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19 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #416: 2014 Community Favorite

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Shirt.Woot’s derby situation this week is slightly complicated, starting off with a voting-only derby, then a one hour mini-derby, all before the traditional derby starts on Monday. Here’s what you need to know:

Starting Friday: Derby #416: 2014 Community Favorite

This is a voting-only derby. Community members will be able to vote on all the designs launched last year at Shirt.Woot, and the winner will be crowned Community Favorite.

Starting Monday (Noon Central): Derby #417: Mash-up Speed Derby

Just for the lulz we’ll be launching a one-hour speed derby on Monday at Noon Central during our live stream. Here’s the theme: mash up ANY TWO Shirt-Woot shirts from our catalog using any means at your disposal. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Most of all make it on time, because it only lasts an hour! These won’t be printed, but we will give the top three vote-getters a cool $100!

Starting Monday (1PM Central): Derby #418: Fake Band Shirts Redux

Honor your favorite non-existent band with its own tee. Unless it’s a crème tee, because none of those allowed.

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.

18 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Anouk and more new this week

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Anouk by Florent Bodart (speakerine) won Threadless’s Big Ass Prints contest, and is an excellent choice. It’s the kind of design that impresses with it’s sheer opulence and amount of detail, so it definitely benefits from the extra large size. It leaves the fancy collar feeling even more fragile, lacy looking even more intricate, and fabric even more pristine- totally in opposition to the dog, who looks to be some kind of lab, which marks him as the sort of animal more prone to playing tug of war and running through mud puddles than the kind who could stand any kind of outfit, much less one this extravagant. It’s also nice to see a black dog rather than one with lighter fur because that both makes the very pale human hands seem like an even more deliberate choice and makes the outfit something you notice a split second before the dog comes into view.

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Dunk Gizmo by Phil Jones (murraymullet) captures the mischievous spirit of the dunk tank pretty precisely. The whole function of the apparatus is to create a situation where you take a happy, dry person and cause them to become wet and ridiculous looking (helpfully, there’s even a porthole to make sure the full extent of the dunk is seen by all). Sure, in this case it’s slightly exaggerated because Gizmo’s about to become, like, an entirely different creature, but who wouldn’t want to get a little revenge after being dunked? His transformation is relatable.

Ride With Me by Jimena Sanchez (monitosbonitos) feels like a really refreshing design to me- no pop culture reference, and the style (while very cute) doesn’t feel like the usual big eyes, big grin sort of illustration so common to t-shirts. Instead, it’s very breezy and understated, with thin lines, long, fluid strokes, and the slightest suggestion of pink adding color to the rabbits’ faces. It’s wonderfully understated stuff, but I think what I love best is the way the swiftness of the linework seems to communicate the speed of their little vespa. So sweet!

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Perfect Gift by Elia Colombo (gebe) is technically a food with faces design, something Threadless has historically done a lot of. But what makes this particular design stand out to me is the restraint shown- I think most shirt artists wouldn’t have stopped at showing the joy of the soy sauce, they’d have escalated and also given the sushi a comic scream. Keeping things simple pays off, keeping your eyes on the sauce and keeping the mood perfectly cheerful. It’s just a nice, cute shirt about enjoying food- no need for any other punchline.

It’s Not a Phase by Aaron Jay (randyotter3000) has a fun take on fruit, imagining their leaves as haircuts. That means the pineapple’s stalk is a seriously crazy mass of spikes, almost like Sideshow Bob’s, and of course the smartly groomed apple won’t stand for it. It’s a silly concept, but what makes it work is how completely the artwork commits to it. The red apple is exploding with rage, with a mouth that almost seems to spit his words out. Meanwhile, the pineapple is the ultimate slacker- with half-lidded eyes and a perfectly mellow expression, he’s so unfazed by it all that he almost looks about to fall asleep. Some really lovely shading finishes the piece nicely, making it as fun to look at as it is to laugh at the joke.

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.

17 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Pie Tees and Pi Aprons bundle sale

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It was a great time to be a math fan with a sweet tooth last week at Shirt.Woot! Staff selected Pi Tees and Pie Aprons that didn’t quite make it with voters are now up for sale in their own bundle:

Best of the Pi Tees: Magnum Pi is a smart update of the investigator’s famous mustache.

Best of the Pie Aprons: Easy as Me! makes me wish baking really WAS that easy!

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

16 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Yummy Eggs

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Yummy Eggs by MichaelBizparulz is a Mario joke I haven’t seen before, which is something of a surprise given how many shirt designs center around this duo. The design plays with Yoshi’s emergence from a green speckled egg, imagining that the brothers didn’t wait around for their dino pal to hatch and instead treated themselves to an epic feast. It’s unclear whether they don’t know about poor Yoshi, or if they just don’t care (though their closed eyes might imply the latter, that they’re being willfully ignorant). An explosion of stars in the background reminds me of when Mario gains invincibility- unfortunately Yoshi has no such luck. But it’s still hard to blame the brothers for their eating habits, since they’ve been stuck eating mushrooms for so long. And anyway, who knows what kind of crazy power up this could result in?

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

15 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chats Mignons contest

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Monsieur Poulet‘s recent Cute Dogs contest was a success, so it should come as no surprise that their latest contest is all about Cute Cats, or as they say in French, Chats Mignons. Here’s what they’re looking for (courtesy of Google Translate):

As you can see, we are talking about cats, the lazy, the clumsy, the grumpy, capricious, the grumpy, but also cute, those who purr, hugs, the kind kitties, gutter cats, purebred cats, Siamese, Persian, in short, we want the shiny mustache, well-manicured claws and soft pads.

Enter before February 25th, 2015 for your chance to win. Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

14 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Pop Culture Kawaii bundle sale

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While we’re still waiting on the winning mugs from last week’s derby to make their debut (presumably manufacturing time is the reason for the delay), the Pop Culture Kawaii staff picks are already here in full force! Here’s a quick look at two stand outs:

Best of the Bunch: The Spirit Island is beautiful, in a haunting, eerie sort of way. It’s the kind of design that really draws you in to explore every detail.

Nicest Surprise: While most artists used the theme to pay tribute to current fan favorites, I love that dbenton25 tackled something a little more outside the box with this very original take on the classic movie poster, Metwopowis.

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

13 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Snakeuitar and more new this week

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Snakeuitar by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) definitely stands out as the most impressive shirt this week. It’s a totally off-the-wall concept, drawing an unusual (and surprisingly accurate) comparison between the forms of a cobra snake and an electric guitar. That unexpectedness, the fact that this idea is one that probably hasn’t been done before, is a great initial grab for attention, and it fuels the visual exploration of the viewer as they search out every inch to discover just how the two objects meld into one. Two choices in the artwork really stand out to me as excellent- one is the slow fade of scales into the cobra’s hood, and the other is the loose, organic shapes of the fret board. Both really bridge the gap between the textures and shapes involved, making it feel smooth and natural.

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The Geometry of Sunrise by Dianne Delahunty (digsy) kind of reminds me of a TV test pattern, twisting the thick bars of a color TV pattern into the circular geometry of the more old-fashioned, classic Indian version. Intentional? Probably not, but either way there’s something simple and appealing about the way the art translates a sunny sky in such an abstract way. It speaks to the senses, promising wonder and exploration. I’m also digging the way the fall colors of the trees match the shades used in the sky.

Disgruntled by Joel Robinson (obinsun) is a weird shirt and I’m not sure how to feel about it. Specifically, I don’t really now what to make of its use of the word Bitch. It’s a weirdly aggressive ending to an otherwise goofy shirt idea, made even more harsh by the visual pause that the gap adds to the phrasing. Since it’s a dog shirt, I want it to be a joke about how female dogs are called bitches… but that’s pretty clearly a human nose, so that doesn’t fly. It makes the puppy into a weird proto-misogynist, when leaving off the word would have made the intent (which I’m assuming is lighthearted dog silliness) a lot more clear. I feel like there might also be an attempt at a joke about the flat faces of pugs (like maybe they barely have noses?) but it really doesn’t come through strongly. This is a design that could use some more work, in my opinion.

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Make Art Not War by Christopher Phillips (cpdesign) uses the strong action poses of traditional Japanese art in a totally new way, replacing the weapons with art implements and turning those warriors into artists. It’s a smart idea because it doubly appeals to those who enjoy that style, and it stands out from most of the competition. But while the illustration is skillfully done, I do feel like they may have missed one trick- to me, it’d be an even stronger piece if the artists stood out more from the fish design they’re creating. Just lightening the background a touch (or slightly altering the ink colors) would have really made those acrobatic artists pop.

Badass Hair Day by Idiot Box (Idiot-Box) is a neat mashup, taking an actress famous for her good looks and friendly appeal, immortalized in one of pop art’s most famous pieces, and combining her with a mythological figure best known for turning anyone who looked at her into stone. Both legendary, both tragic in their own ways, and both the focus of a lot of artwork. It’s one of those things that seems to be an odd combo at first, but the more you think about it the more you can’t believe how perfectly it fits together. I think Warhol would have approved.

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.