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05 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Series contest

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Camiseteria’s Series contest is all about your favorite TV show! Here are two rules to keep in mind:

- It has to be a TV show, not a movie!

- No mash ups! Designs should be about one TV show only.

Enter before May 2nd, 2014 for your chance to win. One first place winner will earn R$1.300 and a box set of all the seasons of your favorite show. 2nd and 3rd place winners will get R$1300 and the first season of their favorite show.

04 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Architecture contest

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Threadless’s latest themed contest is all about Architecture! Here’s some inspiration from Threadless:

Your challenge is to submit a design for a tee inspired by the amazing architecture that surrounds us.

To build a foundation for your design, think about modern skylines, ancient arenas and beautiful bridges. What kind of building would you create?

Enter before April 24th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 Lego gift certificate.

03 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #350: The Renaissance

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It’s Shirt.Woot‘s 350th derby, and they’re going back to The Renaissance! No modern pop culture allowed, so it’s going to take something special to win this week… Here’s what Woot has to say about what they’re looking for:

Ahhhhh, the Renaissance. It was a time of music, art, and … (hold on a second, we need to check Wikipedia real quick) … science. It was a time when a guy like Leo da Vinci could be the best in the world at like 12 different things. It was a time that was, strangely, omitted altogether from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

- No modern pop culture

- In celebration of our 350th Derby, the winner of the first-place design receives (in addition to the standard $1,000) the contents of this box:


The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

02 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

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Googly Dawg by Craig Shimala (cshimala) makes me really, really happy. The limited edition version of the shirt includes real googly eyes, which the shirt’s artist glues on by hand. And to me that harkens back to what got me so excited about t-shirts in the first place, the kind of quirky design and embellishment that stands out from the sort of thing you can buy in stores. Remember when Design By Humans used embroidery? When Threadless printed a pocket shirt, and what creature was printed in the pocket was a total surprise? That’s the creative spirit that this design makes me remember. Plus, who can resist that giant pickle spear grin?

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Trouble in Paradise by GP0WERS (GP0WERS) takes a retro vacation shirt and spices things up by placing a rotting zombie arm among all the palm trees. The flashy, sunny world of a tropical resort, contrasted with the dead rising from their graves. Hey, maybe they just want to join the fun? At any rate, I think there’s something specifically appealing about the 80s feel of the colors and stripes. That was such a time of decadence, of appearance over substance, that it pairs really well with death and absence of intelligence.

Deer Birds by Manoou (Manoou) brings some beautiful geometric art to the table, revitalizing the antler genre. It really feels just as bright and delicate as a stained glass window, almost seeming to glow with life. But while I love the artwork, I can’t help but think that it suffers a bit from having too many competing elements. For instance, look at the way the blue jay’s beak barely touches the arrow that balances over the deer’s head. If it overlapped more, or had more separation, it’d feel a lot more resolved. But as things stand, I think you could lift the arrow and geometrics above it right out and just end up with a cleaner design. That kind of flair might have felt more at home below the deer and antlers, or maybe another piece entirely.

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Skull Surfer by MICO (adriansantanacruz) is a fun burst of bright colors- surfboard and sun in mustard yellow, bright blue waves and radioactively red bones. With brilliantly cartoon-y touches like those melting eyes and extra-long tongue, it feels like a radical interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world where everything’s a little more awesome. My favorite detail is that he’s got a bottle in one hand and a cup in the other- look, just because he’s a surfing skeleton doesn’t mean he’s going to drink right out of the bottle like some sort of heathen! He’s a gentleman.

Concern by Aled (aled) is the only design I really loved in this year’s batch of April Fools prints. As much as people love to talk up the creativity of children, this is one realm where you rarely see it- when kids draw their families, they all tend to look pretty similar and very by-the-book. So I love the idea of this crayon drawing of a family including a bigfoot creature. It works because either this kid is awesome, or he’s lucked into one heck of a family to grow up in. Who wouldn’t want a mythological creature as a big brother? Harry and the Hendersons had the right idea, and the crayon style of the art makes this feel enticingly believable.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through reprints.

01 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Monty Python-a-thon collection

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Shirt.Woot pays tribute to some comedy greats with their Monty Python-a-thon reprint collection. Am I the only one surprised that they’ve got the name Monty Python so clearly stated? Typically sites dance around official titles more than that, just to make sure it reads more as parody that as official merchandise. But at any rate, here’s what stood out to me in this bunch:

Best of the Bunch: Run Away! Run Away! is an ordinary rabbit by day, and a human-eating monster with glow-in-the-dark ink at night!

Nicest Surprise: As Condition: Fleshwound proves, the Black Knight would fit right in with the world of Fallout.

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

31 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Working Dead

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The Working Dead by Fabio Ori da Veiga is an accurate representation of Monday mornings in most offices. I like this take on zombies because it’s both a good fit with the name of the parodied show/comic and it’s something that works as kind of an alternate take on horror. Like, at least battling the undead is exciting! I think a lot of people would find the prospect of punching a time clock in an office for the rest of their lives to be even more frightening. With their dead white eyes and expressions of disgust, this crew looks like they’d rather be doing anything but this (even eating brains!). Solid parody work.

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

30 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blank You Very Much’s X-Large contest

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Blank You Very Much has teamed up with the streetwear brand X-Large for a new contest to create a shirt design for the brand. Official assets are provided.

Enter before April 20th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1500.