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25 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #462: Vintage

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Shirt.Woot goes from the ancient kind of old to the newer version with their latest derby…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #462: Vintage

Design a tee with a vintage flair. Lots of things can make some thing feel vintage: past events, antiquated products,  art style. colors used, distressed texture … 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.


History continues to get a shirt-y makeover in the current Antiquities derby, with Egyptian art getting an especially high number of related entries. Here are two pieces I’m rooting for this week:

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Pharaoh Commander by piidesign is the Cobra Commander mashup that I never knew I wanted to see! I like the way it manages to land almost exactly at the 50% pharaoh, 50% Cobra percentage line.

Try the Liver! by cdrewlow capitalizes on a particularly geeky mythology reference, and gives it a fun mod art style.

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.

24 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The Occult contest

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Threadless delves into dark magic with their latest themed design contest, The Occult. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Does your skin crawl when the lights go out? Have you heard whispers in the dark, been under a spell, discovered strange symbols beneath the floorboards, or watched your Ouija board spell your deepest, darkest secrets? First of all, that’s terrifying. Secondly, it’s time to translate that terror into bewitching art.

Drag out everything in your otherworldly arsenal that defies scientific logic. Channel ghosts, witches, magic, and ancient symbolism to tap into all things paranormal. Forget the laws of nature, and allow the inexplicable to give us the chills.

Enter before August 11th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

23 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Zen and Emotional Tees collection

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Shirt.Woot’s derby plus sale this week is for Zen and Emotional Tees, so there’s an interesting mix of the even-keeled and deep feelings happening with the artwork. Here are the pieces that stood out the most for me:

Best of the Emotional Tees: True Love is a sophisticated piece for the coffee fanatics.

Best of the Zen Tees: Everything’s Zen has a traditional feel, but still looks like it would wear wonderfully.

Shirt I am Most Biased About: My cookies and milk themed design A Balanced Snack snuck into the Zen group.

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

22 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #461: Antiquities

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Shirt.Woot looks back to the past for their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #461: Antiquities

Design a tee that pulls design elements or references historical events, art and cultural objects from between ~8000BC – ~1000AD.

This derby begins on 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, Woot’s Greyscale derby continues to deliver some great designs with a limited color palette. Here are two underdogs that I’m rooting for:

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Fortune Teller by maloandthewhale is an appealing mix of childhood nostalgia and hand drawn type.

Black Cat Crossing by oakenspirit really captures the grumpy malevolence of that cat, who appears to be some sort of Godzilla-sized supervillain.

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.

21 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Circle K Stallyns

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WeLoveFine‘s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure winners have been announced, and my favorite of the bunch is Circle K Stallyns by J.Q. Hammer. What’s great about this piece is that it gives Bill and Ted a strong comic book style, imagining something amazing erupting from their hands when they hit a signature air guitar riff (air guitar as a superpower works perfectly with the movie). There’s a really fun 50s/60s vibe to the coloring choices, making this feel like a long-lost Archie spin-off cover that’s been aging all this time in someone’s basement. That said, there’s definitely also some room for improvement. The sharp edges of the rectangle make the art feel kind of puny and undersized on the tee. I think a smarter choice might have been to distress the edges a bit because that would be in keeping with the antique comic look and would also help the design to feel more natural on the shirt.

Check out the other Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure winners at WeLoveFine.

20 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Inside Out contest

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Threadless‘s latest themed design contest is all about the new Disney and Pixar hit Inside Out. As usual, they ask that there be no adult references or references to other pop culture characters in submitted designs.

Enter before August 7th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift card, and hand-drawn framed Inside Out artwork by a Disney character artist. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

19 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Come Together

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Come Together by Juanito Legal (Mr. von Dunham) gives Abbey Road a fun summer twist, making the quartet surfers and skaters instead of musicians. Since the vast majority of Abbey Road parodies replace the Beatles with characters from pop culture, this flip where they’re instead totally ordinary, relatable people feels fresh and interesting to me. It’s a design that asks you to imagine yourself and your friends as your own kind of Fab Four instead of putting the spotlight on fiction. Even better, it’s a very complete piece- I love that the faint background feels like a real city street, right down to other illustrated pedestrians en route to their own summer activities. And of course, that texture that runs through the whole piece helps it to feel like a well-worn shirt that’s aged through many summers of beachy fun.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.