Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

Well, this post is about two days too late! But arrghh, who cares! The world would be a better place anyway if every day was Talk Like A Pirate Day! Maybe not. So it might no longer be September 19 (official Talk Like A Pirate Day) but that doesn’t mean you can no longer pick up this shirt. In fact, quite the opposite is true. You can pick up Omnitarian’s Corsair Class from Fair & Bare now for just £16. And hey, think of it this way: buy this shirt now and you’ll be super ready come September 19, 2010.

Talk Like A Pirate

And for those of you who are entirely confused about this holiday, here’s what Wikipedia had to say:

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon,[1] U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.[1] For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, me hearty!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. The holiday is a major observance in the religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Design A Pirate Tee and Win £200!

How does £200 sound to you? It sounds great to me! If you want that £200 in your wallet then enter the Pirate Contest over at Fair & Bare T-Shirts and you could be the lucky winner.

The contest is in celebration of the popular Internet meme, Talk Like A Pirate Day. And if you’re not familiar with this special day then here’s the lowdown: On September 19th of each year everyone across the world is encouraged to speak like pirates! How awesome is that. And this year, while you’re speaking liking a pirate you can be wearing the best pirate inspired tee from Fair & Bare T-Shirts!

Pirate

5 Ongoing T-Shirt Designs Contests (Part III)

If you’re  regular reader of this site then you’ve probably read either Part I or Part II of my Ongoing T-Shirt Design Contests series of posts. There are great opportunities out there for budding artists and T-Shirt designers to make not only a quick buck, but also a name for themselves. Today I take a look at 5 more of these contest sites. Let’s see how they differ from some of the contest sites I’ve covered in the past.

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. ShirtFight. How it Works: Every week ShirtFight releases a new contest theme. Artists then submit a design based on the weeks themed challenges called Shirt Fights and compete amongst the rest of the designers to get the most votes for their design submissions. Submitted designs are limited to eight colors. Tees from ShirtFight have a current launch cost of $15. Selection Process: The highest rated designs and most discussed have a greater chance of being selected by the ShirtFight staff, El Presidente and Miss Etti. There will be no more than 21 shirts being sold on the site at any given time (based on sales). Rights: If a design is selected by ShirtFight as a winning design then ShirtFight will have exclusive rights to use the design commercially. Designers cannot submit their designs to other sites until the one week Shirt Fight theme in which they entered is over. If the design is not chosen for print after the one week period then they are allowed to submit to other contest sites. This is great for designers since many sites do not allow you to use submitted designs until a 60-90 day grace period passes. Pay Day: Winner receives $500 cash if their design is chosen. Official Rules.

Shirtfight

2. Teextile. How it Works: Members submit designs to Teextile and if the design passes the Teextile screening process it then enters into general voting by the Teextile community. Teextile sells a different tee every day for a 24 hour period. Submitted designs are limited to 8 colors. Tees from Teextile cost $15. Selection Process: The Teextile staff will select designs on a weekly basis and the designs that are chosen will be based on score, comments and community activity. Rights: During the 24 hour period that your tee is on sale at Teextile it cannot be sold or used on any other contest site. You can use it on other sites after it is done selling on Teextile. Pay Day: Designers are paid $4 for every t-shirt sold, however, there is a threshold. The $4 payout is only for the first 500 tees sold. After 500th tee, you will be paid 2 dollars per tee up to the 1000th tee sold and then a buck on every tee sold thereafter. Official Rules.

Teextile

3. BlackEyedT. How it Works: The twist at BlackEyedT is that all submissions must have the word “Go” in the design (i.e. Let’s Go Dancing, or Go for It!). The goal of BlackEyedT is to provide shirts with go action designs that will let people express themselves. Designs can have up to 4 colors. You can download a BlackEyedT T-Shirt Template Kit here. Tees from BlackEyedT cost $12 to $24. Selection Process: Tee designs that are submitted to BlackEyedT must pass a screening process by the BlackEyedT staff and if approved it will be posted to the BlackEyedT site for community voting. Rights: All submitted designs become the temporary property of BlackEyedT for the duration of 120 days. If your design is not selected within the 120 day period you may elect to assume full rights by contacting the BlackEyedT staff. BlackEyedT retains exclusive right to all tees chosen for print. Pay Day: If your design is chosen for print at BlackEyedT then you will receive $500 cash and $100 credit to use at BlackEyedT. You will also receive an extra $500 for every 1000 tees sold, however, there is a maximum of $2000 that you can earn (4000 tees sold). Official Rules.

BlackEyedT

4. Springleap. How it Works: Springleap is a T-Shirt contest site based out of South Africa. All of their materials are sourced from South Africa. You submit your design to Springleap and the community votes. Submitted tees should have no more than 7 colors (this includes the base coat of white). Tees from Springleap cost $19. Selection Process: Every month Springleap will select the top 21 designs and will have them printed and made available for sale. Rights: Springleap retains all rights to winning designs. You may not use the designs for any other contest or competition for up to 90 days after the submission date. If your design is not chosen as a winning design within 90 days then you regain ownership of the submitted design. Pay Day: The prize system is a bit intricate, but, they do offer some amazing prizes. First of all, the top design (from the 21 selected) will receive R7000 ($707), a poster of their design, and each of the 21 winning T-Shirt designs for that particular month (amazing!). They also receive R2.00 ($0.20) for every tee sold. The runner-ups will receive their winning design in T-Shirt form and will also will receive two other tees and a limited edition poster. Runner-ups also receive commission on every tee sold, R1.00 ($0.10). Official Rules.

Springleap

5. Fair & Bare. How it Works: Fair & Bare believes in only using Fairtrade certified cotton and waterbased ink – they are environmentally friendly! Traditional designs can be submitted to Fair & Bare along with simple slogans and “concept” ideas for non-designers. Fair & Bare follows with the same community voting model as the previous four sites mentioned. Submitted designs should be six colors or less. Tees from Fair & Bare range in price from £12 ($16.87) to £16 ($22.49). Selection Process: You rate submitted designs on a scale of 1 to 10 and you can either choose to “rubbish” a concept idea or vote to have it printed. Tees with the highest votes has the best likelihood of being printed. The Fair & Bare staff has the final say on which designs are chosen for print. Rights: You may not submit your design to any other contest or competition for a period of 45 days after submission. Once the 45 day period has passed you are free to use the design however you like. Pay Day: For every tee selected for print, designers will receive £200 (US $300), a copy of the shirt, and residual payments for every 250 tees sold. Winning slogan submissions will receive £50 ($75). And finally, people who submit a “concept” or “idea” that is chosen for print will receive £50 ($75) for its use. Designers that use a “concept” that is then picked up for print will receive £150 ($225). What’s even better is that if Fair & Bare ever increases the prize amount, all previous winners will be paid the difference between the old and new amount. Official Rules.

Fair & Bare