matt.

1. Jordan Miller


3. Spectre

4. Right now I’m looking forward to Modern Warfare II, I’m a big online player. Also, I’m rockin’ out to Atreyu – Lead Sails Paper Anchor.


Hi Matt,

Im not much of a gamer nor do i use wordpress much so i dont need the free theme, but just wanted to congratulate you on the 1000 sales milestone. Its quite an achievement – but not really surprising since your themes are amongst the best out there. Well done!

I also like what you’ve done with this giveaway to "give back" to your supporters. All the best!

Theme: Spectre

Name: Suleiman Leadbitter

Was only really looking forward to Halo ODST, now looking forward to Halo: Reach for next year 🙂

Although your talking about Uncharted 2 has perked up my interest in that and a PS3 now 😛

Also congrats on the 1000 dude. Must have stroked your ego good and proper. I guess you’re locals are like ‘Why is Matt strutting instead of walking’ – We know though, we know 😛

David Malmborg Here!

You really have made this a hard decision, I am totally diggin’ your work. Sign me up for Varnish if I am so lucky.

Not so much into video games, but I am liking the Flobots right now as we speak, Fight with Tools is good, but I also love the first Platypus Album as well.

Hey Matt! Been a long time…
Name: Jeremy Yule
theme: varnish
album: right now it’s teenage bottlerocket "total"

Fuck yea!

Name: Dan Edmonds
Wordpresstheme I’d like: Imperial

I’m really looking forward to Forza 3 this holiday season! Already reserved and paid off! 12 days and counting! Wooooo!

Hi Matt here are my answers:

1. Hung Tran

2. in the blog field

3. spectre and wave

4. Which game are you most looking forward to this holiday season, or what album is totally rocking your socks at the moment?

Dragon age

white noise

What a fantastic way to celebrate, well done on reaching 1000 sales, that’s a huge achievement and I’m sure it’s only the start 🙂

I’m looking forward to Bad Company 2, it’s going to be the most insane game we’ve seen yet. Watching the ingame video footage on Youtube is something everyone must do!

Should I be lucky enough to win this competition, I’d love a copy of Varnish 🙂

The game I am looking forward to is modern warfare 2. So much so that I pre orderd the Prestige Edition.

I already paid for a copy of your theme Spectre but I think the theme Filthy just looks dam good.

1. Brandon Hunter
3. Imperial
4. I am most looking forward to Assassin’s Creed 2. I love Renaissance Italy.

Congratulations on hitting the 1,000 sales mark! You can reach me at: roymojo [at] gmail [dot] com; I would love the Black Aperture Theme and i’m currently rocking out to "the ride".

Hey Matt! First of all, congratulations to you 🙂

I am looking forward to PES2010 right now, although it’s coming out already next week.

I’d love to get your Varnish – theme …


I really like your "Filthy" Theme.

So, because most wanted games like Mafia 2 and Max Payne 3 will not be released this year, I’m most looking forward to Assassin’s Creed 2.

Hi Congratulations Matt!

You are my inspiration when it comes to wordpress web designing and all of your themes are superb! Kudos to you for the 1000th sale.

Name: Donalyza Agaton
Theme : Varnish *very nice theme as a replacement for my blog. 😉
Album: Paramore – Brand New Eyes *the band totally rock!

Congrats Matt on the 1000th mark!

I’m really liking the Filthy Theme.

And the game I’m looking forward to this holiday season would be Modern Warfare 2.

Nice work reaching 1000!

Theme: Spectre

Name: Matt Daly


Can’t wait for Forza 3 and Modern Warfare 2.


First, congratulations on your awesome 1000-sales. The game i’m most looking forward to is StarCraft 2 with Blizzard.

As for the theme , I’d love to have the “Filthy”. It’s absolutely one of the greatest themes i have ever seen in the WordPress world.

Thanks for your generous giveaway.

YO! congrats on the milestone.

I am stoked for Modern Warfare 2! Kinda also wanna see what will happen with assassins creed 2. Oh and Bioshock 2 ofcourse, sick!

Theme: Filthy – looks badass!
Album: Scary Kids Scaring Kids – any album rocks my socks

I just recently redesigned my blog, which I’m quite happy with. But it would be nice to share one of your themes with my readers, give one away myself on my blog. Don’t know if that’s ok with you but if it is, then count me in.

And, I have to say that I’ve always enjoyed and admired your stuff. You’re style is inspiring to me so I truly mean it when I say that I’m happy for you and the success you’ve given yourself, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds… Congratulations!

That’s awesome! Here’s to another 1000 sales – even quicker this time around.

If I could beg, plead, & steal, I’d be down with Imperial. And gamewise, I’m waiting with baited breath for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – true it’s not really a holiday release, but I’m think November is close enough.

I Love the Varnish theme – great design
The Metric-Fantasies album is rocking for me right now

Keep up the great work Matt

1. Jay Chanthalangsy
2. Imperial Theme
4. Jay-Z Blueprint 3….way sick

I would use your theme to launch my website (I distribute nightlife event info in the SF Bay area) and hopefully we could collaborate and bounce ideas off each other. I look forward to our communication and I love your work. Keep up the good work and congrats on all your success.

1. Bakhtier Tukhtaev
3. Varnish – great theme and i would love to make it my main theme
4. Mark Knopfler – Get Lucky

Good luck to everyone. Rocking giveaway!!!!!

I’d love me a Spectre 😉

I’m having a tough time deciding about the game. On one hand Modern Warfare 2 looks like a great single and multiplayer experience, but on the other hand – there is Left 4 Dead 2 around the corner and I’ve had a blast kicking zombies in the face in coop.

So I’d say… Left 4 Dead 2

Theme: Imperial

Starcraft 2 is definitely on my must have list, tho it likely won’t make the holiday season. Modern Warfare is shaping up to be pretty awesome as well.

Congrats on all of your success Matt. Keep it up!

1. Keith Solomon
3. Filthy
4. I’ve been swapping time between the new Alice In Chains album and Dead By Sunrise (solo project by Chester from Linkin Park)…both are quite excellent, but I think DbS is the better of the two.

Hello Matt,

I’d love to have a copy of Varnish theme. Just saw it in themeforest and i love it a lot.

I’m looking forward to play Mass Effect 2 and i’ve been so crazy about Paramore’s new album, Brand New Eyes. It really rocks!

I love your themes! I’m really looking forward to Starcraft 2, (I hope it’s out this holiday season.) Dragon Age by Bioware also looks really fun. For the give away I’d love to win the Imperial theme. Thanks a lot!

Huge thanks to everyone for entering! I’ve chosen the winners and am sending out the themes momentarily.

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