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23 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Do Right

Do Right by whackochacko is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s the winner of the Black History Month design challenge, and what I love about it is the way that although it clearly references history in its use of a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, the emphasis is very much on celebrating the increased progress that can be made on civil rights issues today. With bright colors, expressive poses, and playfully arranged text, this piece points out that doing the right thing isn’t just morally correct, it can also be aspirational and even a lot of fun. This is a design that moves the eye as you hunt for the next line of the slogan, and delivers value at every turn with details (the hairstyles! the way elements overlap! those rad shoes!) that are fun to discover. Really nice work!

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.

22 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: NSFW collection

All manner of non-work-friendly concepts made their way to Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: NSFW plus sale, from vulgarity to attitudes that don’t fly in the workplace. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Do I Care? by walmazan combines bright colors and a friendly style with some surprisingly awkward positioning of design elements.

Nicest Surprise: Gas Giant by Fishbiscuit5 conceals a fart joke in science and a trademark adorable look.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Not Listening Warning explains the situation for those with a short attention span.

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

21 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

WAMI Swag’s Dinosaurs design contest

Get positively prehistoric with WAMI Swag‘s latest design contest, Dinosaurs. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Almost 30 years later, and Jurassic Park still looks better than any modern CGI drivel Hollywood puts out. Let’s see what dinosaur magic you can conjure. Make Spielberg proud!

Enter before July 9th, 2021 for your chance to win. One winner will earn a $250 prize. Any designs sold on WAMI Swag also earn the artist 20% of each sale.

19 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #819: Vintage 3-Color Challenge

Let fate choose your color palette with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #819: Vintage 3-Color Challenge

It’s time for another three color challenge, but this one has to be in a vintage/retro style or theme.
Go to https://coolors.co/ and generate a color palette. It will generate 5 colors, you can select three colors from the palette to use in your design. Obviously I won’t be able to know if you use colors outside of what you get generated; but in the spirit of fun, you should stick to it!

No politics, no cream shirts, no Covid/masks; Vaccine allowed.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry (yes, you can still submit multiple designs to the Derby, just sub them separate).

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and 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.

18 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s All Mashed Up derby voting highlights

Fans got a double-hit (and sometimes more!) of pop culture in Shirt.Woot‘s All Mashed Up derby. While Snoopy and Loki are making a lot of appearances, there are also a lot of less common properties in the mix, and even a few that target art styles instead of known characters. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Yellow SUSmarine by NathanielF keeps the Among Us elements small, making them seem extra-sneaky.

8 Bit Fam by krittikae ought to ping the nostalgia of any gamer with a sibling. So accurate!

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

17 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Sleeping Sheep

Sleeping Sheep by NemiMakeit centers on a great slogan, using the common phrase “It’s so easy I could do it with my eyes closed” and applying it to something always done with closed eyes, sleep. A lot of the fun of the piece is in how well the image reflects the themes of the words, with the sheep’s extra-thick eye lines calling attention to their closed nature. And while sheep and their counting is always associated with trying to fall asleep, its been drawn distinctively fluffy and cloud-like here in a way that reflects the ideas of dreaming and thought bubbles. Soft, pastel colors complete the gentle look.

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).

16 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Here To Cause Trouble

Here To Cause Trouble by wytrab8 makes a pair of adorable kittens into dangerous scamps. There are some great moments in the kittens’ characterization that emphasizes their malevolent qualities, like the prominent claws, frowning mouths, and downturned eyes. But of course it’s the props that cement the humor, with the cats’ mischief taking the unlikely avenue of arson. Armed with a container of gasoline and an already lit lighter, their plan is already well underway, and since those elements are brightly colored (in comparison to the dark line work of the rest of the piece), it grabs your attention immediately. The wobbly style of the text is another excellent choice, implying a chaotic mood that suits the theme.

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.