I think Joel's silence on when the rights were purchased after it had been asked NUMEROUS times speaks volumes, and it's a shame. I guess I'm just having a problem wrapping my head around the whole thing. I mean, if you're going to use [steal] copyrighted work, at least steal something good and do something good with it. This shirt does none of those things. Heck, I'm not even sure it was traced. I think the posterize filter does the same thing. After that, you have some text and a smiley face. At the point where you can say that the most original thing on a shirt, including the overall concept, is a freaking smiley face, you know there's a problem.
I bet someone is going to get in here and tell me to do better then. To that, I say that I have limited artistic ability, but I'll be damned if I can't trace and compose a better shirt than this designer did on this particular effort.
This isn't me being jealous or bitter. Why? Because if anyone read my post/rant, they would realize that I am a consumer of shirt.woot and not a producer [artist]. I have nothing to lose by this shirt getting a daily print other than it keeping another shirt out and probably knocking something off the reckoning list. Also, frankly, even if I was, there's not a lot to be jealous of in this situation.
But, hey, it sold, and I think that, besides the fact that it sounds like Woot bailed the designer out, it will probably even be reckoned. I guess we can now have a slew of dailies similar to this, because hey, why not, the masses apparently don't care. Heck, I'm surprised because even if the majority of people that bought this never wandered into the thread, the shirt itself just isn't good in any aspect of its execution.
I take some sick solace in the fact that the print itself will probably look terribad.