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21 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Weekenders design contest

Threadless‘s latest design contest is really going places! They know summer is prime travel time, so in the Weekenders design competition they’re asking artists to design the perfect travel tote bag. Here’s what they’re looking for…

What does the perfect travel bag look like to you? An all-over floral pattern, perhaps? A nautical theme to go with the beachy-keen rope handle style that takes it from overnight bag to beach bag? Maybe “So Long, Suckers!” in fancy hand lettering? Whatever gets you in vacation mode, our weekender bags make for the perfect canvas, and for this challenge we want you to create a design that’s worthy of a mini vacation scheduled in its honor.

This contest opens to entries on May 26th, 2017 and ends on June 9th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

20 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #605: Water You Waiting For?

Shirt.Woot might have beaches on the brain, because their latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #605: Water You Waiting For?

Now that it’s summer, we say it’s high tide we ran a derby about all the wet n’ wild ways to have some watery fun in the sun. If you’re not shore what we’re docking aboat, here are some pacific examples: Boating? Yep! Swimming? Of course! Playing in the sprinklers? You betcha. Taking a bath? Nope…weird. Floating down a river? Yes! Hanging out at the beach? Now you’ve got it! So whether they’re deep or shallow, submit your water-based designs and let the good times flow. No cats. No merpeople. And dolphinitely NO cream tees!

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.

19 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Duel of Titans

The Duel of Titans by Pedro Fernandes is definitely a design that puts awesomeness ahead of logic, and it’s a fun feeling. Seeing this giant shark and T-Rex locked in battle is such a powerful sight that it takes a minute before you start to question it and wonder where exactly this fight is taking place. On land the T-Rex has a clear advantage, but underwater it’s all about the shark… and where exactly are the meteors coming from? Maybe they’re in space. The details don’t matter, because whatever the case may be, it’s an intriguing matchup and something that’s neat to imagine. But while the battle itself is a success, I think some of the details aren’t at quite the same level. The title emphasizes the word The, which isn’t ideal- surely rephrasing that section as Duel of the Titans would allow for highlighting a more powerful word while also sounding more natural. And the Meteor Comics tag at the bottom left is a bit baffling, since none of the rest of the art feels like a comic book to me. I’d have much rather seen another meteor there.

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

18 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Take Your Time and more new this week

Take Your Time by Ewan Brock (benobrien) is my favorite print this week, largely because that clock character is just so charming. With his headphone-like alarm bells, floppy arms and crooked grin, he seems like the kind of relaxed, fun-loving character that is easy to relate to. Clocks are often symbols of stress, indicating that time is running out, so it feels good to see one used in a very different way here. The outdoorsy background feels fresh and bright, with leaves that give the sense of trees lurking just out of sight. There’s a cool moment in the way the unusual cloud shape mirrors the shape of the arms, serving to make the clock’s arms look even softer. And of course, the perfectly pleasant little smile of the sun sets an ideal tone for the piece, communicating a very gentle, welcoming spirit.

BITCHIN’ by Perry Beane (BeanePod) is a serious blast of 80s flavor. It’s impressive how many elements of that retro style have been incorporated here- the geometric shapes, script type with a gradient, animal pattern, California beach references, doodles, and even animal pattern. But while there’s so much going on, it absolutely works. Part of that is due to the fact that the 80s are so much about excess that you can get away with it, but a lot is also owed to the artist’s skill in arranging these elements. In particular, trapping the background in a tight circle is a choice that works really well, letting the white of the shirt to help balance out all the brilliant color.

Cats are Nice. by Joel Robinson (obinsun) makes a lot of understatement, with humorous results. There’s a really silly quality to the concept, because of course very few cat owners are so evenhanded in their assessment of their animals- they typically love not only their cat, but also cats in general, and the few exceptions tend to land far on the other side of the spectrum with tales about how their misbehaving feline is an actual demon. The human character’s uneven eyes point to her unreliability- the real question is whether she’s underselling her love of cats out of meekness, or lying about this cat’s merits because he’s right there and he’d hold a grudge (and that cat DOES seem to be frowning…). That’s a lot of potential layers for a relatively simple drawing, and I think that’s exactly what makes it interesting and wearable.

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).

17 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: The Mother Lode derby voting highlights

Since Shirt.Woot‘s The Mother Lode derby fell during Mother’s Day rather than safely before, holiday-specific designs were off the menu in this contest. But that turned out for the best, as artists stretched their wings and created tees wearable year round that celebrate the quirks of moms and motherhood. Here are two current underdog entries that I think could use some more attention…

Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around by thatrobert cleverly translates the classic parental rebuke into the language of road trips, the license plate.

All Seeing Mom by jrberger combines a traditional motherly superpower with a geek culture monument, perfect for nerdy moms.

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.

16 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Victory collection

Shirt.Woot is all about winning with their new Victory plus sale. Here’s a quick look at the designs this week that most won me over…

Best of the Bunch: Sprinkles are for Winners by fishbiscuit5 first caught my eye in voting, and I think it’s relatable approach to dessert should have strong appeal with buyers.

Nicest Surprise: Aim for the Stars by Rasabi tweaks a famous phrase to better suit Star Wars’ Stormtroopers.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Bowlers Strike First is a playful, retro take on the sport.

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

15 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Covoiturage

Covoiturage by Ludwick has a title that translates to Carpooling in English, and that’s exactly what we’re treated to in this illustration. It’s a fun, exaggerated take on the concept that goes to extremes, imagining the passengers with their heads blown up to Easter Island sizes, all packed into a thin convertible like sardines. I like the way each of the passengers is reacting differently to their plight, from the annoyed driver to the nervous balding man and even a weirdly excited spiky-haired fellow in back (who seems to be making a play for controlling the steering wheel). It captures pretty well how it feels to be stuck in a tight place with a big group, where everyone’s worse characteristics become amplified since there’s no way to avoid them. I think my favorite moment is the way the car tires are handled- by only showing the two tires nearest the viewer and tilting the body of the car, the artist is able to create a really uneven feel to the art, like the entire car is riding on two wheels and the weight of its passengers is threatening to tilt it even further to the side for an inevitable crash.

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