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11 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Woot’s The GIF That Keeps on GIFFING animated gif contest

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Ok, it’s not quite a t-shirt design contest, but Woot (home of Shirt.Woot) has an animated GIF contest running right now with prizes so substantial that I think they’re likely to tempt many a tee designer. Here’s what you need to know:

– One entry per person.

– You must be 18 years old and a US resident to enter.

– The GIF needs to be holiday-themed, contain only original material, and be no larger than 2MB.

You’ll also want to see Woot’s full terms and conditions before entering.

Enter before November 24th, 2014 for your chance to win. First place earns $1000, second place gets $500, third place will receive $300 and fourth place earns $200. Additionally, Woot will be awarding a $25 prize for the Worst GIF.

10 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hunter’s Moon

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Hunter’s Moon by Maykon Cardoso definitely caught me by surprise- I mean, I don’t think anyone ever expects to see a hairless cat with a mustache. But it works! There’s a strange mix of wisdom and menace in that feline’s face, and he has the eyes (and damaged ears) of a guy who’s seen some shit in his time. Even better, those grizzled ears start to take on the characteristics of a dead, winding tree branch- spooky, and a strange remnant of a time when this desert landscape had more life in it. Those branches frame the action, jagged dunes before Egypt’s pyramids and a large, looming moon.It’s a dramatic scene, like the cover of an adventure fiction magazine. The cat could be remembering his past or envisioning his future, but either way I’m drawn in to the story and I want to know more about his desert exploits. What a neat character!

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

09 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Bee and PuppyCat contest

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WeLoveFine‘s latest ongoing contest is for the Cartoon Hangover show Bee and PuppyCat, and they’ll be announcing a new winner with each new episode’s release.

This ongoing contest is now open, and winners will earn $250 cash.

08 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Singapore’s SG50 shirt design contest


MediaCorp is celebrating Singapore’s 50th anniversary with the SG50 Design a Tee contest. As you might expect, since the competition is seeking artists to “create something uniquely Singaporean for Singaporeans,” this contest is only open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

Enter before November 23rd, 2014 for your chance to win. One 1st Prize winner will earn $8000 and $2000 in Denizen vouchers. Four Consolation Prizes of $1000 and $1000 in Denizen vouchers will also be awarded.

07 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The Funnies contest

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Threadless is getting into the comic strip spirit with their The Funnies contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

From The Far Side to Calvin and Hobbes and Kathy, those goofy cartoony characters have been making us laugh, frame by frame, for years.

Now it’s your turn to entertain the half-awake masses with your spin on the newsprint comedy classic. Your challenge is to design a tee featuring an original comic with original characters.

Go black & white or color, animals or people, single frame or strip! Do whatever you want, as long as it pairs perfectly with a nice steamy cup o’ joe.

Enter before November 27th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, a collection of classic funnies in book form, fine blank ink pens and Silly Putty.

06 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derbies #381 and #382: Aprons and Baked Goods

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The Shirt.Woot derby is introducing some big changes this week! There will now be as many as two derbies a week, first a special weekend derby (often for a special theme like aprons, totes, journals, etc) and then starting on Monday the traditional derby that results in winners being sold on the front page. Here’s how the derbies shake up this week:

Starting Friday: Derby #381: Aprons

Ah, the apron. Staple of the ’50s housewife. Billboard for cooks who want to be kissed. Your blank canvas for this inaugural Derby thing. This week, tag your imagination and release it into the wild with a mind-blowing apron design. Ask yourself: What do you want people staring at while you’re preparing their food?


No Black Aprons!

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 #382: Baked Goods

All things baked and yummy. No Creme tees allowed.

This derby beings on Monday at Noon and ends on 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.

05 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Strum and more new this week

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Strum… by ND Tank (NDTank) has wonderful simplicity, making it my favorite of this week’s tees. What I love is that although the artwork is very pared down, it’s intelligently done and maintains a lot of the quirks that make the instrument interesting. The strings subtly vary in size, and there’s a lovely soft wood texture on the guitar’s body. And of course, capturing the whole image within the shape of a guitar pick is brilliant, because it immediately draws you in and also speaks to how the object is used. Plus, how great does that triblend shirt look?

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Golden Traveler by Evan Luza (ELU_) definitely feels like Fall, with an intrepid little fox making his way through the landscape as captured within the red and orange tones of an autumn leaf. A couple of choices make this design really effective- one is the way everything is at a bit of an angle, almost as though our fox is walking in a brisk wind. Another is the way the outline of the leaf isn’t completely firm, breaking off small bits alongs the edges. Both help the leaf to feel organic rather than manufactured by the artist, and create a sense of motion.

Corgi-naut by Phil Tseng (pilihp) may be the second corgi in outer space design I’ve seen, but it’s the first to make use of photography. What I like about the mix of photo and cartoon is that it makes it feel like you’re looking at what the corgi is imagining. Like maybe every time he does a big leap he’s dreaming of an ice cream spacewalk. There’s also a nice touch in having the ice cream affected by lack of gravity, and in keeping the corgi’s face (tongue and all) encased in the glass dome- it makes it clear that as cool as the concept of eating ice cream out in the milky way may be, trying to actually accomplish it would be quite a feat. And of course a corgi would know this, they’re smart dogs.

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Hunting Season by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) makes a great first impression with its bold color palette. I like the way the color is handled, which each hill progressively gaining more “fall” color as it approaches the cabin. I think that’s a nice representation of the way autumn can sometimes seem like it’s creeping across the landscape, not there one day and then suddenly all around you the next. The use of that bright orange fox parked in front of the cabin and staring down the door is interesting as well, almost as though humans are the prey in the hunting season the shirt’s title refers to. He certainly doesn’t seem afraid of the inhabitants. But I like the idea that he’s just inviting his neighbors out of their dreary brown home and into nature so they can run around and play in all the colors like he does.

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone by Dan Elijah Fajardo (dandingeroz) is a gorgeous piece that takes you right into the depths of a vast forest, a lone hero about to face off against a massive enemy. What I love about this design is the quiet confidence of the hero, the glaring behemoth of a villain, and the way those realistic trees engulf the scene, swallowing the characters whole and projecting that they’re inside a truly massive forest. It’s the kind of theme that resonates strongly for all kinds of gamers, and folks who dig a good Robin Hood style story. So where I think the art takes a bit of an unnecessary turn is in using the outline of Link’s elfin face as a container for all the action. It distracts attention from the more interesting tale being told within, and makes the story more specific to Zelda than it needs to feel at first glance. Plus, Link’s head is just not that inspiring a shape- you can’t really see his distinctive hat, and his thin, droopy hair and sharp chin don’t look all that heroic.

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.