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22 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Taco Belle and more new this week

Taco Belle by Cheyanne (salmondesign) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a fun piece of punning, comparing the restaurant name Taco Bell to the Disney princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast. What makes this especially fun is the way it takes a character from the immaculate, magical world of fairy tales and puts her in the context of something mundane, messy, and although delicious very far removed from the riches of castle living. It makes magic of something we all love about everyday life. That’s a lot of fun, and I’m sure this sings especially strongly for those who share an affection for both the food and all things Disney.

Open Space by Cody Weiler (csweiler) left a slightly odd first impression on me, and one that I’m fairly certain wasn’t intended. Since I initially saw this design as a small thumbnail the shape is what jumped out first, and to me the shape of the art (with its rectangular shape and curved top) looked a lot like a gravestone. So when I clicked in for a closer look and saw the staircase steps rising on the left, I thought I might be looking at a Stairway to Heaven riff. The thing is, the rest of the elements (the silhouetted observer staring up at the sky and the extremely star-studded vista) don’t necessarily back up that theory. So I think the intention may have been to simply create an attractive, interesting scene with some geometric elements, it’s just that the specific elements used for framing led me a bit down the wrong path. And none of that is a knock against the design, although it may be a bit awkward for some to wear a design that appears at first to hold a message… only to ultimately come up more empty than expected.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

21 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: GONE collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: GONE plus sale contains artists’ tributes to all kinds of things that are no more, from departed pop culture characters and shows to memorials of eaten food and even to things that are just plain missing. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: I’m Empty Inside by Patrickspens is a smart take on ghosts, just in time for Halloween.

Nicest Surprise: Gone Upside Down by oneshoeoff is a catchy Stranger Things parody, and has been a favorite of mine since voting.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design Caffeine Not Found imagines lack of coffee as a computer error message, while A Missing Link puts the Zelda hero on the side of a milk carton.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

20 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Athletic MoTEEvation derby voting highlights

Exercise and other forms of physical exertion grabbed the spotlight in Shirt.Woot‘s sporty Athletic MoTEEvation derby. But of course, there’s also a fair bit of parody and tributes to laziness in the mix, so even those who avoid the gym should be able to find something to enjoy. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Exercise Rocks by ApeLad is a brilliant gag, poking fun at how super-buff comic characters made of stone must have gotten that way.

Work! by helgram immediately caught my eye with the freshness of its color palette, and each character (especially the bossy coach masquerading as an exclamation mark) was a delight to discover.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

19 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

RedBubble’s #CreateArtHistory challenge

Redbubble has teamed up with State Library Victoria for their new #CreateArtHistory challenge. In this contest, artists are asked to create pieces on one of three themes: Magic, Weird & Wonderful Creatures, and Botanicals. State Library Victoria provides an inspiration packet for each theme, and designers are allowed to use these sources to manipulate or remix however they wish.

Enter before October 29th, 2017 for your chance to win. 1st place will win $2500 AUD cash, 2nd place receives $1000 AUD, and 3rd place will get $500 AUD. Additionally, winning designs will be displayed at State Library Victoria, added to their permanent collection, and sold at the Library in Reading’s Bookshop.

18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Tabac

Tabac by Anouk Ricard is another addition of weird cartooning to Monsieur Poulet’s catalog. What I like about this one is how clearly the personalities and emotions are expressed. The horse is perfectly cocky and hatable, sporting obnoxiously high-waisted jeans, casual posture, a messy mane and the cold, dead eyes of a dude who does not care one bit what you think. Meanwhile, the poor mustached dog is definitely suffering for his small stature and more passive persona, doomed to collect ash on his head until someone notices him. His eyes looked squeezed shut in silent fury, while a few specks of ash fly off as though he’s shaking with anger. We’ve all felt like that little dog sometimes… and most have envied the casual selfishness of characters like the horse, too, so it’s a very relatable piece.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

17 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Powerful Slogans design contest

Wordplay is the name of the game in Threadless‘s new Powerful Slogans design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Pop quiz! What do “Because You’re Worth It”, “Got Milk?”, and “Change We Can Believe In” all have in common? They’re all famous slogans you no-doubt have embedded in your brains! A powerful slogan can make a brand name stick in our minds forever or even define a movement.

For this challenge we want you to create one of your own that the world will never forget! Come up with a slogan that’s super inspiring, moving, or even something hilarious self-deprecating

Don’t be afraid to “Make Great Together” combining wordsmith skills with hand-lettering inventiveness. Get out there and Just Do It.

This contest opens to entries on September 22nd, 2017 and ends on October 6th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/22/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

16 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #622: HalloWEARn Shirts

Hope you’re feeling spooky, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #622: HalloWEARn Shirts

Spooks and spirits and tricky treats; monsters and munchkins out prowling the streets!
Ghoulies and ghosties, all glowing green; here comes the derby for HALLOWEEN!
NOTE: Purple, Orange, and Glow In the Dark shirts are cool. But cream tees are NEVER cool. ?

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.