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Crazy Straw

Crazy Straw
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tgentry


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Crazy Straw

Spiritgreen


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Such awesome shapes! I love it.

skirochester


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clever, simple and wearable. great as always T

keelhaulkate


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aweome!

mikenytola


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Love it. Very wearable design. If only it were not on baby blue! Drats! Need more navy!

parrotworks


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Truly twisted. Great work.

armandoberra


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The best entry! love it!

j0naht


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Love it!

apeman


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Mitch Hedberg reference by any chance??????

great illustration

walmazan


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Awesome! simple!, Clever! Wereable!

Perfect tee for me!

AdderXYU


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I wish the straw was more twisted, like the crazy straws of yore, but well played.

Sachmoe64


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very clever! I like it!

tgentry


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walmazan wrote:Awesome! simple!, Clever! Wereable!

Perfect tee for me!


Thanks walmazan! I won't lie, I had you in mind when I came up with this idea to the point where I thought about contacting you for a possibly collaboration, but it was pretty late.

tgentry


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AdderXYU wrote:I wish the straw was more twisted, like the crazy straws of yore, but well played.


My kid got one like this at Chucky Cheese. $20 out of my pocket = 200 prize tickets = one crappy crazy straw. Fun fun fun. Maybe some parents organizations decided they were just too crazy and they had to be toned down a bit.

taninniver


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This is ridiculously clever!
Would that I had ideas like this!

Ubb


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I really want this shirt. Love it!

cindyscrazy


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FYI- Never put a crazy straw in the dishwasher. It washes the crazy out, and just leaves it kinda droopy. Sad straw

"I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it"--from a T-shirt

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cindyscrazyknits?ref=si_shop

Senorvandal


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Bought!

No wait... damn, i mean voted.

capedcrusader514


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clever and good and just your regular sort of thang.

jackmando7


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I like the idea, but not the shirt color.

CrescentDebris


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Hahaha, nice! What a great idea!

Drakxxx


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Good stuff Travis. That straw is INSANE!


odysseyroc


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AdderXYU wrote:I wish the straw was more twisted, like the crazy straws of yore, but well played.


I agree with this. Well played indeed.





paigeg


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cindyscrazy wrote:FYI- Never put a crazy straw in the dishwasher. It washes the crazy out, and just leaves it kinda droopy. Sad straw


Awww... It'lll be OK cindyscrazy.

Quality post imo.

Jestik


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so clever and creative. I love the fact that I have no idea some of your designs are YOUR DESIGNS until I click on the thumbnail.

Truly, you can adapt to just about any style. Really impressive range, Travis.

tjost


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Great as per usual. You sir are a machine of awesome.

ccao


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You are a Creative Genius

Foo228


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tgentry wrote:Crazy Straw


G'job, tgent. Very wearable + bonus pts on cleverness.

eHalcyon


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Create your own craziness.

Spectacular idea, tg, and excellent execution as usual!

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Stellardig


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Now that is Funny! LOL Great Job T! GMV

theinfinityloop


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This is a great concept, Travis. And I love that hot pink on the blue.


bassanimation


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This is most excellent..though I kind of wish it was on red. Still, a very minor nitpick..this is hilaaaarious! Great job TGentry!

cmdixon2


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Really great, Travis. I will have to make a lab coat for my straw the next time I go out to eat. This looks like a Threadless to me...but I hope it ends up as a Woot!

arpayton


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Vintage tgentry!

Ezshrkman


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I want one! Got My Vote!

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JesseBYAH


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eHalcyon wrote:Create your own craziness.

Spectacular idea, tg, and excellent execution as usual!


HAHAHA wow I love thinkgeek.com. They have the craziest sh*t! Including super crazy straws! Haha love it.

Great job, Travis. I love straws, especially the crazy ones. Hopefully your kids' $20 straw helped inspire a woot win- that would make it worth it, right? Haha. Good luck, and GMV!

fabiofranca


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Haha! What kind of liquid would it be inside the crazy straw?!

mg04


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All of my shirts are BLUE!!! Please change the shirt color....

mikenytola


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mg04 wrote:All of my shirts are BLUE!!! Please change the shirt color....

I'm still amazed how people are not tired of baby blue yet. That ruins this shirt for me. I love the design, hate the shirt color.

tgentry


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mikenytola wrote:I'm still amazed how people are not tired of baby blue yet. That ruins this shirt for me. I love the design, hate the shirt color.


I don't understand the hate for baby blue. They've printed only two baby blues in the last two months. Why would people be "tired" of it? Black, Navy, and Asphalt are far more overused. In the last two months: Asphalt and black have both been printed 9 times and Navy 5. Black and Navy are very close in color you could pretty much lump those together and say there have been 14 black/near black shirts in the last two months -- almost 25%. Why aren't people tired of THOSE?

The bottom line is ANY color I picked would be complained about by someone. If I went with red it would be "sorry, can't wear red." If it was on black it'd be "too many black shirts!" I went with baby blue because it was either that or white to get across the feel of an institutional setting. I pretty much go with what I think works for the design.

tjost


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tgentry wrote:I don't understand the hate for baby blue. They've printed only two baby blues in the last two months. Why would people be "tired" of it? Black, Navy, and Asphalt are far more overused. In the last two months: Asphalt and black have both been printed 9 times and Navy 5. Black and Navy are very close in color you could pretty much lump those together and say there have been 14 black/near black shirts in the last two months -- almost 25%. Why aren't people tired of THOSE?

The bottom line is ANY color I picked would be complained about by someone. If I went with red it would be "sorry, can't wear red." If it was on black it'd be "too many black shirts!" I went with baby blue because it was either that or white to get across the feel of an institutional setting. I pretty much go with what I think works for the design.


Baby blues still not as hated as the dreaded Heather Grey MWAHAHAHA (that was evil laughter) Great job again Travis, hope this makes it to print, it's well deserved.

tgentry


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tjost wrote:Baby blues still not as hated as the dreaded Heather Grey MWAHAHAHA (that was evil laughter) Great job again Travis, hope this makes it to print, it's well deserved.


Yeah I think heather grey is enough to make people come burn your house down and salt your earth. I look quite smashing in baby blue, so maybe I'm partial to it. But the bottom line is I could put every design on black or asphalt simply because they're the least likely to get griped about, but if I think the design works best on another color that's what I'm going to use. Variety is the spice of life.

TheyKilledKenny


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The crazy straw is like an extruded cross between Hannibal & Patrick the Starfish...

Excuse Me Maam, Your Woot is Showing...

mikenytola


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tgentry wrote:snip

I'm not giving you a hard time about your choice of baby blue. I have stated many times how I hate baby blue as a personal preference. Do I think some designs look good on it regardless of my taste? Yes absolutely. This design I think does look good on baby blue. My first post I even stated "Love it. Very wearable design. If only it were not on baby blue!" But I would never personally buy it because of the color.

But one thing missing is that many shirts I believe have been designed and fogged that were baby blue more than navy, or at least the decent ones. I'm always on the look out for Navy since it's the best color for me. This also doesn't take into account how many of those colors shirts sold. Tough stats to really know without a long painful process. I totally agree that Asphalt and Black are overused. I would absolutely not lump Black and Navy together. How many Goth kids do you see wearing Navy all the time? Ya, not so many.

Now for some really nerdy stats because I had nothing better to do this evening. Over the past year these are the colors that have won. Might not be fully accurate as the greens I wasn't all that focused on or just mixed up. Number's won't add up exactly due to some days having more than one shirt selected for print, and random shirt days (9).

03/14/09 - 02/24/10:

Asphalt: 47
Black: 64
Baby Blue: 26
Brown: 28
Cranberry: 8
Cream: 20
Grass Green: 18
Heather Gray: 23
Kelly Green: 5
Navy: 28
Olive:13
Orange: 5
Red: 24
Royal Blue: 24
White: 20
Yellow: 14

2010:

Asphalt: 14
Black: 13
Baby Blue: 3
Brown: 2
Cranberry: 4
Cream: 4
Grass Green: 1
Heather Gray: 5
Kelly Green: 1
Navy: 7
Olive:1
Orange: 1
Red: 10
Royal Blue: 6
White: 7
Yellow: 3

So yes for 2010 so far Navy is beating out blue, but the year is still only beginning and it's a short sample.

Rank over the past year:

1 - Black (64)
2 - Asphalt (47)
3 - Brown/Navy (28)
4 - Baby Blue (26)
5 - Red/Royal Blue (24)
6 - Heather Gray (23)
7 - Cream/White (20)
8 - Grass Green (18)
9 - Yellow (14)
10 - Olive (13)
11 - Cranberry (8)
12 - Kelly Green/Orange (5)

Black and Asphalt rule for sure. Figures because Asphalt doesn't look very good on me, and I don't really care for black shirts. But the statement that Navy is overused is flawed and I've heard numerous people mention this. The margin from 3rd place to 8th is not all that big so the idea that Navy is very popular (on this site at least) is not very accurate at all.

peacewing


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Omelets made great LMFAO. I almost died laughing. Love the muzzle and the jacket!

Lordwoodsman


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Genius. Love the design. Want the shirt. But Won't buy it on pansy blue...sorry.

mikenytola


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tgentry wrote:I pretty much go with what I think works for the design.

Sometimes I think this works, but the goal here is to sell a t-shirt with your design on it, and the color of the shirt is a factor in what people purchase. I'm sure some designs you have done might have been better on say Orange or Yellow, but that is really going to have a hard fight to get to print because of people's taste so you probably would find another color that would work. So in that aspect the design doesn't always need to fit the shirt color. The goal is to win... and yes with a good design.

I see this too often where people are trying to be creative by using the shirt color as part of the art. Does it work sometimes? Ya sure it does. But sometimes it's getting too caught up in the design and not factoring in what people like to wear. If it's a cool design that people like, they will buy it on a shirt color they like, not because the design matches the shirt. I'll use me for example, I really like this design a lot and would love to buy this shirt, but baby blue looks terrible on me so I would just be wasting my money on something that looks terrible on me regardless of how cool the design is. Many men find it to be too feminine of a color to justify wearing it as well.

So with that, I understand your choice and it looks good IMO. It's just the color that is not for me. That is why I'm tired of seeing Baby Blue shirts personally. Many times I find a design I really like is on Baby Blue, which kills me because I really like the design yet don't vote for it since it's not something I would buy.

HujoeBigs


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This should defently get a spot in the top three I would be disappointed if it didn't.

tgentry


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mikenytola wrote:Sometimes I think this works, but the goal here is to sell a t-shirt with your design on it, and the color of the shirt is a factor in what people purchase. I'm sure some designs you have done might have been better on say Orange or Yellow, but that is really going to have a hard fight to get to print because of people's taste so you probably would find another color that would work. So in that aspect the design doesn't always need to fit the shirt color. The goal is to win... and yes with a good design.

I see this too often where people are trying to be creative by using the shirt color as part of the art. Does it work sometimes? Ya sure it does. But sometimes it's getting too caught up in the design and not factoring in what people like to wear. If it's a cool design that people like, they will buy it on a shirt color they like, not because the design matches the shirt. I'll use me for example, I really like this design a lot and would love to buy this shirt, but baby blue looks terrible on me so I would just be wasting my money on something that looks terrible on me regardless of how cool the design is. Many men find it to be too feminine of a color to justify wearing it as well.

So with that, I understand your choice and it looks good IMO. It's just the color that is not for me. That is why I'm tired of seeing Baby Blue shirts personally. Many times I find a design I really like is on Baby Blue, which kills me because I really like the design yet don't vote for it since it's not something I would buy.


ONE goal may be to be print a shirt, but it's also to create a shirt I'm happy with. I'm not going to put every single design on black or gray just because those have the best odds of printing and that's what "people like to wear". Fortunately I don't need the money so I don't have to make every decision based off votes or potential sales. I can base it off what interests me and how I feel about a design vs. how a thousand other people feel about it.

I think as a designer I look to use the shirt color in the service of the design whenever possible. Why wouldn't I? Because there are people who don't like that color shirt? Unless I'm slapping a slogan or logo on a shirt, the shirt color matters 100%. Will it turn off insecure people or people with complexions that don't work with this shade or that? Probably. There's no way around that short of putting every shirt on black, which I'm not going to do.

What if I had put this design on red? Then the people that "can't wear red" would be complaining about it. If I put it on green some people would be complaining that it's too "earthy" and would look better on baby blue. If I put it on royal blue people would complain that it's too brightly colored. Every color woot offers has someone that hates it or "doesn't look good in it". And so either I put everything on black or gray (and people would still complain "no more asphalt!") or some people will have to realize not every shirt is going to be on a color they like. The day when every design is on the two most popular, crowd-pleasing colors is the day I'll no longer be coming here because I already have WAY more of those than I need. So I'm going to pick the color that I think best fits the design and run with it. I've been here too long and heard too many "not on this color!" and "not on that color!" to lose much sleep over it.

mikenytola


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tgentry wrote:snip

You shouldn't be getting so defensive towards me, I have stated that this design does work well with this color, just that it will suck if it wins (for me) because it won't look good on me and I can't have it. That's all.

I also didn't imply you should just use the most popular colors. Yes one goal is to win and another for you to be happy with the shirt. You obviously don't just throw some generic boring garbage on a popular color and call it a day, some do but you are not one of them. But that also does not mean that your design will only work on one color.

It's not about being insecure, your assumption and slight insult is incorrect and you are generalizing. I am not insecure about myself, I just know what I look good in. Would you wear a shirt that you know looks terrible on you just because you are insecure? No, you just know better, has nothing to do with insecurity. My point is that sometimes it works to use the shirt color and incorporate it into the design and sometimes it does not. Sometimes people try to be too creative by incorporating the design with the shirt color and they didn't do a good job of it. Again I did not accuse you of this.

Some designs are interchangeable between some colors sometimes. I wasn't complaining to you that you shouldhave used another color, I was expressing how I like the design and just wish it had been on another color. There's no need for you to get all upset about my opinion and personal taste, because the idea that I wish it were on another color is a statement to you that I do like your design.

tgentry


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mikenytola wrote:You shouldn't be getting so defensive towards me, I have stated that this design does work well with this color, just that it will suck if it wins (for me) because it won't look good on me and I can't have it. That's all.

I also didn't imply you should just use the most popular colors. Yes one goal is to win and another for you to be happy with the shirt. You obviously don't just throw some generic boring garbage on a popular color and call it a day, some do but you are not one of them. But that also does not mean that your design will only work on one color.

It's not about being insecure, your assumption and slight insult is incorrect and you are generalizing. I am not insecure about myself, I just know what I look good in. Would you wear a shirt that you know looks terrible on you just because you are insecure? No, you just know better, has nothing to do with insecurity. My point is that sometimes it works to use the shirt color and incorporate it into the design and sometimes it does not. Sometimes people try to be too creative by incorporating the design with the shirt color and they didn't do a good job of it. Again I did not accuse you of this.

Some designs are interchangeable between some colors sometimes. I wasn't complaining to you that you shouldhave used another color, I was expressing how I like the design and just wish it had been on another color. There's no need for you to get all upset about my opinion and personal taste, because the idea that I wish it were on another color is a statement to you that I do like your design.


I'm not being defensive, I'm just talking about shirt designs and colors. It's just a discussion as far as I can tell. My reference to insecurity was related to the people that think that certain shirts are "girly" or "pansy" colors (as someone posted above), which has nothing to do with your dislike of baby blue. I appreciate that you like the design, and I can assure you I'm not upset. Maybe it's that tone can't be properly assessed over the Internet. I understand what you're saying about other colors being out there, I was simply saying that ANY color is going to be disliked by someone, and to someone baby blue is another color. Everyone would like a design to be on their favorite color, but it's just not going to happen.

The only shirt I don't like to put something on is white, but it's not because of the color (I like white shirts), it's because woot's white shirts are see-through. Other than that I think any shirt color is fair game.

mikenytola


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tgentry wrote:snip

I see. Yes reading over the internet doesn't portray a tone very well sometimes. Sorry about reading that incorrectly in my head.

Now get to work coming up with a great design that works with navy or cranberry best so I can buy it!

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He's wearing a Bendy-Jacket. Funny.

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