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21 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Shades and more new this week

Shades by Ronan Lyman (RonanL) is my favorite Threadless print this week. There have been a lot of memorable lion shirts, even some that specifically feature glasses. But this piece still manages to feel completely different than all those designs that came before it, and that’s largely down to the soft, friendly vibe the artist created. With the thick strands of the mane, his fur looks like yarn sewn into a child’s stuffed animal. This is a fully relaxed creature, not a notorious predator. He’s king of the jungle because he does as he pleases, not because he throws his weight around the savannah. And today, he wants to chill out in the sun in his best pair of yellow sunglasses. So relatable!

Heart Always Wins ;D by Chawit WSWW (Cnatch) is a fun, cartoony take on the eternal battle between head and heart. One thing I really appreciate about this drawing is how even the fight has been- both competitors show nearly identical damage. And although the bout has clearly been exhausting and hard fought, this pair are good sports who gave their all and are now ready to accept the judges’ scorecards. This is what it feels like to experience internal conflict, so the design has universal appeal.

Coral Reef Hugger Society by kooky love (kooky love) feels like an aquatic answer to the tree hugging phenomenon, and it’s a switch that makes sense because while trees are, while not as plentiful as one might wish, not exactly endangered, coral reefs are very much in danger of total loss. It’s a sentiment that is very much needed, and the design does well to hint at the reef’s importance in the ecosystem by filling the background with fish. There’s also a lot of humor inherent in the concept because the diver has to be so protected to manage this feat, very unlike the loose, carefree look of a traditional treehugger. Hugging a coral would be a ridiculous thing to do, but seeing this design makes you want to do it in spirit if nothing else.

Bar Code by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) is probably influenced by those images of real barcodes that incorporate graphics while remaining functional, and utilizes that same kind of ingenuity to turn the code’s vertical stripes into a series of horizontal shelves. The use of the pun makes this version feel fun and wearable, even though it’s not a place one would expect to see a barcode. And I really like the specifics of the illustration, the way consistent line widths, repetition of shapes, and awkward angles stay true to the expectations of true barcode structure.

Donuts and Dragons by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) combines two magical elements, fantasy RPGs and junk food. It’s a combination that instinctively feels right because they so often go together- what fun is gaming without some snacks to enjoy while you do it? Even the dragon probably finds this situation preferable, as a bed of soft baked goods has got to be more comfortable than metal coins and treasure. The colorful frosting of the donuts is another smart choice, grabbing attention and delighting viewers even before they scope out the adjusted title.

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.

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18 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Bauhaus design contest

Threadless rewinds time to a classic art movement in the new Bauhaus design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Bauhaus-perhaps the greatest design movement in the last 100 years. Bauhaus began as a school of design and ended up erasing the lines that divided fine art and functional design. Blending them together transformed society’s expectation of what art can provide. From typography, color, and the hierarchy of design- Bauhaus principles changed the rules for graphic design forever!

Do you have it in you to challenge the norm and manifest minimalism in a way that unites art and technology? The rules are loose but show us how form follows function, where abstraction has purpose, and fuse different disciplines seamlessly. Take flight and create a Bauhaus inspired design!

This contest opens to entries on March 22nd and ends on April 5th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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14 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Weekday Cure and more new this week

Weekday Cure by Ian Byers (ibyes) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a compact, content-rich piece that is able to very quickly communicate its concept, that the Cure character loves Fridays. The distinctive haircut and bright white skin make the drawing very identifiable so that even folks like me who have never listened to The Cure can get the reference. Another aspect I enjoy is how the type is handled, bubble letters that crowd together so they feel genuinely squeezed by the character’s embrace. Solid work.

The 3rd Book of Magic by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) is another entry in the artist’s series of Harry Potter-themed pieces, and accomplishes its goal well. The open book makes a great platform for the wildly gesturing wizard, with the energy of the splayed pages seeming to enhance the power and action of the spell casting. The spectral stag makes for a strong focal point, and its upward motion directs attention to even more interesting details such as the spooky human shape of the background, the animal in the hills, and the silhouette of Hogwarts in front of the moon.

Honk Honk by Fred Hoffman (Frederick_Jay) is a pop culture reference that almost snuck past me because I was so charmed by the detailed style of the geese. But a little googling helped me get to the bottom of it, because the phrase is a pun based on the “Beep Beep It’s the sound of the police” lyric by KRS-One. This is a mashup that feels quite right, getting at the obnoxiousness of geese and their propensity to be loud, pushy, and bullying. Even the pose of the geese enhances this, with one bird stretching its long neck just to get a little more in the other bird’s face.

T To-Do List by louisroskosch (louisroskosch) is an extremely well-crafted illustration- I’m in awe of how well it captures Mr. T’s look and even gives him a bit of a grumpy face, as though he’s frustrated by the list-making task. There’s a lot of detail in this, from T’s elaborate earrings to texture marks on his overalls. And of course, the too-small stool amplifies his grouchy look, making him seem like a child forced to do his homework. The list calls out three catchphrases, but I feel like they might be in the wrong order. In my opinion, the “don’t get on a plane” prompt is the least well-known (you’d have to have seen The A-Team to get it, while the others are part of Mr. T’s wider celebrity reputation), so 2 and 3 should be flipped to keep “pity fools,” his most strongly associated phrase, as the final punchline.

Cute Friends by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) is extremely adorable, and illustrates the munchies by showing a marijuana leaf highfiving a slice of pizza. Large text screams Friends Forever in type so bold and shadowed that it almost feels like the title block of a superhero comic. The safe, almost cartoon-like, feel of the art reflects the greater societal acceptance of the habit because it aims for such a general audience rather than signifying an outsider, rebel culture in its style, though I wonder if there are enough people willing to wear a design like this in a public setting to make it profitable, particularly since the cute look is likely to appeal to children.

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.

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11 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Happy Hour design contest

The glass is definitely half full with Threadless‘s new Happy Hour design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

During the hours of 5-7pm, the ordinary day turns into an adult recess. It’s Happy Hour! That time where you can stop and smell the rosé and remind yourself that sip happens. We want you to shake (or stir) it up with a new twist on your favorite happy hour drink or feeling and tap into that creativity we know you’ve got on draft.

Show the world what the Happiest Hour looks like to you. Create a design that’ll make us take a pitcher, ‘cause it lasts longer. Now get poppin’!

This contest opens to entries on March 15th and ends on March 29th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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07 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nunchuck Nun and more new this week

Nunchuck Nun by Elan Harris (GloopZ) is my favorite Threadless print this week because it’s both fun and weirdly accurate. The premise has the right mix of low budget stunts and retro styling to make it feel like a shirt promoting a real pun-based action flick from the exploitation movie era. The faded, golden color palette and slight distressing feel just right for a thrift store gem. And of course, that specific nun and nunchuck wordplay is instantly appealing, the kind of so-weird-it-works visual that makes you imagine it in action.

Eyeballs and Teeth by Brian Allen (flylanddesigns) is, if I’m being honest, not really my cup of tea because it leans so heavy into gross-out imagery. But what it aims to accomplish, it does very well. The repeating pattern has a lot of variety in tooth type, eye angles, and general positioning, so the viewer is kept busy following swirling tongues from one element to the next. The blue background has a really unusual look, sort of hitting a strange midpoint between slime and matted fur that turns the whole shirt into a mutant creature. And of course, the color palette adds a lot as well because the blue and pink tones help convey a retro 80s vibe and with it a vintage Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids, or skateboard art charm.

Retro Gaming Machine by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) first caught my eye because of the colors- maybe it can be chalked up to the prevalence of DTG printing and artist’s desire for their work to be printable on a large range of shirt colors, but it feels unusual and refreshing to see a piece so perfectly paired with a purple background. On that canvas, the pinks and teals really sing and create a world that feels more magical than the real one. That slightly surreal underpinning means that the other oddness in the design (like the pair of hill-like creatures on top of the machine and the clouds’ pixel rain) are accepted without thought, just a bit of enchanting local color. All this means that the vending machine reads as not just selling nostalgic gaming devices, but that each trinket could be your passport into this wondrous place.

Geometric Turtle by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) is an artistic piece that has a playful, summery feel. I like the way it combines styles, with the sea turtle transforming from sharp vectors to soft watercolors as it passes through the large triangle. The thin, tight lines within the triangle ebb and curve in a way that feels like the ocean, a perfect backdrop that gives the turtle more action and energy. There’s even a nice sense of balance with the golden sun counterweighted by the sunset tones of the triangles, both of which help the dark green of the turtle to pop by directing attention to the form between the yellows.

The Future That Cats Want by Hillary White (wytrab8) definitely captures that holier-than-thou cat personality that is so common to the species. I love how nonchalantly most of the cats take this turn of events, just watching passively while the orange kitten in the back is the only one to react with shock. Even the imperious grey cat, who is quick to claim the human’s back as a new climbing apparatus, isn’t really celebrating- it’s clear this is a scenario he believes is right and proper, something that ought to be ordinary. The human’s awkward pose heightens the humor, and the rainbow above both helps to set the magical tone of the piece while balancing out the top half of the design to sit on the shirt in a more wearable way. Really well done!

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.

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04 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dad Jokes design contest

From puns to the old classics, Threadless’s Dad Jokes design competition should elicit both groans and laughs. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Let’s be real, dads have an absurd sense of humor. A father’s delight in telling jokes somehow makes them great: though when they’re told in public, cue the embarrassment. What makes a good dad joke insufferable is that it MUST be cringe-worthy enough to elicit an over the top eye roll. Nevertheless, dad jokes are in a class of their own and much like a good stew, they stand the test of thyme!

This contest opens to entries on March 8th and ends on March 22nd, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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28 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Good Things and more new this week

Good Things by Tatak Wasitho (skitchism) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how playful and full of joy this design feels, with its casual jumble of hand-drawn type and doodles. The variation in text style reflects the theme of exploration, already hinting at all the different things one might see on their travels. The backpack is full of interesting detail, transforming the canvas into a nature scene with outdoorsy imagery like a tent, compass, and lake on the fabric like decoration, but also marshmallows on sticks tucked away in a pocket for an impromptu s’more. It feels active and exciting, like a design in motion.

Get in My Belly by Robo Rat (Robo Rat) anthropomorphizes not just a fridge, but also a huge variety of food, to create a slightly dark depiction of an appliances secret hunger. I say slightly because it’s not totally clear to me that any harm comes to the food- the various veggies and drinks are only shown from the back and have a passive body language that makes their response difficult to read. Perhaps they’re frightened into stillness, but it’s just as likely that they’re curious or even excited about this cool place to rest. Regardless of the intent, it’s a fun arrangement of objects and the way the groceries almost spill out in their coverage of the shirt feels playful and also like an ode to excess. There are also some neat details, such as the way the chicken walks on its drumsticks while the other foods have doodled-on stick legs.

Life Cycle of Pasta by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) ingeniously uses differently shaped pasta noodles to illustrate the life cycle of a butterfly, taking us all the way from caterpillar to cocoon to flight. While I really enjoy the humor and find the drawings to be very effective, I think the design’s arrangement could be improved. In my opinion, the art would be stronger if the middle cocoon was removed entirely, leaving just four steps and no repetition of noodle types. This would have the added benefit of giving the print a shape that sits a little more nicely on the human form.

My First Alien Autopsy by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is more cutesy than other offerings in this series, and for my tastes that makes it less effective. It might come down to familiarity- I got a big hit of nostalgia from the more plain, conventionally illustrated 70s designs because it more closely matched things I’d seen, while these much more rounded and detailed faces don’t spark any recognition with me. The rest of the design, though, is definitely up to the usual standard with its vintage styling (perfectly chosen colors and is that comic sans I spot in the title?) and bonkers moments like that cat who is definitely about to steal a bite of alien brain. Even the kids’ dangerous-looking accessories practically gleam with menace.

Party Pooper by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) will definitely make you look at party horns in a new way. By flipping the horn upside down and fully extended, a quick addition of limbs and a face to the whistle transform the object into a creature that poops a polka-dotted twirl. The phrase Party Pooper adds even more context, making this not just a visual gag but also one that involves some wordplay. It’s strong work, and I think it’s pretty wearable- this strikes me as the kind of shirt someone might wear on their birthday if they’re not really the celebrating type.

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.

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