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25 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Modern Classics design contest

Refresh something familiar in Threadless‘s new Modern Classics design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Classics are revered. Classics are timeless. Classics are meant to be completely reinterpreted by your brilliant creative mind. But how exactly? Look at the most memorable and iconic works of the past and draw inspiration from them, while also referencing counter culture to inform what you might reshape visually to make them modern. Is it as simple as a bit of graffiti mixed with Whistler? Or maybe it’s time to turn the Renaissance into a Renai-seance? Maybe Mona Lisa needs some accessorizing? Or conversely, you could even take that wonderful weirdo Warhol down a few notches! However you do it, look to redefine classic works of art, design, and popular culture, and breathe some contemporary life into them.

This contest opens to entries on May 27th, 2020 and ends on June 12th. 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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21 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Design and Sell Your Own Face Masks

Now that face masks are becoming commonplace in the USA and across the globe, there’s a huge range of creative possibilities for artists to explore with this new accessory. From funny jokes that lighten the mood to abstract patterns or even important messages, there are a lot of ways for people to use masks to communicate their beliefs, interests, or aspects of their personality.

If you want to get started with your own masks, here are three sites that will have your art up and available for sale within minutes! Note that all of these masks are intended for non-medical use.


Pictured: Rainbow Smile Mask by Alice Carroll

Here’s what you need to know about these masks:

  • Two layers of 100% brushed polyester with a sublimation print on the outside layer
  • 7.25″ x 4.6″ with over-the-ear elastic straps
  • For every mask sold, Redbubble will make a donation to Heart to Heart International
  • Prices vary, starting at about $12 each (with a discount for purchases of 4+ masks)

See the full RedBubble mask catalog.


Pictured: Vote QR Code Election Mask by fishbiscuit

Here’s what you need to know about these masks:

  • Basic (single-layer) masks are sublimated polyester, while Double-Layer masks are polyester exterior with microfiber lining
  • Basic masks have over-the-ear fabric loops, Double-Layer masks have over-the-ear elastic loops
  • Double-Layer masks include an area where a filter (not included) may be added
  • For every mask sold, TeePublic donates one medical-grade mask to Direct Relief
  • Basic masks are currently priced at $10 each, while Double-Layer masks are $15 each

See the full TeePublic mask catalog.


Pictured: Pink Oh No Face Mask by Oh No Face Masks and MedshareDonate

Here’s what you need to know about these masks:

  • 2 ply polyester with print on one side and reversible to black on the other side
  • 7.5″ x 4.5″ with over-the-ear elastic loops
  • A portion of proceeds from each mask is donated to Medshare, up to a $500K maximum donation
  • Masks are priced at $17

See the full Threadless mask catalog.

Bonus – Masks that require some crafting at Spoonflower

Pictured: Spectacular Cats DIY Face Mask Kit by cynthia_arre

Here’s what you need to know about these masks:

  • Each kit makes two double-layer cotton masks
  • 9″ x 3″ finished masks with elastic or twill tape to secure the mask around the head
  • Kits cost $10, with each kit making two masks

See the full Spoonflower DIY Mask Kit catalog.

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20 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Thinking of You and more new this week

Thinking of You by Jesus Velazquez (artofvelazquez) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It does a good job of evoking both comic book style and the sort of panel selected in the creation of comic-based pop art. I like how much emotion the artist manages to evoke in the woman’s face- regret, longing, unease, even wistfulness. Her barely connected hands reinforce the idea of not being fully committed to this embrace. And with its crispy orange crust and gently dripping cheese, that pizza could not look more enticing. It’s an appealing piece for anyone who has ever wished more of life was as simple and fulfilling as pizza.

Dinosaur Dynasty by Adena (AdenaJ) uses the sumi-e style of Japanese ink painting in a new way by illustrating not scenes of traditional Japan, but something much more ancient- the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. I love this combination of style and subject because it’s so unexpected- the style prepares you for something a bit historical, and then the dinosaur shocks you by being dramatically more old than anticipated. Even better, using a style so associated with the soft touch of a human artist, along with the detail of the landscape, seems to imply that this scene was observed by an artist, with human and dinosaur existing side by side. It’s the sort of scene that sparks the imagination.

Wired to be Weird by Jake Edward Lange (JakeEdwardLange) centers around a catchy phrase, and the slogan hangs together well because of the similarity in letters between “wired” and “weird.” The retro look of the robot gives him a geeky spirit, not the sort of robot that is an advanced product of science and engineering, but instead the kind of metal contraption that inexpertly apes human behavior, always destined to be a few sprockets short of success. But his mouth reads as an attempt at a big smile, and his stance suggests a strut, so you have to believe that this bot owns his weirdness and thoroughly enjoys it. The lightning bolts give a bit extra pizzazz, hyping him up further.

Classic Blues by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a really unexpected design, turning the Smurfs into a hip music group. I like the way this new vocation makes sense of their weird outfits- they’re matching to be a cohesive band, and the silly hats don’t look quite as strange here when they’re part of a stage costume. Even Papa Smurf, with his red clothes and thick beard, feels quite believable as the elder statesman of the group, and you can picture him regaling his younger band mates with tales of the good ol’ days. In the cartoon, Smurfette seemed very out of place as the group’s sole woman. But in a band context, it’s not an unusual configuration for a female singer to be backed by an all-male band. Dare I say that this shirt feels more logical than the actual cartoon? And the artwork is well-done, with just enough detail to make the concept come to life.

Void of All Feelings by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) feels iconic. It keeps things simple, but every choice is impactful. The basic human figure is made to feel liquid, without substance. Drips at the end of each limb might resemble fingers and toes, but they also feel like a creature fading into the nothingness of the background. Even his shoulders are barely suggested, just a wide pour of white ink streaming from head to arms with no interruption. Two dots indicate eyes, but the figure’s main feature is a black heart, a shape punched through the body and showing a speckling of stars from that sparse celestial background. Memorable, interesting 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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18 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Endless Summer design contest

Threadless dreams of beaches and warm, sunny days with their new Endless Summer design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

As we understand this new normal, we also look to warmer temps, cool dips, and those endless summer nights. However we’ll celebrate it, let’s draw inspiration from our memories or maybe even future hot takes on the season of the sun. The heat, the cooler full of drinks, the road trips, the pool hangs – even if that pool is small and plastic in your own backyard. Is it a celestial celebration? Or is it a dark, hot summer night in the woods with absolutely no sights or sounds, save the moon hanging high in the sky and crickets chirping nearby? Think about summer, and how we hope it never ends, and submit your Endless Summer designs.

This contest opens to entries on May 22nd, 2020 and ends on June 5th. 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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13 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Coaching and more new this week

Coaching by Vó Maria (vo maria) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s fun to think of the Grim Reaper reduced to the role of a bad influence, imparting his brand of wisdom via an antique phone instead of something more sinister. What I really like about the concept, though, is the way it understands that a shitty day can be kind of fun. Better to revel in some authentic moping for a day than to put in the effort of fake cheerfulness. Motivational quotes have their time and place, but so does taking a break.

Good to be Bad by Ian Byers (ibyes) is a classic phrase, but made to feel more unique here with some fun hand-lettering. I like that the forms aren’t too refined, which helps the letters to maintain the energy of a notebook doodle. The use of a pair of skulls as the O’s in good is a neat choice, and the way one of them sticks out its tongue sets the tone well for the rest of the piece. Playful details like the devil’s tail attached to the B in bad and the hint of flames cutting through the shadow at the bottom give the art added personality.

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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11 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Everyday Heroes Part 2 design contest

Threadless‘s new Everyday Heroes Part 2 design competition aims to celebrate ordinary acts of heroism all around us. Here’s what they’re looking for…

When disaster strikes, there aren’t nearly enough medals to go around to honor not only first responders who help those in need, but also the everyday heroes that are doing important work, often behind the scenes – but never, ever forgotten.

This design challenge sequel celebrates these everyday heroes who are doing epic things quietly… or doing quiet things epically? Designs can run the gamut from super sincere and thoughtful to entirely tongue-in-cheek – it’s all about how you interpret this challenge and what you’re feeling deep inside your creative bones.

Consider: who is out there secretly helping others, serving or delivering meals to those in need, or giving back in not-so-usual ways? Think: simple heroics, community service, and other such concepts.

This contest opens to entries on May 15th, 2020 and ends on May 29th. 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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06 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Not Today World and more new this week

Not Today World by Martina Scott (martinascott) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Its timing is impeccable, as it feels perfect for a moment when world events seem overwhelming and people are isolated in their own bubbles. The ostrich has a plan for this sort of scenario, and it’s an inspiring one. I think the realistic look of the ostrich helps to ground the message, while the one color treatment keeps things light with the energy of a doodle (despite the large amount of detail). I like that the text is small, kind of an afterthought to the image- it lets you revel in how ridiculous the bird looks before realizing you’d like to do the same.

Voyager by Sebastian (sebasebi) looks like a space disaster at first glance. There’s a human skull housed in a NASA-style space helmet, with fire-y comets dotting the background while a spooky blue smoke escapes a crack in the glass dome. But the jovial aqua alien hanging out of the eye socket gives the scene a much more fun ambiance. He’s posed like a long-haul truck driver about to wave at a fellow trucker, proud of his vehicle and enjoying the ride. It’s not a disaster, it’s an adventure, and suddenly even the skull seems to be smiling.

Blacksad by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) makes goth imagery cute, which is always a fun combination. The lead character is perfectly likable, with sad, wet eyes, a firm frown, lowered ears and a head that seems weighed down by his curved horns.  He looks miserable, and his old-fashioned clothing (including a lace collar!) adds too the sense of being stifled. My favorite detail is how the frame of roses emphasizes their thorns, and how the skull seems so much happier than the protagonist (which is perhaps a strangely optimistic moment?).

Savage as Rabbit by Franco Giovanella (francog) takes an animal typically depicted as fluffy and innocent and attempts to make it threatening. In service of this, the art emphasizes the animal’s athleticism. He’s long and lean, only bulging where his muscles are, and even that cottontail is starting to look unsettlingly sharp. His pose looks like a challenge, front legs slammed down as back legs kick wildly. The thing that really makes the rabbit scary, though, is the artist’s choice to give the beast red eyes that stream liquid anger into the air above. It’s a creepy moment, looking like blood is forming the lettering. And to cap things off, some distressing creates a more gritty look.

Wizard Hieroglyph by Gulshan Kishor (Shadyjibes) won Threadless’s Modern Hieroglphics design contest, and it’s an excellent choice. I like the way the art gives us not just the phrase, but also the person saying it. This context both makes the concept more readable at a glance, and also feels true to the look of real Egyptian art that used hieroglyphs. Keeping the character facing forward rather than in sideways style (as Egyptian art would more typically have) helps the slogan to feel like a command, calling the viewer to action. The only element I’m not crazy about is the way the pass literally spells out the word “pass.” It feels like a cop out from the task of representing words with images.

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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