I can not, in good conscience, pander to the cult of lolcat or churn out mario brothers, zelda, star wars chibi ad nauseum. I fear that this is the audience here, that this is no forum for art. I was not so keenly aware as I am today, as I see guidelines blurred or broken by contestants regularly. Often votes, seem to gravitate to the banal and mundane or to shirts I simply can not see myself or anyone wearing before they shortly end up on a Goodwill bargain rack with old NASCAR shirts.
There are some artists here. In the philosophical sense, all of the submissions are art, but judgement of them is a personal matter. As to what wins, some weeks i am horrified and some designs really do shine though, it is rare that I see people voting for the truly great designs or anything innovative or new and sadly I do not feel I connect with people of this era. Everything (ironically given this week's contest) in the internet age if typified by a culture seeking comfort and sameness. No desire to be truly unique or to break molds but to be accepted, a sense of fear pervades it all and it smacks of cowardice.
The mosquitoic and empty is raised up on high, lauded and intellectualism and wisdom is cast away, reviled, mainly because it offends the ignorant.
And yes, they're only t-shirts, I can hear the outcry now. I was never one to bend to public opinion, it has never done much for me.