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19 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Top Three 33 1/3 Submissions

The 33 1/3 Loves Threadless contest deadline has passed, so it’s time to take a look at a few of the top contenders.

The ash grove we come to be... - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Ash Grove We Come to Be by thepaul is one of the most expressive textural pieces I’ve seen on Threadless. The woman’s face holds a lot of power, and as the eye is drawn in the viewer is rewarded with a cacophony of smooth tan and gold line. The well-chosen tee placement only enhances an already amazing work.

Zero BPM - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Zero BPM by ejay is dark and whimsical at the same time. Death listens to his favorite sound, while wearing bunny slippers of course. Every detail is perfectly imagined, with subtle touches like the texture on the scythe handle raising the bar even further.

Natural music - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

nes-k’s Natural Music is probably the most fun grey design I’ve ever seen. Playful and clean, a figure chooses the bird he’d like to hear by tugging a vine. The restraint of the artist increased the imaginative appeal of this piece.

While those are undoubtedly my top three, there were many excellent submissions to this competition. In scoring, I awarded seven designs with a 5 (four of which were $5). Another nine received a 4.

18 September 2007 ~ 1 Comment

GorillaTank Label Competition

GorillaTank is a t-shirt design contest that has recently impressed me by printing work like Superfly and PB & Jelly Wrestling. But since they’re a new company, they haven’t had time to come up with a t-shirt label yet.

And that’s where you come in: GorillaTank is currently holding a competition to create a label. Designs should be one-color and no larger than 2×4 inches.

Submit before October 17th, 2007 for a chance at the 692 pounds cash prize.

17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


It’s a nice, varied week at Threadless. First up is my favorite of this bunch, X-Ray by Michael Temim. It’s true that there are a lot of shirts in this world with anatomical references, but the style exhibited here sets it apart from the pack. The contrast of the rib drawing and the silhouettes is really fantastic, and the little dog adds a punch of humor to the composition.


Jon Barthell’s The Magical Zipper to Weiner Man Land is flat out weird. And I love it. The cartooning is well-done, and the use of the zipper (which a weiner man interacts with) creates a really intriguing (if somewhat terrifying) scene.

I’m not quite so positive about Teddy Band by Alexandra de Rosso. It’s nicely drawn, but to me nothing differentiates this design from the hundreds of cutesy shirts that get submitted to Threadless every day. Even worse, I find the arrangement of characters pretty uninspiring- some of the animals seem as bored as I am with this broken drumstick drama.


International Translation by Tony Elmore is one that I wasn’t overly keen on in scoring. While I still maintain that it wouldn’t function very well in the wild (more generic international icons sould be more successful), the change to make the design more vertical increased its usefulness by quite a bit. Now that there’s more space between concepts it is much more clear what the wearer is indicating. And while usefulness might be debated (by me, at great length), it’s definitely a good looking shirt.

This week’s slogan is Screw Vintage. This Shirt is From the Future. It’s a neat sentiment, and I appreciate the color scheme. What else can I really say about a slogan tee?


Eric Fan’s Helium Menagerie is a one=color masterpiece. The linework expertly expresses shadow and the bulging of air in rubber. I’m not so crazy about the color scheme (the blue from the original submission was more to my taste) but it’s pretty damn attractive regardless.

Paisley Paramecium by Julian Glander is another cool design with a bit of a color issue. The original submission was green on green, which seemed perfectly suited to the subject matter. Blue on navy isn’t ugly or anything, but it doesn’t fit my preconceived notions about microscopes quite as well. At any rate, paisley is gorgeous. Microscopes are fascinating. This shirt is neat.

This week also brought back two reprints, Radios by Dan Terry and Damn Scientists by John Slabyk. They’re both really solid, exactly the type of work that deserves another print. While I’d rather see some drastic changes in the color scheme when a reprint is done (dark red on light blue is the way of the future), I’m otherwise wholly in favor.

17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Comebacks Loves Threadless


Fans of sports and comedy take note: The Comebacks Loves Threadless. What is The Comebacks? It’s a sports movie spoof, starring David Koechner (who you probably recognize from about a thousand non-starring comedy roles, including a stint on The Office).

Submissions should use the theme “Keep Your Eye on the Ball.” Submit your work before October 17th, 2007 for your chance to win a prize package including a Sony Portable DVD Player, Fox Atomic DVD’s, Comebacks swag and the customary Threadless prize of a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate and $2,000 in cash.

16 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans


Design By Humans is quickly becoming my favorite t-shirt site. This week’s batch of shirts has a wide range of artistic style and an intriguing selection of printing techniques. Let’s take a closer look:

My favorite shirt this week has got to be It’s a Lovely Death by OutwardCreative. The textures are beautiful, as is the color scheme- it’s an attractive look at a deeply unattractive subject, and that juxtaposition is very appealing. I love the way the colors loop around each other.

Silk Moth Soliloquy is totally original. The asian theme is a great fit to artist iotadial’s style, and the strong vertical of the design expresses a lot of yearning. I can imagine that the gold foil accents in this piece give it a lot of pop.

tomburns’ GOOD and EVIL has an amazing vintage illustrative style, perfectly suited to an oversize print. It’s a one-color print done really well- the lines communicate shades of grey as well, which keeps things fresh.

Tales by DangerRuss was probably my second favorite this week. The subject matter, a grandfather regaling his grandchildren with exaggerated stories from his pasts, is both amusing and heart-warming. The style is expressive and unique (in particular, I love the way the speech bubble is treated). Silver foil highlights add even more pizazz to this awesome shirt.

fawnfruits’ Underwaterdeer is the first shirt I can recall that has had an applique treatment. While I was skeptical of how that technique would look on a shirt, I have to admit that this looks really wicked. Placement is different on the men’s and women’s versions of this shirt, but the men’s version is perfect- the horns curve around towards the collar.

Overall, a great week. I like the range of work shown. Also, I’ve added Design By Humans to the list of contest links on the right of this page. Thanks to Jamey of Sunsports for pointing out the oversight.

15 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Rocky Road Rena’s Green ‘n’ Clean Contest


Rocky Road Rena are purveyors of limited edition t-shirts (with runs of either 1 shirt or 50 shirts), and this Australian-based company is looking for shirt designs that tell the world how you’re keeping the environment “green ‘n’ clean.” Keep it black and white and send it in by October 5th, 2007 for your chance to win a fabulous prize package of $500 worth of Rocky Road Rena gear.

15 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ComputerLove T-Shirt Design Contest


ComputerLove, a website that serves as a network for creative professionals, is holding a t-shirt design competition. They’re looking for designs that express the theme “Utopia.”

First and second prizes are iPhones, and third prize is a Nintendo Wii. If that sounds good to you, submit your work before the deadline of October 15th, 2007.

(Thanks to Rangga of T-Shirt Island for the tip!)