The Melting by Joe Van Wetering (speedyjvw) is not just Threadless’s best print this week, it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. There’s so much I enjoy about this. The color palette, for a start, is so varied and vibrant that your eyes keep moving across the stripes, never settling. The oozing and ebbing of the stripes feel alternately like the storm systems of Jupiter, like crazy rock formations in an alien Grand Canyon, or even like a super close up of the world’s largest and most colorful sandwich. The drips make it feel alive, or like an artistic creation that’s changing before your eyes. Everything about it feels fun and in motion. I thought that A FARCE from two weeks ago was going to be my favorite Threadless sublimation print, but this just dethroned it!
#MEOW by HAHA.sg (HAHA.sg) is one of the most unsettling cat shirts I’ve seen. While the small cats that form it are very cute and cuddly, the whole that they create is kind of terrifying. I think some of that is the emphasis on fangs, some of it probably comes from the grim black and grey color palette, and of course those not-quite-identical eyes contribute to the feeling that something is very wrong. There’s also a weird moment in terms of size, with the arm forming the large cat’s nose looking so much bigger than any other cat part featured. I definitely appreciate the ideal and the skill that went into this one, but it doesn’t quite come together for me.
Best Trip Ever by HellofromtheMoon (hellofromthemoon) feels to me like it combines elements of a few things- the 8bit look of video game art, that familiar exaggerated image of vacation luggage stacked to impressive heights on top of a station wagon, and even a bit of that ultra-precise collection photography that finds art in the way objects are arranged together. So that’s a lot of appeal, and the choices in elements added all contribute to this feeling of an amazing, fun adventure full of outdoor sports, music and good times. Even the dog is along for the ride! I also love the detail of showing those thin, vertical straps to add a bit of realism to how the gear comes together.
Coffee and Donuts by Lim Heng Swee (ilovedoodle) is pretty nifty, re-imagining the relationship between coffee and donuts by making the donuts the wheels of the bike that coffee is riding. The bright colors of the frosted donuts draw the eye in immediately, making you picture a world full of awesome vehicles made of snacks. And the coffee character is no slouch, either- he has this great contented grin and it almost looks like he’s already eaten a donut, just finishing up the last mouthful. This is the kind of cheerful scene more actual mornings should resemble.
Jack Rabbit by Adam Rajcevich (ADD LTD.) keeps things simple, placing the artwork from a playing card into the silhouette of a rabbit. It’ a strong choice because it’s so immediately recognizable, and because the way the rabbit is cut and the art is placed makes you experience the card’s patterns in a different way than you normally would. Suddenly the middle of the card and the Jack’s patterned clothes become a major focal point, not his face. Neat stuff, and I think the cards-rabbit connection means this’ll be a lot of people’s lucky shirt for playing card games.
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