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08 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Summer Sale at Allmightys

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T-shirt competition site Allmightys is having a summer sale until July 22nd. My favorite (Little Old Men) is pictured above, but there are a lot of cool shirts available.

Also, just a reminder- the current Allmightys competition, Big City Life, has its submission deadline on July 16th. As always, winners of the competition receive a share of the revenue from their shirt design.

07 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ECA T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists

Well, the good news is that the ECA t-shirt design competition finalists have been announced. The bad news, of course, is that these are embarrassingly bad shirts. I only find one of the shirts to be even remotely wearable, and even this is only because it’s too boring to be visually offensive.

Kind of a tragic outcome, especially when there are so many cool video game shirts already in the marketplace. Since only three people are represented in the contest’s five finalists, I have to think the prize just wasn’t able to attract much talent. Better luck next time, I guess.

For those of you who think I’m being harsh, here is one of the finalists:
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Yes, you read that right. “If the government has it’s way you won’t be able to play half the games on this website.” Except, it’s on a t-shirt. And so it makes no sense. Just… disappointing work in general.

Update:
Wow, looks like the winners were announced also. The winners are: the boring one and the only one to make less sense than the one I mentioned earlier. Fantastic!

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05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Howie’s T-Shirt Design Contest

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UK retailer Howie’s has begun a t-shirt design competition. There are no constraints on subject matter or style, just a request to use five colors or less.

If you think your design could be the next big thing at Howie’s, e-mail them a jpg of your work. If you win, you’ll get the first shirt printed and some products from Howie’s.

05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Photoshop Coloring Tutorial

If you’ve ever wondered how the Threadless pros create their designs, check out this photoshop coloring tutorial. Posted by valorandvellum, an artist with multiple shirts printed at Threadless, this is a great guide for people who are new to photoshop or who are looking to get a few tips on streamlining their design process.

04 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Best of Eagle Vs. Shark Loves Threadless

Since the Threadless Eagle vs. Shark competition deadline passed a few days ago, here’s a look at my favorite three entries:

Amazing Freak - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
This shirt is fantastic in just about every way. The awkwardness is easy to understand and the style (reminiscent of old circus posters) is impeccable.

Foiled Again! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Curses uses a great style (one that hasn’t been printed very often at Threadless). The story is easy to understand at a glance, and it has a lot of visual power.

Looking for love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Looking for Love is more of a typical Threadless shirt, employing cute animals to service the theme. But the detailing, from textures on the animals to a neat star pattern in the background, set this submission apart from the pack.

Any of those three (and a handful of other nice designs) would be a great addition to the catalog and a worthy prize winner.

02 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Either I’m really easy to please today, or this was an exceptional crop of new shirts. I like every single shirt for sale today, and there are a couple that are on my buy list.

The best of the bunch, though, has got to be Priscilla Wilson’s excellent My Father Was a Sailor:
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01 July 2007 ~ 6 Comments

T-Shirt Slogans: Three Top Places to Sell Your Ideas

Everyone wears t-shirts. And these days, it seems like nearly everyone is selling them, too. This is great news for people who can come up with cool t-shirt slogan ideas, because a lot of sites are willing to pony up big cash for them.

1. ThinkGeek. The big daddy of all nerd stores wants your ideas, and they’re willing to pay big for them. If you provide a slogan they use, you’ll get $250 (or a $300 gift certificate for the site).

2. Nerdy Shirts. Like the name says, they’re in the business of selling shirts to nerds. No art skills required, if your slogan (or t-shirt idea) is up to par with their product line, they’ll pay you $50.

3. ShirtADay. A relative newcomer to the t-shirt sales scene, this website features a brand new t-shirt design every day of the week. And that means they need a lot of shirt ideas. If you send them a PhotoShop file of your slogan and they use it, you’ll get a percentage of the day’s sales.

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4. Threadless. Although they’re better known for more illustrative shirts, Threadless is also in the business of printing t-shirt slogans. If you’re slogan is printed, you’ll get $100 and a $100 gift certificate to the site. This is great, but the trouble is that new slogan tees rarely get printed and there is a ton of competition.

5. La Fraise. Sort of a European version of Threadless, La Fraise is also better known for designed t-shirts. It’s unclear what the odds are of getting a slogan printed right now (the site just broke off into three regions, each with its own slogan contest), but at any rate this is only of real interest to Europeans (you need a European address- or a fake one- just to register for the site). The prize for getting a slogan is also unclear, so be careful.

There you go, T-Shirt Slogan writers of tomorrow. When those slogan paychecks start pouring in, how about redirecting some of that my way?