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17 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Patience and more new this week

Patience by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love the contrast between the halves, with tight, precise lines forming the stitched lettering on the left while large, chaotic lines practically scribble an ending on the right. The delicate flower magnifies this, as does the thin string end that escapes from the period at the end of the phrase. The power of the image is in how well it exemplifies the difficulty of patience- you can’t help but relate to the stitcher’s quick finish, even while thinking it would have looked nice if completed as intended.

Think Fast! by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is a wonderful pairing of two panels, each cute on their own but creating an unexpected punchline when combined. The wholesomeness of the game of catch is endearing, with the Earth’s total lack of athleticism and the moon’s playful energy. Meanwhile, the grazing dinosaurs are caught completely unaware, with only a few moments to recognize what’s happening before the inevitable (and off-canvas) crash. It’s a scene full of lovable characters and unintended consequences, the kind of thing anyone with an interest in space or dinosaurs would get a kick out of.

Ramen Rider by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) took some googling for me to figure out, since I’m not familiar with Japanese pop culture. But after some sleuthing I put together that this Ramen Rider is a parody of Kamen Rider, a manga/tv/movie character who rides around on a motorcycle and fights villains. What’s great about the design, though, is that I think it’s really effective even for people like me who don’t recognize the parody- it still feels like an explosive action sequence featuring a superhero whose aim is to deliver your food as quickly as possibly. And really, what’s more heroic than that?

Exercise Your Demons by Michael Buxton (dinomike) is the best take on this pun I’ve ever seen. It takes the concept to the most ridiculous extreme possible with the illustration, which combines a demon with every demonic body part possible (wings! horns! tail! cloven hooves! even a little goatee!) and the silliest form of exercise, some dramatic aerobics stretching. The little outfit is the icing on the cake, with a cheerfully evil design on his tank top and thick leg warmers that draw attention to those hooves. He ends up feeling like a very charming character.

2323 by Jesus Velazquez (artofvelazquez) appeals to me as a scii-fi fan because it portrays the astronaut as a kind of cosmic sightseer. Like a tourist, he’s packed a camera on his adventures and is capturing the scene on film rather than as samples on slides or in test tubes. This is a poetic vision of exploration, not a scientific one. The landscape pulls off the neat trick of looking both alien and familiar in the same moment, with minty green mountains in the background adding strangeness even as sunflowers in the foreground feel like a piece of home. But when you look closer at the flowers, even they seem to be a bit uncanny, with centers that have the craggy look of meteors instead of rows of seeds. Very interesting!

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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14 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Recruitment Poster design contest

Propaganda, parody and more inspire Threadless‘s new Recruitment Poster design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether it’s enlisting with the rebel alliance or mobilizing the foot clan, a solid recruitment poster is the first step in motivating folks to join the ranks. But the opportunity doesn’t stop there! Love a great organization that could use a reimagined recruitment design? Think about the movements you support – the ones that influence people and inspire action. This is your chance to create a poster for that imaginary league you wish existed or one that even encourages folks to visit the library… the options are endless!

This contest opens to entries on January 18th, 2019 and ends on February 1st, 2019. 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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10 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Book of Fantasy and more new this week

Book of Fantasy by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how genuinely magical it feels, full of cool blue tones and sparkling stars. And of course, it’s chock-full of Harry Potter references as well, with his glasses and lightning scar, owl, stag and even Hogwarts itself standing proudly in the background. Having all of this emerge from the book is a great visual because it highlights the magical nature of reading, the way each reader creates all of these images in their imagination. Very skilled work.

Flame by daddy (warmtowelette) feels very metal. This skull is deformed with viscous spikes and hard shapes, surrounded by pitch black flames. Every piece of it feels dramatic and aggressive, poised to fight. For me the most interesting detail is the way the teeth are handled, each bent in half at an extreme angle that makes it feel like the sheer force of the skull’s scream bent these bones. I like that instead of resting on the stylistic norms of this kind of look, the artist pushed it forward with innovations like that.

Ha. by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is simple but brilliantly so. I love how clearly this Ha communicates as sarcastic, with the capital H and period showing that the writer is calmly typing, not at all affected by the humor that has been attempted. This is a polite, formal rebuke- not a casual “haha,” or even a tepid “lol.” It’s a message most people have both sent and received, and there are certainly days when for most of us this kind of meh expression reflects our general mood, making the design highly relatable.

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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07 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Living Coral design contest

Much as Shirt.Woot did in their recent derby, Threadless is starting the year off by celebrating Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year in their Living Coral design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

It’s 2019, and we say adieu to Ultra Violet and hello to PANTONE 16-1546: Living Coral! It’s impossible to wear a frown when you look at this energy-filled color meant to encourage people to connect, be optimistic, and be playful this year. In the spirit of Living Coral, create a playful design inspired by this color (and, of course, using it) and what it means to you. Does it remind you of bright corals under the sea? Does it start a dance party in your brain? Perhaps you see this as the perfect hand lettering font color? Let the Pantone Color of 2019 speak to you.

This contest opens to entries on January 11th, 2019 and ends on January 25th, 2019. 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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04 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Unicorns! and more new this week

Unicorns! by Joel Robinson (obinsun) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how genuinely magical it feels, with moon and sun shining right next to each other while stars, clouds and rainbows give the environment an otherworldly aura. The mix of smooth, even lines and solid color remind me of a coloring book, a scene of safe adventure and curious characters just waiting to be customized. The selection of creatures is very well-chosen, from the likely (of course a narwhal would join the unicorn party) to the familiar (pets and people) and even the very strange (why can’t potted plants get in on the fun?). The end result is an infectiously amusing scene, with enough going on to keep it interesting no matter how many times you look.

Turn Back by idiosepius (idiosepius) is definitely unexpected, turning the lines of the back of a woman’s dress into a series of perches for birds (like power lines). While it’s a strange idea, it largely works because the off-white color scheme and simplified style. This look feels to me like it connects to early cinema, especially films like A Trip to the Moon that used simple special effects (like nearly invisible string making objects float, as the clouds in this piece seem to refer to) to create surreal masterpieces. I like the idea of this massive lady whose head is in the clouds, and of birds who fly so high they’re in reach of the stars. This is a design that feels dreamy and sophisticated all at once.

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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01 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2018

As another year of shirt design has come to a close, here’s a look at the best and brightest designs for each month in 2018!

January

Ancorado (Cinza Mascla) by Camiseteria and Zakeu Silva

“…bright pops of sea green represent lights, giving the whole illustration the feel of being deep underwater.”

– Camiseteria’s Ancorado (Cinza Mescla), January 26th, 2018


February

Rise From the Ashes by Dale Hutchinson

“Are they travelers who have stumbled upon this scene? Or maybe culprits who caused the mayhem and walked away unscathed?”

– Camiseteria’s Rise From the Ashes, February 23rd, 2018


March

 

Birds With Arms by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron)

“It’s a great concept because it takes something every day and with a simple edit makes it strange and extraordinary.”

– Threadless: Birds With Arms and more new this week, March 1st, 2018


April

Loup Loup by Amandine Meyer

“Each strange plant feels like imagination blossoming, and it’s all made even better by the strange, cartoony human-like figure who frolics within the chaos.”

– Monsieur Poulet’s Loup Loup, April 20th, 2018


May

Alien Abduction Club by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“…it was brilliant to use The Babysitters Club, one of the most mundane and safe of the genre, as the base of the parody- that very sensible grounding makes the final product feel more unsettling.”

– Threadless: Alien Abduction Club and more new this week, May 31st, 2018


June

Hectic Rain by Florent Bodart (speakerine)

“The differing lengths of the lines and the way they bunch together in some places while remaining sparse in others feels very much like the haphazard scatter of actual rainfall.”

– Threadless: Hectic Rain and more new this week, June 7th, 2018


July

No Worries by Cody Weiler (csweiler)

“The spacing of NO, with each letter as an eye, leads the viewer to read it with a lazy drawl, emphasizing the relaxed feel of the slogan.”

– Threadless: No Worries and more new this week, July 20th, 2018


August

Who Gives a Sh*t? by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“Parodying the overly innocent earnestness of those stories with the very adult language and sentiment of the text makes for a really funny juxtaposition…”

– Threadless: Who Gives a Sh*t? and more new this week, August 30th, 2018


September

Tiny Triceratops by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa)

“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.”

– Threadless: Tiny Triceratops and more new this week, September 13th, 2018


October

Tokyo Zoo by Michael Buxton (DinoMike)

“…my favorite moment is the way the gorilla seems to wave at the central Godzilla…”

– Threadless: Tokyo Zoo and more new this week, October 12th, 2018


November

Wanderlust by Mike Marshall (Mike Marshall)

“Even the color palette feels a bit weary, like it’s baked in the sun a bit too long and lost some of its vibrancy.”

– Threadless: Wanderlust and more new this week, November 15th, 2018


December

I’m Koalified by Trecho

“I love how instantly shady the little guy looks- with his winking eye and hand signaling “Ok,” he looks very untrustworthy.”

– Pampling’s Koalified, December 30th, 2018


That wraps it up for 2018, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2017, 201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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31 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Clocks in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

They can reveal the passing of time, the transition from day to night, or even designate a specific moment. The clock in all its forms, whether traditional gears or modern digital, is the kind of everyday object that is useful, beautiful, and can imply many different emotions and stories through the context in which it is used. Here’s a look at 15 times artists used clocks to create amazing shirt designs…

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