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20 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s All Booked Up

All Booked Up by DinoMike is my favorite Threadless print this week. Perfect for the Halloween season, it’s also a design that horror fans and bookworms can enjoy year round. The devil character looks like a lot of fun with his child-like huge eyes contrasted with his small horns, tiny ears and gently blushing cheeks. He’s also showing additional personality in his traditional demon characteristics of furry legs, hooves, wings and a pointed tail. But while other devils might do terrible things, the design makes it clear that this guy would rather just read about it. His time, as the slogan states, is “All Booked Up” and he’s looking perfectly content leafing through his Book of the Dead (even as a particularly tormented ghost escapes its pages). Good stuff!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

19 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Promo Tees collection

Events, clubs, schools and more inspired the often pop-culture infused designs of Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Promo Tees plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Forest Protector by Alundrart was a voting favorite for it’s eco-focused ewok message.

Nicest Surprise: The Starters by sebasebi also impressed in voting with a cool, retro look perfect for a jazz concert.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

18 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

WAMI Swag’s Conca the 13th

Concha the 13th by BebikDesigns is WAMI Swag’s Cotton Brawl VII winner, and it’s definitely well-crafted. The character’s enlarged hands emphasize his physicality (and help focus attention on those snacks), strong highlights and shadows give dimension and add drama, and there’s even a realistic smoke effect creating a background (also repeated to give the coffee some steam). But it’s also a piece that requires two specific bits of knowledge, and I’m curious how common this information actually is with the general public. One big element to know is that the “Con Chah…” text is approximating the music that plays in these movies- as a casual horror consumer, I guessed this to be the case, but don’t actually remember the sound strongly. The other tidbit, that the specific pastry the killer is holding is called a Concha, actually took me a Google search to get. I don’t doubt that they’re more common in some areas than others, though, so I hope those in the sweet spot of those two combined bits of knowledge are able to find and enjoy this design.

Winners at WAMI Swag will earn a cash prize (amount varies based on contest entered). Any designs sold on WAMI Swag also earn the artist 20% of each sale.

16 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #836: Did I Say That Out Loud?

The truth comes out in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #836: Did I Say That Out Loud?

This ones about the things you think in your head, but probably shouldn’t say out loud. Let’s keep it civil please, don’t piss people off too much. :stuck_out_tongue:

No politics, no cream shirts.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry.
Up to 4 entries per artist.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

15 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy derby voting highlights

Genre fiction of both the futuristic and olde worlde-y varieties got a workout in Shirt.Woot‘s Sci-Fi & Fantasy derby. As you might expect, it’s a buffet of pop culture references. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Boldly Explorer by sebasebi uses a lovely retro cartooning style that suits the era of the original series.

Oola’s Hula Hut by Wheels03 really rocks its tiki influence with bright colors, accurate and playful font choices, and plenty of pop culture references for the Star Wars connoisseur.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

14 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Mixer Space

Mixer Space by Jack Duarte looks at the universe in a new way, giving the spiral shape of a galaxy a culinary spin with the addition of a hand mixer. The heightened color palette of the stars, vibrant with bright blues, rich purples, and warm reds, draw the eye in immediately. By contrasting this hyperreal star system with the simple line drawing of the blender, the humor of the situation is enhanced and the beauty of the galaxy scene isn’t distracted from. The size clash is fun as well, giving the impression that a celestial hand might be guiding this kitchen tool invisibly, maybe with a tasty alternative to the Big Bang in mind.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

13 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s A Wild Bear Sunset City

A Wild Bear Sunset City by jun21 is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it shows two opposite landscapes at the same time, with a vibrant, wild landscape filling the crisp silhouettes of a city skyline. The look of nature in this piece is rugged and colorful, with trees painted with fire-y autumn color, mountains swept with dramatic highlights, and a sky that eases in the sunset with a gradient of ebbing stripes. You can almost hear the wind rustling leaves and smell the morning dew. In contrast, the skyline is almost impossibly prim- the buildings sit directly next to each other, cutting straight channels through the art, and unlike a real city, here all the structures are about the same width and height, with tower styles in a blocky structure that compliments each other. They end in precise drips, the only nod to anything organic, as they form a rough umbrella over the bear. And for his part, the bear isn’t entirely a part of either world- he’s silhouetted like the city, but his contours have the roughness of nature.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.