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29 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Iron & WIne Loves Threadless: My Top Three

The Iron and Wine Loves Threadless competition ended recently, and I was really glad. For me, this was probably the weakest theme I’ve seen in a Threadless contest (shirts were supposed to be based on the song Boy With a Coin), and it was definitely reflected in the designs that were submitted. But there was still some good work to be found, so here are my top three:

answer is - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Radiomode’s Answer Is looks great- it’s an attractive scene with some decorative flourishes and a kickin color palette. The various elements work to reard the viewer for taking a closer look- the cord of the phone loops through the skull and the bird tweets politely into the tin can.

Boy in the weeds ! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Boy in the Weeds by stor is flat-out neat, and I fully expect it to be printed (whether as a contest winner or not I cannot say). The weeds are rendered in a way that is both organic and mechanical- despite their precision, they almost seem to sway in the breeze.

A Beard Of Waves - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

JoesephWilliamDesign’s A Beard of Waves is gorgeous. The beardiness compliments the band that this contest is for, and the character work is excellent. There is also a neat intertwining of styles between the linework in the beard, the halftoning of the skin and the floral pattern in the background.

There were other great shirts as well, but those three were far and away my favorites. It was a tough competition for me as a voter- I somehow managed to avoid giving a five to any of the entries in this one. Ouch! In my limited defense, I did give out plenty of fours. But still, it was definitely not a favorite theme for me.

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25 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Ferraby Lionheart Loves Threadless


Ferraby Lionheart Loves Threadless. And if you’re like me, you have never heard of this dude. It turns out that he’s a musician with a song titled Small Planet. That song is the theme of this contest, so design your shirts accordingly. I’m a little skeptical on this one- I think the recent Iron & Wine competition proved that a lot of people aren’t actually taking the time to listen to the song, they’re just reading the title. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Anyway, the prize is totally boss: the winner gets a custom Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar with their design on it! There’s also a Ferraby Lionheart CD, poster and EP in the mix, plus the customary Threadless prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

Enter before October 24th, 2007 to be eligible for the prize.

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24 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


This week’s Select, A Tall Tale, is also my favorite of the new shirt batch at Threadless this week. Artist Chris Thornley (Raid71) has crafted a really charming scene that makes expert use of his drawing style. The dashed markings imply motion and transparency on the ghostly creature, volume and light on the cat, texture on the bird and shadow on the ground. Definitely a great piece.


Ping Pong Championships of ’82 by Michael B. Myers, Jr. has a seriously sweet concept- a ping pong pro goes up against the video game Pong paddle. The bright pink and green colors give this one the feeling of a vivid dream, and the shadow work is really nicely done.

Ryan Lin’s Northern Ice Pilot has some really nice line work, it expresses dimension and light perfectly. I especially love the way the clouds are rendered. According to the blogs, there may also be some Final Fantasy references in this one- I can’t verify that, because while I am a huge video game dork I’ve only played Final Fantasy 10 (and… not well).


I usually hate shirts that call out the organs like this. They tend to strike me as obvious, and kind of gross. But Treasure Map by Noor Azman Mohd Zain (Jemae) is a huge exception to what I thought was an iron-clad rule. The organs are abstract enough to be visually pleasing and the treatment of the map feels completely authentic. Even a shirt color that I usually dislike is used here to great effect.

Matheus Lopes Castro’s La Gran Reunion is another shirt that makes me like a shirt color that I never go for. The pinks and warm browns in this design actually manage to make a natural shirt look good. The concept is also a lot of fun: the image shows a reunion of gentlemen, with the stereotypes that they portray graffiti’d over their images.


Eric Pacenta’s Life on Gi’raph Paper is the shirt this week that I’m just not so crazy about. It’s well done, don’t get me wrong, but the whole composition just feels so cutesy. Still, it’s cool to see something that looks so different from the rest of the catalog being printed.

It has now been 273 days since Sink Yourself by Charley Schrader (fat pigeon) finished scoring. It is pretty rare to see a shirt printed after so much time, and I’m really glad that they took another look at this one. My second favorite of the week, there’s a lot to like about this design- some great texture in the sweater and boat, nice character work on the storm cloud, and a touch of humor in the lightning-paddle and the storming speech bubble.


The reprints this week are fun, but my general wish for some color variation for reprints still stands. I just think it would be cool if each printing of a shirt had a distinct look to it. And for slogans the type treatment could easily vary from printing to printing- it might even be cool to assign reprint slogans to alumni and have them work out a new look for the slogan.

Overall, though, it’s a nice bunch of shirts. Two of them are shirts that I’m highly likely to buy, and most of the rest are ones that I’d wear. There’s also a nice variety in style and content.

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22 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Increases Slogan Prize


Slogan writers whose work is printed by Threadless will now earn $200 cash and $100 in store credit. Additionally, reprints will earn writers an extra $100.

Sloganeers have long campaigned for a prize increase, and it’s definitely good to see that Threadless is listening.

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19 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Top Three 33 1/3 Submissions

The 33 1/3 Loves Threadless contest deadline has passed, so it’s time to take a look at a few of the top contenders.

The ash grove we come to be... - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Ash Grove We Come to Be by thepaul is one of the most expressive textural pieces I’ve seen on Threadless. The woman’s face holds a lot of power, and as the eye is drawn in the viewer is rewarded with a cacophony of smooth tan and gold line. The well-chosen tee placement only enhances an already amazing work.

Zero BPM - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Zero BPM by ejay is dark and whimsical at the same time. Death listens to his favorite sound, while wearing bunny slippers of course. Every detail is perfectly imagined, with subtle touches like the texture on the scythe handle raising the bar even further.

Natural music - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

nes-k’s Natural Music is probably the most fun grey design I’ve ever seen. Playful and clean, a figure chooses the bird he’d like to hear by tugging a vine. The restraint of the artist increased the imaginative appeal of this piece.

While those are undoubtedly my top three, there were many excellent submissions to this competition. In scoring, I awarded seven designs with a 5 (four of which were $5). Another nine received a 4.

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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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