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13 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling Introduces Sneakers

Pampling is branching out from t-shirts with another new product, and this time it’s Sneakers! Repeating patterns created by t-shirt artists like Coddesigns, Tobias Fonseca, and Rogerio Puhl grace these shoes, tackling themes from the artistic to the nostalgic and of course pop culture.

For my money, the standout piece so far is Starry by ddjvigo, which covers the footwear in art in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It’s got a great sense of motion in its swirling lines, and the brightness of the stars add just enough interest to make the pattern come to life.

Check out the whole collection in Pampling’s Sneakers catalog.

12 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Love in Bloom

Love in Bloom by buko is the kind of design that reveals itself slowly, full of secrets that you have to search out from all the detail. At first glance the strange bird and girl’s silhouette stand out, an odd embrace that uses its unusualness to inspire curiosity. Because in this artistic world, a bird isn’t just a bird, it’s also a beating heart battling through being pierced by an arrow. Flowers might form a friendly background, but they’re also shedding petals at an alarming rate. And even the girl, passive though she might seem, carries in her hand the crescent moon. In this artistic take on love, there is great beauty, but you definitely have to fight for it, and expect a few surprises.

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.

11 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Wars in the Stars collection

May the 4th celebrations were in full swing with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Wars in the Stars plus sale. From helmets to heroes to aliens, everything Star Wars is on display in this group of designs. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Illuminated MandoScript by Kg07 mesmerizes with fun sci-fi details in its flowing lines.

Nicest Surprise: There Is No Try by Simic translates a memorable movie moment into minimal line art.

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

10 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Spoonflower’s World Waterways design challenge

Spoonflower has teamed up with Red Paddle Co. for the World Waterways design challenge, honoring World Ocean Day. The winning design will become part of a special limited edition paddle board. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Find your inspiration from beautiful bodies of water like Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, Mexico’s Banderas Bay, or your favorite river in your neck of the woods. Their beauty captured in your creative designs will highlight the importance of preserving the oceans, coastlines, rivers, lakes, marine life and ecosystems so that future generations can enjoy and treasure our one blue planet.

The winning design will be limited to no more than four colors during Red production so please limit your entry to no more than four colors. Due to the nature of Red manufacturing, your design challenge entry should also be non-directional. 

The Red Paddle Co team will work directly with the winning designer to get their design ready for Red’s manufacturing process.

Enter before June 3rd, 2021 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a $500 cash prize (this also serves as the licensing fee), a limited edition 10’6″ Ride SUP featuring the winning design ($1299 value), and $500 Spoonflower credit. Second place wins a $200 Spoonflower credit and $250 Red Original credit (Red Paddle Co.’s premium lifestyle accessories brand). Third place gets $200 Spoonflower credit and $200 Red Original credit. 4th through 10th place each receive $50 Spoonflower credit and $50 Red Original credit.

08 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #813: Literal Movie & Game Titles

What’s in a name? Exactly what you think, at least in the new Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #813: Literal Movie & Game Titles

This one should be fun! Take a movie or game title and illustrate a literal representation of it! For example, “Star Wars” could be two stars at war with each other.

No politics, no cream shirts, no Covid/masks.

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.

07 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s I Love the 90s derby voting highlights

Nostalgia ruled in Shirt.Woot‘s I Love the 90s derby, which celebrated the popular culture, style, and technology of that era. Given the differing ages and backgrounds of Wooters, it should be no surprise that both children’s media and adult media from the 90s are well-represented. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

T-Files by mekazoo makes its Tetris art extra-moody by using the monotone look of its GameBoy edition and some strategic distressing.

Thanks, Clarissa! by BlairJCampbell mimics the doodle style of the show’s classic title to create a very funny slogan.

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.

06 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Painting Day

Painting Day by Robert Ritcher uses the mechanic of painting to turn night into day, and in an extremely charming choice, uses an astronaut as the painter. It’s a quirky choice, and one that helps make the surreal scene tell a story. It’s sweet to think of a space explorer, bored with the cold emptiness of space, taking it into his own hands to brighten up the place. Whether you read the design as an astronaut changing his own night to day or as him changing the night to day for the world, it’s a slick concept. The power of the transition is enhanced by the way the sun/moon is split so starkly and by the detail of each body (craters and sunspots). To keep the space side of things from paling in comparison to the brighter day elements, a bright white ladder and pair of shooting stars create interest. Good stuff!

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).