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08 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nothing To See Here and more new this week

Nothing to See Here by Fox Shiver (FoxShiver) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The best part of it is how genuinely sinister and sneaky those cats look with their small, narrow eyes. By minimizing the cats’s facial features and keeping the details sparse, these cats lose their individuality and cuteness to become a herd of indistinguishable feline plotters instead. The style used is so loose and focused on exterior lines that the cats’s front legs are practically lost entirely, making them seem more like creatures than house pets. It’s brilliant, because they make the viewer uncomfortable before they’re even aware why looking at these cats feels wrong and creepy. The detail of the plans laid out between the cats is a nice finishing touch and does a good job of cementing the theme.

WAVES OF SHARKS by Elizabeth (Agamat ni Inkong) is a fun, summer-y all-over print that updates a classic wave or scallop pattern look to include shark fins. The subtlety of it is what makes it work, so that it still feels traditional but with freshness brought by the bright color and a humorous spark once the viewer correctly guesses what those triangles are meant to represent. While I admit that when I look at this part of me wishes the shark fins were less frequent (because with fewer fins, it would be more obvious that they’re sharks and thus the humor would be more obvious and heightened), there’s also a strong argument to be made for this approach because it helps the art to be more wearable by being less gimmicky.

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).

07 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Vintage Slogans & Logos collection

Retro looks came back in style with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Vintage Slogans & Logos plus sale. From pop culture parodies to artistic text treatments and timeless humor, there’s a pretty broad swathe of pieces to choose from! Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Pick a Color by thatquietgir1 is a smart, classic take on something everyone remembers from their school days.

Nicest Surprise: Edible Circles by ApeLad first impressed me in voting with its silly sloganing, and I’m glad to see it printed.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design Floppy Forever sings the praises of obsolete data storage, while Night Owl Cola aims to keep you up all night.

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

06 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Fall is for Shirts derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Fall is for Shirts derby ushered in autumn with a cornucopia of designs featuring warm color palettes, woodsy animals, comfort food, and of course a healthy dose of falling leaves in brilliant colors. Here’s what caught my eye…

Fox Falling by PixelPants is a seriously impressive piece (and one that would certainly have made the derby’s top three if entered earlier). I love the rustic texture, and the way the leaves curve to make this leafy fox feel fully three dimensional.

I Am The Forest by yazmoq takes an interesting approach to a deer silhouette, almost making the face and antlers a second thought by putting all the visual emphasis on the vibrant forest tucked away in the neck. It’s a beautiful scene, and I’m curious how its effect would change if the same art were applied to a shirt color that highlighted the sky’s dark blues more.

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.

05 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Music 2 design contest

Threadless has definitely been tuned in to what t-shirt fans love, because their latest themed design competition is Music 2. Here’s what they’re looking for…

What music gets your heart beating? Jazz? Classic rock? Punk? No matter what kind of music serves as the soundtrack of your life, trade foot-tapping for pencil-tapping by channeling those tunes and composing a music-inspired art piece! Create a stylized timeline of the history of music. Make an all-over synesthesia-inspired design representing different types of music with color bursts and patterns. Recreate famous figures as headbangers, or illustrate what kind of animals would listen to what kind of music!

Einstein himself said, “I see my life in terms of music.” And who are we to question a genius? Go cause some treble and create a design that strikes a chord with us! Don’t forget to think outside the vinyl crate!

PSA: Dance your way to safe submissions and follow the rules of parody and copyright. Rocknf’nroll.

This contest opens to entries on September 8th, 2017 and ends on September 22nd, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/8/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

04 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Dog Star

Dog Star by Rodisley Jose da Silva capitalizes on a ringed planet’s similarity to a frisbee, showing a dog-shaped constellation leaping to catch it. I think part of why it works conceptually is that there’s already a lot of dog imagery and reference in outer space, like Pluto and the titular dog star. There’s also something relatable about the sheer intensity and excitement dogs have about their favorite toys- it’s the same way a lot of sci-fi geeks feel about space. And just as we look at this design and see stars shaped like a dog, that dog looks at a planet and sees a toy disc. That’s the fun of space, we don’t know for sure what’s out there so we’re free to project our dreams onto it. The design has an idea that works, and it’s executed beautifully with a realistic splatter of stars and soft detail on the planet that makes it look real and dimensional.

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

03 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: The Missing Peace and more new this week

The Missing Peace by aparaat (aparaat) won Threadless’s Negative Space 2 challenge, and it’s also my favorite design this week. The pun is perfectly distilled into its most elegant solution possible, appearing at first to be an ordinary puzzle piece with a branch graphic on it. But very quickly the full purpose of the image becomes clear, and the viewer sees that the shape on the left isn’t just an ordinary jigsaw cut- it’s the smooth, gentle shape of a dove’s head, only barely distinguishable from the puzzle’s other shapes. It all feels very classic and timeless, which is amplified by the slight distressing of the ink that helps to give the shirt a vintage quality.

Dead Inside by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is definitely a cute take on the phrase, with a cheerful coffin proudly proclaiming his status. The details are what really sell this concept, with big, bright eyes, the suggestion of buckteeth, and even a slight bend to his legs that give him a jaunty, jovial feel. The cutest moment is the inclusion of the flower, which sits where an ear might be like some tropical flair, while at the same time reinforcing the funerary theme. Well done and very wearable.

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 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #620: GONE!

Shirt.Woot is thinking about what can’t be seen with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #620: GONE!

Things fade. Stuff disappears. Seasons get cancelled. Everything dies. Your kid brother eats the last bowl of your favorite cereal with that stupid, smug look on his face. So yeah, the theme for next week’s Derby is: Gone. (No, the topic isn’t missing, nerd. Gone IS the topic). Also, cream tees are long gone.

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.