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22 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Payback & Red tees collections

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Revenge and money played a big role in Shirt.Woot’s Payback Tees plus sale. Here are some designs that are definitely worth paying for…

Best of the Bunch: The Giving Tree spreads the wealth in The Money Tree, making its giving spirit feel even more impressive.

Nicest Surprise: Revenge gets put into a new, hilarious context in the minimal but brilliant reVENNge.

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

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Meanwhile, a color spotlight challenge led to this robust Red Tees plus sale, collecting shirts that are either red or prominently use red ink. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Instant Oodles is a stylish piece that aims squarely at that intersection of Doctor Who fans and people who eat a bunch of ramen.

Nicest Surprise: Week Sleep puts a common phrase on its head by reinterpreting it for lazy people.

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

21 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Home: Blankets & Duvets design contest

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Threadless‘s home goods design competitions continue with the Home: Blankets & Duvets design contest. I’m excited to see what artists dream up for this one! Here’s what Threadless is looking for:

This is the second challenge in our Threadhome series, and we’re so excited to snuggle up with our favorite designs. So excited, we want more of them! Think of your dream bed or couch. What designs would be awesome on a blanket for your couch? On a duvet cover for your bed — or guest bed? Submit designs that will inspire, calm, or be a conversation piece for the room. Patterns, photos, bold graphics, single images, funny, beautiful…we can’t wait to see what you come up with. We’re sitting on the edges of our couches and beds in anticipation.

Enter before May 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

20 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #539: Animals and Spring Sport

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It’s getting warmer outside, so Shirt.Woot is thinking of outdoor creatures and activities with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #539: Animals and Spring Sport

It’s Baseball, and soccer, and what else is in the spring… frisbee, golf, tetherball – do people really play that? No cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


And of course the great outdoors also provided a lot of inspiration for the current The Pageantry of Nature derby. Here are two current underdog entries that I’m just wild about:

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Inevitable by Randyotter hits just the right note with its creepy-cute character faces and small surprise of a punchline.

Teamwork by gonenlisalih has a very sweet spirit about it, with all of nature teaming up to help and support each other.

This derby continues through 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.

19 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Heavy Metal magazine cover contest

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Threadless is breaking free from their t-shirt roots with the Heavy Metal magazine cover design contest. As Threadless notes, this is a pretty huge opportunity because the cover has previously featured famed artists like “Moebius, Frank Miller, H.R. Giger, Bernie Wrightson, Richard Corben, Julie Bell, Aaron Horkey, Mike Mitchell, Jack Kirby, [and] Ron English.” Here’s what they’re looking for:

Since 1977, Heavy Metal magazine has been home to the weirdest, wildest, wonderfulest, WTFest illustrations you’ve ever seen. And Threadless is home to some of the most weirdly wonderful artists in the world.

Travel to the darkest, most fantastical corners of your imagination. Create a design that will fit perfectly into the legendary history of Heavy Metal while making us exclaim, “How did they think of that?” Test your creative limits, but stay within the confines of the magazine’s cover using this submission kit. The final cover will include the official Heavy Metal logo, so feel free to incorporate it into your design submission.

Enter before May 4th, 2016 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will be featured on the cover of Heavy Metal, with the artist earning $2000 cash, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, a 10 year subscription to Heavy Metal, and a full set of Lord of Light collection prints. Two Runners-Up will get $750 cash, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, and a 3 year subscription to Heavy Metal.

18 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Homestuck design contest

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To celebrate 7 years of the famed webcomic, WeLoveFine is embarking on their third Homestuck design contest. They’re specifically noting that they’d like to see stylized art and are planning to print some designs on canvases other than t-shirts, so I think we can expect some cool entries this time around.

Enter before May 13th, 2016 for your chance to win. One Andrew Hussie Judge Pick will earn something special signed by Andrew Hussie, their design on a category of their choice, and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. One What Pumpkin? Judge Pick will receive their design on a category of their choice and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. Three Top T-shirt winners will each get their design on a shirt and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. Up to three Top Messenger Bag winner will each earn their design on a messenger bag and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. Up to three Top Mousepad winners will each receive their design on a mousepad and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. Up to three Top Collectible winners will each get their design on an art print and a grab bag of Homestuck merchandise. Additionally, all winners will receive a commission on all sales of their design at Welovefine.com.

17 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Synchronize and more new this week

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Synchronize by Evan Luza (Evan_Luza) is my favorite print at Threadless this week, a quirky geometric piece that hints at science fictional elements. Overlapping circles with dashed lines form a background, reminding me of an atom. On top of that backdrop, the scene only becomes more intriguing with a strange sphere at the center, kind of a sand duned Saturn with a peachy ring smuggling a pair of moons and three sharp peaks that imply rockets escaping from the surface. There’s a lot to look at, and soft textures keep the eye moving from one piece to the next.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese by Arkady (Arkzai) is a heck of a nice slogan, and given how many people are fanatical about cheeses I think it’s safe to say the shirt will be a big hit with customers. I’m a little split on the execution, though. While I love the background of stars (and the way it reinforces the dream idea), I feel like the text is a bit of a let down. Made of Cheese does well to imitate the pepperoni (with a smart highlight to pull it forward visually), but “are” is almost hidden it’s so small in the crust and Sweet Dreams is just ordinary text that doesn’t play with either the style of the pizza illustration or the stars behind it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good shirt, but I really feel that a bit more thought and planning could have made it a great one.

Control Dots by Florent Bodart (speakerine) uses common media player icons to create a surprisingly sophisticated pattern. Because of the size of the icons and their spacing, the effect is similar to that of polka dots- but more interesting because the differing shapes of the icons makes your eyes hop around to take it all in. Plus, since watching or listening to media is so universal, this is a design with very wide appeal (both on shirts and on the other canvases offered, like pillows).

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Coffee Shop Neon Sign by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) provides a nice kick of absurdity, imagining a very misleading neon message. It’s also a play on the uneasy trust you’re forced to place in a seedy diner or restaurant- once you’re in the door, you kind of have to assume that what you’re being handed is what they claim it is, no matter how many signs to the contrary might be in evidence. Kind of a low-key, every day sort of horror, really. So it’s a very relatable joke, made even stronger because of how spot-on the execution is. Those glowing gradients are so real you can almost hear the hum of the neon lights.

Once Golden by joseph (hisartwork) is a fun new approach to the golden ratio, filling each shape with a simple pattern. The biggest shape is also the most intriguing, appearing to contain a QR code. That inclusion gives the entire piece something of a modern, tech-y feel, while the slightly blurred print and roughly gradated colors balance it with some retro charm. The result is a design packed with motion, that leads your vision ever deeper in the ratio’s curve, but that feels strangely timeless (or maybe out of time). Very interesting work, and a unique way of approaching a very common symbol.

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).

16 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #538: The Pageantry of Nature

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Shirt.Woot is going back to nature with their latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #538: The Pageantry of Nature

Earth Day is almost here, so let’s do some beautiful nature-inspired tees THAT DON’T ACTUALLY MENTION EARTH DAY. As was the case with the non-tax day Tax Day shirts last week, a mention of Earth Day dates the shirt and makes it marketable like once a year. But the beauty of a rock lives on for millennia. No cream tees again!!!

This derby begins Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Meanwhile, there’s still a little time left in The Smallest of Things derby. There’s a lot to choose from this week, but these are two underdog entries that captured my attention:

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Hostbusters by thatrobert is like Ghostbusters as seen through the eyes of a hypochondriac! The transparency is a great touch.

The Madness by nomadslim does something you don’t see a lot of on text shirts- it actually escalates emotionally as the phrase goes on. I love how unhinged the final scream looks.

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.