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09 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #761: Letter N

Nerds, noodles and naughtiness might make an appearance in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM: Derby #761: Letter N

All things beginning with the letter N! The twist? No pop culture!

No politics, no cream shirts. Cats are allowed.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

08 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s One Color Magic derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s One Color Magic derby is very diverse in subject matter, since the contest’s only uniting factor is use of one ink color. This kind of simple palette often results in iconic shirts, so there are sure to be some gems in the mix. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Magical School by artguyaaron stands out with its geometric style and weighted print placement, putting all the action on one shoulder.

El Martes Salvaje by walmazan packs in the doodled detail for a fun character any taco fiend can appreciate.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

07 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Pop Panda

Pop Panda by TobiasFonseca uses a style I always enjoy, a series of images that pull references from different areas to create a bit of a trivia puzzle for viewers to solve. Some of the panda transformations are immediately obvious, like the Ziggy Stardust, Stormtrooper and Harry Potter faces. Others, like the eyepatch (is it a specific pirate, or just about eyepatches in general?) and the rectangle over the eyes are more difficult for me to parse, but may be more clear to others. The art references like the Magritte apple and sugar skull face are especially nice to see. Pandas were a great choice to center the concept around due to their monotone look, which allows the artist to accomplish all this variety with just one ink color. 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).

06 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Not Today World and more new this week

Not Today World by Martina Scott (martinascott) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Its timing is impeccable, as it feels perfect for a moment when world events seem overwhelming and people are isolated in their own bubbles. The ostrich has a plan for this sort of scenario, and it’s an inspiring one. I think the realistic look of the ostrich helps to ground the message, while the one color treatment keeps things light with the energy of a doodle (despite the large amount of detail). I like that the text is small, kind of an afterthought to the image- it lets you revel in how ridiculous the bird looks before realizing you’d like to do the same.

Voyager by Sebastian (sebasebi) looks like a space disaster at first glance. There’s a human skull housed in a NASA-style space helmet, with fire-y comets dotting the background while a spooky blue smoke escapes a crack in the glass dome. But the jovial aqua alien hanging out of the eye socket gives the scene a much more fun ambiance. He’s posed like a long-haul truck driver about to wave at a fellow trucker, proud of his vehicle and enjoying the ride. It’s not a disaster, it’s an adventure, and suddenly even the skull seems to be smiling.

Blacksad by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) makes goth imagery cute, which is always a fun combination. The lead character is perfectly likable, with sad, wet eyes, a firm frown, lowered ears and a head that seems weighed down by his curved horns.  He looks miserable, and his old-fashioned clothing (including a lace collar!) adds too the sense of being stifled. My favorite detail is how the frame of roses emphasizes their thorns, and how the skull seems so much happier than the protagonist (which is perhaps a strangely optimistic moment?).

Savage as Rabbit by Franco Giovanella (francog) takes an animal typically depicted as fluffy and innocent and attempts to make it threatening. In service of this, the art emphasizes the animal’s athleticism. He’s long and lean, only bulging where his muscles are, and even that cottontail is starting to look unsettlingly sharp. His pose looks like a challenge, front legs slammed down as back legs kick wildly. The thing that really makes the rabbit scary, though, is the artist’s choice to give the beast red eyes that stream liquid anger into the air above. It’s a creepy moment, looking like blood is forming the lettering. And to cap things off, some distressing creates a more gritty look.

Wizard Hieroglyph by Gulshan Kishor (Shadyjibes) won Threadless’s Modern Hieroglphics design contest, and it’s an excellent choice. I like the way the art gives us not just the phrase, but also the person saying it. This context both makes the concept more readable at a glance, and also feels true to the look of real Egyptian art that used hieroglyphs. Keeping the character facing forward rather than in sideways style (as Egyptian art would more typically have) helps the slogan to feel like a command, calling the viewer to action. The only element I’m not crazy about is the way the pass literally spells out the word “pass.” It feels like a cop out from the task of representing words with images.

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.

05 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Stair Wars collection

Like Star Wars? Then you’ll be interested in the elusively spelled Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Stair Wars plus sale. Classic characters and symbols from the series abound. Oh, and if t-shirts aren’t your only indulgence, designs along this theme can also be found on other products. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Endor the Forest Moon by Giant Step Design Co captures the beauty of otherworldly nature.

Nicest Surprise: C Trippy 0 by kharmazero impressed me in voting with its unusual 1960s charms.

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

04 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Stripes design contest

One of the world’s most classic patterns gets its moment in the spotlight with Threadless’s Stripes design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

There’s something so simple and visually satisfying about stripes. Whether you go with a tried and true approach or take the deepest of dives into the world of color theory and mind-bending patterns, stripes are a sure-fire way to conjure up some serious feelings. Will it be a Parisian vacation or more of a prison vibe? Will it be riffing off of an after-hours TV test pattern, or more in line with a modernist Mondrian? Will the structure of your design be reminiscent of rigid architecture, or a psychedelic trip to another dimension where stripes rule us all?

Think: colors that compliment and contrast each other. Think: alternating lines and compositions that are unexpected. Think: stripes in a way that nobody else has literally ever done before! Good luck, and we hope you earn your… stripes.

This contest opens to entries on May 8th, 2020 and ends on May 22nd. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

02 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #760: One Color Magic

Keep your palette simple for Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #760: One Color Magic

Your design can be all text or no text, it can be a slogan, a phrase, a pretty purtty picture! What it must not be is anything related to outdoors, animals, sports, nature etc. etc…get the picture? Oh also, it must be in one single color. Not 3, not 4, ONE. Only one. Any color you like. You may get clever with transparencies and halftones, but one color only ya hear!

No politics. No cream shirts. No outdoors stuff.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.