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05 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Summer Staycation derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot’s Summer Staycation derby explored all the great (and not-so-great) things about a vacation spent at home. It’s a timely concept, and artists were more than up for the challenge. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Best Couch of the Year by jimmytan makes the indoors mobile with a retro truck, but the soft color scheme (and pets!) are what really make it speak to the heart.

Ignore the Great Outdoors… There’s No Wifi! by zerobriant does an excellent job of pairing its illustrative style and text style, making for a really cohesive result.

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.

04 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Great Vaporwave and more new this week

Great Vaporwave by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The balance in this piece is fantastic, using the curve of the Great Wave off Kanagawa to complete the top half of the statue’s head. Even better, a sun with a line gradient fills in the negative space of the face. The head is, then, a nearly equal amalgamation of three artistic traditions from different eras and different parts of the globe, a tribute to the joy of art that celebrates both high and low culture, from the statues of European antiquity to mass produced prints from Edo Japan and even digital creations of the recent past. So slick!

Nope by Dann Teres (dannteres) imagines a crystal ball being a bit of a downer.  I think the funniest part of this is the casual language, such a contrast to the usually arcane and formal messages presented as from the great beyond. Spirits: they’re just like us! There’s a neat retro quality to both the wavy text and the pink color palette that helps the wording to feel even more incongruous. What I can’t quite get past, though, is the hand positioning- is it meant to be a weird, subtle goatse thing?

Identified by Kevin Mamforte (halfgotten) uses a venn diagram in a unique way, using the central segment to form the bulk of a flying saucer. The white ink of the UFO also provides the detail in the other two sections, with a black starscape above and a red landscape below. The red section is the most active and immediately grabs attention with a speeding plane (are we at war with the aliens?) and a city skyline blocked by mountains and a curving road. This mix of elements makes it seem like urban and rural areas are both under threat of these invaders, and the way the mountains and road are so empty starts to feel unsettling. Have some people already been abducted?

I’m Good by Airic keeps things simple with a rough, doodled style. It’s an effective choice because it makes the cube seem even more cramped and ramshackle, as though the walls might literally be caving in. The character’s posture emphasizes a hunched back and legs pressed tight, like there’s no room to stretch out. Even the thumbs up seems thrust forward for lack of anywhere else to put that arm. While the text says “I’m good,” everything else communicates that this situation is unsustainable. It’s very timely, and gets to the heart of how a lot of people are feeling right now.

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.

03 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Priorities

Priorities by BlancaVidal speaks to the realities of trying to get things done with a cat around. They have the uncanny knack of being wherever it’s most inconvenient for them to be, and there’s nothing they like more than parking themselves on a nice, toasty laptop keyboard. The moment is relatable, and the cat’s expression and pose is the perfect picture of slothful exhaustion. Even the text is well thought out, scrawled messily to highlight that the computer is otherwise occupied. But what especially works about the scenario is that it’s equally true of many humans. We might not literally nap on a keyboard, but especially in stressful or unpredictable times, many people find the idea of procrastination, of napping now and working later, to be irresistible. We are all this chonky cat at times.

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).

02 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Everyday Superheroes collection

From normal moments of actual superheroes to real professions that require heroic qualities, Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Everyday Superheroes plus sale has a lot of options for buyers. It’s always nice to see a mix of pop culture and timely, real life concepts. Here’s whaat caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Snikt-kebabs by ApeLad centers on a great pun and a very memorable image.

Nicest Surprise: Real Life SuperHeroes are the Frontline by Zerobriant impressed me in voting with its excellent lettering.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Teachers Deserve Extra Credit makes a spectacled apple the attentive pupil.

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

01 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Welllness design contest

Stay healthy and happy with Threadless‘s new Wellness design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

How do you define wellness? It’s relative, for sure. As a concept it can be any mix of many things, whether the usual suspects like exercise, healthy eating, yoga, and vitamins, or the new up and comers like Animal Crossing, nachos, pizza, sleeping in for 3 to 5 extra hours a day… or looking out the window at a bird wondering what it would be like to fly. But we digress. It’s entirely up to you, and what speaks to your creative spirit. Let’s visualize wellness in the way we best see fit – whether fit in the typical sense or completely and perfectly redefined – and share it with the world.

This contest opens to entries on June 5th, 2020 and ends on June 19th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

30 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #764: Summer Staycation

Travel is staying local in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #764: Summer Staycation

What’s the summer of 2020 going to look like? What’s your indoor sports team name? What’s your living room camp called?? What are you doing for staycation?? Let’s make sure we keep it interesting and timeless, try to keep it fun and light-hearted and something people will want to wear this summer and next!

No politics, no cream shirts.

No dates, no years, no virus references, can not use the words corona, covid, quarantine or illness of any kind.

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.

29 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Blues derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s The Blues derby kept the theme fairly loose, allowing artists to interpret the concept however they saw fit from the color, to the music style, or even the mood. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Create Yourself by Gammaray85 spices up an great minimal concept with an invigorating gradient.

Sacre Blue by olipop centers around a delightfully French character using one of the silliest swears language has to offer.

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.