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19 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #692: Re-MEME-ber That!

LOLcats and doges are sure to be out in full force for Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #692: Re-MEME-ber That!

Memes. On shirts. It’s a thing.

Let’s do it! Let’s pick the best and most popular meme’s for this week’s derby, put them through the parody-humor-mashup machine and print them on tees! That’s right folks we’re looking at the best the internet has graced us with for inspiration this week. To be clear, you must draw inspiration from memes, we will not print the actual meme on shirts. We are looking for parody, mash-ups or other references to these most cherished humorous works that have spread through the world wide webs.

No cream shirts and no politics for this one!

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.

18 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Dive In

Dive In by Bukmek is a great take on the experience of reading a book. First hovering outside the narrative, suddenly the plot grabs you and you’re drawn into this strange new world’s rotation. It’s a scenario readers instinctively understand, and the astronaut’s progress is dotted out with a path of stars to make his trajectory even more clear. What I especially enjoy, though, is the clash between the 3D of the astronaut and the 2D of the universe as it lies flat on the page. It’s a neat way of illustrating the nature of books, which have hidden depths and the ability to immerse readers inside their pages. While the space subject matter probably especially appeals towards sci-fi fans, I think the concept speaks strongly enough to have appeal for readers of all stripes.

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).

17 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Patience and more new this week

Patience by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love the contrast between the halves, with tight, precise lines forming the stitched lettering on the left while large, chaotic lines practically scribble an ending on the right. The delicate flower magnifies this, as does the thin string end that escapes from the period at the end of the phrase. The power of the image is in how well it exemplifies the difficulty of patience- you can’t help but relate to the stitcher’s quick finish, even while thinking it would have looked nice if completed as intended.

Think Fast! by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is a wonderful pairing of two panels, each cute on their own but creating an unexpected punchline when combined. The wholesomeness of the game of catch is endearing, with the Earth’s total lack of athleticism and the moon’s playful energy. Meanwhile, the grazing dinosaurs are caught completely unaware, with only a few moments to recognize what’s happening before the inevitable (and off-canvas) crash. It’s a scene full of lovable characters and unintended consequences, the kind of thing anyone with an interest in space or dinosaurs would get a kick out of.

Ramen Rider by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) took some googling for me to figure out, since I’m not familiar with Japanese pop culture. But after some sleuthing I put together that this Ramen Rider is a parody of Kamen Rider, a manga/tv/movie character who rides around on a motorcycle and fights villains. What’s great about the design, though, is that I think it’s really effective even for people like me who don’t recognize the parody- it still feels like an explosive action sequence featuring a superhero whose aim is to deliver your food as quickly as possibly. And really, what’s more heroic than that?

Exercise Your Demons by Michael Buxton (dinomike) is the best take on this pun I’ve ever seen. It takes the concept to the most ridiculous extreme possible with the illustration, which combines a demon with every demonic body part possible (wings! horns! tail! cloven hooves! even a little goatee!) and the silliest form of exercise, some dramatic aerobics stretching. The little outfit is the icing on the cake, with a cheerfully evil design on his tank top and thick leg warmers that draw attention to those hooves. He ends up feeling like a very charming character.

2323 by Jesus Velazquez (artofvelazquez) appeals to me as a scii-fi fan because it portrays the astronaut as a kind of cosmic sightseer. Like a tourist, he’s packed a camera on his adventures and is capturing the scene on film rather than as samples on slides or in test tubes. This is a poetic vision of exploration, not a scientific one. The landscape pulls off the neat trick of looking both alien and familiar in the same moment, with minty green mountains in the background adding strangeness even as sunflowers in the foreground feel like a piece of home. But when you look closer at the flowers, even they seem to be a bit uncanny, with centers that have the craggy look of meteors instead of rows of seeds. Very interesting!

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).

16 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Last 100 Years collection

Shirt.Woot looked at the strange and newsworthy events of the last century in their Derby Editor’s Choice: The Last 100 Years plus sale. Space and technology were especially popular themes, but here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Going Wireless by patrickspens shows wireless as the ghost of an ethernet cord, which is a hilarious and very apt image.

Nicest Surprise: Nuke It! by chachachino first impressed me in voting with its smart reimagining of the Book It logo.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design 1976: Fruit Company Founded is for retro Apple fans.

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

15 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s This or That derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot designs had opposites in common in the This or That! derby. Animals and pop culture were especially frequent subject matter, but both humorous and artistic pieces were both well-represented. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Day and Night Catnip by ChrisBurns709 has a great retro look, and that pop of red for the eyes is very effective.

Fried Buddies by speedcheetah is a hilarious visual gag, and the textured shadow adds some interesting grounding to the scene.

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.

14 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Recruitment Poster design contest

Propaganda, parody and more inspire Threadless‘s new Recruitment Poster design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether it’s enlisting with the rebel alliance or mobilizing the foot clan, a solid recruitment poster is the first step in motivating folks to join the ranks. But the opportunity doesn’t stop there! Love a great organization that could use a reimagined recruitment design? Think about the movements you support – the ones that influence people and inspire action. This is your chance to create a poster for that imaginary league you wish existed or one that even encourages folks to visit the library… the options are endless!

This contest opens to entries on January 18th, 2019 and ends on February 1st, 2019. 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).

12 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #691: Love and Loneliness

Shirt.Woot begins their preparations for Valentines Day early with a new derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #691: Love and Loneliness

“Blah, blah, blah….yada, yada….Something beautiful about love, something beautiful about loneliness.” – Me.

Quite the poet I am. Love AND loneliness and love OR loneliness, that is the topic for this week’s derby. Show us either or both emotions in a design for your chance to be voted on by the adoring or reproachable public! Draw us something beautiful to wear in the season of love that reveals your inner cynic or penchant for a good love story! Just a few limitations…no cream tees! Also, designs cannot contain dates or any references to Valentine’s Day.

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.