tenieldjo wrote:I agree; a lot of the shirts in this derby are, it seems to me, pushing the boundaries of what is already a very wide-open subject. It seems like people are taking advantage of a more flexible theme to do just random things they want to draw and throwing blue on it. I don't think that was in the spirit of the theme, and I think if something like this entry won the derby, it would perplex many outside onlookers that it won a derby entitled "blue."
I am not saying that this isn't a good piece of work, or that it's not well drawn. But it doesn't say "blue" to me, and of the off-theme shirts in this derby, I would say this is to a higher degree than most others.
At the end of the day, though, there is only one concern, to me. A good shirt should be printing every day. Not a shirt I want. Not a shirt that will sell out. Not a shirt in a certain style. A good shirt.
So to me, woot needs to work one of two ways. They need to screw the idea of theme and print shirts that deserve a print, which would keep this one safe, or they need to be strict across the board, meaning they have a lot of rejecting to do, and from way high up. At the end of the day, though, I would rather have three well-done shirts that are off topic win than even one horrible one on topic. I would prefer, of course, that it be three shirts that are all ON topic, without a doubt, but there are so many shirts which have printed without being remotely on theme and without being even remotely wearable that I really cannot begrudge the occasional good shirt from printing ahead of the normal baloney.
Woot either needs to be consistent and brutal across the board, or they need to stop only hunting down good shirts for the inquisition. Because there are always horrible shirts that are just as tenuous. And if there must be a double standard (which woot has proven there apparently must be, given all their horrible judgment calls over the years), I'd love to see someone like Drakxxx be the one to benefit, instead of always being Ramiyoku or other truly untalented design weasels.