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15 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #713: The Letter M

Crack open the dictionaries, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #713: The Letter M

This week those shirts need to be adorned with things that begin with the letter M.

At least one major element or the whole concept of the design needs to be a word that begins with the letter M. Please no swear words, nothing political or anything too rude we can’t print.

Here is a list of words 24 to get you started!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

14 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Color Message

Color Message by Walmazan is one hell of an illustration. With her unibrow and distinct floral head decoration, this character is instantly recognizable as Frieda Kahlo. But this is no passive portrait of a historic figure, instead we see the artist as an action hero. She ducks low in a dramatic pose, wielding her paintbrush like a sword. A pink cape peeks out over her shoulder, cementing her as a kind of superhero and frantic white dashes emphasize her motion. As she struggled with serious injury, this is something she wouldn’t have been able to do in life, and that helps to highlight that the design is a metaphor for the strength, power, and skill her artwork demonstrated to the world. Her paintings were an attack on the establishment, and that paintbrush was indeed a weapon.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

13 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s May the Bridges I Burn… and more new this week

May the bridges I burn… by KAndersonDesign (KAndersonDesign) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I always like to see a good one color print, and this definitely fits the bill with the way it uses detailed pattern next to solid chunks to simulate change in tone without adding additional inks. The text is treated well with a sophisticated look that makes the phrase’s anger seem glorious rather than vulgar, and the extra flair around the word BURN lets the viewer really relish its dramatics. Putting the whole thing on a box of matches, though, is the master stroke, because it makes the phrase so literal, and also grounds the text in a context that doesn’t require as much delicacy. Plus, seeing that the box already appears to be missing a few matches brings the slogan’s sentiment home.

Dogs are… by Skylar (the Sleeping Sky) stars the most sinister cat I have seen in my entire life. His narrowed eyes glow red. His whiskers droop like the mustache of a villain eager to tie you to some railroad tracks. His rough stripes start to look like the black and white stripes of a prison uniform. And even his posture is disconcerting, with his paws crossed in a very human way and a hard glare that seems far too confident for an animal. The rounded, retro text might be calling dogs bitches (and it is indeed technically true), but with a cat like this it’s hard not to kind of have sympathy for the pups. Against a cat like this, it’s definitely better to avoid conflict.

Love All by Norman Duenas (fhigi25) won Threadless’s Love is Love contest, and it’s an excellent choice. I love how it takes a classic symbol and manages to give it new meaning with the minimal but effective addition of small hands to the end of each colored arch of the rainbow. The rainbow then reads not just as diverse, but as a community that embraces each other, and finishing with a subtle heart at the bottom that clarifies the theme further. A watercolor look gives the colors a bit of soft texture, and increases the comforting, gentle feel of the design.

Miss Coral 1955 by Willem (Astrovix) genuinely surprised me when I saw the title and a close up view- from the catalog thumbnail image, I was expecting a Life Aquatic parody that gave an octopus Bill Murray’s familiar red hat. The reality, though, is that it’s inspired by a type of coral and an old-fashioned style of swimming cap. I’m not personally familiar with either of those things (old swim caps having patterns at all is news to me!), so it’s not a design that I feel any strong emotion or interest toward. For that reason, I’d say that the strongest element is the punch of blue eye shadow, which does a great job of establishing the era, and the way the animal’s pursed expression starts to communicate a somewhat persnickety personality. The might be a missed opportunity in the limbs in not showing any suction cups, since that could make the octopus feel more real.

The Pianist by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) shows an absolutely massive bear sitting down at the piano. It’s funny any time you see a comparison between large and small, so just the sight of that little stool struggling under his bulk is good for a laugh. But it’s also additionally funny because of the delicacy of his task, something the artist emphasizes with the bear’s proportionally small hands and the very tiny music notes emanating from the instrument. I love the style the art is done in, which is almost silhouetted in the way it focuses on outline and lets a soft texture and a few supporting lines be all that breaks up the solid interiors. It keeps the focus on the details that are present, the face and piano playing, without sacrificing size on the rest.

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 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Camp WootaShirta collection

Tents, the great outdoors, and even a bit of pop culture found their way into Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Camp WootaShirta plus sale. And if you’re not the camping type, don’t worry- there’s also quite a selection of anti-camping designs to be had. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Geek Scout Camp by mekazoo shows off badges that most nerdy types would be eager to earn

Nicest Surprise: Camp Central Air by goatcane has a pleasing minimal style that it uses to create some great icons, particularly the very rounded and exaggerated game controller.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Camp Catchemall has a stylized pokeball sky, while Gotham Summer Camp is for youngsters who prefer to sleep in bat caves.

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

11 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s ToyS Tory derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s ToyS Tory derby is full of all things toy, but (as you’d expect, given the title) a special focus on Toy Story parodies specifically. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Plastic Architect by mekazoo keeps things simple with a Lego logo parody, but really sums up a lot of the toy’s adult appeal.

Game Night Club by jrberger is full of references any board game fan will instantly recognize, all housed in the familiar wedges of a Trivial Pursuit game. In my opinion, it’d be even better without the text.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

10 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Venn Diagram design contest

Ideas overlap in Threadless‘s new Venn Diagrams design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Venn diagrams have long been used to depict the relationship between things. Featuring an illustration of two (or more) overlapping shapes, the diagram portrays a new central shape representing combinations of each overlap. Believe it or not, these Venn diagrams have been around since 1880, originally invented by the legendary mathematician, John Venn.

For this design challenge, we want you to find the unique relationship between things. Think of every day objects, experiences, human emotion, even your favorite cartoon. Ever wonder how Scooby Doo and Blink 182 are related? Or how time travel, space ships, and killer robots might all connect? There’s a Venn diagram for that!

Get your thinking caps on and find the weirdest, funniest, or totally obscure things to compare, and create a Venn diagram that would make even your 9th grade Math teacher proud.

This contest opens to entries on June 14th and ends on June 28th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

08 June 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #712: Orga to Meka, Meka to Orga

Robots of all sorts are expected to feature heavily in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #712: Orga to Meka, Meka to Orga

The idea is to turn any organic character into a robotic one, or any robotic character into an organic one! The characters are your choosing! No cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.