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Tee Contest Year in Review(s) 2015

2015 has been a great year for t-shirts, and we’ve highlighted some of the best here every day. Now it’s time to take a look back, and narrow down the list to the single best or most interesting design of each month of 2015!

January

camiseteria wake up in a bad dream

Wake Up in a Bad Dream by Eder da Luz

“Instead of turning his head to see the actual state of the world, he’s contest to watch through a TV screen.

– Camiseteria’s Wake Up in a Bad Dream, January 19th, 2015


February

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French Colombes by Oeilbleu

“…French Colombes succeeds primarily because the concept of doves broadcasts a more political message…”

Monsieur Poulet’s French Colombes, February 28th, 2015


March

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Monster Under the Bed by Ben Chen

“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.”

Pampling’s Monster Under the Bed, March 14th, 2015


April

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Creative Force by Thomas

“…like an ancient symbol carved into rock and worn down over the ages.”

Threadless: Creative Force and more new this week, April 16th, 2015


May

threadless happiness is a warm blanket

Happiness is a Warm Blanket by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira

“Making the shirt’s folds stand in for the curves of his blanket is also one heck of a fun and smart optical illusion.”

Threadless: Happiness is a Warm Blanket and more new this week, May 14th, 2015


June

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Color Bomb by Philipp Rietz

“The gradients and triangular shapes are fun to look at because they feel dimensional, like you’re staring into a rainbow-colored crystal.”

Threadless: Color Bomb and more new this week, June 25th, 2015


July

threadless woodstock(s)

Woodstock(s) by Dgeph

“It’s just such an iconic idea, using the bird Woodstock to replace the bird for the familiar Woodstock concert graphic.”

Threadless: Woodstock(s) and more new this week, July 30th, 2015


August

camiseteria i'm not dog nao

I’m Not Dog Não by Badaro

“That gives the pup a weird, quirky kind of wisdom- you almost expect that if he could talk he’d be imparting life lessons instead of begging for treats.”

Camiseteria’s I’m Not Dog Não, August 4th, 2015


September

we love fine persistence of jake

Persistence of Jake by Jeremy S.

“I love the way it capitalizes on Jake’s shape changing abilities, showing him melting and wobbling in a very Jake sort of way.”

WeLoveFine’s Adventure Time 3 winners, September 28th, 2015


October

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Roundscape II by Fil Gouvea

“The bright yellow sun provides a good point of introduction to the piece as it immediately pulls in your eyes, and its color brightens up the scene and helps it to feel cheerful and optimistic.”

Camiseteria’s Roundscape II, October 26th, 2015


November

threadless veteran wasteland hoarder

Veteran Wasteland Hoarder by Rich Allen

“Gamers will get a kick out of scanning that huge haul of items, because it’s all real stuff they’ll remember having encountered in the Wasteland.”

Threadless: Veteran Wasteland Hoarder and more new this week, November 19th, 2015


December

camiseteria a guerra dos tipos

A Guerra dos Tipos by Mauricio Fontinele

“What’s especially fun about this to me is the way that each style’s ampersand becomes its own character, each with a unique outfit and personal style that reflects the look of their letterform.”

Camiseteria’s A Guerra dos Tipos, December 21st, 2015

That wraps it up for 2015, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201420132012, 2011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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06 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Jurassic Bar

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Jurassic Bar by Arashi-Yuka is a fun mash-up because it’s funny, but it also feels kind of plausible. The Simpsons has referenced Jurassic Park a lot in the past, and the scenario this image sets up feels like it could be right out of an episode of the cartoon. Can’t you just picture it- there’s been mayhem at the park, and a pterodactyl has knocked into the park’s famous logo sign. The K is lost, but that P spins around and hangs by a thread, looking more like a lowercase B. Homer, unobservant everyman, spots the sign and can’t resist its promise of beer so he happily marches inside, ignorant of the danger he’s about to face. Picturing what happens next is what makes this design so hard to resist.

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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25 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Break Time

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Break Time by Pandaluna really makes me smile, in part because it’s been awhile since I logged into a shirt site and saw a Pandaluna design (most of his art that I’ve seen had been on the no longer active La Fraise). And this one is especially well-timed (whether new or not) because of the increased attention Ghostbusters is receiving due to the two upcoming movies. But what I love about this concept is that it’s a mashup that makes perfect sense- of course a Ghostbuster might see PacMan as a kind of comrade in arms, both racing around to contain dangerous ghosts. Playing this arcade game feels right as an on-theme way for those guys to chill out after a hard day’s work. Slimer’s presence raises the level of the design as well, both because he looks so enthralled and because he sets up a contrast between PacMan and the Ghostbusters. One consumes all ghosts, the other is much more discerning. It’s a smart way to point out a bit of the complexity and fun of the Ghostbusters universe.

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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17 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Summer Van

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Summer Van by JayHai is a pop culture extravaganza, packing fan favorite characters from video games, animation and more into a van headed for summer fun at the beach. What’s great about this set up is that it invites you to imagine how all these guys (and their wildly differing personalities) would interact, and how they’d participate in the same beach activities most people do. Like, of course Sonic would rather race the van to the beach than ride inside, and it’s easy to see how the minion and Pikachu might become fast friends. So the art feels really right in how the characters are depicted, and there are even some smart choices made in the small details (like the stickers on the van and the Bazinga license plate) that make it fun to keep exploring even beyond the character work. All in all, a very complete design.

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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12 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Concierto de Hamelin

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Concierto de Hamelin by cowaca pokes fun at a reference I never expected to see on a shirt- the Pied Piper! While these days most Pied Piper imagery is only there because of the TV show Silicon Valley, it’s really refreshing to see a design that’s purely focused on the childhood fable. Even better, by turning the fable’s rats into ardent rock fans, it ages the story up along with the viewer. When you were a kid it made sense to think the rats would follow a guy playing a pretty tune on a flute, but most adults probably find this version where the rats follow their favorite rocker on tour to be a lot more relatable. Plus, how great is the intensity of the rat in the front with his heavy eyebrows? That’s a guy who really loves music!

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 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Cantando Baja la Lluvia

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Cantando Baja la Lluvia by Castelló is a fun mashup of Singing in the Rain and Gremlins, and although the combo is odd part of the fun of this piece is how much sense it makes. There are links between the movies in the way water transforms the gremlins, and in the gremlins’ memorable and raucous love of classic cinema. After seeing the gremlins sing along in a theater, it’s easy to imagine they’d take that show on the road and continue the performance in the rainy streets. Seeing the villain Stripe replace a very safe, traditional movie hero feels right for the kind of comic mischief the transformed gremlins employ, and there’s an element of both cuteness and horror to it that fit the film’s tone well. I even like the bend of the light pole, which lends an off-kilter feeling to the art that helps heighten the strangeness of it.

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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26 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Colors Eater

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Colors Eater by Mainial breathes new life into the PacMan parody genre by making the design not about Pac’s shape, but about what he is and what’s inside him. It’s a TV test pattern, which puts a new spin on all the ghosts, fruit, and dots he’s been gobbling up. Suddenly this familiar character starts to feel a lot like a glitch in the system, a strange bug the consumes and corrupts everything it comes into contact with. He’s not a savior in his endless eating, he’s the villain of the piece. It’s also neat to see an old-fashioned test pattern (does anyone even still use these) in the context of an early arcade game, since both seem like relics from another era of media. Fun stuff!

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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