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15 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Living and more new this week

It’s a Living by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s funny to think of the Grim Reaper as just another cog in the machine of a workplace, clacking the keys of his computer instead of swinging his scythe. He goes from being a scary symbol to a very relatable character, and one who might be just as stifled by his 9 to 5 gig as the average cube monkey. The slogan up top adds another level to the humor, and the small detail of the skull motif on the mug is a nice way to add a bit of personality.

The Grim and Her Cats by Sanja (odsanyu) shows the softer side of the Grim Reaper, surrounding the character with a trio of cats. In addition to both having a similar sinister aura at times, there’s a strong connection between Death as the taker of life and cats as possessing nine lives, so the design feels really natural. I like the way the reaper figure is made to feel soft and cuddly here through thee clean, long form of his robes- they’re puffed up like a stuffed toy rather than draping and wrinkled as we usually see. Pink makes a great background color for the sweet scene.

Dungeons & Drag Queens by Legend Derry (Legend_Derry) is a clever play on words, but its appeal goes far beyond that. I like the way this shines a spotlight on the way roleplaying games and drag can both do similar things for their participants- both create a safe zone to experiment with identity and try on different types of personalities, both can be used to satirize or comment on elements of society, and of course both are known for being supportive communities that welcome outsiders. Why can’t the barbarian warrior in an RPG campaign also be a fierce drag queen? No reason at all, creative games are more fun when people think outside the box.

Internet Killed the Television Star by kooky love (kooky love) finds the beauty in computer glitches with this chaotic, colorful pattern. While there’s a lot going on, the strong geometric shapes of rectangles and lines, as well as repetition of color orders, keep things from feeling too overwhelming. This is a design that looks most at home as an all-over t-shirt print, allowing the wearer to literally become an error. The small traditional print, which is also available, just can’t compare and looks flimsy in comparison.

Super Kaiju Robot by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) forms a Voltron-like mech out of Godzilla and pals. I think the most fun aspect of this is that it feels possible- with all these giant beasts mutating and attacking cities, surely at some point they’d bond over their common interests. I have to think somewhere in Godzilla, Inc. headquarters this design is making executives see dollar signs (and future movie possibilities). It’s a great concept, and the artwork fleshes it out well. I’m especially impressed with the way texture is communicated so clearly, making it easy to tell where each creature ends and the next begins.

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 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest

Unicorns, bigfoots, and sea monsters, oh my! Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest is open to all kinds of artwork about unusual creatures. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Just because something hasn’t been scientifically proven to exist, doesn’t mean it doesn’t. Folklore tells tales of fabled creatures that lurk deep in the waters or shift like shadows in forgotten forests. Elusive to humans, these unbelievable beasts have captured our imagination. From Bigfoot and Nessie to the Chupacabra and Kraken, we can’t get enough of cryptids of all kinds.

We’re on the hunt for the most fantastical, legendary creature design in this cryptozoology challenge. Let’s prove once and for all these fabulous, supernatural animals exist. Craft designs inspired by unknown entities awaiting discovery or create new monsters of your own making. Only brave believers will succeed, don’t let doubters get you down. The search is on!

This contest opens to entries on August 16th and ends on August 30th 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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08 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Napman and more new this week

Napman by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless print this week. While a lot of designs have parodied this Batman wing logo over the years, this one immediately stands out from the pack by turning the character upside-down. It’s a perfect fit for the sleep theme, and also creates a nice order of discovery in its visuals, first letting the viewer see the Napman pun, and then the slumbering Batman, and finally the Zzz… detail that finishes the thought. The doodled feel of the art works with the spirit of relaxation inherent in the concept, though I do wish the typography on Napman was tightened up a bit to read more smoothly and fill the wings more completely.

Gourmet Boogers by Jey Kim (heyjey) won Threadless’s Gross challenge, and it’s easy to see why. The concept is definitely stomach-churning, but the heritage look of the illustration helps to keep the design surprisingly wearable. There’s a real artistry and delicacy to the drawing, totally unexpected for the subject matter but a smart way to imitate the branding of real gourmet products. I like that even the typography is hand-drawn, with just the slightest wobbling of letterforms to create that crafted look.

Bad Ass by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is a blast of cool 80s new wave style. With its palm trees, pink tones and city skyline, it feels like it’s straight out of a retro Miami detective show. So I have to admit I was a bit surprised to see that it’s a reference to the show Stranger Things, which I think of as having a very different kind of 80s flavor, the 80s of suburban malls, arcades, and BMX bikes. Since I’m not up to date on the show (I enjoyed season 1 but never bothered to watch the rest) it’s very possible that the style choice makes sense in a way I’m not grokking. And it’s certainly well done! I love the us of the teal highlight in the face and the starburst highlight of the earring.

Made in Japan by Tatak Waskitho (skitchism) reframes Godzilla as a national product to be proud of. I like the ambiguity of it, the way it makes you wonder if they’re celebrating the destructive monster or the creative minds that brought it to life. It works because the idea of being proud of a national treasure that destroys cities and causes havoc is funny, like someone cheering on their own possible destruction. The typography, though, is definitely my favorite part of this design- I love the irregular heights of the letters, the horizontal line that crowns the J as a capital letter, and the slight italicizing of Japan, all of which give the lettering the feel of a hand-painted sign.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) uses lines of uniform weight and varying color to create a rich landscape that fills two mirrored triangles. The triangles have a thicker weight and form a diamond shape together, reminiscent of the dial of a compass or an indication of above and below. Like the buttons on an elevator call panel, the top triangle has all the action above the horizon, mountaintops and clouds capped by a glowing sun, while the bottom has a placid expanse of lake and the low starting points of those peaks. It’s a gorgeous piece and does an excellent job of establishing a sense of height and scale.

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 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Sass design contest

Clever wordplay and snarky imagery might serve you well in Threadless‘s new Sass design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you mouth off to the principal in high school or reply with cheeky remarks to your mom’s reminders about doing chores? Were you yelled at for inciting unrest with impertinent comments to your siblings in the back seat during road trips? Finally, you’ll be rewarded for your insolence. Your quippy backtalk will serve you well in this saucy challenge.

We charge you to put your money where your mouth is and make some super sassy designs. Take those rude responses, witty retorts, and over-the-top eye rolls and turn them into graphic-art gold. Feature those smart-alecky words as artful typography in your designs. So, wise off and get designing. Yeah, that’s right, we’re talking to you.

This contest opens to entries on August 9th and ends on August 23rd 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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01 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: The Kiss of Death and more new this week

The Kiss of Death by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. A parody of Klimt’s The Kiss, it trades the colorful, gold-tinged palette of the original for pure black and white, as befits its goth influence. The faces, soft and relaxed in Klimt’s version, become hard bone with rows of teeth meeting. And yet despite these differences, the romance of the original is still present here, speaking to something eternal rather than the painting’s more fleeting moment. This version also has a neat take on the pattern, hiding a stylized skull among the abstract shapes of the fabric. It feels classic and really wearable, a worthy successor to a great piece of art.

Ra-Men by Rodrigo Leonardo Bautista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) makes a bowl of noodles into an 80s cartoon warrior, through clever use of the He-Man font. I think what works best about this is that while the logo is a close replica of the real thing, the ramen illustration makes no such attempt to mimic He-Man’s imposing musculature. Instead, the ramen sports noodle-y stick figure limbs, and while he’s wielding a weapon and a fierce expression, the main event is the ingredients in his bowl rather than his athleticism. This guy is strong in flavor, not in brute strength.

Balance by Mathiole (mathiole) takes its inspiration from the early days of bicycles to create an art nouveau look. Since the art style and bikes are of the same era, it’s a combination that inherently feels right. And since bicycles are a fairly universal theme (most people have ridden them at some point in childhood, even if they’re not current riders), anyone who finds this sort of look beautiful will think this one hard to resist. I find the pattern of the ground, which resembles a cobblestone path, to be especially attractive, although there’s a lot to enjoy from the expressive curls of the banner to the soft color gradients of the skin.

Liar Liar… by v_calahan (v_calahan) uses a retro heritage look to convey its message of Trump as a liar. While the message is childish in a way that doesn’t typically work well in political commentary, it works here because it spotlights the immaturity of its protagonist. Color is used effectively to focus attention on the bright red flame with the rest of the piece kept neutral. The Trump caricature is well-done, though I think an opportunity may have been missed to use similar shapes in the hair and the fire.

Booty Call by louisroskosch (louisroskosch) takes the phrase literally, and it’s pretty hilarious. I like that, contrary to the more spicy contents the phrase implies, everything about this design is pleasant and friendly. Polite, even, if your definition of politeness is open to including a cartoon butt. The rear sports a wide grin, cradles the phone gently, and answers the call with professionalism and helpfulness that would suit a corporate receptionist. Very silly, but also a lot of fun.

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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29 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The 3rd Dimension design contest

Flat is boring in Threadless‘s new The 3rd Dimension design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Three-dimensional space is the geometrical setting in which three parameters—like depth, width, and height—are used to determine the position of something. All matter in the physical universe, not considering time, exists in this three-parameter model. So whether you’re describing a point with three coordinates plotted on x, y, and z axes or measuring the volume of a sphere, you’re expressing the world as we experience it.

Say goodbye to flat 2D; we’re getting deep in this 3D design challenge. Math majors, number novices, and digital art dabblers, let’s level up from lines and squares. Craft your best cubes, spheres, and pyramids or plot away with the Cartesian coordinate system, but show us the depth of your 3D designs. Rendering some spectacular scenes that would make Pixar proud? We want it all! Give us your three-dimensionally inspired, digital art doozies.

This contest opens to entries on August 2nd and ends on August 16th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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25 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Our Daily Superhero

Our Daily Superhero by Alex Solis (alexmdc) is my favorite Threadless print this week, although it’s also the only new print this week (owing to a sale and larger than average selection of new prints last week). It’s a very strong concept, turning the falling sheets of a toilet paper roll into a superhero’s cape. There’s an immediate gross-out reaction in the viewer, but thankfully the art doesn’t lean into this and instead focuses on making the paper as heroic as possible. To that end, the roll has bright, determined eyes, strikes a pose like Superman taking flight, and even sports a snazzy pair of bright red boots. Very well done, and I expect it’s an image that will haunt me in the future when I see a toilet roll with the paper pointed towards the back.

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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