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02 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Catana

Catana by Vincenttrinidad is one of those puns that seems so obvious in retrospect that I kind of can’t believe I haven’t seen it done more often. Because it’s an excellent concept (combining two popular things, Japanese style and cats), and it’s been executed incredibly well here. A highlight for me is the face, so expressive with its narrowed eyes, scrunched nose, and gritted teeth that you can almost hear the animal hissing. No opportunity to add detail was passed up, with traditional tattoos decorating the cat’s fur and even a patterned inlay on the knife’s handle. Even the Japanese lettering red block is balanced with another red mark, displaying the cat’s paw print by way of a signature. It feels very complete and thought out, and the character is irresistibly irritable.

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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25 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Bass Guitar

Bass Guitar by Efless is a music shirt that uses text to communicate its message. I like the way it chooses one very distinctive part of the instrument to focus on, and then uses that shape as a frame to contain its wording. The main slogan uses size to ensure it is read first, and each word is treated in a unique, decorative way that encourages the viewer to keep exploring. But that’s not all- each tuning peg has a supporting message, drawn in a style that reflects the theme of its message. So the “manly” peg has bulky capitals, while the “sexy” peg uses smooth cursive. Slight distressing gives the design a worn, weathered feel that reflects its rock ‘n roll roots.

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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18 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Life is a Game

Life is a Game by Redbug looks like an ordinary PacMan screen at first, with its familiar characters traversing a maze of blue barriers and white dots. But as you look longer, a message emerges in the negative space and delivers the titular slogan. The lettering reads well, and the variation in how letters are formed (no two instances of a letter are created in the same shape) helps the result to feel playful and organic, like these letters are closer to a happy accident than a regimented font. My favorite detail is how the red ghost helps form the bottom of the A, a fun choice that helps the art to feel in motion.

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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11 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Fruit Cat

Fruit Cat by Tobiasfonseca is delightfully bonkers. I have no idea why pineapples and cats would be combined, but this is done with such skill that the artist almost manages to make it make sense. Instead of fluffy and pet-able, the cat’s fur becomes rough scales. The floof of a tail turns into the plant’s stiff crown of sharp leaves. And to cap things off, the animal is split in two, literally showing the sliced pineapple fruit within. Is it a statement on the cat’s nature, prickly on the outside but sweet within? Or just a fun visual riff, combining two popular subjects? Either way, it’s done with detail (note the highlight and shadow on each scale) and looks great, so I call it a success!

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 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Priorities

Priorities by BlancaVidal speaks to the realities of trying to get things done with a cat around. They have the uncanny knack of being wherever it’s most inconvenient for them to be, and there’s nothing they like more than parking themselves on a nice, toasty laptop keyboard. The moment is relatable, and the cat’s expression and pose is the perfect picture of slothful exhaustion. Even the text is well thought out, scrawled messily to highlight that the computer is otherwise occupied. But what especially works about the scenario is that it’s equally true of many humans. We might not literally nap on a keyboard, but especially in stressful or unpredictable times, many people find the idea of procrastination, of napping now and working later, to be irresistible. We are all this chonky cat at times.

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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28 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Wallverine

Wallverine by JayHai is a silly pun with a surprising amount of depth. The character is immediately clear from his iconic mask and claws, to the point where the title at the bottom isn’t really necessary (although it does ground the art nicely). And the gritted teeth and narrowed eyes feel very authentic to Wolverine’s gruff personality. The thickly muscled legs, planted comically far apart, are a funny bit of visual humor. But what makes this design really special is its use of graffiti- from the sprayed logos to the scrawled “Jean was here” and subtle “Cyclops sucks”  messages, every detail contributes to storytelling and characterization.

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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14 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Unity

Unity by GammaRay is an example of excellent one color artwork. The owl’s positioning makes him an instant focal point, and that sets the tone for the rest of the piece. He’s a symbol of wisdom, of the dreams that come with night, and of an explorer who roams long distances. The structure and use of icons invites the viewer to look deeper, and that’s when you discover the trio of banners that mark out different landscapes an owl might fly over, from sea to forest to mountain and each shown from his overhead perspective. The dreamcatcher shape of the design and the use of arrows hint at ancientness and of connection to the land. It’s the kind of clean, minimal art that any fan of the outdoors (or owls!) can appreciate.

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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