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04 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Orange Cat and more new this week

Orange Cat by kooky love (kooky love) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the pure nonsense of it, combining a cat and a peeling orange for no other reason than that it’s fun and silly. Even better, the unraveling of the creature references Escher’s Rind piece and employs a level of detail and skill that is up to the challenge that imitating the optical illusion master invites. With a cheerful sprig of green leaf resting on its head like a hat and clear, beautiful eyes, the cat even manages to convey a demure, innocent personality. If you like a weird shirt, I can’t recommend this one enough.

My Little Submarine by Zhao Xiang (micronisus) creates a classic sight gag by placing a giraffe, neck and all, in the periscope of a submarine. It makes a strong connection between two similarly-shaped objects, and employs its lines smartly to do it. The giraffe is solid white (with just a scattering of light blue shapes on its neck to confirm its species), while the rest of the design plays out in white lines on blue fabric like a blueprint. This style allows the artist to give the submarine’s exterior a thick line (making it the second focal point after the giraffe), and also to full in some technical-looking detail at a lighter line weight that gives the vehicle the feeling of a real, working environment. If you look closely you’ll even spot a scarf and little cap on this submariner- the giraffe is in uniform!

Space Fungi by Joey Klarenbeek (joey_klarenbeek) strikes me as a design that is countering expectations to make an impact. Mushrooms are usually small, white or brown, and like to cover the forest floor like a sheet. So it feels interesting, even a bit shocking, to see them behaving so differently here- stock-straight in stem, blue in color, and visibly towering over the scene in a strong vertical line. It’s an alien experience, made even more so when you notice that these strangely acting shrooms are bursting out of an actual space helmet. Did they learn this from whatever poor soul wore the helmet before it ended up here, or have they merely been inspired? Either way, they’re headed for the sun. My one disappointment with this design is the placement- I think an off-center, side print would have emphasized the art’s oddball qualities and made an even bigger statement.

Eat the Rich by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) takes a popular anti-capitalist slogan and takes it to an amusing comic conclusion, slicing Scrooge McDuck like a Christmas ham. By using a cartoon character, and a famously miserly and ill-tempered one at that, the slogan remains playful and amusing, the kind of joke that would resonate with people of a wide variety of political persuasions. In addition to the strong concept, color is used very effectively. The red of the slogan is only used as the head interior and for dripping blood, a grisly choice that helps the art to read clearly and quickly even from a distance.

Plants are Friends by Sanja (odsanyu) pairs handwritten text and doodle style for a very sweet result. In a lot of artists’ hands, a slogan like “plants are friends” would have lead to faces on every blossom and leaves holding hands with stems. But I’m very charmed by the restraint shown here, which invites us to appreciate plants as they really are, not how we imagine them to be. I also like that the illustrations remain white and grey, letting the various green tones of the garments imply the plants’ full color. It feels like bits of a nature-lover’s sketchbook transferred to a tee.

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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03 December 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dada design contest

Indulge in some nonsense with Threadless‘s new Dada design contest! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Fueled by disgust for the First World War, artists in Zurich protested by making anti-art art. Satirical and anti-bourgeois in content, their performances, poetry, collages, and art challenged the logic and aestheticism of modern capitalist society. Artists like Hugo Ball, Hans Arp, Marcel Duchamp, and many more rebelled against the traditional values that were held at the time, pushing the boundaries of logic and politics.

Join the art movement! Create dada-esque designs for this reason-defying challenge. Draw from sculpture, sound art, collage, literature, dance, and any other form that inspires you to design something altogether new. Blur the lines between mediums and mix up techniques. Layer photos and colors, cut and paste words, and break free from society’s expectations of art. Let humor and the spirit of art guide you on this anything-but-normal, dadaist pursuit.

This contest opens to entries on December 6th and ends on December 20th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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27 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Wakeup and more new this week

Wakeup by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s simple but effective, contrasting the wide, round form of the coffee mug with the narrow, sharp lines of the heartbeat monitor. The message reads loud and clear- the injection of coffee immediately raised the heart rate. For the legions of people who rely on a morning coffee to wake them up in the morning, it’s a very relatable concept. And even better, it’s been expressed in a clean, one-color composition without any extra frills or distractions from the main story. Solid work.

Badass Cat by Joel Robinson (obinsun) stands out with its fat lines. Their thickness gives the art a unique character that softens the subject matter, making everything feel a bit overstuffed like a big, fluffy pillow. That means that even though this tough little cat literally sits with a skull and array of weaponry at his feet, you can’t help but want to give him a hug. With its use of simplified cartoon imagery and short dashed lines, it strikes me as a fresh, modern descendant of Keith Haring’s work.

Sushi Persian Cat by Chalermphol Harnchakkham (huebucket) puts a variety of cats into sushi rolls, with hilarious results. I think the concept is strong because, as most sushi involves fish, it’s easy to see a cat being curious (and hungry) enough to get mixed up in it. Each cat reacts a bit differently, some scared, others mad, or even just plain resigned to their new fate. The size difference between the cats and the food they inhabit adds a kind of absurdist charm. To me, this is the kind of cat shirt that appeals even to those who have no strong feelings about cats, because it’s more about a silly approach to sushi than something aimed squarely at pet owners.

Wrong Vacation by Elizabeth (Agimat ni Ingkong) is an especially cool vacation snapshot, imagining a futuristic, spacesuit-clad fellow taking a trip to the very distant past. While our lead character waves at the camera obliviously, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roar behind him and a volcano ominously puffs thick clouds of smoke. It looks crazy dangerous… but also kind of like the most amazing vacation ever? The vibrant colors of the background, especially that warm red, help the scene to come to life, and the fact that the traveller’s helmet obscures his face helps the viewer to imagine themselves as part of the story.

Grandma’s Territory by kooky love (kooky love) perfectly captures the odd status of many grandmas, cute and frail yet somehow also extremely fierce and impossible to defy. Personifying these qualities in an elaborately styled tiger with reading glasses captures the spirit of the paradox, and surrounding the creature with very grandmother-y, crafty, and homey things like flowers and cross-stitch lettering works well to soften (or at least camouflage) the tiger’s fangs. The slogan hits on the universal theme of grandmas wanting to over-feed their visitors, granting the design even more relatability and appeal.

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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25 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Patterns Remixed design contest

Get repetitive with Threadless‘s new Patterns Remixed design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Are you all about intricate, highly detailed patterns that mesmerize? How about the illusionary joy of motifs that make you feel like in your a Magic Eye poster? Repeating and immersive patterns are some of art’s most brilliant gifts to humankind. (Okay, maybe we copied the world around us. Nature’s all about all-over prints.)

There’s never enough print to go around, so we’re remixing the magic in this all-over challenge for textile designers and pattern people. Give us your greatest motifs reimagined! Take a classic print (cheetah, argyle, checked, brocade—we love them all) and turn it on its head. Make a version of your favorite pattern that’s totally unique to you. Stencils or freehand, create your best pattern yet!

This contest opens to entries on November 29th and ends on December 13th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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21 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Really Sorry and more new this week

Really Sorry by DanielTeixeira_Artworks (DanielTeixeira) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s full of dark humor and charm, centering on a quirky tiger portrait that invites a lot of speculation. His very human eyes don’t seem sorry at all, and although his hand-drawn speech is polite it is rendered with a rough, scrawled quality that makes you doubt he’s bothered to make much effort. The arm creates another mystery- apart from the sharp amputation, it doesn’t seem harmed… and surely a tiger’s teeth couldn’t manage such a clean wound. It’s interesting stuff, the animal is uncannily human, and I love the way the tiger’s orange coat pops on the purple shirt.

I Can See My House From Here by Joel Robinson (obinsun) uses a long-necked dinosaur’s height to great effect. I think the way the art is arranged is quite funny, highlighting the extreme length and curve of the neck by nesting the speech bubble in the area it encloses. Two small clouds further emphasize the scale. And of course, the best part of the joke is… what does a dinosaur’s house look like, anyway? A matted-down section of grasses? Maybe a cave? Or perhaps this fellow lives in a normal suburban split-level, and he’s not prehistoric at all.

No Smiles Today by Martina Scott (martinascott) turns assumptions about dolphins upside-down. Normally dolphins are depicted as jokesters, merrily laughing and doing flips in the air. So seeing this one sob so dramatically feels immediately strange and off-putting, even more so as you realize the extent of the tears being shed. The ocean, after all, is full of salt water, just like this poor creature’s tears. The dashed style of the illustration suits the theme well, feeling liquid and full of motion. I especially like that the style is carried through to the text, which helps keep the artwork united.

Rewind or Die by Diego Fonseca (dfonseca) is basically the evil version of the “Be Kind, Rewind” slogan of the 80s. In this version, no one’s asking. They’re demanding that rewind, and disobedience comes at a cost. With sharp fangs and even a dagger on display, this VHS tape certainly means business. Fitting fangs into the label section of the tape is well-done, and when paired with the reels of film on each side feels convincingly like two eyes and a mouth. I like the restraint of the type, which stays thin, subtle, and far away enough from the tape to ensure that this VHS character remains the star of the show. Plus, the slogan works as a kind of aggressive appeal to nostalgia.

Meteorological Fusion by Raffiti (Raffiti) uses the fusion dance framing to show the creation of a rainbow. I think the most fun aspect of this design is that it’s scientifically accurate, and it’s neat to see something real shown in the style of something fictional. Even better, that rainbow end result authentically feels like a power up, like something more impressive and capable than its parts. The drawing of the rainbow sells this with gleaming eyes, a powerful stance, and a healthy dollop of sparkles. Solid work with a ton of appeal for kids.

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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18 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cyberpunk design contest

The future looks bright as neon in the rain with Threadless‘s new Cyberpunk design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Among teeming cityscapes flooded with neon lights, hordes of humans swarm the hyper-urbanized streets. There’s no order to the madness just shuffling, faceless forms, anonymously moving through the sprawl. Until—a lone hacker breaks free from the masses to rail against the corrupt government and high society elites. That solitary misfit is the cyberpunk anti-hero of our dreams.

Step into the new era of the near-future with cyberpunk-spirited designs. We want your smartest cyber scenes and typography, filled with the overtly urban energy of a massive city. Whether you’re leaning Blade Runner or your favorite Japanese manga, give us art that surges and pulses with sci-fi spunk, reimagining our world after social decay, increased AI, and blurred lines between human and machine. What’s real, anyway? Grab your design software, peer into the dark future, and give us the hacker hero we’ve been waiting for!

This contest opens to entries on November 22nd and ends on December 6th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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15 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Imaginary Friends design contest

Make pretend real with Threadless‘s new Imaginary Friends design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you grow up with a stuffed bear by your side, leading a ragtag band of other plushies in all kinds of memorable adventures? Maybe you had an endearing make-believe companion that resembled a mix of other creatures and could swim, fly, and read minds? If you played pretend with whimsical creatures, pets, or people that others couldn’t see, then you’ll fit in well with this imaginary-friend-inspired design challenge.

Time to call upon the special spot in your memory—and heart—where your childhood self explored the world with made-up pals. Sure, no one else could see them, and that’s how you liked it. Create very real designs based on your most imaginary friends. Whether your scene depicts a whole host of friends, reminiscent of Madame Foster’s magical home, or just you and your ghost-like bestie, give us your favorite moments of pure carefree fun in design or typography. Spend some quality time tuned into your imagination and all its many creatures then let the designs flow!

This contest opens to entries on November 15th and ends on November 29th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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