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15 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Lowbrow contest

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Threadless‘s latest themed contest is all about Lowbrow art! Wondering what that means? Here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

Delve into the underground art movements of punk rock and snazzy hotrods. Your challenge is to create a lowbrow inspired design for a tee.

Lowbrow can be anything from surreal oddities like jungle warrior princesses to sword wielding skeletons. Let your guilty pleasure of pulp magazines come out in your art. Draw something that pops off the page and questions reality.

Feed your taste for the counterculture and come up with something to impress the masses. In the words of Rodney Dangerfield, “There goes the neighborhood!”

Enter before August 11th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $200 collection of lowbrow art books and posters.

14 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Batman y Robin

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Batman y Robin by Ibaitxo caught my eye at Pampling, a seriously great twist on the superhero duo. While a lot of designs portray the team as a bat and as a robin, I’ve never seen the concept taken a step further and applied to birdhouses before. What’s great about this setup is that you see the flipped house first, and the story plays out from there when you go in for a closer look. That’s when all the details get filled in with the Batman icon hole on the bat house and the awesome costume on his feathered sidekick. I love how complete it is, and how it uses a new angle on a common punchline to get a fresh laugh.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

13 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary contest

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It’s Naughty Dog’s 30th anniversary this year, and to celebrate they’re kicking things off with a design contest at WeLoveFine. What’s interesting is that artists will be able to choose which of Naughty Dog’s hit games to base their design on- Jak and Daxter, Last of Us, or Uncharted. Judges include Naughty Dog’s founder and co-presidents, and there’s a lot of fun stuff in the prize packs for winning artists.

Enter before August 5th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a trip to Los Angeles for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show (including round-trip domestic airfare and lodging for two nights), a Art of Naughty Dog limited edition book signed by the Naughty Dog team, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. Two Special Guest Judge’s Picks will each receive $400 cash, a Art of Naughty Dog limited edition book, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. Two Guest Judge’s Pick will each get $300 cash, a Art of Naughty Dog standard edition book, The Last of Us Remastered PS4, The Last of Us PS3, Uncharted 3 PS3, Uncharted 2 PS3, Uncharted 1 PS3, Jak and Daxter collection PS3, and their art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show. One Gallery Nucleus Pick $300 cash and the art will appear at Gallery Nucleus for the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary art show.

12 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Fantasmas Coloridos

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Fantasmas Coloridos by Rogério Puhl is a crazy design, twisting familiar cartoon characters into a disturbing melted mass. What I love about this is that it perfectly captures the aftermath of a Saturday morning cartoon spree, when you’ve woken up a bit too early, eaten a bit too much sugar cereal and a nasty sugar coma starts to set in as the sun shines way too bright in all the windows. It’s the dark side of every kid’s favorite weekend pastime, when a beautiful morning twists into a cranky afternoon. Plus, it’s just plain fun to gaze into this gooey mix and try to identify all the famous faces.

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

11 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 contest

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WeLoveFine has teamed up with How to Train Your Dragon 2 for a new contest, to be judged by Toothless the dragon as well as folks from Hot Topic and ThinkGeek.

Enter before July 29th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash (which could increase to as much as $2000 based on voting). Two Judge’s Picks will each get $400 cash. Two Hot Topic picks will each receive $300 cash and their design will be exclusively sold at Hot Topic. One ThinkGeek pick will get $300 cash and their design will be exclusively sold at ThinkGeek.com. Additionally, one Runner-Up will earn $150 cash.

10 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #364: $10K Cup, Round 2: Style

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Shirt.Woot‘s epic $10K Cup marches into week 2 with today’s derby theme, Round 2: Style. With three distinct style options, there are a lot of possibilities to explore! Here’s what Woot is looking for:

The $10k Cup continues. This week, it’s all about style. You’ve got three choices: WatercolorCrosshatch, and Van Gogh. Check out these past derbies to see what we’re looking for, then give us the best you’ve got.

No creme tees

For Watercolor designs, you can only use the following shirt colors: Silver, Slate, Lemon, Baby Blue, and White

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

09 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

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Threadless’s recent Try a New Design Style contest produced an amazing winner with this week’s Fixing a Broken Heart by NARNIAZ (NARNIAZ). What’s great about this piece is that it’s not just a technique the artist hadn’t tried before, it’s a style that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen tried on a shirt before. That’s part of why this feels so fresh, and there’s something wonderfully soft and subtle about how the artwork comes to life with shadows. The concept being illustrated is a bit of a trope at this point, but it’s performed well and the thin strands of paper feel like wires as they weave through the action. I also like that there’s some similarity between the robot’s claw hands and the claw hands that mend his heart.

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Colour Rebel by Natalie Zawadzki (nrzed) is interesting to me because I expected there to be some kind of message hidden in the lines of the smoke, but instead it all seems to be purely decorative. That’s not a bad thing, as staying away from clear messaging probably widens its appeal. Instead of being about bikes or pollution, it feels like as ode to street art packed with color. I think the best touch is in how the watercolor splotches are handled- there are these thin, freeform white lines running through it that remind me of a topographic map. It adds depth and makes that area really fun to look at.

Water Melon by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is the second major shirt design I’ve seen that combines a watermelon with the idea of rain, the first being Summer Melon Rain at Design By Humans. But this new version has a totally different feel, incorporating the cloud and rain into the slice itself. It’s a genius move because the cloud becomes a bite mark and the seeds being contained in the melon adds to the story that this rain is making the fruit so watery and juicy. Plus, how great is that cloud’s little face? I love how it looks like he might have just sneakily grabbed a bite.

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Attack of the Cutest Monster by Nana Dalla Porta (Oktomanuba) keys into the fact that the only thing that prevents tiny dogs from being absolute terrors is their small size. Anyone who has ever been around an out of control little dog understands the chaos in this design- those dudes have boundless energy, and will eagerly lick and/or bite anyone or anything in their path. They can’t be contained! So it’s easy to see a giant version of a cute little dog being more destructive than Godzilla when set loose in the city. It’s a funny image in large part because there’s such a strong kernel of truth to it. I also like the realistic style of the drawing, which heightens the absurdity of the situation, and the angle the dog’s tongue is drawn it- it really feels like he’s about to drool all over someone!

O Deer by Rick Crane (The Paper Crane) is the design that most caught my eye this week, and the one I’d most like to wear. The art style makes it feel like a vintage woodcut, but framing it in that bold O adds a fun modern twist. I love that the hole in the center isn’t filled in, cutting right through the deer. It gives the piece a mysterious quality, like whatever is in that missing section could change the story entirely (maybe an arrow?). Definitely one of those times where what you don’t see feels just as important as what you do see. The only part of this design that I’m not totally keen on is the way the deer’s front legs almost seem to rest on the log. I feel like if that log’s angle was adjusted slightly, it could have been a little more obvious that he’s clearing the jump. Unless he’s meant to be tripping? After all, I guess that’d make him say “Oh dear…”

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.