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20 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Zenburger and more new this week

Zenburger by Petr Stepanov (Steppeua) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It combines two styles of illustrating food, the pulled-apart stack and food with faces. Both come together really well here, as the unusual stacking technique (which flips some layers to be parallel with the viewer) is complex and precarious in a way that contrasts with the bun’s serene expression, conveying the zen theme in a slick and immediately visible way. I like the way different ingredients are interacting here, with lettuce and the meat forming a rough yin yang while the onion circles the tomato like a gravity-defying hula hoop.

Good Day by Miguel Espinoza (migfunk) has a fun, cartoony style that reminds me of the big eyes, simple color palettes, and vector doodles of a Jeremyville piece, but with a unique spin. In this zany world, food has faces and unblinking eyes, so large that they seem addled or suspicious. Curved batches of lines connect pieces together, emerging from mouths to land in other elements’ bodies or in puddles. Are they little rainbows, puke, or some kind of straw? It’s unclear, and that ambiguousness adds to the creepy/cute charm of the design.

Space and Time by Enkel Dika (buko) takes the stodgy old venn diagram and gives it a healthy dose of artistry. In this scene, one circle contains the colorful, wildness of space, complete with curves of star fields that make the elements feel in motion. The other circle, in contrast, is all business- only simple lines form this clock face, which has the industrial minimalism of clocks seen in schools and hospitals. That simplicity helps complete the illusion that the center panel is the glass view port of a space helmet. The overall feel is that of an astronaut solemnly surveying the universe, lamenting that he’ll never have time to explore it all. So good!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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18 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Optical Illusions Part Deux design contest

Art is more than meets the eye in Threadless‘s new Optical Illusions Part Deux design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Classified as physical, physiological, or cognitive, optical illusions leave us reeling from their topsy-turvy brain games. Remember the feeling when the hidden jaguar popped out at you from Magic Eye’s mystical posters? Or the parlor trick of making a straw look bent by putting it in half-full glass of water?

Remix your perception of what art can do in this reimagined, revamped optical illusion challenge. Give us your greatest brain-teasing designs, from patterns that look animated to shapes that challenge dimension. Create impossible shapes, dynamic typography, and mind-altering art for this visual optical challenge. Open your mind’s eye and make us question what’s really real!

This contest opens to entries on February 21st, 2020 and ends on March 6th. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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12 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Taco Night and more new this week

Taco Night by Katie Campbell (campkatie) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great pun, combining two phrases (talk all night and taco night) in a way that appeals to people who like both activities. But even better, the artwork channels a vintage look that helps to add extra character to the concept. 80s and 90s kids who remember the freedom of a wireless home phone will respond to the taco’s retro gadget and relaxed pose, and the faded color palette helps the design to feel like it might genuinely be a relic from that era. So good!

Rainbow Skate by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) takes two elements frequently seen together, the unicorn and the rainbow, and combines them in a new way. By turning the rainbow upside-down to make a skate ramp, we also end up with a very different kind of unicorn. While this is a mythic beast usually shown as majestic and glittery, the unicorn shown here is an awkward, chubby fellow who’d rather do jumps on his board that toss his mane and pose in front of a waterfall. I like the idea of the unicorn as more rough-and-tumble, valuable and unique for his creativity in athletics rather than the way he looks.

Intergalactic Get Down by RJ Artworks (rjartworks) imagines the perfect far-out space party, packed with bright colors and unexpected guests. My favorite aspect of this design is that the first thing you see is a screaming skull, shooting rainbows from his empty eye sockets. It’s such an ominous start, and the abrupt shift from that horror to the fun-loving scenes of the rest of the art heightens the sense that something amazing and exotic is happening. This is a world where UFOs provide the spotlights, colorful stars strobe in the background, and the universe’s strangest aliens provide thee music as a classic little green alien dances to the beat. You can’t help but want to hear the music!

Greetings From Nowhere by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) parodies the classic vacation postcard, and this time instead of being sent from an exciting locale, it’s sent from nowhere at all. I think the wording captures how it can feel to be in a remote place at times, like you are so far from the action that nothing you do could possibly have any wider effect on the world. The use of stars in the blackness of space to represent this makes emotional sense, and also has the advantage of showing what the night sky looks like no matter where you are (making the design an equally good fit for alienated city dwellers as their distant rural counterparts).

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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10 February 2020 ~ 2 Comments

Threadless’s The Woods design contest

You might want to get wild for Threadless‘s new The Woods design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Can’t see the forest for the trees? Skip merrily into the woods for this forest-themed challenge. Draw woods filled with coniferous or deciduous trees that provide shade, shelter, and so much more to their environment. Celebrate the humble beech or oak, maple or fir. Create designs featuring typography or scenes of flourishing forests. Robert Frost said it best in his beloved poem, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep.” Make this your own ode to the woods—grab your sketchbook, climb a tree, and design away!

This contest opens to entries on February 14th, 2020 and ends on February 28th. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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05 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Aerialphabet and more new this week

Aerialphabet by waynem (waynem) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s instantly gorgeous, with a colorful palette that pulls you in for a closer look. I love the way each bird pops out of the frame of their letter, creating unusual shapes and even the appearance of motion. While some of the letter choices are, out of necessity, a bit of a stretch (Hummingbird for X stands out), and some birds are listed by a general name (Egret, Flamingo, Owl) while others are listed by specific species (Bald Eagle, Yellow-Eyed Penguin), the impressiveness of the project and skill with which it has been executed makes it very forgivable. Even with some overly specific inclusions, it still works pretty well as a design bird watchers can use to challenge their trivia a bit and try to name them all.

Where the Cats Go At Night by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) uses some stretching cats to form an upside-down pentagram. Contrary to most designs about black magic, these cats are all pure white (with just the slightest hint of peach for ears, nose, and tongue). This unusual choice is a smart one, though, because it allows the art to be placed on a black shirt, the most metal of all shirt colors. It’s a fun concept and varies the cats’ poses and expressions enough to avoid feeling static or repetitive- instead, you get the sense that this pentagram has just been created through chance, and will shift into something else in a moment as the cats stretch again.

Butt Boi by Sanja (odsanyu) succeeds in large part due to its very small size- this graphic is printed in the chest pocket area, somewhat smaller than an actual pocket would be. Small size has a way of making things seem more precious and more cute, which is a good fit for this drawing. I think what really works about this piece is the way the butt is the only detailed inclusion. Everything else, from stubby legs to a very minimal face, is as simple as possible. That lack of detail makes all the attention given to the butt feel quite funny.

The Future Is Now by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) feels kind of android-adjacent, featuring both a bulky visor and a vaguely mechanical-looking neck covering. That technology focus makes me read the strange hair-curling devices as batteries, and that would indeed be a novel and futuristic way of toting some extra power around. For me, though, the best part of the design is the decals. Mostly mundane, they seem to be logos or symbols that might hint at the tech’s abilities (Canon near a lens, for instance) or might also just be the user’s way of showing off a favorite brand or band, the same way a modern computer user might cover their laptop in stickers. It gives the art a very lived-in look, where tech is used hard and not just left pristine, white and shiny.

All Together by Sofi Nabeel (Sofi Nabeel) is one of the Miriam Webster Word of the Year winners, and for my money it’s the only one that makes sense. While other designs displayed the word in beautiful ways, this design works by showing the word in context, clearly denoting the singular use of the pronoun and doing so in a positive, friendly way. I’m not fond of the Miriam Webster Word of the Year tagline that is printed on all these shirts, and I think it’s a bit disappointing that, if this needed to be signified, artists weren’t given some freedom to include it in their art in a more seamless way. For instance, matching the font and ink color of the 2019 Word of the Year text to the rest of the art would have helped the art to feel more united rather than making the tagline an afterthought.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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03 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Pop Art design contest

Try out your best Warhol or Lichtenstein homage for Threadless‘s new Pop Art design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Unapologetically celebrating common objects and everyday people, the pop art movement began in the 1950s as a challenge to traditional fine art. Pop artists incorporated images from mass media and popular culture like comic book references or mass-produced, household items. Think, graphic elements from advertising, funky collage-esque layouts, and omitting central elements of the piece as a statement.

Anything but elite, pop art stands out for its kitschy, often ironic sense of playfulness. Campbell’s soup, anyone? That’s right, it’s Andy Warhol’s era. Pump up your artistic process for this pop-art-inspired challenge. Nod to the movement’s greats like Roy Lichtenstein, Eduardo Paolozzi, Larry Rivers, or Jasper Johns. Take your own ironic stand on mass-produced culture or parody advertising and fine art. It’s your chance to make humorous, standout designs with typography or graphics that really pop!

This contest opens to entries on February 7th, 2020 and ends on February 21st. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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31 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: No Internet Vibes and more new this week

No Internet Vibes by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the pleading, desperate look of the sun, who seems so happy to have caught your attention (if only for a moment). His arms wave as he gestures wildly, showing off an idealized nature scene that includes a sunset sky, majestic mountains, lush forest and even a rainbow. It’s the kind of landscape most people would love to experience, but that isn’t readily accessible to most- a dream environment.  Text reflects the theme well, with a “no wifi” symbol tucked into the No of the No Internet lettering while Go Outside uses a loose, retro font style that contrasts nicely with the more corporate text above. My favorite detail is the Chrome dinosaur lurking in the forest, a great way to further reference the “no internet” theme.

Very Hot by Alexander Medvedev (GoToUp) definitely has Gudetama vibes with its portrait of an extremely relaxed egg. But while that character is a very minimal cartoon, this design goes in the opposite direction and keeps things quite realistic. The pan is detailed down to the screws connecting the basin to the handle, and the white of the egg is shown with wavy lines that bring to mind sizzling and bubbling in the heat. For most people this will probably read as an ordinary moment cooking breakfast, and only a closer look reveals the secret that the egg has a personality all its own. That’s a neat trick.

Fire by Flostitanarum (Flostitanarum) is definitely an interesting piece. A riot of pattern, line, and color, it feels absolutely alive with motion and pulsing with activity. This hectic atmosphere, though, is somewhat undercut by the design’s focal point- a human figure slumped awkwardly, with their flaming head shoved into what looks like some kind of screen. For me, although it’s a unique image, it’s not a very attractive pose and makes me less likely to wear the shirt. I vastly prefer the rich environment of the background, and that’s where my eyes go when I look at the piece. I want to see more of that, to have context for the ghost or to discover other unlikely moments in the same vein.

Zen River by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) feels like the kind of art you’d find in a Frank Lloyd Wright house- clean lines, strong geometric elements, and a clear appreciation for the beauty of nature. The curves of the nested lines move the eye around the piece, while the solid orange of the sun creates a focal point that grounds the piece. I especially enjoy the ambiguity of the arch over the sun, which might represent anything from an abstract sky to a rainbow to a suggestion of waterfalls. It’s the kind of moment that keeps you guessing in an otherwise straightforward design.

Extinction by Diego Fonseca (dfonseca) uses doodle style to tell a surprisingly complex story. The bottom half is a peaceful scene, with a brontosaurus appearing to gaze at the moon, backed by a mountain range to hint at an environment. But the top tells a very different tale, with a starry backdrop dwarfed by the speeding motion of a giant comet, headed straight for the dino. The hourglass shape of the art ensures that the message is crystal clear: their time is running out.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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