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23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #379: 25K Cup, Round V: Naughty & Nice Redux

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This week’s Shirt.Woot derby marks the last chance at the $25K Cup, so it’s definitely worth making some extra effort to get an entry in! The theme is Naughty & Nice Redux, and here’s what Woot says they’re looking for:

Explore the union of cute and sinister. Frolic at the intersection of Good and Evil. Additional third thing. Need examples? Check out the previous Naughty & Nice derby.


-No crème tees.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

22 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Art Styles collection

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Shirt.Woot’s recent Art Styles derby challenged artists to use the styles Woodcut, Complimentary Colors, Psychedelia, or Pointillism, and this Plus collection of prints gathers up a few gems that didn’t quite get enough votes to print in the top three. I’m surprised, though, to see that only seven designs made the cut (for comparison, the Halloween plus sale boasted 18 prints while Fall and Octoberfest had 12).

Best of the Bunch: The detail and color choices in Dot Matrix Leopard make it the sort of design you just want to keep looking at.

Biggest Missed Opportunity: I was bummed that no designs in the psychedelia style printed, and I’m pretty sure a design like Psychedelic Betrayal would have made a lot of Browncoats very happy.

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

21 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Doodle contest

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Threadless‘s newest themed contest is all about Doodles! The fun thing about this art style is that it’s the one kind of drawing that literally everyone on the planet does- even people who don’t consider themselves artists create these little sketches on napkins or in margins when they’re bored. So here’s hoping that we see a ton of variety in the entries for this one!

Enter before November 10th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 doodle prize pack (including Field Notes, ink pens, the “1 Page at a Time” creative companion book and more).

20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Director’s Cut

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Director’s Cut by Fritsch takes a different tack than most entertainment-themed shirts, focusing on what’s behind the camera instead of on what’s in front of it. Like a lot of list shirts, it’s really fun to roam through the ranks and try to name each of the famous directors. And the portraits seem to be very well done, because I found myself able to name most of them without too much trouble. I like that their expressions and clothing even give some hints to their personalities. That said, I do kind of wish there was a little more diversity in the people chosen- I think most movie fans would agree that Spike Lee merits inclusion over Michael Moore, for instance. Still, serious movie buffs will probably get a kick out of this one!

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

19 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by Giovani Rufino is one of the most perplexing designs I’ve seen recently. The technique is definitely interesting, using a graph paper-like grid and geometric shading to illustrate a playful panda portrait. But… is there a reason for it? Between the title, technique and animal, I don’t actually see anything linking the three together. I can’t tell if it’s just fun nonsense or if there’s a deeper joke I’m meant to be getting. Still, even if I am missing a bigger point here, I think using a mostly monochromatic animal was suited well to the shaded execution- it makes it feel almost accidental, like it started out a happy accident by a bored student aimlessly coloring in squares until a bigger image was slowly revealed.

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

18 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Rendez Vous

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I’m a big fan of the unique style of tees at Monsieur Poulet, so I was heartened to see that 1) the whole site got a slick redesign and 2) there’s a truly awesome new shirt in stock, Rendez Vous by Pintachan. I love the unique layout, showing a first contact between man and alien by splitting the scene in half and showing each party smiling and waving. What’s interesting to me is how subtle the differences between the characters are- each has one eye and a smile, so the alien’s lack of ear and nose stands out. While each has a waving hand, the alien’s widely-spaced fingers help him to seem not-quite-earthly. And best of all, there’s that lovely star tucked under his chin to indicate his interstellar origins. It’s clever stuff, simplifying forms to their most basic shapes in a way that packs tons of personality in and focuses on what the characters have in common.

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

17 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Purple Leaves’s General Contest III

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Purple Leaves‘s General Contest III opened for entries this week, seeking all sorts of t-shirt designs. What’s nice about this one is that while many shirt design contests are focused largely on illustration, the Purple Leaves catalog also boasts a lot of photography, photo manipulation and typography. Take a look at their shop to see what their prints are like.

Enter before December 12th, 2014 for your chance to win. Winners earn a cash prize worth 300 euros.