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20 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: St. Derbrick’s Day collection

Shirt.Woot showed their Irish spirit with the Derby Editor’s Choice: St. Derbrick’s Day plus sale. As you’d expect, clover, green, and beer are all present in abundance, although there are also some clever twists on the holiday that might take you by surprise. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Geeky But Drinky by Miss Jane seems like a perfect fit for the Woot crowd.

Nicest Surprise: O’Kay by lunchboxbrain is impressive in its simplicity, capturing an easy-going Irish spirit.

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

19 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Prologue

Prologue by Béatrice Menuel makes a lot happen with just one ink color, using delicate pen lines to create intricate patterns, textures and materials. It’s a surreal blast of imagery that shows a massive amount of Japanese culture in a glance, combining iconic characters like the musician and the samurai into a large, multi-dimensional coat that is seemingly supported by the largest (sumo?) character whose feet poke out from the bottom of the mass. The complexity and variety of the piece make it hard to pull your eyes away from – there always seems to be something new to discover right around the corner. Extremely impressive.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

18 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Surrealism 2 design contest

Threadless dives deep into a popular art style with their new Surrealism 2 design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Time to get weird. Dali & Magritte are great and all, but for this challenge? Think in terms of modern surrealism. Channel the weird art in the recesses of your mind; create something that subverts expectations and makes about as much sense as a dream does after you wake up. Fill lands of impossible geometry with strange characters going about their daily commute. Create a visually cacophonous pattern of dysmorphic townsfolk inhabiting an everyday setting, or fill a weird setting with regular dancing people. Imagine a normal family watching TV on the couch in an underwater world, or a landscape filled with limbs that exist on their own as normal beings.

This contest opens to entries on February 23rd, 2018 and ends on March 9th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, with additional prizing to be announced on 2/23/18. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

17 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #644: Superpersons

Hope this theme isn’t your kryptonite, because Shirt.Woot‘s new derby might require some heroics…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #644: Superpersons

Incredible powers! Snazzy outfits! Comical sidekicks! Depressing back-stories! Next week’s derby is all about Superfolk. Remember, your designs must count as PARODY! We don’t want the Infringement Avengers to come after us. (See what we did there?) No Bat vigilantes, and no cream villains, erm…tees.?

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.

16 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Strangers

The Strangers by Lorenzo Henriques gives the kids from Stranger Things the look of an iconic Beatles album. It’s a choice that makes sense and feels right because both were powerful groups, and it’s always kind of fun to see kids given the gravitas of such important adults. That said, I think a couple of crucial choices prevented this mashup from being as strong as it could have been. One is that the style of shadowing used on the noses greatly harms the likenesses by making the noses appear very large, more adult than youthful. I’m also unconvinced that enlarging the N was the right decision- in the original logo, the trunk of the T is the only part of the letter that is elongated, and I think the same could have been done here (using the leftmost post of the N). That said, there’s so much affection for both Stranger Things and The Beatles that this design should have no problem finding plenty of fans.

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

15 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Rust in Peace and more new this week

Rust In Peace by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) won Threadless’s Tattoo challenge, and it’s also my favorite print this week. There’s something very neat about the mix of old and new on display here, with the futuristic RoboCop shown through the retro style of an old school tattoo. The Americana vibe of that tattoo genre helps make the dystopian world of the sci-fi cop movie seem even more possible, more directly driven by American values taken to their extremes. And of course, the Rust in Peace pun adds a bit of uncontroversial humor that keeps the rest of the design from feeling too harsh or depressing.

Shoujo Kitty by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) recasts Sailor Moon with a bunch of kittens, and it’s a pretty perfect combo. The idea resonates both because the original series prominently featured a cat (Luna) and because the playful yet fierce nature of cats makes them interesting superheroes. They look sweet dressed up in little outfits, and the way the main cat is posed makes it look like the kitten is batting at a cat toy instead of reaching for a weapon. Colorful, cute and nostalgic is a winning combination, and I think most fans with an affection for felines and anime will find it difficult to resist.

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).

14 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s St. Derbrick’s Day derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot succumbed to an avalanche of clover and Celtic references in the St. Derbrick’s Day derby, delivering a massive pile of green shirts to suit both those Irish and not. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

X Marks the Pot by tjost pits a leprechaun against a mighty pirate in a battle for treasure! It’s a concept with deep nerd appeal, executed with a smooth cartoon style that makes each character seem fun and full of personality.

The Pot o’Gold by grayehound makes the treasure at the end of the rainbow a big bowl of mac and cheese. Strange angles help make the artwork feel even more original and offbeat.

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.