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06 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Great Ramen Wave and more new this week

Great Ramen Wave by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Iconic art and food make for a doubly appealing combination, implying an epic level of flavor. I like the way the noodles in the bowl ebb and flow like seawater to compliment the larger crashing blue waves, making the scene feel surprisingly natural. The egg and other ingredients spice things up nicely, breaking up the water in the same way the boats do in the original. It’s smart to keep everything outside the bowl in a consistent dark red color, which ensures that the bowl scene remains the focus while the rest recedes from the viewer’s attention. The only choice that I think is a misstep is the inclusion of the chopsticks. While they’re a cool visual and undoubtedly make sense in many printing formats, I feel that their height leads to the design being printed several inches lower on the shirt than is ideal, making the design less flattering to wear.

MOONCAT 2018 by NARNIAZ (NARNIAZ) is an extremely well-done illustration, using black and white shades to create a charming scene that both packs a surprising amount of emotion (look how content that cat looks!) and does a solid job of showing the contrast in texture between the soft, furry animal and the pockmarked rock surface of the moon. My favorite aspect of this piece is the way the cat seems to be snuggled up in the brightest area of the moon, much as an ordinary house cat might take a nap where the sunlight shines in from a window. It’s a recognizable moment in an otherwise surreal design.

Beer & Pizza by Elan Harris (GloopZ) creates a modern still life, focused on beer and pizza instead of an ornate bowl of fruit. The caption is a smart move here because it makes the unusual concept more clear and helps it to work as a commentary on art history instead of just a neat drawing. I like that in addition to the modern subject matter, the techniques used are also very modern with the smooth vector shapes and halftone dots connecting the design to the pop art movement and modern art tools. Smart stuff, I’m just not sure how much the furniture scene in the back is adding. Maybe it’s a reference to a specific piece I’m unfamiliar with?

Jesus Loves You by Daniel Teres (danielteres) is a smart and very funny lampooning of the dual message of some strains of Christianity, claiming Jesus to be both an entity that loves everyone, but also petty enough to punish those who don’t believe in him. The simplicity of the drawing magnifies the simplicity of that line of thinking, and does so with a cuteness that keeps the message from seeming too harsh. There’s even a nice moment in the use of the halo to create a circular frame for the art. It’s a design that really works, although I wish the hair were a bit less messy (as the length difference makes the art look sloppy rather than decisively minimal).

Bless This Mess by Cody Weiler (csweiler) combines modern discomfort with the condition of the country with the old-fashioned art of cross-stitch. It’s a mix that feels right because it’s sort of an update of Americana-themed stitched pieces, the kind of thing it’s easy to imagine a modern crafter diligently stitching into a pillow. And of course, it helps that the slogan used is already so famous as describing messy homes, because it adds to the cozy, homespun quality of the sentiment. If only fixing a nation’s problems were as easy as a little spring cleaning.

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).

05 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Ugly Holiday Sweaters collection

Sweater season officially began at Shirt.Woot with their Derby Editor’s Choice: Ugly Holiday Sweaters plus sale. While not every design is offered in sweatshirt or long sleeve style, each piece mimics the knitted style of a classic sweater. Holiday pop culture classics, pastimes, and seasonal thoughts all got the sweater treatment. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: First Coffee by fishbiscuit5 is perfect for people who struggle with an early Christmas morning.

Nicest Surprise: A Very Gaming Christmas by jrberger was a favorite of mine in voting for its stellar cord control.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Hibernate Sweater advocates sleeping through winter while Cookie Inspector Sweater makes everyone Santa’s taste tester and Accio Presents! makes Christmas a bit more magical.

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

04 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Winter Getaway derby voting highlights

From snowy activities to travel destinations, artists captured many seasonal moments in Shirt.Woot’s Winter Getaway derby. Snow and landscapes were especially popular subject matter, though there’s also a smattering of warm weather scenes for those wanting to get out of the cold. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Never Alone by benjaminleebates delights with a colorful scene packed with animal spirits all decked out in an enticing gradient.

Winter Love by sebasebi makes winter solitude feel warm and cozy with this charming cabin hidden among a heart-shaped grove of snow-covered trees.

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.

03 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Skiing in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

With its athleticism, speed, beauty, and connection to nature, skiing is an iconic part of winter. From dramatic mountain landscapes to pop culture gags, there’s a lot that artists can do with this snowy pastime. Here’s a look at 15 of the most interesting ways that designers brought skiing to the t-shirt…

02 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Heroes design contest

Threadless is paying tribute to both incredible feats and everyday achievements with their new Heroes design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Be the hero this design challenge deserves and create a hero-inspired work of art! We may be living in a world where comics and caped crusaders have gone mainstream, but “Hero” can mean a million different things. What defines heroism to you? A super human? A firefighter? The pizza guy who delivered your pizza in 15 minutes when it was supposed to be 30? Tap into the different art styles from pop art to comics, different meanings of hero, and more to create a unique design that can swoop in and save the day.

This contest opens to entries on December 7th, 2018 and ends on December 21st, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

01 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #685: New Year, New _____!

Fast forward to January, because Shirt.Woot is already preparing for 2019 with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #685: New Year, New _____!

You get to fill in the blank! This is not a Happy New Year’s theme, so the phrases ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘New Year’ are not allowed. Neither are actual dates or years allowed, we want your shirts to sell year-round, and next year, and the year after! We are also not looking for holiday shirts, we’ve moved on. We are looking for what’s next on the horizon, what’s coming in the new year? What are you inspired to do, or see or not do?! The possibilities are endless, but the time is not so what are you still doing reading this, go forth and draw!

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.

30 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Computer Mafia

Computer Mafia by Mekazoo turns three computer keys into weapon-toting gangsters. Naturally, the three keys are Ctrl Alt Del, the trio of keys that when pressed have the power to end a program. It’s a great way of adding personality to something that computer users are already familiar with. Even better, each key has a distinct character that suits their name. Ctrl is an old school mafia type, with a cigar and shiny shoes. Alt is a modern street tough with a crooked cap and a baseball bat. Del, meanwhile, is the only one of the group to hide his face behind a patterned bandana- armed with a sharp knife, you can tell this guy means business. It’s a smartly arranged scene, and there’s something cool about the concept that all these keyboard criminals are your enforcers when you’re typing out the Ctrl Alt Del sequence.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).