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19 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Banana Vert Ramps and more new this week

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Banana Vert Ramps by ben chen (ben chen) is my favorite design this week, a charming mix of cartoon and realism. I love that it appears to use a photo of an actual banana, something that grounds the art in reality and makes it feel even more surreal. The gorilla skater is illustrated with heavy shadows that give him the illusion of three dimensions as well, and it’s easy to imagine he’s an animated character about to perform an epic trick. But what I like best about the design isn’t the execution, it’s the idea itself- this is the sort of joke that forever changes what you think of when you see a banana, and that’s pretty neat.

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Lazy Sunday by Jay Fleck (DontCallMeBlanket) makes excellent use of negative space, using the pale tones of the t-shirt color to create the trees and white spots of pandas. A textured, watercolor-like blue fills the background circle, giving the scene a bright, tranquil feel. Small red leaves provide a bright pop of color and help move the eye around the artwork. But the heart and soul of the piece is definitely in the unique personalities of the pandas, each of whom interacts with the tree in different ways. One is about to fall, some contemplate leaves, others are a perfect picture of relaxation. But they’re each charming and very easy to relate to. This is one of those designs that I think has near-universal appeal.

Space Art by Florent Bodart (speakerine) gives a different take on the splatter-y look of a galaxy by adding an astronaut with a spray can. The visual comparison makes a lot of sense, and yet I find myself wishing the illustration had been tightened up a bit before printing. Specifically, the astronaut feels awkward to me in both his positioning and his proportions- it almost feels like he’s wearing a circuit board strapped over a baggy onesie, strangely thick at the thighs. Still, the idea is strong enough that I doubt many customers will mind.

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Logic by Nate Christenson (natechristenson) combines a great man of history with a great man of pop culture, and it’s pretty effective. I think what works about it is that appeals to logic are often pretty harsh (particularly on the internet), and characterized by troll-like comments endorsing extreme economic survival of the fittest and the like. But this shirt design is evidence of something that feels truer, that being logical doesn’t mean being a robot who acts in opposition of emotion, it can come from a place of honesty and kindness as well. Plus, the art really nails the combo by transforming Abe’s eyebrows and ear- it’s subtle, but still enough to make a big difference.

GOOD JORB! by Perry Beane (BeanePod) appeals to me because of its raw enthusiasm. With the big grin, thumbs up, rainbow and stars, it reminds me of glittery stickers, like the kind you hope to earn by getting quiz answers correct in elementary school. But there’s something delightfully offbeat about this one, both because of the strange yeti character and the misspelled or vernacular Good Jorb text- it almost feels like this is a sticker from another country or a parallel universe, using visual language very close to ours but not quite getting it right. Very fun!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #397: Zip Hoodies

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Looks like Shirt.Woot might be subtly gearing up for the winter holidays, because this week’s derby themes are Zip Hoodies (that’ll keep you warm) and white shirts (perfect for a White Christmas?).

Starting Friday: Derby #397: Zip Hoodies

Bad news: There’s a lot of winter left. Worse still, the fun festive part is about to end. And then what will we look forward to? Taxes?

Happy 2015!


Use either Black, Royal Blue, Navy, Brown, or Irish Green

You can do A) a back print and one side of the front, B) Both sides of the front, or C) just the back.

We can print fairly close to the zipper but not right next to it. Leave at least a 1/2″ gap.

We will make adjustments as needed to make your design work.

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, 5 other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a Plus sale on the following Monday.


Starting Monday: Derby #380: Three Colors on White

No more than 3 ink colors on a white tee.

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.

17 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Nature Canvases and The Alphabet collection

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Shirt.Woot’s top three vote-getters and staff picks for their Nature Canvases merge with their picks from The Alphabet derby in the site’s latest collection. It feels a bit odd to see the collections merged into one sale since they have nothing in common (either in theme or in medium), but there are definitely some strong designs available. Here are my top picks from each category:

Best of The Alphabet: Each dog face in Dog Typeface is packed with character and smooth cartooning, so cute!

Nature Canvas I Am Most Biased About: My camping design Don’t Feed the Bears made the cut.

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

16 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The ’80s contest

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Threadless flashes back to The ’80s with their latest themed design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Think back to a time when Mr. T was on top of his game and Max Headroom filled our 4:3 TV screens. Back then, ghosts needed a little bustin’ and Deloreans were our future’s greatest hope.

Your challenge is to submit a design based on the awesomeness that was the ‘80s.

Were you all about Cyndi Lauper or were you full on Madonna crazy? Which John Hughes movie defined your teen angst? What color were your leg warmers?

Macgyver together a combination of all your favorites and submit your tee now.

Enter before January 5th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1989 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 Etsy gift card.

15 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Design Award 2014 voting

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Camiseteria has opened up the voting for their 2014 Design Awards, and many of the nominated designs have been previously featured in this blog. While the best design of the year will be chosen by popular vote, a judging panel will be selecting Best Veteran Artist of the year and Best New Artist of the year (you can already see the 5 finalists in each category at the link).

Voting closes on December 21st, 2014.

14 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s DOTA 2 New Bloom contest

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WeLoveFine is doing another design contest via the Steam Workshop, this time for DOTA 2 New Bloom. Interestingly, they seem to be looking for more than just t-shirt art. Here’s the brief:

The New Bloom Festival is a time of chaos and reward. To celebrate its release, we’re looking for the best designs out there for plush, vinyl figures, art prints, accessories, totes AND tee-shirts!

Enter before January 12th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a trip to TI5 in Seattle, WA (includes one round trip airfare (US  domestic flights only), two nights of lodging, and VIP badge for TI5). One Second Place winner gets a DOTA 2 Butterfly Sword. Four Guest Judges’s Picks will each receive $300 cash and TI4 swag.

13 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Surrealism and Totes collection

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Whether you want a brain-bending shirt design or something to carry your books at the library, Shirt.Woot’s Surrealism and Totes collection has you covered. Here’s my top pick from each category:

Best of the Surrealism Shirts: I’m super-impressed with the craftsmanship of Italian Brothers.

Tote Bag I Am Most Biased About: My Choose Your Own Stories tote sees a trip to the library as a real-life Choose Your Own Adventure novel.

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