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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.

13 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #383: Journals and #384: Inspiration

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It’s another two derby week, and up first…

Starting Friday: Derby #383: Journals

- No limits on halftones or colors. Photos are OK as long as they are your own.

- Your derby images should show a mockup of some kind so we can see what the journal looks like. Use the templates below or provide your own.

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 #384: Inspiration

What inspires you? What “gets your juices flowing?” For us, it’s pizza.

No Creme Tees!!

This derby beings on Monday at Noon and ends on 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.

12 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Power Rangers contest

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Threadless‘s latest themed contest is about all things Power Rangers! Artists can take their inspiration from any of the Power Rangers series, but mashups, parodies and references to other characters are not allowed.

Enter before December 1st, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift card, and the Limited Edition Power Rangers Legacy Collection (a 98 DVD set with all 767 episodes from the first 20 seasons).

11 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Woot’s The GIF That Keeps on GIFFING animated gif contest

shirt.woot the gif that keeps on giffing

Ok, it’s not quite a t-shirt design contest, but Woot (home of Shirt.Woot) has an animated GIF contest running right now with prizes so substantial that I think they’re likely to tempt many a tee designer. Here’s what you need to know:

– One entry per person.

– You must be 18 years old and a US resident to enter.

– The GIF needs to be holiday-themed, contain only original material, and be no larger than 2MB.

You’ll also want to see Woot’s full terms and conditions before entering.

Enter before November 24th, 2014 for your chance to win. First place earns $1000, second place gets $500, third place will receive $300 and fourth place earns $200. Additionally, Woot will be awarding a $25 prize for the Worst GIF.

10 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hunter’s Moon

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Hunter’s Moon by Maykon Cardoso definitely caught me by surprise- I mean, I don’t think anyone ever expects to see a hairless cat with a mustache. But it works! There’s a strange mix of wisdom and menace in that feline’s face, and he has the eyes (and damaged ears) of a guy who’s seen some shit in his time. Even better, those grizzled ears start to take on the characteristics of a dead, winding tree branch- spooky, and a strange remnant of a time when this desert landscape had more life in it. Those branches frame the action, jagged dunes before Egypt’s pyramids and a large, looming moon.It’s a dramatic scene, like the cover of an adventure fiction magazine. The cat could be remembering his past or envisioning his future, but either way I’m drawn in to the story and I want to know more about his desert exploits. What a neat character!

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

09 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Bee and PuppyCat contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest ongoing contest is for the Cartoon Hangover show Bee and PuppyCat, and they’ll be announcing a new winner with each new episode’s release.

This ongoing contest is now open, and winners will earn $250 cash.