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27 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Epic Story Line and more new this week

Epic Story Line by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) is my favorite design this week. I love the concept of taking a popular artistic style and applying it to pop culture, and this is a particularly strong pairing. The minimal line art style helps all the different regions to feel visually united, and the long horizontal lines lead the eye from one scene to the next. The result is that you take a visual journey not unlike the one the Lord of the Rings characters took, with each viewer having their own favorite little areas that they’d like to explore for real. It feels like a massive world, yet the simplicity of the lines used keep it sophisticated. Excellent work!

Icarus Air Grab by v_calahan (v_calahan) won Threadless’s Shred competition, and it definitely captures the daredevil nature of skateboarding. The pairing of the skeleton and eagle is suitably badass, calling to mind amazing nature photographs like the eagle and fox who fight for a fish in midair. You can imagine the eagle’s jealousy in seeing the bony fellow soar through the air on his board, no wonder he had to have the skateboard for himself! And the skeleton’s determination to keep the board is just as apparent, as he’s literally hanging on for dear life (and loving every minute, as his smile proclaims), So it’s definitely a fun scenario, well-illustrated, and with elements that particularly appeal to the hobby’s adherents- all in all, very successful.

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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24 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Collage in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Of all the art styles that can be used on a t-shirt, collage just might be the most difficult. It takes a creative and experienced eye to develop relationships in color, shape, texture and meaning from materials that are, at least at first, unrelated. But it can be done, and when done well the results can be spectacular. Here are 15 great examples of Collage in shirt design…

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23 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Holiday Party design contest

While winter is still a ways off, Threadless is getting a jump on the season early with their new Holiday Party design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Cthulhu, etc., we can all bond over the fact that where there are holidays, there are holiday parties! We’re calling on you to create a design that celebrates all the hijinks and crazy antics that ensue during the most wonderful time of the year – no matter what you celebrate. There just aren’t enough designs out there celebrating the festivities that put the “spirits” in “holiday spirit”. From ugly sweater designs to a design you could see on a greeting card with a funny caption, find what says “holiday party” to you.

We’ll save you the “make this holiday lit” joke. Now get out there and create a design that brings the fun ghosts of holiday parties past to mind!

This contest opens to entries on September 28th, 2018 and ends on October 12th, 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 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Missing Home and more new this week

Missing Home by ilovedoodle (ilovedoodle) is my favorite Threadless design this week. The gang of animals is just too much fun, managing to include creatures of all different types all united in the same quest to escape. I especially like that the long neck of the giraffe sets its head at the same level as the flying pelican, a small moment that helps all these characters feel like a cohesive group. There are also fun moments of interaction that make the details worth looking at, like the elephant pushing the fan, the lion assist a monkey, and the too-cool sunglasses that the alligator sports. This quest for freedom is relatable, and it’s also funny to consider what the group might get up to after they make their getaway.

The first Commandment of the Internet by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) won Threadless’s The Internet 2.0 challenge, and it’s an excellent pick. I like that it takes a common refrain, but adds to its gravitas by giving it this ancient and religious grounding. It’s a choice that makes the phrase apply to more than just the internet- maybe one should ignore the comments in other venues as well, even when spoken or implied. Part of what makes this design work, though, is the pure shock and disgust on the face of the bearded fellow- it’s as though he’s horrified by what he sees, and that’s a perfect pairing for the text’s message.

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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16 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Seasons: Autumn design contest

Threadless is preparing for the months ahead with the new Seasons: Autumn design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

In honor of the coziest time of the year, we want you to create a design that wafts more fall vibes into the room than a pumpkin spice cinnamon chai candle. What brings fall to mind for you? The food? The colors? We want to see a design that would look amazing on everything from our new super soft sponge fleece to a mug perfect for sipping that first warm beverage of the season.

This contest opens to entries on September 21st, 2018 and ends on October 5th, 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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13 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Tiny Triceratops and more new this week

Tiny Triceratops by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The winner of the site’s Miniatures challenge, it achieves this sense of smallness in a novel way- by using a strand of pencil shavings as the crest of a massive dinosaur, thus shrinking the animal to an adorably tiny size. The style mix of using a photograph for the pencil shavings and dark, drawn lines for the rest is very effective, creating a fun mix of reality and fantasy. There’s also a nice conceptual moment in the way we’re able to see the detritus of drawing alongside the result of it, almost a bit of before and after. Creative, memorable art.


Who Cares? by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) sets the scene in classic game show style, with a large flashy title and a panel of three contestants. But as with all designs in this retro series, all is not quite as it seems- the panel is made up of 70s-styled children, and the title gets at the heart of mindless television games, proclaiming “Who the fuck cares?” That casual profanity is incongruent with the sweet-faced, slightly bewildered kids, which makes the juxtaposition all the funnier. I think the concept also gets at the weird reality of being a little kid, where you’re both intensely curious about the world… and yet constantly made to do the things you’re least interested in and care the least about, like chores and homework.

Fun With Shadows by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) feels like the cover for an instructional children’s book, and is one of those designs that looks perfectly normal at first only to reveal a sinister side when you look closer. In this case, the hidden creepiness is in the largest shadow display, which takes an innocent enough arrangement of hands and fingers and reveals that the shadow it creates is the devil, complete with hellish flames roasting in the background. It feels supernatural, and like a reminder of the parental paranoia of the 70s and 80s that led otherwise reasonable adults to see covens and devil worship in ordinary D&D games and Ouija boards.

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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09 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Woven Blankets design contest

Threadless gives artists the chance to design for a recently added product type in their new Woven Blankets design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

To celebrate our new woven blankets, we want you to create a design that would look amazing on this brand new canvas! With fall just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to create a blanket worthy of getting all wrapped up in. What kind of design would you like to see draped over your couch on a classy woven canvas? Take a look at what some classic Threadless designs look like on these blankets to get an idea of how YOUR design might appear. (Pro tip: if you really want your design to POP, we suggest a darker background!)

This contest opens to entries on September 14th, 2018 and ends on September 28th, 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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