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19 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #200: The Silver Screen

It’s time for Shirt.Woot‘s 200th derby, and they’re celebrating the milestone with a couple of big changes. Orange and Heather Grey shirts are being discontinued in favor of Silver and Slate, and there’s a brand new template available with both updated colors and a nicer shape. I’m bummed by the color change because my own tastes run more towards bright colors than neutrals, but it will definitely be fun to see how artists respond to the new possibilities.

This derby’s theme is The Silver Screen, and here’s Woot’s description:

It’s our 200th Derby, everybody! And in case you haven’t heard the news yet, we’re celebrating by rolling out TWO brand new shirt colors for designers to use! To commemorate the occasion we wanted a classic, timeless sort of theme. Then it came to us: the silver screen! Named in part for the types of projection screens used at the time, we’re using it to recall classic, PRE-1960 cinema: think Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor before all the marriages, and Paul Newman before all the salad dressing. Take it back to a time when movies were EVENTS to get dressed up for, as opposed to places to kill two hours just to soak up some air conditioning in the mall. And of course, feel free to use our new shirt colors Silver and Slate! Now for your rules:

No video games.

No celebrity likenesses. And if you decide to “parody” a known film, you dance a dance of danger with the Rejectionator. No whining if it decides you’re too close for comfort.

Incidental text only. Like, say, some chalk on a slate clapping off the scene number.

Your design must be a classic (and we’re calling “classic” pre-1960) movie element. No whiz bang special effects. Think Maltese Falcon-style film noir, swashbucklers, songbird starlets, going to the drive-in, old movie projectors or maybe behind-the-scenes looks at the movie business.

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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12 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #199: Cyberpunk

Shirt.Woot dips deep into nerd culture for their newest derby, Cyberpunk. It ought to be a pretty interesting contest, since this is material many geeks feel very strongly about… but I do question the rules this week. It seems silly to outlaw pop culture when the theme itself is based on it (particularly since this rule seems to be in effect every week), and the text limitation is a bit of a bummer. But at any rate, here’s Woot’s blurb:

We’re taking a trip down memory lane this week with our high-tech lowlife derby dedicated to Cyberpunk. You see, before it was about horrible fashion choices for rejects from a Lady Gaga video, Cyberpunk was a science fiction genre with themes of artificial intelligence, evil megacorporations, and general futuristic dystopia with a noir flair. So give us your futuristic techno-dystopian urban wastelands. For inspiration check out films like Blade Runner, books likeNeuromancer, and games like GURPS or System Shock. And keep in mind the weird dichotomy that arises in films like Aliens, when people envisioned a bleak future but didn’t know stuff like touch screens were just a few years off, so everyone’s pushing analog buttons and using tiny green and black monitors. Now for the rules:

No pop culture. Yes, we know you didn’t invent the concept of “hackers” or “cyberpunks,” but just make sure they don’t actually look like Johnny Mnemonic.

Incidental text only. If your hacker has some futuristic glyphs on their face reflected from a computer screen, fine.

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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05 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #198: Shirt Titles Reinterpreted

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is a blast from the past, using the theme Shirt Titles Reinterpreted. It will be interesting to see which past prints get the most attention, since names are often an afterthought in shirt creation. Here’s the full summary from Woot:

Sometimes art is about reinterpretation, re-examining previous inspiration or works, and finding something that even the artist didn’t see before. Sometimes it’s about churning out a remix for your album so you can bump it up to a full LP price tag. Whatever. This week we want your takes on previous Shirt.Woot prints, or rather, the NAMES of previous prints. Any shirt we’ve run is up for grabs, but your design must convey the original title. If you’re looking for a list, our pals at Shirt.What have a great archive you should reference. Now get to remixing!

No pop culture. That means no characters that you yourself did not create. You want to make a space marine? Fine. But they’d better not look like Master Chief or Corporal Hicks.

Your design must be an interpretation of a TITLE, not a design. Don’t plagiarize someone else’s work, and no “sequels” to designs, either.

You must title your design like this: “Inspired By (Original Shirt Title)”.

Be nice. Anyone who decides to reinterpret a design just to cut down an artist is asking for the Rejectionator.

The artists whose shirts that inspire the winning three entries will each get $100. So reinterpret someone you like.

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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28 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #197: Royalty

Shirt.Woot is drawing from the headlines for their latest derby, Royalty. The “no pop culture” rule seems especially burdensome this week, so I’m expecting to see a whole lot of animals with crowns. Here are the full specs from Woot:

With the celeb-obsessed media all agog at the Royal Wedding we figured it’s time to take a look at what we as Americans have been missing out on with the whole royalty situation. After all some people still get along fine with a king or queen or duke or whatever. This week, show us your most regal designs, be they depictions of nobility and birthright or perhaps the sort of commentary by the peasants any decent ruler would’ve outlawed long ago. Of course as rulers of all the good shirt realm we hath some laws to decree:

No pop culture. That means no princesses in other castles, no Queen Amidala, no King of Kingsand certainly no King of Queens.
No text.
No zombies.

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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21 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #196: Amusement Parks

Shirt.Woot is back with another derby, and this time it’s perfect for the coming season: Amusement Parks. Between food, games and rides, that should be plenty of material for an interesting week. Here’s what Woot had to say:

The weather’s getting warmer and those weird coupons are showing up on the sides of soda cans, which can mean only one thing: it’s almost time for theme park season! Whether you’re in it for the thrilling coasters, the costumed mascots, or the funnel cake and turkey legs it’s one of the happiest times of year for anyone within driving distance of a park. So before you pack up the sunscreen and sandwiches and pay $25 for parking, whip up a shirt design that captures the majesty, fun, and memories of amusement parks. Whether it’s the rides, the rigged games, the Band-Aid in the wave pool, or just the super-pumped kids bouncing in the back seat on the way there, show us your take on American amusement. Of course to ride the Derby you must follow at least this many rules:

No pop culture references. At all.

Incidental text only. If you need a sound effect or something, fine. Otherwise, let your art do the talking.

No zombies.
For a good long while.

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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14 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #195: Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is probably going to be a love it or hate it affair, asking entrants for Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! As Woot alludes to in their description, pretty much every derby has at least a few zombie designs anyway, which makes the theme a bit of a head scratcher. Maybe this is leading up to a temporary ban on zombies in the near future? At any rate, here’s what Woot had to say:

The undead have taken over pop culture. Whether you subscribe to Romero’s philosophy that it’s because the conflict of teeming undead versus desperate survivors mirrors the socio-economic class warfare waging between the haves and have-nots or the more realistic philosophy that people just like the idea of running around with shotguns and looting crap, you have to admit they’re everywhere. So this week the dead shall rise…up our Derby fog. Give us your best undead designs and don’t spare the macabre. Whether it’s epic conflict against the ghouls or the lamentations of the misunderstood common zombie, show us what all the trendiest post-apocalyptic survivors will be wearing once there’s no room left in hell. Now for the rules:

No text.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies or squirrels.

No resubmissions. That’s already an ever-present rule, but we figured we’d mention it again since we get a couple of zombie submissions almost every Derby.

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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07 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #194: Science Fair

It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot, and this time the theme is Science Fair. I’m thinking they may as well have called it the Volcano derby, but here’s hoping other people remember more interesting science fairs than I do. Here’s the full description from Woot:

Let us harken back for a second to a simpler time. A time of elementary school, potatoes on toothpicks in styrofoam cups full of water, vinegar/baking soda volcanoes, and cooking hot dogs using solar power. This week we want to see designs carrying on the tradition of middle school science with your depictions of the theories explored, science fair experiments themselves, or maybe just the chemical or physical processes involved. Remember the theme is based on a right of passage for middle school though, so leave your complex explanations of String Theory and Higgs boson detection at home. Keep it at a level you would expect walking into a grade school gym to judge a kid’s experiment. Of course the Scientific Method is all about following the rules and so are we:

No video games or Star Wars.

Incidental text only. If you need to show a chemical symbol or mathematical formula, fine. But you can’t have a text-centric design.

No anthropomorphic animals. Animals in experiments are okay so long as they’re acting like animals.

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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