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27 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #803: Pirates

Yo ho ho, there’s a new Shirt.Woot derby theme on the horizon…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #803: Pirates

All things pirate-y! Doesn’t need to have a pirate in it, anything related to pirates is fair game! Think maps, the sea, parrots, ships, islands, old world, etc!

ARGHHH!
Mash-ups are okay.
No politics and no cream shirts.

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.

26 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Band Tees derby voting highlights

Music set the tune for other pop culture to dance to in Shirt.Woot‘s Band Tees derby. Nerdy references abound, but here’s a look at two voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Grateful Darth (The Dark Side) by agaena gets the details right in this logo parody, right down to the font choices.

A Tribe Called Stressed by marceepauff is extremely relatable, especially that poor stick figure.

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.

25 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Blown

Blown by Angry_monk feels like a play on the famous Flowers in the Attic design (often erroneously attributed to Banksy). While both replace the expected blood splatter with something new, this piece takes things a step further by also replacing the gun barrel with a musical horn. That choice gives the musical notes more reason for being, and the horn’s positioning implies intense sound blowing through one ear and out to the other side. In this context, the formal dress of the figure puts me in mind of a conductor or concert musician, one for whom music consumes their mind to the exclusion of all else. It’s a strong concept, though I fear the dark ink of the horn on such a dark shirt color might get lost too easily (especially after a few washes). I’d have liked to see a white highlight in the horn to make it stand out a bit more.

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).

24 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: That’s All Folks and more new this week

That’s All Folks by vincenttrinidad is my favorite Threadless print this week. The global warming message feels even more potent when the earth is personified like this, as a cartoon character doing his best to smile through the pain and still put on a show. The manic cheeriness of his facial expression is a good match to the joyfully violent nature of classic cartoons. That said, I think the art could have been improved in a couple of minor ways. One is that there is far too wide a gulf between the “t” and “s” in “That’s,” which puts undue emphasis on the apostrophe. The other is the fire graphic, which is stylized to be much more simple than the rest of the art- a less minimal, more realistic fire look would better match the level of detail on the earth. That said, it’s still a great piece!

This Is A Disaster by FoxShiver uses doodle style expertly to create a character full of dread and fear. Seeing its wide little eyes peeking above the edge makes it easy to relate to this cat, since most of us have had a similar experience of being afraid but also unable to look away. Light distressing reinforces the concept of things being in disarray, as do the erratic baseline of the text and the way the cat’s ears point to the side. Something’s wrong here, but if you can’t help you may as well enjoy the spectacle.

Bicyclist Monster by aldoestrada is an explosion of brightly colored creativity, with something new to discover everywhere you look. I like the choice to give this creature an extra pair of arms, which gives those hands the opportunity to add personality through their activities (wielding a strange net and flashing a peace sign) while the other two remain safely in control of the handlebars. There’s a lot to like, but I think my favorite detail is the way the headphones have a cat ear motif that pairs with the Hello Kitty inspired shirt the monster is wearing. Good stuff!

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.

23 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Time Travel collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Time Travel plus sale has the dollop of pop culture Woot fans expect, along with some fun nostalgic and historical references. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Rome Burning by Simic keeps things simple, and that just makes the concept funnier and more iconic.

Nicest Surprise: Not a Witch by TaylorRoss1 pokes fun at how today’s normal interests used to be a lot more dangerous, but a cute style keeps the tone light.

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

22 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Uniqlo’s UTGP2020 winners

Uniqlo’s UTGP 2020 felt different than previous years because instead of partnering with a commercial brand (like Marvel or Nintendo in past years), they connected with MoMa. The result is a decidedly more artistic batch of winners, and for me the best of the bunch was the second place choice.

Feline Flowers by Amandine Leforestier is a very clever bit of patterning. The artist’s statement shows how these shapes arose by combining elements of floral shapes and leopard spots, but I think the slightly streetwear color palette and scale of the print also helps it to feel influenced by camouflage. I love the way the artwork channels both nature and abstract art, a piece that stands out in a big way from other contest selections.

Check out all the winners at Uniqlo. The collection will be available mid-morning ET on February 26th, 2021.

20 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #802: Band Tees

Sounds like there’s a new Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #802: Band Tees

Let’s see your best fake/made-up band tees!

No politics and no cream shirts.

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.