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Black River fossils t shirt design contest

Design a T-Shirt for Black River Fossils Contest

I have t-shirts from lots of fossil clubs and web sites and I am continually asked why there isn't one for Black River Fossils. I have wanted one for a while, and I finally tried to make one earlier this year, and it was a dismal failure because my art skills are ... Well, lets just say I don't have any art skills.

But I'm not a quitter, so I tried my hand again at the design, only this time I armed myself with a camera instead of jumbo crayons. I laid out a whole bunch of teeth on a piece of posterboard and I spent hours positioning hundreds of teeth, trying to fit in at least one of every single South Carolina species I had with a minimum of white space. The photo is awesome, and I even used it as my desktop for a while. A week after I put all the teeth away, I added 3 new SC species to my collection, so my completion drive required me to retake the picture with the new species. Luckily, before I spent all that time re-positioning the teeth, the t-shirt printers emailed me and said my photo was too detailed and most of the teeth would be imperceptable dots. Dejected, I gave up hope of designing the t-shirt myself.

Now that the dark times are behind me, I decided to have a design contest. I went through the collection and pulled out some really nice stuff to give out as a prize to the person who came up with the best design. I'm looking for a design for the back of the shirt - the site logo will go on the front. * Note * There is no longer a South Carolina theme requirement. You can make your design about anything fossil related.

This contest is now over. 

Here's what the winner received:

  1. Isurus hastalis, Aurora North Carolina, Pliocene Yorktown formation, Mako tooth
  2. Isurus hastalis, Aurora North Carolina, Pliocene Yorktown formation, Mako tooth 
  3. Carcharocles angustidens, Summerville South Carolina, Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation, Giant White Shark Tooth 
  4. Hemipristis serra, Summerville South Carolina, Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation, Snaggle-toothed shark tooth 
  5. Hemipristis serra, Summerville South Carolina, Oligocene Chandler Bridge Formation, Snaggle-toothed shark tooth 
  6. Hemipristis serra, Aurora North Carolina, Miocene Pungo Formation, Snaggle-toothed shark tooth 
  7. Hemipristis serra, Aurora North Carolina, Miocene Pungo Formation, Snaggle-toothed shark tooth 
  8. Scyliorhinus distans, Abbeville France, Cretaceous
  9. Isitius triangulus, Pignan France, Miocene, Cookie Cutter Shark Tooth
  10. Serratolamna serrata, Williamsburg South Carolina, Cretaceous
  11. Carcharodon carcharias, Williamsburg South Carolina, Pliocene, Fossil Great White Shark Tooth 
  12. Squalodon sp., Edisto River South Carolina, Oligocene Ashley Formation, Toothed Whale molar 
  13. Squalodon sp., Edisto River South Carolina, Oligocene Ashley Formation, Toothed Whale canine 
  14. Thoracosaurus, Williamsburg South Carolina, Cretaceous crocodile tooth 
  15. Thoracosaurus, Williamsburg South Carolina, Cretaceous crocodile tooth
  16. Bottosaurus, Williamsburn South Carolina, Cretaceous crocodile tooth
  17. Bottosaurus, Williamsburn South Carolina, Cretaceous crocodile tooth

The T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

Thanks to all who entered the Black River Fossils T-Shirt design contest. We got some really good designs and it was a hard decision, but here's the winning design, submitted by Butrell who was nice enough to give me one for two different colored shirts. I'll be leaving many a muddy pits with these shirts covered with dirt.
Black T-Shirt Design
Black Shirt design
White T-Shirt Design
White T-Shirt design
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