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08 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Ninjesus and more new this week

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Lord of the Ring by Vo Maria (vo maria) translates the fantasy world of Lord of the Rings into a boxing poster. It’s a great juxtaposition, in part because athletics and geeky books rarely collide like this, and of course in part because the characters’ fantasy accoutrements are so ill-suited for the sport. Galdalf’s beard is especially silly-looking, and he looks every bit the underdog against his opponent’s clawed gloves. I’m guessing that there are some jokes being made in the text that heighten the humor as well (there’s not an actual Lord of the Ring in the book, right?) but I’m not familiar enough with the subject matter to catch it. At any rate, the boxing poster look is very strong and I think the uneven baseline of the lettering is a good choice that helps the artwork to feel crafted rather than just typed on a computer.

Bent Not Broken by Mickillinit (Mickillinit) is a weird one for me. I feel like I understand what the goal was, to show wings and a spine that have been battered but remain strong, but that’s not really what comes across to me. Instead, I’m put in mind of an angel with curvature of the spine. Wings and a back brace. To make matters worse, the printing really doesn’t do the concept any favors- it’s on the front of the shirt rather than the back (who the heck has wings coming out of their chest?) and the small print size means that the design’s pelvis sits just below the wearer’s ribs. I think a smarter angle would have been to simply fade out the spine into the fabric color, avoiding the sizing problem entirely.

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Tree Rex by Natellis (Neight-Bit) is kind of like the cousin to another shirt I enjoy, Mammoth Trees at Shirt.Woot. Who knew there were so many prehistoric creatures lurking in the trees? It makes sense, though, both because of the tradition of sculpting topiaries into shapes like this and because of the way we’re all inclined to look for shapes in the clouds. Sometimes it’s just fun to let your imagination get away with you. What I enjoy the most about this design is how complete it is- it gives you the tree that looks like a T-Rex, but also shows how it got that way with a tiny human trimmer who tightens up the leafy grooming. And it’s even a step more complex- the crane the man stands on has a brontosaurus logo on the back, and the whole object’s shadow looks unmistakably smooth and dino-ish. That’s extra fun because of the herbivore connection. It’s a fun visual journey, and so silly you can’t help but smile at it.

Ninjesus by Mathiole and Hafaell Pereira (mathiole) is the big 20K winner and my favorite shirt of the week. Comments on the Threadless product page show that it’s a bit of a controversial pick, but it’s definitely not the first time Threadless found humor in putting Jesus in an unexpected situation (sup Air Jesus). And I think the juxtaposition of Jesus’s peaceful ways with the hard-hitting, baddie-kicking ways of a martial arts action movie is a great choice for the piece, precisely because it evokes strong emotions (both good and bad) from viewers and because the unexpectedness helps with the humor. Of course, the subject matter isn’t the only comment page controversy for this one- many have also picked up that the design is heavily based on the movie poster for Gymkata. And indeed, so much of the posing comes right from the poster that I think there is some room for concern, since this design is not a Gymkata parody and doesn’t wear that influence on its sleeve. That creates an awkward situation for Threadless if they were unaware of the reference, as it may be somewhat legally dicey (only parody is protected legally, other forms of derivative work are not). As long as Threadless was aware of the situation, though, I see no issue with this design as the 20K winner- it’s theirs to give, and ultimately this is a design the public expressed a lot of interest in during voting. Can’t blame them for giving the people what they want!

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.

07 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Geometrico contest

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Camiseteria‘s latest themed contest is Geométrico, seeking geometry-inspired designs. Even better, they’ve also set up a Pinterest board packed with inspiration. I love that way of communicating what they’re looking for, because it’s a great solution for avoiding language barriers and getting the visual information to as many artists as possible.

Enter before November 7th, 2014 for your chance to win. Each of three winners gets their choice of two prizes, either 1) R$1.100 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products, or 2) R$1.300 cash.

06 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Piratas do Cogumelo

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Piratas do Cogumelo by Douglas Evangelista gives Mario some skull and crossbones style, to great effect. I think what really works about this one is the way it so deftly melds elements from both the Mario and pirate universes, creating a final design clearly influenced by both but that feels original and fresh. Potted pirana plants make a good substitute for the crossed bones, and are probably the most strong Mario influence in the piece. But his mustache and hat also keep him very recognizable, even though he’s been dolled up with an eyepatch and earrings. It’s too bad about this print being so plain, though- black ink on a white shirt can feel a bit cheap, so I hope its still able to reach the maximum audience.

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

05 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s A Day in the Park

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A Day in the Park by Mutelines is a really smart twist on a familiar sight, translating the carnival photo op into something more appropriate for the aliens of Alien. Here, instead of pretending to be strongmen, lifeguards or buff beach-goers as humans might, the aliens sport cheesy grins as they re-enact a little chest-bursting. There are some great spots of humor included, like the prop’s cartoon agony contrasting so well with the cheery emotion of the aliens, the way the photographer’s tail grips a festive red balloon, and the inclusion of their young pet. It’s also a nice touch that the extreme length of the alien’s face works so well with the cut-out. All in all, very memorable work.

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

04 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blank You Very Much’s Asphalt Yacht Club contest

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Blank You Very Much‘s latest contest is with the clothing line Asphalt Yacht Club, founded by pro skateboarder Stevie Williams. They’re looking for a new t-shirt design and assets are provided.

Enter before October 27th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $500 cash.

03 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Famous Quotations collection

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Shirt.Woot’s recent Famous Quotations derby had artists pulling quotes from all kinds of places, ranging from TV and movies to puns and common sayings. Here’s a look at two prints from the plus sale:

Best of the Bunch: I Buy Books is definitely easy to relate to (even though it could use more space after the comma on the bottom line).

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My Sagan/Lego mashup Made of Stardust made the cut!

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

02 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #376: Fall and Octoberfest

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is all about Fall and Octoberfest, so it’s well-timed for the season. This is also part of Woot’s 10K cup, giving artists some extra incentive to enter. Woot is a little short on details this time, but here’s how they describe what they’re looking for:

Do something autumnal. Maybe about pie. Maybe make us a pie. – 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.