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Retro Monsters

The Retro Monsters challenge winner is here!

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This Design Challenge is alive! It’s alive!

Take on this monster of a challenge.

The monsters we all know from classic horror stories and legends were created to send chills up our spines with their hideous appearance and heinous intentions. But honestly, there’s something lovable about them. If there wasn’t, how else could these ghastly characters stay relevant for so long? Many of them have been around since the 1930s, or earlier! Let’s ensure the retro monster spirit survives into another generation of horror with the next Design Challenge.

We want to see your original interpretation of retro monsters. Emphasis on “retro.” You know—vampires, mummies, the undead. Depict them in any style you’d like. Consider defanging these creepy characters with a campy, cartoonish illustration filled with humor and lighthearted storytelling. Or, do the exact opposite with a frighteningly detailed image of a werewolf’s toothy maw, or a swamp monster’s glistening scales. If you need more inspiration, the Threadless Marketplace is full of horror designs that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Whatever you do, make it your own!

IMPORTANT: Please see our page on copyright law, and ensure that all designs you submit for this challenge are cool and creepy without drawing too heavily from specific monsters you may not have the rights to reproduce for sale.

Fang you very much for participating in this Design Challenge!


Featured designs:

The Wolfman Ate My Homework by Stevenrhodes
The Monster Mash by Nathan Joyce
The Yellow Bride by Badbasilisk

The winner received

  • First Place (1): $1,250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Second Place (1): $500 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Third Place (1): $250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Plus, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive up to $7 on each tee of their design sold on! Read more...

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