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02 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Mischievous Shirts derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Mischievous Shirts derby gave artists the opportunity to be a bit naughty, so these designs deliver both snarky puns and slogans as well as animals misbehaving in all sorts of novel ways (plus a smattering of other stuff). Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Let’s Play D&D by jimiyo balances the evil menace of a realistically drawn devil with innocent, playful lettering.

Tastes Like Chicken by thatrobert starts off with a great chicken illustration (I especially dig the colors!) and adds humor with an unexpected knife. I’m not sure it even needs the slogan, although it is nice the way the text placement draws attention to the weapon.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

01 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Vintage Vacations design contest

Summer arrives early with Threadless‘s Vintage Vacation design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

When you open your t-shirt drawer, there’s always that one vintage vacation tee that brings on the nostalgia. From the, “are we there yet” road trips to the, “I never want this to end” vacation, one t-shirt can hold a million visual memories – that’s what makes retro vacation designs unique! From finding the best sand dollar in your aggressively floral Hawaiian tee to roaming the Grand Canyon in your one-of-a-kind “Always take the scenic route” sepia tee, they remind you how far you have traveled and all of the adventures you’ve experienced.

We want to see where your vintage vacation designs can take us. Tell a story by using vivid colors and funky vibes. Create a design that invokes the spirit of the family vacay or the familiar feel of a postcard from a land far away. This challenge is wide open, but whatever design you create, make it memorable!

This contest opens to entries on April 5th and ends on April 19th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

30 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #702: Tsar Raws

If looking at the title of this week’s Shirt.Woot derby makes you think “It’s a trap!,” you’re not wrong…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #702: Tsar Raws

A new take on a clasSic series. Read beTween the letters and unscrAmble the anagRam to reveal this Week’s derby theme. Your only clue: MAy the 4th is almost heRe! Quite an elaborate ruSe this is!

No politics, no cream tees, no cats! I will not be afraid to use the iron DQ glove if you don’t get the theme right…so make sure you get it right.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

29 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Burritos and more new this week

Burritos by Aaron Jay (randyotter3000) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it highlights how absurd camping is, particularly the way you have to keep food stored high in the air to keep it safe from bears… while you lie under the stars, with just some flimsy fabric for protection from hungry wildlife. It really would make sense for a lazy bear to recognize the culinary opportunity inherent in that. And even better, the bear sees these sleeping campers as an especially delicious food- burritos! Since that’s a favorite snack of so many people, it just makes the scenario even more relatable. The subtle grey scenery of the background also does an excellent job of setting the scene.

Be Yourself by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) pairs the title with an equine trio- two horses and one unicorn. The clear implication is that the “yourself” in the slogan is the unicorn rather than one of the more boring steeds, so naturally our horned avatar is positioned at the very front of the group. I like that there’s some variation in expression for each of the animals’ faces, but I do wonder if the message might be stronger if the unicorn weren’t so clearly the best of the bunch. For instance, what if one of the horses was instead an exotic zebra, or had a hint of a pegasus’s wings?

Tis But a Scratch by Jared Yamahata (jared51) takes the famously fragmented frame of Monty Python’s Black Knight and applies the styling of the Join or Die snake from American propaganda to create a surprisingly effective mashup. Part of why it works is that both the knight and the snake share a certain brash, aggressive quality- although the segments of each may be fairly useless when disconnected, there’s no doubt that when assembled they’d be full of fighting spirit. I also like the realism of the knight’s look. While much more detailed than the snake graphic typically is, this level of high contrast detail helps the knight to feel like a real person rather than a cartoon of a person, and that heightens the humor considerably.

Diabolic Plan(t) by Trabu (Trabu) instantly reminds me of cartoon scenes of the outdoors at night, where all you see is eyes in all directions. Except here, the reality is even scarier- those eyes aren’t animals hiding behind jungle foliage, the eyes belong to the plants themselves! The roughness and lack of symmetry in the eyes makes them look especially sinister, as do some of the unusual contortions of the leaves (especially the bending leaf at the far left that practically crawls across the ground). There’s also a subtle texture in the colors that suits the theme well, making the leaves look tactile and alive rather than flat and plastic.

Nice Buns! by Thomas Bryant (tabryant) is a design about a cartoon hotdog who has a butt. It’s the kind of dumb, silly joke that’s hard not to at least smile at, and I like that the extremely strange contortions of the hotdog’s limbs exaggerate the ridiculousness of his physique even more. Plus, hotdogs aren’t always shown with a curve, but by including one here the artist is able to draw even more attention to the butt shape. It’s cleverly done, although I wish some more attention had been paid to the hotdog’s bun- it feels too flat, and the light edges are distracting rather than being used to emphasize dimension.

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.

28 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dark Anime design contest

Threadless explores the more sinister side of an art form with their new Dark Anime design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Dark anime is precisely that: dark. Filled with evil, revenge, madness, and gore – dark anime tells stories that fill your bones with horror. Dark anime is more than monsters and violence. From psychological thrillers to dystopian societies, this genre with subtle and twisted elements *gives* dark anime terrifying or downright twisted atmospheres.

Can you make us rethink the notion of “good” and “evil”? Enter to show us how your dark anime designs can disturb the very core nature of humanity. Deliver high contrast carnage, bright colored butchery, and thematic elements of original science fiction and f*$%-ed up fantasy.

This contest opens to entries on March 29th and ends on April 12th, 2019. 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 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Animal Mashup Challenge derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Animal Mashup Challenge derby encouraged artists to incorporate animals into their favorite movies, TV shows, and books, and the results have been both funny and artistic. As you’d expect for Woot, there are definitely a lot of cats in the mix (especially Goose from Captain Marvel), but other animals like dogs, insects, and sea creatures are also represented. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Poo-tee-weet by jimiyo keeps things literary with a Vonnegut reference, and the soft, textural look of the bird’s feathers makes you want to reach out and touch it.

I’ll Be Bacon by shadyjibes delivers a pun that makes this pig seem to be staring his own mortality in the face with Terminator-like stoicism.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

26 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Do512’s Big Contest collection

Shirt.Woot had an off-site contest for Austin-based Do512, and while the contest’s big winners were a bit of a mixed bag in terms of quality and popular appeal, there’s a lot of fun to be had with their selection of honorable mentions in the Editor’s Choice: Do512’s Big Contest plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: PegaCentauRock by Ben Harman is well-drawn and super wearable, showing a winged centaur wailing away on an electric guitar.

Nicest Surprise: The Big Armadillo by SamAndErikas has a playful vectored style and expertly arranges elements from the Austin region into a plant-filled collage softened by just a touch of light texturing.

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