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24 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Field Goal and more new this week

Field Goal by Mike Marshall (Mike Marshall) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great concept, combining realistically drawn football players with a piece of looseleaf paper that has been folded into a football. An ode to the paper-flicking game so many kids played in school, trying to launch these triangles between the goalpost gestured hands of their friends. Even though the game is childish, this treatment takes it absolutely seriously, showing the players making a herculean physical effort as they commit their bodies to the play. And more than that, the paper triangle is bright white against the darker colored shirt and players, ensuring that it remains the focal point for viewers.

Bike City Map by Gianni Corniola (spike00) is one of those designs that reads differently from a distance than up close. From afar that strong icon of the white bike comes through loud and clear, while zooming in delivers all kinds of new surprises as the map detail becomes more visible. I like the way the names of areas on the map correspond to the function and part names of the bicycle, all done with enough imagination and variety to keep the eye moving across the scene. The best part, though, is how well the concept suits the subject matter, because the art is in the shape of a bike and displays an exciting, varied environment that represents a fun place to bike around in and explore.

Gothicc by BuzzBadsville (BuzzBadsville) feels to me like a take on the way people have of anthropomorphizing houses, seeing faces in their arrangement of windows and doors. The illustration takes this to the next level by giving the house not just a face, but also a body and a huge personality. This old-fashioned, fancy house isn’t just a building, it’s a sassy goth diva with fishnet stockings, a smoking habit, and a bat infestation. In other words, a totally unique character, and the kind that is both funny and imaginative… maybe even a relatable. The only complaint I have is that I think the shirt’s title doesn’t need to be printed on the shirt itself, since it limits the concept’s appeal by tying it to a pun that is less strong than the drawing itself.

Penguin Party by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) creates a chaotic penguin scene out of just three ink colors. I love this use of the limited palette because it highlights the uniformity of the basic penguin look while inviting you to dive in and notice all the differences. With birds engaged in activities that range from DJing to skating to even the odd selfie, my guess is that most viewers will quickly pick their own favorite animal moment. There’s activity everywhere you look, and it’s all packed with unique characters and interactions.

Loose Leaf by Evan Ferstenfeld (FRICKINAWESEOME) kind of feels like a self-portrait of a tree, done in the medium of… well, itself! At first glance it’s a winter tree drawn on a decaying piece of looseleaf paper. But it only takes a moment before the next layer of meaning comes into view and you’re able to see that rather than solid paper, the rectangle background is built from a series of leaves in shades of white and peach, like the leaves that might have fallen from the bare tree depicted. It’s a great image, made better by the inclusion of a small orange bird at the foot of the tree.

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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21 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Unpopular Opinions design contest

Prepare your best hot takes and maverick thoughts, because Threadless‘s Unpopular Opinions design competition is getting started. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Who here has taken a controversial position on a subject? One you’re so passionate about, it becomes a hill you’re willing to die on?

Some of us think cargo pants are cool. Big Bang Theory is a terrible show. The word “moist” isn’t actually that gross. Avocado toast is overrated. French bulldogs aren’t cute. Mayonnaise should be deleted. Chocolate isn’t good (what’s wrong with you people?). We could go on! Unpopular opinions have divided us for decades resulting in lost friendships, wars, and many a Puffin meme.

Your mission is to turn the unpopular opinion you hold closest into a popular design. Create something that embodies the hot take that gets you (or others) the most heated. Popular opinion: we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

This contest opens to entries on January 25th, 2019 and ends on February 8th, 2019. 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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17 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Patience and more new this week

Patience by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love the contrast between the halves, with tight, precise lines forming the stitched lettering on the left while large, chaotic lines practically scribble an ending on the right. The delicate flower magnifies this, as does the thin string end that escapes from the period at the end of the phrase. The power of the image is in how well it exemplifies the difficulty of patience- you can’t help but relate to the stitcher’s quick finish, even while thinking it would have looked nice if completed as intended.

Think Fast! by Wawawiwa (wawawiwa) is a wonderful pairing of two panels, each cute on their own but creating an unexpected punchline when combined. The wholesomeness of the game of catch is endearing, with the Earth’s total lack of athleticism and the moon’s playful energy. Meanwhile, the grazing dinosaurs are caught completely unaware, with only a few moments to recognize what’s happening before the inevitable (and off-canvas) crash. It’s a scene full of lovable characters and unintended consequences, the kind of thing anyone with an interest in space or dinosaurs would get a kick out of.

Ramen Rider by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) took some googling for me to figure out, since I’m not familiar with Japanese pop culture. But after some sleuthing I put together that this Ramen Rider is a parody of Kamen Rider, a manga/tv/movie character who rides around on a motorcycle and fights villains. What’s great about the design, though, is that I think it’s really effective even for people like me who don’t recognize the parody- it still feels like an explosive action sequence featuring a superhero whose aim is to deliver your food as quickly as possibly. And really, what’s more heroic than that?

Exercise Your Demons by Michael Buxton (dinomike) is the best take on this pun I’ve ever seen. It takes the concept to the most ridiculous extreme possible with the illustration, which combines a demon with every demonic body part possible (wings! horns! tail! cloven hooves! even a little goatee!) and the silliest form of exercise, some dramatic aerobics stretching. The little outfit is the icing on the cake, with a cheerfully evil design on his tank top and thick leg warmers that draw attention to those hooves. He ends up feeling like a very charming character.

2323 by Jesus Velazquez (artofvelazquez) appeals to me as a scii-fi fan because it portrays the astronaut as a kind of cosmic sightseer. Like a tourist, he’s packed a camera on his adventures and is capturing the scene on film rather than as samples on slides or in test tubes. This is a poetic vision of exploration, not a scientific one. The landscape pulls off the neat trick of looking both alien and familiar in the same moment, with minty green mountains in the background adding strangeness even as sunflowers in the foreground feel like a piece of home. But when you look closer at the flowers, even they seem to be a bit uncanny, with centers that have the craggy look of meteors instead of rows of seeds. Very interesting!

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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14 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Recruitment Poster design contest

Propaganda, parody and more inspire Threadless‘s new Recruitment Poster design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether it’s enlisting with the rebel alliance or mobilizing the foot clan, a solid recruitment poster is the first step in motivating folks to join the ranks. But the opportunity doesn’t stop there! Love a great organization that could use a reimagined recruitment design? Think about the movements you support – the ones that influence people and inspire action. This is your chance to create a poster for that imaginary league you wish existed or one that even encourages folks to visit the library… the options are endless!

This contest opens to entries on January 18th, 2019 and ends on February 1st, 2019. 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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10 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Book of Fantasy and more new this week

Book of Fantasy by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how genuinely magical it feels, full of cool blue tones and sparkling stars. And of course, it’s chock-full of Harry Potter references as well, with his glasses and lightning scar, owl, stag and even Hogwarts itself standing proudly in the background. Having all of this emerge from the book is a great visual because it highlights the magical nature of reading, the way each reader creates all of these images in their imagination. Very skilled work.

Flame by daddy (warmtowelette) feels very metal. This skull is deformed with viscous spikes and hard shapes, surrounded by pitch black flames. Every piece of it feels dramatic and aggressive, poised to fight. For me the most interesting detail is the way the teeth are handled, each bent in half at an extreme angle that makes it feel like the sheer force of the skull’s scream bent these bones. I like that instead of resting on the stylistic norms of this kind of look, the artist pushed it forward with innovations like that.

Ha. by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is simple but brilliantly so. I love how clearly this Ha communicates as sarcastic, with the capital H and period showing that the writer is calmly typing, not at all affected by the humor that has been attempted. This is a polite, formal rebuke- not a casual “haha,” or even a tepid “lol.” It’s a message most people have both sent and received, and there are certainly days when for most of us this kind of meh expression reflects our general mood, making the design highly relatable.

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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07 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Living Coral design contest

Much as Shirt.Woot did in their recent derby, Threadless is starting the year off by celebrating Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year in their Living Coral design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

It’s 2019, and we say adieu to Ultra Violet and hello to PANTONE 16-1546: Living Coral! It’s impossible to wear a frown when you look at this energy-filled color meant to encourage people to connect, be optimistic, and be playful this year. In the spirit of Living Coral, create a playful design inspired by this color (and, of course, using it) and what it means to you. Does it remind you of bright corals under the sea? Does it start a dance party in your brain? Perhaps you see this as the perfect hand lettering font color? Let the Pantone Color of 2019 speak to you.

This contest opens to entries on January 11th, 2019 and ends on January 25th, 2019. 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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04 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Unicorns! and more new this week

Unicorns! by Joel Robinson (obinsun) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how genuinely magical it feels, with moon and sun shining right next to each other while stars, clouds and rainbows give the environment an otherworldly aura. The mix of smooth, even lines and solid color remind me of a coloring book, a scene of safe adventure and curious characters just waiting to be customized. The selection of creatures is very well-chosen, from the likely (of course a narwhal would join the unicorn party) to the familiar (pets and people) and even the very strange (why can’t potted plants get in on the fun?). The end result is an infectiously amusing scene, with enough going on to keep it interesting no matter how many times you look.

Turn Back by idiosepius (idiosepius) is definitely unexpected, turning the lines of the back of a woman’s dress into a series of perches for birds (like power lines). While it’s a strange idea, it largely works because the off-white color scheme and simplified style. This look feels to me like it connects to early cinema, especially films like A Trip to the Moon that used simple special effects (like nearly invisible string making objects float, as the clouds in this piece seem to refer to) to create surreal masterpieces. I like the idea of this massive lady whose head is in the clouds, and of birds who fly so high they’re in reach of the stars. This is a design that feels dreamy and sophisticated all at once.

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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