Re: La Pieta by Michelangelo
briansantamaria: From the standpoint of someone who has a degree in art history, as a work of art, the design is legitimate. Not necessarily good, but it's very much in the vein of mid-80's thru mid-90's political/social art.
However, shirt.woot is not an art gallery, and the derby is not an exhibition. It is a contest, with rules, with the goal, quite frankly, of finding the design they will be able to sell the most of. Those rules entail the printing process used (i.e. how many colors can be present), what you are allowed to use in your creation, and what shirt colors are available. You, quite frankly, broke every single one of those.
You didn't take the photo, that's obvious. You say as such. That's a rule broken.
Even if you HAD taken the photo, the use of color and gradient would well exceed the 6 spot-color limit. That's a rule broken.
Woot makes it clear what colors they have available for shirts. Hot pink is not one of them (thank god for that). That's a rule broken.
If you had just commented, "I know it's not printable, but I really wanted to share this design," then fine. Instead, you try to say that something that violates a number of rules that have long been established doesn't in fact violate those rules, which, quite frankly, is astoundingly obstinate and silly. It would be like if a schoolteacher caught a student who had written test answers on their hand, and they kept going, "No, those aren't really there! You're wrong!"