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25 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Landscapes design contest

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Threadless is looking to nature with their new Landscapes design contest. Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

You know what’s pretty amazing? The whole world.

Mountains, oceans, trees, waterfalls, deserts, the whole shebang. Sometimes we forget it’s out there, but when we stop for a minute to look up it can be pretty dang breathtaking.

Your challenge is to submit a tee inspired by the beautiful landscapes that surround us.

Go on a picnic or a camping trip. Take notes from beautiful photography, or read a book about nature. Maybe even consider an impossible landscape that defies the laws of nature. Design a tee that reminds us how awesome nature can be.

Alrighty then, take a hike.

Enter before November 13th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2500 cash and… $500 cash? (Might be a typo indicating $500 of Threadless store credit).

24 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Retro Technology and more new this week

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Retro Technology by Ralph Cifra (rtcifra) is my favorite design this week, in large part because that lovely color palette drew me right in. I love the bright, candy tones and how smooth they look in these simplified geometric configurations. I especially like the look on that walkman, which almost seems to be smiling. Overall, there are a lot of smart choices made in the gadgets pictured- it’s a mix of toys and useful objects, which ensures that the collection includes stuff most people have spent a lot of time with, and some that they’ll even have a strong emotional attachment to. The one decision that doesn’t make sense to me is having two cellphones (and on top of that, they’re right next to each other). But that’s a fairly small gripe, given the high level of excellence in the rest of the piece.

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Fat Unicorn on a Rainbow Jetpack by radiomode (radiomode) reminds me a bit of another Fat Unicorn, like maybe this design is what happens after he’s done eating that rainbow. What I like about the unicorn/jetpack combo here, though, is that it feels kind of like the mythical flying creature version of a person riding everywhere in a scooter. It feels lazier and less magical than you’d expect from a unicorn, but at the same time you kind of have to respect his ingenuity- maybe he built it! I actually think that might have made for a slightly stronger design, to include a wrench in his hand and make this more a story about a unicorn doing a smart, unexpected thing than to have the punchline be that he’s overweight.

Negative Spaceman by Daniel Teres (danielteres) is, I think, funnier when you know the title than it is without it. The problem is that since flipping the bird goes well past just negative and pretty far into actively unpleasant territory, the odds of anyone putting together the phrase Negative Spaceman from this image alone are rather slim. To me, just that image of the defiant astronaut isn’t all that funny without the phrase. Sure, there’s something kind of amusing about the idea that he’s so far from earth, so alone, etcetera and still so dramatic, but it’s not a message that resonates for me. In a market crowded with astronaut tees, this one needs to do more to stand out.

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Happy Little Trees are Happy by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a crazy acid trip of a design, blowing up Bob Ross’s affection for painting happy little trees into a full-blown psychosis. Here his trademark fro is literally made up of a grinning, gooey-eyed forest of the things, and his chin and mouth drip and droop heavily with paint, like a rabid animal or a melting candle. It’s super clever, and the kind of design any fan of Bob Ross’s painting series would at least have to chuckle at… but it’s also so unsettling, so unbelievably creepy, that I fear a lot of the market isn’t going to be too eager to actually wear it. Since the show was such a happy, calming influence, a lot of the fandom will probably not be leaping at this intersection of psychedelia and horror.

Punish the Wicked by jon cottam (JonCottamArt) kind of feels like a cool heavy metal shirt, minus the band logo and with more interesting color choices. While some parts of the shirt are definitely pretty gross (those nails!), I think what keeps this design wearable is the fact that the consistancy of line and coloring still makes it feel comfortable to look at and visually explore. There’s something really beautiful about how the grooved handle of the knives resembles the markings of the skull’s tusks, and the soft red and teal glows remind me of classic tattoos. It’s the kind of design that draws you in to see all the details.

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.

23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #379: 25K Cup, Round V: Naughty & Nice Redux

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This week’s Shirt.Woot derby marks the last chance at the $25K Cup, so it’s definitely worth making some extra effort to get an entry in! The theme is Naughty & Nice Redux, and here’s what Woot says they’re looking for:

Explore the union of cute and sinister. Frolic at the intersection of Good and Evil. Additional third thing. Need examples? Check out the previous Naughty & Nice derby.


-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.

22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Art Styles collection

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Shirt.Woot’s recent Art Styles derby challenged artists to use the styles Woodcut, Complimentary Colors, Psychedelia, or Pointillism, and this Plus collection of prints gathers up a few gems that didn’t quite get enough votes to print in the top three. I’m surprised, though, to see that only seven designs made the cut (for comparison, the Halloween plus sale boasted 18 prints while Fall and Octoberfest had 12).

Best of the Bunch: The detail and color choices in Dot Matrix Leopard make it the sort of design you just want to keep looking at.

Biggest Missed Opportunity: I was bummed that no designs in the psychedelia style printed, and I’m pretty sure a design like Psychedelic Betrayal would have made a lot of Browncoats very happy.

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

21 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Doodle contest

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Threadless‘s newest themed contest is all about Doodles! The fun thing about this art style is that it’s the one kind of drawing that literally everyone on the planet does- even people who don’t consider themselves artists create these little sketches on napkins or in margins when they’re bored. So here’s hoping that we see a ton of variety in the entries for this one!

Enter before November 10th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 doodle prize pack (including Field Notes, ink pens, the “1 Page at a Time” creative companion book and more).

20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Director’s Cut

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Director’s Cut by Fritsch takes a different tack than most entertainment-themed shirts, focusing on what’s behind the camera instead of on what’s in front of it. Like a lot of list shirts, it’s really fun to roam through the ranks and try to name each of the famous directors. And the portraits seem to be very well done, because I found myself able to name most of them without too much trouble. I like that their expressions and clothing even give some hints to their personalities. That said, I do kind of wish there was a little more diversity in the people chosen- I think most movie fans would agree that Spike Lee merits inclusion over Michael Moore, for instance. Still, serious movie buffs will probably get a kick out of this one!

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

19 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by Giovani Rufino is one of the most perplexing designs I’ve seen recently. The technique is definitely interesting, using a graph paper-like grid and geometric shading to illustrate a playful panda portrait. But… is there a reason for it? Between the title, technique and animal, I don’t actually see anything linking the three together. I can’t tell if it’s just fun nonsense or if there’s a deeper joke I’m meant to be getting. Still, even if I am missing a bigger point here, I think using a mostly monochromatic animal was suited well to the shaded execution- it makes it feel almost accidental, like it started out a happy accident by a bored student aimlessly coloring in squares until a bigger image was slowly revealed.

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