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06 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Salad Dressing and more new this week

Salad Dressing by maRiLisa (Ri7Li) is my favorite Threadless design this week. While the pun is obvious, I think the reason the design works so well is because the artist fully commits to the concept with an abundance of detail and charm. The salad is no mere pile of lettuce, instead it boasts an array of ingredients ranging from egg halves to great loops of red onion and generous slices of juicy red tomato. It’s an interesting dish to look at, one that might even make you hungry instead of solely serving the pun in the most straightforward way possible. There’s also some fun to be had in the salad’s choice of clothing- a pair of jean shorts. I love this choice because it’s so normal, casual, and slightly dorky, an oddly plain pick compared to his elaborate headcoverings. Even better, by using the color blue, the shorts are able to stand out from the rest of the illustration (not a lot of blue in a leafy salad).

Nothing Matters by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Blast From the Past challenge with its melancholy depiction of Steve Urkel. There’s something really effective about seeing a usually animated character like Urkel suddenly so still and unhappy-looking, and it suits the ennui of the Nothing Matters slogan well. Perhaps the message is meant to be that people flock to pop culture nostalgia when they don’t see value in the future. Or maybe it’s just a reflection of the show’s title, and the fact that Steve was never part of the titular Family. Either way, it’s the sort of design that ought to get a sensible chuckle out of most 90s aficionados.

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).

05 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: (Nearly) NSFW collection

Shirt.Woot artists played with boundaries and puns in the Derby Editor’s Choice: (Nearly) NSFW plus sale. Due to the theme, the designs joke about concepts like nudity and vulgarity in ways that stay just this side of decency, which may limit their appeal for some audiences- although others may love it, especially since this is seldom-visited territory for Woot! Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Too Old for This Sheet by Odysseyroc is the perfect costume shirt for Halloween grumps.

Nicest Surprise: Asparacuss by Apelad shows that sometimes vegetables don’t like you either!

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Wieners is definitely just about award-winning hotdogs.

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

04 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Animal Warfare derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot had creatures of all shapes and sizes sizing each other up in the Animal Warfare derby. Most designs took a cartooned approach, but more illustrative and vectored approaches are represented as well. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Swan vs. Swan: The Punctuation War by thatrobert is a cool way of using type, and the question marks make perfect swan necks.

dragonyarn by ApeLad is an incredibly effective drawing that delivers both an action scene and lots of detail. I love how well the yarn is represented in the soft, nubby teeth and fiber effect in the string.

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.

03 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Dog Crew

Dog Crew by Willy Ohm makes me think about why, despite the massive popularity of cat shirts, dog shirts are much more popular. Part of the puzzle is probably that most cats look about the same with just differences in fur coloring (allowing cat owners to see a bit of their own animal in most cat shirts), while there’s so much major variation between dog shape and size that a design has to be much more specific to hit the same note with a dog owner. This design has a neat way of getting around that issue by using a huge mass of dogs, so that pups of every type from beagles to bulldogs are in the mix. And the attention to detail doesn’t stop there, with many of the dogs performing very doggy actions like farting, sleeping, and playing with bones that give each a bit of their own personality despite the consistent flat, curvy, and geometric style each is illustrated in. The most polarizing choice made, though, might also be the best- that little pile of poop at the bottom. While a lot of people might find that a bit gross to wear, I can’t help but appreciate how its triangle shape starts to mirror the shape of the dog stack above.

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

02 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Photography design contest

Get ready to say Cheese, because Threadless‘s latest contest is a Photography design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We want you to use your own original photography to create a compelling design that would look great on everything from a tee to a tote. What’s the subject of this photo, you ask? That’s up to you! We trust your photo eye. Snap a food photo, your city’s skyline, people wearing those weird rubber horse masks that dominated the Internet a few years ago, a lighthouse in the fog – whatever speaks to you! You can make any photo edits you like – we just ask that it’s your own original photography (or stock photos, but only if they’re free to use and modify!)

Now channel your inner Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz and get snappin’!

*Hi-res versions of your photography will work best for printing so make sure to keep your original images handy!*

This contest opens to entries on September 7th, 2018 and ends on September 21st, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, a one year subscription to Shudder.com, and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

01 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #672: ShirtCon Shirts

Gather round, there’s a new Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #672: ShirtCon Shirts

Convention season is in full swing and nerds and geeks and fans of all stripes are flooding into convention centers across the nation. Derby #672 help them flaunt their favorite fandoms with designs that feature the comics, characters, shows, and franchises beloved by the ConCrowd. Just make sure your entries qualify as parody. Designs that veer into potential infringement territory will be rejected. The only rules: no politics or 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.

31 August 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Incredible Pickle Man

The Incredible Pickle Man by Drsimonbutler is a fun addition to the pop culture comic book cover parody trend. What I like about this design is how frantic it is, with something happening everywhere you look that packs an extra reference or punchline into the artwork. Even the pose scientist Rick takes is dramatic, with a foreboding shadow darkening his face as he tweaks his pickle creation. Where Rick the scientist is meticulous and intense, Rick the pickle is drunk on power and striking a muscle-y, maniacal stance. Even the text hits the right tone in this design, choosing lettering that looks ripped from real classic comics. I especially enjoy the way text fills the large question mark (such an authentic comic choice) and how a bumpy pickle texture fills the Pickle Man letterforms. It’s great attention to detail that makes the design feel richer.

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).