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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.

28 January 2008 ~ 3 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Goliath by Jared Stumpenhorst is my favorite Threadless shirt of the week. The highly textural cyclops is a great contrast with the tiny, colorful blob creatures attacking him. What really sells this for me, though, is the amazing illustrative style- I like the little touches, such as the gnarled fingers and the little tuft on the monster’s chin. The transparency of the blobs is another strength, as it gives a bit of a 3-D element to the scene.

This week’s Select is Folk Rock And Roll by Wyeth Hansen. I think it’s a great piece, using geometric forms to create the phrase “folk rock and roll.” The composition looks almost like a neon arrangement of quilting to me, which is very in keeping with the folk rock theme.

After a long absence, Type Tees are back at Threadless with I High Five Strangers by Dan Maltzman (Maltzmania). I’m not a huge slogan proponent, but even so this shirt is… not good. I don’t find the design particularly attractive, and the fact that there’s a huge hand print on it just makes me think the wearer would be in for a lot of slapping and pushing. Even in the best-case scenario, do you really want to be stuck high fiving people all day?

I Wish I Were by Ian Leino is a great concept with top-tier execution. The hope on the devil’s face is clear and appealing, with a nice texture to give the impression of hair where it is appropriate. It’s also a perfect fit for the white shirt, and benefits greatly by some of the detail elements (such as the pitchfork and hoofprints).

Hummingbird And Snake by Jamerson Lima (ninhol.com) is, as a girl’s shirt, really tremendous. So it’s too bad that the men’s version is on khaki, with a bastardized color palette that seems to have lost all of the charm of the original. Which is too bad, because the patterns are so fun- to me, it almost seems like the creatures are three-dimensional fabric creations.

Interloper From Beyond The Heavens by Brian Brasher (etherbrian) takes a played out t-shirt concept and makes it seem fresh. I never expected to like a Space Invaders shirt, but this one is genuinely clever. Imagine a mechanical marvel from the outer reaches of the universe, ominously descending towards earth. Then imagine it looks exactly like the aliens you spent your youth destroying in the arcades. That’s just plain funny. Plus, I always wondered what those weird little pixel shapes were supposed to represent- were they aliens or spaceships?

Victor Terrintop by Nicholas Tassone (band-it) is my second favorite this week, as I love the cool color palette and the almost collaged feel of the piece. It has a lot of pattern and texture throughout, and the holes in the trees that allow you to peek at the man behind are very nicely done. I would deem this one of the more unique shirts that Threadless has printed.

Stupid Cupid by Budi Satria Kwan (radiomode) is the first of this week’s reprints, and it is definitely timely. I’ve never really cared for it, though- too boxy, and just not funny enough to overcome that. It’s also the kind of shirt that, to me, only works in the close up- there’s nothing about it that stands out at farther distances.

The other reprint this week is a favorite of mine, The Madness of Mission 6 by Travis Pitts (travis76). It’s a gorgeous piece, resembling the cover of the best seventies-era sci-fi you’ve never read. But if you look a little closer, it’s more than that. See the helmet on that cosmonaut? And the particular colors of the ghost? Maybe those little pills ring a bell… Oh hell, it’s a Pac Man shirt. The greatest pac man shirt of all time!

Overall, a pretty nice week of shirts- there are a few in there that I’m definitely itching to buy.