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03 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Artist’s Choice collection

What do artists create when they can make anything in the world, with no constraints? We found out in the recent derby, and Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Artist’s Choice plus sale collects the cream of the crop. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Taco Math by fishbiscuit5 would make anyone laugh, whether they like math or not!

Nicest Surprise: Aqua Trident by artguyaaron was a favorite of mine in voting for the genuinely aquatic feel of its linework.

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

02 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Color of the Year 2019 derby voting highlights

With the subject matter wide open and only a single color required, Shirt.Woot‘s Color of the Year 2019 derby was a bit of a creative free-for-all with artists taking the opportunity to create designs that ranged from the purely artistic to the humorous and even some pop culture references. Here’s a look at two current derby voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

D’oh Nut by jrberger cleverly uses a trio of donuts to create Homer Simpson’s face. It’s a great concept, and doesn’t even need the two white w’s that serve as Homer’s hair- the resemblance is clear enough already.

Shades of Bacon by mekazoo is a nice piece of pixel art, a style that doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the derby. The pixel style helps it to feel like this slice is actively sizzling. And who doesn’t love bacon?

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.

01 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2018

As another year of shirt design has come to a close, here’s a look at the best and brightest designs for each month in 2018!

January

Ancorado (Cinza Mascla) by Camiseteria and Zakeu Silva

“…bright pops of sea green represent lights, giving the whole illustration the feel of being deep underwater.”

– Camiseteria’s Ancorado (Cinza Mescla), January 26th, 2018


February

Rise From the Ashes by Dale Hutchinson

“Are they travelers who have stumbled upon this scene? Or maybe culprits who caused the mayhem and walked away unscathed?”

– Camiseteria’s Rise From the Ashes, February 23rd, 2018


March

 

Birds With Arms by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron)

“It’s a great concept because it takes something every day and with a simple edit makes it strange and extraordinary.”

– Threadless: Birds With Arms and more new this week, March 1st, 2018


April

Loup Loup by Amandine Meyer

“Each strange plant feels like imagination blossoming, and it’s all made even better by the strange, cartoony human-like figure who frolics within the chaos.”

– Monsieur Poulet’s Loup Loup, April 20th, 2018


May

Alien Abduction Club by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“…it was brilliant to use The Babysitters Club, one of the most mundane and safe of the genre, as the base of the parody- that very sensible grounding makes the final product feel more unsettling.”

– Threadless: Alien Abduction Club and more new this week, May 31st, 2018


June

Hectic Rain by Florent Bodart (speakerine)

“The differing lengths of the lines and the way they bunch together in some places while remaining sparse in others feels very much like the haphazard scatter of actual rainfall.”

– Threadless: Hectic Rain and more new this week, June 7th, 2018


July

No Worries by Cody Weiler (csweiler)

“The spacing of NO, with each letter as an eye, leads the viewer to read it with a lazy drawl, emphasizing the relaxed feel of the slogan.”

– Threadless: No Worries and more new this week, July 20th, 2018


August

Who Gives a Sh*t? by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“Parodying the overly innocent earnestness of those stories with the very adult language and sentiment of the text makes for a really funny juxtaposition…”

– Threadless: Who Gives a Sh*t? and more new this week, August 30th, 2018


September

Tiny Triceratops by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa)

“The style mix of using a photograph for the pencil shavings and dark, drawn lines for the rest is very effective, creating a fun mix of reality and fantasy.”

– Threadless: Tiny Triceratops and more new this week, September 13th, 2018


October

Tokyo Zoo by Michael Buxton (DinoMike)

“…my favorite moment is the way the gorilla seems to wave at the central Godzilla…”

– Threadless: Tokyo Zoo and more new this week, October 12th, 2018


November

Wanderlust by Mike Marshall (Mike Marshall)

“Even the color palette feels a bit weary, like it’s baked in the sun a bit too long and lost some of its vibrancy.”

– Threadless: Wanderlust and more new this week, November 15th, 2018


December

I’m Koalified by Trecho

“I love how instantly shady the little guy looks- with his winking eye and hand signaling “Ok,” he looks very untrustworthy.”

– Pampling’s Koalified, December 30th, 2018


That wraps it up for 2018, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2017, 201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

31 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Clocks in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

They can reveal the passing of time, the transition from day to night, or even designate a specific moment. The clock in all its forms, whether traditional gears or modern digital, is the kind of everyday object that is useful, beautiful, and can imply many different emotions and stories through the context in which it is used. Here’s a look at 15 times artists used clocks to create amazing shirt designs…

30 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Koalified

I’m Koalified by Trecho starts with a fun pun, and the cartoon koala supports it really well. I love how instantly shady the little guy looks- with his winking eye and hand signaling “Ok,” he looks very untrustworthy. Even though he’s sporting the trappings of legitimacy with a graduation cap, business suit, and briefcase, his demeanor is a reminder not to trust appearances and that it’s always better to read the fine print. The clumsiness of the pun is part of what makes it work, because it implies a certain laziness and lack of effort that mirrors what you’d imagine the koala’s abilities to be. After all, they’re an animal best known for eating leaves and sleeping in trees, they don’t seem like they’d really sweat the details.

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).

29 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #689: Events From the Last 100 Years

Time to refresh your memory on not-so-recent events, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #689: Events From the Last 100 Years

We are looking back at major pop culture or historical events of the last 100 years for this week’s contest. You can depict or make fun of or celebrate any major event that you choose from 1919 to 2019! Let’s stay away from political events from the last decade though, just in case…as my Mother would say, “ Not enough time has passed ”. Other than that there are no limits! Well there is that no cream tees rule.

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.

28 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s It’s Getting Easier To Forget You and more new this week

It’s Getting Easier To Forget You by Jeremy Owen (L-M-N-O-P) is my favorite print at Threadless this week. It’s immediately interesting to look at because of the variety of colors used, a spectrum of unique shades that keeps the eye moving from one square to the next. Then there’s an excellent reveal, an illustration of a sad woman that just barely peeks out between the colored shapes. Her inclusion creates depth (both visually and narratively) and gives the sense of something beautiful and tragic taking place. Because the squares resemble an artistic take on the concept of pixelating to protect someone’s identity or blur unwanted material, the message of papering over something painful with something new comes through loud and clear. Excellent work.

A Fool’s Guide to Psychedelics by Cody Weiler (csweiler) centers on a really neat image, a simplified eye that paints the iris as a red moon and places a minimal staircase in front of it. This is such a brilliant way of illustrating the concept of psychedelics, and the style it is done in fits right in with the 70s vibe of the art. Even the text has a retro edge, with juicy curves and flamboyant extensions that give the typography flair. The bright rainbow colors of the background striped vortex complete the look. And though subtle, I think the title’s plainly lettered headline of “A Fool’s Guide” sets the tone well, feeling like a bit of a warning.

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).