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21 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s DarWinning collection

Shirt.Woot paid tribute to science with their DarWinning plus sale, packed with all kinds of witty takes on human and animal evolution. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: March for Science by Walmazan is so well-timed, charming and relatable that I’m shocked it got edged out of the top 3 in the last derby.

Nicest Surprise: I Dodo What I Want by Rasabi made me laugh in voting, so I’m very glad to see it printed now.

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

20 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Ludicrous design contest

Things are sure to get crazy in Threadless‘s Ludicrous design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Already scheming for April Fool’s Day? The practical joker’s Christmas may just be one day, but weirdness is forever! And we’re not prankin’ when we say we want you to create a design so absurd, so ridiculous, SO wtf, that it will make everyday feel like April 1st!

Create an army of unicorns flying a rainbow into space, make an all-over sublimated pattern of pigs actually flying, make it look like Photoshop lost its MIND. If you have to ask, “is this too weird?”, GOOD. Put it down on paper! Forget every ‘art rule’ you’ve ever learned, follow your weird little heart, and create a design we can’t take too seriously…SERIOUSLY!

This contest opens to entries on February 24th, 2017 and ends on March 10th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

19 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s We Are So Happy

We Are So Happy by Rodrigo Chinellato is one heck of an arresting image. With its clown faces, dark environment and bright red clouds, the first impression I get of this piece is that there is something deeply sinister going on. The tall buildings seem to lean inwards, looming over the scene like a movie dystopia. The people are just as depressing looking, sporting military-style helmets and deeply lined faces. I like that even the group’s leader looks absolutely downtrodden, not bothering to match a real smile with his painted one even though he busies himself painting happy faces on others. The yellow smiley face badge on his arm confirms the design’s mood-based theme and makes sure no one thinks this is just about clowns in general. It’s hard to miss that apart from the paint and badge, the scary red clouds are the only thing giving the dark landscape any color. Is this their war paint as they march into some kind of apocalyptic battle, or is the look just a sad way of trying to brighten up a bleak world and fit in? Maybe it’s both, but no matter what the story is, I’m interested and I want to know more.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

18 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #592: Celebri-Tee Lifestyle

Shirt.Woot is getting ready for the Oscars with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #592: Celebri-Tee Lifestyle

Roll out the red carpets! As an hommage to the recent awards season, next week’s derby is a celebration of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Be clever. Be brave! Be bold! But above all, avoid actual celebrity likenesses (are you TRYING to get us sued?). Remember, only plebeians submit cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. 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.

17 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Extreme Bullsh*t and more new this week

Extreme BullSh*t by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite of Threadless’s batch of politically-themed tees that debuted this week. I think the vintage illustration style is an excellent choice because it sets up a contrast between the tradition and decorum of the past with more modern rhetoric. The National Parks setting is also smart, both because it calls attention to the current administrations issues in that area and because it presents the idea of this very weary hiker about to try to make his way through a crowded forest where lies grow like trees. It’s funny to think of a sign warning travelers of a psychological annoyance in the same way it might warn of dangers like bears, high river levels, or avalanche.

Psycho by Aled Lewis (aled) is a smart send up because initially it looks like a fairly straightforward image of the White House. Two things, though, ought to immediately pique the curiosity of the viewer- first, that it’s shown at night (how often do you see that?), and secondly, the single illuminated yellow window. Investigating that window is when the real horror kicks in. It’s midnight. Trump is in the White House. And he’s tweeting! Even the flag looks droopy and depressed. There’s also a great detail on the lower right, where a real bird perches (reinforcing the idea of Twitter and its bird logo, but also helping the scene to look even more lonely and empty).

Shut Your Fingers Up by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is another Twitter-focused design, this time transforming their famous bird logo into Trump. In particular, the morphing of the bird’s beak into Trump’s hair is skillfully done. The rough, crayon-drawn style of the image is also brilliant because it instantly calls attention to the lack of maturity and low caliber of what’s been tweeted. All in all, a very bold, successful piece whose message is impossible to miss.

Dare by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is definitely bold and memorable, tweaking a common image into something with a very different message. There’s a real vintage, faded quality to the I Voted layer, which helps this to feel like an old shirt that the wearer has worn a lot and the modified more recently. That’s a real strength for this design, because while a lot of protest or politically themed pieces point out problems, this one actually gives a solution and signifies that the person wearing it isn’t just complaining, they’re prepared to also work within the system and be a part of the process. The use of a cursive style on the red additions is a really nice moment; it implies a restraint and element of tradition that cancels out some of the more anarchic interpretations that the design might otherwise have. Very well done.

Just Say No. by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) is a design I have some mixed feelings about. I love the hand-drawn look of it, which helps gives the art some real character. And declaring your opposition to fake news is a hugely popular sentiment right now, so there’s a substantial audience to draw customers from. To me, though, there’s a real problem with the universality of the phrase fake news- different groups are using it to mean very different things. A left-leaning person would describe fake news as being highly partisan websites that either exaggerate or entirely invent news stories, but Donald Trump and many of his followers use the same term to describe entities like CNN when what they report isn’t to their liking. It’s a real problem to me that someone wearing the design intending the first meaning could easily be mistaken as representing the second. After all, if a design making a political statement is not clear in the statement it is making, can it really be a success?

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

16 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s First Contact collection

Shirt.Woot’s First Contact plus sale is naturally heavy on alien and space themes, but there’s plenty to like for cat-lovers and food-eaters as well. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: For the Hive by Spiritgreen is just about the cutest bee cartoon I’ve ever seen, and there’s a real sense of pride on the bee’s face as he colonizes a new sunflower.

Nicest Surprise: Although it struggled to gain votes in the derby, I really enjoyed imisko’s Love at First Sight for it’s lovely retro cartoon style.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Felicette the Space Cat is a tribute to the first cat in space.

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

15 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: DarWinning derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s evolution-themed DarWinning derby ought to please all the science-minded folks out there, with many designs showing cats, birds, dinosaurs and more doing their best to move up the derby’s evolutionary ladder. Here’s a look at two current underdog entries that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Darwin’s Finches by lvnar pairs a smart, symmetrical composition with an unusual color palette and thick, digital strokes that make it stand out in the crowd.

I Dodo What I Want by rasabi is a clever slogan that appeals to the stubborn dummy in all of us.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters 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.