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11 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

New this week at Threadless

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Love Your Fellow as Yourself by Shmoo (shmoopa) is my pick for shirt of the week at Threadless. I will grant that it’s not the most original idea in the world, but it’s still a solid idea (maybe even timeless) and the execution is superb. Those bulky slab serifs have a bit of a vintage feel, but what really impresses me is the softness of those letters up close- they’re proportioned really well, but still have a custom, handmade feel. While it would probably be a better fit for a print than a tee (at least in some sizes, the print feels awkward)… but I would wear it anyway. Classic.

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L-L-lumberjack by James Gruber (jameses.x) shows the emotional turmoil of a forest facing its own destruction. Some pretend not to notice the threat (whistling or reading the paper), while others hide or flat out panic. After all, to a tree that industrious lumberjack is nothing short of an axe murderer. Sure, the concept’s been done before, but the execution is really solid, with appealing cartoon expressions on the trees and dimension expressed well with highlights and shading. The red of the axe is wickedly funny, both appropriate to the instrument and reinforcement of the violent theme (as the only solid red in the design).

Tectonic Wormhole by Joe Van Wetering (speedyjvw) is probably the most intriguing shirt debuting this week. It feels like a rip in reality, with the universe shimmering within it. It’s a great visual, though a bit of an odd fit for the medium- just because of the perspectives involved it starts to seem like almost an optical illusion, which weakens it. But what I love about this design is the niche quality- it’s not for everyone, and it stands out in a big way from past prints. In that sense it almost seems like a Select (which is a very good thing). I’m not sure I’d personally buy this shirt, but I do love that it exists. This is the kind of experimenting that makes the t-shirt industry a more interesting place.

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Thumb War by tenso GRAPHICS is another design this week that does a lot with what should be a fairly tired concept- it’s well-rendered and thought out, with details that make it feel much more complete than most other variations on this theme. Barbed wire loops around the thumbs, as does a banner counting down to war, and bullets are flying. Pink and white subtly call out an explosion in the distance, and a knife is embedded deep in the base of one thumb. It’s a gritty as something this cartoony could possibly be, which heightens the humor. Truthfully the joke still feels too done for me to seriously consider a buy on this, but for people feeling less over-exposed to the concept, it’s pretty clearly the best rendition available.

Alien Autopsy by Chris Rowson takes the scene we’ve seen in movies and tv of scientists cutting into an alien life form and makes it wholly ridiculous be replacing the typical big-eyed, green spaceman with one of the iconic pixel characters from Space Invaders. To me, it works on two levels- first, it’s funny just to think of this pixel graphic as an actual, boxy being. And secondly, it makes us rethink that familiar alien autopsy scene- I mean, we have x-rays and stuff now, is this really even necessary? There’s something very amusing about seeing them cut into something so artificial-looking, at any rate.

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Salsacrifice by Wenceslao Almazan is this week’s Select, riffing on the always popular idea of food with faces in peril. Here the allusion is to human sacrifices to the volcano gods, with some vegetables giving up their brethren to a massive blender. It’s a cute idea (and very appealingly drawn), but I think the major strength is in those soft colors. They’re beautiful to look at, with a watercolor-y flair, and they reinforce the storybook aura. Radness, though I’m confused that there’s apparently not a kids version available.

F5 can be so refreshing by Ryan Pumroy, this week’s TypeTee, probably made most Wooters do a double take- the concept is very similar to a past Shirt.Woot print, F5 Refreshes You. I doubt it was intentional, since that is a fairly common idea, but it’s still pretty amusing since most past similarities happened in the opposite direction. At any rate, the art on this version is really top-notch, with a soft, hand-drawn style that creates a cool contrast with the computer-based nature of F5.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through Bestee awards, poster prints, and reprints.

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06 November 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot’s Double-Take Derby

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Shirt.Woot‘s Double-Take Derby is now underway, so be sure to head over and vote for your favorite entries from the past few months- the top 3 will print, and others may be chosen as Editor’s Choice picks and also offered for sale.

My top picks are Escherland by C86 and Fresh Landscape by yeogh- both, I think, bring unique styles and concepts to the derby and help raise the level of competition there.

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29 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #119

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Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is gearing up, and this time the theme is Flight. Here’s how Woot describes what they’re looking for:

If it moves through the air, or at least wants to move through the air, it’s fair game for this week’s Derby. Airplanes, balloons, birds, missiles, bats, hang gliders, rockets, Wallendas: gas ’em up, get ’em on the runway, and take off into the sunset of Derby stardom. (The Rejecterator might even be softening his position on flying penguins, but don’t tell him we said so.)

Incidental text allowed.

No video-game references.

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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22 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #118


It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot and this time they’re mining classic t-shirt territory: Visual Puns. Not sure what that means? Here’s how Woot describes it:

Can you create a play on words…without the words? Even the most groan-worthy pun can come to life thanks to the magic of “show, don’t tell”. Let’s be clear: a pun is not necessarily the same thing as a joke. A pun depends on the double-meaning of a word or phrase, or a superficial similarity between two words or phrases with different meanings. Or, in the words of Wikipedia, “deliberately exploits ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect.” Like this:

PUNS: A boulder and a cinnamon roll playing in a rock and roll band. A shoe with horns. A refrigerator running in a marathon. Mozart leading a wolf gang. (Not that these are necessarily funny puns. We didn’t want to use up all the good ideas here.)

NOT PUNS: A familiar image with a zombie in it for no particular reason. A cartoon character at home doing something mundane and un-cartoony. Some food horrified to discover that some of their fellow food has been roasted alive. An animal that thinks it’s people.

Examples of visual puns in previous Shirt.Woot designs include Six Degrees of Delicious (bacon vs. Kevin Bacon), Organ Rejection (conflating the medical and social connotations of rejection), The T Shirt (a t-shirt about the letter T), and Suburban Blitzkrieg (bomb pops used as actual bombs). Sorry to belabor the point, but we guarantee you a lot of people will submit t-shirt designs that aren’t puns, even after all this. We’re just trying to save some wear on our rejecting fingers.

No text.

No video-game references.

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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15 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #117

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Shirt.Woot is getting into the holiday spirit with their latest derby– emphasis on spirit! It’s a Halloween theme, so it’s time for all the ghostly, monsterous, and otherwise creepy designs that you can come up with. Here’s what Woot had to say:

It’s that time again, when crazed demonic creatures crawl the sidewalks in search of bite-size Butterfingers and anything coated in that sour flavor powder. Ghosts, jack o’ lanterns, witches, vampires, werewolves, skulls, sexy dental hygienists: any- and everything Halloween-related is fair game for this Derby, as long as it complies with our other rules. Like these…

Resubmissions from past Halloween Derbies are strongly discouraged, and will be rejected if not substantially altered from the previous submission. We’ll be the judges of what “substantially” means, so as always, assume the worst or be disappointed.

Incidental text is permitted. That means your design can include text but not rely on it.

No video-game references.

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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08 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #116: Erase Hunger, Create Hope

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is a departure from their usual themes, choosing to focus attention on the issue of world hunger with the theme Erase Hunger, Create Hope. Since this is the first issue-related derby, it should be interesting to see how it develops. Here’s what Woot had to say:

Wanna hear about a funny coincidence? Right now, for the first time ever, more than one billion people are hungry. And there are also more than one billion online users, with abilities to communicate and draw attention that are also unprecedented in human history. That’s the basis for the United Nations World Food Programme’s A Billion for a Billion project.

How can the online billion help the hungry billion? By spreading the word about hunger to their online friends. By contacting their elected representatives. And by creating works that raise the awareness of hunger’s devastating effect on people and societies – works like a Shirt.Woot Derby entry.

We’re not looking for shirts that specifically address A Billion for a Billion or the World Food Programme, or necessarily depict starving people being fed. This week, we’re looking for more symbolic, abstract approaches to the idea “Erase Hunger, Create Hope”, and the concept of hope for relieving hunger. We’ll be judging rejection more subjectively than usual this time – a shirt need not have specific political-cartoon-style symbols for hunger and hope, but even a shirt that’s on-topic could be rejected if we judge that it contradicts the spirit of this whole project. We like irreverence as much as the next jerk, but this is not the Derby for flouting the conventions of good taste. OK? If you think you’re skirting the line of what’s appropriate, you probably are.

The winning shirts will be sold beginning Friday, October 16, which is World Food Day. And just to be clear, A Billion for A Billion is about raising consciousness, not raising funds. These shirt sales will not benefit the WFP in any direct financial way.

No text.

No video-game references.

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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01 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #155: National Parks

New week, new derby at Shirt.Woot– and this time they’re targeting National Parks. Here’s what they’re looking for:

For some reason we can’t put our finger on, we’ve really been thinking a lot about national parks. Maybe we just need some time in the open air. Maybe the healthcare debate has reminded us that sometimes government can play a positive role in our society. Or maybe public TV is showing a multi-part miniseries on the U.S. National Parks by a prominent documentarian. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put that obsession into t-shirt form. Show us a stunning, shirt-worthy image from a national park – and not necessarily one in the United States. Feel free to extend the idea to parks in other countries, on other planets, in other realities, and different eras.

Text is permitted in support of a visual design – no slogan shirts. If you want your shirt to say something like “I Went To Black Hole Galactic Park And All I Got Was Crushed Into Oblivion”, back it up with some pics or risk rejection.

But do not use the names of any actual National Parks, landmarks like Old Faithful, or the U.S. National Park Service.

No video-game references.

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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