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20 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Purple Tees and Distracting Technology collections

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Shirt.Woot celebrated an unusual color with their Purple Tees plus sale, with all designs using either a purple shirt color or prominent use of purple ink. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Wonderblend‘s tea-centric take on Alice in Wonderland really packs in the references, and in a well-designed, exciting way.

Nicest Surprise: Behind the Great Whale uses lines to create an ocean full of rough waves.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My designs Make America Grape Again and Space Lion made the cut for this group.

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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Smartphones proved to be a major feature of the Distracting Technology plus sale. These are the designs that I think are the most distractingly good…

Best of the Bunch: Defining Feature shows off humanity’s most important technological achievement.

Nicest Surprise: Godzilla gets in on the selfie craze with #justkaijuthings.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: The most distracting character in Zelda gets a distraction of its own in my design Hey Listen! to some tunes.

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

19 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Bob’s Burgers design challenge

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Animation-inspired designs are the destination for Threadless‘s Bob’s Burgers design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Picking your favorite Bob’s Burgers character is like trying to choose your favorite butt; it just can’t be done. You might think you’re partial to Louise’s Machiavellian antics, but then you hear Gene sing. Or you think no facial whiskers in history live up to Bob’s bushy upper lip, but what of Tina’s undying obsession with butts? And who can’t relate to Linda’s love of dinner theater?

Make a design featuring any or all of the Belchers, or give some love to the other Ocean Avenue locals. You can submit a design today or wait till the deadline to pull a Kale Mary Burger (served with kale). And if you have trouble coming up with ideas, we have the perfect mantra to get those creative juices flowing: butts, butts, butts, butts, butts.

Enter before June 7th, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

18 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #547: Things That Fly

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Keep your eyes on the sky for Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #547: Things That Fly

Design a tee about things that fly. Planes, bird, butterflies, leaves, superheroes, balloons, bats, space-x, satellites, poop, UFOs, kites, time…flies. Also guess what? 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.


Meanwhile, the Camp IWannaTee derby has all the s’mores, outdoors and summer fun you could possibly want. Here are two current underdog entries that I’m rooting for…

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Let’s Camp by sebasebi stands out with its landscape approach to the challenge. I like the way those tiny trees turn into a textural, almost wave-like effect.

Magnum Opus of Campfire Stories by gonenlisalih is a fun tribute to some true masters of the scary story.

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.

17 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Home: Wall Tapestries design contest

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Threadless‘s Home collection continues to expand, this time in the form of a Wall Tapestries design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

For the next challenge in the home series, submit a design for the very structures that make a room a room: the walls!

Create the perfect design that sets the tone for the room. Does it bring energy? Color? Good vibes? It’s up to you.

Enter before May 30th, 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).

16 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Deadpool design contest 2 winners

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WeLoveFine‘s Deadpool design contest 2 winners have been announced, and I think of all the designs it’s the Taco Bell Judge’s Pick that stands out as the best. Bite Me by El Cid literally combines the superhero with his favorite food, and feels like the kind of “you are what you eat” moment that he’d appreciate. It’s very, very silly, and Deadpool seems to be protesting the ridiculousness of the situation a bit with his hands on hips defiant posture (of course, this just makes it all funnier). The original submission actually had the Bite Me title on the shirt itself, but I think it was a smart choice on WeLoveFine’s part to print it without. Leaving it unsaid makes the joke seem less cheap, and also allows all attention to be focused where it should be- on the character. I think it might have been wise to remove that grey splatter and halftone background as well (it just doesn’t add anything to the design), but either way this was a strong choice for a print.

Check out all the Deadpool design contest 2 winners at WeLoveFine.

15 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Take a Pitcher and more new this week

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Take a Pitcher by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) won Threadless’s Cheers challenge, and I can’t imagine a better winner. The great thing about this piece is how memorable it is- as a twist on a common phrase, there’s an immediate recognition that helps propel the humor. And of course, the fact that this play on words is equally as true as the original just makes it that much more fun. Add playful typography to the mix, and you end up with a piece that is pretty darn hard to resist!

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King’s Cup by Wacharapong Sisapon (uptme) reveals the tragic reality of the bottom half of a mirrored face card- gravity means his drink is dripping all over his face, forever. It’s a gag that works in part because the image is so familiar- it’s something you’ve seen a million times, tweaked in a way that makes you see it suddenly in a new light. Smart color choices help enhance the humor, drawing the eye in with the bright white cups and almost neon blue liquid against the otherwise plain black ink. Solid work.

Dogtor by Joel Robinson (obinsun) might be a simple cartoon, but it packs a big laugh. The pun is obviously a big chunk of the fun, but I think for me the best part of the art is the expression on that dog’s face. So serious! Paired with all his little doctor accessories and that nervously wagging tail, you get the picture of a dog who is very, very committed to being a Good Boy. Sweet, simple and silly.

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Music Time by Graja (Graja) is part of Threadless’s Adventure Time collection, but I feel like it’s a strong enough piece that even people unfamiliar with the cartoon can appreciate it. The image of the record player’s arm as headphones, Marceline’s hair as the grooves of a record, and her face as the label is such a strong one that I think it has really wide appeal. Granted, a lot of those people might wonder why she’s a vampire! That’s the magic of the design, though- even though it’s accessible to non-fans, fans will find a lot to like too. From the fang marks on Marceline’s neck to the red color of the shirt, it’s definitely hitting all the right Adventure Time references as well.

Ice Kingdom Pianist by Vincent Caduc (weird&co) is another Adventure Time print, this time playing with the idea of Gunter’s love of playing the keyboard. In this piece, he’s actually a part of the music, with the white of his belly merging into the white of the keys. And while cartoon watchers look at this design and recall Gunter’s enthusiastic (though perhaps not terribly skilled) keyboard stylings, this piece is similar to the prior Marceline one in that I think it’ll also grab a lot of non-fans, people who just like music and penguins and are amused by the way the two combine here. I think that’s the mark of a really well-considered design, one that hinges more on the artist’s approach than on the creative work it references.

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).

14 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #546: Camp IWannaTee

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Get ready to sleep in a cabin and practice your archery skills, because Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme is…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #546: Camp IWannaTee

It’s time for summer camp! blahblah no cream tees.

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.


And of course the food-related designs are the order of the day in the current Aprons derby. Here are a couple of underdog entries that I think could use some more attention:

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Mmm Burgers by mekozoo took an appealingly minimal approach to the theme with its geometric burger art.

A Most Delicious Recipe by benjaminleebates does something I’ve never seen an apron do before- it lets other people capture the recipe with a quick click of their smartphone. Definitely a neat trick!

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.