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13 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Not Ready to Mingle and more new this week

Not Ready to Mingle by bewarethevipers is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s an introvert-friendly slogan, paired with an illustration that uses exaggerated hedgehog spikes to make the wearer seem even more wary of closeness. The awkward style of the drawing feels shy and childlike, which helps the sentiment to feel timid and endearing rather than threatening. The roughness of the art is very effective in conveying the hedgehog’s bumbling, bashful personality.

Tiger Squad by benangbaja gets a lot of mileage out of one tiger illustration, flipping it every which way to create a pattern that covers the total expanse of the fabric, front and back. Perhaps because the tiger’s pose is so active (bared teeth, clawing paws and a curled tail) the fact that it’s all the same tiger doesn’t feel that noticeable. Instead, each new instance of angled stripes has your eye bouncing from one creature to the next, never pausing long enough to compare. The end result is extremely wearable.

Plague Apparel by ramsespujol unites the historical and modern experiences of plague by showing a figure in the classic black plague bird mask carrying the very modern bulk pack of toilet paper rolls. I’d argue that this combination alone is iconic enough to stand on its own as a shirt design, although the artist has fleshed things out further with a background of lines. I imagine the lines are to give the impression of social distance, but to me it’s ultimately unnecessary and detracts from the strength of the concept. Sometimes boldness is better than suggesting an environment.

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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06 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Kds Play

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

kds play by mathiole is a really appealing collage piece, combining a vintage photograph of a city and highways from above with a vibrantly colored graphic of three children at play. The heightened colors make the kids stand out immediately, and their thoughtful poses give the impression of this whole landscape being created out of their imaginations as they move their toy cars. It’s a real ode to old-fashioned, hands-on play that should hold appeal to anyone who had similar daydreams in childhood. Who wouldn’t want to have a whole transportation system in the palms of their hands?

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

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31 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2020

It’s been a weird year, but t-shirt artists still found ways to make it fun! Here’s a look at the best shirt printed in each month of 2020…


mood by Trabu

“This is a cat with a plan, and having accomplished his goal of resting atop the red ball, he’s scoping out his next move.”

Threadless: Mood and more new this week, January 15th, 2020


Aerialphabet by waynem

“I love the way each bird pops out of the frame of their letter, creating unusual shapes and even the appearance of motion.”

Threadless: Aerialphabet and more new this week, February 5th, 2020


Afloat by Coffee Man

“The woodgrain of the popsicle stick also reminds one of a diving board, straddling the line between snack and water feature perfectly.”

Threadless: Afloat and more new this week, March 4th, 2020


Perfect Pitch by Airic (bewarethevipers)

“It’s a great use of minimal, iconic symbols, using the common triangle to define both trees and a tent.”

Threadless: Perfect Pitch and more new this week, April 29th, 2020


Unity by GammaRay

“The structure and use of icons invites the viewer to look deeper…”

Pampling’s Unity, May 14th, 2020


Small World by waynem

“…I’m especially fond of the way a simple, ordinary house sits right at the center of all the action.”

Threadless’s Small World, June 17th, 2020


Falling Fox by TobiasFonseca

“…the lines of the art pull the eye upward along the curve of the tail.”

Pampling’s Falling Fox, July 23rd, 2020


Suspicious Meow by artlahdesigns

“…if you look closely you’ll be rewarded with a silly, grinning dog in the mix.”

Threadless’s Suspicious Meow and more new this week, August 26th, 2020


Bartlett Pearott by artThouHilder

“Both the plant and the animal share such similar shape and coloring that the mix feels natural… if a bit amusingly unsettling.”

Threadless: Bartlett Pearott and more new this week, September 23rd, 2020


Universe Within by 7115

” It makes excellent use of the entire surface of the shirt, enveloping the collar and one sleeve in a dark explosion of hair and stars.”

Threadless: Universe Within and more new this week, October 7th, 2020


Game Port by Robert Ritcher

“The strong angle of the artwork makes the stacking feel extremely dramatic…”

Pampling’s Game Port, November 12th, 2020


Snowfall in Progress by weird&co

“…his festive yellow scarf and hat make it clear he’s staying jolly and enjoying his decorating.”

Threadless: Snowfall in Progress and more new this week, December 9th, 2020

That wraps it up for 2020, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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30 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Illuminating / Ultimate Gray design contest

Threadless wants to remind you of brighter, sunnier days with their new Illuminating/Ultimate Gray design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Take a deep breath and say it with us, “We made it through 2020.” Despite everything the year threw at us, the world has largely proven to be resilient and compassionate in the face of adversity. That gives us a ray of hope for the future, which brings us to the inaugural Design Challenge of 2021! For creative inspiration, we look to Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021— PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

As Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman puts it, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.” Think of ways you can employ both colors to uplift the human spirit and inspire optimism that there are sunny days ahead. Maybe illustrate a sunflower emerging out of cracked concrete, or sun rays slicing through storm clouds like a hot knife through butter.

Or, emphasize the theme of resilience with turbulent waves crashing against weathered rocks, or a dinosaur evading meteors like they’re dodgeballs. You can also hone in on human perseverance as the glistening hope of the vaccine extinguishes the gloom of the global pandemic. Also consider incorporating motivational text, such as “Light Up the Darkness” or “Radiate Positivity.” Whichever approach you choose, make sure PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are in your color palette.

This contest opens to entries on January 1st, 2021 and ends on January 29th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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23 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Mona Lisa Meltdown and more new this week

Mona Lisa Meltdown by rjartworks is my favorite Threadless print this week. A fun mix of traditional and modern, it uses the Mona Lisa as a canvas for bright, cartoony pop graphics. To make the contrast between the styles even more stark, the painting has been reduced to black and white. This choice helps the rainbow color of the rest really sing, and emphasizes the difference between the flat color of the cartoons to the subtle grayscale shading of the famous artwork. The result is an energetic piece that should appeal to fans of art from all ages.

Even Satan Needs a Hygge by Popcornpunk is a really smart take on the Scandinavian concept of hygge, which means a cozy feeling. For a lot of people the embodiment of the concept is cabin style- a fire in the fireplace, warm sweaters, and small but full spaces. So it’s actually not that huge a stretch to apply hygge to a famously warm fellow like the devil, who certainly knows more about stoking a hot fire than most. Seeing pure evil in a comfy cardigan is a great moment of humor, and I love how the ottoman highlights Satan’s hoofed feet.

Greetings! by weoos_02 centers on a pretty great pair of puns, and I think it’s even stronger because each pun works in a slightly different way. One word names the plant, while the other describes its effects. That extra dimension makes the joke feel fuller, while keeping things subtle enough that the shirt remains wearable in a mixed audience (ie, children might only catch that the first plant has a joke). I also like the way the pots and faces are simple, but the plant illustrations have more detail- it’s a choice that makes the design especially endearing to people who garden or keep their own potted plants.

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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16 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Snowfall in progress and more new this week

Snowfall in Progress by weird&co is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a silly and stylish take on the winter season, with all elements simplified to make the concept feel even more iconic. I love the way each snowflake is doodled a bit differently, feeling like the little cartoon craftsman has painstakingly painted each one. His lean and precise grip on this tools show the effort he’s gone to, while his festive yellow scarf and hat make it clear he’s staying jolly and enjoying his decorating. The yellow of his outfit is also present in the little caution sign on the floor, completing the work in progress look of this snowglobe. Timeless.

Midnight Snackers by dnice25 is very relatable, the kind of club most have belonged to at some point in their lives. There’s something sweetly mischievous about a child sneaking out of bed in the middle of the night for a forbidden nibble, and the feeling of getting away with something never really fades even when you’re a grown adult snacking at midnight. The graphic’s minimal look is charming, and does a great job of reading as both burger and night sky at the same time.

Do Nothing Club by ramarama makes laziness seem delightful with its pack of lounging sloths. These sleepy creatures indulge in some snacking (and I do spy a TV remote) but don’t feel the need to do much else. With fistfuls of pizza and plenty of room to lay about, they have everything they need for a perfectly lazy day, and most viewers will want to join them. The only element I quibble with is the coffee cups- those are such a symbol of gaining energy and waking up that they seem out of place in this slothful scene. I’d rather have seen mugs, which is less coffee-specific and might have implied a sleepy tea or indulgent hot cocoa.

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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09 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Soundscape and more new this week

Soundscape by ThePaperCrane uses the framing of sheet music to contain a beautiful line drawing of rows of landscapes. It’s a smart arrangement, and I love seeing the straight rows transform into rolling hills, fluffy clouds, and even man-made marvels. With each stripe showing a different type of view, there’s a lot for the viewer to take in and most people’s ideal landscape is likely to be in the mix. Some of the design’s cleverest moments are when it takes liberties with the sheet music framing and extends elements outside the rows, like birds and hot air balloons poking above the stripes or rain and smoke cutting through the art vertically. Sophisticated and original.

12 Color Mountains by kooky love imagines sharpened colored pencils as a mountain range. It’s a smart mix because the color of the sharpened point feels so much like a snowy peak, and even jagged border between sharp and unsharpened pencil are reminiscent of the base of a mountain being blocked by tree lines. I love the choice to end the art in a curve on the bottom, which is true to the circular opening of a box of pencils. Even the sun’s color seems well thought out- is that Crayola yellow?

Wild Bear by tobefonseca creates an illusion where the mountain is also a (slightly grumpy) bear. It’s a fun concept, made more so by the attention to detail. I love that this bear/mountain has not just a cottage at its peak, but also a nice road spiraling down the incline. It gives the impression of a bear who has hibernated a little too long and a little too deeply, just now waking up to find out someone lives on his back. The cheerful lumberjack adds to the humor, leaving the viewer to wonder what transpires when the bear turns his head and notices him.

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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