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23 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Life on Mars

Life on Mars by Ludwick shows the fun, footloose side of outer space. While a lot of sci-fi shirts are about precision of line and exotic landscapes, I like that this goes in a totally different direction. By sticking with a more doodled look, there’s a quickness to the art and a fluidness to the creatures- you could imagine these aliens oozing instead of walking, just a huge mass of liquidy drips that act as tentacles. And while many shirts use a black fabric to communicate the darkness of space, the artist finds a novel solution to that problem by using a heavy black ink background for its lettering. That choice means the design still feels firmly in space, but the art gets to live on a lively green canvas. Another aspect I appreciate is the way that although the title is Life on Mars, what we actually see isn’t life on another planet, it’s aliens flying their craft among many different planets. I like the idea that even on Mars, exploring aliens can’t wait to see what else is out there in the universe.

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

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07 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Belleville

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Belleville by Aseyn is a beautiful addition to Monsieur Poulet‘s catalog, impressing instantly with the high level of detail and realism that it contains. One of the things I like about this piece is the way it puts these drawings into a specific context- they’re not just artwork, they’re a pair of postcards, beckoning you to visit these places and see it all for yourself. It’s also a smart approach because layering the two rectangles helps to break up the shirt a bit, making it feel more dynamic and interesting that an ordinary, straightforward illustration would have. Another neat thing about this design is that it shows these spaces as they are, not an idealized or cleaned up version- the wall is still scrawled with graffiti, and there’s a roughness to the line quality that speaks of messiness and grit. Very cool stuff, and quite different from other architecturally inspired shirt designs.

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

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28 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Dam It! and more new this week

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Dam It! by NDTank (NDTank) won Threadless’s Short and Not So Sweet contest, which aimed to find a text-based shirt design. It’s a great choice of winner because the slogan is clever and wearable, while also being supported by a very well-crafted illustration. From the font choice to the colors and even the high-detail style, every choice helps this design to feel like an especially cool thrift store find, a vintage-inspired shirt with a better sense of humor than most examples of the real thing. While part of me wishes the art had more height (so it filled the shape of the shirt more fully), I have to admit that the smaller size is more true to the retro style it’s going for. Really solid work overall.

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Betelgeuse by Pyne (Pyne) imagines Beetlejuice as an actual beetle. There are two possible approaches with this idea, 1) to dress the beetle in Beetlejuice’s outfit, or 2) to make the colors and patterns of Beetlejuice’s trademark look into the actual markings on the beetle itself. I think by choosing the latter, the artist made the right choice because it feels more realistic, especially with the strong shadowing and highlights that make the insect almost seem to be popping off the shirt in 3D. The idea of Beetlejuice becoming a bug like this feels true to the spirit of the movie as well, like it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a missing scene where someone says the wrong word and he’s left skittering across the floor, trying not to get stepped on before the trick can get reversed.

A Donut Eating Cop by Eric Heinz (Ericheinz) is a funded design rather than one chosen by staff, and unfortunately I think it kind of shows. While the illustration is nice enough, it doesn’t suit the shirt format at all. A thick black outline harshly confines the design to a slim rectangle, boxing the donut in oddly so it just misses his elbow on the left but chops off his fingers at the bottom. While the size difference between the huge donut and tiny cop is amusing and the calm, wall-eyed look of the donut makes an appeal to wackiness, it’s also a joke that’s been done many, many times and doesn’t quite manage to feel fresh enough this time around to overcome that. Frustratingly, the fact that the cop has lost his hat (it’s way down at the table, about the size of a sprinkle and easy to overlook) means that I think many people glancing won’t even make the cop connection. For me, that makes this design a miss- a skilled illustration that just isn’t appropriate to the shirt format or innovative in terms of humor.

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Accidentally Tasty by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) provides an Oreo origin story, wherein two chocolate cookies and their white frosting pal have an accident on a three-seater bike and become the cookie we all know and love. I think what makes this so funny is how outlandish and ridiculous it is- like, have you ever even seen a three-seater bike in person? Instead of trying to make the story seem somewhat plausible (like Reeses “you got chocolate in my peanut butter!” stories usually were), it totally revels in silliness. These guys were so happy to go on their bike ride. So horrified when they crashed. And… so tasty in death. They died so flavor could live. The doodle style is smartly spare on the bike, letting the solid shapes of the cookie parts rise easily to the front. Perfectly executed.

Portland by Thomas Guy (thomasguy_pdx) takes advantage of Threadless’s sublimation technique to cover the entire shirt, front and back, in towering tree trunks. I like this use of photography because it captures so much of what appeals to people about forests. There’s the implies vastness of seeing those trees fade off into the distance, the sense of wonder inspired by the trees’ extreme heights, mystery as implied by the fog that creeps into the scene, and even a hint that something amazing might be just around the corner, as indicated by the yellow glow up ahead. Plus, the steady grey tones of the piece keep it feeling really wearable rather than gimmicky.

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).

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21 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 2014 Community Favorite: 4 underdogs

Shirt.Woot’s Community Favorite derby is now underway, and fans are actively voting their favorite shirts from the past year into the winner’s fog. But there are always great shirts that get lost in the mix, so I want to take a minute to take a look at a few unsung contenders. Each of these four entries is wearable, fun, and original, but racked up 5 or fewer votes in the derby’s first 12 hours:

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Viva la Siesta by walmazan has everything you could possibly want – propaganda! sloths! nap time!

A Vision of Flight by spiritgreen traps a scene full of Da Vinci’s most famous inventions within his familiar profile, almost like seeing directly into his imagination.

The Newton Tree by queenmob takes the tale of The Giving Tree and gives it a dollop of science.

Dog Typeface by albyletoy features all kinds of dogs (so any dog owner is bound to take a shine to it) and does it with cute cartoon style.

And of course, there’s way more where that came from- check out all the shirts and vote for your favorites. Try starting from the bottom of the page or sorting by random if you want to make your picks without being swayed by the votes of other fans 🙂

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08 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Singapore’s SG50 shirt design contest

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MediaCorp is celebrating Singapore’s 50th anniversary with the SG50 Design a Tee contest. As you might expect, since the competition is seeking artists to “create something uniquely Singaporean for Singaporeans,” this contest is only open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

Enter before November 23rd, 2014 for your chance to win. One 1st Prize winner will earn $8000 and $2000 in Denizen vouchers. Four Consolation Prizes of $1000 and $1000 in Denizen vouchers will also be awarded.

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12 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

UFC’s Design Ronda Rousey’s Next Walk-Out Tee contest

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MMA fans should check out the UFC’s recent Design Ronda’s Next Walk-Out Tee contest. While non-fans won’t be enticed by the lack of a cash prize, the prize package does include some goodies that frequent viewers of the sport will definitely want. Plus, getting your shirt design worn and autographed by one of the UFC’s most dominant stars is a rare opportunity. Participants should note that judging criteria is 50% Creativity/Originality and 50% Capturing Ronda Rousey’s Personality (with the latter as the deciding factor in case of a tie).

Enter before October 31st, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a EA Sports UFC Octagon Kit autographed by Ronda Rousey (includes a custom skinned Playstation 4 console plus two controllers, EA Sports UFC Playstation 4 game, and Century UFC fight gloves), Monster UFC headphones and earbuds, and one t-shirt of the winning design autographed by Ronda Rousey (plus ten addition t-shirts of the winning design). Additionally, Ronda Rousey will wear the winning shirt at her next fight.

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15 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Formamentees’ Back to School contest

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Formamentees is a new-t0-me t-shirt site, based in Italy and founded with the goal of bringing exclusive, well-designed tees to Europe. While artists can submit their work on any theme through the site’s free submission form (the site will make an offer if the design is selected by curators), they’ve also got a themed contest on now seeking Back to School designs.

Enter before September 30th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn €500 and a €100 Formamentees Gift Code.

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