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12 January 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Where They Belong – Winter

Where They Belong – Winter by speakerine is my favorite Threadless shirt this week. I love a good pattern, and this one fits the bill with its outdoorsy scenes of animals layered on the environments they live in. So buffalo and deer are backed by tall trees, while coyotes and bears get more mountainous scenery. Using the darkest ink color for the animals ensures that they’re the focal point, and a uniform softer grey for the landscapes helps them to fade more into the background. The variety of tree type helps to keep things interesting- some are tall and thin while others are fat and bushy, some have leaves while others have pine needles. And to fill in gaps of empty space between these pieces, birds soar and help connect the scenes to each other. It’s good work, and feels like an old-fashioned toile updated with a modern eye.

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 January 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Old Lullaby

Old Lullaby by alfbocreative is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s an interesting arrangement of elements, so eclectically chosen that they almost feel collaged. But there’s a soft, loose style to the drawing that unites all its parts, helping them to combine into an attractively surreal narrative. The portion that first captured my attention is the brightly colored coils, which feel as though cribbed from 60s psychedelia or the geometric flourishes of art nouveau. It’s a great way of representing music’s creativity and excitement. From there, the story unfurls with appealing strangeness- a bird sings from within a phonograph, the crank is turned by a disembodied winged hand, and even the musician himself seems to unravel into a collection of botanical doodles. There’s a lot to like, and a lot to discover!

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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31 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2021

From pop culture parodies to artistic expression, shirt design this year was as varied and exciting as ever. Here’s a look back at the best shirt in every month of 2021…

January

The Great Wave of Skull by Quilimo

“It’s a choice that pulls you in like a fast current, so you’re exploring each crashing wave and swirl of sea mist.”

Pampling’s The Great Wave of Skull, January 28th, 2021


February

A Colorful Swim by Glitchygorilla

“The use of colored drips is very effective in conveying speed and motion, while the softness of the whale’s eye manages to grant him sensitivity and a gentle personality.”

Pampling’s A Colorful Swim, February 4th, 2021


March

Ladies Marching by JLALCANTARA

“…when the pattern repeats horizontally, the artist shifts the colors of the characters- it’s a good way to make the design feel even more unique and expansive.”

Threadless: Ladies Marching and more new this week, March 3rd, 2021


April

Black Catfee by kooky love

“The angle of the spill looks like it flies forward at speed, with long lines of liquid showing the power of that action.”

Threadless’s Black Catfee, April 28th, 2021


May

Ramen and Minicats by ppmid

“…the joy of it is in seeing these cats enjoying the noodles in such an unusual way.”

Pampling’s Ramen and Minicats, May 20th, 2021


June

Fresh by ThePaperCrane

“The varying heights of the landscape, which flows from low, placid lakes to rolling hills and just a hint of clouds beyond their peaks, make the whole scene seem to be filled with air…”

Threadless’s Fresh, June 2nd, 2021


July

Go Green by DinoMike

“…the star of the show is this amazing frog, sporting a sharp knife and a crazy look in his eyes. With that little grin, it feels like he’s begging you to litter just so he can have the fun of stabbing.”

Threadless’s Go Green, July 28th, 2021


August

Peace Art by Steppeua

“The idea feels exciting because it’s not just a vague endorsement of peace, it gives context to it by using a symbol of work and creation.”

Threadless’s Peace Art, August 25th, 2021


September

The Birch Tree Story by Jemae

“The pattern on the closest birch tree’s trunk is full of nature and camping scenes, almost like a toile.”

Threadless’s The Birch Tree Story, September 29th, 2021


October

Mixer Space by Jack Duarte

“The size clash is fun as well, giving the impression that a celestial hand might be guiding this kitchen tool invisibly, maybe with a tasty alternative to the Big Bang in mind.”

Pampling’s Mixer Space, October 14th, 2021


November

Nature Rocker by Flying_Mouse365

“Part of the brilliance of the way it is drawn is that the branches move in a way that suggests the musician is in motion, jamming away to the imaginary beat.”

Pampling’s Nature Rocker, November 4th, 2021


December

Smash Hit by Gamma-Ray

“There’s something about a shattered record that feels dramatic and powerful, like the sheer energy of the music couldn’t be contained by vinyl.”

Pampling’s Smash Hit, December 2nd, 2021


That wraps it up for 2021, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 2020, 201920182017201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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29 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Leaning Tower of Pizza

Leaning Tower of Pizza by alfbocreative is my favorite Threadless print this week. Keeping it simple is a key to the design’s success, using a minimal style that unites the pizza and tower by rendering both with the same line thickness and amount of geometric detail. The diagonal angle of the tower is given an explanation by the positioning of the pizza- clearly, the tower is just leaning under the weight of a gigantic slice! If you like the food and architecture of Italy in equal measure, it’s a pairing that will feel very right. But there’s also appeal for the less culturally interested, because the pizza/Pisa pun offers plenty of fun all on its own.

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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21 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s U F Ho Ho Ho

U F Ho Ho Ho by obinsun is my favorite Threadless print this week. Just in time for the holidays, it makes a great Christmas joke by revealing that Santa is really an alien hiding behind a bearded mask. Part of why it works is that Santa’s sleigh is pretty much the ultimate unidentified flying object, and the “U F Ho Ho Ho” lettering helps highlight that point. But I also enjoy that while Santa is an alien, as far as this design is concerned, the reindeer is just… an ordinary flying reindeer? Hey, why not! The strangeness and absurdity is all part of the fun, and the artist’s friendly, curved illustration style helps keep the mood silly and upbeat. Good stuff!

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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15 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Morning Walk

Morning Walk by makart is my favorite Threadless print this week. It uses a style, boldly colored geometric shapes to represent nature, that is common and often seen paired with one or more bear silhouettes. But while most pieces in that genre lean heavily on triangle mountains, it feels refreshing to see this landscape of circular trees. Even better, the layering of shapes creates new colors, like light shining through layers of colored glass. The circles aren’t just plain shapes, either- each contains diverging branches, a loose, natural arrangement that keeps the circles from feeling too mechanical. While I think the design is largely very successful, though, I also see some room for improvement. The repetition of elements (the fact that each branch pattern and bear silhouette is identical) detracts rather than adding interest. Even just some minor alterations in those areas could give the scene a lot more life and energy.

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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08 December 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Bird Song

Bird Song by quick-brown-fox is my favorite Threadless print this week. The transformation of a treble clef into a bird feels natural and seamless, with a small beak poking out of the top loop while a wing flaps our from the lower spiral. These additions make the large spiral feel like the bird’s belly and the lower curve to read as the feet, even without any changes to the natural shape in those areas. To complete the concept, a small speech bubble with a music note sits near the bird’s face. It’s excellent work, and a memorable piece of minimalism that makes every included element important and adding to the overall story.

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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