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07 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Running Wild and more new this week

Running Wild by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Speed challenge, and it’s also my favorite new print this week. I’ve seen a lot of designs that place landscapes inside animal silhouettes, but this piece takes the concept in a slightly different direction that makes it even more interesting. Typically those landscape scenes seem to show tranquil, still environments full of lush trees and the sound of birds. Instead, this design delivers sharp mountains, flat grasslands and a running river, all drawn with sharp lines that imply motion and give the sense of these vast lands blurring as the rabbit speeds past them. It’s a smart and attractive take on an old idea, and that keeps everything feeling surprisingly fresh.

I feel like dancing 🙂 by aliadi (aliadi) delights the eye with shape and color, creating a confetti-like effect that scatters dashes of bright colors all across the shirt’s canvas. There’s so much going on that it’s hard to keep your eyes focused in one place rather than dashing from one cool moment to the next, and with every leap you’re rewarded with something interesting and exciting to look at. I particularly like the animals interspersed among the human characters, and there’s also a ton of variety in the shape, outfits, and general personality of the people shown. While the design certainly works as a normal t-shirt graphic, I’m even more impressed with how fun and frenetic it becomes when the pattern is repeated for the dye sublimation version. There’s just something neat about being completely enveloped by such an active scene, and it’s so busy that it doesn’t even read as a repeating pattern.

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).

06 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fastest Racing RACECARS collection

Shirt.Woot artists set their pencils to capturing Mario Kart and all other forms of races in the Fastest Racing RACECARS plus sale. Blue shell aficionados in particular will find themselves right at home, but there’s a lot of humor and art to suit most shirt fans. Here’s what I think raced ahead of the competition…

Best of the Bunch: Winners Are Made by Spiritgreen imagines a blue turtle making the ultimate sacrifice for racing glory.

Nicest Surprise: Victorious Hedgehog by thatquietgir1 delivers an artistic take on the classic Sega franchise.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Procrastinator’s Prize proves that not everyone aims for the gold, while Human Race Fun Run gives the classic evolutionary silhouette a run for its money.

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

05 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Summer Campinating derby voting highlights

Summer is the season for fun in the outdoors, and Shirt.Woot celebrates a classic vacation favorite with their Summer Campinating derby. From pop culture summer camps to wilderness scenes and “in tents” puns, there’s something for every kind of camper. Here’s a quick look at a couple of underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Say No to Organized Activities by CrumblinCookie should capture the heart of any Addams Family fan, and the sentiment is very relatable.

Individually Wrapped Camper Snacks by ApeLad imagines bears are just as frustrated by over-packaged food as the rest of us, only their munchie of choice is sleeping bag wrapped campers. The bear’s face communicates his annoyance so clearly!

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.

04 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Backpack design contest

Design By Humans is getting ready for fall and back to school season early with their new Backpack design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Put your design skills to the test with this unique new product type. Every part of these classic bags can be your canvas – from the external zippered pocket to the sides and back of the main compartment. Even the straps can be part of your creation!

Enter before July 18th, 2017 for your chance to win. Voting ends on July 24th, with winners announced on July 25th. The first place winner earns $750, while second places receives $500 and third place gets $350. Additionally, 15 runners-up will be printed. All winners maintain the rights to their artwork and will receive royalties for each product purchased.

03 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes

Barbes by Rachid Baalla is a bit hard to decipher for me as an English speaker- Google Translate tells me that Barbes means Beards, but the art itself doesn’t feel like it backs up that translation. But leaving aside confusion about the text, this is a really great design. One thing I really enjoy is how it establishes so many layers, from the smoking crowd in the forefront to the chainlink fence, bridge, and buildings behind it. Everything about the scene is about finding beauty in the grime, so yellow smoke seeps past steel dotted with graffiti tags and a light distress lets the white shirt peek through the artwork. The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place. That strikes me as a fun way of seeing the city, one that feels much more real and vibrant than the average skyline design. Plus, the shape of the artwork fills the shirt in a really pleasing way, especially since the low color count and large white spaces make such use of the shirt color.

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

02 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Blankets design contest

Threadless‘s Home collection is set for another upgrade with the new Blankets design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We’re putting the ‘blank’ in ‘blanket’ with our softest canvas! Get all wrapped up in this challenge and create a design worthy of cuddling up with. Design a blanket covered in a mountainous pattern that would make an actual sherpa feel right at home. Or perhaps a design that would make the perfect fort floor – or roof! Maybe even a blanket covered in puppy designs so, if just for a moment, we can pretend we’re actually covered in puppies.

This contest opens to entries on July 7th, 2017 and ends on July 21st, 2017. 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).

01 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #611: FestiviTEEs

Shirt.Woot has gatherings and events in mind with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #611: FestiviTEEs

This is all about the festivities and festivals of summer time.  Concerts? Check. Reunions? Check. Celebrations? Check. Sporting Events? Check. Basically, give us souvenir tee shirts from your favorite summer get-togethers. Give us the art you want to see covering your friends’ nakedness at the latest venue. Give us shirts to remind us of summer gatherings all year long.  Be creative! Show us your best! Bring your friends!  New non-cat concepts are always good!

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.