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22 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #470: Trees and Leaves

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Shirt.Woot is feeling outdoorsy with their latest contest theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #470: Trees and Leaves

Design a tee about trees and leaves. Remember to think outside of the forest as well. Designs of trees do well,  but so do other references to the outdoors. No cream tees.

This derby begins Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Of course Shirt.Woot’s Fantasy Football: National Fantasy Conference derby is still in progress and giving NFL teams bizarre new names. Here are the two entries I’d most like to see printed:

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Atom Bomb Baby by leonryan hits all the right notes for this Fallout fan, especially because it manages to include both a Nuka Cola bottle and a Pip Boy.

The Minneapolis Nice! by calbers76 has a great concept (and one that feels very Minnesota) in the idea of the team too nice to win. And I love the charmingly lopsided look of that football mascot!

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

 

21 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Boris Badenov and more new this week

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Boris Badenov by Edie Hernandez (treemanjake) is my favorite of Threadless’s Saturday Morning TV designs this week. There’s a lot about this design that just works. For starters, I like the way this piece pairs the cartoon with another nostalgic element, the “world’s greatest” shirt. It’s a gag that is heightened by the word No-Goodnik, both because it’s a funny word and because the shirt is essentially saying that you’re the best at being the worst. Plus, look at Boris’s expression- his eyes may be glaring with evil intent, but that mouth is beaming with pride. Now that’s the kind of villain you can’t help but root for!

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WayBack Machine by Henry Smith (henroid88) is the kind of design I love to see printing from these corporate themed contests because it uses those familiar characters from the cartoon but every inch of the art is still packed with the shirt artist’s unique style. He’s taken Mr. Peabody and Sherman and shown them through his own lens, personalities still recognizable but shown in a new way. Mr. Peabody’s know-it-all sensibility infuses his whole body, right down to his turned up nose and dismissive eyes. Meanwhile, Sherman’s youth is emphasized with his large, round head (echoing the shape of his glasses) and too-long legs. Time travel themed doodads surround the duo, giving the art one last blast of nostalgia.

Ghost Rider by Christopher Phillips (cpdesign) is a really fun take on Casper the Friendly Ghost, showing our cheerful protagonist on a midnight bike ride… with unexpected results. It turns out all the scary things out there in the dark are terrified of poor Casper, from the full moon to creepy trees and even disembodied eyes lurking in the forest. While the whole environment recoils with comic fear (all big eyes and gasping mouths), Casper remains his friendly self, waving to the crowd as he pulls tricks on his bike. My favorite detail is the tiny face on the bike, but that lovely blue color palette feels so relaxing and beautiful that it’s adding a lot to the piece as well. A really solid design overall.

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Melting Point by v_calahan (v_calahan) features a character I don’t actually recognize, but I don’t think you need any prior knowledge to get the gist of this design. The baby devil is melting an old fashioned TV just by sitting on it, and the concept is fleshed out by lettering on the screen that literally spells out Hot Stuff. I actually think it’d be stronger without the text because to me the appeal of the art is the idea of this devil as a vehicle of childlike mayhem and playful destruction- the text feels out of place to that, more adult and cynical. For me this one misses the mark because of that, but it may also be that it just felt weaker to me because it’s the only design this week with a character that I didn’t feel a connection towards.

Fearless by Nick Danzi (ndanzi) tackles the heroics of Underdog, and what I dig about this one is how much it wears its hand drawn art style on its sleeve. By really letting each stroke of the pencil shine, the design feels like a monument to the art of animation. The dramatic angle of the art, which has Underdog swooping in loops around a massive towering robot, draws the eye right in and gets you immediately engaged in the action. This feels like a more epic sort of battle than I ever remember from the cartoons, and it’s great to see how determined Underdog is to finish the fight and save his city.

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).

20 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Cats & Dogs collection

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Shirt.Woot caters to pet owners with their latest plus sale, Cats & Dogs. So no matter which furry friend you prefer, there’s something in the mix you’ll probably get a kick out of. Here are the shirts that caught my eye this week:

Best of the Cats: Well Trained does a great job of capturing both the mindless enthusiasm of dogs and the self-satisfied, controlling nature of cats.

Best of the Dogs: Dog Chase won me over because of that intensely worried expression on the skeleton’s face!

Design I Am Most Biased About: I paid tribute to an early space age pioneer with Good Dog, Laika.

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

19 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #469: Fantasy Football – National Fantasy Conference

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While last year’s Fantasy Football challenge had Woot staff choosing all the team names, this year artists are making the call…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #469: Fantasy Football – National Fantasy Conference

Design a tee for a fantasy team from one of these NFC cities: Dallas, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charlotte, New Orleans, Tampa, Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle.  No existing sports teams from these cities/areas.  No cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


Meanwhile, back to school designs abound in the current Education derby. Here are the two underdog entries I’m rooting for:

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Panda Loves Reading by dooomcat has charm to spare, and I like that it keeps things simple to make the humor in the book’s title shine.

School of Robotics by Randyotter spices up its concept by showing a lot of different types of robots. My favorite is the slow learner on the lower left!

This derby continues through 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.

18 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Rep Your City! contest

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Threadless focuses on an under-rated t-shirt design weapon, photography, with their Rep Your City! contest. I’m really excited to see how this one turns out since there’s a serious shortage of innovative photography tees at Threadless currently, and this competition stands a great chance at filling that void. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Your challenge is to create a t-shirt design representing everything you love about your city through photography.

Show us why your city is the best and make everyone want to go to there by turning your polaroids into wearable fashion. Combine your photos with some typography, drawn elements, or let the photo speak for itself!

Preparing files for sublimation tees is a unique process,so please make sure you have hi-res photo files (iPhone photos work fine!). Art is maxed out to the largest garment, so file requirements will be 45.125″ inches wide by 35″ inches tall. 150DPI minimum.

Enter before September 7th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, a 1 year Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and a DSLR LED Ring Light from Photojojo. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

17 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s D&D Rage of Demons contest

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WeLoveFine embarks on what must be the most hardcore-sounding t-shirt design contest of all time with their new Rage of Demons competition. It’s a Dungeons & Dragons thing, wherein eight demon lords are letting loose in the Underdark. So expect a lot of epic dark fantasy art!

Enter before September 8th, 2015 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash. Two Judge Pick winners will each get $300 cash. One ThinkGeek Pick will receive $300 cash (and be sold exclusively at ThinkGeek). Two Runners-Up will each get $200 cash.

16 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Universe Walk and more new this week

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Universe Walk by Nevermine (Nevermine) is my favorite design this week. The characterization of planets as snail shells is a really interesting choice, creating images in the mind of slow, but consistent and dependable orbits as these guys ooze their way across space. There’s even a great detail in including stars in the snails’ trails, kind of a just-so story for how all those stars got there in the first place. And of course the planets themselves look amazing. I love the choice of keeping Earth’s colors and style close to reality to ground the piece, while letting the colors of the other planets become more whimsical and rainbow-infused. It makes the design’s theme very clear, while also being true to the fantastical nature of the idea.

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THINK BIG! by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) is the winner of Threadless’s Shadows contest, and is pretty much the epitome of what that theme was asking for. I like the way it takes a very every day kind of symbol, the sort you see so often you barely bother to think about what it represents anymore, and shows that symbol’s inspiration is all it’s detailed, active glory. There’s great motion in both the pose of the bucking steed and in the rider’s arms and cape, contrasting well with the small stillness of the chess piece. I’m a bit undecided on the particular distressing used on the shadow because it feels very square to me (full of solidly horizontal and perpendicular lines, which undercuts the otherwise organic feel of the art), but the triblend fabric might help mask that issue in the actual print.

Hydro-Electic by joseph (jodabaum) centers around one of the most iconic and wearable symbols in shirts, the lightning bolt, so it’s already on to a winner. But what makes this design special is that inside that jagged lightning shape is a crazy crashing of a hundred tightly drawn waves. It’s chaos tucked away within a well-ordered shape, and each twisting and collision of water results in something genuinely interesting to look at. And to cap things off, there’s one final detail at the point of the bolt- a surfer, riding out these wild waves. Very complete, and a design that uses a simple silhouette to create detail that makes it fun to look at over and over.

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Celery Stalker by Paul (thedeetzes) is probably the week’s most charming tee, centering on the shiftiest-looking vegetable I’ve ever seen. With his squinting eyes and thin mouth, the dude could not possibly look more suspicious as he peers around the corner. What really makes this shirt a success, though, is that it’s not a design that rests on its laurels. On top of great characterization of the celery and its motives, it somehow manages to also be quite a beautiful piece. The leafy section is stylized with color shifts that seem just this side of realistic, like we’re seeing shadows on those thin leaves as a gentle breeze ruffles their position. Even the wall he hides behind has a speckling of grey to make it feel like concrete. It’s always nice to see a pun design that also has some artistic sophistication.

Ready to fly. by Jimena Salas (JimenaSalas) is like looking at origami birds through a kaleidoscope, and I’m kind of loving it. There’s something neat about the way it starts off as an abstract pattern and only reveals that birds as you take a closer look. The simplicity of form means there’s not a lot of personality in these birds, but it’s still interesting art to look at because of a couple of smart choices. One is the way birds are allowed to run into each other and combine when their same-colored pieces touch, creating new shapes. Another is the restraint shown in not keeping the design symmetrical. Since the colors and shapes aren’t perfectly regular, that break of the pattern invites you in to see what the design is really about. Definitely a unique new addition to the Threadless catalog.

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).