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12 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chute

Chute by Béatrice Menuel has such an odd shape to it that I couldn’t help but be intrigued. The way it domes at one end and loosens at the other put me in mind of a strange jellyfish assembled from a chaotic tangle of limbs, faces, and objects. While all of the characters have a traditional Japanese feel to them, the arrangement feels very fresh and modern. My favorite sections are the patterned fabrics, which seem full of life in the way they curve and contour around the figures they drape across. But the delight of a well-illustrated design this busy is that every viewer will have their own favorite moments, and there’s something worth noticing in every corner.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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19 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Prologue

Prologue by Béatrice Menuel makes a lot happen with just one ink color, using delicate pen lines to create intricate patterns, textures and materials. It’s a surreal blast of imagery that shows a massive amount of Japanese culture in a glance, combining iconic characters like the musician and the samurai into a large, multi-dimensional coat that is seemingly supported by the largest (sumo?) character whose feet poke out from the bottom of the mass. The complexity and variety of the piece make it hard to pull your eyes away from – there always seems to be something new to discover right around the corner. Extremely impressive.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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21 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Cigarette

Cigarette by Wassim interests me because of its use of shapes. It’s neat that the woman’s arms, coat hanger in the background, plant, and puff of smoke all feel so similar, each a tube or group of tubes with one minor change to set it apart from the others (the hanger’s flat endings, the arms’ 90º hand angle, the smoke’s segmenting, and the very slight shading of the plant. That all makes the angularness and darkness of the woman’s ponytail stand out even more strongly. There’s more mirroring happening in the way the vase parrots the woman’s shape. And of course, using the lamp as a spotlight in the back is a great touch, something that goes a long way towards creating some visual inertia and motion in the piece that (in spite of the art’s solidly rectangular shape) keeps it from feeling static. I think the choice to make the woman’s face so alien (her head’s abstractness actually makes her look a bit like a cyclops) is probably going to drive away some people who might have otherwise liked this, though, because it’s a choice that makes her read more as an object than a character. I also question the use of light grey shading in the piece, as it’s not really strong enough to stand out and add value so I think its inclusion waters down the otherwise stark black and white look.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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31 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2017

As another year of shirt design has come to a close, here’s a look at the best and brightest designs for each month in 2017!


The Last Cat by Diego Gurgell

“Like a lot of strays, he’s a bit worse for the wear (sporting an eyepatch, missing leg, and collection of bandages), but he also seems very well-equipped for future surviving, with his camping pack, food supply of caught mice, and even a weapon.”

Camiseteria’s The Last Cat, January 8th, 2017


Extreme BullSh*t by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“It’s funny to think of a sign warning travelers of a psychological annoyance in the same way it might warn of dangers like bears, high river levels, or avalanche.”

Threadless: Extreme Bullsh*t and more new this week, February 17th, 2017


Outside by Gabriele

“It’s a bright blue expanse, packed with fluffy white clouds. The platonic ideal of a beautiful sky, which makes it also feel like a symbol for hope and dreams.”

Camiseteria’s Outside, March 31st, 2017


Let’s Summon Demons by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“When’s the last time you saw a crowd of kids this big with nary a screen in sight? If you ignore the black magic, this is downright wholesome!”

Threadless: Let’s Summon Demons and more new this week, April 13th, 2017


Falldown by Eyesore427

“The way the blackness oozes in (or out?) of the astronaut’s helmet make it feel strange and diseased, like space itself has infected him and turned his normal existence suddenly alien.”

DesignByHumans: All Over Contest winners, May 9th, 2017


It’s What’s Inside That Counts by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox)

“There’s a really fun contrast between the stark white of the skull and the explosion of color within the break, all freeform and oozing compared to the slick skull geometry. “

Threadless: It’s What’s Inside That Counts and more new this week, June 9th, 2017


Barbes by Rachid Baalla

“The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place).”

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes, July 3rd, 2017


Gueixa Samurai by Bruno Mota

“I like the way a lot of the design is handled, like the stark way the face stands out white against the darker surroundings, the way a pattern is incorporated at the character’s waist, and the smoky quality of the watercolor background.”

Camiseteria’s Gueixa Samurai, August 18th 2017


Dog Star by Rodisley Jose da Silva

“And just as we look at this design and see stars shaped like a dog, that dog looks at a planet and sees a toy disc. That’s the fun of space, we don’t know for sure what’s out there so we’re free to project our dreams onto it.”

Camiseteria’s Dog Star, September 4th, 2017


Watercolor Wave by Kingdom at Heart (kingdomatheart)

“I love the way it reads as an abstract at first, but is still recognizably a wave when you notice the curved thrust of its energy.”

Threadless: Watercolor Wave and more new this week, October 19th, 2017


Pecado by Jackson Duarte

“Firstly, the realism of both the apple and the snake make the mix feel more potent and threatening than something more cartoony would have. It also helps make the snake look more alive and in motion, like he’s actually poised to sink his fangs into something.”

Camiseteria’s Pecado, November 19th, 2017


The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa by Ilustrata (Ilustrata)

“The pure chaos of the scene draws you in, leaving the viewer to examine each crashing wave for more details in the action-packed story.”

Threadless’s The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa, December 7th, 2017

That wraps it up for 201, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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17 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Open Contest

While most past contests at Monsieur Poulet have focused on specific themes, now they’re giving artists a blank slate for the Proposez un Dessin contest. While the site is French, it’s still relatively easy to navigate for English speakers. Their tastes in designs tend towards detailed illustration and quirky cartooning, but I recommend checking out their catalog and artists page to get a feel for what tends to play well with the Monsieur Poulet audience.

Enter before March 28th, 2018 for your chance to win. Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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11 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaise Pliante

Chaise Pliante by Wassim definitely captures the feeling of a too-hot summer day. Heat is conveyed in the too-bright color palette, especially that fire red wall, but also in the details. A few fallen leaves litter the ground, shadows are long and dark but too low to give our character any reprieve, and even the woman’s skin seems caught just moments before it turns into a full-fledged sunburn. The way she peers at the viewer makes her feel caught off-guard, staring back with eyes that seem confused and maybe even a little angry. You’ve interrupted her and she didn’t expect it, as her posture reflects- she’s in the middle of picking up that glass, and details like the uneven way her leggings sit on her shins (one noticeably higher than the other) and the casual pouching of her belly make her surprise clear. Plus, in one last nod to the heat, even the edges of the panel wobble like a mirage on the horizon. Even though the subject matter doesn’t interest me enough to wear, I have a lot of respect for how well-planned and thick with story this is, despite its relative simplicity.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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03 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Machoire

Machoire by Singeon makes a big first impression, quickly showing the viewer what’s going on with a massive fish and a tiny fisherman about to catch him… and meet his own doom. It’s a neat concept, but what really makes it sing is the use of texture. Gooey, flat plains of purple flow into each other to form the underwater portion of the fish’s body. And above sea level things get even more interesting- a complexly drawn landscape that could be rough scales or rocky terrain forms the upper part of the fish’s body, allowing you to see how the fisherman got tricked into this predicament. But it’s also fascinating to look at, in an abstract way. There’s a real beauty in the shakiness and proximity of lines, and they give the fish a neat kind of grizzled character. He feels almost prehistoric, and personally I’m glad the old guy is about to get a snack.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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