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11 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Carnival Party

pampling the carnival party

The Carnival Party by Arinesart really won me over with the novelty of its concept- I mean, how often do you see a mash-up where the characters are all self-aware of the mash-up being created? This costume party is a great set up, and I think the specific use of two cartoon couples from different eras works well to form a design fans of all eras can appreciate. I like the way each character reacts in a different way- Homer is sullen, Marge is surprised, Wilma is delighted, and Fred is downright angry. It’s a strong reflection of the personality of each, and their differing reactions add depth to the humor. I suspect there are also some easter egg moments in those silhouettes at the back of the design (perhaps other famous cartoons?) but sadly I can’t quite see enough detail to confirm. Either way, though, it’s a very complete exploration of the idea, and one that reads clearly and comfortably. Great work!

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

10 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Bad Luck contest

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Lots of people have lucky shirts, but Threadless is trying something a little different with their new Bad Luck design competition:

Do you avoid black cats like the plague? Maintain a 10 ft. distance from ladders at all times? Respond to every single chain email at such capacity that all your friends have blocked you as a recipient? Well, my friend, seems like you’re living in fear of what we’re unofficially prescribing as “bad luck paranoia”. The good news is, since we sort of made this condition up, we’ve also got the cure: channel that anxious energy into an awesome t-shirt design.

Whatever comes to mind when you think of “bad luck”, put pen to paper and reimagine it anew. Do crazy things with open umbrellas indoors. Take the number 13 and give it a whole new persona. Oh that time you turned on the bathroom light and the mirror instantly shattered? First of all, yikes. Second of all, put the pieces back together in the form of super sweet art.

We wish you only one thing on this mission: Good luck working with all this bad luck.

Enter before January 30th, 2015 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 ThinkGeek gift certificate.

09 January 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Threadless: Unlucky Cat and more new this week

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Unlucky Cat by Jeffrey Clarence Apostol (humandefect1989) leaped out as the best of the week, with a kind of cute menace that you don’t have to be familiar with Lucky Cats to find hilarious. I like the subtlety of having the main Maneki Neko nod be in the red, white and yellow color palette, with thick black outlines reminiscent of that other Asian feline favorite, Hello Kitty. It makes this badass cat still have the trappings of cuteness even as it scowls at the viewer and gives them the finger. The nearly-offensive shirt and bright green tats add personality and extra aggressiveness for the perfect finishing touch.

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My Grandma Likes Dinosaurs by Daniela Dix (Daniela Dix) is actually the second dinosaur and comet themed sweater-style shirt I’ve seen this season, the first being Shirt.Woot’s Knitastrophic. And unfortunately for Grandma, I think Woot’s take was the stronger one due to its superior composition and inclusion of a skeleton at the bottom. When comparing the two it’s hard not to notice that the stripes of diamonds, while sweater-y, don’t really fit in with the style of the rest. Plus, the dinosaurs are flatter and more haphazardly arranged, missing the nature flow of Woot’s. That said, Grandma made a great call on the brightly colored palette- this is definitely a design that jumps right out at you, and it conveys the enthusiasm of a kid who just really loves all things prehistoric.

WAITING FOR MY FISH by NARNIAZ (NARNIAZ) initially put me in mind of a technicolor mutant Keane painting, since that kitty’s large eyes are such a focal point. But on a closer look, all the cat’s features are a bit enlarged, especially his big ears and fat little paws- all combining to make him seem more kitten-like, despite his monstrous size. I like the buildings in the back (a lighthouse and farmhouse, both broadcasting that this is a remote, empty place) that make it clear this cat could be a real danger- whether he intends to be or not. Some Godzilla stuff might be about to go down… but maybe not if you give him a big ol bowl of milk and hook this guy up with a sweet belly rub. Of course, you wouldn’t want him to purr too much- it could start an earthquake!

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Weight Lifting Accident by Ben Chen (ben chen) is well-timed, and would be an excellent gym shirt for folks who had exercising as a New Years resolution. What I like about this one is the way it takes a common gym fear (trying to lift too much and getting trapped by the bar) and spins it out into a genuinely catastrophic situation, the thin crust of an egg’s shell getting cracked literally in two. In addition to just being a funny gag, seeing something like this is weirdly energizing, kind of makes you want to get out there and do it right. Also, how great are that egg’s empty eyes?

Jesus McFly by Julien Croyal (c-royal) is a great concept, but one that I think is poorly suited to being a shirt design. The problem as I see it is that very, very few viewers are likely to make the connection that this is a Back to the Future parody. The only clue to this is the hoverboard, which frankly just looks like a badly drawn surfboard if you’re not paying attention. I’d have liked to see some other Back to the Future clues tucked away to make it work (maybe he could be holding the sports almanac or Biff and pals could be seen in the distance?). But as-is, I don’t think this design makes the most of the idea. It’d be a great piece of sketch comedy, but needs a lot more happening before it would read clearly and consistently as a still image.

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.

08 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #403: Eggplant

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Shirt.Woot has another shirt color themed derby to kick things off this week:

Starting Friday: Derby #403: Eggplant

Look, I don’t know how you’re gonna do this, but they’re telling me that this week you need to do a design on an eggplant. Maybe you’ll draw on it, maybe you’ll sculpt something OUT of eggplant, I’m not sure. I’m not the artist here. The only thing I know about eggplants is -

Oooooh. You’re designing on an AA Eggplant TEE SHIRT. What an hilarious misunderstanding.


Use the hex code #542C5E as the Eggplant shirt color or use this swatch.

This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, 5 other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a Plus sale on the following Monday.

Starting Monday: Derby #404: True Love

(no Creme Tees!)

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.


07 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Table Titans contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest design contest is for the comic Table Titans, which focuses on the role-playing adventures of a group of friends.

Enter before February 17th, 2015 for your chance to win.One Grand Prize winner will earn $800 cash (which could rise as high as $1200 depending on voting). Three Guest Judges’ Picks will each receive $400. One Runner-Up will get $150.

06 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Inactivity Tees & Hoodies collection

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Shirt.Woot celebrated the joys of Inactivity with their most recent derbies, so this week’s plus sale prints are all about the joys of relaxing and taking things slow. Here are two stand outs:

Best of the Inactivity Tees: Hibernating 4 Life is a charming look at how yetis spend their winters.

Inactivity Hoodie I Am Most Biased About: My design Try Again Later… has a progress bar just for procrastinators.

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

05 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Ubersee Collateral Edition

camiseteria ubersee collateral edition

Camiseteria’s Collateral collection of higher end t-shirts gained a new garment with Ubersee by Nina. There are a few things I really enjoy about this shirt, but one is the way it uses one ink color to really let the unique gradient in the shirt color shine. Purple and pink meet in a jagged line that cuts right through the central Ubersee text, truly making the effect and the artwork work together in a way that increases the impact of both. By choosing to make the two shirt colors meet harshly and compactly (rather than slowly gradating over a larger area) the artwork becomes split in two, with elements in the top of the design a different color than those in the lower section. It’s an interesting, cool look and I’d love to see it applied in a way that affects the meaning of the artwork to a greater degree (for instance, white ink showing an animal while blue and green shirt color implies an environment, or two shades of blue for an underwater effect). There’s so much potential in this approach to the shirt fabric!

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