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17 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New at Gorilla Tank: Flashing the Time

Gorilla Tank has just printed another shirt- that makes two in less than a week! This time it is my personal favorite from the competition, Flashing the Time by JeremyPiatt. It’s a cool image- this seedy, devil-like figure sells clocks of all kind out of his coat. There’s a humorous element as well- seen in both the large old-fashioned alarm clock and the way one clock falls out of the coat (it also adds to the demonic nature of the figure, approximating a tail).

Check out the rest of the Gorilla Tank store for more shirts- Monkey Business was another recent print, and PB & Jelly Wrestling and Superfly are great-looking tees.

16 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Zazzle’s Office Humor Contest

Zazzle has a new contest up, and they’re looking for any design (including, but not limited to t-shirt designs) that expresses the theme of Office Humor. To be eligible, you must put your product for sale on Zazzle with the tag ‚Äúzazzleofficecontest2007″ at some point before November 28th, 2007.

One Grand Prize winner will receive $1000. Ten Honorable Mentions will get $25 Zazzle gift certificates. And of course, all entrants will potentially earn money from their designs if other Zazzle members are buying them.

15 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #17: Consumerism

This week, I’m going to post the contest blurb from Shirt.Woot in its entirety. This is not exclusively due to laziness (although of course that is always a factor), but the theme is a wee bit complicated and I want to be sure that I’m not misrepresenting things.

Technically, we’re all consumers, since we all eat and most of us wear clothes. But consumerism is something more than acquiring basic needs – it’s the creation of new “needs”, the search for personal identity in mass-market products, the perception of value in labels and brands. Is consumerism just an extension of the way people have been buying and selling since the dawn of time, or a modern contrivance whose power is not to be trusted? As you can imagine, we know a thing or two about selling people stuff they don’t strictly need. Now we want to see (and wear) your graphic commentary on the idea of consumerism.

And since you children keep abusing your toys, we’re taking them away: no pirates, zombies, ninjas, monkeys, apes, squids, or robots this week. This contest is not about who can come up with the sneakiest way to shoehorn one of those memes into the weekly theme. So we’re putting them up in the cupboard where you can’t reach them. You can have them back later, if you can be good. Attempts to get cute with the terms above (“but this a corsair, not a pirate!”) will count as “not being good”.

I’m liking the restrictions this week, I hope it will lead to a rush of creativity in the entries. Should be a fun week…

Entries can be submitted starting Friday at noon and continuing until Wednesday at noon. Remember, though, that voting is on-going- this means that early entries often have more favorable odds for winning. The top three designs, as voted on by Woot members, will be printed next weekend. Each winner will earn up to $500 for the first night of sales, and an additional $2 per shirt for sales made after the first day. If this theme isn’t your thing, consider submitting your work directly to Woot. If selected, you’ll be paid in the same manner as Derby winners.

15 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Display Art for Sale

Since early July, Threadless has hired artist Joe Suta to paint three canvases a week that are a mash up of all the shirts printed. The results vary wildly in style, but they’re all pretty interesting to look at.

These paintings are now offered for sale on Threadless for the price of $250 apiece. It’s kind of a high-end alternative to the wall art that Threadless teamed up with Blik to create.

15 November 2007 ~ 2 Comments

ComputerLove’s 2007 Finalists

The folks at ComputerLove have selected the finalists in their 2007 T-Shirt Design Contest. It’s an interesting, varied group of designs, and the judges definitely have their work cut out for them.

My favorites are probably Somewhere Else by Weebles and Les Gentils by nicolas. To me, both of those designs are a perfect merging of concept and style. Winners will be announced on November 19th, 2007, and I hope those shirts will be among them.

14 November 2007 ~ 3 Comments

Monkey Business, New at Gorilla Tank

Gorilla Tank has a new shirt in their store, Monkey Business by NataS. I confess, I am… not so much a fan of this one. I just don’t get it. Okay, a monkey wants you to mind your own business. Is it funny because a monkey calls the viewer a monkey? And, how is the phrase mind your own business even raised? Is it now a weird invasion of privacy to read someone’s shirt? It feels like an in-joke that I’m not in on.

I’m not crazy about the art, either- the monkey is made of pixels (for no reason, it adds nothing), but the text is not (which is just annoyingly mis-matched). And the placement is weird- I like stuff in the lower corner of the shirt, but here it seems in direct opposition to the concept. The monkey should be centered on the chest, so that he aggressively enters into the conversation of the wearer, in my opinion.

While this design was a bust for me, I’ve liked some of Gorilla Tank’s shirts in the past. PB & Jelly Wrestling and Superfly are very nice shirts, buy those instead.

13 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Six New Winners at SplitReason

Split Reason has printed six new designs from their on-going design competition, let’s take a look…

The first design is called Beat Down, with small text that states “If you can read this, you’re about to get beat down.” At first it cracked me up, because what kind of idiot would get that close to something so obviously threatening (a raised fist)? Then I remembered my game of Call of Duty 4 yesterday, wherein I snuck up behind a dude and tried to stab him directly in the head for maximum humiliation- only to pause briefly, wondering what gun he was using, and getting stabbed in a very embarrassing manner myself. Anyway, the bold, iconic nature of this one works for me, especially the sharpness of the thumb.

Crop Circles is exactly what it sounds like, an overhead view of a field full of crop circles. The overly complicated nature of this set of circles and shapes makes it clear that something unearthly is responsible. I love this one, and it really got my imagination going- what if aliens were building patterns like argyle, or even a massive game of connect the dots? Would that really be any weirder than all those circles?

Mad Science has text promoting the Institute of Mad Science (inspiring death, destruction and world domination). And it makes sense, when you think about it- all those mad scientists are pretty much working out of the same play book, it figures that they all picked up those tricks from the same place. I’m picturing a class called Talking Endlessly About Your Plans, Which Allows the Hero To Escape 101.

Of all the shirts, the only one I don’t really care for is Major Ownage. But, given the name, it’s not really aimed at people like me- it’s aimed at the people who stab me when I try to sneak up on them in COD4. I do not own. At best, I rent. *sigh*

Ninja Victim is an idea I’ve seen a lot of people attempt, but this is the most successful implementation of the concept I’ve seen (and the only one I’ve seen printed). The thing that always cracks me up about it is this: Ninjas are stealthy. They will slice you in two without a sound. So why did it take so many weapons this time? Maybe there’s a whole team of ninjas, and you are just their unlucky practice target. Maybe you’re even quicker than all those damn ninjas, and those wounds are mere grazes. It is all very confusing.

My favorite concept of this bunch has got to be WWJDFTW?, which is just really inspired. I think he’d play a lot of Team Fortress, endlessly medgunning Heavys. The other highlight is the absence of a PS3 controller (presumably he’s waiting for Little Big World), as an Xbox controller, a Wii nunchuck and even a Nintendo zapper are pictured. He’ll forgive your sins, but there’s no forgiving a crappy game lineup, I guess.

If you’ve got your own shirt designs with a nerd or gamer twist, try your luck in SplitReason’s ongoing contest. If your work is chosen, you’ll get $250 and a free shirt.