05/12/14 Top 3 Pick; No Love
Some of my favorite shirts are ones with subtle video game references. Something a non-gamer might not look at twice. Mario himself is not present and neither are Princess Peach or Bowser, who is only referenced in name. Interesting tattoo style design. The composition is packed with many components which are all nicely balanced. The X-shaped pipes in the background radiate outward while the light-colored wings in the center help unite and brighten the design. The dagger stabs the center and serves as a focal point to lead the eye to the text wrapped around the banner. I very much enjoy having the text incorporated and wrapped around the design instead of having it float elsewhere. Interesting use of a red turtle shell in the center with the dagger instead of the usual heart.
Thank You BeastPop
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05/12/14 Top 3 Pick; Fight Like A Woman
Who said girls can’t be tough? This strong superheroine, portrayed in a lovely rose shade, is ready to put up a good fight. The silhouette is easily recognizable as Wonder Woman by portraying her arm cuffs, head bead, and long curled locks. The letter forms in the foreground are large, bold, and extended creating a wide wall of letters which the figure’s arms look ready to break down. I very much enjoy the placement of the pink breast cancer ribbon within the letter forms. It snugly fits on top of the negative areas and is outlined slightly thinner which help prevent it from clashing with the letter.
Thank You Teeminus24
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05/12/14 Top 3 Pick; Genesis
SEGA! This detailed info-graphic of this retro console is nicely laid out. The first generation of the Genesis console is on display and not the later models. Fun fact, the Genesis is known as the Mega Drive in some parts of the world! The thin white lines on a dark background have a CAD like quality. The components are nicely organized and unified. The controllers are placed in a yin-yang format. The adapter and cables both are laid in a tall rectangular shape around the wide rectangular game cartridge. I enjoy the little labels and arrows pointed to various parts adding different layers of information. This shirt makes me want to bust out Sonic & Knuckles, Streets of Rage 2, and all the other 16-bit classics!
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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; The Chewsade
Hilarious mash-up of Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Han and Chewie are portraying Indiana and his father, Henry Jones. Something tells me Sean Connery would not be amused to be portrayed as the hairy wookie! Lots of interesting textures. Wookie fur flying in the wind. Scruffy Han in a fedora. Descriptive rough and distressed texture on the vehicle and side cart. I enjoy the brown and green color palette.
Thank You Leon Ryan
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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; By Royal Decree
Elsa the Riveter! An inspiring figure for young women to embrace who they are and let go of trying to be someone else. This strong female character is gorgeously rendered. I enjoy her light smooth skin and detailed garment. The delicate snowflakes and swirls make an interesting background.
Thank You Six Eyed Monster
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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; The Planet of The Kong
Looks like the Mushroom Kingdom fell to a mushroom cloud. I wonder if Mario got a kiss with Dixie? The barrels are a nice call back to the original Donkey Kong arcade game which originally pit these two foes against each other. This design portrays an interesting scene with Donkey Kong dominating the composition. Mario in a kneeling down pose shows his emotions without showing facial features.
Thank You AlbertoArni
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03/14/14 Top 3 Pick: Obey Khaleesi
Bold, empowering symbol. Head of her own movement “with fire and blood” to take back Westeros and rule. This classic Shepard Fairey propaganda style demands attention. This shirt comes in 3 different color options, red, pink and blue. I enjoy the design on red best. On a red background the figure’s hair looks like fire adding to the theme of mother of dragons. The artist was able to reach a high level of facial details with simply, will formed color shapes.
Thank You Tom Trager
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03/14/14 Top 3 Picks; Star Power
Great Action Adventure design! Having the hero standing tall with his lady in distress lower by his side in the foreground visually conquers the villain in the background. The artist did a great job of using the iconic Star Wars image and effectively working the foreground, mid ground and background. Beautiful color scheme. The soft colors, specially the teal on the dark blue, and minimal use of lines in the mid ground gives it a misty, haze effect exhibiting aerial perspective. The large scale villain in the background visually represents the epic task to vanquish.
Thank You Creative Outpouring
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03/14/14 Top 3 Picks; Soul Mates
Watch out men! This shirt definitely contains the art of seduction. Gorgeous forms in flirty posses, with smooth doll like faces. Using cool color tones and a wonderful gradation of colors to display high detail. The color palette pops by using the bright teal to highlight in contract with the deep indigo for shadows. Detailed, geometric, art nouveau backdrop filled with horror references.
Thank You Megan Lara
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