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22 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Primary Colors design contest

Threadless gets back to basics with their new Primary Colors design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Time to celebrate the three colors that make everything possible: Red, Yellow, & Blue (+Black)! Create a design with the primary goal (get it?) of celebrating the big three. After all, without them would Keith Haring’s art have the same bright vibes? Would pop art lose some of its pop? Would Piet Mondrian have EVER picked up a paintbrush? It can be minimal, maximal, hand lettering, cartoonish, abstract a la Mondrian, anthropomorphizing these colors – whatever you like! It just must feature Red, Yellow, and Blue and ONLY these three (…+Black & White).

This contest opens to entries on July 27th, 2018 and ends on August 10th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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20 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: No Worries and more new this week

No Worries by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Hats 2 challenge, but it’s a design that also works really well on shirts. The use of text to create the familiar face is inspired, and packs even more punch because of the specific words used. The spacing of NO, with each letter as an eye, leads the viewer to read it with a lazy drawl, emphasizing the relaxed feel of the slogan. I also like the way the slightly rough outer circle communicates a laidback, unfussy worldview to further support the slogan’s aims. The casual feel of the font chosen, with its thick, brushy strokes, is probably meant to do the same, but strikes me as a slight misfire- I think a thick handwritten lettering there might have represented the theme even better, especially because the use of two identical Rs right in a row starts to look a bit regimented and precise. Still, super-wearable and an excellent design!

Space Text by Jackie Farkas (JackieFarkas) has a very iconic, classic feel. The font and use of a rainbow motif both echo NASA graphics, which also infuses a good amount of nostalgia into the piece. Part of what makes this an interesting design to me is that, despite the retro look, there’s one big decision that makes this shirt very contemporary- it says Space instead of NASA, showing the way a modern space enthusiast looks to a variety of possibilities for the advancement of space travel (such as private companies or foreign governments) rather than just NASA. Maybe in this case it’s the destination that matters much more than how you get there.

Bike Dreams by Lisa Sundin (lisacsundin) is a different take on bike riding than is usually seen, setting the narrative at night rather than during the day. It all feels like an idealized vision of what biking could be at its best, an amazing journey through beautiful vistas under starlight… and yet somehow, with a smooth path ahead even through the shadows. The lack of a rider makes me think this might be the bike’s dream rather than a biker’s, which is a fun thought. The one element I remain on the fence about is the bike’s shadow. I like the idea of it, but in practice it looks a bit like two eyes and a crooked mustache to me, something that I think distracts a bit from the clean lines of the rest. The way the lines cut off feels busier to me than the rest, and draws my eyes more than the solidness of the bike above. Still a really solid piece, though.

Ride the Wave by Jackie Farkas (JackieFarkas) is pleasingly retro. I love the power and drama of that massive curling wave, the way the bend is lush with a round, lush press of bubbles that eases into smooth, straight lines that convey the water’s speed and strength. It’s a great shape, and sits well in the lined circle behind it, claiming the center with the inertia of the wave’s crest. Color also adds a lot to the design, with those gorgeously vintage sunset shades. I especially like the creamy, reddish beige used in place of white, which helps give the design an aged feel.

Simple Pleasures by Cody Weiler (csweiler) is a really interesting take on the outdoorsy minimalism concept, using thick, curved lines that have a rough-hewn, rustic feel. I like the way natural elements are used as framing, with pine trees blocking in the sides while mountains command the top and a river holds the bottom. The central scene is a warm campfire in front of a blue tent, each element reflecting a color used in the framing to further unite the artwork. The most intriguing choice in the design, though, has got to be the use of gradients- those subtle shadows echo the flickering of a campfire, making this piece pretty remarkable.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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17 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s St. Baldrick’s Foundation design contest

Threadless is seeking designs that embrace the joy and hope of childhood in their St. Baldrick’s Foundation design competition. Here’s more about the contest’s goals…

For this challenge, we want you to create a design for a good cause to launch just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September! The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds the most promising research into better therapies and cures for kids with cancer. You may have heard of the head-shaving events they host all over the world and now you can be a part of their mission by putting your creative muscle to work! Create a design that celebrates their goal – a goal we all share – to “Take Childhood Back from Cancer.” The winning design will be included in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Artist Shop during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

Together, we can help kids with cancer live long and healthy lives. Because all kids deserve that. This is your chance to think outside the box and get ultra-creative to design something that brings hope and support to so many kids and families who need it.

Enter before July 30th, 2018 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash. The winning design will be added to the St. Baldrick’s Artist Shop as a fundraiser.

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15 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Shred design contest

Board sports of all sorts are the focus of attention in Threadless‘s new Shred design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

From the asphalt to the break, skate and surf culture has left an indelible stamp on everything from fashion to language to design. For this challenge, we want you to channel the aggro, gnarly, kinetic energy and independence that both surf and skate culture present.

These countercultures are connected by more than just the surf pipeline and the skate pipeline. With striking iconography that even non-skaters can recognize and vibe, the art of both of these subcultures embraces free thinking, edginess, and is always memorable. Hang loose and make a design to stand among the greats.

This contest opens to entries on July 20th, 2018 and ends on August 3rd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash with additional prizing announced on 7/20/18. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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13 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cult Music Sing-Along and more new this week

Cult Music Sing-Along by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week, and the winner of Threadless’s Faux Music design challenge. To me, what’s great about this image is the way it straddles the line of actual childhood activities and cult ephemera. At first glance, the colored robes look like modern onesies- they’re even in bright, Power Rangers-esque colors! And there’s something very realistic about a little kid showing off with an instrument for their audience of distracted friends. If not for the details of the spooky candelabras, red chalk outline on the floor, and of course the text, everything would feel very innocent and even a bit nostalgic. But those creepy twists capitalize on the already seedy feel of 70s style, and make this almost-ordinary gathering into the kind of freaky, evil gathering that right wing media was always warning parents about. It’s so crazy, it’s funny!

Kitty Tiki by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is definitely timed well for summer and represents the tiki style well. The fact that it uses a cat adds an element of humor for me since it’s such a beachy, aquatic style and my stereotype of cats is that they’d stay far away from water. Because of the upraised paw this design also feels like a reference to Maneki-neko, the Japanese lucky cat, just replacing the lucky cat’s tablet with a more on-theme simple surfboard. It’s well made work, with colors that feel fresh and fun and line art that gives the impression of carved wood.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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10 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Villains design contest

Threadless turns to the dark side for their new Villains design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Sometimes to create a really good design, you gotta go bad. And for our Villains Challenge, we want you to create a design most foul! Get in touch with your dastardly little heart and put your evil artistic plot into action. Think back to your favorite baddies from movies, cartoons, comics, etc. and channel what you loved (or loved to hate) about their dastardly deeds into a unique and villainous original design all your own. It can be funny, it can be dark, it can be a mix of the two – the world is yours…TO RULE!

This contest ends on July 20th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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08 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Smiles design contest

Threadless is putting on a happy face for their new Smiles design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day is a smile! That’s why for this challenge, we want you to create a design that smiles back. A smile can mean a million different things. Is it happy? SUPER awkward? An evil grin? Whatever meaning it conveys, the only big rule here is that your design MUST feature a smile.

This contest opens to entries on July 13th, 2018 and ends on July 27th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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