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13 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Sh*t the Internet Says contest

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Threadless’s new Sh*t the Internet Says contest is all about weird web slang. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Love it or hate it, the internet is full of ridiculous terms. There’s simply no escaping a sea of “words” that likely make everyone at Merriam-Webster shudder, including such masterpieces as “oh hai” “bae”, “on fleek”, “turnt up”, “ROFL”, “Srsly”, “haz”… and so many more. Your challenge is to embrace these language-shaming terms and for once, reign upon them some sort of respectful value through the next great design.

Show us what this verbal internet sillyness means to you by turning it into awesome art. Experiment with typography to provide this strange world of hashtags and absurd slang something to be proud of. Create a design that makes you feel… #blessed.

Enter before April 1st, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and $1000 Threadless gift code.

12 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #423: X-Ray Totes

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Glow in the dark ink is back in play for Shirt.Woot’s latest derby:

Starting Friday: Derby #423: X-Ray Totes

- Glow in the Dark Ink allowed. GITD ink MUST be placed on top of white ink only and can NOT include halftones.

- Maximum Print Size: 8.5″ x 12″

- No Red Totes.

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on 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 Plus sale on the following Monday.

Starting Monday: Derby #424: Biology

No creme tees!

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.


11 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: 80s Playlist and more new this week

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80s Playlist by Thomas (Tompe) is my favorite design this week, in part because it’s not quite what I expected. When I first looked at the thumbnail, I saw that bright orange tape on the upper left and assumed that 1) this tape was going to be a Clockwork Orange reference and 2) the other tapes would have pop culture references as well. I was pretty happy to be wrong when I zoomed in! Instead of being just another shirt about old movies and TV shows, this shirt is full of nostalgia for life as it’s actually lived- each tape is lovingly labelled in a way that makes you guess what tunes made the cut, and there’s a fun doodle-y sensibility to the illustrations. There’s also a great mix of tape styles, creating a colorful and eclectic sampling of what music looked like in that era.

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WTF!? by Idiot Box (Idiot Box) surprised me when I saw it at Threadless, since this concept has been around for probably at least a decade at this point. Googling WTF MTV shows several, and the only thing this rendition adds to the conversation is a busy geometric pattern. While that’s definitely a choice that cements the art as being very retro 80s, it’s unfortunately not very attractive to my eye (I think it’s the not-very-80s shade of green that makes it land poorly). So for me, this design is a definite miss.

Eaters Gonna Eat by ppmid (ppmid) is based on a pop culture reference that I’m unfamiliar with (I’ve somehow never seen Critters), so I initially mistook it for a really well-groomed Gremlin. So it’s a testament to how well done this piece is that I liked it anyway! It hits just the right note of creepy-cute, and it’s easy to imagine the sheer carnage of that sly, thin mouth attacking the burger. Plus, these guys look kind of like you’d expect an anthropomorphic version of hunger to look- greedy and sneaky, all big eyes and ready to pounce. I’m not sure I like how it sits on the shirt (the print seems a bit small to me?) but the artwork is great.

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Totally Rad by Mathiole (mathiole) won Threadless’s 80s challenge, which is right and proper because it is the most 80s thing ever created. It’s impressive how much of 80s style it manages to capture in just one image- a triangle that ties into the era’s geometry fixation, the grid pattern that references the internet, shiny type reminiscent of mirrored sunglasses reflecting back a beach scene, and of course florescent graffiti. If you told me this was a real shirt from back then, I’d believe you. It’s perfect!

Super Tape by Mathiole (mathiole) is a shirt I have conflicted opinions about. At first, Threadless was showing a very small size for the print (about equivalent to showing a VHS tape at actual size) and my thoughts were strongly negative. But now that they’ve updated the print size to the artist’s intention of covering most of the shirt, I’m a lot happier with how it looks. The bigger size helps negate the design’s strongly rectangular shape a bit, and makes it all feel more natural and wearable. And yet, I’m left wondering if it might not have been even better to go a step further- this could have been a really neat all-over print. The t-shirt’s shape is basically a rectangle anyway, right?

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).

10 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Psychedelia Tees collection

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Shirt.Woot’s recent Psychedelia derby was a fun throwback to 60s and 70s style, and as with all style derbies yielded designs that ranged wildly in theme. So pretty much no matter what you’re into- from cats, to TV, to video games and more- there’s a lot to like in this group.

Best of the Bunch: What’s Going On captures the era nicely, through the lens of a peace sign and an iconic song.

Nicest Surprise: Feeling Lucky is a fun retro tee just in time for St Patricks Day.

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

09 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Tree Hugger

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The Tree Hugger by Sândalo Barbosa and Tobé Fonseca caught my eye because I always love a good one ink color design and this piece carries it off better than most. It works because it uses texture to separate different types of objects rather than color, and as a result you’re able to get a strong sense of the difference between fur, leaf, and bark in a way that color alone would never communicate. You sense the crags and weights of each, how they’d be affected by that foggy breeze rolling into the scene. And of course, all this smart artwork is in service of a really appealing concept, a wild animal hoping to preserve his environment in the face of impending deforestation. Strong work all around!

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

08 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s New Look

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Pampling, a t-shirt contest site based in Spain, just got a great new site design. I love the clarity of their new look, which gives their limited time tee pride of place at the top of the screen, but then directs eyes towards the rest of the site below with catalog tees on the left and highlights contest designs to vote on and winners on the right.

There’s also a really fun doodle at the bottom of the page that does a great job of establishing the site’s spirit and sense of humor, making it clear that they see themselves as being more a hub of creativity than just a site that sells products.

English speakers will want to take note of the language box up top (next to the Instagram icon), which lets you navigate the site more easily by translating it from the native Spanish.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

07 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Goat Simulator winners

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WeLoveFine‘s recent Goat Simulator contest yielded several strong winners (and even a stuffed toy!), but it’s Goat Simulator MMO by Lucia Oliveira that stands out to me the most. Beyond the fact that it ties in so smoothly to the game’s recent MMO expansion, I think it does a great job of capturing the appeal at the core of the game. In a world where so many games are skill-based, take strategy and dazzle the eye with beautiful graphics, sometimes it’s fun to give in to your inner goat and just play like an idiot. To me, that’s the spirit I see here- you’ve got your serious helmet, sharp swords to dual-wield, and even a shield… but instead of fighting a dragon, you’re just gonna flip around, stick out your tongue and probably run right into a wall. Now that’s a good time!

Check out all the Goat Simulator winners at WeLoveFine.