Design a t-shirt inspired by one of 15 universities.
The stands are packed and the big game is about to start. You’ve got your hot dog and your Cracker Jack, but there’s one thing you can’t live without when you’re root root rooting for the home team—and it’s not a foam finger. One of the best parts of cheering on your beloved school is wearing your favorite mascot tee as you chant “De-fense! De-fense!”
Your assignment is to create an original t-shirt design that represents one of the colleges listed above. If your design receives an A+, you could win $2500. Whether you’re a current student, alum, or just a college sports fan, get creative with your favorite school's signature colors, logo, mascot, school song, or anything else that triggers your school pride. Go ahead, give it the old college try!
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don't forget to TAG YOUR SUBMISSION!
Use the school tags listed in gray in the graphic above so we can filter your submissions by school.
Here's how it works
Get your idea ready to submit
Read our submission guidelines to learn about printing techniques, creating high resolution artwork, preparing presentation files, and following the rules! You'll also find color specifications and downloadable assets like templates and blank photos for mockups.
Submit to the challenge
Once you've prepared your design files, it's time to submit it for scoring! Follow the instructions and fill out the form (the whole thing).
Submissions have closed.
The community scores your design
For 7 days, the Threadless community scores your design 1 to 5 and leaves comments. These scores and comments help us pick which designs to print. You're encouraged to promote your design to friends, family, and the rest of the Internet!
If your design is printed, you'll get:
One grand prize winner will receive $2500 cash.
14 runners-up will be chosen, one design from each of the other participating schools. Artists will receive $300 cash and additional compensation based on the quantity of t-shirts produced.
The chosen designs from this challenge might pop up in college bookstores, department stores, or anywhere else school spirit reigns.
Tailgate seeks to be the leading brand of quality collegiate apparel offering premium design and vintage American styling.