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07 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Library Kittens

Library Kittens by TaylorRoss is one of those shirts that ought to appeal to a massive audience. An introvert’s dream, it pairs cats with reading and unites the two in a set of brightly colored shelves. The variety managed here is impressive, with many styles of book spine making each volume look unique. Even better, each cat has a different way of interacting with the books, giving each shelf special, silly moments for the viewer to discover. My favorite is the little cat with glasses, peering up from some serious reading.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

06 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Kds Play

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

kds play by mathiole is a really appealing collage piece, combining a vintage photograph of a city and highways from above with a vibrantly colored graphic of three children at play. The heightened colors make the kids stand out immediately, and their thoughtful poses give the impression of this whole landscape being created out of their imaginations as they move their toy cars. It’s a real ode to old-fashioned, hands-on play that should hold appeal to anyone who had similar daydreams in childhood. Who wouldn’t want to have a whole transportation system in the palms of their hands?

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

05 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Freedom collection

Artists embraced the opportunity of Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Freedom plus sale, which contains art of all types from pop culture to silliness and even slogans. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Ninja Attack by DoOomCat is perhaps the artist’s most detailed and elaborate ninja scene yet, full of fun moments to discover in this pirate-packed adventure.

Nicest Surprise: Live on the Edge by Patrickspens is extremely relatable, and I like how the figure looks more bedraggled when you get a closer look (definitely appropriate for an insomniac).

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

04 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

WAMI Swag’s Cotton Brawl VI design contest

The possibilities are wide open in WAMI Swag‘s open-theme Cotton Brawl VI design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

This is your anything-goes, win at all costs, generically awesome design tournament. Make something cool, funny, annoying, offensive. We don’t care! Voting begins on New Years Day!

Enter before January 8th, 2021 for your chance to win. One winner will earn a $300 prize. Any designs sold on WAMI Swag also earn the artist 20% of each sale.

02 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #795: WISE Cracks

Protect your funny bone, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #795: WISE Cracks

Either clever wisdom or funny cracks!

No politics and no cream shirts…any questions?

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

01 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fitness derby voting highlights

The beginning of the year often means a return to healthy habits, so Shirt.Woot‘s Fitness derby arrives just in time. Some artists poked fun at exercise, while others embraced it. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Fitness Goal – More Power Naps by jasneko is an appealing phrase made funnier by a very smug-looking cat.

Schrodinger’s Fitness Club by TaylorRoss1 takes a neat approach by making the exercising cat the skeleton and the lazy cat alive- there’s more to living than just physical health!

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

31 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2020

It’s been a weird year, but t-shirt artists still found ways to make it fun! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2020…


mood by Trabu

“This is a cat with a plan, and having accomplished his goal of resting atop the red ball, he’s scoping out his next move.”

Threadless: Mood and more new this week, January 15th, 2020


Aerialphabet by waynem

“I love the way each bird pops out of the frame of their letter, creating unusual shapes and even the appearance of motion.”

Threadless: Aerialphabet and more new this week, February 5th, 2020


Afloat by Coffee Man

“The woodgrain of the popsicle stick also reminds one of a diving board, straddling the line between snack and water feature perfectly.”

Threadless: Afloat and more new this week, March 4th, 2020


Perfect Pitch by Airic (bewarethevipers)

“It’s a great use of minimal, iconic symbols, using the common triangle to define both trees and a tent.”

Threadless: Perfect Pitch and more new this week, April 29th, 2020


Unity by GammaRay

“The structure and use of icons invites the viewer to look deeper…”

Pampling’s Unity, May 14th, 2020


Small World by waynem

“…I’m especially fond of the way a simple, ordinary house sits right at the center of all the action.”

Threadless’s Small World, June 17th, 2020


Falling Fox by TobiasFonseca

“…the lines of the art pull the eye upward along the curve of the tail.”

Pampling’s Falling Fox, July 23rd, 2020


Suspicious Meow by artlahdesigns

“…if you look closely you’ll be rewarded with a silly, grinning dog in the mix.”

Threadless’s Suspicious Meow and more new this week, August 26th, 2020


Bartlett Pearott by artThouHilder

“Both the plant and the animal share such similar shape and coloring that the mix feels natural… if a bit amusingly unsettling.”

Threadless: Bartlett Pearott and more new this week, September 23rd, 2020


Universe Within by 7115

” It makes excellent use of the entire surface of the shirt, enveloping the collar and one sleeve in a dark explosion of hair and stars.”

Threadless: Universe Within and more new this week, October 7th, 2020


Game Port by Robert Ritcher

“The strong angle of the artwork makes the stacking feel extremely dramatic…”

Pampling’s Game Port, November 12th, 2020


Snowfall in Progress by weird&co

“…his festive yellow scarf and hat make it clear he’s staying jolly and enjoying his decorating.”

Threadless: Snowfall in Progress and more new this week, December 9th, 2020

That wraps it up for 2020, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.