Some of the self righteous carp on these posts is unbelievable! This is not an art contest. This is a t shirt design contest. Most great artists dont design t shirts. Alot, if not most, great t shirt designers are not serious artists. Ill buy a t shirt drawn with stick figures if I like it. If there is a t shirt I like because the art is good, so be it. If I like it for other reasons, ill vote for it. But all the talk on this site about how people dont deserve to win because the art is not good, or its too clip arty, or some other irrelevent complaint is just dumb. This is not a forum for snobby artists to carp all over someone elses T shirt design. If your shirt wins here, it doesnt mean drek about your artistic skill. It means you designed a shirt people want to buy. If your shirt got edged out because people want to buy a pop culture referenced shirt, go get a tissue and have a good cry about it. Dont throw a tantrum and start carping all over someone elses idea beacause you mistakenly thought this was an art contest. Any one who has played mario cart gets the joke. If the inconsistancies of the exact mechanics of how fictitious characters use the shells of fictitious creatures, that look alot like turtles, bothers you enough to ruin the joke, dont buy it. Legal definition of parody from legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com:
"A form of speech protected by the First Amendment as a "distorted imitation" of an original work for the purpose of commenting on it"
Seems like this would be a perfect example of parody to me.