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21 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #588: Work

While most Shirt.Woot designs tend to focus on fun, play, and recreation, their latest derby takes a different direction…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #588: Work

Get to work designing shirts about work!  These could be snarky work slogans, cute animals (i.e cats)  in little business suits, whatever WORKS. Haha. No 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.

20 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Bob’s Burgers and more new this week

Bob’s Burgers by Simon Carpenter (Simon-Carpenter) won Threadless’s Bob’s Burgers challenge, and it’s easy to see why. This is a design that encapsulates the two most prominent themes of the cartoon (burgers and community) and does so with gusto. From afar all you see is the minimal icon of a hamburger, but up close a whole world of faces is revealed. For fans, each face brings with it memories of the episodes in which those characters appeared. And even if you don’t remember the specific details, I like the way this image represents the true purpose of a restaurant- bringing people together with food. It’s the kind of shirt Bob Belcher would get excited about.

Erotic Friend Fiction Book Club by JBaz (JBaz) centers on one of Bob’s Burgers most memorable details, Tina’s oddball hobby of writing “erotic friend fiction.” It works as a shirt because it looks perfectly normal at first glance, since the Book Club text and book imagery is the most prominent. It’s only when people bother to read the top line that they’ll raise an eyebrow. The silliness of the writing is magnified by the seriousness that the design treats it with, which is a smart choice. Plus, by including Tina’s face peeking over the pages of the book, you can almost hear her awkward monotone voice reading aloud…

Gene Belcher Superstar by Mike Lopez (postlopez) calls attention to Gene’s habit of drastically changing his look and then declaring “This is me now!” It’s a relatable sentiment, since kids and teenagers do often try on different roles (albeit usually in a less exaggerated way), but the sheer exuberance and odd style choices make it okay to laugh at that part or yourself. This assortment of five looks does a good job of capturing his wide-spanning range of influences, and since it ends on a mini-Bob look where he imitates his father it’s kind of a feel-good piece as well. Seeing that, it’s easy to picture him growing up to take over the restaurant, keeping it mostly unchanged (but with more musical burger names).

Wonder Wharf by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) is the kind of shirt I always love, because it feels like an authentic relic from the Bob’s Burgers universe and therefor lets you feel like you’re a part of that world when you’re wearing it. Wonder Wharf is where so much of the show’s action takes place, and this feels plausibly like the kind of design you’d find in a t-shirt shop at that location. With its white ink print, soft edges and light distress texture, it’s a vintage tee about a piece of modern pop culture for a place that never existed. Sounds fun to me!

Skullouise by tides (tides) takes a traditional skull and crossbones and, with a couple of minor edits, makes it perfectly Louise. The skull and crossbones is a symbol that makes sense for the character, since like a pirate she can be quite mercenary and dangerous. In that sense, her trademark pink bunny ears hat sort of suckers you into seeing her as innocent, when in reality she’s the source of the siblings’ most outrageous schemes. I like that her favorite stuffed animal is also along for the ride, nestled below the bones- she is a kid, after all, no matter how many evil plans she concocts. A little sweet, a little scary- yup, that’s Louise Belcher, alright.

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 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Math collection

Shirt.Woot’s Math plus sale collects all kinds of tees about numbers, geometry, and of course pi! Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Beautiful Pi by ThatRobert has a lovely color palette and impresses with an artistic arrangement of pi’s numerals.

Nicest Surprise: I really liked Raider of the Golden Ratio by Paxdomino when it was in voting, and it’s great to see the Indiana Jones parody printed.

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

18 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Psychology derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Psychology derby had artists delving into all the brain’s inner workings, from personality types to dreams and fears and beyond. Here’s a look at two current underdogs that that I think could use some more attention…

A Delicious Mind by ste7enl is hilariously subtle, with cooking suggestions layered over sections of the brain instead of the usual medical jargon. I actually think it’d be even better without the Hannibal text at the bottom!

Pink Freud by BlairJCampbell is a great pun, but I think it’s Freud’s totally unamused expression that really sells this one.

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 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Qwertee’s Artist Appreciation Month 2017

It’s Artist Appreciation Month time again at Qwertee, and that means big prizes for high-selling artists! Here’s what’s up for grabs…

1st Place (most popular design sold that month): $3500

2nd Place (2nd most popular design sold that month): $1000

3rd Place (3rd most popular design sold that month): $500

Enter quickly for your chance to win- all designs printed between January 13th and February 28th are potentially eligible to win. You can submit normally and proceed through the voting process, or bypass voting entirely with Quick Submit.

16 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Pins design contest

Threadless looks beyond the t-shirt with their Pins design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

There’s no such thing as having “too many pins.” So why not add a few of your own into the mix! We recently pin-ified some Threadless designs and just can’t get enough. So now want you to design some original, rad pins worthy of sticking on every jean jacket, backpack, and beanie out there as a badge of pin-collector’s honor.

Be sure to check Threadless’s full file recommendations if you plan to enter.

Enter before January 27th, 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).

15 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Pokeworld

Pokeworld by Mauricio Mota takes the tactic of imitating a magazine ad. As such, it touts all the Pokemon’s most impressive features, even calling out the high end materials that make up a Pokeball. Like an ad for Sea Monkeys in the back of a comic book, you get the sense that some of what it claims (like Pikachu’s stylish hat and his lush, mushroomed environment) might not be quite as impressive in reality (and indeed, the small print does say as much). But from a practical standpoint, even the most hardened consumer has to appreciate Pikachu’s auto charge feature. It’s a neat way to poke fun at the grandiose claims of ads targeting imaginative kids, made even funnier because the “reality” of Pokemon is so incredible in its own right. Amusing to think that in a world where Pokeballs could really be purchased, some marketer might still be tempted to exaggerate their merits.

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