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07 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #168: HalloWoot 2010

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is a yearly event, HalloWoot 2010. Here’s their full description:

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves are just starting to change, coffee shops are selling various “pumpkin-spiced” things, and Christmas decorations have been in stores for three months. So in preparation for Halloween we’re asking you to design the greatest Halloween shirt ever. Maybe it’s a shirt you can wear as your costume, maybe it’s a macabre depiction of horror, or maybe it’s your usual cute shiny thing stuffed into a witch’s hat. Please don’t let it be that last one. Get into the spooky spirit with your designs, but like a trick-or-treater must wear reflective clothing, you’ve got some rules to follow:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Incidental Text only. If a tombstone in your design has an inscription on it, fine, but no dialogue and no text-centric jokes.

Alter all resubmissions. Any design from a previous Halloween derby must have substantial substantive changes.

No second acts in American lives. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Matt.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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30 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #167: Meme Mashup

The newest derby theme at Shirt.Woot is bound to strike fear into the heart of every pop culture hater: Meme Mashup. And frankly, the rules make it a little tough even on those who dig a good reference- Woot is mandating at least 3 memes per entry. Yikes! Here’s the full brief from Woot:

The uncontrollable, unstoppable dumbing down of humanity has caused a pretty severe drop-off in the quality of culture we’re turning out lately. These days all you have to do is put something on YouTube and wait for someone else to Auto-Tune it and you’re a pop art genius. Take a random photo and add a caption so pathetically misspelled it would give most grammar enthusiasts an aneurysm and you’re a blog sensation. Photoshop a sullen celebrity into random scenes and watch the lulz ensue!

But if one meme means instant pop culture smash hit, then surely THREE would be even better, right? This week, show us your best meme mash-up using no fewer than three (3) well-known memes from across the internet to make a commentary on the state of pop culture. In other words, don’t just slap Sad Keanu on a shirt. Make sure it’s a Sad Keanu that says something about our society. We’re dancing along a tripwire, so don’t spend a ton of time on your parody/celebrity likeness design unless you’re willing to face a fickle-feeling ban hammer. Pay extra attention to the rules this week:

Keep it classy. Remember the usual rules about obscenity, religion-bashing, hate-speech, and the like.

No photos, tracing, or image appropriation. Draw it yourself, or don’t use it.

You must use no fewer than three memes. Feel free to use more than that if you think it works. Check Know Your Meme for a pretty comprehensive list.

No extraneous text. If your chosen meme has an essential text element (like the “Very Erotic Very Violent” meme), you can use it. No dialogue or exposition, though.

No more wire hangers. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally-randomly named Pilot. (Who just totally-randomly had a baby. Say congrats!)

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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23 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #166

The derby is back at Shirt.Woot, and this time the theme is fairly wide open: Things That Start With the Letter C. That’s definitely a lot of stuff, so here’s hoping people take advantage of variety (rather than entering a dozen Cookie Monsters). This is what Woot had to say about the theme:

What better subject for our third letter derby than the third letter of the alphabet? Descendant of gimel, strongly rooted in Celtic language, and mishmashed in the Normal Conquest, Old English, Middle English, French, and just about anywhere else they have Cs. Show us your interpretation of the letter that doesn’t appear in the spellings of English numbers. Maybe you’ll reference Carbon. Maybe 100 Romans. Maybe a musical scale or a programming language. Maybe something original, even. Keep in mind though, that C also stands for “copyrighted,” so don’t go bogartin’ someone else’s work. And while you’re at it, follow these rules as well:

No text. But if you want to use images to suggest the shape of a letter C, fine.

Things that start with C in languages other than English are allowed.
Be prepared to prove it. No Klingon, either.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No comic book characters.

No trespassing. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Gatzby.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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16 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #165: The Scientific Method

It’s time for a new derby at Shirt.Woot, and this theme should please the geeks: The Scientific Method. I’m a bit scared that we may see a fog full of kitten equations, but here’s hoping people get creative! Here’s what Woot had to say:

Sometimes in life when you want answers, you’ve got to find them yourself. Almost every idiot knows you can’t just cite Wikipedia, so sometimes you’ve got to get your hands dirty with a little scientific experimentation to get your explanation. This week, show us your take on the Scientific Method. Maybe you’ll attest to the value of repeatable results, show us an experiment in motion, or just cram a beaker onto a cute fuzzy animal design and say, “IT’S TOTALLY SCIENCE!” Of course the Scientific Method is all about rules, like our omnipresent rule about not “borrowing” copyrighted works or trademarked characters, so here are yours:

No text. You can use numbers and mathematic equations.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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09 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #164: Prehistoric Art

It’s time for a new derby at Shirt.Woot, and this time the theme is Prehistoric Art. This is probably the least I’ve been inspired by a theme in awhile, though I’m sure some artists will figure out a way to really make it work. Here’s the full brief from Woot:

Before literature, before oils on canvas and before t-shirts there was art. Prehistoric art, to be precise. Cave paintings, primitive sculptures, megaliths, rock art and pottery all remain today as testament to human creativity and its prevalence in our lives. Since we started walking on two legs to see over tall grass we’ve been straining to communicate what we see, how it makes us feel, and what we wish we saw through artistic creation. So for this week get all Paleolithic with your designs and show us what you would’ve come up with if you had been born into an age other than “internet.”

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No modern text. Hieroglyphs (legit or of your own creation) are allowed.

No peas. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Stephanie.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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02 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #163: Rainy Day

Today’s Shirt.Woot derby comes at a pretty apt time for me, at least- a rainstorm knocked out power this morning, and when it came back on I saw the theme: Rainy Day. Spooky! At any rate, it should be a good week because this subject matter has resulted in some cool things in the past. Here’s what Woot had to say:

We’ve all had to endure rainy days (some of us recently-relocated-to-Seattle-types more than others) now and then. They can be exciting (OMG PILLOW FORT!!1!1) or they can be painfully boring (“It’s me, you, and this 5,000,000 piece puzzle, Grandma”) depending on your outlook. So show us how you spend rainy days. Or maybe how you wish you could spend them. Or maybe how you think other people spend them. Whether they’re wide-eyed odes to imagination, sullen depictions of living room ennui, or something else entirely we want to see how you spend the gray drizzly days. Because it seems like we’ve got a lot of them in store. Now for the rules:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Incidental Text only.

No feather boas. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Andrew.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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26 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #162: Cryptozoology Redux

Shirt.Woot has unveiled a new derby theme: Cryptozoology Redux. It’s a welcome return to the subject matter, since the original derby was overrun with invented creatures despite the rich potential of the actual myths. Here’s Woot’s summary:

We’ll save you the research; yes, we’ve done a Cryptozoology Derby before. However because of our awesome collaboration today with 826 Boston we’re revisiting the theme, with a new caveat. See, killer rabbits and Puffaluffs are well and good, but we want to see your take on real examples of cryptids from the study of hidden animals. Things like Yetis, sea serpents, Chupacabras, and those weird fish with hair all over them people used to bring back from the Americas to impress French royalty. In other words we want actual fictitious animals that someone else made up before you, not your fictitious animal that you just made up. There has to be some anecdotal evidence, other than your story about how this would be a neat animal. Does that make sense? No? Well, we tried. Anyway, now for the rules:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Your design must have a historical cryptid. In other words, it can’t be something you or your pals just made up for the sake of a t-shirt design.

No phoenix designs.

They might be cryptids; they might not. Regardless of the debate we already sell plenty of phoenix shirts so do something different for once. Other than that, feel free to use the

cryptid wikipedia list

as a reference.

Latin or Fake Latin Text Only. Feel free to give us a taxonomical explanation of your species. A totally random rule from a totally random Shirt.Woot Director totally randomly-named Joel.

You must submit your design as print-ready artwork.
In fact it’d be pretty nifty if you just started doing this all the time.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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