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The Ghost Ship

The Ghost Ship

I just discovered at facebook that it’s Sven Palmowski’s birthday today. Maybe I wouldn’t start a posting for every designer who handed in Designs to our T-shirt design contest, but Sven having given us the wonderfully weird Ghost Ship plus dozens of other designs that we loved plus being one of the most prolific Designers on the scene it is just fair to say:

Happy Birthday and may you ever continue drawing and designing such wonderful tees !

Meanwhile check out his Portfolio on his site and regularly check back to the much beloved Fantastic Bonanza Blog where he contributes displaying the T-shirt art he likes.


Now that “Pencil” is online we take the opportunity to introduce to you its creator. Whom I have bothered a lot before, since she also runs a fantastic T-Shirt blog, the Funky Duds. Please clap your hands for RikkiB

Hi Rikki – is that right? Or what do you want to be called? Anyway, how you’re doing?

Good day to you, Sir.
Yes, my name is Rikki, but I prefer to go by my secret interweb codename – RikkiB.
I’m doing very well thanks, it’s nice and Autumnal in this part of the world.

Please introduce yourself in a few words.

RikkiB is a 26 year old girl. She likes art supplies and enjoys talking about herself in the third person.
You’re already a sort of veteran when it comes to T-shirts, designs and the internet: You have several designs out on several t-shirt contests and your blog Funky Duds is one of the coolest and oldest t-shirt blogs on the web. 

Well Funkyduds is certainly the coolest but probably not one of the oldest 😉 I basically use it to list all the tees I’d like to buy, so that when I’m feeling buy-ish I know what to get. I also invented the Internet.

Where did your love for T-shirts come from?

I think it came from loving art and design. They make art accessible to many people who wouldn’t be able to purchase ‘regular’ art, and allow artists to send their work off to the far corners of the world. Besides that, they allow you to express something about yourself whether it be your sense of humour, your design ethic or your general attitude to life, the universe and everything.

Does being a T-shirt freak make a living?
Do you do other design work beside T-shirt design?

Since I don’t design tees to make a living, I’ll combine these questions.
I work in an advertising agency so I’m constantly doing creative things, but always at the mercy of clients. I draw and design tees on my own time because there’s no one telling me that good design includes five different fonts, or how making their logo bigger will make the ad work SO much better.

What are your favourite labels?

I like many labels, but I prefer to focus on individual tees on funkyduds. I think it gives smaller or more obscure labels a chance to play with the big boys. I also believe that it doesn’t matter what label creates a tee, if it’s an awesome tee. My ultimate favourite tees of the moment are:
‘New in Downtown’
‘Man’s Soul’
‘Finding Technicolour’
‘I Cut my Own Hair’

And as an expert: what do you think about scribtee? What do you like about it, what would you improve?

The one big thing I’d do differently is to ship around the world! Living in Australia, it’s a fairly common occurrence that I can’t actually buy awesome tees. Besides that, you’ve been doing a great job. New designs are being chosen on a frequent basis and I love your design selection, special mention to Ninhol with the design ‘Luz’, I’d buy that for sure… if I could.

Finally: Thank you.

No worries, thanks for the interview!

T-Shirt pics are taken from her page. Have a look there, also for shop links.

Here’s a design that challenged our printer a bit with its colorway. But finally we think “Pencil” came out great.

The design was conceived by RikkiB from Australia (not Austria) – learn more about her in 3,2,1 …

We know you’re a creative community that loves T-shirts. So why not try something new? A new medium that is?

We proudly announce: the first T-shirt video contest !

In cooperation with dailymotion we’re looking for the coolest video ideas that deal with the subject of T-shirts. Beside that you’re completely free: short clips, fake ads, stop motion animation, mini dramas, experimental movies, flash animation … anything goes as long it’s cool, creative and features T-shirts.

This is how it goes: After finishing your work, visit the contest page at Take a look at the Terms and Conditions that may answer open questions (scroll down for English version). If you’re not yet registered at dailymotion, take a minute to do so. Logged in you’ll find an uploader where you send in your video. It then appears below and can be viewed by everyone.

The winner takes it all: 1000€ or $ are waiting for the winner. Second and third prize winners can do some lovely clothing shopping at Shirtcity or Scribtee for 100 respectively 50 €. Update: MAGIX has added some video editing software to the pool. Places 2 and 3 will also receive the brand new Video Deluxe 15 Premium package which will give you tons of opportunities to try out for your future videos.

Plus we’ll award every video that’s halfway decent (which means that it is beyond “I stare into my webcam and wear a T-shirt”) with a free tee of choice. 

The people’s choice: Like at scribtee the winner is chosen by your votes and comments as well as our jury opinion. That means: you have a voice – use it. If you like a vid and award it with stars, click on its preview icon that float around under the video window. This will lead you to the dailymotion page where you can leave comments and award stars if you’re registered and logged in. This also means that it’s worth spreading the word amongst your friends and collect stars. However, if you violate the rules of fair play (by downvoting every vid except yours) we’ll detect this, disregard these votes, ban your vid from the contest and have you cursed by our voodoo priest. 

The contest is running until the end of the year. We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas !

Meanwhile for inspiration here’s a little vid we made in our office: Behind The Shirtdesigner.

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