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02 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Movie Mashups collection

Cinematic parodies took centerstage in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Movie Mashups plus sale. As you’d expect, nerd fare like comic book movies, Monty Python, and Star Wars references were especially popular. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Voyage to… That’s No Moon by Blairjcampbell takes modern sci-fi to the early days of movie making, and the Death Star’s exaggerated expression really sells the gag.

Nicest Surprise: Visit Isle Beback by Rglee129 was a favorite of mine in voting, and I think its extensive Arnie references will get a lot of laughs in print.

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

01 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Morning Is Coming

Morning Is Coming by TaylorRoss combines coffee with Game of Thrones. For me, the most charming aspect of this piece is how well the coffee’s expression captures the cute, but horrified and generally bewildered look of Jon Snow. I also love the replacement of the sword with a spoon, as it increases the humor of the situation to see a weapon switched with something so safe and toothless. The text is spot-on to the font it parodies, completing the design nicely (and the pale circle background does well to unite the drawing and slogan). All in all, it’s a well-made piece, and should appeal to coffee drinking fantasy fans.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

30 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #663: ROYGBIV

Color is crucial in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #663: ROYGBIV

Now that our color limits are a thing of the past, we’re celebrating with a derby that limits your colors to the colors of the rainbow! Each design must contain some variation/hue of all 7 colors in the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. You can use them however you want, but every color must be present. Limitations: NO RAINBOWS, and no cream tees. You’re better than that.

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.

29 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Where They Belong and more new this week

Where They Belong by Florent Bodart (speakerine) is my favorite Threadless print this week. With its big, leafy tree pattern and exotic animals, it feels like a sophisticated, slightly old-fashioned take on the Hawaiian shirt, making it perfectly timed for summer. In some cases the animals are just layered over the trees haphazardly but where the shirt really shines is when the two halves seem to interact, such as the snake climbing a tree. Birds sometimes float between the scenes, helping the pattern to seem more connected than just a series of unrelated moments. It’s all very effective, with the two colors creating interesting overlaps when the layers meet… and not only that, because the layering makes it difficult to tell which object is foreground and which is background, there animals start to feel a bit like ghosts, inhabiting a separate plane than the foliage around them. That gives the design the potential to be read as a bit of a warning, showing nature both with and without the animals who exist there.

Overthink by ilovedoodle is certainly relatable. It uses the familiar disaster imagery of a nuclear mushroom cloud to represent the way an anxious person might take something small and blow it out of proportion. The upper burst of cloud sports a nervous, frowning face while below it the circular cloud that orbits the explosion’s stalk is transformed into arms and some fidgeting hands, visibly fretting. The one color treatment makes the design feel classic in that minimal, timeless sort of way, and I think the message is one that a lot of people will resonate with.

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).

28 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Bang Bang

Bang Bang by Ludwick has a looseness that I really enjoy, because the frenetic, sketchy style of the art matches the chaos of the robbery scene it aims to create. I like the playfulness of the lettering, which has its word shown in all different angles and arrangements, altering each letter’s height to better curve around the other drawn elements. By keeping all the lettering in a slightly darker tone than the drawings, the art is able to quickly differentiate between sound and picture, making the crowded canvas read more clearly and expressively than one color might have. The one choice I take issue with is the decision to keep the art in a rectangle shape- I feel this takes away from the otherwise freeform, exciting look of the piece and gives the impression that it’s only been printed this way because of the constraints of the printing apparatus. One could argue, though, that it’s an accurate representation of the type of room the scene is happening in, so it probably isn’t a dealbreaker for most viewers. For me, the rectangle is a bit of a bummer, but it pales in comparison to the design’s strengths. In particular, I’m impressed with the way pointed edges repeat throughout the design- the stars, gun explosions, and money bag tops all have a similar shape to them, and it makes viewing this piece very subtly pleasing to the eye.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

27 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Movie Mashups derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot artists had a lot of fun mixing pop culture properties into unique parodies for the Movie Mashups derby. As you’d expect, geek favorites like comic book franchises, Princess Bride and Star Wars were especially popular. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

For Baron of Cloud City by Jennzilla keeps things simple with its combination of Napoleon Dynamite and Star Wars, but that’s a big part of why the humor works so well.

Visit Isle Beback by rglee129 might be the silliest Schwarzenegger shirt of all time with references to all his most famous roles in a beach scene context, and then caps the whole thing off with a gloriously goofy pun.

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.

26 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: What’s Up, Beaches? collection

Shirt.Woot indulged in some sand and sun for their Derby Editor’s Choice: What’s Up, Beaches? plus sale. Whether you love the beach or hate it, all sides of the issue are thoroughly explored. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Yay, Summer! by Walmazan shows every aspect of the beach (from waves to trees and even sharks) having a grand old time, and the enthusiasm is infectious.

Nicest Surprise: Roadtrip to the Beach by Gammaray85 has been a favorite of mine since voting for its crisp silhouettes and perfectly summery color scheme.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Hot Beach just wishes that nature had air conditioning.

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