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02 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hoodies 3 contest

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Camiseteria has a history of interesting, innovative hoodie prints, so I’m excited for their Hoodies 3 competition! This contest includes both pullover hoodies and zip-up hoodies, so possibilities are pretty wide open.

Enter before October 1st, 2014 for your chance to win. Three winners will each earn their choice of A) R$1100 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products or B) R$1300 cash.

01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Space Ship

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Space Ship by Fernando is the kind of pun-based design I love to see, the kind that doesn’t need the title to make sense and get the viewer to smile. There’s something really beautiful about answering the challenges of space travel with an old-fashioned solution. It’s fun to think of distant stars forming currents, and leaving your destination up to fate as you coast through the universe. That said, I’m not sure this design actually needs all those lines- to me, just seeing the ship in a bunch of dots makes it feel like water, and the lines break the galaxy illusion up more than necessary. Still, it’s a very solid, wearable piece!

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

31 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Yetee’s Rule the Internet contest

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The Yetee has a nice contest this Fall for artists who print at their site! In the Rule the Internet contest, there’ll be prizes available to both the artist with the most approved designs and the artist with the best-selling design. There’s also a nice commission increase ($2 per shirt instead of the usual $1.50 per shirt) for designs that exclusively debut at The Yetee.

This contest runs from September 1st through October 31st, 2014. The artist with the most approved designs will earn a 256GB Cintiq Companion. The artist with the best-selling design will get a handheld gaming super bundle.

30 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fall Colors contest

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Threadless is getting ready for the season ahead with their new Fall Colors contest. But while they’re dictating that fall colored shirts must be used, subject matter is totally up to the artist and can have nothing to do with autumn at all!

Enter before September 18th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 REI gift card.

29 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Beer Pong and more new this week

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Beer Pong by Mathiole and Hafaell Pereira (mathiole) is definitely the stand-out design this week. It’s remarkable in the way it absolutely nails the vintage color palette, rough photo-real shading, and distressing to create a piece of art that could easily pass for the real thing (except somehow a touch more stylish). I also love the action pose, tumbling cups making it clear that every bit of the scene is in motion and threatening to burst free from the frame. Really exceptional work, and so high quality that I think it’s appeal goes beyond just beer pong enthusiasts.

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Great Idea by Mathiole (mathiole) won Threadless’s Surrealism contest by casting the moon as the dome of a hot air balloon. While the moon has the look of grey watercolor ink, the rest of the art takes on an antique quality with a series of engraved lines. It’s very reminiscent of the adventure and optimism of turn of the century sci-fi like A Trip to the Moon. One touch that really speaks to me is the direction that telescope is pointed in. You’d expect a guy flying among the stars and with the moon to be escaping earth, but he’s really not- he’s using his height to get a new perspective on the world below. It’s about seeing things in a new way, and that’s a very surrealist concept.

I Like Me. by Mark Thornton Hardin (SomeGuero) channels the totally unfounded confidence of a little kid, which is definitely appealing. There’s humor in the way the upbeat slogan is paired with the unicorn’s decidedly impassive expression, and in his body confidence despite being poorly constructed. But one thing about this shirt really grinds my gears- why use a font for the lettering? The uniformity of the letters doesn’t suit the free-form quality of the drawing, and even worse the font’s use of tapering lines feels at odds with the uniformly thick lines of the rest of the art. I don’t understand that choice at all- surely drawing the letters in wouldn’t have been very difficult or time consuming?

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Fata Morgana by Jacques Maes (JacquesMaes) was another contender in the Surrealism contest, and definitely one of the week’s strongest prints. The art style is exactingly accurate, holding all the precision you’d expect to see in an antique nature book. But the scene it displays is completely unreal, with the giraffe’s long neck morphing into a tree, and the tree’s upper branches matching that with a transformation of their own, into the giraffe’s neck and face. In addition to being a neat visual trick in how it likens the neck and trunk to one another, I also love how it takes a familiar phrase a step further. You are what you eat, but what you eat is you, too. Weird and wonderful!

Corgi on a Bike by Joe Van Wetering (speedyjvw) takes a ridiculous idea and totally makes it work. The corgi is probably the animal least suited to bike riding, what with its long torso and tiny legs. But something about this little guy’s face, with those bright eyes and playfully stuck out tongue, makes you believe that he’d try. The sweetness of that idea is matched by the doodle-y roughness of the art’s lines, making the shirt feel personally crafted. Dog owners will have a hard time passing up this one, and corgi fans doubly so.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

28 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #371: Everyday Businesses of Famous Characters

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Ever wonder what the famous faces from your favorite TV shows, movies and books got up to once the story was over? Shirt.Woot‘s new Everyday Businesses of Famous Characters derby gives artists the chance to dream up creative answers to that question, giving those characters a new role as workers or business owners. Here’s what Woot is looking for:

Show us famous characters at work in everyday jobs. Think about company logos and such.

Remember the copyright rules

No creme tees!

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. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

27 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Literary Classics as Video Games collection

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Shirt.Woot’s top three Literary Classics as Video Games winners struggled a bit with sales, but perhaps the added variety of the runners-up in this plus sale will strike more of a chord with customers:

Best of the Bunch: Poe and pixel art make a nice pairing in The Tell-Tale Heart Container.

Biggest Missed Opportunity: Where’s Choose Your Tragedy? You can’t fault the attention to detail in this piece, and you’d think Shakespeare references would be popular enough to sell.

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