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06 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Battle

pampling space battle

Space Battle by 2mzdesign has some fun with those miniature rides often found in front of grocery stores, giving it a space battle theme and showing tiny versions of our favorite pop culture aliens lining up for their chance to ride it. The best moment is ET, who reaches that familiar finger forward to push the machine’s button. It’s neat to see all these characters (especially the bad guys) drawn with little kid proportions. But where this design falls a bit flat is with the background- it’s a murky white mess, resembling nothing so much as a poorly erased chalkboard. I think the whole shirt would be stronger if the background was either substantially faded, or if something that made more sense was used instead (such as the faint suggestion of a convenience store entrance, or maybe a planet).

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

05 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Insight and more new this week

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Insight by Mathiole (mathiole) is my pick for the week’s best shirt. I love the surreal concept, which transforms the head into a strange, layered place packed with light. The lightbulb in the center attracts a host of insects, their wings thin and flitting as they reflect back the brightness. There’s also something really lovely about the milky white shades of the ink and the way they slowly fade into the shirt color. That said, a couple of anatomical choices make me question the art a bit- the mouth doesn’t feel centered over the chin, and the apple of the cheeks appears to rest really low on the face. Maybe it’s a trick of the lighting?

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Big Chew by Aneeshvini (anivini) treads some very familiar territory, showing a dog in search of a truly great bone and endeavoring to obtain it from a dinosaur skeleton. Definitely not a new gag, but usually when I see it done the dinosaur (or dinosaur skeleton) is unaware of the dog’s efforts and part of the humor comes from seeing how ineffective the dog is. This design heads in a slightly different direction, making the T-Rex’s structure whip around to see what the dog is doing, mouth open in a primal roar and the threat of retribution looming. So I do like that there’s at least some point of difference between this piece and what I’ve seen before, although the more realistic art style doesn’t get me laughing quite as much as a more stylized, cartoon shirt might have.

Ministry of Silly Portal by Marco Pedrazzoli (maped) feels oddly timed, coming as it does seven years after the game was released and referencing something even older. At this point, doesn’t everyone who wants a straightforward Portal shirt already have one? I mean, I guess the joke here is about the repetitive nature of a silly walk, but it doesn’t really come together for me. Maybe the references would land better if there was more integration, with the walker toting a portal gun instead of the briefcase. But as-is, they just don’t feel right together.

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Radicat by Marcela Londono (marcelava) is a nice big print of a skateboarding cat, drawn in 3D style for extra awesomeness. It’s also the kind of shirt that’s tough to review, because there’s no deeper meaning or risky illustration choice- it’s exactly what it looks like, and you either like it or you don’t. And for me, it’s definitely enjoyable- I like seeing the traditional risk-taking and “don’t care” attitude of a house cat translated into human behavior.

Luella by Soffronia (Soffronia) is probably the week’s most artistic print. It’s extremely well-crafted, particularly with the realistic shading of the raincloud (possessing all the splotches and heaviness of the real thing). The girl’s anatomy makes sense, and there are even interesting style choices being made (how about those pink cheeks and the striped shirt?). All in all, excellent work. In fact, there’s only one thing that stopped this from being my favorite design of the week- the shape of the art. For all the design’s success, its proportions and abrupt ending at the bottom make this a piece that doesn’t feel as though it was made with the shape of the shirt in mind. And that’s too bad, because with this idea, skill and style taking advantage of the shirt’s entire canvas and possibilities, I think we could have been looking at something truly exceptional.

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.

04 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #372: Rainbows and Spectrums

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Get ready for some very colorful shirts, because Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is Rainbows and Spectrums! Here’s what they’re looking for:

This week, we want you to play with all the colors of the rainbow! [Within certain parameters.] Let your imagination run wild! [And then temper those ambitions a bit.]

-No Crème tees.

-Only 6 print colors allowed, so be crafty.

-In Estonia, they that believe if you point at a rainbow, your finger will fall off.

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.

03 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Adorable collection

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Shirt.Woot’s latest derby was all about Adorable designs, so this plus sale is jam-packed with cuteness. There’s also quite an abundance of Groot, whose likeness graces a whopping three of the total ten designs.

Best of the Bunch: I was charmed by the robot battle in Ador-a-Brawl!

Nicest Surprise: Axolotl Moon is so weird and unexpected I can’t help but like it.

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

02 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hoodies 3 contest

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Camiseteria has a history of interesting, innovative hoodie prints, so I’m excited for their Hoodies 3 competition! This contest includes both pullover hoodies and zip-up hoodies, so possibilities are pretty wide open.

Enter before October 1st, 2014 for your chance to win. Three winners will each earn their choice of A) R$1100 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products or B) R$1300 cash.

01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Space Ship

camiseteria space ship

Space Ship by Fernando is the kind of pun-based design I love to see, the kind that doesn’t need the title to make sense and get the viewer to smile. There’s something really beautiful about answering the challenges of space travel with an old-fashioned solution. It’s fun to think of distant stars forming currents, and leaving your destination up to fate as you coast through the universe. That said, I’m not sure this design actually needs all those lines- to me, just seeing the ship in a bunch of dots makes it feel like water, and the lines break the galaxy illusion up more than necessary. Still, it’s a very solid, wearable piece!

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

31 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Yetee’s Rule the Internet contest

the yetee rule the internet

The Yetee has a nice contest this Fall for artists who print at their site! In the Rule the Internet contest, there’ll be prizes available to both the artist with the most approved designs and the artist with the best-selling design. There’s also a nice commission increase ($2 per shirt instead of the usual $1.50 per shirt) for designs that exclusively debut at The Yetee.

This contest runs from September 1st through October 31st, 2014. The artist with the most approved designs will earn a 256GB Cintiq Companion. The artist with the best-selling design will get a handheld gaming super bundle.