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16 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Loves Revolution: Top Three

The Threadless Loves Revolution competition was different from most of the site’s other Loves contests because instead of using a corporate sponsor, Threadless was the sponsor. And the design brief was definitely alluring- they wanted designs that were in direct opposition to the cutesy pun shirts that Threadless is largely known for.

Underwater - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Underwater by Lupencia is a favorite of mine, both for its dreamy feel and its textural lines. The overlapping objects and swirling lines give the impression of a gentle drowning, a sense of letting go. The fact that the girl in the image is wearing a costume adds appeal, and a whole set of new interpretations of the art for the viewer. Her eyes are closed, but the animal’s eyes are wide open. Very nice.

REVOLUTION 7.7 - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Revolution 7.7 is the kind of tight collage that ALIADOTONY has had great success with at Design By Humans. This one takes the tactic of mashing together imagery from different eras, centering on the twenties girl with an Iggy Pop lightning bolt painted on her face. Like the artist’s other work, it’s a giant step above most other designs in this vein- instead of relying on the photography of others, the main focal points are hand-drawn elements and splashes of color. It’s an excellent piece, and I think it would really pop with some cool printing techniques.

Burden to Bear - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I think Burden to Bear by slaterock would look absolutely fantastic on a shirt. The half-toned photographic elements (bears in the background) are a cool experiment and insert a modicum of reality into an otherwise imaginative scene. The shirt’s focus is a creature who is about 1/3 bear, 1/3 bone, 1/3 man and 100% awesome. Other creatures (a dark and skittish lot) cling to his strength, even as they seem to detest him for it. Not only would I wear the shirt, I’d also love to read a comic book about this fellow.

Overall, this is probably my favorite Loves competition of all time. By telling artists to do what they’ve always wanted to instead of what the audience demands, Threadless was really able to showcase the creativity and skill of their community. While these three designs are my personal favorites, there are many more that would be really fantastic winners.

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10 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Discogs Loves Threadless: Top Three

The Discogs Loves Threadless contest asked for entries that centered on the idea of Music: Past, Present, and Future. That’s a lot of room to play, and to me these are the three submissions that did it best:

Spiritual Symphony - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Far and away my favorite of the bunch, Spiritual Symphony by Ellsswhere and watch.me.work shows some of the most famous deities jamming together, kind of a heavenly garage band. It’s a fantastic idea, and the execution (as a one-color design) is really neat- it keeps all the band members equally important in the scene. I’m also intrigued by the discharge printing technique that the artists have specified, since I’ve yet to see Threadless print that way. Here’s hoping this will be the first!

THE COQUELLIDOO - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Coquellido by mr.pimpant uses his trademark sketchy style to create a surreal scene where gigantic birds listen to music instead of make it. It has textures galore and a huge chicken, so for me it’s totally purchase material.

Rockers's Delight - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Rocker’s Delight by MartinK. stars a purple-haired, rosy-faced, tattooed son-of-a-gun who won me over with his charming ways- I love the way he grips his walkman and cigarette so tightly, even as the smoke orbits around his Easter Island-sized head. Another factor that has me loving this shirt is the way so much of the design includes that character’s shirt- it’s a cool way of incorporating some pattern into the piece. Great work!

Overall, I found this contest to be a bit lackluster- maybe because so many music-oriented shirts get submitted even without a specific contest theme. Still, I think the three above are some of the best shirts I’ve ever seen at Threadless, so in that sense the competition was a great success.

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03 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Good Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Good Loves Threadless was a contest based around the theme Big Ideas. Three great submissions rose to the challenge.

A Lovely Afternoon - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

A Lovely Afternoon by ilovedoodle is a beautifully pared-down illustration of two gorillas- one riding a bike, and the other riding behind with a banana kite. The expressions and color scheme support the concept of a carefree spring day, giving this shirt a lot of charm and a slight fifties vibe.

The Mechanist - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Mechanist by Huebucket is an atmospheric drawing of a man controlled by his imagination. Ghostly hands draw, write and type as the creator seems to sleep on his desk, slumped over and giving in to creativity. I think anyone who has ever had an idea so powerful, it seems to create itself can relate to this one.

FAT PONY - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Fat Pony by mr.pimpant is a shirt I was destined to like- anything with a dude in a costume is solid gold to me. But there’s a lot more to this shirt than a costume. I love the juxtaposition of opposites, from the large creature with the small exerciser to the contrast between the intense face of the man with the blank happiness of the costume.

Overall, some really great work. I think the theme hit the right balance between vague and specific to create some really nice shirt designs.

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19 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Cranium Loves Threadless: Top Three

The Cranium Loves Threadless contest had one of the most open-ended themes I’ve ever seen for one of these: Wow! And some people really capitalized on that freedom to create some unique and interesting shirts.

No More Grey Matter - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

No More Grey Matter by paperball is a buffet of color and cartoon, with strange creatures transforming into other visual elements. At the very bottom of the design, almost lost in all the chaos, is the tiny brain that all these ideas sprung from.

Smoking Kills - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Another favorite of mine is Smoking Kills by eskimokiss. The look of it is complex- a smoking hand pedals a unicycle, with the smokecloud manipulating a raincloud that overflows a bucket. The smokecloud and bucket overflow spell out the shirt’s message. It’s a funny image, and the unique color palette puts this squarely in the top tier of message shirts- though truthfully, I think it would work even better if worn ironically.

Creature Convention - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Creature Convention by secretly robots is so perfectly suited to this contest that I would be genuinely shocked if it didn’t win. As a shirt with pictures of colorful, smiling monsters, it works pretty well. But this shirt is more than that- it also creates a message when folded, with the monsters spelling out Wow!, the competition’s theme.

The upper echelons of this contest included some really fantastic work, though a lot of people struggled with the vague theme. There will almost definitely be a great winner, though I think a more concrete theme might have resulted in more successful shirt designs overall.

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16 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Rob and Big Loves Threadless

OK, confession time: I am a huge fan of the show Rob & Big. The size difference between those guys would have me laughing regardless of the other content, and I am a damn sucker for miniature horses as well so this show has pegged me perfectly.

So I’m pleased as punch that they’ve teamed up with one of my favorite t-shirt stores to create the Rob & Big Loves Threadless competition. In this contest, designers are charged with creating a shirt that explores the theme “Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend,” certainly a theme that’s ripe with potential.

Enter before February 15th, 2008 for your shot at the prize package, which includes (in addition to the customary $2,000 cash and $500 gift certificate) an XBox 360 Console with the Rock Band Bundle, a signed DC Board, Rob & Big DVDs, Wonder Showzen Limited Edition Lunchbox DVD package, and the oh so alluring promise of more prizes to come.

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05 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The Secret Handshake Loves Threadless: Top Three

The Secret Handshake Loves Threadless, and I loved three of the entries for this Midnight Movie themed competition. Let’s take a closer look:

Midnight Recordings - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Midnight Recordings by Monkey III described the feeling of watching a midnight movie almost perfectly: the button icons from a VCR blown up huge, a wolf howling at the record button, and the text “just one more time.” It’s a fairly abstract take on the theme, and it makes for a really original shirt. I especially respond to the wolf’s textures and the way they overlap the design’s other elements.

My Kind of Movie - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

My Kind of Movie by farflung is a more literal interpretation of the theme, showing the artist’s idea of a great movie. A large, godzilla-like creature in a painted-on hero costume lays waste to a city, while a nearby plane plaintively asks, “What’s your problem, Kazanski?” The concept is made even more fresh by the stellar execution, which includes some fun paint drippings and textural details.

It's Always Midnight Somewhere - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

It’s Always Midnight Somewhere (also by farflung- that guy really hit it out of the park for this contest) is an immaculately illustrated portrait of a wolfman tenderly embracing his vampire wife. It has the style of an antique movie poster, and I love the way the fade out is handled at the bottom (it looks like the image has been shredded). The color scheme (set on a greenish shirt) keeps the concept from blending in with actual monster movie designs, as does the knowing look on the vampire’s face.

Overall, there was some really nice work for this contest. I was a bit disappointed that so many people seemed to base their shirt designs on the band’s song rather than the stated theme, but some fault for that also lies with Threadless for not rejecting any of those from the contest.

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19 December 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Discogs Loves Threadless

Discogs is database just for music-related data, so it makes sense that their Loves Threadless contest has the theme of Music: Past, Present, Future. They’ve also pumped up the Threadless prize package of $2000 cash and a $500 gift certificate to include a 16GB iPod Touch, Shure SE 210 sound isolating earphones and a pair of Alesis M1 Active mk2 Biamp Monitors.

The deadline for this competition is January 20th, 2008.

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