Archive | threadless

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!)

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

02 September 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Threadless New Shirt Reviews (Very Belated)


I didn’t post a summary of this weeks new Threadless designs- it seems that natural disasters (flooding, specifically) are one of the few things that can distract me from my t-shirt obsession. But now that that’s been cleared up and my internet connection has been back for a few days, I’m ready to post the huge summary.

First off, I am so glad to see that Unseen Unheard got printed. It was one of my favorites from the Ted Leo competition, and I was pretty disappointed when it didn’t win (though the actual winner, My Classmate, is certainly quite nice as well). Further, the artist of Unseen Unheard is Ed Pincombe, yesterday’s big Uneetee winner. Wow, way to take the internet t-shirt world by storm!

My other favorite of this week’s new tees is Wishless, which is just absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great enough idea that it might have been printed regardless of artistic quality, but the extra effort is evident in the elegant texture work on the dragon.

Strength in Numbers is a Ross Zietz design, so of course it’s already sold out in adult sizes. But it’s not just the superstar name that made this a quick sellout- the colors are masterfully done, and the halftones lend a beautiful subtle shading that takes the piece to the next level. Additionally, the shark’s expression is completely charming.

What can I say about Cat on a Skateboard? How about this- it’s kind of like an adult-oriented update of the shirts kids wore in the eighties. It’s bold, it’s fun, it’s awesome.

Then there’s Stupid Cupid. I admit, I don’t really care for this one. The colors are dull and to me, the characters are so subtly portrayed that they seem pretty lacking in personality. Add a white shirt and this one is pretty much dead to me. (Its close to sold out, though, so clearly others disagree with my assessment.)

Grave of the Fireflies is one that I almost like. Almost. Part of my objection is the color scheme- that shade of brown on back isn’t really doing it for me. There’s also some awkwardness in the way the jar is portrayed- the angle seems unlikely to my eye. The figure in the background also strikes me as unresolved.

Amazon Addiction is alright, and given the number of Tetris-themed submissions that Threadless receives, I guess they were bound to print one eventually. I just hate that it was this one (I’m rather partial to Working Game. Plus, the placement isn’t really ideal- that branch seems way too low.

Stupid Raisins, Stay Out of My Cookies is a great Text Tee. Its bold, child-like qualities are so appealing that I’d be tempted to wear it even though I love raisins.

Unicorn is a great pun with a nice, bold image and a halftone punch that lends extra style to the concept.

Another one with a simple, bold graphic is Bad Apple. The pixelated middle fingers are a great touch, as is the shadow beneath the apple. It’s no surprise that this is already sold out on everything except the hoody.

UR In My Top 8 is a great concept- a knight sends text messages to his princess rather than risk fighting the monsters that stand between him and the castle tower. Some really amazing textures help this shirt to be one of this week’s stand outs.

Kids will hold hands with anybody. That, and a simple case of missing identity, form the basis of the design for Everybody Loves a Yeti. It’s a nice, spare piece of art with tons of personality.

The Select this week was Rock the Frog, but for me the shirt didn’t live up to its awesome name. There’s a sense of studied awkwardness at play (which I usually go for), but here it just seems to detract from the sense of motion that a smashed guitar ought to have. The shirt placement is perfect, but the rest of this is just not my cup of tea.

Anthill Trap is solid. There’s a great cartoony style at play, and the joke is easy to understand at a glance. I’m really not crazy about the giant sun shape in the background, but I’ll also grant that I don’t have a better idea on how to handle that space.

Overall, a great selection of shirts. The $10 sale continues until Monday, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely take a look.

Continue Reading

27 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: $10 Back to School Sale


Yep, there’s a ten dollar sale on at Threadless! And I’m going to go on record as saying this is the best sale ever. Why? Because today there are 14 new shirts and 4 new reprints. Even more impressive (to me), this marks the first time in history that I have scored two of the printed designs with $5 scores. Those two shirts were″>Everybody Loves a Yeti.

The sale will continue until September 3rd, but act quickly as the most popular shirts will sell out before then.

(Typically, I’d post reviews of all the new shirts. Due to the high number of shirts and my lack of internet at home right now, that won’t be happening today. I may include that information later in the week, so stay tuned.)

Continue Reading

25 August 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Threadless by the Numbers

Fantastic Blognanza crunched the numbers to find answers to the biggest questions that users have about Threadless.

1. Can a design’s score be accurately predicted?

2. Do professionals get printed more than amatuers?

3. What kind of shirts don’t get printed?

Definitely some good information to be had there if you missed it when it was first posted a few weeks ago. It’s interesting to see the difference in number of comments between printed and unprinted work- I wonder if that might be due to the number of multiple printed artists (alumni tend to get a ton of comments regardless of quality, especially compared to new artists).

Continue Reading