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17 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Dieta da Morte

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Dieta da Morte by Camila Matos is a smart takedown of fast food, using a huge assortment of junk foods to create the shape of the grim reaper. There’s a lot to like about the way the art comes together, particularly in the range of foods shown- it’s not just burger and fries, bacon, sodas, breads, donuts, pizzas and even a carton of Chinese takeout all make an appearance. I also like the choice to show the eater as passed out mid-bite in his recliner, still clutching his snacks and with a bit dribbling down his chin. It raises the question of whether the reaper has already struck, or whether this guy is just in the throes of a particularly deep food coma.

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

16 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 14 New Designs from the Shirt-Off

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Shirt.Woot mixed in a lot of brand new art to their recent Shirt-Off, offering a new design every half hour from 9am to 5pm. Since few people are able to stay glued to their screens for the whole event, the 14 New Designs from the Shirt-Off are currently available for purchase in a plus sale!

Best of the Bunch: Treasure of the Deep features some great use of negative space, and a wonderfully foreboding atmosphere.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Explore this New World imagines aliens landing in the ocean.

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

15 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: The Mysterious Game of the Throne and more new this week

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The Mysterious Game of the Throne by buko (buko) is definitely Threadless’s stand out design this week, using the pages of a novel to form a dramatic fantasy scene. I think what makes it work is that anyone who enjoys a good story can relate to it, with the way the book’s words leap off the page and create a new world. So even though the specifics are about the Game of Thrones world, that’s more a bonus for those fans than something that would limit non-fans from appreciating the art. Plus, there’s a lot of great detail on display, with the book exuding warmth and each element rendered with dimension and shadows.

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Attack! by Carbine (digital orgasm) is the kind of huge, dramatic print I love to see, carrying its artwork from almost the bottom hem and all the way up to the shoulders. The scale of the art makes the chaos it depicts even more intense, like it might flow right off the fabric and engulf you. There’s also an added bonus in that the large size of the print makes it easier to appreciate the style of the artwork, all shaded with thinly inked lines that convey a frantic, nervous feeling. Gorgeous.

Ghost Bulb by Luis Romero (lxromero) is a glow in the dark gag that doesn’t quite work for me. The concept is that a lightbulb is actually full of tiny ghosts, hinging on the idea that ghosts are often depicted as glowing a bit. The problem I have, though, is that it’s very what-you-see-is-what-you-get… there’s no reveal. No moment where you see something ordinary and then suddenly see it in a new way. To me, that’s almost the equivalent of shouting “orange you glad I didn’t say banana again!” without ever having bothered to tell a knock-knock joke in the first place. It’s sort of just odd rather than funny. To me, it’s kind of a waste of glow ink to have the night time reveal be exactly the same as the daylight version.

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Good Mourning by Tony Riff (citizen rifferson) gives a hilarious twist to the idea of the dead rising, likening it to waking up in the morning when your alarm goes off. That’s not a new joke, but it’s made to feel new in its execution, which focuses on the energy and proactiveness of the skeletal hero. This is a guy who always wakes up on the right side of the tomb, ready to begin the day with gusto. It’s an admirable quality. And how great is the type work on this one, all shaky and metal-inspired? Perfect.

Jellyfish by eggzoo (eggzoo) stands out immediately with its bright color palette- it really almost seems to glow. The neon shades make it feel appropriately poisonous and dangerous, and there’s a strong sense of motion captured in the curves of the tendrils. But what really makes the shirt a huge success to me is the huge size of the print- it leaves you feeling like this isn’t just any jellyfish, it’s an absolute giant of a creature lurking only in the deepest depths of the ocean. It’s something special.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

14 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #369: Literary Classics as Video Games

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Shirt.Woot is looking for something very specific in this week’s derbyLiterary Classics as Video Games! Here’s how they describe the theme:

Do you ever wonder what the Aeneid would look like in 8-bit? What do you mean “no?” This week, we want you to turn a PUBLIC DOMAIN literary classic into a video game. If you’re anything like us, your long-dormant-high-school-self is probably elated right about now.

No creme tees!!

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

13 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Win 20K contest

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Threadless’s big Win 20K contest is now live, and there’s also a new feature debuting- the ability to fund shirts. The concept is that instead of just rating designs, customers can fund the design by filling out an order right then and there. If a shirt gets 50 preorders, it’s printed and sent out to all the funders (and in most cases it’ll also be added to Threadless’s catalog, leading to even more buys). This feature currently only applies to the Win 20K entries, but if it’s successful expect to see it roll out to other entries as well. Check out the contest page and video for full details.

Enter before September 2nd, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $20,000 cash, 20% royalties based on net profits (paid on a monthly basis), and a $250 Threadless gift code.

12 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Needlework collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Needlework derby just posted winners this weekend, so now it’s time for the designs that didn’t quite make the cut in voting to get their shot at printed glory! It’s nice to see all types of needle and knit related craft represented in so many different ways, but here are the two shirts that stood out to me the most:

Best of the Bunch: For the Love of the Craft mixes Lovecraft and crafting, and looks great while doing it!

Nicest Surprise: I’m totally impressed by Stringiform‘s unique approach to the derby theme.

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

11 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Shovel Knight contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest contest is all about the quirky game Shovel Knight! They’re looking for designs that would fit in to the Shovel Knight universe, featuring the characters and logos found in the game.

Enter before September 2nd, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $500 cash (which could increase to as much as $1500 depending on voting), plus an unlock code for Shovel Knight Deluxe. Three Guest Judges Picks will each get $300 cash and an unlock code for Shovel Knight Deluxe. Retailer Picks will each receive $300 cash, will have their design sold exclusively at the retailer, and will get an unlock code for Shovel Knight Deluxe. Additionally, the top ten Runners Up will each get a Shovel Knight game code for Steam, WiiU, or 3DS.