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06 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Avocado Core Workout

Avocado Core Workout by Gedsalazargarcia takes a supposedly healthy food, the avocado, and uses its unusual shape to tell a story about exercise. With its pear shape and large pit, thee avocado definitely looks like its sporting a potbelly and could afford to lose a few pounds. It’s a fun concept, and the choice to show both how his shape makes these exercises more difficult and the effort on his face is a good one. In particular, the stomach crunch pose where the poor guy seems to be rocking on his back like an upside-down turtle is charming and silly. The only quibble I have is that it might have been nice to see a panel where his hard work pays off and the pit is gone!

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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30 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ukiyo-e Red Fox

Ukiyo-e Red Fox by Dandingeroz takes its name from a Japanese style of woodblock print, though to my eye the soft gradients inject more of a watercolor feel. But whatever the style, the visuals are certainly impressive. I love the way this piece uses nature to highlight the features of the fox. Crashing waves (very reminiscent of The Great Wave of Kanagawa) emphasize the stripe on the fox’s face where red and white meet. A tree bent in the wind captures the bend of the animal’s neck and highlight the edge of his ears. The sun, complete with a flock of geese flying through to provide a pupil, provides and eye. And within the orange fur, subtle clouds create highlights and shadows for a sky at sunset. It’s beautiful to look at and a must-have for fox fans.

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 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Move Faster

Move Faster by Tri Agus Nuradhim counters the usual sloth narrative by showing an animal that, despite his slow-moving nature, is working to be faster. I love this tactic because it instantly sets the design apart from other sloth pieces, and it’s also quite inspirational. It feels like an exercise shirt for people who feel like athletics is outside their nature, who have to fight their instincts and be uncomfortable to succeed. But this sloth isn’t unhappy with his situation, he’s clearly giving it all his enthusiasm as he’s fully decked out in some spiffy work out gear and even seems to be grinning. A great character, and one that is very easy to relate to. Plus, the black and white lines of the sloth’s fur are a smart choice to give his body a realistic texture.

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 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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