Co-Tee TV Episode 25: Meaty Murder, I Am Wellness and Teextile

In this episode I wear Meat Is Murder. Tasty, Tasty, Murder from Threadless and review Make Wellness Not War from I Am Wellness. I also continue my summer long series on ongoing T-Shirt contest sites by reviewing If You Wish Upon A Star sent to me from Teextile. Be sure to use the coupon code SUMMER09 on your next order at I Am Wellness to save 15% off your entire order.

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This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, Full Metal T-Shirt, tFuse and Design By Humans.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

If You Wish Upon A Star by Tom Neal and available at Teextile. Pros: Love the shirt, great design! Nice gradient effect, most likely achieved through Direct-To-Garment printing. Printed on an American Apparel blank so you know I like the fit and softness of the shirt. Overall, a solid shirt. Cons: Not tagless. Not many extras here, just a solid shirt, I guess that helps to keep the costs down. Price: $12

Teextile

Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness. Pros: Lots of things to love about the package from I Am Wellness. Shirts were individually packaged in plastic to keep out odors and liquids from damaging the shirt. The cut and sew elements, from the custom neck tag to the seam tag on the lowert portion of this shirt was well done, as was the custom hangtag. Included with the Baseball tee (not reviewed here but will be in a future episode) were Bazooka Bubblegum and an Upper Deck baseball card, as well as an I Am Wellness card and sticker. The Make Wellness Not War shirt was printed on an American Apparel Tri-Blend blank, which was super soft, I loved the feel of it and the fit was magnificent. It looks like the I Am Wellness people put a lot of effort and thought into their product and brand. I loved it and I highly recommend I Am Wellness! Cons: What cons? Price: $27.95.

Make Wellness Not War

Meat Is Murder. Tasty, tasty murder. by Stu and available at Threadless. I “got” this shirt but many of my friends did not “get it” (poor souls). And for the record, I am a carnivore and will never, ever, ever, become vegetarian. It’s just not in my DNA. Price: $15.00.

Meat Is Murder

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Cute microbes on sale

Teextile: Whisper

Admittedly, I went back and forth with my selections this week, but ultimately, I went with Whisper by SpaceMonkeyDR as my Teextile Favorite. I originally had gone with Star Kiss but then questioned that selection when I asked myself if I would actually wear that tee.

You can purchase Whisper (and the rest of the tees) all this week, but remember, each of these tees cost just $12 of their designated sale day, after that the price goes up to $15. After this week, all of the tees below will be gone forever.

Whisper by SpaceMonkeyDR

Here are this weeks Teextile rankings, in order from my 1 to 5, with 1 being my Teextile Favorite for that particular week. Feel free to debate your favorites!

My Teextile Power Rankings for June 22, 2009 to June June 26, 2009:

#1 (Favorite): Whispers by SpaceMonkeyDR

Whispers by SpaceMonkeyDR

#2: Star Kiss by WadeWilson

Star Kiss by WadeWilson

#3: Birdcage by Johdie

Birdcage by Johdie

#4: Hope Without Gravity by WinterArtwork

Hope Without Gravity by WinterArtwork

#5: King by nicebleed

King by nicebleed

Teextile: 7 Dirty Words

Lot’s of cool tees this week from Teextile, but, my hands down favorite has got to be 7 Dirty Words by Arrow! Making it this weeks Teextile Favorite! And if you’re a fan of George Carlin then you can definitely appreciate this tee. It’s probably not a work safe tee but, you can proudly wear it out to the bars! Remember, you can purchase 7 Dirty Words all this week, but it’ll cost you just $12 if you get it today (Monday) and it’ll set you back $15 any other day of the week. After this week, all of the tees below will be gone forever. 

7 Dirty Words by Arrow

Here are this weeks Teextile rankings, in order from my 1 to 5, with 1 being my Teextile Favorite for that particular week. Feel free to debate your favorites!

My Teextile Power Rankings for June 22, 2009 to June June 26, 2009:

#1 (Favorite): 7 Dirty Words by Arrow

7 Dirty Words

#2: Safe From Harm by Muttley

Safe From Harm

#3: Four-Tusked Mammoth by wyndeLLe

Four-Tusked Mammoth

#4: Metamorphosis by Mitohapa

Vintage At Heart

#5: Vintage at Heart by Aliera

Metamorphosis

Teextile: The Dark Side of Doodles

For some reason, I haven’t been paying much attention to Teextile. But that’s about to change. Teextile has been releasing some amazing tees, many of which have flown right past my radar. Starting today, I will be reviewing the weekly batch of tees at Teextile and giving my opinion as to which are my favorites! 

If you aren’t familiar with Teextile, they are a T-Shirt contest site that features a new batch of tees every week. Each tee is featured for a day and is available for $12 on the day it is featured and $15 for the rest of the week. New releases are unveiled every Monday. 

And without further ado, this weeks Teextile Favorite happens to be The Dark Side of Doodles by none other than Wotto, a personal favorite of mine. This tee is just all around wackiness and I love it! I think the design looks splendid on that white shirt. It’s the perfect shirt to wear during creative pursuits!

Teextile

Teextile

I’ll also rank my favorite Teextile tees in order from my 1 to 5, with 1 being my Teextile Favorite for that particular week. Feel free to debate your favorites!

My Teextile Power Rankings for June 15, 2009 to June June 19, 2009:

#1 (Favorite): The Dark Side of Doodles by wotto

The Dark Side of Doodles

#2: Carried The Sound by Rodisleyd

Carried The Sound

#3: Premium Panda by kookylove

Premium Panda

#4: Redux by spacegirl

Redux

#5:  Coalition Against Crested Apparel by latortuga.

Coalition Against Crested Apparel

Whale of a Bath Time

Here’s a great shirt from Threadless regular Marco Angeles aka ivejustquitsmoking in the Threadless blogs. Here’s Marco’s latest tee, available this week only at Teextile for $15. I love the colors on this one and that whale looks so happy! If only rain could be multi-colored, how fun would that be! Whale of a Bath Time is eye candy for your torso, check it out today!

Whale of a Bath Time

Tee Magnet: Get Your 24 Hour Tee Fix

Tee Magnet is a great new site and a true asset to the shirt loving community. If you’re into the daily shirt sites then Tee Magnet should be part of your daily routine. Forget about visiting each of these site individually because Tee Magnet features all of the daily tee sites on one page, including, Tee Fury, Shirt.Woot, Teextile, Design By Humans, Uneetee and Shirt A Day. They even include a little ticker so that you know exactly how much time is left before the design is gone forever! Awesome and highly recommended!

teemagnet2

teemagnet

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