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14 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #587: Love

Shirt.Woot is planning ahead for February with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #587: Love

Because Valentine’s Day.  No cream tees. No Star Wars.

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.

13 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: SCIENCE! and more new this week

SCIENCE! by Stephen Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless design this week because of how well it parodies vintage educational illustrations. The kid is all optimism and buttoned-up awkwardness, and that pairs smartly with the bleak reality of what science can actual result in- the devastation of a nuclear bomb. The thick-lined gradients and tan color palette both work well to establish a retro vibe. The art even feels like a bit of a joke about how dangerous old science kits used to be, giving kids the tools to do some surprisingly destructive things. This would be the ultimate example of that trend, and I bet a lot of kids would love the chance to mess around with something so powerful. Science is fun!

Aquatic Rainbow by waynem (waynem) is a seriously beautiful piece, immediately grabbing the eye with its bright candy palette. The initial focal point is that central green turtle, both because of its position and because it’s the only green object in the mix. But that turtle’s form is very successful at leading the eye into the yellow fish surrounding it, and from there on to the orange, pink, and ultimately blue shapes. The diversity of the scene is a big part of what makes it so interesting, giving equal billing to starfish, whales, shellfish and more. They all slot together like a complex jigsaw puzzle, making the ocean seem like a thickly populated city of creatures. The coloring is done in a really interesting way as well, allowing the details of each character to be from other color groups than the main body (such as orange fins on a blue fish). It’s a move that helps make the animals feel more individual, and a light texture applied to the art contributes to that as well. One aspect I like about the color choices is the way there’s a hard line between the blue tones and yellow tones, with the green turtle crossing between them. To me, this creates the feeling of a turtle climbing out of the water and onto a warm, sandy beach. Very well done!

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).

12 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Poetry Illustrated collection

From slogans, quotes and word art to poem-inspired art, Shirt.Woot’s Poetry Illustrated plus sale has something to offer for just about everyone. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Beware the Jabberwock‘s clawed hand and scaly tail perfectly hint at the mysterious monster lurking behind the sign.

Nicest Surprise: I never thought I’d see a limerick in license plate form, but There Once Was a Man From Nantucket? makes it feel both natural and hilarious.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design The Road Less Traveled uses a decorative font (and the absence to decoration) to illustrate a famous Frost poem.

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

11 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Math derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Math derby isn’t just for number crunchers, there’s also a substantial array of designs aimed at the math challenged and anyone who enjoys a good pun. But of all the entries, here are two current underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Pie-thagorean Theorem by ApeLad is the nerdy pizza triangle shirt you never knew you needed. Love that beard!

Raider of the Golden Ratio by paxdomino mixes math with archeology and gets the gritty, glow-y look of that Indiana Jones scene just right.

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.

10 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Emoji design contest

Threadless‘s new Emoji design contest is taking icons from the smartphone to t-shirts and more! Here’s what they’re looking for…

You gotta love emojis, a.k.a the hieroglyphs of modern times. But we’re not trying to reinvent them – much like the wheel, emojis are precious. Instead, we want you to come up with brand new, original, never-before-seen emojis to put on everything from pillows to tees for our “Emoji” challenge! Create just one new emoji or a whole keyboard of new ones, design the one you always wish existed but doesn’t, tell a visual story made solely out of brand new emojis; the is yours!

Enter before January 23rd, 2017 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).

09 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s I Want Your Voice

I Want Your Voice by Raffiti is a genius spin on the show The Voice, imagining The Little Mermaid’s Ursula as the ultimate judge/coach. It’s a design that I think has humor on a few levels. Most obviously, Ursula’s words can be taken literally- she really intends to take a voice. But there’s also a neat visual gag in the way the podium almost makes Ursula look human by obscuring her octopus lower half. And finally, it’s even possible to read in a bit of social commentary, because the design could be pointing out the often predatory way these reality shows work, sometimes trapping participants in onerous contracts. It’s a very well-done joke, and even Ursula’s pose (with that grasping, outstretched hand) and big, greedy eyes work to support the villainous vibe.

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).

08 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Last Cat

The Last Cat by Diego Gurgell is an appealing mix of two popular themes, cats and the apocalypse. It’s a combo that works because we’re accustomed to the idea of scrappy stray cats, and this guy is the ultimate lone wanderer. Like a lot of strays, he’s a bit worse for the wear (sporting an eyepatch, missing leg, and collection of bandages), but he also seems very well-equipped for future surviving, with his camping pack, food supply of caught mice, and even a weapon. The way the gun is depicted is my favorite choice in this piece, because by only showing the outline and letting the rifle fade into the white of the shirt, it’s made a minor detail in the art instead of a focal point. That allows the character of the cat to really shine, and it also helps him to seem more prepared than violent. I think a clearer, more well-defined gun would have destroyed the charm of this by making him into a killer instead of a survivalist. An unexpected way to make the distinction, but brilliantly done.

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