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25 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Girly contest

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Threadless is looking for designs specifically for the ladies with their new Girly contest. Since there tends to be more emphasis on masculine-skewing designs with most releases, it’s always nice to see a concerted effort to remind people of the other possibilities. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Take a minute to think about all the women in your life. Of course, if you are a woman, think about yourself, too. What would be the perfect tee design for your favorite females?

Your challenge is to submit a design for a girly-style tee.

Do you know a pop culture lovin’ gal, or a lady who loves all things nature? Is she into books? Fantasy? Math jokes? Get inspired by her favorite things and put it all on the page.

Enter before August 13th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $250 Moleskin prize pack.

24 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #366: 10K Round IV: Specialty Ink

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Shirt.Woot‘s 10K Cup is in it’s final round with this week’s Specialty Ink derby. In addition to being a shot at winning 10K, this contest is a great opportunity to play with some types of ink that aren’t always available for prints: Metallic Ink and Glow in the Dark ink. Here’s what Woot is looking for:

The $10k Cup CONTINUES! You know how you’re always like, “I wish I could do a design using one of those fancy specialty inks?” And then we’re always like, “How’d you get past security?” This is your lucky week! We’re looking for designs that feature EITHER glow-in-the-dark OR metallic ink! Show us somethin’ real purdy!

Glow or metallic ink are allowed and required (one or the other, not both). Check out previous metallicand glow derbies for guidelines.

No crème tees.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

23 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Russian Roulette and more this week

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Russian Roulette by JIMDAHOUSECAT and John Tibbott (JIMDAHOUSECAT) is the design that most caught my eye at Threadless this week. Bold simplicity always stands out, and this piece is a great example. I like that it takes a minute to get the gist- for me there was a pause before I understood I was seeing a gun barrel, and then another beat before I picked up that Matryoshka = Russian and there was a pun in the mix. The design’s major asset, though, is that it’s still an attractive shirt (albeit very offbeat!) even if you’re not connecting the joke together. Simple shapes and geometry, especially with that soft distressing, always make for a strong shirt.

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The Key of the Mountain by Florent Bodart (speakerine) uses the prongs of a key to simulate a mountain range, a natural fit but an illusion that’s been done so often that it’s lost a bit of its freshness. It’s executed well here, particularly in the way the entire outline of the key maintains some roughness, the realistic spread of stars, and the shooting star to draw the eye in, but even so I find it hard to get too excited about it. Still, it’s certainly a sophisticated piece, and I appreciate the effort in making the keyhole into a moon with some thin clouds (though it might have been more effective to make the clouds more rounded and less like lines).

Cannibalism by Ben King (Kinger001) introduces a bear with gummi bears, with predictable results. The bear is alive with grey, shaggy realism, fur so rough and plentiful that you kind of want to reach out and pet him. In contrast, the gummies are bright, fun and plentiful. A detail I love is that they’re all piled up, so you can almost imagine them pushing their candy brethren higher in hopes that in exchange for the sacrifice, those lower bears might be let off the hook. Of course, the grizzly’s mouth is already visibly packed with vibrant treats and he shows no sign of slowing, so their gambit is probably for naught…

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New Space Found by Bogie Budiyanto (bogielicious) won the Tattoo Art Challenge, and I love to see something like this win because it’s so counter to what my expectations were. I was really expecting to see black and grey, banners, ladies with daggers, maybe even an anchor or two- something inspired by old school tattoo design. So the bright colors and zany style here was a lovely surprise, especially since it still clearly reads as tattoo-influenced. With all these crazy colors, this artwork feels joyful to look at! I want to live in a world where astronauts ride tigers and dragons across the universe, and I never knew it until I saw this shirt.

The Magic Eraser by Rocco Rabar (Herculoid) flips expectations in a really clever way. Usually when a design features an eraser, it means that you’re about to see part of the drawing be erased. But here, the drawing itself it wielding the eraser, literally creating space for itself by rubbing out the shirt that surrounds it. And of course, who but a wizard could come up with and execute a plan so bold? It’s smart work, especially since the pencil stands in so well for either a staff or a wand. That said, I think the erasing at the bottom of the piece feels a little too fake in the way the wizard’s robes are visible through the grey shirt color. More realistic erasing there could have improved the shirt a notch better.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

22 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Style Honorable Mentions

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Shirt.Woot’s Style Honorable Mentions collect the staff’s favorite entries in the recent derby, where artists had to use either Van Gogh, crosshatch or watercolor style. Each style got some representation in the HMs, but here’s what stood out to me:

Best of the Bunch: Turtle Reef uses watercolor style to create a bright, summery shirt.

Biggest Missed Opportunity: I’m shocked that the vibrant colors and fun vibe of Deep Impressions 2 didn’t merit a print!

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

21 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Black Tree

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Black Tree by Fil Gouvea is a neat one color nature design, showing a family of bears taking shelter under a large tree. Just as the bears crowd around its trunk, we also see birds soaring alongside its branches, indicating nicely that this tree is a major hub for all kinds of animals. But there’s a third animal in the mix, a monkey hanging from the tree, and for me this is where the design starts to fall apart a bit. The monkey reads like a cartoon, in serious opposition to the realism of the rest of the design. And it’s really too bad, because the interaction between the monkey and the bear is such a focal point, and if it was really nailed it would have elevated the design. But as it stands, he’s just too thin and solidly dark (rather than using highlights as the bears do) to feel integrated. Another weak moment is the sharp, angular way the ground is treated- something less harsh would fade into the background more and let the tree and bears claim more of the attention. Even with those problems, though, I think there’s a lot of merit here. It’s rare to see a realistically drawn nature scene that incorporates some humor, and that’s very refreshing.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

20 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Guardians of the Galaxy contest

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WeLoveFine‘s relationship with Marvel gets even stronger with the debut of their new Guardians of the Galaxy design contest. Get ready to draw some trees and raccoons!

Enter before September 16th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash (which could rise as high as $2000 based on voting). Five Guest Judge’s Picks will each receive $400 cash. One Think Geek Pick will get $300 and their design will be sold exclusively at ThinkGeek.com. Additionally, one Honorable Mention will earn $150 cash.

19 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Text Honorable Mentions

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Shirt.Woot selected some great pieces for their Text Honorable Mentions plus sale, including a couple that are surprisingly artistic considering the theme. Here’s a look at two favorites:

Best of the Bunch: Caffeine – Let’s Do This! has the perfect expression to get your day started right.

Nicest Surprise: RGB-CMYK is a beautiful piece of art- I’m both surprised to see it in a text derby, and surprised that it scored well enough that it missed 3rd place by only 3 votes. So close!

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