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31 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: I Was an Eagle and more new this week

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I Was an Eagle by Ross Bruggink and Brent Schoepf (rhinosserossy) was an easy pick for my favorite design this week, using simplicity in a truly excellent way to show both a portrait of an eagle and a gorgeous natural landscape. I love the way trees become feathers, a star turns into an eye, and (in a master stroke!) the eagle’s tail is represented by a tipi and campfire. It’s the kind of scene that represents all the best of the outdoors, and the dream of coexisting in that space and being a part of it all. Plus, there are some really neat visual moments, like the overlapping curves of the tipi’s smoke and the irregularly-sized dashes around the arrow- it’s just plain interesting to look at.

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Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty… by CoryFreeman & chazwik31 (CoryFreeman) takes a totally unique look at outer space, turning it into a crazy place where when your pet astrocat goes missing, it’s time to hire a cowboy bear with a cape to use some shark jetskis and chase after it. Completely nuts, but also very fun to imagine. I think a great strength of the piece is that both animals have such clarity of expression- the cat looks scared and a bit baffled, the bear is all gusto and determination, and even those sharks bore ahead with gaping mouths, eager to swallow whatever comes their way. The action movie orange and teal color palette works well in completing the otherworldly feel.

Time & Creation by Vincent Caduc (weird&co) is the kind of design that would be my favorite most weeks, only barely missing the mark this time due to some especially tough competition. I love how bold and refined it is, making the most of its few elements. The point of the pencil does double-duty as the top of an hourglass, which helps the design to feel like a bit of a metaphor for hard work- to master a tool, all you have to do is put in the time. In addition to the natural way the pencil and hourglass work together, I like the use of the pencil because it is so fundamental to so much- whether you’re into drawing, writing, or even math, odds are that when you started learning you were just putting pen to paper over and over again, slowly getting better.

threadless howlin for a slicethreadless beautiful us

Howlin’ For a Slice by Katie Cantrell (Katie Cantrell) is a shirt that I should theoretically be very into, because I have a great affection for shirts about pizza. What slightly kills this design for me, though, is that the main pizza shown looks absolutely disgusting to me. Now, given the design’s goal of showing a midpoint between moon and pizza, this problem was perhaps inevitable. But I really feel that a smarter move would have been to go 100% pizza and let context and shape be the sole things tying it to the moon. When you wear a pizza shirt, it’s because you think pizza is delicious… so showing something that implies pizza is anything less than that would be a grave betrayal of a most excellent food. Some would say I am taking pizza too seriously, but on the contrary I feel I am taking pizza just seriously enough. That said, the good news is that the pizza slice in the wolf’s mouth looks way, way better and the overall concept is strong enough that this design should have plenty of fans regardless.

Beautiful Us by Aitch (pink.aitch) is a good-looking watercolor design, full of quirky charm. We’ve all seen designs that use nature and skulls together, but what really freshens this one up is the playful way the characters inhabit the art. The tiger isn’t just taking a cat nap, he’s cradling a bone, bookmarking a novel with his tail, and appears to be taking a break from his lunch of wine and apples. The bird isn’t chilling out just anywhere, he’s peering from an eye socket. And of course down by the jaw a strange paw shoots out behind one row of teeth, while a snake plans to make his entrance from the other end. The skull starts to feel like this cool jungle gym, a world unto itself full of life and interesting creatures.

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.

30 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #380: Ugly Holiday Sweater

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The holidays are nearly here, so Shirt.Woot‘s Ugly Holiday Sweater derby is well-timed. Even better, winners this week will be printed on crewneck sweatshirts as well as tees. Here’s the derby description straight from Woot:

Get all kinds of festive with your most hideous holiday monstrosity. To make this derby extra sweatery (sweaty?), we’re gonna print the winners on crewneck sweatshirts as well as tees! Cozy.

Please observe the list of allowed blank colors for this derby below. If you stray from these colors, you’ll be added to the “Naughty List” and Krampus will fill your bed with spiders. Or your design will be rejected. One of the two.

Allowed tee colors:








-Grass Green

-Royal Blue


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.

29 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Video Games collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Video Games designs score high in creativity and general awesomeness! Here’s a look at the two designs I think deliver the strongest power-up to your wardrobe:

Best of the Bunch: I’m shocked that Ugly Gaming Sweater didn’t make the top three in the last derby! It’s a perfect combo because the sweater style is dead-on, and it also packs a lot of nostalgia for all the gaming gifts kids dreamed of in years past.

Nicest Surprise: I like the way I Don’t Fit In Anywhere gets us to sympathize with Tetris’s most annoying piece.

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

28 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Big Hero 6 contest

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Threadless has teamed up with Disney in a hunt for great Big Hero 6 shirt designs. Here’s what you need to know:

In honor of Disney’s latest super heroic adventure, we’re inviting our community to design an original t-shirt inspired by Hiro, Baymax, and the rest of the Big Hero 6 team. Watch the trailer below and visit the official Big Hero 6 site to capture the spirit of the soon-to-be classic, and get pumped to create the next great tee!

Keep in mind:

Designs must be your original artwork.

You may use any characters from Big Hero 6, but mashups, parodies, or references to any other characters are not allowed.

Designs should be based on the movie. Designs specific to the comic book are not allowed.

No adult references (sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, profanity, gambling, etc.) allowed.

You may not use any logos in your design.

Enter before November 17th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift card, and hand-drawn, framed Big Hero 6 artwork from a Disney character artist.


27 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Comportamento Urbano

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Comportamento Urbano by Rafael Pereira is interesting to me because it’s in some ways the opposite of what I’m used to seeing in a silhouette design. It doesn’t try to pretend that the silhouette’s outline is naturally formed by trees or anything, in fact it’s content to have the profile and contents stay mostly separate. Instead, the green tones give just the slightest suggestion of the man’s shirt and a strong horizontal line hints toward a bandana hanging outlaw-style over his mouth. The ruin in the green gives out protagonist a backstory, a hardscrabble life. The red forms faint mountains, but also reveals something interesting- an X mark where an eye should sit. That damage, particularly paired with the rage-red coloring of that section, makes him feel like a guy who has experienced the worst the world has to offer, come back stronger, and is now intent on revenge. Interesting stuff, and definitely makes the most of each of the design’s elements.

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

26 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Journey design contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest contest is all about the Playstation hit Journey, celebrating the game’s impending PS4 release. It’s a beautiful game, so there’s a lot of opportunity for designs about it to be very visually impressive!

Enter before November 18th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $700 cash (which could rise up to $1000 depending on votes) and a signed The Art of Journey art book. Six Guest Judges’ picks will each receive $300 cash.

25 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Landscapes design contest

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Threadless is looking to nature with their new Landscapes design contest. Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

You know what’s pretty amazing? The whole world.

Mountains, oceans, trees, waterfalls, deserts, the whole shebang. Sometimes we forget it’s out there, but when we stop for a minute to look up it can be pretty dang breathtaking.

Your challenge is to submit a tee inspired by the beautiful landscapes that surround us.

Go on a picnic or a camping trip. Take notes from beautiful photography, or read a book about nature. Maybe even consider an impossible landscape that defies the laws of nature. Design a tee that reminds us how awesome nature can be.

Alrighty then, take a hike.

Enter before November 13th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2500 cash and… $500 cash? (Might be a typo indicating $500 of Threadless store credit).