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16 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s That’s Life derby voting highlights

Things people say were the subject of Shirt.Woot‘s That’s Life derby, so as you’d expect slogans (especially those with humor) are proving quite popular. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

The Mondayest Day Ever by TaylorRoss1 stars a perfectly grumpy (and very relatable) red panda.

Whatever Will Be, Will Be by Spiritgreen hits just the right retro tone for its appealingly corny dad joke.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

15 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Spirited Revolution


Spirited Revolution by ACraigL mixes drinking with propaganda, and it’s a great fit. After all, pubs, bars, and taverns have historically been spaces where political movements grow and communicate. It’s also an allusion that makes sense visually- the common revolutionary image of raised fists only has to be altered slightly to make those fists hold a mug of beer. Some clever wordplay elevates the concept further, making hay of the dual meaning of the term “spirits” and applying the “rise up” command to raising one’s drink. It’s clever stuff, and executed with the limited color palette, bold contrast illustration, and angular type we all recognize from real vintage Russian propaganda. Great work!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

14 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Dying Art and more new this week


It’s a Dying Art by JakeEdwardLange is my favorite Threadless print this week. It arrives just in time for Halloween and suits the season with its spooky imagery, but the humor and charm makes it a design that wouldn’t feel out of place any time of year. I love the reaper character, who has a surprising amount of personality packed into his bony face. The ridges of his eye sockets look like proudly raised eyebrows as he shows off his brushwork, and his teeth read as a cheerful grin. I like that even the typography stays on-theme, spelling out its letters with artfully arranged bones.

Practice Your Spells by coyote_alert is some more Halloween fun, with a more minimal take on its skeleton. The pose tells the story, capturing this corpse in a gleeful dance as he waves his wand. The “Practice Your Spells Kids” slogan is appropriately silly and ought to appeal to anyone who prefers magic and fantasy stories to the drudgery of learning normal spelling. My only criticism is that I think the wand gets lost a bit in the darkness of the shirt due to its dark brown color- keeping it white like the rest of the design might have helped with visibility and had the added benefit of simplicity.

Lab Rat Revenge by Viend is a massively detailed illustration, packed with a plethora of scientific instruments in addition to the battling scientist and rodent. I’d even argue that the detail is too much for this medium, since the sheer number of finicky drawers and tiles (both on walls and floor) start to camouflage the drama of the species face-off. The solid, bright white of the rat’s eyes and teeth help those elements to pop off the page, which helps, though I think some similar solid shapes on the rat’s body and on the scientist would assist in getting things to read a bit more clearly and quickly. Still, it’s one heck of a drawing!

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.

13 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Video Game collection


Pop culture references and current events got high scores in Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Video Game plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Love the Gaming Life by BignellArt feels like an instant classic with its references to legendary gaming items.

Nicest Surprise: Visit the Water Levels by LPyne makes a frustrating game environment into an epic vacation destination.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design 2020 Game Over makes the year into a frustrating game while Doomed? Vote turns the look of a famous video game logo into a message about participating in politics.

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

12 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Snow Globe design contest


Get ready for the upcoming season with Threadless‘s Snow Globe t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Few objects capture the blissful enchantment of the holiday season like a snow globe, whose contents burst to life in blizzardy glory with only a gentle shake. Now that the holiday season is racing toward our chimneys, let’s look to snow globes for some yuletide inspiration for the next Design Challenge.

What are the key features of a snow globe? It encases a miniaturized scene within a glass dome. It’s filled with water, “snow,” and glitter. It’s a classic toy still beloved by children around the world. With those details fresh in your mind, create a new design that recognizes the holiday season in a unique way.

The possibilities are endless. You could spoof a yearly tradition such as gift giving, illustrate an abominable snowman shoveling his driveway, or show shoppers duking it out in a department store. Whatever you decide, consider framing everything in a glass orb, or incorporating snowy and glittery details to create your version of a winter wonderland.

This contest opens to entries on October 16th, 2020 and ends on October 30th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

10 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #783: That’s Life


Everyone’s talking about the latest Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #783: That’s Life

Isn’t that what all the people say? Things people say. Make it funny. Make it appeal to a lot of people.

Can be illustrated or text.

Things people don’t say:
I like cream shirts.
I like politics.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

09 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Sci-Fi derby voting highlights

Pop culture performed especially well in Shirt.Woot‘s Sci-Fi derby, with references to Star Wars leading the charge. Slogans and general references to the genre are also in the mix, though, so don’t be afraid to take a look even if you’re not a Jedi. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Food Web by LPyne is deliciously original, and I love the way an organic-looking fox lurks in the shadows.

Beam Me Up by coddesigns does a great job with its transparent beam effect- I really like how one of the circle shapes does double-duty by being placed where the dog’s eye would be.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.