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18 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Vintage Advertising collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Vintage Advertising plus sale collects all kinds of designs that take ordinary, modern, or pop culture references and give them an old-fashioned makeover. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Wibbly Wobbly Bowl channels Doctor Who in a fun way, making daleks into bowling pins and giving some of the series’s key phrases a new interpretation.

Nicest Surprise: Purr-fect Cleaning Service removed the corny text that marred its art in voting, and without it the design really sings with retro charm.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design World’s Finest Rare MacGuffins imagines a little shop that sells all the things characters in fiction are always chasing after.

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

17 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hey, Give Me Back My Video Game

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Hey, Give Me Back My Video Game by Rodisley Jose da Silva is a mashup that uses the unusual move of putting an avatar for the viewer right in the artwork. The idea of two characters from different video games battling it out is one most gamers are very familiar with because of games like Super Smash Bros, so the added angle of exploring how this would affect the gamer is a smart way to make the concept fresh and interesting. The poor guy is absolutely dwarfed by the looming giants of Donkey Kong and Kratos, whose barrel-smashing antics look poised to crush him completely. But being a true gamer, he’s not worried about his own well-being… he just wants the controllers back so he can get back to playing! It’s a funny, relatable sentiment and is executed beautifully with soft, lightning-filled backgrounds that establish a dramatic setting for the battle.

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

16 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Ugly Christmas Sweater design contest

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Threadless is preparing for the upcoming holidays with their Ugly Christmas Sweaters design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

You may remember our Ugly Sweater collection from last year. We want this year to be even UGLIER. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and make all the grandmas proud by stitching together an awesome ugly sweater design. Parody some pop culture, remix an old design of yours, show us how pugs celebrate, or turn something ordinary into something EXTRAORDINARY! Go crazy with your imagination, but make sure you keep it ugly and fashionable!

Enter before October 28th, 2016 for your chance to win. 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).

15 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #574: Snarky Slogans

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Attention, wordsmiths! Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby should be right up your alley…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #574: Snarky Slogans

People love wearing shirts that do their sarcasm for them nowadays. Make some designs that employ snarky and/or sarcastic slogans. Stuff like “I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar”… that’s been done already don’t use that one.  You can create images along with the text or just make a slogan by itself, whatevs.  No creme tees. No “Procrastination” themed tees we have sooo many of those already.  Original slogans only, no existing quotes or slogans that are already on shirts everywhere. Make your own.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.

14 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Lamonstre and more new this week

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Lamonstre by Derin Ciler (MEKAZOO) is a great parody of the Lacoste brand that works on a couple of levels. For starters, this design really nails the look of the Lacoste gator, from the colors to the specific shape of the scales and eyes. That strong similarity helps this Godzilla version to feel like the mutant version of the original, like it’s been zapped by radiation or something to become its current monster-y self. The other bit of brilliance is in the size gag- it’s just plain funny to see a monster that is usually the size of a skyscraper so tiny here, a mere blip. Really, it’s the perfect polo shirt logo parody.

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Fabulous by Missaire Julien (CORSAC) is, like the following four designs, from Threadless’s Hats challenge, so we’re seeing a lot of pieces that, while printed on shirts, aren’t necessarily intended for that canvas. But apart from informing the simplicity of this piece, that ancestry doesn’t in any way impact the appeal of the shirt. And for all its minimalism, there’s something pretty neat about it. The word Fabulous tends to be associated with the bigger than life, the extravagant, and the extreme, so it feels humorous and playful to see it applied to a simply made basic t-shirt. I also like the choice to make the blue stripe (probably the least fabulous color) the biggest and most prominent, which contributes to the sense of fun the design channels.

Royal by Steve The Great (mike bautista) is definitely a design that works better in hat form, where its rough crown makes perfect sense. But while the hat version is superior, the t-shirt remains surprisingly wearable. It has one minor advantage in this medium, which is that the roughness of the line is more evident at this larger size. The only problem is, with this level of simplicity and the generic subject matter, how many people are really going to want to pay full price?

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Third Eye by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) might be another piece most at home as a hat, but a couple of choices keep it surprisingly wearable as a shirt. One of these is the use of the circle of lines, which make the eyeball active and communicate the idea of being all-seeing. The other is the unusual color palette, which uses purple where most artists might have chosen black and colors the whites of the eye with a golden yellow. It sets up the narrative that this might not be a human eye, and the bizarre unblinking look of it makes it the kind of image that keeps pulling your interest.

Goat Skull by Deniart (Denilson) strikes me as the most t-shirt wearable of all the hat designs. A big part of that is because, while it reads well at a distance, it also packs more detail (and thus more visual interest) than the rest of the field. Also, it’s notable that in a group of flat images, this is the only one that feels dimensional- you can see shadows created by the curves of the horns, and the arrow is visibly behind the skull. That depth and motion makes this more interesting to look at and moves the eye around the piece. The subject matter is also general enough to reach a big audience (it feels a bit like a logo for a metal band) while specific enough to ignite some excitement (there aren’t that many shirts with cleanly drawn, bold ram’s skulls that aren’t also emblazoned with a bunch of text). Good stuff.

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).

13 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Halloween 2016 collection

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Shirt.Woot kicked off the autumn season with their Halloween 2016 plus sale, which is naturally stacked with all kinds of scary and seasonal fare. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Don’t Go In the Basement creates the ultimate creepy (and fun!) scene by giving cinema’s greatest baddies a cool place to hang out and make friends.

Nicest Surprise: What Scares Me Now is a smart switcheroo, filling a scary skull with more grown-up kinds of terror.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Unfun Size is for everyone who ever lamented the sad scarcity of King Size candy bars.

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

12 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Vintage Advertising voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Vintage Advertising derby specified that it was seeking ad styles from the 1960s or earlier, which allowed for a pretty wide range of looks (and an even wider range of themes). Of all the entries, though, here are two current underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

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Mordor Cola by doctortachyon definitely gets the details right with its cola bottle packaging.

Nap-o-matic by vomaria nails the retro style with smart font choices and excellent use of halftones.

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.