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15 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Shred design contest

Board sports of all sorts are the focus of attention in Threadless‘s new Shred design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

From the asphalt to the break, skate and surf culture has left an indelible stamp on everything from fashion to language to design. For this challenge, we want you to channel the aggro, gnarly, kinetic energy and independence that both surf and skate culture present.

These countercultures are connected by more than just the surf pipeline and the skate pipeline. With striking iconography that even non-skaters can recognize and vibe, the art of both of these subcultures embraces free thinking, edginess, and is always memorable. Hang loose and make a design to stand among the greats.

This contest opens to entries on July 20th, 2018 and ends on August 3rd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash with additional prizing announced on 7/20/18. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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13 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cult Music Sing-Along and more new this week

Cult Music Sing-Along by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week, and the winner of Threadless’s Faux Music design challenge. To me, what’s great about this image is the way it straddles the line of actual childhood activities and cult ephemera. At first glance, the colored robes look like modern onesies- they’re even in bright, Power Rangers-esque colors! And there’s something very realistic about a little kid showing off with an instrument for their audience of distracted friends. If not for the details of the spooky candelabras, red chalk outline on the floor, and of course the text, everything would feel very innocent and even a bit nostalgic. But those creepy twists capitalize on the already seedy feel of 70s style, and make this almost-ordinary gathering into the kind of freaky, evil gathering that right wing media was always warning parents about. It’s so crazy, it’s funny!

Kitty Tiki by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is definitely timed well for summer and represents the tiki style well. The fact that it uses a cat adds an element of humor for me since it’s such a beachy, aquatic style and my stereotype of cats is that they’d stay far away from water. Because of the upraised paw this design also feels like a reference to Maneki-neko, the Japanese lucky cat, just replacing the lucky cat’s tablet with a more on-theme simple surfboard. It’s well made work, with colors that feel fresh and fun and line art that gives the impression of carved wood.

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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10 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Villains design contest

Threadless turns to the dark side for their new Villains design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Sometimes to create a really good design, you gotta go bad. And for our Villains Challenge, we want you to create a design most foul! Get in touch with your dastardly little heart and put your evil artistic plot into action. Think back to your favorite baddies from movies, cartoons, comics, etc. and channel what you loved (or loved to hate) about their dastardly deeds into a unique and villainous original design all your own. It can be funny, it can be dark, it can be a mix of the two – the world is yours…TO RULE!

This contest ends on July 20th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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08 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Smiles design contest

Threadless is putting on a happy face for their new Smiles design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day is a smile! That’s why for this challenge, we want you to create a design that smiles back. A smile can mean a million different things. Is it happy? SUPER awkward? An evil grin? Whatever meaning it conveys, the only big rule here is that your design MUST feature a smile.

This contest opens to entries on July 13th, 2018 and ends on July 27th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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05 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: iCYMetriK and more new this week

iCYMetriK by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it manages to use a lot of color without feeling overly busy or frantic- the minimalism of the shapes and smooth color transitions make this a design that pleases the eye but never overwhelms it. Instead, this color study feels calming and peaceful, like a series of partially transparent cubes that melt into each other and form something new everywhere they combine. It’s the kind of timeless graphic that could be from any era.

Impossible Love by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) won Threadless’s Isometric challenge with its complex arrangement of cubes that form a heart. I assume the title to be a reference to the Impossible Triangle optical illusion, but strangely the shapes look very possible to me, all seated in a three dimensional environment so that sometimes pieces are hidden behind other blocks in the foreground. I think the cube style is what makes the illusion seem to work rather than be truly impossible, perhaps giving too much logical grounding to the way shapes interact. Because from a conceptual standpoint, it’s definitely a stronger idea if the heart shape does feel like an illusion.

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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04 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

American Patriotism in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

July 4th means that American flags, history, and landmarks are especially in the spotlight, so it’s a great time to take a closer look at some of the best t-shirts in that genre. Here’s a look at 15 shirts that pay tribute to the good ol’ red white and blue…

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29 June 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Where They Belong and more new this week

Where They Belong by Florent Bodart (speakerine) is my favorite Threadless print this week. With its big, leafy tree pattern and exotic animals, it feels like a sophisticated, slightly old-fashioned take on the Hawaiian shirt, making it perfectly timed for summer. In some cases the animals are just layered over the trees haphazardly but where the shirt really shines is when the two halves seem to interact, such as the snake climbing a tree. Birds sometimes float between the scenes, helping the pattern to seem more connected than just a series of unrelated moments. It’s all very effective, with the two colors creating interesting overlaps when the layers meet… and not only that, because the layering makes it difficult to tell which object is foreground and which is background, there animals start to feel a bit like ghosts, inhabiting a separate plane than the foliage around them. That gives the design the potential to be read as a bit of a warning, showing nature both with and without the animals who exist there.

Overthink by ilovedoodle is certainly relatable. It uses the familiar disaster imagery of a nuclear mushroom cloud to represent the way an anxious person might take something small and blow it out of proportion. The upper burst of cloud sports a nervous, frowning face while below it the circular cloud that orbits the explosion’s stalk is transformed into arms and some fidgeting hands, visibly fretting. The one color treatment makes the design feel classic in that minimal, timeless sort of way, and I think the message is one that a lot of people will resonate with.

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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