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03 February 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Time Travel Souvenirs derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot asked artists for a blast from the past (or vision from the future) in their Time Travel Souvenirs derby, and in true Woot fashion the results arrived with a healthy dose of pop culture references as well. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

The Personal Computer by jasneko hits just the right retro tone by pairing a loose sketch with a vintage font.

Greetings from Lincoln by Wheels03 is a lovely subtle tribute to an especially poignant episode of The Last of Us.

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.

02 February 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Made of Stars

Made of Stars by Gamma-Ray gets a lot done with one color. The skull image is immediately apparent, but the stars get equal billing (helped along by the comet and angled oval in the background, which just scream space scene). There’s an impressive amount of depth here, created just with shape and halftone. The skull’s cheekbones pop out at the viewer, while his eye sockets seem as dark as the furthest reaches of the universe. And I really enjoy the motion and angles of the stars, sharp in the center and pulled out of shape at the edges. It has the effect of making it look both like the skull is exploding and that the viewer is traveling through space at high speed, approaching the skull at an alarming pace. Very skillful, and it makes a big impact!

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).

01 February 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Downpour in a Forest

Downpour in a Forest by jun21 is my favorite Threadless print this week. I really enjoy the sense of motion in this piece- there’s the lovely downward cascade of the the hill the trees sit on, the upward motion of the birds and they fly across the sun, and even the gentle fall of the lines that travel downward from the trees. It all works to keep the eye moving across the piece, interacting with it at different angles as you are pulled in multiple directions. There’s also a really fun clash between the organic and the geometric, with the realistic detail and chaos of the trees becoming a very ordered series of lines in different thicknesses. My only wish is that the trees were a bit MORE organic- some of the repetition of shape makes it a little too obvious that specific trees are being used multiple times, and I think keeping them all unique and original would play better with the overall theme.

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.

31 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Big Sports Bowl collection

The super bowl isn’t the only athletic pursuit getting the t-shirt treatment in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Big Sports Bowl plus sale. Pop culture and humor also had a strong showing. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Certified Couch Potato by Kg07 is a great design for those who’d much rather watch a sport than participate.

Nicest Surprise: Touch Down by handsoffmydinosaur! was a voting favorite for its unusual but very funny concept.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Rooting for the Commercials is for those who plan to watch the big game despite not knowing which teams are playing, while Snack Bowl Champion cares more about the food than the final score.

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

30 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Castles in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

From modern ruins to pinnacles of medieval architecture, castles exist in the public imagination as both the home to wild fantasy dragons and royalty to physically imposing relics from the distant past. There’s history in those stone walls, but also wonder. Here are 15 ways that artists used the castle to make amazing t-shirt designs…

28 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #903: Time Travel Souvenirs II

The past is a blast in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #903: Time Travel Souvenirs

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

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.

27 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Public Domain derby voting highlights

In a world of mashups and pop culture references, Shirt.Woot‘s Public Domain derby fits right in. With its recent addition to public domain, Winnie the Pooh proved especially popular with both artists and voters. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Poohsitive by mekazoo uses a pun to poke fun at Winnie’s general optimistic and friendly outlook.

Have a S’more by superteo posits that we’ve been hearing the raven wrong all this time- he just wants us to chill out and enjoy a snack!

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.