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18 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #745: This Versus That

Familiar franchises prepare for battle in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #745: This Versus That

This weeks theme is dueling pop-culture franchises. The artwork should be in the style of a sports event shirt, advertising the two competing teams and must include the event name/title. For example, “The Mando Showdown”, or “The Future Bowl”. You can’t use those 2. The teams or competitors are IMAGINED and from your favorite pop culture franchises. They can be from the same franchise or different universes – that’s up to you, but they must be pop culture references.

No politics, no real team names or teams that exist in movies. 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.

17 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Retro Future derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot looked to the future through the eyes of the past with the Retro Future derby theme. Artists happily obliged, creating steampunk takes on pop culture, shining illustrative utopias, and dark dystopias warning of dangerous technology to come. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Cosmo by kharmazero is a smooth, modern take on an astronaut shown in profile, made more futuristic with geometric shapes cutting through the piece.

The Gunshow by benjaminleebates has a delicious color palette, very reminiscent of bright colors painted on clay pots. I love the way the robots pose with their long, metallic limbs snaking through the image.

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.

16 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ideas Rock

Ideas Rock by Jorge López has a brilliant concept, turning the filament of a light bulb into the “rock” hand gesture. It’s a smart combo because it takes advantage of the filament’s natural coiled shape, turning those bends into two knuckles at the center of the gesture. The rest of the hand is rendered in a fast, fluid way that speaks to the motion and wild spirit of the action, incorporating a few more coils at key points to ensure that the entire shape still reads as the same electric wire. Meanwhile, the outer bulb is kept as simple as possible with just a few scant lines to ensure the bulb reads as lit. The design does a great job of channeling the energy and emotion of getting a great idea, solid work.

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).

15 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Mood and more new this week

mood by Trabu (Trabu) is my favorite Threadless print this week. This is simplicity done truly well, with each element pared down as minimally as it can be while still telling a story. From the limpness of the tail to the lazy droop of each leg, there’s a strong narrative of sloth happening here. But in contrast to the lifelessness of the body, the cat’s eyes are alert and suspicious. This is a cat with a plan, and having accomplished his goal of resting atop the red ball, he’s scoping out his next move. There’s something funny, and pretty relatable, about the fact that he seems to have worked so hard to create such an uncomfortable and precarious situation for himself.

Let’s Run Away by Petr Stepanov (Steppeua) capitalizes on the strange structure of cacti to turn its upturned arms into a panicked flail of limbs. Red tufts at the end of each structure emphasize the chaos, while roots burst from their pot in a moment of pure comedy. To catapult the scenario into pure absurdity, little red sneakers are there to complete the look. The scrawled slogan isn’t centered under the image, instead it looks like an obstacle the cactus has hurdled over. Pure comedy!

Hot Coffee by Florent Bodart (speakerine) takes vintage style to a new level by imitating not ephemera from the recent past, but instead the ornate, highly stylized look of medieval religious art. This angel, with his white and gold tones, wouldn’t look out of place on a castle’s tapestry or a cathedral’s stained glass window. But once you read the message on the banner, the art is marked as something much more modern- an ode to coffee rather than the heavens. The artist chooses their wording carefully, and by phrasing it “But first coffee,” is able to imply that even the spirits need coffee’s fuel to undertake their larger than life tasks. Very slick.

Time to Explore by Enkel Dika (buko) is a great take on the hourglass timer, using the familiar shape of falling sand to stand in for the propulsion of a rocket. The visual impact of that change is immediate- something we’re used to seeing go down now suddenly goes up! Even better, the negative space around that trail of the spaceship is black as space itself and packed with stars, planets, and even distant solar systems. A suited astronaut stands in the rocket’s wake and poses as though he’s parting stage curtains, beckoning you in to the universe beyond. The simple message inscribed on the rims of “Time to Explore” completes the theme perfectly, raising the idea that there’s much more to see than time to do it, and also that how you spend your time matters.

Desert Rider by Khairul Anam (khairulanam87) captures the southwest landscape with stunning realism, each craggy rock rendered with an equal amount of care and grit. Towering clouds dominate the sky and emphasize the height of each element in the scene, all of which dwarf the horse and his rider. Tucked between a massive cactus and the dramatic rocky plateau, it’s easy to miss the horseback rider unless you’re looking for him. While the rest of the image is bathed in sunlight, the rider is drenched in shadow- about to enter the wilderness, but not yet truly a part of it. The landscape remains the star, humanity is an afterthought.

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 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Workout Schmerkout collection

Shirt.Woot asked artists to be exercise-averse with their Editor’s Picks: Workout Schmerkout plus sale, leading to the creation of designs that glorified laziness, extolled the virtues of alternate forms of athletics, or even told stories about what sucks about working out. Whether you exercise or not, there’s bound to be something in the mix you’ll relate to. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Avocardio by walmazan first won me over in voting with the way it turns an avocado pit into a pudgy belly.

Nicest Surprise: Avoid Sports by MEKAZOO was another voting favorite for its sophisticated retro style.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design Reading is Exercise wants to train your brain, while Good For the Hearts wishes real life worked more like Zelda.

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

13 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Clubs design contest

Are you a joiner? If so, you might be particularly interested in Threadless‘s new Clubs design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

As long as there have been humans, we’ve gathered together in groups based on common interests to learn, share, and grow. Think of all the clubs you could join at lunch or after class in high school—drama, sports, AV, animal activists, and student council to name a few. Were you class president? Treasurer of the film club? Captain of the shuffleboard league? Maybe your club was the anti-clubs club.

Whatever crew you belong to, there’s a place for you in this clubs-inspired design challenge. Give us your spin on clubs, classic or imaginary, in scenes of underground meetings or typography with slogans and sayings. Is there a club motto or pledge everyone recites before sessions commence? What tenants must members adhere to in order to stay in good standing? Dust off your gavel and attendance log, wave your pennant flag high, and start designing for your fave club!

This contest opens to entries on January 17th, 2020 and ends on January 31st. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

11 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #744: Retro Future

Get nostalgic for what’s to come in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #744: Retro Future

The theme this week is retrofuturism. Your design must depict a retro idea of what the future would look like. Put yourself in the past and think about the future.

No real politics, but fictional politics are allowed. No cream shirts. As always, trademarked franchises or brands must be parodied or done in your own fan art style. No logos, no copyrighted material, yada, yada, you know the drill. No names of real people, no realistic depictions of real people. Any questions?

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.