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25 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derbathlon collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Derbathlon plus sale is an extremely diverse collection, since the derby it pulled designs from had three very wide-open themes to work with. From all that plenty, here’s what stood out to me the most…

Best of the Bunch: Existential Disaster uses a rough, almost clumsy cartooning style to amp up the Godzilla humor and emphasize his plight.

Nicest Surprise: It’s always great to see a new-to-Woot artist being printed, and Floater brings a fresh look not often seen in the site’s catalog.

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

24 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Back to Class voting highlights

Shirt.Woot’s Back to Class derby is chock full of fake schools, imaginary classes and nostalgic memories that are very well-timed for the back to school season. Here are a couple of underdog gems that could use some more attention…

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Hall Monitor-Man by mecos is a really smart twist on Pac-Man, and might have collected more votes if the ghost was closer to the arcade game’s pixel style.

RadioCATive by mikiekwoods has it all- a science joke, cat humor, and a very cute, well-crafted illustration style.

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.

23 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Traditional Patterns design contest

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Threadless might be aiming to create some new classics with their Traditional Patterns design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Have you ever looked a pillow or blanket with a boring pattern that was a bit too generic? Well, now’s your chance to reupholster those thoughts with your creativity. Keep it simple and show us your clean, colorful technique to achieve the pattern, or put a twist on one of them! We’re looking for bold designs that turn your classic traditional patterns into unique and artistic interpretations! We’ve also released some amazinghome goods and beach towels that could use some pattern love.

Enter before September 6th, 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).

22 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Elemental Rooster

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Elemental Rooster by Angelo might be one of the weirdest t-shirt designs I’ve seen in awhile. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s so uncommon to see a rooster as the star of an artistic shirt that it begs the question… why a rooster? No answer is evident (although it’s possible the rooster has more prominence or significance in Brazil, where the website is based). Whatever the case, though, it’s an extremely effective composition. Using a volcanic eruption to form the rooster’s crest and waddle feels dynamic, and paired with the tidal wave of his tail there’s a lot of visual motion captured which moves the eye well. I like the contrasting serenity of the center, with its peaceful tree, stack of stones and sunset. The most interesting moments are when two sections crash into each other, in particular with the cave in the volcano that lets the wave’s waters lap in. I’m loving the innovation and uniqueness of this piece!

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

21 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: 12 Animals and more new this week

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12 Animals (That are Definitely Not an Octopus) by Gabe Pyle (GyleDesigns) is an easy pick for best of the week because it does so much well. For starters, it does a great job of reading in two very different ways, depending on the distance of the viewer. From afar the 12 Animals headline and colorful creature shapes make this seem like a really straightforward piece. But when you get closer, there’s a real jolt of humor in the new story that is revealed- as the title’s caption reveals, every animal is really a contorting octopus! The silliness doesn’t stop there, either, because it’s genuinely fun to see all these increasingly creative caricatures that the octopus manages, especially when they’re complicated like the T-Rex or monkey. A neon color palette sets just the right fun, fresh tone.

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Sunset Wars by mu (MU_ART) definitely feels new and exciting with its intense oranges and teals on purple fabric. The sheer vibrancy draws you in, leaving you eager to explore every ebb and curve of those colorful, cloud-like shapes. But at the same time as the colors are what attracted me to the design, they’re also a major concern- I’m very skeptical that the DTG printing of this image will come anywhere close to the brightness shown in these mocks. For that reason, this is one of those times when I really wish Threadless still posted real product photographs. That said, even if the colors don’t turn out quite as promised, I think in terms of form there’d still be a lot to like about the art because of the way those undulating, organic forms are contained in the sharp confines of a rectangle- it feels very dramatic, like we’re seeing a thin slice of a massive event.

Bubble Town by Arkady (Arkzai) takes the idea of houses that look like they have faces and turns it all the way up to eleven. In this world, everything seems alive and full of personality- sometimes even in ways you wouldn’t expect, like the weird dog-faced building and the laughing blue sun. Part of the genius, though, is that some of the faces aren’t fully realized. For instance, the middle left green tower just has two dots- is it a face or just a couple of ordinary windows? A similar game is played with the yellow buildings at the bottom middle- the right one definitely reads as a face, but the left one just has one eye-like window. That creates an ambiance of wonder, where buildings might become something more before your eyes, feeding off your imagination. There’s also some very smart work happening here with color and tone, creating areas of shadow and dimension that almost make the eye dance across the canvas. Seriously good work.

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I’m a Little Horse by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) takes an old pun and transforms it into something newly funny with some skillful cartooning. This little horse is a character you can’t help but immediately take a shine to, with his smiley look and pose that implies he’s jumping and skipping his way through life. It looks like 1) it would definitely be fun to be this horse, and 2) he would 100% love to say hello to you. I like that in this design, even the text is pulling its weight- while most would have probably kept the font consistent through the whole phrase, the artist manages to eke out some extra charm by putting little in cursive. It’s a touch that also makes you emphasize the phrase differently as you read it, which is a smart move.

Eclipse by Benji (Benjamin Ang) is another design that goes the extra mile. I feel like the genius here is all in the characterization. Once you see it, it seems utterly right for the sun to be scared of the dark, and overreacting terribly. And of course the poor moon is totally over this whole situation, bored and angry that he has to deal with the sun’s scaredy cat nonsense every few years. It has the feel of a fed-up parent dealing with a kid who just will not go to sleep, and that’s the kind of frustration that I think a lot of people can relate to.

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).

20 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #566: Star Gazing

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Shirt.Woot puts their eyes on the skies for their latest derby

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #566: Star Gazing

Look to the sky and beyond for your inspiration. Designs do not have to be a night sky and constellations.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.

19 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Text from the Public Domain collection

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Classic literature, quotes and more were explored in Shirt.Woot’s Text from the Public Domain plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: However Improbable is a smart mix of two brainy properties, X-Files and Sherlock Holmes.

Nicest Surprise: I was won over by the zany charms of Say No To Drugs! in voting, so I’m glad to see it printed.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design One Small Step uses real radio transmissions to tell the story of the moon landing in all its technical glory.

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