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07 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Types of Beer

Types of Beer by Vallina84 has a lot of fun with different beer types, turning each into a funny character. Classic sports a monocle, mustache and little derby hat, which Red is a romantic with a rose in his mouth and hearts in his foam. Dark is a gloomy fellow with rain clouds circling his dome, while his opposite Light is an upbeat exerciser who pumps iron and wears a sweatband. The star of it all, though, is the jubilant Oktoberfest at the bottom, joined by several of his friends and a bloated mug that looks near bursting with drink. It’s the kind of shirt I think most beer fans could appreciate, and it’s fun to see what character is drawn for your favorite type.

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).

06 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Digital Cross Stitch design contest

Threadless takes an old-fashioned art style and updates it with their new Digital Cross Stitch design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Get crafty. Bring the classic art of Cross Stitch into the modern age by creating a digital Cross Stitch design! In case you’re not up to speed on your arts and crafts, Cross Stitching is a form of embroidery where images are created using X-shaped stitches…think of it like the original version of pixels making up an image. And we want you to make your own! Perhaps it’s a cute and classic design your grandma would be proud of. Or perhaps it’s dropping an F-bomb in an oh-so-fancy way.

This contest opens to entries on May 11th, 2018 and ends on May 25th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with additional prizing to be announced on 5/11/18). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

05 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #655: A CATastrophe!

Dogs had their turn in the spotlight recently, so Shirt.Woot is balancing things out with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #655: A CATastrophe!

We recently had a dog derby….so…even though some would aruge that EVERY derby is a cat derby, we’re just gonna bite the bullet and do this. So grab your lint rollers, prep the litterboxes, and BRING ON THE CATS! No Schrodinger, no “purr” puns, and no cream tees.

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.

04 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Peignons les Roses en Rouge

Peignons les Roses en Rouge by Amandine Meyer stands out in a big way due to its innovative style. While I’ve seen a lot of watercolor shirts, I’ve never seen one use the technique in quite this way. Splitting the art into shards that come to a point in the center, each slice has a different coloring. Because these pieces are all filled with watercolor, there’s some really beautiful fading and soft edges were sections meet, creating a design that feels like looking into the distance through colorful stained glass. An interesting aspect of the artwork is that it’s not just the colors that shift as the section changes, elements can also disappear at those edges. It makes the figure of the girl in the center, whose presence is always consistent, feel even more like a focal point, a traveller through a chaotic (but beautiful) landscape.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

03 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nap-o-matic and more new this week

Nap-o-matic by Vó Maria (vomaria) is my favorite design this week. It’s a piece that first caught my eye in a Shirt.Woot derby, and the design is just as appealing now that it’s made it to Threadless’s catalog. There’s a lot to like about this one, particularly in how well it apes the look of real vintage advertisements. Smart font choices and heavy use of halftone dots immediately convey the feeling of the past, but with a sense of humor that is very contemporary. Laptop owners know well the complications of having a cat who loves to curl up on its warm keyboard, and it’s funny to see that same logic applied to the bulky, uncomfortable frame of an old fashioned computer.

Hugsss by Steven Rhodes is another entry in the artist’s series of vintage-inspired parodies, this time reframing a child about to be crushed by a snake as a poster boy for hugging. It’s an instantly funny image, especially because of the way the boy seems to look right into the eyes of the snake- one calm and curious, the other a cold-blooded predator with fangs ready to bite. This kind of juxtaposition works because it plays with the unsafe, slightly seedy vibe that 70s era kids material now seems to have, taking that association and making it undeniably blatant so that it almost feels like an artifact from a not-to-distant alternate history. The one thing I slightly question is how the design reads to people who aren’t familiar with the rest of the artist’s series- to me, it reads as a book cover because of the border and because that’s what most of the artist’s other designs take their inspiration from. But to newcomers, does the framing seem strange, maybe in need of more context? Hard to say.

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 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

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

Shirt.Woot focused on the ladies for their Derby Editor’s Choice: Women plus sale. Because of the timing there’s a lot of emphasis on Mother’s Day, but quite a few feminist and pop culture designs as well. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Interstellar Bond by Patrickspens has been a favorite of mine since voting for its sophisticated take on constellations and a fox family.

Nicest Surprise: She’ll Do It Every Time by Apelad was another voting favorite for its smart parodying of a propaganda classic.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Women and Cats is based on a Heinlein quote, intended to capture a sense of independence and confidence.

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

01 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Gr80s derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot put their nostalgia goggles on for the retro-riffic The Gr80s derby. Slogans and pop culture characters are out in full force! Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

80s Forever by thehookshot is both a good-looking design and a delight to trivia fans, peppering the letterforms with silhouettes and shapes that recall the decade’s biggest moments and objects.

Arcade Madness by mekazoo combines two gaming favorites in a smooth, natural way that gives PacMan and Space Invaders equal billing.

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.