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06 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s One Line design contest

Threadless is paring things down with a fresh art style for the One Line design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Anyone who’s ever played with an Etch A Sketch knows that one line can take you a long way. So we challenge you to embrace the art of turning a single line into something beautiful (minus the difficulty of using two plastic knobs to draw).

In honor of this challenge, here’s what you gotta do in just one line of writing: using one continuous line that never leaves the page, create anything from an all-over pattern that’s all connected to stylized hand lettering to an impressive portrait.

This contest opens to entries on November 10th, 2017 and ends on November 24th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with more prizing to be announced on 11/10/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

05 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Mystery Food Truck

Mystery Food Truck by Douglas Evangelista is a funny and smart combination of Scooby Doo’s famous Mystery Machine with the common food truck. I love this because it immediately brings to mind the bad food specter of mystery meat, and hits on the slight uncomfortable weirdness of buying food from a truck that could leave at any moment, and lacks the accountability and respectability of a permanent location. It’s a relatable set up, and one that works especially well because Scooby and Shaggy were so notoriously ravenous. The only flaw to the joke here is that I think all that text makes the punchline come a bit too easily. I’d have preferred to see just “food truck” lettering on the hot dog, letting viewers make the mystery machine connection on their own (because when you have to work for it a little, the joke always feels funnier). That said, I think it perfectly nails the famous flowery Mystery Machine style, and this shirt should have no trouble finding fans as-is.

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

04 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #629: Espionage

Shirt.Woot has something top secret up their sleeve with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #629: Espionage

Pssst. Hey you. Yeah you. You didn’t hear this from me, but next week’s derby is all about Espionage. No cats, no Spy vs. Spy and no cream tees. And maybe let’s not all design Bond shirts? This message will self-destruct in 5…4…3…2…1… KABLOOEY!?

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.

03 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Frankencookie and more new this week

Frankencookie by Antonio Angel Centeno Guerrero (Tony Centeno) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Part of the site’s grand tradition of smart and silly designs featuring food with faces, this piece centers on a half-eaten gingerbread man who has been brought back to life (courtesy of a smart cookie) with pieces of other baked items in place of his missing parts. Part of the fun of this scenario is that to us, the gingerbread man is still the most human and real-seeming of the bunch- after all, he’s the only one in this crew who is meant to have a face. That makes him easy to root for, especially because the rage on the faces of the angry villager snacks is so pronounced. I do think there’s a slight missed opportunity in that the cookie’s pitchfork would have been funnier as an actual fork, but it’s still a fun design with a lot of depth and humor.

Law & Disorder by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Chaos design competition, and its frantic, disassembled take on the American flag is certainly timely. The wear of the stripes, the disorganized piling of it all, and the scattering of stars communicate distress, which implies a political message about lack of cohesion within the country. What makes this a great shirt, though, is that chaos aside, this is a really attractive arrangement of elements. The strong angles created by the stripes direct the eye around in strange directions, and the various overlaps create interesting visual moments. I like that even the stars are a bit irregular, with different sized prongs that help make examining the details feel rewarding.

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).

02 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Things I Wish I Could Say collection

Shirt.Woot artists exposed some harsh truths and silly secrets in the Derby Editor’s Choice: Things I Wish I Could Say plus sale. If you like a shirt with a slogan, this is definitely the collection for you. Here’s what spoke to me this week…

Best of the Bunch: Really, I’m Fine by Stevegoll68 first caught my eye in voting, and I think its smart use of distortion will really shine on the printed shirt.

Nicest Surprise: Slothy Says by Astrobat uses the casual mayhem of retro cartooning to frame a rude saying.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Meditate on This is for everyone who is pretty sure that meditation and daydreaming are pretty much the same thing.

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

01 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Yay, Books! derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot’s Yay, Books! derby offered artists the unique opportunity to create art that works well on both t-shirts and journals, which led to a variety of art styles and approaches. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Unknown Pleasures by thatquietgir1 is a smart repurposing of famous Joy Division imagery as a series of waves to hide Moby Dick.

Explore It All In Books by paxdomino is packed full of action, with dramatic angles that make reading seem every bit as exciting as real sea exploration.

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.

31 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!