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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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23 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Sportif

Sportif by Anouk Ricard is a really weird shirt, and it’s the kind of weird I like because it’s the sort of thing that gives you a lot of information that helps to construct a very strange story. There’s a slight downturn to the horse’s mouth and his slump in that chair seems uncomfortable and resigned, so even though this fellow has a gold medal hanging around his neck, he doesn’t seem like he feels very much like a winner in this moment. And then there’s the insane creature next to the chair, a kind of six-limbed thing with a poofy haircut who seems to be pestering the poor horse. This creature’s facial features seem human, but his body and odd posturing make him come across more like a very strange pet. In my imagination, this weird little dude is trying to get his race-winning owner to take him for a walk… but he’d rather hang out indoors and relax. Whatever conclusion you come to from the evidence this illustration offers, it’s bound to be strange and it’s probably pretty amusing.

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

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09 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Rayures

Rayures by Anouk Ricard has a title that translates as Stripes in English, which is funny since the snake creature’s striped bow tie is probably the least remarkable thing about this illustration. It delights in strangeness, setting up an oddball pair of a hairy man so squat that he has no neck or shoulders and a friendly-looking mutant who is half snake and half dog. The size and shape difference of the two is classic comedy (like Laurel and Hardy), but what really makes this piece appealing to me is the characters’ faces. Look at those eyes, they KNOW that they are in a weird situation. They have no idea why they’re shaped the way they are, and the snake seems to eye his human counterpart as if he’s glad to only be the second most bizarre fellow in the scene. The self-awareness makes it even more fun!

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

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18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Tabac

Tabac by Anouk Ricard is another addition of weird cartooning to Monsieur Poulet’s catalog. What I like about this one is how clearly the personalities and emotions are expressed. The horse is perfectly cocky and hatable, sporting obnoxiously high-waisted jeans, casual posture, a messy mane and the cold, dead eyes of a dude who does not care one bit what you think. Meanwhile, the poor mustached dog is definitely suffering for his small stature and more passive persona, doomed to collect ash on his head until someone notices him. His eyes looked squeezed shut in silent fury, while a few specks of ash fly off as though he’s shaking with anger. We’ve all felt like that little dog sometimes… and most have envied the casual selfishness of characters like the horse, too, so it’s a very relatable piece.

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

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