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19 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Cranium Loves Threadless: Top Three

The Cranium Loves Threadless contest had one of the most open-ended themes I’ve ever seen for one of these: Wow! And some people really capitalized on that freedom to create some unique and interesting shirts.

No More Grey Matter - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

No More Grey Matter by paperball is a buffet of color and cartoon, with strange creatures transforming into other visual elements. At the very bottom of the design, almost lost in all the chaos, is the tiny brain that all these ideas sprung from.

Smoking Kills - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Another favorite of mine is Smoking Kills by eskimokiss. The look of it is complex- a smoking hand pedals a unicycle, with the smokecloud manipulating a raincloud that overflows a bucket. The smokecloud and bucket overflow spell out the shirt’s message. It’s a funny image, and the unique color palette puts this squarely in the top tier of message shirts- though truthfully, I think it would work even better if worn ironically.

Creature Convention - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Creature Convention by secretly robots is so perfectly suited to this contest that I would be genuinely shocked if it didn’t win. As a shirt with pictures of colorful, smiling monsters, it works pretty well. But this shirt is more than that- it also creates a message when folded, with the monsters spelling out Wow!, the competition’s theme.

The upper echelons of this contest included some really fantastic work, though a lot of people struggled with the vague theme. There will almost definitely be a great winner, though I think a more concrete theme might have resulted in more successful shirt designs overall.

19 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Popdeck’s Board Contest

Ok, it’s not exactly a t-shirt. But the same designs and illustrations that make t-shirt stand out can be translated into a truly unique and fun skateboard design.

Popdeck is a new competition site looking to bring the work of individual entrants to the skateboarding masses. They’ve currently got five specific contests running (Slam X Hype, High Snobiety, Cool Hunting, Sneaker Files, and Hype Beast), as well as a regular contest. Winners walk away with $200 and a free board.

This competition is judged and voted on in part by the community, so take a look around and let your opinion be heard. There are some cool entries in the mix, including JackMartin’s Barber’s Ride and polynothing’s Sketchy.

Thanks to Joe of Fantastic Blognanza for the tip!

17 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

How2 T-Shirts

How2 T-Shirts is a new brand, but they’ve already been building up a lot of buzz. I’ve seen them blogged about at sites like HiphipUK, The Daily Tee, and Tcritic. But there’s one fact about How2 that all the reviews I’ve seen have glossed right over…

They have a t-shirt design competition! Every month, How2 provides the community with a few themes to illustrate (this month’s choices are Be Happy, Feed Your Brain, Peel a Banana, Ride a Bike, Survive on a Desert Island and Be On Time- though designers can also opt to create their own theme). Then the submissions are scored by the community and the best are chosen to print. The prize is a hefty £250, with the added bonus that winners get their names printed right inside the shirt.

And for the non-designers among us- you can suggest a theme for a chance to win a free shirt!

16 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Burnswell’s Big Deal Winners


Burnswell has selected the three winners for their Big Deal t-shirt design contest, and you know what that means: these shirts are very limited edition, and you only have until Friday to buy them. It’s a pretty good selection, including They Give Us Light by jsheldon, my personal favorite Create by benharman (I’ll be putting in an order right after I finish posting this) and Donut Self Esteem by vishneada. The customer comment award went to WanderingBert, who will be getting a free shirt (I’m hoping to see something of his print here soon as well).

Since Burnswell’s contest recurs every two weeks, it is time to get your entry ready for the next contest. Winners receive up to $300!

16 January 2008 ~ 4 Comments

InkADoodle is now ThinkIt


You might have heard of InkADoodle- it was a t-shirt competition site, but since they only had three shirts printed, they didn’t get a lot of attention. That all might be about to change, though, as they’ve acquired some new funding (that means more winners could be on the way) and have changed the contest’s name to ThinkIt.

Along with the name change, they’ve announced three new contest winners. Bolts of Fire by Stinger is my favorite of the bunch, a cool side print with some vaguely menacing pointy green dudes. Imagination is a Strange Thing by Jib is an intricate one-color print, and New York Beau by Cruz has a color scheme that really pops on the brown shirt.

Now that ThinkIt is actively selecting winners, it’s a good time to submit work to their t-shirt design contest. Payment is a lump sum of $600, with an opportunity to earn up to $2,000 for designs that sell well.

16 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Quick Links

There’s a new t-shirt blog, Tee User, which has a cool contest going on (you can win a $25 Threadless gift certificate just for subscribing to the blog). Also check out their feature Tee Battles, which puts similar shirts from different stores head to head in a fight for ultimate cotton survival.

Burnswell‘s current Big Deal Contest is on its last day, so vote now if you want to have a hand in determining the victors that will soon be offered for sale. Remember to post a comment on your favorites, as that enters you in a drawing for a free shirt if the design you comment on is the winner!

16 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Rob and Big Loves Threadless

OK, confession time: I am a huge fan of the show Rob & Big. The size difference between those guys would have me laughing regardless of the other content, and I am a damn sucker for miniature horses as well so this show has pegged me perfectly.

So I’m pleased as punch that they’ve teamed up with one of my favorite t-shirt stores to create the Rob & Big Loves Threadless competition. In this contest, designers are charged with creating a shirt that explores the theme “Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend,” certainly a theme that’s ripe with potential.

Enter before February 15th, 2008 for your shot at the prize package, which includes (in addition to the customary $2,000 cash and $500 gift certificate) an XBox 360 Console with the Rock Band Bundle, a signed DC Board, Rob & Big DVDs, Wonder Showzen Limited Edition Lunchbox DVD package, and the oh so alluring promise of more prizes to come.