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05 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

This week’s Select, True Love Will Find You In The End by Si Scott, is absolutely amazing. It’s exactly the level of artistry you’d expect from Si Scott, and it suits the medium nicely as well. Everything about the swan design works perfectly and looks effortless- the balance of dark, light and grey, the motion conveyed, and especially the rich detail. Definitely one of the nicest pieces I’ve seen at Threadless, or on any shirt for that matter. The only aspect I’m not totally sold on is the text itself. The placement is perfection but the sentiment feels a little too Hallmark cutesy, not quite up to the level of the rest of the shirt in my opinion.

Tief Fairies by Frank Barbara (franx) is the winner of the Hot Chip Loves Threadless contest, which mandated that entries find an innovative way to use glow in the dark ink. In the daylight, the shirt is covered by a huge, colorful skull- not the most original subject matter in the world, maybe, but definitely good-looking. The glow in the dark effects are where the real uniqueness takes place, showing a squadron of tooth fairies busily relieving the skeleton of its teeth. It’s a great design to me because the glow enhances the shirt, it isn’t just the sole reason the shirt is worthwhile.

Complementary Colors by David Creighton-Pester & Evan Ferstenfeld (WanderingBert) is solid all around, starting with the pun (funny, and not too annoyingly overdone). What really sells, though, is the incredible style. The speech bubbles are textured instead of solid, even casting shadows where they overlap. And the attention to detail doesn’t stop there- each color is represented as a different type of art supply (my favorite is the pairing of green paint and a paint brush), each decked out with a goofy cartooned grin that adds even more cheese to their over-the-top compliments.

The Future In The Past by Yoshi Andrian Amtha envisions an antique-style gentleman DJing with a phonograph. I’ve seen the idea done before, but this is definitely the best rendition yet- the gold foil and the great style (right down to the wood grain of the bases) kick things up a notch. It’s nicely done, and I think most musical history types would get a kick out of it.

Living Doll by Stephen Dillon-Malone is a gimmick shirt, which I am pretty much destined to hate. Here’s the thing- to me, a kid’s hand holding a doll is not a common sight. So when I see it applied to a shirt, I find it less iconic than just plain odd. It’s also a shirt that only works when viewed directly head-on, which is disappointing because in life, shirts are so rarely confined to being seen that way. Another flaw for me is the coloration of the hand, which looks splotchy and live-traced (something I think would look even worse blown up at the size of a real shirt. I could see this gimmick maybe being popular with parents, but otherwise I’m not seeing the appeal.

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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29 July 2008 ~ 2 Comments

New Shirt Moday at Threadless

Animals with Eyepatches! Yes! by Brock Davis (Laser Bread) is the winner of the Threadless Loves Lollapalooza contest, perfectly interpreting the theme by picking such a remarkable and wonderful subject. To me, it’s a great design because it looks attractive and interesting on the shirt, and because the images get my imagination running. The distressing and colors are a nice touch- to me it makes the image look more naive and handmade, which adds to the enthusiasm that the design conveys.

Biro Battles and Bat Beasts by Miso & Ghost Patrol is this week’s Select. Let’s just cut to the chase: I have no clue what this is supposed to be, but I like it. Some kind of ox-sloth hybrid clutching the legs of a Batgirl impostor? Okay. Sign me up. Because what sells the shirt is both the general oddness and the excellent style. The penciled lines are gorgeously textured and inviting to look at. Solid work.

Eye Parcel by Olly Moss (Woss) is a triumph of lines. The hair-like lines swallow a variety of objects, ranging from skulls to arms to tires. It’s the kind of drawing you can get a bit lost in, just enjoying all the details. While I think this is great art, I think it could have been a better shirt- the ink is too light in color for my tastes, and it makes the design get a bit lost even in Threadless’s own product pictures. More contrast would make it easier to give this design the attention it deserves.

Coffee Cloud by Maxim Cyr (Recycledwax) has a great coloring style, which definitely conveys the richness of coffee (as it should, since the original submission was made with actual coffee stains). The style, which has both the humor of a cartoon and the depth that a layered ink treatment can bring, appeals to those who love their coffee but also those who don’t- I’ve never touched the stuff, but this still looks like a fun shirt to me. I am a bit confused on one point, though. The characters totally baffle me- are they meant to be beans, cookies of some kind, or anything at all?

21st Century Pirate by Aled Lewis (fatheed) is about how people on the internet pirate stuff all the time. Tragically, this is such a common observation, and such a common joke that it feels incredibly stale to me. The good news is that while I don’t care for the concept, the artwork is spot on. It’s all clean, attractive, and realistic, with details to enhance the theme (such as the map on the bulletin board).

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 July 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless Loves Democracy

Threadless Loves Democracy is a new competition at Threadless, seeking t-shirt designs that center on the concept of democracy itself. That means nothing about specific politics, officials or elections, just designs about the idea itself.

Unlike most other contests at Threadless, a total of three winners will be chosen. In addition to being printed on shirts, those designs will appear on Threadless prints and on Jones Soda bottles.

Enter by August 14th, 2008 for your chance to win the prize package, which includes nation-wide promotion of your design by Sappi Fine Paper (posters featuring your design will include your name and contact details), $300 gift certificate to Screwball Press, a Gocco P5 Silk Screening Kit!, complementary bottles of Jones Soda featuring each of the 3 winning designs, a signed copy of Jeff Howe’s Crowdsourcing book, your choice of any other 5 Crown or Crown Business books, an advance Copy of The Wuffie Factor by Tara Hunt, a $250 Apple Store gift card and the traditional Threadless prize of a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate and $2,500 in cash.

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07 July 2008 ~ 5 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Training by Michael Valadares Ferreira (Bisparulz) is my favorite shirt of the week- although it’s working in the very familiar territory of cute monster designs, the style and the humor make it a stand out for the genre. Part of what works for me is how the reality of the situation is unclear- because of the style used, I wondered if the city was real or also a toy like the monster’s dolls. The huge size on the shirt also works really well in conveying the enormity of the creature, yet the green on green color palette keeps it from being overwhelming. Great work.

Piggy Board by Preston Haynes (Merboy) was selected as the winner of the Human Giant Loves Threadless Good Old Fashioned Fun themed contest. I’m pretty fond of the style it’s drawn in- the spare use of color and the heavily lined patterns look great. I’m not totally sold on the design though- since the concept is so much about movement, I wish there was a better sense of motion in the piece (even the placement, dead center on the shirt, contributes to making it very static). The other complaint I have is more subjective- I just don’t find this very funny. At best it’s maybe a bit amusing, but I think the entire concept of a skateboard without wheels is too convoluted to really get a good laugh.

Rain In Spain by Dylan Martorell (nalyd) is this week’s Select. And to me, this is a great example of why Selects have the potential to be so awesome- the artist adapted his style to the medium well and chose an off-beat subject matter that, while unlikely to score well in the general competition, makes for a cool, interesting shirt. The linework is fun and gives life to some really nice creatures (the spider is my favorite), and the gradient looks hot on the printed shirts.

I’m Not Afraid Of The Dark is a slogan by Dan Maltzman (Maltzmania). And as with a lot of Type Tees, I’m not a fan. The trouble is that its entire value lies in one quick joke- and even worse, the joke isn’t apparent unless you’re in both lighted and darkened areas, allowing both messages to be seen. In the dark, the I’m Not Afraid text is hidden and the Hold Me text glows. To me, even if I saw both versions, I wouldn’t laugh or be all that amused by it. It just feels like an old joke dressed up with a more modern printing effect.

All I Need by Thomas De Santis (Montro) is a shirt with a ton of pretend pockets on it. In the pockets are all kinds of things, ranging from spectacles to a crab. I’m not a trompe l’oeil fan in general, so maybe I’m coming into this a bit prejudiced, but… I sort of don’t understand the appeal. The pockets don’t look that realistic, so it’s not a true illusion sort of thing. And unless I’m missing some sort of symbolism or reference, it looks like a fairly random collection of items (I thought at first it would all be things that played on the idea of pockets or were used in pocket metaphors, but I don’t think that is the case). I think the heart of it is, I’d rather wear a shirt with twelve actual pockets than twelve pretend ones… but neither of those shirts is one I’d be likely to bother purchasing.

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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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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