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20 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #385: Pullover Hoodies and #386: Exercise and Healthy Living

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This week’s two derby themes have been announced, here’s what you need to know:

Starting Friday: Derby #385: Pullover Hoodies

Hey, if you add a comma, it’s “Pullover, Hoodies!” That’s fun.

Black, Navy, Red, Royal Blue, and Brown? allowed.

- The max print size for an XX Hoodie is 15.5″ x 13″

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, 5 other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a Plus sale on the following Monday.


Starting Monday: Derby #386: Exercise and Healthy Living

Sure, exercise will be the last thing you want to do while you’re drenched in gravy. But maybe the creative process burns off a few calories. We’d like to think so.

- No crème tees!

This derby beings on Monday at Noon and ends on Thursday at Noon. The top two vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Saturday (1st) and Sunday (2nd). The 3rd place winner will earn $250 and will be printed during the Plus sale. Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

19 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Baked Goods collection

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This week’s Baked Goods plus sale collects winners (and Honorable Mentions) from Woot’s recent Apron derby as well as the Baked Goods derby Honorable Mentions. It’s interesting to me that the Apron top three winners (who each received a $200 cash prize in addition to the $2 per item sold commission)- I’d have expected a little graphic or something on the thumbnail to call that out, but instead you have to find the old derby page if you want that info. So there may be a few kinks to still work out in this combined plus sale thing. But here’s a look at my two favorites, one from each of this week’s contests:

Best of the Aprons: I am totally enamored with the soft halftones and retro cartoon style of Pick Me!

Best of the Baked Goods: The Cookie Factory turns Cookie Monster into a machine that makes cookies, stuffed with tiny chefs busily baking. My favorite moment is the chicken laying an egg.

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

18 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

RIPT Apparel’s Artist payout update and more

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RIPT Apparel announced a couple of changes recently that artists will be excited to hear about! Here’s a quick summary:

- Instead of getting a flat $1 per item sold, artists will now earn a 10% commission on items sold (so you’d still get $1 minimum on shirts sold, but would get $4 if a $40 hoodie was sold)

- Art submission turn around time has improved, and artists will now know within 10 business days if their art will print.

- Artists can get 20% off if they make a wholesale order for extra copies of their design.

- RIPT’s affiliate program means that artists can earn a 5% commission on all sales made through their affiliate link.

Read the RIPT Apparel blog for all the details!

17 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s A Vida é Cheia de Riscos

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A Vida é Cheia de Riscos by Valter Ferrari continues Camiseteria‘s history of innovative shirts with its unique stripe treatment. The title translates as “Life is Full of Risks” and we do see that reflected in the art which shows the power of a simple penciled line. The line both creates a platform for characters to sit on and cuts through the fabric itself to form a real pocket (and the illusion of a hole in the pocket, which one fellow seems to nearly fall right through). The writing implements and the folks wielding them are all drawn with pencil as well, communicating that they’re their own creation in some sense. Cleverly done, and definitely one of the most interesting pocket shirts I’ve seen.

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

16 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Creation

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Creation by Gonenlisalih is a fun one for comics fans, turning classic heroes into pencil approximations of their superheroic forms. What makes this rad is how easily recognizable most of them are- it’s easy to pick out all the major characters by their unique costumes, and in the best cases their shape and placement as well (Hi Spiderman! What’s up, Mr Fantastic!). Plus, as the “Create Your Heroes” tagline implies, comic book fans are often art creators as well, so this design is a great nod to that common source of early inspiration.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

15 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Holiday Sweaters collection

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Straight from the recent derby, Shirt.Woot’s Holiday Sweater plus sale grabs a bunch of great designs that didn’t quite get enough votes to print. Even better, in true ugly Christmas sweater style, all of these designs are available as both t-shirts and crewneck sweaters.

Best of the Bunch: Not only does Ugly Little Spud have the best-looking stitch pattern I’ve seen on this style of design, it also glows in the dark!

Design(s) I Am Most Biased About: Two of my designs- the horror-themed Merry Cthulhumas and the Minecraft-inspired Merry Craftmas- made the cut this week.

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

14 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Whatever and more new this week

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Whatever by mathiole is my favorite this week and does a great job of capturing the laid back charm of sloths. The art shows the animal hanging from the athletic-style logo Whatever and encircles him with the phrase Do It Later, which positions sloths as nature’s biggest procrastinators, dudes who have truly mastered the ability to relax regardless of circumstances. Light distressing helps the shirt to feel more authentically like a mascot shirt, and there’s even a nice touch in having the sloth literally reach for one of the star flourishes. Inspirational!

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Holy Goats by andrew gimetzco (r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus) is the winner of the Bad School Mascots contest, and there’s definitely a lot of appeal there. I think part of what makes this one work is that before you read the text, it does feel like it could be a real Catholic school mascot. It has the right style of type, an awkwardly posed animal… and it all unravels beautifully when you take a closer look, seeing that the saint is the devil, there’s a holy ghost pun, and the mascot isn’t a more traditional horse or pegasus, it’s a weird winged goat. Solid work, and the sort of thing I think a lot of former Catholic school kids would be excited to wear.

Mimicry by Frasq (Frasq) is probably one of Threadless’s most subtle tees, using nothing but a splatter of random-looking dots to show a nearly-hidden leopard. Shape, size and density of the spots are the only things that identify the animal in the larger sea of speckles, so there’s been some extremely impressive work done to show not just the leopard, but also a bit of his dimensionality. The only issue I have here is that it may actually be a bit TOO subtle- especially on that heather grey tee, I think new viewer may have a tough time seeing much of anything.

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Not a Pipe by Alex Solis (alexmdc) is Threadless’s second shirt to combine Super Mario and the famous surrealist pipe painting (This Is Not a Pipe was the first), but takes things in a completely new direction. I like that instead of the painting being changed, here the only thing that has changed is how the character reacts to it. It’s a different tactic than most parodies take, which is part of why it feels fresh. I also like the way it pokes fun at Mario, both for his size (I bet Luigi would have fit) and because he expected this to work in the first place (although I suppose it’s only a bit weirder than jumping in the other kind of pipe). Also, the French text leaves you wondering if maybe he would have listened if only someone had thought to translate it into Italian.

Surefooted by rhinosserossy and wowrainbows (rhinosserossy) is the kind of design that just plain makes me smile. The concept of a skateboarding Bigfoot is instantly appealing, in part because it gives those big feet of his a rest, and in part because his natural environment seems so ill-suited for it (which means he must be really, really good?). But what takes things up a notch is the amazing style it’s drawn in, using heavily textured geometric shapes to form the mythical creature. It’s a nifty way to show his fur and gives the the appearance of it pointing in all kinds of directions at once. Retro, rustic and quirky… overall, exactly what you want from a Bigfoot shirt.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.