Art & Meow by Elly Liyana (reverse-collide) is a cat shirt that even feline haters can enjoy- each kitten is created in the style of a famous artist. The likenesses are pretty spot-on (I especially enjoy the Kahlo and Magritte cats), and are helpfully signed at the bottom with the artist’s name and a cat pun. It’s kind of like a Tumblr remix of a shirt you’d buy at a museum gift shop- smart, but also playful and genuinely engaging. Purr-fect!
Narwhal Skewer by Victor Calahan (v.calahan) is one heck of an illustration. Impressive detail gives the narwhal itself texture, seeming like its body is clung to by an abundance of water droplets as he explodes out of the water. Lines in the sky and sea paint a portrait of rough waters on a stormy night. And you are 100% on the side of this narwhal when you spot the humans adorning his horn- they’re dressed in the raincoats of fishermen, and their weapons are evident (a harpoon and hatchet) which means that our sea pal is only acting in self-defense. Sorry guys, next time you’re gonna need a bigger boat!
Fallen Star by Zan & Chris (chrisjerasmus) is certainly a well-drawn design. It expresses both the strands of hair and raw muscle fiber of the face well, and the similarity between her hairstyle and distressed facial tissue is visually interesting. With a huge print that covers the entire front of the shirt, you can really see every detail and line. But despite the high level of craft here, I’m kind of baffled by this as a t-shirt. To me, it feels like a context-free giant portrait of a seriously injured or decaying woman, which is something I can’t imagine wanting to see (much less wear it). Presumably there’s an audience for it (maybe zombie fans?), but it’s not a t-shirt concept that I respond positively to.
Who Do You Want to be Today? by Alicia-B (Alicia-B) is a really interesting Doctor Who shirt to me because of how perfectly it targets not just Who fans, but also people who buy a lot of t-shirts. Anyone with a big tee collection totally understands the appeal of an endless wardrobe, small on the outside and much bigger within. Imagine the storage possibilities! And of course since this is a Tardis wardrobe, all the clothes within are familiar to fans as the various costumes that different Whos have worn over the years. Each item is clearly, crisply and painstakingly crafted, clearly a labor of love. I think a lot of hardcore fans with already large Doctor Who shirt collections will find adding this one to their closet irresistible.
Trip to Your Heart by Airobit (airobit) is a rare-for-Threadless photographic tee. It’s a really intriguing image, and that bright light at the end of the tunnel does a great job of drawing the eye and giving the illusion of depth. Light reflects off the brick interior walls in a way that reminds me of a disco ball, almost glittering. Maybe because it’s a black and white photo or maybe because of the railroad tracks, it feels like a journey from the past and into an unknown future. I like it a lot because it feels really different and understated. That said, I’m not sure the “trip to your heart” concept of the title actually works- when I look at this art I see a great photo, but it really doesn’t occur to me that it’s meant to relate to the body of the person wearing it.
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