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06 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dystopia design contest

Threadless embraces pessimistic futures with their Dystopia design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Channel your inner Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, & Margaret Atwood and think up your very own “Brave New World” for a dystopian-inspired design. What society-gone-wrong will you think up? Fake propaganda posters for a society of the not-so-near future? Perhaps a commentary on the current state of the world? Maybe comedic gathering of the great dystopian writers of history? An original outlook of plight yet to come?

Dystopian narratives paint a portrait of the world around us reimagined through the question, “what if…?” So binge some Black Mirror or rewatch Blade Runner, maybe pick up that copy of The Giver you still have from middle school, and get creating!

This contest opens to entries on February 9th, 2018 and ends on February 23rd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, with additional prizing to be announced on 2/9/18. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

05 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Qwertee’s Artist Appreciation Month

It’s Artist Appreciation Month again at Qwertee, and that means big prizes for top performing artists! Here’s what’s up for grabs…

1st Place (most popular design sold that month): $3500

2nd Place (2nd most popular design sold that month): $1000

3rd Place (3rd most popular design sold that month): $500

Enter quickly for your chance to win- all designs printed between February 1st and March 15th are potentially eligible to win. You can submit normally and proceed through the voting process, or bypass voting entirely with Quick Submit.

04 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Spreadshirt’s Girl Power design contest

Spreadshirt salutes the fight for gender equality with their new Girl Power design contest. Upload and publish your design tagged “womancontest” to the Spreadshirt marketplace to enter. Spreadshirt will select ten finalists, using Facebook votes to determine the winners.

Enter before February 15th, 2018 for your chance to win. First place earns $500, second place receives $250, and third place will get $100.

03 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #641: St. Patrick’s Day

As the calendar marches towards, well, March, Shirt.Woot has a holiday derby theme on the way…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #641: St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s favorite Irish holiday is just around the Blarney Stone, so give us your best tees about luck, beer, leprechauns, we want it all. Except 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.

02 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Born to Rock

Born to Rock by Fil Gouvea makes a lot happen with just one color, combining classic rock phrases, poses, and references into a piece that is packed with material music fans will love to pore over. I especially like the amount of time it covers, from early legends like the Beatles to later favorites like Nirvana. That breadth helps the design to feel rich in history, worthy of a trivia buff’s efforts to list out all the people, bands, and moments that these silhouettes call out. The loose, rough around the edges illustration style suits the material well, giving it the same kind of handmade quality a rock flyer might have. Looking at this art, though, I very much wish an all-over print version was also available- with a design this energetic, it feels wrong to have it contained to just a tight rectangle on the shirt.

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

01 February 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: If Not Now and more new this week

If Not Now by Katie Lukes (k_lukes) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I’m impressed with how smart the presentation is, using stacked letters to make some word fragments read twice. The innovative look reflects the attitude of change personified by the slogan, making it even more impactful. The letterforms are spiced up with a bit of texture, pairs of thin lines that cut through the solidness to add interest. I like the way it leaves the art feeling almost painted, like bristles left their mark on the fabric.

Lonely Tree by bulo (bulo) won Threadless’s Winter challenge, and it definitely conveys a strong feeling of the peaceful solitude of that season. By creating a limited area of bright blue watercolor sky, the artist allows the entire rest of the shirt’s white fabric to read as snow. Only a few spindly black forms cut through this landscape, a a bare pair of trees and a lonely stag (whose thin antlers and tapered legs almost fade in the blue). The closest tree is a major focal point, and the understated chaos of its short, broken branches make it interesting to look at, almost seeming to possess a kind of rugged, contrary personality. White specks cut through its form, letting us know that even as we look at this scene, the snow is still falling. This is a well-made piece, and one that communicates the sense of winter very well.

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).

31 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Civility derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Civility derby had artists praising the merits of politeness and being nice. Animals, tea, and slogans were especially popular, but here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

No Nukes, Good Nukes by ste7enl is probably the week’s most creative text treatment, with wonderfully illustrative letterforms that help sell the shirt’s message.

Gesundheit, Bub by ApeLad is a smart take on politeness, using superheroes and Wolverine’s odd speech patterns to create a really funny moment. Part of the fun is that since we just see the aftermath, it’s up to the viewer to imagine the sneeze.

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.