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02 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Watercolor design contest

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Threadless is focusing their attention on a popular art style with the Watercolor design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

There’s something kind of dreamy about watercolor painting. The soft colors, the way the pigments suddenly activate when they are touched with water. Use that magic to create a design all your own.

Break out the H2O and get ready. Use your brush and color set or just simulate the look digitally. (If you create digitally, just use the H2O for refreshment.)

Enter before December 15th, 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).

01 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Retro Gaming collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Retro Gaming plus sale takes its inspiration from the arcade and classic consoles, but is still packed with humor that suits more modern tastes. Here’s what I think deserves a high score…

Best of the Bunch: Indy Game is a sweet tribute to a classic movie moment, and I love the way it phrases the swordsman’s acrobatic moves as “Swords Dance.”

Nicest Surprise: Dreadfall ought to appeal to Princess Bride fans, because it takes some memorable aspects of the movie and perfectly translates them into the style of Activision box art.

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

30 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Inspired by Classic Movies derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Inspired by Classic Movies derby has been a fun blast from the past, with artists dreaming up all kinds of modern, humorous, or pop culture twists on well-known films from before the 1960s. Disney, silent movies, and King Kong references seemed to be particularly popular, but there’s something to suit the tastes of most classic movie buffs if you do a little digging. Here are two current underdog entries that I’d like to see get some more attention…

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Hero Without a Quest by paxdomino does a great job of translating the Rebel Without a Cause pose into pixel form, and I like the replacement of the original’s red jacket with a cape.

Nosferatu Cat by CrumblinCookie nails the ambiance of the original, and this creepy cat’s bannister walking and sharp claws make him feel believably like a villain.

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.

29 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s L’Oracle

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L’Oracle by Yann Bagot interests me because it’s so abstract. The pattern of circles could be so many things- star trails, the grooves of a record, or even water spiraling down the drain. But whatever the intent, the center starts to feel magnetic, attracting the eye ever inward as it spins around the outer loops. The constant repetition of that one motif might have run the risk of seeming mechanical, but that pitfall is avoided by the large white smudges on the lower right. Due to their influence, the circles’ more organic qualities are highlighted. Even the long, rectangular shape of the art contributes to its impact, cutting off the circles in a dynamic way that emphasizes their size. The only misstep, in my opinion, is the inclusion of the artist’s signature. Because of where it’s placed, below the white smudges, it becomes far too much of a focal point and that detracts from the more attractive things happening elsewhere.

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

28 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Top 5 Sites for Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Ugly holiday sweaters are always popular during winter, and there have never been more Christmas and pop culture themed designs available than there are this year. We’re calling attention to 5 sites that each boast an impressive collection of sweater and faux-sweater designs. In no particular order…


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New this year, ThreadNog nevertheless already has one of the largest design catalogs of this type.

  • All designs are available as sweatshirts
  • Prices range from $26 to $29


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A market leader during the last holiday season, TeeFury has overcome their shipping challenges and expanded their product line, which now includes knitted hats.


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Hosting a very selective batch of quality apparel designs, Threadless also offers most of their catalog printed on housewares and accessories.

  • All designs are available as sweatshirts
  • Other products like t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and wall art also available for many designs
  • Prices range from $12.50 to $39


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In addition to the pop culture parodies offered, Shirt.Woot also has a yearly tradition of offering a new, original design each year that hones close to classic winter themes like polar bears, reindeer and ice skates.


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The advantage of a super-huge collection like the one hosted at TeePublic is that there’s truly something available for every taste and every interest. The disadvantage is that you might have to do some digging to find a gem.

  • Most designs available as sweatshirts and t-shirts
  • Other products like mugs, cases, and wall art available for many designs
  • Prices range from $14 to $35

Do you have a favorite source for Ugly Christmas Sweaters that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments!

27 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Elvisterminator

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Elvisterminator! by Maykon Cardoso is a Terminator mashup I never saw coming, but that still manages to make a lot of sense in a weird way. It’s a truly crazy spin on the idea that Elvis isn’t dead, giving him a really different chance at more life as a metal construct. And let’s be real- the idea of a famous rocker turned robot is a lot more fun than seeing a bodybuilder in that role. It makes you imagine a terminator who slays enemies with slick pop hooks and hip swivels instead of uppercuts and machine guns. I’d watch that movie. The treatment of the skull looks believably like metal, and Elvis’s trademark hair is close enough to the original to make sure this design gets its concept across clearly. And of course, the red of those eyes is just menacing enough to make you wonder what this new incarnation of Elvis is like. It’s a fun piece!

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

26 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #580: Computers and Technology

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme certainly ought to have wide appeal…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #580: Computers and Technology

Make some designs portraying the joys and follies of computers and technology.  No creme tees.  No pop culture.  Tardises are not technology!

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.