We just have to say — this design contest had some of the best designs we’ve seen in a while. I think any of the Top 5 could have easily won the Grand Prize. But sometimes, a design comes around that our fans and customers just HAVE to have. For the past two weeks we’ve taken so many phone calls and in-person requests for the winning design. And now? We finally have it on our shelves.
Congratulations to Ali Becnel Solino for her winning design, “Goin’ Up on a Tuesday.” Ali’s design garnered 1,360 likes on Facebook and more than 600 shares. We knew it would be a hit pretty much instantly. Everyone has been very patient waiting for this design, so we decided to make it available online (and in the shops) today! This is Ali’s fourth Grand Prize and tenth Top-5 finish.
Coming in second was “Game of Throws” by Stephen Feehily. As always, Stephen brought it with some of the most complex, clever and complicated art in this contest. This is Stephen’s seventh Top 5 finish. This design was also popular on Facebook and with Storyville staff.
Third place goes to Valerie Strecker for “T’row Me Somethin’ Mista.’” We thought this design is perfect for baby one pieces and toddler tees. This is Valerie’s seventh Top 5 finish.
Chris Gianelloni won fourth place for “Light the Way” and fifth place goes to Ali Becnel Solino for “Uptown Funk.” This is Chris’ third and Ali’s eleventh Top 5 finish.
Honorable Mention goes to Marie Chisholm for “Mardi Gras Mom-Bo.” This design was also super popular on Facebook. This is Marie’s first Honorable Mention, and first-ever entry in one of our design contests. She is also with the ever-popular New Orleans Moms Blog — we love those ladies!
Now we’re going to go for something a little less seasonal, but very classic New Orleans. We’re teaming up with Friends of City Park to launch a contest to design a City Park tee. The next contest is“I Heart City Park” Submissions will be accepted February 23 through March 8. The winner will be announced on March 13, the same evening as “Lark in the Park,” the premier event to raise money for the most amazing park in the U.S. (in our humble opinion). We’ll post a blog entry soon with some City Park themes — the park is vast, so you may need a list of attractions to give you some good ideas. In the meantime, head over there and walk around — you’re sure to find inspiration everywhere you turn.
Our annual $12 Mardi Gras Flash Sale is live and runs through Monday, January 19 at Midnight. The Flash Sale features 15 of our most popular adult Carnival tees. Check it out before it’s gone.
Click here to check out our final $12 Flash Sale of 2014. The Flash Sale is online-only and ends at Midnight on Wednesday, December 3.
Well, enthusiasm has certainly been quashed after Monday night, but people still loved the Top 9 designs from this “Black & Gold: Encore” contest.
Congratulations to Christy Gonzalez for her winning design, “Geaux to Threads.” Christy is on a roll lately. We loved this design the minute we saw it, and so did our Facebook followers. How fun to have a seasonal tee to roll out just in time for Christmas! These will be on the shelves very, very soon, so you can sport it to some Christmas parties. This is Christy’s third Grand Prize (second in a row!) and tenth Top-5 finish.
Coming in second was “Just Being Honest” by Ali Becnel Solino. Y’all really loved this one on Facebook, and we also hope to bring it to our shelves very soon. This is Ali’s ninth Top 5 finish.
Third place goes to Stephen Feehily for “Black, Gold & Silver.” This was such a neat and clever design, but who knows how long the “silver” will be sticking around these parts. This is Stephen’s sixth Top 5 finish.
Taryn Pusateri won fourth place for “Always a Saint on Sunday” and fifth place goes to Chris Gianelloni for “Black & Gold Nation.” This is Taryn’s fifth and Chris’ second Top 5 finish.
Honorable Mention goes to Christopher Murphy for “New Orleans Football Association Official Seal.” This is Christopher’s first Honorable Mention, but he has made the Top 5 three times.
Y’all go eat some Turkey and Figgy Pudding — we’re taking a break from design contests until after the holidays. This means you have a TON of time to start thinking about the next contest, because it’s going to be huge. The next contest is “Carnival 2015.” We’ll announce the official dates for the contest soon. Need inspiration? Check out our “Carnival 2014? contest here.
We’re big fans of the Rougarou. It’s our two-year-old’s favorite exhibit at the Audubon Zo0. Y’all are big fans, too, because lots of people voted for this design on Facebook. Congratulations to Christy Gonzalez for her winning design, “Rougarou.” This design takes top prize because it’s a good design, but it also is perfect for a tee shirt. That is one thing that makes our contests sometimes challenging to win — not only does the design have to be good, but you should also “get” the tee by just glancing at the design quickly (it’s super awkward to stare at someone’s tee shirt, not that we know this from experience…). This is Christy’s second Grand Prize and ninth Top-5 finish.
Coming in second was “Bump in the Night” by Chris Gianelloni. This is Chris’ first-ever Top 5 finish. Chris’ artwork is so amazing. We thought this design was really cute and clever. The design is solid, but it may sell better on a poster over a tee. You really want to be able to see all of the detail in the design because it’s so good! We hope to see more from Chris in future contests.
Third place goes to Preston Haynes for “Robot Jazz Musicians from Space!” This is Preston’s third Top 5 finish. We loved how this really looked like a vintage horror B movie poster. Great work!
Cliff Couvillon won fourth place for “Area Code 504,” and fifth place goes to Matthew Phelan for “MechaCrawzilla.” This is Cliff’s fourth and Matthew’s first Top 5 finish.
Honorable Mention goes to Phillip Trammel for “Crescent City Express.” This is Phillip’s first Honorable Mention, but he has made the Top 5 twice previously.
Now we’re going to wash, rinse, and repeat. The next tee shirt design contest theme is “Black and Gold: Encore.” That’s right: we’re doing our Black & Gold contest, AGAIN. Give us your most unique, most stylish “Black & Gold” designs. Submissions for “Black & Gold: Encore” will be accepted Wednesday, November 5 through midnight on Sunday, November 23. The winner will be announced Wednesday, November 26 at 8 p.m. right here at Blog.StoryvilleApparel.com. Need inspiration? Check out our “Black & Gold 2014″ contest here.
It seems like everyone loved our winning design — the staff at Gambit overwhelmingly voted for it, and you guys loved it when we posted the Top 9 on Facebook for voting. Congratulations to Cali Traina for her winning design, “Read & Reuse.” We liked this design because it was such a creative way to incorporate the Gambit into a larger theme. This is Cali’s first-ever entry in a Storyville tee shirt design contest.
Coming in second was “Best of New Orleans!” by Jason Whittaker. This is also Jason’s first-ever Top 5 finish, from his first-ever Storyville contest. We thought this design was very well executed and would be perfect for a tee. We hope to see more from Jason in future contests!
Third place goes to Stephen Feehily for “Gambit Clan” This is Stephen’s fifth Top 5 finish. Stephen never fails to impress with his incredible artistic talent. Keep ‘em coming, Stephen!
Christopher Murphy won fourth place for “The Spirit of NOLA,” and fifth place goes to Cliff Couvillon for “Gambit Has it All!” This is both Christopher’s and Cliff’s third Top 5 finish.
Honorable Mention goes to Lane Grigas for “Good Morning New Orleans.” This is Lane’s third Honorable Mention, and she has made the Top 5 once previously.
Let’s change it up a bit, and get in the Halloween spirit. The next contest is “Robots, Monsters & Aliens.” We aren’t looking for a Halloween-specific tee, because we’ll be printing these after the holiday. But your design can be any type of Robot, Monster or Alien. Think: an adorable version of the Loup Garou at the Audubon Zoo. Submissions for “Robots, Monsters & Aliens” will be accepted Monday, October 13 through midnight on Sunday, October 26. The winner will be announced Friday, October 31 (Happy Halloween!) at 8 p.m. right here at Blog.StoryvilleApparel.com.
15 new tees are only $12 through Monday, October 6 at Midnight. Click here to see them all.
From fourth to first — Cliff Couvillon comes off his fourth-place finish in our “Geaux Tigers 2014″ contest to take it all in “Roll Wave 2014.” Congratulations to Cliff, whose “Welcome Home Tulane Football” design is sure to excite everyone heading to Yulman Stadium on Saturday. This is Cliff’s first Grand Prize win, and his second Top 5 finish. The design is so clean, professional and really looks like a sporty football tee. We can’t wait to roll this out.
Coming in second was “J’Adore Tu” by Kristin Popham. This is Kristin’s first-ever Top 5 finish, from her first-ever Storyville contest. We thought this design was such a unique and clever way to express your love for Tulane. The colors are also pretty unique, while sticking to the general green & blue theme.
Third place goes to Ali Becnel-Solino for “The Whole Package.” This is Ali’s eighth Top 5 finish. We loved the art deco look with this design, and our Facebook fans really loved it, too.
Brad Rovira won fourth place for “Tulane Lovin,’” and fifth place goes to Nick Dubuisson for “Hullabaloo” This is Brad’s second and Nick’s third Top 5 finish.
Honorable Mention goes to Sam Varela for “It’s a Wave Thing.” Sam has been in the Top 5 five times prior to this contest.
We’re doing something a little different for our next contest. We’re partnering with the iconic New Orleans publication Gambit to come up with a cool new Gambit tee. The tee should mention Gambit or use the Gambit logo in some way, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the central focus. For instance, to play off our poster theme for this contest, a design including a cup of coffee, a plate of beignets and a Gambit would be a pretty neat design. Really think outside of the box for this one — we want people to want to wear the shirt, instead of a generic logo tee. Plus, we’re yet again putting up a $1,000 Grand Prize for the winner. Submissions for “Design a Gambit Tee” will be accepted Monday, September 15 through midnight on Sunday, September 28. The winner will be announced Friday, October 3 at 8 p.m. right here at Blog.StoryvilleApparel.com.
Sorry for the 24 hour delay, but we’re going to announce the results of our $1,000 Tulane University “Roll Wave 2014″ design contest at 8 pm CST tonight, right here on the Storyville blog. Stay tuned.