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25 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #710: Camp Wootashirta

Prepare to down some bug juice, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #710: Camp Wootashirta

EDIT 5/20: Please no politics!

We’re packing up our flashlights, boots and graham crackers for camp! Destination Camp Shirtawoota! Or any other imaginary camp you might want to visit! The theme this week is camping, campsites, sleepaway camps and all the fun and dangers that come with visiting nature. Bear got your marshmallows? Is Camp Shwirtatoowa the best sleepaway camp you’ve ever imagined? What do you do there? Get ready for this wet, hot summer with camping themed designs, real or imagined.

Remember that real names, places or things need to be parody or fan art. Also remember we don’t do cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

24 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Uniqlo’s UTGP2019 Pokemon winners

Uniqlo’s UTGP2019 Pokeemon winners have been announced, although not without some controversy. Fans have noticed that the creator of the Grand Prize winning design appears to have violated the rules of the competition by selling the artwork on another marketplace prior to winning the UTGP’s $10,000 prize. As a result of this violation, the design has been disqualified.

But, rather than focus on a rules violation, it’s more fun to focus on the art itself. In this year’s contest none of the top three captured my imagination, and my favorite piece is one of the special selections…

This design by MiekoNeko of Hawaii struck me as a really fun way to celebrate Pokemon- many of the game’s most iconic characters are shown, all drawn in a minimal style of the artist’s creation that gives the piece more sophistication and individuality than a more direct copy of their likenesses might have. It also takes advantage of the ability to print on both sides of the shirt, giving the back corner another smattering of characters. Really well done, and the drawings are so cute you’ll want to reach right out and hug them.

Check out all the winners at Uniqlo. These shirts will be available online and in stores on June 24th, 2019 at 10AM ET.

23 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Natural Melody 2 and more new this week

Natural Melody 2 by Christopher Phillips (cpdesign) is my favorite Threadless print this week. While the concept of tree branches sprouting from a guitar is a fairly common one, what sets this rendition apart is the artistic skill it is done with and the attention to detail throughout. There are a lot of great moments in the piece, particularly in how the birds interact with the design’s other elements. There’s something very playful about the way some birds carry off musical notes, while others find comfortable perches (the guitar’s center looks especially cozy). While outlines can be somewhat hit or miss in shirt design, this one is an excellent choice because it both interacts with the other elements (I love how the roots extend around the framing) and helps the balance out the bulk of the guitar’s body, which might have otherwise made the illustration feel too bottom-heavy.

Flightless Bird by Scott Narjes (Scarjes) is thee kind of design that seems thick with story, every detail adding a new understanding to the bigger picture. The oddness of the spacesuit, with its massive airpack and flimsy wings, seems doomed to failure. The technology it exhibits, along with the age of the TV he totes, paint the portrait of a man with big ideas that the science of the time can’t yet achieve. His bowed, disappointed head is matched by the expression of the facepalming woman on the TV screen. He’s packed for a journey, but this plan isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s rare to see a shirt that focuses on such a bittersweet moment, but for me it really works.

Brave by Mike Koubou (mikekoubou) should definitely appeal to cat fans. It’s a cat at its absolute best, curious and determined as well as cute. Its kittenish features look even more small wrapped in the aviator’s helmet, and there’s a brightness in the eyes and alertness in the pose of the ears that helps to sell the story. You could imagine this intrepid animal taking to the skies as an explorer, looking for the sunniest, warmest spot to land and take a nap… or as a hunter chasing birds in their own territory. Either way, the soft background adds a cloud-like texture that reinforces the theme without distracting from the character work.

Book Reads by Alexander Medvedev (GoToUp) is clever, noting a resemblance between a lounging human and an open book to create a book that reads the way a lot of people do. This is such an unusual characterization because books are usually portrayed as uptight, nerdy, and sophisticated- by making this book kind of a lazy slob, the kind of fellow totally willing to drip soda on the carpet and get Cheeto stains on the pages, this becomes a reading design that appeals to a wider crowd. He’s not reading to gain knowledge or experience great literature, he’s just looking for something fun to pass the time and make his imagination go wild. And that’s pretty relatable!

Botany by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows) is a gorgeous bit of design, using overlapping colors and shapes to create a piece that celebrates the precise beauty of both nature and science. The swirling textures in the leaves and test tubes are very effective in moving the eye around the piece, while differing leaf shapes and plant heights create interest. The use of two shades in each leaf for a dappled effect reminds me of light reflecting on water, a choice that emphasizes the design’s nature inspiration. It feels really fresh and different, apart from the humorous cartoons and outdoors-y minimalism that is more common to the Threadless catalog.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

22 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Summer Book Club collection

Reading was the focus of attention in the Shirt.Woot Derby Editor’s Choice: Summer Book Club plus sale. So if you’ve got your own reading list prepared for this summer, you’ll find a lot to like! Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: The Quick Brown Sloth by chachachino won me over instantly with the sloth’s oversized glasses and charming grin.

Nicest Surprise: All I Read Is Magic by anarist first impressed me in voting with its eye-pleasing arrangement of text and books.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

21 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Vacation derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Vacation derby is a solid mix of pop culture references, travel destinations, and preparation for a trip, encompassing the whole experience of a getaway. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Charged Battery by imisko pops a minimal landscape scene into some battery framing to create a clear message about the recharging power of rest.

Slothcation by pawsatwork grabs the eye with its rounded cartoon forms, bright colors and thick shading, imagining a scene so fun that it doesn’t even need its slogan.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

20 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Artivism design contest

Art makes a big statement in Threadless‘s Artivism design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

“Artivism—where edges are pushed, imagination is freed, and a new language emerges altogether.” – Eve Ensler

Originating in 1997 between Chicano artists in East Los Angeles and the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico, this powerful portmanteau has developed in recent years as antiwar and anti-globalisation protests have increased. You’ve heard of prominent Artivists that take stabs at the current political climate like Banksy, comment on social issues like Tavar Zawacki (a.k.a. ABOVE), and fight gender and racial inequality like the Guerrilla Girls.

For this challenge, we want you to channel your passion for a cause or issue onto a canvas and unleash your inner artivist. Get in touch with your inner Ai Weiwei, or Plastic Jesus. Find your tribe of Adbusters. Whatever fuels your fire, focus on that and share it with the world to spark positive change.

This contest opens to entries on May 24th and ends on June 7th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

18 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #709: American Vintage

With two patriotic holidays on the way, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme should come as no surprise…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #709: American Vintage

It’s that patriotic time of year, where we celebrate all the American things. To get ready for the fireworks and hot dogs we need that t-shirt artwork! Designs must have a vintage or retro element, either in content or design aesthetic and obviously must be America themed.

No cream tees and no politics!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.