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01 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Loves Horror

Threadless Loves Horror. They love it so much, they don’t even care that today is Halloween and the season of horror is coming to a close. And frankly, I agree with them- Threadless needs a great scary shirt. Here’s hoping this contest produces it.

Enter before December 1st, 2008 for your chance to win a collection of horror DVDs, CDs and toys, a 2 year subscription to Rue Morgue Magazine for you and 2 half year subscriptions for 2 of your friends, an autographed Tobe Hooper 8×10 from the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, your design featured in an upcoming issue of Rue Morgue Magazine, Rue Morgue prize pack including a Rue Morgue Radio t-shirt, Rue Morgue Magazine t-shirt and hoodie, Rue Morgue Mug and more, a 1970’s vintage modified jazz Fender bass guitar, a limited edition skate deck, designed by long-time Alkaline Trio artist Heather Gabel, a signed Alkaline Trio Agony & Irony CD and poster, a Wacom Intuos 6×8 tablet and a collection of Devil’s Due Publishing comic books including issues of Halloween, Hack/Slash, and Chopper Zombie. All this is in addition to Threadless’s customary prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

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14 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Dead Shred by Matthew Skiff (iThew) is my favorite shirt of the week- and not just because it’s a great-looking design on my favorite t-shirt color. I love it because it stands in opposition to the Threadless norm of smaller print sizes and obvious humor. It reads as kind of an Egyptian answer to the magic that is Teen Wolf, and the bandages flapping in the wind echo the motion of the pose nicely. It’s a cool look back at the eighties, but with a sense of the absurd that grounds it in a more modern era. Great work, and a definite buy even for this non-skateboarder.

The Tree Referendum by Esther Aarts (gumbolimbo) is one of the big winners of the Threadless Loves Democracy contest, depicting some animals voting on the merits of a new barn to replace their tree. It’s definitely a clever scene, and does a great job of breaking down politics to its most basic components. The animals are well-rendered, and the style is unique. But for me, the concept itself just isn’t very wearable. It takes too long to get, isn’t terribly funny, and doesn’t sit well on the shirt to me. As a print it’s great, but to me the tee falls short.

E Pluribus Unum by Joe Carr (ISABOA) is for me by far the most successful of the Democracy winners. The reason it works so well is that it isn’t constrained by the concept of voting- it’s about the larger idea of people uniting under one idea. Even if you have no clue what the theme was and you just glance at the shirt, the concept is clear and amusing. A huge group of people form the number 1, which is reasonably funny in and of itself. The variation in characters is nice as well, though I do wish there was more interaction between the figures. Overall, good stuff and wearable even outside of the election season.

This week’s Select is By The Moonlight by Brian Morris, a nice spooky design just in time for Halloween. The thing that grabs me about this shirt is the skillful characterization of the skull- those empty eye sockets somehow convey a bemused kindness. That said, the work on the rest of the shirt doesn’t quite live up to that standard. The shape of the sky seems chosen at random (though I do like the element of having two moons) and the uniformity of the bouquet makes that section of the art dull and lifeless. It feels unfinished, but the skull itself is so well put together that it still kind of works.

Yes or No? by Ericka Gonzalez is an all-over print of stylized political buttons. I’m pretty fond of the button designs, they feel very classic and there’s a nice range of styles in the buttons shown. My issues with the design are twofold- first, I have trouble seeing this as a concept worth wearing anywhere but in a polling booth (it’s essentially election polka dots), and two, there aren’t that many unique pin designs, especially considering how often they occur on the shirt. It’s an interesting design, but to me it only makes sense in terms of the Democracy contest.

The Other Vowel by Chris Sharron is a truly hilarious concept, imagining the vowels as playful children and the letter Y as… well, that weird kid who eats glue. He’s not quite like the others, after all. The drawing is on par with the freshness of the idea, giving each letter a distinctive personality (my favorite is the bookish I) and displaying their character through toys, hair and head gear. Here’s the problem for me though- it just sits so oddly on the shirt. I really, really wish this had been printed as front and back, giving the vowels center chest placement and dropping the Y on back. To me, that would make for a more pleasing shape on the human body while increasing the estrangement of the Y. As-is it’s a decent shirt, but the odd art placement makes it less attractive than it could have been.

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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23 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Dangerous by Draco (DracoImagem.com) is the best Threadless shirt this week. It’s a slick text treatment that transforms the letters into a snake, complete with photographic texture that gives the fantastic scene a sense of realism. The unsuspecting nature of the bird sets up some impending doom and contrast, which further helps to bring the shirt to life.

Judith + Holofernes by Frank Barbara (franx) is an amazing drawing, and a highly worthy winner of Threadless’s True Stories contest. It’s a perfect fit for that competition’s sex and death theme, with a great mixture of realism and symbolism. There is definitely a lot to like here, from the soft fleshy gradients (pink for the living, blue for the dead) to the almost decorative flourish of the hair. I’m really intrigued by the unrealistic style used on the blood- that really makes this stand out, and I think it grants the shirt a bit of whimsy in the midst of the otherwise horror-tinged scene.

Raise and Rise by Peter Taylor is this week’s Select. It’s unlike any other shirt I’ve seen, featuring two bulbous, balancing creatures. They’re very circular characters, and remind me a bit of swollen humpty-dumpties with full-body tattoos. From neck to ankle they’re coated in a doodle-inspired texture, which again relates back to the circle theme. The coloring is another nice touch, as the way it falls outside the art’s borders helps to give a feeling of motion. It’s not a shirt I’d personally wear, but I love that people are creating things like this.

Battle For Centaurus A by Ryan Lin (Kojima) combines a space battle with a glow in the dark ink treatment. The style is clean and simple, and the colors are fresh- it feels a bit like the coolest side-scrolling video game you never played. The front and back print is a nice value-adder, making this more of a unique-seeming piece. I think this is a good example of how a really great execution can make even fairly lackluster concepts feel interesting.

Home Grown by Dan Rule imagines plants clipped into the shapes of instruments. I’ll be honest, the concept doesn’t really work for me- I just plain don’t hear the phrase home grown applied to music enough for this to be funny. On top of that, the topiary conceit is feeling a bit overdone to me, so I think it would take something really unique to make me take notice and want to buy. The art is high-quality, it’s just thematically a weak design to me.

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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23 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Loves Travel

The latest Threadless Loves competition is arguably the most impressive yet. For Threadless Loves Travel, they’re looking for shirt designs that involve (duh) travel. And they’re providing a huge reward to the designer who does it the best.

Enter before October 22nd, 2008 for your chance to win the massive prize package, which includes round trip airfare for two to Reykjavik, 2-night hotel accommodations and a Golden Circle tour of Iceland, $1,000 credit at a travel site, an original Calexico song inspired by your design, original artwork from Victor Gastelum, a signed copy of the new Calexico record Carried to Dust, and a Dakine Split Roller 90 Travel Bag- all in addition to Threadless’s typical prize of $2000 and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

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15 September 2008 ~ 1 Comment

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Bread Barber by Patchadapim Sansiripun (monkeypim) is my favorite shirt of the week because it has a classic Threadless theme (food with faces, cute cartoon style) but it still feels totally fresh. The bread’s butter flip makes for an adorable haircut, nicely contrasted with the roll’s hair and mustache. The subtle color daubs make for nice shading, it’s textural enough to communicate the qualities of the bread well. Over all, a great package.

Striped Bird by Sebastian Guadarrama Gomez (RNA) is a very appropriate winner of the Lomography competition. From beginning to end, the entire composition relates back to photography. The half-toned bird image is photoreal, displayed on stripes of film, all done up in colors inspired by a camera. It’s very unique, and I like the way the film gives the feeling of a striped shirt. My quibble here is with the printing- a larger print size would give more of that striped feeling which I think would be superior.

The Three Ploogs by Gary Panter is this week’s Select… and really, it’s a pity that this was made into a t-shirt instead of a print. The art is quite nice, it’s just at heart indicative of a basic failure to consider the medium. It’s a rectangle of art, centered on the chest. Not terrifically exciting, which is in direct contrast to the coolness of the illustration (which has a bunch of fun, sketchy creatures). I find myself wishing someone on staff would have taken a minute to explain shirt design to this guy, because he’s capable of much, much better.

Liquid Shot by Jonas Hovden (jonasbmf) is like the Pink Floyd prism, only with a bullet in place of the rainbow. The contrast of the solid geometry and photographic elements is striking. It feels familiar but still fresh, almost like the realism of the bullet is destroying the purity of the shape. The splashy entrance of the bullet looks fantastic, though I’m less sold on the exit- maybe it’s correct, I have no real way of knowing for sure, but the angles as it leaves the shape look much less well-done than the entry curves. Still a great shirt regardless.

The Last F*ckin’ Unicorn by Dick Firestorm is pretty much a parody of metal shirts, taking an even more bombastic approach to those symbols than even metal favors. There’s a scantily clad lady riding a dragon who breathes flames in the shape of a skull to chomp on a unicorn, it’s completely nuts. The art is really well done, it’s just very genre-based, which I think means that for all the comedy, it’s still a shirt that will be almost exclusively worn by metal types. Truthfully, given the attitudes people have about metal iconography, I’m not sure this would even read as comedy to the average person at all. Without the title and the designer’s history on Threadless as evidence, it’s possible that no one would look past their initial impression to see that humor.

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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18 August 2008 ~ 5 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

T Minus by Brian Walline (thunderpeel) is the most eye-catching shirt this week at Threadless, both for its bold orange color and for the fact that it looks more like a DBH offering than a typical Threadless print. The huge scale of the sunburst looks fantastic, and along with the dark lines of the arrows it approximates the stripes of a tiger nicely. I’m also a big fan of the amount of motion conveyed, it really feels like a still frame of an action cartoon.

As Day Is Swallowed Up By Night by David Creighton-Pester (WanderingBert) is the winner of the Moby Loves Threadless contest, which had a theme of Last Night. The concept it self is clever (day being attacked by night), but I think the real power of the design is in the details. The use of elements from each sky to form their characters is fun, especially the moon as night’s sole eye. The use of rough textures supports the personality of the creatures and helps to make this composition stand out in the crowd. Definitely a worthy competition winner.

Fancy Attitude by The Artist’s Guide is this week’s Select. While the shirt itself is pretty good looking, I have to say that I’m more excited about the zine that comes with the shirt than I am about the shirt itself. It’s a nice enough shirt design, with a colorful and loose cartooned style. But nothing about it stands out as unique or interesting to me. I feel as though I’ve seen all these elements before, and that there is nothing particularly powerful about this specific arrangement of them. I’d wear it, but I’m not moved to purchase it.

Get It To Go by Adam Benjamin White is another favorite of mine, centering on that longstanding mystery of fast food containers- what is the Other button for? The style is straight out of eighties comic books, complete with halftone dots and expressive type treatments. The gross-out imagery is so excessive I think most will have a visceral reaction to it, which of course only adds to the humor of the strange tentacled drink contrasted with its crisp and clean brethren. For the wide appeal and unique graphics, I think this is going to be a Threadless classic.

Ghost On The Machine by Brock Davis (Laser Bread) relies on glow in the dark ink for its humor, but not to the point of being crippled by it. In the daylight, there’s no joke at all, just a copy machine. It’s a well-drawn copy machine, though, so while it’s a bit of a baffling choice of an outfit it isn’t unattractive. In the dark, the joke of a ghost using the copier for office hijinks is revealed. For me, the reason it works is because of the way the use of glow mirrors the reality- copiers are boring most of the time, but maybe when no one is looking…

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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15 August 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless Loves Drawing

Threadless has a new major competition starting up, titled Threadless Loves Drawing. They’re looking for shirts based on original drawings, which already has me excited to see the winner.

Enter before September 15th 2008 for your chance to win the prize package, which includes a Wacom Cintiq 12WX tablet, a $750 House Industries gift certificate, a $500 Utrecht gift certificate for Utrecht, a full set of Front Forty Books and CD’s, your design featured in Print Magazine’s February 2009 issue, an oversize poster from the Print Magazine 2008 New Visual Artists issue, the 11-year retrospective Regional Design Annual DVD and a one year subscription to Print Magazine… all in addition to the traditional Threadless prize of a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate and $2,000 in cash.

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