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17 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s St. Baldrick’s Foundation design contest

Threadless is seeking designs that embrace the joy and hope of childhood in their St. Baldrick’s Foundation design competition. Here’s more about the contest’s goals…

For this challenge, we want you to create a design for a good cause to launch just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds the most promising research into better therapies and cures for kids with cancer. You may have heard of the head-shaving events they host all over the world and now you can be a part of their mission by putting your creative muscle to work! Create a design that celebrates their goal – a goal we all share – to “Take Childhood Back from Cancer.” The winning design will be included in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Artist Shop during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

Together, we can help kids with cancer live long and healthy lives. Because all kids deserve that. This is your chance to think outside the box and get ultra-creative to design something that brings hope and support to so many kids and families who need it.

Enter before July 30th, 2018 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash. The winning design will be added to the St. Baldrick’s Artist Shop as a fundraiser.

16 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Pouet

Pouet by Marion Piffaretti is done in the style of a child’s drawing, but has a lot more going on than those typically do. I like the way it starts out normally at the bottom, with drawings of people the artist knows. From there, though, things get more exotic, with several dogs, an odd rain scene, and even an elephant spicing things up. There are some interesting interactions that hint at a deeper story (like the strange way the yellow dog and orange cat regard each other, and the very different facial expressions of the characters in the umbrella sketch). And of course, the inclusion of Shrek, sitting top and center like the star on a Christmas tree, definitely catches the eye (especially since he is the only use of green in the entire piece). It’s a fun collection of moments to look at, both strange and sweet, and I like the way the wild meanderings in subject matter replicate the weird imagination of a child.

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

15 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Shred design contest

Board sports of all sorts are the focus of attention in Threadless‘s new Shred design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

From the asphalt to the break, skate and surf culture has left an indelible stamp on everything from fashion to language to design. For this challenge, we want you to channel the aggro, gnarly, kinetic energy and independence that both surf and skate culture present.

These countercultures are connected by more than just the surf pipeline and the skate pipeline. With striking iconography that even non-skaters can recognize and vibe, the art of both of these subcultures embraces free thinking, edginess, and is always memorable. Hang loose and make a design to stand among the greats.

This contest opens to entries on July 20th, 2018 and ends on August 3rd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash with additional prizing announced on 7/20/18. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

14 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #665: The SHIRTain of Youth

Shirt.Woot is feeling young at heart with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #665: The SHIRTain of Youth

Youth is a state of mind. It’s also in a state of denial that summer is ending. But next week’s derby will embrace the new school year with a spirit of ‘junior joie de vivre.’ We’re looking for your best kid-friendly designs that will impress all those hip half-pints and mod munchkins out there. So get in touch with your inner-child, and submit your bestest shirts for young shoulders! Cream tees are not invited to the play date.

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.

13 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cult Music Sing-Along and more new this week

Cult Music Sing-Along by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week, and the winner of Threadless’s Faux Music design challenge. To me, what’s great about this image is the way it straddles the line of actual childhood activities and cult ephemera. At first glance, the colored robes look like modern onesies- they’re even in bright, Power Rangers-esque colors! And there’s something very realistic about a little kid showing off with an instrument for their audience of distracted friends. If not for the details of the spooky candelabras, red chalk outline on the floor, and of course the text, everything would feel very innocent and even a bit nostalgic. But those creepy twists capitalize on the already seedy feel of 70s style, and make this almost-ordinary gathering into the kind of freaky, evil gathering that right wing media was always warning parents about. It’s so crazy, it’s funny!

Kitty Tiki by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is definitely timed well for summer and represents the tiki style well. The fact that it uses a cat adds an element of humor for me since it’s such a beachy, aquatic style and my stereotype of cats is that they’d stay far away from water. Because of the upraised paw this design also feels like a reference to Maneki-neko, the Japanese lucky cat, just replacing the lucky cat’s tablet with a more on-theme simple surfboard. It’s well made work, with colors that feel fresh and fun and line art that gives the impression of carved wood.

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).

12 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby Editor’s Choice: Tribes collection

Shirt.Woot artists made designs about all the different groups people belong to in the Derby Editor’s Choice: Tribes plus sale. Whether you’re a cat owner, pop culture fan, or game player, there’s something for most types in this selection. Here’s a look at what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Original Gamer by Luke Steiner does an excellent job of recreating pixel-y TV static.

Nicest Surprise: Almost by Fishbiscuit5 keeps things simple, but hysterical with a subtle text treatment.

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

11 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s ROYGBIV derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s ROYGBIV derby asked for designs that sported every color of the rainbow, and artists happily complied with pieces that exploited the lack of color restrictions. If you’re a fan of wild, colorful art and rainbow gradients, there’s a lot to choose from in this group. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Crystal Cactus by krane0223 turns the usually sparse image of desert life on its head with colorful abundance.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Teacups by walmazan imagines the usually rough and tumble battling turtles as delicate teacups… but despite their dainty ways, these fellows are still ready to fight!

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.