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17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


It’s a nice, varied week at Threadless. First up is my favorite of this bunch, X-Ray by Michael Temim. It’s true that there are a lot of shirts in this world with anatomical references, but the style exhibited here sets it apart from the pack. The contrast of the rib drawing and the silhouettes is really fantastic, and the little dog adds a punch of humor to the composition.


Jon Barthell’s The Magical Zipper to Weiner Man Land is flat out weird. And I love it. The cartooning is well-done, and the use of the zipper (which a weiner man interacts with) creates a really intriguing (if somewhat terrifying) scene.

I’m not quite so positive about Teddy Band by Alexandra de Rosso. It’s nicely drawn, but to me nothing differentiates this design from the hundreds of cutesy shirts that get submitted to Threadless every day. Even worse, I find the arrangement of characters pretty uninspiring- some of the animals seem as bored as I am with this broken drumstick drama.


International Translation by Tony Elmore is one that I wasn’t overly keen on in scoring. While I still maintain that it wouldn’t function very well in the wild (more generic international icons sould be more successful), the change to make the design more vertical increased its usefulness by quite a bit. Now that there’s more space between concepts it is much more clear what the wearer is indicating. And while usefulness might be debated (by me, at great length), it’s definitely a good looking shirt.

This week’s slogan is Screw Vintage. This Shirt is From the Future. It’s a neat sentiment, and I appreciate the color scheme. What else can I really say about a slogan tee?


Eric Fan’s Helium Menagerie is a one=color masterpiece. The linework expertly expresses shadow and the bulging of air in rubber. I’m not so crazy about the color scheme (the blue from the original submission was more to my taste) but it’s pretty damn attractive regardless.

Paisley Paramecium by Julian Glander is another cool design with a bit of a color issue. The original submission was green on green, which seemed perfectly suited to the subject matter. Blue on navy isn’t ugly or anything, but it doesn’t fit my preconceived notions about microscopes quite as well. At any rate, paisley is gorgeous. Microscopes are fascinating. This shirt is neat.

This week also brought back two reprints, Radios by Dan Terry and Damn Scientists by John Slabyk. They’re both really solid, exactly the type of work that deserves another print. While I’d rather see some drastic changes in the color scheme when a reprint is done (dark red on light blue is the way of the future), I’m otherwise wholly in favor.

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17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Comebacks Loves Threadless


Fans of sports and comedy take note: The Comebacks Loves Threadless. What is The Comebacks? It’s a sports movie spoof, starring David Koechner (who you probably recognize from about a thousand non-starring comedy roles, including a stint on The Office).

Submissions should use the theme “Keep Your Eye on the Ball.” Submit your work before October 17th, 2007 for your chance to win a prize package including a Sony Portable DVD Player, Fox Atomic DVD’s, Comebacks swag and the customary Threadless prize of a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate and $2,000 in cash.

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12 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Threadless: Digital Bootcamp


By far one of the coolest aspects of the new Threadless store is the fact that they are offering classes (in conjunction with Digital Bootcamp). Ever since these classes were announced, I’ve been wondering what would be taught. Well, all my questions are answered… and classes begin in less than a week!

Here are some of the subjects:
Flash Essentials
Photoshop Essentials
Working With The Pen Tool
Illustrator Essentials
CS2-CS3 Transition
Using The Wacom Tablet
Getting The Most From Your Digital Camera

I’m definitely tempted on the Wacom Tablet class, I must admit. My tablet skills are pretty much non-existent. But, since all listed classes so far are from 5:30 to 7:30 on weekdays, I’m probably too far away to get there anyway. Here’s hoping for some weekend offerings in the future!

via Custom T-Shirt Talk

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11 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


The story of this week’s batch of new Threadless shirts is, for me, centered around the major design change made to Deus Ex Machina. I’m totally in favor of the change- my main issue with this design during scoring was that the human hand seemed oddly placed and much less stylish than the rest. But it’s definitely interesting to see how much Threadless is willing to change about a design before the printing occurs. It’s a pretty substantial argument against resubmitting work with some changes now that there’s some compelling evidence that Threadless is willing to look past those types of flaws and change them after the fact. At any rate, it’s a pretty great-looking shirt (though the ladies version might have some placement issues).

Deus Ex Machina was one of two shirts printed this week by Dan Rule. The other is What Makes It Go, a whimsical look at the inner-workings of a giraffe. The close up view is tons of fun, but for me the shirt is fairly weak from farther back. To me, a shirt that requires close viewing is not one with a design that is well-suited to the t-shirt medium. The illustration is fantastic, but for me it’s just not at home on a shirt.

Medusa is this week’s Select. While most Selects showcase the work of Threadless artists who have had multiple prints, this is the other type of Select- created by an artist that Threadless approached specifically for this purpose. Artist Ray Frenden, who recently worked on the art for Bioshock, conceived this shirt as a kind of acid metal explosion. The colors are insane, and so are the eye sockets on that skull. It’s the kind of shirt that I enjoy looking at but would never wear (maybe because I would spend the whole day staring at my own shirt!).

Color-Coded Criminals is pure Threadless: an homage to a classic movie done up on a shirt with style to spare. I’m not a Reservoir Dogs fan, and I’d still wear it. The shape of the car’s interior adds to the fun.

Pulsars and Dying Stars is the Joy Division fan shirt of your dreams, I guess. If you like Joy Division. And you somehow don’t already have a shirt like this. To me, this isn’t the kind of shirt that I like to see printed, though I’m sure it has its fans. By which I mean Joy Division fans. *sigh*

My Favorite Pattern is a design by Fufuki, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Threadless designers. It’s solid: the ladybug spots are in an eye-pleasing (an not entirely typical) configuration, and the ladybug character is drop dead cute. Hopefully this is just the first of many Fufuki shirts at Threadless.

The Friendly Narwhal by Brian Walline is one of my favorites this week. It’s a masterpiece of texture and characterization. Great attention to detail, especially in the softness of the narwhal’s eye and the lifeless sprawl of the polar bear.

Overall, a nice selection of shirts. It’s a nice bunch, and I bet all the shoppers at the retail store’s opening day enjoyed them.

(Edited to remove the line about Ray Frenden working on BioShock, as I appear to have invented that. Sorry!)

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07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Mae Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Since the Mae Loves Threadless deadline passed a week ago, I think it’s fair to say that all the designs have entered scoring by now. The top tier of this contest was pretty great, I awarded a $5 score to four contenders. But here are the three that I’d most like to see go home with the prize:

The Great Discovery - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Great Discovery is well-named, because it is a flat-out great shirt. Awesome color scheme, creates a fun shape on the shirt, and there’s even an interesting back story (check the first comment in the link to learn more). Plus, it would be deeply cool if a collaborative design won a contest with the theme of Singularity. It must happen!

They Were Robots - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

They Were Robots is a cool depiction of what it might look like if some of history’s most decorated names were, well, robots. Time-traveling robots. And you know what, it looks freaking amazing. I want that version of reality. The roboticized icons include Einstein, a Pharaoh, some Confucian dude and Shakespeare. And even if I have some of those names wrong, it’s still a winner in my book- the whimsy of robot mustaches cannot be beaten.

Survivor - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Survivor is a little different from the others, because it is much more dour. The last mannequin soldier tows a katamari of his dead brethren, looking very much like he has the weight of the world (or at least an ass ton of mannequin parts) on his shoulders. But you know what? It looks great, it has a strong message, and I’d be proud to wear it.

Overall, a great competition. There were more than a dozen entries that I think would make excellent additions to the Threadless catalog, hopefully a few of them will make that leap in the weeks to come.

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04 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

E For All Loves Threadless


You guys, E For All totally Loves Threadless! E For All is so into Threadless, it’s ridiculous- they’re awarding a prize that includes a $400 JetBlue giftcard, a Nintendo Wii, 2 4-day passes to the E For All Expo and a bunch of E For All swag- all in addition to the typical Threadless prize of $2000 and a $500 Threadless gift certificate. That’s quite a dowry!

Aaaaaaanyway, it’s a theme wedding. I know, how cliche! But they’re both really into it, so let’s play along. The theme is “Power Up and Play.” I guess we should design shirts?

This competition runs until October 1st, 2007.

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03 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless: $10 Sale Continues


The $10 sale at Threadless marches on, with a smattering of shirts for the last day of the sale.

After Show is a really great shirt- there’s kind of a melancholy vibe in the way everyone is sweeping up the remains of the musical notes, and it’s a cool touch that one sweeper is whistling. Cap it off with a really nice seventies-inspired color scheme, and this is undeniably a great shirt.

But my favorite of the week has got to be We’re Not Savages. It’s an immaculately styled Lord of the Rings tribute, and the mixture of bold black and white with subtle red shading creates an amazing sense of environment.

Ascending Descent is one that I knew would get printed from the moment I saw it in scoring. It’s well-styled, and I can’t really nitpick it at all… However, I just plain don’t like it. I think I’m reacting to the halftones (which, to me, kind of bring the quality level down) or maybe the angles of the piece just aren’t grabbing me. I don’t know, it’s a puzzler.

The complicated take on a symbolic image is a good idea, and that’s why Roadside Picnic really works for me. While I preferred the color combinations in the original submission, it’s bold enough that I think it would work with just about any set of colors.

A Collection of Flies is another one that I’ve been expecting to see printed. It’s pretty clever, and the artwork is solid. If I were in the market for a flies-pinned-to-a-shirt kind of thing, this would absolutely be the one to get.

I hate Luckiest T-Shirt Ever. There, I said it. It’s a concept that pops up a lot at Threadless, and this is easily one of the worst iterations I’ve seen. It’s honestly kind of mind-boggling to me that it both scored well and got printed. The drawing style is not great, the characterizations of the lucky items are uninspired… I just don’t see a winner here.

Now I Know My ABCs is another that I am just not digging. Why is this a rectangle? To me, the overall shape of this absolutely kills the fun and whimsy a shirt like this should have. That’s just about the only flaw, but it’s such a huge flaw that it destroys the whole shirt for me. The geometry of the letters contrasted with them forming a cool, organic shape would have been amazing, and I weep for the shirt that might have been.

So, it was kind of a disappointing set of shirts for me. Two fantastic shirts, but the rest are less than what I think they could be.

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