The Big Utrecht T-shirt Competition

Utrecht Skyline
Has Utrecht inspired your creativity? If so, you may want to consider a new competition taking place that aims to find a winning T-shirt design that best represents Utrecht. The VVV Utrecht and Katoenfabriek are looking for the best t-shirt designs to be voted upon and then sold on

The competition highlights the creativity of Utrechters, while also continuing the idea of duurzaame (sustainable) textiles and printing. I told you sustainability has been a keyword around the city recently. If you want to participate, go to to read the rules and download the template. The designs are then loaded to a Facebook group where people will vote on what they think is the best design. The winner will receive their winning shirt at the opening of the new VVV Utrecht concept store, as well as receive a portion of profits from any shirts sold.

You’ve got until 20 September to enter, so get to sketching!

(My Utrecht-inspired painted cigar box is still available, by the way. Hit me up with your best offer, if you want. Don’t forget, the holidays are coming up!/shameless plug)

The Secret Words of Walls and Windows

Forbidden to Forbid
I’ve posted before about the random bits of wall art that pop up around the city. However, not all of these bits of creativity are pictorial. There are often simple thoughts expressed in words; some are philosophical, while others simply put a smile on your face.

Sunday morning, I came across the chalked thought above: Forbidden To Forbid. Make of that what you will. There are plenty of interpretations open.

Seeing it reminded me of some window writing I saw on Lange Nieuwstraat. The two windows had simple sentences written on the bottom. If their purpose was to make passers-by smile, they succeeded, at least with me.
Hoe gaat het met jou?
This one reads, “Hoe gaat het met jou?”, which is the Dutch way of saying, “How are you?”.

The second window says, “Ik vind jou speciaal”, which means “I find you special/I think you’re special”. You’re not so bad yourself!
Ik ook

I love these random little finds throughout the city. Even if the windows are simply marketing, it’s a nice, creative touch that is positive and friendly. We can all use a bit of that!