Threadless Bestees 2008 – My Picks!

Threadless today announced their upcoming Bestees 2008 Awards. The grand award, as always, is the Design of the Year award, and with that distinction also comes a prize of $20,000. All 326 designs released by Threadless in 2008 will be up for voting and the design with the most votes will be the big winner. This should be interesting since I would assume that many people would recruit friends and family (as many as they can gather) to vote for their designs.

$20,000 prize:
Design of the Year: My pick for Design of the Year would have to go to the Jimiyo vs. AJ Dimarucot mashup, When Panda’s Collide. The print on this tee is huge and let’s not forget the star power of the designers involved – both of whom were finalist in the Design By Humans $10,000 contest. However, for some reason, the Monster Mash Collaboration of Horror might do well due to the overwhelming amount of hype this design earned in the blogs throughout the year.

When Panda's Attack

$10,000 prize:
Designer of the Year: I’d give this award to Olly Moss. He continually pumps out awesome designs and has proved not to be a one hit wonder. I’ll also throw fatheed into the mix for this one.

Olly Moss

$1,000 prizes:
Newcomer of the Year: alexmdc did a great job with Bird Migration, the Threadless Loves Travel winner. 
Unprinted Designer of the Year (plus a design printed): Not sure because I don’t really follow works in progress and unprinted designs.
Blogger of the Year: ladykat would be my pick – she put together two great contests in 2008 in the Threadless blogs.
Gallery Photographer of the Year: ir0cko, this guys consistently pumps out cool gallery photos. Check out his Flickr if you don’t believe me. 
Collaboration of the Year: Monsters Collaboration: Monster Mash Collaboration of Horror by Monster Mob. Lots of Threadless designers helped to make this tee and thus it should win. Plus, who doesn’t like monsters! This design has to win one of these awards and it would be most fitting if it won Collaboration of the Year.

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Pizza With Johnny Cupcakes in San Francisco

If only I could be in San Francisco come this Saturday. Why? Because Johnny Cupcakes will be having a pizza party – that’s why! He’ll be having a pizza party of sorts to meet and hang out with his customers. The venue is Blondies Pizza on 63 Powell St. at 3:00pm this saturday. be sure to wear your favorite Johnny Cupcakes tee!

Johnny Cupcakes

“I came up with this random, odd idea when my mom was dropping me off at the airport the other day. While I’m in San Francisco, why not invite all of my online customers / strangers who I’ve never met before, to come eat pizza with me at a random pizza shop. Nothing fancy, just some good ole’ greasy, hot pizza (my treat!) + hang outs with me. I’d love to meet all these people whom supported my business and have helped gotten me where I am today. I will also fill everyone in on more details + secrets for Johnny Cupcakes 2009 plans. Hope to see you there, and make sure you wear your Johnny Cupcakes t-shirt!” -Johnny Cupcakes

NIWL Unveils New Line of Tees

As promised, Never In Wonderland (NIWL) released their newest line of tees today. And what a pleasant surprise it was to see that they collaborated with artists like Josh Stomberg, Corefolio and Michael Shantz.

The corefolio designed tee, When Zombies Attack, shows NIWL owners, Daren and Kass, being attacked. What’s even better is that the first 25 people to order that shirt will receive an individually numbered poster of the same design. Get on that if you want it because it will go fast! 

My favorite of the bunch has to be the Josh Stomberg designed Wizard of Wonderland if only because it’s inspired by Blink-182! And of course the Shantz designed tee is downright gross and wicked! Other new products include a new NIWL Cloud Logo tee and a Custom Knitted Beanie with a pom on the top. 

Wizard of Wonder Land

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Attack of the Coupon Codes!

I’m glad to announce that I have partnered with some of the best indie tee brands around to bring you some of the best deals that you’ll find in InternetLAND. That’s right, I’ve added a new “Goodies” section to the site where you can find: banners to place on your blog or wherever, wallpaper for your desktop and iPhone (coming soon) and of course a new Coupon section filled with great deals. I even pick out my favorite tee from each of these brands so be sure to check out the individual pages.

I have to thank all 15 of the initial brands that have partnered with my site thus far. I also invite other interested indie tee brands to contact me if they would like to add a coupon code as well! 

Enjoy these great coupon codes and other goodies with tea and a comfy tee!

T-Shirt Coupons

5 Ongoing T-Shirt Design Contests (Part II)

Last September I did a post on 5 Ongoing T-Shirt Design Contests and today I talk about 5 more! I’ll be taking a look at Cameesa, Chimpogo, Wooshka, Code-Creations and Itself. 

As always, each of these sites have different sets of rules and regulations. It is important to note the differences in terms of exclusivity and rights to designs. And of course, your pay day and royalties (if any) will differ based on the site. 

1. Cameesa. How it Works: Cameesa is based on the concept of “Crowdfunding.” Instead of voting for tees, Cameesa users financially support designs (i.e. pay 20 bucks if they wish to see that design printed).  Selection Process: Selection of tees into the Cameesa shop is based on whether the tee was fully financially supported. If the submitted tee reaches a support threshold of $500 then then it appears in the Cameesa store. Rights: Your design cannot be used for up to 90 days once it has been submitted. If it is not chosen to be printed after 90 days then you are free to use it however you wish. If your design is approved and sold on Cameesa then you cannot reproduce, sell or submit the design elsewhere. Pay Day:  The shirt designer automatically receives $200 cash for each tee that reaches full financial support as well as $50 into their Cameesa balance and a free t-shirt with the design printed. Every member that financially supported the design will receive a t-shirt for every $20 they supported with. Profits from the tee sold in the Cameesa store is split three ways, amongst the designer, the financial supporters and Cameesa. The designers and financial supporters only receive residuals after the 125th shirt sold. Official Rules. 

Cameesa

2. Chimpogo. How it Works: Chimpogo works very much like Threadless. Designers submit designs to Chimpogo, the staff manually approves each design and once approved they are moved into the rating section. Selection Process: Users rate tees on a scale of 1 to 5. Every week the Chimpogo staff shuffles through the best designs and prints one. Rights: You may not submit your design to other contests for the duration that the design is entered at Chimpogo. If your design is selected then Chimpogo will then retain the rights to the design. Pay Day: The designer receives £500 (about $722). No profits are made by the designer on a per shirt sold basis. Official Rules.

Chimpogo

3. Wooshka. How it Works: Wooshka, like Chimpogo, works very much like Threadless. Selection Process: Tees are rated on a scale of 1 to 5. Wooshka staff then choose from the highest rated tees and every couple of weeks, new tees are chosen to be printed. Rights: You may not submit your design into any other contest for up to 90 days after submission. If your design is selected for print then Wooshka will retain all rights to the design. Pay Day: If the design is selected then the designer receives $500 and a gift voucher of 200 Wooshka credits. Official Rules. 

Wooshka

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Yellow Black & White

One of the great things about running a t-shirt blog is that I get random emails from companies that I never heard of before. This was the case when Yellow Black & White (YBW) contacted me regarding their new line of tees. 

With eager anticipation I checked out their online store – their brand name had me curious to see what their products looked like. Bright yellow? Abstract art? Lots of lines? To my surprise, YBW had a very diverse lineup of tees, and ultimately I saw 3 out of 7 tees from their online store that I would personally wear: Rock Band, Ampersand (reminded me of Ugmonk’s tees), and Lines. My favorite amongst the three would have to be Lines – it reminded me of the large novelty twirly straws that I used to use as a kid, plus it’s always a treat to try and figure out the meaning of a tee. 

If you’ve got a minute or two, I would definitely suggest that you check out YBW. You might find something that you’ll like! Also, if the art interests you then check out the amazing artwork of YASLY.

Ampersand

Lines

Rock Band

Wheeevolution!

Mike Martin, our friend from I’m A Hot Tee gave us the heads up on his newest tee, Wheeevolution. The tee was inspired by a childhood movie favorite – The Rocketeer. The design features the human evolutionary line that we’ve seen on past tees, with the twist coming at the end. At the hight of man’s development – he’ll be able to fly, with a jet propelled pack, of course! 

Check out this tee at I’m A Hot Tee, it’s available for $17.99 and for a limited time (two weeks) you can get a 10% discount with the code “Secord” (Mike’s homage to The Rocketeer). Also, be sure to check out his YouTube Channel HotTeeTV.

Wheeevolution!