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14 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Bee Cool

Bee Cool by Pedro Fernandes is interesting to me because it’s such an inversion of the trope you usually see with bees. So often bees are used to represent hard work, buzzing from flower to flower with diligence in service of their hive. And if not that, they’re threats who wield their stingers as weapons. So it’s refreshing to see this very different kind of bee here, a t00-cool slacker who wears a cap, reclines lazily among flower petals, and drinks his pollen out of a striped straw. Instead of buzzing from task to task, this guy is humming to himself as he lazes in the sun. It’s a sweet life suited to the honey he creates. Text reinforces the theme with a couple of cute puns, and I like the way it has started to integrate with the rest of the drawing through those twisting vines and the honey splatter (though I think it would have been even cooler if that effect had been taken further). Very solid work over all.

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

13 July 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless: Snide Effects and more new this week

Snide Effects by David Olenick (DRO72) is my favorite new design this week. It’s a slick pun, and the execution of the artwork only increases its appeal. The choice to use an emoji-style illustration helps to make the concept even more relatable, and emphasizes the passivity of the action. What really puts the cherry on top, though, is the slight distressing and mild disarray of the elements. It adds a graffiti quality to the art that makes it feel like it has the same kind of symbolic resonance as, like, a cave painting. It’s at once unique, clearly demonstrating the hand of the artist, and universal.

Emergency Kosplay by Ian Byers won Threadless’s Safety Card challenge, and it really is a clever take on the theme. The first five panels feel very true to what’s actually on a safety card, demonstrating proper technique for getting your own oxygen sorted before helping someone else. But that sixth panel reveals the twist- it hasn’t been a life or death situation, this is all just a bit of cosplay and our characters are dressing up as Mortal Kombat characters. It’s a smart way of taking a scary situation and turning it into comedy. I also like how true it is to the cosplay ethos- so much good cosplay is about taking inexpensive, ordinary objects and transforming them into professional-looking costumes and props. This feels like something an intrepid cosplayer might actually try, which makes the joke even funnier.

Dead in the Water by Cody Weiler (csweiler) is an interesting piece to me because it uses a very minimal style, but in a way we don’t usually see that look used- to tell a complex story. So we’ve got those smooth, geometric lines, solid shapes and light distressing seen in so many Threadless nature tees, except this time they’re not just sketching out an outdoor environment, this time they’re breaking down a concept into two distinct halves. First, there’s the skeletal hand firmly gripping a large, golden compass. This feels spooky, but also wistful- it’s clearly the portrait of a character who didn’t get where they were desperately trying to go. Inside the compass, we get another perspective on the same idea- in this case, a letter in a bottle drifting towards some distant shore. It helps paint this character as utterly lost, but still possessing some hope. While his body may be decaying at the bottom of the ocean, something of him lingers on and might still reach his destination.

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).

12 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: FestiviTEEs derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s FestiviTEEs derby followed right after July 4th, which might explain the somewhat lower number of entries this week. But while the entries may be fewer in number, there’s no lack of quality and the theme allowed for a good amount of variety in imagery. Here’s a look at two current underdogs that caught my eye…

Florin Fair by benjaminleebates packs some subtle Princess Bride references into a design that would feel right at home at a renaissance faire.

1987 Video Gaming Convention by ApeLad absolutely nails that retro style in color palette, text choices, and especially the details.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 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.

11 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Summer Campinating collection

Things sure got in tents for Shirt.Woot’s Summer Campinating plus sale! From summer camp to just plain fun in the outdoors, artists tackled the theme in 25 very different ways this week. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Camping Under the Stars by maloandthewhale is one of those designs that just looks better the more you look at it, packed with soft, textural detail and charm.

Nicest Surprise: Individually Wrapped Camp Snack by ApeLad won me over in voting, and I’m glad it’s expressive style and laugh out loud humor made it to print.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Let’s Camp S’More! has fun with puns, while Camp Nuka brings the world of video games to life.

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

10 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Minimalism design contest

Threadless is keeping things simple with their new Minimalism design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

With a world so filled with “things”, one may find the need to strip things down to basics. Whether it’s desk clutter or the spices in a meal or even the garish spectacle of a Vegas show, we really tend to overdo it at times.

For this challenge, declutter your mind and canvas with a minimalistic approach. Focus geometrically instead of free hand. Clean lines. Fundamental ideas and ideals. Execute with precision instead of whim. Make art that is iconic and immediate.

This contest opens to entries on July 14th, 2017 and ends on July 28th, 2017. 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).

09 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Sem Conexão Com a Internet

Sem Conexão Com a Internet by Washington Ribeiro has a really cool concept that most internet users will find it very easy to relate to. In this design, the pixel T-Rex who tells you there’s no internet connection has been rendered as an angry, realistic-looking dino who flies into a rage at his lack of internet, taking out his aggression on a passing pterodactyl. I love how dramatic the scene is, really channeling the frustration of not being able to get online. The unexpectedness of just how high Rex leaps on those spindly legs is a great moment of humor. And of course, the cactus-y landscape does a good job of helping viewers to connect this to the pixel error message we’re so familiar with. The only weak link for me is the way the text is incorporated. While the stone look is creative and nice to look at, it’s so large that it throws off the entire balance of the piece, making the design awkwardly bottom-heavy. I think making the text smaller (or even just lighter in tone) would have gone a long way towards making this design sit nicer on the shirt.

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

08 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #612: Artificially Intelligence

The machines are preparing for takeover in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #612: Artificially Intelligence

I don’t know who decided that artificial intelligence was better than the real stuff, but that’s where things are headed. Apparently. So even though “real” intelligence is earned through hard work, sweat, tears, thinking…and also genetics, next week’s derby is all about the artificial kind. You know, robots and computers and junk. Welcome, Dave.

Also, stick to themeses that are relevant to the current artificial intelligence conversation.

Fun fact: cats will never be artificially intelligent so leave them behind.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.