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21 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Fox Given

Fox Given by NemiMakeIt is a great take on the fox pun. My favorite thing about it is the size of the fox, massive on the shirt and with a squat, dumpy form and exaggerated ears that make him look huge. So the viewer’s first thought might be to think that the wearer gives quite a lot of fox indeed… but that’s where a seriously nice, well-hidden gag comes into play. The fox’s tiny eyebrows are pressed down in anger, giving the viewer a clue that all is not as it seems. And at the end of the fox’s tiny, tiny paws, do you see what I see? The fox is subtly giving everyone the double middle finger gesture, making it clear that no fox are given at all. How dare you give a fox! It’s solidly crafted, and the playful font used is the icing on the cake, cementing the humor.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

20 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Missing Home and more new this week

Missing Home by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) is my favorite Threadless design this week. The gang of animals is just too much fun, managing to include creatures of all different types all united in the same quest to escape. I especially like that the long neck of the giraffe sets its head at the same level as the flying pelican, a small moment that helps all these characters feel like a cohesive group. There are also fun moments of interaction that make the details worth looking at, like the elephant pushing the fan, the lion assist a monkey, and the too-cool sunglasses that the alligator sports. This quest for freedom is relatable, and it’s also funny to consider what the group might get up to after they make their getaway.

The first Commandment of the Internet by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) won Threadless’s The Internet 2.0 challenge, and it’s an excellent pick. I like that it takes a common refrain, but adds to its gravitas by giving it this ancient and religious grounding. It’s a choice that makes the phrase apply to more than just the internet- maybe one should ignore the comments in other venues as well, even when spoken or implied. Part of what makes this design work, though, is the pure shock and disgust on the face of the bearded fellow- it’s as though he’s horrified by what he sees, and that’s a perfect pairing for the text’s message.

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).

19 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: ShirtCon Tees collection

Shirt.Woot ushered in convention season with their especially nerdy ShirtCon Tees plus sale. As you’d expect, most of the classic geek convention favorites like anime, movies, and comic books were parodied, with some jokes around the specifics of conventions themselves. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Glasses!!!!! by rglee129 collects pop culture characters with glasses in common, all building to a conflict between Superman and Cyclops in the final row.

Nicest Surprise: RetroCon by Mekazoo impressed me with its vintage styling and bold, simple humor in voting, and should look great printed.

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

18 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Sci-Fi Shirts derby voting highlights

The future looked bright (and dark, and funny…) in Shirt.Woot‘s Sci-Fi Shirts derby. As you’d expect, pop culture references to the major sci-fi franchises were very much in style, though there’s also a smattering of designs that play with broad sci-fi concepts instead of specifics. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Klaatu Barada St. Nikto by EwingKlipspringer might be pretty darn early for the holidays (it’s not even Halloween yet!) but this is a retro reference that would give a lot of older geeks a very merry Christmas.

Sc-Fi-Fest by thehookshot translates some major sci-fi properties into band logos, a joke that becomes even funnier with the “I Survived…” title that highlights how deadly those franchises can be to their minor characters.

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.

17 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Drink Beer

Drink Beer by Ma_Lockser might be a familiar slogan, but this is certainly a well-illustrated example. The beer mug is a great graphic, feeling realistic in the golden gradients used, glass indent lines, and white highlights. The foam oozes and drips with such intensity that it almost seems to move as you look at it. The text, though, is not quite at the same level. The straight lines of the Water and Beer lettering are an extreme contrast with the curves of the glass behind it, and the decision to arrange things that way is perplexing. Even stranger, the handwriting font used doesn’t suit it- these are not styles that make any sense together, and they’re delivering very different messages. Water and Beer are solid, commanding the viewer, while Save and Drink are a casual scrawl that merely suggests. Their thin, meandering lines are no match for the powerful points and heft of the rest. In my opinion, the art would have been better served with text that conformed to both the curved contours of the mug and the softer (no hard corners here, lines are not quite straight) illustration style.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

16 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Seasons: Autumn design contest

Threadless is preparing for the months ahead with the new Seasons: Autumn design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

In honor of the coziest time of the year, we want you to create a design that wafts more fall vibes into the room than a pumpkin spice cinnamon chai candle. What brings fall to mind for you? The food? The colors? We want to see a design that would look amazing on everything from our new super soft sponge fleece to a mug perfect for sipping that first warm beverage of the season.

This contest opens to entries on September 21st, 2018 and ends on October 5th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

15 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #674: MedTEEval Tees

Are you ready to go back in time? Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #674: MedTEEval Tees

Hear ye, hear ye! The dark-ages are upon us, for Derby contest #674 we are going Medieval. Armor up, grab your minstrel, and study up on your Magna Carta so we can storm the castle with ye olde tee art. We know you Troubadours like a challenge so Game of Thrones, Monty Python & Princess Bride are off limits this week! Also cream tees.

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.