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18 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s ABC Nerd

ABC Nerd by NemiMakeIt is a smorgasbord of geeky references, encapsulating some of the most fun characters and archetypes of nerdy media like film, TV, video games and comics. While a couple of the letters were outside my pop culture knowledge (anyone know what A and U are?), most are quickly recognizable and from properties geeks love to obsess over. For me, the most fun letters are the ones like Q, where the character naturally resembles the letter, and the ones that are able to clearly convey a character with very little information, like the F for Fry that only uses his hair and skin tone. I think most geeky types will enjoy this chance to quiz their knowledge, making it a tee that is great for starting a conversation.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

17 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Catmetal and more new this week

Catmetal by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte) is my favorite Threadless design this week. With photo-realistic precision, the artist replaced the head of a metal guitarist in the middle of an energetic riff with that of a dramatic kitten, head thrown back as though he’s about to let loose with a wild howl. He’s been gifted a crest of rocker-style hair but apart from that he’s very much a real cat, which means this is a face you look at and recognize aspects of cats you’ve personally known- especially if those cats were loud yowlers. There’s a natural fit between the strange noises cats make and the in-your-face aggression of this type of music, which makes the combination even sweeter.

Rebirth by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) treads familiar territory with its crow, nest, and skull, but does it with a style so unique to the subject matter that it still feels quite fresh. The skull is appropriately creepy and draws the eye first, setting the scene’s macabre atmosphere, but the bird’s huge eye is a close second. The unsettling size of that eye gives the crow a cartoony quality, but also brings the viewer in closer to see the strange, thickly-lined pattern decorating its feathers. A twist on that pattern also covers the eggs, leaving them looking simultaneously ancient and alien. Red tones creep in and highlight the piece throughout, adding a final sinister edge.

As Long as We Have Our Imagination! by Pigboom Kaboom (pigboom2014) makes a 20-sided dice a cartoon hero. His humble grin and tiny limbs might seem safe and gentle, but the bones and colorful corpses (some stabbed through with weaponry) tell a more brutal story. I feel like that’s a sentiment very true to RPGing, where anyone can pretend to be anything and even the smallest player could be the mightiest warrior. The text, a thick retro font with a rainbow background, cheers things up further by focusing on the joy of the achievement, in a style that wouldn’t look out of place in an 80s sticker pack. Good stuff.

Horror Stories by Aaron Jay (randyotter3000) takes on scary stories told around the campfire and applies it to a pair of apples. This is a fun concept because apples are so wholesome, and something that could naturally be in the forest. So their fear seems very cute and silly… until you consider the actual horror of the scenario, where a creature wants to burrow under your skin and eat your flesh. That’s basically zombies! The adorable look of the art keeps things feeling very sweet, though, with strong geometric curves and uniform lines. The trees in the background inject just enough realism to make the apple’s fears appear legitimate.

The Musical Fox by 38Sunsets (38Sunsets) is destined to be a crowdpleaser. The fox is exquisitely drawn, detail captured to the point where every single hair is called out, wisps flying from his form to emphasize emotion. And his expression is a perfectly joyful grin, eyes held shut as a huge smile plays out across his face. Despite the fur, I almost feel like I can see his cheeks blushing warmly. It’s a heightened kind of realism where surely no real fox has emotions this human, and maybe in nature his fur wouldn’t be so strikingly bright, but it feels authentic because you want it to be real. The addition of the headphones only adds to the art’s appeal by giving him more human qualities, and forging a connection between the subject and the viewer. After all, everyone likes music!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

16 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Whatever collection

Although apathy was the focus of Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Whatever plus sale, there’s a lot to be excited about. From sleepy animals like sloths and cats to slogans extolling the virtues of laziness, anyone who likes relaxing should find plenty to enjoy. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: X-Meh by Wheels03 first impressed me in voting with the way Wolverine’s claws enhance his shrug.

Nicest Surprise: Tomorrow by piercek25 is oddly optimistic and inspiring for a shirt about doing things later.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Procrastination Hours lets everyone know when you’re taking a break (it’s always).

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

15 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Words derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot focused on innovative typography this week for their Words derby. While past typography derbies have strictly limited the amount of supporting graphics, this contest had a looser approach that gave more leeway to illustration. That means a more diverse set of designs in the top ranks, and a lot of variation in percentage of words to graphics across the board. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Big Yikes by Wheels03 transforms its letters into banners, and does it in a way that reflects the message of the text.

I Love Nature by wirdou makes each letter out of something from the natural world, either plant or animal. Each drawing is charming and exudes personality.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

14 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Chaos Returns design contest

Embrace your inner turmoil with Threadless‘s new Chaos Returns design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Feeling stressed by the need to remain in control, neat and tidy, buttoned up? It’s not enough to have your sh*t together. These days you’ve got to hustle to stay on top—and look good doing it. Are you holding down a job, raising a family, and paying off debt all while keeping those pores glowing? Time to let loose; entropy for you and me!

As we descend into disarray, deliver your best designs spun out of sheer madness. This chaotic design challenge can’t be won by the orderly—we want nothing less than pure pandemonium. Try your hand with topsy-turvy typography or draft designs inspired by any modern free-for-all (commuting on a packed train, waiting in line with groceries on a weeknight, the randomness of molecules colliding). The hubbub’s growing and won’t be ignored in this disorderly maelstrom of a challenge. Throw up your hands (but keep down your lunch) and let chaos take control!

This contest opens to entries on October 18th and ends on November 1st, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

12 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #731: Teenage Dirtbag

Relive your youth with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #731: Teenage Dirtbag

It’s throwback Thursday! This week’s theme is nostalgic pop culture. Music, tv, movies or games popular in your teen years! Just remember parody is your friend to avoid IP infringements.

No politics, no cream shirts, no trademark, copyright or IP infringements!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

11 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity by GammaRay is the kind of design that captures the imagination. By bringing the skateboard into space, it opens up a world of possibilities of insane tricks that couldn’t happen in any other environment. I also like the way the art emphasizes speed, so opposite to the usual depictions of outer space as slow-moving and vast. Filling the skateboard, speed lines, and faceplate with a busy patch of stars is a fun way of playing with foreground and background, making these sections fall into both categories and creating an interesting surreal effect. The use of red on the wheels is a good move, separating the board from the rest of the astronaut’s body and making it read as an individual object. Good stuff!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).