Rats Live On No Evil Star by Sassatattoo

Sassatattoo came out on top of this weeks ShirtFight design challenge with his Rats Live On No Evil Star design! The theme was hidden subliminal messages and as you can see from the winning design, there are some mysterious changes occur once the glow in the dark ink kicks in! You can pick up this tee for just $15 right now! 

RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR

RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR

And of course with every new winner announced come a new ShirtFight challenge and this weeks new theme is … dun dun dun … Miss Etti’s Birthday! Yup, another birthday but hey, she’s got her own set of stuff on her wishlist! Good luck to all that enter and may the best ShirtFighter win!

El Presidente’s Birthday by Greg Abbott

This weeks ShirtFight winner comes with compliments from designer Greg Abbott. The design is called El Presidente’s Birthday and fittingly so! The ShirtFight theme, was, you guessed it – El Presidente’s Birthday. And if you are a little confused, let me fill in some gaps. El Presidente is one half of the pair that runs ShirtFight and it was his birthday this past week. Greg did a wonderful job at squeezing in a bunch of the things that El Presidente had on his birthday wish list. Congratulations on the win, Greg! You can pick up this weeks winning tee at ShirtFight for the sale price of $15 (it’ll be $21 in a week so buy it now). Also, they’ve got a great interview up with the winning artist, you can check that out here. 

ShirtFight

ShirtFight

If you think you  have the chops to beat out the competition then why not try your hand at this weeks ShirtFight theme: hidden subliminal messages! Check out the video below for all the details that you’ll ever need. This ShirtFight ends on April 9.

Spirit Quest by zipperking

Congratulations to zipperking, the winner of ShirtFight’s weekly contest. This past weeks theme was Animal People and I think zipperking did a great job incorporating the theme into his design. As the winner zipperking will receive 500 bucks! Think you’ve got the chops to fight it out with the big boys then try your hand at this weeks theme: EL PRESIDENTE’S BIRTHDAY! 

You can pick up Spirit Quest by ziperking for $15 from ShirtFight now! You’ve got a week to pick up this tee at this price point, after that, the price will jump to $21. 

Spirit Quest

Spirit Quest by zipperking

Evanimal Wins First ShirtFight

Congratulations to Evanimal for winning the first ShirtFight with his entry, You Might Need More Than A NightLight This Time! Evanimal took home the $2009 prize and you can pick up his design for just 15 bucks. I have to admit that I am huge fan of ShirtFight’s product shots – love them! 

ShirtFight

Check out the official announcement in the video below and find out what this weeks new Shirt Fight theme is (hint: it has to with ANIMALS and PEOPLE)!

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

ShirtFight! Get Ready To Step In The Ring

Calling all designers – get ready for the newest tee design contest site to hit InternetLAND. The name of the site is ShirtFight and it was started by husband and wife duo looking to improve on the current crop of tee design competition sites. They’ve done their research and have also approached designers for their input as to what they would like to see in a competition site. Although the site is not officially open (they open on March 5), you can sign up to receive a 5 day advance notice of the first design challenge. 

Miss Etti, one part of the founding couple, sent me ShirtFight’s pledge to the tee design community:

  • We’re going to keep things fun, that’s important to us. We’re doing weekly themed competitions, and we’ll keep them interesting. And we aren’t just going to throw cash at the winner and call it a day…that’s boring! I can’t give you any details just yet (it’s hush hush), but we have a lot of great ideas to put a smile on the faces of our artists and community members every day.
  • We’ll always keep our community priority #1. We’re nothing without you guys! That’s why we’re going to keep the lines of communication open, constantly ask for your opinions and feedback, and do what we can to make this the most artist-focused t-shirt design competition site out there!
  • We want to keep the individuality and the uniqueness for our community (the artists *and* the customers)…and to achieve that we’re never going to carry more than 21 shirts at any given time. It drives me nuts to see hundreds of pages of shirts on a site…it’s like being lost in a sea of tees! By showcasing the very best designs, we get to focus everyone’s attention to the talents of the artist. Plus, if we only carry a select number of designs at a time, this eliminates the “Damn, everyone is wearing a Threadless t-shirt!” syndrome.

The weekly cash prize will be $500, but in celebration of their launch, the first contest will be two weeks long with the winner receiving $2009 cash! Pretty awesome, eh! And think about it, your chances to win at ShirtFight might be better than at some of the more crowded and established competition sites. Why not try ShirtFight out when it opens on March 5 – are you up for a good fight? 

 

ShirtFight!