13 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Let’s Summon Demons and more new this week

Let’s Summon Demons by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) has been around for awhile now at other sites, but it’s still so much fun that I couldn’t help but pick at as my favorite of the week. The artist has a great eye for this retro illustration style, replicating it perfectly right down to the slightly awkward poses and cheerfully blank faces. Everything is presented so straightforwardly, you’d be forgiven if just for a moment you might think it was the genuine article. One aspect of the design that, intentional or not, really makes me laugh is that, in a way, summoning demons IS an old-fashioned childhood activity- certainly kids of the past played with Ouija boards and such more than modern kids do (we have smartphones now, and no patience for board games). When’s the last time you saw a crowd of kids this big with nary a screen in sight? If you ignore the black magic, this is downright wholesome!

From Outer Space by Daniel Teixeira (DanielTeixeira) is a heck of a smart piece, transforming an upturned bowl of noodles into a freaky UFO scene. It’s already a strong concept (the bowl shape feels very saucer-y, and the noodles do a good job of imitating a tractor beam), but the details are what really make it sing. One moment that really works is the way the patterning of the bowl mimics the lights a UFO might have. The color palette is also well chosen, letting the ingredients leap out of the piece and seem even more alien. It really points out just how weird some of that stuff looks out of context. Shrimp could definitely be aliens.

State Street Bridge by Julia Kuo (ScienceMarchChi) is a charity shirt supporting the March for Science Chicago, and it’s definitely an excellent design for that application. Art focused on cities often sticks to the skyline, and I like that this breaks from that trend to show some of the architecture and views that people in the city can regularly enjoy. Plus, the raising bridge helps the design to feel like it’s in motion, keeping things a little more active and interesting. Extremely well-illustrated over all, and the muted red, white and blue palette is a nice callback to the Chicago flag.

YIKES by Jake Lawrence (timecowboy) is simple and fun, in the way a lot of truly classic shirt designs are. The frog is an extremely charming character, especially because of those massive pink cheeks and the slightly sideways tilt of his eyes. He feels like a kind, watchful sort of fellow. Maybe because of his grin, there’s a feeling that the YIKES type above his head is a thought rather than something he’s speaking, a kind of mute observation as he sees events playing out. Because he’s a frog expressing shock and disbelief, I wonder whether he might be a reaction to the more mean spirited Pepe the frog images floating around. But whether or not that’s the case, it’s a neat shirt in its own right.

Welcome to Heck by Jake Lawrence (timecowboy) cranks up the wackiness by making a snake a skateboarder. This is the kind of design that is so weird you can’t help but be interested, and I think it sets up a neat scenario. The scariest thing about snakes is when you see one unexpectedly, so the idea of one speeding up on wheels is terrifying. But luckily for us, this snake seems more interested in being rad than in sinking his fangs into anyone- he’s sporting a huge grin and a tiny pink hat, not exactly vicious. Surely a snake that says heck instead of hell couldn’t have malicious intentions!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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