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15 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Magnitudes collection

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Size was the focus of many disasters, misunderstandings and moments of humor in Shirt.Woot’s Magnitudes plus sale. Here’s a look at what made a big impact on me…

Best of the Bunch: The Tree That Hides in the City has a beautifully surreal concept and is absolutely packed with detail.

Nicest Surprise: Dark Matter‘s minimal charms caught my eye in voting, and I’m glad to see it printed.

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

14 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Hats design contest

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Forget t-shirts, Threadless‘s latest design competition is about a very different article of clothing… Hats! Here’s what they’re looking for:

Put your thinking caps on to design some new headwear!

If you’re looking for something to quickly cover up that bed head, we’ve got you covered. It’s time for you to be part of our new hats collection. Create a fresh design that can don the mediums of snapbacks, dad hats, and beanies. Use bold statements, create your own mascot, or come up with an emblem that everyone can get behind. We need you to pull all those ideas out of the hat and impress us!

Enter before July 26th, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

13 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Fake Promotional and Event Tees voting highlights

As Round 2 of the 10K Derby Cup comes to a close, here’s a look at a couple of late entries to the Fake Promotional and Event Tees derby that I’d like to see get some more attention…

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Fire Swamp Fun Run by tgentry manages to capture the essence of those scenes in The Princess Bride with the simplified style of signage, which is quite an impressive feat.

Flash Pizza by tobefonseca is packed with speedy references and the pizza/lightning mashup is the perfect focal point.

The Fake Promotional and Event Tees derby ends on Thursday at noon. At that time, the next derby (10k Cup Derby #3 – Dystopia) will open for new entries. 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). Other designs that don’t place in the top 3 may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

12 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Destiny design contest

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WeLoveFine has teamed up with Bungie for the Destiny design contest, seeking designs about the hit video game series. The highest rated designs will be judged by Bungie and WeLoveFine.

Enter before July 21st, 2016 for your chance to win. Seven winners will each receive a Destiny merchandise prize pack (including Ghost plush, Engram set, Art of Destiny book, Destiny thermos, and Tricorn cinch pack). Winners will also receive a commission for each unit of their shirt sold.

11 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Pirates design contest

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Arr, mateys! Monsieur Poulet‘s latest themed design competition is all about Pirates, so prepare your peg legs and parrots! Here’s what they’re looking for, as translated by Google from the original French:

“The pirates have lots of frigates
Pointed swords and no tie
Hackers have hair on the legs
and a ‘skull and shoulder blades
Pirates of the jamb’ wood
and large sapphires shine their fingers
Hackers have ruddy nose
and gold rings hanging from the ears ”
Pirates of Boris Vian.

Enter before July 20th, 2016 for your chance to win. Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

10 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Outdoors & S’mores and more new this week

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Outdoors & S’mores by jack (cabinsupplyco) is my favorite Threadless shirt this week. I’m always a sucker for a one color print, and thise one evokes that same kind of classic, timeless feel as the best of that genre do. It’s also quietly clever, using a stick and marshmallow to underline and highlight the key word in the phrase. I like the playful way the letters bounce around each other, curling and oozing across the text’s baseline in a way that is both visually interesting and evokes the idea of melting. So fun!

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Size Matters by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) won the Infographics competition with its depiction of the huge size differences between a quirky group of creatures. Interestingly, the characters selected don’t have a lot in common apart from having fairly recognizable silhouettes- some are heroes, others villains, and some aren’t even fictional. But rather that making the design feel scattered, it’s a choice that works because the aggressive poses make you picture a battle, and it’s funnier when the theoretical match-ups are really weird. Plus, the labels treat them all in the same vague, copyright-avoidant way whether or not they’re from pop culture, which is amusingly silly (Tiny Armed Dinosaur instead of T-Rex, for example). And of course, there’s Godzilla, towering over the whole bunch, and looking like he could take on the entire group at once without breaking a sweat. Effective and well-constructed.

Tiger Skull by Deadbutcool (Deadbutcool) immediately catches the eye with its unique style and pose, giving the tiger a contorted anatomy that makes it look even more predatory. Look at the sharpness of that jaw, ready to strike. Paws stretched wide and far like they’re hitting the ground so aggressively they land and dig like shovels. He looks so ferocious that it’s not even surprising when you finally spot the human skeleton in his belly, tucked among his stripes. That tiger is one tough creature, and it’s emphasized nicely by the arrows that puncture his frame. All things considered, though, I think my favorite detail is also the most subtle- that third eye hiding on the tiger’s forehead. It gives the art bit of mysticism and mystery, making the tiger seem even more legendary.

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Campfire Tradition by Seth Bensusen (5eth) is a smart bit of minimalism. Using the familiar shape of a skull and crossbones as a framework, the bones are instead a slab of cracker and chocolate while marshmallow and flames take the place of the skull. That interaction between the marshmallow and fire also form the shirt’s best moment, creating a color shift that implies the toasting of the marshmallow. This is simplicity done right, clever and bold.

DJ Geisha by Roni Saptoni (ronin84) freshens up traditional Japanese art by making the geisha spin some records. It’s a bit of an odd mix, but I think it works because of associations that already exist with this kind of imagery. It makes sense to think of that precision and artfulness of a tea ceremony channeled in a more modern way with music, and it feels almost natural to see the long cherry blossom branch put to new use as it supports the weight of a disco ball. It’s the kind of design that makes you wonder what music she’s playing. And the skill of the art is a good match for the concept, smoothly imitating the real thing with an earnestness and attention to detail (look at those sleeves!) that make it clear that this is a tribute made with both respect and humor.

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).

09 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #558: 10K Cup Round 3: Dystopia

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While voting for Round 2 is underway, prepare your entry for the 10K derby’s third round…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #558: 10K Cup Round 3: Dystopia

Look, not everything is butterflies and rainbows. Unless your vision of dystopia includes butterflies and rainbows. Show us what fresh hell looks like.

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). Whichever 10K Cup winner (of all the 10K Cup derbies) sells the most shirts on its first day of sales will get an extra $10,000. Other designs that don’t place in the top 3 may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.