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26 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s TLC Take a Stand Against Bullying design contest

Threadless has teamed up with TLC for their new Take a Stand Against Bullying design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

If you’ve ever been picked on, called names, had people say negative things about you on social media or worse, chances are you’ve been bullied. Here’s your opportunity to demonstrate that being kind is way cooler.

Join TLC in support of National Bullying Prevention Month. By sharing your time, support, and compassion, we believe you can make a big impact on anyone who has experienced bullying—especially youth. We call on all designers to give this “little” challenge a lot of love and rally around messages of acceptance and respect, regardless of our differences, through your art. Kindness is stronger than hate—now’s your chance to show it!

This contest opens to entries on August 23rd and ends on September 6th 2019. One winner will earn $500 cash, a $500 donation to the program of the winner’s choice and a $500 Threadless gift code. The winner will be announced at and invited to an October 2nd event in New York. Five runners-up will each receive a TLC fleece, TLC hat, tumbler and pop socket. A portion of proceeds will go to Love is Louder. You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to enter.

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22 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Green Thumb and more new this week

Green Thumb by Fred Hoffman (Frederick_Jay) is my favorite design this week. I think the combination of delicate flowers, rough leaves, and gently posed hands works well in creating a pattern that celebrates the simple act of picking flowers. Each hand is dramatic in its positioning, but still handles the blooms in ways that feel careful and nurturing. By using dark silhouettes for the hands, the lighter colors of the blossoms become the focal point. While I love the all-over print, though, the traditional, smaller print feels very weak in comparison. Instead of feeling like a few flowers being picked in a vast field, isolating just a few flowers and hands on the shirt feels like watching a flowerbed get ransacked leaving nothing left- it’s just too small a sampling and loses the sense of endless nature that the all-over print has.

Ubermensch by Mathiole (mathiole) parodies Superman comics by replacing the muscle-bound superhero with a more ordinary looking fellow. The contrast between the physical specimen we’re used to and this mustached intellectual make the concept pretty clear even to those who don’t recognize the phrase- this character is still superhuman, but in a way that’s more related to his brains than his brawn. The subject matter means philosophically inclined comic book geeks will definitely be tempted, but the clean, retro look of the illustration and careful precision of the parodying might also bring more customers in for a purchase.

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Gianni Corniola (spike00) definitely brings the fun, mixing fine art, outer space, and even an Alien reference all into one design. I like it because while most space designs are about how exciting it might be or how beautiful it looks, but this design understands that actually, space is terrifying. There’s no air out there and no one to help if anything goes wrong! Aliens might get you! A lot could go wrong! It’s viscerally scary, and gives one heck of a reason for the mix of horror and pain seen in that famous Scream face.

Contact by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) feels more like a biology textbook graphic than a space scene at first glance, a layered slab showing off different sections of material. It’s a good way to make the proceedings feel more alien, and a closer look clarifies the scenario quickly. At the top, a space capsule as landed and its astronaut lies on the ground beside it. From below the ground, black tentacles reveal themselves as the culprit, and that’s when you see it- although the ground looks empty and cratered, below it lurks a nightmare. Eyes, everywhere! Just a sea of eyes and inky black! The planet was never empty, it was waiting…

Always Read the Small Print by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) uses some legalese to question the reality of a patriotic phrase. Although the art stays simple by remaining text only, there’s still a lot to like in how it’s been executed. I like the irregular shapes of the lettering, which brings to mind the waving of a flag or something written on shaky ground. There’s a sense that it moves as you look at it, and if you look away too long the words might blow away entirely. I also like the use of the asterisk, basically a small star (and thus connecting to the patriotic theme). And of course, using red and blue on a white shirt is the perfect choice for a political design.

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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19 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Chess in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

As one of the world’s oldest and best-known strategy board games, Chess occupies a unique place in our culture as both a common pastime and a signifier of intelligence. Its pieces have shapes known worldwide, and even those who have never played the game know most of the basics and can rattle off a few of the specific movement styles each piece uses. Artists aren’t immune to the appeal of chess, and their efforts have illustrated some takes on the game that are brilliant, humorous, and even beautiful. Here’s a look at 15 of the ways artists used shirts to celebrate the game of chess…

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15 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Living and more new this week

It’s a Living by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s funny to think of the Grim Reaper as just another cog in the machine of a workplace, clacking the keys of his computer instead of swinging his scythe. He goes from being a scary symbol to a very relatable character, and one who might be just as stifled by his 9 to 5 gig as the average cube monkey. The slogan up top adds another level to the humor, and the small detail of the skull motif on the mug is a nice way to add a bit of personality.

The Grim and Her Cats by Sanja (odsanyu) shows the softer side of the Grim Reaper, surrounding the character with a trio of cats. In addition to both having a similar sinister aura at times, there’s a strong connection between Death as the taker of life and cats as possessing nine lives, so the design feels really natural. I like the way the reaper figure is made to feel soft and cuddly here through thee clean, long form of his robes- they’re puffed up like a stuffed toy rather than draping and wrinkled as we usually see. Pink makes a great background color for the sweet scene.

Dungeons & Drag Queens by Legend Derry (Legend_Derry) is a clever play on words, but its appeal goes far beyond that. I like the way this shines a spotlight on the way roleplaying games and drag can both do similar things for their participants- both create a safe zone to experiment with identity and try on different types of personalities, both can be used to satirize or comment on elements of society, and of course both are known for being supportive communities that welcome outsiders. Why can’t the barbarian warrior in an RPG campaign also be a fierce drag queen? No reason at all, creative games are more fun when people think outside the box.

Internet Killed the Television Star by kooky love (kooky love) finds the beauty in computer glitches with this chaotic, colorful pattern. While there’s a lot going on, the strong geometric shapes of rectangles and lines, as well as repetition of color orders, keep things from feeling too overwhelming. This is a design that looks most at home as an all-over t-shirt print, allowing the wearer to literally become an error. The small traditional print, which is also available, just can’t compare and looks flimsy in comparison.

Super Kaiju Robot by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) forms a Voltron-like mech out of Godzilla and pals. I think the most fun aspect of this is that it feels possible- with all these giant beasts mutating and attacking cities, surely at some point they’d bond over their common interests. I have to think somewhere in Godzilla, Inc. headquarters this design is making executives see dollar signs (and future movie possibilities). It’s a great concept, and the artwork fleshes it out well. I’m especially impressed with the way texture is communicated so clearly, making it easy to tell where each creature ends and the next begins.

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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12 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest

Unicorns, bigfoots, and sea monsters, oh my! Threadless’s Cryptozoology design contest is open to all kinds of artwork about unusual creatures. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Just because something hasn’t been scientifically proven to exist, doesn’t mean it doesn’t. Folklore tells tales of fabled creatures that lurk deep in the waters or shift like shadows in forgotten forests. Elusive to humans, these unbelievable beasts have captured our imagination. From Bigfoot and Nessie to the Chupacabra and Kraken, we can’t get enough of cryptids of all kinds.

We’re on the hunt for the most fantastical, legendary creature design in this cryptozoology challenge. Let’s prove once and for all these fabulous, supernatural animals exist. Craft designs inspired by unknown entities awaiting discovery or create new monsters of your own making. Only brave believers will succeed, don’t let doubters get you down. The search is on!

This contest opens to entries on August 16th and ends on August 30th 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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08 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Napman and more new this week

Napman by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless print this week. While a lot of designs have parodied this Batman wing logo over the years, this one immediately stands out from the pack by turning the character upside-down. It’s a perfect fit for the sleep theme, and also creates a nice order of discovery in its visuals, first letting the viewer see the Napman pun, and then the slumbering Batman, and finally the Zzz… detail that finishes the thought. The doodled feel of the art works with the spirit of relaxation inherent in the concept, though I do wish the typography on Napman was tightened up a bit to read more smoothly and fill the wings more completely.

Gourmet Boogers by Jey Kim (heyjey) won Threadless’s Gross challenge, and it’s easy to see why. The concept is definitely stomach-churning, but the heritage look of the illustration helps to keep the design surprisingly wearable. There’s a real artistry and delicacy to the drawing, totally unexpected for the subject matter but a smart way to imitate the branding of real gourmet products. I like that even the typography is hand-drawn, with just the slightest wobbling of letterforms to create that crafted look.

Bad Ass by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is a blast of cool 80s new wave style. With its palm trees, pink tones and city skyline, it feels like it’s straight out of a retro Miami detective show. So I have to admit I was a bit surprised to see that it’s a reference to the show Stranger Things, which I think of as having a very different kind of 80s flavor, the 80s of suburban malls, arcades, and BMX bikes. Since I’m not up to date on the show (I enjoyed season 1 but never bothered to watch the rest) it’s very possible that the style choice makes sense in a way I’m not grokking. And it’s certainly well done! I love the us of the teal highlight in the face and the starburst highlight of the earring.

Made in Japan by Tatak Waskitho (skitchism) reframes Godzilla as a national product to be proud of. I like the ambiguity of it, the way it makes you wonder if they’re celebrating the destructive monster or the creative minds that brought it to life. It works because the idea of being proud of a national treasure that destroys cities and causes havoc is funny, like someone cheering on their own possible destruction. The typography, though, is definitely my favorite part of this design- I love the irregular heights of the letters, the horizontal line that crowns the J as a capital letter, and the slight italicizing of Japan, all of which give the lettering the feel of a hand-painted sign.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) uses lines of uniform weight and varying color to create a rich landscape that fills two mirrored triangles. The triangles have a thicker weight and form a diamond shape together, reminiscent of the dial of a compass or an indication of above and below. Like the buttons on an elevator call panel, the top triangle has all the action above the horizon, mountaintops and clouds capped by a glowing sun, while the bottom has a placid expanse of lake and the low starting points of those peaks. It’s a gorgeous piece and does an excellent job of establishing a sense of height and scale.

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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05 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Sass design contest

Clever wordplay and snarky imagery might serve you well in Threadless‘s new Sass design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you mouth off to the principal in high school or reply with cheeky remarks to your mom’s reminders about doing chores? Were you yelled at for inciting unrest with impertinent comments to your siblings in the back seat during road trips? Finally, you’ll be rewarded for your insolence. Your quippy backtalk will serve you well in this saucy challenge.

We charge you to put your money where your mouth is and make some super sassy designs. Take those rude responses, witty retorts, and over-the-top eye rolls and turn them into graphic-art gold. Feature those smart-alecky words as artful typography in your designs. So, wise off and get designing. Yeah, that’s right, we’re talking to you.

This contest opens to entries on August 9th and ends on August 23rd 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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