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16 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

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Nostalgia by Mathiole (mathiole) is my favorite design this week, for obvious reasons. The look of those classic Activision games is so embedded in pop culture that I instantly got the reference without ever having played one of the games. And the interpretation here is dead-on, matching the fonts and bright colors of the original and making it all feel real with some authentic-looking distressing. There’s a nice note of humor in the ® symbol on the word old. But I think what really sells this concept is that it looks like it’d be fun to play! Who wouldn’t want to take a spin in a rainbow-sprouting spaceship?

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Never Mind the Furballs! by JIMDAHOUSECAT and John Tibbott (JIMDAHOUSECAT) spices up the famous Sex Pistols God Save the Queen image with a kitty cat, so that’s fun. It’s a mix that feels right because all cats are, at heart, both royalty and absolute punks. Even the torn newspaper lettering feels like a monument to feline destruction. Solid craftsmanship, and that concept is right on the money in every way possible.

Dracula Hates Summer by Ronan Lynam (RonanL) got me excited because it’s another awesome use of UV ink, giving the vampire a sunburn every time you’re out in the sun. While my favorite Threadless UV ink shirt (Vampire!) has similar subject matter, this one still stands out well because the style is so different. Instead of being a fierce creature of the night, this fellow seems almost Hobbit-y in his proportions, like an undead Charlie Brown who expects to find some new doom or indignity around every corner (and is usually right). I mean, just look at his little frown and nervous eyes- he’s about to lose big, and he knows it. You can’t help but root for a guy like that, even if he is a bloodsucker.

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The Fog by Michelle Li (littleclyde) takes two fairly ordinary things- fog and a cat- and makes them feel extraordinary by combining them. There’s something really magical about the idea of fog as not just a living creature, but specifically a cat. I think that speaks to both the way fog can kind of fuck up your day without caring (have to drive somewhere in the dark? hope you like going super-slow and having no visibility!) and in the chilly calmness of it, like the whole world is taking a catnap. Add in the lovely way you can barely see the town through the fog of the cat, and this design is tough to resist!

Evil Will Burn by Dan Elijah Fajardo (dandingeroz) serves up a fairly typical scene of robot destruction, city reduced to flaming ruins as a mechanical monster looms above it. What makes it interesting is the use of color, with pops of orange in the robot, spotlight and city flames that keeps the eye moving and engaged as you explore the piece. The style of the piece is a bit strange, though, with flat buildings that feel oddly fake compared to the more realistic shading of the robot- it’s almost like we’re looking at a hastily constructed movie set rather than a real robo-disaster.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through reprints.

15 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Hidden Gems collection

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Fans of quirky art are in luck, because Shirt.Woot’s reprint collection is all about Hidden Gems! There’s still plenty of pop culture if that’s more your speed, but more random designs also got the chance at some time in the spotlight.

Best of the Bunch: When Woot first started printing with DTG, I went through their archives to find the brightest, most colorful shirt to test the process’s quality. The Land of Lost Socks was that shirt, and while it does indeed look great in DTG, it’ll look even a bit better screenprinted.

Nicest Surprise: It’s hard to imagine a design better suited to an apron than Spaghetti!

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

14 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Ay Caramba

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Ay Caramba by buyo desing is a fun iteration of the ET moon silhouette, replacing the characters with Bart Simpson and one of the series’s aliens, Kang (or is it Kodos?). There have been a ton of designs in this vein, but I think what makes this concept superior to most is that it’s still so true to the heart of ET, the connection between a boy and an alien. Granted, in this case the boy is a notorious mischief-maker and the alien is an evil psycho, but that’s what makes the parody so amusing. One way in which the art falls a bit short for me, though, is in style- with all those finicky detail lines, it doesn’t match the cleanliness of the cartoon it imitates. This would be a stronger piece if it felt more authentically Simpsons.

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

13 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Karate Kong

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Karate Kong by Ken Brockman jolted me when I first saw it- I’d just been looking at old war propaganda earlier, and seeing an asian person represented as a monkey gave me a sick feeling in my stomach. Thankfully, it quickly became clear that my first instinct was off-base. The design parodies the original Karate Kid poster very directly, so there’s clearly no racial component intended. Instead it’s all about imagining a monkey doing those classic karate poses, long limbs flailing in all directions. It’s definitely a funny thought, though I think it’d be even more amusing if that monkey silhouette in back stood out more than the two monkey faces in the foreground.

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

12 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Dragons collection

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Perhaps cashing in on Game of Thrones fever, Shirt.Woot just brought back a whole bunch of their best and brightest Dragon shirts. Here’s a quick look at the two I think are hottest:

Best of the Bunch: The Samurai and the Sea Dragon looks sophisticated and stylish on a jersey zip hoodie.

Nicest Surprise: Dragontine’s Day never lived up to its full potential on a cream shirt, so it’s lovely to see it come to life on this more wearable Slate tee.

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

11 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Music contest

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Since basically every human on the planet enjoys Music, Threadless’s latest themed contest ought to be a popular one! Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

For this challenge, think about how music affects the world at large and brings people together, or maybe how it just helps you wake up in the morning. Get inspired by your favorite bands, albums or instruments.This is your chance to transform anything you love about music from lyrics to lounge singers into the perfect design for a tee.

Enter before May 1st, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, an Audio Technica Turntable with USB port, M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers, Tegan and Sara: The Official Vinyl Collection, and a pack of records chosen by the Threadstaff.

10 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #351: Inspired by Children’s Books

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Get ready for some serious nostalgia, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is Inspired by Children’s Books! Expect to see a lot of Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak. Here’s the full derby description from Woot:

Kids’ books are great! They’re like grown-up books with fewer of the boring parts (the words) and more of the good stuff (pictures)! But it seems like there’s always some some movie producer or artist who wants to gut a children’s book just to make a little bit of money. Well, for those guys, we’ve got 7 simple words: “How do we get in on that?”

No crème.

Be careful referencing existing characters and titles. We will reject at our discretion.

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.