Time to bust out the red floor mats and put on your best racing suit, as the freshest and finest blipshift tees are strutting their stuff on the track walk for The Shiftee Awards! As we look back on the many artist and idea guys n' gals that made our lineup for the year possible, it was these works that took "apex everything" to heart and scored the Golden Torso.
The T-Shirt Drawer of Fame
Staff Picks From the Year
As a huge fan of the synthwave music genre, this spectacularly 80's tee was a match made in torso heaven. The artist really knocked it out of the park to the point that it also set the stage for the equally-awesome 70's version and others to come.
Up there with Rick Springfield's "Working Class Dog," the Llamaghini shows that anything is possible with the right animal. Much like determining the difference between a llama and alpaca, satire is a tricky game, but the Llamaghini delivered perfectly.
Chip Tuned is one of my favorites because we got quite a few submissions trying to make a similar joke, but when this one came in it really hit the nail on the head. It was nice to finally see the design come to life with the perfect punch line.
Always love a bit of car culture insider-knowledge mashed up with a pop culture reference.
I remember seeing it during our design review process and thinking, "Yes, immediately. We have to run this design". It was a refreshing and new take on doing car art and it also featured a great from one of the best eras of motorsport. Plus I came up with the name and I think it's brilliant.
As a fan of Whitesnake, I can appreciate anything outrageous from this time period. Black gooooooold, baby!
I know this was late in the year, but really loved this one because my husband and I binge Mr. Bean every winter. This episode is the funniest.
One of my favorite shirts, even though I don't know much about the car in the design. Anything that has Japanese writing I will always buy!
The Stage 2 Award
Design Most likely to return in 2019
by Anthony Colard
Psycarlogy - André Shikay
Renn Sport - Tiago Fonseca
The +5HP Award
Tee most likely to be made a sticker
by André Shikay
Shiftus Invictus - Davis Kunselman
Ledfoot Temptation - Nathan Avots-Smith
The "It Belongs in a Museum" Award
Most Popular Print
by Ar Rizza Deli Henri
RSR - Anthony Colard
Trackson Pollock II - Bomdesignz
The "Poster Boaster" Award
Most Sold Wall Art
Shoot For The Sky
by Dino Pros
Art in Motion - Ben Van Antwerp
Talking 'Bout My Gen - Dino Pros
The "Hem Fatale" Award
Best Selling Women's Tee
by David Warmuth
Kuhlifornia II - André Shikay
Carlifornia Dreamin' - team blipshift
The "Start 'Em Young" Award
Most Popular Kids Tee
by Chad Seip
HPTE - Rob Matthes
Apexing Early - Chad Seip
New artists featured
Most published designs by one artist
The Einstein Award
Most Successful Idea Submission
Finland O' Lakes
Idea by Sean Catterton
Q Division - Andrew Chan
On The Haus - Steve Matthews
The Bestomod Award
Best selling design resto-mod
Cut Above The Rest 2018
by Dave Fowler
Get Skidward III - Dane Arnold
Don't Skip III - Richard Caminita
Number of submissions
Odds of being accepted
The "Still Got It"
Biggest Hit By BS
by team blipshift
The "And on that bombshell" Award
Biggest Bomb By BS
by team blipshift
In Memory of...
designs that we weren't able to print
And now a moment of silence for the concepts that could not get the green light.
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