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24 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Be Prepared

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Be Prepared by Vomaria just might be the most dramatic silhouette-style shirt I’ve seen so far. It’s a piece that uses some smart perspective work to have poor Simba fleeing directly towards the viewer, looking very small and vulnerable. Menacing cats line the edges of Scar’s mane, perched like gargoyles and ready to pounce. The entire scene glows a sickly, unreal green like it’s literally alive with envy and hate. And yet, just barely visible in the glow, is the slightest hint of Mufasa’s face, not alive but still watching and guiding the young cub. It’s exciting stuff, with strong angles that pull you in and bright colors that set the perfect mood of villainy.

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).

23 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Star-Spangled and Garden Variety collections

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July 4th comes early with Shirt.Woot’s Stuff from the Star-Spangled Shirtstorm plus sale. Since artists had early notice on this theme, there are some especially detailed designs in the mix for this one. Here’s what stands out…

Best of the Bunch: Sea to Shining Sea is an iconic ode to some of the country’s most prominent skylines, monuments and landmarks.

Nicest Surprise: United is delightfully weird, making a patriotic Transformer out of some of our most notable presidents.

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

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And of course summer is also a big season for gardening, so the Garden Variety plus sale arrives right on time. Here are a couple of designs that really grew on me…

Best of the Bunch: The realistic art style of Pizza Plant makes it even more delicious!

Nicest Surprise: Eat Your Vegetables is a cute, fun-loving ode to the many yummy forms of the humble potato.

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

22 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #557: Extended Play

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Shirt.Woot is really stretching themselves with the next derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #557: Extended Play

Design a tee with extended play in mind. Longer days of summer, Extra time in games, overtime, that bonus time in a racing video game, LPs, remember when cassette tapes could suddenly hold 120 minutes-all filled up with that crazy long R Kelly rap opera about the guy in the closet. Heck it could even be old age – Grandpa on a surf board. 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, pet owners and LOLcat fanatics will find a lot to enjoy in the current Cats in the Style of… derby. Here are two current underdogs that I think could use some more attention:

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Pulp Catsky by sixstyle is a fun new take on an iconic movie moment. I do wish the mouse/gun bit made a little more sense, but the cat faces are absolutely perfect.

The Tale of Arthur Kitten by kg07 really nails the Peter Rabbit look, and uses it to explore a joke that Monty Python fans will especially appreciate.

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.

21 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Homestuck Design Contest 3 winners

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It should come as no surprise that Kids on the Block by kiwibyrd is my favorite Homestuck Design Contest 3 winner- this design structure of filling the comic’s logo with elements that speak to the strip’s contents was also what caught my eye in Homestuck’s first contest with This Is Stupid by appulsprite. But while both share a core concept, it’s arguable that this new rendition improves on the idea by using color and bolder illustration to immediately catch the eye and build interest. Even as someone completely unfamiliar with the comic, I can look at this and be intrigued by what’s going on. The inclusion of a pet for each character is a smart move because the way each person interacts with their animal gives them some personality. It’s the kind of art that I suspect gives fans a lot of references to inspire some nostalgia and positive memories, while at the same time it drops intriguing clues for the uninitiated that might make them interested to read the comic and learn more.

Check out all the Homestuck Design Contest 3 winners at WeLoveFine!

20 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Music is the Way

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Music is the Way by Sebastian is one heck of a crowd-pleaser, mixing music with some colorful surrealism. The human figure is the first focal point, and the long neck of the guitar draws the eye downward towards that warm explosion of color on the base. That path down the neck is brilliantly done because it makes you think of the way music often takes the listener on a journey, transporting the imagination to a new and exciting place. The pattern of fret wire also starts to feel like a staircase, and paired with the blue glow at the end it’s reminiscent of that ever-popular tune Stairway to Heaven. There’s just the slightest suggestion of an environment with those glowing pillars of musical notes, not necessarily interesting in their own right but very useful in creating a mystical ambiance and helping to define the shape of the guitar’s body.

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

19 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Feather and more new this week

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Feather by Ross Bruggink (rhinosserossy) is my favorite design at Threadless this week. It’s very minimal, which also gives it a timeless appeal. The greyscale color scheme enhances that effect and light, screened texture helps this piece to feel like a hand-crafted relic from the past. I like the way that, instead of literally showing an outdoor landscape, this design chooses to suggest it with geometric shapes. The top section of the feather feels like sunsets, pine trees on the horizon, a teepee, and the solitude of wilderness even though it’s just some stripes, triangles and lines. Very wearable, and by not being specific it keeps its potential audience very wide.

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Onomatopoeriodic Table by Vo Maria (vo maria) recreates a periodic table, but with a new goal in mind- to poke fun at the repetitive “Na na na na…” refrain of the Batman theme song. The periodic table is the perfect structure for this because of the Sodium element’s convenient abbreviation and because of the huge amount of duplication that the framework allows. What makes this design even more special, though, is that it’s not content to sit on its laurels and indulge in just that Na Na Na joke. Instead, it spices up the composition with some sound effects scattered in, with Pow! and Krash! neatly referencing the wacky text effects from the show. I think most Batman fans with a scientific bent will appreciate this one.

Poison Proof by Agu Luque (Aguvagu) is definitely a wearable shirt, using a vintage art style that makes the design feel like it could decorate an old bottle of snake oil. Two things about this piece really work- first, the varied scale texture of the snake’s skin (which has a very tactile look and feels hand-drawn), and secondly, the image of the snake’s fangs piercing the lid of the bottle. That’s just a fun concept, something that speaks to qualities like toughness and danger. But in the end, I have to say that I’m a bit bored by the design. To me, it feels more like an already-existing graphic from the past than like something created now and with modern sensibilities in mind. It doesn’t feel individual or exciting.

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Centaur by Hinku (hinku) is a weird and imaginative take on classic cryptozoology. The centaur’s other half, a horse’s head atop a human body, is the centaur’s rider, which is a cute idea to start things out with. But it’s the aesthetic choices made from there forward that really inform the appeal of the piece- the centaur’s body is covered in a bold floral pattern, like an extremely tacky couch. The centaur’s tail and hair are both pink and braided, falling apart loosely at the ends to inject a sense of wildness. The horse-faced character is drawn interestingly as well, body covered in fur but sporting a very kicky pair of bright pink boots. They’re definitely an interesting pair, and posed with the bow and arrow like that, it’s all but guaranteed that they’re en route to some kind of fantastic adventure. Good stuff!

Dino by Missaire Julien (CORSAC) is a pattern shirt that ought to get the nostalgia flowing. With its bright colors and the casual way the dinosaurs are scattered about, it reminds me of a messy kid who has a bunch of plastic dinosaur figures thrown around on the ground. Looking at this design feels like chowing down on cereal on the couch on a Saturday morning, enjoying the pleasant buzz of sugar and cartoons. Definitely a childlike design, but one that highlights the fun, curiosity and playfulness of that time.

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).

18 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #556: Cats in the style of…

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Shirt.Woot continues their trend of feline friendliness with the latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #556: Cats in the style of…

Design a cat tee in a recognized art or artist’s style. No Nyan Cat or Grumpy Cat. Also 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.


Meanwhile, headwear styles are being thoroughly investigated in the current Trucker Hats derby. Here are a couple of current underdog entries that I think could use some more attention…

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Trucker Cap by BlairJCampbell takes punning to superheroic levels with this one!

Panda by Randyotter has such a cute, earnest face that I think it’d be a huge hit with kids.

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.