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16 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

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The Breakfast Club by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is my favorite design this week. It’s not my first time seeing the movie imitated with breakfast foods, but it definitely is the most charming version I’ve seen. I think the design’s strength is in the seriousness of it’s little snacks, and their tiny unsmiling expressions. Their stoicism is in complete contrast to the silliness of the idea and magnifies it. Another interesting aspect of the piece is its placement- the food sits squarely on on stomach, with only the small title gracing the chest. In most designs this kind of balance wouldn’t work, but I think placing food on the gut like that actually helps make things funnier here. It’s very on-theme!

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American Skulls and Bones by Vincent Angeles (Binxent) is a design that I didn’t expect to like, but when I saw how rad it looked printed on a triblend shirt… well, there’s just no arguing with that! The heavy cracks and texture that hadn’t appealed to me when seeing it on a plain black background felt much more subtle and weathered on the speckled fabric. Plus, the shape of the artwork is really well-suited to the t-shirt form.

Believing by lineslineslines (lineslineslines) discovers a dove in the negative space created by a praying man’s hands and chin. It’s one of those images so clever that it sticks with you, like The I in Team. That said, I feel like an opportunity was lost in including so much detail in the portrait- it gives the impression that the image is about a specific person, rather than a symbol or stand in for all people. The glasses and bald head had me wondering if I was meant to recognize this guy or what.

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Le Royal Meh by 38 Sunsets (38 Sunsets) arrives at a particularly meh moment in history, hot on the heels of a similarly meh-centric design at Shirt.Woot and just days after the launch of Meh.com (a project by the original Woot founder). The timing isn’t intentional, but it’s the kind of happy accident that leaves me feeling more favorably towards the design than I probably would have been otherwise. While both designs play with the boredom inherent in the word meh and twist it by giving it enthusiasm and grandiosity, I think the Threadless shirt has the more interesting punchline because it also gets a laugh by comparing the plain, modern word to a very traditional and classical context. It turns the phrase into a casual, off-handed rejection of the formality of the past.

ALIEN HOME by Femmy Priscillya Antolinez (mamoizelle) uses the familiar shape of a Space Invaders icon to build a blueprint around. This one doesn’t quite work for me because I don’t see the connection between the two- why would this shape be a building? It feels strange to me to see something drawn up as though it is architecture when it’s such an awkward structure, entirely reliant on that square pixel shape. It’s not something that feels humorous to me, it feels like it’s reaching for a joke (is there some kind of pun, maybe?) that just isn’t there.

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.

15 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Lowbrow contest

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Threadless‘s latest themed contest is all about Lowbrow art! Wondering what that means? Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

Delve into the underground art movements of punk rock and snazzy hotrods. Your challenge is to create a lowbrow inspired design for a tee.

Lowbrow can be anything from surreal oddities like jungle warrior princesses to sword wielding skeletons. Let your guilty pleasure of pulp magazines come out in your art. Draw something that pops off the page and questions reality.

Feed your taste for the counterculture and come up with something to impress the masses. In the words of Rodney Dangerfield, “There goes the neighborhood!”

Enter before August 11th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $200 collection of lowbrow art books and posters.

14 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Batman y Robin

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Batman y Robin by Ibaitxo caught my eye at Pampling, a seriously great twist on the superhero duo. While a lot of designs portray the team as a bat and as a robin, I’ve never seen the concept taken a step further and applied to birdhouses before. What’s great about this setup is that you see the flipped house first, and the story plays out from there when you go in for a closer look. That’s when all the details get filled in with the Batman icon hole on the bat house and the awesome costume on his feathered sidekick. I love how complete it is, and how it uses a new angle on a common punchline to get a fresh laugh.

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

13 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary contest

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It’s Naughty Dog’s 30th anniversary this year, and to celebrate they’re kicking things off with a design contest at WeLoveFine. What’s interesting is that artists will be able to choose which of Naughty Dog’s hit games to base their design on- Jak and Daxter, Last of Us, or Uncharted. Judges include Naughty Dog’s founder and co-presidents, and there’s a lot of fun stuff in the prize packs for winning artists.

Enter before August 5th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a trip to Los Angeles for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show (including round-trip domestic airfare and lodging for two nights), a Art of Naughty Dog limited edition book signed by the Naughty Dog team, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. Two Special Guest Judge’s Picks will each receive $400 cash, a Art of Naughty Dog limited edition book, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. Two Guest Judge’s Pick will each get $300 cash, a Art of Naughty Dog standard edition book, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. One Gallery Nucleus Pick $300 cash and the art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show.

12 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Fantasmas Coloridos

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Fantasmas Coloridos by Rogério Puhl is a crazy design, twisting familiar cartoon characters into a disturbing melted mass. What I love about this is that it perfectly captures the aftermath of a Saturday morning cartoon spree, when you’ve woken up a bit too early, eaten a bit too much sugar cereal and a nasty sugar coma starts to set in as the sun shines way too bright in all the windows. It’s the dark side of every kid’s favorite weekend pastime, when a beautiful morning twists into a cranky afternoon. Plus, it’s just plain fun to gaze into this gooey mix and try to identify all the famous faces.

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

11 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 contest

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WeLoveFine has teamed up with How to Train Your Dragon 2 for a new contest, to be judged by Toothless the dragon as well as folks from Hot Topic and ThinkGeek.

Enter before July 29th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash (which could increase to as much as $2000 based on voting). Two Judge’s Picks will each get $400 cash. Two Hot Topic picks will each receive $300 cash and their design will be exclusively sold at Hot Topic. One ThinkGeek pick will get $300 cash and their design will be exclusively sold at ThinkGeek.com. Additionally, one Runner-Up will earn $150 cash.

10 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #364: $10K Cup, Round 2: Style

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Shirt.Woot‘s epic $10K Cup marches into week 2 with today’s derby theme, Round 2: Style. With three distinct style options, there are a lot of possibilities to explore! Here’s what Woot is looking for:

The $10k Cup continues. This week, it’s all about style. You’ve got three choices: WatercolorCrosshatch, and Van Gogh. Check out these past derbies to see what we’re looking for, then give us the best you’ve got.

No creme tees

For Watercolor designs, you can only use the following shirt colors: Silver, Slate, Lemon, Baby Blue, and White

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.