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03 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Workout Schmerkout derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot approached the typical exercise New Year’s resolution with their trademark irreverence by deeming this week’s contest the Workout Schmerkout derby. Some entries tackled the theme with tributes to laziness, while others explored slogans or alternate styles of athletics that don’t involve moving. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Avocardio by walmazan imagines an avocado trying to lose its round pit. Some serious shading emphasizes the roundness of the pit, making the concept crystal clear.

Avoid Sports by mekazoo looks super stylish with its colorful gradient and bold slogan, managing to make hating sports look cool.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

02 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Regular Waves and more new this week

Regular Waves by Khairul Anam (khairulanam87) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the simplicity of it, confining its shapes to just a circle and a series of half circles, all the same size. Orange marks out the topmost circle as the sun, while the halves in blue alternate high and low to mimic the rise and fall of waves. The repetition of shapes gives the scene a calm, tranquil feeling, and limiting the elements to a single geometric shape is a sophisticated choice. Really nice work.

Slow Alarm Clock by May Kapao (makapa) is a sweet, sleepy illustration of an alarm clock set in the shell of a slow-moving tortoise. There’s a real gentleness to the piece, which only uses the softest of colors as though anything more intense than a light dusting of pastels might require too much energy to process. The turtle sports a nightcap, the human rider is dressed in pajamas, and even the clock’s cuckoo bird has fallen fast asleep. It’s a very cozy scene, to the point where even the distinctive bells of the alarm clock are hidden away in a grove of mushrooms and cacti to conceal their familiar silhouette.

Peaceful Reflection by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) paints a portrait of the most serene scene imaginable. Repeated use of horizontal lines, spaced together more tightly at the top and bottom of the circle, help to make both water and sky seem absolutely still. There’s no breeze, no movement at all, leaving the lone boater in the center to drink in this peaceful place all by himself, with all the time in the world. Smart color choices, skewing towards the pastel end of the spectrum, further emphasize the laziness of the landscape. It’s the kind of image that makes you wish you could step inside and experience it.

Catastrophe by Aaron Thong (agrimony) features a cute cat in a bit of a predicament, hopelessly tangled up in some thin rope. A lot of the humor in this is in how exaggerated the tangle is, more of a scribble than a shape you’d expect yarn or thread to naturally end up in. The rope is treated realistically, with outlines showing which strands overlap. To me, this is a misstep- it would actually be funnier to make the tangle more abstract, more obviously a frustrated scrawl of swirling ink. But for his part, the cat is very cute and appropriately befuddled, sticking his paws through the knots so that some of his body escapes the mess. Soft shading is effective in making those limbs pop out at the viewer, helping the trap to seem even more pronounced.

Overthinking and Also Hungry by Fox Shiver captures a very particular feeling, the sense of being very lazy… but because you’re paralyzed into inaction by too many options. This isn’t the relaxing pose of an animal enjoying a nap, it’s the exhausted slump of a creature whose mind has been working so hard, it wore out all their physical energy. There’s an acute discomfort that the words reveal, the idea of wanting to get up but not quite managing it yet, that is relatable to a lot of situations, and the cuteness of the illustration keeps things fun and accessible.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

01 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Happy New Year!

31 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2019

Time for another t-shirt retrospective! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2019…

January

A Trip through Space and Time by Tom (Thomas Orrow)

“…it rewards your attention with moments like the realistic handwritten price tag tucked beneath the title…”

– Threadless’s A Trip through Space and Time and more new this week, January 31st, 2019


February

Super Reporter by Gianni Corniola (spike00)

“It might be fair to say that good ol’ Clark Kent was the real hero all along.”

Threadless: Super Reporter and more new this week, February 7th, 2019


March

Mixed Message by Shadyjibes

“…a design doesn’t have to be complicated to be exciting and memorable.”

Pampling’s Mixed Message, March 25th, 2019


April

Rhinogami by Lucas Scialabba (palitosci)

“It feels really whimsical to see those tiny folds, and the interaction between the two animals adds to the feeling of each of their personality and character.”

Threadless: Rhinogami and more new this week, April 11th, 2019


May

Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash) by RAIDHO

“The traditional art style looks even more ancient when placed against the soft texture of the shirt’s fabric.”

Design By Humans’s Raven (Limited Edition Mineral Wash), May 10th, 2019


June

Family Fun by Gabriele Crotti (thecoolorange)

“The green ink and half-toning feel appropriately retro, and the bright orange draws your eye immediately to the disastrous fire.”

Threadless’s Family Fun and more new this week, June 27th, 2019


July

Life in Technicolor by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray)

“…the striped sky and colorful landscape are beautiful to look at and read as a modern interpretation of the colors of the sunset.”

Threadless: Life in Technicolor and more new this week, July 18th, 2019


August

Watermelon Ratio by Kinkajou88

“…it gives the feeling of eating a never-ending pile of melon.”

Pampling’s Watermelon Ratio, August 16th, 2019


September

Aerial Spectrum by waynem

“All these birds have been fitted together like a living jigsaw puzzle…”

Threadless’s Aerial Spectrum and more new this week, September 26th, 2019


October

Cat Metal by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte)

“…head thrown back as though he’s about to let loose with a wild howl.”

Threadless’s Cat Metal and more new this week, October 17th, 2019


November

Fox of Leaves by NemiMakeIt

“I think the design’s best feature, though, is how it incorporates realistic vein texture into the leaves.”

Pampling’s Fox of Leaves, November 14th, 2019


December

Au Revoir by Norman Duenas (fhigi25)

“…the butterfly bursting through its flowery borders as if to dramatically underline how swiftly time flies.”

Threadless: Au Revoir and more new this week, December 18th, 2019


That wraps it up for 2018, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2018, 2017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

30 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Punsylvania collection

Wordplay united with clever visuals in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Punsylvania plus sale. With designs tackling pop culture, animals, slogans and more, there’s something for just about anyone in this group of tees. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Missing You by MEKAZOO first impressed me in voting with its excellent (and timely) aim joke.

Nicest Surprise: Craft Beer by Randyotter delights with the pure enthusiasm of that bottle’s face.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Up Owl Night uses a neon light look to enhance its late night theme.

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

28 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #742: Workout Schmerkout

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is no sweat…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #742: Workout Schmerkout

The theme this week is for those of us that don’t ever see the inside of a gym! Those of us that would rather listen to the crunch of a potato chip on our tongue than the slap of a running shoe on the pavement. Cheers to the couch potatoes, the unmotivated, the lazy! Here’s to those that tread the path of least resistance!

Let’s start off the year as we mean to go on! Saying NO to gym memberships! And YES to video games!

No cream shirts. No politics.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

27 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Textography derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Textography derby was a monument to the merits of hand-drawn type, with slogans that spanned the gamut from universal truths and clever wordplay to pop culture tributes. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Tea Makes It Better by jasneko uses lettering just as warm and comforting as the beverage itself.

Très Bien by sebasebi channels enthusiasm with it’s bold capitals and unusual color choices- I feel cheerful just looking at it!

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.