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14 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Hand Drawn design contest

Threadless is asking illustrators to get back to basics with their new Hand Drawn – Get Off Your Computer design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Swap those pixels for paper and get back to your artistic roots!

Nowadays, art takes up more space on our hard drive than on our desk. But just like an e-book can’t replace that “new book smell”, there’s nothing that can replace the feeling of a pencil on paper. Time to rediscover that feeling!

We challenge you to reconnect with your artistic roots by disconnecting from your tablet and creating a hand drawn design outside of your computer. Clean it up a little in your computer afterwards if you must, but we want to see your style outside of a stylus. Trade the cursor for cursive, the pencil tool for an actual pencil, and get drawing!

Enter before March 2nd, 2017 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift card. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

13 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Stranger Circus

Stranger Circus by Biticol takes its inspiration from circus posters and translates the world of Stranger Things into that medium. For the most part the combination works well, since both involve incredible things happening in ordinary places. The design’s best moment is how it represents the upside down, literally flipping the colorful circus tent to create a dingy, grey world below the surface. The way the metaphor of the acrobat and flea becomes a literal headlining circus act is brilliant, and it’s nice to see that the demogorgon is there as well. One awkward moment, though is the way the design calls out the toothless boy as part of a freak show. I think this feels weirdly harsh and unkind, particularly since so much of the show’s appeal is in the kindness and genuine bond between the group of boys. The show itself never treated the character as a freak, so it seems cheap for the shirt to do so here. Maybe a line about offering coffee and contemplation in the concessions area could have worked there instead, or a reference to Eleven’s powers.

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).

12 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Free Wifi

Free Wifi by Pedro Fernandes is an innovative new take on the familiar wifi symbol. I like how this piece plays against expectations and takes the symbol outdoors, combining technology and nature in a fun way. The power outlets nearby turn the tree into a hub of activity, and the sheer height some characters are reaching on the tree makes me imagine them climbing to higher branches in search of a better signal. No two people are interacting with the tree in the same way, which makes them feel like individuals despite their similar outfits- each has their own way of sitting, perching or leaning on the tree. There’s a neat moment in including the tire on the ground, which leads the viewer to consider the old way people connected with the tree in comparison to this new way. Both tethered to branches by thin strings, but for a very different purpose. Very strong work overall, though there is one area that I think could have been improved. I’m bothered by how consistent each chunk of leaves is because it creates an uncomfortable pattern (almost like a Magic Eye effect). A little more variety there could make the design even more appealing.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

11 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #591: Secrets

Shirt.Woot is keeping their next derby theme very hush hush…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #591: Secrets

Psst…wanna know a secret? If we tell you, you have to swear on Chuck Norris’s mullet that you won’t tell a soul. Promise? Okay, here you go: Our next derby theme is Secrets! Just remember, only snitches submit cream tees.

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.

10 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Peace & Love and more new this week

Peace & Love by Jorge Lopez Ramirez (expo) is my favorite Threadless design this week, and I think it’s so iconic that it might also end up being a new classic for the site. The theme of peace and love is universal, and the friendly spirit of the cartooned style is instantly understandable and infectious. Something I enjoy about this design is that it’s not just a combination of two popular subjects, there’s also a bit of an uplifting narrative tucked away in there (whether intentional or not)- it’s easy to see the message as being not just peace and love, but love being created as the fingers work for peace. I also like the gentle distressing of the art, a nice reminder that these sentiments are truly timeless.

NOPE by Ivan Rodero (ivanrodero) strikes me as kind of a companion piece to Threadless’s vast collection of minimalist outdoor designs, using a similarly simple art style to illustrate a whole host of dangerous animals and situations that might prevent someone from wanting to hang out outside. From terrible weather to tricky terrain, creepy bugs to biting beasts, there’s definitely a lot about the wilderness that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and seeing it all in one place makes the outdoors seem like an actual hellscape. Bold, solid lettering stands out from the thin lines of the rest and proclaims NOPE, and seeing the rest of the art you’d be hard pressed to disagree.

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).

09 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Work collection

Shirt.Woot set their sights on the world of Work with their latest plus sale, which features cats, pop culture icons and more putting in a hard day’s work. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Droid Identifier by mikiekwoods makes a mockery of everyone’s favorite inept employees, Stormtroopers.

Nicest Surprise: I got a kick out of 24/7 by Kellabell9 in voting, and I’m glad to see this riff on the non-stop work schedule of a superhero with a secret identity printed.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Office Safety is for all the folks who wear headphones at work to avoid the mindless chatter and distractions.

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

08 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: First Contact voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s First Contact derby is packed with entries about aliens, food, and other takes on the idea of first encounters. Here’s a look at two current underdog entries that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Love at First Sight by imisko won me over with its retro feel and rough lines, which almost make this feel like a vintage illustration from an old diner menu.

Love at First Bite by maddidoodles channels smooth lines into a cheerful portrait of a hamburger that can’t wait to be eaten. The heart on the toothpick is a great touch!

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.