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06 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #33: Lyrics Illustrated

Another great theme this week for the Shirt.Woot Derby: Illustrated Lyrics. The only rules are that it has to be a song people will reasonably have heard of, there can’t be any text on the shirt, and the title of the entry must be “Inspired by (Insert Song Title).” This week should be great for creative entries.

The derby opens for entries Friday at noon, and stays open until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday until Thursday at noon. At the end of the week, the top three entries (as chosen by voters) will be printed. Each winning entry nets the printed designer up to $500 for the first night of sales and a possible $2 per sale after the first 24 hours.

Derby entrants should also check out Best Losers and Shirt Derby Stats for more (unofficial) Derby fun.

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29 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #32: Line Art

This week, instead of giving artists a conceptual theme to follow, Shirt.Woot has decided to throw a curve ball and dictate the style that must be used. That’s right, it’s a Line Art Derby. No fills, no halftones, no text, and definitely no clip art allowed. Oh yeah, and you can only use one color.

The derby is currently open for submissions, and entries can be made any time before Wednesday at noon. Voting is continuous until Thursday at noon. Three winners (determined by votes) will be printed next weekend, with each winner earning up to $500 for the first night of printing and an additional $2 per shirt sold after that point.

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22 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #31: Water

Shirt.Woot has posted their latest Derby theme: Water. As they put it, “If you’re anything like us, the majority of your body is made up of water. And yet, you probably don’t own a single article of clothing celebrating this most ubiquitous and necessary of chemical compounds. People drink it, swim in it, float boats on it, wash with it, fight over it, boil it, fill balloons with it, add caffeine to it, create elaborately choreographed fountain displays with it, and surf on it. And now, they design t-shirts about it. It’s water!”

One added stipulation: No text allowed this week.

As always, you can submit your entry any time between Friday at noon and Wednesday at noon. Voting runs from Friday at noon to Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will all be printed next weekend, earning the designers up to $500 for the first night of sales and $2 per shirt sold after the first day.

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16 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #30: Leap Year

I’ll be honest, I don’t understand this Derby theme at all. So here it is, direct from the source:

“Once every four years, our calendar needs to get right with the cosmos, to toss an extra 24 hours in to realign itself with reality. 2008 happens to be one of those years. So we figured it was time for a t-shirt celebration. Maybe your shirt design shows us what you’d do if you had an extra day out of the calendar. Maybe you riff on the “every four years” idea, or the concept of “leaping”. Maybe you dazzle us with a startling treatment of the words “February 29”.Maybe you sloganeer: “People born on leap day do it one-quarter as often.” Maybe you do something else entirely. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for Leap Year design action, especially if you’re a mouse or a blue jay – you probably won’t live to see the next one.”

So, um, enjoy making a shirt that can be worn once every four years, I guess…

If you win, you get the fabulous prize of up to $500, plus an additional $2 per shirt sold after the first day. The top three designs, as voted on by site members, will be printed. If you want a shot at that, enter before Wednesday at noon. If you just want to control the outcome, make sure you vote before Thursday at noon.

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08 February 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #29: Tromp L’Oeil

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby may turn out to be their most challenging yet: Tromp L’Oeil. They’re looking for a shirt that “should fool us into believing something about itself or its wearer that isn’t true.” And of course, there are restrictions: Woot doesn’t want any shirts that have been done before, and are specifically outlawing tuxedo shirts, neckties, fake sweaters and bare breasts.

The derby begins on Friday at noon, and next weekend the three top vote-getters will be printed next weekend. Winners get up to $500 for the first night of sales, and an additional $2 per shirt for any sales made after the first day.

Be sure to check out sites for derby fans like ShirtDerbyStats and Best Losers– they’re your best non-Woot sources for information on Derby favorites.

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02 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #28: Quitter

There’s another derby underway at Shirt.Woot, and this one’s for all the slackers. They’re looking for shirts that fit the theme Quitter. So if you can bring yourself to finish your entry, give it a shot.

Enter before Wednesday at noon for your chance at the fabulous prize: the top three shirts get printed next weekend, with the designers earning up to $500 and a $2 commission per shirt sold after the first day.

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26 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The Derby Grows Up: Alice Painting Caterpillar

Alice Painting Caterpillar went on sale at Shirt.Woot last night after winning second place in the Graffiti derby.

Why is this news? Well, if you’ve been following the derby over the last few months, then you know that typically well-drawn art is at a bit of a disadvantage. Funny concepts and text usually rule the top spots, which makes this victory of pure drawing skill a fairly unique event (even the artist’s past work often relied on humor).

To be printed, this shirt also overcame a late entry (voting begins Friday at noon, this piece wasn’t entered until Sunday) and an unpopular shirt color (white shirts are often vilified by voters). The customers must have loved it too, because it sold out of 1500 shirts around 9:30 this morning (though starting tonight at midnight, it will again be available here).

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