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20 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Missing Home and more new this week

Missing Home by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) is my favorite Threadless design this week. The gang of animals is just too much fun, managing to include creatures of all different types all united in the same quest to escape. I especially like that the long neck of the giraffe sets its head at the same level as the flying pelican, a small moment that helps all these characters feel like a cohesive group. There are also fun moments of interaction that make the details worth looking at, like the elephant pushing the fan, the lion assist a monkey, and the too-cool sunglasses that the alligator sports. This quest for freedom is relatable, and it’s also funny to consider what the group might get up to after they make their getaway.

The first Commandment of the Internet by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) won Threadless’s The Internet 2.0 challenge, and it’s an excellent pick. I like that it takes a common refrain, but adds to its gravitas by giving it this ancient and religious grounding. It’s a choice that makes the phrase apply to more than just the internet- maybe one should ignore the comments in other venues as well, even when spoken or implied. Part of what makes this design work, though, is the pure shock and disgust on the face of the bearded fellow- it’s as though he’s horrified by what he sees, and that’s a perfect pairing for the text’s message.

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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16 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Seasons: Autumn design contest

Threadless is preparing for the months ahead with the new Seasons: Autumn design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

In honor of the coziest time of the year, we want you to create a design that wafts more fall vibes into the room than a pumpkin spice cinnamon chai candle. What brings fall to mind for you? The food? The colors? We want to see a design that would look amazing on everything from our new super soft sponge fleece to a mug perfect for sipping that first warm beverage of the season.

This contest opens to entries on September 21st, 2018 and ends on October 5th, 2018. 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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13 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Tiny Triceratops and more new this week

Tiny Triceratops by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The winner of the site’s Miniatures challenge, it achieves this sense of smallness in a novel way- by using a strand of pencil shavings as the crest of a massive dinosaur, thus shrinking the animal to an adorably tiny size. The style mix of using a photograph for the pencil shavings and dark, drawn lines for the rest is very effective, creating a fun mix of reality and fantasy. There’s also a nice conceptual moment in the way we’re able to see the detritus of drawing alongside the result of it, almost a bit of before and after. Creative, memorable art.


Who Cares? by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) sets the scene in classic game show style, with a large flashy title and a panel of three contestants. But as with all designs in this retro series, all is not quite as it seems- the panel is made up of 70s-styled children, and the title gets at the heart of mindless television games, proclaiming “Who the fuck cares?” That casual profanity is incongruent with the sweet-faced, slightly bewildered kids, which makes the juxtaposition all the funnier. I think the concept also gets at the weird reality of being a little kid, where you’re both intensely curious about the world… and yet constantly made to do the things you’re least interested in and care the least about, like chores and homework.

Fun With Shadows by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) feels like the cover for an instructional children’s book, and is one of those designs that looks perfectly normal at first only to reveal a sinister side when you look closer. In this case, the hidden creepiness is in the largest shadow display, which takes an innocent enough arrangement of hands and fingers and reveals that the shadow it creates is the devil, complete with hellish flames roasting in the background. It feels supernatural, and like a reminder of the parental paranoia of the 70s and 80s that led otherwise reasonable adults to see covens and devil worship in ordinary D&D games and Ouija boards.

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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09 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Woven Blankets design contest

Threadless gives artists the chance to design for a recently added product type in their new Woven Blankets design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

To celebrate our new woven blankets, we want you to create a design that would look amazing on this brand new canvas! With fall just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to create a blanket worthy of getting all wrapped up in. What kind of design would you like to see draped over your couch on a classy woven canvas? Take a look at what some classic Threadless designs look like on these blankets to get an idea of how YOUR design might appear. (Pro tip: if you really want your design to POP, we suggest a darker background!)

This contest opens to entries on September 14th, 2018 and ends on September 28th, 2018. 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 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Strange 80s design contest

Nostalgia gets weird in Threadless‘s new Strange 80s design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

What does “Strange ‘80s” mean to you? Stylistically campy horror? Neon pastels and futuristic vibes? Coming-of-age sci-fi? For this challenge, we want you to combine ‘80s music vibes with whatever the term “Strange ‘80s” brings to mind for you – and all for a good cause!

The proceeds will benefit mental health organizations through Charity Bomb’s donations. Charity Bomb is a nonprofit that puts on benefit shows in support of charitable organizations. Formed by four philanthropic friends who have each made a name for themselves in the music & philanthropy world – musicians Matthew & Nathan Leone, acclaimed songwriter Nik Frost, and entrepreneur Ryan Ford – Charity Bomb is using music as a force for good to help those who need it.Fly your freak flag for mental health and create a design that embodies everything “Strange ‘80s”!

The winning design will be decided by Talinda Bennington (wife of Chester Bennington) and all artists performing at CB’s Strange ‘80s event this fall, and will be featured in the Charity Bomb Artist Shop, where the proceeds will go towards mental health organizations.

Enter before September 18th, 2018 for your chance to win. One winner will earn a VIP Package for 2 (balcony seating, open bar, official event t-shirt, meet & greet with artists), their design showcased at the event, a guitar signed by all the participating stars, a Strange 80s II poster signed by the participating stars, shout outs on social media, their winning design added to the Charity Bomb Artist Shop as a fundraiser, and a $250 Threadless gift code.

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06 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Salad Dressing and more new this week

Salad Dressing by maRiLisa (Ri7Li) is my favorite Threadless design this week. While the pun is obvious, I think the reason the design works so well is because the artist fully commits to the concept with an abundance of detail and charm. The salad is no mere pile of lettuce, instead it boasts an array of ingredients ranging from egg halves to great loops of red onion and generous slices of juicy red tomato. It’s an interesting dish to look at, one that might even make you hungry instead of solely serving the pun in the most straightforward way possible. There’s also some fun to be had in the salad’s choice of clothing- a pair of jean shorts. I love this choice because it’s so normal, casual, and slightly dorky, an oddly plain pick compared to his elaborate headcoverings. Even better, by using the color blue, the shorts are able to stand out from the rest of the illustration (not a lot of blue in a leafy salad).

Nothing Matters by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Blast From the Past challenge with its melancholy depiction of Steve Urkel. There’s something really effective about seeing a usually animated character like Urkel suddenly so still and unhappy-looking, and it suits the ennui of the Nothing Matters slogan well. Perhaps the message is meant to be that people flock to pop culture nostalgia when they don’t see value in the future. Or maybe it’s just a reflection of the show’s title, and the fact that Steve was never part of the titular Family. Either way, it’s the sort of design that ought to get a sensible chuckle out of most 90s aficionados.

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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02 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Photography design contest

Get ready to say Cheese, because Threadless‘s latest contest is a Photography design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We want you to use your own original photography to create a compelling design that would look great on everything from a tee to a tote. What’s the subject of this photo, you ask? That’s up to you! We trust your photo eye. Snap a food photo, your city’s skyline, people wearing those weird rubber horse masks that dominated the Internet a few years ago, a lighthouse in the fog – whatever speaks to you! You can make any photo edits you like – we just ask that it’s your own original photography (or stock photos, but only if they’re free to use and modify!)

Now channel your inner Ansel Adams or Annie Leibovitz and get snappin’!

*Hi-res versions of your photography will work best for printing so make sure to keep your original images handy!*

This contest opens to entries on September 7th, 2018 and ends on September 21st, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, a one year subscription to Shudder.com, 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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