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30 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s DC Fandome design contest

Want to create a Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or other DC-themed shirt? Look no further than the DC Fandome. All designs that follow the rules and guidelines will be sent to DC for possible approval, and approved designs will earn artists royalties for every product sold.

10 Batman, 10 Superman, 10 Wonder Woman, and 10 DC Universe designs will be sold on-demand in DBH’s DC Fandome exclusive shop.

The submission deadline is August 7th, 2020. Check out DBH’s DC Fandome page for full rules and guidelines, as well as detailed royalty rates.

29 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Magritte

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

Magritte by dracoimagem is an appropriately surreal ode to surrealism. The art references several of Magritte’s elements, from the apple to the bowler hat, a formally dressed gentleman, and of course the famous pipe (and its equally well-known caption). The collage style is a great fit for the theme, and lends itself to creating unusual shape relationships (like the massive apple head) that add to the piece’s humor. There’s something very jaunty about the positioning of the hat, and the way the apple’s leaves poke out from below just so. The odd, relaxed pose of the large mouth feels silly, and the quirky nature of it helps to give the character a lot of personality. This is a fun piece, celebrating art without taking itself too seriously.

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

28 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

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

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Grillin’ plus sale is hot off the barbecue, and even better it includes not just tees, but also a collection of matching aprons. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: One Grill to Rule Them All by Patrickspens impresses with some spectacular flame effects.

Nicest Surprise: Porkins Smokehouse by Wheels03 first won me over in voting with its authentically retro BBQ logo look.

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

27 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Punk design contest

Channel the spirit of the iconic fashion and music style with Threadless‘s new Punk design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Relevant, right? While mainstream ideas about what punk is typically center around the loud, aggressive genre of rock music by the same name, the true core punk ethos is that and SO much more. The great Joe Strummer once said, “Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is ‘give us some truth’“.

While the spirit of punk may come off as anti- this and non- that, there are a lot of pros, too: self-expression, creativity, community engagement, progressive philosophies, celebrating the individual, and acceptance. Of course, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism and anti corporate greed, and anti-consumerism are also hugely important.

This all translated into a set of punk aesthetics for the movement: underground, minimalist yet bold, iconoclastic, and a clear set of satirical sensibilities. Think: classic punk rock album covers, zines, riot grrrls, posters, and clothing. Look to collage, gritty textures, a monochromatic palette, torn paper, bold typography, and, of course, safety pins. Hey, ho, let’s go… wild on some incredible punk-inspired art!

This contest opens to entries on July 31st, 2020 and ends on August 14th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

25 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #772: NSF… WFH

Shirt.Woot wants to deck out your home office wardrobe with their latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #772: NSF… WFH

No pants, video gaming, conference call not muted… all the dangers of working from home.

Be a little careful here, we need designs that look good on shirts, not just internet memes! Nothing raunchy, too risque or offensive please, it will get taken down asap!

No politics, no cream shirts.

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.

24 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Summer Festivitees derby voting highlights

Summer is here, even if it’s a bit of a different summer than normal. So it’s not surprising that many entries in Shirt.Woot‘s Summer Festivitees derby are about this year specifically, while others deal in more general pop culture or seasonal themes. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Watermelon Pool Party by TaylorRoss1 delivers a wide variety of watermelons and charismatic kittens, all interacting in playful ways.

Surf and Praise the Sun by matthewart really gets the details right, from the blue highlight on the knight’s shirt to the drawn textures. And is this guy surfing on a shield?

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.

23 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Falling Fox

Falling Fox by TobiasFonseca is a gorgeous illustration. The fox’s pose is immediately intriguing, as he seems to be not just falling but also reaching weakly above himself. Is he grasping for the leaves that surround him, fading in and out of his fluffy tail? It feels like a metaphor for time passing, longing for the bright days of autumn as the winter chill starts to set in. The artwork creates a strong shape on the shirt, like the flicker of the flame on a match head (well-suited to the fox’s fire-y color palette). I frequently think that bottom-heavy designs can wear awkwardly on the human form, but this design escapes that because the lines of the art pull the eye upward along the curve of the tail. 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).