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29 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The Great Outdoors design contest

Threadless is preparing for all the warm weather headed our way with their new The Great Outdoors design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The great outdoors is more than just open fields and hidden waterfalls – it’s a feeling of freedom, exploration, serenity, and adventure! Nature has influenced some of the most significant art ever made, like Van Gogh’s Wheat Fields and Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent landscapes. Create a design to inspire using the beauty of the sunrise or the majestic skyscrapers of the great redwoods as your muse.

Channel your inner John Muir or Teddy Roosevelt, head for the hills, and create your Great Outdoor designs now!

This contest opens to entries on May 3rd and ends on May 17th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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25 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: She-Rex Prehistoric Princess of Power and more new this week

She-Rex: Prehistoric Princess of Power by Jacob Paul (Jacob Paul) is my favorite new design this week. It feels especially refreshing because dinosaurs are often presented as being quite masculine, these thick-skinned army green killing machines who bite and scratch their way through history. So it’s great to see them in a She-Ra context instead, brightly colored and joyful, cooperating with another creature instead of battling it. The expressive feathers of the winged unicorn feel right being so close to a dinosaur- giving some energy towards the idea that dinos, too, might have had feathers like those. And of course, it’s great to see the T-Rex’s tiny arms given the purpose of holding a sword aloft, not so useless after all.

Love Yourself by Mauro (maurogatti) feels like a companion piece to a Threadless design by another artist, also titled Love Yourself. It’s not clear to me which came first, but given that both can be seen as taking their inspiration from long animals (dachshunds and long cat) it seems at least theoretically possible that the idea was arrived at independently by both. I personally prefer the cat version because of thee extra humor from the gross-out effect of the tongue and the way the center of thee heart twists to better emphasize the shape, but the style of the dog version is a lot of fun as well especially in the bright colors and the curious expression it captures.

Heeeree’s Chicky by Martina Scott (martinascott) is an unlikely costume tee, taking advantage of the white shirt to transform it all into an egg from which a grouchy chick peeks out. My favorite aspect of this is the chicken’s expression, which somehow only needs a few lines to scream “Leave me alone!” Another strong choice is the use of dots to give the egg shell texture, which also helps to ease the eye into the crack and soften the transition from crack to white fabric. That said, I do wonder if large and center of the shirt is the right print placement- I think a small, pocket placement print could have been pretty intriguing, too.

Onion Role Reversal by louisroskosch (louisroskosch) explores the idea of cutting vegetables by showing it in reverse. I like how it capitalizes on the idea of humans crying while cutting onions and highlights it- while we do it out of a biological reaction, the onion shows itself to be our better by (presumably) doing it out of pure emotion. Keeping the palette to black and white helps the emphasis to stay on the onion, whose massive dome fills the canvas, and leaves the vulnerable human to be mere detail. He’s blank and expressionless, not capable of objecting, while the onion stands tall as the sympathetic protagonist.

No Person Is Illegal by Agu Luque (AguLuque) has a great message and a strong look, which would be enough to recommend it. In particular I like the way the “no person” text forms a soft umbrella over the harshness of “is illegal”- the typography looks like the statement it presents. But it’s also a design that improves further when you take a closer look, because that’s where you notice the soft touch taken with arranging the letters. There’s a playful, handcrafted bounce to how the letters sit, making some hover above or below the baseline. Solid work.

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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22 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Love Is Love design contest

Threadless is preparing for Pride month early with their new Love Is Love design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

While Pride month comes every June, we here at Threadless like to celebrate Pride every day. For this design challenge, create designs that celebrate every type of love. Your creative approach should showcase the true meaning of Pride, and help to spread the important message of human equality.

Someone famous once said, “all you need is love” and that line stands true to this day. The reason? Because love is love is love. ?

Paint the town in the full spectrum of the rainbow. ???? Illustrate to your heart’s content and show us how you celebrate Pride. Whether you’re an ally or a member, this design challenge will help tell the world that everyone is deserving of love and we should all have the same right to love.

This contest opens to entries on April 26th and ends on May 10th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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19 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing Threadless Rewards

Sharing links with friends has been an integral part of Threadless‘s popularity, dating back to the early days of their Street Team program. And now a bit of that spirit is back in the new Threadless Rewards program!

Currently, members can earn reward points by making purchases, leaving reviews, and even following Threadless on Instagram. There is also currently a promotion encouraging fans to share their personalized Threadless link with friends, an action that can earn both the linker and the new visitor $10 to spend on the site.

It’s interesting to note, though, that although a reward is offered for an Instagram follow, none are offered for actions on the Threadless site itself, such as voting in their design contests or participating in community forums. Let’s hope that as the Rewards program goes, some of it will be aimed at growing the community as well.

Check out the Threadless Rewards page for more information on the program and how to participate!

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18 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Let’s Play Catch and more new this week

Let’s Play Catch by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Like others in this series by the artist, it does an excellent job of mixing a nostalgic look with absurdist content that highlights the more disturbing side of the 70s. It works because although the idea of playing catch with a cannon is ridiculous, it also doesn’t feel that far removed from the real, dangerous toy lawn darts of that era. I like the way the artist uses a lined gradient to end the green grass for an extra retro element, and has the boy near the cannon cover his ears in anticipation of the boom to emphasize the power of the weapon. It’s all thought through very well, and is instantly hilarious to look at.

My Hobby is Sleeping by louisroskosch (louisroskosch) is certainly relatable! I like the way it reframes the bear’s habit of hibernating not as a necessity of biology, but instead a fun activity he chooses to pursue. The illustration backs up the concept nicely by rounding out thee bear into a series of big, fluffy circles, almost like he’s a giant pillow. Low set eyes help him to seem already asleep, while the slight bounce and variation of the text height brings to mind the rise and fall of a slumbering animal’s snores.

Cold Pizza Fan Club by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) won Threadless’s Unpopular Opinion challenge, but although warm pizza is more popular I don’t think the cold version is exactly unpopular, either. It’s not just a quick snack, it’s the kind of choice that signals a lot about what else is going on in the eater’s life- they prize fast food over traditional breakfasts, and are more likely to enjoy a late night than an early morning. I like the cheery look of this, and the way that the pizza has prepared for the chill of the fridge by bundling up with a scarf.

A Whole New Me by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) is one of those designs that comes completely out of left field, but once you’ve seen it forever changes the way you view its subject. It’s a very complete reimagining of the mushroom, trading its stem for a tractor beam and contorting its dome into a flying saucer. Even the dots covering the mushroom lid get in on the act, becoming flashing lights on the UFOs side and a large window in the center. The tiny, but determined look of the fungus, his little fists clenched tight with the strength of his intention, make him a very easy character to root for.

Lazy Eye by Hugo Diaz Romero (hugodiaz) is a clever bit of cartooning… but if I’m being honest, the sight of something squirming inside an eye grossed me out so much initially that my first reaction was on of revulsion. For those less queasy, though, there’s a lot to like here. The dimension conveyed in each shape makes the blue of thee eye feel like a giant, fluffy bean bag chair. And the pupil’s sleepy stretching is reminiscent of the laziness of the egg character Gudetama. Between the fun creature and the solid punning, I think plenty of people will dig this one.

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 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fresh Kicks design contest

Threadless wants to own your look from head to toe in the new Fresh Kicks design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

If you don’t know by now, we’ve joined forces with Bucketfeet! Now we can all rock sweet designs from head to TOE. Experiment in ways you have probably never thought of, like all-over prints, or a pair of shoes designed to fit together like sole mates. ?

There have been some pretty sweet kicks designed since Bucketfeet stepped into our lives. Creating a design that will stand the test of time is no small feat, but we think you have what it takes!

Like Forrest Gump said, “Momma always said there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes.” What can your designs tell us? Are you the next Shoe-dini? Sorry about all the puns, but we just want you to pur-shoe your passion for great design! Now go and design a sweet pair of shoes that can de-feet this challenge.

This contest opens to entries on April 19th and ends on May 3rd, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash, a $250 Threadless gift code, and a $250 Bucketfeet gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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11 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Rhinogami and more new this week

Rhinogami by Lucas Scialabba (palitosci) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Reminiscent of another piece by the same artist, Owligami, both designs use a digitally created series of textures and shadows to make their folded animals feel like realistic 3D objects. While both are great designs, to me this is even more special that the original because of that exciting pop of yellow for the little bird resting on the rhino’s back. It feels really whimsical to see those tiny folds, and the interaction between the two animals adds to the feeling of each of their personality and character.

Strange Planet: We Deceived You! by Nathan W. Pyle (nathanwpyle1982) is based on the artist’s comics on Instagram, and while there’s a whole collection of these on Threadless this is one of the pieces that I think reads best as a shirt design. I really love the abject horror of the surprised alien, who reacts with a terror that is more natural that the delight one is meant to feel at this kind of surprise. You don’t really need the text to understand what’s happening here (the balloons and character positions tell you enough), but it adds to the humor of the scenario to see the ridiculousness spelled out so clearly.

Plant Killers Club by Luis Romero (lxromero) is one of those designs that succeeds by taking an experience most people can relate to and expressing it in a way that feels specific. Most people have owned a plant at some point in their life, and most plants will at some point die- the combination of factors makes a lot of people feel as though they, specifically, are incapable of keeping plants alive, when the reality is that even in the wild plants are bound to miss out on rainfall now and again, so your own forgetfulness about watering may not be the culprit. Even so, there’s something powerful about owning a flaw and staring into mortality with unblinking eyes, so the combination of droopy, half-dead foliage and the bright skull emblazoned on the pot feels oddly reassuring. If there’s a whole club of people doing this, after all, it can’t be too bad!

We Are All Trash by Katie Lukes (k_lukes) takes advantage of popular slang, with many people calling themselves trash as they indulge in lowbrow media or pastimes. My initial reaction was to dislike the way the trash is drawn, because with all the colors and shapes possible in a pile of trash, a series of plain black bags seemed like the least interesting option. But the choice has grown on me a lot, and that’s down to the way the red drawstrings adorn the bags like brightly colored bows. It gives the trash a lot of character, enhanced even further with small variations in their faces.

The Bermuda Triangle by Lili Batista (spookylili) gives a new reason for the area’s mysterious disappearances by imagining the triangle as a dull-witted child who isn’t very careful with his toys. The narrowed eyes and overbite give the impression of a mix of stupidity and malice, the sort of mind that hasn’t considered that these vehicles have passengers. I love the way this concept totally upends the triangle’s reputation as a mysterious enigma- as in most of life, maybe the dumbest explanation is the right one.

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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