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16 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ideas Rock

Ideas Rock by Jorge López has a brilliant concept, turning the filament of a light bulb into the “rock” hand gesture. It’s a smart combo because it takes advantage of the filament’s natural coiled shape, turning those bends into two knuckles at the center of the gesture. The rest of the hand is rendered in a fast, fluid way that speaks to the motion and wild spirit of the action, incorporating a few more coils at key points to ensure that the entire shape still reads as the same electric wire. Meanwhile, the outer bulb is kept as simple as possible with just a few scant lines to ensure the bulb reads as lit. The design does a great job of channeling the energy and emotion of getting a great idea, solid 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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09 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Frida Calavera

Frida Calavera by NemiMakeIt is one of those designs that just feels right. It makes sense to see Frida Kahlo, an artist whose work frequently explored her heritage, represented as one of Mexico’s most iconic images, the sugar skull. Even better, the similarity of sound between Kahlo and Calavera makes it a bit of a pun. Her distinctive hairstyle and unibrow make the skull easily recognizable, and the way the skull is covered in big, bright flowers both suits the traditional look of the calavera as well as reinforces themes from Kahlo’s own work. I slightly wish there’d been a nod to monkeys (or other animals from her paintings) tucked away in the art somewhere to further unite the two concepts, but it’s an excellent design with wide appeal as-is.

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 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2019

Time for another t-shirt retrospective! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2019…

January

A Trip through Space and Time by Tom (Thomas Orrow)

“…it rewards your attention with moments like the realistic handwritten price tag tucked beneath the title…”

– Threadless’s A Trip through Space and Time and more new this week, January 31st, 2019


February

Super Reporter by Gianni Corniola (spike00)

“It might be fair to say that good ol’ Clark Kent was the real hero all along.”

Threadless: Super Reporter and more new this week, February 7th, 2019


March

Mixed Message by Shadyjibes

“…a design doesn’t have to be complicated to be exciting and memorable.”

Pampling’s Mixed Message, March 25th, 2019


April

Rhinogami by Lucas Scialabba (palitosci)

“It feels really whimsical to see those tiny folds, and the interaction between the two animals adds to the feeling of each of their personality and character.”

Threadless: Rhinogami and more new this week, April 11th, 2019


May

Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash) by RAIDHO

“The traditional art style looks even more ancient when placed against the soft texture of the shirt’s fabric.”

Design By Humans’s Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash), May 10th, 2019


June

Family Fun by Gabriele Crotti (thecoolorange)

“The green ink and half-toning feel appropriately retro, and the bright orange draws your eye immediately to the disastrous fire.”

Threadless’s Family Fun and more new this week, June 27th, 2019


July

Life in Technicolor by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray)

“…the striped sky and colorful landscape are beautiful to look at and read as a modern interpretation of the colors of the sunset.”

Threadless: Life in Technicolor and more new this week, July 18th, 2019


August

Watermelon Ratio by Kinkajou88

“…it gives the feeling of eating a never-ending pile of melon.”

Pampling’s Watermelon Ratio, August 16th, 2019


September

Aerial Spectrum by waynem

“All these birds have been fitted together like a living jigsaw puzzle…”

Threadless’s Aerial Spectrum and more new this week, September 26th, 2019


October

Cat Metal by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte)

“…head thrown back as though he’s about to let loose with a wild howl.”

Threadless’s Cat Metal and more new this week, October 17th, 2019


November

Fox of Leaves by NemiMakeIt

“I think the design’s best feature, though, is how it incorporates realistic vein texture into the leaves.”

Pampling’s Fox of Leaves, November 14th, 2019


December

Au Revoir by Norman Duenas (fhigi25)

“…the butterfly bursting through its flowery borders as if to dramatically underline how swiftly time flies.”

Threadless: Au Revoir and more new this week, December 18th, 2019


That wraps it up for 2018, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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26 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Vitruvian Dwarf

Vitruvian Dwarf by FistEastwood parodies da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man, replacing his proportionately perfect physique with that of the unusually short and stout fantasy dwarf. Body shape isn’t the only difference- this dwarf also eschews the original’s nudity in favor of maintaining his distinctive garb, a heavily layered and patterned mix of fabric, fur and leather that speaks to his cold environment and hearty demeanor. It communicates excess and exuberance, a message also reinforced by the objects the dwarf holds in each of his four hands. It’s an even split between two weapons and two luxuries, his pipe and beer. I’m guessing a lot of fans of this shirt will find those props both aspirational and relatable!

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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19 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Mind Game

Mind Game by Carbine is a cool take on the idea of a mental struggle. I love the way the hands immediately start to tell the story, contorted painfully and communicating an intense effort. Even the shirt and tie are drawn roughly and full of wrinkles, perhaps implying that a lot of time has passed in this struggle. Meanwhile, the head is entirely absent (to the point where you can see the back of the collar), replaced by a Rubik’s Cube shape of colored squares. These squares overlap each other, forming several distinct layers that add to the complexity being represented. I like that some sections line up several same-colored blocks, implying that a solution, however elusive, is actively being attempted. It’s good stuff, and the mix of the brightly colored puzzle and more drably shaded hands sets the perfect mood for the concept.

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 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Illumeownati

Illumeownati by StudioM6 creates a very credible-looking badge for an illuminati-like organization run by cats. There’s a strong feeling of conspiracy about the piece, which makes sense given the subject matter- the cat at the center of it all certainly looks like he knows something you don’t. With narrowed eyes and one fang peeking out, he’s a cat with sinister secrets that are only hinted at by the fish skeletons on either side and a swiftly unravelling ball of yarn. A pair of mice hides in the art’s border, helping this design to feel very full of material, like there’s another rich secret to be uncovered if you just look a little longer. Excellent 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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14 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Fox of Leaves

Fox of Leaves by NemiMakeit might be the perfect fall shirt, combining a favorite animal of the season with the bright autumn leaves that define the look of those months. Leaves, their outlines, and some smart gradients do most of the work in creating the fox’s face, with just a bold line and nose shape showing the contours of the fox’s features. Using the same motion to express both snout and closed eyes is a sophisticated choice that also suits the cold, more sleepy mood of the season. I think the design’s best feature, though, is how it incorporates realistic vein texture into the leaves. It’s subtle enough to avoid overpowering the fox image, and also adds a level of sophistication that balances well with the more cartooned features of the animal.

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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