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29 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #557: Extended Play voting highlights

Shirt.Woot’s Extended Play derby may have given entrants an extra few days to create their entries, but there’s still a surprisingly sparse showing in the voting this week. That can probably be attributed to a deal Shirt.Woot ran early in the contest that offered voters a $5 coupon for voting, and as a result led to some unusually high vote totals for the top-ranked entries. While it’s always great to see more people getting involved in choosing the winners, the fact that this all happened so early meant that many who might have otherwise entered late instead looked at the huge 200+ vote lead held by the frontrunners and decided (probably correctly) that it was unsurmountable. So with that considered, I’d like to avoid the top contenders and focus my attention on a couple of later entries that could use some more attention…

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All By Myself by walmazan keeps things simple with a bold, cheerful cartoon that definitely seems to be having a good time.

Coffee powerup! by mfernie spices up the silhouette of a Mario mushroom by filling the shape with a mug and steam, which feels appropriate since caffeine is quite the power boost.

The Extended Play derby ends on Thursday at noon. At that time, the next derby (10k Cup Derby #1 – Magnitudes) will open for new entries. 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). Other designs that don’t place in the top 3 may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

28 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Floral design contest

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Threadless turns their eyes towards some of nature’s most beautiful creations in the Floral design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Spring into summer with floral fashion!

Help blossom our collection of floral designs in the catalog. Celebrate one of nature’s greatest gifts by interpreting it for t-shirts, wall art, home goods and more. Create patterns, illustration, photography, typography and other mediums to show us your fresh take on our floral friends.

Enter before July 11th, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

27 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Captains

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The Captains by Ricardson is a fun mashup, collecting all types of characters who have exactly one thing in common- the title Captain. Although each character is drawn in the artist’s specific, quirky style, for the most part they’re very easily recognizable. And for those who need a little extra help, there’s a graphic near each that helps spell out where they’re from and who they’re meant to be (without the running Tintin icon, I’d have probably assumed that guy was a generic ship’s captain). I like that trivia aspect of trying to name them all, and have to admit that the middle one has me totally stumped (which bodes well in terms of there being some real challenge to it). One trick that I feel the artist missed, though, was the opportunity to show some of these characters reacting or even interacting with each other. As fun as this is, seeing Captain America roll his eyes at Captain Planet, or some kind of squabble between Jack Sparrow and Captain Haddock might have made it even more enjoyable.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

26 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Jungle Looking Back and more new this week

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Jungle Looking Back by jbarnham (jbarnham) is my favorite of this week’s shirts. I love how fresh the bold graphics feel, and the way the dye sublimated all-over print look makes those simple forms look even bigger. One really effective choice in the piece is its color palette- instead of sticking to just leafy greens, the artist adds some yellow into the mix and is able to suggest a more vibrant, tropical setting. That same yellow also gives the face in the shadows a more sinister, animalistic vibe. To me, the primitive, scrawled look of that face is the design’s most interesting moment because it suggests the cave paintings and early carvings of ancient people- what if those images weren’t roughly done, what if they were accurate depictions of strange creatures deep in the wilderness?

Ouija Board by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) definitely captures the creepy but exciting quality of an ouija board, and does it with a modern, vector style that stands out from other pieces on similar themes. I like the way the art really takes advantage of the detail possible with precise lines in this style, using them to make the word Goodbye feel like a weird, mystical celebration. Really, all the elements have a fun-loving, silly quality to them, from the long, squiggly ghosts to the star-filled bat, that make it neat to imagine how this ouija board seance would play out. But for all the design’s many successes, there’s one part that doesn’t quite work on the shirt- that yellow rectangle outline. While that choice works perfectly for the blanket version it feels odd on the shirt, in part because it’s not even the shape we’re used to seeing for a ouija board.

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Lazy Day by Zulfikri Mokoagow (fikri) is an appealing bit of animal art, keying in on the panda’s most popular attributes. Their unique black and white coloring is capitalized on by using only those two colors in the piece, which creates a giant panda mass where one animal seems to blend into the next. And of course, their incredibly close, cuddly proximity to each other highlights that pandas are surely one of nature’s most huggable creatures. As the title alludes to, panda’s perception as being very lazy (have you ever seen one do anything apart from sleep, eat, and fall?) is called out pretty clearly in the way all these guys seem to be in serious nap mode. It’s fun stuff, especially because of the scale allowed by the all-over sublimation look. Panda fans (and there are a bunch!) will find this design hard to resist.

For a Quick Shower by Branko Ricov (RicoMambo) has a great concept, but misses its target for me. I love the idea of Psycho’s villain being shown in this way, with realistic drips cascading from his form and with that iconic image of blood spiraling down the drain filling the silhouette. But for me, although the movie’s drain did look like this one, it’s a really odd style of drain (lacking any kind of filter, barrier or border) that makes it read poorly here. Because it’s shown horizontally and near waist height, it almost looks more like a doorknob. The killer’s pose is also awkward, particularly the lower hand. It’s just such an odd way to hold one’s fingers, and looks even weirder because of the angle the knife is held in the other hand. The combo feels wrong, and that anatomical inaccuracy distracts from the strong core concept.

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).

25 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #558: 10K Cup Derby #1: Magnitudes

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Shirt.Woot’s 10K Cup is back, and they’re thinking big with the first theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #558: 10K Cup Derby #1: Magnitudes

Microscopic to macro, tiny things can form into huge things, and every giant idea started with a tiny spark. Design a tee with this scale and magnitude in mind. No cream tees. (More 10k cup info and themes next week)

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). Whichever 10K Cup winner (of all the 10K Cup derbies) sells the most shirts on its first day of sales will get an extra $10,000. Other designs that don’t place in the top 3 may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

24 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Be Prepared

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Be Prepared by Vomaria just might be the most dramatic silhouette-style shirt I’ve seen so far. It’s a piece that uses some smart perspective work to have poor Simba fleeing directly towards the viewer, looking very small and vulnerable. Menacing cats line the edges of Scar’s mane, perched like gargoyles and ready to pounce. The entire scene glows a sickly, unreal green like it’s literally alive with envy and hate. And yet, just barely visible in the glow, is the slightest hint of Mufasa’s face, not alive but still watching and guiding the young cub. It’s exciting stuff, with strong angles that pull you in and bright colors that set the perfect mood of villainy.

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).

23 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Star-Spangled and Garden Variety collections

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July 4th comes early with Shirt.Woot’s Stuff from the Star-Spangled Shirtstorm plus sale. Since artists had early notice on this theme, there are some especially detailed designs in the mix for this one. Here’s what stands out…

Best of the Bunch: Sea to Shining Sea is an iconic ode to some of the country’s most prominent skylines, monuments and landmarks.

Nicest Surprise: United is delightfully weird, making a patriotic Transformer out of some of our most notable presidents.

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

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And of course summer is also a big season for gardening, so the Garden Variety plus sale arrives right on time. Here are a couple of designs that really grew on me…

Best of the Bunch: The realistic art style of Pizza Plant makes it even more delicious!

Nicest Surprise: Eat Your Vegetables is a cute, fun-loving ode to the many yummy forms of the humble potato.

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