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17 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #451: Palindromes and Ambigrams

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Clever wordplay appears to be the inspiration behind Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #451: Palindromes and Ambigrams

Racecar. Toot. Nun. That almost starts to sound like a story. Could your Palindrome or Ambigram be the funny words, or cool art art, or both or some other interpretation.

No Creme Tees.

This derby beings Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


And of course in the current Freedom derby, it’s a smorgasbord of patriotism! Here are two entries I’m rooting for:

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We Can Do It! by mizzElena is a fun female-focused take on America, something you really don’t see attempted too often.

Majestic Symbol of Freedom by ApeLad tackles patriotism with a strong sense of silliness and humor, also very refreshing to see.

This derby continues through 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.

 

16 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Bikes & Code Warriors collection

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Shirt.Woot’s latest plus sale collects staff favorite tees from two derbies with very unrelated subjects, Bikes & Code Warriors. I guess that means this sale has shirts for people who love enjoying the great outdoors… and people who would definitely rather be inside. Here are some stand outs:

Best of the Bikes: The bear in Bear Safety is my favorite original character to grace a Woot shirt in a long time!

Best of the Code Warriors: Drinking Code is a smart translation of a classic song into a programming context.

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

15 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Starry Deer

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Starry Deer by Emmy Dala Senta combines two extremely popular t-shirt subjects, the stag and the stars, and does so very well. The teal and orange color palette pops nicely on the navy blue shirt, especially because that orange is used to give a golden glow to the edges of the deer. Glowing circles call attention to different areas of the deer’s anatomy, emphasizing curves. But those circles, which call to mind time lapse photography of the sky, aren’t the only thing making this animal “starry” – his shape is also filled with white orbs, like he contains a universe of his own. It’s a striking image, and a gorgeous take on the classic nature tee.

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

14 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Short & Not So Sweet contest

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Threadless seems to have snappy slogans on their mind with their latest themed shirt design contest, Short & Not So Sweet. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Do you have a witty little quip you’d like to share with the world? One that’s short enough to squeeze onto a tee, and edgy enough to catch attention? Well now’s your chance to say it out loud, in the form of a simple, clean, copy-driven design.

Tees exclaiming sassy sayings (like “Flowers” or “Botanical Profanity”) are all the rage, and it’s time to join the conversation. Make your own bold statement with quick-read copy that packs a punch. Keep accompanying design and type elements minimal – the goal is for the saying itself to speak the loudest.

For more inspiration, visit our Pinterest page.

Note: ALL languages are welcome for this challenge!

Enter before June 30th, 2015 for your chance to win. 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).

13 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #450: Freedom

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July 4th fever is in full effect with Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #450: Freedom

Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early … 4 score and 11 years ago… wait that math isn’t right… well you get the picture. No Creme Tees.

This derby begins on Monday at noon and continues through 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.


The Crests derby is still currently underway, with a nice variety in subject matter that those crests are being applied to. Here are a couple of entries that stand out from the crowd:

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Life Finds a Way by Wheels03 would probably already be fogged if it weren’t a late entry, but given how timely it is and how well executed (right down to the colors!) I’d be surprised if this isn’t a contender to win by the end of the weekend.

DC Birdwatchers by oneshoeoff is a fun, covert shirt for comic book fans, and the joke is enhanced by the realistic style of the birds.

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

12 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: All Around the World and more new this week

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All Around the World by Buko (buko) is my favorite design this week. It’s infused with a kind of eclectic, vintage quirkiness. The design is almost a depiction of an idealized version of traveling, a moment where you’re an immaculately dressed sophisticate slowly journeying across the globe, safe but also having enough of an adventure that you get to encounter creatures like the friendly octopus. And since his shape is filled with the map, there’s an implication that he’s a traveler, too. Fun stuff, and the octopus’s already curious shape is enhanced and given even more motion with some subtle shading that helps him to seem to pop right off the fabric.

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Never Too Late by Pyne (Pyne) is an interesting Alice in Wonderland design, because while it does something common in Alice parodies (making Wonderland’s residents creepy or even literally threatening) it holds back from giving Alice the upper hand or some means of fighting back. Truthfully, I’m not sure how I feel about that- I think one of the main things this genre of parody has going for it is that they recast Alice as a very active, powerful hero, and losing that does chip away at the appeal of it. That said, the rabbit’s constant harping on the time is definitely ripe for parody, and it’s easy to see him holding a serious, even dangerous, grudge. The foreboding ambiance is a big plus as well, with sharp contrasts that feel right out of a stylish horror movie.

COMBO by Aneesh kumar.T.K (anivini) gives a deer comb prongs instead of antlers, and while that may sound sort of lame the resulting shirt is much, much better than that description would ever have made me guess. I think the key to its success is attention to detail. There’s a completeness to it, from the way the animal’s rough fur corresponds with the distressing of the comb, to the way the midpoint of the comb is handled with some prongs curving to finish the pattern. Ideas like this are always more fun when the artist fully commits, and that’s definitely the case here!

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Abandoned Fighter by azizaninn (zinn) feels a lot like death-in-space shirt designs we’ve seen before, where a skull or decaying zombie face hides behind an astronaut’s helmet. This design is different though, in part because it’s a fighter pilot’s helmet that we’re seeing instead. Since this isn’t a helmet you’d expect to see in that outer space environment, there’s a sense that those stars aren’t literal- they’re there to represent coldness, emptiness, oblivion and mystery. The triangle framing the action is another clue that the universe is shown symbolically rather than literally, and also seems to subtly stand in for the shape of a plane’s seat back and cockpit windows. And of course, the very realistic rendering is the icing on the cake, making this a very wearable design.

Be Nice by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows) is an interesting slogan shirt, in part because the slogan itself is so awkwardly long. Because of the length of the phrase, most viewers of the shirt would probably not bother to read the entire thing if it were presented in a more traditional way. That’s what makes the colored gradient that carries through the Is (and a few other letters) so smart- that visual motion draws you down to read the complete phrase, and it gets you curious about reading it in the first place. Definitely a brilliant solution. And I have to say that although the phrase is long, I like the length because it does something important- it points out that it’s not enough just to be “nice,” you also need to have actions that back up that self-assessment.

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 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Hot designs & Cook-Out tees and aprons

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Barbeque season is in full swing with Shirt.Woot’s Hot designs & Cook-Out tees and aprons plus sale! There’s also a lot of variety in style and subject, so no matter how you like your summer fun, it’s probably represented somewhere in the mix. Here are the pieces that stood out to me this week:

Best of the Hot designs: Island Paradise is a fun whale/island combo, although part of me wishes Woot had a teal shirt color option so it’d be even brighter and more fun (baby blue can sometimes feel a bit drab).

Best of the Cook-Out tees and aprons: Grillin’ World is timed well for the new Jurassic Park movie, and it’s also fun to think about eating some dinosaur.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My BBQ Rock Star design mixes The Ramones with cooking up food on the grill.

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