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23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Heavy Metal collection

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In the past derby, Shirt.Woot artists attacked the theme of Heavy Metal, bending it to their will and applying it to stuff like nature, science and math. These are the designs that didn’t quite make the cut with votes, but won the hearts of Woot staff.

Best of the Bunch: Heavy Math is genuinely clever, turning a common hand sign into a math problem.

Nicest Surprise: I’m impressed with all the detail in Here Comes the Party Animal!

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

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fantasy Football collection

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Shirt.Woot had an interesting idea for this football season, putting out an open call to artists for logo artwork to match their fantasy-themed football team names. The results are now up, with a unique and geeky Fantasy Football team to match each of the real teams in the NFL. Since a lot of artists were involved, there’s a nice variety of art styles and approaches, and there’s definitely something cool about having a Dungeons and Dragons alternative to the typical sports team merch that’s out there.

Best of the Bunch: I’m a big fan of the New England Lizardfolk, which calls to mind conspiracies about lizard people and outfits its character in a quirky old-fashioned hat.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: I made this Chicago Cyclopes design, because who’d be better at hand-eye coordination and depth perception than a bunch of dudes with one eye?

And for people who buy a shirt, there’s also a whole Fantasy Football game going on- one shirt’s customers will be getting a link to one of Woot’s notorious Bags of Crap!

21 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s From Russia

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From Russia by JarvisGlasses is another gem at Monsieur Poulet, a design that manages a lot with just two ink colors. Capturing all the color and pattern of Russia’s unique architecture is definitely a big challenge with such a limited palette, but with smart use of stripes and other hand-drawn textures the design does it ably. And of course, the original character is so much fun! His solid, light color makes him the focus immediately, and he’s packed with personality from his youthful, dweeby hat to his fluffy body and bashful smile. The digital camera immediately marks him as a friendly tourist, so you know that while he may be the size of Godzilla, his intentions are much more positive. Part of me wishes there was more verticality to the print so it’d fill the space better, but it’s definitely very wearable and appealing as-is.

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

20 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Rainbows and Spectrums collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Rainbows and Spectrums entries had a lot more to offer than just the 1st through 3rd place finishers, so here’s a look at the standout Plus sale picks!

Best of the Bunch: Hooray!‘s juxtaposition of horror and happiness makes it easy to love.

Nicest Surprise: I was glad to see the grumpy unicorn in Paint the Sky get printed! Maybe now he’ll cheer up.

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

19 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Conspiracy Theories contest

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It looks like aliens, Bigfoot, and the Illuminati have infiltrated Threadless, because their latest contest is all about Conspiracy Theories! Here’s what they’re looking for:

Elvis and Tupac are alive and well, laughing at the world and sipping piña coladas on some tropical island. Oh, and those contrails you see tailing from airplanes in the sky? Chemicals dispersed from the government to kill you.

We live in a crazy, crazy world, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to blow it all out of proportion. For nearly every major (and minor) event in human history, you will find a handful of skeptics who just don’t quite believe what they’re being told. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover history’s great conspiracy theories and slap ‘em on a tee!

So start snooping, and don’t trust the media!

Enter before October 9th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift card, and a $300 eBay gift card.

18 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #374: Famous Quotations

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Famous Quotations are the theme of this week’s Shirt.Woot derby. But not just any quote will do, they’re looking for something a little more specific:

Some people have said some very stupid things. Other people have said some very insightful things. Let’s explore this further.

Your design must include – or be inspired by – a famous quotation. If the quote isn’t on the shirt directly, you must put the quote either on the preview image or in the comment section.

Other rules:

Quotes from books must be in the public domain.

No text-only entries.

No Doctor Who.

No Crème tees.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

17 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Planet System and more new this week

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Planet System by Bernhard Trunkle (b3rni) gets my nod for best of the week because I love the way it reframes Pluto’s expulsion from the solar system. Instead of human scientists making the decision, here all the planets have teamed up to knock the poor guy right out of orbit. There’s some fun character work in each planet’s expression (some are pleased or even downright ecstatic, but Neptune seems shocked and reaches out for his exiting comrade). Plus, using a Newton’s cradle as the apparatus holding the planets gives a nice double-dose of science-y appeal.

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Quit Your Job! by Sam Lee (samintune14) certainly has a jovial spirit that is easy to relate to. There’s a sense of freedom about it that fits the theme well, although the roughness with which the businessman is drawn might be a bit polarizing. Personally, I’m a bit on the fence- I like the idea of a loosely-drawn person, but his mitten hands and different-length legs are visually distracting to me. Similarly, the briefcase stuffed with papers isn’t the right size, looking more like a weird handbag or toolbox (I initially mistook it for a radio!). Some of the other choices are much more successful, like the confetti-like yellow and blue curves and the stepped type treatment on the “Quit Your” text that gives the quitter’s dancing a sense of grandeur. A mixed bag overall, but the appealing theme ought to carry it without to much trouble.

Rocket Cats by Ronan Lynam (RonanL) taught me something interesting- I somehow had no clue that this is what a rocket launcher would look like. Despite a healthy diet of GI Joe cartoons and action movies, it turns out that to me the defining visual element of a rocket launcher is, well, rockets! So without the title, this design would have made no sense to me at all. I’m not sure if this is a quirky personal thing or at all indicative of other people’s ability to recognize machinery, though. At any rate, there’s some nice work here. I like the thick, almost woodcut look of the art, and I like the grumpy response of the kitten on the bottom left who is being stepped on. So there’s definitely some fun to be had for folks who are a little more up on military technology than I am!

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Take a Break by Wacharapong Sisapon (uptme) caught me by surprise- I couldn’t tell from the thumbnail image in the catalog that it was a pocket tee, so that was a neat thing to have revealed on the product page. I suspect it looks even better in person than it does in the photos, because the pocket is difficult to see here but ought to be a lot more obvious when movement of the shirt and dimension come into play. While the something-in-your-pocket illusion has been done a lot, two things make this rendition feel new and unique. One is the unique pose of the astronaut, which makes the pocket feel more like some kind of space age hammock. The second is the way the pocket isn’t a pocket, exactly- it feels like it’s used here as almost a black hole in the darkness of outer space. Very interesting!

Join or Don’t by Evan Hinkelman (parallelish) takes the fire and revolutionary spirit of the famous Join Or Die graphic and turns it on its head, exchanging viciousness for apathy. It’s a very complete transformation, starting with the headlines above and below the illustration and even carrying into the snake itself. His closed eyes and shut mouth make it look like he’s dismissively sticking out his tongue rather than threatening anyone. There’s even a wonderful final detail in the abbreviated captions on each snake fragment- taken together, they spell “CHILL OUT.” It’s not often that you see a design simultaneously this laid back and also this conceptually complete.

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.