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09 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Mark of the Feast collection

Food was at the forefront in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Mark of the Feast plus sale. From the sweet to the savory, these tees all look good enough to eat. Here’s a look at the designs I had a taste for this week…

Best of the Bunch: Om Sweet Nom by Patrickspens gives a friendly bunny a super-cute carrot home, and does it all with soft lines that add to the heartwarming feel.

Nicest Surprise: Avocando It! by LazareLodaridze turns the tasty part of an avocado into the pit’s backpack, for an unusual and memorable motivation message.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Extreme Optimism imagines that instead of seeing the glass half full, a true optimist will see it as half (cup)cake.

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

08 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Numbers Numbers NUMBERS derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot mixed math nerdage, history geeking, and pop culture twists in the Numbers Numbers NUMBERS derby. Even the not-so mathematically inclined should find plenty to appreciate among the entries, which span the gamut from slogan to artistic to humor. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

No H8 by Wheels03 immediately won me over with its bold, fresh color palette. I also like the unusual, purely visual, way of interpreting the derby’s theme.

Odd Numbered by radicallizard has a genuinely funny and catchy slogan, paired with a super-charming platypus protagonist. Irresistible!

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.

07 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s One Panel design contest

Comic-style storytelling is in the spotlight with Threadless‘s new One Panel design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Got something witty to say? Say it in one panel! For this challenge, create a comic or cartoon that tells a great story in just one visual moment. If brevity is the soul of wit, a single panel is all you need for a comic that’s full of awesomeness. Flex your comedic muscle and make a funny, brief comic that taps right into our funny bone. Create a cartoon that makes the viewer think. Or perhaps you’ll cue a world of existential thinking in just a single image.

If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your own Sunday comics, now’s your chance. Channel your inner cartoonist and give ’em something to think about in one panel.

This contest opens to entries on August 10th, 2018 and ends on August 24th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

06 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Mon Pirate

Mon Pirate by Amélie Graux is a lot of fun, delivering what feels like a child realizing his imaginary friend is real. The pirate ticks all the familiar boxes of his archetype with his massive scraggly beard, missing teeth, hook hand, tall hat and striped shirt. It’s a mixture of elements that could look scary, but instead feels cuddly and strangely sweet because of the artist’s skill and the way the colored pencil style has of making all the art feel a bit fuzzy. There’s a wonderful moment of mutual curiosity in the way the boy’s and pirate’s eyes meet, both seeming so excited to see each other. I also like the way the skull and crossbones on the hat is almost a third character in the arrangement with its big smile and similar size to the other two faces. One place where I think the art misses the boat, though, is in the hard edge of how the art cuts off at the bottom. I’d have rather seen the black of the pants eliminated entirely so that the art cuts off at the curving line of the belt, which I think would help the design to feel more natural and organic.

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

05 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Bat Landing

Bat Landing by Panamerum is a funny take on the familiar Batman bat symbol. In this take, his flat shape and spread wings are the unfortunate fallout from a bloody crash with a wall, a mishap that calls to mind both that bats don’t see well and that Batman is prone to using gadgets and athleticism to travel across city rooftops, something that is definitely not for the clumsy or careless. So it’s funny that instead of an imposing hero achieving impossible feats, we’ve got this chubby animal who has failed to outwit a brick wall. Great concept, and the small details like the realism of the brick pattern and the way the bat’s feet land so awkwardly are choices that add to the ambiance and comical feeling of the piece.

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).

04 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #668: Life in the Style of Anime

Shirt.Woot looks towards Japan for their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #668: Life in the Style of Anime

We love the unique visual stylings of anime because it’s awesome, and we love life because we’re not unfeeling monsters. And next week’s derby is an epic mash-up that brings them both together. Designs should show a slice of life rendered in the style of Anime. And by “slice of life” we mean anything from the mundane minutia of everyday living to some popular piece of pop culture. No cats, no cream, and no characters from actual Anime/Manga franchises.

Don’t like that topic? Here’s an alternative: We’re also looking for great designs of a parody/non-infringey nature that feature popular characters, elements, or themes from actual Anime franchises. They can’t go in the Derby, but you can submit them through the standard submission portal.

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.

03 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: OCN LP and more new this week

OCN LP by NDTank (NDTank) could be considered a sequel to another design by the same artist, MTN LP. Both use the shape and texture of a record album to form its framing, though this design trades the original’s peaks for a bold, crashing wave. While each design uses a circle at the center to serve as the sun (and mimic a record’s label), I find the treatment this time to be superior to the original. There’s something very cool about the way the curve of the wave hugs the curve of the sun so tightly, hitting the exact same line. I’m less convinced on the inclusion of the dolphins (they feel awfully small compared to the bold shapes of the wave’s crests), in part because I think simplicity has been part of the strength of this style, but overall it’s an extremely good shirt, and one that calls to mind the freshness, freedom and joy of summer music.

Curse Stitch by John Tibbott (quiick-brown-fox) won Threadless’s Digital Cross Stitch contest, but I have to say that I find it slightly baffling. The basic humor makes sense to me, using the plague (or zombie) messaging of Dead Inside to make a joke about the wearer’s inner feelings of being dead inside. But the part that flummoxes me is like… why would it be cross stitch? Is there a context in which that kind of message would ever be stitched? I feel like part of the humor of Dead Inside messaging being applied to the shirt is that it’s so out of its usual context, that wording usually seen on a boarded up building is suddenly made funny by attaching it to a specific person instead of a place. So to me, this normalizing of the medium by making it look like stitches actually makes it less funny- in this context, the message was always meant to be on fabric, so it doesn’t mean anything other than the “this person is dead inside” punchline. Is it just me?

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).