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12 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Dragons collection

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Perhaps cashing in on Game of Thrones fever, Shirt.Woot just brought back a whole bunch of their best and brightest Dragon shirts. Here’s a quick look at the two I think are hottest:

Best of the Bunch: The Samurai and the Sea Dragon looks sophisticated and stylish on a jersey zip hoodie.

Nicest Surprise: Dragontine’s Day never lived up to its full potential on a cream shirt, so it’s lovely to see it come to life on this more wearable Slate tee.

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

11 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Music contest

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Since basically every human on the planet enjoys Music, Threadless’s latest themed contest ought to be a popular one! Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

For this challenge, think about how music affects the world at large and brings people together, or maybe how it just helps you wake up in the morning. Get inspired by your favorite bands, albums or instruments.This is your chance to transform anything you love about music from lyrics to lounge singers into the perfect design for a tee.

Enter before May 1st, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, an Audio Technica Turntable with USB port, M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers, Tegan and Sara: The Official Vinyl Collection, and a pack of records chosen by the Threadstaff.

10 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #351: Inspired by Children’s Books

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Get ready for some serious nostalgia, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is Inspired by Children’s Books! Expect to see a lot of Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak. Here’s the full derby description from Woot:

Kids’ books are great! They’re like grown-up books with fewer of the boring parts (the words) and more of the good stuff (pictures)! But it seems like there’s always some some movie producer or artist who wants to gut a children’s book just to make a little bit of money. Well, for those guys, we’ve got 7 simple words: “How do we get in on that?”

No crème.

Be careful referencing existing characters and titles. We will reject at our discretion.

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.

09 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless: New this week

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Beer by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is my favorite design this week. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and plentiful in charm- the bear’s smooth fur and kind eyes make him a very relatable figure, the kind of dude you’d like to befriend. The plain BEER wording below feels a bit playful and humorous, both because it identifies the beer as more important and worth naming than the bear, and because of the similarity between the two words. Plus, since Threadless is a Chicago company I’m guessing that they also recognize the specific appeal of this for Chicago sports fans.

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Aliens! by HellofromtheMoon (hellofromthemoon) takes that familiar X-Files refrain of “I want to believe” in an unexpected direction, packed with intricate scrolls and crystalline structures. The result feels surprisingly alien, putting me in mind of an alternate timeline where aliens changed human progress into something startlingly different. It’s interesting that the borders feel old-fashioned, the central structure and UFO feel futuristic, and the small icons in the left and right columns feel modern. This is a neat approach that creates a sense of unease, of something being strange and wrong, even while no element on its own has the same effect. Very cool!

The Hunt – Camille Chew by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) is definitely a design that feels enhanced by its print on a baseball shirt- those bright red sleeves help the red ink come to life. The art is brilliant in its own right as well, a kooky collection of patterns that keep the eye bouncing from shape to shape. Everywhere you look, there’s something fun to notice – constellation patterns on her skin, a strange (sideways?) third eye gracing her forehead, and even a weird, wonderful little creature forming fanged shoulder decoration. She’s the kind of character you want to know more about, but that is always neat to look at.

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Love is in the Air by Ben Grib (kingslip) creates an incredible landscape out of jagged blue lines, equally resembling a vast forest or a strange, vast mountain range. And just barely transgressing the corner, a bright red biplane. The plane is handled really nicely, an immediate focal point due both to its color and to the stream of white smoke behind it, which almost functions like a rough arrow. But because so many baseball tees were printed this week, I can’t help but think that this would have been a great design to throw in that mix as well. I think some blue sleeves (if that style is available) might have helped soften the rectangular shape of the art.

I’d Like to Be Under the Sea by georgeslemercenaire aka choubaka360 (choubaka360) has a wonderful concept, imagining a deep sea diver who reads 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as ocean life crowds around him, eager to enjoy the story. It’s an enchanting idea, and definitely captures the underwater bedtime story vibe well. But I have to say that I wish there was a little more contrasting and highlighting in the piece because from far away it’s really tough to figure out what the art is meant to be. All those shades of blue are beautiful, but I’d prefer something bolder that reads better even from a distance. It’s a flaw that could have been corrected by making the print much larger on the shirt as well, because it does look a bit small in the preview graphics.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through reprints.

08 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Artist Spotlight: DoOomcat

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Shirt.Woot’s latest reprint collection is their DoOomcat Artist Spotlight, pulling together the artist’s popular ninja series and more. And if you like cute, be prepared to fall in love with some great funny tees!

Best of the Bunch: 60s Space Girls is pure retro fun!

Nicest Surprise: The Bacon Fairy looks right at home as an apron.

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

07 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

La Fraise’s Swift Migration

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Swift Migration at La Fraise is a lot of fun, seeming to play off both the idea of a heavy thing floating in the air and also the fail whale Twitter concept. I like that the approach is so illustrative, much more about the intricacy of the lines than going for laughs. The sunset colors of the sky let the blue whale rise to the forefront, and the strange cave-like structure of the clouds behind him make the whole scene feel strange and surreal, like another planet. But as I was getting set to blog this design, one thing about the site itself stood out to me- although La Fraise has begun billing themselves as a social network for artists (I still have no idea what this means), the artist is almost erased from the product page in their store. I don’t see anywhere that the artist’s name is listed, and it feels like a site truly focusing on artists should at least have that (and ideally a link to the artist’s own site as well). Not sure what’s going on there.

New designs are chosen weekly at La Fraise.

06 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Game of Tees collection

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Just in time for the new season of Game of Thrones, Shirt.Woot serves up their Game of Tees reprint collection. Here are the two designs I’d like to see claim that iron throne:

Best of the Bunch: I can’t resist the cute mayhem of House of Malcontent!

Nicest Surprise: Winter Has Come uses glow-in-the-dark ink to tell a fun story.

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