Beer Pong by Mathiole and Hafaell Pereira (mathiole) is definitely the stand-out design this week. It’s remarkable in the way it absolutely nails the vintage color palette, rough photo-real shading, and distressing to create a piece of art that could easily pass for the real thing (except somehow a touch more stylish). I also love the action pose, tumbling cups making it clear that every bit of the scene is in motion and threatening to burst free from the frame. Really exceptional work, and so high quality that I think it’s appeal goes beyond just beer pong enthusiasts.
Great Idea by Mathiole (mathiole) won Threadless’s Surrealism contest by casting the moon as the dome of a hot air balloon. While the moon has the look of grey watercolor ink, the rest of the art takes on an antique quality with a series of engraved lines. It’s very reminiscent of the adventure and optimism of turn of the century sci-fi like A Trip to the Moon. One touch that really speaks to me is the direction that telescope is pointed in. You’d expect a guy flying among the stars and with the moon to be escaping earth, but he’s really not- he’s using his height to get a new perspective on the world below. It’s about seeing things in a new way, and that’s a very surrealist concept.
I Like Me. by Mark Thornton Hardin (SomeGuero) channels the totally unfounded confidence of a little kid, which is definitely appealing. There’s humor in the way the upbeat slogan is paired with the unicorn’s decidedly impassive expression, and in his body confidence despite being poorly constructed. But one thing about this shirt really grinds my gears- why use a font for the lettering? The uniformity of the letters doesn’t suit the free-form quality of the drawing, and even worse the font’s use of tapering lines feels at odds with the uniformly thick lines of the rest of the art. I don’t understand that choice at all- surely drawing the letters in wouldn’t have been very difficult or time consuming?
Fata Morgana by Jacques Maes (JacquesMaes) was another contender in the Surrealism contest, and definitely one of the week’s strongest prints. The art style is exactingly accurate, holding all the precision you’d expect to see in an antique nature book. But the scene it displays is completely unreal, with the giraffe’s long neck morphing into a tree, and the tree’s upper branches matching that with a transformation of their own, into the giraffe’s neck and face. In addition to being a neat visual trick in how it likens the neck and trunk to one another, I also love how it takes a familiar phrase a step further. You are what you eat, but what you eat is you, too. Weird and wonderful!
Corgi on a Bike by Joe Van Wetering (speedyjvw) takes a ridiculous idea and totally makes it work. The corgi is probably the animal least suited to bike riding, what with its long torso and tiny legs. But something about this little guy’s face, with those bright eyes and playfully stuck out tongue, makes you believe that he’d try. The sweetness of that idea is matched by the doodle-y roughness of the art’s lines, making the shirt feel personally crafted. Dog owners will have a hard time passing up this one, and corgi fans doubly so.
Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.