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13 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling Introduces Sneakers

Pampling is branching out from t-shirts with another new product, and this time it’s Sneakers! Repeating patterns created by t-shirt artists like Coddesigns, Tobias Fonseca, and Rogerio Puhl grace these shoes, tackling themes from the artistic to the nostalgic and of course pop culture.

For my money, the standout piece so far is Starry by ddjvigo, which covers the footwear in art in the style of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It’s got a great sense of motion in its swirling lines, and the brightness of the stars add just enough interest to make the pattern come to life.

Check out the whole collection in Pampling’s Sneakers catalog.

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06 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Painting Day

Painting Day by Robert Ritcher uses the mechanic of painting to turn night into day, and in an extremely charming choice, uses an astronaut as the painter. It’s a quirky choice, and one that helps make the surreal scene tell a story. It’s sweet to think of a space explorer, bored with the cold emptiness of space, taking it into his own hands to brighten up the place. Whether you read the design as an astronaut changing his own night to day or as him changing the night to day for the world, it’s a slick concept. The power of the transition is enhanced by the way the sun/moon is split so starkly and by the detail of each body (craters and sunspots). To keep the space side of things from paling in comparison to the brighter day elements, a bright white ladder and pair of shooting stars create interest. Good stuff!

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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29 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Scater

Scater by vincenttrinidad translates a very modern cat into traditional Japanese art, combining an iconic style with the kind of silly, fun lolcat stuff that people today really respond to. I love the rascally look in the cat’s eyes, narrowed and shifty like he’s been skateboarding somewhere it isn’t allowed and he’s daring you to challenge him on it. He’s tougher than the average feline, with tattoos placed (nonsensically, but amusingly) right over his fur and a karate-style headband hinting at martial arts skills. Even the skateboard has been tricked out to match the theme, with a koi fish bursting through waves on the bottom of the board (definitely the kind of design a cat would choose!). The final flourish might be the best one- a single paw print nestled by the signature. Very complete and well fleshed out.

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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22 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Morning Cat

Morning Cat by TaylorRoss is chock full of scruffy personality, from the feline’s differently sized eyes to his stricken expression and deep under eye bags. He stares back at the viewer with great offense, clearly irked that he’s awake at all. One paw even curls itself into a a rude middle finger gesture, while the other clings to a cup of coffee like its a life preserver. The slogan’s sentiments reflect this, but for me the style the text is rendered in slightly misses the mark. The clarity of the lettering and the smoothness of its rounded lines feels awake and friendly, while I think using a rougher, scratchier look (either on “early” and “friendly” or on the whole phrase) might have conveyed the theme more viscerally. Still a great, wearable shirt though!

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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15 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s School of Villains

School of Villains by Naolito is a great ode to the best characters in Disney movies- the bad guys. Seeing them from behind like this is a great reminder of the strong character design they have, with bold coloring and unique silhouettes that make them instantly recognizable even to the most casual fan. With a lot of villains, the reason for their evil isn’t questioned or explored, so it feels good to see an explanation not only for why they’re bad, but also why they choose such weird harebrained schemes. The chalkboard’s collection of villainous plots (including gems like the spinning wheel and poison apple) highlights this absurdity well. It’s an awesome concept, and I’m glad the illustration distills the joke to its essence by not bothering with needless details like desks and chairs- the chalkboard is enough to make the environment clearly a classroom.

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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08 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s 3rd Gen

3rd Gen by Jellypixels is a massive burst of nostalgia, using a pulled-apart diagram of a Nintendo Gameboy Advance to create a vast, multi-layered ecosystem full of Pokemon. The creatures aren’t placed randomly, they’re put in situations that suit their skills and styles. So the lowest segment of the machine becomes a pond for the water-dwellers, while flying monsters dominate the top tiers (even swirling between segments). It’s a slick concept and executed pretty well, although there’s so much going on in some places that I have trouble discerning all the details. But that shouldn’t deter the design’s target audience, whose youthful enthusiasm is well-captured by the smorgasbord of characters and situations.

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 March 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Pirate Shadow

Pirate Shadow by Danielmorris1993 makes an anime shirt extremely stylish with its unusual presentation. While a lot of pop culture shirts aim for sales by imitating the precise look of a character, trying to get as close to genuine merchandise as possible, this design succeeds by reducing the character to a silhouette and a few well-chosen colored lines. The pose chosen is classically heroic, standing above the viewer like a towering statue, and with one raised hand helping to highlight the iconic yellow hat. The background gives the hat and face even more emphasis by placing a huge moon behind them like a halo. But the colorful, streaking pattern of the sky is for me the real star of the shirt- it achieves gorgeous sunset tones and even a sense of motion, the perfect setting for implying adventure and wildness.

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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