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24 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Blast From the Past design contest

Nostalgia is back in fashion with Threadless‘s new Blast from the Past design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

More often than not, we don’t actively think about nostalgia for it to strike us. No, we have nostalgia thrust upon us. Such is the idea of “a blast from the past”. Create a design that will transport all who view it to an earlier time. We all have things that take us back to a specific feeling, memory, or decade, whether it’s a time we lived through or an era we’re fascinated by. Opening up a time capsule that was buried in the ‘50s. Finding an old toy in your parents’ basement that you haven’t seen in YEARS. The packaging of your favorite snack when you were a kid, seeing “the one that got away” at a high school reunion, or opening up the ol’ yearbooks and remembering inside jokes you forgot about amidst all the “H.A.G.S!” messages. Sometimes, things that are universal are enough to spark specific memories in all of us. Now go create a design that acts as a mental time machine!

This contest opens to entries on June 29th, 2018 and ends on July 13th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

23 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #662: Tribes

Shirt.Woot has group allegiances and identities in mind with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #662: Tribes

Humans are social. We have an innate desire to “belong” (even us introverts who prefer to “belong” from a distance). So next week’s derby is a celebration of belonging; of expressing (or confessing) loud and proud all the different tribes or groups we can belong to. So bring on the Band Nerds, the Gamers, the Couch Potatoes, the People-who-don’t-like-star-wars-but-are-too-afraid-to-admit-it, and submit your very best “tribe” designs. Just leave politics, the cultural appropriation of actual tribes, and cream tees out of it.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters 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.

22 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: No Hard Feelings and more new this week

No Hard Feelings by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) won Threadless’s Diversity and Equality challenge, and it’s also my favorite new design this week. There’s something very sweet and hopeful about seeing these once warring elements now united in friendship, and that cozy feeling is only amplified by the precision and understated cuteness of the drawing style. It feels like a doodle a kid might make in the margins of their school book, right down to the way the scissors and paper closely resemble school supplies. The hand-drawn text is another nice touch, adding some more personality to the proceedings. I think my favorite detail, though, is the way the scissors’ face is handled- instead of messing around with making the whole face sit directly on the object, it’s happy to let some of it float over the background. The design is made stronger by this choice because it helps to keep all three objects at the same level of interest and individuality, a truly equal trio.

A Kitty to the Past by Ilustrata (ilustrata) combines two popular things in an appealing way, Zelda and cats. While the concept is a bit random, I think a couple of things make it work. One is that the artist fully commits to the idea, creating an entire scene that supports the concept with details like a ball of yarn providing the title’s underline and using the triforce to decorate the cat’s collar. Another factor in the art’s success is the way it uses (what I assume to be) Japanese text as a major feature, a choice that makes gamers viewing the piece think of it in the context of alternate versions of games that sometimes exist in other regions, making this feel a bit like a rare import that Zelda fans would love to get their paws on.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

21 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Shedd Aquarium design contest

Threadless‘s new Shedd Aquarium design challenge is all about the ocean’s most famed predator, the shark. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Sharks have called our seas home for millions of years. They are top predators, vital to maintaining healthy and thriving ocean ecosystems, and under threat of extinction from overfishing and other human impacts. Globally, they need our help now. And Shedd Aquarium has been working to protect and advocate for sharks.

Together, we can help keep sharks swimming by protecting the marine areas where they live. Get inspired by these powerful predators and create a design worthy of their prowess. You can support Shedd Aquarium’s shark conservation and advocacy efforts in the Bahamas and around the world; all proceeds from each shirt will help us keep sharks swimming.

Visit Keep Sharks Swimming soon to learn more about our work and view our incredible 360 videos of sharks in the wild.

This contest opens to entries on June 19th, 2018 and ends on July 2nd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and an exclusive VIP visit to Shedd (or Shedd care package). A runner-up and second runner-up will each receive a VIP Shedd day or Shedd care package. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

20 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s What’s Up, Beaches? derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot artists focused on sun, sand and summer for the What’s Up, Beaches? derby. So whether you love a day at the beach or dread spending time in the heat, there are a lot of fresh and funny takes on the season. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Road Trip by Gammaray85 captures the feeling of a sunset with precise silhouettes and a warm, comforting palette.

Making Waves by ApeLad is a brilliantly geeky take on the beach, with the moon eager to take full credit for his wave-creating efforts.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters 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.

19 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: America the BeauTEEful collection

July 4th came early with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: America the BeauTEEful plus sale. Freedom, animals and flags featured especially prominently, but no matter what your personal flavor of American is, there’s probably a shirt in the collection for you. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Live Free or Whatever by Lunchboxbrain perfectly captures the ambivalence a lot of people feel in terms of patriotism these days.

Nicest Surprise: Keep America Weird by Benjaminleebates was a favorite of mine in voting for the way it celebrates American eccentricity.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design United States of Neon imagines the country and a common phrase lit up in neon lights.

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

18 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Incognito

Incognito by Anne Cécile OLEART is a real gem of a shirt. I love the flat, stylized look of the produce, which has an almost paper-cut sharpness and precision to it. This style allows each object to feel both like a symbol of the food it represents, but also (through use of not-quite-round circles and lines that bend) like unique specimens of their type. So while it has qualities of an educational aid, the illustrator’s hand can also be felt. You can see why this shirt was intended for children in the way it labels each item so carefully, but I think the quirkiness would also make it a fun design for adults, particularly because of how alien that sliced pear in the center looks. My only quibble this this piece is that I wish the labels were handwritten instead of using a font- I think a more playful touch on the lettering, allowing the words to bend around the objects they describe, would create a more dynamic look.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.