Hi! Welcome...

Welcome to Compete-tee-tion! This site tracks all the biggest news in the t-shirt design competition world, from reviews of new releases to information on new contest opportunities.

06 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Dangers of the Deep collection

shirt.woot dangers of the deep

The ocean was made treacherous with Shirt.Woot’s Dangers of the Deep plus sale. But of all the aquatic artwork featured this week, here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Shark Vader‘s cute and funny take on the famous villain (and his helmet!) made me laugh.

Nicest Surprise: Where the Ocean Floor Ends is a smart bit of parody that does well in imitating the original’s art style.

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

05 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Halloween 2016 voting highlights

Trick-or-Treating season is in full swing with Shirt.Woot‘s Halloween 2016 derby. In this contest, orange shirts and glow-in-the-dark ink were both allowed, which created some artistic opportunities not usually present. While there are excellent entries at all levels of voting, here are a couple of current underdog entries that I think could use some more attention…

shirt.woot pumpkinshirt.woot corny question

Pumpkin by vomaria is a totally unique, artistic take on the subject matter. I like the way this style makes the face seem even more spooky and gruesome, like it’s melting before your eyes.

Corny Question by transformingegg perfectly channels the nervous feeling of the candy into the artwork by using shaky, rough edges.

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.

04 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Madame Curie

camiseteria madame curie

Madame Curie by Denny is a design I never expected to see- a badass illustration of science pioneer Marie Curie that takes its cues from the TV show Breaking Bad. But while it’s an odd mix, the pop culture leanings of the art (most evident in the chosen font and styling of her name, although the tattoos also channel some modernity) don’t overshadow the appeal of the design, which is a celebration of an inspirational scientist. I love the sharpness of her features and the steely, determined look in her eyes. It makes her seem like a character who could easily utter a line like “I am the danger,” but also one who is ready and willing to fearlessly face the dangers of her cutting edge profession, so unafraid that she’s tattooed Polonium right onto her knuckles. I think this is a design that anyone who is into science or history (or even just Breaking Bad) could appreciate.

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

03 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Space Age design contest

threadless space age

Threadless‘s new Space Age design competition might have universal appeal! Here’s what they’re looking for:

We’re on a mission to find the next batch of iconic space designs to land in the catalog. The Space Age was a period filled with discovery and advancements in technology, all of which helped unravel new and unexplored territory. It was a period where we sent the first animals into space, Russia created the first artificial satellite, Apollo 11 landed and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon for the first time, and much more! We’re looking for your creative interpretations of iconic events during the Space Age period. So, suit up and get ready to launch your ideas onto all of our canvases!

Enter before October 14th, 2016 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).

02 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Astral Projection and more new this week

threadless astral projection

Astral Projection by Robson Borges (robsonborges) is my favorite Threadless print this week because it’s the kind of piece that immediately pulls you in. The strong circular shape (and the way the bright red is layered with clouds until it gets darker and darker) makes a bold statement from afar and is packed with interest up close. There’s a real painterly quality to the textures created within each mass of clouds, and to the slight roughness of the circle’s edges. It’s an environment with a lot of depth and also a lot of ambiguity- some bird silhouettes are scattered in the darkness, and that’s really the only element clearly marking the location as the sky. In this strange place that’s been created, things get even weirder with the addition of a falling human figure. A slight suggestion of a white circle around his head implies that he might be an astronaut, but we have no idea what he’s fallen from or what he’s falling towards. The overall sensation is one of beauty, but also helplessness and surrender. Interesting stuff.

threadless arigatorthreadless many lands under one sun

Arigator by Steven Toang (StevenT) is classic Threadless with its simplified cartoon look and silly punning. Arigato is Japanese for “thank you,” and it’s definitely funny to think of as ferocious, wild, and deadly a creature as an alligator being so polite. The animal’s positioning is very intelligently done, curving the distinctive long tail back and above the body so that it simultaneously helps to balance out the speech bubble and to attract more attention towards it. The simplified, almost Sanrio-like, blushing cheek and scales give the creature some personality, and the choice to style it in a way similar to Japanese cartooning helps to make sense of the Japanese text.

Many Lands Under One Sun by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) shows the sun’s path through a number of different ecosystems, all displayed with the glorious minimalism is simple, thin lines. In some places those lines rise and fall to form sharp trees and smooth hills, while in others they cut across each other to become mountains or ocean waves. Each vista seems small and fragile in comparison to the solidness of the sun, and the shifting colors of each scene make it feel like the whole landscape in drenched in the sun’s warmth. It’s all very well done, to the point where the diagonal of the sun’s path makes it feel like you’re really seeing all these different landforms pass by, one after the next.

threadless to serve manthreadless boop oop a doop

To Serve Man by thepoopooclub (poopooclub) intrigues me because it found a really novel solution to a couple of problems that a lot of election-related designs run into. One problem is that buyers are sometimes reluctant to buy a shirt that is only relevant for a short period of time. This design solves that by hanging its humor on a timeless concept that is funny in any election (or really, any time of the year)- that politicians are reptile aliens tricking the masses. Another problem is that even when a potential buyer hates a politician enough to want to spend money and broadcast that fact, they might really dislike the idea of wearing that hated person’s face and thus seeing it more often. So the mask conceit, and the way the resemblance is quite vague, allows wearers to make the statement they want to without having to overcome any disgust. Impressive!

Boop-Oop-A-Doop by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a smart piece of design, using Betty Boop’s trademark phrase as a framework to display her flirty personality. Her eyes are so specific, drawn in a style that is never seen any more, that even though that is all you see of her face, it’s immediately clear who she is. The wink finishes off the phrase nicely, hitting the exact expression she’d strike when completing the catchphrase. The retro font isn’t the same style as was used in the cartoon, in fact it’s actually better- while the original could be a bit generic, this type is much more effective in establishing the era Betty originated from. Slight distressing also contributes to nailing that retro feel.

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).

01 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #572: Vintage Advertising

shirt.woot logo

Shirt.Woot is harkening back to the good ol’ days with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #572: Vintage Advertising

Show us designs in the style of vintage advertisements.  Look at poster, magazine, and/or television ads from the 1960s or earlier and mash-up that style with cats or whatever.  No cream tees. Oh, also no Star Wars.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.

30 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Yes We Kang

pampling yes we kang

Yes We Kang! by Itoko Design might be criticized in some quarters for parodying an old election when there’s a new one (and a boatload of new parody-ready imagery) well underway. But I’m betting that (at least to an American audience) the current election is so combative and ugly that this blast from the past feels like comforting nostalgia. Plus, the style has been so widely parodied at this point that I think it almost reads as “politics” as a general category rather than a reference to a specific portrait and slogan of a specific person. And this iteration of the theme is certainly well-done, particularly in the excited, energetic pose chosen for Kang. His upraised tentacles and drooling mouth perfectly mirror the enthusiasm of the slogan. Plus, in an election year where many voters want to opt for neither of the major candidates (and one frequently appears to be aiming for fascism), maybe an alien overlord in the running wouldn’t be that crazy? Maybe it’s well-timed after all.

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).