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07 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #586: Psychology

If you’re looking for some art therapy, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme might do the trick…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #586: Psychology

Why and/or how do our brains do stuff?  Make some designs that involve topics of psychology.  Stuff like optical illusions, common phobias, outdated theories, dreams, the subconscious, types of personalities, you get the idea. No cream tees. No making light of or poking fun at actual psychiatric conditions.

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.

06 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Stay Pawsitive and more new this week

Stay Pawsitive by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) won Threadless’s Pun challenge, and it’s easy to see why. The wordplay is pure silliness, and though it is a bit labored the loose, whimsical drawing and lettering style balances that out with its looseness and freedom. In particular, I love the facial expression on that cat- it’s so over the top enthusiastic! I think too often cats are portrayed as being mean or indifferent, so it feels refreshing to see that this little guy is just 100% about fun and goodness. The minimal coloring is another master stroke, because the careful use of orange draws the eye exactly where it needs to be- the slogan and the cat’s giant smile. Good stuff!

Continue Fighting by Javi Ramos (Vlend) is an intriguing pixel piece. While I’ve seen designs that had “Continue” text on them previously, the inclusion of the word “Fighting” really changes the mood. Without that word, it’s a design about failing and trying again. But with it, this shirt paints a picture of a huge battle, one you’re on the losing end of, and one you will never quit- not even for a minute. Continuing isn’t a question, it’s a command. The message is harsher and more energetic, but has a fire to it that makes it deeply appealing.

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).

05 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Exercise collection

Shirt.Woot’s latest Exercise plus sale ought to appeal to all the folks who chose working out as a New Year’s resolution! But don’t worry, there’s also a nice selection of anti-exercise designs for those who can’t be bothered. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Core Exercises by Patrickspens is a great blast of humor, poking fun at the round shapes of apples and then taking things up a notch with the core gag.

Nicest Surprise: Bye Bye Arm Day by ApeLad initially impressed me with its charming cartooning in voting, and I’m very 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!

04 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Poetry Illustrated derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Poetry Illustrated derby had an interesting theme, since it’s pretty rare to see a cool shirt that’s inspired by a poem. But Woot’s participating artists definitely rose to the occasion, and there’s a lot to like about the entries this week. Here are two current underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe by CrumblinCookie impresses with its atmospheric use of texture and creepy lettering.

The Highwayman Comes Riding by paxdomino creates a strong impact with its posing choices, making this rider feel imposing and dangerous. You can almost feel a dark chill in the air because the ambiance of the background is so dramatic!

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.

03 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Tiki design contest

Threadless is headed for the tropics with their new Tiki design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Winter isn’t coming…it’s already here. Ditch the January gloom and say “Nau mai”, “Aloha”, and “Malö” to the “Tiki” challenge! Channel those island vibes to create a design that would make for a fitting tank to wear to a Tiki bar, or a towel worthy of bringing to a Hawaiian Luau. From traditional Polynesian Tiki mythology to the more whimsical ‘Tiki culture’ imagery with retro Hawaiian vibes, we’re looking for a design that will transport us from the winter chill right into chillin’ in the summer while sipping a tropical cocktail.

Enter before January 16th, 2017 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).

02 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Top Daily Tees of 2016

2016 has come to a close, so it’s time to reminisce about some of the daily t-shirt design industry’s biggest hits and most clever prints from the past year. As usual, there are some other sites that I’d like to include, but in order to put the list together I have to limit my focus to the sites that have current, up to date archives of their past print libraries. In no particular order, here’s a look at my personal top three prints from these daily tee sites this year…


Jellyspace by Angoes25 (September 6th, 2016)

A jellyfish becomes akin to an alien lifeform in this colorful space epic.


Reading Lovecraft by queenmob (October 15th, 2016)

Reading Rainbow transforms into a creepy tentacle in this ode to a master of horror stories.

She-Read by wytrab8 (June 9th, 2016)

A masterful parody that injects an action cartoon favorite with some brains and self-actualizing spirit.


Good Luck Cat by Skylar Hogan (August 3rd, 2016)

I love the roughness of the illustration and the bored malevolence of the black cat’s expression.

Cosmic Bear by Spiritgreen (July 9th, 2016)

Beautiful coloring makes this design a standout, a lovely mix of outer space and a forest nature scene.

I Dream of Freeze-Dried Ice Cream by Rasabi (May 21st, 2016)

A fun ode to the childhood dream that most of us never quite managed to experience, all done up in a style reminiscent of the real thing.

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Rebellion by alex.pawlicki (December 19th, 2016)

Perfectly mimics the style of Metropolis, starring with the standout robot from the new Star Wars.

Optimus Trans by manospd (June 29th, 2016)

I love the seriousness and solidness of this business-minded Transformers parody.

Currently available at TeePublic.

Triple Beagle Portrait by AlbertoArni (June 26th, 2016)

A loving tribute to all Snoopys, from the early comic to his modern incarnation and all his most fun moments in between (especially those pilot goggles!).

Currently available at TeePublic.

For daily updates on the daily shirt sites, follow TeeMagnet.

And for comparison, here are my Top Daily Tees lists for 2015201420132012, 2011, and 2010.

01 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2016

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 2016!


Face Party by Krista Perry (kristerpelly)

“It’s fresh and playful, with an unusual color palette and lots of interesting shapes and flourishes that make it the kind of design that you can look at over and over again and still find something new.”

Threadless: Face Party and more new this week, January 17th, 2016


Origami by Rodisley Jose da Silva

“It’s an unusual way of illustrating a very common feeling, that hearing a great song can make you feel like you’re floating.”

Camiseteria’s Origami, February 29th, 2016


Great Outdoors by radiomode

“I love the way the bear’s shape is simplified with sharp, angular edges that help him suit his triangular environment.”

Threadless’s Great Outdoors and more new this week, March 13th, 2016


Gamer Crest by CoryFreemanDesign

“Crisp little daggers of shading give the art a woodcut feel, while scrolls and a darker color palette help to impart a feeling of tradition.”

Pampling’s Gamer Crest, April 29th, 2016


RNBW by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows)

“It’s not often you see such a classic symbol reinterpreted so spectacularly, which makes this design something very special.”

Threadless: RNBW and more new this week, May 22nd, 2016


Music is the Way by Sebastian

“The pattern of fret wire also starts to feel like a staircase, and paired with the blue glow at the end it’s reminiscent of that ever-popular tune Stairway to Heaven.”

Camiseteria’s Music is the Way, June 20th, 2016


Music is the Way 2.0 by Báda

“…interprets an iconic image in a new way by changing the perspective and showing that there’s more to the story.”

Camiseteria’s Music is the Way 2.0, July 25th, 2016


We Never Had It Anyway by Adam Priester

“…a very strange, perfect black triangle rising past the clouds, like a symbol for mountain somehow stuck among a range of the real thing.”

Threadless: We Never Had It Anyway and more new this week, August 14th, 2016


Adventure in the Cave of the Skull by Rodisley Jose da Silva

“This design is a great example of visual storytelling because it lays out a strong narrative but also looks cool at a glance.”

Camiseteria’s Adventure in the Cave of the Skull, September 25th, 2016


Astral Projection by Robson Borges (robsonborges)

“The overall sensation is one of beauty, but also helplessness and surrender.”

Threadless: Astral Projection and more new this week, October 2nd, 2016


Birdtopia by Santiago Sarquis (metalsan)

“Looking at this design, it really feels like you’re seeing this bird at two moments in time, both at rest and in flight among its flock.”

Threadless: Birdtopia and more new this week, November 18th, 2016


Please Take Your Seats by Graja

“…the gag is made even funnier with a whole bunch of smaller jokes fleshing out the illustration. The CTRL key is, naturally, controlling the scene with his flashlight…”

Pampling’s Please Take Your Seats, December 18th, 2016

That wraps it up for 2016, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2015201420132012, 2011, and 2010 contest roundups.