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03 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Design By Humans has new shirts, and I have a 15% off coupon code- DBH22. Isn’t it great when things work out?

Metropolis by a_mar_illo is the coolest shirt up for sale this week. A one color piece, it uses linework to give the illusion of different textures, patterns and materials, creating a cool (almost collaged-looking) cityscape. The most surreal touches are also the best parts, from the blocky face in front to the hat wearing jellyfish.

Family Tree by Recycledwax is one of my favorite pieces by the artist. It features a realist family portrait where the heads have been replaced with round skull cartoons (each customized with hair or headwear that supports the character’s place in the family). The tree in the background provides a nice splash of color, made more interesting by the knockouts throughout of the word family.

Todays’ Top Story by Bananaphone is hilarious. This is kind of a love it or hate it piece, and I’m firmly on the side of loving it. Like a lot of Bananaphone pieces, the main character is a scared fellow with watery eyes. In this one, he’s a newscaster struggling to hold onto a shred of composure even as he is forced to report that the world is ending and his co-anchor has perished. And while it’s a funny idea, aesthetics haven’t been sacrificed at the altar of comedy- the color palette and hand drawn lettering make this an attractive shirt as well.

I’m a little torn on 99 Monsters by paperball. I love the way the monsters are drawn, the shadowing is expertly done and really makes them seem to pop off the shirt. But the overall shape of the piece is so dull- a rectangle, giving the impression that it fills the bounds of the screenprinting dimensions exactly. I’d have much preferred a more organic arrangement, something that would give this shirt value from further distances instead of just in closeup.

AND THEN I JUST GOT TIRED by adamwhite is an awesomely cartooned skull dude, with bright colors that explode from the charcoal shirt. Printing the coat in suede ink makes this an even better piece, and took it from a shirt I liked to a shirt I’d like to buy. In voting, I was a bit skeptical on how a huge character like this would look on a shirt, but the product images totally won me over. I think it’s a great, unique piece.

Overall, I loved the art choices this week. I’m a bit disappointed in the price points, however- it’s hard for me to see how Family Tree, Todays’ Top Story, or 99 Monsters really qualify as oversize prints (even Metropolis is borderline). They look pretty typical to me, and I miss the $15 shirts that used to show up in the DBH catalog. If I spend 19 bucks, I want a technique that makes it worth the cash.

03 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Good Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Good Loves Threadless was a contest based around the theme Big Ideas. Three great submissions rose to the challenge.

A Lovely Afternoon - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

A Lovely Afternoon by ilovedoodle is a beautifully pared-down illustration of two gorillas- one riding a bike, and the other riding behind with a banana kite. The expressions and color scheme support the concept of a carefree spring day, giving this shirt a lot of charm and a slight fifties vibe.

The Mechanist - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Mechanist by Huebucket is an atmospheric drawing of a man controlled by his imagination. Ghostly hands draw, write and type as the creator seems to sleep on his desk, slumped over and giving in to creativity. I think anyone who has ever had an idea so powerful, it seems to create itself can relate to this one.

FAT PONY - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Fat Pony by mr.pimpant is a shirt I was destined to like- anything with a dude in a costume is solid gold to me. But there’s a lot more to this shirt than a costume. I love the juxtaposition of opposites, from the large creature with the small exerciser to the contrast between the intense face of the man with the blank happiness of the costume.

Overall, some really great work. I think the theme hit the right balance between vague and specific to create some really nice shirt designs.

02 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #28: Quitter

There’s another derby underway at Shirt.Woot, and this one’s for all the slackers. They’re looking for shirts that fit the theme Quitter. So if you can bring yourself to finish your entry, give it a shot.

Enter before Wednesday at noon for your chance at the fabulous prize: the top three shirts get printed next weekend, with the designers earning up to $500 and a $2 commission per shirt sold after the first day.

31 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Design a Shirt for Karmaloop and Lupe Fiasco

What do you think is cool? Karmaloop and Lupe Fiasco want to know, and they’re willing to pay handsomely to find out- to the tune of $500 cash and a $500 Karmaloop gift certificate. All you need to do is design a t-shirt that shows what you think cool is and enter it before March 3rd, 2008.

The winning shirt will be sold on Karmaloop with all proceeds benefiting WHY (World Hunger Year), Lupe Fiasco’s favorite charity.

30 January 2008 ~ 1 Comment

A Better Tomorrow Contest Winner: Splatterbeasts

Some concepts are just proven to make kickass shirts. Prime among them: dudes in animal costumes. This is used to great effect in Splatterbeasts by Luis F. Masallera (robokid), the latest contest winner at A Better Tomorrow. This is an awesomeness overload people: Prepare To Die!

A Better Tomorrow is the premiere site for German language t-shirt contests (but artists from all over the world are welcome to enter). Designers get 500 euros if their t-shirt or wallsticker entry wins. If you’ve got a streetwear style, ABT is the place to submit.

30 January 2008 ~ 2 Comments

New Releases at Scribtee


Scribtee, ShirtCity‘s design competition, has just announced three new contest winners. Watch Out For Your Own Desires by Edno Pereira Jr (Draco) is my favorite of the bunch, using a rotund cartoon fellow to illustrate the idea of being controlled by your dreams- the character’s thoughts are causing rain, and rather than using the rain to his advantage, he just freefalls alongside it. Queen Aerosol by Iker Muro Uranga (Muro) and You Are What You Eat by Raquel Navas Sunde (minasund) round out this strong collection.

Scribtee is an on-going t-shirt design competition, with winners receiving $500 and a $50 gift certificate. If you have a design that will impress the Scribtee community, give them a shot!

29 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s Artist of the Week

Yoshi Andrian Amtha is far and away one of the most printed artists at Uneetee. He’s responsible for cool designs like Music Plays in My Head, Where Is My Happy Face?, Where the Music Came Out, In Our Hands and Music Connects Us Through Space.

This week, all of Yoshi’s designs are only $13. This is a very cool promotion, because this guy does a lot of quality work. I love that instead of having a typical sale, Uneetee decided to shine a spotlight on one of the artists who is responsible for their success.