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14 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Monster Under the Bed

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Monster Under the Bed by Ben Chen caught my eye with its smart use of color. Most of the action is in blacks, whites and grays, totally channeling the creepy feel of an old monster movie. The one spot of color is the bright yellow banana, which gives you the feeling that he went to sleep in a normal, colorful room and was then transported into a world of creepy movie nightmares. It’s a great choice because it draws the eye right to him, and because his difference makes him appear even more vulnerable. The gorilla is well thought out too, so large that he seems barely able to squeeze his way out from under the bed. What really clinches his villainous feel, though, is the tumble of building blocks in front of him. This puts me immediately in mind of King Kong demolishing his way through the city. Smart choices all around!

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

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08 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s New Look

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Pampling, a t-shirt contest site based in Spain, just got a great new site design. I love the clarity of their new look, which gives their limited time tee pride of place at the top of the screen, but then directs eyes towards the rest of the site below with catalog tees on the left and highlights contest designs to vote on and winners on the right.

There’s also a really fun doodle at the bottom of the page that does a great job of establishing the site’s spirit and sense of humor, making it clear that they see themselves as being more a hub of creativity than just a site that sells products.

English speakers will want to take note of the language box up top (next to the Instagram icon), which lets you navigate the site more easily by translating it from the native Spanish.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

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23 February 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Pampling’s Scuderia Corleone

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Scuderia Corleone by Jaguart is a bold shirt that makes an immediate impression, tweaking the famous Ferrari logo into a Godfather reference. It’s a connection that works both because of the horse imagery that both properties share in common, and because both properties are so iconically Italian. That makes this parody feel like an attempt to show the dark side of Italian culture through the lens of one of Italian culture’s biggest and most familiar successes, which is a neat trick. It’s especially strong since both are also symbols of power and riches.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

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11 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Carnival Party

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The Carnival Party by Arinesart really won me over with the novelty of its concept- I mean, how often do you see a mash-up where the characters are all self-aware of the mash-up being created? This costume party is a great set up, and I think the specific use of two cartoon couples from different eras works well to form a design fans of all eras can appreciate. I like the way each character reacts in a different way- Homer is sullen, Marge is surprised, Wilma is delighted, and Fred is downright angry. It’s a strong reflection of the personality of each, and their differing reactions add depth to the humor. I suspect there are also some easter egg moments in those silhouettes at the back of the design (perhaps other famous cartoons?) but sadly I can’t quite see enough detail to confirm. Either way, though, it’s a very complete exploration of the idea, and one that reads clearly and comfortably. Great work!

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

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27 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s A

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A by Gums simplifies Captain America to his most basic form, a sort of anthropomorphized and costumed letter. The shield ensures that he remains instantly recognizable, allowing for more liberties to be taken elsewhere. It’s interesting to see the costume drilled down to just a mask, scaly texture and utility belt- the gap in the A seems to stand in for the star, since having one on both the costume and shield in such close proximity would look very cluttered in a minimal design like this. Another interesting thing about this design is how well the letter A works- it suits Captain America’s name and costume, recalls the A logo of his team The Avengers, and even seems to mimic the character’s exaggerated muscular build. All that, and it’s just one ink color!

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

 

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29 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Lion Viking

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The Lion Viking by Madcobra combines two great t-shirt subjects, lions and vikings. What I like about this is how complete the merging is- it’s not just a cool animal in a goofy hat. Instead the lion is every part the warrior, complete with a scarred face and macho beard-like braids hanging down from his mane. The helmet is just as grizzled as his face, with broken horns and a smattering of dents. In addition to the well-chosen subject matter, the art is exceptionally well-drawn. I’m impressed by the way the lion seems authentically furry, with each hair on his mane visible, and how the metal of the helmet has a realistic gleam to it. Excellent work!

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

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16 November 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Pampling’s Creation

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Creation by Gonenlisalih is a fun one for comics fans, turning classic heroes into pencil approximations of their superheroic forms. What makes this rad is how easily recognizable most of them are- it’s easy to pick out all the major characters by their unique costumes, and in the best cases their shape and placement as well (Hi Spiderman! What’s up, Mr Fantastic!). Plus, as the “Create Your Heroes” tagline implies, comic book fans are often art creators as well, so this design is a great nod to that common source of early inspiration.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

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