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27 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Wakeup and more new this week

Wakeup by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s simple but effective, contrasting the wide, round form of the coffee mug with the narrow, sharp lines of the heartbeat monitor. The message reads loud and clear- the injection of coffee immediately raised the heart rate. For the legions of people who rely on a morning coffee to wake them up in the morning, it’s a very relatable concept. And even better, it’s been expressed in a clean, one-color composition without any extra frills or distractions from the main story. Solid work.

Badass Cat by Joel Robinson (obinsun) stands out with its fat lines. Their thickness gives the art a unique character that softens the subject matter, making everything feel a bit overstuffed like a big, fluffy pillow. That means that even though this tough little cat literally sits with a skull and array of weaponry at his feet, you can’t help but want to give him a hug. With its use of simplified cartoon imagery and short dashed lines, it strikes me as a fresh, modern descendant of Keith Haring’s work.

Sushi Persian Cat by Chalermphol Harnchakkham (huebucket) puts a variety of cats into sushi rolls, with hilarious results. I think the concept is strong because, as most sushi involves fish, it’s easy to see a cat being curious (and hungry) enough to get mixed up in it. Each cat reacts a bit differently, some scared, others mad, or even just plain resigned to their new fate. The size difference between the cats and the food they inhabit adds a kind of absurdist charm. To me, this is the kind of cat shirt that appeals even to those who have no strong feelings about cats, because it’s more about a silly approach to sushi than something aimed squarely at pet owners.

Wrong Vacation by Elizabeth (Agimat ni Ingkong) is an especially cool vacation snapshot, imagining a futuristic, spacesuit-clad fellow taking a trip to the very distant past. While our lead character waves at the camera obliviously, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roar behind him and a volcano ominously puffs thick clouds of smoke. It looks crazy dangerous… but also kind of like the most amazing vacation ever? The vibrant colors of the background, especially that warm red, help the scene to come to life, and the fact that the traveller’s helmet obscures his face helps the viewer to imagine themselves as part of the story.

Grandma’s Territory by kooky love (kooky love) perfectly captures the odd status of many grandmas, cute and frail yet somehow also extremely fierce and impossible to defy. Personifying these qualities in an elaborately styled tiger with reading glasses captures the spirit of the paradox, and surrounding the creature with very grandmother-y, crafty, and homey things like flowers and cross-stitch lettering works well to soften (or at least camouflage) the tiger’s fangs. The slogan hits on the universal theme of grandmas wanting to over-feed their visitors, granting the design even more relatability and appeal.

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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25 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Patterns Remixed design contest

Get repetitive with Threadless‘s new Patterns Remixed design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Are you all about intricate, highly detailed patterns that mesmerize? How about the illusionary joy of motifs that make you feel like in your a Magic Eye poster? Repeating and immersive patterns are some of art’s most brilliant gifts to humankind. (Okay, maybe we copied the world around us. Nature’s all about all-over prints.)

There’s never enough print to go around, so we’re remixing the magic in this all-over challenge for textile designers and pattern people. Give us your greatest motifs reimagined! Take a classic print (cheetah, argyle, checked, brocade—we love them all) and turn it on its head. Make a version of your favorite pattern that’s totally unique to you. Stencils or freehand, create your best pattern yet!

This contest opens to entries on November 29th and ends on December 13th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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21 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Really Sorry and more new this week

Really Sorry by DanielTeixeira_Artworks (DanielTeixeira) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s full of dark humor and charm, centering on a quirky tiger portrait that invites a lot of speculation. His very human eyes don’t seem sorry at all, and although his hand-drawn speech is polite it is rendered with a rough, scrawled quality that makes you doubt he’s bothered to make much effort. The arm creates another mystery- apart from the sharp amputation, it doesn’t seem harmed… and surely a tiger’s teeth couldn’t manage such a clean wound. It’s interesting stuff, the animal is uncannily human, and I love the way the tiger’s orange coat pops on the purple shirt.

I Can See My House From Here by Joel Robinson (obinsun) uses a long-necked dinosaur’s height to great effect. I think the way the art is arranged is quite funny, highlighting the extreme length and curve of the neck by nesting the speech bubble in the area it encloses. Two small clouds further emphasize the scale. And of course, the best part of the joke is… what does a dinosaur’s house look like, anyway? A matted-down section of grasses? Maybe a cave? Or perhaps this fellow lives in a normal suburban split-level, and he’s not prehistoric at all.

No Smiles Today by Martina Scott (martinascott) turns assumptions about dolphins upside-down. Normally dolphins are depicted as jokesters, merrily laughing and doing flips in the air. So seeing this one sob so dramatically feels immediately strange and off-putting, even more so as you realize the extent of the tears being shed. The ocean, after all, is full of salt water, just like this poor creature’s tears. The dashed style of the illustration suits the theme well, feeling liquid and full of motion. I especially like that the style is carried through to the text, which helps keep the artwork united.

Rewind or Die by Diego Fonseca (dfonseca) is basically the evil version of the “Be Kind, Rewind” slogan of the 80s. In this version, no one’s asking. They’re demanding that rewind, and disobedience comes at a cost. With sharp fangs and even a dagger on display, this VHS tape certainly means business. Fitting fangs into the label section of the tape is well-done, and when paired with the reels of film on each side feels convincingly like two eyes and a mouth. I like the restraint of the type, which stays thin, subtle, and far away enough from the tape to ensure that this VHS character remains the star of the show. Plus, the slogan works as a kind of aggressive appeal to nostalgia.

Meteorological Fusion by Raffiti (Raffiti) uses the fusion dance framing to show the creation of a rainbow. I think the most fun aspect of this design is that it’s scientifically accurate, and it’s neat to see something real shown in the style of something fictional. Even better, that rainbow end result authentically feels like a power up, like something more impressive and capable than its parts. The drawing of the rainbow sells this with gleaming eyes, a powerful stance, and a healthy dollop of sparkles. Solid work with a ton of appeal for kids.

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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18 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cyberpunk design contest

The future looks bright as neon in the rain with Threadless‘s new Cyberpunk design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Among teeming cityscapes flooded with neon lights, hordes of humans swarm the hyper-urbanized streets. There’s no order to the madness just shuffling, faceless forms, anonymously moving through the sprawl. Until—a lone hacker breaks free from the masses to rail against the corrupt government and high society elites. That solitary misfit is the cyberpunk anti-hero of our dreams.

Step into the new era of the near-future with cyberpunk-spirited designs. We want your smartest cyber scenes and typography, filled with the overtly urban energy of a massive city. Whether you’re leaning Blade Runner or your favorite Japanese manga, give us art that surges and pulses with sci-fi spunk, reimagining our world after social decay, increased AI, and blurred lines between human and machine. What’s real, anyway? Grab your design software, peer into the dark future, and give us the hacker hero we’ve been waiting for!

This contest opens to entries on November 22nd and ends on December 6th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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15 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Imaginary Friends design contest

Make pretend real with Threadless‘s new Imaginary Friends design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you grow up with a stuffed bear by your side, leading a ragtag band of other plushies in all kinds of memorable adventures? Maybe you had an endearing make-believe companion that resembled a mix of other creatures and could swim, fly, and read minds? If you played pretend with whimsical creatures, pets, or people that others couldn’t see, then you’ll fit in well with this imaginary-friend-inspired design challenge.

Time to call upon the special spot in your memory—and heart—where your childhood self explored the world with made-up pals. Sure, no one else could see them, and that’s how you liked it. Create very real designs based on your most imaginary friends. Whether your scene depicts a whole host of friends, reminiscent of Madame Foster’s magical home, or just you and your ghost-like bestie, give us your favorite moments of pure carefree fun in design or typography. Spend some quality time tuned into your imagination and all its many creatures then let the designs flow!

This contest opens to entries on November 15th and ends on November 29th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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13 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Echo and more new this week

Echo by Robson Borges (robsonborges) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The skull framing of the piece reads first, and it’s something that intrigues the viewer to explore the rest of the design to see what is so foreboding. What follows reads like a tale of two worlds, a glowing red one above that boasts futuristic flying machines and buildings with tall spires. Below is an utterly different experience, caked in murky greys that read of grit and pollution, with pipes and scaffolding from the buildings above cutting in to interrupt the landscape and block the light. A beefy mechanical contraption at bottom center reads as a robot on spindly legs, patrolling the ground like a sentry. This is a ruined world, one where even the sunnier red zone is plagued by comets cutting their way through the atmosphere. But as the ship makes clear, those lucky few above still have a chance at escape.

Hello by Trabu (trabu) delivers a simple and sweet message. I like the idea of a UFO’s tractor beam, usually depicted as something to fear because it’s being used to abduct people (or cows), repurposed to instead be a way of communicating. The style of the art, done with minimal elements and a hand-drawn, doodled look, feels friendly and as though crafted with a personal touch- very different to the way alien things are often shown as futuristic, precise and mechanical. It’s a neat way of looking at a subject we’ve seen a lot before but now in a new light.

Girls Rule the World by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is packed with positive female slogans, but you might not expect who you see holding the protest signs- they’re all animals! You’ll see a a cat, a bear, a rhino, and even a pair of mice, but there’s not a human in sight. This is a really interesting approach because it eliminates a lot of the difficulty of illustrating a concept like this- you’d want to be as inclusive as possible with regard to things like race, size, gender presentation, and disability, but it’s basically impossible to cover everything in just a handful of characters. Using different species is a nice way of signaling diversity without making any type of person more important or prominent than any other.

Metalheads by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a style of design I always love, the list of characters that invites viewers to see how many they can recognize and name. These are fun because they can be a real conversation piece, and also offer the artist a lot of creativity in how they unite the characters and what they choose to be representative of each. In this case, famous heavy metal musicians are drawn as skulls with hair and accessories. This isn’t an area of pop culture I’m very familiar with, so I can’t speak to how well it plays to a big fan. But given my relatively small amount of knowledge in this field, I still liked looking at it and even found a couple of characters I could name, which makes me think it’d be even more fun for those with more interest.

I Have Plans by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) is certainly relatable. The best part of this design is how clearly it illustrates that in this case, the plan is to do nothing. The character is not only lying in bed, she has gone so far as to tuck her arms tightly underneath the blankets. Her face is blank, gazing forward at a laptop screen gleaming with light. This is about as close to being entirely passive and lazy as you could be, and it’s the kind of blissful slothfulness that most people would love to engage in, if only they weren’t so busy. I like how the lack of punctation in the lettering encourages that the text be read without emotion as well, really broadcasting a low effort even in the excuse.

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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07 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Spelling Champ and more new this week

Spelling Champ by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It arrived in the catalog just days before Halloween, so the only flaw was in cutting things short for people who wanted to wear it in the run up to the holiday. Apart from that timing issue, the design is perfect. It centers on a great pun, sticks to a simple orange and black Halloween palette, and even has a nod to history with its Salem text. The best part, though, is the witch character. It’s a brilliant move to make the witch less traditional with a skull face. For one, it suits the historical reference and spooky theme to imply that this witch from 1692 is still out there casting spells. It’s also a choice that makes the character gender neutral and allows the color palette to stay at two inks. Smart work!

Aishiteru by Sylvester Osorio (pigboom2014) is a neat anime piece, a long rectangle of monotone art that feels like a panel from a manga comic book. The bright white of the girl is the first thing you notice, with a pill and generic healthy message decorating her shirt. The cutoff of the art immediately raises the question of why we can’t see her eyes- but once you notice the pink heart in her hand, nearly the same color as the background, her story becomes a lot more clear. She’s been anonymized, and her “healthy” choices (whether they’re cannibalism, organ transplant, or something else) aren’t very healthy for her victims. That’s a lot of story in one panel!

There’s a Dragon on Mount Fuji by Michele Nolli (Michelle_Nolli) is the kind of illustration the viewer can get lost in. There’s something happening in each region of the woman’s hair, from architectural references to playful characters and even Mount Fuji itself. My favorite are the animal characters, which include a flute-playing panda, banner-toting rabbit, and a dragon poised to take a big bite out of the red sun. It’s an active, diverse scene happening in the hair, so interesting that I think it might take a lot of people a minute to notice that this woman’s skin is covered in a different kind of artwork- intricate red tattoos that dot her face and fill in her entire neck. Even better, the paint brushes (some dripping with red ink) mark the woman as the artist of these creations, not just a muse being decorated.

3D Cat by Tomek (Remfreak) shows a cat from a new, yet strangely familiar angle- basically what a cat looks like when it has wedged itself into a box, minus the box. The strangeness of the image makes it appealing, a bit like a visual puzzle, and it’s fun to try to figure out how exactly the contortions worked (the spiraling tail is especially fun). The cat’s wide-eyed expression is neat, too, almost as though he’s as curious as the viewer about how he’s managed to fit in this shape. I have mixed feelings about the inclusion of the ABC letters. While the nod to science and geometry adds to some of the wonder of the piece, I think it reads oddly on the shirt because the B is strange. I think some viewers will read the C first because of its height and think the B is a misshapen T.

X’s Head by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) is a Mega Man reference, and should definitely appeal to fans of that franchise because it calls out his robotic nature, hints at upgrades, and pays tribute to the series’s Japanese origins. Text and visual elements are tightly arranged with the central illustration posed at an angle that implies the movement of the robot being taken apart (or maybe put back together). I’d call the art as halfway between a repair manual cover and an exploded diagram, both very popular styles, so I’d expect this to do well with gamers.

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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