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26 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Starry Coffee

Starry Coffee by ilovedoodle is a terrific design for those who love both art and a hot beverage. The conceit of depicting the drink’s steam as the stars from Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a clever enough concept on its own, but by taking the joke a couple of steps farther this piece becomes an absolute classic. The doodle of Van Gogh’s face on the cup makes the single handle into its own punchline, forming an ear that solves the mystery of why the artist only wanted one. Another neat detail is the tiny starry puff of smoke from the cup’s tiny pipe. And even apart from the humor, I always love seeing art that uses the full canvas of the shirt- shaping the artwork into a tall, thin composition highlights the starry steam, and also helps the design to stand out in a crowd of mostly horizontal arrangements. Good stuff!

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).

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19 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ready to Play

Ready to Play by VoMaria takes a concept that has been done many times, Bigfoot as an expert player of Hide and Seek, but does it with such style and illustrative skill that it somehow still feels fresh. This sasquatch is a great character, gruffly determined as he treks out with his full camping pack. His protruding fangs and Believe cap give him some personality, like a conspiracy-minded prepper who just happens to be the subject of the conspiracy. The arrangement of elements adds a lot to the composition, with the Hide & Seek title curving around Bigfoot like an arched frame and a smattering of trees below to give a sense of place. Even the ground below him has a couple of divots to imply a grassy texture while keeping things simple. It’s appealing and elegantly done.

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).

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12 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Kitten Horror Movie

Kitten Horror Movie by Thiago Correa makes cats into famous horror villains, and it’s a really fun and effective concept. I think it works because cats have a certain ferociousness and unpredictability that suits horror, their stubborn and unsympathetic whims kind of do have a whiff of evil about them at times, so exaggerating that characteristic in this way is ripe for humor. The cat portraits are a lot of fun, especially because they’re so varied in how the natural look of the cat is altered- some are given masks, others face paint, and in one scene the claws even make a dramatic appearance. I like that a couple of cats have their names made funnier with puns, though I do think it could have been taken further (Furry Krueger is right there!). Still though, this is one that cat owners with a penchant for scary movies won’t want to miss.

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).

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05 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s All Hail Coffee

All Hail Coffee by Momma_Gorilla positions a cup of coffee as a deal with the devil, and that’s a really fun and punchy concept. The headline sells coffee as a deity to be worshiped, while the supporting text lends a bit of menace- “sleep when you’re dead” has a different feeling when a demon from hell is staring you down. This particular demon has four arms, and each one of them is busy cradling a coffee vessel from a flimsy to-go cup to a thick mug. He keeps them warm over some very dramatically dripping red candles with wild flames, which looks properly cursed. And I should also call attention to the excellent illustrative detail in this piece- I love the thin pink highlights that help the demon to glow, and the subtlety of the wings that backdrop the entire scene. It’s really great work!

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).

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02 January 2023 ~ 1 Comment

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2022

Animals, slogans, pop culture, and flights of the imagination are just a few of the subjects that artists found inspiration in this year, taking these themes and more to new artistic heights. Here’s a look back at the best shirt in every month of 2022…

January

Biker by alfbocreative

“…the hot pink circle backing him creates an otherworldly vibe, like a vision of distant planets.”

Threadless’s Biker, January 19th, 2022


February

Avocalien by Naolito

“It’s a design that feels true to the nature of avocados- that unpleasant hard object lodged in delicious softness, something that makes the act of cutting open an avocado surprisingly dangerous.”

Pampling’s Avocalien, February 10th, 2022


March

Dreamy Petal by Andy Westface

“It’s got this type of playful minimalism that is just plain fun to look at.”

Threadless’s Dreamy Petal, March 16th, 2022


April

Dragons Love Tales by thiagoegg

“The friendliness of those curves gives the dragon a sweet personality, making the smoke escaping from his nostrils seem like a sign of contentment rather than a threat.”

Threadless’s Dragons Love Tales, April 20th, 2022


May

Blue Jay and Berries by rlthull

“…it combines a vector, geometric style with a looseness to the strokes that helps the piece to have a feeling of motion about it, as though we’re literally watching as the bird plucks that treasured berry.”

Threadless’s Blue Jay and Berries, May 18th, 2022


June

Shell Nature by Coffee_man

“I love the way it uses each of the shell’s segments to show a moment in time, letting the ocean scene cover the break of day until the dead of night.”

Threadless’s Shell Nature, June 1st, 2022


July

Zen Music by Alfbocreative

“…one of my favorite bits is how the dashed, sketchy style of the record’s pencilled lines forms a texture very much like the grooves of a vinyl disc.”

Pampling’s Zen Music, July 14th, 2022


August

Day Off by sebasebi

“Strong shadows reinforce the oasis feel of the lamp’s spotlight, while a smattering of stars and some droopy blades of grass give the frog some environment.”

Threadless’s Day Off, August 24th, 2022


September

Classy Dachshund by Michelle_Nolli

“Another major highlight is the excellent use of texture, which gives a fabric sheen to the hat, realistic fur to the dog, wood grain adorning the pipe, and even a stylized swirling to the air that gives the feeling of pipe smoke and fog to create a very London sort of ambiance.”

Threadless’s Classy Dachshund, September 7th, 2022


October

Cosmic River by Gamma-Ray

“…while the planet’s stripes are solid with loose fades at the edges, the river is much more wild, with more fluid shapes that show motion and imply the glint of light on water.”

Pampling’s Cosmic River, October 20th, 2022


November

Hell Bus by ppmid

“…it’s inside the bus when the concept really takes off, using each window of the vehicle to show a different spooky scene.”

Threadless’s Hell Bus, November 2nd, 2022


December

The Morning Ritual by EduEly

“…cleverly positions a morning cup of coffee as a pact with the devil. It’s a metaphor that works its way into every aspect of the design, from the coffee cup as cauldron (complete with a pentagram and candles surrounding it) to the bits of text.”

Pampling’s The Morning Ritual, December 1st, 2022


That wraps it up for 2022, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2021, 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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29 December 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Cat Lover Anatomy

Cat Lover Anatomy by NemiMakeit somehow makes human organs adorable. The secret to this trick, it seems, is proximity to some very cute kittens! By drawing the anatomically accurate heart in the same style as the very kawaii pets, some element of their sweet personalities also seems to infuse the veins and ventricles near them. The pink blush on the cats’ cheeks is a nice touch, helping the color of the organ to read as a cute pink rather than a blood red. But perhaps the best choice in this design is the placement, which sets the art in pocket placement, in the same approximate size and location as the actual heart. Awesome!

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).

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22 December 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Cat

Space Cat by Le.duc puts a new twist on the space t-shirt, using a constellation to add some excitement. By connection some of the brightest stars, a cat is formed- somewhat roughly rendered at the bottom (in the same way that real constellations aren’t terribly exact), but quite precise and evocative for the cat’s head and front paws. He’s frozen in the sky in an action pose, about to bat a ringed planet hovering just out of reach. I like the choice of a red planet, which calls to mind the red lasers modern cats love to chase. It’s also fun to imagine a cat this huge, running wild and having a mischievously excellent time in the vast expanse of space. Neat!

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).

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