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18 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cyberpunk design contest

The future looks bright as neon in the rain with Threadless‘s new Cyberpunk design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Among teeming cityscapes flooded with neon lights, hordes of humans swarm the hyper-urbanized streets. There’s no order to the madness just shuffling, faceless forms, anonymously moving through the sprawl. Until—a lone hacker breaks free from the masses to rail against the corrupt government and high society elites. That solitary misfit is the cyberpunk anti-hero of our dreams.

Step into the new era of the near-future with cyberpunk-spirited designs. We want your smartest cyber scenes and typography, filled with the overtly urban energy of a massive city. Whether you’re leaning Blade Runner or your favorite Japanese manga, give us art that surges and pulses with sci-fi spunk, reimagining our world after social decay, increased AI, and blurred lines between human and machine. What’s real, anyway? Grab your design software, peer into the dark future, and give us the hacker hero we’ve been waiting for!

This contest opens to entries on November 22nd and ends on December 6th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

16 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #736: Artist’s Choice

Be your own muse in the upcoming Shirt.Woot Mini-Derby

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #736: Artist’s Choice


Your choice! You can submit whatever you like as along as:
it is not on a cream shirt.
it is not politics.
it has not been submitted to the derby before.
it is original art and has not been sold anywhere else.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through the following Monday at noon. One designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

15 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Imaginary Friends design contest

Make pretend real with Threadless‘s new Imaginary Friends design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you grow up with a stuffed bear by your side, leading a ragtag band of other plushies in all kinds of memorable adventures? Maybe you had an endearing make-believe companion that resembled a mix of other creatures and could swim, fly, and read minds? If you played pretend with whimsical creatures, pets, or people that others couldn’t see, then you’ll fit in well with this imaginary-friend-inspired design challenge.

Time to call upon the special spot in your memory—and heart—where your childhood self explored the world with made-up pals. Sure, no one else could see them, and that’s how you liked it. Create very real designs based on your most imaginary friends. Whether your scene depicts a whole host of friends, reminiscent of Madame Foster’s magical home, or just you and your ghost-like bestie, give us your favorite moments of pure carefree fun in design or typography. Spend some quality time tuned into your imagination and all its many creatures then let the designs flow!

This contest opens to entries on November 15th and ends on November 29th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

14 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Fox of Leaves

Fox of Leaves by NemiMakeit might be the perfect fall shirt, combining a favorite animal of the season with the bright autumn leaves that define the look of those months. Leaves, their outlines, and some smart gradients do most of the work in creating the fox’s face, with just a bold line and nose shape showing the contours of the fox’s features. Using the same motion to express both snout and closed eyes is a sophisticated choice that also suits the cold, more sleepy mood of the season. I think the design’s best feature, though, is how it incorporates realistic vein texture into the leaves. It’s subtle enough to avoid overpowering the fox image, and also adds a level of sophistication that balances well with the more cartooned features of the animal.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

13 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Echo and more new this week

Echo by Robson Borges (robsonborges) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The skull framing of the piece reads first, and it’s something that intrigues the viewer to explore the rest of the design to see what is so foreboding. What follows reads like a tale of two worlds, a glowing red one above that boasts futuristic flying machines and buildings with tall spires. Below is an utterly different experience, caked in murky greys that read of grit and pollution, with pipes and scaffolding from the buildings above cutting in to interrupt the landscape and block the light. A beefy mechanical contraption at bottom center reads as a robot on spindly legs, patrolling the ground like a sentry. This is a ruined world, one where even the sunnier red zone is plagued by comets cutting their way through the atmosphere. But as the ship makes clear, those lucky few above still have a chance at escape.

Hello by Trabu (trabu) delivers a simple and sweet message. I like the idea of a UFO’s tractor beam, usually depicted as something to fear because it’s being used to abduct people (or cows), repurposed to instead be a way of communicating. The style of the art, done with minimal elements and a hand-drawn, doodled look, feels friendly and as though crafted with a personal touch- very different to the way alien things are often shown as futuristic, precise and mechanical. It’s a neat way of looking at a subject we’ve seen a lot before but now in a new light.

Girls Rule the World by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is packed with positive female slogans, but you might not expect who you see holding the protest signs- they’re all animals! You’ll see a a cat, a bear, a rhino, and even a pair of mice, but there’s not a human in sight. This is a really interesting approach because it eliminates a lot of the difficulty of illustrating a concept like this- you’d want to be as inclusive as possible with regard to things like race, size, gender presentation, and disability, but it’s basically impossible to cover everything in just a handful of characters. Using different species is a nice way of signaling diversity without making any type of person more important or prominent than any other.

Metalheads by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a style of design I always love, the list of characters that invites viewers to see how many they can recognize and name. These are fun because they can be a real conversation piece, and also offer the artist a lot of creativity in how they unite the characters and what they choose to be representative of each. In this case, famous heavy metal musicians are drawn as skulls with hair and accessories. This isn’t an area of pop culture I’m very familiar with, so I can’t speak to how well it plays to a big fan. But given my relatively small amount of knowledge in this field, I still liked looking at it and even found a couple of characters I could name, which makes me think it’d be even more fun for those with more interest.

I Have Plans by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) is certainly relatable. The best part of this design is how clearly it illustrates that in this case, the plan is to do nothing. The character is not only lying in bed, she has gone so far as to tuck her arms tightly underneath the blankets. Her face is blank, gazing forward at a laptop screen gleaming with light. This is about as close to being entirely passive and lazy as you could be, and it’s the kind of blissful slothfulness that most people would love to engage in, if only they weren’t so busy. I like how the lack of punctation in the lettering encourages that the text be read without emotion as well, really broadcasting a low effort even in the excuse.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

12 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Subversive Holidays collection

New takes on common holidays filled the ranks of Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Subversive Holidays plus sale. So if you’re someone with a quirky approach to Thanksgiving or Christmas, look no further. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Bumble Fury by Simic gives you a view outside the mouth of a classic cartoon yeti.

Nicest Surprise: Santa’s Rage by Krobilad first won me over in voting with its street art style.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design North Pole Coal Miners is for those who aim to misbehave.

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

11 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Band Shirts derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot asked artists to meld music and their favorite sci-fi series in the Band Shirts derby. As you’d expect, juggernauts like Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Firefly were especially popular for parodying (though a few brave souls tackled rarer references). Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

The Xenomorphs by artguyaaron makes his alien look as rough and tough as a punk rocker, which leaves his elongated head feeling a bit like an exaggerated mohawk.

Band Book – Nemo by paxdomino captures the ambiance of the murky ocean depths with some excellent shadows.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.