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Thursday, October 18

Derby Contest #678: Sportz Nutz

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Derby Contest #678: Sportz Nutz

Nuts about sports, or sports make you nuts? Catering to the sports fans and those who could care less and might prefer to nap to sports we've got designs for everyone. This week's derby includes all sports, if it's a competitive...ahem...sport...it counts. Ready, set, vote!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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A few guidelines for Artists:
   - The phrases "Yay Sports", "Go Sports" & "Sportsball" are off limits!
   - No cream tees.

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 
 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Hand Lettering & Typography!

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Thursday, October 11

Derby Contest #677: First World Problems

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Derby Contest #677: First World Problems!

Write up here!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 
 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Coming Soon!

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Thursday, October 04

Derby Contest #676: Harvest Time!

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Derby Contest #676: Harvest Time!

Ahhh Fall…A time of gathering and feasting. We’re reaping the fruitage of a long year’s labor and celebrating with Equinox festivities under a full moon and our bounty of tees! Vote for what harvest means to you!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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A few guidelines for Artists:
   - No text, puncuation is acceptable.
   - Easy on the pumpkins, but cornucopia's are allowed!
   - No Halloween & no Thanksgiving.
   - No politics and no cream tees.

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 
 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: First World Problems!

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Friday, September 28

 

Thursday, September 27

Derby Contest #675: All Hallows Sleeve

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Derby Contest #675: All Hallows Sleeve!

Skeletons! Pumpkins! A dark, spooky night!
Black cats and costumes and candy and fright!
Tricking or treating, mayhem or fear, 
Rejoice, all ye Wooters, for Halloween’s here! 

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 
 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Coming Soon!

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Thursday, September 20

Derby Contest #674: MedTEEval Shirts!

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Derby Contest #674: MedTEEval Shirts!

Hear ye, hear ye! The dark-ages are upon us, for Derby contest #674 we are going Medieval. Armor up, grab your minstrels, and storm the castle (or ya know, vote) for ye olde favorite art! Alas the villeins of this derby are Game of Thrones, Monty Python and The Princess Bride...and of course cream tees. Nevertheless Troubadours, the battle cry is VOTE! Huzzah!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 
 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Halloween Tees! 

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Thursday, September 13

Derby #673: Sci-Fi Shirts

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Derby Contest #673: Sci-Fi Shirts!

Aliens and spaceships and lasers, Oh my! Derby #673 is full of USOs (Unique Shirts of Outstandingness), extraTEErestrials, and all manner of science fictiony fantasticalness. Cream tees and politics aren’t allowed, but VOTING always is. So vote away, fellow earthlings (or otherwise)!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: MedTEEval Tees! 

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Thursday, September 06

Derby #672: ShirtCon Shirts

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Derby Contest #672: ShirtCon Shirts

Convention season is in full swing and nerds and geeks and fans of all stripes are flooding into convention centers across the nation. Derby #672 will help you flaunt your fandom with designs that feature beloved comics, characters, shows, and franchises. And the best part? You can skip all the crowds and lines elaborate costumes and vote for your favorite designs in your pjs from the couch!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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A few guidelines for Artists:
   - Entries must qualify as parody. Designs that contain potential infringing elements will be rejected.
   - No politics or cream tees.

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Sci-Fi Shirts!

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Thursday, August 30

Derby #671: Animal Warfare

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Derby Contest #671: ANIMAL WARFARE

Calling all creature commandos: Operation Derby #671: Animal Warfare is officially underway. Entries will feature animals of all stripes (or scales or spots or whatever) at war with each other, be it paw-on-claw combat, or something a little more psychological. The only rules? No politics or cream tees. Support your favorites by voting!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

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PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

 

Read more about next week's Derby theme: ShirtCon Shirts

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Thursday, August 23

Derby #670: Nearly NSFW

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Derby Contest #670: NEARLY NSFW

Feel like being sneakily subversive? This week’s Derby contest is for you. Entires will seek to slyly spice things up with subtle and NEARLY NSFW visuals or messages (emphasis on the NEARLY). They’ll test the limits by walking right up to and on the line, but shouldn’t cross it. Vote for your favorites, even if they make you blush!

The Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon, CST. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday, so be sure to check back and see who makes the cut!

 

A few guidelines for Artists:
   - Entries should not be cruel, vulgar, or political. 
   - Some mild innuendo is permissible, but sexual suggestiveness or anything pornographic is not. 
   - Entries cannot contain full or partial curse words, but may use symbols in place of a curse word. 
   - Cats & cream tees are not allowed.
   - Derby Contests are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

Read more about next week's Derby theme: Animal Warfare

 

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Thursday, August 16

Derby #669: Wordless Humor

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Derby #669: Wordless Humor

We could all use a good laugh. So this week’s derby is chock-full of visual gags, jokes, puns and other laugh-inducing antics. But we don’t want it to be too easy. So text is not allowed. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Neither are cream tees or political designs.

*Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

This Derby ends each THURSDAY at noon. The three designs that receive the most votes will be featured as the Daily offers Friday - Sunday. Great designs that don't win may be includeded in an Editor's Choice sale each Monday.

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Thursday, August 09

Derby #668: Life in the Style of Anime

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Derby #668: Life in the Style of Anime

We love the unique visual stylings of anime because it’s awesome, and we love life because we’re not unfeeling monsters. So this week’s derby is an epic mash-up that brings them both together. Designs should show a slice of life rendered in the style of Anime. And by “slice of life” we mean anything from the mundane minutia of everyday living to some popular piece of pop culture. No cats, no cream, and no characters from actual Anime/Manga franchises.  

*Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

This Derby ends NEXT THURSDAY at noon. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place designs will be featured Friday - Sunday. Select designs will also be included in a sale that starts after the Weekend of Winners.

 

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Thursday, August 02

Derby #667: Numbers!

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Derby #667: numbers Numbers NUMBERS!

Numbers are magical, mysterious, powerful. They can be tiny or tremendous, concrete or conceptual, truthful or treacherous. Also, ‘number’ is a really weird word. Number. Num-ber. NUUUUHM-BUUUUR. See? Anyway, designs for Derby 667 should center around any or many of the numberless numbers of numbers. We’re counting on you. No Pi, No Cats, No Matrix, and No Cream tees. 

 

*Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

This Derby ends NEXT THURSDAY at noon. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place designs will be featured Friday - Sunday. Select designs will also be included in a sale that starts after the Weekend of Winners.

 

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Thursday, July 26

Derby # 666: Mark of the Feast

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Derby #666: Mark of the FEAST

We’re in the mood for food. So set the table and pour a fresh glass of creative juice, ‘cause things are about to get tasty in here. We’re craving deliciously awesome designs that feature food of all flavors. Keep it sweet or get a little salty, just make sure food is the main dish in your designs. No cats, no occult, no coffee, and no cream tees. Ready, set, salivate!

**Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

PLEASE, please, please email your art file! derby@woot.com

This Derby ends NEXT THURSDAY at noon. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place designs will be featured Friday - Sunday. Select designs will also be included in a sale that starts after the Weekend of Winners.

 

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Thursday, July 19

Derby # 665: SHIRTain of Youth

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Derby #665: SHIRTain of Youth

The SHIRTain of Youth- Youth is a state of mind... it’s also in a state of denial that summer is ending. Either way, this week’s derby is embracing the new school year with a spirit of ‘junior joie de vivre.’ We’re looking for your best cute or kid-friendly designs that will impress all those hip half-pints and mod munchkins out there. So get in touch with your inner-child, and submit your bestest shirts for young shoulders! Cream tees are not invited to the play date.

**Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

Please email your art file to derby@woot.com

This Derby ends NEXT THURSDAY at noon. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place designs will be featured Friday - Sunday. Select designs will also be included in a sale that starts after the Weekend of Winners.

 

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Thursday, July 12

Derby # 664: Wonders of the World

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Derby #664 (by Apelad): Wonders of the World

Have you ever WONDER-ed what the Colossus of Rhodes would look like if it had the arms of a gorilla or  was eating a sandwich? Neither have we. But now is your chance to put your humurous spin on the Wonders of the World! OR create a design of something that would make a great NEW wonder (we'll be sure this new wonder gets in front of the right people for the history books). Get creative and design something WONDER-ful! Cream tees are NOT a wonder of the world...or cool, so don't do it!

**Remember: Derbies are for NEW artwork only, not designs that have been submitted elsewhere.**

Please email your art file to derby@woot.com

This Derby ends NEXT THURSDAY at noon. The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place designs will be featured Friday - Sunday. Select designs will also be included in a sale that starts after the Weekend of Winners.

 

Next week's Derby: The SHIRTain of Youth- Youth is a state of mind. It’s also in a state of denial that summer is ending. But next week’s derby will embrace the new school year with a spirit of ‘junior joie de vivre.’ We’re looking for your best kid-friendly designs that will impress all those hip half-pints and mod munchkins out there. So get in touch with your inner-child, and submit your bestest shirts for young shoulders! Cream tees are not invited to the play date.

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Artists of Woot Fame

by Shirty

We want to introduce you to the artists behind the shirts. Woot doesn't come up with all of these cool designs all by themselves, you know? We crowdsource our designs from super talented artists around the globe! Every time you purchase one of our shirts, you are supporting an artist....a real live human being that needs food, shelter, and shirts (and money, probably).

We recently asked our artist community to help us put together a few designs for our customers and we only selected nine. Our artist community is much larger than that but we like to start small and then go big later. So, here are a few introductions (and their t-shirt picks) for you to read and chill with...

caityjean - Hazardous Shirts

ikado - Grumpy Kittens

thatrobert - Hipster Shirts

krittikae - Caterpillars & Butterflies

poopycakes - Turtles

apelad - Business Casual

spiritgreen - Animal Actors

wingfeather - Ultimate CON Shirts

benjaminleebates - Irreverent Shirts

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Meet the Artist: Wingfeather

by Shirty

You know the saying: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." Or as we like to say, “Wingfeather!” It’s way easier. And boardgames. And Shirts…we’re really off kilter here. So let’s just get on with a little information about Wingfeather.

Q: What inspired your curation?

A: I live in Indianapolis, and go to GenCon every year, and always make sure to wear Woot shirts, which always get great compliments!

Q: What makes your creative motor tick?

A: When I brainstorm shirt ideas, I imagine myself seeing someone else wearing the design.  If seeing it, in my mind's eye, shocks me or has a tint of audacity or causes a double-take ("did I really just see that?"), I feel like I'm on the right track.  Those are my favorite shirts to work on.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration?

A: My family is a little off-kilter (in a good sort of way), and tends to banter a lot with each other online.  Their wit and pop-culture wizardry often give me inspiration.  Also, I really get jazzed by designs that involve wordplay or double-meanings.

Q: Any particular favorite shirts/artwork from your event/the site?

A: Shirts from the Unstealthy Ninja series by DoOomcat

Q: Do you have a favorite artists who is also featured on shirt.woot?

A: DoOomcat and ApeLad are two of my favorites on Shirt.Woot

Q: Anything we should look forward to from you in the future? Would love to hear about any projects you have going on!

A: I'm going to school this fall, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to design during the semester, but I always have one or two Celtic designs I'm playing around with, because I can doodle them in class and then work on them and expand on them in later sessions or when I get home in the evening.

We are proud to hear that Wingfeather is going to school; that is a big deal! Maybe when Wingfeather is done with school, we can hang out at GenCon to play some sweet tabletop games. Also, Wingfeather is responsible for our fun ROYGBIV Derby. Check out Wingfeather's CON Shirts!

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Meet the Artist: poopycakes

by Shirty

 

We know what you're thinking, are poopycakes like patty cakes? And the answer is no, but that is kind of funny to think about! Poopycakes picked shirts about turtles...they have nothing to do with that other thing you were thinking. Anywho, read on!

Q: What inspired your curation?

A: Turtles, they're so cute!  also I have two, Itchy and Scratchy, they used to be teeny weeny,  now they're 20 years old and the size of a human man's hand.  We just made them a new enclosure so I think turtles must have been on my mind, or maybe they are just cute.

 

Q: What makes your creative motor tick?

A: Variety!  I've had lots of different creative jobs. 

I used to make video game pixel paintings on canvases, then I went through a super girlie (yes I am a female person) phase of amigurumi and needle felting (that's where the name  Poopycakes comes from, I confess I have made fluffy poops and cupcakes from sheep wool!)  I had a fair bit of success with my woolly creations and was involved in a couple of exhibitions which was awesome, plus I sold some art, so, yay money! (living the dream)

Whilst prepping for the launch of my needle felting kit business I had to learn a bit of  photoshop for the instruction booklets.  I bought myself the cheapest computer that could support photoshop and started experimenting (this is the same computer that I use today that can take 20 minutes to save a design and constantly makes me late for the derby).  Having been a fan of woot for many years I started daydreaming about making shirt designs with my newly acquired skills (I use that term loosely!) so I here I am giving it a shot!

 also... food!

 

Q: Where do you draw inspiration?

A: I like Japanese culture, all the unusual weird things that make no sense at all but are so appealing.  So if something I'm drawing makes me laugh out loud then I'm all in, sometimes that means it's super win but other times super fail and I think I'm ok with that.

 

Q: Any particular favorite shirts/artwork from your event/the site?

A: My all time favorite shirt is "Diplodocus & Cover" by Recycledwax, my second ever shirt woot purchase, bought as a daily back in 2009.  An epic dinosaur shirt, I love recycledwax's style and props to shirt woot the shirt's still going strong! I wear it literally every week.

 

Top pick from my Turtles! sale is "Turtley Trippy Remix" by Spiritgreen, a great summer shirt which was first produced on cream back in 2010 for the Psychedelia derby, then remixed on baby blue.  I love the kaleidoscopic turtles they're so cute with their eggs and shells and such, also it's a full width print and I cannot lie I love big prints!  this shirt is best described by woot member Goldenthorn who babbled, "It's like an old lady christmas sweater from the 80's! Except on a tshirt. In summer. With turtles."

I love it!!!

Q: Do you have a favorite artist who is also featured on shirt.woot?

A: Isn't everyone just gonna say Mr Walmazan at this point!?! ... and yep, I'd agree.  I love what Walmazan brings to the site, his funny cute characters and style always makes me smile, coincidentally "Campfire Tales" from 2009 was my first ever woot shirt!

 

 

His Mexican culture designs for example "El Dia de los Tacos" are always beautifully designed.

 

 

Q: Anything we should look forward to from you in the future? Would love to hear about any projects you have going on!

A: Just recently I've been thinking more about science and nature, I'm not a math scientist... but I've been enjoying creating (and learning!) a bit more about this stuff so I hope to go that way some more in the future.  I also imagine I'll draw something Poopy related soon which wooters won't like but will no doubt make me laugh (lol sad)

...also my blog! https://www.poopycakes.com/blog

I write a little t-shirt blog every week, these are not predictions, I leave that to the woot gods! but simply shirts which have impressed me.

Big thanks to Shirt.Woot for letting me write some words and what-not, hope I didn't bore you too much (of course she didn't, right?!).  ;)

Other links to Poopycakes stuff:

On Shirt Woot!

Instagram : @dapoopycakes 

Facebook : @PooCakes

Twitter : @DaPoopycakes

Her own site : https://www.poopycakes.com/

We love poopycakes! One of our favorites is DOOKIEE. Enjoy!! Now go check out poopycakes picks!

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Meet the Artist: Spiritgreen

by Shirty

Hi, they call him Spiritgreen and he is the 2017 Artist of the Year at Shirt.Woot! Seriously. Spiritgreen also created all those super cool event banners you can't take your eyes off of. Who knew that the artists that created t-shirts to cover your nakedness could also create all these stunning visual assets? Oh wait, we did.

Q: What inspired your curation?

A: Someone once said "animals are the best people". Maybe that explains why Woot's pop animal shirts are so much fun.

Q: What makes your creative motor tick?

A: My favorite time of year to design for is Halloween because it's the best excuse to get weird and draw surprising twists on familiar things. I like designs that have a lot of energy and characters that make you feel like you're seeing a snapshot of a larger world.

Q: Where do you draw inspiration?

A: My roots are in animation and that still inspires me. Also nature, TV (a lot of TV), fantasy & sci-fi books, movies, comics, videogames (a lot, a lot of videogames) and science!

Q: Any particular favorite shirts/artwork from your event/the site?

A: I'm enjoying looking at the other artists' curated sales this week, there are a ton of shirts I'd missed. The picks tell you a lot about the curators' own outlook and sense of humor.

Q: Do you have a favorite artist who is also featured on shirt.woot?

A: Well the weekly design derby is the lifeblood of the site and lately I've been impressed by kg07's fresh ideas and casually intricate inks every week. Then you have our evergreen artists like Apelad with his brilliant comic strip approach and Walmazan who never ceases to make effortlessly appealing shirts. There's always a lot happening.

Q: Anything we should look forward to from you in the future? Would love to hear about any projects you have going on!

A: I have a bunch of things in flux, AKA being procrastinated on. I'd love to turn that around this year, whether it's a gamebook or a small videogame. Or just more animated voting buttons. :p

We play videogames with Spiritgreen (a lot, a lot of videogames). And we have to say, he is pretty dang good! Now that you know a little about Spiritgreen, check out his picks for Animal Actors!

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