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26 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Top Picks: Ugly Holiday Sweaters collection

The winter holidays have arrived in force with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Top Picks: Ugly Holiday Sweaters plus sale. From puns to pop culture and even pure artistry, these designs are diverse in subject matter but united by their wintery themes and sweater style. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Science Is Coming to Town by walmazan is a Santa sweater tailor-made for geeks.

Nicest Surprise: Starry Night Before Christmas by ChuckleNorris impresses with its knit tribute to fine art.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design My Owliday Sweater shows off the beauty of a popular bird, while Reading Reindeer Sweater makes Rudolph’s nose into a night light for reading.

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

25 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Patterns Remixed design contest

Get repetitive with Threadless‘s new Patterns Remixed design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Are you all about intricate, highly detailed patterns that mesmerize? How about the illusionary joy of motifs that make you feel like in your a Magic Eye poster? Repeating and immersive patterns are some of art’s most brilliant gifts to humankind. (Okay, maybe we copied the world around us. Nature’s all about all-over prints.)

There’s never enough print to go around, so we’re remixing the magic in this all-over challenge for textile designers and pattern people. Give us your greatest motifs reimagined! Take a classic print (cheetah, argyle, checked, brocade—we love them all) and turn it on its head. Make a version of your favorite pattern that’s totally unique to you. Stencils or freehand, create your best pattern yet!

This contest opens to entries on November 29th and ends on December 13th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

23 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Artist’s Choice derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Artist’s Choice mini-derby invited artists to create designs about anything they wanted, and that turned out to include artistic pieces, holiday art, and a whole bunch of Baby Yoda. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Cat and Tree by kharmazero feels delightfully modernist with its geometric clumps of leaves and liquid-y clouds.

The Regifting Tree by kg07 finds a great punchline in the idea of a tree that drops fruitcake instead of fruit, perfect for the holiday season.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top design (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

22 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #737: Winter Wander

Strap on some skis for the new Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8pm: Derby #737: Winter Wander

Ahh the nostalgic trips to Grandma’s for Christmas eve… or the family holiday to the mountains every January. Whether it’s your favorite memory or you worst, we want to see it. Travel with a nostalgic twist is the theme of this derby.

We want to see your winter wanders, whether painful or fabulous. What we don’t want to see is Thanksgiving or Christmas designs…or any holiday for that matter. We also don’t want politics, cream shirts, cats or pop culture.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

21 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Really Sorry and more new this week

Really Sorry by DanielTeixeira_Artworks (DanielTeixeira) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s full of dark humor and charm, centering on a quirky tiger portrait that invites a lot of speculation. His very human eyes don’t seem sorry at all, and although his hand-drawn speech is polite it is rendered with a rough, scrawled quality that makes you doubt he’s bothered to make much effort. The arm creates another mystery- apart from the sharp amputation, it doesn’t seem harmed… and surely a tiger’s teeth couldn’t manage such a clean wound. It’s interesting stuff, the animal is uncannily human, and I love the way the tiger’s orange coat pops on the purple shirt.

I Can See My House From Here by Joel Robinson (obinsun) uses a long-necked dinosaur’s height to great effect. I think the way the art is arranged is quite funny, highlighting the extreme length and curve of the neck by nesting the speech bubble in the area it encloses. Two small clouds further emphasize the scale. And of course, the best part of the joke is… what does a dinosaur’s house look like, anyway? A matted-down section of grasses? Maybe a cave? Or perhaps this fellow lives in a normal suburban split-level, and he’s not prehistoric at all.

No Smiles Today by Martina Scott (martinascott) turns assumptions about dolphins upside-down. Normally dolphins are depicted as jokesters, merrily laughing and doing flips in the air. So seeing this one sob so dramatically feels immediately strange and off-putting, even more so as you realize the extent of the tears being shed. The ocean, after all, is full of salt water, just like this poor creature’s tears. The dashed style of the illustration suits the theme well, feeling liquid and full of motion. I especially like that the style is carried through to the text, which helps keep the artwork united.

Rewind or Die by Diego Fonseca (dfonseca) is basically the evil version of the “Be Kind, Rewind” slogan of the 80s. In this version, no one’s asking. They’re demanding that rewind, and disobedience comes at a cost. With sharp fangs and even a dagger on display, this VHS tape certainly means business. Fitting fangs into the label section of the tape is well-done, and when paired with the reels of film on each side feels convincingly like two eyes and a mouth. I like the restraint of the type, which stays thin, subtle, and far away enough from the tape to ensure that this VHS character remains the star of the show. Plus, the slogan works as a kind of aggressive appeal to nostalgia.

Meteorological Fusion by Raffiti (Raffiti) uses the fusion dance framing to show the creation of a rainbow. I think the most fun aspect of this design is that it’s scientifically accurate, and it’s neat to see something real shown in the style of something fictional. Even better, that rainbow end result authentically feels like a power up, like something more impressive and capable than its parts. The drawing of the rainbow sells this with gleaming eyes, a powerful stance, and a healthy dollop of sparkles. Solid work with a ton of appeal for kids.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

20 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Band Shirt Derby collection

Sci-fi characters became rock stars in Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Band Shirt Derby plus sale. Some designs mimic famous album covers and logos, while others take their cues from tour shirt style. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: The Xenomorphs by artguyaaron first impressed me in voting with its expressive lines and distressing.

Nicest Surprise: Aerosith by Wheels03 has some great lettering, balancing the fluid text with a more mechanical background.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Rock2D2 uses the lightning bolt to call out the droid’s iconic appearance.

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

19 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Ugly Holiday Shirts derby voting highlights

Holiday faux-sweater designs are always a hit during winter, and Shirt.Woot‘s Ugly Holiday Shirts derby hosted a smorgasbord of them. Pop culture and puns were especially successful with voters. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Home for the Holidays by ChuckleNorris impresses by switching up the style of stitching used for some of the text, a neat way to include smaller detail without breaking with the sweater look.

90s Christmas by perdita00 nails the look of the 90s perfectly, and it’s awesome to see a holiday shirt that breaks from the traditional color palettes.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.