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31 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #67: Video Games Through Art History

This week’s derby at Shirt.Woot has the theme Video Games Through Art History. Here’s the official summary:

In our perusal of the world’s artistic wealth, we notice a distinct lack of a certain subject matter that interests us and our associates greatly: video games. Oh, sure, they “weren’t invented yet” or whatever, but aren’t artists supposed to be visionaries? So it’s up to you to correct their oversight by rendering video-game subject matter in the historical art style of your choosing. We’re not necessarily looking for parodies of specific works as much as entire schools. From Impressionism to Greek sculpture, from cave paintings to Futurism, from Pop Art to Baroque, show us a masterpiece from the video-game world.

Include the art style in your title. “(shirt title) in the style of Giacometti” or “(shirt title) in a Cubist style” are examples of what we mean. Stay away from copyright infringement. This is tricky, but 1986: The Legend Was Born is a good example of how you can suggest specific video games without getting us sued. The key is, don’t just cut & paste – reinterpret.

Some text is allowed if it is essential to the style you’re parodying. For instance, if you’re doing a Dali melted-watch thing, or a Toulouse-Lautrec poster, or a medieval tapestry. But no slogan shirts, no speech bubbles (sorry, Pop Art fans), no captions, and no shirts where the main concept hinges on the text. Yes, this is subjective. We will be enforcing this one strictly. If you’re at all confused about this, just don’t use text.

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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24 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #66: Versus

This week’s derby at Shirt.Woot is definitely an intriguing one, based on the theme Versus. What does that mean? Well, here’s Woot’s description:

At a time when we’re all caught up in the divisions and rancor of this election, it’s helpful to take a moment and remind ourselves of all the other things that divide us. Where have you gone, boxers vs. briefs? Say it ain’t so, faith vs. works. Come back to the five and dime, irresistible force vs. immovable object. This week, we’re looking beyond the mercifully waning campaign season at other dualities in man, nature, and the universe. Show us two opposing entities locked in battle, standing in sharp contrast, or sitting on opposite sides of the fence. They can be as abstract and general or as concrete and specific as you want. I say yin, you say yang – let’s call the whole thing Derby #66.

Your title should be “(one thing) vs. (another thing)”, so we know what you’re getting at. And both sides should be depicted on your shirt. If your title is “Being vs. Nothingness”, there better be some prominent empty space in your design.

No depictions of politicians or other actual people allowed. We’re expanding our usual “no celebrity likenesses” rule to include political figures, who are usually fair game. More general political statements are OK.

We’re running low on both our enthusiasm for, and our stock of, olive and asphalt shirts, so no asphalt or olive shirts this week.

And finally, no text.

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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17 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #65: Shirt as Costume

The new derby at Shirt.Woot is aiming to get people suited up for Halloween on the cheap with a Shirt as Costume theme. Here’s Woot’s explanation:

Some people accomplish marvelous feats of engineering and artistry in the pursuit of an amazing Halloween costume: cinema-grade fake armor, extra arms that actually move, that whole shower-curtain apparatus. Well, good for them. This week’s Derby is for the rest of us, the ones who don’t need the hassle of some elaborate getup but also don’t need the hassle of people calling them out at Halloween parties for being the only person in street clothes. Create a shirt that serves as an easy Halloween costume, one you can pull on in two seconds but that also gives you plausible deniability against charges of not being dressed up.

Incidental text only. A nametag or logo is fine as one element of a larger design. “This Shirt Is My Pirate Costume” is not.

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 October 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot Derby #64: Pets

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is looking for designs focused on Pets. Here’s how they describe their intent:

Are humans the only animals who invite other animals to live in their homes? Are humans the only animals who teach other animals tricks to perform for their amusement? Are humans the only animals who construct receptacles specifically for the feces of other animals? One thing that separates us from the animals is…our animals.

This week, we’re talking pets, the creatures with whom we share feelings, food, and fleas. If you insist on going beyond the old standbys (dog, cat, bird, rabbit, fish, lizard, snake, horse, little furry rodent, etc.) and claiming that a hyena or a lamprey is a pet, you better show us why. In other words, a portrait of a majestic lion roaming the veldt is verboten; a portrait of a majestic lion on a leash eating from a food dish is OK.

No text this week.

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 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #63: Art as Text

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is based on the theme Art as Text. Here’s how Woot describes their intentions:

Way back in Derby #36: Text as Art, we asked you to take words and make pictures out of them. This week, we’re asking you to do the opposite: take pictures and make words out of them. Confused about the distinction? This week, think about the classic “animal alphabet”-type children’s books, where an alligator’s open mouth makes an “A”, a slithering snake makes an “S”, and a yak’s horn’s make a “Y”. Think about what every kid in America does when they hear the song “YMCA”. Think about those aerial photos where a crowd of people stand positioned in clusters to spell words. Illustrations that form text, get it?

No fonts. There are many fonts out there that do this kind of thing. None of them are allowed. You can’t just type out some text and call it a Derby entry. Where’s the skill in that? Please tattle if you notice someone else doing this, too.

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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11 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #60: Autumn

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has an Autumn theme. Here’s the description, direct from Woot:

Trying to dig out your fall-themed Woot shirt from last year? Let us save you the trouble. It’s time again to commemorate that most brisk of seasons, autumn. Sure, it’s about leaves changing color and falling off – but it’s also about the chill in the air, the brave but melancholy sunlight, harvests of apples and squash and corn. Looking beyond the trees might just lift your design above the leafy masses.

No resubmitted designs allowed, including those that have been altered enough to be acceptable in a typical Derby. We’re looking for new designs. If so much as a single leaf is the same from your design last year, it will be rejected. We’ll need your help on this one, tattlers. Here’s the link to last year’s fall Derby again.

No designs dealing with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Election Day, or other specific occasions.

And finally, no text.

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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06 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #59: At the Luau

Shirt.Woot‘s Derby is back with a new theme, At the Luau:

Nothing conjures up the feeling of gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical mountains like the distinctive visual iconography of the Pacific islands. Tiki idols and thatched huts, grass skirts and hibiscus, wild pig roasting over an open fire, long wooden canoes carved into intricate works of art, moonlight on the waves: just thinking about it is almost enough to carry you out of your cubicle and whisk you away to the South Seas. There’s a reason this exotic, bold, seductive visual style got so big in post-WWII America and remains a retro favorite today. We’re not necessarily looking for anthropological accuracy – just designs that use this visual vocabulary. Aloha – and good luck!

No text this week.

The derby has already begun, 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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