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26 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Shadow Samurai

Shadow Samurai by VincentTrinidad gives us a glimpse of Batman as he might have looked in ancient Japan. It’s a good match, since the bat’s iconic suit is a modern form of armor, and his helmet in particular fits both styles well enough that it didn’t need any major changes to feel natural in this historical context. I like the way the typical red sun is instead a moon here, providing a backdrop for the flying bats who reiterate the design’s concept. What doesn’t quite work for me, though, is the use of the sword- it’s a lethal weapon, especially when swung with as much force as the character’s pose implies. I feel that a hero in this era who preferred non-lethal solutions, like Batman, might be better served with a wooden staff, and its inclusion wouldn’t otherwise change the design negatively. Still an awesome piece, though!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

25 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Hawkins and more new this week

Hawkins by Douglas Evangelista (douglasstencil) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a gorgeous design with its colorfully striped sunset sky and collection of lush, silhouetted trees. The kind of piece that is sufficiently good-looking as to appeal to even those who aren’t in the pop culture loop. Not that it’s likely to be a problem, given the immense popularity of Stranger Things. And I think this piece does capture some fundamental elements of the series, from the retro 80s setting to the element of nature and even a sense that those kids on bikes, though united in their friendship, are up against some tall odds in this big, wild world. While I think the design could be improved a bit with more reference to the monsters and the upside-down, it’s an excellent piece as-is.

Broken by Benji (Benjidojo) is certainly relatable. The egg’s posture and facial expression scream with disappointed apathy, perfectly capturing the feeling of a dramatic failure. His arms and legs splay like he’s making a snow angel, completely resigned to his new position on the floor and doing nothing to get back up. The shell is cracked into such small pieces, it does seem like it would be impossible to put back together. Well-made, and I like the way the brighter yellow of the yolk stands out on the yellow shirt.

Match Made in Hell by Cody Weiler (csweiler) gives a matchbook new context by placing a message and images of hell on the cover. It’s a clever twist, transforming an everyday item into something unusual and dangerous. There’s something energizing about the idea of holding in your hands something so powerful, especially since small flames are so common (candles, lighters, etc) that they’ve lost their mystique. This shirt is a reminder that even the smallest match has the potential to have a massive effect.

Catatonic by sebastian (sebasebi) is a design I previously enjoyed seeing in a Shirt.Woot derby, and I’m glad to see it printed here. The cat skull is a great focal point, with sharp fangs, surprised eyes, and a heart-shaped nose. But what makes this piece really special is the swirling of the snake. Its ribboning and coils are suggestive of the actual movement of the creature, with just enough scale texture hinted at to make it come alive. The flick of the tongue is a nice touch, kind of a loose, floppy counterpoint to the snake’s precision. All-in-all, a fun design that makes the most of both one ink color and street art style.

Comfort With Friend by Flostitanarum (Flostitanarum) has a dreamy ambiance, with unusual color choices and an arrangement of elements that makes more sense emotionally than literally. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bury their face in the fur of a tiger? This particular animal, with its chunky proportions, feels more like a pampered house cat than a wild predator. Even his green coloring feels mellow, with long, loose stripes that could be mistaken for stretch marks. Meanwhile, the human figure barely even looks conscious- their entire face is a blur that fades into distant stars and constellations. Is this what it would feel like to become one with the wild?

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

24 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Breakers collection

Although spring break this year is cancelled for most people, Shirt.Woot keeps the dream of bright, sunny vacations alive in their Editor’s Choice: Breakers plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: The gorgeous sunset colors of Wandering State of Mind by Patrickspens are sure to stand out your wardrobe.

Nicest Surprise: Sprinkle Break by walmazan was a voting favorite, capturing the pure joy of ice cream.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Postcard from Home is for when all that traveling starts to wear you down.

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

23 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Small design contest

Bigger isn’t always better, or at least that’s the theory behind Threadless‘s new Small design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Play with scale, get smart with size, and show dimension in designs that celebrate life’s little joys. Good things come in small packages, and even small armies are mighty. Make a statement with typography and design that champions the smallest sizes! Draft pint-sized designs that defy expectations and wow audiences. We believe tiny art can stand out. See the world from a different viewpoint, and create art inspired by size in this design challenge for the tall and small alike.

This contest opens to entries on March 27th, 2020 and ends on April 10th. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

21 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #754: Jokes On You

Why did the chicken cross the road? Probably to see the new Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #754: Jokes On You

You guessed it, this ones about jokes! Jokes on me, jokes on you…jokes told by Dads…pranks…humorous things…funny stuff…yeah you got it.

Coke (soda) parodies are off limits. No politics. No cream shirts – we still don’t sell that color. No dates, no April Fools references.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

20 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Great Outdoors derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s The Great Outdoors derby celebrates everything nature has to offer, with more than a few references to the current quarantine situation. So whether you can’t wait to go on a hike or you’re more than content to give nature a miss, there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Why Are There So Many? by Spiritgreen nails its concept with lovely rainbow colors and a pondering pond-dweller.

Couch Potato Club by dooomcat hates the outdoors so much it is staging a sit-in.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

19 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Urban Jungle and more new this week

Urban Jungle by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s one of those concepts that immediately captures the imagination by taking the everyday and making it fantastic. Who wouldn’t dream of seeing exotic creatures slumbering on the living room floor? Another fun aspect of the piece is the way it emphasizes the ways we bring the natural world into our homes, emphasizing the texture of the wood floor and highlighting the giant leaves of the houseplants. In a way, these zoo visitors are just the next step in a process we’ve already started.

Here Comes Trouble by 5 Eye Trouble by Maria Filar (mfilar) has a lot of retro charm with its loose, fluid looking text and faded back color palette. It’s exactly the kind of thing a savvy shopper would love to discover at a vintage clothing store, an item with the style of the past but a look that still feels fun and fresh today. The slight waver of the rainbow’s lines helps the art to appear handmade, though this illusion suffers a bit from the fact that every “e” in the design is identical in shape (and unfortunately, this is a phrase with a lot of e’s, making it hard to overlook). A choice that really works, though, was the decision to pile two clouds on top of each other- it puts the art off-balance in a way that feels authentically troublesome.

The Scream of Pain! by Raffiti (Raffiti) gives the famous painting new context by adding in another pop culture phenomenon, the Lego brick. Stepping on a Lego has a reputation for being one of the most painful things you can do, so it feels right that it would provoke this sort of legendary reaction. The artist also does a good job of using a style similar to the original, but simplified in a way that helps this piece to read more like a cartoon. The uneven pupils are especially effective.

Social Anxiety Secret Society by Aaron Thong (agrimony) has a slick lockup of text and imagery, using a classic X in the center and circular shape that resembles an official badge. It’s a timeless sort of look, and one that would be a good fit for just about any subject matter. What makes me like the design, though, is how the icons are put together. Each is rounded to look extra comfy and safe, with soft pastel colorings that further create a sense of ease and safety. It’s enough to make you want to curl right up in that green sofa with some tea, a cat, and a good book.

Open Your Mind by RJ Artworks (rjartworks) uses doodle style to convey its message, which keeps things light and silly despite the exposed brain. It also helps that the brains don’t look much like brains, grey in color and with a shape more reminiscent of a bowl of thick oatmeal than a human organ. Instead, the pink color is strictly for the text, which leaps out from the brain in giant letters as though it, too, was tucked underneath the skeleton’s fancy cap. Nice, uncomplicated humor.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.