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25 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Titanfall contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest design contest is seeking Titanfall t-shirt designs!

Enter before February 18th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a trip to PAX Prime (includes one 2-day badge to PAX East, one round trip US domestic airfare, and two nights lodging near the convention center). Two Judge Picks will each get $400 cash. One Hot Topic Pick will receive $300 cash. One Runner-Up will win $200 cash.

24 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Innovation & Invention contest

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Innovation and Invention are the name of the game in Threadless’s latest themed design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

If it hadn’t been for Thomas Edison, we’d literally all be in the dark. Had Steve Jobs, and ultimately Alexander Bell, not exercised some serious brain power, iPhones may have ceased to exist. What about Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web? Did you even know about him? You wouldn’t even be reading this right now had he not explored a totally revolutionary idea.

We definitely live in a world with all sorts of awesome creations, but the best part is: there’s always room for more. Maximize your brainwaves and create a design featuring something totally new, or let inventions of the past inspire your next piece of art!

Enter before February 12th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 Lego gift code.

23 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Borderlands contest

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WeLoveFine is commemorating the release of the Borderlands Handsome Collection with a new Borderlands design contest. They’re looking for art for t-shirts and apparel, art prints, plush and vinyl, and designs should be inspired by Borderlands, Borderlands 2, or Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Enter before February 18th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a trip to Dallas, TX to visit the Gearbox HQ (includes one round trip domestic flight, two nights lodging, a signed copy of the game and a messenger bag). One Hot Topic pick will get $300 cash, a signed copy of the game and a messenger bag. One ThinkGeek pick will win $300 cash, a signed copy of the game and a messenger bag. Two Guest Judges’ picks will each earn $300 cash, a signed copy of the game and a messenger bag. Two Runners-Up will each get $200 cash.

22 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #407: Weirdo Wear

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It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot! Here’s what’s scheduled for this week…

Starting Friday: Derby #407: Weirdo Wear

Design us something weird and wonderful you might not normally see on our site. Maybe it’ll be something you haven’t seen on television? We’re just spitballin’ here. You get the idea.

No creme tees!

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, 5 other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a Plus sale on the following Monday.

Starting Monday: Derby #408: Grammar

No Creme tees

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.


21 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nacho Business and more new this week

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Nacho Business by Mathiole (mathiole) is the design I like best this week, a silly concept that nails the execution. While the art looks rushed, this is part of its genius. Sometimes with comedy, particularly with puns, the more effort that appears to have been put into it, the less of a laugh it will get. That’s because it’s a form of humor that is reliant on seeming off-the-cuff, catching you by surprise. So this style supports the joke well, and despite seeming doodle-y there are actually a lot of smart details. For instance, having the nacho’s blood spill as cheese and break through the panel frame, and the way only a single cactus is needed to give the impression of an entire desert environment.

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The Ghost of the Mountains by aparaat (aparaat) has a quiet sense of wonder about it that I find really appealing. Despite the low color count, most of the artwork feels very realistic- almost to the point where you expect to see the clouds drift across the scene, casting new shadows on the mountains below. And in the face of that photo-real feel, the art’s two more surreal elements (the ghost framing and the perfectly round hot air balloon) stand out all the more. An especially nice detail is that the passenger of the hot air balloon is peering through a telescope. I love that moment because it makes that character kind of a personification of the viewer, something that doesn’t belong in the scene (it’s a different style) but that enjoys and explores that environment. Neat!

As Night Falls by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) is a new twist on the hourglass idea, showing night literally trickling from the top to the bottom like grains of sand. What makes this work for me is the spooky ambiance maintained throughout- there’s a gothic sensibility to the architecture, and the suggestion of a graveyard. The finishing touch that brings it all together is the specific way that night enters the daytime sky- not as grains of sand, but as a massive infestation of bats. Super creepy, and exactly the kind of art choice that ignites the imagination.

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Visit Mordor by Mathiole (mathiole) feels slightly weird to me as being the winner of the Landscapes contest, because while it certainly does show a landscape, it’s really the word Mordor and the association with Lord of the Rings that makes this design popular. In that sense, it makes more sense to me as a winner of a pop culture contest than as one about capturing an outdoor environment on a tee. After all, a pop culture shirt (or several!) prints at Threadless every week, but something truly glorifying landscapes is more rare. That said, there’s no doubt in my mind that this one will sell really well because it does a good job of subtly referencing the fandom while making attractive art that suits the vintage style of the poster style it mimics.

DEAL WITH IT by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) isn’t a design that appealed to me initially, largely because it felt like a pretty outdated reference. But what’s won me over a bit is how well constructed and thoughtful it is. For instance, there’s a slight fade above the sunglasses, giving the impression of the falling motion from the meme. And that’s not all, there’s also a pixel texture coloring all the white in the artwork (a smart choice because it gives a pixel effect without requiring strict adherence to the shape in the art’s letterforms and curves) and even a subtle swirl in the black areas that adds interest. Very polished.

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.

20 January 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot’s Eggplant Tees and True Love collection

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Shirt.Woot’s most recent derbies gave artists the chance to work with a fan favorite t-shirt color and to explore that t-shirt subject classic, love. Here’s a look at the stand-outs in each group for Eggplant Tees and True Love:

Best of the Eggplant Tees: Retro Robot Squad is a fun, colorful group!

Best of True Love: Together Forever is a great piece of cartooning, really capturing Peter Capaldi’s strong nose and prominent eyebrows.

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

19 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Wake Up in a Bad Dream

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Wake Up in a Bad Dream by Eder da Luz impressed me with its realistic artwork, perfectly rendering that explosion in the sky and fire-seared horizon. There’s a lot to like about how the action plays out, with the old-fashioned plane helping to set a surreal tone and the protagonist’s total disinterest in the chaos around him. Instead of turning his head to see the actual state of the world, he’s contest to watch through a TV screen. It’s not even clear to me if that screen is hooked up to anything- that bright glow could just be a reflection of the explosions surrounding him. There’s also a great detail in the way an umbrella hangs off the back of his chair- this is a guy who is prepared for all the wrong things, and is in utter denial of his current situation. The subtle skull framing of the piece makes his fate clear, and thankfully doesn’t overplay its hand by making the interior conform to normal skull facial structures like eyes and nose.

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