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23 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

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With both The Big Lebowski and limited edition summer tees making their debut this week, there was definitely a wealth of art to choose from. But the design that most captured my attention was The End of Time Travel by Ben Chen (ben chen). While the idea of a time traveller being eaten by dinosaurs isn’t exactly a new concept, the detail and smooth style of this rendition still make it stand out in a big way. It’s hard not to laugh at poor Marty’s misfortune, and he was a great choice to use as the time traveller both because his outfit and vehicle are so iconic and because the Back to the Future trilogy was so much about how small changes in the past can affect the future. That means that one glance at this image is likely to make viewers wonder what it could mean for Doc, Biff, and the rest back home. Also, look at how great that background is- from strange plants to a pterodactyl, it suggests a lush and exciting jungle environment without distracting from the foreground. Awesome work!

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Fast, Deadly, and Very Useful by Eduardo San Gil Rodriguez (Graja) is the kind of design I love, one that takes an every day object and forever changes the way you see it. We’ve all seen those butcher charts that map out the location of each cut of meat, but in this piece the artist tells us a just-so story about how that image came to be. Clearly, a lone ninja ran really fast at the cow and cut his way through it with precise strikes! The idea that this could all happen in an instant gives you a new appreciation for ninjas (who knew this was a potential occupation for them?) and odds are the memory of it will make you smile the next time you see this type of chart in the wild. It’s smart, sophisticated, and absolutely hilarious.

LET IT ZOM(BE) by Vo Maria (vo maria) re-imagines the classic Beatles album, but with zombies. Altering an image this iconic in this way would be pretty funny no matter what, but there’s something really special about using the Beatles in particular. With their continuing massive popularity, I feel like this is an undead reunion tour that most people would love to see actually happen. And since they tried so many styles in their run as a band, it’s neat to think about what death might bring out of them on a new album.

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Forest Fire by HybridVigour (HybridVigour) is a beautiful and understated piece, replacing the flame of a lighter with a brightly colored autumn leaf. It’s a great connection, giving the orange-red tones of the leaf a new meaning and putting emphasis on just how fragile that leaf is. Soft textures make the lighter feel solid and oft-used, and allow for subtle shifts in the shades of the leaf. This one is both fun to look at and interesting to think about.

The Dude by alby letoy (alby letoy) is my favorite of Threadless’s new Big Lebowski tees. All those regularly spaced, swirling lines are almost hypnotic, pulling you in and directing your eyes to the sunglasses and bowling pin combo. The best detail is the way the stripe on the bowling pin also serves as the nosepiece of the glasses, and then on top of that matches the spacing of the other lines in the design. The only element I’m not totally sold on is the DUDE lettering. While it’s certainly in the style of the rest of the art, I feel like it takes an otherwise understated, stylish design and makes it hit-you-over-the-head obvious. Still wearable, but less sophisticated than it could have been.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

22 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blank You Very Much’s Mobb Deep contest

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Blank You Very Much has teamed up with the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep for a new contest, looking for t-shirt graphics inspired by Mobb Deep and their clothing line Infamous Notorious New York.

Enter before May 19th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Judge’s Pick will earn $500 cash and $500 in Mobb Deep swag.

21 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Dungeons & Dragons contest

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WeLoveFine has tapped the imaginative world of Dungeons & Dragons for their latest contest. Celebrity judges Dan Harmon, Scott Kurtz, R. A. Salvatore and Morgan Webb will be lending their skills to the proceedings and selecting some of the winners.

Enter before May 7th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash. Four Judge Pick winners will each receive $300 cash.

20 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Tri-blend collection

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Threadless did something really neat this week, releasing some great past designs on tri-blend tees. As any tri-blend fan will tell you, these shirts are ridiculously soft. Plus, the heathered look of these shirts makes a great canvas for art, especially designs with a low color count.

Best of the Bunch: 101 Cameras and Steampunk 1852 both look great on tri-blends.

Lingering Question: Given that Threadless’s Select category is now listed under the Clearance heading, are tri-blend shirts the closest we can expect to that quality from here on out? As much as I love tri-blends, I’m not sure that’s a great trade- the Select collection represented so much innovation that I’d hate to see it shelved.

19 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

La Fraise’s Rock My Shirt contest

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La Fraise has teamed up with the Musiques en Stock music festival for a new Rock My Shirt t-shirt design contest. Here’s the brief:

The festival makes its own T-shirts every year, but this year they’ve called out for designers to create a timeless tee containing a message that fits the festival philosophy. You can:

- Submit a more or less mainstream & cross-generational design that reflects on the following concepts
«Free Music!»
«Music is free»
«Set the music free»
«Dare to make music»
«Music for everyone».

- Mention «Musiques en Stock festival – Cluses (France)» – this is mandatory, but should be in small letters

- The festival has no set logo, so should be fun for designers

- Design is intended for use on textiles only

- Maximum of 8 colours allowed

- Keywords: Free festival, cartoons, cross generational, party, good mood, family, timeless, atypical, engaged, rock, concert, liberty.

- The Cluses festival organizers will nominate one winner. The winner will get 1,500 Euros + 2 VIP tickets

- When submitting your design on laFraise, use the tag ROCKMYSHIRT

Enter before May 5th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn 1500 Euros and 2 VIP tickets.

18 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Steven Universe design contest

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WeLoveFine has teamed up with Steven Universe for a new design contest, all about the acclaimed animated series. And with creator Rebecca Sugar on board as a judge, this competition ought to result in some great shirts!

Enter before April 29th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 (which could rise as high as $2000 based on total votes). Three Judge’s Picks will each receive $300. One Runner-Up will get $150.

17 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #352: Grumpy

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is Grumpy, but the cat of the same name is specifically outlawed from this contest. Here’s hoping people also look past the famous dwarf and we get some interesting designs that convey grumpiness without relying on named characters! And now, the full derby description from Woot:

Ugh. Another derby. Just what we wanted, NOT! And while we’re at it, what’s with the jeans kids wear these days? And why doesn’t anyone know how to drive? And would it kill you to pick up the phone once in a while? Look, we’ll level with you. We’re in a bit of a grumpy mood. So this week, we’re looking for the grumpiest sourpuss designs you got. Feed our bummer!

No creme

No Grumpy Cat

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.