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14 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Death Star Summer Camp


Death Star Summer Camp by Retro Division is one of those designs that succeeds by keeping things simple but absolutely nailing the details. The domed summer stripes of a good beach tee look great in this application, and just a couple of minor edits (the negative space circle and the shortening of stripes on one side to mimic the destroyed base) make it unmistakably the Death Star. I love the minty hue of the second lowest stripe, which strengthens the retro vibe. And of course, the unusual font choice is perfectly vintage, just unusual enough to stand out from other designs attempting similar themes.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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07 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Library Kittens


Library Kittens by TaylorRoss is one of those shirts that ought to appeal to a massive audience. An introvert’s dream, it pairs cats with reading and unites the two in a set of brightly colored shelves. The variety managed here is impressive, with many styles of book spine making each volume look unique. Even better, each cat has a different way of interacting with the books, giving each shelf special, silly moments for the viewer to discover. My favorite is the little cat with glasses, peering up from some serious reading.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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31 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2020

It’s been a weird year, but t-shirt artists still found ways to make it fun! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2020…

January

mood by Trabu

“This is a cat with a plan, and having accomplished his goal of resting atop the red ball, he’s scoping out his next move.”

Threadless: Mood and more new this week, January 15th, 2020


February

Aerialphabet by waynem

“I love the way each bird pops out of the frame of their letter, creating unusual shapes and even the appearance of motion.”

Threadless: Aerialphabet and more new this week, February 5th, 2020


March

Afloat by Coffee Man

“The woodgrain of the popsicle stick also reminds one of a diving board, straddling the line between snack and water feature perfectly.”

Threadless: Afloat and more new this week, March 4th, 2020


April

Perfect Pitch by Airic (bewarethevipers)

“It’s a great use of minimal, iconic symbols, using the common triangle to define both trees and a tent.”

Threadless: Perfect Pitch and more new this week, April 29th, 2020


May

Unity by GammaRay

“The structure and use of icons invites the viewer to look deeper…”

Pampling’s Unity, May 14th, 2020


June

Small World by waynem

“…I’m especially fond of the way a simple, ordinary house sits right at the center of all the action.”

Threadless’s Small World, June 17th, 2020


July

Falling Fox by TobiasFonseca

“…the lines of the art pull the eye upward along the curve of the tail.”

Pampling’s Falling Fox, July 23rd, 2020


August

Suspicious Meow by artlahdesigns

“…if you look closely you’ll be rewarded with a silly, grinning dog in the mix.”

Threadless’s Suspicious Meow and more new this week, August 26th, 2020


September

Bartlett Pearott by artThouHilder

“Both the plant and the animal share such similar shape and coloring that the mix feels natural… if a bit amusingly unsettling.”

Threadless: Bartlett Pearott and more new this week, September 23rd, 2020


October

Universe Within by 7115

” It makes excellent use of the entire surface of the shirt, enveloping the collar and one sleeve in a dark explosion of hair and stars.”

Threadless: Universe Within and more new this week, October 7th, 2020


November

Game Port by Robert Ritcher

“The strong angle of the artwork makes the stacking feel extremely dramatic…”

Pampling’s Game Port, November 12th, 2020


December

Snowfall in Progress by weird&co

“…his festive yellow scarf and hat make it clear he’s staying jolly and enjoying his decorating.”

Threadless: Snowfall in Progress and more new this week, December 9th, 2020


That wraps it up for 2020, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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17 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Dice


Space Dice by Ricolaa brings some out of this world style into the RPG realm. Each object is shaped like a different style of dice, from the fan favorite 20-sided die to the more conventional 6-sided die. But by using gem-like, shiny colors, bold gradients, and glowing lines, these familiar shapes are made to seem like alien planets nestled amongst the stars. The jewel tones make them feel like treasures, and the sense of adventure exploring the galaxy implies is a great fit for the spirit of a great RPG session. It’s a unique piece that should appeal to most role players with a pocket full of dice.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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10 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Lazy Mode ON


Lazy Mode ON by BlancaVidal perfectly captures the spirit of a lazy day. Who wouldn’t want to be so relaxed that it literally feels like you’re floating on air? Pair that with a toasty beverage, and that’s a situation that is hard to top. So this cuddly red panda, toe beans slightly curled and his tail and ears looking extra fluffy, has got to be living the dream. The wistful, sleepy mood is further enhanced with the swirly type (formed of steam from the panda’s mug, of course!) and decorative clouds. Dramatic shading emphasizes that the panda is floating in the air.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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03 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Masterpieces


Masterpieces by Sanjota is a delight for anyone with an interest in art. Each character is easily recognizable, but rendered by the artist to have its own personality in addition to mimicking the style of the original painting. I especially enjoy the grouchy look of Vincent, who seems to be vexed by how far his milkshake straw has had to stretch. Even Mona has a new reason to smile, maybe she’s digging the sugary flavor. It’s fun to imagine this crew all climbing out of their paintings at night, meeting up in the museum’s restaurant for sweets and a chat.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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12 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Game Port


Game Port by Robert Ritcher is a must-have for the avid Tetris fan. I think having two areas where blocks are stacked, both the dock and the ship, is a brilliant choice because it gives space to show blocks moving in multiple ways (sliding down the ship and swinging from the crane) and being used in different ways (stacked both horizontally and vertically). That creates the story of real-life Tetris being even more difficult than the video game, and it also gives the artist a lot of places to show off the different block shapes (so crucial to making it feel authentic to the game). The strong angle of the artwork makes the stacking feel extremely dramatic, and I like how the outlined versions on the upper left help keep things subtly balanced despite the strong visual skew. Really slick work.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

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