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25 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Good Grief and more new this week

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Good Grief by Anna-Maria Jung (queenmob) is, for my money, the best of Threadless’s new Peanuts-themed tees. What makes this design a clear winner is how effortlessly it incorporates so much of what makes the comic great- no matter which character is your favorite, they’re in there somewhere (even Woodstock is holding it down as the dot on the exclamation mark) and it all takes the form of the series’s most well-known catchphrase. It’s brilliantly simple, capturing each figure’s likeness in just a few shapes and colors. Snoopy is an especially great choice to start things off as the G, both because his large snout is so well-suited to the form and because it suits his sense of confidence (not to mention the close proximity to Chuck). I’m also loving how Linus and his blanket team up to form the F.

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Hoverboard by Phil Jones (murraymullet) definitely feels like a Joe Cool kinda moment from Snoopy, all the better because it incorporates that familiar flustered look from Woodstock and his buddies. It’s easy to imagine that Snoopy’s Red Baron fantasies took a turn for the sci-fi once he saw Back to the Future, and of course no bird could resist the chance to help such a great dog achieve his dreams. Something I appreciate about this piece is how even the shadow scribble below the board feels authentically Peanuts-esque.

Adults by Justin White (jublin) was another favorite of mine this week. I think it was a masterstroke to choose the look of early Peanuts for Charlie, since it makes him feel even younger and more frustrated. The words almost feel like they’re literally weighing him down, this huge oppressive force filling the whole front of the shirt. The only part of this shirt I’m not completely sold on is the direction of the speech bubble- shouldn’t it point towards the person wearing the shirt (rather than over the shoulder as it does now)?

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Red Baron Tattoo by Julia Sonmi Heglund (sonmi) really nails that tattoo style, with thin lines and soft fades that make it fun to explore. But while the art is extremely well done, I’m not sure the concept works for me- there just isn’t a connection between that style of art and the youthful, classic feel of the comic. I think the intention might be to capitalize on the military angle of the Red Baron, but I don’t associate pilots with tattoos so much as with pinup artwork painted on their planes. Maybe it’s just me?

Everything Will Be Okay by Alex Solis (alexmdc) is an interesting shirt for Threadless because it’s not at all about cleverness. It’s just about emotion, about constructing this perfectly heartwarming scene between Charlie, Snoopy and Woodstock. Each character radiates with contentment, a feeling that’s magnified by shading that leaves each of them glowing as though lit by a sunrise or crackling fire. I’m also loving the sketchy lines of the art, which contribute to the cozy feel and help it to feel hand-crafted and made with care.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

24 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Peanuts contest

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Hey blockhead! Now’s your chance to design a shirt about one of the most iconic and beloved comic strips of all time, Peanuts! Here’s what Threadless is looking for:

Be inspired by a world of Flying Aces, Psychiatric Booths and Great Pumpkins. Create designs of wonder and whimsy that showcase your own talents while honoring the legacy of Charles M. Schulz.

This challenge has been a long time coming so take a chance, create something awesome and play ball before Lucy has the chance to pull it away.

Keep in mind:

Get creative! Your imagination is the only limitation for this challenge. Try all-over prints, patterns, unexpected art styles. Think outside the box, and explore a totally new artistic territory! We’re looking for fresh and original designs and encourage you to let your ideas run wild.

No adult content (sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, etc.) is allowed.

You may use any characters from Peanuts, but mashups, parodies, or references to any other characters are not allowed.

Enter before May 18th, 2015 for your chance to win. Three winners will each earn $5000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a prize pack of limited edition Peanuts swag. Winners will be chosen at the end of March, April, and May. Anyone printed (including Grand Prize winners) will receive a portion of the profits for each shirt sold.


23 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Scuderia Corleone

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Scuderia Corleone by Jaguart is a bold shirt that makes an immediate impression, tweaking the famous Ferrari logo into a Godfather reference. It’s a connection that works both because of the horse imagery that both properties share in common, and because both properties are so iconically Italian. That makes this parody feel like an attempt to show the dark side of Italian culture through the lens of one of Italian culture’s biggest and most familiar successes, which is a neat trick. It’s especially strong since both are also symbols of power and riches.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

22 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s DOTA2 New Bloom winner

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I think it’s a great compliment when a pop culture shirt design is still appealing even to folks who are unfamiliar with the reference material, and that’s the case for me with The Techies – Mushroom Cloud by Kannovaku. This DOTA2 New Bloom grand prize winner does a great job of communicating a spirit of video game mayhem with it’s bright, 8bit style. It has the feel of a big action movie explosion sequence, when our heroes slow motion walk away from a huge display of pyrotechnics, somehow just out of reach of the blast. Text on a shirt can be pretty polarizing, but I actually like it’s inclusion here. For one, it cements that action movie bravado by feeling like a film poster, and it’s also a very relatable word (most computer-y people, which is most people these days, consider themselves techies of some stripe or other).

Check out the other DOTA2 New Bloom winners at WeLoveFine.

21 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 2014 Community Favorite: 4 underdogs

Shirt.Woot’s Community Favorite derby is now underway, and fans are actively voting their favorite shirts from the past year into the winner’s fog. But there are always great shirts that get lost in the mix, so I want to take a minute to take a look at a few unsung contenders. Each of these four entries is wearable, fun, and original, but racked up 5 or fewer votes in the derby’s first 12 hours:

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Viva la Siesta by walmazan has everything you could possibly want – propaganda! sloths! nap time!

A Vision of Flight by spiritgreen traps a scene full of Da Vinci’s most famous inventions within his familiar profile, almost like seeing directly into his imagination.

The Newton Tree by queenmob takes the tale of The Giving Tree and gives it a dollop of science.

Dog Typeface by albyletoy features all kinds of dogs (so any dog owner is bound to take a shine to it) and does it with cute cartoon style.

And of course, there’s way more where that came from- check out all the shirts and vote for your favorites. Try starting from the bottom of the page or sorting by random if you want to make your picks without being swayed by the votes of other fans :)

20 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Shatter Rupture Break contest

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Threadless has teamed up with The Art Institute of Chicago for a new contest called Shatter Rupture Break. Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

Advancements in technology and the global effect of World War I resulted in conflicting feelings of exhilaration and anxiety, and traditional ideals were questioned, overturned, and reinvented. As artists responded to this revolutionary age, a central theme of fragmentation and rupture emerged in their work. Kicking off our new, ongoing series with the Art Institute, this challenge encourages you to create a design inspired by the notion of Shatter Rupture Break.

Challenge conventional methods of depth and illusionism like artist Robert Delaunay, explore unexpected collage techniques like artist George Grosz, or reimagine the fractured self like artist Hans Bellmer. Design in any style you see fit, as long as you use the theme to drive your idea. Seek inspiration from the exhibition to create an original design that shatters our expectations, ruptures the norm, breaks free of tradition.

Enter before March 10th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, the ultimate modern art book library curated by Art Institute of Chicago, and the winning design will be unveiled at the Art Institute’s After Dark event in April (where it will be digitally featured on the walls of the museum during After Dark). Additionally, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive a portion of the profits for each tee sold.

19 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #416: 2014 Community Favorite

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Shirt.Woot’s derby situation this week is slightly complicated, starting off with a voting-only derby, then a one hour mini-derby, all before the traditional derby starts on Monday. Here’s what you need to know:

Starting Friday: Derby #416: 2014 Community Favorite

This is a voting-only derby. Community members will be able to vote on all the designs launched last year at Shirt.Woot, and the winner will be crowned Community Favorite.

Starting Monday (Noon Central): Derby #417: Mash-up Speed Derby

Just for the lulz we’ll be launching a one-hour speed derby on Monday at Noon Central during our live stream. Here’s the theme: mash up ANY TWO Shirt-Woot shirts from our catalog using any means at your disposal. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Most of all make it on time, because it only lasts an hour! These won’t be printed, but we will give the top three vote-getters a cool $100!

Starting Monday (1PM Central): Derby #418: Fake Band Shirts Redux

Honor your favorite non-existent band with its own tee. Unless it’s a crème tee, because none of those allowed.

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.