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05 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Meowsical and more new this week

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.

Meowsical by glitchygorilla shows a vinyl record in a unique way, with a whole bunch of cats interacting with it. Here, instead of a flat object, the disc becomes three dimensional as cats weave their way between the rings. It’s reminiscent of a cat who gets stuck climbing the window blinds, except in this case they’re quite content with their choices. Some cats sleep, others climb, and more than a few seem to be… dripping? I have no idea whether this design is meant to evoke the purring hum of a sultry melody, the cute hooks of good pop songs, or even the inherent curiosity of a serious musician (or music fan). But regardless of intent, there’s a strong sense of fun here, and a unique spin on two popular subjects (music and cats) that don’t combine very often. Good stuff!

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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03 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dreamscapes design contest

Getting sleepy? Then get inspired with Threadless‘s new Dreamscapes design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Imagine this: you wake up on a bed that is actually a fluffy pancake, while a human-sized cat recites your favorite Kafka story, the sun swirling in the sky like a pinwheel. You turn around and a cow drives by and gives you a friendly toot toot. You’ve taken a trip to the land of dreams, where everything is melting, floating, or otherwise not anything at all like the reality we typically know. How far can you go down your own rabbit hole? What will you find? Will it stir up delight, leave you pondering the meaning of life itself, or give you the best kind of terrifying wake-up call? Whatever it is, we hope it’s weird and twisted in the best and most creative ways.

Look to ethereal plains, get inspired by the world around you except upside down and inside out, and then close your eyes only to open them in a galaxy on the other side of the universe full of creatures nobody has ever imagined. Sleep as much as you need for inspiration on this challenge.

This contest opens to entries on August 7th, 2020 and ends on August 21st. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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29 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Magritte

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.

Magritte by dracoimagem is an appropriately surreal ode to surrealism. The art references several of Magritte’s elements, from the apple to the bowler hat, a formally dressed gentleman, and of course the famous pipe (and its equally well-known caption). The collage style is a great fit for the theme, and lends itself to creating unusual shape relationships (like the massive apple head) that add to the piece’s humor. There’s something very jaunty about the positioning of the hat, and the way the apple’s leaves poke out from below just so. The odd, relaxed pose of the large mouth feels silly, and the quirky nature of it helps to give the character a lot of personality. This is a fun piece, celebrating art without taking itself too seriously.

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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27 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Punk design contest

Channel the spirit of the iconic fashion and music style with Threadless‘s new Punk design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Relevant, right? While mainstream ideas about what punk is typically center around the loud, aggressive genre of rock music by the same name, the true core punk ethos is that and SO much more. The great Joe Strummer once said, “Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is ‘give us some truth’“.

While the spirit of punk may come off as anti- this and non- that, there are a lot of pros, too: self-expression, creativity, community engagement, progressive philosophies, celebrating the individual, and acceptance. Of course, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism and anti corporate greed, and anti-consumerism are also hugely important.

This all translated into a set of punk aesthetics for the movement: underground, minimalist yet bold, iconoclastic, and a clear set of satirical sensibilities. Think: classic punk rock album covers, zines, riot grrrls, posters, and clothing. Look to collage, gritty textures, a monochromatic palette, torn paper, bold typography, and, of course, safety pins. Hey, ho, let’s go… wild on some incredible punk-inspired art!

This contest opens to entries on July 31st, 2020 and ends on August 14th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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22 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Beaver Offers a Beverage

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.

Beaver Offers a Beverage by obinsun is a very silly pun, executed perfectly. Like a lot of humor, part of what sells it is the simplicity. Every line and detail is included because it is absolutely necessary, and there’s nothing extraneous to keep your mind off the punchline (because with a joke like this, the more you think about it, the less funny it is). Corny humor is best when it’s kept to basics and everyone is in on the joke, and that sense of inside jokes is conveyed by the way the beaver peers sideways at both the viewer and the face on his drink (which also looks back at him). There’s even beauty found in the simplicity, with a bright purple used in the line work that slightly reverberates in the eye, like a visual cue for a record scratch.

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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20 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Hands design contest

A very useful and expressive body part inspires Threadless‘s new Hands design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Outside of faces – which are now at least partially covered – hands can be incredibly expressive! They’re like the real life version of hand emojis – oh wait… So how can you show us hands in new and unique ways that are both striking and artful? Do your hands and fingers spell something out? Do they subtly suggest support and care? Do you make a fist and tuck your thumb to create a funny little face? Or do you go with tried and true finger gestures that we all know and love, whether positive or perhaps humorously avian – that means we’re number one, right? All in favor, raise your hand!

This contest opens to entries on July 24th, 2020 and ends on August 7th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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15 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Thanks a Brunch

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.

Thanks a Brunch by David Olenick (davidolenick) is a fun take on the classic slogan, and by changing the word “day” to the phrase “day drink,” the concept fits well with the current world mood of seeking comfort amid chaotic events. I like the way every element feels a bit unsettled, with the drink’s face not quite symmetrical and letters escaping from the mooring of their baseline. A light distressing peppers the clean look with some texture that grounds the art to the shirt while conveying weathering that implies a bit of stress and wear. But most of all, it’s fun! The bright colors, wordplay and silly cartoon style combine to make something that feels fresh, light, and summer-y in a time when most people could use a bit more joviality.

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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