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17 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Small World

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

Small World by waynem feels like a tribute to Disney’s famous Small World ride, with strong geometric patterns and outside-the-box color choices that are reminiscent of the ride’s famed artist, Mary Blair. While the ride focused memorably on human characters in different regional costumes, the artist does well here to take a different approach and instead mix architecture with the natural world. There’s a lot of variety in the creatures included, from mammals to fish to birds and even insects, and all the continents are accounted for. Architecture shows similar levels of inclusion, and I’m especially fond of the way a simple, ordinary house sits right at the center of all the action. It feels like a reminder that no matter how used to your area you may be, wonders lurk just around the corner.

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

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15 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Equality design contest

Celebrate diversity with Threadless‘s new Equality design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Equality can mean a lot of things, but it certainly doesn’t mean lack of diversity. Diversity is what makes humans beautiful, and we all deserve to love and be loved however we want, and be treated justly, equally, and with dignity. So how do we embody this big idea in our art? Whether it’s colors and imagery of pride and empowerment, or something appropriately tongue-in-cheek, let’s represent equality in the best ways this amazing creative community always does. Much love.

This contest opens to entries on June 19th, 2020 and ends on July 3rd. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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10 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Jurachic Period and more new this week

Jurachic Period by Mike Koubou (mikekoubou) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like the idea of presenting prehistoric creatures as though they are merely old-fashioned, decked out in the fashions of 1800s aristocrats. Their postures are prim like poses from vintage clothing advertising, and the delicate texture of the illustration gives the art a worn, antique look to match. It’s interesting to see a thick tail swirl from beneath a bustled skirt and a top hat perched on the predatory-looking head of a T-Rex. The contrast between the savageness of ancient dinosaurs and genteelness of past posh humans is stark, but also leaves you wondering if they might have been more similar than we assume- after all, no one acquires a serious bankroll without being at least a little mercenary. I find the text unnecessary and a distraction from the art above, though it is nice to see the shape of the R mirror the curve of a tail, a choice that connects the two areas.

Space Swimming by annanosenko (annanosenko) brings some absurdity to space art by giving an astronaut a floaty duck. Comparisons between the deep sea and outer space are always funny, but this design finds ways to make it seem especially ridiculous. The gentle kick of the astronaut’s legs makes him seem timid, almost childlike, while the elongated shape of the floaty duck’s head gives it a slightly alien feel. Contrary to most astronaut art, which enlarges the helmet, this fellow’s helmet seems unusually small, even dwarfed by the head on his floatation device. It all combines to form a character who is silly, maybe a bit dim, and certainly pretty far out of his depth floating out here in space- perhaps he’s wandered off from the shallow end of the solar system.

Fairytale Woods by Adena (AdenaJ) is full of imagination and wonder. While many artists tackling the subject matter would have aimed at creating one cohesive scene, I like that this piece instead takes a more scattered, doodled approach. In this world, dragonflies and dragons appear at approximately the same size. Blossoms can be the size of trees, and towers might stand precariously on the tips of thin branches. It’s about enthusiasm and creativity rather than logic, and when you get down to it that’s the spirit of fantasy itself. The repetition and collage feel reminds me of the way classic stories borrow from each other, stitching the same elements into something new.

Le Petit Voyageur by Alex Badaro (alexbadaro) keeps things small, with a pocket-sized and -placed print that suits a gnome’s diminutive stature. What I like best about this choice is the way the art rewards the viewer for taking a closer look. If you really look, you notice the gnome’s little polaroid camera. He’s not just a strange, tiny creature, he’s a tourist who is just as intrigued by our way of life as we would be of his. Good stuff!

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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08 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Face Masks design contest

Not content with covering your torso, Threadless aims for a different area of the body with their Face Masks design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Despite some places around the world opening up more and more, the CDC is still recommending that folks keep those masks on – and if not for you, then for someone with a compromised immune system. So with masks being a reality for most, let’s use our art smarts and create some amazing designs for people to wear! Whether something pattern-based, an unexpected animal, or robot, or cat, or ramen twist on a usual facial expression, or some other high level of weirdness that we never knew we wanted until it was on a mask, we can’t wait to see your imagination and skills take this challenge!

This contest opens to entries on June 12th, 2020 and ends on June 26th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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04 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Great Vaporwave and more new this week

Great Vaporwave by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The balance in this piece is fantastic, using the curve of the Great Wave off Kanagawa to complete the top half of the statue’s head. Even better, a sun with a line gradient fills in the negative space of the face. The head is, then, a nearly equal amalgamation of three artistic traditions from different eras and different parts of the globe, a tribute to the joy of art that celebrates both high and low culture, from the statues of European antiquity to mass produced prints from Edo Japan and even digital creations of the recent past. So slick!

Nope by Dann Teres (dannteres) imagines a crystal ball being a bit of a downer.  I think the funniest part of this is the casual language, such a contrast to the usually arcane and formal messages presented as from the great beyond. Spirits: they’re just like us! There’s a neat retro quality to both the wavy text and the pink color palette that helps the wording to feel even more incongruous. What I can’t quite get past, though, is the hand positioning- is it meant to be a weird, subtle goatse thing?

Identified by Kevin Mamforte (halfgotten) uses a venn diagram in a unique way, using the central segment to form the bulk of a flying saucer. The white ink of the UFO also provides the detail in the other two sections, with a black starscape above and a red landscape below. The red section is the most active and immediately grabs attention with a speeding plane (are we at war with the aliens?) and a city skyline blocked by mountains and a curving road. This mix of elements makes it seem like urban and rural areas are both under threat of these invaders, and the way the mountains and road are so empty starts to feel unsettling. Have some people already been abducted?

I’m Good by Airic keeps things simple with a rough, doodled style. It’s an effective choice because it makes the cube seem even more cramped and ramshackle, as though the walls might literally be caving in. The character’s posture emphasizes a hunched back and legs pressed tight, like there’s no room to stretch out. Even the thumbs up seems thrust forward for lack of anywhere else to put that arm. While the text says “I’m good,” everything else communicates that this situation is unsustainable. It’s very timely, and gets to the heart of how a lot of people are feeling right now.

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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01 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Welllness design contest

Stay healthy and happy with Threadless‘s new Wellness design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

How do you define wellness? It’s relative, for sure. As a concept it can be any mix of many things, whether the usual suspects like exercise, healthy eating, yoga, and vitamins, or the new up and comers like Animal Crossing, nachos, pizza, sleeping in for 3 to 5 extra hours a day… or looking out the window at a bird wondering what it would be like to fly. But we digress. It’s entirely up to you, and what speaks to your creative spirit. Let’s visualize wellness in the way we best see fit – whether fit in the typical sense or completely and perfectly redefined – and share it with the world.

This contest opens to entries on June 5th, 2020 and ends on June 19th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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27 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Gandalf the Gangsta and more new this week

Gandalf the Gangsta by Gulshan Kishor (Shadyjibes) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great pun, with an execution that suits the joke well. A highlight for me is the shifted sizes and baselines of the text, which indicates emphasis in a way that will have most viewers reading the phrase in their best DeNiro voice. I also enjoy how heavily wrinkled the character looks, with thick creases in his skin, beard, robes, and even staff- it’s accurate to Gandalf, but also suits the put-upon, tired-of-this attitude of the Taxi Driver moment as well. An unexpected, but very apt combination of pop culture.

Cat Tree by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is a fun repurposing of a familiar phrase, turning the tower-shaped cat toy into a literal tree full of cats. It’s an excellent fit because of the trope of cats needing to be rescued from trees, and the illustration smartly also references the classic “hang in there” poster with a dangling cat. The autumn palette of golds, tans, and oranges suits both cats and leaves well, and even better that allusion to fall (and the cat slumbering on the ground) makes the scenario seem more precarious by implying things will be falling.

Nature’s Embrace by Fil Gouvea (filgouvea) is a gorgeous illustration. At first glance, it looks like aa whimsically-colored green bear clinging to a large bouquet. But the scene opens up further with a closer look, revealing that the clumps of greenery are actually full-grown trees, complete with tiny birds flitting from branch to branch. I love this because it also makes you see the bear in a new light- perhaps what you thought was green fur is actually grass covering a bear-shaped hill? Either way, it’s a sweet concept that should appeal to anyone who likes wildlife and the outdoors.

Ex-Condiments by Ryder Doty (Ryder) makes no sense, and that’s exactly what makes it so great. There’s a line up of familiarly packaged sauces, with all the branding on their labels minimized and broken down into simple geometric shapes. Most viewers will easily recognize most from their own fridges, with mustard, hot sauce, and barbecue sauce among the gang. What makes it magic, though, is that these foods are not just characters, they’re dangerous fellows! Each bottle grasps a distinctive weapon, and some even sport scars or tough guy accessories. It mades everyday objects into something special and interesting, with a whole story suggested by their strange appearance.

Embrace the Pain by Airic (bewarethevipers) uses doodle style well, with a silly joke that benefits in humor from the slapdash look of the art. The loose drawing makes it feel as though the idea hasn’t been fully thought-out, and that reflects the “this is fine” nature of the bad situation being depicted. Hugging a cactus is bad enough, but this poor guy has made it even worse by doing it in the nude. Even the cactus looks uncomfortable with its lumpy stalk and too-high arm. The artificial cheer of the bubble letters sets up the scenario well, and the use of bright pink very appropriately makes the word pain a bit difficult to look at.

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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