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15 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Inventions derby voting highlights

Timing during a historically stressful week and a tougher-than-usual derby theme may have kept the entry count low during Shirt.Woot‘s Inventions derby, but despite the low numbers there’s still plenty to enjoy. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Benjamin Froglin by perdita00 is delightfully silly, and could not be cuter.

World’s Best Inventor by pgallastegui connects Wiley Coyote and Batman through their shared love of gadgets.

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.

14 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Death Star Summer Camp


Death Star Summer Camp by Retro Division is one of those designs that succeeds by keeping things simple but absolutely nailing the details. The domed summer stripes of a good beach tee look great in this application, and just a couple of minor edits (the negative space circle and the shortening of stripes on one side to mimic the destroyed base) make it unmistakably the Death Star. I love the minty hue of the second lowest stripe, which strengthens the retro vibe. And of course, the unusual font choice is perfectly vintage, just unusual enough to stand out from other designs attempting similar themes.

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).

13 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Not Ready to Mingle and more new this week

Not Ready to Mingle by bewarethevipers is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s an introvert-friendly slogan, paired with an illustration that uses exaggerated hedgehog spikes to make the wearer seem even more wary of closeness. The awkward style of the drawing feels shy and childlike, which helps the sentiment to feel timid and endearing rather than threatening. The roughness of the art is very effective in conveying the hedgehog’s bumbling, bashful personality.

Tiger Squad by benangbaja gets a lot of mileage out of one tiger illustration, flipping it every which way to create a pattern that covers the total expanse of the fabric, front and back. Perhaps because the tiger’s pose is so active (bared teeth, clawing paws and a curled tail) the fact that it’s all the same tiger doesn’t feel that noticeable. Instead, each new instance of angled stripes has your eye bouncing from one creature to the next, never pausing long enough to compare. The end result is extremely wearable.

Plague Apparel by ramsespujol unites the historical and modern experiences of plague by showing a figure in the classic black plague bird mask carrying the very modern bulk pack of toilet paper rolls. I’d argue that this combination alone is iconic enough to stand on its own as a shirt design, although the artist has fleshed things out further with a background of lines. I imagine the lines are to give the impression of social distance, but to me it’s ultimately unnecessary and detracts from the strength of the concept. Sometimes boldness is better than suggesting an environment.

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.

12 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Fitness collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Fitness plus sale had shirts both for avid fitness buffs and for those who’d prefer to avoid exercise, both often peppered with a hefty dose of pop culture. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Planned to Exercise by jasneko makes this curled-up cat look perfectly cozy and content.

Nicest Surprise: Sweat. Shirt. by DoodleToots is a delightfully back-to-basics approach to the subject.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Gets Results is about using exercise to get those slow and steady gains.

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

11 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

WAMI Swag’s Music design contest

Listen carefully, because WAMI Swag has a new Music design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Our corporate karaoke night might have taught us that we can’t sing, but that ain’t gonna stop us! Rock, pop, Dub-step – maybe a little didgeridoo? Who are we to judge?

Enter before January 21st, 2021 for your chance to win. One winner will earn a $250 prize. Any designs sold on WAMI Swag also earn the artist 20% of each sale.

09 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #796: Inventions

Science, engineering and imagination combine in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #796: Inventions

So in our crowd-sourced theme we have come up with the following rules:

– Real or imagined inventions are allowed. Imagined are preferred.

– IP is allowed, but it can’t be anything that already exists in an IP. For example, X-Wing alone would be a no, but an ‘add-on’ for the X-Wing would be allowed.

– Ads, product labels or slogans for said invention are allowed.

No politics and 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.

08 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Wise Cracks derby voting highlights

Funny slogans arrived in an avalanche for Shirt.Woot‘s Wise Cracks derby, with many referencing the strange times we live in. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Day Ruined by TaylorRoss1 nails it with the red panda’s perfectly grumpy expression (and subtle extended finger).

Don’t Give a Sip by burnapaperzach uses an extra-wide smile to make this coffee mug seem smug and self-satisfied.

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.