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10 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Mischievous Shirts collection

Shirt.Woot was playfully bad in their Derby Editor’s Choice: Mischievous Shirts plus sale, with designs that misbehaved in all kinds of funny ways. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Mischief and Blues by kg07 is a clean and well-designed take on the chaos of the Blues Brothers.

Nicest Surprise: Let’s Play D&D by jimiyo was a favorite of mine in voting for its mix of dark, realistic illustration and upbeat, playful text.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Prank Zone uses the triangular shape of a caution sign to warn of everyday mischief like a discarded banana peel.

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

09 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Tsar Raws derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Tsar Raws derby was really all about Star Wars, and artists had fun playing with all aspects of the series’s lore from porgs to the battle between light and dark. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Breakfast Falcon by jrberger is a fun take on the unique shape of the Millennium Falcon, using smoothly vectored breakfast foods to create a soft and delicious-looking space ship.

Chewy and Friends by dinomike sure is cute, and I especially like Chewy’s slightly pained expression- you know he’s wishing he had a snack right about now!

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

08 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Time design contest

From the past, to the present, and even the future, Threadless‘s new Time design challenge potentially covers a lot of ground! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Our ancestors found time written in the sun, moon, and stars, but what is time? Is it merely the ticking of a clock, or being “fashionably late?” We see it on our wrists and our calendars. Perhaps time is an arrow, a line moving in one infinite direction, where the future is in the next word you read. To Einstein time is tenseless: the “fourth dimension,” where time is a wheel, and tomorrow and yesterday are no less real than today… Wait; what?! Relativity is heavy.

We want to see your interpretation of time. Is it a social construct created to keep things in order or an endless expanse of space encompassing all dimensions? No matter how you see it, the time is ripe to show us how you can stitch it together. The guidelines are wide open and straightforward: take us on a journey through your observation of time with a design that is ahead of our time!

This contest opens to entries on April 12th and ends on April 26th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

06 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #703: Totally 90s, Dude!

Hope you’re feeling retro, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is a blast from the past…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #703: Totally 90s, Dude!

We’re going hella 90’s this week in a throwback to the decade that gave us the world wide web, Nintendo 64, text messages & tickle me Elmo’s!

Anything 90’s is fair game, but the design must show either something invented in the 90’s or something popular during the decade. It can be music, pop culture, an event, a thing or a phrase! Politics or events related to political figures are off limits. Also cream tees are. Any questions?

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

05 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Fluent Sarcasm

Fluent Sarcasm by BlancaVidal is a great pairing of character and slogan, starring a cat who certainly looks much too smart and smug for its own good. The high positioning of its mouth and raised eyebrow create an imperious look, but also one that is fairly relatable because it conveys the feeling of having landed a really good joke (complete with jolly rosy cheeks). The book and papers help to imply that the humor is highbrow, making this a shirt for smart alecs rather than the easily amused. I also like the way the shading is handled, with soft shadows that give the cat dimension while sharp highlights at the edges keep the form tight and cartoony.

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).

04 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Pacts Are Forever and more new this week

Pacts Are Forever by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it plays with the concept of a pact with the devil, transforming it from black magic to instead being a friends forever vow with a playful goat-like pal. This devilish fellow looks almost bashful or shy as he ways at the viewer, surely too gentle a creature to condemn anyone to an eternity of suffering. Mixing two languages in the art is a neat choice here because it introduces the idea of the demon’s intentions as being lost in translation- maybe he was a friend all along. It’s a solid, fun piece that works because it gives an answer to the question of why anyone would make a pact with the devil, and does so in funny, memorable fashion.

Pizza Nightmare by angdzu (angdzu) makes pizza the star of the famous Scream painting… and it’s a pineapple that’s causing all the drama! Since the flavor combination is fairly unpopular with the general public, there’s something comforting about thinking that the pizza itself fully agrees with that consensus. The way the pineapple is drawn magnifies his menacing qualities, with a wide stance that feels very aggressive and a wild pattern of strokes within his skin that communicates both roughness and chaos. The background of the melty cheese and pepperoni waterfall might be the design’s best moment, though, for how quickly it conveys that this is a world of sentient pizza.

I Will Always Be Your Baby by Ed Duran (edwinduran) is the creepiest shirt I’ve seen in ages, and I mean that as a compliment. In just one small doll’s head this shirt captures so much of what is strange and disturbing about dolls- they’re these weird, plastic replicas of vulnerable humans, which are given to really tiny people and then inevitably neglected, ignored or clumsily disfigured. The droopy eye and plastic hair say it all- this is a symbol of innocence and caring that, through its current condition, starts to imply the opposite. The text is both saccharine and full of menace, the abandoned toy that will always return (and just might treat you the way it has been treated).

JOWLS by Steve Wilson (SteveOramA) is a brilliant twist on the classic Jaws poster, replacing the shark’s sharp mouth with a bulldog’s sagging one for a very different feel. With an underbite and a drooling red tongue hanging out of his mouth, this dog is cute and a bit silly rather than being an aquatic predator. But with a traditional bone-shaped snack hanging above his nose (where the swimmer was in the original poster), something will get a big bite taken out of it just the same. Plus, jowls/jaws is a great pun (especially since that’s about as clumsily as a mouth like this would pronounce it).

Night Crow by Deniart (Deniart) is an absolutely gorgeous bit of illustration, the kind with very wide appeal. With imagery of a bird, a branch, an arrow, a key and the moon, it could mean any number of things or nothing at all, but what’s important is that every inch of it is interesting to look at and suggests story. What excites me about the design most, though, is the way it exploits the black box it uses as a background. By constantly piercing the sides with its elements, the artist creates the feeling that this scene is three dimensional and active. The moon’s careful grazing of the corner and the watery waves that disintegrate the box at the bottom keep it from seeming unnatural. It all combines to make the print feel bigger than it really is, and to keep the eye moving rather than static on just the form of the bird.

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.

03 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Mashup Challenge collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Mashup Challenge plus sale delivers animal versions of major movies, TV shows and more. In keeping with Woot history, cats are especially well represented, but dogs, insects, and even imaginary creatures are also in the mix. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Raiders of the Yarn Ball by gonenlisalih makes yarn a cat’s treasure, and the cat’s sweet expression helps sell the concept.

Nicest Surprise: Amity Island by BlairJCampbell adds some innovation to the Jurassic Park logo parody genre with a Jaws-style bite out of the framing.

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