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24 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #785: Fantasy Literature


Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme might put a spell on you…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #785: Fantasy Literature

This weeks theme is…well…obviously…Fantasy Literature. Your clue is in the title. Your design does not have to be about a fantasy story that already exists, you can make something up. But the elements of your design should be things that are widely accepted as being part of fantasy literature…ya know, dragons, wizards, magic, that kind of thing.

If you are going to use something that exists as your starting point, just make sure its not infringing on copyrights, trademarks or any other protected IP. Fan art is acceptable.

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.

23 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Tattoo Style derby voting highlights

From old school and traditional to new school and pop culture, Shirt.Woot‘s Tattoo Style derby has a bit of everything people might like to get inked on their skin. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Dead Inside by andremuller merges tattoo style with retro cartooning, and I love the humorous touch of that hand peeking out from the coffin.

RPG Sloth by TaylorRoss1 offers a relatable alternative to good, evil, or neutral.

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.

22 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Galactic Victory


Galactic Victory by Djkopet feels to me like an amalgamation of a couple of popular shirt trends, the “racing stripes” with ships at the end and the colorful, striped sunset gradients of vintage vacation tees. The way the ships cut negative space through the large circle feels just like the way sunsets are carved with stripes in retro beach scenes. It’s a slick mix, and it adds a lot of interest and movement to the design. Color choices moving from warm to cool help the white shape to feel like an explosion, with various starships escaping to safety. Below in the cool blue trees, a single ewok raises his spear in victory. Lots to look at, and some cool visual moments that make it a shirt you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy.

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).

21 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Highway to Hell and more new this week


Highway to Hell by vincenttrinidad is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like the way it takes a trio of very scary characters, literal death and demons, and makes them seem like a jolly group out on a road trip. The text’s 80s vibes gives the scene the feel of a retro buddy comedy, as though they’re up to cheeky hijinks rather than death and destruction. The details of the piece, though, make it clear they’re still very much about the afterlife, with flames lining the streets, a desert location emphasizing lack of life, and even a road sign pointing the way to Hell. Silly, but also surprisingly stylish.

Go Vote! by dfonseca creates a really fun voting mascot. He’s in classic vintage cartoon style, right down to those chunky boots that old comic characters always seemed to wear. And befitting his retro styling, the voting method of a checked form slotted into a literal ballot box also feels pleasantly old-fashioned. It speaks to the traditional nature of voting, of contributing to what will one day become history.

Delivering Beyond Expectations by DRO72 strikes me as a shirt about appreciating the little wins of life. Is it a big deal to finally mail that letter you’ve been meaning to post? Not really. Is it even the biggest thing you’ll do that day? Probably not. But does it still count as an accomplishment? Something to be crossed off that pesky to do list? Absolutely! And, as the overly enthusiastic mailbox seems to say, that is worth celebrating. I love the crazy look his eyes have (courtesy of those uneven pupils) and the pure pride of his outstretched arms.

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.

20 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Sci-Fi collection


Science fiction, both major franchises and personal imaginings, was the focus of attention in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Sci-Fi plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Food Web by LPyne makes technology feel like art with its sophisticated owl bot.

Nicest Surprise: Beam Me Up, Scotty by Coddesigns was a voting favorite for its simple but effective beam illusion.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Schwifty Tech takes a subtle approach to making a Rick & Morty reference.

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

19 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fire design contest


Threadless‘s journey through the four elements continues with their new Fire t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

When early humans discovered fire approximately 2 million years ago, they used it to stay warm, cook their food, and ward off predatory animals. Fire remains essential to human survival today, however, when mishandled, it can wreak all sorts of havoc.

For this elemental challenge, use the thought of fire to illuminate your mind. Think about what it actually does. It can light a pathway through darkness. It clears away underbrush so soil can be cultivated and fosters new growth. It burns, whether you want it to or not. Fire has also been used throughout art and culture to symbolize concepts including passion, rebirth, and even hell. Dare we say disco inferno? Any of these ideas can prevail in a new design inspired by fire.

Visually speaking, there are a million directions you can go. The concept of fire gives you a unique opportunity to experiment with textures such as smoke and burnt surfaces. There’s also nothing more alluring than the reddish-orange glow of a flame. Just ask a moth!

This contest opens to entries on October 23rd, 2020 and ends on November 6th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

17 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #784: Tattoo Style


Subject matter is up for grabs, because style is what matters with the latest Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #784: Tattoo Style

The content is your choice, but your artwork must be drawn in a tattoo style. Traditional, tribal, new school or blackwork – the tattoo style you use is also up to you.

Just make sure there is no Halloween, no politics, its not on a cream shirt and also no cats.

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.