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01 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Sports Nutz collection

Athletics was the focus for artists in the Shirt.Woot Derby Editor’s Choice: Sports Nutz plus sale, with designs taking many approaches to the subject matter- both pro and con, as well as pop culture parodies and video games. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: I Have the Balls to Say It! by Walmazan is a cute, punny piece for the sports haters among us.

Nicest Surprise: Lucha Cado by mekazoo first caught my eye in voting with its silly cartooning, and I think the character will look great printed.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design I Like Sports is for folks who aren’t too fussed about the details.

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

31 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

30 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Hand Lettering & Typography derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot gave wordsmiths a leg up with their Hand Lettering & Typography derby, which showcased both clever slogans and beautiful type treatments. Filling familiar silhouettes with quotes and other text was an especially popular approach. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Good Old Days by mekazoo hits just the right playful note with its golden, sunset color palette and letters that seem to dance before your eyes.

Late From the Future by shadyjibes reframes procrastination as an effective time user’s holiday, and makes the slogan even more dramatic with some subtle gradients.

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.

29 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pizza in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

From pizza parties to a quick street slice, pizza is one of the most popular fast foods out there. So it should come as no surprise that it’s a popular shirt subject matter as well, with designs celebrating the delicious dish in all its many forms. Whether you like your order with a side of humor, art, or just plain weirdness, here’s a look at 15 shirts that are all about pizza…

28 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Passive Aggressive design contest

Artists have the opportunity to explore their petty side with Threadless‘s Passive Aggressive design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Honesty hour: we’ve all thrown sarcasm and some “I’m fines.” where we mayyybe shouldn’t have before. And for this challenge, we want you to create a design that’s actively passive aggressive. Think about all those times you were FUMING, but when asked if everything was ok, you shrugged and said, “I’m not mad.” Or all the times you saw a “k.” text pop up on your phone. Or when you’ve sent the upside down smile emoji to lightly indicate that, oh boy, something is SERIOUSLY up. Channel all the backhanded compliments and all your favorite passive aggressiveisms into a design that says it all… (passively, of course.)

This contest opens to entries on November 2nd, 2018 and ends on November 16th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

27 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #680: Road Trip

Shirt.Woot is hoping to drive artists to greatness with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #680: Road Trip

We’re going on a road trip and we’re gonna bring an Apple, a Banana, a Cat…and a Shirt! Ok, I skipped a couple letters… the vehicle is anything with wheels that can, ya know, travel on a road. The destination is up to you and so is the content! Yep, there are no rules here except no cream tees!

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.

26 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ink Wars

Ink Wars by Hittouch is a genuinely novel concept, taking inspiration from the unusual shape of an squid’s dome. Here, that head becomes a famous pop culture helmet, fashioning this fellow as a regular Darth of the deep. And even better, in his mission to convert more folks to the dark side, he does it literally- by using his dark squid ink to change them to his color. I love the way this uses two squid properties in service of its humor, making the joke feel natural and complete. There are also some nice visual choices, like the freeform, smoky shape of the ink burst and the use of pink in the squid’s tentacles to create suction cups. I think the text might have been better served with more dramatic type, something solid to make it read in Darth’s deep voice, but that’s a minor quibble in an otherwise very effective piece.

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).