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Funny Basrah, Iraq US Military T-shirt Design

smallmax needed a new t-shirt design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 68 designs submitted by 12 freelance designers.


One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - Zylberberg
Superb, Pristine, and Effortless HE is the real deal, and there is no question HE gets the job done!! 👌🏾👌🏾Bravo
- twpro1234

How smallmax started their t-shirt journey


Looking for unique and funny design for a t-shirt intended for US and International military members stationed in Basrah, Iraq. We don't have strict parameters...please keep designs to 6 colors or less for easy screen printing, and try to give us something that will appeal to a diverse demographic. Humor is most welcome. Actually, funny is required.

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

We are a group of US Military members stationed in Basrah, Iraq.  We are looking for a funny t-shirt to sell on base that might give people something to smile about, in a place where one generally finds few reasons to smile.  Our ideas include the following:

1.  "Basrah. Clean as the Shatt al-Arab". (the Shatt al-Arab is a filthy river near the base). 

2.  "Spring Break Basrah"

3.  "Venice of the Middle East" (from Wikipedia)

These are just don't necessarily have to use these.  We're not married to any one of them.


- Must say "Basrah, Iraq" somewhere on the design
- Must say "2009" somewhere on the design
- Must be funny
- Must be 6-color design or less

Don't want

- Must not be vulgar.  Funny, but not vulgar.
- Must not be TOO complicated or it will be too expensive to print.

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