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02 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Bill and Ted fan design contest

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WeLoveFine looks to pop culture time travelers of days past with their new Bill & Ted’s Most Non-Heinous design contest. Get inspired by the classic movies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Enter before March 31st, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $800 cash. Three Guest Judge’s Picks will each receive $300 cash.

01 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Artist payments increase

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Threadless made a very welcome blog post this week, announcing a massive increase to artist payments. Under the new structure, there’s a minimum payment of $1 (4x the previous minimum of $0.25). Maximum earnings have increased as well, from a former rate of $2.50 up to $7. Previous to the change, it made more sense for many artists to focus their talents on the themed competitions rather than the general contest. What’s great about this shift (in addition to more money for artists) is that it’s a return to form for the site, putting more emphasis on variety. Maybe the voters will enjoy that, too.

Get all the info on the new artist payment scheme in the Threadless blog.

28 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s French Colombes

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French Colombes (which translates to French Doves) by Oeilbleu was the winner of Monsieur Poulet‘s Ensemble contest, reflecting the competition’s theme of togetherness with a pair of embracing doves. The use of one ink color and negative space is instantly appealing, but in this case also something that gives me a lot of deja vu-  the artwork has a strong similarity to the Threadless shirt Huggers. What makes this difficult is that Huggers seems to be both the design that came first and the superiorly crafted piece. With its rougher style, French Colombes succeeds primarily because the concept of doves broadcasts a more political message than a pair of bears does. I’d have liked to see this design learn more from what came before it and really work to surpass the craftsmanship of Huggers, rather than just exist at or below its level.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

27 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Championwear and Tux Tees bundle sale

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Right in line with awards season and Woot’s own T-List Awards, formal dress and being the best are very much in style for the Championwear and Tux Tees bundle sale. Here’s a quick look at some standouts:

Best of the Tux Tees: Miyazaki’s Tuxedo exhibited some really smart outside-the-box thinking, immersing the wearer in a swarm of anime characters.

Best of Championwear: Who Would Win? contrasts the turtle’s dignified, proud stand with some seriously grumpy-faced superheroes (and one pissed off rabbit!).

Item(s) I Am Most Biased About: My shirts A Plumber’s Night Out and World Record Holder both printed, so that’s fun!

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

26 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #419: Shipping Bags

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Shirt.Woot’s new derby themes for this week are pretty interesting, beginning with…

Starting Friday: Derby #419: Shipping Bags

Have you ever ordered a shirt from us? You know that neat bag that keeps it safe and sound from the filth of the delivery truck on its way to you? That thing didn’t just materialize one day; it was designed. And we figure it’s about time to update things, so we’re issuing the challenge to YOU to update our shipping bags. Go nuts with your designs, but know this:

All submissions must use our bag template in AIEPS, or PSD format.

Designs can use only three ink colors: black, Shirt.Woot blue, and Shirt.Woot yellow.

The bag must be white.

Designs must incorporate our exclamation-point-in-a-circle mark, included in each template. This can be scaled but not stretched, skewed, or otherwise altered. The exclamation point must be white on a solid background of black, Shirt.Woot blue, or Shirt.Woot yellow.

No text, except for our exclamation-point-in-a-circle logo. Not even the words “Shirt.Woot.”

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive a flat fee of $1000 and no commissions.

You’ll be credited by name on the printed bags. Do not use the strip across the top of the template, which is set aside for this purpose.

We’re not necessarily looking for Shirt.Woot-themed designs. As long as it follows the rules and includes our mark, it’s eligible.

We reserve the right to reject anything that doesn’t meet our standards or reflect on our company in ways we don’t like, so don’t get all butt-hurt about it.

Pay close attention to the Terms & Conditions when submitting: we will own your winning design forever. If you don’t like that, don’t submit.

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon.

Starting Monday: Derby #420: Psychedelia

Go wild. No creme tees and no marijuana references allowed.

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.


25 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Good Grief and more new this week

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Good Grief by Anna-Maria Jung (queenmob) is, for my money, the best of Threadless’s new Peanuts-themed tees. What makes this design a clear winner is how effortlessly it incorporates so much of what makes the comic great- no matter which character is your favorite, they’re in there somewhere (even Woodstock is holding it down as the dot on the exclamation mark) and it all takes the form of the series’s most well-known catchphrase. It’s brilliantly simple, capturing each figure’s likeness in just a few shapes and colors. Snoopy is an especially great choice to start things off as the G, both because his large snout is so well-suited to the form and because it suits his sense of confidence (not to mention the close proximity to Chuck). I’m also loving how Linus and his blanket team up to form the F.

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Hoverboard by Phil Jones (murraymullet) definitely feels like a Joe Cool kinda moment from Snoopy, all the better because it incorporates that familiar flustered look from Woodstock and his buddies. It’s easy to imagine that Snoopy’s Red Baron fantasies took a turn for the sci-fi once he saw Back to the Future, and of course no bird could resist the chance to help such a great dog achieve his dreams. Something I appreciate about this piece is how even the shadow scribble below the board feels authentically Peanuts-esque.

Adults by Justin White (jublin) was another favorite of mine this week. I think it was a masterstroke to choose the look of early Peanuts for Charlie, since it makes him feel even younger and more frustrated. The words almost feel like they’re literally weighing him down, this huge oppressive force filling the whole front of the shirt. The only part of this shirt I’m not completely sold on is the direction of the speech bubble- shouldn’t it point towards the person wearing the shirt (rather than over the shoulder as it does now)?

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Red Baron Tattoo by Julia Sonmi Heglund (sonmi) really nails that tattoo style, with thin lines and soft fades that make it fun to explore. But while the art is extremely well done, I’m not sure the concept works for me- there just isn’t a connection between that style of art and the youthful, classic feel of the comic. I think the intention might be to capitalize on the military angle of the Red Baron, but I don’t associate pilots with tattoos so much as with pinup artwork painted on their planes. Maybe it’s just me?

Everything Will Be Okay by Alex Solis (alexmdc) is an interesting shirt for Threadless because it’s not at all about cleverness. It’s just about emotion, about constructing this perfectly heartwarming scene between Charlie, Snoopy and Woodstock. Each character radiates with contentment, a feeling that’s magnified by shading that leaves each of them glowing as though lit by a sunrise or crackling fire. I’m also loving the sketchy lines of the art, which contribute to the cozy feel and help it to feel hand-crafted and made with care.

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.

24 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Peanuts contest

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Hey blockhead! Now’s your chance to design a shirt about one of the most iconic and beloved comic strips of all time, Peanuts! Here’s what Threadless is looking for:

Be inspired by a world of Flying Aces, Psychiatric Booths and Great Pumpkins. Create designs of wonder and whimsy that showcase your own talents while honoring the legacy of Charles M. Schulz.

This challenge has been a long time coming so take a chance, create something awesome and play ball before Lucy has the chance to pull it away.

Keep in mind:

Get creative! Your imagination is the only limitation for this challenge. Try all-over prints, patterns, unexpected art styles. Think outside the box, and explore a totally new artistic territory! We’re looking for fresh and original designs and encourage you to let your ideas run wild.

No adult content (sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, etc.) is allowed.

You may use any characters from Peanuts, but mashups, parodies, or references to any other characters are not allowed.

Enter before May 18th, 2015 for your chance to win. Three winners will each earn $5000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a prize pack of limited edition Peanuts swag. Winners will be chosen at the end of March, April, and May. Anyone printed (including Grand Prize winners) will receive a portion of the profits for each shirt sold.