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Post image for WeLoveFine & Cheezburger Present the “I Can Has Cats” T-Shirt Design Contest!

It kind of amazes me that this is a thing, but when you consider that I spend all day writing about t-shirts and looking at camera straps (Rigu!) then I guess that it isn’t that weird. However, if I were an artist I’m not entirely sure I’d want a cat, and a grumpy cat at that, deciding who gets awarded the prizes. Here’s all the details:

They are either your adorable, easygoing non-descript house pet… or they are our fluffy overlords who have taken over the internet, and soon, THE WORLD! Well, maybe, but we sure know which we would bet on, which is why we decided to launch our latest themed design contest on all those crazy CATS! Whether they are part of’s extensive (and hilarious) LOLCats archive, or a regular staple on your Tumblr feed, or an actual silly, awesome cat that belongs to YOU (and totally sits on your laptop every time you’re trying to work. Maaan, come on!) – take inspiration from the feline phenomenon and show us your most outstanding cat-based artwork! It can be funny, it can be just plain rad… it can feature kittens, old cats, fat cats, hairless cats, munchkin cats…. cats with frickin’ LASERS shooting out of their eyes! Anything your imagination can come up with, it could win you up to $2,500 and the chance to have your tee added to WeLoveFine’s shop! We and our pals at Cheezburger can’t wait to see what you all come up with, so go for it. From here until the winners’ announcement, every day is CATURDAY!


Ben Huh is the CEO and Founder of Cheezburger, Inc. one of the largest humor networks in the world. Ben and Cheezburger have been credited with bringing Internet culture and memes to the mainstream. Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal, and Cheezburger’s mission, is to make the world happy for five minutes a day. Ben graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and is also a co-founder of Circa, a startup that is trying to redefine how we consume news. Ben and the I Can Has Cheezburger staff will be featured in LOLwork, an upcoming documentary series on Bravo. You can follow Ben on Twitter at @benhuh

Tardar Sauce The Grumpy Cat was born on April 4 this year to her mother Callie (Mama Kitty). Tard loves eating mice and tuna and taking long cat naps in the sun or under the bed. She became an internet sensation first with Reddit then on YouTube thanks to her owner’s brother when he came to visit, and her recent exciting adventures include appearances on Right This Minute, CBS 5 Phoenix, and Fox 10 Phoenix. She lives in Morristown, AZ with her brother Pokey, three dogs and her owners, Tabatha and Chrystal Bundesen. Follow Tardar Sauce on Twitter at @GrumpyCatTard, or at

Get your entries in now!


scott pilgrim t-shirts

Pretty impressive bunch of shirts from the Scott Pilgrim contest, and funnily enough my favourite is actually the grand prize winner (top shirt in the images above), which won a whopping $1,763 in cash. Typically of they shirts are all $25 a piece, printed on tees cut for guys and gals, and are all available in this Scott Pilgrim section of their site.


T-shirt News for January 18th

by Andy on January 18, 2012

dexter t-shirt

Any Dexter fans in the house? I’m sure this TeeFury design will be right up your street.

I don’t think that sounds like a good idea AT ALL. Shirt.Woot.

RIPT couldn’t decide on a reference today so they had to just use all of them.

I don’t get it. Nowhere Bad.

Awful lot of skulls today at Shirt Punch.

One for the atheists over at

I don’t watch Archer, but I’m fairly sure that’s what this TeeMinus24 shirt is referencing.

There’s a new Doctor Who t-shirt at 24tee.

As long as you like all-over prints this shirt at DBH is rather lovely.

Hey look, Tilteed are selling that cool sushi t-shirt again.

Design Juices showcase 50 t-shirts with interesting typography.

T-Post are giving away the T-shirt Stories documentary DVD (which I can’t find anywhere in the UK, and I don’t know if I can order it off French Amazon) to people who subscribe to their tee service.

Green Day are running a t-shirt design contest, except you have to be part of their ‘Idiot Club’ to enter, and that has a $20 annual subscription, so you effectively have to pay to enter this contest… lame.

Miles To Go are running a poster sale until Friday.

Wrongwroks have opened a 2nd store in China, it’s fun to watch Tony’s brand expanding.

HYA isn’t going dark in protest of SOPA/PIPA (mostly because I don’t think anyone would miss it) but a lot of other websites are.

Rigu is still a thing.

Karmaloop have a video about L’il Wayne’s new clothing line (that doesn’t look at all like every other BAPE-esque brand out there), TRUKFIT.

604Republic have upped the prize in their design competition.


9fountains t-shirts

Singapore’s top t-shirt design competition, 9Fountains (I’m pretty sure there are no others in Singapore?), recently released 8 new designs and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed by the level of quality that they have achieved. Their mission is help promote artists from Singapore and the rest of Asia and I think it’s fair to say that they’re trying hard with their goal, with only two of the winning designs coming from outside Asia, one of which was of course a Wotto piece (no design competition is complete without Wotto).


no room for hubris t-shirt

I’m trying to work this shirt out, it’s called “no room for hubris” and yet it has a picture of some dude on it… what’s the deal with that?

Also, if you’re the kind of person that subs artwork to design competitions, Springleap have got a couple of comps open at the moment, with $700 and $1250 up for grabs.


diabolical t-shirt

I am fully aware that each night Pinky & The Brain were not attempting to destroy the earth, but I’m fairly sure that if they had the means to destroy the earth, as this laFraise shirt is aiming to illustrate, then they’d pretty much be able to do what they want.

Unsual to see a 1-colour print from LaFraise, no?

Costiness=€23 Buy it at LaFraise


A new online t-shirt community aiming to elevate design and promote artists in Singapore and the region has launched. offers a platform for artists and t-shirt lovers to get together to appreciate great artwork sans the high-brow exclusivity.

All illustrators are invited to submit their artwork, which are then put through a voting process that is open to the public. If a design receives enough votes, it is printed onto T-shirts which are then made available for sale online. Winning artists get full bragging rights and a cash prize for their work.

And let’s not forget the people who actually wear the tees. All t-shirt lovers are invited to vote and comment on the submitted works. Ultimately, your votes determine the winner. Our first official competition is currently underway so check it out!

The launch collection was designed by Singapore-based artists whom we have christened The 9 Fountains Founding 15. Our wicked cool tees can be found at

[Andy: I’m really glad that 9fountains submitted a post because I’ve been meaning to write about them for a while. Whilst there is the obvious caveat that t-shirt design competitions are pretty common nowadays and that the more there are in the marketplace the harder it will be for new competitions to carve a niche and survive, I really hope that these guys do well because they’ve already got some kick-ass designs in store, and perhaps their location in Singapore will make them more popular to Asian t-shirt buyers, as I don’t know of too many design competitions in Asia.]

This post was submitted by Denise Mohan.


Teetonic are alive?

by Andy on October 12, 2010

teetnoic x NEoN

I used to write about Teetonic quite a bit back in the day, but they do seem to have been in the wilderness for a bit. I got an e-mail from their mailing list saying this:

Hello stranger, just like an old school friend who has just asked you to ‘friend’ them, we’re back. And about time too.

Personally, I’d have appreciated a bit more background than that, especially when directly above that text was a graphic saying “the non-stop design competition.” Still, they’re back, they’re Scottish, and they’re holding a design competition in association with the NEoN conference to find a cool character. The prize fund isn’t massive (£100 cash, tickets to the conference worth £125, and a load of printed materials), but at least it shows that there is life in the old dog yet, and maybe we’ll get a cool character shirt design out of this competition.


design by humans $10,000 competition

So, there you go, one of those designs will win the $10,000 prize. I think that there are actually quite a lot of worthy victors in there, so it should be an interesting fight, there’s a lot of quality across the board, so whilst only one person will get a nice check for ten grand, we are going to be treated to a lot of mighty fine Design By Humans shirts over the next few weeks. Voting for the top 5 shoot out will go on from now until Sunday night, with the top 5 from this round of voting being announced on Monday when the games starts all over again except with rather higher stakes.

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When MJ tweeted that one of her favourite designs that she’d ever made had been printed I was expecting to see something pretty special when I opened up the Design By Humans homepage, so I was actually a little bit disappoinbted when I saw the tee for the first time. Yes, it’s good, sweet, and really wearable, but I was expecting to be blown away, which is probably my own fault for getting a bit over-excited.

Costiness=$19 Buy it at Design By Humans


typography t-shirt

I’m curious as to whether you guys would consider this a typography tee? I think of it as a typography t-shirt because it does something interesting with the typework, but I’m sure that strictly speaking a typography shirt needs to be referencing some element of typography, like kerning or a particular font. If you were wondering, yes, this question is a primer for an utterly epic list of typography tees, and I’m making it up to you guys just how epic it is.

Costiness=€23 Buy it at The Strawberry

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My Imoto by the_JCW at Tilteed

by Andy on August 7, 2010

My Imoto by the_JCW at Tilteed

I can’t really think of much more to say than that this is a sweet-ass design from the Tilteed crew.

Costiness=$18 Buy it at Tilteed

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mr invisible t-shirt by lafraise

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this tee in the laFraise store since they annouced it was a winner more than a month ago, and happily the real thing doesn’t disappoint.

Costiness=€23 Buy it at LaFraise


Sneaker Persona at Stupid Hurts Us

by Andy on July 9, 2010

sneaker t-shirt by stupid hurts us

Are any of you guys out there sneaker fans, if you are then I might have some news coming up for you in the next few weeks, that’s all that I’m going to tease you with for the moment because even I don’t know what it is that I’ll be showing you, but I know it’ll be cool, it’ll be about sneakers, and it’ll be a collaboration. For now, keep your sneaker addiction in check with this rather nice one-colour print for Stupid Hurts Us, a t-shirt design competitions that has almost inexplicably never been featured on HYA before considering their prices are so low for a company printing on organic AA tees.

Costiness=$13 Buy it at Stupid Hurts Us


win an ipad

I know that LolaCamisetas could just offer the money equivalent as a prize in their design competition to find a cool iPad based t-shirt, but there’s something a lot more fun about receiving a physical prize sometimes that cash can’t quite manage. If you won the same amount in cash you’d probably end up spending it on bills and groceries, whereas an iPad is something that almost no one needs, and I mean really needs, which makes it a perfect prize.

All the details about the iPad design competition at LolaCamisetas can be found here.


my free implants t-shirt design contest

Sometimes I get an e-mail and I’m so dumbfounded that I have to post it. is exactly what you think it is, it’s a site where women who want breast implants but don’t want to or can’t pay for them, so they chat and interact with benefactors. Benefactors pay to be on the site by using ‘credits’ to send messages and that kind of thing, and the credits go to the women. I feel slightly uneasy that such a site exists, but at the same time I have to keep reminding myself that “different strokes for different folks”, and maybe this is empowering to women in some way.

Apparently, there is a big demand for t-shirts on the site, and so they’re having a design competition to find that design. The deadline is June 21st, and the prize is $100 of site credit, find all the details here. I can’t see too many designers from the HYA audience being too interested, but who knows, maybe a totally badass t-shirt would make me change my mind about this site.


edo label t-shirt by wotto

Wotto, if you keep on making cool collage tees, I’ll keep liking them.

Costiness=¥2,100 Buy it at Japanese design competition Edo Label [via Rude Retro]


Lost Soul by wotto at La Fraise

by Andy on May 5, 2010

lost soul t-shirt by lafraise

I know this doesn’t look like a typical Wotto design, but it is, it’s damn good, and not only is it a bit of a change for recent transplant to America wotto, it also represents a bit of a change for laFraise from their usual design style.

Costiness=€23 Buy it at LaFraise
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Tilteed are killing it, tees for $8!

by Andy on November 27, 2009


One of my favourite new design contests, Tilteed, usually have a tee on sale for $12 for it’s first week of sale (technically a pre-order) after which point it goes up to $18 with the rest of the shirts that they’ve printed in the past. However, up until December 1st (at least) ALL the tees in their store are $12, which seems to be the fashion this week amongst design competitions this week, BUT you can get another $4 off by using the coupon code wootRules at the checkout, making their shirts just $8 a pop, and Tilteed have great shipping rates, just $2 for your entire order no matter how many tees you order or where you live. Their latest winner (pictured) is pretty sweet, so you might want to put that into your basket now. [via Tee Junction]


Amanon by FeelDude

by Andy on October 2, 2009

Available from FeelDude


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