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16 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Visual Poetry derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Visual Poetry derby has some very varied entries this week, in part because there seems to have been some confusion about whether the theme was intended to have artists reference specific poems directly, or to simply create visuals that have the artistry of poetry. The good news for voters is that there are plenty of wearable pieces in both those categories, making it a lot of fun to click the thumbnails this week. Here’s a look at two current underdog entries that I think could use some more attention…

Burning Tyger by lunchboxbrain creates its flames with jagged spikes that make it feel like we’re seeing the tiger’s stripes fade into the shirt fabric, very clever.

The Tree by Jennzilla uses a beautifully drawn tree to hold its poetic quote, making for a simple, wearable one color print that feels timeless.

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.

15 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Lo-Fi Polygons collection

Shirt.Woot found style in geometric shapes with their Editor’s Choice: Lo-Fi Polygons plus sale. Since these pieces were all drawn from a style-themed derby, the subject matter is all over the place- and that’s a big win for customers, since there’s a shirt to satisfy most major interests. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Game Space by spiritgreen used its lo-fi polygons in a way that references the retro look of old computer games and the shapes of dice, very smart!

Nicest Surprise: Lo-Fi Skull by ApeLad has a surprisingly soft look that I’ve been fond of since I saw it in voting.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Serene Geometry shows the galaxy reflected in the shapes of a fan-favorite spaceship.

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 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Deuche Lorean

Deuche Lorean by chpere is a fun take on Back to the Future, imagining another iconic car in place of the famous Delorean. I like that this version maintains the wing-style car doors of the original, but otherwise stays true to the old-fashioned look of the Beetle. While the real BTTF car was all about futuristic cool, this one brings to mind bumbling protagonists blundering their way through the past, like a weird Herbie sequel. But while time travel is definitely a futuristic concept, the fact remains that if most people are asked what they’d do with a time machine, their first response is to name a moment in the past. So in a sense, although the approach of using an uncool older-looking car might seem backwards, it’s actually in someways more suited to the task. While the design feels right to me conceptually, though, I have to say that I think the actual printed design misses the mark a bit. By printing this art on a grey shirt, I feel like the design gets really lost in the similarly colored fabric. I’d have liked to see a medium blue that let both the car and the flames stand out instead of this more monotone approach.

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).

13 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Chaos design contest

Things are about to get visually crazy in Threadless‘s Chaos design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Chaos composition mixes ideas, areas, and eras of art, constructing artistic order out of deranged creativity. This is a no-holds-barred challenge; let your imagination run wild!

Can’t choose a theme to go with? GOOD – go with all of them! Transpose surrealism against kitsch and early 20th century typography. Mash up Keith Haring-esque simplicity against hyper realistic backdrops. Create sense out of nonsense, disorder from conformity – think of it as a visual cacophony, like an orchestra tuning up.

This contest opens to entries on August 18th, 2017 and ends on September 1st, 2017. 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).

12 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #617: Artist’s Choice!

The theme is wide-open for Shirt.Woot‘s next derby

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #617: Artist’s Choice

We’re handing over the reins for next week’s derby and opening things up. WAAAAAY up. No topic, no theme, just your very best new and original artwork! We only have three rules: 1. No previous derby submissions. 2. No previous Woot submissions. 3. No cream tees. That’s it!   BONUS: You don’t have to win, to WIN! In addition to the 3 derby winners, we’ll also be on the hunt for great designs to be featured as Dailies throughout the coming weeks. So spread the word to all your artist friends and then send us your very best work!

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.

11 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Crânios e Cardeais

Crânios e Cardeais by Saulo Alonso de Souza Pereira takes subject matter we see a lot- birds and skulls- but tackles it in a different, interesting way. Typically with this sort of design the bird in question is one the seems foreboding, either a dark-hued bird like a raven or a crow or a predatory one like an owl. But here, it’s the bright red cardinal that interacts with the skulls. Instead of reflecting the theme of death, he flutters around playfully, peeking from skull cavities and flying between bones like this is a set of fun perches to explore rather than a dark, depressing vista. It almost starts to feel like the skulls are smiling as they watch the birds’ antics. That’s a far cry from the first impression viewers got, when the red might have felt more like blood against the backdrop of skulls. I like the way each bird feels unique, drawn at a different angle and enjoying the skulls in a different way. The skulls themselves, though, are less strong because of the obvious repetition. I think a little more differentiation there, even something as minor as adjusting the missing teeth, could have made a big impact.

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

10 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Magic, Spell & Dragonfire Forged and more new this week

Magic, Spell & Dragonfire Forged by Jorge Lopez Ramirez (expo) is my favorite new print this week. The vintage style and classic simplicity of the artwork make it feel like an actual logo for an old company, and it’s fun to see that look applied to a fictional object from a medieval-inspired world. The fonts are well chosen, with the right mix of strength and elegance. There’s also a nice detail at the sword intersection where small lines imply the sharpness of the blades. While I think there was a bit of a missed opportunity to use some of those text areas for humorous references to Westeros, there’s no denying that the current design is very wearable and a fun option for fans who want to represent their fandom in a more sophisticated way.

A Vegan Horror Story by ged works (gedsalazargarcia) makes sense of the cauliflower’s pale color by imagining it as a ghost that haunts broccoli. What I find interesting about this design is how different it is from most food jokes- usually we’re meant to find humor in the fact that food is going to be eaten, or in its healthy qualities. But here the gag is purely based on color, and if their classification as food matters at all it’s just to add a layer of meaning (when you eat broccoli, cauliflower is created). That’s kind of neat because it means you can enjoy the shirt whether you’re a vegetable fanatic or a broccoli hater- it’s just silly and fun, and doesn’t reflect the food preferences of the person wearing it. The details are pretty great, too- I like how elaborate the broccoli’s fear is in his cringing, and making the cauliflower float is a nice touch.

Bat-Fink by Nick Perry (redlegger) translates Batman into the style of Ed Roth, with cool results. This neon palette, rough lines, and creepy details make the superhero very unlike his usual black and sleek appearance. Part of what makes it work, though, is that in my opinion he still fits into the Bat Universe, just in a different way- now he feels like a zany henchman of a lunatic villain instead of a hero. This is what a vigilante ought to look like, a crazed character stalking the night in search of criminals. Batman by way of the Joker.

Thronopoly by Evan Ferstenfeld and Jango Snow (FRICKINAWESOME) imagines Game of Thrones as a board game, which is a lot of fun. The series’s many battling factions and the important role of luck and chance definitely give it the feel of a game, as does the way that few characters and houses are entirely good or evil. The complexity and lack of true heroes and villains is unusual for a fantasy series, but makes perfect sense for a Monopoly-style game where many players are engaged in a cutthroat attempt to claim as much of the board as possible. George RR Martin, so recognizable with his trademark hat and white beard, is a great replacement for the usual Rich Uncle Pennybags, and his presence (famed as he is as a killer of so many characters) also underlines the fact that only one player can win.

Summer is Coming by BBDreamDesigns (BBDreamDesigns) is super-clever, and the type of design that big fans will enjoy poring over. Although the Game of Cones pun is slightly goofy, it’s so well-supported by the artwork that you buy into it fully. Even the line divider is made of ice cream cone shapes, twisted and combined to make an authentically vintage-feeling ornate detail. The genius of the art, though, is in showing each cone and labelling the flavor, but never directly stating which house it represents. That turns the piece into a fun trivia game for fans, determining by the color, shape, and ingredients of each treat which legendary Game of Thrones family it’s meant to represent.

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).