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03 April 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Happy Thoughts derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot encouraged artists to spin positive messages in the Happy Thoughts derby. They also requested that graphic elements be kept to a minimum, with the emphasis on slogans that are hand-drawn or manipulated in some way. As you’d expect, the current quarantine is on a lot of minds and as such is heavily reflected in many of the designs this week. But there’s also plenty of material that will still be fresh and relevant after the situation comes to a close. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Shoot for the Moon by paxdomino is a clever motivational spin on the poor aim of Star Wars villains.

Get Happy by cdrewlow has lovely looseness in its lettering that perfectly communicates its retro theme.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

02 April 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s To The Death Star

To the Death Star by EduEly is deeply silly, and that’s what makes it so much fun. Most people who had the idea to draw Darth Vader on a unicorn would just make the animal as we typically see it, basically a horse with a horn. What I love about this design is that the artist decided that wouldn’t be weird enough and instead created this odd creature out of stormtrooper parts! Black visor, shiny white armor, and mechanical-looking segments are contrasted with the artistic flow of a bright pink mane and tail, fantasy meets science-fiction. I also like how Vader is handled, somehow able to look quite joyous even though only the curves of his eyes are visible under that classic helmet. It all feels like the same kind of humor you’d see in something like Deadpool, a feeling that is enhanced by the comic book details (approved by the Sith authority, bar code section) that have been included. Good stuff!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

01 April 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: 9 Lives and more this week

9 Lives by Joel Robinson (obinsun) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The style of the piece is perfect for the subject matter, rounding out all the forms into cuddly lumps that look like pillows. It’s soft and comforting, making it easy to see why even a death-adjacent dude like the grim reaper would succumb to these kitties’ charms. Even better, there are a lot of fun details in the piece that take the main joke a bit further, like the shocked cat noticing his owner’s scythe and the playful kitten batting at a toy mouse (maybe he takes after his owner!). Very fun!

Northern Lights by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) lives up to its title in spectacular fashion with not just a glimpse of those famous lights, but also the feel of the land they emerge from. I love the way the white shirt color is used to create a striding polar bear traveling through the darkened forest, matching the white of the moon that becomes the larger bear’s eye. In other places silhouetted trees poke in and out of the bear’s form, both serving as a wintery landscape and as an illusion of rough fur. It’s slick stuff, and those lights really do seem to dance before your eyes.

Waves by Mateus Quandt (mateusquandt) proves the versatility of black and white and simple geometric shapes, using this limited visual palette to express something typically seen with lots of bright color and organic lines. The line break does nice work of replicating the gentle crashing of waves, and there’s something neat about the way it starts to resemble piano keys. The sun is heavy and solid, its bulk emphasized by the way it is cut almost precisely in half by the water. But its rays are much lighter, and fade out delicately from the edges. I think those rays might have an even nicer balance if their solidity faded based on proximity to the sun rather than to the edge of the canvas, but it’s a relatively minor gripe.

The Wanderer by Francis Minoza (nicebleed) is a gorgeous space scene, rich with sandy dunes that evoke adventure just out of sight over the next hill. I love the almost liquid curves of the landscape, and how warm the shades of orange and gold look together. It’s a smart move to keep the lone astronaut nearly in the shadows, as his size and placement help him to feel small and lost in this exotic place. I’m very intrigued by the silver-y colors of the ringed planet at the edge of the horizon, which creates some ambiguity of whether it’s a planet at all… or maybe some kind of mysterious craft, crashed in the sands ahead. Awesome to see a piece combine great art with great storytelling.

Blobfish Cuddle Party by Aaron Thong (agrimony) finds cuteness in an awkward animal. Blobfishes are strange-looking animals, with wide mouths, big noses, and an over-all melted appearance. I like the way this design leans into that, and lets this group of fish melt into each other in a giant snuggle. Instead of a gross deep sea fish, they seem like friendly, lazy creatures- the sloth of the sea, maybe. And by placing the art on a pink shirt, the fish seem less creepily human-featured and become more pleasantly cotton candy colored, like if Jigglypuff experienced an awkward stage in his development.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

31 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Great Outdoors collection

Designs were wild in Shirt.Woot‘s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Great Outdoors plus sale. From pop culture nature tees to good old fashioned nature activities and even some quarantine-friendly gags, there’s plenty of variety in this group. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: S’More the Merrier by ApeLad turns the campfire’s tastiest treat into a giant hug.

Nicest Surprise: Why Are There So Many? by spiritgreen first caught my eye in voting with its gorgeous rainbow colors.

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

30 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Memphis Design t-shirt design contest

Think retro 80s looks for Threadless‘s new Memphis Design t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

A truly hot mix of plastic, color, and abstract, asymmetric shapes and squiggles, the Memphis Design style epitomized the look of the 1980s. Originally created by an Italian design and architecture firm called The Memphis Group, the movement manifested itself in a wide array of bold, postmodern artworks, furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, metal objects, and even household items. The style was once called “a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price,” by a design columnist*, and yet was heavily collected by the late, great David Bowie.

So gather your neon, pastel, and primary colors to create a design in true Memphis style. Revive this postmodern aesthetic with chunky geometric shapes, squiggles, and peculiar all-over-print patterns that the Starman himself would swoon over. Whether you lean into pure ‘80s color schemes or create your own retro appeal, be sure to explore how different shapes and colors can fit together or how one repeated shape becomes an ideal background for your design. It’s time to let symbols, shapes, and color do the talking as you give us your Memphis best.

This contest opens to entries on April 3rd, 2020 and ends on April 17th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

28 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #755: Happy Thoughts

Look on the bright side with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #755: Happy Thoughts

This derby is text only!!!

We could all use a break from the news, so let’s think happy thoughts! I want them on tees, text only with embellishments. Embellish out the wazoo…but no full pictures or major graphic elements.

Phrases, slogans…keep it light-hearted, happy and positive! As much you bunch of pessimistic, introverted, sarcastic folks can…

Also text must be hand drawn or computer manipulated. I still don’t like comic sans.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

27 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Jokes On You derby voting highlights

Humor of all sorts took the forefront in Shirt.Woot‘s Jokes On You derby. From the classic knock-knock joke to puns and commentary on the current flu crisis, all angles of funny business are thoroughly explored. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Mug Life by mekazoo is perfect for the coffee or tea aficionado, and I’m especially enjoying the cartoonish rounding of the pixels on the 8bit sunglasses.

Coffee Prank! by Raffiti trades the classic bucket of water over a doorway gag for a huge mug of coffee- that’ll definitely wake this sloth up!

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.