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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

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.


emptynutcase emptynutcase Artist from Michigan, United States That is mine! Top Row 2nd one in!!! V3N0m 1N73CT10N

jrsasamoto jrsasamoto Artist from United States

Please Vote For Total Chaos page 10!!!!

DaveStafford DaveStafford Artist from Ontario, Canada

Here is the design!

DaveStafford DaveStafford Artist from Ontario, Canada

Hey guys help vote for my design check it out on page 7,

cheeto85 cheeto85 Artist from United States

My design. Please vote.

jrsasamoto jrsasamoto Artist from United States

Here’s my design and it’s finally approved!!!!!/Users/jsasamoto/Desktop/Total Chaos.jpg

emptynutcase emptynutcase Artist from Michigan, United States


JZeus JZeus Artist

I hope the deadline extends on Friday…I really love to join! too bad I’m informed too late.

sesnyder sesnyder Artist from Minnesota, United States

@darkwizard I really like your design! That’s too bad that it was rejected.

OPTIKblok OPTIKblok Artist from London, United Kingdom

Greetings Hümans,

I have seen a pool of great creative talent shown throughout this contest and especially in those designs that did not make it through the final rounds.

My design was one of those initially rejected at the second stage for possibly showing Batman in a negative way. So I went back to the drawing board, made the necessary changes and managed to pull something together in time and am glad to say I got my design accepted!

My design is A Man Can’t Ride Your Back Unless It’s Bent , you can find a link to it here:

What do you guys and gals think of it? Any feedback will be most appreciated.

This has been the first DBH contest I have entered (and possibly the first of many) and has been a most rewarding experience that I have enjoyed immensely!

Hope you have a great weekend and good luck to you all!

Thank you for your time.

tornapart tornapart Artist from Italy

Hello Hümans,
I am a newbie on DBH website. Check out my design on page 3, if you want. I would very much appreciate some constructive criticism (and votes too :P)
Thanks to DBH and Warner Bros. for approval.

Diegonzalez Diegonzalez Artist from Spain

I know It’s impossible to win with all those great and serious participations but If you like my design and vote it would be great!


Thank you so much people!

castello castello Artist from Spain

@darkwizard It´s a great job, I don´t understand why they are taking these decisions.

castello castello Artist from Spain
castello castello Artist from Spain


I appreciate too much your positive comments for my design ;)

If you think that is a design that should be part of the contest, please, you will say openly and vote for it in this section and in this one “:

This isn´t a way to take advantage of you, this is a way to convince the organizers that they´re wrong in some of their decisions.

Thank you very much and good luck to all.

vagelisd vagelisd Human from Greece

@castello: your work is very strong end professional!!! i like very much the colors end design.

@cyan00: I totally agree with you i like your work the concept is very clever.

@Caddywompus: the illustration end the concept is beautiful!!!!

@JustPetrucci: about the misquote there is no term for this :(

vagelisd vagelisd Human from Greece

@PaulSoFresh thank you… I do not understand i look again and again my design end i can’t find the reason i am very sad…

castello castello Artist from Spain

PaulSoFresh: “ I like the illustration, great work. Too bad it was rejected… “

Thanks mate.
I have also read your previous comments and I fully agree. This contest will be getting out of hand, they are allowing jobs that are not entirely original. They are being very unfair.

castello castello Artist from Spain

@AC1D I thank you that you appreciate my work.
I also think it’s a good job and also is a completely original design, I have made ​​from scratch, without having to resort to pictures which I have no rights.
I think this competition is distorted, not being anything serious, and I’m sure they already know but they will go ahead regardless because it will not happen at all to them.

Somnivers Somnivers Artist from Romania

Howdy Hümans,
I’m new to DBH ,this is my first T-Shirt design ,I would very much appreciate some constructive criticism.There are amazing artists on this site ,good luck to everyone !

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