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16 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing GeekPins

You’ve probably noticed that enamel pins have been growing in popularity among t-shirt customers, artists, and geeks over the past few years. Enter GeekPins, a site offering one pin design at a time, typically with a pop culture focus and created by artists you’re likely already familiar with (like Karen Hallion, whose launch design is pictured above). Although the first sale has ended, a new pin design is scheduled to launch on Saturday, October 20th at 10am PT.

GeekPins is currently looking for more artists to participate, and here’s how it works:

  1. Featured artist pins will run for 7 days at $12/pin (plus shipping)
  2. Artists will receive $1/per pin sale
  3. Featured pin launches currently have a limited sale quantity of 500
  4. If your design reaches 500 sales, GeekPins will ship 50 of your pins to you (for free) for you to sell at cons, online, etc… (see pricing stipulation below)
  5. After your design has completed it’s initial sale week on GeekPins, you are able to order your own personal supply of pins through us. Our only stipulation is that you sell these pins at a marked up rate from your GeekPins launch of $12. Order pricing will be dependent on quantities, shipping time may be up to 4-6 weeks
  6. At the conclusion of your initial GeekPins launch, we reserve the right to bring your design back “from the vault”. If this should happen, you will receive increased compensation from your initial pin sale launch commission.

*Artist payout/commission details subject to change.

You can find out more and submit your work at GeekPins.com.

15 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Psychedelic design contest

Trippy imagery and bright, bold colors are sure to be a big factor in Threadless‘s new Psychedelic design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Psychedelic rock and hippie counterculture were at their height during the 1960s (aka the trippiest decade). For this challenge, create a design laced with the trippy, psychedelic vibes so good we’ll think we’re hallucinating. Psychedelia (well, the “rated-G version”) is all about trippy, rainbow-fueled art that looks like what we imagine the inside of a lava lamp might look like. Get high…ly inspired by the trippy album art, the Woodstock-worthy concert posters, the visuals of the psychedelic age.

Channel your inner hippie: throw some Jimi Hendrix or Grateful Dead on the turntable, light some incense, and create a design that sends those good, good, good vibrations into the universe, man.

This contest opens to entries on October 19th, 2018 and ends on November 2nd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

14 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Uniqlo’s UTGP 2019: Pokemon

Uniqlo’s UTGP 2019 t-shirt design contest has been announced, and the theme is one that should make a lot of artists very excited… Pokemon! A couple of key factors make this competition different from most tee design contests. One is the emphasis on global participation (last year’s top 3 winners were from Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines), but even more interesting is the focus on designs that use the entire canvas of the shirt.

Uniqlo’s website doesn’t currently show more information on the contest than a spare landing screen, so here’s the prize roundup as reported by Nintendo Enthusiast:

  • Grand Prize: USD10,000, Special Trophy, Invitation to the Award Ceremony in Tokyo, Invitation to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships
  • Second Prize: USD2,000, Invitation to the Award Ceremony in Tokyo, Invitation to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships
  • Third Prize: USD1,000, Invitation to the Award Ceremony in Tokyo, Invitation to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships
  • Runner-Ups (multiple): USD500

This contest opens to entries on October 23rd, 2018 and closes on December 2nd, 2018.

13 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #678: Sports Nuts

Shirt.Woot is asking artists to get off the couch for their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #678: Sports Nuts

Nuts about sports, or sports make you nuts? To be clear we are looking for designs from sports fans and also from those who could care less and might prefer to nap to sports. And this includes all sports, if it’s a competitive…ahem…sport…it counts! The challenge? Phrases “Go Sports”, “Yay sports” & “ Sportsball” are off limits!

No cream 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.

12 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Tokyo Zoo and more new this week

Tokyo Zoo by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a brilliant concept, playing with zoos mission to collect unusual and endangered animals and taking it to its zaniest possible conclusion. It even manages to feel slightly critical of these destinations by giving each gargantuan monster a small, too-crowded patch of land instead of a habitat more suited to their size and love of roaming. The bright, playful color palette and faint roadways do a good job of keeping the eye moving from one creature to the next, though II think some increased interactions between the monsters might have made it a bit more fun (my favorite moment is the way the gorilla seems to wave at the central Godzilla, and it would have been neat to see more in that vein). Similarly, I’d have liked to see a zoo sign on the bottom right entrance to cement the concept for viewers. That saiid, it’s an excellent shirt as is, and one I would happily wear.

The Golden Ghouls by Ian Byers (ibyes) is a spot-on zombie parody of the classic sitcom. It’s a twist that feels right for a couple of reasons, from the show’s strangely sustained popularity to the fact that all characters were old to begin with. Hairstyles, poses, and costume choices ensure that each lady is still very recognizable even green and decayed, and Betty White’s one blue eye goes a long way towards channeling her character’s daffy personality (and comparative youth). Blanche’s snake works well for the same reason, conveying her sharp tongue. The lettering does well to cement the theme, and suits the artwork well by incorporating a spooky cobweb in one G.

Spooky Pals by Joel Robinson (obinsun) turns death into a giant party, where reapers, ghosts and skeletons cavort under a nighttime rainbow. From their gentle grins to their thick lines and blunted edges, these fellows couldn’t possibly look less threatening. Instead, they read clearly as harmless, childlike buddies excited to make a new friend. The gravity of the gravestone pales in comparison to the jovial atmosphere of the rest, with the clear, honest feel of the white shirt and sweetness of the colored rainbow.

Burn in Hell by Troy & Moks (FineTimeStudios) is a fun take on vintage illustration. The strong halftoning sets this one a bit apart from others in the style, helping it to seem more original than imitative of other popular Threadless designs. I like the way the tranquility and presumed innocence of the imagery is undercut by the matter-of-fact, quietly vicious slogan- it’s accurate to the way kids can sometimes be unthinkingly cruel, and to the unsophisticated way religion is sometimes approached by black and white thinkers. In short, it’s very funny, but feels like it also comments on a very real phenomena.

The Grim Reapurr by Khairul Anam (aanmyers) won Threadless’s Halloween challenge, and it’s a very worthy winner. The concept works well because the pun is strong, and it also plays into the naturally ruthless and deadly nature of a hunting cat. The expression on the cat’s face is immediately haunting, as he looks overwhelmed with bloodlust and his carnivorous nature is only highlighted by the way the underlighting puts the focus on his fanged mouth and anticipating tongue. The goldfish looks especially vulnerable in its small, bright bowl, positioned in a way reminiscent of a fortune teller’s crystal ball- but his fate is very clear. The only weak note is the handling of the text at the top of the drawing. I just don’t understand why it doesn’t curve to match the shape of the scythe!

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).

11 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Poetry design contest

Threadless sets their sights on a literary art form with the new Poetry design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether you’re a poetry buff who knows every line of “The Raven” or your poetic abilities start and stop at “roses are red, violets are blue”, this challenge is for you. We want you to create a poetry-inspired design so good that we feel compelled to compare thee to a summer’s day. Think about everything you learned about poetry in school and the famous poets out there. What about this craft speaks to you? Little limericks? Hilarious haikus? Epic epics? There are as many directions to take this challenge as there are poems that exist in this world.

This contest opens to entries on October 12th, 2018 and ends on October 26th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

10 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: All Hallows Sleeve collection

Halloween designs began their October reign of terror in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: All Hallows Sleeve plus sale. With designs that ranged from artistic to silly to terrifying, there’s something to suit most people’s preferred Halloween experience. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Tricked Treats by chachachino is a hilarious take on the crappiest Halloween treats.

Nicest Surprise: Children of the Candy Corn by JennyRex was a favorite of mine in voting, so I’m glad to see its zany collection of candy characters among the printed designs.

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