Prefiero morir de pie que vivir siempre arrodillad

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L.T. profile pic Artist

This was inspired by Emilio Zapata's quote, "Prefiero morir de pie que vivir siempre arrodillado", which translates to "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees"

Works on any color
I made this for the regular competiotion, but I believe it fits the E for all theme because it promotes Powering up.

If you still don't "get it", check my blog posts for an explanation!


I guess if you spend a lot of time on your knees in front of a guys tee shirt, this will be something for you to read?

whirzle1 profile pic Alumni

I'm not sure the idea of "if you don't get it, don't score it" works...maybe you should work harder on execution so that the message comes across, but still works aesthetically.

I think you could have said the same thing by just writing the text "Stop living on your knees" small at the bottom of the shirt with a more interesting image at the top.

kaloyster profile pic Alumni

My head hurts a bit reading that.


"don't vote if you don't get it"

L.T. profile pic Artist

here's the explanation.
It looks nice when it's big. It's a lot easier to read, and the small variations in height make it look less boxy

L.T. profile pic Artist

is it possible for me to shorten the title to
Prefiero morir de pie

Torakamikaze profile pic Alumni

I'm on my knees all too often


Steve's kneez.

Im in ur sub, psting on ur sub.

FRICKINAWESOME profile pic Alumni

The perfect inspiration i can give to a prostitute in a Spanish brothel.

L.T. profile pic Artist

pretentious? I meant it to be inspiring and motivational

L.T. profile pic Artist

It may help to know it's easier to read when it's bigger, but I understand your criticism.

L.T. profile pic Artist

Thanks to all of you who scored well and voiced your opinions, This was a good first day of scoring. I appreciate all your $'s, and as long as this doesn't get dropped early, I'll be extremely happy with it :)

ilovedoodle profile pic Alumni

although it's hard to read, but this actually the point that attract me, i'm really curious and deadly wan to know wat these word tell...


monica lewinsky shirt?

L.T. profile pic Artist

so much drama...


Did you edit my post?

Montro profile pic Alumni

There are no shitty designs printed on Threadless. It is beyond pretentious to think you have good taste and the others don't...that for some reason you "know" what looks awesome and what is crap. They just have different designs for different types of people. All designs sell out eventually, they all make money for the company. Understand the basics of consumer psychology and you'll be succesful on this site as a designer and pretty much everywhere you go

L.T. profile pic Artist

10 7 3, you've turned my nice happy submission into a jerry springer episode

Montro profile pic Alumni

The design is nice btw. Just a little tough to read, but I like it.


wouldn't the phrase "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees" be the opposite of a gamer's lifestyle??

L.T. profile pic Artist

If you changed knees to butt yes.
But this contest is not about gamers.
The theme is Power up and Play.

The same way the gmail contest was all red envelopes, and most of the Iron and Wine subs are coins, E for all doesn't have to be about video games


your statement proposes two opposing ideas. however, e for all is a video game expo. "power up and play" is said in reference to powering up and playing video games. thus ... the theme is in fact targeted to gamers and the many many games they play.

i do applaud your design. i knew instantly it's motivation. i just don't think it falls into the theme since i see hardcore gamers as watching their life pass them by to get the highest score, which is contrary to the idea to stop living life on your knees. there's no need to substitute words since the kneeling position is representational of submission to some higher power (a person, an idea, a video game), not necessarily literally being on your knees.

L.T. profile pic Artist

I still disagree with you, but I understand what you mean. Even if it doesn't win the contest, it may still win the regular competition, so there's really no reason not to put it in a category that I believe fits.


"dont score if you don't get it"??
you know this is threadless right? and the general public scores a shirt to show that they would like to own it? right? there's no point in being pretentious or elitist here.

L.T. profile pic Artist

What I meant to say is find out what it means before you score it. Don't just say, "it's a bunch of sticks- 1"


zapata didn´t said that..
was the che..
actually.. zapata didn´t died stand up.. he died sitting on a horse...

and i don´t like your t-shirt


Blowjobs from strangers FTW!

FRICKINAWESOME profile pic Alumni

my eyes hurt from the design but mostly from the fecal matter 10 7 3 is typing into my retinas.

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tenseventythree on Sep 22 '07
it seems that this is a less precise and more subjective method of scoring. There seems to be a lack of emails notifying designers. This leads one to believe that their designs were no good with no reasoning behind it. No constructive criticism.
I wonder if there is less process involved and more laziness on the part of those "scoring".
I advise those who are disgruntled, to start a site of their own or just learn the process of screen printing.
This has become a money making business loosely run under the guise of indie culture.

Whoever heard of a business that wasn't out to make money?! Threadless do print a lot of stuff I don't like, but clearly enough do to warrant them printing it. They know what they're doing.

The voting system is in place so that Threadless can get an idea of what the majority of their audience wants to see on a shirt. If something is clever or whatever, true, it may well only appeal to a few, and consequently score low, but that doesn't mean the chaps at Threadless will discredit it or ignore it completely. Check for yourself, there are plenty of low scoring shirts printed, and sold out.

As a money making business, and at their scale, they can't be expected to, or expect to, please everyone all of the time.

And who are these critics you speak of as ignorant? Are you not one of them?

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