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11 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design for Scotland at Teetonic

Teetonic has been on a roll lately, first with the Wet Wet Wet contest and now with the Official Scotland collection competition. They’re asking Teetonic members to design a shirt for fans of Scotland’s soccer team.

The winner of the contest gets a ton of cool prizes: a framed (and signed!) Scotland replica top, an iMac 24″ 2.8GHz, an iPod Touch 16Gb, an AppleTV 160Gb, five shirts with your design and £100 in teetonic.com vouchers. And, wow, that is a surprisingly awesome prize. I know nothing about Scotland’s team, and I’m still tempted to enter.

Enter before October 26th, 2007 for your chance to win.

10 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Allmightys Mech Tech T-Shirt Contest

Allmightys has announced a new t-shirt design competition and is asking for submissions with the theme Mech Tech. So if you’re into drawing the technical and the mechanical, this is your contest.

Submit your work before November 19th, 2007 for your chance to win. Allmightys works on a commission system, with the Gold winner earning 2 euros per shirt. The Silver winner gets 1.5 euros per shirt. Bronze and Special Selection winners receive 1 euro per shirt.

09 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Allmighty’s Once Upon a Time Winners

Allmightys has announced the winners of their Once Upon a Time contest, and I’m very pleased with the results. Their Gold winner (The King is Dead by Yonil) and their Silver winner (Vile Stories by Puzon) were also my favorite two designs during voting. Very awesome! Bronze went to It’s for you… by knikola, which is also a nice design (I’m digging the style of the wolf).

For more information on the contest (including the Special Selections, which will also be printed), check out the Allmightys blog.

09 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Sale at Gorilla Tank

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Gorilla Tank is holding a sale until the end of October, and all shirts are being sold for just £11! Pictured above are GT’s two most recent additions, Nudist? and PB & Jelly Wrestling.

Remember artists, Gorilla Tank is an on-going design competition. So if you think you can design a better shirt, get to work! Printed designs earn £300 check and £120 store credit.

08 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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I had a hard time picking a favorite new Threadless shirt this week (so many great ones!), but in the end it had to be Derby of the Damned by Leon Ryan (d3d). It’s a fun mash-up of two popular ideas (roller derby and zombies), and the pinks really pop on the dark grey shirt.

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When I was a Pumpkin by Jeff Tuininga (tuniguts) is really expertly put together- from the dripping wax to the trick-or-treaters in the background, everything is rendered well. Additionally, it’s a cool twist on a type of shirt that’s been done before. Instead of the typical view of a jack-o-lantern, we’re peering at the world from inside the pumpkin. It all sounds like the recipe for a great shirt, but unfortunately the subject matter limits the possibilities on this one- while costumes, zombies and skeletons are concepts that can be work year round, carved pumpkins are too strongly associated with Halloween to make that leap. It’s basically a shirt for one day (or maybe one month, if you celebrate early and often).

The Revenge by Black Rock Collective (aka Legion of Doom) is totally sweet- it’s a piece that is a mash-up of drawings by many of the group’s members, much like their recent win Robot Attack at Design By Humans. Three mash-ups were submitted, and I’m glad that my favorite of the bunch got printed. Oh, and this finally cleared up some confusion for me on Black Rock and Legion of Doom- I’ve been wondering for awhile i they were two groups with a lot of overlap or two independent groups, so I’m glad to finally have an answer on that.

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Transfarmers by Ole Ivar Rudi (OlliRudi) deftly mixes eighties nostalgia and traditional country living. At first the idea of mixing giant transforming robots with the farm setting is a bit terrifying- I picture huge, brooding, metal beasts that work not only from sun up to sun down, but all hours of the day and night to create substances that they will never taste. But then I recalled hearing that agriculture is often one of the first places to see new technology in use (due to competition and low profit margins), so maybe robots on farms isn’t that impossible.

Impatient by Clayton Dixon (Pee Pee) depicts a tooth fairy who has grown tired of waiting for the tooth to fall out and has taken matters into her own tiny hands- with a huge pair of pliers. I’m not in love with the concept, but the way this uses the space of the shirt is fantastic. It’s a great illustration as well, I think the way the metal of the pliers is shown raised the quality level on this one.

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How sweet is Heavy Metal Listening Party by Ed Pincombe (Edword)? I will answer that for you, it is the most sweet possible. Nothing but hands, mouths, lightning and a huge mass of hair, I can’t picture a more accurate visual of heavy metal. This was also a very serious contender for my favorite shirt this week.

Hide and Sheep by Steven E. Hughes (Castle) is a shirt that really rewards the viewer. While a casual observer might just notice the cute sheep, a deeper look reveals wolves hidden everywhere (including the clouds, trees, and the herd itself). The sheep have started to catch on as well, and their facial expressions telegraph a sense of impending doom.

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This week’s Select is The Seeker by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch. I love the drawing style and color palette, but the structure (a triangle) and contents (tree, bird, star and heart imagery) really gives me the impression of winter holidays. This may be my own weird issue, but it would prevent a buy for me. I’m not huge on white shirts, either, but because I’m a fan of the drawing style I wish this guy would get another crack at doing a shirt. There’s definite shirt potential there, even if this shirt isn’t all I’d like it to be.

Imposter by Aaron Hogg (hogboy) is the perfect Halloween reprint. It has it all- a great visual joke, fun dancing skeletons, and most importantly it GLOWS IN THE DARK. Good stuff.

Overall, this was a kick ass selection of new shirts, easily redeeming the awfulness of last week. I had three major contenders for my favorite this week, and four total shirts that I’d consider buying. Pretty nice odds.

07 October 2007 ~ 4 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans

Here’s a Design By Humans coupon code for 15% off: YP1B6M.

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The Birdman by Ky11 is undoubtedly my favorite shirt this week. It is a gorgeous, textural piece, and I can imagine that the blue foil used on the eyes looks spectacular in person. The character is intriguing, as he seems world-weary yet hopeful.

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Tree People by a_mar_illo has the same unique style as the artist’s other works: a color palette focused on browns/blues/pinks, disembodied heads with hollow eyes, and textural linework. It’s a beautiful shirt, and I hope to see more prints from this artist in the future.

Attraction by akoelle shows moths hovering around a light bulb. It’s a cool image, and a bit disappointing to see that it is only available a womens shirt. I think some adjustments to the placement and colors could have made this a nice shirt for guys as well. Still, it’s nice to see DBH is printing shirts with females specifically in mind- at most other shirt sites, women seem to be more of an afterthought.

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Bad Pet by nesk is probably the most adorable poo shirt you will ever see. The dinosaur’s owner admonishes his pet, and further to the right you can see why- a passer-by has been crushed underneath a huge pile of dung, his briefcase flung uselessly to the side. Obviously, this is a very funny, very cute shirt… for people who lack my hangups about wearing poop.

A Pirate’s Tale by robsoul is a concept that I’m a little more on-board with- a pirate sits on his treasure chest, recounting tales of his exploits (with pipe in hand). What makes this shirt for me is the look in the pirate’s eyes… there’s a real sense of wonder there, as if he can’t believe that he got out of the situation he’s describing alive and intact (or as if he can’t believe he’s getting away with the lies he’s spinning).

Definitely a great week of shirts. One of last week’s batch, Chaos came from the Ocean by Steven, was just named Shirt of the Week. Shirt of the Month was also announced, and was awarded to Revelations by jimiyo. Nice choices!

If any of these shirts caught your fancy, use this coupon code for 15% off: YP1B6M.

06 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria Prize Increase

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Hey, did you know that Camiseteria recently increased the winner’s prize package to R$600 and R$400 in Camiseteria products? Well, they did. And it’s pretty awesome.

While I was there, I noticed that they’ve got some really interesting shirts for sale- Banditismo por uma questao de classe by Rodolfo Franca and The Roots Cage by Aey are totally unique. They definitely stand out from the kinds of shirts available at other contest sites, which have been trending a bit too much towards puns for my liking.