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The Official 2016 RTT T-Shirt Design Contest

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Got an idea for this year's official 2016 Rocky Top Talk t-shirt? Let's have it.

Last year's official tee
Last year's official tee

If you're a long-time Rocky Top Talker, you'll know that we've published a Tennessee Football preseason magazine every year since 2009. It's a labor of unconditional love, but from March to May, it's got me sweating and screaming at loved ones to just get it out. GET IT OUT RIGHT NOW! Oh, and I need an epidural stat.

The thing's going to be delivered by C-section to the printer this coming Monday, which coincidentally is the same day that all the players start changing positions and transferring and doing dumb things that make us WRONG IN PRINT. Nature of the beast, that.

Anyway, that means that it's time for the annual RTT T-Shirt Design Contest. Here are the winners from the last four years. TRIGGER WARNING: Dooley pants below. They were all we had in 2012.

RTT 2013 T-Shirt
RTT 2014 T-Shirt

Long-time RTT dude and current curator of those sweet daily links  _trey_ won in 2012 and 2014. Adam appeared out of nowhere via email in 2013 and came up with that awesome flagman in the O design, though, and last year's Bluetick design was courtesy of tallahasseevol. But like we said last year, _trey_ is the upperclassman to beat here, but he better not get comfortable, because there are 5-stars on the bench now.

So what do y'all have for 2016 and Team 120? We're calling on all of you for design ideas for the 2016 official RTT logo/graphic. If your design is chosen, we'll give you a copy of the magazine and one of the t-shirts for free.

A few ground rules: No trademark or copyright infringement, no infringement of publicity rights (meaning no player or coaches' names), and nothing that's going to set off the Fulmerizer. Also, bonus points if you make things easier for a certain direct-to-garment printer and, by extension, cheaper for your fellow Vols fans. You can do that by (1) limiting the design to one side, and (2) limiting the amount of white ink your design uses. And FYI, any lighter ink on a darker color shirt must use white ink as an underbase. If you've ever tried to paint over a red wall without priming it first, you know our pain. Yes, we love those big, bold, thickburger designs, too. So does our bulk ink vendor. Customers' wallets, not so much.

So post your ideas and submissions in the comment section below so we can all see them, weigh in on them, and extend them. But you can also just email your ideas/designs to me at rockytoptalk@gmail.com if you like.

Brainstorm away. We hope to keep submissions open all week before we get to Decision 2016. We're not sure whether we're going to vote or just have a contested convention with unbound delegates this year, so fair warning. That sounds like a joke, but it's really not. We might not vote. But we might. Ooh! Intrigue!

Good luck.