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13 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Tattoo design contest

Threadless wants artists to think ink in their new Tattoo design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Amazing tattoos are art pieces that stay with you forever. And for this challenge, we want you to create a tat-inspired design that’s as addicting to wear as these permanent creations are to get! Channel some of the most mind-blowing tattoo styles you’ve ever seen and let those be your guide; the classic Sailor Jerry Flash style, all-over sleeves that tell a story, the minimal or hyper-realistic ones – whatever gets you inspired!

This contest opens to entries on November 17th, 2017 and ends on December 1st, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with more prizing to be announced on 11/24/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

12 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s O Viajante

O Viajante by Saulo Alonso de Souza Pereira uses a twist on the illustration-filled silhouette style that you don’t see very often, placing a dapper bicycling fellow within his own silhouette. The distinctive hat is what makes it work for me, because I see it as a guy who buys a hat in hopes of becoming an eccentric as his choice of headwear. By choosing this unusual cap, he’s trying to be less ordinary. So the cap shows his dream existence, biking across a pristine landscape below a multi-mooned night sky. In a neat touch, even in the dream his hat is a bit special, decorated with a moon motif. There’s also something interesting about how much more real the dream looks than the silhouette, since it’s packed with specific detail compared to the smooth anonymity of the outer frame.

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

11 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #630: Cranberry Appreciation Week

Shirt.Woot keeps the conceptual possibilities wide open with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #630: Cranberry Appreciation Week

Cranberry sauce is great and all, but you know what else is great? Cranberry tees. Next week’s derby is exclusively Cranberry tees. The only rule is that your design must be on Cranberry! This means not only no Cream tees, but no… any other colors. Oh, and no Thanksgiving-themed tees. Ha!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.

10 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Coping with Stress and more new this week

Coping with Stress by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The poor decision-making in the illustration is at once hilarious and also sadly relatable, especially because of the sheer awkwardness of trying to drink out of a coffee pot pitched at that angle. You can just tell this is going to end poorly, only adding to the stress. I love the choice to make the protagonist a diner waitress because it accomplishes so much at once- it’s a notoriously stressful occupation, it creates the opportunity to incorporate that perfectly retro uniform, and it even gives some added context to the coffee pot. All that means that even though all we see is some wood grain behind her, every viewer is imagining a bustling diner just out of the frame. Good stuff!

Ramen and Cats by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is delightfully weird, in large part because of the open question of whether the cats are an ingredient in the ramen or just the consumers of it. Whatever the case may be, the cats seem very content with their fate as they slurp noodles and paw chopsticks. Their contentedness and glee is contagious, especially when paired with the design’s bright color palette. This is a design that quietly suggests that maybe you SHOULD play with your food, and it’s an appealing message.

Divide by Forrest D (ForrestMoon) won Threadless’s Asymmetry challenge, and it’s definitely a strong, memorable piece. The human face is what draws most of my attention, as its chiseled features literally look like they’ve been carved in stone, creating sharp edges and deep shadows. It’s a face that feels serious and solid, so seeing it explode into delicately rendered flowers makes quite a statement. It’s like seeing imagination, creativity, and freedom, especially because of how these blossoms also break through the rectangular frame. Apart from the excellent conceptual work, I also want to call attention to how much detail this design contains- little moments like the way each flower’s petals are captured and the skin has a subtle texture make this an illustration that feels rich and rewarding to look at over and over again.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

09 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Yay, Books! collection

Libraries and literature provided rich inspiration for Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Yay, Books! plus sale. Readers will probably enjoy paging through the whole collection, but here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: A Sucker for Words by Helgram gives a spectacled octopus the chance to do some light reading, creating some beautiful curves and textures with those tentacles.

Nicest Surprise: Unknown Pleasures by thatquietgir1 was a favorite of mine in voting, and I think its whale hunting adventure will look great on the printed shirt.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design The Write Stuff reimagines NASA for authors, while Choose Knowledge valorizes books as a weapon.

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

08 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Blanksgiving derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot artists explored the many facets of Thanksgiving with the Blanksgiving derby, so while there’s a lot of food and turkeys in the mix you can also find meditations on thankfulness and seasonal silliness. Here are two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Fowl Player by ApeLad lets a turkey have the same fun as the rest of us, with a retro arcade cabinet just for him. I love the detail of the word “Basted” on the screen!

Venn Pie-Agram by graffd02 collects Thanksgiving’s three most classic pies and calculates the one thing they have in common- we all want more! The pecan pie is especially well-illustrated.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

07 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater winners

Design By Humans has launched their All Over Ugly Christmas Sweaters collection and announced the winners, and overall it’s a very nice, diverse group of designs. Let’s take a closer look at the top two…

Merry Slothmas Pattern by ramarama took first place, and with its focus on the sloth it should definitely be a crowdpleaser. He’s a great character, all decked out in his own Christmas sweater and Santa cap, merrily drinking away the holiday. It’s appealing because the sloth’s laziness embodies how most people want to spend their winter- just having fun and lazing around with no responsibilities. I think the additions of the Christmas objects like bells, ornaments, and candy canes as confetti throughout the piece help reinforce the festive atmosphere, and the zig zag stripes help it to feel more like a traditional sweater than just a repeated illustration. That said, I think the design would have been even stronger still if some variation was introduced to the sloths (such as a slight position change, minor interaction between sloths, or a sweater color shift) to make each repetition feel more like a unique character and thus make the design stand up better to repeated and close viewings.

The X Mas by DiegoPedauye claimed second place, and is my personal favorite of the group. I love the quirky use of salmon for the collar and cuffs, which give the piece a really eccentric flair and help the color palette to stand out from other holiday designs. There’s a natural connection between our weird holiday traditions (flying sleigh, red-nosed reindeer, Santa’s speed, etc) and the strangeness of extra-terrestrials, particularly since the sleigh could pass as a UFO. So the concept of this piece feels really right, highlighting the oddness that already exists in the holiday. It also incorporates some excellent visual moments, prime among them the way the UFO beaming up a reindeer is represented. I love the way that moment disrupts the entire sweater pattern and serves as a massive focal point, with the shape of its beam recalling the jagged green trees behind it and a row of deer who seem to react to the plight of their captured brother. Very intelligently done. The sole weak link in the piece is the inclusion of the “The X Mas” text at the bottom- it’s unnecessary because the other elements make the theme’s point more strongly, and the text makes an X-Files connection that weakens the otherwise very broad appeal of the art by making it a specific parody (and at that, one that isn’t backed up with other show-specific design elements). Still super-wearable, just a slight wrong note in a piece that otherwise nears perfection.

Check out the whole All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater selection at Design By Humans.