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24 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Noodles are Forever and more new this week

Noodles are Forever by Martina Scott is my favorite print this week. I love this design for its subtlety, transforming a striped shirt into a series of encircling noodles. The unevenness of the lines makes it visually interesting to look at, in addition to making the stripes feel more organic and noodle-like. I like the way the hand popping through the stripes with the chopsticks is printed at basically life size, making the illusion feel more real. The choice to limit the art to just white ink on black is also a good one, creating a sophisticated look and making the stripes just as much a focal point as the hand. Great work, and a perfect fit for an all-over print.

Party Hard by Christopher Allen Trejo (chris_trejo) is a really fun piece, giving those promotional dancing windsocks a different feel by adding a boombox and some text. The understated slogan is part of the fun, ending with a simple period rather than a more expressive exclamation. That combined with the boombox’s lack of music notes makes it possible to read the design as the windsock dancing to no sounds at all, adding to the humor. I also appreciate the red on white color scheme- I feel that because this color combination is also so common to plastic grocery bags, it gives the design some extra oomph. It makes me project the chaotic motion of abandoned bags wafting across a parking lot on to the way the windsock moves, making it feel even more animated.

Dream in 18-3838 by Quique Ruiz (Quique Ruiz) caught my eye instantly with the depth it is able to achieve through its milky layering of textures. The pair of embracing bears are given realistic dimension, seeming to emerge from thick, splattery clouds like a myth. At the very bottom of the art stands the silhouette of a small girl, creating the story that this scene is one she’s created in her imagination. It’s a nice, relatable narrative with the kind of visuals that make you want to take a closer look, and that closer look is rewarded with hints of stars and constellations scattered throughout the art.

Floral Melody by Jacques & Lise (jacquesandlise) reminds me of art nouveau pieces with its smooth geometry and generous curves. Conceptually, the design is immediately appealing with its use of long flower stems as strings of a harp. The way each string erupts into a beautiful blossom brings to mind the way the reverberation of the strings becomes more and more pronounced as it produces sound. Two small butterflies float above the harp, both like a visual representation of music and like wild creatures being attracted to the beauty of the song being played. Another choice I really like is the way the harpist’s hair feels similarly bountiful and glorious as the flowers, a thick mane that mirrors the shape of some blossoms while anchoring the character to the ground and directing the eye to the harp’s garden.

The Allergies by Teo Zirinis (TeoZ) imagines the causes of most allergies as a rock n roll band, a silly idea that helps make horrible allergies feel a little less awful. A tree mans the drum set, a reminder of the pounding headaches allergies can cause. A red flower blows on the saxophone, like the sneezes that curse so many in spring. I feel like because the other two instruments make so much sense, the white flower’s guitar is somewhat weaker as an inclusion, but it’s possible there’s a joke I’m missing. At any rate, I think most allergy sufferers would get a kick out of this design, and it’s fun to think of the air being full of melodies instead of pollen.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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20 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dark Humor design contest

Threadless aims for a specific type of funny with their new Dark Humor design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

You gotta love dark humor. There’s something about being in that place where half of you is laughing and the other half is cringing. Dark humor can turn the scary into something to smile at (while also making you do a face/palm). That’s why for this challenge, we want you to create a design that pokes at the dark side of the funny bone. Make something that subverts horror, monsters, hauntings, etc. by adding a comical twist, a visual punchline. Fill the creepy alchemy jars in the recesses of our minds with candy and confetti.

Let the dark raven of humor pick at your right brain – come up with a design that’s equal parts creepy, beautiful, and LOL-worthy. (But, y’know, not TOO too dark. Let’s keep it fun!)

This contest opens to entries on May 25th, 2018 and ends on June 8th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with additional prizing to be announced on 5/25/18). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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17 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nature Will Win and more new this week

Nature Will Win by Petr Stepanov (Steppeua) won Threadless’s Seasons: Spring challenge, and it’s also my favorite design of the week. This is one of those pieces that combines a solid concept with a unique visual style to create a shirt that is both artistically impressive and full of meaning. I love the way the bird perches on the heel of the axe, giving the viewer a sideways look as if to say “What are you looking at?” In his world, this rich environment of branches, leaves, and other foliage, the handle of an axe erupting into sprigs of living tree is perfectly normal, even expected. The use of flat, intricate shapes layered over larger shapes creates the impression of patterns throughout the piece, for a complex, textured visual that has the feeling of a wildly overgrown meadow. It all works together in perfect harmony, and is the sort of design so rich in detail that you just want to keep looking at it.

Beach Stack by Airic (3lines) keeps things minimal, and it’s a choice that really pays off. Using just straight lines, curved lines, a circle and color, the artist is able to very clearly convey the feeling of the warmth of a setting (or rising) sun over the cool waves of the ocean. It feels iconic, and because of the colors used there’s also a strong retro vibe. I feel like this is the kind of shirt that would look just as great in the 1970s as it does today, a timeless look and one that uses its elements in a sophisticated, bold way.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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13 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Over It design contest

There are layers to this thing in Threadless‘s new Over It design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Who says the art of photography and illustration need to be separate things?
Get all over this challenge and mix traditional art with 21st century art by drawing, painting, or sketching over a photo. From Snapchat filters to Instagram story stickers, we all put art over our photos without even realizing it. Now make us see reality through YOUR artistic lens! Break out the tablet or paintbrushes, channel your inner Creative Director, and create a drawn-over photo that’s worthy of a magazine cover.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, go draw all over one and make it worth a million. (PS: The photos you draw over must be public domain/free for use or original photography only. So grab a selfie stick or those old Polaroids from your attic and get creative!)

This contest opens to entries on May 18th, 2018 and ends on June 1st, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with additional prizing to be announced on 5/18/18). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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10 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: White Castle and more new this week

White Castle by Yuri Shwedoff (YuriShwedoff) is my favorite shirt of the week. I can never resist a big, dramatic print, and this is definitely that. With its weathered space shuttle caked in dirt as though it has been revealed by an eroding mountain and its mysterious horse-riding figure in the foreground, this is a design that not only looks incredible, it also tells a compelling story (no wonder it won Threadless’s Dystopia challenge!). What’s especially nice is the way the artwork conveys a foggy atmosphere, something that makes this design still work well even with the dimmer tones of a triblend print.

Wisdom by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte) won Threadless’s Tattoo challenge. The intricacy of this illustration is what pulls me in, and the eclectic use of color keeps my eye bouncing from one element to the next. The shades used and the tapering flourishes of the dragon make the creature seem to be constructed out of living fire that dances before your eyes. This is quality work, and the asymmetrical way it sits on the shirt is part of what helps the design to feel so dynamic. I only wish the print were a bit larger on the shirt!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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06 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Digital Cross Stitch design contest

Threadless takes an old-fashioned art style and updates it with their new Digital Cross Stitch design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Get crafty. Bring the classic art of Cross Stitch into the modern age by creating a digital Cross Stitch design! In case you’re not up to speed on your arts and crafts, Cross Stitching is a form of embroidery where images are created using X-shaped stitches…think of it like the original version of pixels making up an image. And we want you to make your own! Perhaps it’s a cute and classic design your grandma would be proud of. Or perhaps it’s dropping an F-bomb in an oh-so-fancy way.

This contest opens to entries on May 11th, 2018 and ends on May 25th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with additional prizing to be announced on 5/11/18). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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03 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nap-o-matic and more new this week

Nap-o-matic by Vó Maria (vomaria) is my favorite design this week. It’s a piece that first caught my eye in a Shirt.Woot derby, and the design is just as appealing now that it’s made it to Threadless’s catalog. There’s a lot to like about this one, particularly in how well it apes the look of real vintage advertisements. Smart font choices and heavy use of halftone dots immediately convey the feeling of the past, but with a sense of humor that is very contemporary. Laptop owners know well the complications of having a cat who loves to curl up on its warm keyboard, and it’s funny to see that same logic applied to the bulky, uncomfortable frame of an old fashioned computer.

Hugsss by Steven Rhodes is another entry in the artist’s series of vintage-inspired parodies, this time reframing a child about to be crushed by a snake as a poster boy for hugging. It’s an instantly funny image, especially because of the way the boy seems to look right into the eyes of the snake- one calm and curious, the other a cold-blooded predator with fangs ready to bite. This kind of juxtaposition works because it plays with the unsafe, slightly seedy vibe that 70s era kids material now seems to have, taking that association and making it undeniably blatant so that it almost feels like an artifact from a not-to-distant alternate history. The one thing I slightly question is how the design reads to people who aren’t familiar with the rest of the artist’s series- to me, it reads as a book cover because of the border and because that’s what most of the artist’s other designs take their inspiration from. But to newcomers, does the framing seem strange, maybe in need of more context? Hard to say.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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