2012/2013 - Emerging T Shirt Trends & Artists Inspiration

posted by wotto • 3 years ago

Hello Art People,

As 2012 draws to an end let’s reflect on the themes and emerging trends of the year and look at what things we think 2013 should bring.


ZOMBIE TEES Zombie T Shirt Designs
2012 saw the rise of the undead and here at DBH we certainly added to our Zombie category. Those scabby brain biters made a real come back and we saw some truly epic art in this area.


Always popular but in 2012 we saw some amazing art come from this theme. Some popular tees were born and I do not see this trend ever slowing down. Yay for Japan. Boo for no real life Samurais anymore.

Apolcalyptic Graphic Shirts
2012 was the end of days according to some and with that gloomy doomy feeling came some darker tees. Some of my personal favorites were printed in this area and we certainly mixed up our catalog with some of these darker tees in 2012. Turn that frown upside down people we made it!

Funny Graphic Tees
This year our design community got a sense of humour and we saw a cascade of funny tees. Adding some classic designs to the top 50 and lightening the mood made some funny tees very popular this year. A growing area of our catalog for sure.

Classic Graphic Designs
As always we saw the popular DBH themes appear in 2012 too; birds, astronauts, space, big cats, silhouettes, animals and abstract designs all made an appearance. Classic and popular, always a good starting points for a classic tee.
New T Shirt Designs
New Year, New Tees! So as Creative Director here at DBH I am going to offer up some suggested themes for 2013. Sharpen your pencils and let’s attack these new themes:

Dinosaurs – I miss them and although we have a few killer tees already I’d like to see a few more. Get clever and funny and lets respect the beasts that didn’t make it through their own apocalypse.

Pandas – We like them and they are endangered so let’s celebrate them while we can. They are naturally funny creatures so get playful or explore their plight.

Comic Book Style – I personally love this style of art on tees, the TDKR contest gave us some killer comic style art and I’d like to see that filter into the daily contest style too.

Tattoo Art – I just watched Ink Master and have a new respect for tattoo art, always cool and popular but I definitely think some of your artists could push this theme really well.

Bright Tees – The Gloom of 2012 is over so I’d like to see some very bright playful tees with some exciting opportunities to explore custom ink colors.

Less Black – We printed a lot of Black in 2012 and I’d like to see more designers explore different colored blanks in their submissions in 2013.

Sloths – As one of my favorite animals I am glad to see this trend. Sloths in funny atire and humans situations are hilarious. Design By Humans has none at the moment so get sharpening your pencils guys. Here is an awesome sloth to inspire.

Obviously if you use one of these themes you do not get an automatic print but I thought this would be a helpful exercise. I’ll add to it too. Please post any ideas you may have, want to see a designer attempt a certain design idea? Pop it in here and let’s see what these masters of the pencil bring!

Exciting times.

25 Replies

asher2789 asher2789 Artist from United States

my bank account and pandas everywhere will thank you! :P

JustCYA365 JustCYA365 Human from United States

Excellent site! Great job by all the participants as well. Excellent source of insight and trends. I’m certainly gonna become a regular! Thanks guys!

NeonTiger NeonTiger Artist from Portugal

Tattoo art tees and Comic tees are good ideas.

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

SLOTHS – Trending now.

MrFourFingers MrFourFingers Artist from London, United Kingdom

Fast and loose graphic comic style and twisted humour a go

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