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26 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Colors Eater

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Colors Eater by Mainial breathes new life into the PacMan parody genre by making the design not about Pac’s shape, but about what he is and what’s inside him. It’s a TV test pattern, which puts a new spin on all the ghosts, fruit, and dots he’s been gobbling up. Suddenly this familiar character starts to feel a lot like a glitch in the system, a strange bug the consumes and corrupts everything it comes into contact with. He’s not a savior in his endless eating, he’s the villain of the piece. It’s also neat to see an old-fashioned test pattern (does anyone even still use these) in the context of an early arcade game, since both seem like relics from another era of media. Fun stuff!

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

25 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #436: Olive Tees

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Shirt.Woot is open to all kinds of inspiration for their latest derby…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #436: Olive Tees

Subject matter is open. No créme tees (haha or red or blue or gray…)

This derby begins on Monday at noon and continues through 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.

Meanwhile, Woot’s Northwest States derby is finishing up, open to voting and new entries until Monday at noon. Here are two entries that stand out:

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It’s Sometimes Sunny in Seattle by mecos is understated but memorable, capturing the feeling of a cold, grey day.

Alaskat by calibers76 is my favorite of the artist’s cat-themed state entries. There’s something really neat about the way Alaska’s shape suits the cat (tail and all), and I like that the fish recalls a major Alaskan industry.

The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


24 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Enjoy San Fransokyo and more new this week

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Enjoy San Fransokyo by John (Von Triet) Hoa Nguyen (MrRtist21) is my favorite of Threadless’s new Big Hero 6 shirts. What I love about this one is that it does so much- each of the movie’s young characters is highlighted, Baymax is flying in the sky, and the movie’s location is a major focus, really bringing to life the world of the film. There’s a great sense of teamwork and adventure conveyed, to the point where you want to jump right into the scene and join in on the fun. In other words, exactly what a travel poster should do, so it’s very true to its style inspiration. That said, I’m a little bummed by the strong rectangular shape of the artwork- very poster-y, yes, but not quite right for a t-shirt that is going to be worn. I’d have preferred to see a solution that used the same shirt color as the design’s yellow background area.

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The 6 Heroes Flow! by Missaire Julien (24julien) stood out to me because, unlike the bulk of designs focusing on Baymax, this one gave equal billing to the movie’s other characters. It organizes them into a rough rainbow of paint drippings according to their uniform colors, which feels like a nice visual shorthand for the way each member brings something different to the team but together they create something beautiful.

Big Manga 6 by Tiago Lopes da Conceicao (ellocoart) first struck me as an expansion of the movie’s universe into comic book style, but knowing that a Big Hero 6 manga actually exists makes this design somewhat less exciting than it first seemed. Still, it’s cool to see these characters having another adventure, and I like the idea of taking such a colorful film and breaking it down into black and white. It lets you enjoy the shapes and forms in a purer way. There’s also some smart panel design, keeping the action moving with elements that pop free of the panel’s constraints.

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Baymax Soars by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) uses that always popular t-shirt technique of containing a scene in a familiar silhouette, this time Baymax’s trademark chubby shape. Since his size is so imposing, it’s a choice that makes a ton of sense. His tiny legs hold a cityscape, most notably the San Fransokyo bridge. And from that, Baymax flies out in his red wingsuit, trailing a big 6 shape of white smoke behind him. The shape’s swirls also call to mind his crazy, careening way of flying, so it adds some character and harmless mayhem to the otherwise crisp and clean look. Good stuff!

HERO by Ricardo Sanchez (turdus) was actually the first design in this Big Hero 6 collection to catch my eye, since seeing Baymax break free of this circle is such a dynamic image. It’s a very well-done effect, right down to the way white smoke coming from his boots cuts such a sleek path through the bottom of the circle. Really, the only thing holding this design back is the background- while that circular shape is perfect, those colored hills inside it are just not very interesting, or even very recognizable in terms of the movie. I’d have preferred a simple nod to the film’s cityscape.

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).

23 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Astrology contest

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Your Threadless horoscope for today predicts that there’s an Astrology contest in your future! Here’s what they’re looking for:

Do you live by your daily horoscope? Determine your events by the position of the sun and moon? Seek new friends based on their zodiac sign compatibility? Then you are a lover of astrology, and now’s your chance to channel that mystical energy into a t-shirt design.

Whether you’re an adventurous Sagittarius, a razor-sharp Virgo, or a sociable Gemini, allow your unique birth sign to inspire artistic astrological greatness. When your planets are positioned to maximize creativity, harness that celestial power to determine your design’s destiny.

Enter before May 12th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift card. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

22 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #435: Northwest States

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It’s back to US states for Woot’s upcoming derby…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #435: Northwest States

For the purpose of this derby Northwest states include: Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and Alaska.

No creme tees.

This derby begins on Thursday at noon and continues until Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

The current derby, Derby #434: Dinosaurs, still has a little juice in it and will remain open to both voting and new entries until Thursday at noon. Here are a couple of the current entries that impressed me more than their vote totals so far reflect:

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Prehistoric Fast Food by krirsen28 is hilarious, and any one of these dinosaurs would be a fun shirt design all on their own. Together, they’re unstoppable!

Elasmosaurus Infinite by barmalisirtb is smoothly sophisticated, a rare feat for a dinosaur shirt. Seeing something so ancient in the infinity symbol feels like a reminder of how long they existed, tinged with some hope that through science they might return in some form or other.

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.


21 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Non-Electronic Gaming & Midwest tees

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Board games and the central states get their moment in the sun in Shirt.Woot’s Non-Electronic Gaming & Midwest Tees collection. Here’s a quick look at the best in each category:

Best of the Midwest: The Good Morning State correctly identifies that the best thing Ohio has going for it is its name.

Best of the Non-Electronic Gaming: Impostor I’m the King combines Chess and Checkers, with hilarious results!

Shirts I am Most Biased About: My designs Try the Deep Dish and Minnesota Nice made the Midwest collection.

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

20 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Leveza

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Leveza by Rodisley Jose da Silva uses a really unique style, giving the appearance that the whiffs of smoke coming from the character’s torch have encircled the man and his elephant, hinting at their physicality with swirling, decorative lines. It’s almost like looking at a freeform maze or a fingerprint, and the variations in spacing between lines and in their angles keep the eye moving and exploring throughout the piece. Even the background gets into the act, a black mass that is barely visible against the dark grey of the shirt, its circle cut through with more thin, sweeping lines. Except unlike the foreground, these lines ooze free of the circle and transform into birds. Great motion, and tons of beautiful moments in how the lines interact.

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