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17 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #722: Rules

Take direction from Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #722: Rules

Please welcome our honorary guest Editor this week Mr. Steven Lefcourt!!

This weeks derby is all about rules; Pool rules, road signs, rules of thumb, slogans about rules, rulers, and rule breaking! You must design something about rules, in any sense of the word and to make this interesting…you MUST follow all of the below rules:

No politics
No cream tees
No Star Wars
No Cats
No Monty Python
No Designs about Wednesday
Any design including a camel must also include a zebra
No using the number 42
Comic Sans can occupy no more than 15% of your design if used
And lastly but most importantly, you can NOT talk about fight club.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

16 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Watermelon Ratio

Watermelon Ratio by Kinkajou88 gives a famous formula a fresh summer twist. By constructing the Golden Ratio segments out of watermelon slices instead of empty curves, it gives the feeling of eating a never-ending pile of melon. Plus, because of the seeds being used, it introduces some new complexity to the form with the gradually shrinking dot pattern, creating two smaller curved lines that mirror the angles of the large green peels. Light distressing helps the concept to seem more timeless, and also helps to hide the cut-and-paste nature of the segments. It all works really well together, though I do wonder if varying the thickness of the green peels so they meet smoothly instead of with a hard step down in size might have been even more effective.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

15 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Living and more new this week

It’s a Living by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s funny to think of the Grim Reaper as just another cog in the machine of a workplace, clacking the keys of his computer instead of swinging his scythe. He goes from being a scary symbol to a very relatable character, and one who might be just as stifled by his 9 to 5 gig as the average cube monkey. The slogan up top adds another level to the humor, and the small detail of the skull motif on the mug is a nice way to add a bit of personality.

The Grim and Her Cats by Sanja (odsanyu) shows the softer side of the Grim Reaper, surrounding the character with a trio of cats. In addition to both having a similar sinister aura at times, there’s a strong connection between Death as the taker of life and cats as possessing nine lives, so the design feels really natural. I like the way the reaper figure is made to feel soft and cuddly here through thee clean, long form of his robes- they’re puffed up like a stuffed toy rather than draping and wrinkled as we usually see. Pink makes a great background color for the sweet scene.

Dungeons & Drag Queens by Legend Derry (Legend_Derry) is a clever play on words, but its appeal goes far beyond that. I like the way this shines a spotlight on the way roleplaying games and drag can both do similar things for their participants- both create a safe zone to experiment with identity and try on different types of personalities, both can be used to satirize or comment on elements of society, and of course both are known for being supportive communities that welcome outsiders. Why can’t the barbarian warrior in an RPG campaign also be a fierce drag queen? No reason at all, creative games are more fun when people think outside the box.

Internet Killed the Television Star by kooky love (kooky love) finds the beauty in computer glitches with this chaotic, colorful pattern. While there’s a lot going on, the strong geometric shapes of rectangles and lines, as well as repetition of color orders, keep things from feeling too overwhelming. This is a design that looks most at home as an all-over t-shirt print, allowing the wearer to literally become an error. The small traditional print, which is also available, just can’t compare and looks flimsy in comparison.

Super Kaiju Robot by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) forms a Voltron-like mech out of Godzilla and pals. I think the most fun aspect of this is that it feels possible- with all these giant beasts mutating and attacking cities, surely at some point they’d bond over their common interests. I have to think somewhere in Godzilla, Inc. headquarters this design is making executives see dollar signs (and future movie possibilities). It’s a great concept, and the artwork fleshes it out well. I’m especially impressed with the way texture is communicated so clearly, making it easy to tell where each creature ends and the next begins.

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.

14 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice Tees: Ad Shirts collection

If you like nostalgia, you’ll like what these tees are selling- Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice Tees: Ad Shirts plus sale is packed with designs inspired by the style of advertisements from the past, up to and including the 1970s. Pop culture, history and hobbies are among the subject matter. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: It Was A Different Time by Spiritgreen lampoons old comic book ads with a collection of hazardous, silly, and dated products.

Nicest Surprise: Cat Fame by transformingegg was a favorite of mine in voting for its excellent palette and retro style.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Snake Oil Salesman features a subtle skull in service of advertising a dangerous elixir.

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

13 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Single Color Designs derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot gave artists to flex their artistic muscle and think monotone in the Single Color Designs derby. With pop culture outlawed this week, illustrated art pieces and clever slogans rose to the top of the heap. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Catatonic by sebasbi brings a style of art rarely seen at Woot, reminiscent of new school tattoo designs and street art. The swirling of the snake is very effective at leading the eye around the piece.

The Forest by burnapaperzach explores the ordinary spooky places in every town for a design with universal appeal that still feels personal and specific.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

12 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest

Unicorns, bigfoots, and sea monsters, oh my! Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest is open to all kinds of artwork about unusual creatures. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Just because something hasn’t been scientifically proven to exist, doesn’t mean it doesn’t. Folklore tells tales of fabled creatures that lurk deep in the waters or shift like shadows in forgotten forests. Elusive to humans, these unbelievable beasts have captured our imagination. From Bigfoot and Nessie to the Chupacabra and Kraken, we can’t get enough of cryptids of all kinds.

We’re on the hunt for the most fantastical, legendary creature design in this cryptozoology challenge. Let’s prove once and for all these fabulous, supernatural animals exist. Craft designs inspired by unknown entities awaiting discovery or create new monsters of your own making. Only brave believers will succeed, don’t let doubters get you down. The search is on!

This contest opens to entries on August 16th and ends on August 30th 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

09 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #721: September

Time to consult the calendar for Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #721: September

This week’s derby is all around the one, the only Earth, Wind & Fire. Just kidding, but it’s not off limits.

The content of your artwork can be anything that relates to the month of September…the start of school, harvest time, leaf peeping, labor day! No politics, so that democratic debate, however tempting it may be is off limits…

Here are some links to get you started thinking:
Earth, Wind & Fire

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.