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27 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Protect Reproductive Rights design challenge

With a recent court decision weighing heavily on the minds of many, Threadless‘s new Protect Reproductive Rights design challenge arrives just in time. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We’re handing over a megaphone to artists to share their designs and perspectives in support of reproductive rights, to raise awareness, and to activate their communities around this important and fundamental human right.

100% of the net proceeds Threadless receives from all designs submitted to this challenge will be split evenly and donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Beyond that, you can also choose how much—if any—of your own earnings to donate to either of these organizations via Threadless Causes (this is completely optional; view step-by-step instructions here).

We have few words to express our feelings on the US Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, so instead we’re asking YOU to express yourself with your art while helping to support reproductive rights.

Enter before July 22nd, 2022 to participate. While the contest offers no cash prizes, Threadless is donating 100% of their profits on participating designs to the National Network of Abortion Funds and to the Center for Reproductive Rights, so if you want your design to raise as many funds as possible for the cause, this is a very promising opportunity.

25 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #872: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Things are in motion with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #872: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

This ones all about the destination! Let’s see some shirts showing some touristy vibes from somewhere you’d visit. You can make it any place in the world you’d like! Or even a fictional place! Have fun!

No politics, no war, 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.

24 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 3 Ink derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot left all subjects up for grabs in the 3 Ink derby, which only required artists to stick to a palette of three colors of their choice. But fans of more color fear not, because many designs used halftones to give the illusion of a full spectrum of colors. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Someday We’ll All Be Dead by SplatterSack uses a vintage look to soften its harsh slogan.

Galaxy Ink Kittens by ricolaa imagines three silly cats who get into a very colorful mess.

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.

23 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Art Attack

Art Attack by Enkel Dika takes the famous Scream painting in a new direction. While the original piece channels the emotion of fear, this new version turns that vulnerability into an attack. Like the superhero comic Cyclops, the protagonist uses his raised hands to deactivate the visor covering his eyes and unleash a fire-y burst that blasts its way right through the painting’s frame. It’s well-illustrated, matching the dashed style and color palette of the masterpiece nicely. And I like the way the laser-eye effect feels of a similar visual language to the painting’s sky. The destruction of the frame works well with the superpower concept, and adds a fun moment of humor that I think will win this shirt a lot of fans.

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).

22 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fox Floral

Fox Floral by Coffee_man is my favorite Threadless print this week. The core of the piece is the unique interpretation of the fox’s tail, which is replaced with a series of flowers. This switch gives the fox a gentle feel, like a kind of woodsy poet. It helps that the tail is handled is such a sophisticated way- color separates the petals, and that same shape is used in another color to become leaves. A small collection of even more lightly colored flowers demonstrates the natural white tip of the fox’s tail. And best of all, a small blue bird perches on of branch, almost touching noses with the fox who has turned to greet him. It feels fresh, friendly, and beautiful to look at- a genuinely great design.

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.

21 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Knockoffs collection

Artists parodied popular culture with the Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Knockoffs plus sale. Logos and cartoons were deemed especially mockable, with many examples of each. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Punctuation Lawyers by EwingKlipspringer is a subtle tee for the grammar-inclined.

Nicest Surprise: Skertles by DoodleToots hews close to the look and feel of the original for a result that feels both silly and unsettling.

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

20 June 2022 ~ 0 Comments

WAMI Swag’s Vocados

Vocados by seamusthesnake won WAMI Swag’s recent Cotton Brawl design contest, and it’s a great pick. There’s some fun character work going on here, with a bored-looking face on “A Vocado,” mirrored smug expressions for “Even Vocados,” and some very zany faces and shapes creating an strange bunch for the “Odd Vocados.” The use of the avocado pit as a nose in the center of each face works well and its increasingly bizarre contortions in the “Odd” group adds to the humor. I like that the artist included so much cartoony detail in these portraits because it gives them more complex personalities than a more typical, simple kawaii face might. That said, the lines in the piece could use some extra attention- the differing line thickness around the pits and avocado exterior are unnecessary and feel a bit sloppy, using a uniform thickness would increase the quality of the piece. Still, it’s very wearable stuff!

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.