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08 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Flat Earth DJ

Flat Earth DJ by kooky love is my favorite Threadless print this week. I really enjoy the way it takes the ridiculousness of flat earth theory to a totally new, fresh, and silly conclusion- the earth isn’t just flat, it’s a record, and someone’s about to give it a spin. It’s a neat take on the idea of a supernatural being controlling things just beyond our perception, and also fun because of the way it takes a mundane action and gives it new significance. I like that the concept has been treated not just as a cheap gag, but as the basis for making something genuinely aesthetically beautiful. There’s something lovely about the way the rectangle frames the action, and the mechanical detail included in the apparatus. You can feel the metallic gleam of the equipment and the soft stitching of the DJ’s jacket. While I’m not sure what the asian lettering says, for me that’s actually part of the appeal- it reads as secret knowledge, very fitting for a design built on poking fun at a fringe conspiracy.

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.

07 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

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

Gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Beer plus sale has designs for both the holiday itself and drinking year-round. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Lazy Sloth Lager by AcraigL backs up its relaxed outlook with a lot of little jokes in the text.

Nicest Surprise: Trail Ale by DoodleToots has a great look, and a lovely retro illustration style.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Beer Basics makes an atom of beer and its major ingredients.

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

06 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Movies in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

The lights dim. The crowd hushes. The smell of buttered popcorn fills the air. And the click-clack sound of the projector hums quietly in the background as a movie title looms large on the screen in front of you. The cinematic experience is a nearly universal one, uniting audiences in the joy of good storytelling for over a century now. And from the innovation of the early days to the banquet of choice offered today, there’s a lot of material for artists to draw from in making their own film tributes. Here are 15 great ways that artists made movie-influenced shirt designs…

04 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #908: REMIXED!

Old designs get a fresh new look in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #908: REMIXED!

This one should be a good time! You can take any of your OWN favorite designs and give them a good remix or update!

  • It can be a design we have printed or haven’t printed (if we have printed it, bare in mind how well it sold before you remix it).
  • Last word of advice, make sure the remix you use is still relevant for 2023 (or make it relevant!).

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-generated 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.

03 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s For Those About to Rock derby voting highlights

Bands, concerts, festivals and instruments filled the entries in Shirt.Woot‘s For Those About to Rock derby. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Koalapalooza by BoggsNicolas is a rollicking good time, especially because each of the koalas feels like a unique character.

Romans by imisko makes a famous punk band into historical figures, with an attention to detail that makes it feel just right.

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 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Universal Language

Universal Language by AndyWestface is absolutely adorable. This sweet hug between a cat and a dog feels like opposites coming together because of their contrasting color, but the unity of the gesture brings them together because of the cat’s pattern continuing in the dark of the dog’s ear. It’s a slick concept, and one that is all the more clear and appealing because of the simplicity with which it is achieved. I love the gentle curves of the characters, emphasizing the softness of their embrace. And even the planets themselves because friendly and inviting, their simple colored circles becoming a celestial polka dot pattern. Using the dark shapes to represent the universe is a smart way to make this hug a symbol of much bigger things, the concept of kindness in general instead of an interaction between two pets. Nice!

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 March 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Everything is Ok

Everything is Ok by Coffee_man is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love when a design shows conflict between the message of the slogan and the content of the images, and this piece achieves that really well. The “Everything Is” text is clear and bold, a simple arch of well-spaced type. But the OK hand symbol is pure anarchy in comparison, with fingers that contort themselves a bit too geometrically, harsh stitches that let the blood peek through, and even a missing finger with a protruding bone. It’s painful to look at, especially put next to the simple, expected clarity of the wording above, and of course that’s what makes it so fun. What is really OK, after all? This is dark humor, executed well, and in a very wearable way.

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.