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07 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Glitch Art design contest

Threadless is looking for beauty in technological mistakes with their Glitch Art design contest. Here’s the competition brief:

In our technology-filled world, life can be a real glitch sometimes… literally. But glitches are a part of our (virtual) reality, so let’s celebrate them by turning them into art! Embrace the most terrifying of video game glitches. Create an intentional and beautifully trippy RGB split. Shatter reality into a rainbow of pixels. The world is your [404 Error!]

Enter before February 20th, 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).

06 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Interieur

Interieur by Forent Lazare takes an interesting approach to the anatomy shirt. While I’ve seen designs that focus on the mechanics of the organs, turn them into cartoons, or turn them into infographics, this might be the first I’ve seen to employ a loose, painted style. I like this take because it turns anatomy into a literal work of art. In my opinion, the written captions for each organ aren’t even necessary- the design would have been stronger if it lost them entirely, allowing the viewer to more fully appreciate the variation of the lines and textured shifts between colors. That said, I do like that the captions aren’t entirely straightforward. By crossing out sections and using a loose handwriting, it conveys a sense of the artist’s personality and conveys a kind of haphazard sense of the organs, like they might not always operate as intended. Interesting stuff.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

05 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Vinyl is Back

Vinyl is Back by Pedro Fernandes gives a record the horror movie treatment, seeing it rise from its grave as a zombie. I like that instead of using the color green to connote zombie-ness, the artist instead took advantage of the monotone look of a classic record and built the art to resemble a black and white movie. It’s a choice that also highlights the age of vinyl as a medium, marking it as even more of a relic from the past. I like how distressing on the shirt’s bold, blocky lettering is all that’s needed to take it from an excited exclamation to a horrified warning. The handling of the record’s face is neatly done, using the hole in the center as a nose and adding creepy features that could also pass as natural tearing and wear on the label over time. And of course, it’s great to see Tape and VHS represented on gravestones in the background, ready and waiting in case vintage enthusiasts decide to revive them as well.

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

04 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #590: DarWinning

Shirt.Woot eyes the ever-popular t-shirt subject of evolution with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #590: DarWinning

Darwin’s birthday is on February 12th, so we figured that he was the NATURAL SELECTION for our derby theme! Warning: anyone can submit their Darwin/evolution designs, but only the strongest will survive! Also, no cream tees in the gene pool, please.

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.

03 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Ahmratep the Lost and more new this week

Ahmratep the Lost by Brandon Page (ProfessorBrandon) is my favorite Threadless design this week. All of this week’s new releases are from the Court of the Dead challenge, so they’re all operating within a universe I don’t know much about. But what caught my eye with this piece wasn’t the subject matter, it was the interesting angles. I’m very drawn to the way the flow of the scythe highlights the extreme curve of the character’s back, and the way his hunched posture helps the viewer to imagine an awkward, loping gait as it moves. The lighting is also  skillfully done, adding drama to the scene because of the use of a heavily melted candle and using that light to highlight the creature’s grotesque face and adornments. Plus, by lighting the scene with candlelight, the artist avoids distracting from the character with a background, but still manages to imply that there’s a world surrounding this guy in the darkness.

Spite of the Valkyrie by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) might be the week’s most wearable design, since it has some neat visuals, a smaller print, and doesn’t require any knowledge of the lore to be appreciated. I like the contrast of the piece, pairing a skull with massive battle-damaged horns with the smooth face of a beautiful young woman. It feels like it’s about two kinds of power, the brutal, physical kind and also pure cunning and ambition. The cool turquoise glow of the woman’s eyes communicate menace and magic, setting her up as a villain. Even the small background glimpsed in the circle behind her head is interesting- a series of glowing orbs that looks a bit like seeing fireworks through raindrops on a window.

Spirit, Flesh, and Bone by Wagner Nogueira (wagnogueira) has a really appealing, almost architectural, structure that draws me into the piece. A cemetery gate motif plays out in hot pink, searing the eye. And from that scaffolding, the artist uses a cool, ghostly blue to stack up a ghoulish team of enemies, all supporting the giant, skeletal being at the center. I like the way his midsection could almost be mistaken as a tower at first glance, which imbues him with more power once you realize he’s only bone and armor. There’s also an ornate quality to his outfitting that makes him feel ancient, like a creature from before time risen out of some graveyard time forgot. Very strong on ambiance.

Malavestros the Lowest of the Low by Reyhan (Reyhanz) is an evil dude who looks somewhere between a jester, a clown, and an evil sorcerer. A couple of choices go a long way towards making the design work. One is the interesting, washed-out look of the colors- it ages the character nicely and makes him feel like someone who would have been flamboyantly colored in his heyday, but is so ancient that his once-bright colors have faded away. It leaves open the question of what else might have faded, and the creepy grin on his face suggests it might be his humanity. His seated posture is also a cool choice, giving him a playful spirit like a kid hunched over a coloring book on the floor. That child-like quality gives a special flavor to his menace, implies there might be something funny or even experimental about the specific way he enacts his will. And finally, I like that we’re not just seeing the character pose, we’re seeing him in action- the presence of the scroll on the ground and the colored wispy orbs in his hands make it clear that he’s actively casting a spell as we watch. That creates a real sense of “what happens next” that always makes art more engaging to me for creating a moment rather than just a look.

Oglavaeil the Executioner by Nicholas Wolf (NW_Studios) won Threadless’s Court of the Dead challenge. The main thing I like about this one is the way everything seems to swirl a bit around that blue circle in the background. When you get closer, the swirl seems to be made of a series of skeletal faces with long hair that bite each other’s manes to form the circle. It’s a strange bit of imagery and I appreciate it for being novel, but it’s also so strange that it makes me wonder if this is something from the Court of the Dead lore. I mean, what are they doing? Are they forming a portal to somewhere? Is it a weird ghostly dance? I have a lot of questions, and the art doesn’t answer them. That said, it’s neat to see the curve of the sword, the ebb of the robes, and the curve of the executioner’s back echo the shape of the circle. There’s some cool things happening, I just feel that I might need to be more acquainted with the series to properly appreciate it.

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).

02 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Love collection

Shirt.Woot prepped for Valentine’s Day with their Love plus sale, featuring all kinds of shirt designs centered on hearts and the concept of love. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Big Ice Cream Love by patrickspens uses a massive ice cream cone crowned with two heaping piles of scoops to form a heart shape, and it’s something any ice cream lover would appreciate.

Nicest Surprise: Love of Nature by collinvh is a really interesting interpretation of a heart, using a break in the trees to create the shape. I like how it almost feels abstract.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Love Coffee combines the famous statue with a coffee bean.

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

01 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Work derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Work derby entries encompassed just about every possible workplace situation, from the realistic to the fantastic. Here are a couple of hard-working entries that I think could use some more attention…

24/7 by kellabell9 is a cute look at the dual-role reality of being a superhero and working both night and day.

Coach by mekazoo turns coffee into a drill sergeant, relentlessly pushing you to stay energized.

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.