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09 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Hatsune Miku 2 design contest

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WeLoveFine‘s previous design contest focused on the virtual pop star was a success, so it should be no surprise that they’ve resurrected the idea for the Hatsune Miku Design Contest 2.

Enter before September 2nd, 3014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize Winner will earn a trip to Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in New York or LA (including two Miku Expo concert tickets, one round-trip US domestic airfare, and two nights lodging near the convention center). Three Judge Picks will each get $400 cash. One Hot Topic Pick wins $300 cash.

08 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Backpack Pattern contest

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The Brazilian t-shirt contest site Camiseteria has teamed up with Wöllner for a new backpack pattern competition. They also specifically mention that they’re looking for urban designs and designs influenced by nature, so those are probably good starting points for artists.

Enter before September 5th, 2014 for your chance to win. Three winners will each receive their choice of either 1) R$1100 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products, and R$500 in products from Wöllner’s online store, or 2) R$1300 cash and R$500 in products from Wöllner’s online store.

07 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #368: Football!

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Attention sports fans- Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is all about Football! Here’s what they’re looking for:

The American kind! Are you ready for some of it?! Doesn’t matter! Celebrate the best game in the entire world with a footbally design. Tailgating? Awesome. Fantasy? Yes. Les Miles slathered in butter? We’ll try anything once!

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.

06 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Interference and more new this week

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Interference by Daniel Teixeira (savegod) is my favorite of this week’s shirts. We’ve all seen the stack of old TVs concept before, but this one came up with a novel way of freshening it up- each TV’s screen is filled with a brightly colored geometric pattern. It’s kind of a mix between TV test screens and the speckled snow look of an old TV with no signal. Between the vibrant purple shirt and summer-y color palette, I feel like there’s a message of giving up on television (there’s nothing on anyway!) and having fun outside instead. Great shirt for the season.

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The Bird by Lydia S. Braun (lydiabrim) stood out to me initially because of its colors. There’s a real sense of decay to them in the way those faded reds, yellows and greens start to fade into the olive shirt. And that’s a perfect fit for the illustration, which creates a dark mythological vibe in its mix of human bodies, skeletons, feathers and snakes. It almost feels like a Mayan carving come to life, which is definitely unique t-shirt subject matter. I’m not sure I’d ever wear it, but I love to see this kind of experimentation.

Meow by Elena Arkhipova (Inrkhpv) shows a cat seated by an empty food dish, asking for more. But in true cat form, he’s not just asking for a fish, he’s demanding for ALL the fish. The massive speech bubble dwarfs his tiny form, and is packed with a truly overwhelming number of fish. They’re stacked on top of each other and overlapping, so it’s easy to imagine that the mound of food is just as deep as it is tall and wide. While the style is a little to simple for my taste, cat lovers will like the way the art accurately depicts every cat’s truest wish.

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Seal of Approval by Jaco Haasbroak (Haasbroek) is good, dumb fun. Yes, it’s been done before (as have most puns) but it’s done well here and with a lot of charm. I mean, that seal has a very soft, kindly way about him, like he’d support your actions no matter how lame, dangerous, or just plain messed up. With this seal’s approval, you can do anything! Time to take over the world…

RIP by Amanda Vieira (amandavieira) reminds me of mummified Pharaohs being buried with all their greatest treasures so that they could continue to enjoy them in the afterlife. And this is definitely every reader’s dream set up, a mug of something to drink and and endless pile of books to enjoy without interruption. It’s also reminiscent of the Twilight Zone episode Time Enough At Last, when a lone man survives the end of the world and has the library all to himself… but crushes his glasses before he gets a chance to enjoy it. But frankly, I prefer the more cheerful option! While there are some wonky moments in the illustration (specifically the wide shape of the mug bothers me, and some of the crosshatching feels sloppy), it’s such an appealing concept that I don’t think that will harm sales.

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.

05 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Specialty Ink collection

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Shirt.Woot dug through all the entries in their recent derby, and are now printing some staff-favorite Specialty Ink designs! So if you’ve been hunting for a low cost metallic ink or glow in the dark ink shirt, look no further…

Best of the Bunch: Whoooooo Am I?… is an ordinary owl by day, but a neat Batman gag at night!

Nicest Surprise: The Price is Right and Game of Thrones are such an unexpected mix that it’d be hard not to smile at Winter! Come On Down!

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

04 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Solidarity

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Solidarity by Rodisley Jose da Silva stood out to me immediately in how the artwork integrated with the style of the shirt itself. In the illustration, two rascally kids use black paint to turn an ordinary bear into a panda. And with the shirt’s black sleeves and collar, there’s a connection formed, and the wearer also takes on more of the panda’s distinctive coloring. It’s a really smart choice, and not something I can recall seeing done previously. There are also so strong choices in the artwork itself (the bear’s expression, the realistic grey tones in the background), but for me that shirt choice is by far the best moment.

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

03 August 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Purple Leaves’s Edison Quote and Muhammad Ali Quote

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Purple Leaves has a couple of neat text designs by Emiliano Aranguren that are worth a look. Both Edison Quote and Muhammad Ali Quote are similar in style, using an object that represents the quoted person’s legacy to hold decorative type and some geometric flair. The quotes are well-chosen, each embodying the spirit of creativity that online shirt shoppers like to see. As a fan of massive prints, I’d usually wish for a larger print size… but I have to admit that in this case, the smaller size is really effective in helping the shapes of the art to read clearly. Plus, the low color count and vintage type inspiration imbue the art with a lot of sophistication.

Winners at Purple Leaves earn 300 euros.