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27 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Halloween’s Here

Halloween’s Here by wawawiwa is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a Halloween tee that is more about silliness than scariness, in a way that reminds me of the holiday as seen through the eyes of a small child. That’s highlighted by the use of two muffins, who definitely read as parent and child both in size and how their personalities are expressed. For instance, I love the way the small muffin’s legs are bent in the first panel, showing excitement and anticipation. In the second panel, the small muffin is having a lot of fun with its spooky costume, while the larger muffin has a look of quiet contentment, happy to experience the holiday vicariously through the smaller muffin’s fresh eyes. And of course, the costume itself is great! Seeing the muffin wrapper used in this way makes sense, and there’s a lot of humor in seeing everyday objects in a new context.

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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20 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s All Booked Up

All Booked Up by DinoMike is my favorite Threadless print this week. Perfect for the Halloween season, it’s also a design that horror fans and bookworms can enjoy year round. The devil character looks like a lot of fun with his child-like huge eyes contrasted with his small horns, tiny ears and gently blushing cheeks. He’s also showing additional personality in his traditional demon characteristics of furry legs, hooves, wings and a pointed tail. But while other devils might do terrible things, the design makes it clear that this guy would rather just read about it. His time, as the slogan states, is “All Booked Up” and he’s looking perfectly content leafing through his Book of the Dead (even as a particularly tormented ghost escapes its pages). 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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13 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s A Wild Bear Sunset City

A Wild Bear Sunset City by jun21 is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it shows two opposite landscapes at the same time, with a vibrant, wild landscape filling the crisp silhouettes of a city skyline. The look of nature in this piece is rugged and colorful, with trees painted with fire-y autumn color, mountains swept with dramatic highlights, and a sky that eases in the sunset with a gradient of ebbing stripes. You can almost hear the wind rustling leaves and smell the morning dew. In contrast, the skyline is almost impossibly prim- the buildings sit directly next to each other, cutting straight channels through the art, and unlike a real city, here all the structures are about the same width and height, with tower styles in a blocky structure that compliments each other. They end in precise drips, the only nod to anything organic, as they form a rough umbrella over the bear. And for his part, the bear isn’t entirely a part of either world- he’s silhouetted like the city, but his contours have the roughness of nature.

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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06 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Great Hot Dog

Great Hot Dog by Ilustrata is my favorite Threadless print this week. The artist’s series of food in Japanese action movie poster style has all been pretty great, but I especially love the way this composition highlights the length of the hot dog with strong perspective and the way it looms threateningly over the tall buildings nearby. The yellows and reds of the explosions match the hot dog’s coloring well, creating a palette that is warm and exciting, with a pop of cool blue vehicles to add interest and highlight the danger. There’s even a bit of sly storytelling in the small hot dog billboard that can be spotted on one of the skyscrapers- the contrast between the smiling wiener in the ad and the terrifying scowl of the Godzilla-sized sausage definitely gets the imagination spinning as the viewer invents an explanation for the shift in mood and size.

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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04 October 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Vintage Sports design contest

Break out the old-timey athletic gear, because Threadless‘s new t-shirt design competition is all about Vintage Sports! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Many of the most popular sports today have long histories that date back hundreds, even thousands of years. Sometimes it’s fun to remember how sports used to be decades ago. You know, when basketball shorts were tiny, football helmets were made of leather, and pitchers threw perfect games while tripping on acid (for real though, Google Dock Ellis).

For your next Design Challenge, we want you to make a new piece of art inspired by vintage sports. Interpret this theme however you like. You could draw inspiration from real-life sports or make up your own, like Full-Contact Chess or Bare-Knuckle Baking. Or maybe make a baseball card of a player who never existed, or illustrate the reasons you dislike sports altogether. If you really want to lean into the throwback vibes, consider giving your design a little vintage lovin’. Show its age with sepia tones, light distressing, and a whole lotta mutton chops. Make it sporty and make it retro!

Enter before October 29th, 2021 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One 2nd Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One 3rd Place winner gets $250 cash and a $250 Threadlless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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29 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The Birch Tree Story

The Birch Tree Story by Jemae is my favorite Threadless print this week. It solves the problem of how to feature detailed illustration on a shirt in a very smart way, containing the drawing in the shape of a fallen leaf. This gives the shirt a clear image even at a far distance, with the bird and trees becoming more clear at a middle distance. It is at this length that you can appreciate the woodpecker’s active and immaculately drawn pattern and plumage, as well as the way the light blue color fills some tree trunks as a way of indicating distance. What makes this design truly special, though, is the unique way it reveals yet another layer in close up. The pattern on the closest birch tree’s trunk is full of nature and camping scenes, almost like a toile. The mix of light and dark still feels true to the birch bark, but brings humans into the thick of the nature it represents and makes the concept even more clever and appealing.

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 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Koala Kaiju

Koala Kaiju by ppmid is my favorite Threadless print this week. There’s something very cool about the restful, sleepy look of this koala- so opposite to the rage of King Kong or Godzilla. While fighter planes train their missiles on those giants, this one is met only with a peaceful sky and a passenger plane journeying into the sunset. The whole city feels warmly lit by that setting sun, with cool, faded textures softly filling the buildings. And best of all, because of the idyllic look of the scene and the koala’s napping, it’s easy to interpret what we see as the koala’s dream- a small, cuddly animal imagining what it might be like to climb something taller than a tree, somewhere more exotic than his home, and to be big enough to hug it all. 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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