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The Dark Knight Rises T Shirt winners

The winners for the Dark Knight T Shirts are here. Some of the best drawings and digital renderings Design By Humans has ever seen. From Bane's angry face, to the stealth actions of Batman; each new Dark Knight Rises shirt has story of their own.

The Rising Shadow introduces a large portrait of Bane with Batman running toward the foreground. The ink and brush stokes give this tee energy and texture.

The Bane Shirt, by Mr. Nicolo is known for his intense shirts like Sasquatch and Dino Frenzy. He captures Bane building intensity in his hands, with a brilliant use of blues, accented by orange eyes and energy. The sure grip of Bane comes alive in this T Shirt.

When the bat signal is called the Dark Knight Arises. This Dark Knight Shirt is a sure portrayal of Batman, Gotham and the bat signal.

Once the signal is called the Dark Knight will Come From the Dark. Batman drops to the ground with a storm, accented with the cape flowing from above. This symmetrical balance frames the leading lines so you stare right into Batman's dominance.

The final fight between Batman and Bane under the depths of the bat signal put this design at the top of Christopher Nolan's list. Hello, Mr. Wayne features many fantastic design elements. This tee captures contrast, shadows and highlights to create an intense fight scene. Action, leading lines, and brilliant contrast make a t shirt worth a thousand words.

All 5 Dark Knight Rises tees are for sale for a limited time. You can purchase a piece of the Dark Knight legacy or for the big time fans you can collect the entire series at a discount. The designs are printed on soft cotton shirts for comfort and quality. The movie releases July 20th, but the shirt are available now. Thanks for all the submitted, voted and purchased shirts.

With limited print runs, get your order in as soon as you can.

It is an honor to present to you, the top 5 designs, from the most amazing talent pool of t shirt designers that Design By Humans has ever witnessed.

Contest Stats

  • 84 Countries
  • 1727 Artists
  • 3305 Submissions
  • 26,644 Voters
  • 51,800 Votes

The Dark Knight T Shirt designs are being released on Monday, April 30 with the grand prize winner to be announced on Friday, May 4th. Each day, we will reveal a new t shirt design and starting on Wednesday, Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas' selections will be revealed. The Dark Knight Rises designs came in from all over the globe in one of the largest t shirt competitions Design By Humans has ever hosted.

The epic journey has concluded with 5 world class Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt designs that are simply amazing. With uniquely designed t-shirt art from 84 countries, producing more then 3,000 submissions, it was no small task for Design By Humans and Warner Bros. to select our finalist. Weekly meetings between Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Design By Humans yielded hours of conversation on the artwork to approve and select winners.

The winning t shirt designs are printed on a premium blend cotton shirt for maximum comfort and quality. The t shirts are screen printed on a specialized allover press at our state of the art printing facility.

We look forward to hosting more epic t shirt design contests in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to browse our winning Dark Knight Rises shirts, and hundred of other graphic tees available on our website.

Who Will Rise? Over $13,000 incash and prizes. Every artist has a journey, every journey has an end.

The Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt Design Contest

Design By Humans is looking for several artistic Humans to design epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

The top 3 winners will be chosen
by Director/Writer/Producer
Christopher Nolan!

This exclusive contest is your rare opportunity to produce artwork for one of the most renowned movie entities on the planet and have a chance to get your design seen by the Art Department at Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises filmmakers.

From the top 10 finalists selected, the top 3 winners will be chosen by The Dark Knight Rises Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas. Collectively, finalists will have the opportunity to win up to $12,500 in prize money for their winning t-shirt design, with the top prize being $3,500. The contest starts now and we will be accepting submissions until April 11th at midnight. The contest is free to enter, but you must follow the guidelines and accept the terms below.

Contest Guidelines

  1. If the logo is to be used, artist must use the official Bat emblem from The Dark Knight Rises as provided in this link.
  2. Interpretations of The Dark Knight Rises versions of Batman, Catwoman, Bane and other Batman elements are allowed.
  3. Two-Face, The Joker or Scarecrow are not allowed and will be rejected.
  4. All submissions are reviewed by Design By Humans and Warner Bros.
  5. Read the DBH submission Terms of Service.
Final Rules and Regulations »


  1. 1st Place
    $3,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  2. 2nd Place
    $3,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  3. 3rd Place
    $2,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  4. 4th Place
    $2,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  5. 5th Place
    $1,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  6. 6th - 10th Place
    Option to sell artwork to DBH

Contest Deadlines

  • March 19, 2012
    Official The Dark Knight Rises contest begins
  • April 11, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Submission ends
  • April 22, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Online voting ends
  • April 30, 2012
    Top 5 Winners Countdown Begins

Submissions have ended.

The Dark Knight Rises contest consists of 4 different phases: creating a design, submitting artwork for approval, voting for the best designs, and announcing the winners. As an artist you can submit conceptual t-shirt designs, as an community member you can vote for your favorites, and the top 5 winning designs will be available for purchase at the end of the contest.

Design By Humans features 100's of premium cotton T Shirts with creative design concepts. Browse the shop section with a gallery of iconic design, check out the vote section to support other winning designs or become a member of the forum. Thank you for participating in the Dark Knight Rises Contest and leaving your mark on this epic legend.


PatM23 PatM23 Artist from NY, United States

I think the rejection was due to altering the logo too much in the first, maybe too many colors in the second (you’re limited to 4 for an all over design) and the last one may be your portrayal of the characters on a playground with a talking bubble. Otherwise thay are all very well designed. A few tweaks would make them acceptable I assume.

PatM23 PatM23 Artist from NY, United States

Gonna bump my design here
Vote for my first design “The Bat is Broken”
Leave a comment and I’ll gladly vote for your work.
Manyyyyy great designs, didn’t know there’d be so many competitive ideas

wafalo wafalo Artist from United States
comments, criticism, and votes especially would be nice.
leave the first/second and definitely the last options on my page and i’ll definitely vote for thou.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ erc94aea: 6th – 10th place winners will have the option to sell their designs to DBH, which means, I would assume, they would likely be printed if you opted to do so.

@ lamborghini: The first design I see two problems with: #1. Like PatM23 said, you may have altered the logo too much. #2. One shirt has Batman in the background while the other has Bane. That’s like two designs on one entry. I’d say that would be the more likely reason…

Designs 2 and 3 I think might just need better placement; they seem a little low on the shirt and probably not big enough for DBH standards. Personally, I like the first one the best. I would try to alter the bat logo to look more like the official one (Maybe download the official logo file at the top of this page under section 1 of Contest Guidelines) and choose either the Bane design or the Batman one. ;)

...and don’t listen to PatM23! Vote for MINE instead! ;)
A Watchful Guardian

lopezvarona lopezvarona Human from Puerto Rico, United States

Hi! Can you guys help me with my doubt. I can not figure out why (both) of my designs was rejected. All the elements where designed by myself. All the love was generated from my heart. Let me know.


Here they are:
Batman Rises 2

Batman Rises 1

pupa pupa Human from Slovenia

@lopezvarona: Designs might be too clean and simple, maybe using some brushes to get a more artistic appearances woul not hurt. But you could also email them and ask for the reason of rejection.

RL2VAS RL2VAS Artist from United States

@ccink The flame under the bat logo is fantastic. I hope that one makes it in.

Cral Cral Artist from Ohio, United States

I figure you’re not going to scroll through every submission dear reader, so, for your consideration, My Submission

ccink ccink Artist from United States

@RL2VAS Thanks, me too..if not, I’ve still got the Bane portrait that made it complaints, this is has been an excellent contest and an honor to have even been considered. So many great entries!

JEDSTER JEDSTER Artist from California, United States

Honestly, sometimes I dunno why some designs got rejected when it’s purely done originally by the artist versus alot of the entries where people just steal images off the net and put a little effects on it here and there and got accepted.

It’s a f^*king joke man.

adamwham adamwham Artist from New York, United States

I’m having issues submitting my design. I load the thumbnail and art and placement and do all the info yet it doesn’t actually submit once I’ve done all that. I click submit and nothing happens. Anyone else experience this?

RafaelMagat RafaelMagat Artist from Philippines

Hi, I submitted my design last Wednesday and I’m wondering why I haven’t gotten an e-mail telling me if it was accepted or rejected, and I know it was sent since I got a confirmation e-mail. Thanks.

lamborghini lamborghini Artist from United States

@adamwham Make sure you check the “accept terms” box and if there is more than one option for contest choice, make sure dark knight is selected.

Fantomex Fantomex Artist from Queensland, Australia
wafalo wafalo Artist from United States

last time i’ll shove this into your faces, i swear:

“So we can learn to pick ourselves up again” is a simplistic, gritty interpretation of Batman’s momentary fall and path of rediscovery and triumph, while in the present time, Bane reigns over Gotham City. I know it’s not like the other enormously detailed designs, but votes, comments, etc would be nice. +1 for me is a +1 for you guys :]


lopezvarona lopezvarona Human from Puerto Rico, United States

@pupa Well Thks for the comment, ill do that!

moysche moysche Artist from North Carolina, United States

Hey everybody, show some love if you like this kick ass design

nosmallvictories nosmallvictories Artist from Canada

Just wanted to shamelessly plug my piece :) Vote Here and help me spread the love on Tumblr :) Thanks!

dharakk dharakk Human from India

Got three rejections…! minimum quality criteria…... does that apply to me only..??!!. it seems have not been applied on the
shirts in voting pool….....!!!!!! m done making designs…..

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ adamwham: If you’ve tried checking the box that states that you accept the terms and agreements, it might be your files. (I know mine were having problems when I would submit too.) After you hit the button to choose which file to upload, does it attache right away or just continuously spin as if it’s loading? If it never says it’s attached with a checkmark next to it, try renaming the file. It seemed like it didn’t like long file names…

@ RafaelMagat: If you’ve gotten a confirmation email, you just have to wait for the acceptance or rejection. The rejection will come from DBH within a few hours to a day. A Warner Bros. rejection won’t come for about a week. But an acceptance letter will not be sent until your design is posted, which takes about 8-9 days.

@ dharakk: That’s the rejection notice EVERYONE gets. (I got it a few times too…)
Just email them back via the email address in the rejection email (**) and ask what the reasons are it was rejected. And then just revise it and resubmit BEFORE WEDNESDAY!!

AND TO EVERYONE ELSE: I have designs up too. Bam.
...and bam 2

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