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14 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Vader Coffee

Vader Coffee by Jady Salvatico caters to those who like their coffee the way they like their force, on the dark side. I think the main thing that works in this design is how unexpected it is- it’s funny to think of this serious, villainous dude just suddenly emerging from your mug. It’s made even funnier because he’s so wedged in there (no room at all between those shoulders and the brim) and because he’s shown realistically rather than in cartoon style. It’s not just the spirit of the dark side that’s in your coffee, it’s this specific guy. Playing off that absurdity, the playful style of the text works to amplify the silliness. I like that a lot of different type styles are used, as this adds a lot of interest and the decorative, expressive look of it contrasts well with the straightforward and unadorned image below.

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

13 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #604: Dadism

This week may have been all about mothers, but Shirt.Woot is balancing things out with their next derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #604: Dadism

Father’s day is also coming soon (you’re welcome, again). So next week’s Derby will focus on dads & dadhood. And just like this week’s mom derby, we want a range of designs that reflect the cool and complicated and socks-and-sandals-wearing dadbod realness embedded in the concept of ‘Dad.’ No cats, no cream tees, no Luke/Darth artwork, and no designs that say ‘Father’s Day’ (or any variation thereof).?

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.

12 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Fuck Yeah and more new this week

Fuck Yeah by Ian Byers (ibyes) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I really enjoy the simplicity of it, and the smooth way that the E and A of YEAH unspool to become high-fiving cartoon arms. There’s a great retro vibe in the color scheme, gloved hands and lettering style that helps the design to feel a touch vintage (aided by some light distressing). I think the best moment, though, is the way the smashing of the hands creates an explosive star symbol that obscures the text behind it. It’s a neat effect because it’s reminiscent of the way profanity is often typeset with * symbols and similar, and it’s a lot of fun to see this illustrative take on the concept.

Mort by Pigboom Kaboom (pigboom2014) uses the canvas of a white t-shirt in an interesting way, imagining it as a thick fog that oozes around the shirt’s grim reaper protagonist. It’s interesting that while reapers are often depicted as scary or aggressive, here the character seems almost lost instead. His head is bent, his feeble hands seem barely capable of holding onto that scythe, and his trademark dark robe is in tatters. It all communicates a heavy weariness, making this reaper someone you sympathize with rather than fear. It’s interesting stuff, but I think the concept suffers due to the relatively small print- if this design took up more of the shirt, the white of the shirt would feel more authentically like fog rolling in rather than an artificial border.

(Dark) Side A by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) took me a minute to get, since I’m not a huge Star Wars fan. But I think for people who are more into the series, this is a strong concept. The idea that Darth Vader’s chest panel might be a tape deck is a double hit of retro nostalgia, and also injects some levity into an otherwise dark character. It’s funny to think of Vader pressing play on his Imperial March cassette before he dramatically walks down a hallway. Plus, there’s some good attention to detail in having both the volume and the bass cranked up, just like Vader’s voice.

Meowllennium Falcon by Hillary White (wytrab8) is one of the wackier Star Wars shirts you’ll probably ever see, replacing the Millennium Falcon with an awkwardly sleeping cat. Style is a big part of why this works, using a loose, almost doodled illustration style that wouldn’t be out of place scrawled in a school notebook. That easy, carefree look helps the joke to land as silly rather than forced. And of course, the “pew, pew!” detail emanating from the cat’s paws is a great moment of humor, the kind of choice that raises the level of the whole design.

Margarita Reading by Sage Aune (sagepizza) is part of a series by the artist that incorporates favorite food objects like cake and cookies into tarot card form. I think this design might be a bit over my head since I don’t know much about tarot, but my guess is that (since most cards I’ve seen in pop culture are kind of dark or foreboding) the premise is something along the lines of imagining cool, positive things that everyone likes as being predicted for the future instead of, like, death and swords. That’s a fun and relatable angle, and the art style used feels authentic to the medium.

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).

11 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Space Wars collection

Shirt.Woot filled the galaxy with Star Wars designs with the Space Wars plus sale. Darth Vader and his allies were especially popular, but there’s still plenty of designs for those who lean more towards the light side of the force. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Rebellious Bloom by wheels03 is more sophisticated and traditional than the typical Star Wars design.

Nicest Surprise: I really appreciated the depiction of Vader as a gamer in Asteroids Do Not Concern Me by iloveewe, so I’m pleased 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!

10 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Victory derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Victory derby had Woot artists depicting winning in all its varied forms. This seems to have been a more difficult theme than usual, though, because while I usually find it easy to pick out gems among the lowest votes received, this time pickings are slim there and the fog contains most of the entries worth talking about. Here are two pieces that I’d like to see take the top spots…

Cannonball Contest by patrickspens pairs a bright, fun color palette with some excellent dinosaur humor. I love the contrast between the dinos’ bafflement and the meteor’s pure, uncomplicated joy.

Sprinkles are for Winners by fishbiscuit5 is a really cool interpretation of the theme, making sprinkles seem like a moment of personal celebration.

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.

09 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

DesignByHumans: All Over Contest winners

Design By Humans have announced the winners of their big All Over design contest, and the results are pretty spectacular! A total of 18 designs printed, with subject matter spanning from the abstract to food, the outdoors, and even outer space. Some shirts boast buckets of brilliant color, while others feature tamed-down palettes for a more sophisticated look.

Taking the top spot was Falldown by Eyesore427. This was my favorite of the entries, so I was glad to see that DBH awarded it First Place. There’s just so much that this design gets right. For starters, I love the way it decks the shoulders in that inky star field, creating bold contrast with the pale tones of the shirt below. The way the blackness oozes in (or out?) of the astronaut’s helmet make it feel strange and diseased, like space itself has infected him and turned his normal existence suddenly alien. The pose of the spaceman communicates both weightlessness and the sheer power of the black shape in his twisted posture, even giving the piece some depth because of the angle he’s contorted into. I also like the attention to detail of featuring the astronaut on just the front, leaving the back to contain only drips. A lot of all over print shirts make the mistake of making both sides identical even when it doesn’t make sense, and I think there’s a level of quality gained by not doing that here.

You can see all of the All Over design contest winners at Design By Humans.

08 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s When You See It design contest

Threadless plans to hide cool effects in plain sight with their When You See It design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We want you to put both your perception and ours to the test by hiding designs within designs (designception) in not-so-plain sight. Design an image that takes a double-take to see the whole thing. Make us think we’re looking at one thing when we’re actually looking at something completely different. Create a hidden scene disguised in a larger one, a creature lurking in a pattern, or a design with a hidden word that once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee. Just, ahem, remember – keep it classy, not trashy!

This contest opens to entries on May 12th, 2017 and ends on May 26th, 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).