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29 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Holy Ship(ping Bags)! derby voting highlights

While the total number of entries is a bit low this week (probably due to artists preferring the familiar t-shirt format to designing bags), there’s still a lot to like in the Holy Ship(ping Bags)! derby. If you want to make your voice heard and influence which design will grace the bags your Woot shirts are shipped in, now is the time to cast your votes. As for me, here are two I’d love to see printed…

Epic Loot by Spiritgreen imagines a Woot shirt as the ultimate dungeon treasure, all set in an appropriately dramatic cartoon fantasy landscape.

Adventure Awaits! by ApeLad shows an unlikely band of heroes (each a unique, intriguing character in their own right) rushing towards something just out of view. I think the choice to keep the illustration very yellow in contrast to the logo’s bright blue makes this one especially striking.

This derby ends on Thursday at noon. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive a flat fee of $1000 and no commissions.

28 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Caniche

Caniche by Kimiaki is really funny, and part of the reason it’s so humorous is that every character in the design is taking things extremely seriously. The human at the bottom is so serious even his mask is frowning, and the poodle has a frown to match. Even the cat, whose mouth style doesn’t really allow for a frown, is shown to be intensely concentrating with angled eyes. The fact that what they’re doing, acrobatics, is meant to be fun only adds to the wacky quality of the concept. I like the way size emphasizes the surreal, with the poodle unrealistically massive compared to the cat and man. I’m impressed with the way this design handles shading, always a challenge with a one-color piece. Some areas let the shirt color shine through, a halftone dot pattern creates a light shade, while a line pattern gives a darker one, and filled in areas are darker still for a total of 4 cleanly defined levels of color. Good stuff!

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

27 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Magic Night

Magic Night by Ursulalopez is technically a Harry Potter reference, but it’s the kind that even muggles like me can appreciate. I like that instead of capitalizing on specific characters from the series, this design instead recreates a moment, and does so in a way that lets the viewer feel like part of the action. The viewer’s perspective is that of just above the eye line of the boaters ahead, so there’s a sense that you’re about to climb into a boat and join the journey. This lower perspective also helps the towers to seem even more looming and impressive. Something I’m drawn to in this piece is the way lighting is treated. Because of the way the boats’ lanterns are echoed in the way the windows glow, it feels like behind every lit window is just as big a group of characters as packs every water vessel. Even the stars start to feel like there are eyes behind them, observing this momentous occasion. There’s a strong sense throughout the piece that something big is about to happen, so the ambiance feels electric and alive. Even the rocky shore, with its blue and purple highlights, looks like it’s glowing and hyperreal.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

26 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing Mediocritee

Serious Woot.com fans are probably already familiar with Meh.com, a site very much in the style of early Woot (with daily deals and a humorous, irreverent style in their copywriting), staffed with many former Woot employees, and created by Woot’s original founder.

But t-shirt fans who got involved with the Woot brand through Shirt.Woot now have a great reason to pay attention as well, because Meh has just started work on a new project called Mediocritee.

There’s not much to say yet about Mediocritee- they’ve yet to put up a product for sale. Everything we know about their future plans is in one fairly vague forum post. But before further announcements are made, they’re taking input and suggestions from forum posters and that makes this a great opportunity to get involved in the process if you’re a t-shirt fan or artist, because your opinions could help shape what the site ultimately becomes.

Here are some specific forum threads that might be of interest:

Artists wanted? is a place for shirt artists and designers to check in and make their opinions heard. Snapster (CEO of Mediocre.com, Mediocritee’s parent company) hints that free t-shirts might be offered to printed artists who post to say hello.

A place for suggestions includes posts about purchasing options (like color choice) and more.

What do you like (or dislike) with other shirts/shirt sites? has some thoughts on what works and what doesn’t in the current t-shirt marketplace.

T-shirt brand? questions what t-shirt blank will be used, including a noteworthy post by Snapster suggesting that “[Mediocritee will] also be seriously considering our own cut/branded tees.”

25 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #597: Spring Sprang Sprung

Shirt.Woot ushers in the new season with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #597: Spring Sprang Sprung

What in carnation? Spring has Sprung! So lettuce leaf winter behind and celebrate warmer days and allergies by having every bunny design spring tees! But seriously, let’s not ALL submit flowers and rabbits? Bee brave. Branch out. But no cream tees, peas. Thanks a melon, everyone!?

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.

24 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Magnetismo

Magnetismo by Douglas Feer is a really funny piece that succeeds by keeping things simple. I like that the artist understands his audience, knowing that people who love these characters will be able to easily recognize them based just on their costumes, no need for anything in the art calling out their names. It’s funnier because it presents an unusual scenario and then lets the viewer fill in the punchline. While the concept and arrangement of elements keeps things simple, I like that the actual illustration style doesn’t- there’s still some interesting stuff going on in the high contrast of their suits, and you can see the artist really indulging in some flair with the way the heart and speech bubble are drawn. To me, that gives the shirt a sense of fun and light-heartedness that helps the gag of Magneto’s love for Iron Man to land.

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

23 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Internet Explorer and more new this week

Internet Explorer by Yort Evangelista (yortsiraulo) is my favorite design this week. I love the way it takes a phrase familiar to any internet user and imagines what it should be like. Instead of a bug-prone browser, it’s a vital tool for navigating the wilderness. And maybe the explorer isn’t technology at all- it’s you, and you’re warm and safe by the fire in an exciting natural world where adventure surely lurks behind every pine tree and mountaintop. The color palette clinches the outdoorsy appeal, feeling like it’s taking cues from scout patches and uniforms. And of course the minimal, thinly lined art style helps the design to feel safe and welcoming.

Happy Little Emojis by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Emojis challenge, and it’s a smart pick. I like the way it takes the central goals of emoji- to convey emotion and information in quick, easy to read images- and applies them to a very natural subject, a man who famously did the same thing with his paintings, although in a more complicated way. Nearly everyone familiar with Bob Ross has positive feelings about him and his work, so his face standing in for a smiley face emoji makes perfect sense. The icons are all well chosen, with tools, subject matter and the finished product each represented (including, of course, a happy little tree!). And the artist did a great job of nailing the simple emoji style, with its soft gradients, smooth lines, and bold, chunky shapes.

Boaty McBoatface Launch by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) feels like an official crest for the internet’s favorite submarine vessel. One thing I find interesting is the way that it keeps fans’ favorite thing about the sub, the goofy name, fairly minimal. The text calling it out is small and unheralded, and the only indication of the sub’s fame is the slight smile gracing it (something many viewers could easily overlook). The white shirt is also a bit of a curveball, as it’s one of the less popular shirt colors and might also feel a bit out of step, since the ocean is typically represented in shades of blue. I think it can be forgiven as a nod to Boaty’s use in the antarctic, though. The style is very Threadless, employing that line-heavy brand of minimalism that is so common to the site’s nature designs, so I do think it’s in the right place to reach a decent audience.

Stand With Standing Rock by Kyle (kylepattison) is definitely one of the better-looking charity shirts I’ve seen. What I like about this one is that, although it’s definitely in that minimal outdoorsy style Threadless loves, the art is also a perfect fit for its subject matter. The bold shapes and fixed geometry feels reminiscent of the classic look of native american patterns. And the objects (sun, teepee, water droplet and stars) all suit the issue and protest, as well as fit together in an iconic, visually interesting way. By nesting the droplet within the doorway of the teepee, it smoothly communicates the idea of native people protecting the water. Brilliantly done.

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).