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15 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Affirmations collection

Inspiring slogans (whether serious or humorous) filled the ranks of Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Affirmations plus sale. Cute animals, pop culture, and, uh, death for some reason were especially popular topics. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Follow It by Anna-Maria Jung adds extra silliness with the heart’s little travel sack.

Nicest Surprise: Encourage Mint by Transformingegg keeps things simple in concept, but adds lots of leafy detail to elevate the idea.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Space Penguin imagines the dream of flight could take a penguin beyond the planet itself.

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

14 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s SUE the T. Rex design contest

Make something dino-mite for Threadless‘s new SUE the T. Rex design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

I, SUE the T. rex, need—nay—demand your help designing my next round of exclusive MURDERBIRD merchandis

Lend your long mammalian forelimbs and create my fierce likeness, or any other SUE-adjacent traits: my palatial home (the Field Museum), my favorite food (ham), my sassy wit (see @SUEtheTrex). Your imagination is the limit.

I’ll select four (4) T. rex-ellent designs to make and sell from my Threadless shop. Submit your SUE by July 9!

Enter before July 9th, 2021 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $450 cash and a behind the scenes tour of the Field Museum in Chicago. One 2nd Place winner will get $350 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. One 3rd Place winner will receive $250 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. One 4th Place winner will get $150 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

12 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #818: All Mashed Up

Prepare to pulverize some pop culture, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #818: All Mashed Up

It’s time for some mashups! They can be style-swaps, crossovers, label parodies, whatever your heart desires as long as its mashing-up at least two different things.

No politics, no cream shirts, no Covid/masks; Vaccine allowed.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry (yes, you can still submit multiple designs to the Derby, just sub them separate).

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.

11 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s NSFW derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot acknowledged that in today’s increasingly work-from-home environment, the term NSFW is now more nebulous than ever- it could mean a lot of different things to people in different forms of work. So it should come as no surprise that artists took a broad brush to the derby theme, tackling everything from obscenity and insults to general advice. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Slippery When Wet by jpwkrw156 makes an ordinary hazard sign much, much scarier.

Pspsps by 14Eight turns a common pet luring noise into a pun I’ve never seen done before, very clever!

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.

10 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Second Breakfast Friends

Second Breakfast Friends by Fanfabio is one of many designs that uses the famous image of the Friends cast sharing milkshakes to demonstrate friendship between another group. What makes this design stand apart from the pack is the way it gives the meal itself extra billing, a brilliant move that makes the shirt not just about hobbits, but also about the extremely appealing custom of multiple extra meals that they get to live out. So even if you’re only a casual fan of this fantasy series, I wouldn’t be surprised if the sheer bounty and deliciousness of the lifestyle being shown still made this a pretty enticing shirt. And of course, the hobbits are very endearingly drawn as well, with touselled hair and round features that give them mischievous, rascally personalities.

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).

09 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Apple Affirmation

Apple Affirmation by obinsun is delightfully retro. I love the big, chunky elements of the apple and how well they pair with the thick type. The characterization of the apple is unusual, but also charming. His too-big pupils flood his eyes, dwarfing his small nose and mouth. The effect is to make him seem more cautious than just cheerful, as though things could go very wrong at any moment. The massive thumbs up balances a bite mark on the apple’s other side, another moment of positive and negative reaching a tentative balance. Even the sparkly stars aren’t quite even, just slightly out of symmetry. It’s awkward, and unmistakably vintage- like a memory that isn’t quite as sunny now as it seemed when it first occurred.

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.

08 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Board Games and RPGs collection

Roll the dice on a new shirt with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Board Games and RPGs plus sale. From pop culture and puns to crests and social commentary, there’s something for every type of gamer. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Level Up! by Patrickspens is an unconventional birthday shirt that gamers will get a kick out of.

Nicest Surprise: Party Killer by 14Eight first impressed me in voting with its slick lockup of elements.

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