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24 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Loves True Stories

Threadless has launched another Loves competition, centering around True Stories. The winner could be not only a shirt, but also the cover of Fray’s next volume (which will include stories with a “sex and death” theme).

Enter before July 23rd, 2008 for your chance to win the prize package, which includes a subscription (and two guest subscriptions) to Fray quarterly, $150 in Blurb scrip (redeemable for professional-quality books), Autographed Stephen Toblowsky’s Birthday Party DVD, an outgoing voicemail message recorded by Stephen Toblowsky, an autographed Stephen Toblowsky’s Birthday Party poster in addition to the customary Threadless prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

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09 June 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Last Day of the Threadless Summer Sale

Squeegee Clean by Reilly Stroope is the winner of the Threadless Loves Revolution competition. In some ways, it’s a great choice- to the best of my knowledge, it is the first shirt submitted to a design contest that uses color to cut a shirt in half this way. But while the method of the print was, at the time, unique, it was printed after a similar (though perhaps more widely appealing) shirt at DBH, Blackbirds Attackin’ in the Dead ‘O’ Night. It sort of strikes me as being similar to another Threadless shirt, I Hate Stripes, except on a larger scale. So to me, it’s not particularly revolutionary, but still a solid shirt.

Misplaced Divinity by Rocky Davies (Rockslide) is, frankly, the kind of drawing most people wouldn’t even think of wearing, which is exactly why I’m glad it printed. It features a sort of deconstructed hero, whose body explodes and disconnects. In particular the way his leg bones are freed from the skin skeeves me out spectacularly. I wouldn’t wear it, but it’s so unique that I respect it a lot. This kind of experimentation is what keeps the medium fresh.

And How Are You Feeling Today? by Jan Avendano (funkie fresh) is a cool concept, and I love the color. The style loses me, though I acknowledge that this is a very subjective thing. Because while I really like the way it is printed, and the subject matter, the stiffness of the lines makes it awkward and unfinished to me. I think a style with more flowing of the lines would be a better fit for such a huge print- my eyes get hung up on the detail and miss out on the concept in the current style.

Uprising by David Creighton-Pester (WanderingBert) is my favorite print this week. The artist has been long overdue for a win (his shirt Finding Technicolor at Shirt.Woot is amazing). And this shirt is a great way to kick off what I hope will be a Threadless winning streak- it’s unique in terms of the other shirts Threadless has printed, and it’s an interesting, painterly approach to the medium. I really enjoy the motion and the colors of the strokes.

Ticket To Ride by Olly Moss (Woss) is classic. From afar, it’s a clean plane icon. At a medium distance, you get the joke- the plane is made of tickets. And up close, there’s even more to discover, because each ticket has some sort of joke worth exploring (I especially like the movie ticket for Apocalypse Soon). Awesome work.

Headhunter by Joshua Prince aka Dust LA Rock has some serious potential, though to me it feels unfinished. I like the idea of a silhouetted dude with his headpiece and shoulder decorations called out. I love the way the body unravels rather than ending abruptly. But the highlighting method of the shadow is extremely uncomfortable to me- it feels very muddy and distracting, taking my attention away from the cool colors happening elsewhere. Overall, I think another few rounds of revisions might have produced a tighter design.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through Bestee awards, poster prints, and reprints.

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07 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Loves Lomography

Threadless‘s newest themed contest is Threadless Loves Lomography. Lomography is all about experimenting with photography, and the goal of this competition is to demonstrate one of the 10 Golden Rules of Lithography through a shirt design.

Here are the rules that submitters can choose from: 1) Take your camera everywhere you go. 2) Use it anytime – day and night. 3)This is not an interference in your life, but a part of it. 4) Try the shot from the hip. 5) Approach the objects of your desire as close as possible. 6) Don’t think. 7) Be fast. 8) You don’t have to know beforehand what you’ve captured. 9) Afterwards either. 10) Don’t worry about any rules.

The winner will walk away with a substantial photographic prize package, including a Lomo LC-A+, a LC-A+ Wide-Angle Lens, a Splitzer, a Colorsplash Flash, a Leather Sidekick Bag, a DianaF+, a Diana+ Fisheye Lens, a Fisheye 2, 10 rolls LomoX-Pro film, and 10 rolls assorted 120 film, which is in addition to the customary Threadless prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

The deadline for entries is July 5th 2008.

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13 May 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless Loves Lollapalooza

Threadless has announced a new competition, Threadless Loves Lollapalooza. The theme is to design a shirt based on the actual meaning of the word lollapalooza, which is “remarkable or wonderful person or thing.” That leaves a lot of room for interpretation, so I hope to see a massive variety in the work submitted.

The submission deadline is June 12th, 2008. The winner will walk away with two 3-day tickets to the festival, two round-trip tickets to the festival (from anywhere in the world), three night rock star hotel accommodations, and a commemorative swag bag in addition to Threadless’s typical prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

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29 April 2008 ~ 1 Comment

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

An Outstanding Win by Lim Heng Swee (ilovedoodle) is a funny tribute to the idea of winning a race by a nose, showing an animal whose neck gives it a finishing advantage. It’s the kind of awesome plan a kid would have, and the sketchy style conveys that enthusiasm as well as speed.

Ever Fresh by Daniel Blignault (typerror) is the winner of the Rob & Big contest… obviously. Because, it is Rob and Big on the shirt. As milk. And for me, this is kind of irritating because the idea of the contest is supposed to be to play off the theme, not to advertise for the sponsors. As a Rob & Big shirt, it’s awesome and I do love the show. But I’m not crazy about another chocolate vs. white milk shirt, or the fact that it relies so much on the tv show for value.

Chirp, Principle Curry by Justin Van Hoy (dutchpress) is the week’s Select design. Frankly, I find it pretty baffling. It’s a square of art, which I think is a poor fit for the medium. The idea of the shirt, scales of different colors, has some potential even though I don’t care for this execution- I think using fewer colors (and more patterns) would have created a similar final product from afar, and a more interesting piece at closer distances (and at a much cheaper price).

Attack of Literacy! by Joshua Kemble (polynothing) is a comic book cover about the anti-zombies… brainy writers want your mind, and they’ll take it if you read their books. I love the idea. The execution is nice as well, in that the style is pretty dead-on for the comic theme. I just wish that it was more clear who these writers are. The obvious ones like Poe and Shakespeare are easy, but the rest… It might have been nice to reference their books in some way to give people a better chance at figuring it out.

Dog Fight by David Thorley shows two dogs from different worlds in a war of pictograms. It has that crisp, clear, and funny vectored style that people associate with Threadless, an obvious pick to print but a good choice nonetheless.

FallRevolution by Chow Hon Lam (Feishu) is a cool take on motion, showing a figure falling through dimensions (or maybe portals, heh) and picking up patterns and colors as he passes through. I love the strong vertical motion, which really draws the eye.

Reprinted this week: And He Just Did Not Have A Clue by Budi Satria Kwan (letter) and Pessimistic or Optimistic? by Josh Perkins (theperk).

There’s also a new episode of Threadless TV: Episode Six: Attack of Literacy.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from entries submitted by and voted on by the community. Winners earn $2000 cash and $500 Threadless credit, with the potential to earn more through reprints and Bestee awards.

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21 April 2008 ~ 3 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Be Happy by Yoann Plard (apy) is this week’s Select, using a roller coaster to spell out the phrase Don’t Worry, Be Happy. The swooshing coaster tracks work well as a scripted type, and I love the way the roller coaster posts sprouting through clouds gives the design some real height. My favorite thing about this is the pure hopefulness of the design; it communicates clearly that regardless of what highs and lows life hands you, a positive attitude can make it fun. The enthusiasm is totally absent of irony, and I love it.

Elephas Maximus by Thomas De Santis (Montro) is the winner of the Good contest, and it lives up to the competition’s standard by being both a Big Idea and a good design. Which is why it is so disappointing that the print itself is such a let down. No longsleeve or hoodie options are offered, and the ink the designer specified on the arm of the shirt has been removed. Even worse, the men’s edition of the shirt seems to be poorly printed, with the sleeve not positioned in the trunk area at all. What a huge disappointment- I think that if Threadless weren’t capable of printing the shirt as specified, they should have picked a different design to print.

We’re Friends, Right? by Matheus Lopes Castro (mathiole) is a really amazing illustration with some great color choices. The setting sun works both metaphorically (the sun is setting on those birds, for sure) and for story reasons- I definitely wondered how long the crocodile had stood frozen like that. The tension between what the croc wants with his heart and what he wants with his belly is both hilarious and oddly touching.

Push It! by John Mitchell (JOHN2) is a poo joke. But one that’s actually funny, attractive, and wearable- making this the holy grail of poo shirts. It’s also very well-drawn, with different facial expressions and emotions on each paint tube. The execution is solid all around, even down to the dotted shading on the tubes and the splatters of the paint.

Slides by Steven Bonner (steven218) is a cool example of how simulated process printing can work, using a variety of colorful slides. It’s a unique look for sure, but it’s hard for me to picture wanting to wear someone else’s photographs in this way, especially since many of them seem to be personal snapshots of friends.

Murderer by Chow Hon Lam (Flying Mouse) caught my eye first because of the great heavily lined illustration style, and second because of the humor. The idea of animals arresting a chef for his crimes is pretty appealing, and I could see this being a cool shirts for vegetarians as well. The details are well worked out too, particularly the chef’s face which communicates his shame impeccably. My only quibble here is with the shape- to me, the art isn’t a great fit for the medium, as the placement doesn’t quite seem to sit well on the fabric when worn.

Reprinted this week: Take Me To Tokyo by Juju’s Delivery and Bobshopping by Mike Harding.

There’s also a new episode of Threadless TV, Episode Five: Know Your Blogger.

Threadless prints a new batch of shirts each week, chosen from submissions entered and scored by the site community. Winners get $2000 cash and a $500 gift certificate, with the potential to earn more through reprints and the Bestee awards.

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04 April 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Moby Loves Threadless

Threadless has a new contest, sponsored by Moby. They’re looking for designs built around the theme of Last Night, which is also the name of Moby’s new album.

Enter before May 1st, 2008 for your chance to win the prize package, which includes an Ableton DJ suite, framed and autographed Last Night album artwork, the full catalog of Moby albums, CDs and DVDs from Mute Records, a $500 Threadless gift certificate and $2,000 in cash.

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