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17 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New at Gorilla Tank: Flashing the Time

Gorilla Tank has just printed another shirt- that makes two in less than a week! This time it is my personal favorite from the competition, Flashing the Time by JeremyPiatt. It’s a cool image- this seedy, devil-like figure sells clocks of all kind out of his coat. There’s a humorous element as well- seen in both the large old-fashioned alarm clock and the way one clock falls out of the coat (it also adds to the demonic nature of the figure, approximating a tail).

Check out the rest of the Gorilla Tank store for more shirts- Monkey Business was another recent print, and PB & Jelly Wrestling and Superfly are great-looking tees.

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14 November 2007 ~ 3 Comments

Monkey Business, New at Gorilla Tank

Gorilla Tank has a new shirt in their store, Monkey Business by NataS. I confess, I am… not so much a fan of this one. I just don’t get it. Okay, a monkey wants you to mind your own business. Is it funny because a monkey calls the viewer a monkey? And, how is the phrase mind your own business even raised? Is it now a weird invasion of privacy to read someone’s shirt? It feels like an in-joke that I’m not in on.

I’m not crazy about the art, either- the monkey is made of pixels (for no reason, it adds nothing), but the text is not (which is just annoyingly mis-matched). And the placement is weird- I like stuff in the lower corner of the shirt, but here it seems in direct opposition to the concept. The monkey should be centered on the chest, so that he aggressively enters into the conversation of the wearer, in my opinion.

While this design was a bust for me, I’ve liked some of Gorilla Tank’s shirts in the past. PB & Jelly Wrestling and Superfly are very nice shirts, buy those instead.

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09 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Sale at Gorilla Tank

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Gorilla Tank is holding a sale until the end of October, and all shirts are being sold for just £11! Pictured above are GT’s two most recent additions, Nudist? and PB & Jelly Wrestling.

Remember artists, Gorilla Tank is an on-going design competition. So if you think you can design a better shirt, get to work! Printed designs earn £300 check and £120 store credit.

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18 September 2007 ~ 1 Comment

GorillaTank Label Competition

GorillaTank is a t-shirt design contest that has recently impressed me by printing work like Superfly and PB & Jelly Wrestling. But since they’re a new company, they haven’t had time to come up with a t-shirt label yet.

And that’s where you come in: GorillaTank is currently holding a competition to create a label. Designs should be one-color and no larger than 2×4 inches.

Submit before October 17th, 2007 for a chance at the 692 pounds cash prize.

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13 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gorilla Tank: Two New Shirts for Sale

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Gorilla Tank has just added two new t-shirts to their line-up. Both are now available for purchase, but act quickly- like all Gorilla Tank shirts, quantity is very limited (200 pieces).

First up is Nudist Beach. I admit, I’m not crazy about this one. The joke is decent, but I just don’t understand what it’s doing on a shirt. The imagery is well-done, it’s just not a very attractive subject. I also feel like there’s a missed opportunity in that the egg is cooking on the sand in the hot sun (complete with smoke plume) and there’s no mention to that in the text. Surely some kind of hotness or coming out of one’s shell reference could have pushed this over the top.

PB & J Wrestling, though, is one I have no criticisms about. It’s a funny image (sumo is inherently funny) that manages to be completely gorgeous at the same time. The jelly, the peanut butter and the bread each have a distinct texture and the colors really pop on the brown shirt. I’m probably going to pick up one of these today.

Gorilla Tank is an on-going t-shirt design competition, so if you’ve got the goods check it out. Winning designers will receive 300 pounds (about $600) and 120 pounds in store credit.

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31 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

First Gorilla Tank Winner Announced

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Folks, you are now looking at Gorilla Tank‘s first winner, Peanut Butter and Jelly Wrestling by ah. It’s a fantastic shirt, and easily the best submission so far. I know I’ll be ordering this one when it lands in the store in 3 weeks or so.

Here’s an interesting fact: this submission is still being voted on! Also, while it has earned a really amazing score, one design out of voting scored better than it has and another currently scoring submission is also ranked higher. So while Gorilla Tank is definitely taking votes into consideration, they’re making decisions on prints based on other factors as well (including comments). I think this is great news, as I have an intense distrust of anonymous voters and a definite love for this shirt in particular.

Oh, and potential submitters should definitely know this: Gorilla Tank is now allowing submissions with Halftones and Gradients! To the best of my knowledge they’re the only contest that allows it, so it will be interesting to see how this evolves.

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24 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gorilla Tank Tee Review

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Gorilla Tank‘s Superfly shirt is an instant classic, the kind of shirt that looks great and also manages to capture your imagination. Clean lines and some tasteful text combine to make this a must-have for me.

I got Superfly in the mail today and was happy to learn that the quality of the printing is just as good as the quality of the design. The white ink has great coverage- you don’t see the original shirt color poking through, but at the same time it isn’t overly heavy either. And since Gorilla Tank uses American Apparel tees, the shirt quality is on point as well. In person this shade of green is really fresh and spring-like.

Overall, a really nice shirt. The rest of the Gorilla Tank collection is pretty great as well, and right now if you buy two you get the third shirt free! This is a great deal, particularly because Gorilla Tank shirts are limited edition- only 228 copies are printed of each shirt.

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