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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.

18 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Rendez Vous

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I’m a big fan of the unique style of tees at Monsieur Poulet, so I was heartened to see that 1) the whole site got a slick redesign and 2) there’s a truly awesome new shirt in stock, Rendez Vous by Pintachan. I love the unique layout, showing a first contact between man and alien by splitting the scene in half and showing each party smiling and waving. What’s interesting to me is how subtle the differences between the characters are- each has one eye and a smile, so the alien’s lack of ear and nose stands out. While each has a waving hand, the alien’s widely-spaced fingers help him to seem not-quite-earthly. And best of all, there’s that lovely star tucked under his chin to indicate his interstellar origins. It’s clever stuff, simplifying forms to their most basic shapes in a way that packs tons of personality in and focuses on what the characters have in common.

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

17 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Purple Leaves’s General Contest III

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Purple Leaves‘s General Contest III opened for entries this week, seeking all sorts of t-shirt designs. What’s nice about this one is that while many shirt design contests are focused largely on illustration, the Purple Leaves catalog also boasts a lot of photography, photo manipulation and typography. Take a look at their shop to see what their prints are like.

Enter before December 12th, 2014 for your chance to win. Winners earn a cash prize worth 300 euros.

16 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #378: $25K Cup, Round IV: Video Games

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme seems destined to be a crowd pleaser: they’re looking for Video Games designs, and since this derby is part of Woot’s $25K Cup there’s an opportunity to earn even more money than usual if your art wins. Here’s the derby description from Woot:

This will probably be a big stretch for lots of you. You’re gonna have to dig deep and forage into the farthest reaches of your imagination. Video games?? WHERE TO BEGIN??


-No crème tees.

-No cream trees.

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.

15 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Inner Space and more new this week

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Inner Space by Rick Crane & Camille Chew (The Paper Crane) is a design that had seen some success on other sites, but it’s great to see it reaching more eyes on the massive platform of Threadless. I love the way this piece plays with the orbits and shapes of space, starting with the sun placed over the astronaut’s heart and expanding ever outwards. The culmination is this wonderful moment where the spaceman seems poised to grasp a planet and its moons, the only planetary structures that are shown outside the bounds of his body. It’s imaginative, full of whimsy and immaculately designed- anyone with even the slightest interest in space is sure to be pulled in by its charms. And the longsleeve baseball tee is a nice bonus!

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Quick Meal in a Rush! by mogumogu (mogumogu) is another of my favorites this week, capturing the speedy appeal of a cup of ramen lunch. I like the whole “Food: It’s just like you!” idea, and it’s well-resolved here with the motion lines, narrowed eyes, briefcase, busy legs and even a quick check of the watch. We’ve all been there, and it’s nice to think that ramen understands your plight and is your ally in a quick snack on the go. I like how realistic the container is, with the very identifiable label and all- it’s such a great contrast with the cartoony face and helps magnify the humor there. Good stuff!

Fight Fire with Fire by Aneesh kumar.T.K (anivini) reminds me of the phrase “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Because the illustration hits on an important truth- real technology that we use every day is often more effective than imagined magic. This wizard didn’t have to spend years poring over ancient tomes, harvesting hard-to-find ingredients and blending them expertly while chanting an arcane language. He literally just went to Wal-Mart and spent a few bucks. And it worked, he defeated a dragon! What could be more magical than that? The dense, thinly lined artwork helps it to feel like it was pulled from the pages of an antique storybook, with a pop of red to make the concept instantly clear.

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A Pointed Critique by David Olenick (DRO72) uses puff ink, and that’s certainly neat. In fact, I wish there was a closeup pic available of the print, because I’m curious about just how puffy it is. Anyway, regardless of the ink, it’s a pretty neat design. What I like about it is the way it transforms the triumphant Number 1 foam finger into something much more docile, like a meek person raising a single finger in the air to ask a question, wanting to signal that they’ll only take up one minute of your time. Despite the exclamation mark, the smiling face and huge eyes make it seem like a genuine question rather than an outburst. I do think it’d be a bit stronger without the punctuation, just because it would reinforce the more mellow, emotionless feel of the rest, but it’s strong as-is.

Reaper’s Pizza by citizen rifferson (citizen rifferson) won Threadless’s Lowbrow contest with its mix of death and fast food. I think the sheer ridiculousness of it is a big part of the fun, the way a threatening character takes on a role that makes him a face you’d be excited to see. I love the way his scythe’s blade becomes harmless, just a big floppy triangle of pizza. There’s something very sweet and eager about the way he crowds his bony body onto the scooter, hunching over the handlebars. Between the rickety look of the scooter (it’s covered in nicks and literally bandaged together) and the smiling dead face on the pizza box behind him, you start to wonder if the poor guy might still be killing things (accidentally!) while working this new gig. But he’s still very much a character to root for, and the quirky drawing style keeps you interested in exploring the piece.

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.

14 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fall and Octoberfest collection

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Colorful leaves, pumpkins and brown shirts abound in Shirt.Woot’s Fall and Octoberfest plus sale! Whether your favorite thing about the season is the weather or, uh, the beverages, there’s a lot to like in this selection.

Best of the Bunch: You don’t need to be a big drinker to think that the beer in Making the World a Better Place is pretty darn adorable!

Nicest Surprise: The artistry and quirky arrangement of Autumn Delight made it a favorite of mine in derby voting, so I’m glad to see it earned a print.

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