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21 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Highway to Hell and more new this week


Highway to Hell by vincenttrinidad is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like the way it takes a trio of very scary characters, literal death and demons, and makes them seem like a jolly group out on a road trip. The text’s 80s vibes gives the scene the feel of a retro buddy comedy, as though they’re up to cheeky hijinks rather than death and destruction. The details of the piece, though, make it clear they’re still very much about the afterlife, with flames lining the streets, a desert location emphasizing lack of life, and even a road sign pointing the way to Hell. Silly, but also surprisingly stylish.

Go Vote! by dfonseca creates a really fun voting mascot. He’s in classic vintage cartoon style, right down to those chunky boots that old comic characters always seemed to wear. And befitting his retro styling, the voting method of a checked form slotted into a literal ballot box also feels pleasantly old-fashioned. It speaks to the traditional nature of voting, of contributing to what will one day become history.

Delivering Beyond Expectations by DRO72 strikes me as a shirt about appreciating the little wins of life. Is it a big deal to finally mail that letter you’ve been meaning to post? Not really. Is it even the biggest thing you’ll do that day? Probably not. But does it still count as an accomplishment? Something to be crossed off that pesky to do list? Absolutely! And, as the overly enthusiastic mailbox seems to say, that is worth celebrating. I love the crazy look his eyes have (courtesy of those uneven pupils) and the pure pride of his outstretched arms.

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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19 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fire design contest


Threadless‘s journey through the four elements continues with their new Fire t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

When early humans discovered fire approximately 2 million years ago, they used it to stay warm, cook their food, and ward off predatory animals. Fire remains essential to human survival today, however, when mishandled, it can wreak all sorts of havoc.

For this elemental challenge, use the thought of fire to illuminate your mind. Think about what it actually does. It can light a pathway through darkness. It clears away underbrush so soil can be cultivated and fosters new growth. It burns, whether you want it to or not. Fire has also been used throughout art and culture to symbolize concepts including passion, rebirth, and even hell. Dare we say disco inferno? Any of these ideas can prevail in a new design inspired by fire.

Visually speaking, there are a million directions you can go. The concept of fire gives you a unique opportunity to experiment with textures such as smoke and burnt surfaces. There’s also nothing more alluring than the reddish-orange glow of a flame. Just ask a moth!

This contest opens to entries on October 23rd, 2020 and ends on November 6th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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14 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Dying Art and more new this week


It’s a Dying Art by JakeEdwardLange is my favorite Threadless print this week. It arrives just in time for Halloween and suits the season with its spooky imagery, but the humor and charm makes it a design that wouldn’t feel out of place any time of year. I love the reaper character, who has a surprising amount of personality packed into his bony face. The ridges of his eye sockets look like proudly raised eyebrows as he shows off his brushwork, and his teeth read as a cheerful grin. I like that even the typography stays on-theme, spelling out its letters with artfully arranged bones.

Practice Your Spells by coyote_alert is some more Halloween fun, with a more minimal take on its skeleton. The pose tells the story, capturing this corpse in a gleeful dance as he waves his wand. The “Practice Your Spells Kids” slogan is appropriately silly and ought to appeal to anyone who prefers magic and fantasy stories to the drudgery of learning normal spelling. My only criticism is that I think the wand gets lost a bit in the darkness of the shirt due to its dark brown color- keeping it white like the rest of the design might have helped with visibility and had the added benefit of simplicity.

Lab Rat Revenge by Viend is a massively detailed illustration, packed with a plethora of scientific instruments in addition to the battling scientist and rodent. I’d even argue that the detail is too much for this medium, since the sheer number of finicky drawers and tiles (both on walls and floor) start to camouflage the drama of the species face-off. The solid, bright white of the rat’s eyes and teeth help those elements to pop off the page, which helps, though I think some similar solid shapes on the rat’s body and on the scientist would assist in getting things to read a bit more clearly and quickly. Still, it’s one heck of a drawing!

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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12 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Snow Globe design contest


Get ready for the upcoming season with Threadless‘s Snow Globe t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Few objects capture the blissful enchantment of the holiday season like a snow globe, whose contents burst to life in blizzardy glory with only a gentle shake. Now that the holiday season is racing toward our chimneys, let’s look to snow globes for some yuletide inspiration for the next Design Challenge.

What are the key features of a snow globe? It encases a miniaturized scene within a glass dome. It’s filled with water, “snow,” and glitter. It’s a classic toy still beloved by children around the world. With those details fresh in your mind, create a new design that recognizes the holiday season in a unique way.

The possibilities are endless. You could spoof a yearly tradition such as gift giving, illustrate an abominable snowman shoveling his driveway, or show shoppers duking it out in a department store. Whatever you decide, consider framing everything in a glass orb, or incorporating snowy and glittery details to create your version of a winter wonderland.

This contest opens to entries on October 16th, 2020 and ends on October 30th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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07 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Universe Within and more new this week


Universe Within by 7115 is my favorite Threadless print this week. 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. The figure’s face is decked out in oversized sunglasses, cleverly using a light flare in the lenses to make her features the focal point. Other highlights on her skin are achieved with soft patterns of dots, an effect that feels related to the look of the stars and helps all areas of the illustration to relate visually. I love the smooth, liquid curves of the piece, creating a dramatic but serene ambiance that reflects its celestial theme.

Skeleton Unicorn by NemiMakeIt sits at the intersection of cute and evil, always a popular area for t-shirt design. The unicorn is made to feel extra-harmless and sweet with its extreme curves, fat belly and stubby legs, so even though you can see all his bones no one would find this skeleton intimidating. A punch of pastel colors make the art feel like candy, also creating a rainbow that gives the character an environment to exist in. The cheeky rudeness of the “Go to Hell” slogan implies some personality for the unicorn, and is also a quiet hint at storytelling- maybe that’s exactly where this creature is from?

Gen Z by alanis pokes fun at the habit of people photographing their meals for social media, finding a great punchline by making the photographer a literal zombie and the food a pile of gross brains and eyeballs. The message seems clear- people doing this are mindlessly following a trend, and no one really wants to see your food. As the shirt’s title makes clear, there’s also a Gen Z, Gen Zombie gag that adds some depth to the humor. Personally, I think the joke itself is a bit dated, but the illustration redeems the concept with a surprising amount of charm and detail. I like how even though the zombie is covered in open wounds, you can still see the joy in her expression as she captures the photo. The looseness of the lines, even in the plate itself, helps the art to feel warm rather than clinical or gross.

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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05 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Hygge design contest


Get cozy with Threadless‘s new Hygge t-shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

In stressful, uncertain times like these, it’s important to appreciate the fleeting moments of comfort and coziness, since they can be few and far between. That brings us to the theme of this week’s Design Challenge: hygge (pronounced hue-gah), the Danish practice of creating a pleasant environment that promotes emotional wellbeing.

Think of things that money can’t buy that make you feel content. A relaxing stroll through nature. Nuzzling your fluffy cat on the nose. Losing yourself in a good book. Primal screaming out of your driver-side window. Whatever it is, use those ideas to inspire a new design that brings you peace, serenity, and fulfillment. Consider using soft and neutral colors for a chill vibe, or go the complete opposite route with deep, dreary hues that show you find comfort in darkness and chaos.

This contest opens to entries on October 9th, 2020 and ends on October 23rd. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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01 October 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Boowie and more new this week


Boowie by rodrigobhz is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great pun (even better, one I haven’t seen done very often), and it arrives just in time for the Halloween season. When your punchline falls into corny, dad joke territory as this one does, the best approach is often to play it off like a moment of casual inspiration, a quickly jotted down doodle. This design achieves that well and the looseness of the art gives the piece a jovial spirit and keeps the viewer from dwelling on the bummer of the real Bowie’s untimely death.

Budget Ramen by NARNIAZ is a clever piece that turns a bird into a noodle connoisseur. It’s a mix of subjects that are united in two ways- once through the egg, and a second time in the way the noodles arrange to form a nest. So it feels cohesive logically, looks great visually, and even manages to add extra charm to the scenario by having the bird hold a pair of chopsticks in his outstretched talons. Solid work.

Tea Bag by GoToUp ought to appeal to tea drinkers. It gives an ordinary tea bag a giant grin, and an even bigger pool float toy. I like that framing of steeping tea as a lovely day at the beach for tea bags, and the use of a flamingo as the floatie helps give the art a fun, summer-y vibe. Maybe that makes it read a bit as iced tea, and not just the hot variety? I think texture is used really well here, helping to make the bag a focal point and giving a rough, fabric feel that helps the bag to feel more realistic.

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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