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22 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Koala Kaiju

Koala Kaiju by ppmid is my favorite Threadless print this week. There’s something very cool about the restful, sleepy look of this koala- so opposite to the rage of King Kong or Godzilla. While fighter planes train their missiles on those giants, this one is met only with a peaceful sky and a passenger plane journeying into the sunset. The whole city feels warmly lit by that setting sun, with cool, faded textures softly filling the buildings. And best of all, because of the idyllic look of the scene and the koala’s napping, it’s easy to interpret what we see as the koala’s dream- a small, cuddly animal imagining what it might be like to climb something taller than a tree, somewhere more exotic than his home, and to be big enough to hug it all. Good stuff!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

21 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: It’s Fall, Guys collection

All things autumn, from harvest colors to falling leaves and pumpkins, ushered in the new season with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: It’s Fall, Guys plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Cat in Leaves by TaylorRoss1 is extra-adorable with its oversized leaves and grouchy kitten face.

Nicest Surprise: When Life Gives You Hops by walmazan is a fun, seasonal slogan where every letter is packed with personality, punctuated by charming doodles.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Autumn Sparrow creates a bird out of watercolor painted leaves, while Fall Division reimagines a classic music t-shirt with a new, fall twist.

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

20 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Environment design contest

Flora and fauna are on the agenda for Threadless‘s new Environment t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Our planet’s environment supplies us with the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on. What happens when we don’t love the environment back? For one, the polar bears certainly wouldn’t be happy. It’s critically important that we protect the environment so it may provide for future generations to come. To continue spreading that message, we’re keeping this Design Challenge open all year round, like our main Threadless challenge!

For your new designs, we want you to draw inspiration from the environment. Consider sending a message about a specific environmental issue. There are so many of them to choose from—air pollution, deforestation, climate change, land conservation. Or maybe create a design that encourages green practices such as recycling or shrinking your carbon footprint. You can also take cues from nature, using earthy hues or illustrating those cute woodland creatures you love to watch in nature documentaries. Be a hype person for the environment!

Want to make an even bigger impact? With Threadless Causes, you can donate a portion of your earnings from the sale of your new design to Environment charities including Eden Reforestation Projects, World Wildlife Fund, and The Nature Conservancy. For this Cause, Threadless is matching donations up to $100,000! If you’re interested in joining our fundraising efforts, refer to our Help Page to learn how Causes works.

This contest does not currently have a submission deadline. All designers printed will earn up to $20 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments), and one winner will receive a $250 Threadless gift code.

18 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #832: The Radical 80s

Get back to the past with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #832: The Radical 80s

We’ve done the 70’s, we’ve done the 90’s… It’s 80s time bayyy bayyyy!

No politics, no cream shirts.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry.
Up to 4 entries per artist.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

17 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Style Swap derby voting highlights

Pop culture universes collided in Shirt.Woot’s Style Swap derby. Famous art styles and even history are among the influences that can be seen this week, though, so there’s a lot to see even outside the usual popular characters. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Traveler by Discovertic trades the sweet dreams of Snoopy for Rick Sanchez’s drunken slumbering.

Neddie Mercury by 10141982 makes Freddie’s famous “I want to break free” lyric seem like the lament of a button-down, by-the-book Ned Flanders for an intriguing clash of worlds.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

16 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Racial Justice design contest

Make a statement in Threadless‘s new Racial Justice t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Generations of civil rights activism lead to important gains in the pursuit of racial justice, but society still has a long way to go. Systemic racism is deeply embedded in institutions that have a profound impact on lives, including housing, the criminal justice system, healthcare, and education. The fight for racial justice is ongoing, which is why we’re keeping this Design Challenge open all year round, like our main Threadless challenge.

While creating new designs for this challenge, think of the message you want to convey. Consider focusing on a specific issue related to racial justice, such as police reform or ending anti-Asian hate. You could also base your design around a slogan such as “No Justice No Peace,” or use your own words to call out systemic racism. Your art has the power to move people and inspire them to take action now!

This contest does not currently have a submission deadline. All designers printed will earn up to $20 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments), and one winner will receive a $250 Threadless gift code.

15 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Soda Can X-Ray

Soda Can X-Ray by Ilustrata is my favorite Threadless print this week. The type of illustration, where a familiar character or object is shown in a diagram that exposes the strange anatomy within, is always a lot of fun and made even more appealing here through the sheer charm of the character. This can’s glowing eyes, quiet blush and proud grin make him seem nervous but pleased that the viewer has taken an interest. The distressed look and use of halftones give a nice retro vibe, and the vintage tones of the orange and teal shades use reinforce it well. My favorite detail, though, has to be the way soda’s fizzy nature is shown in the bubbles of the can’s interior, which really conveys the drink’s refreshing nature.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.