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22 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Sehubabe: Shirts That Provoke

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Sehubabe has been getting a lot of attention lately for their eye-catching and distinctively styled shirts. And there’s good news for designers who are fans of Sehubabe’s line- they’re currently looking for other designs that fit in with the site’s style! Check out the FAQ for details on how to contact Sehubabe with your work. They’re open to paying flat fees or to pay a percentage based on sales, so regardless of your preferred payment structure you should be well taken care of.

In the near future, the process of submitting shirt designs to Sehubabe will become even more interactive: they’re in the process of implementing Sharing Space, in which designers and artists will be able to submit works to be voted on. Based in part on the voting results and in part on the discretion of Sehubabe, the best designs and artworks will be printed and sold.

I’ll keep an eye on the development of Sehubabe’s Sharing Space and post an update when it is finished. Until then, submit work directly to Sehubabe through their FAQ page.

22 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Avril Lavigne T-Shirt Design Contest

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I know, I know. It’s Avril Lavigne. Her new album, The Best Damn Thing, has probably already taken up far more of your mental real estate than it could possibly merit (I know the words to at least one of her songs despite the fact that I’ve never willingly listened to her music, and I doubt I’m alone in this).

But here’s the thing: there’s a t-shirt contest. And there are prizes (including $500 cash and some Avril merch that will probably sell well on ebay). Therefore, I am honor-bound to report on this.

Here’s how it works: You have to submit an Avril shirt, so it will probably suck. To ensure that it will suck in a way that is consistent with the Avril brand, you will be helpfully provided with some Avril-approved artwork. The top twenty will be chosen by Artwerks Design, which appears to be a professional design agency. The winner of those twenty will be chosen by Avril Lavigne fans and DeviantArt members, who I’m sure will do a totally great job!

If for some reason you would like to enter this contest, you need to do so before August 21st, 2007.

22 July 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Ink A Doodle

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Ink A Doodle is a newcomer to the t-shirt design competition scene, and their unique approach gives artists and designers some interesting opportunities for making money from their work. Their payment plan for printed shirts allows the creators to earn up to $2000 (you’ll get $280 per 200 sales). Additionally, the site includes an Art Auction area, where artists can sell their original creations. I can definitely see that taking off in a big way when the site gains popularity.

The store is already stocked with a few designs:
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Note: I’ve been alerted to the fact that these guys might not be entirely on the up and up. It sounds like they might not be printing other people’s shirts at all, and apparently they’re acting oddly and deleting submissions. Be careful if you submit to this site!

20 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Allmightys Big City Life Enters Voting Phase

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The deadline has passed for the Allmightys Big City Life competition and submissions are now being scored by site visitors. There’s some really nice work in the running- my favorites are pictured above.

20 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Hatley T-Shirt Caption Contest

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Hatley, an nature-themed clothing company, has a t-shirt caption contest. Contrary to the way these things usually work, Hatley is asking visitors to come up with captions for a shirt- after a caption is selected, Hatley artists will create an image to go with it.

This is a great opportunity for all the wordsmiths and slogan creators out there to get their ideas on a shirt. The prizes are impressive as well, with first place getting a $500 gift certificate and a free shirt (2nd place gets a $300 certificate, 3rd gets a $100 certificate).

Entries must be received by September 30th, 2007. Contestants must be residents of the US or Canada (but not Quebec).

19 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Buy 2, Get 1 Free at Gorilla Tank

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Gorilla Tank, a recently launched t-shirt design competition site, currently has a sale underway. If you buy 2 shirts from the store, they’ll give you the third free of charge! You’ll be the proud owner of the entire Gorilla Tank collection so far.

If you’d like to see your work printed at Gorilla Tank (winners receive 300 pounds- the equivalent of about $600), join up! There aren’t too many submitters right now, which is good news for new designers- your work is guaranteed to stand out.

18 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Frenchloser: On-going Design Competition

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A new t-shirt design competition site, Frenchloser, has launched. Though, as the name implies, the site is in French, there is still plenty of information for English-speaking t-shirt designers. Currently, the FAQ and checkout page are available in English (more English translations are planned). For more information in English, check out Frenchloser’s myspace page.

The style so far at Frenchloser is illustrative, landing somewhere between cartoons and fine art. There are already a few pieces ready to be voted on in the Gallery, where site members rank designs (on a scale of one to four). When a design is printed, the size of the print run is determined by how many members voted that they’d buy the shirt. A print run will range from 50 to 500 shirts, with the designer receiving 2 Euros per shirt.

I think this site is one to keep an eye on, especially if the submitted shirts measure up to the work currently in the store. My two favorites, Bird of Fortune and Singe, are pictured above.