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28 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Programmed to Love

Programmed to Love by Camila Matos positions its robotic hero as the ultimate bad boy, who has women swooning over his cool walk (crushing humans beneath his feet, of course) and the heat of his laser-vision gaze. But as the main portrait of him grasping a flower in his claw hand shows, he’s also sensitive! Probably. It’s a silly, fun-loving concept that I think a lot of robot fans will appreciate, and I like the way the mechanical, cold nature of the robot is highlighted in his huge, blank eyes and sharp, chunky build. I think the design feels very relevant right now because popular shows (like Westworld and Humans) are currently tackling the idea of robots with emotions, and seeing the same theme explored (even satirically) with a really clunky, metal creature instead of the attractive actors and actresses we’re used to feels even more ridiculous.

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

27 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: STFU and more new this week

STFU by Ian Byers (ibyes) is my favorite Threadless shirt of the week, and just might be the greatest librarian-themed shirt of all time. I love the way the text begins with the traditional “Ssshhh” and then continues on with the rest of the phrase, tucking it behind the librarian character to slightly camouflage the profanity (much in the same way the Ssshhh abbreviation would, if the shirt’s contention was accurate). A lot of pop culture representations of librarians hinge on the idea that they’re repressing a wild side with their very prim, buttoned-up personas, and I like the way this shirt takes that trope and decides that, nope, what you see is what you get- if anything, they’re even madder about your noise breaking the silence than you suspected. It’s good stuff, and I think most readers can relate to it.

New Follower by Vo Maria (vo maria) gives the idea of being stalked by death new legs by introducing a social media twist- this grim reaper is following you on Facebook. I think the goofiness of the character is what makes this work, giving the fellow a sideways tilt to his head as he uses his bony hands to form a heart shape. It creates the feeling that death is a big fan of yours and just wants to hang out more, which is kind of a sweet take on the subject. The minimal color scheme is very effective in focusing your eyes on only the most important information, especially that orange notification.

Mr. Green by Bill Mund (Billmund) imports marijuana into the world of the Little Miss and Mister Men books, which is surprisingly fitting. I think it works because, like the originals, this gives the character a simple, bold shape and, also like many of the originals, it forms a cartoon persona based on something often perceived as a bad habit. I could easily see this guy existing alongside Mr. Messy and Little Miss Trouble, you know? Plus, the juxtaposition of something meant for children and something meant for adults helps to amplify the humor (as does the playful name of the book’s author).

Weed by Mauro Gatti (maurogatti) makes its titular character feel like a mascot backed by marquee letters and colorful lighting effects. It’s a very heroic sort of presentation, like a rock star might get. And by flashing a peace sign paired with half-closed eyes, this guy definitely embodies that same sort of laid back, confident cool. I like the style so much that it makes me wish I was more fond of the subject matter (why couldn’t it be about pizza?), but others in the same boat might want to check out the artist’s store for more in the same vein. This is fun, though, and I think it’s prospective audience will appreciate it.

Nugs by Valeriya Volkova (valtastic) is definitely the most sophisticated of this batch of weed-themed tees. With its high level of detail and use of only one ink color, it feels like the kind of nature study you might see in an old book about plants. Each of the chunks has a bit of a different flair to it, with differing leaf sizes, arrangements, and light/dark balances. It’s great art, but in my opinion the solidly rectangular shape of the design makes it a bit of a let down as a shirt print. I wish the nugs had been shaped into a circle, or maybe repeated to form a larger all-over pattern. To me, the shape of this design makes the illustration appear less interesting and dynamic than it actually is, and I worry that not all viewers will take the time to take a closer look.

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).

26 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Superstitions derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot threw caution to the wind with their Superstitions derby, darting past black cats, ducking under ladders and breaking mirrors. Here are two current underdog entries that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Unhealthy Skepticism by anemality puts a snail in mortal danger, but keeps things lighthearted with a glowing, cartoon style.

Make Your Own Luck by BlairJCampbell has a bold, two color look that really suits the brashness of its superstition-defying black cat protagonist.

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.

25 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Schadenfreude collection

Shirt.Woot had fun at the expense of others with their Schadenfreude plus sale. As you’d expect given the theme, there’s a ton of humor among the prints. Here’s what made me laugh…

Best of the Bunch: Clumsy folks should find Accident-prone Merit Badge by jrayslater easy to relate to, and the smooth geometric lines make it a treat for the eyes as well.

Nicest Surprise: You don’t see an alpaca on a shirt very often, but Walmazan’s 100% Alpaca Wool remedies that in a very cute way.

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

24 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Speed design contest

Think fast! Threadless‘s latest themed design competition is all about Speed. Here’s what they’re looking for…

For this challenge, we want you to feel the need. The need…for speed. Move us with movement by creating a design that fully captures the look of motion. Design an all over pattern with blurred edges that make it look like whoever’s wearing it is speeding by. Draw a stylized version of the tortoise and the hare’s infamous race. Channel your inner Isaac Newton by forever freezing two objects or characters in motion in a piece of art. Let your imagination run wild (and fast)!

This contest opens to entries on April 28th, 2017 and ends on May 12th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

23 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Life on Mars

Life on Mars by Ludwick shows the fun, footloose side of outer space. While a lot of sci-fi shirts are about precision of line and exotic landscapes, I like that this goes in a totally different direction. By sticking with a more doodled look, there’s a quickness to the art and a fluidness to the creatures- you could imagine these aliens oozing instead of walking, just a huge mass of liquidy drips that act as tentacles. And while many shirts use a black fabric to communicate the darkness of space, the artist finds a novel solution to that problem by using a heavy black ink background for its lettering. That choice means the design still feels firmly in space, but the art gets to live on a lively green canvas. Another aspect I appreciate is the way that although the title is Life on Mars, what we actually see isn’t life on another planet, it’s aliens flying their craft among many different planets. I like the idea that even on Mars, exploring aliens can’t wait to see what else is out there in the universe.

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

22 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #601: Space Wars

Shirt.Woot sets their eyes on a galaxy far, far away with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #601: Space Wars

“Breathe. Just… breathe. Now reach out. What do you see?” We see a bunch of really awesome Star Wars-themed parody designs being submitted in the week leading up to May 4th. That’s what we see. Just remember, cream tees and unlicensed artwork is the path to the dark side.   ?

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.