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10 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Text from the Public Domain voting highlights

Shirt.Woot’s Texts from the Public Domain derby has been interesting in part because artists interpreted the theme in so many different ways- some used famous literary quotes, others excerpted lengths of text, and still others created illustrations about well-known works. Of the bunch, here are two underdogs that caught my eye…

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Say No To Drugs! by mikiekwoods cracks me up because while most artists make Alice beautiful, or at least a bit cute, this piece isn’t afraid to make her look like kind of a goober. It’s a choice that really suits the theme and gives the design a lot of charm.

The Art of War by spikeani is 90% of the way to an awesome shirt- I think removing the text, putting some more space between the characters and adding a simple background would do wonders. But even as-is, there’s a lot to like about the way these two characters interact.

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.

09 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s 7 Deadly Sins design contest

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Threadless hones into the darker side of life with their 7 Deadly Sins design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride.

These spiritual shortcomings represent what was once considered the criteria to cut a person off from God’s grace. Whether we like it or not, these cardinal sins can be found every day both in ourselves and in others. We want you to put your artistic twist on these sins. Choose one or combine the sins together. Make it literal and focus on representing one sin, let them take an allegorical form, use the words alone to create beautiful typography, or put some humor behind them. Create an illustration that fills us all with envy.

Enter before August 22nd, 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).

08 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Choose Your Destiny

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Choose Your Destiny by Adriano ADR Alves is a video game mashup of epic proportions, all inspired by that moment in Zelda where an old man in a cave hands you a sword. What if, this design posits, that same old man suddenly had a wider array of options… letting you choose objects from any video game you choose? It’s a brilliant question because every gamer has some toy or tool they’d love to give a spin in real life, whether it’s a Portal gun to move around faster or a flying turtle shell to clear rush hour traffic. And each of these choices has a very different future attached, so different types of gamer with have wildly varying preferences. Part of the fun is that since none of these items is labelled, it’s also a pretty fun trivia game- how many can you correctly match to the right game? Great work.

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

07 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Destiny design contest winners

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King Cayde-6 by ARMcD was one of Bungie’s selections as a Destiny design contest winner, and it’s also my favorite of the bunch. I think what really works about this one for me is that it plays with the very rigid posing of face cards and emphasizes it by using such a sharp, mechanical-looking creature as the protagonist. His form is exaggerated further with strong diagonal angles, capped off with the eye-catching way that the character’s head protrusion extends past the border of the card. Another aspect of this design I like is the use of that patterning below the head, as this level of detail adds a lot of interest and helps to break up all the solidly colored areas a bit. All in all, it’s very wearable and surprisingly sophisticated for a video game shirt.

Check out all the Destiny design contest winners at WeLoveFine.

06 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #564: The Derbathlon

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Shirt.Woot’s latest derby has three themes in one! Here’s what you need to know…


1. CONCEPT: Concept-based art about strength, endurance, accuracy, speed … that sort of thing. No pop culture and no “rings” visuals.

2. HUMOR: These will be about visual pun, wordplay, punchlines, parody. You know, jokes.

3. TECHNICAL: Designs based on actual art styles. Pointillism, single line, watercolor, cross-hatching. You get the idea.


There will be a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner from each category, determined by vote count. These will all share the daily feature spot, which means we are selling three winning shirts form each category on each day.

Friday – 8/19: Gold, Silver and Bronze from the Concept category

Saturday – 8/20: Gold, Silver and Bronze from the Technical category

Sunday – 8/21: Gold, Silver and Bronze from the Humor category

Runners up and honorable mentions will run in an HM sale. No need to stick the landing.


Gold medal winners – the #1 vote getters in a category – will earn $1,000. The Silver and Bronze winners will not get the flat fee, but will earn a per shirt commission for all sales on the first day and beyond. You know how many banned substances you can buy with that kinda cash? There will also be actual tangible medals for the top designs. SOMETHING YOU CAN TOUCH.

Get all the info and read the discussion on Woot’s blog for more information.

05 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Sueña a lo Grande

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Sueña a lo Grande by Ursulalopez is the kind of mashup that I think even most diehard mashup haters would have a hard time objecting to, because it uses both halves so well to tell one story. Up front we’ve got Stitch, ever the playful alien, striking a pose (that would be quite threatening and monster-y if he weren’t so gash darn adorable) as he plays with his building block city. And in the back, set like a shadow, is the contrasting half- Godzilla about to crunch down on a real-looking city skyline. It immediately imparts the idea that this is how Stitch is seeing himself in this moment of play, pretending to launch some chaos on his little stack of blocks. The reason it works is because it’s so relatable- everyone has been that kid, or at least seen that kid, that Stitch is acting like in this moment. It’s fun to pretend to be a little bad, especially when everyone knows you’re too goodhearted to do it for real.

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).

04 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Abominable Snow-Flakes and more new this week

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Abominable Snow-Flakes by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is Threadless’s Cereal Box challenge winner, and also my favorite design of the week. For starters, this weird yeti guy is such a great character, and I love the way he breaks from usual depictions of yetis with the addition of those horns. Two choices really cement this as a great design for me. The first is the decision to use realistic cereal in the bowl, making this illustration more similar to real cereal boxes. The second is that “Free Missing Mountaineer Inside!” text, which injects a bit of menace into the otherwise adorable art, and also raises an important question… what the heck is in that cereal, anyway?

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The Scoville Scale by Jenice (jenicekim) is either an infographic listing the hotness of various peppers or it’s a how to manual for becoming a fire-breathing dragon. Either way, it’s a fun design because it captures the feeling of eating something that’s way too hot. I like the way the peppers are organized in a rough circle that the dragon interacts with, grabbing and holding some in place. The dragon’s rough style is a good fit for the theme because extreme spicy flavors are exactly this bold and brash, something more delicate would feel out of place. I like the way the solid green on the dragon’s body is broken up with scales, a choice that gives him some extra personality and texture.

Mountain Tent by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) hinges on the observation that tents and mountains share a common shape. So with that in mind, it’s kind of the ultimate outdoorsman fantasy to be closer to nature, so close that you could unzip a mountain and sleep there instead of an artificial tent. Be totally surrounded by and a part of the wilderness. That’s a concept that definitely resonates, and the art backs it up with strong geometric shapes that reinforce the back-to-basics approach and a campfire that breaks with the circular shape of the art to direct attention to that tent opening.

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Comfy Bed by Chow Hon Lam (Flying_Mouse) creates an adorable pile of some of the world’s most cuddly animals, and as the name implies it definitely should leave viewers craving a nap. What I like about this one is that it’s very specific in its focus- it’s all about the roundest, furriest, most huggable animals, and nothing else. A lot of people might have been tempted to make it about lazy animals instead, but let’s be honest- cute though the animal may be, seeing a sloth’s long nails in a stack like this would make you want to snuggle less, not more. So I commend that this aims for something different, and uses long, curvy lines to emphasize the chubby qualities of each creature. The peaceful nature background also helps set the scene without distracting from the cuddle action.

Unity by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) takes its cues from a dreamcatcher to create an array of thinly lined illustrations that show us a minimal take on different aspects of the natural world. The owl sitting perched dead center of the biggest circle makes for a great focal point, setting the tone of nature and wisdom. Behind him, stars light up the sky- but these, too, are placed intelligently rather than randomly, each centered in the shape it occupies. At the top of the arrangement a few abstract icons set the scene (the stacked triangles presumably stand in for a tree, though it’s only context that makes it so). And below, three distinct bands each tell a different story. Water on the left, a vast forest on the right, and in the middle arrows, sun and mountain tell a tale of human interaction and activity. The well-balanced, sophisticated look of the art makes it beautiful to look at, and the environmentally focused theme is one that should resonate with most viewers.

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).