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19 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Beer Kong

Beer Kong by Pakelele turns King Kong into a very relatable figure. Instead of intentionally destroying the city or kidnapping innocents, this giant gorilla is just out for a good time… and has maybe had a few too many to drink. In place of the Empire State Building is a massive beer bottle, which along with the bold type makes the theme immediately clear. For his part, Kong is having a brilliant evening- with his wide open mouth and arm thrown high above his head, he looks like he’s just heard a great joke and is eager to pound the teller on their back. The spirit of fun and playfulness even continues into the bright color palette.

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).

18 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Uniqlo’s UTGP Marvel 2018 winners

Uniqlo‘s UTGP 2018 Marvel winners have been announced, and my favorite piece is the Spiderman design by NaaaBeee. What’s great about this piece is the subtlety, using a simple pale blue shape along the lower edge of the shirt to serve as the city skyline, while Spidey dangles precariously from the shoulder, looking very small and fragile. It makes you wonder what he’s hanging from (my guess is a helicopter), but his positioning like an emblem on the corner of the chest feels very iconic and powerful. Even better, the other side of the shirt is utilized in a unique way, using the same scene but shifting the colors so that Venom hangs there instead of the hero. That inclusion should give this piece even greater resonance with fans.

Check out all the UTGP 2018 Marvel winners at Uniqlo. They should be available online on April 26th, 2018 at 9pm ET, and in stores on April 27th.

17 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #648: Jokes

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme might tickle your funny bone…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #648: Jokes

Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange you glad we’re having an entire Derby about JOKES?! Also, no cream tees. Cream tees are a terrible punchline.

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.

16 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria becomes Soupop

Camiseteria, Brazil’s t-shirt design contest site, has joined forces with poster and print site MolduraPop to become the new Soupop. This new site appears to use direct to garment printing technology and sells both apparel and art prints.

Looking at the new site, I don’t currently see any indication of the themed design contests that the Camiseteria/Soupop landing page describes. That lack is discouraging and makes me wonder whether contests will be prioritized at the new site, but because everything is new it is possible that the details for this feature are still being finalized.

Only time will tell how these changes affect Brazil’s t-shirt design community, although for the time being I’m sure some will enjoy the ability to sell and purchase art on the new art print formats being offered.

15 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Night Owl and more new this week

Night Owl by movepencilmove (pluskin) is my favorite design of the week. The simple style is a perfect fit for the theme because it puts all the emphasis on those wide-open eyes and pin-point pupils. This is very much how insomnia feels, empty and nervous, so the decision to restrict the owl’s form to outlines is very apt. Even the way his body tilts, making one leg appear longer than the other, contributes to a sense of unease and being off-balance. Plus, it’s just plain funny to imagine that owls are only nocturnal by accident!

Dangerous Cheese by Cody Weiler (csweiler) is weird but strangely appropriate tribute to Chester Cheeto. The mascot’s sunglass-wearing mug is still very recognizable translated into this old school tattoo style, which suits mix of retro, cheesiness, and danger that the character is associated with. Something I really appreciate about the look is the thickly dotted gradients- they really recall the powdered cheese of Cheetos, as well as their propensity to get all over the place and cause a huge mess.

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).

14 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Beauty Springs Forth derby voting highlights

The world is blooming brightly in Shirt.Woot‘s Beauty Springs Forth derby, which is packed full of greenery, flowers, and wild animals. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Hibernation’s Over by kellabell9 shows an adorable bear about to wake up, and the See You In Spring text feels very relatable.

Spring Rabbit by jrberger uses vine-y flourishes to create the image of a rabbit, for a surprisingly sophisticated and subtle take on the Spring theme.

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.

13 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Feelings collection

Shirt.Woot was a bundle of emotions for their Derby Editor’s Choice: Feelings plus sale. Whether you’re feeling happy, sad, or nothing at all, there’s a design for you. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Prickly by Spiritgreen perfectly captures the adorable spikiness of a hedgehog.

Nicest Surprise: Finding Myself by Benjaminleebates was a favorite of mine in voting for its clever slogan.

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