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14 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Chaos Returns design contest

Embrace your inner turmoil with Threadless‘s new Chaos Returns design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Feeling stressed by the need to remain in control, neat and tidy, buttoned up? It’s not enough to have your sh*t together. These days you’ve got to hustle to stay on top—and look good doing it. Are you holding down a job, raising a family, and paying off debt all while keeping those pores glowing? Time to let loose; entropy for you and me!

As we descend into disarray, deliver your best designs spun out of sheer madness. This chaotic design challenge can’t be won by the orderly—we want nothing less than pure pandemonium. Try your hand with topsy-turvy typography or draft designs inspired by any modern free-for-all (commuting on a packed train, waiting in line with groceries on a weeknight, the randomness of molecules colliding). The hubbub’s growing and won’t be ignored in this disorderly maelstrom of a challenge. Throw up your hands (but keep down your lunch) and let chaos take control!

This contest opens to entries on October 18th and ends on November 1st, 2019. 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).

12 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #731: Teenage Dirtbag

Relive your youth with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #731: Teenage Dirtbag

It’s throwback Thursday! This week’s theme is nostalgic pop culture. Music, tv, movies or games popular in your teen years! Just remember parody is your friend to avoid IP infringements.

No politics, no cream shirts, no trademark, copyright or IP infringements!

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.

11 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity by GammaRay is the kind of design that captures the imagination. By bringing the skateboard into space, it opens up a world of possibilities of insane tricks that couldn’t happen in any other environment. I also like the way the art emphasizes speed, so opposite to the usual depictions of outer space as slow-moving and vast. Filling the skateboard, speed lines, and faceplate with a busy patch of stars is a fun way of playing with foreground and background, making these sections fall into both categories and creating an interesting surreal effect. The use of red on the wheels is a good move, separating the board from the rest of the astronaut’s body and making it read as an individual object. Good stuff!

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).

10 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: AWWS and more new this week

AWWS by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It delivers on its title in a big way by packing in cuteness with huge eyes, blushing cheeks and big smiles on both the shark and soon-t0-be-eaten swimmer. The shark’s teeth have even been made extra-tiny, almost like baby teeth, in a way that emphasizes the grin and underplays the carnage he might cause. There’s something quite nice about the way the negative space between the WWs creates a triangle, drawing more attention to the swimmer and mirroring the shape of the shark’s pointed head. A perfect design for a day at the beach, though it’s a bit too bad that it’s been printed just after summer ended.

Owls and Wizardry by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad) keeps the spirit of Harry Potter alive with some well-illustrated symmetry. Incorporating so many references to locations, events, and symbols from the series makes the design a real treat for fans, and the kind of piece that reveals a new secret every time you look at it. I especially love the emphasis put on the owl’s eyes, which stand out due to their pop of yellow color and the way the triangle below points in their direction. Those eyes make the owl have a wise, somewhat protective feel, especially when paired with Harry’s round glasses. Good stuff.

Big Foot, Big Heart by Hana Berggren (hanaberggren) won Threadless’s Cryptozoology contest, and it’s a fun pick. I love how unique this take on Bigfoot feels, walking so awkwardly with his thin, swinging arms, sassy posture and bright, thickly-lashed eyes. Instead of feeling like a very hairy human or a large ape, there’s something delightfully alien about this take. The background of roughly sketched trees is another highlight, and my favorite bit is the way the thin branches of the pine tree in front of a large green circle mimic the look of a leaf’s veins.

Kindness is not Weakness by Katie Campbell (campkatie) is a simple but very well-done slogan piece. The font choice is excellent, but what really makes the design sing is the attention to detail. There are some lovely interactions between the letters, like the way Kindness’s second N nests its descender above the O and T of Not, the careful overlap of the W, and the way the pairs of SS alternately rise or fall from the baseline to reflect their position in the phrase. Very appealing, and a sentiment the world could use more of.

Bat Country by Caveman_dg (Caveman_dg) takes its inspiration from Hunter S. Thompson. While the image of a face being ripped off a skull is probably too gross for some, especially due to the realism of the author’s face, fans of his writing will probably appreciate the boundary pushing and implied drug use. It’s not my cup of tea personally, but I do really enjoy the loose, aggressive feel of the type being used. It feels very rock and roll, scrawled, and eccentric.

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.

09 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

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

In October, all the best shirts are spooky shirts, and that definitely applies to Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Halloween plus sale. So if you like ghosts, monsters, skeletons, or other creepy creatures, you are very much in luck with these tees. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: The Monsters by Steven Lefcourt channels vintage horror poster style with charm and accuracy.

Nicest Surprise: Haunted Pixels by Jrberger first impressed me in voting with its 8-bit portraits of classic horror villains.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Slothoween is for when you’d rather nap than trick or treat, while Trick or Treat Athletic offers a pair of designs that have you covered whether you’re in a trick or a treat sort of mood.

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

08 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Whatever derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Whatever derby was all about apathy and laziness, always popular subjects for shirt designs. Text designs and animals sleeping did especially well in voting. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

A Life Well Spent by yazmoq impressed me with its attention to detail- each window represents a new season, right down to the wildlife.

X-Meh by Wheels03 makes a simple shrug even more dramatic with Wolverine’s trademark adamantium claws.

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.

07 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fear design contest

October is the spookiest season, and Threadless is ready for it with their Fear design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The clock chimes midnight as a howl erupts in the distance. Did you see that shadow darting just beyond the streetlight’s fluorescence? Beads of sweat start dripping down your spine and your mouth goes dry. A fog creeps up from the gutters. The alley darkens. Your heartbeat echoes in the night’s stillness. That’s fear at its finest.

This design challenge is not for the faint of heart. We want your most bone-chilling designs that illicit deep, dark feelings of fear. Give us tingling, squirming, palpitating scenes of unending terror. If your anxiety is already awakened by this edict, get ready for a concerning, panic-inducing challenge. Tap into a truly primal emotion by creating terrifying designs that stir our fight-or-flight instincts. It’s just you, your pen, sketchbook, and heartbeat. What’s there to be afraid of?

This contest opens to entries on October 11th and ends on October 25th 2019. 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).