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27 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Educational and Woot-Branded tees collections

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Shirt.Woot’s staff and voter favorite derby designs from last week fill out the ranks of their new Educational Tees and Woot-Branded Tees plus sales. It’s nice to see the themes separated into their own sale pages again, since I think that helps all designs to stand out a bit more. Here are the pieces that stood out to me in both groups:

Best of the Educational Tees: Panda Loves Reading caught my eye in voting, so I’m glad to see that it’s subtle humor was found worthy of a print.

Best of the Woot-Branded Tees: Crappy Day! is a great inside joke for fans of Woot’s famous mystery bags of crap.

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

26 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #471: Fantasy Football (AFC)

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Following the NFC-inspired teams tackled last week, the next derby gives AFC teams their turn with…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #471: Fantasy Football (AFC)

Design a tee for a fantasy team from one of these AFC cities: Buffalo, Miami, New England, New York City/New Jersey, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Denver, Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego.

No existing sports teams or mascots from these cities/areas.  No cream tees

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


Meanwhile, many artists are branching out from the usual pop culture in the current Trees and Leaves derby, which is always nice to see. But if pop is your thing, don’t worry- there’s still plenty of Groot and Link in the mix. Here are the two underdogs I’m rooting for:

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Chemistree by ChuckleNorris takes trees in a fun science-inspired direction. I’m impressed with how authentically gooey that green liquid looks in the beaker.

Glitch in Nature by dn1ce25 might be struggling to get votes because of a weak thumbnail (it really doesn’t prepare you for how much detail is in the full piece), but I’m loving how original this style feels. There might be some color count issues (hard to say if there’s halftoning at this size), but I’d love to see more art like this entered in the derby.

This derby continues through 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.

25 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Pegue a Medalha

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Pegue a Medalha by Bruno Ferreira totally caught me by surprise, because even in this pop culture rich t-shirt design world, how often do you see a reference to Wacky Races? It focuses on the best of those Wacky Races teams, Dastardly and Muttley, and specifically on their ongoing efforts to Stop the Pigeon (this is probably what is linked in the QR code, though I can’t currently confirm). And if you’re familiar with that song, seeing this design probably just got it firmly stuck in your head again. You’re welcome! What’s great about the art is the way it keeps things recognizable (especially Muttley’s laughing face) while updating the cartoon’s look to something much more realistic. That upgrade in style also makes the team’s pigeon-stopping scheme seem even more elaborate, a complex plot hinging on both mechanical arms, a bird-specific bomb, and a personal flying contraption. Plus, by placing all three elements at different distances, there’s a strong sense of motion to the art that makes it easy to imagine the chase in progress. So much fun!

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

24 August 2015 ~ 1 Comment

WeLoveFine’s Terminator design contest

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WeLoveFine delves deep into the world of robots and time travel with their Terminator design contest. Art should be inspired by the original 1984 film, but stay away from actor likenesses.

Enter before September 15th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash. Three Guest Judge’s Picks will each get $300 cash. Three Guest Retailer Judge’s Picks will each win $300 cash, and their design will be sold exclusively at that retailer.

23 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Spider-Verse design contest

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WeLoveFine‘s new Spider-Verse design contest caught me by surprise because it turns out there are way, way more odd Spiderman-related comic book characters than I would have anticipated… and a whole bunch of them are available as inspiration for this contest. Here’s the list of characters they’d like to see designs about:

Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Man Noir, Civil War Iron Spider, Symbiote Suit Spider-Man, Future Foundation Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Spider-Woman/Spider-Gwen (Gwen Stacy), Silk (Cindy Moon), SP//dr (Peni Parker), Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) *designs featuring the Stealth Suit as well*, Spider-Girl (May Parker), Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O’Hara), Spider-UK (William “Billy” Braddock), Spider Girl (Ashley Barton), Ultimate Black Widow (Jessica Drew), Lady Spider (Steampunk Spider Girl), Spider Punk, Mangaverse Spider-Man, Cosmic Spider-Man, and/or Spyder-Knight

Enter before September 15th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash. Two Guest Judge’s Picks will each get $400 cash. One Diamond Comics winner will receive $300 cash. One ThinkGeek winner will earn $300 cash. One Hot Topic winner will get $300 cash. One Shirts.com winner will receive $300 cash. Two Runners-Up will each get $200 cash.

22 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #470: Trees and Leaves

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Shirt.Woot is feeling outdoorsy with their latest contest theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #470: Trees and Leaves

Design a tee about trees and leaves. Remember to think outside of the forest as well. Designs of trees do well,  but so do other references to the outdoors. No cream tees.

This derby begins Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Of course Shirt.Woot’s Fantasy Football: National Fantasy Conference derby is still in progress and giving NFL teams bizarre new names. Here are the two entries I’d most like to see printed:

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Atom Bomb Baby by leonryan hits all the right notes for this Fallout fan, especially because it manages to include both a Nuka Cola bottle and a Pip Boy.

The Minneapolis Nice! by calbers76 has a great concept (and one that feels very Minnesota) in the idea of the team too nice to win. And I love the charmingly lopsided look of that football mascot!

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

 

21 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Boris Badenov and more new this week

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Boris Badenov by Edie Hernandez (treemanjake) is my favorite of Threadless’s Saturday Morning TV designs this week. There’s a lot about this design that just works. For starters, I like the way this piece pairs the cartoon with another nostalgic element, the “world’s greatest” shirt. It’s a gag that is heightened by the word No-Goodnik, both because it’s a funny word and because the shirt is essentially saying that you’re the best at being the worst. Plus, look at Boris’s expression- his eyes may be glaring with evil intent, but that mouth is beaming with pride. Now that’s the kind of villain you can’t help but root for!

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WayBack Machine by Henry Smith (henroid88) is the kind of design I love to see printing from these corporate themed contests because it uses those familiar characters from the cartoon but every inch of the art is still packed with the shirt artist’s unique style. He’s taken Mr. Peabody and Sherman and shown them through his own lens, personalities still recognizable but shown in a new way. Mr. Peabody’s know-it-all sensibility infuses his whole body, right down to his turned up nose and dismissive eyes. Meanwhile, Sherman’s youth is emphasized with his large, round head (echoing the shape of his glasses) and too-long legs. Time travel themed doodads surround the duo, giving the art one last blast of nostalgia.

Ghost Rider by Christopher Phillips (cpdesign) is a really fun take on Casper the Friendly Ghost, showing our cheerful protagonist on a midnight bike ride… with unexpected results. It turns out all the scary things out there in the dark are terrified of poor Casper, from the full moon to creepy trees and even disembodied eyes lurking in the forest. While the whole environment recoils with comic fear (all big eyes and gasping mouths), Casper remains his friendly self, waving to the crowd as he pulls tricks on his bike. My favorite detail is the tiny face on the bike, but that lovely blue color palette feels so relaxing and beautiful that it’s adding a lot to the piece as well. A really solid design overall.

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Melting Point by v_calahan (v_calahan) features a character I don’t actually recognize, but I don’t think you need any prior knowledge to get the gist of this design. The baby devil is melting an old fashioned TV just by sitting on it, and the concept is fleshed out by lettering on the screen that literally spells out Hot Stuff. I actually think it’d be stronger without the text because to me the appeal of the art is the idea of this devil as a vehicle of childlike mayhem and playful destruction- the text feels out of place to that, more adult and cynical. For me this one misses the mark because of that, but it may also be that it just felt weaker to me because it’s the only design this week with a character that I didn’t feel a connection towards.

Fearless by Nick Danzi (ndanzi) tackles the heroics of Underdog, and what I dig about this one is how much it wears its hand drawn art style on its sleeve. By really letting each stroke of the pencil shine, the design feels like a monument to the art of animation. The dramatic angle of the art, which has Underdog swooping in loops around a massive towering robot, draws the eye right in and gets you immediately engaged in the action. This feels like a more epic sort of battle than I ever remember from the cartoons, and it’s great to see how determined Underdog is to finish the fight and save his city.

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).