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20 January 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Pizzibonacci

Pizzibonacci by Dumbassman combines math with munchies, to excellent effect. There’s a massive audience for shirts that make nerdy things fun, and mixing the world’s favorite food with such a recognizable symbol as the Fibonacci spiral is a recipe for success. The curve of the crust provides a nice outline for the symbol, and the random assortment of mushroom and pepperoni toppings inject some randomness to keep things interesting. In an especially nice detail, even the cheese seems to bubble with heat, looking extra delicious. Another asset to the piece is that the Fibonacci sequence also resonates with artists as the Golden Ratio, and with nature and science geeks as the Golden Spiral. No matter what your special interest subject area, this is a shape that might feel very familiar- so why not pair it with a food everyone loves as well?

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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13 January 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Giga Watts Garage

Giga Watts Garage by Arinesart hits just the right vintage car shirt note. By keeping the palette to a single color and applying a generous distress texture, this piece manages to feel like an especially great thrift shop find- which is an especially fun concept when the starring vehicle travels through time. Beyond that, playful type captures the eye (and even introduces the illusion of motion in the electric angle of the word Watts). Every element calls out a reference to the film series, with the flux capacitor standing out as an especially strong inclusion. It shows excellent attention to detail, as does the extreme accuracy of the car illustration itself- you feel like you’re seeing every bolt and bit of steel. This one ought to appeal most to car aficionados, but anyone who has ever wanted a time machine of their own should get a kick out of it.

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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06 January 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Trainer Vitruviano

Trainer Vitruviano by Redbug translates Pokemon into the style of Da Vinci, with excellent results. I’ve seen this style done previously with Pikachu as the central character, but I think the choice to center the player character is the stronger one. It allows the exterior doodles to encompass a lot more about the game, featuring many more monsters, which extends the appeal of the concept. While the text is too small to read in this medium, it gives the appearance of a wealth of thought and information that feels appropriate to the amount of time and strategy fans pour into these games. The variation of the smaller drawings is another strength, investigating the animal’s most iconic elements in different ways, like highlighting the tail of Charmander while Squirtle’s shell is explored. It does a good job of capturing the most recognizable elements of the series.

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 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2021

From pop culture parodies to artistic expression, shirt design this year was as varied and exciting as ever. Here’s a look back at the best shirt in every month of 2021…

January

The Great Wave of Skull by Quilimo

“It’s a choice that pulls you in like a fast current, so you’re exploring each crashing wave and swirl of sea mist.”

Pampling’s The Great Wave of Skull, January 28th, 2021


February

A Colorful Swim by Glitchygorilla

“The use of colored drips is very effective in conveying speed and motion, while the softness of the whale’s eye manages to grant him sensitivity and a gentle personality.”

Pampling’s A Colorful Swim, February 4th, 2021


March

Ladies Marching by JLALCANTARA

“…when the pattern repeats horizontally, the artist shifts the colors of the characters- it’s a good way to make the design feel even more unique and expansive.”

Threadless: Ladies Marching and more new this week, March 3rd, 2021


April

Black Catfee by kooky love

“The angle of the spill looks like it flies forward at speed, with long lines of liquid showing the power of that action.”

Threadless’s Black Catfee, April 28th, 2021


May

Ramen and Minicats by ppmid

“…the joy of it is in seeing these cats enjoying the noodles in such an unusual way.”

Pampling’s Ramen and Minicats, May 20th, 2021


June

Fresh by ThePaperCrane

“The varying heights of the landscape, which flows from low, placid lakes to rolling hills and just a hint of clouds beyond their peaks, make the whole scene seem to be filled with air…”

Threadless’s Fresh, June 2nd, 2021


July

Go Green by DinoMike

“…the star of the show is this amazing frog, sporting a sharp knife and a crazy look in his eyes. With that little grin, it feels like he’s begging you to litter just so he can have the fun of stabbing.”

Threadless’s Go Green, July 28th, 2021


August

Peace Art by Steppeua

“The idea feels exciting because it’s not just a vague endorsement of peace, it gives context to it by using a symbol of work and creation.”

Threadless’s Peace Art, August 25th, 2021


September

The Birch Tree Story by Jemae

“The pattern on the closest birch tree’s trunk is full of nature and camping scenes, almost like a toile.”

Threadless’s The Birch Tree Story, September 29th, 2021


October

Mixer Space by Jack Duarte

“The size clash is fun as well, giving the impression that a celestial hand might be guiding this kitchen tool invisibly, maybe with a tasty alternative to the Big Bang in mind.”

Pampling’s Mixer Space, October 14th, 2021


November

Nature Rocker by Flying_Mouse365

“Part of the brilliance of the way it is drawn is that the branches move in a way that suggests the musician is in motion, jamming away to the imaginary beat.”

Pampling’s Nature Rocker, November 4th, 2021


December

Smash Hit by Gamma-Ray

“There’s something about a shattered record that feels dramatic and powerful, like the sheer energy of the music couldn’t be contained by vinyl.”

Pampling’s Smash Hit, December 2nd, 2021


That wraps it up for 2021, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2020, 201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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22 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s In Beer We Trust

In Beer We Trust by Gamma-Ray creates a beer-themed stained glass window. It’s a choice that feels appropriate, given the outsized importance beer holds in the imaginations of its biggest fans. It feels like an ode to the ancientness and tradition of the beverage, as well as the craft and artistry it often inspires. The details do well at supporting the concept, with hops, barrels, and grain imagery taking the place of more religious iconography. And while most of the art sticks to strong geometric shapes, the design knows when its worth introducing more variation, such as with the lines of the angels’ robes and the very drippy curves of the beer’s foam. Color also enhances the art, setting the golds and oranges of the beer against a blue background that helps them to stand out. Very nice.

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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16 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Downtown 2085

Downtown 2085 by Gloopz is definitely eye-catching with its palette of cool blues and neon pink. As the title suggests, the theme is futuristic 80s, set about 100 years from most 80s pieces, but adhering to the era’s most iconic style choices. So in this world, the advertising is plastered everywhere, bright lights shine out from oddly jutting buildings, pollution seeps in for a foggy urban ambiance, and even the sun itself is fitted with a colorful stylized gradient. It feels like a future from the cinematic world of Blade Runner or the paperback dreams of cyberpunk novels. I like the way the advertising gives this place personality, cluing in the viewer to the city’s mix of Japanese and English text that implies a melding of cultures, and hinting at what lies beyond with a tantalizing mention of off-world travel. The one bit that feels out of place to me is the Crypto mention, which seems to date the design unnecessarily to the current era (if cryptocurrency was so common in the future, it wouldn’t need to be called out by name because any financial institution would handle it). Even with that minor quibble, though, I think it’s a great piece!

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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13 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Bottles collection

Pampling has a great talent for adding unique new product types, and I think they’re on to another winner with their new collection of stainless steel reusable bottles. While a lot of items in this product type stick to solid colors and minimal graphics, Pampling has taken the opportunity to tailor these pieces specifically to the pop culture savvy nerd, with busy, colorful patterns featuring geek-friendly characters and motifs. Here’s a look at two of my favorites…

Starry by ddjvigo uses a repeating pattern of swirling lines, inspired by the masterpiece Starry Night. I like that in this context, the motion of the art feels like a reference to flowing water in addition to the night sky.

Fantasy by Naolito packs in villains and heroes from games, movies, and comics, all drawn in a colorful, exciting style that lets the personality of each character shine through.

Check out the whole bottles collection at Pampling.

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